Posts tagged ‘dinner’

September 7, 2011

WIAW: Melon Baller

Sorry about yesterday’s bum post.  I guess that’s what happens when you’re in a bum mood.  Stupid hormones.  I digress…

I’m in a much better mood today.  We’re all one day closer to Friday.  My book club meets tonight.  And of course it’s What I Ate Wednesday time!  Woohoo!  Be sure to check out Peas & Crayons for other great meal ideas.  I stole this little ditty about Jack and Dianne WIAW from her site, and it helps explain why I love it:

What WIAW isn’t about
Comparison – Judgement – Restriction – Guilt
What WIAW is about
Celebrating one of the glorious things we all have in common: We all eat!
WIAW is about food and fun! It’s about making new friends, breaking out of a food rut, inspiring
yourself & others, embracing fruit & vegetables, finding new ways to eat your favorite foods, and so
much more ❤
Celebrate blogging. Celebrate Food. Celebrate Individuality.
[Cause over here, we like to party!]
Yesterday’s breakfast began with a rice cake, though I predict I’ll be having half an Eat.Think.Smile chewy bar before my other workouts this week.  I also had an Oikos plain, fat-free, organic Greek yogurt (mouthful) with almost a cup of raspberries and half a cup of Kashi GoLean cereal after my workout.
On Monday, I made a quinoa bowl with summer veggies that I plan to eat on all week.  I also threw in half a can of tuna (though I’ll be using a full can for other days this week).  This actually tasted much better than anticipated.  I’ll share more about this veggie bowl tomorrow.
Oh, I also had a few (okay… 10… exactly 10) raw almonds with lunch.
(Not Pictured) I ate a peach with a hard boiled egg for snack.  
loads of nutrients + a little fat + non-refined carbs + protein = perfection

Dinner was a simple dinner straight from the kids’ menu, but I don’t care.  It’s an organic chicken frank on a wheat bun with onions.  I assume I also had about 2 cups of cantaloupe.

As you can see, I do not have a melon baller.  But I’m loving this melon so much that I think I am actually a melon baller, if you will.  Eatin’ melon the flyyyyyy way… (You’re welcome.  You know you’re going to have this song in your head all day.)

I also had a hearty serving of all-natural peeb and some totally unnatural popcorn.  It was the last bag of the pack, so hopefully I’ll swing for something more natural next time!

Lastly (sorry… long post… too many saved words from the weekend?), I have not only been eating, but I’ve been eaten.  I have soooooo many verrrrrry itchy bug bites from the cookout this weekend.  It’s driving me bonkers!

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten lately?  Is that song in your head yet???

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August 24, 2011

WIAW: Sandwich Edition

Yeehaw y’all – it is wiiiii-aaawwww (WIAW) time again.  Before I share my eats of the week, I’d like to share the link to the awesome Peas & Crayons WIAW Blog Party.  I recommend you hop over to check out all the other great eats.

Breakfast for the week includes a pre-workout rice cake and a post-workout parfait.  The parfait is about 95 calories worth of non-fat, plain Greek yogurt, 70 calories worth of Kashi GoLean cereal, and 85 calories worth of blueberries.  It’s berry filling.  (Forgive my embarrassing pun, but there really are a lot of berries in there!)

Lunch is both simple and wonderful.  I hadn’t purchased Great Harvest Bread Co. bread before, but I am sooooo glad I did this weekend.  I got a loaf of the honey whole wheat.  It was delicious and contained only 5 ingredients!

I’m having one large slice with 1 can of tuna, 2 or 3 TBS chipotle yummus, 1 or 2 leaves of iceberg lettuce.  I pair my simple sandwich with side of sliced bell pepper or zucchini.

filling, fibrous, and fatty (healthy fatty, that is)

Snack has been pretty awesome.  It involves 1 peach and 1 half of a nutrition bar.  Want more information about the bar?  Well you can’t have it.

Just Peachy

Sorry – that was the bratty only-child in me.  I’ll actually be happy to share the details, but you’ll have to wait.  (Psssst… The details are worth the wait because it involves a delicious giveaway.)

I’ve been utilizing leftovers for dinner this week, but I haven’t been abusing them.  I had the same thing Monday and Tuesday, which was a grilled onion and chicken sandwich on more of that awesome bread with lite cheddar cheese.  That too went with a side of green beans.

I’m also having the same thing tonight as Thursday, which will be some sort of Shirataki noodle stir-fry.  I’m pretty excited to try those suckers out!  I’ll let you know what I think of them tomorrow.

Oh, and I definitely had some after-dinner treats.  Monday was a bar I can’t tell you about yet, and Tuesday was a 100-calorie bag of popcorn.  Mmmmm… salty goodness!  My last note, I was so proud of myself for turning down office sweets yesterday.  Woohoo!!!

Do you typically snack after dinner?  If so, what’s your go-to snack?

Also, thanks for all the sweet bday wishes.  You guys made it more special than a typical Tuesday!

August 3, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday: “Annie’ Knows Asian” Edition

It’s time again for 2 Wednesday things: inappropriate office jokes regarding the word hump and the always-popular, What I Ate Wednesday.  I’m excited to share my eats with you.  They aren’t pretty, but they are nutritious, filling, and delicious!

I’m back to my 3-part breakfasts.  I start with half a banana before my workout, and then I have an all-natural, vanilla, whey protein shake with water after the workout.

My real, sit-down breakfast includes more of my Love Grown Foods granola with all-natural, fat-free, plain yogurt.  I wish it were organic yogurt, but my grocery store doesn’t sell plain, organic, fat-free yogurt.  Bummer.

parfait

Lunch is the same Monday through Friday this week, and it’s awesome.  I’m having a whole wheat wrap with tuna, broccoli slaw, and 1 TBS of Annie Chun’s teriyaki.  Oh, and there’s also a side of peach.

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Annie – thank you for making my lunch both yummy and HFCS-free.  What can I say?  Annie knows Asian!

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Snack consists of cherries and 115 grams of 2% cottage cheese.  The fat and protein in the cheese keeps me satisfied for quite a while.  I’ve also been snacking when I get home from work.  Whoops!  I’ve kept it healthy, like the remaining half of the banana with 1 TBS peeb.

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Earlier this week, Kev and I had natural chicken sausages two nights, and I’ll get to enjoy a sweet potato the next two nights.  Kev wanted birthday steak last night, so I got half a filet.  I told ya’ my eats weren’t pretty this week!

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Did you expect to see birthday cake as a dessert?  Although I offered to make a little something, I knew Kev would decline.  He doesn’t eat sweets.  Crazy, right?  You know what that means… more ice cream for me!!!

  • Do you plan your meals out for the week, or do you roll with whatever’s in the house?

By the way, thanks so much for the book ideas!  I think I need to add Hunger Games, other The Girl Who… books, and Poacher’s Son to my list (just to name a few).  There were a ton of good suggestions!

August 1, 2011

An Attempt at a Healthier Weekend

Here is my disclaimer. I did not have a “healthy” weekend. It was neither low-calorie nor active, and I didn’t really make an effort to maintain my regular sleeping patterns either. However…

Given that I usually indulge in a few beers, entire pizzas, and a handful of other indulgences, I can say this weekend was healthier than most. I’m fairly good at sticking to a nutritious diet throughout the week, and I know I really need to clean up my weekends to be the weight I want to be. On the other hand, knowledge doesn’t always mean power, especially willpower.

Shape Magazine helps explain why weekends matter:

According to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, women consume about 115 more calories on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday than they do on weekdays. “Those extra 300 to 400 calories can leave you nine pounds heavier by the year’s end,” says Barry Popkin, Ph.D., the study’s lead author.

So what was different this weekend? For starters, I maintained balanced, low-calorie, produce-packed meals all day Friday, and I ordered this at dinner:

steamer

What did I want to order? Beer with cashew chicken in a high-sugar and high-sodium brown sauce. What did I actually order? Steamed veggies, steamed shrimp, brown rice, terriyaki sauce on the side, and a water. The waitress brought white rice instead, but ya’ win some, lose some. Seriously – I was so proud of myself for this meal!

On Saturday, I had a heavy but fill breakfast sandwich at a coffee shop. Breakfast included this little gem.

Lattelicious! I had half a sub for lunch, and a home cooked meal for dinner. I opted for a chicken breast instead of ribs. I don’t like grits or ribs; how do I call myself Southern?

I may have over-eaten a bit, and had some cheesecake for dessert, but nothing was too crazy. I also had a couple bottled beers (surprise). I love draft beer, but 16-oz pints add up a lot fast than a 12-oz bottles.

Last night, Kev and I enjoyed roast Brussels sprouts with all-natural chicken sausages. I prefer to eat in-season produce, but sprouts are too good for one-season only!

Do you stick to a “diet” on the weekend, or do you go a little crazy too?

If you keep your weekends healthy, what are your secrets!?!?

July 27, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday (And Most Every Other Day)

We’ll get to my meals in a wee bit. First I’d like to share a thing or two about yesterday’s workout. I woke up tired, very sore, and super hungry. It’s a good thing I wasn’t also freezing cold; that’d be too cliché.

kitty

Snuggle Monster wants more zzzzs.... and snuggles

After I finally quit snuggling with my kitty, I had a peeb-covered rice cake. It was the perfect pre-workout hunger fix. I couldn’t do much for the soreness, but I completed 35 sweaty minutes on the elliptical before finishing up with about 20-25 minutes of abdominal work.

I was mainly sore in my lats and inner thighs. This can be expected when you switch up your routines on a regular basis. Gotta keep loading the guns! Instead of hitting the gym bright and early this morning, I leisurely enjoyed breakfast and coffee with Kevin.

Don’t worry; I’m not skipping my workout today. I’m simply postponing it. I’ll attend body pump tonight, and if I have time, I’ll also do 15-20 minutes of cardio before class.

Speaking of breakfast, let’s get to the yum stuff…

Breakfast for the week has included a pre-gym rice cake, a post-workout hardboiled egg, and oats upon arrival to the office. The oats include ½ a cup oats, 1 cup cherries, and 1 or ½ tsp ground flax. Can you tell I really really really like breakfast???

oats n' cherries

Like last week, I’m having a daily salad for lunch. One day I might have to have a wrap or pita instead though. Too much salad makes Tiff a dull girl.

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Snack consists of an apple and some almonds. I finally sprung for organic apples! Seeing as how they sit at the top of the Dirty Dozen list, it’s about time I splurged on them.  Oh, and I may have also cheated by grabbing a bagel from the break room around 2.  Willpower, 0.  Carbs, 1.

apple

Dinner this week has been a mix of goodness, and it only gets better from here. You’ve already seen the grilled veggie wrap (sooooo good) and the Greek stuffed peppers. Last night was this awesome teriyaki chicken.

chickenYup, it was darn good.

bowl

Tonight I plan to have my always satisfying Chinese Take-In. This is one Kevin can manage while I’m at body pump. Yes, menu planning is very strategic in my house!

Thanks for checking out my eats! Be sure to head over to Peas & Crayons to get other great meal ideas.

What was the best thing you have eaten so far this week?

July 26, 2011

I’ve Been Kirsched

Hello! I hope Monday wasn’t too rough for all of you. I was dragging a bit, but I survived. I was also crazy hungry. I think part of that is because I started a new workout today. I found this workout on FitSugar’s site, and I’ve did it once about a year ago. You can’t take more than two weeks of it (boredom due to high reps 3 times per week), but it’ll kick your booty!

David Kirsch created the circuit workout, and as many of you may know, he is a renowned celebrity trainer. He has worked with Heidi Klum for years and wrote The Butt Book. Seriously, the guy knows how to tone a tush.

Heidi & David Stretch

Source: Heidi Klum on AOL

Before my wedding, I did a similar workout that David Kirsch created a long time ago. I got great results, so I totally recommend you check out this one. I started my workout with 12 minutes on an elliptical/stair climber hybrid machine, and boy am I sore today!

David Kirsch’s Boot Camp Circuit Workout

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Source: David Kirsch

Oh, and I *might* have cheated on the plyometric push ups. I totally did those on my knees.

For dinner, I tried something new. I’ve made a few Southwestern stuffed peppers, but I made Greek stuffed peppers last night. Kevin got his with a twice microwaved potato stuffed with spinach and feta.

kev's dinnerI stuffed the bell peppers with spinach, red quinoa, tomato, kalamata olives, and feta. As I always say, feta makes everything betta’.

dinnerYou might be wondering why I have an arsenal of utensils. Keep scrolling…

feta pepperIt gets even less attractive…

deconstructed

The spoon, fork, and knife all came in handy. Maybe next time I’ll just grab a shovel…

Oh, and I also followed up with a 100-calorie bag of popcorn. Salty Goodness.

Are you a fan of celebrity trainers? If so, who’s your favorite?

July 22, 2011

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest

It’s Friday!  I bet you already knew that, but I just like saying it.  I don’t have to work today (thank goodness), so I plan to paint cabinets in the guest bathroom, go to spin class at 9:30, pick up and put down some heavy things numerous times, and then return to paint a second coat.  I’m pretty pumped, actually.

I’m also still happy thinking about the awesome beer I had last night.  I first tried it at a beer festival; then I was never able to find it.  Two years ago, I found it at a teeny beer shop in Maryland.  Finally!  It was delicious.  I hadn’t been able to find it since… until now.  <– Yeah, that part is best when said in your best movie announcer voice.

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beer gods have spoken - "this is good"

It’s Sierra Nevada’s Northern Hemisphere Harvest, and it’s popping up everywhere.  Woohoo!  The beer scored a 99 on RateBeer.com and received an A- on Beer Advocate.  Clearly it gets an A+ in my book!  It’s an IPA with 6.7% ABV.  Watch out – it’ll getcha if you drink too many.  It’s an IPA, but it could probably pass as an APA if it really wanted to do so.

Appearance: It has a beautiful amber color.  There is a thin lacy head that lingers like nobody’s business.

Smell: The beer smells of hops and light citrus, but there’s not a huge kick of either grapefruit or clove.  It’s a blend of fragrances.

Taste: It’s bitter.  It starts bitter and ends bitter.  However, the flavor-to-bitter ratio (a useful guide I devised for myself) is perfectly balanced.  It’s not like those beers that are bitter for the sake of bitter.  No, this dog has bite to match the bark.  It is also heavy in both malt and hops flavor.  The malt is more caramel – not overly roasted.

Mouthfeel: Ummmm… wonderful?  Not descriptive enough?  Okay – it is moderate to high in carbonation, but not overdone.  It’s also very smooth.

Drinkability: It’s so drinkable that even Kevin and I agree about its greatness.  Crazy.

beer

This was worth natural light; too bad my best camera is on my cell phone.

This beer was the perfect appetizer for my dinner – turkey burgers with baked sweet potato fries and a grilled mushroom cap.  I was going to have the ‘shroom instead of a bun, but I caved and went for the carbs.  At least it was wheat, right?  Of course, I also had some ice cream for dessert.

Have a great weekend everyone!

July 20, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday

Is it Friday yet???  No?!?  Okay, then it must be Wednesday at least.  You know what that means – it’s What I Ate Wednesday time.  Woohoo!

First, I want to share a little bit about What I Worked.  As I mentioned, I was in a funk Monday, but I woke up feeling refreshed and ready for action Tuesday morning.  My great workout helped power my good mood, and I bet it gave my metabolism quite a boost too.  I completed the ab work for my July workout, and I did this 45-minute elliptical routine.

Time (minutes) Resistance RPMs Cross-Ramp (optional)
0 – 3 3 145 – 150 10
3 – 5 5 160 – 165 10
5 – 10 6 160 – 165 10
10 – 11 6 150 – 160 7
11 – 12 8 145 – 150 7
12 – 13 10 135 – 145 7
13 – 14 12 120 – 135 7
14 – 15 14 110 – 120 (faster if you can!) 7
15 – 20 6 160 – 165 5
20 – 25 Repeat Minutes 10 – 15 Repeat Minutes 10 – 15 5
25 – 30 6 160 – 165 5
30 – 35 Repeat Minutes 10 – 15 Repeat Minutes 10 – 15 5
35 – 40 6 160 – 165 5
40 – 45 7 – 2 (gradually decrease) 145 – 160 5

Work has been crazy this week.  I stayed late last night and will go in early today.  Sooooo, that means I had to skip my workout this morning.  Have no fear – body pump is here… or at least it will be come 6:15 tonight!

Now that the workouts are out of the way, let’s get into the goodies.  This week I’ve been enjoying my three-part breakfast: pre-workout rice cake, 70-calories of protein shake after the workout, and oats with fruit once I finally get settled at work a couple hours later.  I’ve been loving breakfast lately because I splurged for cherries at the store.  Totally worth it!

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I even threw some NuNaturals alcohol-free vanilla stevia into the oats.  Not bad.  I tried putting some in work coffee.  Very bad.  Sticking to tea from here on out…

Lunch is a salad with goddess dressing.  That sounds boring, but at least it’s pretty.  I also enjoy a few almonds on the side.

salad

Snack is half a bell pepper and homemade yummus (aka: hummus).  I had been wanting to make my own hummus for a while, and I finally did it.  Yay!  It was easy, but I don’t know that I’ll do it often.  Tahini isn’t cheap, so it’s not all that much cheaper to make it yourself – especially when you compare it to TJ’s low hummus prices.

hummus = yummus

Dinner has been great so far this week.  I had salsa chicken two nights and light dinner Monday night to make up for my funky mood.  Tonight will be baked chicken (no added fat in cooking), a mini baked sweet potato, and steamed broccoli.  Yum, yum, and more yum.

After dinner a few nights this week, I’ve snacked on cheesecake ice cream.  It’s sooooo good!  I felt hoodwinked after buying it though.  It’s labeled “naturally flavored,” but I’m not so sure anything in it is all that natural.  There are few FDA regulations on “natural” claims, yet I still don’t always read every package like I should.

cream de chemicals

At the store I thought this ice cream said “natural,” not “naturally flavored” (impulse buy?!?), but I still feel tricked.  The mile-long ingredients list includes HFCS, corn syrup, modified food starch, hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil, and more.  I think I’m going to start calling it ice chemicals instead, but at least it’s yummy!

Be sure to check out Peas and Crayons’ WIAW blog hop to see all the other great eats!


What was the best thing you ate today?

Are there any ingredients you avoid, or do you buy what looks/tastes good?

July 18, 2011

I need another weekend…

This weekend wore me the heck out!  I’m tired.  I need coffee.  Okay, work coffee is bad.  I actually need chia tea.  Despite working really hard on the house yesterday (and not even finishing), I still got up and hit the gym bright and early this morning.  I bonded with the stair climber and worked on my arms, per my July workout.

Friday was fun.  Projects are always fun when you first start them… and when you add champagne and a good dinner at home.

Saturday was moderately productive as well – except for that trip out to the lake.

Sunday was hard!  I’ll spare you the complaining and will share dinner details instead.  I used the guardian angel of dinner (crock-pot) to cook dinner while I sanded and painted cabinets. 

Slow n’ Simple Salsa Chicken

I put a bell pepper, two jalapenos, half a tomato, and half an onion in the bottom.  I wish I had added corn and used an entire onion, or just two bell peppers.  I like veggies; what can I say?

vegness

Then I topped that with skin-on, bone-in (aka: more flavorful) chicken thighs.  Add 3/4 jar of salsa.  I used a yummy roasted-style of salsa with a good smokey flavor, but any would work.  Cook on high for 4-4.5 hours.

salsa

This produced a lot of liquid, so you will need a slotted spoon.  Take out your chicken thighs, and remove skins, bones, and extra fat.  Discard.  Use two forks to pull apart your chicken.  Place chicken on tortilla (or on rice or a salad – I think it’d be terrific on salad).  Fish out your veggies and place them on top of your pulled chicken.  flatout

Add more salsa, lettuce, or other toppings as desired.  (Cheese is recommended though I skipped it.)  I used the leftover shredded lettuce to make a black bean n’ salsa side salad.  This was a simple, yummy, very affordable dinner – just my style!

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I might have also had two servings of strawberry cheesecake ice cream after painting…

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How was your weekend?  Do you ever need a break after your weekend?

July 13, 2011

WIAW… Again

It’s time for another bloggie meetup party.  Woohoo!  I wish I could meetup with more of you in person, but until then, enjoy the pics!

Let’s start with something completely different.  Leia’s cuddling with Kevin, and for whatever reason, I found it picture-worthy.

leiaThey snuggled while Kev and I watched Supersize Me.  Wow.  What did you think of that bombshell of a movie?  I was angered that it was so hard on fast food (McDonald’s really) when other restaurants have plenty of meals that are as bad or worse.  However, the general message was good.  We eat out too often, and when we do, we eat too much.  The school lunch portion was the part I found most interesting.  Thanks, Mom for packing my lunch!

Now it’s time for the good stuff.  I switched up breakfast a teeny bit.  I switched to a two-part breakfast this week, but I’m not loving it.  It is half a banana or a rice cake with 1 or 1/2 TBS natural peanut butter.  I think I prefer my three-part breakfast since I’m starving by 8:30, but this is working for now.  Real breakfast is Love Grown Foods granola, 1 cup of strawberries or blueberries, and 60-calories worth of plain, fat-free Greek yogurt.

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The berries are so beautiful!

Lunch for the week is not pretty, but it’s good.  I have two hard boiled eggs with a veggie wrap.

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The wrap is filled with broccoli slaw, a little baby spinach, a couple bell pepper slices, and about 1 TBS of TJ’s Goddess Dressing.  That stuff is the best dressing ever, or at least it’s my current crave.  The wraps are also super tasty – verrrry healthy too!

wrap

Snack is a mix.  It’s a granola bar and a little nectarine.  I’m loving the fruit, but only partially satisfied with the granola bars.  I’ve had to eat some Nature Valley bars because I ran out of these awesome Nature’s Path bars.  They’re like Rice Krispie treats for grownups!  (Not that adults cannot eat Rice Krispie treats…)

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Dinner tonight will be a chicken breast, mini sweet potato, and green beans (or other veggie).  Dinner last night was half a chicken breast, a little potato, and not enough broccoli.

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Yup, I was quite hungry, and dinner just wasn’t enough.  I totally thought I had more broccoli on-hand.  Sooooo, I pressed a roll, and ate it with marinara sauce.  Kev had two rolls with butter.  Mmmmm – butter.

roll

I followed that with chips and a spoon of peeb.  It’s okay if the chips are “reduced guilt,” right???  My eats weren’t too exciting today (sorry), but at least my scallops were pretty yesterday.  If you want more great meal ideas, check out the WIAW blog party at Peas & Crayons.

What was the best thing you have eaten so far this week?

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