Friday, February 27, 2015

144.6...Fifty Shades of Eh

Wednesday night’s dinner making process was easy. I had defrosted some Three Bean and Beef Chili so I just heated it up and dinner was done. 

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Can’t beat that. 

Yesterday’s breakfast was scrambled egg beaters with spinach, onion and jack cheese.

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After I took the kids to school, I went to a Sculpt class at the gym. It was awesome. It was all weights and it was really challenging. 

I got some groceries at Trader Joe’s afterwards including this Salad with BBQ Flavored Chicken:

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I was skeptical but it was pretty good!! 

Last night, we celebrated Cathi’s birthday with dinner and a movie. We met at her house for some drinks. She had a whole “movie spread” out.

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Everyone dressed in grey. Why? To see Fifty Shades of Grey, of course!

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Yes, there were a lot of us. We basically filled up the entire theater.

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What did I think of the movie you ask? 

Eh. I had low expectations going in and wasn’t disappointed. I still recommend seeing it though with twenty of your friends.

After the movie, we went to Davanti for dinner. 

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Our table shared some fabulous items. Focaccia di Recco + Honeycomb (Ligurian style baked focaccia + fresh soft cow cheese):

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This is basically heaven on a plate. 

Roasted Campari tomato + Burrata + Basil Pesto + Tuscan Toast:

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Roasted Cauliflower + Sicilian Green Olive Tapenade + Piquillo Pepper + Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette + Crispy Ceci Beans:

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts + Pecorino Romano + Olive Oil + Lemon:

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Pizza con Prosciutto e Rucola (prosciutto de Parma, fresh mozzarella, fontina, arugula):

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Happy Birthday Cathi! We love you!!

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Breakfast this morning was the same as yesterday. 

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I took the kids to school and volunteered for a bit. That was followed by a dentist appointment and lunch at home. Chicken salad and mixed greens:

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Tonight my husband and I are going to see a movie and have dinner. A double whammy!

Have you seen Fifty Shades? Thoughts? 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

144.6....Snacking

Monday afternoon, I needed a snack. I usually don’t snack because once I start snacking, I feel like I can’t stop. I don’t like small portions of food…they make me feel deprived. But….I knew I wasn’t going to make it to dinner so I opted for one of the kids’ Quaker Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip granola bars.

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I ate it slow and tried to make it last but it was gone in 3 seconds. I have to admit, it did take the edge off and I was able to survive until dinner. 

When my son was at basketball practice, we grabbed a quick dinner at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza. My husband and I split the Chopped Chicken Salad:

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I also had the Roasted Tomato Soup:

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Breakfast yesterday morning was scrambled egg beaters with salsa, green onions and cheddar cheese. 

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I spent the entire day at the school working on a project for an upcoming event. I grabbed a Grilled Chicken Greek Salad at Marketplace Grill for lunch.

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Last night was Taco Tuesday. I made some turkey tacos using my Homemade Taco Seasoning

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Breakfast this morning was pineapple Chobani yogurt, granola and strawberries: 

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After I took the kids to school, I went to spin class. It was a different instructor than last week but I still burned 530 calories! 

Lunch was tuna salad and celery sticks.

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Are you a snacker?

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Monday, February 23, 2015

144.2...Wonderful Wings

Last night was “Wing Night” at Alicia’s. I cannot tell you how much I was looking forward to it all weekend. I had designated it my cheat meal for the week and it was oh so worth it!

When we arrived, Alicia had some pizza from Napizza for us to try. I have been dying to try this place especially their Bolognese pizza!

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It did not disappoint! I had a small slice…I didn’t want to fill out before the main event!

I brought a BBQ ranch salad kit with kale to go with our wings.

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Beauties: 

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It was worth every calorie. 

Breakfast this morning was Honey Nut Cheerios with almond milk.

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After I took the kids to school, I went with Alicia to my old Cardio Muscle class…still my favorite! 

I ran a couple of errands, picked the kids up from school (they had half day) and came home for lunch.

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Tuna salad and kale salad leftovers. 

Weather permitting, we will be taking my son to basketball practice tonight and will grab a quick dinner somewhere.

What was the best thing you ate all weekend?

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

143.0...Home Sweet Home

I have spent the whole weekend at home and it has been glorious. We travel so much that it’s rare to spend an entire weekend at home. I enjoyed every minute of it.

Friday night’s dinner was leftover Turkey Taco Soup. I really love this stuff. 

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Breakfast yesterday morning was scrambled egg beaters, spinach, onion and jack cheese. 

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I spent time relaxing on the couch (which I rarely do) and catching up on email, laundry, etc. Lunch was chicken salad with mixed greens.

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I tried a new salmon cooking technique I saw on Pinterest for dinner last night. I put some asparagus on foil and topped with salmon. I made a mixture of butter, parmesan cheese, minced garlic, lemon juice and pepper to go on top. I wrapped it all up and baked at 375 for 30 minutes. 

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While it was good, it wasn’t my favorite salmon recipe. I like how easy it was to make but the asparagus were over cooked and I feel like the salmon was a bit too. 

Breakfast this morning was the same as yesterday. 

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Lunch was more Turkey Taco Soup and a green salad. 

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I need to save up my calories for tonight is WING NIGHT!!!!! 

What is your favorite thing to do on a lazy weekend at home?

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Friday, February 20, 2015

144.2...Turkey Taco Soup

Awhile ago, my sister in law gave me a recipe for a Turkey Taco Soup that I’ve been meaning to make. I made it last night and I’m so glad I finally did! It’s filling, healthy and delicious! A trifecta! 

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Turkey Taco Soup (Serves 6-8)

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 lb. ground turkey

1/2 yellow onion, diced

1 package taco seasoning or my recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning 

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 quart low sodium chicken stock

28 oz. can crushed tomatoes

4 oz. can diced green chilis

16 oz. package frozen corn

Directions:

1. Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the olive oil, then the ground turkey, breaking into smaller pieces. Add the onion and cook until turkey is done and onions are soft.

2. Add the taco seasoning and garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. 

3. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer soup for 30-45 minutes. 

Here are some topping ideas for the soup: sour cream, shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, diced green onion

Printable Recipe 

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Seriously delicious and easy to make too!

Breakfast this morning was scrambled egg beaters with onions, spinach and jack cheese. 

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I took the kids to school, went to an event for my daughter’s class, then off to the gym for spin class. It was the same instructor as last time, so I knew I was in for a killer workout. 

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No joke. 658 calories later, I was spent. Done. I can’t remember the last time I burned that many calories in a class. 

I ran to the grocery store to pick up some stuff for the weekend. Lunch was chicken salad (rotisserie chicken, diced celery, diced tomatoes, mayo, garlic salt and celery seed) and a mixed green salad with Girard’s Light Champagne dressing. This is one of my favorite bottled dressings ever, by the way.

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This weekend we are not traveling or doing much of anything. I am looking forward to a quiet, relaxing weekend at home!

Do you wear a heart rate monitor when working out?

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