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What I Ate Wednesday – Take 5

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Boy, was I exhausted this morning.  I just could not get out of bed!  So, I ended up missing my first 2 meetings.  Which was fine – I was not a required attendee. I hate missing meetings though.  And then, I thought my next meeting didn’t start until 9:30 – whoops.  Started at 9 – so I was 17 (!) minutes late.  Darn computer.  Takes FOR.EVER to start up!

So, I’m going to admit it… Because I know that you’ve missed me.  I haven’t been blogging.  And I forgot (FORGOT!) it was What I Ate Wednesday.

I promise that I’ll make it up to you.  But I cannot guarantee that I’ll be blogging daily.

So, my pictures are a bit regurgitated from previous weeks — up until the most important meal, anyway… Dinner!

But, we have to start at the beginning:

Breakfast = Decaf coffee (I’m weaning myself off caffeine) with skim milk & cinnamon plus a cup of oatmeal, peanut butter, strawberry jelly, topped with granola

I’m afraid, I can’t find any pics of that.  Boo.

Lunch was a sandwich at Whole Foods – avocado, arugula, goat cheese, tomato on an olive ciabatta roll.  Mmmm.

Roll with avocado, goat cheese, arugula, tomato, olive oil, salt & pepper.

For dinner, I was in the mood for some comfort food.  So I made… wait for it… Sloppy Joe’s.  AND, sweet potato fries!

I made the same recipe last week – and it was a total hit – so I just looked it up again, with my own twists, of course:

Sloppy Joes

Adapted from All Recipes

  • 1 pound Ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 Red onion, chopped
  • 1 large Red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, pressed
  • 3/4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 c Organic ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Brown sugar
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Spray dutch oven with olive oil.  Sautee garlic, onion and red pepper.  Add turkey once the onion is translucent.  Using a baster, remove any extra liquid.
  2. Mix in mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar, as well as salt & pepper.
  3. Let simmer on low for 30 minutes, uncovered.
Meanwhile, I sliced up a sweet potato, first in half, then into wedges.  I coated the potatoes in an herb olive oil, then topped with salt & pepper.  These were cooked at 400* for 30 minutes (same as the Joes).  I flipped these twice during baking.
While that was ongoing, I mixed some homemade Cilantro pesto with mayonnaise for a cilantro aioli.  Mmmm, good stuff!
I toasted some multi-grain buns in the oven for about 2 minutes, then plated the Joes on the buns.

Dinner is SERVED!

All paired with a home-brewed OctoberFEAST.  Mmmm.  Note that Mason was the muse for this beer…
Dessert was baked apples – 1 for each of us.  With the oven at 375*, I placed 2 cored apples (sliced in half) with the flat-side down in a baking dish.  Topped with a sprinkle of brown sugar, and baked for 25 minutes.
Served with some granola on top.  I loved them, because they remind me of the apples my mom used to make.  The hubby prefers them “flipped” – baked with the flat part UP.  That makes them cook a bit more even.  I like a bit of tough “skin” though, with a really soft interior.  It’s  a texture thing, I suppose.
Tastes like fall!
Beware for pumpkin carving tomorrow!

What I Ate Wednesday – Take 5

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I missed last week’s What I Ate Wednesday, so I’ll be darned if I was going to miss it again.

Neither 8 AM meeting, announcement of layoffs, or dinner out with the girls would keep me from posting today, my friends.  That’s dedication.

Yes.  You heard read me correctly.  My company announced that 10% of staff in my department would be laid off by the end of the month.  That’s ~600 people without a job.  Am I worried?  Yes.  Am I going to let it stop WIAW?  No.

Because I really just can’t think about it until I am called into an office with HR, or any of my staff are.  Where’s that hole in the sand for me to insert my ostrich-like head?

Since I’m still on the lovely BRAT diet, today was a bit bland…

Started the day with some toast & tea…

White organic bread, Since it's like a super-comfort-food, with Earth Balance spread

Tazo Spicy Ginger tea to soothe the belly.

I had lunch in a meeting – after finishing one meeting 10 minutes early so I could grab it, then go to my next meeting and eat it.  Everyone in the meeting was SUPER jealous of it…  Aren’t you?  Sorry, had to eat the whole thing in the meeting – you only get to view the leftovers.  My apologies!

Brown rice, banana & a Naked Mango Madness smoothie (the whole bottle!)

No snacks today either – since I knew I was eating out, I didn’t want to jinx anything food-wise.  That and I completely forgot about the applesauce that I’d packed.  No joke.

Dinner was at a local Italian restaurant, Bellini Osteria.  The inside was beautiful, and 2 of us got to sit on these really luxurious banquette seats.  And, we had a 20% off coupon!  A friend and I had each gone to a local spa, John of Italy (sensing a theme?), for some Conejo Deals-inspired pampering, and the esthetician gave us each coupons for the restaurant that she and her husband also own.  Score!

On Wednesdays they have live music – a singer and a keyboardist.  Frankly, it was kind of weird.  She was good and all, but super awkward.  Are you supposed to clap for every song?  How do you have a conversation without feeling like you’re being rude to her?

Well, the ladies and I chatted all night long.  Considering that we’re all in the same department (again, a 6,000 person department, so it’s not that unlikely), even though we all do completely different jobs, it’s interesting to hear the gossip stemming from today’s announcement.  We all feel like we’re somewhat secure in our jobs – but of course, you never know.

We shared a bottle of Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel – which was served far too warm for my taste.  It was really nice for a $32 bottle of wine.  And, we had 2 baskets of their warm bread dipped in olive oil & balsamic vinegar.  Seriously – they needed to take the bread away, but since I’m allowed toast, and really nothing on the appetizer menu, that was my “starter”.

Aww, you look hungry. Have a crumb.

For dinner, I deviated a bit from my BRAT diet, and had the Mushroom Ravioli – a variety of mushrooms and ricotta, served in a sage cream sauce.  It was honestly the lightest dish that I could find on the menu.  Yikes.  It was super tasty though, and I would definitely order it again.  Perfect number of raviolis – I shared 1 with the ladies (1/4 of a ravioli each).  It wasn’t TOO heavy, but was heavier than I was hoping for.  Better than the spinach & goat cheese risotto that I was initially looking at (for the rice, and all!).

I made sure to get a bite of sage in each bite of ravioli. Perfecto!

I had about 3 bites of a creme brûlée that one of the ladies ordered.  It was a bit deeper than I usually like – I prefer the crunchy top to the custardy bottom any day.  I did like that it was topped with sliced strawberries, though!

What I Ate Wednesday – Take 4

Ah, crud!  I didn’t realize that the little workout chart that I made didn’t turn out!  Will fix shortly!

So, this morning I had a bit of a blog FAIL.  I forgot to grab the memory card out of my computer!  So I had my camera, but didn’t have any way to record the pics!  Yikes.

So, I’m going to have to recreate my meals.  Luckily:  I eat the same things on many days!

Breakfast was oatmeal with a bunch of blackberries mashed up underneath, topped with cinnamon, a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter, and about 15 red seedless grapes.

Swap the granola pictured for a bunch of grapes and the coffee from home with a Starbucks with skim milk & cinnamon.

I ran out to the post office at lunch to mail 2 packages:  1 for a friend who I worked with in Houston who’s turning 40 this week and another for a friend who I studied abroad with in Switzerland who’s having a baby any day now!  I just hope the gifts get there in time:  specifically the 40th birthday one – I shipped it to her sister, since she’s hosting a surprise b-day party (don’t worry, she doesn’t know about the blog…)

Stopped at The Natural Cafe (again).  I love that place.  I got the Local favorite again, but this time it was in a to-go container & wolfed down at my desk.  Classy.

The "Local Favorite" - avocado, sprouts, lettuce, tomato & garlic mayo on whole wheat with blue corn tortilla chips & salsa

My afternoon snack was a banana…  No pics of that from earlier WIAWs, though.  Sorry!

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I’d already taken out some frozen chicken breast from the freezer, which we didn’t eat last night.  So instead of the veggie spaghetti with anti-meat crumbles, I made some chicken breast stir-fry with my own take on fried rice.  I got the fabulous idea of fried rice from Jenna at Eat, Live, Run.  But I didn’t have the wherewithal to pull up the recipe, or follow one.  So I improvised.

We had a bunch of random veggies in the fridge, and another delivery from our CSA coming tomorrow, so it was time to use them all up.  The hubby was in charge of chopping, when I went to shower after my workout.

I was then in charge of prepping the chicken (sautéed in 1 tablespoon of oil, cracked pepper, and red pepper flakes)…

… and then making the actual “fried” rice.  I started sautéing the onions, peppers, carrots, and celery in about 1.5 teaspoons of sesame oil.  Then I added the mushrooms & corn (which had already been cooked).  In the meantime, I nuked a bag of Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice (yep, lazy, but super good).

Mason wanted to help in the kitchen, but his lack of thumbs made that difficult!

Once the veggies were cooked, I added the hot rice to the pan & made a little volcano.  I then dropped in 2 eggs, and mixed it all until the eggs were cooked.  Not sure that the eggs really added much to the taste, but still…  It was a decent addition protein-wise…

This was topped with some Siracha sauce for spice and a new batch of Super Yum Sauce.  Although, we ran out of soy sauce, so I added some lite Teriyaki…  I couldn’t tell the difference.  Next time, I might add in some Siracha though – love that stuff!

Dessert was a plum cut up, nuked to warm it up a bit, plus some thawed mixed berries, topped with a 1/4 cup of granola, some whipped cream, and some nuked Trader Joe’s Salted Caramel sauce.  Super tasty!

What I Ate Wednesday – Take 3

Sorry that I’ve been MIA the past couple of days – my parents were in town and we were hanging out…

Parents > Blog readers

Very important to get priorities straight!  And I’ve got ’em!  Sorry, friends!

Anyway, today is What I Ate Wednesday…  What better way to get back to you!

This morning’s breakfast = Breakfast of Champions…  Cold pizza with iced coffee, of course!  (Not sure that you’ll find any other bloggers posting their pics of cold pizza in their office at 7:30 AM…  Or, maybe you will.  I dunno…  At least it’s not oatmeal!  (Which I love, and eat 4 out 5 days – the other day is something crazy like cold pizza – sue me.)

Leftover pizza from Monday evening in wine country. Arugula, garlic, artichokes, ricotta, and mozzarella. SUPER good!

Went out for lunch to Whole Foods.  One of my employees has a birthday tomorrow, but she’s off to Germany (lucky duck!), so we celebrated early.  I was in charge of picking out the celebration dessert!  Photos of the birthday dessert to come later…

Picked up an Avocado al Fresco sandwich, some bulk Parmesan potato chips ($0.66 worth!), and a Zevia Dr. Zevia…

Wait, what?  You wanted a pic of the sando?  Okey-dokey!

Vegan Wheat Roll with avocado, goat cheese, arugula, tomato, olive oil, salt & pepper.

Super yum.

Afternoon snack was the aforementioned birthday celebration food.  Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, golden raspberries, and strawberries on strawberry shortcake cakes, granola, and non-fat whipped cream.  It was SUPER good.  And, much better than our normal birthday cake celebrations from Ralph’s…  I love being able to pick it out!  Being the boss does have its perks!

BUT…  I don’t have any pictures of it.  I KNOW!  I KNOW!  Worst food blogger ever.  Except, my team doesn’t know about the blog.  Work life vs. blog life.  You know…  Anyway.  I’ll make it up to you.

After Pilates, I didn’t feel like cooking.  So, the salmon in the fridge will have to wait.  Tonight’s dinner was a mishmash of leftovers.  Friday night’s not-so-super pasta dish (whole wheat pasta, parsley, basil, ricotta, and heirloom tomatoes) and Saturday night’s Tuscan chicken with mushrooms in a cream sauce.  Add a hunk of French bread on the side, and a glass of diet Root Beer from Soda Stream, and it was a perfect dinner…

But, for dessert, I had a second helping of shortcake, berries, and whipped cream.  Skipped the granola on this one…  Had a few handfuls on my way to Pilates that I didn’t cop to earlier…

See, the pic was worth the wait!  I wouldn’t let you down…  again.

More posts tomorrow!  Promise!

What I Ate Wednesday – Take 2

Today has been a bit of a whirlwind…  I feel like a crazy person running around with my head cut off (or, err, is that a chicken?).  See crazy person, right here…

Early morning meetings, a big project sent in at the end of the day, swimming at noon, jogging after work, pup walks, dinner, AND we have to pick up the house, because tomorrow is the best day of the month!  The cleaners are coming, the cleaners are coming!  (Sung in the form of The Jerk‘s phone book, of course…)  <– Big dork.

Anyway, the house needs a good tidying, and I need to finish up a bunch of laundry before they come.  Nothing better than a house completely pulled together (and cleaned by someone else!).

But, let’s get down to business…  It’s What I Ate Wednesday!

I started my day with a cup of iced coffee on my way to work.

Breakfast was a bowl of oatmeal with strawberries, pineapple, peanut butter, and granola.  The strawbs were hidden under the oatmeal, so they got all nice and warm!

On my way to swimming, I had a Luna Protein Bar with some agua.

Lunch was leftover tilapia from last night, served with some tabouli, with a sprinkle of non-fat feta cheese.

Lunch dessert = watermelon!  Love me some lunch dessert!

The pups were interested in saying “Hi!” today!  Please disregard my hubby’s make-shift brewing area on the fire pit!

Afternoon snack was a chunk of Irish soda bread, Apple cinnamon flavor.  Do you see Mason’s tongue there?!?  He’s such a goof!

Dinner was another winner!  I am on a roll this week, friends!  Tonight I made:

Crab Cakes with Red Pepper-Basil Tartar Sauce
Adapted from Coastal Living – September 2010
Serves 4

  • 8 oz Fresh lump crabmeat, drained & picked (I used some that I found in my fish section of the grocery)
  • 1 Green onion, sliced
  •  1/2 c Crushed saltine crackers (this is 10 crackers)
  • 2 T Mayonnaise (I used vegan)
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh ground pepper
  • Dash Salt
  • 1/2 c Whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs
  • Sprinkles of Garlic Gold
  • 2 Tbsp Canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp Prepared tartar sauce
  • 5 leaves of Basil
  • 1 tsp Red pepper
  1. Stir together crabmeat, onion, crackers, mayo, pepper & salt.
  2. Shape into 4 patties.  Place breadcrumbs & Garlic gold in shallow dish & dredge both sides of patties.  Fry in hot oil (I did 2 patties at a time, using 1 Tbsp oil for each “batch”) 2 minutes each side or until golden.
  3. Drain on paper towels.
  4. To make fancy-schmancy tartar sauce, slice basil into prepared tartar sauce, and add enough red pepper to give it a kick.  (Benefit of this is you don’t need to use a lot of it!)
All that, served with some Soda Stream Diet Cola and steamed green beans (microwaved!) on the side.
I’m being summonsed to help pick up…  Cheers!

What I Ate Wednesday – Take 1

My first real day of What I Ate Wednesday…  But, I’m not sure that I did it correctly.

I started out this morning thinking, “What will people think if I have pizza?”  Or “What will people think if I just have a Luna bar, and no fruit?”  But, as the day wore on, I realized that I needed to make choices for myself – what worked for me.  I did think it was interesting that I was more willing to eat “well” knowing that other people are reading it, as opposed to eating well “just” for myself.  It seems to me that I need to re-evaluate what I’m eating and the choices that I’m making.  The truth is:  I know what the “better” choices are, I just don’t always make them.  Today, I made some, and I’d like to continue the trend.

I started with iced coffee with skim milk at 7:45 AM, but I think the milk had turned.  I find that organic milk turns so much quicker than “normal”.  I assume that’s because it doesn’t have the additives, but I really need to remember to smell it before pouring!

Breakfast – 9:30 AM

I was able to get another (non-tainted) cup of coffee after my first few meetings, and also picked up 4 organic hardboiled eggs (I only eat the whites) and a whole wheat English muffin with whipped cream cheese & strawberry preserves.

Lunch 1:15 PM

Went out to The Natural Cafe for lunch to take a break from the office.

Iced tea with my battery-starved Nook - so much for reading during lunch!

The "Local Favorite" with avocado, sprouts, lettuce, tomato & garlic mayo on whole wheat with blue corn tortilla chips & salsa

Afternoon Snack – 4:15 PM

On my way to an appointment, I had some water & a Lemon Zest Luna bar.  Mmmmm, lemon.

Dinner – 7:30 PM

Tonight’s dinner was a mash-up of leftovers added into a whole wheat tortilla:

  • Stir-fried chicken breast with carrots & celery
  • Jalapeño pub cheese with vegetarian chili and tomatoes
  • Zucchini, red bell pepper, and corn from the cob sautéed with a mix of spices

Hansen's Diet Root Beer on the side

Dessert – 8:30 PM

Getting great stone fruit in our bi-weekly delivery of fruits & vegetables, I’ve really gotten creative in using them.  I’ve been chopping up the plums, microwaving for 30 seconds.  I then topped them with 1/4 c of homemade granola, and about 1 t of agave nectar.  Super yum!

The lazy girl's crisp - don't hate.

Add 2 Medjool dates to the mix, and that’s What I Ate Wednesday.

Mojitos, Sushi & Ice Cream, Oh My!

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It’s the end of the month, and time to check in…

Weight:  211.4   <— ACK!  Something’s got to give, friends.

Not like it’s surprising…  Let’s re-live yesterday’s eating shenanigans, shall we?


My version of What I Ate Wednesday – except I don’t have any of my own pictures of it what I actually ate.  I’m thinking that I *might* start taking some, just ’cause I think I might need to try a different tactic with this whole eating thing.  If I take time to plate it, and photograph it, maybe it won’t just randomly end up in my belly!  Could I *gasp* appreciate it as it’s coming in?  (How novel…)

Breakfast

  • Sesame bagel.  Yes, The.Whole.Thing
  • Topped with whipped cream cheese.  No, it wasn’t spreadable goat cheese — because that was as green as our swimming pool last year.
  • Finished with the end of the raspberry preserves.
  • Iced coffee with skim milk – brewed using my amazing Toddy Cold Brew system.  LOVE!
Lunch
  • Salad of lettuce, tomatoes, carrots & celery, topped with 1/4 a chicken breast (the other 1/4 was still RAW!  Thanks, hun!   [Insert sarcasm here]) and mango salsa and some raspberries

This left me super hungry later.  No protein = HUNGERS!!!

Afternoon Snack (number 1 – yes, there were 2)
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Afternoon Snack #2 – Team Happy Hour
YAY for happy hour, but boo for bar food.  And boo for the bar making these amazing mojitos!  I had 2 (1 mango & 1 cucumber).  Both were tasty; neither were on my food plan.  
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  • Cucumber mojito
  • Mango mojito
  • Chips & salsa
  • 1/6 of a 9″ quesedilla (<– REALLY?!?  it was NOT that good!)

Dinner

Curses to Happy Hour!  Someone mentioned going to get sushi, and I just knew that I HAD to have it.  MUST.  So I went home, and cajoled the hubby into changing out of his grubby clothes (well, basketball shorts & t-shirt) and taking me out for sushi.  *** What happened to my meal plan, folks?  That’s why I make one, so I’m not eating out randomly in the week!  And now, I have nothing to bring in for lunch today.  Wahhh.  ***
  • Edamame
  • 1/2 Oishi roll (tempura shrimp & cream cheese in the roll, topped with crap, tuna & avocado)
  • 1/2 California roll
  • 3 pieces of tuna sashimi
  • 1/4 spicy tuna roll
Dessert
  • 1/2 c Lemon & Triple Ginger Snap ice cream.  
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This is seriously the.best.ice cream.ever.  And I know a thing or 2 about ice cream / fro yo / frozen custard.  And, the only reason I had only 1/2 cup was because we’d successfully finished the whole quart in 3 days (the in-laws were here, so I’m not a total piggy). 
The moral of the story:
I eat too much, and it’s like a lesson in what NOT to eat to lose (or even maintain) weight.  I don’t have the heart to punch it into Calorie King today — it won’t be pretty, and I’ll feel like a royal screw-up.  
Add to that the fact that I’m not as active as I used to be.  I didn’t exercise AT ALL on Tuesday, and Pilates on Monday wasn’t enough.   
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