Posts Tagged ‘Kale’

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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Spilling The Beans

As I already knew would happen, so many of you have come rushing to my rescue in my time of need … thank you so much for all of your fabulous appetizer ideas!  It’s so nice knowing there are so many great bloggie friends out there!  You are all the best!! 🙂

With that being said, I know you will also support a decision that I have made that will change my blogging habits during this busy holiday month …

When I started this blog, I was dedicated to three full meal posts per day.  As time went on and life got busier, those three posts dwindled to two and sometimes only one post per day.

After sitting down with the calendar this morning, I knew something had to give, so I thought breakfast and lunch would be best. 

Now, you aren’t thinking that I’m giving up eating these two delicious meals, are you?!  Good, ‘cuz that would never happen!! 😛

So, what is happening, you ask?  Well, for the remainder of the month, I’ve decided not to post my breakfasts and lunches; which, in my opinion, are just normal everyday fare anyways.

This will allow for me to focus more on my dinner posts, which happen to be our highlight meal o’ the day.  It’s the meal that takes the most thought and planning.  The one that not only I can enjoy, but one that Devin can enjoy as well.

We’ll see how it goes … I may just take and post the pictures of my eats in the morning and afternoon, but leave out all the long-winded details that seem to come from these fingers once they start typing.


Ok, here comes dinner …

White Bean and Chicken Ragout with Kale, Tomatoes and Zucchini


Original recipe can be found here.


Of course I made modifications!  Here’s what I did differently (not too, too many changes this time):


  • Used the remaining turkey we had left from Thanksgiving (that’s officially the end of the leftovers) instead of the chicken sausage
  • Added sliced mushrooms
  • Used fresh beans, cooked this afternoon
  • Used a can of diced tomatoes with jalapenos for the extra kick




This one’s a keeper, folks.  After last night’s douzy, this was a welcomed meal.  Very warm and comforting!

To be honest, I wasn’t sure I liked the texture of the kale after my first bite, but it grew on me.  It definitely goes with the heartiness of the dish.  Yum!

Well, I’m off to watch Without a Trace.  Any one else fancy that show??

I will leave you with a pic of our Charlie Brown trees that I’ve had for years and years, set-up in the foyer …




Have you seen A Charlie Brown Christmas?  Love that lil’ tree!  Night!

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How’s it going, fabulous people?!  So, you may be wondering just what in the heck CEiMB stands for … you may, or may not, have noticed it on my blog roll as of recently.  Allow me to fill you in …

I joined a cooking group (thanks to the gorg MacDuff) called Craving Ellie in My Belly, based around Ellie Krieger‘s recipes found in The Foods You Crave cookbook.

I am thrilled to be a part of the fun group of ladies that adore the great works of such an awesome foodie! 

Each week a new recipe is chosen by one of the members and that featured selection will be posted on each member’s blog on Thursdays.  Feel free to check out the CEiMB blog for more information, or to check out the other bloggers fab dinner posts each and every Thursday.

This week’s recipe selection was chosen by the classy duo, MacDuff and Jonny T, over at Lonely Sidecar …






I have probably broken all the rules and will be banned from the group tomorrow, ‘cuz of course I made a few modifications to the original recipe.  If you want to see the original recipe, click here to visit the Lonely Sidecar’s post. 

Here’s what I whipped together –


(For two)

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 10 whole wheat crackers, pulsed in a food processor to fine crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Grape Nuts cereal, pulsed lightly in a food processor
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • Scant 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 large egg white
  • Scant 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt (I used Chobani)
  • 1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Coat baking sheet with cooking spray.  Combine cracker crumbs, Grape Nuts, sesame seeds and cayenne in shallow bowl.  In another bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.  Dip the chicken into the yogurt mixture, coating both sides.  Then dip each piece in the cracker mixture, packing the crumbs evenly on the chicken.  Place chicken on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked throughout.



On the side, we enjoyed kale chips and our typical spinach/veggie salad (no pic of the salad though.)

Our thoughts on this dish … all-in-all, this one’s a winner in our book!  The flavor was excellent.  We really enjoyed the crispiness on the outside from the cracker/cereal coating and the inside was extra juicy.


Rewind to lunch, I will be brief and allow it to tell it’s own story …



Leftover soup with added black beans, carrots, plus cottage cheese with pomegrante seeds. YUM!


Well, I tried to let the picture do the talking, but my fingers just had to get in there!! 😀


I’m off to plop my bum on the couch and watch all the great entertainment on my tube.  It’s marathon TV night, after all …

Ta ta for now!

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Just Dandy

Is there a full moon?  Everyone seems to be going a little crazy around here … the mile-long lines to get gas, the girls were REALLY wild today and just wouldn’t pay attention, and I even feel a little grumpy.  Hmm …

Well, I know two things that are going to cheer me up tonight:

1) Grey’s Anatomy TWO-HOUR season premiere

2) The apples I baked in the oven earlier for a little dessert later (I promise to take a picture and post in the morning!)

Tonight’s dinner was just dandy –

First off, a Spinach & Veggie Salad

Plus, BBQ Chicken with Melted Cheese and Tomatoes

and Kale Chips

If you haven’t tried Kale Chips, you should.  They are awesome!  It’s like a potato chip with benefits. 

How to make:

  • Trim kale into bite sized pieces, removing the stems
  • Spread onto baking sheets in a single layer (it’s ok to cram them all together)
  • Spritz (or drizzle) with EVOO, sprinkle with salt (generously) and parmesan cheese
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until they are crisp

Trust me, it sounds really gross, but you WILL be surprised!  🙂


My plate –

Tomorrow’s weather isn’t looking too promising for any outdoor activities.  Think I will probably head to the pool early and maybe a little elliptical action if I am feeling up to it.  I really haven’t been on the bike much this week … shame on me. 

Well, I am off to watch Grey’s Anatomy.  Hope everyone’s had a great Thursday!  The weekend’s in sight …

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