Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Best Sandwich

Now, I know this breakfast isn't the most appetizing one. However, smoked paprika scrambled eggs with red pepper and baby Bella mushrooms are nothing to turn your fork at... unless your fork is turning in, towards the delicious eggs. There is nothing more filling to me than eggs and veggies, I was thankful to be satiated this morning.


Does it skeeve you out to see someone else's bite out of food? If so I'm sorry! I almost forgot to take a picture. This amazing sandwich is on german dark wheat bread with olive hummus, tomato, arugula and tofurkey hickory. I don't care what anyone says, tofurkey (can be) delicious... do yourself a favor and buy the hickory smoked.  mI also had some leftover gazpacho and a la Croix. Snacks at work were peanuts and cottage cheese with blackberries- both delicious!

 
 
Dinner was really good! Another vegetariantimes.com recipe called crunchy stuffed zucchini. I didn't do the yogurt/potato chip topping but instead did raw milk sharp cheddar and Italian breadcrumbs. MMM!
 
Best part? Leftovers for lunch!
 
Marc, Bean and I walked the beach and we enjoyed playing a game called 20 questions, celebrity edition. Overall great day.
 
GOODNIGHT :)
 
 

Monday, August 10, 2015

I'm Back!

Wow, so much has happened since I've last updated the blog.

Some sad things, like dealing with my Dad's death. You never get over it, you can't explain it, and it made me really unable to face certain events/ days. It could be a random Tuesday and I'd be a wreck. I've had a significant weight gain since this happened.

Some happy things: I graduated with my B.S degree in dietetics, have a full time position doing what I love, and I just passed the registration exam (I'm now an official RDN!)

That last happy bit just happened on Saturday. I'm over the moon!  Last night I curled up in bed with a good book that had nothing to do with college!!!! I'm very proud of myself. I'm so proud that I feel encouraged to face some things that have been put on the back burner, especially my health.

This is where you come in, oh faithful subscriber!

I will be coming back to you after a long break and ready to blog about my meals and my day. Let's start now, shall we?

Breakfast was a tropical green smoothie with spinach, peaches, pineapple, strawberries, milk and protein powder and the best iced coffee I've had in a while! Coconut macadamia nut mmmm...

 
Snack #1 carrots and homemade ranch (ranch powder and whole plain yogurt)
 
 snack #2, delicious thingamabob and a lacroix (Name this fruit? Pluot?)
 
Carrot Gazpacho from Vegetariantimes.com, so good but the recipe was a pain in the ass!
 
 
After exercising with the husband and the puppy! I'm treating myself to a couple grasshopper cookies! (Gotta have balance, RDN orders!!)
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

3 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Mousse





 
3 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Mousse
 
12 Ounces dark chocolate, chopped
(if going vegan, find milk free, or can do unsweetened and add sugar )
3/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used  unsweetened almond)
16 OZ silken tofu
 
Melt Chocolate in a double boiler and add the milk until incorporated. Take off heat and add tofu, blend with immersion blender or food processor until combined, with no lumps. Refrigerate for two hours, or as long as you can stand it!

I like mine topped with raspberries, Marc likes his on top of a graham cracker crust!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Happy Balentimes!

Happy Valentines Day everyone! I hope you had a great time with your loved ones. I had a great weekend and it mostly centered around food! So I thought the food might tell the story for me!

My last management rotation date for my internship was on Friday, which also was a valentines party for the residents. Here are a few things I pitched in to make for the party...


 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 It was so cute to see the residents dancing and listening to some classic love songs. Aww!
 
I woke up on Saturday to a card and flowers from my love. How'd I get so lucky? We spent the rest of the day shopping and out to dinner. I always hear things like "Valentine's day is a hallmark holiday", yea that might be true and yeah we should show our love everyday but what's the harm in going a little overboard? I love love!


Today was Marc's niece and nephews joint birthday party and I got to make the cake. It was a lot of fun and didn't take too long. Just had to make sure no one tried to eat a seashell!


Tomorrow is my first day of clinical, wish me luck!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Snowshoe Sunday

Good Afternoon Friends!

I hope your weekend is treating you well. I feel like I can say mine was 50/50. Yesterday I got my first (AND ONLY) migraine, so the day was a wash.

Today was much better though, I went snowshoeing with Ashleigh!

 
We went to my favorite spot where you can see off cliffs  down to Lake Michigan.
 

 

 
It's pretty impressive, but much more so in person.
 
After freezing our tushies off, we went to Sven's Café in Bay View. What a great spot. The décor is great, the staff is very friendly and it isn't overwhelmingly packed. Great food too! I had the vegan chili, and Ashleigh got a yummy looking eggplant with Italian sausage soup. Two thumbs up for Sven's!
 
 
After lunch, we went to a really cool vintage shop. I wanted to buy everything!!!!!!! I bought Marc a scarf and a pin for Valentines day and I splurged on a few clothes items for myself.
 
Look how cute this dressing room is!!!
 


Here's the top and skirt I purchased. I love the color!
 
 
Here's the dress I bought (I tried it on over clothes in the store). I put my lab coat on over it as that's how I'd wear it for work. Add some legging and I'm good to go!

 
 
It's been a great day, I enjoyed spending time with my friend and I'm glad my hip felt ok through the day.
 
Have a good week!
 
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Vegetarian Chili Sweet Potatoes

This week, Marc and I decided to make one week of meals ahead of time so we would be better prepared for our busy work schedules. It was a spur of the moment decision we came up with over dinner out and wrote our grocery list and meals as we ate dessert.

I thought I'd split up this post into a couple separate posts. That way I can include recipes in case you wish to make this at home.

This first recipe is chili topped sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are topped with extremely sharp cheddar and covered in vegetable black bean chili. I like this style of a make ahead meal because it's satisfying, easy to freeze and no fuss.




Vegetarian Chili Sweet Potatoes
1-2 sweet potatoes per person, depending on size and appetite (I used 5)
16 OZ prepared black bean vegetable chili, I use Pacific Soups
8 OZ Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Plain Greek Yogurt
Salsa

Bake pierced sweet potatoes at 350 for 45 minutes, or until very soft. Slice and fill each with chili. Top with cheese and bake until cheese is melted and soup is warmed through, about 15 minutes. Top with garnishes as you wish. I like hot salsa and Greek yogurt.

To make ahead, I cooked as directed above but just didn't do the second heat through to melt cheese and warm the soup. On the day served I reheated it about 30 minutes of 350 to reheat.

My one change next time would to put something crunchy on top for a textural change as this was all pretty soft in texture.

I hope you enjoy!

xoxo

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Brunch

There really is nothing more satisfying than a leisurely kind of Sunday morning watching the William and Kate Lifetime  <insert serious life changing documentary title here> movie and enjoying a delicious Sunday brunch.

Especially when that Sunday brunch fits into my diet plan! Although slightly higher in calories than I normally eat, I have a date with the circuit training at the gym today. I hurt my hip pretty badly at the gym so I had to take some time off. I am still kind of afraid that I'm going to hurt it again... eek!

I've digressed. This meal is 575 calories. It consists of a blueberry Greek yogurt, two eggs, two slices of marble rye with butter and raspberry jam and a dark roast coffee with chocolate soymilk. YUM!
 
 
 
To me, breakfast is all about the coffee. The darker, the richer the better! I love black coffee but I've been trying to have more calcium in my diet, so chocolate soymilk (1/4 cup) is a great addition that helps my taste buds and my bones!
 
 
How do you like your toast? This is my favorite way with jam and butter. Spreads can do you in though, measuring is a great way to make sure those calories aren't piling up. I did a tablespoon each of raspberry jam and Land O Lakes spreadable butter with canola oil (love that stuff). Marble rye is also a favorite, it's not too bready and packs a lot of flavor. Here's a trick for you, cut your bread in half and it doubles the amount visually.
 
 
I have a love hate relationship with yogurt. I've eaten a lot of yogurt in my life, especially while trying to lose weight. So, I've grown kind of tired of it. Marc bought these for me when I was running like a chicken with my head cut off this past week while interning. They're quite good and a little surprising with fruit on the bottom. Usually I turn my head at this kind of thing because of the sugar, but the protein count (12 grams, 80 calories) is awesome. This is a good choice, in my opinion.
 
 
Ladies and Gents, eggs. Eggs make my world go round. I attribute my keeping of one year of vegetarianism solely to the egg! These are special because they have my favorite seasoning, smoked paprika. It gives that bacon-y flavor without the meat. I like to make mine look and feel like fried eggs without the added fat by cooking them with a little bit of Pam spray on a nonstick skillet.


Treat yourself to brunch every now and then! Even if you're watching your intake! I like to think of foods that I can have rather than foods that I can't, it keeps things positive and keeps me happy.

For lunch I'll have broccoli with hummus and lentil vegetable soup, snacks will be a string cheese, apple and peanut butter, and dinner will be a  spinach stuffed sweet potato!! So exciting!

Now I'm off to enjoy the rest of my Sunday, which I'm sure will consist of such vapid things as a pedicure and getting my hair done... all at the Czesia salon :)

What's happening in your neck of the woods?