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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 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!

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