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Grill Pasta

Happy Friday Eve, everyone!

This week has flown by, which makes me extra happy, since I am wearily counting down the days until I am done with this hellish class! ¬†4 more weeks, for those who want to count down with me ūüôā .

Workouts

On Tuesday, I did a solid cardio session, starting out on the treadmill with 30 minutes of running intervals, followed by 15 minutes on the elliptical.

I have been seriously missing strength training in my routine! ¬†I inadvertently took a week-long break from weights, so I was excited to get to a BodyPump class yesterday. ¬†It felt good to be back, and I am definitely feelin’ it today! ¬†After class, I did 15 minutes on the elliptical before heading home.

Breakfasts

Look out, smoothies– I have a new go-to breakfast! At least for this week.

I’ve been making lots of oats! ¬†I’ve switched from my usual packets of flavored oatmeal to using “old fashioned oats”, cooking a serving (1/2 cup) with either water or almond milk in the microwave, and then stirring in some flava! ¬†The “flavor” part has been in the form of peanut butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, honey, or all three!

I love oats because they keep you full for a longer period of time, which has been great, since I now have less opportunities to eat throughout the day during the week.

Lunches

Go-to breakfasts have been followed by go-to lunches lately. ¬†It’s actually starting to get a tad on the boring side, but I’ve found that this routine is helping power me through my looong class, so I’m going with it. ¬†Enter: Salad with Ginger Dressing.

Romaine lettuce, bell pepper strips, and a serving of Naturally Fresh Ginger Dressing.  On the side, I enjoyed a Granny Smith apple and a spoonful of peanut butter.

Dinners

On Tuesday, Corey and I went to Dexter’s for “$1 Burger Night”. ¬†Nope, you didn’t read that wrong. ¬†It literally is $1 for a burger. ¬†Can’t beat that! ¬†I ordered mine with bleu cheese and mushrooms.

Last night, we concocted a little something I’m referring to as “Grill Pasta”. ¬†I’ve found that grilling food takes it to a whole different level. ¬†I would much rather eat grilled vegetables than steamed, and I would much rather have chicken cooked on the grill than in the oven or a skillet. ¬†Corey grilled some vegetables and chicken, and I got busy making a simple sauce. ¬†We tossed everything together and sprinkled with parmesan cheese, and it was just delicious.

Grill Pasta

Servings: 3-4

Ingredients:

1/2 box whole wheat spaghetti

2 cups chopped broccoli florets

1 large Vidalia onion

4 chicken cutlets

1/4 cup sundried tomatoes

1/2 cup white wine

1 tablespoon Smart Balance

3 garlic cloves, diced

1 pinch red pepper flakes

salt and pepper

1 teaspoon dried chives

Directions:

Slice the onion in half.  Chop one half, and slice the other half into wedges.  Place the onion wedges and broccoli in tinfoil, spray with non-stick spray, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Prepare the chicken for grilling, any way you like.  Place vegetables and chicken on the grill until cooked through, about 8-10 minutes.

Cook the pasta according to package directions and drain.

In a skillet over medium heat, spray with nonstick spray and add the chopped onion.  After 2 minutes, add the garlic.  Add the Smart Balance and then the white wine.  Add the sundried tomatoes and other spices.  Cook for about 2-3 minutes and remove from heat.  Add the hot pasta to the sauce.  Cut the grilled chicken into bite-size pieces, and add that and the grilled vegetables to the pasta and toss everything together.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.

You could add any grilled vegetables and meat you like to this dish, and it would still be great- and the best part- it’s ready in minutes!

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A Soupy Day. Recipe: Broccoli and Asparagus Soup and Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today was centered around soup!

Corey and I slept in and lounged around for a little while before making a simple breakfast.

Breakfast

Toasty!

 

I toasted a Thomas’ 100% Whole Wheat Bagel Thin and spread a wedge of Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese on top.

Instead of my usual coffee, I gave one of these a try for the first time:

"Can you put some of that in my dog bowl? I need to wake up!"

A Starbuck’s Mocha Light Frappuccino. ¬†I am a huge fan of the regular Frapps, but they are a little misleading. ¬†The label says “Low Fat!”, which they are, but they are also loaded with sugar. ¬†The new Light version is made with Splenda, and has only 100 calories. ¬†As Charlie Sheen would say, WINNING!

After breakfast, we changed into our bathing suits and headed over to the pool to lay out.  I guess we forgot to look outside first, because we were a little late to realize that it was dark and rainy out!

Sad Sun-Bather ūüė¶

Corey doesn’t give up that easily. ¬†He insisted we go to the pool anyway and wait for it to blow over. ¬†When we arrived, it was just us and what Corey referred to as a “stork”…

"I have something for you..."

I told him that was probably not a good sign, for several reasons.

The storm did end up blowing over, so we were able to relax outside for a little while.  After that, we decided to go to the gym and get a workout in.

Good news! ¬†Remember how I was saying how much I miss my old gym? ¬†Well, it turns out that the time period I had set for my account to be frozen is now up, so we are able to go again! ¬†Can I afford it? Not really. ¬†But I think it’s worth the sacrifice! ¬†I was happy to spend a good 50 minutes with my long lost love, the elliptical, while watching some re-runs of Real Housewives of Orange County.

Speaking of which, tonight is the premiere of their new season! ¬†I am a die-hard Real Housewives fan. ¬†I watch every episode of every city, but my favorite is definitely Orange County and Beverly Hills. ¬†I aspire to be a less bitchy version of them one day, preferably with Gretchen’s hair and Alexis’ rockin’ bod.

 

(insert ME in that space!)

(Source)

After our workout, we grabbed a smoothie at Planet Smoothie:

Smoooothie!

I ordered my usual Chocolate Two Piece Bikini.  Perfection!

Later in the day, I decided to get started on a mini project that I’ve been waiting to get to all week. ¬†I follow Whole Foods on Twitter, and they recently posted a recipe for Spring Broccoli and Asparagus Soup that I’ve been dying to try! ¬†I made a few modifications, and the result was a delicious and fresh-tasting, creamy soup! ¬†It came together surprisingly easily, too!

Broccoli and Asparagus Soup


Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:

6 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

2 cups chopped broccoli florets

1 bunch asparagus, woody stems removed, and the rest chopped into 2 inch pieces

1 leek, washed, top cut off and the rest thinly sliced (use the white, light green, and a little of the dark green parts)

3 large celery stalks, chopped

2 medium Russet potatoes, peeled and chopped in half

1 wedge of Laughing Cow Light Garlic and Herb cheese (optional)

3 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese

Directions:

Add 1/2 cup of chicken broth to a pot over medium heat.  Once simmering, add the leek and cook until softened, about 6 minutes.

Add the rest of the chicken broth and the potatoes, and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, add the broccoli, asparagus and celery.  Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes.

Next, use a ladle to add several scoops of the soup to a blender.  Add 1/3 of the cheese wedge and 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese and blend together until smooth.  Once smooth, pour the portion of soup into the container you plan to store it in.  Repeat these steps two more times, or until the rest of the soup is blended.

Serve with a dollop of Fat Free sour cream and a sprinkling of chopped chives or green onion on top.

Dinner

I served the soup alongside an open-faced tuna melt on a whole wheat bagel thin:

 

Dinner ūüôā

After we ate, we got ready and went to the evening service at our church, since we slept in this morning. ¬†We ate dinner at kind of an awkward time tonight, so after church, Corey was ready for a second dinner at Jason’s Deli. I was also craving a little somethin’ somethin’, so I got a cup of Tomato Basil soup:

Soup #2

It was a day full of soups!

Making the soup today made me realize how long it’s been since I’ve spent time in the kitchen making real recipes, so I was ready to create something else once we got home. ¬†This time, I wanted to make dessert! ¬†I combined two of my favorite cookie recipes into one, to accommodate the ingredients I had on hand, and this is what I came up with:

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings: 12 cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup quick-cooking oats

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup Granulated Splenda for Baking

1 stick of butter, softened

1 tablespoon molasses

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a bowl, combine the Splenda, eggs, molasses, butter and vanilla, and mix until smooth.

 

Wet Ingredients

Add the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips, and mix everything together.

 

Wet + Dry

Use a spoon to place spoonfuls of the dough on a cookie sheet, and bake in the oven for 8-11 minutes, until slightly browned on top.

I think I might have made a small mistake by forgetting to add the baking soda and salt until the last minute of mixing, because the cookies didn’t really “inflate” like normal cookies do. ¬†It’s OK though, because they were still delicious!

Well, I’m off to go revel in the drama of the Housewives, and then early to bed. ¬†We have fun plans for the next two days!

JUST DO IT!

I woke up so sore this morning from yesterday’s workout- mainly the addition of lunges, which I haven’t done in a while. ¬†We had planned to go running this morning, but my soreness seemed to serve as a good enough excuse for both of us to skip our morning workout. ¬†As usual, I’m regretting it now. ¬†But let’s talk about breakfast first:

Breakfast:

Nothing too exciting here, just a quick and filling bowl of Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal:

I really wish I had some fresh strawberries or banana to throw on top, but…I didn’t. ¬†I’ll add it to the grocery list. ¬†For a little extra sweetness, I added a drizzle of sugar-free maple syrup on top.

Maple-y Oats

I like this oatmeal because it’s low in sugar, comes in a variety of flavors, and it comes in individual packets, which is important for portioning.

I spent the morning pouring my blood, sweat and tears (mainly just tears) into a buttload of chemistry homework and quizzes, to prepare for two MORE quizzes that I had to drive to the school to go take in the Testing Center.  So rude that they make us do that.

At least I had this pup by my side to cheer me up:

"Cheer up, Mom! I's a COCKATOO!"

Lunch

Lunch today was especially delicious, thanks to some leftover BBQ chicken from last night. ¬†I topped the rest of the Eat Smart Asian Salad Kit with the leftover chicken, which I warmed in the microwave. ¬†I topped that with the leftover packet of “crunchies”, and the rest of the Asian dressing packet.

I then mixed and cut everything a million times, until the result was my very own Asian Chicken Chopped Salad:

Chop Chop

I have a thing about salads- I’ll sit at a restaurant for a good 10 minutes after my salad comes, cutting and mixing until I have a chopped salad in front of me. ¬†It’s pretty obnoxious, but I really like to get bites of everything at once! ūüôā

I also had a small OIKOS Greek Caramel Yogurt on the side:

Yummy Yogurt

Only 110 calories in that baby, and it tastes like dessert.

Strange Fact About Me: Generally speaking, I will eat most types of fruit.  However, I have a strange phobia of the following fruity situations:

  • different kinds of fruits touching, with the exception of strawberry and banana, which were made for each other
  • CHUNKS of fruit in yogurt, or anything, for that matter
  • fruit salad

And most notably…

  • APPLE JUICE and APPLE SAUCE

Just typing those words made me gag. Not kidding.

It is for these reasons that you will absolutely never see a post from me where I am eating yogurt with fruit in it, fruit-flavored yogurt, weird fruit smoothie concoctions, or any recipe that contains the aforementioned apple products.

Let’s get back to my previous comment about missing my workout. ¬†Missing workouts is just not worth the mental agony I cause myself for the rest of the day. ¬†I need to remember that waking up and just getting it done is the best feeling in the world, and the perfect start to my day. ¬†Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers wrote a post about “inspirational workout mantras“, and the one that she came up with for herself has really helped me out- “I have never regretted a workout.” It’s so true! ¬†Being sore sucks, but it’s better to just suck it up and power through the pain, can I get an AMEN?! I’m planning to skip my night class tonight, because I am sick of driving and my brain is dead from this week, so I think I’ll get a workout in later today.

Do you have a workout mantra, or something you say to yourself that keeps you going in the gym?

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