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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!

Super Yum Sauce

I stayed up too late last night, watching documentaries on the Terrorist attacks.  Which made for a very difficult Monday morning, with 7 AM meetings.  And, it was a telepresence meeting…  If you’ve never been in a telepresence meeting, just don’t schedule one for 7 AM on a Monday.  Ever.  It’s mean.

It’s a super fancy video conference, where it appears that the people in the other site are sitting opposite the table from you.  Seriously.  The technology is amazing.  However, despite the amazing technology, no one thought to add a filter when it’s 7 AM Pacific time (my time) and 3 PM UK time.  Our colleagues were all wide awake & refreshed, and the circles under my eyes just could NOT be covered this morning!  I did wake up in time to get fully ready for work, which has been a challenge lately.  Got a few compliments on my new hairstyle, and the Exec. Director remarked about how cute my dress was!  It really does pay to get ready for work in the morning!

TinyLaLa Check-in Day!

Moving forward, I’m going to use Mondays as my check-in day…  That’ll bring me some consistency and remind me that I can’t just go hog-wild over the weekend.  (Not that I did this weekend – I think I did pretty well, even if I didn’t move my body much yesterday, I did 2 workouts on both Friday and Saturday, and made good choices food-wise).

Weight:  208 pounds

Plan for the week:  It’s Triathlon Taper Time, kids!

  • Monday:  Pilates
  • Tuesday:  Weight training
  • Wednesday:  Swimming & 2 mile run
  • Thursday:  15 mile cycle
  • Friday:  Weight training
  • Saturday:  REST – Parents arrive!
  • Sunday:  Nautica Malibu Triathlon – Sprint distance (.5 mile swim, 18 mile bike, 4 mile run)
Food Plan for the week is on track!  Post on the meal planning process later this week – promise!

Dinner Tonight!

We started the week with this amazing recipe, adapted from Cooking Light‘s June 2011 issue:
Pineapple Chicken Satay
Serves:  4.  Serve with:  Brown Rice & Green veg
  • 1/4 cup Lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup Natural-style crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp Sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 pound Chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 1.5 cups diced pineapple
  • 1/3 c chopped red onion
  • 1 Tbsp Dried cilantro (or 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro)
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/8 tsp Ground red pepper
  1. Combine soy sauce, chili sauce, and peanut butter in a bowl & stir.
  2. Combine oil, curry, and chicken in a 2nd bowl; toss to coat.  Skewer chicken onto 6″ skewers.
  3. Grill over medium heat, about 4 minutes each side.
  4. Combine pineapple, onion, cilantro, lemon juice & red pepper in a 3rd bowl & stir.
  5. Serve chicken with sauce and pineapple salsa.
This recipe was amazing.  The hubby thought the sauce was a bit salty, but I thought it matched the sweetness of the pineapple salsa really well.  I believe I referred to it as “Super Yum Sauce” a few times during dinner.  And I’m pretty sure I tried to offer some to my dog, because I think every being should experience Super Yum Sauce.  Yes, it’s that good.

Pineapple salsa, flavors mixing...

Once we finished eating (I served it with brown rice, but didn’t make any veg), I cut up some celery stalks, just so that I could finish up the sauce that was on my plate.  I lapped it up.  And then I used some of the pineapple salsa as a “chip” to dip it in.  So good, my friends.  So good.
Of course, dinner wouldn’t be complete without my last cupcake (I forgot to take the cupcakes into work today, but the hubby will do it tomorrow).

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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