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Pork Tacos

I’m seriously gonna need to get an intravenous supply of coffee going if I’m expected to stay awake through my class tonight.  I haven’t stopped going since 5:15 this morning!  But, I’ll fill ya in on that tomorrow.

Work Out

I started my day yesterday with spin class!  I really like the instructor of the class I’ve been going to, but I must say, “adult” spin classes are a little too “laid back” for my liking- at least, when compared to the ones I used to take at my college’s gym.  Don’t worry- I definitely still get extremely sweaty, which always makes me feel like I did something right.

Breakfast

I came home and made a lovely little yogurt bowl.

I topped a cup of Chobani 0% Plain Greek Yogurt with a sliced banana, a chopped pear, some Splenda, and 1/4 cup of Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs cereal, for crunch.

Lunch

My midday meal came in the form of leftovers, thanks to Baked Spinach Ziti from Monday night.

This was even better the second time around!

Before I left for class last night, I got started on dinner.  I bought a lean pork roast from the store, and I decided to turn it into pork tacos!


I simply placed the roast in the slow cooker with:

  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 packet Taco Seasoning

That’s it!  I gave it a stir, put on the lid and let it cook for 7 hours on Low.

When I got home from class, all I had to do was pull the meat using two forks.

I drained the liquid from the meat and placed what I was planning to use into a separate container.

To make the tacos, I heated up some whole wheat tortillas in the microwave for about 15 seconds.  Then I placed a portion of the meat down the center and topped it with Roasted Garlic Salsa from the store, a drizzle of Green Sauce, and a few avocado slices.

I’m pretty sure there has never been a more simple weeknight recipe than this one.

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Crying Into My Curry

I simply could not get around to blogging last night.

Why?

Because I looked like this after watching The Bachelor Finale:

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I have never been so overwhelmed with emotion by any TV show in my life!  Brad’s proposal to Emily was so beautiful, they’re so beautiful, it’s all SO BEAUTIFUL! I was a mess!

"Be my forever!"

THEN…I watched the “After the Final Rose” show immediately after ending of The Bachelor, and my sobbing turned into pure heartache after hearing all the horrible things Emily and Brad had to say about their relationship post-proposal.

I HATE WHEN SHOWS MAKE ME REALIZE THAT REALITY TV ISN’T REALITY!

Why couldn’t they let me just go on believing that Brad would reel in the moon for Emily, and that Emily’s brain is filled with rainbows and unicorns?!  Ugh.  Needless to say, I went to bed sad, deceived and betrayed by my friend, Reality TV.

Ok, I’m done being pathetic…onto the real purpose!  FOOD!

Breakfast

After my workout, which can be found here, I ended the weekend’s caloriefest by starting my morning with a Power Smoothie!

Power in a Glass

Berry Good!

Into the blender went:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Chobani 0% Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 scoop Muscle Milk Chocolate Protein Powder
  • handful of ice cubes
  • Splenda

I ran out of my Biggest Loser Protein, so I decided to use just a tiny portion of Corey’s Muscle Milk. Muscle Milk is loaded with calories, but the serving size is for FOUR scoops- I figured I would be OK with just a 1/2 a scoop.  Since I’m in the market for a new protein powder, any suggestions out there?

Lunch

Lunch came in the form of good ol’ broccoli slaw, topped with tuna salad and Kraft Toasted Sesame Dressing:

Tuna

Bite O' Tuna

I think I need to invest in some regular lettuce for my salads- the slaw plus the crunchy veggies in my tuna salad made my jaw hurt from chewing so much!

I made my tuna salad with:

  • 2 cans Chicken of the Sea Solid White Albacore Tuna
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light mayo
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced

The amount I made should last for about 4 servings.

Before I left for class, I decided to get a head start on dinner.  I got out the slow cooker and added

  • 4 chicken cutlets
  • 3 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 1 can of Progresso Low Sodium Vegetable Soup (just the liquid, I strained out the veggies and threw them away)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

That was it!  I placed it on Low for 5 hours, and when I got home, I removed the chicken breasts and shredded them using two forks:

When I was visiting my parents this weekend, my dad gave me some packages of fresh veggies, including a package of brussel sprouts and a package of yellow squash.  When I got home from class, I sliced all the veggies, layed them on a cookie sheet, sprayed them with non-stick spray, sprinkled them with garlic powder and salt, and popped them in a 425 degree oven for 25 minutes until they were nice and browned:

This is my favorite way to cook vegetables!

I used a jar of Thai Kitchen Yellow Curry to bring this meal together:

I brought the sauce to a boil in a pot, and then I threw in the cooked shredded chicken and roasted veggies.  I gave it a stir, and dinner was ready!

I served our curry dinner over brown rice.  I used a packet of Uncle Ben’s 90-Second Ready Rice, which made this dinner even easier.

Little did I know that I would soon be sobbing like a 5-year-old into my chicken curry, hence, the title of this post.

If you watch The Bachelor, do you think Brad and Emily will make it?!

OCD Runner

I am by no means a person with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  But today, I felt like I may have needed to be institutionalized for it.  I opted for an afternoon workout so I could study in the morning, so we headed over to the gym when Corey got home from work.  I don’t exactly have a plethora of workout clothes, but I have a good amount that usually lasts me between laundry loads.  I was running low today, so I grabbed two things I don’t normally wear to workout- a purple, stretchy tank top that is made for exercise, and a pair of Nike running shorts.  The shorts were laughably big on me.  I don’t even know where they came from, or why I own them, but I pray that they never actually fit me in this life.  Anyway, I had nothing else, so I had to make it work.  I pinned the shorts a little on the sides with safety pins, rolled them twice, and headed out the door.

Here’s the thing- it takes a lot for this chick to actually go running, so when I do, everything must be perfect!  By that I mean that my hair has to be pulled completely away from my face- not a single hair can touch my face- my ponytail needs to stay put and not fall out or touch my shoulders when I’m running.  My shorts have to fit and stay put, my iPod cannot even insinuate that it’s about to run out of battery, and it can’t be too hot outside!  Today, was not my kind of running day.  And I wasn’t even outside!  As soon as I started running on the treadmill, everything went to crap.  My T.V. wouldn’t go to the one channel I wanted to watch, my hair, which was in a bun, flopped up and down until it came completely out, my stretchy tank was riding up to the point where my entire stomach was showing, and my makeshift shorts were getting stuck up my butt thanks to the safety pinning job I did.  I honestly almost lost my mind.  To top it all off, there was some girl behind me on the bike who appeared to be one of those I-weigh-89-pounds-but-go-to-the-gym-to-watch-TV-and-look-hot types, and I’m pretty sure she was laughing at my visible frustration.  I’ll deal with her next time.

Anyways, I ended up only completing 20-minutes of semi-running, but I used my anger to power me through a great weights session.

Today’s workout can be found here.

Lunch

For lunch, I grabbed something new that I’ve never tried before:

An EatSmart Asian Salad Kit!  The kit included a mixture of shredded lettuce and cabbage, a packet of Asian dressing, and a small packet of “crunchies”- wonton noodles and almonds.

I will definitely be buying another kit in the future!

Dinner

Before I left for class, I decided to try a new recipe.  I threw some ingredients in the Crock Pot, and when I came home, dinner was basically ready to go, and it smelled delicious.  Here’s what I made:

Smokey BBQ Pulled Chicken

Servings: 2-3

Ingredients:


2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts

8 oz. tomato sauce

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 tablespoon Chipotle mustard

1 tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar

1 onion or shallot, chopped

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce

Several shakes of your favorite hot sauce (I used Paula Deen’s!)

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 tablespoon paprika

salt and pepper, several pinches

Directions:

Mix together all of the above ingredients, except the chicken, in the crock pot until smooth.

Before

Add the chicken breasts, cover, and cook on low for 6 hours.

Pull, pull, pull!

When the chicken is done cooking, remove it from the pot and place on a cutting board.  Use two forks to pull the chicken apart, then add it back into the pot with the sauce and mix together.  Serve!

After

I have to say, this was awesome.  It’s so easy to get sick of chicken when you run out of ideas for making it, but this made me want to eat it every day!  I served our chicken with two frozen sides:

Frozen Friends

Dinna

After dinner, I was craving something sweet (of course) so I asked Corey if he was in the mood for frozen yogurt.  He wasn’t, but that wasn’t the right answer, so we hopped in the car and hurried over to the frozen yogurt place down the street.  Alas, we were too late and they were closed.  I was on a mission and wasn’t about to go home empty-handed, so we went to Publix and I grabbed our favorite flavor of their Premium No-Sugar-Added, Light Ice Cream:

Butter Pecan

Why would I buy evil ice cream instead of perfectly healthy frozen yogurt, you ask? Well, I used to buy their frozen yogurt all the time, until I decided to check the Nutrition Facts one day, and realized that this was a huge mistake!  In comparison to the above ice cream, Publix’s Premium Frozen Yogurt has roughly 13 more grams of sugar, which is bad.  Therefore, we eat light ice cream sweetened with my B.F.F., Splenda.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I have to go study AGAIN.  I can’t wait until this week is over!

 

The Ultimate Comfort Meal: Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Pot roast is one of those meals that almost everyone’s mom has their own recipe for.  My mom makes a delicious pot roast in the oven, with carrots, potatoes, celery and onion.  Corey’s mom’s recipe uses a special cooking method with the oven, and one ingredient is a jar of turkey gravy!  It’s just one of those meals that you have to know how to make if you’re going to be a domestic goddess.  That’s obviously everyone’s goal here, right?  Ha. Anyways, the other night, I decided that I would try to tackle the task of creating my own pot roast recipe (with some help from our favorite Publix sample lady, who inspired this idea!)  Surprisingly, it didn’t take that many ingredients for me to get a very flavorful dish, using my handy dandy slow cooker, of course.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast


Servings: 3-4

Ingredients:

1 pound chuck roast (we used less than this, and a thinner cut, but it wasn’t really enough so I recommend going for the bigger, more expensive roasts)

Our cut of meat

 

2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks

4 medium celery stalks, ends removed, the rest cut into chunks

6 medium red potatoes, washed and cut into quarters

1 Vidalia onion, cut into wedges

2 cups chicken stock

1 cup water

3 tablespoons Reduced-Sodium Soy Sauce

2 tablespoons Worcestershire

1 teaspoon salt and pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon Montreal Steak Seasoning

1 tablespoon EVOO

*optional: I served ours over whole wheat farfalle*

Directions:

Heat a skillet with the EVOO over medium-high heat.  Season the meat with just a sprinkling of salt, pepper and garlic powder on each side.

 

 

 

 

Browned

 

 

Place the meat in the skillet and brown 1-2 minutes on both sides.  Remove from skillet and place in the slow cooker.

 

 

 

 

Chopped Veggies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everybody in the pool!

 

Chop your vegetables and add them to the slow cooker, on top of the meat.

Pour in the chicken stock, water, soy sauce, Worcestershire, and seasonings.  Meat should be covered with liquid and vegetables should be almost covered (if not, add a little more water).  Give it a little stir, put the lid on top, and cook on LOW for 8 hours.

 

Big Bowl of Comfort Food!

Serve over whole wheat egg noodles, whole wheat farfalle (like I did) or brown rice.

 

Fall Weather Has Arrived! Recipe: Slow Cooker Southwest Chili

Fall is my favorite time of year!  We don’t get quite as much of a season-change here in Florida as they do in other states, but I’ll take any temperature drop that I can get.  There’s nothing like coming in from the cold weather to a warm house with the aroma of chili that’s been cooking all day in the CrockPot drifting through the air.

For Christmas last year, my parents gave me the best. gift. ever. A fabulous, 6-quart slow cooker…in RED, to match my kitchen decor.  I use it for a ton of different recipes, and tonight, I decided to make a delicious pot of chili.  My mom makes a great chili that uses black beans and corn.  I took the best parts of her recipe, added some ground turkey and spices, and came up with my own version.

Slow Cooker Southwest Chili

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

1 pound ground turkey

2 onions, chopped

2 green bell peppers, chopped

2 jalapeno peppers, seeds and ribs (white parts on the inside) removed, unless you like spicy!

1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 can corn, drained and rinsed

12 oz. light beer (I used Michelob Ultra)

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1/2 tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons garlic powder

Fat Free Cheddar Cheese for topping

Fat Free Sour Cream for topping

1 lime wedge for each serving, to be squeezed on top

2 tablespoon EVOO

Directions:

In a large pot, heat the tablespoon of EVOO over medium heat.  Throw in the ground turkey, and cook until no longer pink, using your spatula to break it up very well.  Drain the fat/oil from the pot and remove the meat to a plate, set aside.  Heat another tablespoon EVOO, add the onions and green peppers.  Cook until translucent and slightly browned.  Throw in the jalapenos.  Add the meat back to the pot.  Add the seasonings- chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder.  Pour in the bottle of beer, using spatula to scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the pot.  Bring to a simmer.  Pour mixture into your slow cooker.  Add the tomatoes and their juices, the corn, black beans and kidney beans.  Mix everything together until well combined.  Place lid on the slowcooker and cook on HIGH for 4 hours, or on LOW for 6 hours.  When ready to serve, squeeze lime over individual bowls, and top with cheese and sour cream.

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