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What I Ate Wednesday: 1/16/13

Happy Wednesday, y’all.

(Of course, by the time I’m actually posting this, it’s already Thursday.  So who am I kidding?  I should just go ahead and say Happy Thursday).

Today’s breakfast is a little unusual (for me).  I normally have a protein shake.  But this morning, we had leftover Crustless Quiche from the previous night’s dinner.  There was one piece left and it was all mine.

Spinach, feta, yellow peppers, and eggs.  No crust.  Sooooooo good.  The entire family devoured it.  I will make it again very soon and when I do, I will post the recipe!
Spinach pie

Topped with a little salsa.


For lunch, I was out with a client at Aubrey’s.

I didn’t want to whip out my camera in the middle of my working lunch, so you’re just going to have to imagine what the Cranberry Chicken Salad would look like.  (It was both beautiful and delicious)!

Here’s the description from the menu:

CRANBERRY CHICKEN Grilled chicken, dried cranberries, candied pecans, feta cheese, Red Delicious apple, fresh greens. 11

With balsamic vinaigrette on the side.  So yummy!!!

Healthy Living Kitchen

When I got back from lunch, the UT Medical Center’s Healthy Living Kitchen was doing a cooking demonstration at work!  They were talking about heart health, cholesterol and sodium.  Then he showed us some pretty mean knife skills.  How to chop a pepper so that you don’t waste any of it (very good to know)!  And then he made this Quinoa.


So we all got to try their Quinoa Stir Fry.  Yummy.  (Though, I personally thought it needed a lot more heat.  Like maybe some sriracha sauce on top!!)


After work, I still had to go to the grocery store.  It wasn’t a dire situation … yet.  But it was close.  I had a hard time packing the 7-year old’s lunch yesterday morning.  We were out of a few essentials, so I had to improvise.  He got a hard-boiled egg in his lunch!  (Which is totally fine with him – he loves them.  It’s just not normally something most people would put in a 2nd grader’s lunchbox).

bird's eye voila

So since I got home from the grocery store around 7pm and still had to figure out dinner, I made it as easy as possible.  I love these little frozen meals by Birds Eye as a base.


Then I add in my own extra veggies and seasoning.  Last night it was extra broccoli and some of the OMG sauce from GGG Foods I was telling you about in my last post.  This gave it a little kick.


And then I added even more kick on my plate by topping it with the Sriracha sauce, of course!  🙂

Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce 28 Oz

I seriously love this stuff.  In fact, I had to buy more at the grocery store tonight because we had just run out.  I’m thinking about just carrying some with me in my purse so I always have it with me.  LOL  I’m kidding.  Sorta.  🙂

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Weekend Recap: Sleepover and Meatloaf

Why do weekends always seem to go by so quickly???  Too quickly.

I discovered something yummy this weekend.  Probably something I shouldn’t have discovered.  But I’ll share it with you anyways.  Well, it’s more like a confession of sorts.  I dunked these Anna’s Thins into my coffee and it was really yummy!  When I was a kid, I used to dunk cookies in milk.  But I don’t drink milk anymore.  So I really haven’t dunked anything in a long time.  I don’t know what possessed me to dunk the cookie in my coffee, but oh what a treat it was!!  Now I can’t buy those Anna’s cookies anymore.  🙂

coffee and cookies

On Saturday night, one of Luke’s friends was spending the night.  Normally we do a pizza for a sleepover, but instead I decided to do Meatloaf.  But this special meatloaf tastes like a pizza!!

Here’s a picture of the 12-year old recipe.  When we worked at First Union Securities together back in the day, my friend Chris wrote down this recipe for me.  When I got it out on Saturday night, I realized it had been a long time since I spoke to her.  So I texted her just to say hi.  We worked side by side for 11 years up til last year. And I’ve hardly talked to her this past year. It’s sad when close friends drift apart.


In case you can’t read that, here’s the recipe:

Pizza Meatloaf

1 pkg Lipton Onion Soup Mix  (optional) – I didn’t have this on hand so instead I used about 2 tsps each of Oregano, Basil and Garlic Powder.
2 pounds ground beef  (I used Laura’s Lean – 94% lean)
1 -1/2 cups of bread crumbs (mine were Italian flavored by Kroger brand)
2 eggs
1/2 cup chopped peppers (combination of green and red)
1 cup pasta sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Combine all ingredients except 1/2 the sauce and 1/2 the cheese
Shape into loaf pan.  Top with remaining sauce.  Then bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake another 10 minutes.  Then let it stand for 10 minutes after you take it out.
You almost can’t mess it up.  I think it would be good with olives or mushrooms in there too (or anything else you might put on top of a pizza).


Thankfully my daughter was feeling a bit better this weekend.  She loved her some comfort food – meatloaf, mashed potatoes and cornbread!!

There were veggies too …. broccoli and cauliflower, just none made it onto her plate.

family plus one

The boys LOVED it!!!!  They cleaned their plates, even the broccoli and cauliflower.

So remember all those home remedies I told you about in my last post?  Well, they didn’t work on Saturday night.  She woke up crying about 5 times between midnight and 3:30am.  Finally at 3:30am, I took her downstairs and stayed up with her.  It was the perfect opportunity to catch up on Revenge.  I’d heard a lot of people talking about this show, but I didn’t start it last year when it came out and now it’s in the Second season.  But guess what?!?  Season One is on Netflix!!  If you have Netflix, I highly recommend you start from Episode 1.  It is SUCH a good show!!  I am totally hooked!  I’m almost done with the first season.  Now I need to figure out how to catch up on Season 2.

salmon salad

Salmon Spinach Salad

So Sunday was more or less a rest day.  I still managed to get some cleaning done.  And some laundry.  Nothing too crazy.  Bathrooms require more energy than I had yesterday so those did not get done.

I did enjoy a yummy lunch with my leftover salmon.  I threw it on a bed of spinach with some mushrooms, carrots, grape tomatoes, red peppers, feta cheese and jalapenos, topped with sriracha sauce (of course).  It was delicious!

After a nice nap, I bundled up the babe and took her for a walk in the neighborhood.

bundled up for walk

Yeah, she doesn’t look sick, does she???

And when we got back, we all enjoyed some warm beverages.  Hot chocolate for the kids and hot tea for me.  With marshmallows of course!  🙂

warm drinks

Questions of the Day:  1) What food do you serve at sleepovers??   2) Have you watched Revenge?   3) And what is your favorite hot beverage??


What I Ate Wednesday – 11/15/12

As always, I want to give a shout out to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for the fun linkup every week.

(By the way, if you’ve never checked out her site, you MUST!  Her recipes are mouth-watering and her photos are fabulous.  And she’s funny too)!

I can’t start the day without my coffee.  It’s actually my favorite thing about waking up.

Despite the freezing temps, I wanted my kale shake for breakfast.

Snack time ….  Wasabi peas!!  These crunchy little nuggets of joy can be found at Trader Joe’s.  Love them!!

I knew exactly what to do with my left over salmon from yesterday.

Mixed greens, chopped yellow bell peppers, chopped onions, cherry tomatoes, shredded mozzarella cheese, a few jalapenos and sunflower seeds. YUM!!!

After work, we had a carrier rep treat us all to pedicures at the Nail Bar.   Aaaahhhhh….  just what I needed!

Love the Nail Bar – they give you wine while you’re having a pedicure!!!

My piggies were in serious need of pampering!!

Under the cool drying ultraviolet light

When I came home from the pedicure, Hubby had a homemade pizza in the oven!!  Isn’t he the best?!?

Made with Trader Joe’s whole wheat crust.  This stuff is awesome.  It’s already made for you, and the bag is only $1.00!

get you some!

Have I told you lately how much I love Trader Joe’s??

Toppings: spinach, mushroom and yellow peppers. YUM!

The pizza was deeeeee-licious!!!

Made for each other!!

After I put the kids to bed, I had a sweet craving come over me.  On our new Wellness Challenge at work, points are deducted for sweets with more than 5 grams of sugar.  So…  I discovered that a 1/2 of one sheet of graham crackers plus a small smear of Biscoff = less than 5 grams of sugar!!


Perfect.  It was just enough to satisfy my need for a dessert.

And there you have it.  What I Ate on Wednesday.

What did YOU eat on Wednesday???


4 Miles Later the Bad Mood is Gone!

As I told you earlier, I was in a funk.  But just as I knew it would, my run put me in a better mood.  In fact, that was the best run I’ve had in a long time!!  After work, I headed over to my favorite running spot, Lakeshore Park.  In less than 2 weeks, I’m running in a 8K on Turkey Day, so I really need to get some mileage in.

The view from the top of the hill

The sun was starting to set so I was trying to run as fast as I could.  This is a hilly greenway, so my goal is to sprint the hills and recover at the top with a short walk.  I was a little slower in the beginning, but once I found my groove it was smooth sailing.  I probably could have done another 2.1 mile lap but I didn’t want to overdo it.

When I got back to my car, I refueled with some BCAAs.  This Protein Shot is really not bad.  It tastes better than you would expect.  And at 120 calories and 26 grams of protein, it’s a great recovery drink.

Finished the night off with a healthy dinner.

Grilled pork chops, roasted carrots and steamed broccoli. Delicious.

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite post-work out drink or snack?


Fashion Attempt #2 and Froyo

Yesterday, in my What I Ate Wednesday post, I showed you a picture of what I wore for the day.  In another attempt at being slightly fashionable, I went shopping, bought a new dress and matching boots.  What do you think?

Don’t worry – I’m not heading to the runway any time soon.  It just beats the boring black pants with a boring one-tone sweater.  I’ve really got to stop being so boring!!  🙂

So after another long day of meetings, I was excited to relieve a little stress on the track.  The weather was beautiful, so I set off with my headphones on.  I covered 4 miles.  Not running the whole way, not even really half way either, but enough that I was feeling pretty good.  And my mind was clear.

Breakfast casserole

For dinner, we used the leftover Johnsonville sausage patties that I told you about yesterday to make a Breakfast Casserole.  Ingredients:  egg, sausage, cheese and hashbrowns.  YUM!!  The kids devoured their portions!!

And after dinner, we wanted to surprise the kids with a little treat…  Frozen Yogurt, of course.  We decided to try a new place.  (Well, it’s not that new – I think it’s been there for a year, but we’ve never been there before.)  It’s called Koolioz.

Lucy sat and ate her own cup.

Sadly, though, it really wasn’t that good.  In fact, it was the worst of all the Fro-Yo’s I’ve ever had.  The texture was weird, and it varied between flavors.  Some were thick, others runny.  I think Menchie’s is still my fave.

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite place to get Frozen Yogurt?  And what is your favorite flavor??



Quick and Easy Turkey Chili

The fridge was bare, I had no idea what to make for dinner.  I was perusing Pinterest for some inspiration.  It was drizzly outside so Chili caught my eye.

I just happened to have all the ingredients.  Score!  It turned out beautifully.  So quick.  So easy.  And very yummy!  Slam dunk!!

turkey chili

quick turkey chili

simmering on the stove

turkey chili topped with turkey pepperoni, cheese and sprouts


Quick and Easy Turkey Chili,  adapted from this recipe.  (I didn’t use any oil, I used slightly different spices, and I added tomato paste to thicken it up)

1 lb ground turkey

2 cloves garlic

2 Tbsp chili powder

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 can chicken broth

1 can black beans, drained

1 can light red kidney beans, drained

1 can diced tomatoes with jalapenos

1 can yellow corn

1 small can tomato paste


1) In skillet, brown the turkey til it’s done, adding spices and fresh garlic.

2) In large pot on the stove, pour in the chicken broth, beans, tomatoes and corn.  Simmer on med-high heat while the turkey is cooking.  Once the turkey is done, pour into pot, stir, and simmer for 5-10 more mintues.  Add in the tomato paste if you like your chili a bit thicker.

This was so easy, it was done in less than 20 minutes!


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