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Whirlwind few weeks

Published on June 4, 2014, by in Update.

Wow. It’s been a great few weeks. I was in baking mode when we had a birthday at work and I made a peach pie with a new crust recipe that involved vodka. The vodka evaporates out, leaving the crust nice and flaky. It’s definitely a keeper of a recipe. I also made a giant cookie cake. Over Memorial Day weekend, Brian and I traveled to Florida for his family’s annual reunion. We had a great time with his family and it was very well-organized.   While we were there we also hit up a giant flea market. I bought my brother an unopened pack of baseball cards from 1990 and we saw this guy doing karaoke. I was back in Chicago for one day, which Brian and I used to watch the new movie Fed Up. The movie about how we’ve been dieting all wrong for the last 30

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Chicken pesto sandwich

Published on March 21, 2014, by in Recipes.

Every month, on or around payday, we have Payday Potluck at work. We all bring in food, sit around a big table, eat and enjoy each other’s company. It’s really very nice. Although, sometimes I stress about what to bring. We usually have a lot of options for side dishes and desserts, but not always main dishes. Several of us commute to work which makes bringing things in a little more complicated. I decided to make pesto chicken then assemble it into a delicious sandwich for people at work. My Sandwich Artistry skills coming into play years after I stopped working at Subway. The chicken is simple enough to make. I baked up a bunch of chicken breasts in the oven. Let them cook, then slice them thin. In a separate bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise per 1/2 cup of pesto per pound of chicken.  Toss with chicken to

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Going green and a healthy shamrock shake

Published on March 19, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

I know it’s 2 days past the grand holiday of St. Patrick’s Day, but I thought I’d share with you the delicious green things I’ve eaten lately. On Saturday in Chicago was the dying of the river green. I spend the day running errands and having my taxes done. It must have been good luck as I’m getting a little green(refund). Then I went to Target and got an iced green tea at Starbucks. Saturday I made myself a chocolate mint protein shake and a “shamrock” shake for Brian. For Brian’s shake, I used vanilla almond milk, vanilla protein powder, ice, green food coloring and a few drops of mint extract. He said it was good, but would have been better if it was made with ice cream. Of course! Yesterday, we had a potluck at work. I made a chicken pesto sandwich on a baguette for everyone to add

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Weekend wrap up

Published on February 11, 2014, by in Update.

It was kind of a weird weekend in terms of food. Usually I spend a lot of time in the kitchen on the weekends making food for the week, but that was not the case. I have been trying to clean up my eating little by little. I’ve upped my exercise over the past few weeks and with that, my hunger levels have soared. I’ve been focusing on getting in more protein and inadvertently have lowered my intake of carbs. My focus when we went grocery shopping on Saturday was protein, fruit and veggies. We left with a lot of chicken(it was on a really good sale), some beef, and lots of fruit and vegetables. So what was on the menu this weekend? Friday night was pizza night. Instead of bringing home slices, I grabbed a take and bake pizza so there would be leftovers for Brian. I pulled the

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Makin’ bagels

Published on January 25, 2014, by in Recipes.

So, this isn’t an entirely new experience for me. I keep making bagels, because I just haven’t found a recipe that I am head over heels for just yet. I’ve made bread maker bagels. I’ve made asiago cheese bagels. I’ve made heart-shaped blueberry bagels. And now, I’ve made CHOW’s bagel recipe. The bagels are delicious, just a little dense for my liking. I would have liked them to be a little more raised. I even gave them extra rise time. I am excited to have a stash of bagels to go to, though. I’ve been eating them as veggie breakfast sandwiches with some sprouted lentils. Here are some pictures from the process. Does anyone have a bagel recipe that they just love? Share it with me, if you do!

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His and hers tuna melts

Published on November 16, 2013, by in Recipes.

One of my quick and healthy go to meals is tuna melts. They have healthy omegas, lots of protein and we always have some tuna in the pantry. Brian likes his tuna on the slightly sweet side. I like mine savory. The other thing about tuna salad is I like tuna heavy tuna salad, not too much sauce. Start by turning on the oven to 400F. Drain one can of solid white albacore tuna in water, very well. Spit can of tuna in to two separate bowls. For a sweeter tuna salad, add 1 tablespoon of mayo, 2 tablespoons yellow mustard, 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds, squeeze of lemon juice and either 1-2 tablespoons of sweet relish or 1 small break and butter pickle(finely chopped). Mix ingredients well. Salt and pepper to taste. For a more savory tuna, follow the same recipe but add one small chopped dill pickle instead of

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Walk it off

Published on September 10, 2013, by in Update.

This past winter, I got a great deal on a watch. This was no ordinary watch, but one of those sporty heart rate monitor exercise watches. The only problem with these watches is that the battery doesn’t last nearly as long as a regular watch as they are working so much harder and tracking so much more. So, the battery died about 2 months ago. Last week, Brian was trying to change the battery and accidentally broke the LCD screen on it. He very kindly bought me a new watch, which might actually be an upgrade to my old watch. This one also had a pedometer, calculates the calories you burn throughout the day based on your heart rate and you can set daily goals on it. I really like. It’s also very motivating to move more. I had a lot of errands to run this weekend and by run,

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Goodbye, summer

Published on September 3, 2013, by in Recipes.

Friday seems like so long ago that I can hardly remember what we  did.  We had plans to go out to eat, but with some torrential down pours right after I got home from work, we decided to order in. We ordered in some chicken shawarma from a new restaurant. It was so-so. So far, I haven’t found a place that competes with a a restaurant by my work. Then we set up an assembly line and put together our wedding invitations. After that was done, we rewarded ourselves with some couch time and started watching Orange is the New Black. Is everyone else watching this show? You should be! It’s great. Saturday morning, I got up and made a veggie loaded breakfast with homemade tomato sauce, spinach, and eggplant. It was so delicious. Then I headed out for a busy day of going to the post office, hair cut

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Tarragon chicken salad sandwiches

Published on July 9, 2013, by in Recipes.

This is an easy and flavorful recipe that I lightened up. Perfect for a quick lunch for unexpected guests or as smaller sandwiches/roll-ups for a party. I lightened up the recipe by substituting plain Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise and Brian didn’t even notice. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon mayonnaise(regular or low-fat) 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest 2 teaspoons tarragon dash of salt and pepper 1/4 cup dried cranberries(I used strawberries) 1/4 cup chopped nuts of choice(I used almonds sunflower seeds and cashews) 6 oz of shredded chicken Mix everything except the nuts, dried fruit, and shredded chicken in a bowl. Taste and adjust flavors as necessary. Stir in nuts and dried fruit. Toss with chicken. Let refrigerate for about an hour(if you have the time) to let the flavors mingle. Serve on delicious bread or in pieces of lettuce

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Fun and fantastic

Published on June 10, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

This past weekend was awesome. The weather was great and Brian and I ended up doing some spontaneous things and really taking advantage of the city. Something I need to do more often. That’s why I live here, right? Brian took me out to dinner on Friday night because our fridge was bare! We hadn’t really gone grocery shopping in 2 weeks and we had been squeaking by on pantry staples and freezer meals all week. The upside to this was that, our fridge was bare. How is that an upside? It was the perfect opportunity to pull everything out and wipe down the shelves. A task that was long over due! Look at its glowing beauty afterwards: After my speed cleaning fridge session, I headed out the door to walk to meet Brian for dinner. The weather was perfect for eating dinner outside and this place had a patio(no

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