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Oh, just this …

 

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This was such a fabulously satisfying lunch that is most definitely deserved its own post.  See, I still had some leftover pot pie from Monday’s dinner and I also had a squash that was begging to be baked.  So, what’s a gal to do but combine them?!  I certainly don’t want to waste good food.

I highly recommend this combination if you ever have leftover pot pie.  Heck, I even say go out and buy a frozen pot pie (a healthy one, of course) and scoop out the filling and plop it in a baked acorn squash.  The flavors are completely dynamite together.  Ka-pow!

My cornbread crust had become a weapon at this point, so even though it was heated in the mic, it still wasn’t edible.  Unless I wanted to choke myself.  Not happenin’.

Oh, you will also notice the dried cranberries in the mix.  Another great add, if I do say so myself.  It brought the perfect bit of chewy tartness to the dish.

Backing up a few hours, breakfast was the normie norm with fresh blueberries

 

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It was exciting to find these babies on sale at TJ’s.  A sure fire sign that Spring is right around the corner.  Fresh fruit come to mama!

Ok, cutie pies, I’m off to finish up my afternoon.  See ya for dinner.  It’s Craving Ellie in My Belly night and I’m this week’s host …

 

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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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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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Hello people!  Hope you are well and that your day was more productive than mine.  The only time I pried my bum from the couch was to fix myself something to eat and to get more, more, more water. 

The headache is now gone, I’m just really sleepy.  Lack of sleep is not my forte.  Dev joined me on the couch today, in slightly better shape than I.  There we lay, like broccoli, all snuggled up … two bugs in a rug. 

While he watched bowl game after bowl game, I finished my book, Phantom Prey, by John Sandford.  This is the latest book (#18) in his Prey series, featuring detective Lucas Davenport.  I have read all 18 books in the series and always look forward to the next case to be cracked by the bad-arse cop, Davenport.

My eats today weren’t as bad as they could have been, considering my first impulse this morning was to stop at Chick-Fil-A on our way home and grab a chicken biscuit to-go.  We found them closed for the holiday and continued home with mixed emotions … sad we didn’t get our “hangover” junk eats, but secretly glad that we would be forced to make something more health appropriate at home.

 

Breakfast:

 

Warmed granola with sliced banana, soy and a PB spoon

Warmed granola with sliced banana, soy and a PB spoon

 

That was about as far as my camera skills went for the rest of the morning and afternoon.  I was wreaking of laze today.  Hence, no pictures of my snacks and lunch. 

 

Here’s a quick synopsis:

  • Snack #1:  Toasted TJ’s muffin with crunchy PB + strawberry preserves
  • Snack #2:  Banana
  • Lunch:  TJ’s Breaded Chicken Tenderloin (2 pieces) with melted Swiss cheese on a wheat bun with Frank’s Hot Sauce and Ranch Dressing.  Oh yeah.  Mmm mm good. 😀
  • Snack #3:  Apple

 

Looking back over my list, it’s not as bad as I thought.  Guess it really does help to keep healthy snacks around the house.  Given the opportunity, I would’ve gladly done some damage to a bag of potato chips, gallon of ice cream or a box of freshly baked Krispy Kreme’s.  Now, that’s a hangover, ladies and gents.  Once again a reason as to why I don’t mix well with overindulging.

 

Ok, ok.  I’m done with that nonsense and on to dinner.  In the spirit of the New Year, it is traditional for Southern folk to enjoy a meal that includes black-eyed peas, collard greens and pork. 

 

A little explanation …

  • Black-eyed peas are symbolic of coin money.  They swell when they cook and therefore are consumed with financial rewards in mind.
  • Collard greens represent paper money, thus symbolic of economic fortune.
  • Pork is said to signify wealth and prosperity (we used ham that I had in the freezer.)

 

Well, needless to say, I wasn’t up for much cooking tonight, so I whipped together an appetizer portion of our “Good Fortune” eats a la microwave, saving the remaining ingredients for tomorrow’s dinner. 

I certainly didn’t want to jinx our luck since I was simply too slow-moving to make a respectable New Year’s dinner …

 

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Dinner tonight was compliments of Trader Joe’s freezer section –

 

Mandarin Orange Chicken with Chicken Fried Rice

Mandarin Orange Chicken with Chicken Fried Rice

 

I learned a few shopping trips back from a TJ’s employee that the Mandarin Orange Chicken was the #1 selling frozen food item.  I decided to grab some for those “in a pinch” times. 

I decided to bake the chicken in the oven, instead of following the skillet directions, which called for a 1/4 cup of oil in the pan.  When it was ready, it looked a tad bit on the greasy side, so we patted each piece down with paper towels before tossing them in the orange sauce.

I was pretty impressed.  The flavor was spot-on and it was a much healthier alternative to the same dish if ordered at a Chinese take-out.

We really only had about 1/2 cup of fried rice left in the bag that had been in the freezer forever.  It served it’s purpose.  Our bellies were happy.

Okey dokey artichokey, time flies when I’m a typin’ and it’s way past my bedtime.  Sweet dreams!

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Gotcha … FINALLY

Hello.  Got a little story to tell ya …

I made my normal rounds through the grocery yesterday, checking items off my list as I went.  I wasn’t in the need for any bread products, so I started to walk past that glorious aisle.  As I was doing so, I casually glanced over to my left …

 

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B: Ditto of yesterday ... to a "T"

 

Now, I’m not going to give away my “Gotcha” surprise that fast.  That’s just no fun.  I’m sure that once I brief you on the history of my challenge to find these, you will probably have it all figured out …

I started seeing these babies around blogs several months ago.  They looked right up my alley, so I started my search at all the local grocery stores.  I kept searching and searching, each and every time coming up empty handed. 

I continued to see them, day in and day out, being described in such mouth-watering detail by all my bloggie friends.  I started commenting on how delicious they looked and how I was having such a hard time finding them.  Maybe I thought the good fairy would go ahead and drop them in my lap.  You know, for being such a dedicated foodie and all.

At this point, I started to panic.  Where in the mad cow were they?!  It’s not like I live in BFE or anything!!  Argh.

So, what does any desperate women in my situation do?  She goes straight to the top.  An inquiry e-mail was sent directly to the company.

Here’s what I received in return, along with a letter stating they should arrive in Charlotte stores in mid-December …

 

Figure it out yet??

Figure it out yet??

 

So, that takes me back to my trip to the grocery yesterday … I casually glanced over to my left and saw these jewels, in all their glory –

 

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This girl sure loves her carbs.  Oh yeah.  I had to restrain myself from buying every single package on the shelf.  The kicker was that I didn’t even have my coupons with me.  Go figure.

 

Soup and Sandy ... Sandwich Thin with a leftover mini meatloaf in between.

L: Soup and Sandy ... toasted Sandwich Thin with a sliced leftover mini meatloaf in between.

 

My thoughts?  They were good.  Wished I would have toasted it a little bit longer since it was still kinda soft.  I like my bread really, really toasty.  I’m not thrilled about the enriched flour in the ingredient list, but I can overlook that in this case.  I feel I need a second tasting to give my final opinion … I’m such a HUGE fan of Trader Joe’s British Muffins that it’s hard to find anything that compares.

A big thank you to Arnold for actually taking the time to respond to my inquiry and sending me coupons.

I’m out for now.  I will be posting tonight’s dinner in the AM.  Have a fantastic evening!

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Grindin’ Me Crazy

Howdy.  How y’all doin’ today?  I’m doing good here.  No complaints.  Actually, that’s a lie … I do have one HUGE complaint.  Have you ever accidentally spilled brewed coffee grinds on the floor?  You know, you lift the filter from the basket and a little bit of the grinds spill out the side and splatter all over the place.

 

Warmed granola with sliced banana, pumpkin butter, flax, wheat berries and vanilla soy

B: Warmed granola with sliced banana, pumpkin butter, flax, wheat berries and vanilla soy

 

Well, I made that mistake today.  I’ve made this mess more times than I care to admit.  Every time, without fail, my audible sigh, plus a few choice words, fill the air in our home sweet home.  I don’t think I will ever understand how a pea-sized drop of coffee grinds can make such a mess.  I swear to you, people, it morphs and multiplies immediately upon hitting it’s destined surface.  No matter how many times you wipe, you will still find them hanging around.  They stick and don’t let go. 

 

Leftover soup, carrots and Ryvita crackers with crunchy PB

L: Leftover soup, carrots and Ryvita crackers with Maranatha brand crunchy PB

 

If you’ve done this, you know what I’m talking about here.  I’m sure I will find more little brown specs tomorrow … and the next day … and the day after that.  Gee, I’d hate to have to break down and wash the floors.  You know how I love that chore. 

 

Man-Lovin’ Mini Meatloaves

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute (or 1 egg)
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup fat free milk
  • ~1/3 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese (we used Havarti)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground mustard

Preparation:

Spray a 6-cup muffin tin with PAM.  Set aside.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix together all ingredients until well blended.  Portion mixture into muffins tins.  Bake for 35 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked.

 

On the side, we had Brussels sprouts with julienned carrots and toasted almonds.  I love Brussels and the addition of the sweet carrots was a nice pairing.  I seasoned the veggies with parsley, salt, pepper and dried minced onion.  C’est bon.

 

I think our dinner tonight must have been inspired by watching the Christmas day marathon run of A Christmas Story on TBS.  That is my fave Christmas movie and I love to tune in every year to Ralphie and his quest for an official Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.

One of the best scene’s of the movie includes brother, Randy, snorting over a plate of meatloaf and mashed potatoes, playing “Mommy’s Little Piggy.”  Good thing we didn’t have mashed potatoes … I may have been cleaning those up off the floor as well.  Ha.

Time for me to hit the hay.  It’s been a long day and I’ve got a lot more running to do tomorrow.  Make it a good night!

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