Thursday, April 28, 2011

Umm..gym...

You ever have those days where you back your bag for the gym and when you get there you realize 1. You forgot your hair tie, 2. you for got a towel, and 3. that is not a sports bra. Yea, so I guess going running was not in the cards for me tonight. Instead I came home and made this.
Artichoke, tomatoes, lemon, and tuna pasta. Pretty darn good and easy, thank you Fitness Magazine. It did call for black olives but the ones we had were so old I did not want to chance it. After, I had a granola bar with a spoonful of the yummy Greek yogurt. I call that dessert not breakfast.

Breakfast was made at the office my microwaving 2 eggs (yes, I did say microwave) and a whole wheat tortilla with cilantro. On the side was the remaining mango from when I made couscous. I did not feature the picture because sometimes the taste is good and the look is not. I knew a good picture would feature the egg wrap cut open but it was tricky even wrapping it that I didn't chance it. I have never claimed to be a great picture taker, but I at least know when a picture is too bad to publish.

Lunch was panzanella with less bread. I brought left over red snapper to add for protein but it smelled fishy and I started gagging so it had to be tossed out. Less protein than I wanted, but at least it still packed a bunch of flavor. Followed the lunch with a snack of hummus and carrots. I have a weird love for orange and yellow food. Lemons, yellow pepper, golden beets, yellow tomatoes, sweet potatoes, you name it, I love it!


I am not going to lie, I am glad the gym didn't work out. I have had a longer week than I had anticipated and I just wanted to go home. I ran all of my errands, made some calls, am finishing up laundry, and I am about to sit down and maybe pop in a Netflix. Oh, I have to remember to DVR the Royal Wedding for my sister to watch later (I might join her). Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday, I need a break.

But I am really looking forward to the weekend!!


Impromptu Wine Night


Once again, my breakfast reminds me of a crazy animal. This time I picture a hair-crazed monkey in the jungle. So besides having the same breakfast as I did on Monday, it looks so different to me....yes, I am still a little kid.
Lunch was a strawberry, brie, and walnut salad with tuna. The recipe called for chicken but as I am not eating meat beyond eggs and fish I opted for tuna. It was amazing how strong and sweet the strawberries were in this salad. I am not sure I would make the combination again with tuna, but maybe add a few more fruits and vegetables and have a nice summer salad for a picnic.

I had already had lunch when my boss informed me that we were going to lunch, so instead of give in to the temptation of the smell of sweet potato fries I had a root beer. It was tasty considering root beer is the only soda I will drink and I have it once to twice a year. We went to lunch as it was a co-workers birthday and she invited me to a wine night at her house after work. Best laid plans...I went to her house to celebrate her birthday and had 3 slices of cheese, a palm-full of grapes, 2 crackers, and a couple glasses of wine (all not featured). It wasn't ideal for my dinner and I was bummed that I didn't get to make the baked eggs I have wanted to try all week. But I had a good time and exercised restraint. I was glad I had gone to spin class and ate well the rest of the day.

Speaking of best laid plans, it turns out that I was suppose to have my baked eggs on Tuesday and the salmon cakes on Wednesday to avoid having two meals a day with eggs. Don't get me wrong, I would eat eggs all the time, but I still have that voice from back in the 80's talking about not eating too many eggs regardless of how silly the notion is now considering I heard the statistic that "eggs are the next best thing to consume for nutrients and vitamins next to breast milk" and I am not going out and buying breast milk. Yuck, I just grossed myself out.

So Thursday is a new day and I am sticking to my plans for meals for the day. In fact, I have my gym bag packed as well as my breakfast and lunch sitting next to me right now. Hey, planning is the key, the rest of up to me.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dessert for breakfast?

Dessert for breakfast anyone? Well that is what this breakfast tasted like. It was a pear crumble.
No, that is not whipped cream, but it was a very sweet Greek yogurt with drizzled honey. I seriously might make this again but for dessert. It was great to eat, but a little too sweet for me in the morning.
Lunch was panzanella. I have wanted to make panzanella for a long time now and this was a perfect recipe for flavors. By flavors I again mean just the taste of the veggies and sprouted bread. I might add a little less bread next time and perhaps some tuna or other protein. It did have white beans in it, but I was definitely hungry later in the afternoon .

I hit up the gym after work and ran (more like jogged) a 5K. I told myself that I needed to start running again so I am phasing myself back into the distance runs. I am also a little motivated as a few of my friends are running a half marathon this weekend and I am going to cheer them on. Anyway, the jog went well and by the time I got home I wanted to eat right then. One thing I really like about this fitness magazine recipes is that most of them take a short amount of prep and cook time. Tonight's menu feature salmon cakes.

Ok, so call me late to the game, but I had no idea that making fish cakes was so easy and rewarding. I tossed in some salmon, an egg, bread crumbs, and some chopped scallions and was good to go. Just cooked 'em up for 3-4 minutes per side and I had a delicious disc of protein and flavor. The picture above shows the cakes with a spicy mayonnaise the recipe called for and while the mayonnaise was good, I ended up wiping most of it off as the cakes were delicious enough for me.

Two days down, three to go.

Oh, and while I am posting, anyone out there have any suggestions on some good songs or workout mixes I should check out? My songs are older and I need something new to motivate me. Hope your week is still on the up and up!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Monday Meals

Oh breakfast and your pre-made quiche.

Asparagus & Mushroom quiche, sliced orange, and a slice of Ezekiel bread. This totally hit the spot right after spin class.
Lunch, yummy! Whole wheat tortilla with tuna, baby spinach, and brie. The rest of the apple was my side. One question, why is it whenever they tell you what to put in a wrap does it never fit and it turns into a taco? Just one of these days I want my wrap to actually be a wrap and not a taco.
Have I ever mentioned that I do not love fish? In fact sometimes I don't even like it. And don't get me started on how much I loathe poached fish. But sometimes you have to eat it. I grilled some red snapper which was on sale from Ralph's and for a reason as it was not as fresh as I would have liked. If you are going to buy fish do yourself a favor and spend the extra cash to get the better quality. The carb is a combination of couscous, black beans, mango, and cilantro. This was a winner and will definitely be used again. No other seasonings, just pure natural flavor. Last, but not least steamed sugar snap peas which tasted like heaven! A great dinner, all in all.
Oh, and...umm...dessert. I bought these for Easter but they were not delivered until today so I had some...and I liked it. Hey, with my spin class I still had calories to spare even with the dessert.

So overall, what did you think? Easy to make and tasty. See anything you like?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Back to the old menu planning

Yep, those are my groceries for the week. All $70 worth. Yikes! Got to love our dependence on foreign oil and the fact that our food travels an average of 5,000 miles to get to the groceries stores causing prices to sky rocket. I missed the farmer's market yesterday so I did not buy locally this week and my wallet sure felt the effect of that. But enough about politics and on to the food.

I got my new Fitness Magazine and they had a new weeks worth of meals feature which I love and took to planning me week. Now that it is not my busy time at work I have a little more time in the mornings and evenings to prepare my meals. You see every January - April I always get busy and stressed with work and gain a few pounds due to lack of time management on my part. Well, this year was no different. This will be my first week of going back to a normal schedule and I wanted to start off on the right foot. As you can see there are tons of fruits and veggies and I am also having fish and eggs for my protein. Have I ever mentioned how much I love eggs and would love to have my own laying chickens one day? I haven't? Well ask my sisters, they are sick of hearing me talk about it. Once you have had a fresh natural egg straight from a chicken and know how cheap it is to maintain you too will go out and buy Homemade Living: Keeping Chickens by Ashley English (and maybe the rest of the books, and maybe your sister will buy the collection too.)

Anyway, I am going to try to take pictures of my meals this week and be held accountable for what goes into my body. To be honest, healthy food just tastes better and my body can definitely tell the difference.

So lesson for the day, even though you might have slacked for the last week, month, or even year, today is a new day and you can always chose to take a step in the right direction of your activities and the the food you eat. Happy week of eating right!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

You know you are in Texas when...

This is your door handle. Having a great time here. Took the tour of Cowboys Stadium. It was amazing!!! More to come.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I think I am in love

Look what I discovered at the Cal State Fullerton plant sale. It combines 2 of God's greatest creations into one! This place has been amazing. Great buys helpful and knowledge people, and did I mention bees?! If you are in the area definitely check it out!

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