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WIAW #18 – Meatless Monday!!

Ello’ loves!! (Yup, when I typed that I said it out loud with a British accent. Don’t judge me.)

I ‘ope you’re all splendid t’day! (Still British. Only more like Hagrid this time.)

I’m just chugging along this week looking forward to the weekend!! Sometimes, I can’t decided whether it’s good to always look forward to the weekend … or if it’s bad to not try and enjoy the present moment. I do what I can to enjoy the 40 hours a week I spend at work…but ya know…I’d rather be doing yoga… or eating. 😀

Oh well! At least we all always have What I Ate Wednesday to get us over the hump, right?! RIGHT!! [Shout out to Miss Jen at Peas and Crayons! Word up, chikadeee!]

I thought about doing what I ate Sunday this week…and I even started taking pictures of all my food. Theeeeeen I forgot. Oopsies!! So, instead, today you shall be observing my Monday. More specifically, my MEATLESS Monday. I love that I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I go days without eating meat and I don’t even notice it until I gather all of the photographic evidence together. Heh. It’s certainly not a bad habbit, amiright?!

Mmkkay enough jibber jabber. On to the food!!

Breakfast: Behold my latest breakfast obsession!! It’s glorious, I tell you. I take two Wegmans brand organic blueberry waffles and toast em up. I smear a tablespoon of peanut butter onto waffle number one right out of the toaster so that it gets all melty when you spread it. Then, I smother it all with a cup of frozen berries that I microwave for 45 seconds to warm through and turn into a delicious berry sauce. I top it with waffle number two and devour. It’s perfect. I love everything about it. Except for when I finish it…because all I want to do is keep eating it!!

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Snack: 1 oz of 2% pepperjack with 6 triscuits. It’s my go to morning snack lately.

cheeseandcrackersLunch: A huuuge delicious salad of spinach, cherry tomatoes, carrots, red onion, yellow bell pepper, avocado, and two sliced hard boiled eggs. I drizzled it with some balsamic vinegar and just a tiny bit of evoo. This is probably one of the simplest salads I make and every time I do I’m just like “BEST SALAD EVER WHY DON’T I MAKE THIS MORE.” Then I forget about it. Not this time, Jen. At least I hope!

saladBeverage: Johnny and I snagged some beverages on our lunch break on Monday. Sometimes we’ll just eat at our desks so we can get out of the office for an hour or so. I had one of the most bizarre hot chocolates of my life. I ordered a nonfat hot chocolate and the woman making it was like “would you like to try it with our sugar free syrup” and I was all “Yes, please.” Then I got it, and sipped it, and well…have you ever had like…a chocolate flavored hard candy? Where you’re like…this tastes kind of like chocolate…but it doesn’t really feel like I’m eating chocolate. Anyone? Bueller? Yeah – well that’s kind of what this tasted like. Definitely not something I would get again. But I enjoyed it while I had it. At least the foam on top was perrrfect!!

cocoaSnack: Gosh I’m dying for warm weather so I can eat cold snacks all the time!! I’m loving that it’s warm out now, but dreading that there is supposed to be snow again tonight. Come on, man! Sigh. Over the weekend, Johnny and I were discussing my recovery from baby this summer and I’ve officially decided that I’m really not worried about it. I always have a much easier time eating clean in the summer when I can grill everything and live off of fresh fruits and veggies and other delicious healthy things meant to be consumed cold! Liiiike icy cold greek yogurt mixed with a touch of peanut butter and honey to dip fresh, crisp apples in! (This apple – not the best. C’est la vie.)

applesandyogurtDinner: Melinda and I had a dinner date on Monday! We caught up on all of her weddding planning and all of my baby planning at Neato Burrito. It’s a Central PA Burrito place with a few locations. Personally – I like it waaaaaaaaaaay more than Chipotle. The hubby does not. Thus why I get it with Melinda. There loads of options for just about anyone. Melinda pretty much got a bowl of nachos with a little chicken and lots of veggies on top. I went with a burrito, which is rare for me, but I was in the mood for the wrap and not so much the rice. I had a jalapeno cheese wrap with their amazinggggg vegan Troegs three bean chili,  just the tinnnnnniest bit of brown rice (just so it didn’t get too soggy from the chili), a wee bit of cheese, cilantro pesto, smoked chipotle salsa, lettuce, tomato, onion, and guacamole. Oh yeah, and I had them throw in a handful of crushed tortilla chips!! That’s kind of their thing. And it’s brilliant. Man. Everything about this burrito was perfect. I pretty much housed the whole thing, minus the last little bit of tortilla at the bottom that gets all folded up and actually contains no filling at all. (The worst part of burritos!!)
burrito

Well, I certainly loved my veggies on Monday! I’ve actually been loving them all week, like a boss. Salads for lunch. Stir fry for dinner. Tonight I’m making some chipotle chicken sausage wraps with my southwest slaw salad.

Have you been loving your veggies this month?!

What’s your latest breakfast obsession??

Do you ever have meatless days without even realizing it??


 

Real Food Recipe Roundup #1 – Tilapia Tacos & Southwest Slaw

It’s here, it’s here, it’s here!!!

Thursday is finally here!!

I’m soooooooooooooo excited to share my very first Real Food Recipe for my Real Food Recipe Roundup. Today I’m sharing a recipe that is tried and true in my home. I hope you love this recipe as much as Johnny and I do (though he’d prefer more tacos and less slaw)! I make this over and over again because it’s so quick and easy to throw together, lite and healthy after a workout, and freaking delicious. If you plan to link up below, and I sure hope you do, be sure to grab my button and pop it into your post so folks know where they can find other Real Food Recipes, too!!

Twenty-Something & Starving

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tilapia tacos with southwest slaw

Tilapia Tacos & Southwest Slaw

serves 2 

For the Southwest Slaw

  • 1 bag of preshredded coleslaw mix
  • 1 cup of cilantro, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup of Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Yogurt Southwest Ranch Salad Dressing (You need to take some shortcuts somewhere, folks. Check out the ingredients! I’m never guilty when I use this dressing!)

Combine all of the ingredients in a big bowl!! Toss well with dressing to coat!

For the Tilapia Tacos

  • 3 (4 oz) pieces of tilapia
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • The juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons H2O
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • Avocado for garnish

Spray a medium skillet with some nonstick spray and place over medium high heat. Season the tilapia fillets with the spices and add to the skillet. Let the fillets cook for about 5 minutes before you try and flip them (It’s okay if they break apart a little, because you’ll flake the fish apart before serving! Am I smart or what?!) Once you’ve flipped the fish, add half of the lime juice, all of the lime zest, and the water and cover with a lid. Let cook about 3 minutes more or until the fish is cooked through. Remove from heat and flake the fish apart with a fork.

Warm your tortillas wrapped in a damp paper towel for about 30 seconds.

To server, portion out the flaked fish in the warm tortillas. Top with avocado and remaining lime juice.

Serve with salad on the side OR you can get really fancy and put some of it INSIDE of the tacos, too!! Crazy!!

southwest slaw and tilapia tacos

Now don’t be shy!! Heck, even if your post isn’t brand new and you’ve got a real food recipe to share let’s see it!! Happy cooking and eating to all!!

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Coulda Been Worse – What I Ate Wednesday #12

Hey Dudes! I hope you’re all swell.  We made it to Wednesday!! (Thank, goodness!!)

I swear I’m already just having “one of those days.” You know the kind I’m talking about. I’ve been lovingly referring to them as “pregnancy days.” Where all I want to do is cry for no reason whatsoever and everything that comes out of everyones mouth sounds stupid and makes me want to punch them in he head. Doesn’t matter what they say. “Hey Jen, look at this puppy!” *punch* “Hey Jen, I  ended world hunger!” *punch* Moody McMooderson today. C’est la vie. At least it’s a little cathartic just to type it all out and share my crazy with all of you. 😀

Oh! And just in case you haven’t had the chance to check it out…we found out if Baby Yoder is a boy or a girl over the weekend!!!! CHECK OUT MY AWESOME POST ABOUT IT!!!

Anywho, on to the foods! Thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting another week of the party.

PreGym Snack: So Johnny and I decided that this week we are going to give morning workouts a try. We’ve never really done it before, and we have no idea what our routine will be like post-baby, so we figured why not give it a whirl! I’m pretty sure he’s enjoying it more than I am, but he also doesn’t have hair to dry and makeup to put on in a locker room. We’ve been up by 5:35 and out the door by 5:50. I don’t want to get up earlier, but I think we may have to if we keep it up. This means we’re at the gym by 6:00 and I need to be in the locker room ready to shower by 6:45 so that I’m ready and raring to head to work by 7:20. I’d really like to be able to get in a full hour. *Sigh* Lots to figure out.  I’m really not super hungry when I get up in the morning, but I know I need to get something down. Yesterday I went with a piece of whole wheat toast with a schmear of smart balance and a schmear of strawberry jam. I poured myself that milk, didn’t drink it, then used it for tea for the rest of the day at work.

toastBreakfast:  Even though it was only 8 degrees out yesterday I still went with a cold breakfast. An icy cold banana (because it was sitting in our 8 degree car while we worked out) with some plain nonfat greek yogurt mixed with a tablespoon on peanut butter, a teaspoon of honey, and a dozen chocolate chips. Cold, but flippin delicious!

breakfastSnack: I definitely could tell that I worked out in the morning, as I was much hungrier than usual after that breakfast. Around 10 I nommed on a hard-boiled egg, some triscuit crackers, and a french onion laughing cow cheese wedge. (French onion are my favorite! Do you have a favorite laughing cow cheese?!)

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Lunch: I was thrilled it was finally time for lunch. I don’t often have Lean Cuisines anymore, but when I do, the Tortilla Crusted Fish is one of my favorites. It’s only 300 calories with 14 grams of protein and 9 grams of fat.  I actually cooked this up and steamed a cup of  some fresh spinach in the microwave at the same time. I mixed the rice with the steamed spinach for an extra dose of veggies and I topped the fish with some fresh avocado. I think that when you do have frozen entrees, serving them with a little something fresh in a bowl or on a plate (not the plastic tray it comes in) definitely makes for a much more enjoyable eating experience. I munched on this for lunch while Johnny and I caught up on some Parks & Rec on Hulu+. I love how Chris and Anne are having a baby this season!! They’re so silly and perfect together!

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Snack: Me and my Luna Bars. Chocolate peppermint stick is just too delicious for me to stop myself. I could certainly have worse addictions! I also had a string cheese on my way out the door at work…but I figured you guys have seen enough string cheeses for a while…so I didn’t take a pic.

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Dinner: Dinner time was fun last night. I’d never made white chicken chili before and I decided it was time I give it a whirl! I sauteed a white onion and yellow bell pepper in just a wee bit of olive oil just until they were soft.  I added about half of a chopped up rotisserie chicken, 2 cans of white beans, 2 cans of green chilies, a can of hominy, and half a box of chicken stock. I seasoned it with 2 teaspoons of garlic powder, 2 teaspoons of cumin, 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon of chili powder, and 1 teaspoon of oregano. I also added the juice and zest of half of a lime. It was amusing, because of our AM workout Johnny was like “I don’t know what to do with my time!” so  he started helping me with dinner by stirring the pot while I added everything to it. Then he was like ” I don’t know how you do this every night…it’s so boring!” Oh, my love bug. What a nut! I also whipped up a quick batch of biscuits with some Bisquick Heart Smart Baking Mix. Just the baking mix and some skim milk whipped up together, dropped on a sheet pan, and baked for 7 minutes at 450. Done and done. Topped my chili with a wee bit of cheese, sliced avocado, and a squeeze more lime. It was delightful!!

chickenchili

Dessert: It’s funny, I look at my day of food and I’m like “Good job, me. You worked out. You ate well. You’re a rock star.” And then I’m like…oh wait you’re pregnant…go ahead and have that cookie.  Heh – just one though! And some skim milk. Definitely could have been worse, right? 😉

cookie


 

So, do you prefer AM or PM workouts? Why do you prefer them??
What’s your preferred frozen entree if you resort to them??
Are you watching Parks & Rec this season?
Do you ever have a day of eating well and then finish it up with something less healthy?

 

 

What I Ate Wednesday #10

Hello, world!! A very happy Wednesday to you.

I’ve grown particularly fond of Wednesday’s lately, thanks (pretty much in ALL parts) to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the wonderful linkup that is What I Ate Wednesday. I really do love sitting around Wednesday nights and going through as many other blogs as I can to check out what everyone else is munching. I think it’s silly and fun to see how we’re really all the same, you know. We all get stuck in ruts. We all have a few favorite things that we eat all the time (like my string cheese!). We all seek inspiration from others at times to shake up our food routines. And we all love to eat! Taking a peek into someone else’s life for a day can be kind of exciting, don’t you think?! Here are my Wednesday eats!!

Breakfast: I had a big bowl of Special K Chocolaty Delight with Red Berries with some 1% milk, a clementine, and some decaf Lady Grey tea. I actually keep cereals like this on hand for dessert most of the time! Late at night (ya know, 9 o’clock) and when I want something sweet I’d rather have a little 100 calorie bowl of cereal and low fat milk than cookies or candy, ya know what I mean?
specialk

Snack: I had a hard-boiled egg, followed shortly by a string cheese. 

hbegg stringcheeseLunch: Very soon after my snacks I felt suuuuuper hungry. Like…I had the hungry shakes. Does anyone else ever experience those?? I stood up and was like “Whoa, man, I need to eat something right now before I fall over.” Not qutie sure what the deal was with this today, as I felt like I had eaten enough up to that point in time. I decided not to mess around, though, and I got up and made my lunch right away. I had a Morning Star Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger on a whole wheat engish muffin with 1/4 of a perfectly ripe avocado, cilantro, and butter lettuce leaves! I had some baby carrots on the side, too. I usually bring along some cheese and salsa to go with my veggie burgers, too, but I forgot them today. Oh well, it was still delicious (and I made much less of a mess eating it!)!

veggieburger

Snack: I ate lunch at my desk today so Johnny and I had our full lunch hour to head over to the outlets on our break. We made a pitstop at Starbucks and I snagged a decaf-short-soy-latte with cinnamon dolce sprinkles on top!! It was perfect to sip while we walked around outside, as it’s a tad bit chilly out. I can’t complain too much, though, as 45 degrees is waaaaaaaaaaay better than 2 degrees! I also had a few dried apple slices when we got back to work. (Thanks again, Nicole!)

babylatte driedapples

PreGym Snack: Today I had a Carrot Cake Luna Bar. Chocolate Peppermint Stick is still my favorite of the Luna Bars (followed VERY closely by S’mores). I like the carrot cake one, but not as much as I hoped considering how much I adore carrot cake! What’s your favorite Luna Bar flavor??

lunabar

Dinner: Oh man. I loved dinner tonight. So quick and tasty, which in my opinion are two adjectives that should describe every dinner ever! NO RECIPE RECIPE: I grilled some chicken on the George Forman grill that I rubbed with some store bought pesto. When I pulled them off the grill I topped each with a slice of 2% milk provolone cheese. I sauteed some cherry tomatoes in garlic with a touch more pesto to top mine and had some green beans with garlic, lemon, and olive oil on the side. Absolutely perfect dinner!!

pesto chicken and green beansThat’s all she wrote, today!! Though, I won’t lie, I’m pretty sure imma snag a piece of toast with some pb&j on it and a glass of milk when I watch Top Chef later!! Perhaps I’ll update the post later with a photo. We’ll see! Anyone else out there a Top Chef fan?? I’m routing for Shirley this season…or for Louis to come back and win it all from last chance kitchen!! His smile …. he’s so adorable … and I’d eat the heck out of his food!!!

Until next time! Hopefully I’ll be posting a recipe later this weekend! And you’ll be getting a Baby Yoder update soon, too! Only TWO WEEKS until we know if it’s a boy or a girl!!!!

 

 


This Snow Sure is Chili

So how many of you East Coasters out there had a snow day today?!?

Lucky. You. 

I wish I could say the same. I was up extraaaaa early to make sure Johnny and I had enough time to scrape all of the ice and snow off the car and get to work on time. The roads weren’t too shabby this morning, though. Especially compared to last night! Yikes! Our usual 40 minutes commute took an additional hour. It was insane. I’ve been living in Central PA for almost four years now and they just never seem prepared for snow.

Oh well, ya know what I do when it snows?

Make cozy foods.

Like chili! And oatmeal!!

I don’t know how you feel about chili, but I effing love it.

Beef Chili. Chicken Chili. Turkey Chili. Green Chili. White Chili. Bean Chili. On a train. In the rain. You name it, I love it. It’s definitely up there as one of my most favorite foods of all time. One of the many delicious reasons I love chili so much is all of the fun ways you can serve it!! You can top it with cheese, cilantro, red onions, green onions, tortilla chips, sour cream (if you’re into that sort of thing), with cornbread, over rice, over spaghetti (Cincinnati style), on a baked potato, on french fries – the options are endless!! I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that I just love any food that I can customize and play with! On any given day I can mix up whatever pot of chili I’m feeling like and I can top it with whatever I have on hand and it’s like a party! But ya know…with just me…and chili….which sounds kind of lame but I swear is actually really exciting!

Johnny enjoys chili…but not the same way I do.  He thinks that I make too many “southwestern” inspired dishes. Boooooooo!! Chili powder, garlic, cumin, cayenne, chipotle. I go through these spices faster than anything else in my pantry. I can’t help myself. I’m so drawn to the smokey/spicy/sweet combination that so many southwestern dishes offer and chili is no exception and the best by far! I have tried many-a-different version of chili. This, of all my recipes, is my favorite. It’s not too complicated to make and the it’s the perfect combination of lean ground beef and beans with a hearty portion of peppers and onions, too. It’s even more appropriate for me these days (meaning “being pregnant” days) since it’s super important to make sure I’m getting enough iron and fiber – which this recipe is chock full of thanks to the beef and bean combo!! Johnny describes my chili as “weird – it’s spicy and sweet all at the same time!” Well, my love, that’s exactly what I was going for!  Here is the recipe!!

My Favorite Chili Recipe Ever

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 chipotle in adobo, minced (plus 1 tablespoon of the adobo the chipotles come in)
  • 3 heaping tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional Garnishes: Cilantro, Scallions, Avocado, Lime, Cheese, Sour Cream, Red Onion, Tortilla Chips

Begin by heating 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large pot over high heat. Add the peppers and onion and let them cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. They will start to char in some places from the high heat and this is exactly what you want!! Add the beef and garlic and continue to cook until the beef is brown. (If your using a less lean beef, you may want to stop and drain off some of the fat).

When the beef is brown,  lower the heat and add the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste to the pot. Make sure you scrape the bottom of the pan with your spoon or spatula to get up all of the good stuff from the bottom! Fill the crushed tomato can halfway with water, swirl it around to get out any extra tomato hanging out on the sides of the can, and add it to the pot. Add all off the spices and stir well to combine. Add the beans, stir, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour (or as long as you can patiently wait before digging in!).

Serve with whatever topping you like!

This time around I had cheese, avocado, red onion, and some tortilla chips for scooping….and it was perfection.

chili!Now did I mention something about oatmeal up there before? I seem to have gotten particularly excited about chili. Oh well! I love to enjoy a cozy bowl of oatmeal from time to time. Sometimes, though, I just don’t feel like standing over a pot in the morning to make myself a cozy bowl. The instant stuff just doesn’t do it for me anymore these days. I had some suuuuper ripe (like I had to use them up before the turned to mush) pears on hand this week and I whipped up a quick, healthy, and easy baked pear oatmeal for breakfast! If your New Year’s resolution is to watch you waistline this is a hearty recipe that will definitely tide you over until lunch (unless, maybe, you’re pregnant and find you’re eating everything in site…then you may want to have some clementines on hand to munch on the side…or maybe that’s just me…) Here is the recipe!

Baked Pear Oatmeal

  • 2 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup reduced fat vanilla soy milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 4 ripe pears, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the soy milk, eggs, extracts, brown sugar, and maple syrup. When the mixture is combined, add the pears and whisk gently to combine.

Add the soy milk mixture to the oat mixture and mix well until everything is combined.

Pour the mixture into a baking dish sprayed with a little nonstick spray. Bake at 375 for thirty minutes or until golden.

Serve immediately! (Or, let cool completely before slicing and placing the squares into individual baggies and freeze! Reheat in the microwave for 2 minutes or until warm through!)

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