Posts Tagged ‘Recipe’

Today was a good day. I ran about 6 miles with Katie this morning, after a delicious mug of iced coffee.

Then I …

  • watered the plants, especially the garden
  • weeded
  • vacuumed the whole house
  • dusted the down stairs
  • cleaned out my hair stuff – headbands and ribbons I don’t use anymore
  • folded laundry and put it away
  • washed the kitchen floor
  • cleaned the bathrooms
  • wrote a few belated thank you notes
  • unloaded the dishwasher
  • painted the mudroom
  • wrote a grad school paper on Increasing Reading Comprehension

I didn’t really leave the house today because I had a ton to do and if I went anywhere, chances are, I would have ended up shopping!

Somewhere in the middle of the list of things I was doing, I stopped for lunch. The perfect lunch. A repeat from last night’s dinner with the addition of some sprialized beets.


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In the collard greens:

  • hummus
  • guac
  • refried beans
  • spiralized beets
  • mango salsa
  • a spoonful of rice
  • spicy taco sauce

Lunch Dessert:


Cherries, Strawberries and AB

Then I had a purple monster(blueberries, banana, Vega Smoothie Infusion, almond milk) around 3:30pm, while I was working on the paper. It was the perfect day to sit outside on the deck and write, warm and sunny but not hot and sweaty.


Then Janelle, Brady’s sister, and I rode on the bike path for about an hour. When we got home, we were hungry!

I have an obsession with cookbooks and cooking magazines, as I assume many people who read food blogs do, and Brady called me out on it this weekend. We were driving to the lake and as always, I was looking through a magazine ripping out recipes I want to try. Brady looked over at what I was doing and said “why don’t you every make any of the those recipes, you are always finding them.” True. Very True.

So tonight I made my own adaptation of Cous Cous Cakes from this month’s Cooking Light. We enjoyed these little cakes/piles of whole grain goodness, with salmon.


Balsamic Honey Salmon

  • balsamic vinegar
  • honey dijon mustard
  • honey
  • salt and pepper

Cover salmon with the listed ingredients and marinate all day!

Quinoa Cakes – adapted from Cooking Light’s CousCous Cakes

  • 1 c. quinoa cooked in 2 c. water
  • 4 fresh basil leaves chopped into little pieces
  • 3 small peppers, chopped into little pieces
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 laughing cow light cheese wedges
  • salt and pepper
  1. Mix cooked quinoa with above ingredients.
  2. Spoon quinoa mixture into a sprayed frying pan.
  3. Let quinoa cook until golden brown on one side and the egg white is cooked.
  4. Serve warm!

* I believe these should be fried a little bit, but I didn’t want to do that so they fell apart. Next time, I will put them on for longer before flipping them!


This recipe was great and I am excited to try some of the other 4083508243 recipes I have ripped out over the past few years!

I am off to do an online grad school chat and visit our neighbors new baby!



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I LOVE pesto and all things basil! At the moment I have 4 basil plants growing, one in the ground and three in pots. I know, it is a little excessive, but to make pesto you need a ton of basil.

This picture is pretty ugly, but you can imagine how delicious this creamy spread tastes!


Almost Oil-less Basil Pesto Recipe/Ingredient List

  • huge bunch of fresh basil
  • handful of raw almonds
  • big splash of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. olive oil – I don’t know if you even need this.
  • handful of fresh parmesan
  • salt and pepper

Blend everything in the magic bullet or a small food processor. Add more of anything you like. This recipe is based on taste preference.   

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Since I am considering today my first real day of summer vacation, I slept in! I was awaken to my phone ringing around 8am and thought it was afternoon. It felt great!

After some iced coffee and things around the house, I went to the gym. There, I did 35 min. on the stairs followed up some upper body and ab work. I feel like I haven’t been there in forever because it has been so nice out, I can’t pass up a run outside! Today was rainy and super humid so it was a good gym day.

I stopped at Trader Joe’s on the way home to get a few essentials – AB, sprouts, ff feta and mango chunks for green smoothies! When I got home I was starving and ready for my new favorite lunch:

Flat out (crack wraps) stuffed with sprouts and veggies.

“Crack Wraps” are a term given to a sandwich that becomes addicting. The term was first used by the beautiful mom Sarah This sandwich consisted of :

  • Sabra hummus
  • fat free swiss cheese ( I am a little sketched out by this, but it tastes good and gets really melty!)
  • sprouts
  • tomato
  • avocado
  • salsa
  • lettuce


Then, I did more errands by bike and Brady’s sister, Janelle, came over for dinner.

We had seen a sign at the Arts Festival yesterday for broccoli burgers and were dying to try them, but we weren’t hungry then, so we decided to make them for dinner.

Broccoli Burgers

  • 1-2 c. steamed broccoli
  • 1 c. brown rice, cooked
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 pieces sprouted grain bread
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 c. egg whites
  • 2 tbsp. hummus
  1. Cook broccoli and rice as directed
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a food processor
  3. Use mixture to make patties
  4. Spray a pan with cooking spray and cook the patties
  5. Serve on a sprouted bun or bread or over salad


The verdict: We loved them! They tasted great. Not too much of anything but good veggie flavor!

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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!!





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


  • apple slices
  • spinach
  • feta
  • hummus
  • avadodo



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


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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This was an amazing dinner!  I have seen them on every blog and website and decided to use the last of my black beans in this form.  The pics aren’t great because I could not wait until it cooled off to take pictures because I was so excited to eat it!

Black Bean Burgers

  • 1/2 can of black beans
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. salsa
  • salt and pepper
  1. Mix beans with back of fork until smashed.
  2. Add other ingredients and stir together.
  3. Heat a small pan with non=stick spray.
  4. Add mixture and cook until dried out ( a little ) and cakey.
  5. ENJOY!!


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This recipe is super easy and healthy!  It is full of low calorie protein.

Shrimp Tomato Feta Bake

  • 1 lb. shrimp cooked
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. Italian seasonings
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 small container of reduced fat feta cheese

Cook the shrimp.  Once shrimp is cooked, add all other ingredients together and bake at 350 until cheese is melted and dish is bubbly.  Serve with pasta, bread or nothing!

* I would also think about adding artichokes and mushrooms next time


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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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