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Weekend review

Published on February 17, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

It was a very simple weekend in terms of meals. Apparently, I did not do as good of a job as I thought with planning meals last week. We have an odd amount of extra groceries that need to be used up. So, I picked up a few things to supplement what we had left and it is my challenge to get these groceries used up and make it until the weekend before needing more groceries. We went out for a quick dinner on Friday night before catching a movie. Saturday, I needed good healthy fuel after eating out Friday night and having some Junior Mints at the movie. I had  fruit and sautéed onions and mushrooms, topped with an egg. For lunch, Brian had tacos and I had a taco salad. We have lots of taco fixings left over for the week ahead. We had a Screw Cupid party

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Sprouting lentils

Published on February 13, 2014, by in Recipes.

Wow. Sprouting lentils are delicious and easy! Why didn’t I start doing this years ago? I started out with a one quart mason jar. I rinsed 1/3 cup of brown lentils then soaked them for 12 hours. After 12 hours, I drained the water they were soaking in, rinsed and drained them again. Get out all the water you can and turn the jar on its side out of direct sun light. Repeat rinsing and draining each morning and night. After 24-36 hours you will see your lentils starting to sprout. Start eating them anytime after they start to sprout. Eat them as a snack, put them on salads and sandwiches. They are so delicious, a great source of protein and fiber. When I started sprouting, I used a cut up old dish towel under the lid of the mason jar to drain. Halfway through the process, I received and

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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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A week in review

This is going to be a little more than a weekend wrap up. Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of having a wonderful meal cooked for me by my friend’s Brock and John. Brock made the cocktails and collaborated with John on flavor combinations while John did most of the cooking. We started with a mixed greens salad, goat cheese and beets prepared two ways. We moved on to scallops, tomatoes and linguine in a moan-worthy white wine sauce. We ended with a pot de creme with mint, fleur de sel and a raspberry reduction pipped to the bottom. Not only was the food out of this world, we had hours of great conversation and laughter. Nearly finished bourbon cocktail: Pot de creme: Thursday night, Brian wanted tomato soup. So, I decided to throw together some ingredients in the Vitamix and this wonderful, creamy tomato soup was born. It has

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Pizza fest weekend update

Published on January 22, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

On Friday night, we went over to Dana and Tyler’s place for some homemade pizza. Tyler makes some delicious pizza. He made an appetizer of cheese pizza that we nibbled on while the spinach, mushroom, and garlic and the pepperoni pizza’s cooked. Dana made a really tasty salad that I couldn’t resist having two helpings of. Tyler made some of the best homemade pizza I have ever eaten. So delicious. I think I ate double the amount of pizza I usually do it one sitting. I think part of his pizza making skills come from the authentic pizza making outfit: Look at one of his beauties: After we started to come out of our food coma, we played a really fun game called Wits and Wagers(?). I think it would be a great family game for the holidays. Saturday, I encouraged Brian to trek out in the snow with me

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Basic polenta

Published on January 18, 2014, by in Recipes.

I had never made polenta until the other day. I had been wanting to experiment with cooking it, cooling it and using as a crust for pizza or even “bread for a sandwich”. I made a batch this weekend, using Neverhomemaker’s basic homemade polenta recipe. It was very fast and simple to make. After making it, I lightly oiled a mini pie pan I had and pressed the polenta into it. A perfect disk shape for my impending mini pizzas. Here is their recipe being made by me and the progression of how quickly it thickens: These are great for using as a gluten free crust for pizza or for putting in a bowl of chili!  

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The Friday Five(plus some): Breakfast edition

Published on January 17, 2014, by in Update.

Does anyone one else have a 3 day weekend this weekend? I’m so excited to have Monday off. Thank you, MLK. One more day to have extra time to make a weekend breakfast. And because it’s an extended weekend, I am giving you an extended edition of the Friday Five. That, and I couldn’t narrow it down to five. I want to eat all of these! For my other savory breakfast lovers out there, these Simple Baked Eggs look divine. I’ve seen a lot of carrot cake themed breakfast items lately. This Morning Glory Oatmeal looked very carrot cake like and delicious. I can just image it with a swirl of warm coconut butter on top! Yum! With your extra time this weekend, it might be nice to make these faux Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars for a nice grab and go breakfast for the upcoming week. This overnight mixed

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Polar vortex

Published on January 6, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

With today’s extremely cold temperatues, I am fortunate to have a 3 day weekend and not have to go to work today. It’s been a great 3 days. Friday night I made Brian a tuna melt topped with bacon crumbles. I had a veggie wrap that I have been absolutely obsessed with eating lately. It’s lettuce, spinach, tomato, cucumber radish, olives and giardiniera. So flavorul, crunchy and delicious. Saturday, I went snowshoeing at Northery Island with friends. A great work out and a way to enjoy the somewhat mild weather. But before doing that, I needed a hearty breakfast to keep me full. Multigrain pancakes with cinnamon, pecans and banana: Sunday morning I got up and headed out in the never ending snow to go to the grocery store and pick up some things before the temperatures dropped later in the day. It was absolutely gorgeous out. I have been

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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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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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