Not a Fan

Hello!  The snow finally stopped around 8pm and we got about 6-8in total.  A lot more than they were calling for on Friday (0-2).  Given the weather Nick and I decided to stay in again last night.  It just wasn’t worth it with the roads and other drivers.  I tried my hand at making sardines.  They are so inexpensive, sustainable and common that I thought they needed a chance.

001 I mixed the sardines with mustard, spices, carrots, tomatoes, kalamata olives, balsamic and celery and was going to use it as a salad, but it still tasted so fishy.  I opted for a pizza with pasta sauce and melty cheese.

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It was still gross and I had to through the whole thing out.  Sardine are not for me!  Maybe when someone makes them that knows what they are doing I will try again.  I still ate my acorn squash and make another little tortilla pizza with spinach and cheese.  This became a wrap.004 005 Kind of a boring dinner, but it did its job.  Nick and I spent the rest of the night play Scene It on the xbox and scategories.  Nick won Scene It I won scategoies (Like always!)

This morning I was having breakfast blues and did not know what to make!  I went with a good old waffle.006 Arrowhead Mill mix with one egg, milk, flax and chia seeds.  Topped with almond butter, unsweetened coconut and banana.

007 After breakfast I had about 2 handfuls of granola…yep, and meal planned for the week.  I then headed to Giant, list in hand.

When I got home I cleaned the apartment from top to bottom and then sat down for a nice little lunch with something new!008 Do you know what it is?  It was not my salad made of spinach, carrots, maters, leftover acorn squash and a sunshine veggie burger (and wow holy those things are tasty but 13g of fat??! come on!)

009 My something new was a new flavor of Chobani!

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It tasted just like a strawberry banana smoothie.  They definitely know how to make a good flavored Greek yogurt, now if they would only use organic dairy, I would be in heaven!

Not sure what the rest of the afternoon will hold, maybe a birthday party?  I may let Nick go to that by himself though.

Either way I am off to enjoy what is left of the weekend!

Later Gators!

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Snow Day!

Well hello there from the great white Baltimore!

We have made a few new friends today due to the lack of food.

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Mr. and Mrs. C were among the many!  Sissy is in heaven and even thought she could somehow make it through the glass window and get one.  Yes, she may not be the brightest, but we love her.

So backing up to yesterday…

001 Work was super busy, but we always take time for lunch.

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Salad of spinach, carrots, celery, tomatoes, avocado and balsamic  with a big hunk of herb beer bread.

I didn’t have my snack until I got home, but a glass of wine joined it 🙂

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Last night Nick and I couldn’t figure out what to do.  I had to be at BARCS at 8:30 this morning for training, playing with kitties and escorting, so I didn’t want to make it a late night.  We settled on Disc One of Mad Men and Wegman’s PYO (pick your own) dinners.

My dinner included:

005 Multigrain bagel with flax (Wegman’s has amazing bagels) toasted with almond butter and jelly.  I also had a salad of mixed green, steamed broccoli, red peppers, tomatoes and a white bean pesto mix.  I also had a store made chocolate dipped chocolate chip cookie.006 007

I had to celebrate cookie Friday!

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Mad Men was interesting.  I mostly spent my time thinking about how my Dad grew up in the time this was going on and my grandfather worked!  I think I am more interested in the history rather than the actual plot lines.

I was up early this morning to get into the city of training, and I was really close to just going with a bowl of cereal.  I saved myself and had a lovely batch of french toast!

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I dipped two pieces of Quinoa bread in 1 egg, skim, flax, cinnamon and almond extra (best part).  I topped my toast with a heated mash of black berries and maple syrup.  I also had some kefir with chia seeds, banana and almond butter.

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This was delicious!

At BARCS today I adopted out my first cat!  It was great, but no one else wanted to look at cats so I called 4 hours my time for the day.  I finally got home around 1:00pm after deal with snow traffic, threw my clothes in the washer (Sissy cannot get sick from the other cats) and me in the shower.

I was more than ready for lunch!

012 Part 1: I made a little savory bread pudding with my leftover beer herb bread!  I mixed together about 2 slices of bread with 1 egg, skim, hot sauce and poured 1/2 into my cute ramekin.  Then I had a layer of spinach and tomato sauce.  I finished it off the the rest of the bread and 2 pieces of Cabot cheddar.  I cooked it in the mirco for one min to make sure the egg cooked then transferred it to a 425 toaster oven and cooked it for 10min.

013 Golden crispy cheese!  I think I would have cut down on the skim and put some cheese 1/2 way through next time, but this was pretty darn tasty.

For my dessert/lunch part two I had a delicious pear.014 I heated a pear with cinnamon for 1:30 then topped it with vanilla almond crunch granola.   Wow this tasted just like a pear crisp!  Next time; bowl and smaller pieces of pear.

Delicious DIFFERENT lunch.  I always feel like I have to make my lunches at home different from anything I could bring to work.

Alright, I need to get to the cleaning I have been putting off all day and check out what the weather is going to do tonight.

Stay safe in the snow!


Crunch, Crunch

Happy Freeeeeezing Friday!!!!!!!!

There is a snow storm heading this way and the temps are dropping!  The heat is on and I needed something warmish for breakfast.

001 Toasted Quinoa take 2:  Blueberry Pumpkin Quinoa

  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 tbs oat bran
  • 1 tbs blueberry jam
  • 1 tbs flax
  • 2 tbs unsweetened coconut

I added the oat bran to see if it helps with the staying power.  I still plopped it on top of pumpkin yogurt with not only plain Stonyfield, pumpkin and spices, I also added some dried blueberries and chia seeds.002 I think I actually liked the pumpkin butter better than the blueberry jam, but it is still tasty!

003 And what a pretty purple hue to have with breakfast!

Time for the Friday Food Rule of the day brought to you by Michael Pollan! Food Rule #11: Avoid Foods You See Advertised on Television.  This one really stuck with me.  Most of the food I can recall seeing on TV is fast food.  We already know those are not so hot for you, but if you turn on a children’s channel there are tons of sugar laden foods advertised ie. pop tarts, lucky charms (not like I didn’t eat some of this as a child).  Think!  I think Florida or California citrus or dairy may be the only produce I have ever seen on TV.

Movin on out!

Happy Friday!


100% Maryland

Who watches Bones?  I love anything related to science on tv.  I was one of those kids who saw Twister and instantly wanted to be a meteorologist.  I still think weather is pretty cool, but I am not a fan of physics.  Why am I talking about this?  Bones in on in 15min and I want to watch!

So to recap the day…

My Quinoa held me over pretty well this morning, but I think I need some whole grains or something in there.  Maybe you can do a mix of toasted oats and quinoa?  Needless to say, I may be having it for breakfast tomorrow.

Lunch was leftovers from last night.

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I cooked up some tofu last night with our chicken so I could have lemon tofu for lunch, yum!  Fennel, avocado, maters, tofu.

I also had some Kashi crackers for some grains.

I didn’t get hungry until I was in the parking lot of my work and then I dove into my clems and seltzer.

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Before heading home I stopped by the tag and title place to get my MD plates, registration and title.  It seriously took me 10min and I was out the door.  It really was worth the extra cost to skip having to take a day off work and waiting at the MVA for over 3 hours.  Seriously though MD is notorious for having really bad service at the MVAs.

I replaced my plates when I got home.

007 Good bye CT 817-LAM :(  As you can see this plate has been through a lot with me (and my mom!).  I was on our old toyota camery, which we loved and both almost cried when we traded him (Yoda) in for Ayche (my CRV).  I am officially 100% Maryland property.

After freezing my hand off trying to screw on rusty screw I started cutting veggies for dinner.

I roasted up everything we had and made some WF mac and cheese.  It was an easy dinner night, plus Nick loves Mac and Cheese.

008 I had 3/4 of a serving because 1 serving = 380cal?!?!  It was enough to get the good white cheddar flavor, but not too much to be stuffed.  Along side we had roasted brussels, yams (I tried to make chips but some burned and others did not get crispy), carrots, parsnips and mushrooms.  Does anyone know if a good roasted veggie dip?  I am thinking balsamic and mustard of some sort.

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I am thinking of trying this protein cookie dough with an Adora disk for dessert.  Until then it’s Bones time!

Three Cheers for tomorrow being Friday!  It should be a busy day at work and I hope it goes by quickly!

Night Night!


New Breakie!

Goooood Morning!  Welcome to Thursday!  It is looking like a Murray, Federer finals at the Aussie open this year…at least that is what is predicted and Murray seems to have the match in the bag this morning.

This morning also brought a new to me breakfast!

Toasted Quinoa!

I sort of followed HTP’s recipe but I used pumpkin butter instead of maple syrup as my sweetener/ glue.

  • 1/3 cup rinsed quinoa
  • 1 tbs pumpkin butter
  • 2 tbs unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tbs flax

mixed and baked at 475 for 12 min – it was starting to burn!

I put my toasty mixture a top a bowl of pumpkin yogurt

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • couple shakes pumpkin pie spice
  • 2/3 cup plain Stonyfield yogurt

001 Breakfast is not breakfast without almond butter!

002 I ate every last spoonful of this!  So crunchy and good!

003 This really needs to get added into my normal oat bran routine.  It will be interesting to see how well it holds me this morning.  There sure is a lot of protein in there!

I got to catch Michael Pollan on Oprah last night.  I love the way that man speaks!  They also had Alicia Silverstone on talking about vegans and she broke a rule in Pollan’s book when she showed us what was in her grocery cart, but we aren’t there yet 😉

Today’s Food Rule by Michael Pollan is Rule #10 Avoid Food Products claiming to be something they are not.  ie margarine claiming to be “butter”.  Oh wow we are on the rule I above referred too, must be fate!  This is one that has actually made me thing a lot about my meatless meat balls “To make something like nonfat cream cheese that contains neither cream nor cheese requires an extreme degree of processing; such should be labeled imitations and avoided (law does not allow this).  The same rule applies to soy-based mock meats, artificial sweeteners and fake fats and starches”.  Read the back of a tofurky box…there is some really weird stuff in there.  Why not just eat turkey or tofu?

Time to get a move on!

Enjoy your Thursday!


One Month, No Run

Tonight’s post is going to have a bit of a different start.  You see today marks exactly one month since I last ran a) outside and b) over a mile.  I actually remember the day perfectly, odd.  It was such a nice Sunday morning run, and if I had to pick my last one it would have been a high note to end on.

Since then I have been to the gym 3? times and only been able to run on the treadmill for 8:19 before stepping off holding back tears from the pain in my knee.  About a week and a half later I had been taking it easy and the pain was still there, I consulted my friend Ray who is a physical therapist and he came to the conclusion of patella femoral pain syndrome.

I did a ton of research, followed his exercises, did no cardio (only yoga) and ordered the knee sleeves recommend by HTP.  If you couldn’t tell I like to address problems like this and get the fixed ASAP!  Unfortunately my knee still felt like "someone was stabbing me with a knife in the side of my knee cap" and I went to see an orthopedist.  The x-rays came back negative and he came back with sort of a catch all answer of irritated soft tissue.  Either my IT band was pissed or the soft tissue that covers the bones in my knee were inflamed. 

The worst part about this…I was told I basically was not allowed to move my knee anymore than I had to.  I could swim (I think that is what he said, I was in a daze at this point), but I don’t belong to a gym with a pool nor do I have the funds to join.  I asked about yoga, no.  Foam roller? No.  All of my hard work basically went out the window.  I mean I now know that I can train for things and have a plan, but I have lost all of my stamina that took me months to get, and I can see the difference in body shape and muscle tone.  I’m not going to lie, one of the main things I was worried about was gaining back the 20lbs I had lost or at least a portion of it.  So…the big question, one month after I stopped working out/running, have I gained any weight?  No.  Surprisingly I have not gained any weight, just lost the tone in my legs and abs.  I have tried to cut back on my snacking and calorie intake to match my calorie output, but honestly I think it really has to do with what I am eating.  When I started getting healthy I began with going to the gym, but still eating nasty food.  It was not until I changed my diet that the weight seriously started to come off.  This to me is proof that you cannot just work off your fat, you must also eat less of it!  I still have another 3 weeks to go until I am allowed to test out my knee…I already have a 2 mile run planned (I am just hoping I can do it).  I am hoping to maintain what I have accomplished during that time and check off most of the things on my Month Off To-Do list.  Life is all about challenges and how you deal with them.  I am not giving up on running, and I am looking forward to the 2010 spring season!

Note:  This is how MY body reacted to change, not everyone is the same.  I just wanted to share this information to show that exercise is not the cure all to weight management.  Please do not read too much into my little story.

Thanks for reading my little knee bit, now onto the regular posting!

Lunch was as delicious as dinner last night!

006 I got this pink Tupperware because of the built in spoon…I have since lost the spoon.

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Stew and beer bread!

008 I didn’t get hungry for an afternoon snack until I got home and was starving!

I had my last scone with a little bit of Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter.

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Glowing in the last bit of day light.

I stopped by the library to pick up some books I had on hold and had a glass of wine over Curtis Stone…so dreamy, but these recipes are way out of my league!

016015 Awesome wine!  I brought my glass to dinner.010 Mediterranean chicken:

  • chicken tenders
  • lemon
  • kalamata olives
  • feta
  • parsley
  • roasted red peppers
  • thyme
  • capers
  • oregano

Cook chicken in EVOO and lemon juice with dried oregano and thyme.

Mix other ingredients a bowl and heat in microwave for 30 sec.

I also roasted up a fennel bulb and white turnip to go along side – 30min

bake chicken for 15min and then serve onto of fennel and top with olives feta mix.

011 The only thing I would change about it was the amount of salt.  No need to add any!  Feta + Olives + capers = a little too much salt.

Check out how big my parsley is getting!

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Turnip and side salad.  Delicious and filling!

For a little dessert I heated up some black berries with chocolate chips on top.

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I am going to get back to reading through a couple more cook books I picked up at the library this afternoon.  New recipes are in the works!

It is so weird being done with blogging so early…I would just be getting out of the shower from the gym if I were still running 😦

More than 1/2 way through the week!


Comfort Food

Good Morning!  It is freezing in my apt!  I guess I need to turn the heat back on in this place.  I was a little peeved about our last electric bill so I turned off the heat.  I like it at 65 personally.

Due to the cold this morning, all I wanted was something warm!

I had a few extra minutes so I decided to try some new oats highly recommended by GDW.

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These guys pack all the nutrition of a 1/2 cup of oats in a 1/4 cup.  The one downside is that even in the microwave they take the 8min, which is kind of long for my morning routine.

I realllly wanted banana, almond butter and jelly oats this morning and they were as amazing as I planned!002 I tried a new setting on my camera…you dig?

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Underwater vs. Inside – yes these are the setting on my point and shoot.

In my bowl I have the 1/4 cup steel cut oats, 1 tbs flax, 1 tbs chia seeds, 1/2 cup plain Stonyfield, handful TJs fiber cereal, 1 banana, almond butter and jelly swirl.

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This is like a deconstructed sandwich.  I love.  Something comforting about the flavors.

It’s that time again!  Food Rule of the day brought to you by Michael Pollan!  Rule #9: Avoid food products with the wordoid “lite” or the terms “low-fat” or “nonfat” in their names.  Now I am guilty of buying skim milk and non-fat yogurt, but these are to claiming to have any flavoring.  The problem that Pollan suggests is that we are still getting fat off fat free foods.  He points out that carbs still make you fat and many fat free or lite foods increase their sugar content to make them taste better.  People also use these claims as free passes to eat as much of the product as they want because, hey it is fat free. “ Since the low fat campaign began in the late 1970s, Americans actually have been eating more than 500 additional calories per day, most of them in the form of refined carbs like sugar.

Bottom line, think about what you are eating!

Oprah is having a food special today if you are home to watch!

I’ve got to get a move on!

Happy Wednesday!