WIAW: Kimchi Style

This week on Weight Watchers has been going really well! I’ve stuck to my plan, adjusted a little yesterday, and have paid close attention to the habits that tend to pull me away from my diet and goals.

So far this week I have found myself in situations where I have been tempted to add more cheese to a dish and have been craving sweets/desserts.  I can confidently say though that I’ve caught myself each time and have stopped myself from giving into the bad habits.  What has helped me to make wise decisions is to remind myself that I don’t want to undo all of the good decisions I’ve already made within the day.

Yesterday morning for breakfast I enjoyed an egg sandwich (1 whole egg and 1 egg white) on 2 pieces of Ezekiel bread with a slice of cheese. It was a very filling breakfast and tied me over until lunch.

As I had a lunch meeting yesterday at work, I decided to have a sandwich at the meeting instead of eating my planned lunch. Even though it was different than my plan, I felt great about my decision. I enjoyed a chicken and avocado sandwich, topped with red onion and Dijon mustard. Along side I had some pineapple and a few grapes.

The sandwich was very filling and kept me full until I had dinner at my friend Becky’s house last night.

Stir Fry Vegetables and Kimchi

Becky makes some incredible stir fry dishes, so when she mentioned a Kimchi Stir Fry as a dinner option I didn’t hesitate to say yes!

Chopped Vegetables

To start, Becky added onion, broccoli , mushrooms, kale, and bok choy to a pan with 1.5 TBSP of oil.


Becky then seasoned the vegetables with ground ginger, garlic powder, and gluten free low sodium soy sauce.  After the veggies had cooked down for a bit Becky added 1/2 a block of tofu to the stir fry.

Trader Joe's Extra Firm Tofu

Lastly Becky added chopped Kimchi to the stir fry!!  Kimchi, a traditional Korean dish, is a pickled vegetable dish.  The kimchi we used was cabbage based, seasoned with brine, scallions, garlic, ginger, and fish sauce.

Nappa Kimchi

Kimchi is so incredibly flavorful and honestly an amazing addition to a stir fry!

Kimchi Stir Fry

Along side the stir fry, Becky made a batch of pearl barley.  I had never had barley instead of rice but boy was it amazing!  So much more filling than rice.

Bowl of Barley

Stir fry is a wonderful way to try out new seasonings and flavors as well as a fantastic way to use up vegetables you have in your kitchen.

Kimchi Stir Fry

A big thank you to Becky for the amazing dinner last night and for showing me new ingredients and ways to use those ingredients!

Kimchi Stir Fry

On this WIAW, what is one of your favorite (unique) ingredients?


  1. says

    I love, love, love egg sandwiches! One of my favorite ingredients is bananas – not too unique, but you can add them to almost anything: smoothies, muffins, pancakes… :)

  2. says

    First and foremost, you deserve a Congratulations on not giving in to any temptations! Secondly, the dinner you two made turned out great!! =)

  3. says

    Great job in avoiding those undesirable habits! And that supper sounds fabulous! I love how you explained how “Becky” did it. Lol. Most recipes are just directions and don’t involve somebody else. Great step-by-step pictures!

  4. says

    Congrats to you for being able to decipher what triggers your “bad habits.” I think that’s half the battle when it comes to making healthy decisions. My new favorite unique ingredient is cajun seasoning. It tastes good on everything… chicken, fish, veggies, even pasta. It adds a ton of flavor without extra fat or sugar.

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