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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! 

 

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?!)

eggs

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!

box fish2

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.

luna

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?

 

 

Recipe. Take Two!

So waaaaaaaaaay back in February I posted a recipe that was exceptionally similar to this one. (Here.)

This new one is totally better. Heh.

It’s super simple to make, hearty enough to fill up your big eaters and still light enough to not feel guilty about.

Good Golly, I love food. 🙂

Also, just in case you haven’t gotten around to it yet, don’t forget to vote for my Panini Party for this round of Project Food Blog!!!  🙂

Pasta with Sausage, White Beans and Spinach

  • 1 box whole wheat pasta
  • 1 lb turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 2 cups baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can white (canellini) beans
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

In a large saucepan, cook turkey sausage on medium-high heat until golden brown and no pink is remaining, making sure to break up the sausage with a spoon while cooking. Add spinach, beans and chicken stock. Reduce heat and let simmer.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta to package directions. Drain pasta.

Place pot back on heat and add olive oil and garlic. Sauté until fragrant, about two minutes. Add the wine and cook two minutes more.

Add pasta back to pot and toss together to combine. Add the sausage mixture to the pot. Stir well and serve.

That post was a quickie, don’t ya think?
It’s all a part of my grand scheme.
Leaves you wanting more doesn’t it???
Hehehehehehehe.

I’m usually silly, but this time I think it’s the wine talking.

Goodnight, Everybody! <3

Souper Ravioli

Now, I’m not too sure about you or where you’re from,
but it’s been pretty gloomy where I’m at lately.
I’m talking rain and storm clouds and gray skies for the last few days.
But ya know what I do when the weather’s got me down???

Make soup!!!!!

I flippin’ love soup!!!!!!!! (Notice my use of exclamation points, that’s how you know I really mean it. Heh.)

Anywhosers. I knew I wanted to make soup last night, but I wasn’t sure what kind. With the rain coming down the way it was I knew I didn’t want to have to leave my house, so I had to utilize what I already had. The result??

Well, if minestrone and lasagna florentine made a baby, this soup would be it. I served it up with some cheesy delicious garlic bread that took all of ten minutes to prepare. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind if it kept raining…so long as I have an endless supply of this soup!

Ohh! And just so ya know… I know it’s not REALLY pronounced this way, but I’m silly, and if you pronounce “ministrone“… “minniestrowNEE” it rhyme with ravioli and is fun to say out loud. Try it. You’ll giggle.

Ravioli Minestrone
with Cheesy Garlic Bread

For the soup:

  • 2 (15 oz) cans low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 (15 oz) can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 cups baby spinach, rinsed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 package of your favorite ravioli
    (I used frozen ones, of the cheese and spinach persuasion)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Begin by heating one tablespoon of olive oil in a large soup pot. Add the onion, garlic and celery. Let cook for five minutes, until they begin to soften. Add the wine and cook five minutes more. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot, except for the ravioli and remaining oil. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, cooke the ravioli to package directions. Drain and coat in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add some garlic powder and oregano if you’re feeling frisky!

To serve: Place desired amount of ravioli in your bowl and top with soup.

*Note: I cook the ravioli separate from the soup to avoid soggy ravioli. Soggy ravioli = sad face.*

For the cheesy garlic bread:

  • 1 loaf crusty italian bread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Garlic and Oregano to taste
  • 1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Slice the italian bread in half. Place on a large baking sheet and sprinkle with olive oil and garlic. Top with cheese and oregano. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melty and brown.

Slice and serve!!

Game day dips

It’s Sunday.
For some people, Sunday means church.
For others, it’s simply a day of rest.
For most men I know – it means football.

Currently, there is football on in the bedroom, football on in the living room  AND football on the two other computers in my apartment.

Me, personally, I don’t really even like football.

What I do like, and I’m sure this doesn’t come
as a shock to you, is the food associated with it.
Who doesn’t love spicy buffalo wings and cheesy chili con queso??
Oh goodness, it’s really the only reasonI get excited for football season.
*girly giggle* 🙂

My favorite game day treat though, dip. What kind of dip, you ask.
Details. Ha. Who cares what kind of dip??!?
Give me some tortilla chips or carrot sticks and I’ll go to town.
This may or may not be a good thing – depending on the dip of course.
Here are some delectable dip recipes worthy of drooling over.

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