Archive for September, 2008

Awesome Apple Recipes

Andrea and Erin at Care to Eat have a secret ingredient recipe contest and this week’s theme was… APPLES!

To see some great recipes from the best bloggers, click here!

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His and Her Barbeque

For dinner tonight, Brady wanted pulled pork. It’s not really my thing but I was in the mood for BBQ so I made my own variation. It ended up being a ton of great veggies but our dinners were very different.

My dinner included:

  • butternut squash
  • caramelized onions
  • BBQ Slaw

BBQ Slaw

  • cabbage – sliced very thin
  • BBq sauce
  • light miracle whip
  • salt and pepper

Mix sauce and cabbage. Serve on sprouted wheat with onions and tomato.

His plate included:

  • pulled pork sandwich
  • roasted sweet potatoes
  • salad

This weekend was busy and the week is going to be even more busy!

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Caramel Apple Salad

This recipe came together quickly and spur-of-the-moment right before dinner at my parents.  We had just gone to get apples and I could not wait to use them!

Caramel Apple Salad

  • apples – sliced and diced
  • fat free caramel syrup
  • 1/2 c. fat free fage
  • cinnamon

Chop the apples.  Mix the cinnamon with fage and mix it into the apples.  Drizzle with caramel syrup.

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Randomish Dinner

After school today, I ran to the store because I needed to get a few things to make French Toast Strata for our school breakfast in the morning.  Then I made the casserole before Brady and I took my car to get all new tires.  We left it at the place and when we got home, I ran about 4.5 miles.  We then went back to pick up my car.  By the time I watered the plants and did things around the house, it was 8:30 and we had not eaten yet!  Brady and I were both in the mood for something simple and easy.  He opted for a pulled pork sandwhich (Costco’s pulled pork is actually pretty healthy, 3g fat and 150 cal. per serving.  It’s not my thing, but at least it’s not too unhealthy for him.)

I decided on a few things because I could not narrow it down.

1. Spring greens salad with tomato, mozzarella and balsamic vinegrette

2. Broccoli with parm

3. Morningstar black bean burger

Dessert was a few little ramekins of Brady’s strawberry smoothie.

His super original recipe included: frozen berries, ice, skim milk and vanilla protein powder.

Yay!  Tomorrow is Friday!!


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Super salads

Lunch today consisted of a leftover concoction:

Main Dish:

  • romaine lettuce
  • spring mix greens
  • sweet peppers
  • tomatoes
  • black beans
  • salt and pepper
  • cumin
  • cottage cheese with tons of pepper

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Better… Better… Great!

This morning for breakfast I wanted to use the rest of my leftover Kashi pilaf.  I didn’t know what I was in the mood for, so I just starting throwing things in the bowl until it tasted good – which took a little while.

Here is what ended going in my bowl, in order:

  • 1/2 c. Kashi pilaf
  • 1/2 banana

Microwave that for 1 min. but it was WAY too boring so I added:

  • 1 tsp of sliced almonds  – they didn’t do anything so I didn’t add more
  • 1/3 c. Ezekial 4:9 cereal – still no new flavor
  • 1/4 c. skim milk – for some creaminess
  • ** frozen blueberries and 1 tbsp. sugar free peach jam (homemade)** this FINALLY made it taste great!

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Guest of Honor!

Our Guest of Honor

and her hostess gift…Thanks Kel!

Autumn Gerber Daisies!  Love them!!

For dinner we had a variety of Mexican salad toppings.  Sorry the pictures are not too pretty!  It tasted good though, and was very filling!

Grilled chicken cooked with salsa and cumin.  Slightly spicy with lots of flavor.

Roasted corn from Trader Joe’s.  Microwave to 3 min.

Tomatoes from Aunt Marilyn’s garden with sweet bell peppers.

Brown rice.

Brady’s Homemade Guac:

  • avocado
  • tequilla/lime/chili seasoning we brought back from Mexico
  • lots of fresh lime juice
  • cumin
  • salt and pepper

We ate all of these toppings on a large bed of…

We also ate part of a semi-sweet honeydew.  I was not on top of things enough to have dessert planned.  Oh well, next time!

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Search for Chobani!?

Does anyone know where to get Chobani in Columbus or Cleveland?  I think I may order some because I have heard so many great things, but I wanted to try a few before I ordered a case.  If you know, please let me know!!

Thanks 🙂

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Getting Things Done!

Today flew by and was I accomplished a lot.  I did not workout this morning.  I don’t want to burn out on my morning workouts and doing three mornings a week should be enough for now.  So I got up at 6am instead of 5am and did some things around the house before school.  I took breakfast in the car because somehow I wasted enough time to be almost late.  I took Fiber One and Kashi 7 grain with skim milk and a banana.  It was great.

Lunch was a leftover spaghetti squash with veggies, greek yogurt with frozen blueberries and fiber one.

School went fast and then I ran errands on the way home.  When I finally got home, around 5pm, I could not wait to get my running shoes on and go!  I ran about 4.5 miles and it was so beautiful outside!  The perfect temp. and not a cloud in the sky.  Brady was home when I got home and so we ran a few more errands: returning lib. books, oil change for my car…etc.

By the time we ate dinner at 7:45pm I was starving!!!  I had marinated some salmon in soy,garlic, ginger so it was ready for Brady to throw on the grill.  While he was grilling, I made a salad and some Kashi pilaf (which I am now obsessed with!) and broccoli/kale stir fry.  Then… I chowed down!

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Dinner tonight was amazing!  We made two Italian meals of similar things.  Mine consisted of:

Semi-Homemade Veggie Loaded Tomato Sauce:

  • 1/2 jar of organic Italian Herb Sauce
  • 1c.mushrooms
  • 1/2 c. broccoli
  • leftover grilled zucchini and onions from Sunday dinner
  • 4 fresh basil leaves chopped up
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp.Italian seasonin
  • salt and pepper

In the process of cooking

I added this veggie/tomato mixture to 1/2 a spaghetti squash and added parm!

For Brady I made homemade meatballs with Barilla Pasta Plus we also “modified” his sauce.

Homemade Lean Beef Meatballs

  • 1 – 1 1/2 c. Laura’s Lean Beef
  • 1/2 c. Italian seasoning bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c. parm.
  • salt /pepper
  • 1 T Italian Seasonings
  • 1 egg
  • 3 fresh basil leaves (chopped fine)

Bake at 400* for 15-20 min. or until meat is browned through the center.

For B’s sauce I added black olives, parm and of course the balls!  🙂

We enjoyed our spaghetti quickly because we had to run out the door for tennis.  I love it and I can see how people can get addicted to this sport.  When we got home, I wasn’t really hungry at all but I felt the need to have a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, seriously the best cereal ever made!  It was a great dessert!

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