WIAW #53

 
Posted by Jennifer (the student) on April 17, 2013


 

Hello Everyone. Happy What I Ate Wednesday!  I am sharing my meals Sunday, a day with only restaurant meals. Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW.

This is what I ate:

Breakfast (9:30am)

Like most Sundays, I started the day with a six mile trail walk with a group of friends. After our walk, we usually end up a Panera because it is close by. I had coffee with the Power Breakfast Egg White Bowl with Turkey Breast, off the hidden menu. Also, we usually get assorted pastries and sweets that we all share. 🙂

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Lunch (1:30pm)

At the Gypsy Den, my husband and I shared a spinach scramble and a order of “Have you tried the Toast?”, which is whole grain bread with almond butter, greek yogurt, honey comb, banana slices and strawberry jam. And I washed it all down with a Cafe Francais.

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Dinner (6:00pm)

At Honda-Ya, we started dinner with pickles, green salad and miso soup. This was our first time eating here and I forgot my reading glasses, so we order a few small dishes to share. For the main course, I ordered a  Japanese Dinner which includes choice of meat, I have Ponzu Beef. Also, it includes rice, potato salad, and a couple sides, I choose spinach and pumpkin. It was a fun experience.

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Thank you for stopping by. I hope your day was full of healthy meals!

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WIAW #52

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on April 10,2013

Hello Everyone. Happy What I Ate Wednesday!  I am sharing my meals Monday, I started a new job last week and I am packing most of my meals for the day. Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW.

This is what I ate:

Breakfast (5:00am)

I started the day with instant coffee for the road and over-night oats with peanut butter, apricot jam and slivered almonds.

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AM Snacks (8:30pm)

A bag of cashews.

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Lunch (11:30am)

Egg salad sandwich on a yummy bun.

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PM Snacks (2:30pm)

I am loving Dark Chocolate Hazelnut bars from Zing.

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Dinner (5:00pm)

A little steak with roasted cabbage, brussel sprouts and carrots.

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Dessert (7:00pm)

A Chobani Greek yogurt in coffee with dark chocolate chips. 🙂

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Thank you for stopping by. I hope your day was full of healthy meals!

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Spring Clean Your Refrigerator

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on April 9, 2013

If you are like me, you probably do Spring Cleaning this time of year. And one of my least favorite but most rewarding projects is cleaning the refrigerator. It feels good to know what items you have stored in your refrigerator and freezer. It makes meal planning so much easier. Also, with summer right around the corner it is a good time to get rid of unhealthy foods and make healthy eating easier.

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WIAW #51

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on April 3, 2013

Hello Everyone. Happy What I Ate Wednesday!  I am sharing my meals from Easter, which were super simple. I had a midterm Friday night and Saturday, so I was just happy to have it very easy. Also, our day was filled with many little disasters from a dead battery and an exploding shower head, just to name a few. 🙂  Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW.

This is what I ate:

Breakfast (7:00am)

We picked up coffee at our local Starbuck’s, they make it so easy. We made scrambled eggs with onion, spinach and cheese with a few slices of lemon-pepper chicken and avocado. Also, we had assorted pastries I picked up the day before from 85C.

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PM Snacks (1:30pm)

My husband made his famous guacamole and we served it with potato chips and corn chips.

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Dinner (6:00pm)

Dinner was grilled steak, cauliflower mash, carrots and asparagus. And an un-pictured green salad.

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Dessert (7:00pm)

We picked up Lemon Dream Pie from Jongewaard’s Bake n’ Broil in Long Beach. It was rich and wonderful. 🙂

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Thank you for stopping by. I hope your day was full of healthy meals!

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It’s New to Me – Powder Chocolate Peanut Butter

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on March 28, 2013
 
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I have been using Powdered Peanut Butter for a while now but recently I came across Chocolate Powdered Peanut Butter. It is just as good as the original with the added chocolate flavor. Just Great Stuff Chocolate Powdered Peanut Butter is a healthier alternative to traditional peanut butter because it only has 1 gram of fat and 40 calories for 2 tablespoons, compared with regular peanut butter usually has 16 grams of fat and 190 calories. Also, it is 100% organic with no cholesterol and it is low in sodium. So far, I have just used the Chocolate Powdered Peanut Butter for smoothies, which adds a rich creaminess to them. This summer I plan to experiment more but for now I  love my smoothies.

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WIAW #50

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on March 27, 2013

Hello Everyone. Happy What I Ate Wednesday!  I am sharing my meals from Friday, I was on spring break last week but I was still just as busy. Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW.

This is what I ate:

Breakfast (7:00am)

I started the day with coffee and a“Oat Bran” Without The Oats, a recipe I just tried and really enjoyed. You can find the recipe at Massachuseats.com.

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Lunch (11:30am)

I had left-over grilled steak and broccoli.

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Dinner (6:00pm)

My husband and I were celebrating his first week at a new job. We had dinner at Fish in a Bottle, we started with a tasty salad. I had the sea bass and it was so good I almost for got to take a picture. 🙂

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Dessert (8:00pm)

We continued the celebration at home with Oreo Truffle Cupcakes from WildFlour Cupcakes. YUM!

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Thank you for stopping by. I hope your day was full of healthy meals!

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WIAW #49

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on March 20, 2013

Hello Everyone. Happy What I Ate Wednesday!  I am sharing my meals from Monday. This week is busy for me, I am preparing for an important midterm and a new job. Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW.

This is what I ate:

Breakfast (7:00am)

I started the day with coffee and a poached egg on whole wheat toast with a sprinkle of cheese.

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AM Snacks (9:30am)

I had a Sweet Peanut Sesame Shoa Bing from the Asian market. I found these by accident once and we liked them so much, now I pick them up for a treat occasionally.

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Lunch (1:00pm)

I was at Mother’s Market doing some marketing, I noticed they were filling the hot bar with lunch items that smelled really good. I picked up one of these Soy and Mozzarella Cheese Tacos to take home and it was as good as they smelled.

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Dinner (5:30pm)

For dinner, we had a recipe I was trying out for the Surprise Recipe Swap at Hungry Little Girl. I made Bacon Parmesan Broiler Avocados and they were very tasty (recipe here).

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Dessert (7:00pm)

I was still a little hungry and I wanted something sweet. This Power Crunch bar did the trick.

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Thank you for stopping by. I hope your day was full of healthy meals!

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Surprise Recipe Swap – Bacon Parmesan Broiler Avocados

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on March 20, 2013
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I am so excited to be participating in my very first Surprise Recipe Swap . Each month Jutta from Hungry Little Girl is hosting a Surprise Recipe Swap,  participants are assigned a blog and they then choose a recipe to make and write about in a blog post. This month I was assigned the Hungry Little Girl blog, Jutta has a large selection of all types of recipes. I had a hard time selecting a recipe but I narrowed it down to four recipes: Spinach Spaghetti Casserole, Cheesy Ground Beef Casserole, Pumpkin Pizza and Bacon Parmesan Broiler Avocados. Ultimately, I choose the Bacon Parmesan Broiler Avocados because I thought it was interesting and I had all of the ingredients on hand.

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Ingredients (for two servings)

  • 2 large avocados
  • 3 stripes bacon
  • 2 TBSP hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 TBSP Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese (I use Mexican blend)

Instructions 

  • Turn your broiler on high
  • Cook bacon crispy in the microwave, then cut into small pieces and set aside
  • Cut avocados in half and take out the pit, place on a baking sheet
  • Make lots of little cuts into each avocado half, so the sauce can get into it
  • In a small bowl combine hot sauce, garlic and lemon juice
  • Brush each avocado half with it
  • Sprinkle Parmesan cheese into each whole of the avocados
  • Broil for 3 minutes
  • Take out and top with bacon pieces and shredded cheese, broil for additional 5 minutes
  • Serve and Enjoy!

I really liked this recipe, it was so easy and very flavorful.Participating in the Surprise Recipe Swap was a fun experience and I look forward to joining in each month. Check out the other recipes in the Surprise Recipe Swap! If you are interested in participating, head over to Hungry Little Girl.

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Foodie Friends Friday

Pistachio Layered Pudding

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on March 15, 2013

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Happy St Patrick’s Day!

This is a simple dessert my husband loves.

Ingredients for Crust:

  • ½ almond flour
  • ¼ cup earth balance, cold (or butter)
  • ¼ cup pecans, finely chopped

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 8 oz block low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup light sour cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • a pinch of salt

Ingredients for Pudding Layer:

  • 1 box instant pistachio pudding
  • 1½ milk
  • ½ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

Ingredients for Top Layer:

  • 1 cup light sour cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • a pinch of salt
  • ½ to ¼ cup of pecans

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine almond flour, earth balance and pecans until it forms crumbly dough. Press the dough into the bottom of an 8×8-baking pan and bake for 10 minutes until golden brown. Let crust cool completely on a cooling rack.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt with a hand mixer. Whip until fully combined and spread over the cooled crust.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine pudding mix and milk until pudding thickens. Then fold in coconut and spread over the cream cheese layer.
  5. In a mixing bowl, combine sour cream, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. Drizzle over the pudding layer and top with additional pecans.
  6. Refrigerate for several hours until firm.
  7. Enjoy!

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WIAW #48

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on March 13, 2013

Hello Everyone. Happy What I Ate Wednesday!  I am sharing my meals from Saturday. This semester I have a class right in the middle of the day, so I eat a lot early and then a early dinner.  Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW.

This is what I ate:

Breakfast (7:00am)

I started the day with coffee and scrambled eggs with spinach and cheese with potato patties.

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Lunch (11:00am)

A quick meal of leftover noodles from a Chinese restaurant, some roasted cabbage with a poached egg for some protein.

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Dinner (5:30pm)

After my class I was starving so my husband took me out to dinner at Umami. I started with a strawberry lemonade and we shared brussel sprouts. I am trying to not order the same dish all the time, so I tried the Manly Burger and it was good.

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Dessert (7:30pm)

After dinner, we came home to relax and watch some TV. And of course, we had  a few chocolates. 🙂

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Thank you for stopping by. I hope your day was full of healthy meals!

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