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Spiced breakfast quinoa

Published on January 7, 2014, by in Recipes.

I have been trying to mix up my breakfast routine a little bit these days. One thing that remains constant is that I need protein for breakfast or I am starving mid morning. In the summer I like refrigerator oats, but I am not a huge fan of hot oatmeal. It always tastes good, but it doesn’t keep me full unless I eat a ton of it, but by then it has become a calorie bomb. I ran across this recipe for chai inspired spiced breakfast quinoa and adapted it.  It’s delicious, makes two servings, and keeps you full! Ingredients: 1/2 cup quinoa 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 cup water 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes pinch of salt 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 large egg any additional nuts, flax, chia or fruit as toppings

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The year of the big snow

Published on January 2, 2014, by in Update.

After ringing in 2014 with friends, we walked home in the snow. We woke up to more snow. It’s still snowing. I started off the new year with a hot breakfast of and egg, spinach and sriracha wrap, banana and coffee. And a decision to make. To run a 5k or head to my warm and cozy gym. For the past 4 years, I have done the New Year’s Day 5k. The weather is always horrible. Every year, I vow to not do it the next year, but I always end up signing up again. It’s a great way to start the year(theoretically). It was very cold(windchill in the single digits) and snowing sideways yesterday at the start of the race. It had been snowing so much that there really wasn’t a cleared path for the race. There were times that we running single file in the person’s foot steps

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Zucchini noodles

Published on December 19, 2013, by in Recipes.

  I have been struggling to return to healthy eating lately. There are far too many delicious holiday temptations, not to mention more social occasions and drinks. I feel like I am having a good and fairly consistent week this week. I have increased my intake of fruits and vegetables and decreased the crap. I can really feel the difference. Hopefully I can keep this up, but it will be hard with Christmas next week. Last night for dinner I had the opportunity to use my much lusted after GEFU spiralizer. While a bit expensive for a kitchen gadget, I think I will get a lot of use out of it. I spiralized one small zucchini. While I was doing that, I sauteed some mushrooms in about a teaspoon of grass fed butter, salt and pepper. I also heated up a little marinara sauce I had on hand. When the

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The comeback of Thursday Things

Published on December 5, 2013, by in Update.

Where has the Thursday Things series been? Honeymooning and holidaying. It’s back today, but I am toying with the idea of making it the Friday Five and focus on 5 categories each week. What do you guys think? I’m not a big fan of sweet drinks and I know that a red cocktail is a no-no at a party, but I couldn’t resist how festive this cranberry margarita looked. I want one! A perfect finger food to enjoy while sipping that drink? These Nutty blue cranberry rounds. Cheese and nuts are always a winning combination! The dessert at my grandparent’s Christmas dinner was always ice cream. They would usually have 2-3 flavors and I would always go for the peppermint stick. That memory really makes me want to make this: Every year my mom used to make Christmas candies to take to the teachers at his school. I remember her

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Easy tofu stir fry

Published on October 30, 2013, by in Recipes.

This is also not my recipe, but one I made from Minimalist Baker’s blog this past weekend. It is a quick, easy and delicious stir-fry recipe. Brian raved about it. I did have to make a few substitutions. I was out of fresh ginger, so I substituted one teaspoon of ground ginger. I could tell the difference, but Brian said he couldn’t. I will definitely  have fresh ginger on hand next time. I also used half sesame oil and half olive oil, because there wasn’t enough sesame oil left in the bottle. Oops. It still had great sesame flavor.  We only had one block of already open and 1/3 eaten tofu on hand. So I only used 2/3 of a block of tofu in the recipe and Brian and I spit the entire stir fry. Let’s take a look:

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Fresh cranberry scones

Published on October 29, 2013, by in Recipes.

One of my favorite things about scones is that they are slightly rugged looking. They are incredibly easy to make. I’m not sure why I don’t make them more. After impulsively buying a bag of fresh cranberries this weekend, I needed something to so with them. So, I started looking up cranberry scone recipes. I had settled on an Ina Garten recipe when I noticed a little side not advising not to use fresh cranberries. So, I decided on a Martha Stewart recipe. The only things I did differently was that I used my mixer for the first few steps and used skim milk. They turned out great. I was surprised that Brian loved them, because they really aren’t sweet. The cranberries make them tangy. I think they are delightful. Here are some pictures from making them:  

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Weekend wrap-up

Published on October 28, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

On Thursday night(because that was pretty much considered the start of the weekend when I was in college), I made KERF’s baked pumpkin oatmeal bites. They were only alright. I thought they were quite bland and I even added cinnamon. I substituted chopped dates because I couldn’t find my raisins. I’m eating them because they are low-calorie and healthy, but I probably won’t be making them again. Brian isn’t even interested in them. Friday night I went to the gym. My favorite zumba instructor told us in class on Tuesday that there would be an additional class on Friday. I thought it started at 6. Nope, it started at 6:30. I also realized that this class was added because of a special Halloween night they were having at the gym. There were going to be children in costumes Zumba-ing with me. No thank you. That and not wanting to wait

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How to eat more vegetables: breakfast and lunch

Published on October 23, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

This is not a sponsored post. I ran across a product today that I loved, so I wanted to share it with you. I also wanted to give you some tips and trick to add more vegetables into your daily diet. I love salads. A lot. I don’t use much dressing and sometimes don’t use any at all, but there are some salad combinations that just need it. I was low on salad dressing at work, so I stopped at the grocery store this morning. I spotted this delightful looking bottle of feta dill yogurt dressing. I tend to like yogurt dressing and love feta and dill. Even better, it was on sale. You get 2 tablespoons for only 50 calories. It almost sounded too good to be true. Well, it wasn’t. This stuff is delicious! So how to I eat vegetables at almost every meal? I had a salad

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LGB’s Mediterranean Dip

Published on October 14, 2013, by in Recipes.

Today, a very special guest post from my good friend Lisa. She made this incredible dip for the festivities this past weekend. I had the best time with so many good friends and family. Thank you to everyone that was able to attend. I’m am one lucky girl! Lisa’s dip was a major hit and everyone wanted to the recipe. So, here it is! Who would have thought a super-easy, fresh and healthy dip would make such a splash?!? This weekend I was lucky enough to help co-host a bridal shower and bachelorette party extravaganza for a great friend, Spatoola blogger and overall food guru Stacey Cougar Lens!!! We spent Saturday morning showering the bride-to-be with lovely gifts and eating a deliciously Stacey themed meal of Iowa pork loin, Super 7 salad, quinoa and wild rice salad, and roasted butternut squash with blue cheese and walnuts topped off with Michelle’s deliciously moist

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Take out fake out sesame chicken

Published on October 11, 2013, by in Recipes.

I actually like this better than take out sesame chicken. No gross fried breading, the sauce has more flavor, it’s healthier than ordering out and cheaper! The best part… Drum roll please…. It’s ready in less time than delivery. Seriously, it took me less than 30 minutes from start to finish. Boom! That is what I call a win-win situation. Adapted from Gimme Some Oven. Ingredients: 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts(trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces) salt and pepper 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons honey 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil 1 teaspoon sesame seeds olive oil Steamed broccoli(optional) rice or quinoa for serving Heat a little olive oil or non-stick spray over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Season chicken with salt and pepper

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