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Grilled Salmon with Curried Peach Sauce


After a particularly warm and humid midday run last week, I did something really bad.


Going into Costco at noon, sweaty and parched, is a terrible idea. I went in for 2 items – kleenex and eggs – and came out with blueberries, bananas, wild blueberry goat cheese, salsa, and a crate of peaches. (In my defense, I’ve been eyeing that goat cheese for weeks but hadn’t mustered up the courage to grab it.) Anyway, apparently I was craving fruit. And it made me realize that the last time I actually had fruit was many, many weeks ago. How is that possible? (It’s actually really easy when you aren’t supposed to eat strawberries, bananas, and apples.)

So here I am, with a carton of peaches, knowing full well that we don’t like to just sit down and eat a peach because they are juicy disasters which means they are being banished to being incorporated into meals. So far, I’ve thrown then in green monsters, topped waffles with them, and made this curried peach sauce.

And I’ve only gone through half the crate so far. (So feel free to send me peach recipes that aren’t desserts or salsa, please!)


Grilled Salmon with Curried Peach Sauce


2 fresh peaches, diced 
2 T honey
1 heaping teaspoon curry powder
salt and pepper to taste 
4 salmon steaks
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp lemon juice


Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil grate.

Stir together the peaches, honey, and curry powder in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, and cook until the peaches break down, and the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Season the salmon steaks with salt and pepper, garlic, lemon juice and cook on the preheated grill until the fish flakes easily with a fork, 5 to 10 minutes per side depending on the thickness of the steaks. Pour the peach sauce over the salmon to serve.

(Husband actually elected to go with the foil pouch route for making the salmon since last time, we overcooked the salmon on the grill. Oops.)


Getting back in the groove

I think the not great sleep the last few nights have caught up with me. This morning at work I felt a little headache coming on and very very heavy eyes. My cure:

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I know, I know, not the best thing in the world but it’s less calories and more energy than coffee, which I didn’t have this morning! 😉

Morning Snack

I *gasp* didn’t have yogurt this morning! Instead, I ate a peach.

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Or not…

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It didn’t taste pleasant or look pleasant at all. So I tossed it after 2 bites. *sigh*


Leftover couscous and roasted veggies.

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Another yum! Quite filling as well!

Afternoon Snack

More boy-chopped mushroom, bell pepper, and carrots dipped in Sabra hummus that I didn’t get to yesterday.

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(only had half the hummus and half the carrots)

(with a chocolate chaser)

I made it to the gym straight after work today! Yay! I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to do when I got there though…

I ended up warming up with 5 minutes on the stairmaster then did deadlifts, lat pulldowns, bulgarian split squats, tricep skull crushers, front raises, swiss ball crunches with weights, side crunches with weights, plank, side plank, t-push-ups. That all took ~25 minutes. Then I did 30 minutes on the treadmill, walking. I started at 3.5 mph with no incline and worked up to 4.0 mph and 13% incline while watching Oprah on the cardio center! 😀 Then I did a bit of stretching. Burned 511 calories!


Tonight, I made Cuban-Style Black Beans.

I pretty much followed this with some of the modifications in the comments.

I used canned black beans. Almost 2 cans worth. (We used a tiny bit last night on our salads.) I didn’t drain the one can that we opened tonight and used that as the water in the recipe.

I sautéed onion, garlic and a red bell pepper in some EVOO Spray.

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I added the black beans and some frozen corn to the pan and let it simmer.

Then I added the tomato paste (only 2/3’s of a can though b/c I had it in the fridge) vinegar, (brown) sugar, salt (only 1 tsp), pepper and the pimentos. (This is the first time I’ve ever used pimentos!)

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I did not cook this for an hour and a half like the recipe calls for since I used canned beans instead of dried. It cooked for maybe half an hour while the rice was going in my mother’s old ancient rice cooker!

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I served this over wild rice. Topped with a dollop of Daisy.

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To be honest, I didn’t think that it was very “Cuban” but I don’t really know if I know what Cuban food tastes like… Either way, it was tasty. The boy said it was a make-again. That always makes me happy – especially when it is a vegetarian meal! Today was actually completely vegetarian, unplanned! I love that!

We ate in front of the TV watching The Wire.

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Haha, we both have our Blackberry Storms right at hand, me in pink, him in red. (I spy boy feet!)

The boy is off doing a run (it’s 8pm) since it has cooled down a bit. The house is sooo much cooler today. It was in the 90’s instead of the 100’s! Yippee! I’d rather see 80’s though!

Now to enjoy some quality alone time while the boy is out! Yay! Maybe a pedicure? I do need to finalize next weeks meal plan… Hm.


Happy Friday!

Ok, so you know how I said I had the best BF ever earlier? Fact.

When I got home from work, I was greeted with this.


Just because flowers. The best.

Ok, back to the eats.

Morning Snack

We are officially out of kiwi so today was just yogurt with a peach.


I actually took a picture of my yogurt today! This Yami yogurt is totally my fav. The boy had it the other day… maybe yesterday? The day before? And said it was so good. Yay! Now we only have to buy 1 kind of yogurt at the store now!


Leftovers graced the presence of my lunch today.


Minty Bulgur Wheat with Peach Salad from last night, with the Spicy Broiled Shrimp.


I threw all of that on top of the last of our artisan lettuce from Costco, just in time to get restocked tonight!


The shrimp was not nearly as spicy today! I don’t know if it was because I ate it cold or that I mixed it in really well with the bulgur salad and had the lettuce to help tame the fire but I didn’t even need to slam water after this meal!  

Afternoon Snack

Something a little different, I had strawberries  and a string cheese.


I pretty much just grazed on these strawberries all afternoon. It was nice to just occassionally enjoy one here and there.


Oh how I love warm summer days! I am convinced that Seattle has the best summers! Not too hot, not too cold. Beautiful mountains. Beautiful sparkling water. Ahhh, I love it!

Boy already had the grill heated up when I got home. Tonight, we are grilling up some venison hot beer links (not to be confused with bear) that were given to us by my Mom and Not-Dad on there recent trip here.


While the boy manned the grill, I carmelized some vidalia onion.

We ate the links on whole wheat hot dog buns, topped with the onions and mustard.


On the side was leftover Confetti Couscous from Wednesday.


And some grilled zucchini that had been tossed in lemon juice, EVOO, salt and pepper.


Along with a tasty beer that we got from our neighbor that happens to be the brewery manager for the only brewery in town, Gallagher’s. Score! It’s on our agenda to visit when we get a free night to indulge. 😉 I was happy to see on their site that they use all natural ingredients. That’s nice of them! It appears that you can brew beers there! You, yes, you! I am intriguied and must learn more! They also offer 45 wines! I think I might die and go to heaven! It is actually probably pretty dangerous that we learned of this place!


There is no label so I’m not sure exactly what it is. We think a Pilsner? The boy said something about a floral hoppiness. To me, that means a bunny hopping throug fields of wildflowers. Obviously, I am uneducated in beer. Not to be confused with bear. All I know is whether I like a beer or not. And I liked this one. Thumbs up!


The finished product:


Dinner was perfect. I was very full. A little uncomfortably so but that is probably because of the beer and a couple extra bites of the couscous out of the bowl. teehee. So satisfied though. A perfect Friday night during the summer meal. The venison links had great flavor. A little zip but not too much. The skin was a little tougher to bite through than a normal link I think but oh-so worth it. Thanks Mom and Not-Dad!

Now we’re off to watch a movie! Ta-ta!


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.


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?



 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.


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!


More of the same

Morning Snack

Same as yesterday, surprise surprise! Just flipped over!


Blueberry Lowfat Yogurt with a peach and 2 kiwi.


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!


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.



New Gym, New Start

Morning Snack

Typical, but oh so good! Yogurt. With fruit.

I used the 2 kiwi I didn’t eat for my afternoon snack yesterday and a peach.

It was fab.


Leftover Chicken Tortilla Soup

 [insert amazing pic of delicious soup here]

Yes, use your imagination. I failed on my blogger duties today and forgot to take a picture. I was so ready to dive into my soup. But it looks the same as it did yesterday. Except no sour cream or cheese. And it’s in a tupperware instead of an Ikea bowl.

Afternoon Snack

Vegetables with Sabra Hummus


I boogied out of work pretty excited today. This morning, I called my crappy gym I was so disappointed in yesterday and cancelled my membership and today, we are signing up for the new one! Yay! I am hoping that the new location with new equipment and new faces will help me get a new start to a good workout plan that I can stick with. I have decided to actually write out a schedule and keep a calendar of my workouts, just as another way to hold me accountable. I was doing so well for awhile and felt so strong. I need to get back there. I’ll show you guys the tentative schedule when I finalize it.

Today, since we had paperwork to do, I started out with 25 minutes on the elliptical then met the boy to do the paperwork. Burned 200 cals. After we were done with the paperwork, we just decided to go home because we were starving. Or at least I was.


Tonight’s menu is Miso Glazed Mahi Mahi with brown “fried” rice.

 The miso glaze is pretty easy. Mix some miso paste with rice vinegar and sesame oil.


At the last second, I added some crushed ginger to the mix. We also sliced up a zucchini and summer squash, lightly coated with EVOO, salt and pepper. Broil the Mahi filets for 6-8 minutes along with the veggies.

The brown “fried” rice, I partially cheated. (Tuesdays and Thursdays tend to be quick dinner nights.) I used Instant Brown Rice and made enough for 2 servings.


In a frying pan, since I don’t have a wok (hint, hint Mom!), I heated a tiny bit of sesame oil and sauteed frozen veggies (corn, green beans, and peas today) and cooked a scrambly egg.

I added a splash of Less Sodium Soy Sauce and the cooked rice.


There wasn’t really a WOW-factor but it was thoroughly satisfying and not at all bad. I might go a little easier on the miso next time because it’s a tad salty.

Now, if you will excuse me! I have a hot date with my pillow tonight!