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Caccia-Later Cacciatore

Good morning!  It’s the weekend!  Hoo-rah!!  So, Devin and I met up with My Amy yesterday for Happy Hour, which turned into Happy Hours (yes, plural), which turned into me making myself a bowl of cereal for dinner.  I whipped up a quick little pizza for my love bug since he was rather hangry.  Since I may or may not have nibbled off of My Amy’s ahi tuna appetizer plate + some warm bread, I wasn’t really very hungry come din-din time.  I mean, really, ahi tuna, who can resist??

So, because it was fairly late and I wasn’t feeling the cooking bug stirring in me, I have no fancy-looking Chicken Cacciatore for this week’s CEiMB to show you.  Just this …

 

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I really am planning to make the chicken dish and hoping nothing will come up on Sunday to stray those plans.  I’ve had Cacciatore on the brain since Thursday.  After seeing all the other group member’s thoughts and pictures of this dish, I’m even more ready to give it a whirl.

Tonight we are having dinner with friends that we haven’t seen in AGES.  And, I’m serious when I say ages … it’s been around 5 years!!  That is so crazy!  The sad part is that they live here in Charlotte, but we all simply just lost touch.  Life gets the best of you sometimes, you know?  I’m really excited to catch up with them over a good dinner.

Until then, I’ve got some making-up to do in the fitness arena.  We are suppose to have mild weather today, so I think I’m going to head out for a long run.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had a jaunt outdoors and I certainly have the itch.

I hope you all have a great Saturday!  I’ll leave you today with a little food riddle …

Q:  You throw away the outside and cook the inside.  Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside.  What are you eating?

A:  You have to wait until tomorrow 😛

 

Ciao!

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So, I was all ready to whip up Chicken Cacciatore for Craving Ellie in My Belly tonight … then the husband called around 4:00 (yes, I mean 3 hours ago) to tell me that he had been summoned to a business dinner tonight.  My first instinct was to whine and complain about this last minute change of plans.  I mean, we’re talking about my carefully thought out meal plan here.  But … in this tough economy, I can’t even start to complain.  Business is business.  Take it where you can get it.

Needless to say, since I was Hans Solo tonight, I decided to push off the Cacciatore to tomorrow night.  Tonight you get a little bit of this …

 

Chicken + Vegetable Noodle Soup

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Chock full of onions, celery, carrots, zucchini, corn, parsley, whole wheat thin spaghetti pieces and a little bit of chicken for added protein.  Mmm.  Now we’re talking.  That’s my type of meal. 

I had originally planned to make this soup early in the week for lunches, but now I’m happy that I will have it for the weekend.  I love me some soup.

 

And since I’m such a slacker, I also give you this …

 

Last night’s Vegetable Fritatta

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This one is pretty self-explanatory as well … 1 1/8 c. egg substitute, spinach, zucchini, onion, red bell pepper, and mushrooms.  As you know, breakfast for dinner is a favorite in this household.

 

I always try to give credit where credit’s due, so I have to give a shout-out to Tina, over at Carrots ‘N’ Cake

Tina girl, I went after your treadmill workout (the running segment) today and it kicked my behind.  I loved it!  I highly recommend it to anyone out there that’s interested … there’s also a walking workout attached as well.  It’s amazing how much you can sweat when you change things up a bit.  It’s good stuff.

 

Alright, as you all know, Thursday is our TV marathon night and just because my partner-in-crime is MIA, doesn’t mean I’m gonna miss my favorite shows!! 

Hasta la vista, babes.  Does everyone have a fun weekend ahead?!

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Isn’t that just beauty?!  That was in my line of view as I was driving home this afternoon from lunch with my main squeeze.  No worries … I didn’t snap ‘n drive.  I actually made a pit stop and just so happened to have my lucky camera with me.

So, howdy.  How are all you fabulous people today?  We’ve had the craziest weather here in the Carolinas today.  The wind hooted and hollered at us all last night, shaking the bones of the house, causing it to moan and groan like a little kid with a plateful of Brussel sprouts.  The wind gusted up to 45 mph throughout the day.  Felt like Dorothy, yes, I did.  It would be sunny as a summer day one minute and the next, raining buckets with the the cruelest skies.

 

Warmed granola with pumpkin, 1/2 banana, flax, wheat berries and soy

B: Warmed granola with pumpkin, 1/2 banana, flax, wheat berries, soy and a sprinkle of unsweet coconut

 

As of now, the winds seem to have calmed, but it surely has brought in a batch of cool air that this January has been missing.  No problem though … we’re all snuggly in a blanket on that super comfy couch I mentioned this morning.

Since I had to park the car for a while to get the oil changed, Devin met me and took me to Panera for lunch.  I ordered my favorite seasonal salad, the Fuji Apple Chicken with the balsamic vinaigrette on the side –

 

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It was seriously covered in dried apple chips. Delicious.

 

When Devin got home tonight, we went right to work replacing the ceiling light fixture in the laundry room.  To make a long story short, a florescent fixture was installed when the house was built and the ballast had burned out.  Hence, no light.  Gotta have light to do the laundry, right?  Well, since this part costs more to replace than an entirely new fixture, we decided to just change the fixture.  Let me just tell you … I should sell the next Griswold movie plot to Warner Bros.  It’s like a three-ring circus when the two of us try to get involved with anything electrical.  I’ll just say there was some bad words involved, but after triple amount of time we estimated it would take, we were done.  And successful, I might add. 

 

Salmon with Lentil Pilaf

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We’ve had this before, not too long ago.  The recipe and how-to can be found here.  I made a couple small changes though since the lentils were prepped on Sunday –

  • Used ~1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth (not as much needed since lentils were already cooked)
  • Instead of tomato paste, I used ~1/4 cup diced tomatoes with jalapenos that I had leftover in the fridge already

This definitely hit my craving spot for salmon.  Oh, did I ever mention my love for lentils?!  I do, I do.  I need to remember that and eat them more.  Soooo good.

Alrighty, tighty, I’m calling it a night.  I’m really making an effort to spend a little less time on the computer at night when Devin is home.  Some most nights I flip it on right after dinner and I don’t put it away until I go to bed.  Bad wife.  Shame on me.  😳

Sleeps well lovelies!

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Sleepy Surprise

Do you ever fall flat asleep, say on the couch, and wake up with a start, not knowing where you are?!  Well, sleepyhead did just that last night.  After cleaning up dinner, I sat down on the couch and within five minutes I was out cold.  Devin said he tried to wake me a couple times and I wasn’t budging … so, he left me.  Not for the night, he’s not that cruel – he eventually just went upstairs to piddle on the computer.  I woke up about 10:00 and I had no absolute idea what was going on.  I felt like I missed the bus or something.  It took a few seconds for the panic to subside and then I peeled my bum off the couch and walked zombie-like up to my bed.  Ahh …

 

Breakfast:

 

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I don’t think you can tell from the picture, but I busted out the pumpkin again.  It seems like it has been so long.  After I started taking on an orange hue in November, I thought it might be time to put it away for a lil’ bit.  Now you know I’m pulling your leg about the orange-y glow, but I sure do love my pumpkin … in everything.

Breakfast was the usual – warmed granola, 1/2 sliced banana, flax, wheat berriessoy, spoon of PB … and pumpkin.  Delish.  Ya know, I have really taken to warming my cereal.  It becomes very, very similar to a warm bowl of oatmeal when heated.  Loves it.

 

Lunch:

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I’m sure this is what you expected from me the day after a “casserole” type meal … lunch was leftover pot pie and a huge popeye (aka spinach) salad with fresh veggies and lima beans.  I actually have one more serving on the pot pie … I have a lunch date with my hub, so it probably won’t get eaten today, but you will see it again soon enough.  Just in case you haven’t had enough.

 

Our dinner last night was our good ol’ stand-by, Taco Salad.  Devin actually requests this meal, this and pizza, so I make all attempts to appease.  He doesn’t request any other meals that I make though, those are the only two.  I’m sure that’s a surprise (ha) … I think I would fall off my chair if he asked for something like Amaranth Pilaf with Lentils and Kale.  Yeah.  That’ll be the day.

 

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If you want to see my how-to with this dish, just click on “Taco Salad” in the Tag Cloud to the right.  It’s really quick for me to whip together on a busy night.  Instead of my normal black beans, I used chickpeas since I made a huge batch on Sunday.  I really enjoyed the extra crunch they gave to my dish.  My picture is sans cheese … I totally forgot about it until I sat down with my plate.  A little sprinkle was adding before I chowed down, believe you me.

Does anyone else have a stand-by meal that they make several times a month?  Please share … I may be pestering you for recipes, as well.  😀

Happy Hump Day!  Make it a good one, people!

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Hi everyone!  Happy Sunday night!  You know, I can hear Lindsay hooting and hollering all the way down here … her beloved Eagles beat the Vikings and are one step further in the playoffs.  I wasn’t rooting for either, but being the wife of a football fanatic, of course, the games were on and I had one ear taking it all in. 

 

Toasted muffin with crunchy Maranatha PB and strawberry jelly and sliced banana with vanilla Chob, a sprinkle of Grape Nuts and dried cranberries

B: Toasted muffin with PB+J and sliced banana with vanilla Chob, a sprinkle of Grape Nuts and dried cranberries

 

In honor of the fabulous Miss Eating Bender, I dusted off our P90X Kenpo DVD and worked out with that today.  It felt good to kick my own bum.  Jenn posted about receiving the P90X program for Christmas and how excited she was to get started once she got back to school. 

Both Devin and I have been working out with Tony Horton, the fearless, energetic leader, for the past couple years.  I never followed the program exactly as intended, but rather chose the DVD’s that I enjoyed the most and dabbled around with them.

 

Spinach salad with veggies and fresh chickpeas plus a black bean burger on an Arnold's Thin

L: Spinach salad with veggies and fresh chickpeas plus a Morningstar black bean burger on an Arnold's Thin

 

My top choices are Legs + Back (which I mentioned in my post this AM), Kenpo, Plyometrics, Cardio X, Core Synergistics, plus the P90X Plus workouts, Interval X and Total Body Plus.

The program has several DVD’s that are focused on upper body strength training.  I don’t care for that degree of workout for my upper body, so I skip on those.  Devin does them regularly and it has been amazing to watch the major changes that have taken place to his body.  Hubba hubba.

If you’re looking for an in-home, butt-kickin’ workout, check this program out.  I highly recommend it since I have also seen major changes in my body since beginning these DVD’s.  When I started training for my triathlon, I focused only on running, swimming and biking.  The DVD’s got pushed to the way-side, with the exception of Legs + Back, but now that it’s on my brain again, I’ve been pulling them out and I’m really enjoying the blood, sweat and tears.

 

Turkey Meatball Heroes

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These guys were pretty basic … turkey meatballstomato saucemushrooms, bell peppers, onions, a sprinkle of Mozzarella on a mutli-grain hoagie.  On the side … kale chips and they were delicious, as always. 

 

I’m signing off for the night.  I’m whooped for some reason … maybe it’s a carb coma from all the bread products I consumed today.  Gotta love them carbs.  Num yummy. 

Enjoy the rest of your evening!

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The Main Dish

Hi everyone … here’s another of my weekend “blog in the AM” posts.  This seems to work out better with my schedule, so I may keep it this way – post Friday’s eats on Saturday morning, Saturday’s on Sunday morning and Sunday’s meals on Sunday night.

I left the house just one time yesterday and that was to ride shotgun with Dev, while he ran to pick-up our dinner eats we ordered to-go.  It was fabulous to stay in my sweats all day and tinker around the house.  I made good with my word and took down the remaining holiday decorations, including the lights we put up outside.  Despite the somewhat gray skies, the temperature was pretty mild, so I figured I better snag my chance while I can. 

 

Warmed granola with 1/2 sliced banana, frozen blueberries, flax and vanilla soy

B: Warmed granola with 1/2 sliced banana, frozen blueberries, flax and vanilla soy

 

The house is finally back in order.  It really is hard to believe that the holidays have come and gone so fast.  It seems like just yesterday that it was Thanksgiving.  As they say, time flies when you’re having fun. 

Yesterday I got back out to the garage and whipped out a great 50-minute strength training/weight lifting session.  I need to start typing about my workouts during my posts again since my brain cannot seem to remember that I have my own “Weekly Workout” page.

 

Shredded chicken with smashed cannellini beans + hot sauce in a toasty pita with carrots and 1/2 sliced apple

L: Shredded chicken with smashed cannellini beans + hot sauce in a toasty pita with carrots and 1/2 sliced apple

 

My workout is loosely based off the P90X Legs and Back DVD with Tony Horton.  Over time, I have modified/replaced several moves to suit my needs and, instead of doing back work solely, I use that time to work my arms + abs as well (biceps, triceps, shoulders, crunches, etc.)

 

I didn’t plan out a meal for us to have for dinner ahead of time … no particular reason why … so, when it came down to eatin’ time, we didn’t have too much to choose from.  That’s when I remembered a special gift I got at the end of the season from my girls (GOTR) – a $40 gift certificate to 131 Main restaurant, which is located very, very close to our house.

We scoured the menu online and I decided on the Seared Tuna Salad with mixed greens, mango, avocado and pickled ginger  –

 

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It was fabulous!  The tuna was seared to melt-in-your-mouth perfection.  Delicioso!  Devin ordered the Fresh Catch Cajun Fish Sandwich with Wild Rice Salad.  I knew immediately when I saw the rice salad, that I had to have some.  Lucky for me, my generous hub gave me my own little serving –

 

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I really think I could have eaten just a big bowl of this stuff and been perfectly happy.  In addition to the wild/long grain rice blend, it also had golden raisins, red onions, walnuts, flat leaf parsley and curry.  I have to see if I can re-create this in the new future.  It was that good.

Ok, time to buckle down since it’s almost not morning anymore.  A few of the items on my agenda today include:

  • Prep cook beans, wheat berries, lentils for the week
  • Workout
  • Grocery list/menu
  • Grocery store

 

Question today: do you make one big trip to the grocery store each week or do you go several times??

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Lucky Toes

Good Morning!  Hope all is well and dandy.  I took the night off from blogging last night to spend some time with my boo.  Since the holiday hustle and bustle, it seems like we haven’t had many chances to sit down and relax … just the two of us.  Plus, his toe nails were looking like talons yet again and, being the fabulous wife that I am, I went to work, nail file in hand. 

 

Warmed granola with sliced banana, flax, soy and TJ's Cranberry Apple Butter

B: Warmed granola with sliced banana, flax, soy and a drizzle of TJ's Cranberry Apple Butter

 

Now, if you are curious as to why he can’t trim his own toe nails, see this post here.  He does more harm than good, so I just took over this daunting chore.  I was even able to get mine trimmed and buffed, all ready for a fresh polish.  While I was working away like a busy bee, we tuned into our latest Netflix arrival, Tropic Thunder, with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr. and Jack Black

 

Impromptu lunch date with my hunny and in-laws at my fave place, Jason's Deli

L: Impromptu lunch date with my hunny and in-laws at my fave place, Jason's Deli

 

My opinion … don’t waste your time.  If you’ve seen it and liked it, please no hate.  Just not my cuppa tea.  It did have a very few quirky moments, but that was about it.  The funniest character in the movie was played by Tom Cruise, bald and wearing a fat suit, as a crazed movie producer.  Good thing I was focused on 20 toes during the movie, or I probably would’ve high-tailed it up to bed.  Ha!

We finally had our lucky New Year’s meal for dinner last night.  I added rice and tomatoes to the peas and ham this time around and it turned out great. 

The South is also known for a dish called Hoppin’ John, which is a mix of rice and BE peas, so I went off that idea.

 

Lucky Rice with Black-Eyed Peas and Greens

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 cup black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes with jalapenos, with juice reserved
  • 1 cup long grain brown rice, cooked

Preparation:

With a small amount of oil in a skillet, saute onions until slightly tender, about 3 minutes.  Add ham and continue to cook for for 5 minutes.  Add peas, tomatoes and rice to pan; stir well and cook for 5 additional minutes.  Add reserved juice from tomatoes (eyeball it) to your desired liking.  This will keep the dish from being mixture from being dry.  Allow to heat thoroughly and serve.  Enjoy!

As for the greens, those were just chopped and thrown in a microwavable steamer with a bit of water, white wine vinegar and seasoning (red pepper + salt.)  Nuked for 2 1/2 minutes, they were perfectly cooked with a little crunch remaining.

 

So, what’s on everyone’s agenda for this Saturday?  As for me, I will be taking down the Christmas trees and the rest of the holiday decorations.  We’ve been using one of the spare bedrooms upstairs as our storage room.  I’m ready to get it cleaned out and all our festive paraphernalia back up into the attic.

Have a fabulous day, ladies and fellas!  😀

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