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When you go out on Saturday night with people you don’t see all of the time, it is sometimes hard to actually catch up!  There are lots of people and it’s loud so you can’t really find out what is going on!  This is what happened on Saturday!  We met a few friends from college out at a newer bar in Columbus called Martini Park to celebrate Danielle’s birthday.  It was fun but we didn’t have a chance to chat and find out about a certain someone’s new love interest.  🙂  So we planned to do dinner at our house on Sunday night!

Since I was already making cookies for Brady’s sister, I decided to make some for the girls!!

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Kelly brought over an appetizer of light Brie cheese wrapped with with love, as she says!  It was delicious!!

For our dinner, I wanted something filling and healthy that felt like a Sunday Night Dinner! After sending a text to the girls asking them to choose between turkey lasagna, salmon or chicken.  Salmon was decided!  I did my Asian ginger/soy glaze and broiled the salmon.  I served it over wheat bulgar and a made up Asian veggie mix:  lentils ( I boiled for possibly too long!)  chickpeas, mixed veggies, water chestnuts and edamame.

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Dessert was also pretty thrown together and SUPER EASY!!

Berry Trifle (not served in a trifle dish because I have candles in BOTH of mine!)

  • 1 angel food cake prepared as box suggests
  • 1 packet of lemon pudding mix (I used sugar free)
  • 2 c. skim milk
  • leftover cranberry pineapple relish I made last week
  • lots of frozen berries!
  1. Make cake as directed.
  2. Make pudding as directed.
  3. Layer pieces of cake, berries and pudding.  I did two layers of each!
  4. ENJOY!!

More proof that Sunday Dinners are GREAT!

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I had a really long day at school and didn’t get home until 6:15pm!  That is late for me!  I was happy that I got a great morning workout in this morning. I did weights and then went to 45 minutes of spinning class.  It was a much needed workout after tons of baking and drinking wine all weekend!   I have another big workout planned for morning, unless we get a snow delay…..cross your fingers for me!

So when I finally got home, I threw together a great meal for both of us!  After we ate, we worked on Christmas cards, baked bread for neighbors and friends and watched Step Brothers – for the first time.  It was funny, but I was not really in the mood.  I would have much rather watched Miracle on 34th St. or Elf.  Oh well!

His and Her Super Stuffed Pepper

His:

  • 1/2 can of healthy request tomato soup
  • 1 can of chopped black olives
  • 1/3 lb. of very lean ground beef
  • 3/4 c. of cooked bulgar
  • hot pepper flakes + salt and pepper
  • 1/2 can of great northern beans

Hers

  • 1/2 can of healthy request tomato soup
  • 1/2 can of great northern beans
  • 3/4 c. bulgar
  • 2 veggie burgers (microwaved and broken into parts)
  • 1/2 can of black eyed peas
  • red pepper flakes + salt and pepper
  1. Cook the bulgar as directed.
  2. Cook meat and warm veggie burgers
  3. Mix beans and soup and spices with meat or veggie burger
  4. Put mixture into a green pepper(cut and cleaned out)
  5. Bake at 400 for 20 min.  We liked them a little crunchy, not soggy.

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I will be making this dinner again!  Both of us loved it, it was easy, healthy and filling!  I would make this for company too!

The plan for tomorrow is:

  • an early morning workout
  • school
  • post office
  • making hostess gifts for our school holiday party
  • out to dinner with friends
  • cheering Brady on at his soccer game!!

2.5 days of school with kids until break!!

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Family Fun!

Saturday night, Brady and I went to my parents to hang out with them, my brother and his girlfriend and my cousin and her husband.  As always, the food was amazing!  My mom always makes healthy, fresh and colorful food!

Lindsey, my brothers gf, and I started the night by making a pitcher of sangria.  This one pitcher turned into four by the end of the night.  It was soo good that we could not stop drinking it (I am still feeling it tonight :).

This was made with:

  • Riesling
  • Sprite Zero
  • OJ and Grapefruit juice (just a splash)
  • apples
  • peaches
  • grapes
  • lime

The appetizers of the night included:

Notice the cute napkins, now you can see where I got my obsession with fun napkins!

For dinner, since everyone was home, we had rib night!  I am not a  big meat eater but she makes the best ribs.  They are cooked all day and then go on the grill so the meat literally falls off the bone (kinda gross in a  good way).  🙂

Tomato-Mozzarella Bulgar (my recipe)

Fresh Broccoli with Parm

The table.

The night ended shortly after dinner for me.  A few glasses of wine and a big meal put me to sleep. 🙂

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Friday Food!

Sorry for the missing post yesterday, I was busy until my head hit the pillow!  I started the day with a big bowl  of fiber cereal with tons of fruit.

For lunch I made a veggie sandwich with hummus on sprouted wheat bread.  I missed the pic because I was inhaling it before running outside for recess duty.  I forgot to take my usual 3pm snack to school and I came home really hungry.  I had a PB Larabar to hold me over until our dinner guests arrived!  I also hit the elliptical for quick 30 min. exercise fix.  It wasn’t a great workout, but it wasn’t bad and it made me feel better.

John and Ashley arrived for dinner around 7:30!  We were hoping to enjoy dinner and drinks on the deck, but the hot, sticky weather kept us in with the air (it was a good decision because it ended up storming all night).  We had simple appetizers of hummus/veggies and chips/salsa.  Brady took a few pics, but they aren’t very appetizing and we all know what those things look like, so I will leave them off! 🙂

Dinner was grilled chicken marinated in Trader Joe’s Black Pepper sauce.  The sauce was ok, not one of my favorites.

We served the chicken with the tomato-mozzarella wheat bulgar salad I made last weekend.  Brady was not here to try it last weekend, and Ash is a frequent blogland reader and wanted to try the bulgar too.  I have to say, I really enjoy this simple dish!  It’s chewy and natural tasting but has great flavor!

We also had tons of grilled veggies!

For dessert, Ash brought a frozen yogurt I had not tried: Edy’s Berry Granola Fro Yo.  It was wonderful!  We added tons of fruit to our bowls, plus AB and sugar-free choc. syrup!  I ate it so fast, there was not time for a picture, whoops!!

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We had a great time last night and all day today with our friends! It’s not easy acting like you are in college, while really living in the real world. 🙂

For our sunday dinner I wanted to make something I knew would be good, and also try something new.  I decided on:

Italian Herb Shishkabobs

Italian Herb Shishkabobs

  • chicken (cut into chunks)
  • green peppers
  • sweet peppers
  • onions
  • summer squash
  • Italian herbs – basil, oregano, thyme,
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T. olive oil

Mix all veggies with spices, olive oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper.  Repeat the same with the chicken.

Caprese Bulgar (new recipe, soo good!)

Caprese Bulgar

  • 1 c. bulgar cooked with 2 c. water
  • 6 med. tomatoes
  • 1/2 c. small cubed fresh mozzarella
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1/3 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 chopped fresh basil

Mix all fresh ingredients into hot bulgar.  Add extra salt and pepper as needed.  The cheese will melt  a little with the hot bulgar, making the dish stick together.

Spinach-Berry- Goat Cheese Salad (the usual) 🙂

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