Friday, May 30, 2014

143.0….Bikinis & Paninis

My sister in law and her children are visiting from Atlanta. They arrived Wednesday night. The kids swam and we ordered pizza and salad from Leucadia Pizza. 

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Breakfast Thursday morning was my usual egg beaters but I added broccoli this time to not be as boring. 

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I took the kids to school then volunteered for most of the morning. 

Lisa had a "before the kids get out of school" lunch by her pool. 

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Lisa made DIna's Famous Paninis for lunch:

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Ciabatta bread, goat cheese, pesto, sun dried tomato pesto and sliced chicken breast. Hands down the best panini ever. I had that half above plus 1 1/2 more halves. 

We enjoyed the sunny weather and catching up. 

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I picked up the kids from school, went to my son's basketball practice then we all went to Tio Leo's for dinner. We shared some guacamole: 

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I was still full from the paninis so I just ordered one chicken and guacamole taco.

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Really liked that taco. I'll order it next time for sure. 

Breakfast this morning was pineapple Chobani yogurt, Applesauce Granola and strawberries. 

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After taking the kids to school, I had a couple PTO meetings. Afterwards I had to run some errands at the Fashion Valley Mall. There's a Love Boat Sushi there….I couldn't not go in.

Yellowtail and Tuna sushi:

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Wasabi Roll (aka my favorite roll ever):

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Not sure what our plans are for tonight but looking forward to relaxing at home!

What are you looking forward to this weekend? 

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

143.0…You've Seen It Before

And you will see it again. For the last 24 hours, I have eaten things you've seen many, many times. I confess: I am boring.

Last night's dinner was Amazing Salmon and steamed broccoli. 

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It may be boring to see over and over but it tastes incredible each and every time. 

Breakfast this morning was peanut butter on an English muffin and half a grapefruit. 

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After I took the kids to school, I went to the gym and ran errands. Lunch was the same as the last couple of days.

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Yep. 

Do you repeat the same meals over and over?

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

143.8…Memorial Day Weekend Eats

My weekend of great eats continued Saturday night at my nephew's Bar Mitzvah dinner. There was a buffet of Mediterranean food. 

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I snuck some of the mac and cheese that was meant for the kids on my plate. :)

Sunday morning we all headed off to the Magic Castle for the last of the bar mitzvah celebrations. I enjoyed some food from the buffet before heading off to the magic shows. 

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Next stop was my brother's Memorial Day Pool Party. He had a person there making amazing tacos. I had one chicken, one steak and one pork. 

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I could live off tacos forever. 

After the party, we drove back to San Diego.

Memorial Day yesterday started out with a Special K Flatbread Breakfast Sandwich.

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I went to the grocery store and came home to get ready for Wing Night at our house! First up was lunch though. Tuna salad, veggies and ranch dressing. 

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My husband requested an apple pie for dessert so I made my favorite one: Grandma Ople's Apple Pie. Before going in the oven:

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After:

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Alicia, Joe and their kids came over to swim and enjoy some good eats. I put out chips and dips, including My Favorite Guacamole

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This is what I call a hot mess:

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Best Hot Wings Ever. 

Alicia brought the salad:

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I love three day weekends. What a fabulous day!

Breakfast this morning was scrambled egg beaters with salsa, green onions, chicken sausage and cheddar cheese. 

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After taking the kids to school, I volunteered for a bit, went to an appointment, then to the gym. Lunch was the same as yesterday:

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After all that fabulous food, I need to get back on track!

What was the best thing you ate all weekend?

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Family Celebrations

Greetings from Los Angeles! We are here celebrating my nephew's Bar Mitzvah! So far the weekend has been complete with family, fun and food!

Yesterday's breakfast was a toasted English muffin with peanut butter and half a grapefruit. 

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I was at the school all morning volunteering. At noon, it was time to hit the road for Los Angeles. I picked up McDonald's for lunch. We had to eat in the car which presents a problem for photographing my grilled chicken McWrap.

We arrived at the hotel and got ready for the celebratory dinner at Trattoria Neapolis in Pasadena. The meal was served family style and started with  Caesar salad.

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The salad was served with Margherita Pizzas.

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The main course was Spaghetti Pomodoro:

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Roasted Chicken Marsala:

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There were two sides: Fingerling Potatoes and Sautéed Baby Broccoli. 

Desserts were Tiramisu and Chocolate Semifreddo. 

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After dinner it was bedtime!

Breakfast this morning was at the buffet. I had a bagel with lox, cream cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers. I also had an Eggs Benedict. Delish!

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We went to services at the temple and celebrated the Bar Mitzvah of my nephew. We enjoyed a light lunch afterwards. When we left, we were still a bit hungry so we had the fabulous idea to pick up Taco Bell on the way back to the hotel. 

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Brilliant. 

Favorite fast food? Taco Bell. Hands down. 

 

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

143.4…Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover

My favorite salad ever is back.

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Before an event at the school last night, we went to Sammy's Woodfired Pizza for dinner. I had the Original Chicken Chopped Salad. To say I'm in love with this salad would be putting in mildly. 

We strolled over to Swirls Frozen Yogurt for some dessert. They had salted caramel pretzel flavor. Um….YUM!

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Breakfast this morning was scrambled egg beaters with chicken sausage, green onions, salsa and cheddar cheese. 

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After I took the kiddos to school, I went to the gym for some cardio and weights. I went to an appointment then back to the house for lunch. Chicken salad sandwich, veggies, ranch dressing and PopChips. 

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Before heading to my son's basketball practice, I reheated the Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce leftovers including the mashed potatoes and broccoli. When it came out of the microwave, I thought that there's no way I should put a picture of this on my blog. I tried cleaning the plate up a bit. 

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Still ugly. But guess what?? It tasted fabulous. Don't judge a book by its cover. 

I'm headed to Los Angeles tomorrow for the weekend for my nephew's Bar Mitzvah! Should be a fabulous time with the family!

Any fun Memorial Day weekend plans?

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

143.2…Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce

Another winning recipe was born out of my kitchen last night: Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce.

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The sauce was divine. It tasted fabulous on the chicken. And the mashed potatoes. And the broccoli. And by itself. 

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Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce (Serves 4)

Recipe adapted from PreventionMd

Ingredients:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (pounded to an even 1/4" thickness)

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1/4 tsp. salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 cup half and half

3/4 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp chopped oregano (or 1 tsp. dried oregano)

Directions:

1. Add olive oil to a large skillet and preheat over medium-high heat. 

2. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add chicken to skillet and sauté about 3 minutes per side. Set aside. (Chicken isn't cooked through at this point. It will continue cooking in the sauce later.)

3. Pour chicken broth into hot skillet. Whisk in the half and half, mustard and oregano. Whisk 4-6 minutes over medium heat until thickened. Add chicken back into skillet and continue cooking until chicken is cooked through. 

Printable Recipe

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My chicken breasts ended up being really big so I cut mine in half and saved the rest for another meal. These are leftovers I'm excited about!

Breakfast this morning was an English muffin with peanut butter and half a grapefruit. 

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After taking the kids to school, I went on a walk with a friend around the neighborhood. It was too nice of a day to be stuck in the gym indoors!

I've been working on tackling emails/getting my desk cleaned off all morning. Lunch was a chicken salad sandwich and a green salad. 

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Tonight I will be attending an event at the school so we will be eating dinner out before the event. 

Do you have a favorite chicken recipe that you make?

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

143.4…Quick BBQ Chicken Pizza

We are big pizza fans over here. I don't think we could ever get tired of it. 

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One of my husband's favorite pizzas is Barbecue Chicken Pizza. I do have to admit that it's not my favorite but this recipe was less on the barbecue side so I think it worked for both of us!

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Quick BBQ Chicken Pizza (Serves 3-4)

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, March 2014

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp olive oil

3/4 cup chopped red onion

1 1/2 cups shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast

1/4 cup chicken stock

1/4 cup marinara sauce

1/4 cup barbecue sauce

1 store bought pizza dough

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/3 cup chopped green onions

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to the temperature indicated on pizza dough. Roll out dough.

2. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; sauté 2 minutes or until translucent. Stir in chicken, stock, marinara and barbecue sauce; cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove pan from heat. 

3. Spread chicken mixture over crust. Top with mozzarella cheese. Place pizzas on chosen baking pan/stone. Bake according to dough directions. Top with green onions and pepper. 

Printable Recipe

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The pizza tasted great with a simple salad tossed with ranch dressing.

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

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After I took the kids to school I went to spin class. We did some upper body work too. Between yesterday's class and today, I won't be able to move tomorrow.

I ran a bunch of errands, stopping at Jersey Mike's for lunch.

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Turkey and provolone, Mike's Way. It's been WAY too long since I've had this deliciousness!

What's your favorite type of pizza?

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