Wednesday, February 15, 2017

137.8...V Day Yummies

On Sunday night, my son and husband went to the Gulls hockey game with Joe and his son. So Alicia and I brought our daughters to Love Boat Sushi for dinner. We shared our favorites….

Miso Soup:

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Tuna sushi:

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Salmon & yellowtail sushi:

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Marine Boy Roll:

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Wasabi Roll:

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Monday’s breakfast:

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I took the kids to school, then went to the gym for a leg workout. I ran some errands and came home for lunch. Turkey sandwich, veggies, hummus and spinach & kale dip.

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Monday evening we had the One-Pot Cheesy Italian Pasta and Chicken leftovers.

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I had so many people make this already and tell me how awesome it is! I plan on making this again soon but maybe trying a short cut pasta. Stay tuned.

I also had a green salad to go with it:

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Yesterday’s breakfast:

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After drop off, I went to the gym. This time it was a hardcore chest, back and triceps workout along with a 30 minute run. I was beat afterwards. 

Lunch was Urban Plates. Standard plate of albacore, Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. 

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I went to a PTO meeting in the afternoon then home to get ready for Valentine’s Day dinner with my husband and some friends. 

We went to Red Tracton’s.  Our table shared potato skins to start:

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For my entree, I ordered their sea bass special. It was really good!

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So was their loaded baked potato! 

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I know it looks like a mess but it was the tastiest mess ever! Hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day!

Today’s breakfast:

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After school drop off, it was off to Orange Theory. I got my nails done, then picked up Marketplace Grill to bring home for lunch.

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Such a fabulous salad!

Just like that, it’s time to go get the kids from school! Have a great evening! 

What did you do for Valentine’s Day?

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

137.0...One-Pot Cheesy Italian Pasta and Chicken

As promised, here is the recipe for One-Pot Cheesy Italian Pasta and Chicken. Please make ASAP. You won’t be disappointed! And you can’t tell me that the recipe was hard to make….you just dump everything into the same pot!

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One-Pot Cheesy Italian Pasta and Chicken (Serves 6)

Recipe from The Slow Roasted Italian


8 ounces baby spinach leaves, divided

1 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil and Italian herbs, drained (about 7 ounces)

1 large yellow onion, sliced

1 pound uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1/2” bite size pieces)

6 garlic cloves, sliced

1 pound dry linguine

2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning

2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

4 cups chicken stock

1 cup Chardonnay wine

4 ounces fresh Parmesan cheese, shredded


1. Combine 1/2 of the spinach with the tomatoes, onion, chicken, garlic, linguine, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper in a 5-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Pour chicken stock and wine over top. Cover and bring to a boil.

2. Cook 7-9 minutes until pasta is al dente (with a bite to it). Toss pasta with tongs occasionally to keep the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pot. You will still have some liquid in the pan when the pasta is done cooking. This is going to make the base for our delicious cheese sauce. 

3. Turn off the heat and add the cheese to the pasta. Toss pasta with tongs until the cheese melts into the pasta. Toss in remaining spinach. Serve and enjoy!

Printable Recipe

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Friday night we took the kids to Pizza Rev for dinner. 

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This pizza is only 500 calories and makes me beyond happy. After dinner, we went to Valley View to see the Harlem Globetrotters. The show was seriously fabulous. Even my sports-hating daughter enjoyed it. If you ever get the chance to see them, do so!!

Saturday’s breakfast was scrambled eggs instead of a poached egg:

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I went to the gym and did laundry. Lunch was the rest of the Quinoa Greek Salad, veggies, hummus and Trader Joe’s Spinach and Kale Dip.

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Last night we went out to celebrate Cathi’s birthday. We saw the movie “50 Shades Darker” and we all wore gray. We went to dinner at Davanti. Lisa decorated the table with themed cookies!

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Everyone shared a few different pizzas.

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We also shared my favorite: Focaccia di Recco (Ligurian flatbread, soft cow’s cheese, honeycomb):

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After dinner we saw the movie. I liked it better than the first one but the book is definitely better!

Today’s breakfast was a repeat of yesterday’s:

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Today has been pretty chill. Just getting stuff done around the house. Lunch was tuna salad, hummus, kale dip and veggies:

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend?

Have you seen either of the 50 Shades movies?

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Friday, February 10, 2017

137.2...Quinoa Greek Salad

Tuesday night my husband was out so I did what I usually do: make salmon. Since he doesn’t eat fish, I usually make it when he’s not around. To go with it, I whipped up an easy Quinoa Greek Salad which was delicious!

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Quinoa Greek Salad (Serves 6)
Recipe adapted from

2 cups chicken stock
1 cup quinoa
1/2 cup red pepper, diced
1/2 cup green pepper, diced
1/2 cup cucumber, diced
1/4 cup green onion, diced
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup red onion, diced
3 ounces feta cheese (reduced fat fine)

1/4 cup lemon juice
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. oregano
Pepper, to taste

1. In a saucepan, bring stock to a boil. Stir in quinoa. Reduce heat to medium low and cover. Cook 15 minutes, until liquid is absorbed.
2. Transfer to a large bowl and cool.
3. Stir veggies and cheese into cooled quinoa.
4. Whisk together dressing ingredients. Pour over quinoa mixture and toss.

Printable Recipe

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Wednesday’s breakfast:

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I took the kids to school, went to a school event,  then went to Orange Theory. I ran some errands and stopped for lunch at Urban Plates.

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Standard Urban Plates order.

We went to my son’s basketball game that evening, followed by dinner at Tio Leo’s. I ordered the Camarones Rancheros with a salad instead of rice and beans.

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Eh. This wasn’t that great. I’ll stick to my usuals there from now on.

Thursday’s breakfast:

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After I dropped the kids off at school, I went to the gym, followed by my tennis lesson.

I had some errands to run and also stopped at Green Spot Salad Company for my Ginger Sesame Ahi Bowl.

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Last night I made the best pasta ever. I cannot wait to share the recipe with you.

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One-Pot Cheesy Italian Pasta and Chicken. I’m telling you, you have to make this! Stay tuned!

Today’s breakfast:

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The usual morning of school drop off and an hour at the gym. I came home to try to attack the mess that is my desk. Lunch was leftover Quinoa Greek Salad, Trader Joe’s hummus & kale dips and carrots.

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Happy Friday everyone!

Any fun weekend plans?

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

138.6...Super Bowl 51!

What a weekend! I was lucky enough to go to Houston for Super Bowl 51 and what a game it was!! Let’s rewind...

Friday’s breakfast:

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I took the kids to school then went to the gym and home to get packed and dressed. My mom arrived for the weekend to take care of my non-sports loving daughter. I took my mom to lunch at Pacific Coast Grill.  I ordered the Seaside Ahi Poke Bowl (seaweed salad, sushi rice, avocado, crispy wontons & sesame seeds):

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It was really delicious!

We picked up the kids from school, took them to their hair cut appointments and came home. Dinner was at our club. I ordered the Salmon which came with artichokes, pesto and fried polenta squares. 

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I wasn’t a fan of the polenta (too greasy tasting) but the salmon was quite possibly the best salmon I’ve ever had. I’m still thinking about it. Must go back!

Saturday’s breakfast:

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My husband, my son and I took off for the airport for our flight to Houston. I ate a breakfast quiche on the plane and before we knew it, we were there!

We checked into our hotel and soon my brother in law arrived as well. We all went to dinner at The Capital Grille. My meal started out with Steak Tartare which I shared with my brother in law. It was fabulous. I could have made this my entire dinner. 

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I also ordered the Sushi-Grade Sesame Seared Tuna with Gingered Rice:

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Seriously amazing tuna!! 

After dinner we picked up cupcakes at Sweet.

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My brother in law and I split the Red Velvet and Salted Caramel cupcakes. Ridiculously good. Maybe the best cupcakes ever.

Sunday morning I got up, ate a That’s It bar and hit the hotel gym.

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My husband’s other brother and his son arrived from Atlanta and we all went to brunch at Cyclone Anaya’s. I had the Chilaquiles which were quite good!

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Then we headed to the Super Bowl!  We went to the NFL tail gate when we arrived. I wasn’t super hungry but I did have room to try a couple of desserts.

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A donut and a red velvet cake push pop!

My brother in law and I:

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Look at this big guy I ran into:

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Then it was time to head into the stadium for the game to begin!

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I wasn’t really cheering for any team in particular, just hoping for a good game. And boy, a good game is what we got! I never would have thought that the Patriots would have pulled off a victory after the first half. Such an exciting game!!! And the halftime show with Lady Gaga was fabulous!

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After the game, we walked a bit and stopped at a Marriott to have dinner to wait out the crowds. I ordered a cheeseburger and fries. 

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It wasn’t the best but I needed food so it did the trick.

Monday morning I ate a Kind bar and we headed to the airport. 

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I ate random stuff on the plane: half of my son’s Wendy’s hamburger, some salami and crackers. 

By the time dinner came around I was pretty hungry. I picked up a Greek Quinoa Salad (red rice, quinoa, sustainably raised salmon, cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, red onions, sesame seeds, feta cheese tossed in homemade tahini dressing with warm focaccia bread) from Na Pizza

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It was SO good! A new favorite salad for sure!! 

Today’s breakfast:

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After I took the kids to school, I went to the gym. I got a great workout in! 

I ran some errands and went to the school to volunteer for a bit. Lunch was a Grilled Chicken Greek Salad at Marketplace Grill.

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Now I’m home relaxing. The husband is going out so salmon it is for me! ;)

Who were you cheering for in the Super Bowl?

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