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Katie’s Bridal Luncheon

Before the food:

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Veggies with Hummus:

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Bulgar Salad:

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Fruit – YUM!
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Chip Buffet – Katie’s Favorite

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Dessert Tray
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Packed lunches, that is!! We are in the final stretch of the year – tomorrow + 4 days next week + 1.5 days the following week and it’s SUMMER VACATION!!

We had a crazy busy week, again! Last night I had book club here, Mexican theme! And tonight I went to Brady’s soccer game(it went well, they won by a ton) and then helped a neighbor make a diaper cake.

People at school often ask me how I have the time to make such healthy lunches and I think it’s pretty easy as long as you have planned ahead.

This week’s lunches were leftovers like usual but I thought I would show how easy it is to take healthy leftovers. It’s great if you take the time to make a healthy dinner. We always try to get at least 1 dinner and 2 lunches out of a meal, and sometimes we get more!!

This is leftover cucumber/tomato salad with added jicama rice (jicama zapped in the food processor):

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To get some carbs and protein I added a Flat Out wrap filled with Naturally More PB and banana slices: I had to sample it 0 hence the bite

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Since I eat breakfast around 7:30-8ish and lunch at 11:15, I am STARVING by 2:30 – 3ish. Luckily my kids had special at 2:40 each day this year, so I was able to eat a snack then. Usually I would have a piece of fruit with something else to fill me up but not make me stuffed before dinner.

Many times this year I made this “breakfast cookie” dip for my fruit.

Breakfast Cookie Dip

  • 1 smashed banana
  • 1 tbs. pb or ab or nautrally more
  • splash of chocolate soy milk light
  • 2 scoops choc. protein powder
  • 1/3 c. of rolled oats

Mix all together and store in the fridge until ready to eat!

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Soooo good and just the right amount of full.

More packed lunch ideas to come!

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This weekend was full of painting and paninis! Yesterday, we woke up and got started on the painting we had planned to do.

  1. The first job was the hallway going up our stairs and into the upstairs that we had patched and just needed to repaint the whole thing – same color as before.
  2. The second job was our guest bedroom. It was two colored blue and cream room – not horrible, but not my style. This took a lot work and a lot of KILZ! That blue was deep!!

Before:

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After


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When we needed a break yesterday, paninis were the first thing we thought of!

Hers:

  • apple slices
  • spinach
  • feta
  • hummus
  • avadodo

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His:

  • chicken
  • colby jack cheese
  • apple
  • spinach
  • hummus
  • avocado

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YUM! They gave us just the energy we needed to finish the jobs (and run 6 miles!).

Then it was off to dinner with good friends and the best food! My dinner was a hummus sandwich with tons of veggies!

  

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Blast from the Past

When I was younger, we used to always have broccoli soup in the winter.  It was a favorite of ours, but we have not had it in forever.  So when my parents decided to come down for the night, I thought it would be fun to have broccoli soup with our pizza!  It was -10 degrees out, so hot soup was a good choice!

Broccoli Soup

  • 2 can Healthy Request cream of chicken soup
  • 1 c. skim milk
  • 1 bag of frozen chopped broccoli (I blended about 2c. of the broccoli in the mini food processor.)
  • 1/3 c. fresh parm. cheese
  • salt and pepper

Mix all things together in a large sauce pot and bring to a rolling boil.  Serve with a sprinkle of fresh parm!

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For the chili I made this week I mixed:

  • 1 box of Fantastic Foods vegetarian chili
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 can drained chickpeas
  • 1 can drained white beans
  • hot pepper flakes
  • 3 c. of water
  • 1/2 bag of tri-colored peppers, found in the frozen section of Trader Joe’s

Heat and serve!!

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Somehow, in the teacher’s lounge the other day, we started talking about quinoa!  I , of course, got very excited about it !  No one really knew what it was , so I decided to bring it in for everyone to try.  I explained the benefits of quinoa:

  • Complete protein. Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids that are required by the body as building blocks for muscles.
  • Magnesium helps relax your muscles and blood vessels and effects blood pressure. Quinoa contains high levels of this vital nutrient.
  • Fiber. Quinoa is a wonderful way to ensure that you consume valuable fiber that eases elimination and tones your colon.
  • Manganese and copper. Quinoa is a good source of these minerals that act as antioxidants in your body to get rid of dangerous cancer and disease-causing substances.

Compared to other grains, quinoa is higher in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc than wheat, barley, or corn.2

Studies have shown that quinoa has documented health benefits too!

Quinoa, in its whole grain form, may be effective in preventing and treating these conditions:3

  • Artherosclerosis
  • Breast cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Insulin resistance

Researchers attribute the health benefits of quinoa to its complete nutritional makeup.

Quinoa is close to one of the most complete foods in nature because it contains amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.

Quinoa: A Body Ecology Grain

It does not feed fungal and bacterial infections in your body (and doctors estimate that 8 in 10 Americans have fungal infections, like candia!)1.

Quinoa has other qualities that make it an ideal “grain”:

  • Quinoa acts as a prebiotic that feeds the microflora (good bacteria) in your intestines.
  • Quinoa is easily digested for optimal absorption of nutrients.
  • Quinoa is gluten-free and safe for those with gluten intolerance, people on a celiac diet, and for autistic children who follow the Body Ecology program for autism.

Thanks, http://www.bodyecology.com/07/04/12/quinoa_benefits_guide.php, for the great info!

I then explained that it can be eaten in a HUGE variety of ways.  I offered a simple veggie mix of either, Italian, Asian, or Southwest/Mexican.  Easy to transport, simple to make, cheap and WONDERFUL!

Here is the salad:

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  • 2 c. quinoa cooked as directed in 4 c. water
  • 1 avacado cut into small pieces
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1/2 c. light Italian dressing
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 T. lime juice
  • 1/2 can chick peas and white beans (these were leftover in my fridge so I threw them in)

Mix all ingredients (except quinoa) together.  Add more cumin, lime, dressing and salt and pepper as you like.  When ingredients are mixed, add quinoa.

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This is wonderful!! I ate it on salad, pretzels, carrots, and a sandwich! So easy to make. Perfect for a party, a snack or a meal!

Tomato Basil Hummus

  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • fresh pesto (oil-free and made with almonds and the end of my basil

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Mix all together in the little mini Cuisineart food processor! For the brides, this is the best kitchen gadget! Make sure you register for it – Crate and Barrel: $29.95 (or something) Way worth it! Thanks Katie!!

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