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For the Veggie

This recipe came together last minute the night before Thanksgiving when my family was looking for something light to go with our salmon dinner.

My mom had the following in the cupboard/freezer so this delicious dish was created!

Tomato Artichoke Chickpeas (not very original I know!)

  • 1 bag TJ’s artichoke hearts (frozen)
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • salt and pepper

Stir fry together and enjoy with any main dish or as a filling lunch!!

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My parents before dinner!
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In an effort to stay healthy throughout the holidays, I made a huge pot of vegetable soup. It’s similar to cabbage soup from the diet except I add lots more things. I made a big pot tonight to take for lunches for this week. Its super filling and warm, also low calorie and FULL of fiber.

* 4 cups of natural chicken broth (Progresso)

* 2 leeks ( white part only)

* 1 can mixed vegetables

* 1 bunch of celery cut into pieces

* 1 can great northern beans

* 1 can diced tomatoes with juice

* 1/2 head of cabbage sliced

* 1/4 bag of frozen artichokes (leftover from Trader Joes)

* 1 c. frozen spinach

* 1 handful of kale (you can omit)

* 1 packet of onion soup mix (Lipton)

Then I just put into tupperware and eat it throughout the week. I usually add parm. before I eat it!IMG_2192.JPGIMG_2195.JPG

For dinner, we wanted different things! I was in the mood for a light dinner of soup, tofu and kale. Brady on the other hand wanted meat! Here are the plates:


His:

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Hers: Tofu is baked with sesame seeds.
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Fresh Start for December

I had been secretly boycotting the grocery store for almost three weeks before Thanksgiving for a number of reasons:

  1. To save money
  2. To use up things in the fridge, freezer and cupboards
  3. Brady had been out of town and I was eating alone
  4. We have not been entertaining because we have been out of town every weekend and during the week too! This is changing as of NOW!
  5. We were gone for Thanksgiving for almost a week
  6. The stores have been crazy busy (this isn’t really a major reason)

So we made a huge list! It even included staples like light mayo, canned veggies and butter! I am telling you, we had nothing! Now we are off to a fresh start, and it feels so good!

Here is a picture of our fully stocked fridge:

Complete with Christmas Ale – Our Fave!!

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Our list included the following:

* bananas

* peppers

* avocado

* lettuce

* apples

* celery

* cabbage

* pears

* potatoes

* spaghetti squash

* squash

* leeks

* broccoli

* organic chicken

* tofu

* albacore tuna

* scallops

* salmon

* shrimp

* 97% fat free ground turkey

* eggs

* whole wheat bread or wraps (Flat out or 100% whole wheat)

* oatmeal

* soy milk

* skim milk

* ground flax seed

* protein powder (choc.)

* peanut butter

* brown rice

* canned veggies

We also got some extras like:

  • cookie mix for easy cookies to healthify and bring to school 🙂
  • spray butter
  • the Martha Stewart Living Magazine (Holiday issue)

Things I need from Trader Joes: ( I went the week before Thanksgiving)

  • Fat Free Feta
  • Coffee- Wintery Blend
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Hummus (unless I make some tomorrow)
  • Frozen artichokes
  • Protein powder
  • bars
  • Wine
  • who knows what else I will find!

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CONTEST! and Thanksgiving Recap

Back from a busy weekend full of family, friends and tons of wonderful food! We had a great time running all over the place and just enjoying this wonderful time of year!

I took pictures of a lot of things, but decided after reading everyone great Thanksgiving posts, that I will just move on instead of going backwards. It seems like I am hardly going to be able to keep up with everything we have going on right now, and there just isn’t time to go backwards. 🙂 I hope/think you understand!

I just wanted to remind you to send me or comment about your favorite holiday tip, recipe or idea and you will have a chance to win one of the three gift baskets full of great kitchen tools and treats from Progresso!

I will be back with pictures of our holiday decorating and dinner!!

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Contest!!

A huge thank you to Progresso for sending me a box of treats!!


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Tons of great cooking utensils, a recipe card box and holder, a spoon rest and some 100% Natural Chicken Broth! This will be perfect to use in all of the holiday cooking coming up!

Speaking of holiday cooking…We have a contest!

Please leave a comment or email me your favorite holiday idea, tip or recipe! All entries/comments are due by Sunday, November 30th. Progresso is giving away three gift baskets to our winners!! I can’t wait to read them! 🙂

We had a fun dinner tonight with Brady’s parents. his sister (who is home from her first semester of college) and one of her close friends!

And for tonight’s meal: Taco Bar complete with ground turkey and taco seasoned lentils (a great “meaty” taco filling!)

Some highlights:

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Pictured above: black olives, corn, lettuce, guac, black beans, refried beans, taco lentils, tomatoes, mango peach salsa plus ground turkey!
Brady had a soccer game tonight and we just got home. I still need to pack for Thanksgiving!!!!!!! The plan is to get a workout in in the morning and take off for home! 🙂

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Almost Thanksgiving!

Today went pretty fast for being a Monday and a Thursday at school. It is soooo nice that tomorrow is the last day of the week! Thank goodness! I am ready for a break.

I worked out this morning so I wouldn’t have to bother with it this afternoon, which is always a good idea in my opinion. When I got home, I made a quick batch of pumpkin cupcakes. They are soo good! I had to try one!

Pumpkin Cupcakes

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 3 egg whites
  • splash of water
  • 1 tsp. + a little extra pumpkin pie spice

Mix all together and bake for 30 min. at 350. I also added pepitas before baking them! I am excited to bring them to school for a Thanksgiving treat!


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Then for dinner (we have NO food, not even butter or any type or meat at all, we are even out of corn and black beans which I felt like we had a life supply of. A trip to the store is going to happen right after Thanksgiving!) I made crab cakes for Brady and I, but I wanted something else too.

I decided on leftover Gimme Lean Sausage with veggies and egg whites. I was planning on putting in a Flat Out wrap with some lettuce and cheese. Sounds good right?! Here is how it turned out:

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It looks good, but it just did not do it for me. I ended up throwing it all away and eating cereal for dinner. Sometimes you just have to do that!

🙂 New recipes tomorrow! Plus a holiday contest!!




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Today was a productive/lazy Sunday. We did some chores, went for a run (3 miles) watched the Columbus Crew (Pro Soccer) win the MLS Championship. Good weekend for Columbus sports! Brady’s parents and brother came over to watch the game, and we had dinner before they left.

For dinner, I gave them the option of risotto or polenta, two unfamiliar things. They chose polenta and I was excited to make it for the first time. I used the Cooking Light recipe of Two Cheese Polenta, but made some modifications.

Two Cheese Polenta

modified from Cooking Light.

  • 4 c. skim milk (it called for 1% but we only had skim)
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 1/4 c. corn grits (polenta, I used Bob’s)
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 pieces of light Cabot cheddar cheese- cut up (I didn’t have mascarpone)
  • M1/4 c. parmesan cheese

Boil milk and water together and then slowly add polenta. Cook, while stirring, for 2 min. and then add cheeses and serve!

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IMG_2117.JPGWe had pork tenderloin too, but no pic. Sorry. I actually did not try it, but the marinate we used (lemon pepper) smelled really strong!

I am up for an early morning workout then a two day week ahead! Yay for Thanksgiving week!!

🙂

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