Category Archives: Wrap

WIAW #16: A Few Old Standbys

Happy Hump Day!

Hopefully, everyone is off to a great week so far!  I certainly can’t complain… the weather has been beautiful and the week seems to be flying by already. Keeping my fingers crossed the rest of the week does too!

What I Ate Wednesday (aka Tuesday)

Of course, since it’s Wednesday, I’ll keep up the usual WIAW posts so here we go…

Breakfast

I kicked off the day with an oldie but a goody.

overnight oats in a pb jar

Overnight oats with bananas and strawberries, all stuffed into a nearly empty peanut butter jar.  Not only is this jar concept absolutely delicious, but it saves me from washing an extra dish, score!

Mid Morning Snack

la croix and pb berry granola bar

Pretty familiar looking:  Coconut La Croix and a peanut butter berry granola bar.

Lunch

turkey wrap

Whole wheat wrap with romaine lettuce, Cajun-style deli turkey, green onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and yellow mustard.  I really loved the addition of the cucumbers which gave the wrap an extra crunch!

veggies for lunch

Plus, some fresh cut up cucumbers and red, orange, yellow bell peppers on the side.

Afternoon Snack

caprese salad snack

Caprese salad with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella.  I’ve been living off this stuff lately!

Dinner

I had some zucchini and cilantro hanging out in the fridge that needed to be eaten up.

zucchini sauteAnd it just so happens what began as a way to use the produce turned into quite a fantastic meal!

zucchini saute2

I sauteed onion, zucchini, and fresh tomatoes with a few spices, before adding Trader Joe’s fire roasted frozen corn and canned pinto beans to the mix.  I then topped the veggie bowl with chopped parsley and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.  Simple and satisfying! 🙂

strawberries and cream dessert

As always, despite being full I wanted a little sweetness so I enjoyed a bowl of strawberries with a little cool whip and lemon wafers.  Great way to end the evening!

WIAW #15: Full to the Max

Hello there!

Can we please talk about how it’s May already?  Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego did April go?

carmen sandiego

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Please tell me I’m not the only one who remembers Carmen Sandiego?!

Ahh well, ya know what ‘they’ say…. April showers bring May flowers.  And I think we’re all ready for flowers and warm weather.  At least I am!

What I Ate Wednesday

Not only is today the first day of May, but it’s also Wednesday so I guess another WIAW post is in order.  Click on this to see what it’s all about!

 

I skipped last week because a) I was too excited to share our update on the wedding plans, b) our fridge was nearly bare from being out of town (it took me a full week to finally go grocery shopping), and c) I was too darn lazy to photograph a single piece of food.  So there.

But WIAW is back today, let’s have a look.

Breakfast

I created an egg wrap to go for my car ride in to work.

egg wrap to go

I used to make these ALLLLL the time and then, I don’t know what happened?!  I just stopped all of a sudden – I tend to get stuck in breakfast ruts making the same thing over an over (aka yogurt bowls… don’t worry, still love ’em) but I figured it’s time to get a little crazy and ya know, mix things up a bit. 😉

And now that these bad boys have been reintroduced, they will definitely be back in the breakfast rotation!

egg wrap steps

Warm whole wheat tortilla with a Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge spread in the middle (I used French Onion this time) with 3 scrambled eggs in the middle and of course, lathered with Cholula sauce!  So. So. Good.

Mid Morning Snack

My wrap was quite filling so I wasn’t too hungry in between breakfast and lunch, but I packed a light snack and ate it about an hour before lunch.

snap peas and carrots

Baby carrots (which were super fat and not so ‘baby’-ish), plus sugar snap peas.  By the way, snap peas = amazing!  So crispy and crunchy 🙂

Lunch

Monday night, at Dave’s request, I threw 2 lbs of chicken breasts into the crock pot to make a big ol batch of shredded buffalo chicken.  So of course, it made an appearance in my lunch the next day.

salad2

Yet another way to prep chicken ahead of time. 😉

leftover buffalo chicken - salad

Baby romaine salad, topped with a mix of roasted zucchini, summer squash and red onion, plus grape tomatoes, shredded buffalo chicken, lots of creamy goat cheese, and balsamic dressing.  Oh my goodness, this was soooo tasty!

banana

And a ‘nana on the side.

Afternoon Snack

Per the usual, I needed something more to eat a few hours later.

pumpkin greek yogurt

Greek yogurt with canned pumpkin loosely stirred in and a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Dinner

I took advantage of the B-E-A-UTIFUL weather and ate dinner outside as the sun went down.  Ohhh and it made me crave summer that much more.  I think (I HOPE!) it’s finally here… 😉

turkey burger spaghetti squash

Underneath everything is roasted spaghetti squash and the remaining leftover roasted zucchini, summer squash and red onions, all topped with a generous serving of spicy marinara sauce.

turkey burger spaghetti squash 2

George grilled up a turkey breast and I then layered some marinara, mozzarella and fresh parmesan cheese on top and stuck under the broiler for a few minutes to melt.  I guess it was a spin off chicken parmesan… except with a turkey burger.  Oh yeah, and no breading.

This meal came together surprisingly well for being as hungry as I was!  I often envision a wonderfully put-together meal on my way home from work and then somewhere along the way, my hunger gets the best of me and kills the execution.  This was not the case.

The only issue with this meal is it left me uncomfortably full…

banana bite

…ummm that is, until I heard my name being called from the freezer, so I enjoyed a banana bite to round out the meal.

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I mean, after all I still had room in my dessert stomach for a little sweetness! 😉

Have a fantastic Wednesday and Happy May 1st!

WIAW #14: Adobe Gilas

Look at what’s being built as we speak I type and you read…

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Ahh I’m so excited!  They are building an outlet mall about 3 minutes from my work in Rosemont.

When I first started working in the area, there was very little to do.  Most of the surrounding buildings are other business offices and hotels, along with the convention center.  My coworkers and I have always had a tough time trying to find decent sit-down restaurants (besides fast food) or anywhere to hang out after work.  This was all up until a couple years ago when they added an entertainment district with a bunch of nice restaurants and bars, including Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar, Zanie’s Comedy Club, and Kings Bowling Alley.

Still, the area lacks any good shopping.  The only place nearby is Target which, don’t get me wrong, is better than nothing but just doesn’t cut it all the time.  But come August, we will have a huge fashion outlet mall with awesome stores!  Some stores I’m especially looking forward to Michael Kors, BCBG, Coach, Nike, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Limited, Tory Burch, among many others!  I seriously cannot wait!

What I Ate Wednesday

Okay, now that I’ve gotten some of the excitement out of my system, let’s take a peek at another day of food.

Breakfast

I prepped a batch of protein pancakes the night before following this recipe, minus the lemon Stevia and blueberries.

pbj protein pancake

I ate 3 of these protein pancakes smeared with peanut butter and jelly (this picture was the prettiest so became the representative for all three).  I was surprised at how delicious these were as leftovers served cold/room temp.  Very filling!  I will definitely be making these again.

Mid Morning Snack

roast beef wrap

Whole wheat tortilla wrapped around roast beef, spinach leaves, and yellow mustard.

I know, it’s a rather odd morning snack but I had already packed the rest of my food and realized I was still without something to hold me between breakfast and lunch.  I remembered I had roast beef deli meat that would likely go bad if I didn’t use it up quickly and thus, a roast beef wrap was had at 10 am!

Lunch

sloppy joe and roasted veggies

Homemade Sloppy Joe filling (obviously minus the bun), alongside roasted cauliflower and brussel sprouts.  Leftovers are just very un-photogenic, aren’t they?  My apologies. Oh well, sure tasted good!

Afternoon Snack

About an hour after lunch, I was ready for a tiny dessert.

reese's egg

Last Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg of the season.  😦

turkey jerky

I picked up this Turkey Jerky in the check out line at Target and stashed it away in my desk drawer.  Since I knew I would be having an early dinner, I didn’t want to ruin my appetite but needed something. Turkey Jerky to the rescue!  (I’ve never had it before but it tastes almost identical to beef jerky.)

Dinner

Oh man, am I glad I saved plenty of room for dinner!

csf girls group pic

A group of us girls from work (including 2 former coworkers) all met at Adobe Gilas, the Mexican restaurant located in the Rosemont entertainment district.

adobe gilas guacamole

We started off with tri-colored tortilla chips dipped in guacamole and salsa and a few drinks.

adobe gilas tacos

Since it was $2 taco night, everyone ordered a combination of different kinds.  I had the buffalo chicken taco (crispy buffalo chicken and blue cheese) and the carne asada taco (steak, cilantro, and onions).  Cheap and yummy!