Monday, February 20, 2017

Austin Eats

Wednesday night my son had a late basketball game so I reheated the last of the One-Pot Cheesy Italian Chicken and Pasta for dinner before we left. 

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I need to make another pot of this soon.

Thursday’s breakfast:

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After I took the kids to school I went to the gym. I ran some errands and went to Napizza for lunch. 

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Greek Quinoa Salad. Really delicious. 

We went to dinner that night at Firenze. I had the Spaghetti and Chicken Meatballs. 

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I brought two of the meatballs home and stuck them in the freezer for another night. 

Friday morning we were up extra early to catch our flight to Austin, Texas for my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah weekend. I ate toast with peanut butter before heading out the door. 

On the plane I had a turkey and gouda sandwich:

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After we arrived, we checked into the Westin downtown then walked to Iron Cactus for lunch. Our lunch started with table side guacamole. 

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Pretty good. It’s hard to screw up table side guac. 

I ordered the fish tacos which weren’t that great.

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I ate one of the tacos then focused on the guacamole. 

That evening we went to Cooper’s BBQ for the Friday Night Dinner for the Bar Mitzvah. We were treated to a barbecue buffet that had all the fixings!

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After I ate my weight in barbecue, we went back to the hotel and called it a night.

Saturday morning we got dressed and headed to the temple for the Bar Mitzvah. On the way we stopped at Starbucks and grabbed breakfast. I had the Reduced Fat Turkey Bacon Sandwich.

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After services we enjoyed a buffet lunch. Plate numero uno: 

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Lol. Gotta try everything!

We came back to the hotel and I went to the gym. 

That evening was the party for my nephew. It was sports themed and had all the food you’d associate with a tailgate. 

Chips, queso, seven-layer dip:

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I basically tried everything. Pizza, chicken and waffles, mac n cheese, meatloaf, veggies and dip, etc.

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Good thing I went to the gym!! 

Yesterday morning there was a farewell brunch catered by Taco Deli. There were all sorts of breakfast tacos to try. 

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I enjoyed three of them. :)

It was back to the gym after that. 

Dinner was at my bother in law and sister in law’s house. They brought in Tex-Mex from Chuy’s. I had a couple of tacos that looked like this:

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And some cake that looked like this:

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We said our goodbyes and went back to the hotel.

Breakfast this morning was via room service. Egg white omelet with arugula salad. I think it was time for some greens in my diet. 

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We headed to the airport and flew home. We stopped for lunch at Pei Wei. Well, the husband and the kids did anyway. I picked up the Greek Quinoa Salad from Napizza. 

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Tomorrow it’s back to some more healthy eats for sure!

What’s in your ideal taco?

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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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