Posts Tagged ‘Chobani’

Hi there!  How are the people?  You won’t believe it when I tell you, but it’s freakin’ snowing here?!  I don’t mean a little snowflake here and there.  I’m talking about big, heavy, slap-you-on-your-face flakes that are coming down rather quickly.  We already have over an 1 1/2″ accumulated.  No work or school tomorrow.  That’s a given around these parts.  Play day for us!  😉

Actually, there’s plenty of work to be done around the house.  We need to get all packed up.  Packing, you say?  Moving?  Nope.  Donating old clothes to the Goodwill?  Nope, not that either.

So, I’ve kept it secret long enough and it’s time to spill … we’re leaving on a jet plane, just like the song.  Yep, that’s right.  Devin and I are headed to ARUBA on Wednesday for our 5th wedding anniversary!  I’m beyond excited!!  I’m ready to drive myself to the airport right now in hopes that waiting there will make Wednesday get here faster.  Ha!  

We have always been big travelers and have made it a point to take a vacation every year for our anniversary.  Some of our trips have been big … London and Paris … and some of our trips have been small … Wilmington, NC and Orlando, FL.  No matter where we go though, we always have a blast.  This trip, I’m sure, will be no exception.  It’s been a while since we gone to the Caribbean, so it’s already looking good.  The warm weather is definitely a plus.  The cold, fruity drinks a plus x 2.  Oh yeah. 

I’ve talked about the “chilly” and the “tropical”, so let’s get down to the chili.  We were lucky enough to have Devin’s fabulous parents over for dinner last night.  My plan was to whip up a warm, comforting meal that wouldn’t take up too much of my time in the kitchen.  Here’s how it turned out …

Smoky Turkey and Bacon Chili



Mixed Green Salad, Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges and Jalapeno Corn Bread



Yogurt Parfait with Bulgur, Cherries and Almonds



Recipes adapted from here, here, here and here.

You will find this unbelievable, but I stayed pretty close to the original recipes this time around.  I just didn’t find too much that needed to be changed.  For the chili, I used the usual lean ground turkey in place of the ground beef and subbed black beans for pinto beans.  As for the dessert, I just wasn’t totally convinced that bulgur, as fantastic as it is, belonged in our fruit and yogurt parfaits.  I went pretty skimpy when dishing out the grain. Maybe 1 tbsp. in each??  Overall, it tasted ok in there, but it really isn’t necessary.  I will definitely make these again, since it’s a light + tasty dessert, but it will be without the grainy goodness.  I think other frozen fruit would work as well.  Devin wasn’t digging the cherries, so maybe the next go round will be blackberries …

Alright, y’all, I’m pretty sleeps, so I think it’s time to hit the hay.  I hope you are doing well!  Enjoy the rest of your night.  Sweet dreams!


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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



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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Countdown Starts … Craziness Ends

Wassup guys and dolls.  How is everyone?  Have a good weekend?!  I am happy to report tonight that as of today, I am done, done, done with searching endlessly for the perfect Christmas gifts.  I just had a  few small things to pick up today … I was in and out like a robbery, people.  I was amazed.  I must admit, I was a little worried that all the crazies would be out and about on the last weekend day before the holiday, but I really had no problem at all.  I had my nunchucks with me just in case.  Good thing I didn’t have to show ’em my mad skills.  Really.

Once home from my afternoon outing, I buckled down with a hot cuppa tea and wrapped every single present hanging around this house … except those for me.  I couldn’t find those.  Dev’s a good hider. 

It took me over two hours to put all the pretty paper and bows on each gift … while I sprawled out on the family room floor, I watched Rendition with Reese Witherspoon and Jakey-poo Gyllenhaal.  Good movie.  I recommend it.  I might have even shed a tear or two at the end. 

So, last night’s outing to watch the ball game was our rendering of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly …


I’ll start with the ugly:


NFL Boxscore – Baltimore at Dallas

Team 1 2 3 4 Score
Baltimore 3 6 7 17 33
Dallas 7 0 0 17 24


The bad:



This was actually a tie with ugly. Spontaneous order of chicken nachos after drinking beer ... made our bellies hurt.


The good:


Feeling nutrition-empty, I tore into a strawberry Chobani with Go Lean and coconut when we got home.

Feeling nutrition-empty, I tore into a strawberry Chobani with Go Lean and coconut when we got home. Happy belly.


Since I don’t have our meal planned for Christmas brunch yet, I avoided the grocery store altogether today.  I’m a one-trip kinda gal.  I don’t have much to plan for as far as dinners are concerned either … just Monday night and possibly Friday + Saturday.  We have plans Tuesday, Wednesday, and, of course, Thursday.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.  I’m thinking something light for tomorrow night … ho hum.


I dug deep in the freezer and pulled out leftovers from a dinner we had in October!  I didn’t see any visible freezer-burn so I figured it would be alright …


Spicy Chicken and Pumpkin Stew



(Recipe can be found here)


It was and I actually think it was even better this time around.  It was very hearty and the flavors were perfectly meshed.  I only wished we had enough for seconds!

Alrighty tighty, I’m off to snuggle on the couch with my little furball, who has recently staked claim to new property …


On top of the cable box in our room ... puts off a lotta heat that she's luvin'

On top of the cable box in our room ... puts off a lotta heat that she's just luvin' like crazy right now.


See the foot hanging off – that’s her club foot.  Seriously.  Too cute + absolutely rotten.


Nighty night!  4 days to go …

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Boy, have I got one for you this evening.  There are very few times when I actually don’t enjoy being in the kitchen, and tonight was one of those times.  Allow me to start from the beginning …

The day started off great.  I was singing Christmas carols as loud as I could to get a little laugh from the I’m-too-serious-because-the-game’s-on husband, I made a fresh batch of homemade cranberry-orange sauce, straightened up the house, went for a gorgeous 4 1/2 mile run outside and then it came time to plan out the menu for the week.


Vanilla Chob with sliced banana, Kashi Go Lean, wheat berries, flax and pumpkin butter

B: Vanilla Chob with sliced banana, Kashi Go Lean, wheat berries, flax and pumpkin butter


This is normally one of my favorite things to do on Sunday.  Today it was a different story … I racked my brain all week to come up with a fascinating recipe for this week’s BSI (Blogger Secret Ingredient), which was ginger, chosen by the fabulous Andrea at Bella Eats

Should I make something sweet … a gingerbread cake or gingerbread cookies?  Should I include ginger somehow with our dinner??  I was at a loss. 


Romaine salad with TJ's breaded chicken tender, assorted veg, chickpeas and wheat berries

L: Romaine salad with a TJ's breaded chicken tender, assorted veg, chickpeas and wheat berries


I think the reason for this is, while I really enjoy the taste of ginger when it’s paired with something sweet – cake, cookies, bread, etc., I’m not a fan of the flavor of ginger with meat or vegetables.  I can take a little smidgen of ginger here and there, but I can get pretty picky.

When I opened up Ellie’s cookbook this afternoon to her recipe for Salmon Cakes with Creamy Ginger-Sesame Sauce, I completely lost all notion that I probably wouldn’t like it and decided it was the one.  The perfect BSI entry.

Boy, was I in la la land.  I printed off my perfectly planned menu and headed out to the grocery.  Once home, I had to hustle to get everything together so I would be able to prepare it, eat it, blog it and get it submitted by the deadline time.  I was cutting it close.

To my horror, after I drained the canned salmon and dumped it in the mixing bowl, I noticed it wasn’t like any Starkist brand salmon I ever had.  This wasn’t Starkist tonight.  Oh no.  It was either buy three packages of Starkist or one large can of “fancy” salmon to meet the recipe requirements.  Now, if by “fancy” they meant “all parts intact”, then they hit the nail on the head.  Ewww.  I threw up in my mouth a little bit … and then I threw the salmon down the disposal.

In panic mode, I rushed to the panty to see if we had any tuna to use as a substitute.  We did.  Thank the lucky leprechans.  Whew.  Dinner saved.

I present to you …

Tuna Cakes with Creamy Ginger-Sesame Sauce

Quinoa with edamame, carrots and scallions

On the side: Quinoa with edamame, carrots and scallions


I still didn’t like it and it wasn’t because of the tuna.  It was the ginger sauce.  It was horrible.  I scraped as much as I could off my cake and then doused that baby with hot sauce.  Now I sit here with indigestion and a crappy attitude.

Needless to say, I didn’t think this was an award-winning ensemble and it was not submitted as my BSI entry.  Oh well.  There will be another ingredient, another week.

I’ve learned my lesson … go with what you know AND like.  You can’t go wrong there.

I hope you enjoy the remainder of your weekend!  Nighty night.

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Buyer Beware

When I left my house at 11:30 yesterday morning, packed lunch in tow, I had all good intentions to make a dent in my Christmas shopping list.  I haven’t even started yet and time is tickin’ away.  Not one single gift has been purchased by moi … well, except one purchase for me.  Yes, that’s right … I took the liberty to pick out a new pair of black heels that Devin will be giving me on Christmas day.  I don’t need them at the moment – I have an identical very worn pair that will suffice until then, so they will be wrapped and sitting pretty under the tree.  Ha.  Only me, I know.


Vanilla Chob (on bottom) with flax, pumpkin butter, sliced banana, Kashi Go Lean and cinnamon

B: Vanilla Chob (on bottom) with flax, pumpkin butter, sliced banana, Kashi Go Lean and cinnamon


My first stop was Art Studio, so I could finish my fancy plate.  It takes a week to get back and I wanted to be sure I had it in time for our party next weekend.  This will be cutting it close … I may have to send Devin to pick it up since it will be a SUPA busy day for me.  Well, if I wasn’t prepared for what to expect in this place, then I would have left … there were lil’ kiddos screaming and running all over the place (quite a difference from the 8:00 pm crowd.)  Mom’s were busy chasing their own and trying (unsuccessfully) to get them to calm down.  Luckily, a very sweet staff member created a spot just for me, tucked in a corner at a solo table … I plugged in my iPod and away I went.  Little did I know it was going to take me another 1 1/2 hours to finish!  Damn, being a perfectionist just isn’t worth it sometimes.  And regardless of that, it still could very possibly look like it was made by one of those screaming babes … we’ll just have to wait and see.  I promise to share no matter what it looks like.  Maybe.


Eaten in car - turkey/swiss muffin sammie with carrots and honey wheat sesame pretzels.  Fancy, huh?

L: Turkey + Swiss muffin sammich with carrots and honey wheat sesame pretzels. Eaten in my car. Fancy, huh?


With two missions accomplished – painting and lunch – I headed in the direction of the mall …

Hello McFly?!  What was I thinking?  Or, I should say, why wasn’t I thinking?  You can’t go to the mall on Saturday during the month of December and expect to find some sense of calm and order.  I’m sure it goes without saying that I never actually made it to the mall or even the mall’s parking lot … when I saw the line of cars waiting to get off the exit ramp for the mall, I just kept right on driving. 

No one on my list was crossed off yesterday.  Oh well.  No stress here … yet.  It’s still relatively early.  I should be able to make my trip to the mall one day during the week.  I just can’t do the weekends.  Fo shizzle. 

Is anyone making homemade gifts this year?  Have you made them in the past?  Please share … I would love to hear your creative ideas!  There is one side of the family that I always make gifts for and I haven’t decided on that gift yet.  I was thinking of homemade apple butter or sweet bread, but then I was thinking something non-food would be nice as well.


For dinner, Devin and I decided to hit up an old favorite in a new location …

Red Bowl Asian Bistro


Spicy Fresh Mango Chicken with Red Peppers and Zucchini

Spicy Fresh Mango Chicken with Red Peppers and Zucchini


This new location opened very close to our house, so we no longer have to travel 25 minutes to enjoy their delicious food.

Everything was great … just as we expected it would be.  The only problem is that I got severe stomach ache while we were finishing up.  Something didn’t agree with me and it attacked with a ferocious quickness. 

We scuttled home (good thing we were close) and I plopped my bum on the couch … with a hot water bottle and a warm mug of honey vinegar.

This is really strange, but my fabulous Grandma Last swears this is a cure-all for any ailment …

Combine 1 cup hot water + 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar + 1 tbsp. honey.


Drink up, buttercup.

I’m beginning to think she’s right since I did feel better after I emptied my mug.  Grandma’s know all the cure-alls … whether it’s a chocolate chip cookie or a drink that will make your lip’s pucker, you are bound to feel better from whatever ails you.  😀


Have a happy day!  I’ve got another list full of things to get done …

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Howdy!  Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far.  It has been a perfectly, relaxing day in this household … I didn’t even leave the house until 3:30 and Devin hasn’t left at all today.  We’ve been supa bums and lovin’ every second of it.  It is a cold, rainy day here in the Carolinas, so it was the excuse we were looking for to hid under a blanket and watch Legends of the Fall on TV … plus college ‘ball … and golf … and SportsCenter … hence, the reason I escaped when I did.  That was enough testosterone in one sitting for me.

I actually didn’t fully partake in the watching of all that action-packed entertainment, but I did manage to catch up on my blog reading – HOORAY!  I’ve really felt disconnected from blogging too many times this week … I guess that’s just what happens when life gets busy. 😦


Since I couldn’t imagine eating another bowl of cereal without a banana (flashback to yesterday’s lonely bowl of Grape Nuts, H2H and raisins – so sad), I decided to make a special breakfast for the husband and I …


Egg white sammie on a toasted whole wheat muffin with Morningstar "sausage" patty

Egg white sammie on a toasted TJ's whole wheat muffin with a Morningstar "sausage" patty

Chobani vanilla with chopped apple, pom seeds and a juicy clem

Fruit & yogurt parfait: Chobani vanilla with chopped apple, pom seeds and a juicy clementine


Needless to say, all this lounging around hasn’t put a dent into the monstrous disaster I’ve made of our house with all the Christmas decorations strewn about.  I guess that’s what Sundays are for.  The nasty weather is to remain, so I will hold myself hostage in the house until all the mess is cleaned up.  I can’t wait to take a picture of our soon-to-be fabulous tree for everyone to see!

For lunch, we once again tackled the leftovers in the fridge … mine consisted of leftover pizza from last night and CEiMB mac & cheese




Our lunch was rather late since breakfast held us over so well.  As soon as I was done eating, I forced myself to get in the shower and get out of the house for a bit … I was feeling a little hermit-y.  Word o’ the day.

We needed clear lights to finish one of the bushes outside, plus envelopes for our Holiday Party invitations, so I was off on a mission.  It was close to 4:00 by the time I got to my first stop and I was amazed at how many people were still out and about so late in the afternoon.  I guess I figured everyone would hit the stores early and I would have the run of the river.  Not so … two shopping cart collisions later and I was out the door.  Enough is enough.  One shopping cart collision is all my scatterbrain can handle per outing.  I did get the lights though, so at least I got ONE thing accomplished today.

I started thinking about dinner while I was out and knew that I wanted to use up the leftovers in the fridge.  I’ve had my share of everything Thanksgiving now and I’m ready to move on to our normal eats again.  I’ve had enough carbs in the last few days to carry me into next year!!  Seriously.  I mean, who eats pizza and mac & cheese at the same time?!  It was good though … 😀


When I got home, I immediately went to the computer and began googling different recipe ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers … the one that struck me was Rachel Ray‘s version of Shepherd’s Pie with ground turkey and sweet potatoes.  I didn’t end up using her recipe, but the idea was born to create my own version of Shep’s Pie with what we had on hand –


Thanksgiving Leftover Shepherd's Pie

Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd's Pie


Here’s everything that got thrown in:

  • ~1 cup leftover stuffing
  • Frozen peas
  • Frozen okra
  • 1 thinly sliced carrot
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cups turkey, cubed
  • 1/2 can Cream of Mushroom soup
  • ~1/2 cup turkey broth
  • 1 large sweet potato, cooked and mashed with 1/4 cup ff milk
  • S&P, to taste


Before the sweet potato topping ...


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Saute all the veggies in a small amount of EVOO, then add the stuffing, turkey, C of M soup and broth.  Once heated throughout, place in a casserole and top with the mashed sweet potatoes.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.




Mmm mm mmm!  As you can see from the first picture, I topped mine with some homemade cranberry sauce.  So good.  So many different flavors and textures! 

The only problem … I have leftovers from our leftovers!!!!  That wasn’t suppose to happen … 

I’m out.  Have a lovely evening!

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CT Strikes Again!

Hola!  What’s shakin’, bacon?!  So, I decided to change it up a lil’ bit for brekkie this morning –




Ha.  Gotcha, didn’t I??  I actually did make a change … I added blueberries to my warm cold cereal mush.  Mmm … it really has grown on me.  I’m lovin’ it. 

This bowl included: granola, ground flax, diced banana, frozen blueberries, vanilla soy and a spoon of PB.

I spent a good chunk of the morning looking for my Swiffer sweeper that I hid away months ago.  We weren’t using it at the time and I was having one of my freak-out cleaning moments, so I stashed it in the garage and forgot about it.  I have torn this house apart the last two days trying to find it – I looked through the garage (several times, not just a quick glance, mind you) and I was even in the attic trying to track it down.  I swear Dev was starting to look at me like I had a tail growing out of my backside.  I was on the prowl. 

I finally gave up and declared that I was just going to buy a new one … at that moment, I just could not live without it.  Although a little frantic, this gal still had her priorities – I had to get my strength training workout in before I hustled out to the nearest Target. 

While in the garage, on my second set of bum-numbing squats, I looked casually over to my left … lo and behold, there was that freakin’ Swiffer.  Yep, there it was in all its glory.  As plain as day.  Smug as can be.  I must have stared right at it during my various raids.  Well, I showed him who was boss … I immediately snatched it up and threw it in the house.  One would have thought that it was going to make a break for it.

Ya know, for someone that detests anything even remotely close to mopping, I was sure in a frenzy over that darn cloth pad on a pole.  What’s going on here?!

Moving on to happier things … if you are still wondering what CT stands for, allow me to divulge – Crunchy Tofu, of course!  Copyright Jen 2008.

Since I had leftover tofu from last night, I figured I might as well make the best of it.  I don’t know who’s blog I saw it on recently – I have read so many great posts – but someone gave me the idea to slather buffalo sauce on my tofu slices.  Whoever you are … please reveal yourself!  You are an absolute genius!!  It was fantastic … with a crunchy topping, of course!




  • Crunchy Buffalo Tofu Wrap
  • Carrots
  • Snyder’s Organic Oat Bran Pretzels


Close-up of the deliciousness!!

A close-up of the deliciousness!


Plus this –

Vanilla Chobani with pom seeds

Vanilla Chobani with pom seeds


Boys and girls, I’m outta here.  Gotta brief myself on today’s GOTR lesson … have a good one!

Fun Q … what have you misplaced lately and how did you find it?!

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