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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 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 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!
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