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What I Ate Wednesday #13

Greetings and a very happy Hump Day to you all!!

By a show of hands, how many of you are snowed in today??

Heh – perhaps a show of hands wasn’t the best approach. Silly internets.

Either way. This snow and ice is ridiculous! As long as they don’t close the gym today I’m good. Keep your fingers crossed for me!! Come on Central PA and get your act together! 

Oh well, at least I prepared my post early again like a champion!! This week’s What I Ate Wednesday post, brought to you (as always) by the delightful Jenn at Peas and Crayons are actually my Monday eats.  This particular Monday I had quite a few leftovers from our Super Bowl celebration, which were alllllll delicious!

On to the nommies!!

Breakfast: It’s so funny that I don’t think I’ve ever posted this breakfast for a WIAW, but I swear I eat this like 3 times a week. Especially in the cold weather months!! What we have here is 1 banana mashed up with about 1 tablespoon of skim milk mixed together with 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 1/2 scoop of vanilla almond designer whey protein, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 20 semi sweet chocolate chips. I microwave it for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, stop it to mush down anything that may have started to puff up over the side of the bowl, and microwave it for another 3 minutes. It comes out with a mug-cakey like texture…and it’s absolutely delicious! I top it with a tablespoon of peanut butter while it’s still hot so the peanut butter melts all over it. It’s perfect. And it seriously keeps even pregnant me full until lunch time.  I enjoyed it with an 8oz glass of orange juice and my decaf earl gray tea.

proatsI snapped a photo of the snowy mess outside my office on Monday. The snow is so pretty! Just, ya know, a pain to function in when the roads are barely salted an plowed.

snowy

Lunch: Please excuse the blurry photo, but I was preeeeeeeettttyy hungry once I sat down with my lunch and I was all *snaps picture* DEVOUR!! This sandwich was essentially what I made for dinner for our Super Bowl shenanigans.  I took an eye round and popped it in the crock pot all day with some garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and beef broth.  I shredded it all up and placed it on a toasted roll brushed with a tiny bit of garlic oil, provolone cheese, and spinach (that spinach was just for me…because I love it…and a vegetable was necessary). I also had a tiny baby pear that I’ve had sitting around for the last week that’s been getting super ripe and a string cheese pretty soon after lunch.

blurry sammiesnacktime

Snacks:  I was just a munch machine on Monday. Heh. Does anyone else just love a good alliteration? Anywho, throughout the afternoon I munched on some more Super Bowl leftover – Sabra Chiptole Hummus (which has officially turned into my new favorite thing and I will have a hard time not eating it every waking moment of every day) with some baby carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower. I also picked up some Popcorners. Anyone try these guys yet? They are like PopChips…but made with corn rather than potatoes. They taste kind of like a tortilla chip and popcorn made delicious babies. They are awesome in this hummus!!! A little later in the afternoon I snagged a greek yogurt with some walnuts mixed in. I knew we were getting groceries and probably wouldn’t have dinner until a little later, so I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t get the hungries while I was shopping. Though Johnny did. So he got a fun pack of peppers, cheddar, and multiseed crackers that he shared with me once we got to Wegmans.

hummusandsuchyogurtDinner: So, in an effort to try and have us BOTH eat less meat and, also, to help reduce our grocery bill a bit, Johnny and I have agreed to having Meatless Monday dinners. We also take Monday night off from the gym, so I do what I can to keep our dinners on the healthier side on Monday – but maybe have something we wouldn’t necessarily enjoy after a tough workout. This one right here is one of my favorite quickies to make. I saute about 4 cloves or garlic in a little olive oil and toss in about 4 giant handfuls of spinach and let it wilt down, adding a littttttle splash of white wine to let it wilt faster. I add strained, cooked pasta to it and a can of rinsed canellini beans. I season it with a healthy dose of garlic powder and toss in about 1/3 cup of diced, roasted red peppers. Mix in a little parmesan cheese, another handful of spinach (I like to have some super wilted and some with a bit more texture), lemon zest, and a touch more olive and dinner is served in 15 minutes! I love this dish so much!

white bean and spinach pastaDessert: Well, technically I don’t know if you’d call this dessert, but I did! I  have the same problem that so many folks do in that I really like to end my day with something sweet. Tonight it was just a big glass of chocolate milk! Skim milk and some Nesquick syrup. I snuggled up with Johnny and Q on the couch in my green fuzzy socks to watch Almost Human and How I Met Your Mother before bed time!

chocolate milk and fluffy socks

So that’s all she wrote for today folks…but let me ask you…

What’s your favorite sweet way to end your day?

Do you have any shows that you watch on Monday nights?! I’m so sad How I Met Your Mother is ending! 

 

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!)

bakedoatmeal

Make Your Own Take-Out

Dear Food Network Magazine,
Thank you for your wonderful feature in your March Issue “11, 375 Stir-Fries.”  Tonight for dinner, I made Beef with Asparagus, Zucchini, Bells Peppers and Scallions with the Brown Sauce recipe your provided. It was outstanding. Your magazine makes my life so much easier and my tummy so, so happy.

Love forever,

Jen

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