Wednesday, September 28, 2016

146.0...Chicken Fajitas

Monday night I whipped up a super easy recipe for fajitas. You can do most of the prep work ahead and just throw it together at the last minute. It was definitely a hit with the family!

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Chicken Fajitas (Serves 4)

Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes

Ingredients:

1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips

Salt

2 Tbsp canola, safflower, peanut or grapeseed oil (a high smoke point oil)

1 large onion, sliced lengthwise (root to tip) into 1/4-inch strips

3 bell peppers of various colors, sliced into 1/4-inch strips

Marinade:

2 Tbsp lime juice

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/2 jalapeño, seeded and minced

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Extras:

8-12 flour tortillas

Salsa

Sliced avocado

Sour cream

Directions:

1. Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a glass or plastic container. Add the chicken, mix well, cover and let marinate at room temperature for 1 hour or up to 8 hours in the fridge.

2. Heat a large cast iron frying pan on medium high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add a tablespoon of canola oil (or other high smoke point oil) to the pan. 

3. As soon as the oil begins to smoke, add the chicken to the pan. Salt the chicken. Let sear a bit before stirring. Cook chicken for 2-3 minutes then remove to a plate.

4. While chicken is resting, cook the onions and peppers. Add more oil if necessary. Let them cook undisturbed for 2 minutes. You want them to sear with some blackening. Stir the vegetables and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.

5. Add the chicken back to the pan and finish cooking, about 2-3 minutes. 

Printable Recipe 

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Saturday night we tried a new (to us) Chinese restaurant: Del Mar Rendezvous. The reviews online looked really promising!

I ordered the Fiery Braised Fish Clay Pot (fresh water fish sautéed with red bell pepper, lettuce, and white onion in a Szechuan chili sauce; served in a sizzling clay pot):

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It might not look like much but it was excellent. My husband enjoyed his meal too. I think we may have found our Chinese restaurant finally!

Sunday’s breakfast was the last of the lox scrambled with 2 eggs, 1 egg white and scallions. Yum!

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That afternoon, I took my daughter to the park for a class playdate. I knew there was only pizza being served so I quickly stopped at the store to pick up a salad so I wouldn’t be tempted by the pizza. 

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Later on I had a snack of pineapple and watermelon.

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For dinner, we tried a new (to us) Italian restaurant: Trattoria Ponte Vecchio. I guess it was a weekend for trying new restaurants!

My husband and I spit the Caprese (fresh creamy mozzarella cheese and tomatoes in extra-virgin and basil oil dressing):

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So good and fresh!

I ordered the Pollo Piccata. Shocker.

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It was excellent. We will definitely be back to Trattoria Ponte Vecchio!

Monday it was back to my regular breakfast:

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I took the kids to school, then went with my daughter on her class field trip to Julian for apple picking and panning for gold. Along the way, I made some new friends:

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We brought lunches from home. I had tuna salad, celery, crackers and pickles. 

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That night was fajita night. I didn’t use the tortillas, but turned mine fajitas into a fabulous salad.

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Yesterday’s breakfast: 

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I took the kids to school, then went to Orange Theory for another sweaty workout. 

Lunch was a turkey sandwich, bell peppers, ranch dressing and pickle spears. 

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When I got home from picking the kids up from school, I was a bit hungry so I had some pretzels and hummus. 

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I took my son to basketball practice. I went to Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza for dinner while I waiting for him to finish.

I ordered the Tomato Soup (no oil):

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And my favorite salad, the Chopped Chicken Salad:

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Breakfast today:

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After drop off, I went to the gym to jog on the treadmill.

I didn’t finish my salad yesterday so it became part of my lunch today along with another turkey sandwich.

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Tonight we are off to the Padres game for an exciting night of baseball!

Have you found any new favorite restaurants lately? 

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

145.6...Welcome Weekend!

 Tuesday night was book club at Kate’s house. We discussed “The Good Girl”. I really enjoyed the book! I also really enjoyed how beautiful the snacks were that Kate put out!

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Breakfast on Wednesday:

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After school drop off, I hit the gym. I went to an appointment, then Marketplace Grill for lunch. 

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Grilled chicken Greek salad with a chicken kabob. The best.

I went to another appointment, then picked the kids up from school. 

Dinner was tacos but I turned mine into a taco salad. Basically just a pile of all the taco fixings on a plate. It worked.

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Thursday’s breakfast:

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I went to the gym, followed by a tennis lesson. Lunch was tuna salad, crackers, celery and pickles. 

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Dinner was the taco leftovers from the night before. So good!

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Friday’s breakfast: 

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I went to Orange Theory and got in an amazing workout. I was spent when I left.

 Lunch was with some friends at Tabu Sushi. 

I split the usual with Alicia. Miso soup:

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Lemon Cilantro Roll:

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Yellowtail, tuna and salmon sushi:

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Gazuki Roll:

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Love sushi. Love.

I took my son to basketball practice, then we came home for dinner. I had the leftovers of Siri’s One-Pot Mexican Pasta. Reheated so well!

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Love this pasta!

I changed things up this morning. I had some lox in the freezer that I defrosted. I toasted some wheat bread, added the lox and Dijon mustard. Delish!

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Lunch was the Chicken & Black Bean Bowl at El Pollo Loco. 480 calories and super filling! Really enjoyed it.

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We went to my son’s basketball game and now we are home relaxing. Happy weekend!

Making any new recipes this weekend?

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

144.2...Siri's One-Pot Mexican Pasta

The recipe for Siri’s One-Pot Mexican Pasta popped in my inbox and I knew I had to make it immediately. I’m glad I did! It was so comforting, you’d think you were eating something bad for you. Little does anyone know but it has a secret ingredient in it: squash! Make it for your family ASAP. They will never know the difference. 

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Siri’s One-Pot Mexican Pasta (Serves 6)

Recipe from Siri Daly, The Today Show

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 pound ground turkey

1/2 package store-bought taco seasoning 

12 ounces frozen squash, thawed

8 ounces pasta

2 cups chicken stock

8 ounces store-bought taco sauce

1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, plus more for serving

Chopped avocado, scallions and jalapeños, for serving (optional)

Directions:

1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

2. Add the ground turkey and cook until no longer pink.

3. Add the taco seasoning and squash, and cook for a few minutes, until everything is combined.

4. Add the pasta, chicken stock and taco sauce and bring to a boil.

5. Stir everything up, cover the pot, lower to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes.

6. Uncover, add the cheese, and simmer until the cheese is melted and sauce has thickened. Add a little more cheese on the top before serving, plus your favorite garnishes like chopped avocado, scallions and jalapeños. 

Printable Recipe

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I made a salad to go with it. Fabulous dinner!

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Today’s breakfast:

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After I took the kids to school, I went to the gym to jog on the treadmill. 

Next up was a cooking class at The La Jolla Community Center taught by Phillis Carey. Today’s class was “Wine Country Cuisine”. 

The first recipe was Feta-Stuffed Braised Chicken Thighs in White Wine with Fresh Herbs and Green Olives served on Parmesan Polenta:

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Really loved this! The polenta was fabulous and the sauce tasted great with it.

The second recipe was Mediterranean Vegetable Galette with Eggplant, Peppers, Tomatoes and Herbed Goat Cheese Filling:

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Doesn’t look pretty on the plate but it sure tasted good!! It’s a great vegetarian dish!

The next recipe was Honey Mustard Sesame Salmon with Mango Basil Beurre Blanc:

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I’m not a fan of fruit in my food but I really liked this sauce over the salmon!

Next up was Balsamic Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Merlot Sauce:

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Another fruity winner!! Maybe I’m slowing converting?

Dessert was Buttery Almond Torte with Amaretto Cream:

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What can I say about this? It was fantastic! If you love the flavor of almonds, you would love this!

Tonight I have Book Club so I need to eat dinner quickly and hit the road.

Do you have a favorite ingredient to throw into recipes to make them healthier? 

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Monday, September 19, 2016

146.6...So Much Goodness

There have been so many good meals in the last few days! I did my best to keep it healthy (most of the time) but I’ve definitely been enjoying myself lately! 

Wednesday night, I went to Catania in La Jolla with some friends. While Alicia and I waited for the rest of our group to arrive, we split the Wild Alaskan Salmon Crudo (heirloom tomato granita, fennel, pickled shallot, and black pepper):

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I really enjoyed this. Very fresh!

The table shared two bowls of Tagliatelle alla Portofino (basil pesto, creamy tomato sauce and parmesan):

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This is one of my favorite pasta dishes of all-time. It’s unreal.

Alicia and I split two entrees. Baked Local Line Caught Tuna (grilled polenta, heirloom tomatoes, charred kale, mint, caramelized orange & olives):

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This was ok. Nothing special. I really liked our other dish though.

Braised Rabbit Pappardelle (chanterelle mushrooms, roasted bone marrow, gremolata bread crumbs and capers):

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Another great pasta dish!

Fun time with friends!

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Thursday’s breakfast:

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I took the kids to school, went to the gym, then straight to my tennis lesson. Lunch was tuna salad, celery, crackers and pickles:

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When I got home from picking the kids up from school, I was hungry so I had some pineapple and watermelon.

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We met a couple of friends at Cucina Enoteca in Del Mar  for dinner.  We split a few appetizers:

Tuna Carpaccio: 

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Stuffed Squash Blossoms: 

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Charred Brussels Sprouts:

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Loved all three!

I ordered the Farmer’s Chopped Salad with Chicken:

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Pretty good!

Friday’s breakfast:

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After I took the kids to school, I went to the gym. Then it was off to La Costa for some spa time to celebrate Lauren’s birthday!

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After our massages, we had lunch by the pool. I ordered their chicken salad. It is fabulous!! 

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Dinner that night was homemade pizza and salad. Easy, quiet night. Love that. 

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Saturday’s breakfast:

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We went to my husband’s company’s picnic for the day. For lunch I had barbecue brisket, chicken and baked beans. Yum!

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We met some friends for dinner at Dolce Pan E Vino. My husband and I shared the Caprese (vine-ripe tomato, imported buffalo mozzarella, aged balsamic, micro basil, maldon sea salt):

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Delish!

For my entree, I ordered Cedar Salmon (Atlantic salmon, charred broccolini, lemon, saba):

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Really good. Ate every bite!

Yesterday’s breakfast:

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It was time to head out to the Chargers game! I refused to eat hot dogs and fried food so I went on a search for a salad. I cannot tell you how hard it was to find one! Eventually my efforts paid off and I found a cobb salad. Success!

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We enjoyed a fabulous victory over the Jaguars! 

We celebrated with some friends at Burger Night at our club. I went with a lettuce wrapped turkey burger with cheddar cheese, pickles, tomatoes, red onion and chipotle aioli. I decided on a salad instead of sweet potato fries. 

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Today’s breakfast: 

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I took the kids to school then went to the gym. 

I met Alicia and Lisa at the mall to run some errands and have lunch. We decided on Lemonade. I had never been and was excited to try it. 

My first impression was that it was confusing how to order. It wasn’t like Urban Plates where there’s actual meals where you choose your two sides or you just pick your salad. Everything was a la carte it seemed. I decided to keep things simple with an entree of mixed greens and the Citrus Poached Salmon Fillet. 

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So..if you order the salmon not on a salad, it comes in a whole piece. Not sure why they cut it all up for the salad. I thought it looked like it was for child. ;) 

At least it tasted good! I would definitely give Lemonade another try but still like Urban Plates much better. 

I’m actually making a new recipe for dinner tonight!

Do you try to search out healthier options at stadiums and the like? 

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