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In our house I always try and keep some semi-healthy frozen food for Nick to eat when he has an “I’m starving” moment and I really don’t want to make anything.
One if these items is vegetable gyoza or pot sticker. Well there have been four lonely dumplings sitting in my freezer for some time now and I thought I needed to find a way to get rid of them. Enter Real Simple’s dumpling soup.
(This pic is from my recipe book, but I am sure you can find it online if you google it)
I love recipes that I can alter and make in one pot so I tore this out the moment I saw it. In my soup I had for 2 servings:
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 1/2 box mushrooms chopped
- 3/4 box low sodium veggie broth
- 2 carrots chopped
- 1 cup frozen peeled edamame
- 4 gyoza
- soy sauce
- hot chili sauce
I varied my recipe based on what I had ie. I had white mushrooms and not shitake so I used those. I had a piece of my bread on the side for broth dunking.
I love that this recipe has everything in it and took me all of 15min to make. I usually try to stick to fresh produce, but it is always nice to have something easy in the freezer to grab and go when you don’t want to hit the drive through.
Nick and I are off to Springfield Farm this morning to say hi to some chickens and buy some of their friends if we like what we see. It is freezing here so I hope the animals are all inside the barns snuggled up to each other.
How was your Wednesday?! Mine was pretty mild considering my Monday and Tuesday. I did get some rays of sunshine in the mid afternoon, but we will get to that!
First surprise of the day, Debbie brought me a tea and biscotti!
This was a perfect morning pick me up!
Lunch was a little on the small side today, or at least in terms of my fullness. I don’t think there was enough protein!
Salad with spinach, carrots, maters, feta, white balsamic, feta and mustard. Kashi crackers and 2 clems with an Adora disk for dessert.
And then came my mid afternoon sunshine!
My mom sent me flowers to cheer me up! With my knee and being overwhelmed with work these were the perfect pick me up! These MADE ME SMILE
Like I said my lunch wasn’t doing it for me so I made a little snack bowl when I got home.
Perfect thing to tide me over until dinner, and while I rolled away and played with sissy on my yoga mat.
I got the foam roller today after work to help message out my knee pain. Wow did it hurt. My quad felt like a huge lump with a rock pressing into it. I hope this helps! It also gave me a new position for push-up.
After rollin’ I started to make the easiest dinner ever!
Baked sweet potato rounds, edamame, okra with Mrs. Dash (I already had enough salt!) and 4 Thai veggie gyoza from TJs. The sweet potato took 3 min in the micro then sliced and baked at 400 for 20min, edamame were boiled for 5, gyoza were microwed for 3.5min and okra for 2. I used all major kitchen appliances for this one! Ha!
I had another Adora disk for dessert! Got to get my calcium in
OK Nick and I are off to watch the Count of Monte Cristo! It is one of his all time favorites and he is now reading the 1200 page book! Crazy boy!
Have a great night!!!
So who is excited for Top Chef tonight??? I know I am. I even went to the webpage to snoop around and ended up taking the “Which Top Chef Judge Are You?” Quiz. I am Gail, which is cool with me because out the three I would want to be her, Tom 2nd and Padma 3rd.
My muffin DID NOT hold me this morning and I found myself heading into my prune bag around 10:30 to keep me until lunch. I was kind of sad about this, but felt that it would happen. Maybe it was all mental?
I was ready to eat again around 12:30.
I used my leftover lentils to make a flatout wrap this morning with spinach and hot sauce. I also had an overflowing Greek Chobani plain yogurt with pumpkin granola and a white CT nectarine.
I can’t forget my Adora disk! I am down to the last one of these and will have to stop by the dangerous Whole Foods soon.
I had a little water bottle malfunction with a lemon seed!
I ran 6.56 miles today in 58:36! That is the furthest I have run EVER. The best part about it is that I included hills AND I felt great after it. I could have kept going, and I know that means I can really run a 1/2 marathon if I train at it. I am still pretty scared, but knowing I am 1/2 way there and feeling good really boosts my confidence. Yes I am tooting my own horn here!
Dinner involved more cleaning out. Angel hair pasta, frozen edamame, frozen asparagus, frozen shrimp and 1/2 an onion – gone.
I marinated the shrimp on fresh grated ginger, jalapeno and the juice of two limes before I left for me run – so they soaked for about 2 hours. I heated all of this up in a skillet and put it over pasta.
I also made a little veggie plate for Nick and I to split with red wine vinegar mustard dressing for dipping. Tomatoes from CT and MD gardens, cuc, carrot.
We are settling in for Top Chef, why is it on sooooo late???!?!!? I am hoping to watch from bed and not fall asleep during it. Oh getting old is so much fun!
******Big news! Biggest Loser Bios are up!!!! The theme is “second chances”?*******
Am I the only one excited about this?