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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Thursday, February 19, 2015

145.4...Planning Ahead

One of my tricks I use when trying to loose a few pounds is to plan my meals ahead. I usually know what I’m going to eat for the entire day ahead of time (that morning or even the night before). That helps me from making last minute bad decisions. If I’m going to a restaurant, I’ll check out the menu online and pick what I want ahead of time. 

Example was Tuesday night. We went to California Pizza Kitchen for dinner. Their menu items are notoriously high in calories. Finding a low calorie meal there is tough but I found one that was filling and delicious. I ordered the Asparagus and Arugula Salad (180 calories) and a bowl of Dakota Smashed Pea & Barley Soup (340 calories).

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Boom. Low calorie meal done. Plan ahead people!

Breakfast yesterday morning was my standard scrambled egg beaters. 

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After I took the kids to school, I went to the gym, an appointment, grocery shopping then home for lunch. Tuna salad with celery:

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I went to a PTO meeting then picked up the kids. We went to my son’s basketball game then dinner at Tio Leo’s. I knew before getting there what I was going to order: the Pollo Asado Tacos. They come wrapped in whole wheat tortillas and are served with black beans and a bean and corn salad. 

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Breakfast this morning was strawberry Chobani yogurt, Granola, strawberries and raspberries. 

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After dropping the kids off, I went to an appointment, then to the gym. 

Lunch was tuna salad on a bed of mixed greens. 

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When I plan ahead, it’s easier for me to make smarter food choices!

Do you plan your meals ahead?

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

146.8...A Flash in the Pan

My adventures getting home yesterday from Salt Lake City continued at Cat Cora’s Kitchen at the airport. I had some wine and delicious sweet potato fries. 

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Finally it was time to board for my flight to Las Vegas. I had a couple of hours to kill there, so I searched for something good to eat. Funny that Las Vegas has some of the best restaurants ever but their airport has terrible food. I searched a couple different terminals and eventually decided on Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill. I ordered the chips and guacamole. 

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Worst guacamole. Ever. Ugh. By then, I had had it with my day. I was certainly ready to get home, which I finally did about 10:30pm last night….about 8 hours after I was supposed to. 

Breakfast this morning was Honey Nut Cheerios with almond milk. I didn’t feel like making anything else. 

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After I took the kids to school, I went to Great News for a cooking class. It has been a long time since I’ve been to one! Today’s class was taught by Phillis Carey and was “A Flash in the Pan.” Everything was cooking right in a pan, no ovens involved. 

The first recipe was Chicken Breasts with Creole-Spiced Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:

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I really liked the sauce for this chicken! It would be great with some orzo and a vegetable.

The next recipe was Mascarpone Linguine with Lemon-Garlic Shrimp:

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I can’t get over how good this was. I want to make this ASAP. My husband doesn’t eat shrimp….I could substitute chicken but it won’t be as good!

Next up was Balsamic, Mustard and Chutney Marinated Top Sirloin with Boursin Cheese Sauce:

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Boursin Cheese Sauce!?! How could this be bad!?! What a great dish to serve for company…it was fantastic!

The next recipe was Pork Tenderloin Ribbons with Mushrooms and Madeira Sauce:

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This was definitely good but not as good as the others. It was served with brown rice which complemented it nicely.

Dessert was Homemade Double-Chocolate Pudding with Whipped Cream and Chocolate Shavings:

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I’m not the biggest pudding fan (except for my Butterscotch Pudding) but this was amazing. SO much better than the boxed kind! :)

What was your favorite dessert growing up? Mine probably was Entenmann’s Chocolate Cake.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Stuck in Salt Lake

I was supposed to be on my flight home to San Diego from Salt Lake City now but I’m not. The flight was oversold and we somehow got shorted two of our seats. The airlines was only able to find one person to give up their seat so I sent the husband and the kids on without me. Talk about taking one for the team! :) After some stress and struggle, I was able to find a flight out tonight through Las Vegas. Not too bad. So I’m sitting here in the Salt Lake City airport passing a few hours before my flight.

Valentine’s Day was spent cooking some red sauce (Spaghetti with Meat Sauce) for everyone for dinner. 

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Our Valentine meal also consisted of a Caesar salad:

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I made garlic bread as well but didn’t have any. It was all about the spaghetti and salad for me. 

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Breakfast yesterday morning was toast with peanut butter. 

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I met the group for lunch at the ski lodge. 

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I had a tuna sandwich.

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For dinner last night, I made My Favorite Guacamole to start:

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Followed by legit Taco Bell homemade tacos using all this fabulousness that Marit and I found at the grocery store:

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Really awesome. I had three. 

Colby brought home ice cream & hot fudge from Java Cow. Yes please. 

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This morning I had Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal for breakfast. 

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We packed and left Park City for the airport. When we got here I had a Boar’s Head roast beef sandwich.

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And now since I’m stuck in Salt Lake for another four (!!!) hours, I will find some way to enjoy myself….

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Have you ever been bumped off a flight?

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