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WIAW #18: Bowls of Goodness

Gooood morning!  Hope you’re having a fantastic week so far!  Only a couple more days before the long Memorial Day weekend. 🙂

Before I head off to St Louis for an audit this week, here is another What I Ate Wednesday post.

Breakfast

I’m pretty much obsessed with this scrambled egg combination and I’ve been eating it up like crazy lately.  Since I’m taking a few days off to recover, I have extra time in the morning to prepare a hot bowl of eggs.

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Three eggs scrambled with a splash of milk and dash of salt and pepper, topped with half a diced avocado, lots of crumbled feta cheese, and few shakes of Cholula hot sauce.

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When I arrived up at my desk, I had a piping hot cup of coffee from Mickey D’s waiting for me, courtesy of one of my coworkers. 🙂

Mid Morning Snack

I dove straight into work and was able to accomplish a lot without checking the clock every 20 minutes which definitely made the first half of the day go by in a flash!  Love days like those.

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My bowl of eggs fueled me nicely throughout the morning and my only indication that it was past 10 am were the growls escaping my stomach.  I munched on baby carrots and snap peas dipped in roasted red pepper hummus while I continued working away at my desk.

Lunch

I finally broke for lunch and went downstairs to eat with a few coworkers.

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Holy cow.  This salad was DE-licious!

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Spring mix, cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions, craisins, macadamia nuts, goat cheese, and blackened chicken (leftovers from Monday night’s dinner).

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I poured this Lite Sun Dried Tomato dressing into the bottom of the container along with the cucumbers so the rest of the salad remained fresh.  When I was ready to eat, I shook everything up so the dressing could evenly distribute.  Very tasty!

Afternoon Snack

The other day Jewel was offering two 1 lb containers of strawberries for $4.  Although I intended on purchasing blackberries instead, the decision was a no-brainer – a tiny clamshell of blackberries for $3.98 vs 2 lbs of strawberries for basically the same price.

And now I’m stuck eating 2 lbs of strawberries! 😉

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I snacked on a bowl of Greek yogurt topped with cut-up strawberries and Reginald’s White Chocolate Macadamia Peanut Butter.

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A perfect afternoon pick-me-up!

Dinner

The positive side to skipping a morning workout is getting out of work a bit earlier.  I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening relaxing and enjoying some leisurely cooking in my kitchen.

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I snacked on a few Italian Bistro Pretzels from my Nature Box this month and pepperjack cheese slices while I worked in the kitchen.

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I finally sat down to a big bowl of pasta.  I layered baby spinach on the bottom, which wilted down nicely from the hot fettuccine, along with steamed broccoli and cauliflower, roasted garlic dressing, red pepper flakes, and parmesan cheese.

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I had a real craving for marinara sauce which is what inspired me to cook up the pasta, but I failed to realize that I had no sauce in the pantry until the very last second.  Instead, I tossed the pasta lightly in roasted garlic dressing and it tasted great!

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I cuddled up with blankets and my furry friend to watch TV and munch on a few dark chocolate almonds.

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These things are dangerously good!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

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Steakhouse Caesar Salad

TGIF!  Thank God It’s Saturday, I am beyond thrilled it’s finally the weekend!

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I’m pretty sure I dreamt about the salad I had for dinner last night, prepared by yours truly, but not without the help of Ruth and Chris.  😉

BUT, I’ll get to that in a minute.  Let’s first recap Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day

The morning started out fantastic!

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I was greeted with a boatload of Reese’s Hearts, both big and small.  My favorite candy, by far, is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  I love them in any shape, size, wrapper, season, you name it.  BUT the large seasonal peanut butter cups (i.e. hearts, pumpkins, trees, eggs, etc.) take the cake!  They have THE PERFECT peanut butter-to-chocolate ratio.  Yum, I just love them!

About an hour later, I got a call from the front desk to come down for a delivery.

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And I came back upstairs with this beauty!  Dave has been sending me an edible arrangement at work for Valentine’s Day for the last several years and I absolutely love it!  And since I share, so does everyone else at work. 😉

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Basket full of skewered fruit: heart-shaped pineapples, red grapes, and tons of chocolate covered strawberries.  This company has definitely figure it out!  The fruit is always so fresh and the strawberries have the perfect amount of chocolate.  Delish!

I didn’t notice it till now but check out my blue desk manager in the background on the right-hand side.  He sits on a toilet filled with paperclips with a roll of toilet paper (tape) in his hand and holds my business cards in the back.  I got this through a work holiday grab bag game.  Too funny!

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The very best part of the day was our dinner date at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.  We both ordered a salad to start (Caesar for him, the harvest salad for me) and then each feasted on our own filet with asparagus and hollandaise sauce as a side.  Outstanding dinner!

Steakhouse Caesar Salad

I ended up wrapping up a small piece of my filet to take home so I didn’t feel overstuffed.  I’m so glad I did too because it was fantastic on top of my salad last night.

Steakhouse Salad

I sliced up the steak nice and thin and served it atop baby romaine salad mix.  I think you all know how to make a salad but here’s what went into the bowl.

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Steakhouse Caesar Salad

Servings: you choose the amounts based on how many people

Ingredients:

Baby romaine salad mix

Filet mignon (or other steak), sliced thin

Grape tomatoes, halved

Walnuts

Parmesan cheese, shredded

Caesar dressing

Directions:

Toss lettuce and Caesar dressing until well coated and pour into a bowl.  Sprinkle tomatoes, walnuts and Parmesan cheese over the top.  Lay steak over the top and serve!

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Fruit on the Bottom

Happy MLK Day!

Thankfully I had the day off from work today, so I was able to sleep in a little longer.  I began my half marathon training today and squeezed in a 3 mile run before meeting up with Ashley on her lunch break at Panera.

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Ashley had a You-Pick-Two with French Onion Soup (looked INCREDIBLE) and a side Thai Chopped Chicken Salad.  I ordered the same salad, only the full version.  I seriously just love this thing so much and everytime I order it, I vow to recreate it at home.  Maybe soon?

Fruit on the Bottom

After lunch, I ran to Costco to pick up a few items and on my way past the produce, the blackberries were calling my name.  They looked way too delicious to pass up so they hopped in my cart.

On the way home, things shifted around in my trunk.  The blackberries fell to the bottom and half the container got smushed!  😦 So what to do?  I couldn’t bear to throw them away and thus, I used them in a mixed berry sauce.

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‘Fruit-on-the-bottom’ yogurts often contain a LOT of sugar so I try not to buy them and instead add fruit to plain yogurt for some sweetness.  But here I used strawberries, blackberries and frozen blueberries in a homemade version of fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt.  I put the mixed berry sauce in first and topped with plain Greek yogurt before stirring it all up!

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Mixed Berry Sauce

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

3 cups of mixed berries, fresh or frozen

1/2 tbls turbinado or brown sugar (add more if you like it sweeter)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tbls cornstarch

1 tbls cold water

Directions:

Combine the first 4 ingredients into a saucepan heated on medium heat for about 8 minutes until the berries start to release some liquid.  Meanwhile, whisk the cornstarch and cold water in a small bowl until smooth.  Once the berries have broken down a bit, add the cornstarch mixture and continue to stir until the sauce thickens up, about 12-15 minutes.

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This sauce contains less than 1 added gram of sugar per serving!  You can also add the sauce to a bowl of oatmeal, serve over pancakes/waffles/french toast, pour over ice cream, etc.

 

-Lauren

Strawberry Sushi

Happy Friday!

I don’t know about you, but this work week just crawled by.

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Not only is it Friday but I have a 3-day weekend on the books and boy, do I ever need it!

I was absolutely exhausted last night after a long day: waking up at 5 am, working out, working a full day, attending 3 hours of class and not arriving home until 10 pm.

But I guess I can’t complain too much.  When I walked in the door, I was pleasantly surprised with an hour-long massage!

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Dave’s cousin, Ryan, scheduled a masseuse to give us each an in-home massage as a house-warming gift.  She works for their dealership and gives their customers free neck and shoulder massages while they shop for cars.  Very thoughtful and could NOT have come at a better time. 🙂

Strawberry Sushi

This afternoon I had fun creating myself a little snack.

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I originally was in the mood for a wrap with peanut butter and banana.  However, I forgot about the “buy one, get one free” huge containers of strawberries I bought and needed to use up, so my snack took a slightly different turn.  And my experiment turned out quite tasty!

Strawberry Sushi

Strawberry Sushi

Ingredients:

1 tbls nut butter (any kind or flavor)

2 tbls plain greek yogurt (optional)

1 small whole wheat tortilla or wrap

3 large strawberries, sliced

Small handful of granola

Directions:

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Mix together nut butter and yogurt.  Spread mixture over tortilla.  Sprinkle granola and lay sliced strawberries down the middle.

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Roll up and cut into slices, if desired.  Enjoy!

Note:  I used Naturally Nutty Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, but any nut butter will do.  It’s not necessary to mix with yogurt, but I find you don’t have to use as much butter and it turns out much creamier this way!

Check back in later this weekend – I’ve got some yummy food in the works and a few recipes coming your way soon!

-Lauren