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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hump Day Blog Hop... With some Confessions & Recipes...

Liz @ Fitness BlondieToday, is Wednesday and you all know what that means! It means that it's Hump Day, and starting last week, I became part of the "Hump Day Blog Hop". This is done by Fitness Blondie, a new blog I am following! I found a bunch of great new blogs to read, and a lot of new positive bloggers! This is my third week doing this, and each week I find a few new blogs to stalk follow.
 
Go check it out.. and Join in!
 
I've noticed that most of the blogs that are on this link up, also cross "link" (does that make sense, my techno-stupidity is showing) with "Hump Day Confessions".... 
 
So I thought I would cover some Hump Day Confessions... 
  • I didn't eat dinner last night. I mean, I really wanted to... and I managed to snack on an apple after 7p... but, oh man, did Emry's karate night really take a lot out of me.
  • I held on to the treadmill for a little bit today... I know that doesn't really count towards my running, but, at one point, I needed a minute or two just to find the pace with my feet.
  • Even though today was Running/Core day.. I still did some weighted squats... Because, I am seriously becoming addicted to the results!
     
  • I considered bringing a pint of ice cream with me to work, and eating it all day... I'm hormonal, and it sounded like a GREAT IDEA. I didn't do it though, but I am regretting that decision every time I feel my stomach cramping.
     
  • I keep intending to take this "Full Body Circuit" at the YMCA @ 5:30a.. but, my motivation and fear is keeping me from doing it. What if I look like a dork? What if I can't do it? WHY can't I convince my mind to suck it up buttercup?!?!?!?! Thinking about doing it tomorrow... since, I have to take my car into the dealership... again.... **SIGHS**
     
  • Sometimes I can't get over how many calories are in "healthy" snacks. Like energy/protein bars... Man.... They sound so tasty... but... I just can't physically get myself to eat a 300 calorie energy bar..... The calorie counter of the past SCREAMS at me whenever I think about it.
 
Since, tomorrow I will not be at work, because of the on going car debacle;
(OH: FYI: DO NOT EVER BUY A FORD FIESTA.. EVER... THING HAS BEEN BREAKING SINCE I BOUGHT IT... AND I BOUGHT IT BRAND SPANKING NEW OFF FLOOR... AND NO, I'VE NEVER HAD THIS TYPE OF TROUBLE WITH A CAR BEFORE.. SO IT ISN'T ME)
I am going to borrow Klay's car, and do the grocery shopping on Thursday morning.. so today is going to be spent examining decent recipes for next week... and a few weekend recipes... Not sure if the idea of planning ahead is working... but, it is nice not to wonder about what is available to eat. 

I started perusing recipes yesterday, and I had an INSTANT favorite for the weekly meal... I just need to probably make two trays worth so everyone has enough.

Vegetarian Mexican ManicottiI found this over at Little Leopard Book, and it's a Mexican Manicotti.
 
The only changes I am thinking about making is, that I already have a bunch of canned beans in my cupboard, I was thinking of cooking them, and then using the food processor to make them "refried bean" consistency. 
I'm pretty sure I have lentils and black beans, maybe I'll do a little of both!
 
And, instead of the queso fresco... I may just use the last of the marscapone I have... 

One other note: I am thinking of either getting WHOLE WHEAT or VEGETABLE pasta for this.... Thoughts?
Other than that.... the recipe will be followed exactly.

This makes about 3-4 servings... so I will have to triple it to make it worth it for the week. I'm pretty sure I have a giant baking dish I can use... I'll let you know how it goes!

And then, for the weekend, I found this recipe over at Broke & Bougie, and it's a Cauliflower Crust Calzone!

I'm not going to lie, the idea of a Cauliflower "dough" kind of freaks me out.. and makes me question my cooking abilities.. but, it sounds super simple, and I actually have ALL but ONE of these ingredients at home (Cauliflower doesn't really enter our doors THAT often). 

And for a weekend meal, with probably no left overs, I think the men can suck it up and give it a try! Either that... or start cooking for themselves... 

HA! I control all the power! Mwa-hahahahaha

The only thing to worry about is the weekend breakfast... as I said the Oatmeal Bars were good, but, could have been cooked a little longer.. next time next time... But, Emry didn't like the look of them, so that wasn't a win there... So now, I am searching for the answer to a healthy BULK weekend breakfast option... 

And this one looks like something I can do, and that I have most of the ingredients in my cupboard (which in my world is a BIG deal). This comes from Allrecipes.com and is called "Seminary Muffins".

The only thing I think I have to buy, is the semi sweet chocolate chips... Or, maybe I'll just throw a little unsweetened cocoa powder into it... Hmmm... I wonder what that would do to the structural stability of the muffin... 

But, the appearance of chocolate chips would make Emry more keen to eat it. Decisions... Decisions...


Do you plan your meals ahead? Or do you cook every night?
Do you have any blogs, websites or books that you turn to for easy and healthy recipes?

Please.. Join the Blog Hop... Share some confessions! Have a great Day People!!!!
 
 
 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weekend Recap - 4 days weekends both ROCK and STINK

So, I've been MIA since the long weekend... I thought I would have to write and write and write to keep myself straight... Well... For the most part, I didn't need to... And I will not lie.. I did indulge more than I should have... But, I did exercise ... CRAZY EXERCISE... all days but Sunday.

I decided that Friday's Rest Day, should merely be a rest day from my normal workout routine. I slept in until 6:30am and then made it to the YMCA by 7a. If this doesn't sound like sleeping in to you, remind yourself, this chick, wakes up at 4:30a and is in the gym before the sun considers rising. So... 6:30/7am is like sleeping until NOON in my world. 

http://www.mycardioshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/466dcb391bbf.jpgI used different machines... like the ROWING machine. There was GAMES on it.. and RACES... and I did that for a good 15 minutes... It was undoubtedly FUN! 

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dude, you can lift your leg higher than that
I then moved on to the Stair Climber... Which, was not my favorite, and I only lasted 5 minutes on it. Not because it was hard.. but because I got bored... and FUN was the object of Rest Day Workout... 

I then tried different weighted machines, and discovered a leg adduction machine that has helped me with my Side kicks. Let me see if I can find a picture of it... Anyway.. Needless to say, IN LOVE WITH THAT MACHINE. 

I attempted pull ups/chin ups with only 30 pounds of assistance weight.. and managed to do 5! I am getting closer to not needing the weights AT ALL. And that, my friends, will be a happy day. 

I upped the treadmill as fast as I could run.. and managed an 8 minute 47 second mile... And that was that! 

I think between reps and sets.. I did 1.5 hours of exercise.. and felt INVIGORATED! It was SO nice!

Friday, then became my day to do WHATEVER I wanted. Klay took Emry hiking for the ENTIRE day. THE ENTIRE DAY MEANING: they left around 9:30a and didn't come home until roughly 7p. I chose my time wisely... I went to an Estate Sale with a friend, and bought the items to build Emry's Easter Basket.... Took myself out to lunch.... Had a Chocolate Cherry Bomb Stout with Lunch... Came home and spray painted the hutch that will go in my bathroom (needless to say, it's going to need a few more coats before it is done)... Did the cooking for the week and made the "Chips" for the Easter Dessert.

  1. The Banana Raspberry Oatmeal bars: I could have cooked them a little longer than the recipe called for.. BUT THEY WERE SUPER YUMMY! Will try these again!
  2. The Spaghetti Squasher Quasi Chicken Parm meal I invented... TURNED OUT FANTASTIC... Please, give it a try!!!!
  3. The Fruit Salsa I made for Easter... Was.. Bleh... It wasn't BAD.. but, honestly, I don't think I'll try it again... Fresh fruit would have been better.... 
  4. The "chips": DO NOT MAKE THESE A COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE... MAKE THEM THE DAY OF IF POSSIBLE. They went from crispy awesome to tough cardboard in 36 hours. So, they are AWESOME for the SAME DAY and SUCKTASTIC if made in ADVANCE. Got it? Good... don't make the same mistake I did. 
Saturday was a day spent with the YMCA in the morning, in which I ran like I was being chased by zombies... 27 minute 45 second 5k time... Treadmills are fun... but holy cow, was I sweating from every pour on my body. Then, I did the house work, in which I got significant help from the men folk.. IT WAS AN EASTER MIRACLE. Klay, Emry and I then went to Loew's and purchased an outdoor patio set... and some Adirondack chairs... We are anticipating a lovely Summer in our backyard with BBQ's and Friends and Fire pit time... We needed to have a better set up! And then we watched TV together... Really.. quite a boring day... Oh, and I prepared the Fruit Salsa somewhere around 9p on Saturday... Still.. it really was MEH.... I bet more sugar and cinnamon would have given it something.. but that was going against my morals.. Seriously.. FRUIT SALAD... Ugh moving on...

Sunday... Easter... I was up at 445a to hide the Easter Eggs outside... Quipped with a flashlight, and Klay standing lookout... I managed to get everything hidden... And do you know my luck? Emry didn't wake up until 7a... WHAT A NOOB! 46 eggs were discovered in about 15 minutes, and then we proceeded to go through our AWESOME Easter Basket.. Breakfast was had... candy was ignored (by his choice) until about 10a... He watched Frozen, and played by himself... The adults watched the news.. and had coffee (or a protein drink in my case)....
 

We went to Easter Dinner at his parents... The food was great... Did I adhere to the ONE PLATE rule? I did... I had ONE salad plate.. with little dressing, but as much greens as I could pack in it. I had HALF a dinner plate of: Pork Loin, Apple Sauce, Green Beans. I did have 2 pieces of bread. One dinner roll... and then... She announces that the FRESH BAKED GARLIC HERB BREAD is done.. so, of course I had another (Bread is my weakness.. it really is). 


Truth time, the second piece of bread is where this day got away from me. And, I totally gave in to the "Fat girl" in my head. I am not ashamed, I feel guilty.. but... I have to remember the following statement:

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So.. here we go... This is wear it gets ugly.. LOOK AWAY... 

Dessert came out... and the one plate rule went out the damn window. I had 2 small pieces of the BUNNY cake... 2 large helpings of the underwhelming fruit salsa, and chewy "chips".. I swear they were crunch right after I made them... 

I knew I was losing control, so I cleared the plates... I thought that my idea of getting the plates away from me would be a good idea.. THERE WAS A GLITCH IN THIS LOGIC... This sent me to the kitchen.. where the food that wasn't placed on the table was LEFT.. So, the slices of pork loin... the BREAD.. the copious amounts of bread... the drippings in the pan from the pork loin, right next to the bread.... Sonuvabeech.... Slice of bread.. dunked in the drippings.. and in my mouth... Oooh, a small piece of pork loin... Don't mind if I do.... **SIGHS**

We took home a little pork, the remaining fruit salsa, and NONE of the cake.. Because it would have all been eaten.... So, I count that as a victory.. that I said NO... 

We got home, Klay began working on the Mead he is making for the Wedding Party... 
Emry went and played with his Lionel stuff in the basement... my dad went outside and sat in one of the Adirondack chairs... he took a nap. I... I had a little ice cream and watched a movie... 

I stole a couple jelly beans... 

I watched Survivor with Emry... put him to bed... and then... We watched Game of Thrones... Dad got hungry so I went out to grab him something from Wendy's... AND... I stopped at taco bell...

Yah.. when I go off the reservation.. I really go off the reservation.... 

I'm not proud.. .But, I'm honest... and I need to write this, because SOMEONE ELSE has to understand they are NOT alone....

I woke up on Monday morning, and I did not weigh myself. I knew it was bad... And I didn't care... I got my workout clothes on.. and I was in the gym by 630a... I ran... I lifted... I did a FULL body workout. 

When I say I ran... I need to note that I did 6.74 miles... in 70 minutes. 

I did weighted squats... I did tortuous core exercises... I basically was mentally telling myself that I was NOT okay with what I did yesterday...

I did NOT over do it... I did make myself PAY for what I had previously done though.

AND THEN... I cooled down.. went home... Got reasonably clean.. AND WE WENT HIKING... 
We hiked for 4 hours... And most of it was Rock Scrambles on "Copes Lookout Path" at Mohonk. You may have read about it in my questionnaire this morning.

It was an intense hike. We must have in hiked 5 miles.. Possibly more... But, the rock scrambling made me Climb and use my weight to descend.. and my hands to grip... It was epic.. and I loved it...


 

We went out for Turkish food, and I had a Vegetarian Okra Stew with Bulgur. It was fantastic. 

We then, went for a little walk.. and Klay NEEDED to go for a beer... (He does love his beer)... 
And I had a hard apple cider... and we had a little dessert...

That was a major meal for me... between the Stew and the Cider/Dessert.. I was not hungry for the rest of the day.... Seriously.. no dinner was eaten.. I was just FULL.

We picked Emry up from School, and we did the evening Karate Routine.. and that was that.
Literally.. after Emry went to bed, I took a bath, Klay trimmed my ends (yes, he cuts my hair... I'm growing out a lot of old dye, and can't afford regular trips to the salon).. and I went to BED... 

I woke up this morning, had an amazing weight/strength training session...

http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/73/63/b0/7363b0148b80ecdfe399c7039a4549ce.jpgDID I MENTION THAT WEIGHTED SQUATS WERE MY NEW FAVORITE THING? My legs are getting a definition that I just can't deny! 

I LOVE IT.

Oooh, I bet you're wondering, how I stacked up on the scale this morning.

I woke up... 4 pounds up from where I was on Thursday. Yup. However, a lot of that is bloat from eating unhealthy foods... And I know I'll wake up tomorrow with most of that off... It is that UGLY WEEK FOR ME... so, the bloat is normal. 

I'm not freaked out by it at all.. and I know come this weekend, I'll be exactly where I was... last Thursday.

It's about CONSISTENCY...

Tell me, how was your Easter Weekend? 
Did you stay on track?
Tell me.. HOW DO YOU DO IT?

See y'all tomorrow.

10 questions about running and other things.

I was catching up on my blogs, since I was away since Thursday.. GASP.. I KNOW!
And I came across this questionnaire over at "Life, Love and The Webers" - written by Meg!  
She is a  new runner, and even though I've been running for about a year now, I kind of feel like a new runner myself. Her posts are positive and witty... She's super fun. You should check her out.

If you like the questionnaire, go post one on your blog, and tag the post in the comments! I'll read yours if you read mine!

http://runningonpb.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/hey-girl-keep-running.jpg1. Who was your biggest role model as you first started running?

Wow.. I think what got me on the treadmill, was this guy at work David. I would be using the elliptical.. and he would get on the treadmill and just FLY.. he looked so free... When the elliptical was no longer effective... I started running, and never looked back. And, then he was so motivational when he heard I signed up for my first 5k.. and he continues to be the best "gym buddy" in the entire world.

2. What is your best running memory?

http://wellabe.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/46f14d321a56cadc329fdb6efea912e1.jpgThe 5k was a big deal for me... It really was. But, was it the best memory? Hmmm... No. It wasn't. The best running memory for me, was after I had run outside (at 5a) a couple of times.. I think I had this epiphany that I was actually a runner... I was chasing a garbage truck (with considerable distance between us) from house to house.. and then.. there was a break in the neighborhood, and he started to creep farther and farther away.. and I didn't want that.. I wanted to keep up.. I wanted to be able to read his license plate... So I charged it.. And I pushed it.... And that was the best memory... The darkness of the early morning hours, and trailing a speeding garbage truck... Odd.. but funny.. and if you're a runner, you know what I'm talking about.  

http://funnycatdogphotos.doomby.com/medias/images/0013-cat-eating-too-much.jpg3.The time you now spend running; what was it filled with before you started running?
Eating everything in site. Sleeping. Being lazy. Becoming a drone. Did I mention eating? 

4. What is your favorite TV Show?

http://d1mxyp5ceukbya.cloudfront.net/images/dany-game-of-thrones-unsullied.jpgOh man, there are so many right now. I'm in HUGE love with Game of Thrones... but, also I have a thing for Face Off and Jim Henson's Creature shop. AND THEN there are all the Tattoo "Reality" shows... I watch a lot of TV on Demand, and the same episode multiple times (I usually fall asleep on a lot).

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MEk4ERRj-ok/TyC2h0Ly7FI/AAAAAAAAEWk/nm_Cq3g34iQ/s1600/ice+cream+sundaes+pappas+1211.jpg5. What is one habit you won't give up, even though you know it's not the healthiest?

Habit? Junk Food. I love junk. Candy, Cookies, ICE CREAM (my current major problem)... It's all in moderation, and as long as I don't eat it too often, and I continue working out... I think I'll be fine.. .Or is that denial?

6. If you could have lunch with someone famous, who would you pick?

That's a big question, and in my mind, I can think of 20 famous people that I would have lunch with. But, honestly, I think I would have to go BIG with this one... I'd probably pick Vin Diesel. Now don't judge, it's not just because he is amazingly beautiful and ripped. But, he's also a REAL PERSON. He is a positive person, that believes in projecting your future... He's a father... and a husband. 
I would love to pick his brain and see how he manages to stay so focused and down to earth in an industry that picks at your self esteem... Maybe, my little stressors would disappear if I could hear that sort of wisdom.

7. What is your favorite season for running?
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Late Summer, Early Fall... When the humidity is low, and the mornings are balmy... I had my best outdoor runs in August/September.

8. Describe the one route you would be okay with running over and over for the rest of your life.

http://www.newpaltz.org/Rail_Trail.JPGI don't really have a favorite yet.. But, I am thinking the Rail Trail. It is flat, and paved and goes through a number of our local towns.. you can just run straight for MILES.. no cars, no stop lights... No traffic.... No debris on the road... It's going to be my favorite thing to do this spring/summer/fall.
 
http://www.luxuo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Aulani-Resort-Hawaii.jpg9. If time and money were not an object, where would you go on vacation?

I want to go someplace TROPICAL.. Antigua ... or Haiwaii... Some place all inclusive, with beaches and sun... Little drinks with umbrellas... and me all prepared with a bikini body. Which, I need to note, I have been in ALL winter... And that's a MAJOR accomplishment. 


10. What is your favorite past time, other than lacing up the running shoes?

I love to cook. I love finding new healthy recipes and making them for my family. I've also become a major HIKER (read more about that later today!).... 
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This is Copes Lookout Path, at Mohonk Mountain House. If you zoom the picture there is a gentleman in a RED sweatshirt (Find the center of the picture and move your finger up and to the left a little. He's a BLIP in this picture).. THAT IS THE TRAIL. You go down and do rock scrambles.. until you get the the ground... Not easy.. But Super Fun.



So there we have it! Thanks to Meg for sharing a questionnaire that I really enjoyed doing!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

This is the HARDEST day for me - Health and Fitness Ranting

Thursday is the day before rest day. It is also the day that I "weigh in" for the workshop I take at work. Needless to say, both of these factors make the day SUPER tiring and slightly stressful.

I always make a good weight... I always do a great workout on Thursday mornings. I was thoroughly surprised how great of a Weight/Strength workout I got this morning, even if I only had an hour. 

But... today.... I am only half convinced that tomorrow is Rest Day. 
I am physically prepared to sleep in.. but mentally... I know this is a bad idea.

http://integrateyourself.com/wp-content/uploads/rest-day.jpgNot only is tomorrow REST DAY.. but it's also the start of my 4 day weekend from work.
I don't know about any of you, but, I find that all my dedication and focus goes out the fricking WIND on 4 day weekends. I usually intend to workout, but I won't.. because it's like a VACATION... 



And, the fat girl that lives in my head says "No one work out on vacations. No one eats healthy on vacations."

I know this is NOT true.. I KNOW THIS. But, doesn't stop me. The mental aspect of my journey is harder than the physical part. 




Anyone with me on this? Bueller?


Then there is the fact that Easter is on Sunday... and I know what foods Klay's mom is preparing. I know what I am also preparing, to try and counter balance that. 

I already have the plan for Easter Sunday: 1 plate of food, one solid layer, no piling of food. Choose the dessert I bring... and eat it modestly. 

This is the plan, and oh my God, do I need to stick with it. 

In my home, we make our plates (even during holidays) in the kitchen, or from a table with food set up.. And then, we bring our plates to the eating table. This makes it super easy to eat one plate, and not get up for seconds. This is usually because the conversation takes over, and by time anyone has time to breathe... the food is getting a little cold. I don't like to reheat food, especially if I have company. I don't mind if anyone else does.. I choose not to do it.

HOWEVER: Klay's parents keep the food in the center of the eating table.. So it is super easy just to SPOON AN EXTRA SERVING.. or two.... or three... There is still the intense conversation, but, the food is still right in front of you. That is very troubling for me. That's where the Fat Girl in my head starts to really speak LOUD. 

I think that when everyone is done eating, I'll just clear the table of the dinner plates.. this will get me away from the food, hopefully until it gets too cold for me to be interested. Same thing with setting up and breaking down from dessert. The longer I stay away from the table... the better chance food will not GET in my mouth. 

IF FOOD GETS NEAR YOU --- IT WILL GET IN YOU.

But let's back track.. That's Sunday.. I still have Friday and Saturday to get through before then! 

Friday, even though it's supposed to be rest day.. has me all perplexed. I know Sunday is coming... Maybe I should get a class in... or a workout in. The YMCA has this class at 545a that is a complete body workout... that is supposed to "push you past your level of comfort"... Maybe if I kill it.. just for 45 minutes... and do my Saturday and Sunday workouts.. I won't feel so bad... I won't worry so much?

I think I may kill my workouts for next week though.. I'm really torn.. 

Thoughts? Do I work out a little bit tomorrow morning? or let it truly be a rest day? 



I have pre-planned meals for myself... and I just need to keep busy, and out of the kitchen. 
This may be easy on ONE of those days.. but certainly not both....

I may go window shopping, just to get out of the house... Hell, if it's warm enough, I may even go take a hike or something... Just to get AWAY from the kitchen.

I do have a project I want to do... I recently bought this Wicker Bathroom Hutch. It goes over the toilet bowl, and has a cubby and a cabinet on it. It is a blonde colored wood, and I would like for it to go in my "Purple" bathroom. I call it the purple bathroom because the towels are a Deep Fuscia and Dark Slate Grey... Now blonde wood doesn't really go with that... I am thinking of spray painting it Black... Perhaps doing a little decorative stenciling with a Deep Fuscia, just on the doors....

I think if it's really nice on Friday.. I will do that... The thing is.. I need to do it in the driveway, with a tarp on the ground... So it can't be too windy... or too cold. 

Pray for WARMTH.. For my sake.. PLEASE pray for warmth.

There is the weekly cooking, and the cleaning, and the prepping for Easter... But, that only takes me SO long... I need to find activities for BOTH of those days... I may just right rinky dink posts too pass the time.. WHO KNOWS! I am a desperate woman!

Then, there is MONDAY.
Monday - Emry goes back to school, and Klay is off, just like I am. A day alone.. just the two of us? Oh YAY!!!!!!!! We rarely get these.. but they always wind up this way:
We go hiking, and then go out for lunch and eat 3x what we burned.. . . . . . I do not want to do that this time. 

I also don't want to schedule this time... It should be a relaxing day... A day wear we can be that giddy engaged couple... Just two adults... 

I need to stay positive. I need to stay motivated. I need to remember why I am doing this. I need to remember it's a lifestyle choice.. not a diet... not a blip in my existence... 

THAT BEING HEALTHY IS MY EXISTENCE.

Also: 
I think I've become addicted to that Pharrel song "Happy"... No matter when I hear it.. I want to dance.. it is INFECTIOUS. 

Perhaps every time I get scared, or depressed or start giving in to temptation... Perhaps then, I should play that song... It may work...

Because.. you know what... I'm happy.


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What's Emry Eating Today?



Today's lunch:
  • A flower shaped turkey and cheese - decorated with food coloring and Easter toothpicks.
  • A Colby Jack Cheese stick - decorated like a BUNNY: Paper Ears taped on, and permanent markers make the face.
  • 2 Samoa Cookies & a Green Bunny Lollipop Ring  (placed in an Easter Cupcake Liner)
  • Baby Carrots (placed in an Easter Cupcake Liner)


I know that Emry loved all of his lunches this week, and I did enjoy making them. There was a ZEN quality to it. 

I, also, know I would never be able to keep up with this... so, if you want to see more Awesome Kid Lunches, please go to Bentology and check out the amazing things she comes up with.

Stay tuned!! More to come later!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Food Foood FoooD Foood - FOOD-ITY FOOD!

Every week, I prepare a bulk meal, that can be reheated throughout the week, for lunch or dinner... I make enough for the 4 of us to eat. I always have extra vegetables and fruit around as well... This has worked for us for the past... well.. Forever. I've done this since Emry was a baby.

The only change in this is, that once I started being Healthy, the quality and nutrition value of the meals sky rocketed through the roof. I like to try different recipes (from all spots on the globe), new things, new flavors. Chopped, is one of my favorite shows. 

I also, very recently, started making a weekend breakfast, so that the men of the house actually EAT... I try to make this a healthy option as well.. and I am learning how to bake because of this new endeavor.

This week, I have to make our weekly meal, but I also have to prepare 2 dishes for Easter Brunch/Dinner. I have to prepare a vegetable side dish, and a dessert. Well, to be honest, I only have to prepare the vegetable side. I am choosing to do a healthy dessert, because I want something to pick from, other than the BUNNY CAKE!

I am going to make a huge Mixed Green Salad, for the side dish. Mixed Greens, Cherry Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Cucumber. I am also contemplating making my own dressing as well. But, that's if and only if I do not run out of time. I also like adding nuts and shredded cheese to salads. But, these things are usually on the side. Some people don't like NUTS. WEIRDOS! 

For dessert, I had found this Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Tortilla Chip recipe. Now, I cannot seem to find the original one. I swear to God, it was on one of the blogs I follow on here... but, now, I can't find it. I found one here, but I have to make serious edits to the recipe. 

Here, let me do a recipe re-do!



Fruit Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Chips

Salsa Ingredients
·         2 kiwis, peeled and diced
·         2 Golden Delicious  Macintosh and Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and diced
·         8 ounces raspberries
·         1 (16 oz) carton of strawberries, diced
·         1 or 2 mangos chopped
·         1 or 2 peaches peeled, pitted, diced
·         2 tablespoons white sugar (more or less to taste)
·         1 tablespoon brown sugar (more or less to taste)
·         3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor (I used strawberry homemade mango hot pepper)
·         10 (10 inch) flour whole wheat tortillas (or use Stacy's cinnamon chips)
·         melted butter or butter flavored cooking spray
Cinnamon sugar Ingredients:

·         1 cup  ¼ cup white sugar  
·          ¼ cup brown sugar 
·          2 4 Tablespoons cinnamon
 
Instructions
·  In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, and the rest of the fruit white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.
·  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
·  Coat one side of each flour whole wheat tortilla with melted butter or butter flavored cooking spray. Sprinkle tortillas with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Spray again with cooking spray (not necessary if using melted butter).
·  Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture. This salsa can also be serve with cinnamon graham grackers or cinnamon pita chips.

Best when made and eaten the same day otherwise the fruit gives off so too much juice and it gets runny. (Side note: I don’t think this is really true… But, just in case, I’ll make it the night before…)

There is my re-do on this recipe. I don't understand why you would add all the extra sugar to already sweet fruit, especially if you were adding a fruit preserve in as well. The chips were overly sugary as well.. so I opted for 1/2 the overall sugar amount, and substituted some brown sugar as well... And I upped the cinnamon.. because.. who doesn't love cinnamon? RIGHT?!?!


So there, we go, that's Easter taken care of!

This weekend, for the weekend breakfast, I took a recipe from "Broke and Bougie".  This another amazing blog that I found due to the Wednesday Blog Hop! Liz over at Fitness Blondie does this, and I highly recommend it. You can snag the button from the top left of my blog, or, you can go to her site, and be in awe of her awesomeness! 

Anyway, this recipe is for a Clean Eating Berry Banana Oatmeal Bake. No hiding what this is, it is pretty self explanatory.. It's an oatmeal bar. An easy to make OATMEAL BAR.

To be honest, we usually have all of these ingredients! The only thing I think I have to buy extra, will be the walnuts. And that's pretty awesome! 

She does step by step photos on what this looks like, so you don't have to be stumped. I know when I bake, which I am no baker, pictures help to boost my confidence.... as in "OH it SUPPOSED to look like THIS!".




And that will take care of the weekend breakfast... Seems really easy right? Seems like I'm ahead of the game... RIGHT?! 

Nope.. Still have to figure out what we're eating for the WEEK and on Saturday. 

In my fridge right now I know I have Basil, Red Peppers, Chicken Sausage, Polenta and Marscapone. The last two ingredients were from the amazing Polenta Skillet I made last weekend. I have a lot left of the marscapone, so I would love to figure out a way to incorporate it into one of the needed meals.

Now, I'm thinking I need to do some research on this.. Because in my head, most of those ingredients could be thrown with some roasted spaghetti squash... into a pseudo Chicken Parmesan... You see what I'm saying? Everything except for the polenta. 

So, now, let me see if I can use a recipe, to make my own concoction! 

**BRIEF INTERMISSION WHILE I LOOK FOR RECIPES** 

OKAY... I found THIS. We're going to do another recipe change-a-roo!

Spaghetti Squash and Chicken Sausage Casserole.


Ingredients

3 1/2 pound spaghetti squash
Minced clove of garlic
2 cans of diced tomatoes
One package of Chicken Sausage, cooked and chopped
¼  cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup Marscapone cheese
1/2 cup (packed) fresh parsley or basil leaves
1 or 2 chopped Red peppers.
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place squash halves, cut side down, to the baking sheet and bake for about 45-55 minutes.

While squash is cooking, sautee minced garlic, and then add the 2 cans of diced tomatoes (with liquid). Add marscapone cheese and stir until sauce begins to thicken. Add cooked chicken sausage, and remove from heat.

Remove the squash from the oven. With a fork rake the squash until it separates fully into strands and only the shell remains. Transfer the strands to a casserole pan. Pour on top of the squash strands and stir in the red pepper, and the parsley or basil and adjust the seasoning. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top, and then place back in the oven for 10-15 minutes (or until the casserole has cooked through).



So, that's the plan with that! A full casserole dish usually gives all of us enough for 4 or 5 days. Plus, there will be salad and fruit available as always.

Saturday's Dinner is too much to digest right now (ha .. see what I did there?!!) and I think I am going to just have to go with it.. and make sure I have healthy options available.

I know you have to plan for success, but, I simply have nothing in my head right now. Perhaps, after I peruse my refridgerator and freezer, I'll get some better ideas.. until then... Going with my gut!

  Until later my friends!



Fruit Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Chips
Ingredients
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples - peeled, cored and diced
  • 8 ounces raspberries
  • 1 (16 oz) carton of strawberries, diced
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor (I used strawberry)
  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas (or use Stacy's cinnamon chips)
  • melted butter or butter flavored cooking spray
  • Cinnamon sugar:
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
Add Fresh Creamy Flavor w/ Mexico Avocados
 
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Coat one side of each flour tortilla with melted butter or butter flavored cooking spray. Sprinkle tortillas with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Spray again with cooking spray (not necessary if using melted butter).
  4. Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture. This salsa can also be serve with cinnamon graham grackers or cinnamon pita chips. Best when made and eaten the same day otherwise the fruit gives off so too much juice and it gets runny.

Read more at http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2010/05/fruit-salsa-with-baked-cinnamon-chips.html#PO8t6umhdvtBrsIz
Fruit Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Chips
Ingredients
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples - peeled, cored and diced
  • 8 ounces raspberries
  • 1 (16 oz) carton of strawberries, diced
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor (I used strawberry)
  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas (or use Stacy's cinnamon chips)
  • melted butter or butter flavored cooking spray
  • Cinnamon sugar:
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon

Read more at http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2010/05/fruit-salsa-with-baked-cinnamon-chips.html#PO8t6umhdvtBrsIz.99