Winter Dinner.

No, I’m not turning this blog into a food blog but I’m proud of this so there.

             

I pulled a classic “I only came to the store for a few things” and ended up catching sight of the same type of garlic bread Ma used to buy. I figured it would pair nicely with the rib roast and baked veggies. There’s come tomatillo ‘salsa’ on top because I was cleaning out the fridge and found them. I totally forgot I bought them.

I put salsa in quotes because I just kinda chopped them up, threw them in some lime juice, and mixed in some of the garlic cloves I’d shoved under the roast. As you can see, I have a very detailed method of “put stuff on the thing till it tastes good.”

I don’t have a recipe. I put the herbs on the meat, then the meat in the oven for a few hours on low heat. I like to slow cook things in the oven during the winter. It just makes me feel all cozy and comfortable, and I have meals for days. I like to have the leftovers so I spend less time cooking, jump right into my workouts, and have more time to write. 

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Happy New Year!

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So, I decided to bake some chicken instead of pork or beans (because I don’t like beans or black eyed peas) as my new years dinner.

 I put some garlic and herbs in the bottom of my little dutch oven, stuffed the chicken (after a long brine) with onions and more garlic, then basted it with butter and yet more garlic and herbs. As the chicken rested, I cooked the veggies and added the tomatoes when it was all ready to eat. I love it when I just make shit up and it turns out delicious.

Here’s hoping this year is better than the last one!

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Today’s Workout? Nope

I didn’t run today, opting instead to take care of some toning work via the Atlas Shape. There’s a storm headed our way and being the kickass single mom that I am, I take care of all the shoveling myself. There is a limit to how much my back and arms will take and I don’t want to chance hurting myself and putting myself out of commission for weeks or more.

But hey, shoveling is cardio!

The reason for an update today is some random food trickery I did for dinner.

Essentially, I had a bunch of food I didn’t want to go bad and threw it over some pasta. I sliced some garlic and radishes, tossed in some green cauliflower, served it with some olive oil over whole wheat pasta, then sprinkled prosciutto on top. In the end, it was kinda bitter but still good!

I won’t lie, it was all an excuse to have some carbs. If I didn’t have some pasta, I would lose it.

I don’t feel ashamed of the day as I still stayed within my calorie goal and focused on building some muscle; kinda need those to run later. As for tomorrow, we will have to see how much snow I have to move and how much it hurts before I promise myself I’ll do any running.

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Today’s Run: Season 3 Begins!

Yesterday I woke up feeling like absolute crap. I got the kid to school and went back to bed for a nap before I went to work. Today, I made it up.

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I may have been slower today but I was able to stay at 3.4 miles per hour and stay there for 10 minutes without feeling like I was going to die. All that training is paying off and I LOVE it.

I also have to report that I may have gained a couple pounds (somehow I crept up to 221!?!?) but I am back down to 217.8. I am losing about 2 pounds a week which is exactly what I wanted! My fancy scale also shows my muscle going up!

No pics of that because I was tired and fuck it. Maybe next time.

As for my food today, I went for a bagel for my late breakfast but I cooked dinner:

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I really should write shit down when I cook it but I am a true kitchen witch; I add shit to the pot and smell and taste as I go without measuring.

This is basically sliced some garlic and ginger and threw it in a pot with some butter. I let those cook and before they could get brown, I added the sliced chicken. While that cooked over a low flame, I sliced up half of an onion and threw that in there. That cooked while I sliced up the bok choy. When the chicken was mostly cooked, I poured in some mirin and soy sauce, stirred it up, then poured in about 4 cups of chicken broth. Simmered for 5 minutes, added udon noodles. Let them cook for 10 minutes, then added the white parts of the bok choy. 2 minutes later I added the green parts, put it all in bowls, and sprinkled some red pepper flakes on top.

This is truly the essence of “I made this shit up” cooking.

Every so often I think I should video myself cooking and have someone who is an actual professional reason out what the hell I did but then I would have to be on video and hear the worst dregs of any YouTube comments section so… No.

That may account for only two meals today but if I am presented with a chance to sleep in, I will do it. I don’t care if I miss a meal. One of these days, I’ll post a timeline of how a typical day of mine is like for a day so you guys can see how I would nab any sleep I can.

I am pleased with today! I haven’t knuckled down to write yet but I always write better on days I workout. I’ll get to that later.

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Cross-Training Day! ZUMBA!!!

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Since running can get repetitive (on my joints and in terms of boredom), I like to switch things up and do Zumba at least once a week. The results above are from the medium length class; about 40-45 minutes. Zumba is generally known as a calorie blaster because you’re moving around so much and I can feel the remnants of the Ninja workout I did the other day… So, I did one of those today, too!

I am in SO much pain…

As for the menu today I ended up eating my leftovers from last night for breakfast and having some cheese and meats for lunch:

And some roasted garlic Triscuits. I didn’t have any other bread. I forgot to bake some this week.

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And I went to my staple salmon, green beans, and shallots with sliced garlic.

Today felt extra good because I took a walk during lunch and got in some extra steps and ate mostly healthy. And the workouts must be doing their job because I am sore all over.

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Nablopomo Prompt #8

Name five things inside your refrigerator right now and how you feel about them.

  1. Trader Joe’s Green Tea: I have become addicted to this stuff. It’s unsweetened and so very refreshing.
  2. Milk: Frankly: I can’t stand the stuff. It’s an ingredient, coffee diluter, and cereal lubricant.
  3. Bagged Salad: A life saver for when I just don’t want to cook dinner.
  4. Leftovers: Because it always tastes better the second day.
  5. Blueberry Ale: Also a very refreshing way to end a day. 🙂

 

 NaBloPoMo November 2013

Food Stuffs!

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This picture has been circulating around my Instagram and I had a bunch of people ask me how I made it.

Yes, that is a Hello Kitty plate… It’s my daughter’s… She likes broccoli. :p

Anyway, I had some panko breadcrumbs taking up space in my kitchen and I was thinking of ways to use them up. I happened upon this recipe and changed it up a little. Here’s what I did:

  1. Pre heat oven to 425
  2. Put thin layer of panko on a baking sheet
  3. Brown panko in the oven for 3-5 minutes
  4. While the panko is cooking, put broccoli florets in a bowl with olive oil, chopped garlic, and some dried red pepper (to taste)
  5. Toss baked panko into the bowl too.
  6. Put the whole lot on a baking sheet and cook for 8-10 minutes (or until the broccoli is all cooked)

My kiddo liked it with some Parmesan cheese on it but me? It was good with the tiniest bit of kosher salt. ^_^ I used frozen broccoli (cause that’s what I had on hand) but I can’t see this going wrong with fresh as long as you play with the cooking time.

Also, try flavor infused olive oil. I can see myself eating this all the time and it’s not too bad in the health department.

Also? My kid will eat plain broccoli with nothing but lemon juice on it. I can’t attest to the “my kid won’t eat veggies but they will if it’s like this” factor. You other parents out there will have to try that out for yourselves. ;D

Girls Night In Cravebox

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Yeah, I know I’ve been doing a lot of Cravebox updates lately but I keep winning them and this one is very cool.

There’s instant coffee, nail polish, lip balm, hand lotion, fruit water, and refreshing health pads. Right off the bat, this is the BEST box so far because of the $50 towards a purchase at Naked Wines. Discounted booze? You had me at hello. 😉

The first and easiest to try is the water. From the first sip, I could taste the fake sugar and I didn’t like it. Then again, I’m a snob and like green tea extract in my water and sugar free teas. I couldn’t even get through the whole bottle and ended up tossing it.

I have had good experiences with most instant coffees. They are a great option for when you need an emergency pick-me-up and have nothing but hot water to make coffee (which happens to me at work all the time). Mixes like this tend to be presweetend and have milk already in them so if you’re out of sugar or milk, you can still get some caffeine in you and not scream at people. 🙂

Since the weather is getting warmer, I have  an excuse to do my nails so expect to see pics of my hands and feet. :p

Also? I am SO probably going to drink all that wine myself. What can I say? My muse must be Bacchus. XD

I did a bad thing…

Bacon and Ziti Pizza

That concotion is a collage I made of a bacon ziti pizza with whole wheat crust.

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Just let me say, WOW. I don’t care that this is basically a coronary on a plate, this thing was magical. I wanted to use up the whole wheat bread mix and bacon I saved in the freezer and yet still craved ziti so… I did that. XD

I may have created a monster.

Cooking Light Cravebox

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This box is pretty cool. I LOVE whole wheat and veggie pasta. I’m one of those lucky parents who have a kid who loves vegetables but for those days where I’m too tired to make anything more complicated than a big pot of pasta and jar sauce, sneaking in extra veggies is awesome.

I’m not a big fan of soda in general, preferring water or unsweetened tea, but if I’m craving a sweet drink, the 7UP 10 isn’t half bad.

I’m not a fan of the BelVita cookies but they are PERFECT to give my little one for a snack. Same goes for the fruit bars up there in the corner. Throw ’em right in the lunch box for a no fuss healthy snack. ^_^

The rest I haven’t tried yet but I have the feeling the fudge pretzels will be good. Because, fudge. XD

That’s all I’ve got for today, kiddos! After spending yesterday shoveling snow, cleaning, and doing laundry, I am taking a lazy day for knitting and crochet. Later!