Breakfast challenge continues

The breakfast challenge continues, although I failed today.  Not everything I pack always holds me until lunch.  I ended up eating my afternoon snack as a breakfast snack.

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Most workdays I eat the same thing, I usually make 3-4 of the same thing, so I don’t have to keep making something every night or the next morning.  Here’s a sampling of what I’ve had lately….

Sausage, veggies, spinach.

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Egg and turkey scramble.  Really should have added some healthy fats, because this didn’t go that far this morning 😦
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Mixed veggies and homemade turkey chorizo (coconut oil melted on top)

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Homemade hot breakfast sausage, broccoli, and sweet potato (with melted coconut oil)
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Homemade original flavor link sausage, avocado, and spinach
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I’m a big breakfast eater and because I usually wake up so early, there are sometimes 2 breakfasts 🙂  Oddly enough, breakfast is my LEAST favorite meal to eat out (I think mostly due to the traditional breakfast foods I don’t eat taking up majority of menu choices)

When it rains, it pours

It literally rained this weekend, but nothing close to what they said it would 😦  We REALLY need the rain and more rain makes my life at work way easier.  Especially with some of my new duties.

Friday night we spent a low-key evening at home. (well most of it).  Took my first ride in the Jeep to help Dan buy parts for a huge garage project he wanted to do, ate a nice dinner at home, and chilled.

Saturday, it was pouring when I woke up.  I took the car to get an oil change and went to the gym while that was happening.  Got DRENCHED on the way to the gym, which is maybe 1/4 mile, if that.  Then helped Dan work on his project a little bit and off to a party at some new friend’s apartment.  Good times, should have taken some photos.  He’s a great cook and he definitely showed those talents off!  We didn’t eat until 9:30, and we left not too long after that, because I was super tired.  Plus the host’s gf and I had to run Sunday morning.  I really like this couple, I hope Dan and I hang out with them more.

Sunday morning.  Woke up, ran, had a literal “run-in”, errands in Austin, finally got my glasses ordered,  helped Dan with his project, helped Dan deconstruct his project, helped calm Dan down about his project, laundry, roasted an AWESOME turkey breast (Savory Spice shop is WAY better than Penzey’s!), ran into ex-coworker at library (hoping I wasn’t seen), got quadruple charged not once but twice at the store!, tripped over the curb at the store and busted my toe open.

It was a very busy and challenging Sunday.  Going to get a massage today and make sure my “run-in” didn’t cause any damage.  I probably should be going to the Dr., but I am not in any pain.  Just scratches, soreness, and bruises on my right side.  I came out better than the idiot who hit me, he’s driving around somewhere with dents and a broken mirror.

Come back home

I think Dan needs to quit going out of town, lol.  Because when he’s out, it seems like my work and personal life are 100 miles an hour faster than normal.  I should really have more free time when he’s gone, but I don’t.  I always *think* I am going to get special projects, or DVR, or reading done.  This seldom happens.  Work usually gets nuts and I work crazy long days and cut into my free after work time.

He’s gone for almost another week.  Flies back from skiing today, but out to Canada tomorrow for work.  He’s actually spending the night near the airport, because his trips are that close together.  I’ll see him sometime next week when I return from Houston.

Mom left Monday morning.  It was dark when I got to work and dark when I left work.  This time of year, that isn’t hard, but I worked WAY too long, but it was necessary.  Sad that I finally had a free Monday (no meetings after work) and didn’t get to do one of the Monday activities I keep meaning to do.  By time I got home, I was ready for bed 😦  I pretty much ate, unloaded the car, read some in a new book I got, and that was it. 

The food

B1:  latte

B2:  pistachios and banana

L:  Leftover Kona salad with added chicken, orange

S:  Buffalo Jerky

S:  veggies and hummus

D:  turkey burger on jalapeno GF bread, broccoli

I was so tired when I got home, I didn’t even use real plate.  Cooked the turkey patty while unloading the car and then used my broccoli container lid for a plate.  Yes.  That lazy and tired.

S:  cooked carrots with cinnamon, almonds, and coconut oil

Things I like Thursday: Slow-Cooker successes

I bought a new crock-pot right before Thanksgiving at Costco.  Finally.  The old one was small and had no handle.  I was shoving foil into the hole where the handle used to be, so the heat wouldn’t escape.  I had to use a fork to pick the lid up.  Super ghetto, I know.

I bought a shiny new black programmable version.  I didn’t realize just how big it was though!  Twice the size of my old one, oops!  Doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it needs to be full to cook correctly, so that means cooking bigger quantities.  (maybe i’ll restock some of my freezer stash).

Needless to say, I love it.  I have used my crockpot more in the last month than I have in the last year!  Now that I have a programmable version, I can cook during the day.  Before I couldn’t, because I was gone for too many hours during the day.  Now, I can have to switch to warm when it’s done. (I haven’t tried cooking anything yet while i’ve been away). 

I made Caveman Chili a couple of weeks ago with venison.  It was awesome.  My parents both loved it as well.  Effortless and tasty.  It wasn’t pretty food, but it was good and easy.  I plan on making it again in the next few weeks. 

This was my first attempt EVER cooking Salmon.  I’ve always been scared of it for some reason.  I mostly just used the method in this recipe Jamaican Jerk SalmonI used Penzey’s Jamaican Jerk Seasoning I got in my stocking (which is good, but sadly not spicy).  It turned out really well!  Who knew?  Fish in the crockpot is easy and no smelly mess!  Served it with spinach and veggie skewers which were roasted in EVOO with more jerk seasoning.

Before the crock-pot:

After:

Pulled Meat

Why am I calling it Pulled Meat?  Well funny.  I told my mom to ask my dad for a 2-3 pound pork shoulder.  (they have 2 freezers full of meat and other random food, I think they are food hoarders).  Plus my dad hunts, so there is often deer and pork.  I take the piece of meat he thawed for me, rubbed it the day before and put in the fridge.  Then cooked it on low 10 hours (my piece was half the size as what the recipe called for, but took 10 hours to cook).  Used Stubb’s BBQ sauce because it’s simple and Gluten Free.  Mom, dad, sister, and I were all raving about how it was SOOO good.  Best pulled pork ever.  My dad looked at me crazy and told me it was venison (communication breakdown I suppose).  Well heck, no wonder it was so lean and took longer to cook!  It was still very tasty and I will be making it again.

Big-Easy meatloaf was certainly not pretty food, so not pretty I deleted the photos.  It was awfully tasty though.  I didn’t have andouille, so I used hot italian sausage.  Super easy and I never would have thought to put a dish in the crockpot to cook something in.

I’m sure this won’t be the last of my crockpot adventures 😉

Things that make me smile

Thanksgiving weekend edition 😉  Please excuse the cell phone photos, lol!

My top chef tending to the smoker on Thanksgiving.  One of the only times every year he’ll wake up that early or cook.  He makes the BEST turkey!

My kitty Missy.  Look at those “Puss in Boots” eyes.  Who can resist?

Leftovers made into turkey tacos.  Super easy, wish I had more leftovers!  Just chopped turkey, some Penzey’s Salsa seasoning, peppers and onions sauteed in EVOO, lettuce, tomato, and corn tortillas.

New recipe-quinoa stuffed acorn squash (recipe coming soon)

Finale of the holiday weekend.  School night sessions at Threadgill’s with Adam Hood on Sunday night

Waiting game

My tests have been turned in to the lab. 3-night on Friday and the 24-hour on Monday.  Now it’s back to waiting.

Had a rheumotology appointment on Monday. I LOVED the Dr., he’s a distance runner. However, he doesn’t think he’ll need to see me again. He did say he’d keep an eye on my latest cortisol tests because he wants to see the results and see how they are going to proceed. If they don’t have any ideas, then he said he may submit me for some tests. But most of the initial tests he does, I’ve already had from my primary Dr.

I’ve been back in the gym more regularly with the strength training, but it’s SO hard.  My muscles cooperate a lot more with the running than they do with the strength training.  I had 2 decent sessions on Sunday and this morning.  Baby steps.

I’ve noticed increased size in my thighs, and not in a good way in the last 2 months 😦  This combined with the freak stretch marks not associated with weight gain is incredibly frustrating.  Just 1 more of my symptoms that bothers me on a daily basis.  I’ve been treating them for a few months with BioOil, but so far, no real improvement.  Before the summer, the only stretch marks I had were on my hips from when I was overweight.

Started working on the house and Thanksgiving prep on Sunday.  I’ve had zero gluten, since the beginning of the summer.  On Sunday, after i’d made the perfect pan of cornbread to put in the Bateman family dressing, something possessed me to have one 2×2 square.  Seriously, when I turned it out onto the cutting board, it was perfect in color, texture, and it smelled GOOD.   Bad bad idea.  I’ve been miserable ever since then.  I knew better and am paying the price 😦  Guess I was secretly hoping I wouldn’t react any more. 

I am really looking forward to the rest of this week.  It should certainly take my mind off the medicial stuff if I stay feeling good.  1 day of work left, then cleaning, cooking, and fun.  Oh yeah and some fun workouts and shopping with my mom (sister is out of state).  Maybe I can get the guys to walk over the holiday.  Nothing breaks my heart more than the 2 men I love the most, not taking care of themselves 😦  Believe me, that’s a whole blog series on it’s own.

Here’s to food, fitness, and fun!  And a few days away from work 🙂

Things I like Thursday: Winner Dinners

Tried a new recipe on Tuesday night, which was a winner with Dan.  (If you didn’t know, he’s SUPER picky).  It was pretty easy, so that’s my kind of meal!

This post is a good reminder to quit being so lazy and only using my cell phone for photos.  I have a decent point and shoot AND a fancy DLSR.

While this recipe calls for turkey, I am certain it would be good with any type of meat.  Not sure about tofu, but I bet beans instead of meat would be good too.

Light and Colorful Turkey Stuffed Peppers

source:  Jennie-O Turkey

2 bell peppers, preferably a mix of yellow, green and/or red

1/4 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 package Lean Ground Turkey (I used spicy)

1 tablespoon fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 (14 1/2-ounce) can low sodium diced tomatoes or seasoned diced tomatoes, drained

1/2 cup cooked white or brown rice (I used brown)

3/4 cup low-fat shredded Cheddar cheese, divided (I only used half of this)

Paprika (optional)

Chopped fresh parsley or fresh basil, for garnish

Heat oven to 375°F. Cut 2 bell peppers, preferably a mix of yellow, green and/or red lengthwise through stems keeping stem halves intact to hold stuffing. Discard seeds and veins. Cook peppers in boiling salted water 5 to 6 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and immediately place peppers in ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain peppers well and place peppers cut side up in a 8×8-inch baking dish. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add 1/4 cup chopped onion and 2 cloves garlic, minced; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Crumble 1/2 package  Lean Ground Turkey into skillet and cook according to the directions on the package. Always cook turkey to well-done, 165 degrees as measured by a meat thermometer. Add 1 tablespoon fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves, 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional) and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Add 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can low sodium diced tomatoes or seasoned diced tomatoes, drained and 1/2 cup cooked white or brown rice; continue to cook 5 minutes or until heated through and most of the juices have reduced. Remove meat mixture from heat and stir in 1/2 cup low-fat shredded Cheddar cheese. Mound heaping 1/2 cup of the mixture into each of the pepper halves. Bake 20 minutes or until the filling is hot and peppers are tender.  

The ones on the left are mine, no cheese in them.  Ones on the right are Dan’s, they have 1/4 cup cheese in the filling.

 

Dan’s were sprinkled with a small amount of cheddar cheese.

Mine didn’t have cheese in the filling, just on top and it’s dairy free.

Serves 4, 1 half pepper per serving.   We actually both ate two. 

WW information with my different modifications, this is for a serving with 2 halves:  My peppers with DF cheese:  6P+.  Dan’s peppers with 2% cheese: 7 P+.  Please also note that I used spicy turkey, which is lean, not extra lean.  If you use extra lean meat, your peppers will have a lower cal, fat, and P+ value. 

 

RR: Curried Turkey Burger Sliders

Curried Turkey Burger Sliders
Source:  Clean Eating, July 2011
Serves 6

1 egg white
1/3 cup grated apple
1/4 cup minced onion
3 T ground flaxseed
1 T curry powder
2 t ginger
sea salt and pepper to taste
1 t ground coriander
1 lb lean ground turkey or chicken
2 t lemon juice
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup peeled and grated cucumber, drained
EVOO cooking spray
2-3 pieces naan bread, cut into 24 squares

In a large bowl, combine egg white, apple, onion, flaxseed, curry, ginger, salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1/2 t coriander.  Shape into 12 mini burger patties.

In small bowl, combine 1 t lemon juice, yogurt, cucumber, salt, pepper, and remaining coriander.

Heat non-stick grill, pan, or skill, on medium-high and cook patties, turning once (about 5 minutes).  Top patties with cucumber yogurt and sandwich between 2 squares of naan bread.

*  I served mine on toasted gluten-free bread, Dan’s on an onion bun.  I dressed with lettuce, tomato, and mango on mine, which is what was suggested.  The way I made them, for 4 large patties, they were 5 P+ each.  That does not include sauce or bread.  ( I didn’t make the sauce, since I can’t eat it).  I took a photo, they were gorgeous, but then I deleted it on accident 😦  Sadness.

It’ll go as a keeper for me, as I predicted, it was too different for Dan.  Needless to say, I had leftovers since Mr. Picky wasn’t wild about them. 

Friday’s lunch was one of the chopped curried turkey burgers over field greens with sunflower seeds, mango, papaya, and pineapple, green onions, with EVOO.  VERY tasty and summery.

Memorial Day weekend recap

Ok, so it’s a week late.  Why?  Because the pictures were on Dan’s fancy waterproof digital camera and he only uploaded them to Facebook.  HUMPF!

We spent the holiday weekend up at Canyon Lake/Guadalupe River with friends.  Food, fun, lots of sun, and a little river.

Our hostess Melissa M. included groceries with the cabin rental, but I still brought some of my own food (and I don’t drink).   I’m just SO picky, that I always bring stuff just in case.  Salad (which I used on fajitas, burgers, and wraps), turkey wraps for the river both days, veggies, fruit, oatmeal, almond butter, cottage cheese,  lots of water.  I combined the food on hand with my food, worked out well.

I get asked a lot, doesn’t it bother me that everyone is drinking?  No.  I don’t mind drinking, I just choose not to 95% of the time.  I have many reasons, but I just don’t. 

FRIDAY

Picked up Dan from work and we headed south.  Scouted some of the roads for running safety on our way in.  Met up with our group of friends at the cabins we’d rented.  Late dinner of yummy fajitas!

SATURDAY

I was rooming with Dan and our friend Robb.  2 snorers, especially after drinking.  Needless to say, I didn’t sleep well.

I woke up, got dressed, and hit the pavement.  VERY humid and i’d neglected to observe the elevation, it was pretty challenging.  Considering the weather and the route, it really wasn’t that bad of a run. Scenic hill country views, that is for sure.

Back to cabin, showered, dressed to float the Guadalupe River.  Texas is in an extreme drought, but the river IS floatable in certain areas.  We floated the “Horseshoe” which is pretty far north.  It wasn’t bad, only had to walk twice.

We had a little bit of a hike to put in on the river from the shuttle bus…

River time!  Melissa M., her husband Travis, and their doggie Zeus.

I’d just met this friend of Melissa M., she was friendly, even before the alcohol.

Post-river BBQ.  Burgers, turkey burgers, brats, and hot dogs.    Robb is a grill master, lol.  He spends a lot of time near the pool and grilling.

This is what happens when you fall asleep with Dan, Travis, and I watching a show called “100 best pranks”.  I think he still has salt in his belly button, lol.  He spilled that beer all over himself when he woke up. Poor Brian.

Eat up!

That’s my lonely plate on the table.  I had a turkey burger and half a burger patty (they were HUGE).  I had brought a bag of salad, so I added that to my burger too.

SUNDAY

Made up a pool-side body weight only strength session.  Better than nothing.

Moved our gang to Lonestar Floathouse for another type of river time.  Sitting.  Flow is low there, so floating isn’t really great, but sitting is fun.  Plus the floathouse has AWESOME food and people watching.

Our friend V came down from Lubbock 🙂  Yes, I wore that towel all day long.  It’s easier to hide things to explain to people why I look like a freak.

Sitting

Someone decided the picnic table needed to be in the river too…

Sunday nights at the Floathouse are live music.  Good times, Midnight River Choir.  It was my first time seeing them.

Special appearance by Dub Miller.  Needless to say, I was SUPER excited, even if he did only play 1 song.  I miss him, he needs to come around more.

MONDAY

Started out the day with a short run.  I’d gotten cleaned up, dressed, and packed most of the car before anyone else woke up.

Drove back to Austin, stopped at Sears to order my new dishwasher!  Lunch at Fish City grill in Georgetown after picking up my car (OMG, their mexican shrimp cocktail is the BEST!).  Headed home for chores and to recover 🙂