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It was tough to get out of bed this morning. It was cold out and the snow was falling. Needless to say, I did not make it to the gym this morning or at all today. I came home from school after stopping at the Post Office to send a few fun packages, including Super Charge Me cookies for the winning bidder of Healthy Ashley’s bake sale. Then I stopped at the paint store to pick up the paint we picked out for the baby’s nursery. It is a light sagey green – I hope I like it. When I told Brady how I was worried I might not like it and maybe we should wait to buy it, he reminded me that I would be asking him to repaint it if I didn’t like it – whether it was now or next month, so he thought we should get the process started. 🙂 We will see!
I got home and decided to make soup/stew. Brady wanted something with hot Italian sausage in it, and I wanted something warm and cozy. There have been so many fun soup recipes in the magazines lately, especially in Fitness and Clean Eating! I decided to try a modification of the Clean Eating Quinoa Minestone soup. Here is what I did for my meal:

  • 1 potato diced
  • 1 c. lentils – cooked until almost done
  • 1/2 bunch of celery choppped, including the leaves (they have great flavor)
  • handful of carrots, chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped (I used all of the white part and a little into the green)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1c. frozen spinach, chopped
  • 1/3c. uncooked quinoa
  • 2 boullion cubes
  • 1 cube of frozen fresh garlic from Trader Joe’s
  • 1 cube of frozen fresh basil from Trader Joe’s
  • 1/2 can of white kidney beans
  • 1/2 can of diced tomatoes with juice
  • salt and pepper

Chop all of the veggies up and cook together! Add seasonings and spices while it is cooking. Stop cooking when the veggies are as tender as you like them! Sorry for the poor instructions tonight, just throw everything in the pot and it will taste good. 🙂

Enjoy with toast and hot chocolate!

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I added a few more potatoes to Brady’s along with his hot Italian sausage.

Leftover for lunch tomorrow!

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Back on Track

It’s Sunday night – Yuck! I am not ready for the real world to be back tomorrow. I had such a great time that I just want to keep going. Oh well. I will have to tough it out the 2 1/2 weeks until Christmas break.

Yesterday we had a fun day hanging out at my parents and having dinner at Cindy and Tom’s. The meal was great but I forgot my camera. Then this morning we woke and went for a run then a long walk. It was the perfect start to the sunny day. We filled up on a big brunch of English muffins and veggie omlettes before heading back to Columbus. We went to Brady’s parents to decorate their tree on the way home. Then we ran in our house so Brady could change for his soccer game, and we were off to the field. I hadn’t been to watch in a while, since they usually play late games, so I was a supportive wife and went to the game. I actually really enjoy going – especially watching indoor because it is so fast paced!

We came home from the game after a quick stop at Trader Joe’s for some simple dinner ingredients. I threw together a perfect meal in literally 5 minutes.

Here is what our dinner’s and tomorrow’s lunches consist of:

Brady’s dinner. This consisted of two freezer packages from TJ’s.

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Pretty good nutrition facts for a frozen dinner that was about $3.
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By mixing those two together in a pan for about 10 minutes and adding 1 egg to make it a little more fresh, he got this:

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I could not figure out what I was in the mood for – I was strangely not hungry all day. I had eggs and toast around 11 and then never got hungry. I think the baby is taking over my stomach. I did decide on green beans (frozen, not canned – and not mixed with mushroom soup either) with quinoa. A weird combo I know. It hit the spot though!

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My final plate:

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Yes, that is a lot of beans. Now I have leftovers for lunch!

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Last night we had a fiesta! After an absolutely beautiful Sunday that included:

  • a workout at the gym on the step mill for 30 min. then the elliptical for 15 minutes with Health magazine
  • a winning soccer game for Brady at 10 am
  • a 5 mile walk with a great neighbor/friend/role model mother of twin 3 year olds and a 3 month old baby
  • another winning soccer game for Brady at 8 pm
  • a short trip to Target for organizing essentials so we can finish cleaning out our extra room
  • a brief clean of our house

It was great! For dinner we had shrimp burritos with tons of fixings!

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The delicious meal consisted of:

  • shrimp boiled then cooked in cumin and lime juice for flavor
  • leftover quinoa
  • Trader Joe’s black beans refried beans
  • frozen broccoli
  • TJs roasted corn (frozen)
  • Brady’s guac
  • fresh tomatoes
  • mushrooms
  • onions
  • artichokes

All served on a whole wheat high fiber tortilla. This pretty dish ended up being a salad, all mixed up together!

I hit it pretty early last night but I was still tired today. I am hoping another early night tonight will help me!

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His:

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Hers:

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Fantastic His/Her Fish Tacos

Ingredient List for Both Styles:

  • tilapia – marinated in lime juice and cumin
  • sweet peppers
  • homemade guacamole
  • brown rice
  • tomatoes
  • fat free refried beans
  • lettuce
  • special sauce

His:

  • cheese
  • flour tortillas

Hers:

  • collard green leaves

Special Sauce

  • 1/2 c. fat free plain yogurt
  • cumin
  • lime juice
  • hot salsa

*Have each person load up there shell as they wish and enjoy!


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Tonight’s book club was not so much about our past book, The American Wife, and more about celebrating Jody’s baby (who will be here in May!!). We had of the party essentials, including favors, cupcakes and a healthy dinner.

The table.

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Cookies made by Jen and I!!

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Trying to tie the book club into the shower.

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Napkins and hidden underneath the cute pink baby…

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Happy Easter! 🙂 hehe

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Cupcakes!

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Lots of sweets for Baby Addison

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Back to the healthy part of this…

My black bean/kidney bean dip with fresh veggies!

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Sarah’s warm wheat flatbread with parm and feta – AMAZING!

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Kate’s Strawberry Salad

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Natalie’s Apple Almond Butter with whole wheat tortillas – Great Idea!

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And somehow I missed the grilled chicken we made. Brady did a great job with the grilling and the simple/sweet marinate was perfect on it.

Balsamic Marinade

  • balsamic vinegar
  • honey
  • salt
  • pepper

Delicious!

I have a LOT of baby showers coming up so if anyone has any good ideas for hosting, let me know!!

🙂


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This meal makes the top ten list for sure! It was a mix of everything in the cupboard but it came out great! I would gladly make it to share with company or for a quick weeknight meal!

Here is what went into it:

Coconut Infused Brown Fried Rice

  • 2 packs of boil in a bag brown rice
  • 1/2 can of light coconut milk
  • 1 c. water

Mix water and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Cook rice in the mixture until done. Turn off heat and set aside. Keep rice warm.

  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. crushed ginger
  • soy sauce
  • splash of coconut milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 c. egg whites

Heat in a pan so egg whites are cooked, before adding veggies:

  • sugar snap peas
  • water chesnuts
  • string bean – frozen from Trader Joe’s
  • peanuts
  • fresh broccoli

Add veggies to the stir fry pan and simmer until cooked!

His: served with chicken

Hers: served with tofu


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I can’t wait to make this again – the possibilities are endless!

Tomorrow is another long day with conferences after school until 8pm, but I will be getting Subway delivered to school, so there is something to look forward to!

🙂

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This morning started with a 6am workout. Both Brady and I made it to the gym. I did a hard 35 min. on the stepmill while he ran. It was great to get it over with because Mondays are always busy and draining.

Breakfast was my usual fruit with GoLean vanilla oatmeal and coffee with soy-milk plus a splash of SF creamer. Then lunch was leftover Ali’s feast. It was delicious and filling – still. I snacked on celery and PB in the afternoon, while the kids were at art.

I was hungry when I got home. Luckily, I had planned ahead and marinated a piece of salmon in lime, cumin and mexican seasonings. I threw it in the oven on broil for about 10-15 min.

While that was cooking, I boiled up some diced sweet potatoes and heated up some quinoa from last night. I threw it all together with black beans and chickpeas. Served with baked kale and fresh tomato and guac. It was delish and very clean!

Super Simple Quinoa SBC (Sweet Potato, Black Bean, Chickpea)

  • 1 c. cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 can of chickpeas
  • 1/2 can of rinsed black beans
  • 1/2 sweet potato (diced and boiled)

Mix all together and enjoy!


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You can guess what my lunch for tomorrow looks like!




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Today was busy, as usual. I couldn’t get up for the morning workout since the paper did me in last night, so the workout was moved to the end of the day. Here is how it went:

Breakfast: Usual – fruit and oatmeal

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Lunch: leftover salad and popcorn

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Snack: low fat brownie treat (will post this weekend)

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Workout: 5 mile run with Katie and Heather! We had to bundle up to handle the 35 degree weather – yuck! Where did 77 go/

Dinner: Black Bean Chickpea Burgers with Kale Chips and Honey Dijon Fingerling PotatoesIMG_3110.JPG

Black Bean Chickpea Burgers

  • 1/2 can of black bean burgers
  • 1/2 can of chickpeas
  • 1/3 c. bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c. fresh salsa
  • cumin
  • salt and pepper

Blend all ingredients together in the mini food processor and cook in a non-stick pan!

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Fingerling Potatoes

  • 2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tso. olive oil

Cut potatoes into small pieces and mix with dressing. Bake for 25 min. at 430.

Brady wanted his burger, made with extra lean beef, showcased as well, so here it is! I put it on an Sprouted EZ. Grain Roll!


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Off to work on the paper! Yay for Friday!!


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Crockpot of…

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For dinner, on my own, last night I threw some things in the crockpot before school.  My recipe was modeled off a recipe my friend Meg emailed me and a Robin Miller Quick Fix Meal.  I skipped the chicken this time because it was just me.  I will make this again for Brady and add chicken because it was a great filling meal!

Rosemary Tuscon Veggies

  • 2 c. chopped mushrooms
  • 2 c. chopped onions
  • garlic powder
  • fresh garlic
  • 1 can white beans
  • 3 c. veggie broth
  • 4 c. swiss chard/collard greens
  • 1 tsp. rosemary
  • salt and pepper

Place veggies and broth in the crockpot.  Add seasonings and cover with greens.  Heat on low for 3-5 hours.

Yum!  I ate this over brown rice.  🙂

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I have been a little MIA lately but I have been working out, teaching, tutoring and spending time with girlfriends!  Things should be more normal next week!  I also have a fun Valentine dinner planned!!

Happy Friday!

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Best Salad Ever

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Our menu said grilled chicken salads but this turned into way more than just your typical grilled chicken salad. After school, tutoring and a meeting with parent, I got home around 6pm.  Brady was visiting his brother so I ran to the gym and pounded our 40 min. on the stairs while working to finish my book club book, Chasing Harry Winston. Our book club is next week, so if you have good suggestions for books we can fill our calendars with, PLEASE let me know!!

After the gym and a quick shower, and got started on our salads.  We did not go to the store this weekend (this NEVER happens) so we decided to try to use all of the food we had in our house this week, and see how long it lasts!  I found some organic little baby sweet potatoes in the fridge that I have been meaning to use, so I tossed them in my food processor to slice them like chips.  I put them on a pan with a spritz of olive oil and let them bake until some were crispy and they were all cooked!

Here is what else I opened/chopped up:

  • grilled chicken that I had marinated in Mojo marinate last night
  • black olives for Brady
  • chick peas
  • black beans
  • corn
  • leftover bulgar (plain)
  • lettuce (iceberg, blahh since we were out of romaine)
  • tomatoes
  • a cucumber
  • green pepper
  • sweet potato chips!
  • leftover lentils with bbq sauce I added to them

My intention was to have the grilled chicken (I made on the grill pan on the stove) but I didn’t need it with everything else!  I also didn’t need cheese or dressing because there were so many great flavors!

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I am on a two hour delay for school so I already made dinner for tonight  – a version of Clean Eating pasta bake with him and her sides of the pan, and I am headed to get my workout over with before school!  I love two-hour delays!

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