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Twofer

Ok, two posts in one day.

I’ve been away a long time so sue me.

So last post was a bit blah blah blah life sucks. And this one is more… yum. That was a pretty good dinner I made.

I pinned this recipe for a Crispy Quinoa Bake a few weeks ago and figured I’d try it eventually. Tonight I was planning on making my chicken enchilada lasagna until I realized that the tortillas that I had were freezer burned. Bummer. But I figured I take the idea from the above recipe, mash it with my enchilada lasagna recipe and see how it turned out.


If you’ve read this blog at all you know I pretty much suck at recipes.

Basically I made some quinoa (kinda from the recipe above). In a sautee pan I mixed, some shredded chicken, 1/2 block of cream cheese, a can of drained Ro-Tel, most of a drained can of black beans, about 1/2 of a can of drained corn, and a can of green enchilada sauce.

When the quinoa was cooked I mixed it all up and poured it into a greased casserole dish.

Baked it for 30 minutes then topped it with some shredded cheese and baked it a bit longer until it was bubbly and brown.

YUM!

 

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Tastes better than my crappy phone makes it look I promise!

 

Just Keep Swimming

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Except it turns out that I can’t swim. Well not in the ‘I’m going to drown’ kind of way, but more in the ‘I’m so fucking out of shape I can barely make one lap in the pool without wheezing like a chain-smoking walrus” way.

It was a pathetic attempt at working out. 

I was bummed. I’d spent a ton of money on a new swimsuit that didn’t make me feel like a fat walrus (mostly) as well as new goggles and a not so pretty swim cap (gotta protect the highlights!). I’d shaved my legs and worked up the courage to go out in public in spandex. 

And then I sucked. Hard.

So I got out of the pool. Spent some time in the hot tub and then the steam room (which made me super claustrophobic but was also kinda relaxing) and decided when I go back tomorrow I’ll take one of those handy dandy kick-boards.

I’ve been MIA the last few days because they have SUCKED. I’ve been all over the place emotionally. Thank you lady hormones! I’ve been having more and more panic attacks, haven’t slept more than an hour or two each night for the last 4 days, and I somehow just noticed that I’m out (and have been for 2 weeks) my anxiety meds. I also gained a pound this week. I am not amused. I’m ready for things to get better again.  I have an appt w/my doc on Thursday so hopefully I’ll be back and feeling great by the end of the week.

So today wasn’t my best. Though I managed to do ok calories wise even with the Super Bowl goodies at my sisters house.

I’m now enjoying lots of wine and looking forward to a new day.

 

You’re a peach

I mentioned earlier that I was trying some individual peach cobblers. They turned out great. And there were SUPER easy. There are only a few ingredients that are needed. This recipe made enough for two small servings (I used 3″ ramekins for each). 

Individual Peach Cobbler
1/3 C. Bisquick 
1/3 C. Almond Milk
1 snack size Diced Peaches in water (can use fresh or frozen but I’m super lazy)
2 packets Truvia
dash of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger)

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Preheat oven to 350*. Spray ramekins with vegetable oil.

Mix the bisquick, milk, truvia and spices. Spoon about 1/4 c prepared mix into each ramekin. Drain some of the juice from the peaches but leave a little bit. Divided the peaches between the ramekins. Top with the remaining bisquick mixture.

Place on a baking sheet (I used a muffin top pan to keep the ramekins from sliding) and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Since each of these cobblers come in at only about 108 calories you can splurge with a spoonful of ice cream or whipped cream. YUM!

 

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Delicious single serving peach cobbler 108 calories!

 

 

 

Friends are for Bear Stuff

It’s no secret to my friends that I have a major addiction to online shopping. Especially when it comes to Amazon. It’s why I wasn’t surprised when I came home today and there were giant boxes filled with toilet paper (32 rolls) and paper towels (48 rolls). I was slightly more surprised by the smaller box until I remembered buying some new shoes.

But there was one box that I just couldn’t place. I just couldn’t figure out what it could be. It wasn’t a box of the bras that I had ordered. Probably not the belts either. What the fuck did I order?!?!?!?

Then I noticed the return address. It was from my friend ‘Doodle’ and then I knew I was in for some trouble. I tore open the shipping paper and couldn’t stop laughing. She obviously remembered that I wanted THIS  mounted bear because she sent me (a less dead version). Wait that sounds like she sent me a living bear, and she didn’t. She sent me an INFLATABLE bear head. It was never living. So maybe that actually makes it more dead? At any rate. AWESOME bear head!

Super Cool Wall mountable bear head

 

It’s awesome. He will soon be keeping Regi comfortable on my living room wall. I’m seeing up a little menagerie in my small apartment and I love it.

Today wasn’t much of a weight loss day. I was running errands and getting my hair done. I love how it looks!

I’m trying out some individual peach cobblers and will be sure to update with the results later. Until then I’m drinking some wine and watching a Drag Race Marathon (can’t wait for the new season to start!).

The more they stay the same

Today was my weekly weigh in day. There was no change from last week. Bummer.

On the bright side I hadn’t gained any weight.

Keep the Faith

So I’m trying to remember that the weight isn’t just going to melt away. There will be good days and bad days, weeks where I loose, weeks were I gain (hopefully not many), weeks were the number on the scale doesn’t change. But it’s about more than just that number.

It’s about learning to make smart choices. It’s about finding a healthier and happier me. It’s about getting my ass off the couch and doing something. And I’ve taken steps to make sure that all of those goals are met. I am more than a number!

One of the hardest things for me has been the attitude in my office of  ‘food as a reward’ we get donuts when we’ve had a good week, or pizza for lunch. Someone brings in homemade fajitas for the office because we all pitched in on a difficult situation. Sometimes I cave in and let myself indulge (and maybe even overindulge) but other times I’ve been really good about treating myself to the yums without going overboard… and remembering that I can make up for a caloric breakfast or lunch by sticking to a lighter dinner and going for an extra long walk in the evening.

I’m also super psyched because I now have a membership (and a complimentary one at that!) for the Hilton Anatole’s Verandah Health Club. The place is amazing. They have some awesome amenities like:

  • cardio and strength training
  •  25-meter indoor lap pool
  •  outdoor play pool
  •  ¼-mile secure outdoor track
  •  full court basketball court
  •  racquetball and squash courts
  •  aerobics classroom
  •  boxing gym
  •  kinesis and spinning room
  • whirlpools, steam and sauna rooms

I’m especially excited to get into the pool to swim some laps. With my recent back issues I think it’s just the thing I need (though getting into a swimsuit isn’t high on the list of things I want to do, OH THE HORROR!).  I can’t say I’m not looking forward to using the steam rooms or whirlpools either.

It looks like they have some awesome group classes and the best thing about it is that it’s about 1/2 a mile away. I can walk over when I go during the day though because of the neighborhood I’ll probably drive if I go at night.

I’m ready to put this week behind me a keep heading forward.  Because if I allow myself to quit or even slow down now it’s just means it will take me that much longer when I start back up.

 

 

 

Not to sound corny

But I have a major crush on polenta right now. I usually grill it for a few minutes and eat it as a side but tonight I decided to try something different. It’s a pretty versatile food and there are hundreds of different ways to cook it.

I’d seen mention of polenta lasagna and was intrigued, but I’ve never given it a try. Until tonight.

It was really good. So good that I wish it were lunch time tomorrow already so that I could have leftovers.

 

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Veggie Polenta Lasagna

  • 1/2 large red onion chopped (4 oz)
  • 3 oz white button mushrooms chopped
  • 1 large zucchini chopped (7 oz)
  • 3 oz fresh spinach torn/chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 jar of pasta sauce ( I used Kroger brand w/mushrooms)
  • 1 package polenta (I used Frieda’s Sun Dried Tomato & Garlic) sliced in 1/8in pieces (18 pieces)
  • 1 C low moisture part skim mozzarella shredded (divided)
  • 1/2 C shredded formaggio trio: parm/asiago/romano (divided)

Pre-heat oven to 350*

Chop Veggies

Cover bottom of an 8X8 casserole dish with 1/2 C jarred pasta sauce. Set aside.

In a sauté pan heat olive oil and add zucchini, onion and mushrooms and cook until they start to soften.

Add spinach and stir to wilt

Add in jarred pasta sauce, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. You may need to add a bit of water if the sauce is too thick.

Meanwhile slice the polenta in 18 same sized pieces (about 1/8″). Layer 9 pieces on bottom of dish on top of sauce. Cover with half of the veggie/sauce mixture. Top with 1/2 cheese mixture (1/2 C mozzarella, 1/4 cup parm mix).

Layer 9 more polenta pieces. Repeat with sauce and cheese.

Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes. Broil for a minute or two to allow cheese to brown.

This is the hardest part here… allow to cool a bit before cutting so it doesn’t fall apart into a delicious but formless pile of what could have been polenta lasagna!

This will make 6 servings (4 if you prefer large pieces!)

Approved

This ‘lasagna’ will run you about 270 calories per serving (400 if you’re like me and prefer a HUGE piece). It was definitely a good meal although it ended up more veggie/polenta heap rather than lasagna. Totally worth making though1

Veggie Polenta Lasagna

Not all it’s cracked up to be

Today was my day off. I had a few things planned.

  • Return some clothes to the mall.
  • Do some supplementary grocery shopping
  • visit my sister and her kids
  • get my weekly breakfasts made
  • take down the Christmas tree I only half put up in December
  • clean my pig sty of an apartment

I did exactly one of those things.

I mostly slept.

I haven’t been getting the best sleep lately. Between my back issues which made it difficult to get comfortable and my general erratic sleep patterns I’ve been tossing and turning and waking up exhausted.

Today I woke up early (at least for a day off) and fiddled around doing a whole lot of nothing. I did however manage to make my breakfast biscuits for the week (and next too). I switched it up a bit this time and made 6 with canadian bacon (200 calories each) and 6 with turkey sausage. I had received my whoopie pie pan (also muffin top pan) last week and this was the first chance to try it out for cooking the egg whites for the sandwiches  It worked perfectly. The eggs were the perfect size for the english muffins!

But pretty much as soon as I was finished with that I took a 4 1/2 hour nap starting at about 11. When I woke up at 3:30 I was of course exhausted and not really in the mood to run a bunch of errands.

I sat around for a while watching old episodes of Fringe and trying to get the energy to do SOMETHING.

A bit ago I decided I could at least take my dog for a walk. So I put my sneakers on, grabbed my phone and headphones, put the leash on Lily and started on a walk.

I had just walked through the stairwell door when my headphones got stuck on the doorknob pulling my phone out of my pocket and sending it careening into the concrete floor where the screen proceeded to shatter into tiny pieces. AWESOME.

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Not my phone but pretty much what mine looks like at the moment 😦

I finished taking her on a walk anyway and let her run around the dog park for a while too. So she’s nice and happy and I’m bummed and still incredibly sleepy.

Of course I’m sure that as soon as I try to lay down to go to sleep tonight I’ll be wide awake until 4am.

Yup, this day was definitely not one of my bests. Hope you all fared better than my poor phone.

I pretty much lost a fat newborn

Last week it was a small puppy. This week (well the two weeks combined) it was a chubby baby.  4 more pounds this week for a total of 9LBS! NINE!  27ish years ago I was born and weighed in at a 9lbs. I was quite the chunker but soooooo cute. I basically lost baby-me.

I was freaking excited to see that loss this morning because with all of my back problems this week I was relying pretty much solely on watching what (and how much) I ate this week.

I guess it didn’t hurt that half the time I had little appetite because of the pain meds.

But I’m nearly completely pain free today. Or at least down to a much more manageable pain level and not a moment too soon because I have plans this weekend and I wasn’t looking forward to laying around in bed any more.

I’m going to the Stars game with some friends tomorrow night. And will probably have a few beers and a good amount of good but not good for losing weight food. So tonight I wen’t a bit healthier with dinner.

I made a fantastic peppered tuna steak with steamed green beans and spinach.

The recipe for this was pretty non-existent  I pretty much just mixed lots of pepper, some cayenne, paprika, and coriander in a shallow dish. I lightly oiled the tuna and then lightly pressed each side into the pepper mix. Then I cooked it in a hot pan for a few minutes on each side. I ever so slightly over cooked my steak because the pan was a bit too hot, but it was still fantastic.

I topped the green beans with some lemon zest and pepper and added a bit of nutmeg to the spinach. It was a great and easy meal. 

pepper crusted tuna steak

S’more pain, s’more yum!

Set it on FIRE!

 

 I’m still in an enormous amount of pain. It’s getting quite annoying. I went back to the chiropractor today and had a fantastic hour long massage. It felt fantastic until I went to turn over. Then I was back to the sharp pain that just.won’t.stop. I feel like I’ve been in an honest to god train wreck.

MAKE IT STOP!

But lets not linger on the negative. Tonight we hosted a s’mores indoors party at work (I work for an apartment community). It was AWESOME. Who doesn’t love a good s’more. There’s something about setting your food on fire that’s really satisfying and oh so fun.

It’s was a huge hit too. We were expecting around 10 people to show up and we had more like 30! Best resident event we’ve had in a while.

It was easy to set up and looked fantastic. We put a few sternos (the ‘canned heat’ you use to keep buffets warm) in ceramic bowls with some decorative rocks, added some platters with graham crackers and chocolate, and had bowls of marshmallows with some already on skewers and let people make their s’mores.

IMG_5240Dark or Milk Chocolate? Marshmallow bouquet

Now it’s not quite the same as making a s’more around a campfire, but hello! All the fun of s’mores without the sleeping on the ground or lack of electricity that accompanies camping!

There was also a pretty kick ass hot chocolate bar. Crushed peppermint, whipped cream, Bailey’s Irish Cream, some sprinkles…. YUM!

Crushed peppermint, Bailey's Irish Cream, whipped cream, vanilla syrup and sprinkles! YUM

Crushed peppermint, Bailey’s Irish Cream, whipped cream, vanilla syrup and sprinkles! YUM

It was a really fun night (I’ll update with pics tomorrow!). I felt like a little kid again.

What foods remind you of good childhood memories?

Bite me

Back is still hurting. Despite that I managed to get some grocery shopping done and prepare some of my weekly meals.

I once again made a bunch of sandwiches to freeze. These worked out well last week so I figured I’d do them again. I also got some more stuff to make my breakfast sandwiches including a muffin top tin for the eggs but I’m waiting to make those because I needed to take a break from standing up for so long.

So after a nice long nap I decided to make dinner.

I’ve been eyeing these quinoa pizza bites for a while. I originally saw them on Pinterest and since I’m always looking for new ways to cook with quinoa (and because I freaking love ‘mini’ things) I was excited to try them.

I made mine with turkey pepperoni and added some black olives. The taste was fantastic… however I must not have sprayed the tin well enough because most of them got stuck in the tin and didn’t end up looking so pretty.

Despite that it was a thoroughly enjoyable meal. And I’ll definitely be making them again.

Mine ended up being about 42 calories per bite according to MFP which is pretty damn good.

Quinoa Pizza Bites

2 C cooked quinoa

2 Large eggs

1 C chopped onion

1 C pizza cheese mix

3 Oz turkey pepperoni chopped

chopped black olives (about 10)

2 tsp chopped garlic

pizza seasoning

red pepper flakes

pizza sauce for dipping

(the original recipe called for fresh basil but I forgot it at the store, it also had a few different herbs)

Preheat oven to 350*. Mix ingredients (except pizza sauce) in a large bowl. Spoon into greased mini muffin tin (about 1 tbsp). And bake for 20-25mins.

Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.

YUM!

 

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