Martini Monday: The Dirty Girl Scout

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A month ago, my friend, Ellen, had a birthday. And we I celebrated it pretty hard. After weeks of being bombarded by Girl Scouts on the city streets, in front of grocery stores, and at work, and being gifted a box of thin mints, I went for it. In drink form.

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After googling some recipes and doing some taste testing, we came up with the following recipe:

2 ounces vanilla vodka
1 ounce dark chocolate liqueur
1/2 ounce Crème de Menthe

You know the drill. Combine all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, shake that bad boy up and pour yourself a Dirty Girl Scout. Garnish with a thin mint.

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Note on the garnish – our cookies were frozen and shattered when we tried to cut out a sliver. I also think it would be bomb to crumble them up and rim the glass. Next time, friends. Because there will be a next time even though 3 of these suckers (and a couple vodka cran’s) gave me the worst hangover in years).

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Jamaica Me Crazy!

Morning Snack

I’ll give you 3 guesses but you only need one!

  

Mixed Berry Yogurt with a peach and two kiwi.

Are you surprised?

I did manage to hold off until 10 am before eating this. A small victory.

Lunch

A tad bizarre and just okay, I had leftover BBQ Mustard Chicken from last night and brown “fried” rice from the night before.

 

And I proceeded to mix it all up.

 

And devour it. It’s kinda embarrassing how fast I ate it. For some reason, at the stroke of noon, I was famished. I think it was a mental thing. Maybe not.

For my actual lunch break, I went out to read in my car Jodus’ car that is equipped with a sunroof in the sun. I then proceeded to pass the *%!# out for the next half hour, and woke up to my phone vibrating from missed calls. I wiped the drool off my mouth and then headed back into the wonderfully air-conditioned office building. Boy, did that wake me up. Not sure what the dealio is with the cat naps at lunch. I feel like I’m getting enough sleep… 7 hours? Maybe not.

When I got back to my desk, I started eating my afternoon snack. 😦

 

Mushrooms with Sabra Hummus

It was delightful. As mushrooms and hummus always are. But now I must come up with something else for an afternoon snack. Hmmmm….

Afternoon Snack

I raided my stash at work which is actually getting scarily low… mostly due to my generosity of feeding the ill-prepared women in the office that complain they are hungry and have nothing to eat. I have a weakness for charity cases I suppose. At least when it comes to food.

After thrashing around the bottom of my drawer, I remorsefully decided on a Forze GPS chocolate peanut butter bar. This was given to me by a coworker that worked at the Seattle Rock’n’Roll Marathon a couple weeks ago and got a lot of free stuff from vendors.

So why the wariness? On the bar, it says “Designed to activate the body’s natural appetite control signal.” Well all right then. Please note, I am not eating this to appease my appetite control, though I need it today, I am eating it for lack of options and I can not turn down free food to save my life. It’s a complex.

So here’s the stats:

Forze Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 bar (40g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 160Calories from Fat 50  
 

Forze GPS

Total Fat 6g

 

Saturated Fat 1.5g

 

Trans Fat 0g

 

Cholesterol 0mg

 

Sodium 105 mg

 

Total Carbohydrate 21g

 

Dietary Fiber 4g

 

Sugars 8g

 

Protein 8g

 

Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 10%

 

Vitamin E 10%
Thiamin 10%

 

Riboflavin 10%
Niacin 10%

 

Folic Acid 10%
Calcium 40%
 
 
Seems okay enough, right?
Ingredients:

 

GRANOLA (ROLLED OATS, SUCROSE, CANOLA OIL, HONEY, MOLASSES), SOY NUGGETS (SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, TAPIOCA STARCH, COCA POWDER PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, CALCIUM CARBONATE), PEANUTS, RICE SYRUP, GLYCERIN, INULIN, SUNFLOWER OIL, ORGANIC AGAVE SYRUP, ROLLED OATS, MILK PROTEIN ISOLATE, PEANUT COATING (SUCROSE, PALM KERNEL AND PALM OIL, WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, PEANUT FLOUR, REDUCED MINERAL WHEY POWDER, SOY LECITHIN, SALT, NATURAL FLAVOR), DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SUCROSE, HONEY, FRUCTOSE, COCOA POWDER PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, PEANUT FLOUR, DATES, COCA BUTTER, NATURAL FLAVORS, SALT, SOY LECITHIN, VITAMINS (VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN C (ASCORBIC ACID), VITAMIN B3 (NIACINAMIDE), VITAMIN B2 (RIBOFLAVIN), VITAMIN B1 (THIAMINE MONONITRATE), FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN E (DL ALPHA TOCOPHERYL ACETATE).

 Not terrible… not the best either. Whatevs. I’m game.

According to the website, the reason it is an appetite control is because it offers more satiety for the calories than other bars. Hm. Ok. Doesn’t really seem like “activation” to me but whatev.

So here’s what you all want to know, right? How the heck did it taste? Get to the point, Leah!

 

It was pretty good! Chocolate-y for sure. Sweet. A slight crunch. Tastes kinda like chocolate rice krispies or something.

Did it keep me full?

Well, I ate it at 3:15. I had a rumbly in my tummy 2 hours later. But it seemed to subside. But by 7, I was ravishing. I wouldn’t say that it held me over better than any other bar persay.

After work, I headed to the gym. I did a 30 minutes core class followed by a 55 minute sculpt class just to test out the new gym classes. The core was meh. Lots of crunches variations, nothing new. Challenging, yes, but not something I am going to do on the regular. The scultp class was good. I would do it again but the timing threw my whole evening. I was home half an hour later than usual gym days and was stressed by dinner.

I did burn ~500 cals though. Not too shabby for no cardio.

Dinner

Being that it was one of the longer workout days, I planned something that was “quick and easy”. Or so I thought.

I had planned on making Minty Bulgur Wheat and Peach Salad from Cooking Light along with some broiled shrimp and a salad.

I was excited when I saw this recipe in the magazine. I have bulgur. I have mint. I have peaches. Jicama. I’m scared now. Um. I have never actually prepared jicama. I’m not even sure how to pronounce it. I was corrected the last time I said it out loud in public and now I can’t remember. The thing has been staring at me in my fridge all week. Wish me luck.

Well, when I got home and reread the recipe, I see that the bulgur has to stand an hour. And then you mix everything together. And then it stands for another hour. I can tell you right now, that ain’t happening.

So I boil the water to do the bulgur. If I were smart, I would have done it this morning and let it sit all day but I’m not smart so I didn’t.

 

I got everything else ready for the salad. Made the sauce/dressing. 

 

Chopped the peaches.

 

Chopped the mint

Oh dear. Here comes the jicama.

 

I sh!t you not, I Googled “how to peel jicama”. The boy ended up taking over peeling duties after my frustration.

 Diced that bad boy up.

 And then waited. And waited. The bulgur was taking forev!

   

 Got to work on a small salad. I used Costco artisan lettuce, a tomato, and… that’s it. Clever, eh? (There’s that damn “eh” again!) 

On to the shrimp! I referred to Rachel Ray for an easy dry rub.

 

I like simple!

We use frozen, deveined, tail off shrimp from Costco (surprise, surprise). I turned the oven onto broil, rubbed the rub onto the mass quantities of shrimp I had dethawed, and spread them evenly on a cookie sheet that had been wrapped in foil and sprayed in EVOO for easy clean-up (for the boy – muwahahahaaaa). And waited. The bulgur still wasn’t ready.

Plan B.

Eat salad. It’s a two course night apparently. Topped with the oh-so-not-healthy-but-oh-so-delicious Jaimaca Mistake Dressing. You are Jaimac-ing a mistake by not using this dressing! 😉

 

(Please ignore the Nutrition Facts on the website. For your own good. And mine.)

Done eating salad, check bulgur. Eff, man! Still has liquid! I consult with the boy, he says it’s cool. We’ll just hang for a bit. We throw in an episode of The Wire, Season 4. I’m chilling. But very annoyed with dinner. It’s 8pm and we haven’t eaten. Gr. On the upside, the boy has tomorrow off so that is one less lunch I need to pack after dinner. Booya. On the tail end of work today, I made my menu for next week. Along with a shopping list. And I’m sending the boy to Costco alone tomorrow. His first time ever! Wonder how he’ll do…. He’ll be fine. 😉

At this point, I’m just waiting for the bulgur to absorb. No way in hell I’m gonna let it sit for a whole ‘nother hour in the dressing. Eff that. It’ll be fine without that little detail, right?

At some point in here, the bulgur looks “good enough” so I proceed with the salad and throw the shrimp in the oven.

It was done shortly and we ate in the living room watching The Wire.

 

 The shrimp was spicy! I think tooooo spicy. The boy liked it. I ended up mixing it in with the sweeter/citrusy bulgur salad to cut the spice. And I still drank a bunch of water. And ate a piece of dark chocolate afterwards… to clean my palate, you know! 😉

I’m ready for bed. Yoga in the morning! And the boy is making breakfast! Yay!

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More of the same

Morning Snack

Same as yesterday, surprise surprise! Just flipped over!

 

Blueberry Lowfat Yogurt with a peach and 2 kiwi.

Lunch

Leftover Chicken Tortilla Soup

 

We were out of the blue corn tortilla chips so I mixed it up by using FSTG Buffalo Tortilla Chips. Boy did that kick it up a notch! Yummers!

On my lunch break today, I hit up Plato’s Closet in hopes of finding a fabby new dress for a Russian Birthday Party I’m attending on Saturday! I think I have purchased maybe 3-4 party worthy dresses here before and always come out with a slammin’ good deal and get oodles of compliments on the goods! 😉

I came away with 3 dresses and 2 pairs of shoes for ~$100. Not too shabby considering one of the dresses was Simply Vera by Vera Wang and still had the tag on it! Another one was BCBG for only $35! I plan on wearing one this weekend, one for my birthday, and I’m not sure about the third. A nice date night, maybe?

Afternoon Snack

The standard, yet again. But such a good standard!

 

Veggies (mushroom, bell pepper, carrots) with Sabra Sun dried Tomato Hummus.

A little while later, I had a piece of pie.

Pecan Pie Larabar, that is! 😉 My first time! And oh so good! I think I might have a new fav! It was a little crumblier and so delicious. I heart nuts.

When I got home from work, I tried out a free trials from Yoga Download. As I’ve said before, I’m relatively new to yoga but love the idea of it so I’m giving these 20 minute sessions a try before I start ordering them like a crazy lady.

I tried Yoga For Weight Loss – Beg. It is a level 1-2 class. There was a lot of flow which I hadn’t really done before and it took me a little bit to get the hang of it. But I liked it! I might need to invest in a yoga mat. Hm… So I’m thinking about starting to do a 20 minute yoga every morning. If I got up when the boy’s alarm went off, I’d have plenty of time to fit it in then go downstairs and start on breakfast. I’ll give it a try tomorrow.

I downloaded this one (Yoga For Buns) to try! It’s a level 2-3 so we’ll see how I do. I may need to find some more level 1 and 2’s to learn some of the moves so I’m not stupidly flipping through pages to figure out what the heck I’m supposed to be doing. I like this so much better than the DVD’s I’ve tried though! I think yoga, coupled with cardio and strength training might be a good way to go!

Dinner

Direct from Cooking Light, tonight’s menu was BBQ Mustard Glazed Chicken with grilled asparagus and Confetti Couscous.

I fired up the grill and got to work on the Confetti Couscous. I prepped the veggies for the grill. Some slight modifications: I used 3 Japanese Eggplant, 1 zucchini, 1 summer squash, 1 orange bell pepper.

I tossed them in oil, salt and pepper and threw them on the grill then started prepping the chicken.

I used 3 chicken breasts that were rather large so I filleted them into smaller pieces. The rub consisted of chili powder, sugar, paprika, salt, garlic powder.

Flip the veggies.

Couscous – so nice, they named it twice! hehe… This was actually my first time using Israeli Couscous. Upon initial investigation, it’s just bigger and takes longer to cook.

After brief research, apparently it is a toasted wheat? Hm. Well, whatever. I cook it.

While the couscous is boiling, I got to work on the Mustard Glaze. I didn’t have smoked paprika, so regular old paprika will have to do just fine. I contemplated adding a drop of liquid smoke but opted not to; that stuff is potent. Light brown sugar will have to do as well. And a real grill instead of a grill pan which I do not own. It’ll do. (I’m feeling very Julie/Julia-esque in my dinner recap tonight!)

By now, the boy was home and took over the grill duties, as a man should. Not saying that women aren’t capable or anything. But men belong on the grill. With a beer in hand. Guess I’m a traditionalist like that. 😉

While he was working on the chicken, I trimmed and prepped some asparagus with a little bit of Goya.

We threw the asparagus on the grill towards the second half of the chicken being done, and then I enjoyed a nice mocktail!

 

Mint, Club Soda, Lime Juice, Ice. So yum!

I worked on finishing up the couscous.

The viniagrette:

Cooked Veggies

Plated Grub:

I spy….

…with my little eye…

A place mat!

Don’t worry, ya’ll. I’m not getting rich on you. These are the only place mats I own. They are double sided though! Maybe one day, I’ll feel daring and show you the other side!

The chicken turned out well. I really liked the flavor. I see this recipe going on baked tofu in the future. I’m iffy on the couscous salad. It wasn’t bad at all. It was just a lot of effort for what you get. And I tasted it along the way and I actually think it was better before adding the viniagrette to it. You could actually taste the grilled veggies and basil. After the viniagrette was added, all that was muted. It was tasty, yes. Would I make it again just like this? Probably not. Am I glad I tried it? Indeed.

 

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