I Can't Quit You!

Super fast breakfast post!  :)

 

Eggs and grits

 

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Bowl o’ fruit

 

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and some Hokie milk for Monday morning power!

 

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What’s your favorite part of Mondays? Least favorite?

 

Mine: I like the start of a “new week”, but hate the rush of Monday morning! 

Super Excited Sunday Dinner!

I am so excited to pick the BSI winner tomorrow!  Every single recipe I’ve received is something I want to make and eat as soon as I see it  :)

 

It’s going to be very hard choosing a winner tomorrow – I wish I could pick everyone.

 

IF you have sent me a BSI recipe, please check the announcement post and make sure your recipe is on my list! I think I have everyone’s up so far, but I just want to make sure I don’t leave anyone out.

 

 

On to dinner!

 

Chicken Paprikaahh, Scalloped Russet and Sweet Potatoes, and Roasted Rosemary/Garlic Zucchini

 

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This tasted SO good, you get to see it from 3 angles  :)

 

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The scalloped potatoes were a little watery in the dish, but they tasted amazing. I based my recipe off the one in the latest Clean Eating magazine, switching out sweet potatoes for the carrots and topping it off with a little soy parm. So good!  :)

 

 

<– Off to make our bed with fresh, clean sheets and a clean comforter; make some popcorn with olive oil; and get ready for Iron Chef  :)

 

See you TOMORROW with a winner -  it might not be announced until my dinner post, only because I can’t think about these too much while I’m at work!

 

Hope you had a great weekend!

Soup and Accidental salad

I’m so happy everyone is so interested in the BSI contest this week!!!  I’ve already asked Nick to help me decide the winner because I know I won’t be able to make a final decision!

 

 

Today for lunch, I planned on having my homemade corn soup with some black bean burgers. I normally buy the Morningstar Farm spicy black bean burgers, but today, I decided to try my luck at making my own.

 

While the flavor was good, I think I need to work on the binding/technique. Mine fell apart so I topped my salad with it, but the rest turned out great!

 

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My burgers were a mix of:

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • about 1/2 cup fat free refried beans
  • 2 Tbsp finely ground cornmeal
  • salt
  • cumin
  • cayenne
  • garlic powder

 

I mashed all of the ingredients together in a bowl, formed them into patties and cooked them in a pan until crispy on the outside.

 

Nick had his on an Arnold Thin, and I put mine on a salad of romaine, tomato, and avocado with some lime juice.

 

Yum!  These tasted great!

 

I also had about a cup of my soup:

 

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Brandi’s Kinda’ Corn Chowder

  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can fat free evaporated milk
  • crushed red pepper
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder

 

1. Saute onion and pepper in a little oil until softened.

2. Add in bag of corn and water and cook until corn is heated through/no longer frozen.

3. Stir in seasonings and milk. Puree 1/2 of soup in blender and return to pot.

4. Enjoy!

 

 

I’m working on the last of the laundry right now and we’re planning on going running in a little bit while we still have nice weather! Cleaning, dinner, and Iron Chef are up next  :)

Another eggs-celent breakfast

Good morning!!!

 

This will be a quick post – we have to leave in 20  10 minutes!

 

Breakfast was another good one – but how can you go wrong with over easy eggs, grits, fruit, and coffee?

 

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I just updated the list of BSI entries again! There are some amazing recipes, and I am not looking forward to picking the winner!  :) 

 

Make sure to get your recipe to me by the end of TODAY – winner will be announced tomorrow sometime.

A "Heart"-y Meal

I still just can’t get over how nice the day was today!  I hope you’ve had a good Saturday  :)

 

 

I finished all the laundry today, except the sheets, which I’ll do tomorrow. It feels nice to have most of that done!

 

 

Tonight’s dinner was created as my Healthy Valentine entry for the Oh, She Glows contest -and it turned out good!

 

Heart-y Beef Stroganoff

 

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This meal, not only “had” heart, but is pretty heart healthy!

 

The stroganoff included:

  • 1 tsp. olive oil (rich in monounsaturated fats)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced (chromium, vitamin C, flavonoids)
  • 1 lb. mushrooms, sliced (selenium, riboflavin, potassium, niacin, phosphorus)
  • 1 lb. Laura’s extra lean ground beef (protein, vitamin B12, vitamin B6)
  • beef broth
  • water + 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1.5 tsp dijon mustard (selenium, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, zinc, etc)
  • 1/4 cup fat free plain yogurt (calcium, vitamin B2, zinc, potassium, protein)
  • 2 cups (cooked) fresh whole wheat pasta
  • diced tomato
  • salt, pepper, thyme

 

 

This is such a comfort food meal!  I loved that it’s so easy to make really good, healthy, comfort meals that still taste great.  

 

Since the goal of the contest was to make a Valentine’s Day meal/snack/dessert, I knew I wanted something filling and comforting. What is more comforting than beef stroganoff?

 

Served with a tomato heart and steamed peas on the side, this was a perfect Healthy Valentine’s meal. I know, I know….it’s not Valentine’s Day  :)  We’ll be out of town that weekend anyways, so I figured I would test out my healthy meal tonight instead – plus, I had to make Angela’s deadline!  :)

 

Of course….what’s a Valentine’s meal without a dessert?

 

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We made a mix of chocolate dipped almonds and pretzels – and they turned out SO good!  The perfect sweet ending, but still pretty good for you!

 

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I’m enjoying this plate and watching “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves” with Nick – it’s a bit cheesier than we remember, but still a good movie  :)

 

Make sure to check out Oh, She Glows for the contest rules if you want to enter!  The deadline is Sunday (tomorrow!)

Savoring Saturday

Today is Beautiful!!!

 

This morning was pretty busy – I went to my monthly weight in for WW, finished getting groceries, and then had my hair trimmed.

 

Since I was kind of on the run this morning, I had a portable breakfast! 

 

A banana

 

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A hard boiled egg

 

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And a fat free peppermint mocha – yum  :)

 

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I got home from running errands and checked my email before Nick and I got lunch. Today, we went across the street to Tangent Outfitters and got some sandwiches from their deli.

 

I love their wheatberry bread! I always get my sandwiches on it.

 

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This sandwich had:

*wheatberry bread, toasted

*ham

*turkey

*spinach

*lettuce

*tomato

*red onion

*mustard

 

Plus some leftover pan roasted broccoli and a pickle.

 

Since it is SO nice here today (clear, blue sky, and in the 60s!!!), we went to a park here on the river. Nick brought his fishing pole, and I brought a chair and a book. It was so nice to be outside without a coat!

 

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All the grass is still dead, but the river and sky made up for it  :)

 

Here’s where I sat – right in the sunshine!

 

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I started this book I bought over Christmas, and I love it already!

 

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What a great afternoon!  It makes me really excited for Spring!

 

I’m off to work on laundry and maybe clean a little bit  – I can’t wait for dinner!  It’s gonna be a good one  :)