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Hello people.  How are you doing?  Did everyone have a fabulous weekend?  Hope so!  I decided to take a little breaky-break from the blogosphere this weekend.  Please don’t hate.  Sometimes it’s just for the greater good, ya know?!

Anywho, Happy Monday and Happy MLK Jr. Day!  A special day to start off this special week. 

I’m gonna give you a quick play-by-play of our main eats over the weekend.  So, here goes …

As mentioned on Friday, I whipped up one of our favorite meals for dinner –

 

BBQ Chicken + Black Bean Pizza 

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We absolutely love pizza.  PIZZA, PIZZA, PIZZA!!  This pie is hands down our favorite combination to put together at home.  It’s both sweet + savory.  A fantastic duo.  I could eat pizza every day.  I know I’ve said that about salad before and that still remains true.  So I’ll eat my healthy salad first and then have my pizza! 😉

 

On Saturday we headed to a friend’s house for game night and had to dine and dash for dinner.  Hence, no pics.  You didn’t miss much though … a big spinach salad with chicken and strawberries (YUM!) plus Annie’s Organic Shells + Cheese.  Not really my thang, but it worked in a pinch. 

 

I did, however, snap a picture of the two different types of hummus that I made to take along for us to nosh on later –

Black Bean Hummus (L) + Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (R)

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Here’s the recipe that I have put together to make this no-guilt treat:

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus –

  • 1 can chickpeas, liquid reserved
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 roasted red pepper, cut into quarters

In a food processor, add chickpeas, olive oil, cumin, salt and red peppers.  Blend on low speed, gradually adding reserved liquid, until desired consistency is reached.

Black Bean Hummus

  • 1 can chickpeas, liquid reserved
  • 1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • In a food processor, add chickpeas, black beans, olive oil, cumin, salt, chili powder, red pepper and hot sauce.  Blend on low speed, gradually adding reserved liquid, until desired consistency is reached.

    **Note – I did not use any garlic in either recipe.  Feel free to add a clove, if you wish!**

     

    Sunday’s dinner was a craving that started last week.  When I was putting together the menu, it was the first thing down for the first night of the week –

     

    Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Corn Salsa

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    This was pretty easy to whip together since I bought pre-cooked shrimp at the grocery.  I made a marinade for the shrimp that included the following –

    • EVOO
    • White Wine Vinegar
    • Hot Sauce
    • Lime Juice
    • Crushed Red Pepper
    • S + P
    • Scallion

    I allowed the shrimp a good hour or so to soak up all the spicy goodness.  To heat it up, I simply poured everything in a skillet and brought it to a simmer for about 5 minutes. 

     

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    Avocado-Corn Salsa –

    • 1 can Green Giant Southwestern Corn, drained
    • 1/4 cup chopped onion
    • 1 avocado, diced
    • 2 diced Roma tomatoes
    • 1 can beans, your choice, optional (I normally use black-eyed peas or extra black beans)
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • Dressing – olive oil, white wine vinegar, cumin, chili powder and red pepper

    Mix all ingredients together and chill for at least 2 hours.  Stir well before serving.

     

    Okey-dokey, beauties, I’m off to get my bum in gear.  Have a flippin’ fantastic day!

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    Orange And Greens

    If there was any benefit to not working out yesterday, it was that it replenished my energy level.  I blasted through a 5-mile run today and could have kept going … for time’s sake, I stopped.

    A big reason why I have a weight training day between my cardio days is because I’ve found it makes me better, faster and stronger.  It allows my body to refuel and pumps me up mentally for my next workout.

    When I got home, I made the protein shake I had been waiting for since I finished breakfast.

    Devin opened a new container of MM Light Banana Crème and an idea popped into my head (all thanks to a delicious sounding iced coffee I saw on Carrots ‘N’ Cake’s blog.) 

    Banana Hazelnut Crème

    (1 scoop of banana protein powder with 1/2 cup leftover hazelnut coffee)

    … with Green Vibrance.  Blah!  It definitely ruined the color and for the most part, ruined the taste.  Oh well, at least I got it in for the day!

    I put down half an orange before my run and had the other half when I returned. Here’s a fun idea for your leftover peels …

    Throw orange peel and any leftover rind into pot with enough water to cover. Add whole cloves and any other spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice are all great!) Set heat on the very lowest setting, checking the pot from time-to-time to add additional water if needed.

    Your whole house will smell WONDERFUL!!

    Ok, that’s my bit of knowledge for the day … on to lunch!

    I wanted to use some of the leftover hummus, so I decided on a toasted pita sammie with leftover rotisserie chicken

    I also had a great salad (note the snow peas) and a blueberry Chobani

        

    All together –

     

    Ok, back to the grind …

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    Bummin’ Around Town

    Pssst … I didn’t work out today … (hee hee) … I also wore sweatpants to the grocery store! 

    I didn’t mean not to work out, I just ran out of time.  I went to both TJ’s and Lowe’s Foods this afternoon.  I spent an extra long time at both stores, just browsing and enjoying myself.  Mondays are definitely much quieter and less crowded than Sundays!

    The fruit bowl has been refilled with bananas, 2 kiwi, an Asian pear and an acorn squash –

    I also picked up two oranges, that I am keeping in the fridge and I still have Granny Smith’s left from the last shopping trip.

    Plus a new find at Trader Joe’s –

    It is pretty calorie dense, so it won’t be used solely for cereal –

    I have some great ideas for it though … oatmeal or ice cream topping, yogurt mix-in … I can’t wait to try it out!!  It was the last box on the shelf, so I am glad I snagged it. 

    I decided this morning that I would try to prepare tonight’s dinner with ingredients that we already had around the house since I don’t do so well with last-minute planning.  I knew that if I waited until I went to the grocery store, I would have no clue what we were to eat.

    I pulled out a jar of dried lentils from the pantry and the idea for a Ham & Lentil Stew was born.

    Ingredients:

    • ~ 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed and drained
    • 1 carrot, sliced very thin
    • 1 large stack of celery, sliced very thin
    • 1 zucchini, sliced thin and quartered
    • ~1/4 cup diced onion
    • ~3/4 cup ham
    • 1 1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
    • 1 bay leaf
    • Few generous dashes of Worcestershire
    • Sprinkle nutmeg, celery seed, S&P
    • Dash hot sauce

    Directions:

    Put all items in the crock pot on low for 8 hours. 

    Can it get any easier than that?!  The ham steak was leftover/frozen from another night, so I just threw the slices right in the pot from the freezer.  Throughout the day they became so tender that they just fell apart when I went to cube them.  The lentils “melted” perfectly and made a great base for this stew.  It was fantastic!  We each topped our dish with plain Chobani.

    We also had our usual salad, topped with fat free feta –

     

    I also FINALLY made the hummus that I mentioned I wanted to make a LONG time ago …

    Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

    Ingredients:

    • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained, liquid reserved
    • 1 tsp. cumin
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • ~ 2 roasted red peppers
    • Sprinkle of red pepper
    • 3/4 tbsp. EVOO

    Directions:

    Place all ingredients in a food processor, adding reserved liquid slowly until desired consistency is reached.  Chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.

    This is a super easy, super healthy recipe that can be made so many different ways with a little experimenting of ingredients.  To complete the flavor, we enjoyed it with sliced & toasted Red Pepper & Parmesan bread.

    I think it’s time to cuddle up and watch the season premiere of Brothers & Sisters that I TiVo’d.  Tomorrow is a GOTR day, so I will be getting in my workout early and then have some errands to run.  I haven’t decided yet what the workout will be, but a good run is on the top of the list … we’ll see!

    I leave you tonight with a picture of Kitty, who also enjoys blog reading

    Night!

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