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.




A No Real Cooking Day!

As I mentioned earlier, I was frantically running late out the door earlier today and I made an iced coffee for the road with coffee, unsweetened almond milk, and agave nectar. Sorry, no pic, but you know what an iced coffee looks like. 😉

Also, per request: pics of my new hair with a comparison shot from last week:


It’s not too terribly different. A bit shorter and darker, a little more dramatic. The color is perfect, the cut is maybe a tad shorter than I’d like but it’ll grow out soon enough and be perfect for a few weeks before I get my hair cut again at the end of August.

On to food!

Morning Snack

Morning snack was leftover fruit salad from this weekend topped with yogurt.



I made a salad out of the leftover tilapia and pasta salad from last night by simply shredding the fish over artisan lettuce.


An interesting mix but it hit the spot.

Unfortunately, not for long. About 45 min after eating, I was still hungry so I tapped into part of my afternoon snack.


 A mixed bag of veggies: carrots, bell pepper, mushroom with the god that is Sabra Hummus.

Afternoon Snack

Around 2:30, I started dragging (mostly due to being up too late) so I took a shot.


 I ended up leaving work a little early (since I worked through lunch) so I didn’t get around to my real afternoon snack. I’m sure the 5HE helped to appease any hunger too. 😉

I hit the gym as planned after work. These are my gym essentials.

  • Polar F11 Heart Rate Monitor
  • iPod Nano with arm band
  • Running Shorts
  • Super Supportive Sports Bra
  • Running Shoes w/ sole inserts
  • Blackberry for Google Reader (or a book)

Today, I did some stairstepper. 40 minutes, at an easy level 5, inverval program, and the last 5 minutes I knocked it up to level 10. Burned 400 calories. Then some planks and crunches. I got seriously annoyed at the gym. With my gym. They rearranged and now there is no training area with swiss balls, medicine balls, hand weights, mats, etc. None! There were a couple randomly thrown about in tiny spots around the gym but what the heck?!! Also, another pet peeve is that the aerobics “room” is pretty open, in the upstairs area, and the instructor uses a sound system and you can hear her voice, any instructors voice, through the entire gym… with headphones on. Today was pretty much the last straw. I was so annoyed, I left before I really felt done and I drove to another gym.

This other gym, I was a member at a different location some time ago and was always satisfied. I walked in and said I wanted a tour. I got an awesome rep to walk me around. This place it sooo much nicer and only slightly more expensive. They have TV’s attached to all the treadmills. A separate aerobics room. Plenty of equipment, even at the busiest time. A lot of variety in the machines. Needless to say, I talked the boy into switching gyms. We’ll go in tomorrow to do the paperwork. I am SO EXCITED.


Crockpot dinners are always satisfying, mostly just because little preparation is required that day and the house smells so good when you come home.


In the crock last night:

  • 3 frozen chicken breasts
  • 2 c. frozen corn
  • 1 c. salsa
  • 1 can diced tomato with liquid
  • 2 c. low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1/2 an onion, sliced
  • cumin
  • cayenne
  • red pepper flakes
  • garlic powder

When I got home, I shredded the chicken and turned off the crock pot (that had been on low all day).

When the boy got home, I dished us up 2 bowls, topped with crunched up blue corn tortilla chips, sour cream, and shredded cheddar cheese.

This is my first time making chicken tortilla soup. I looked at a few different recipes to get an idea for it and just threw whatever looked good in the pot. I didn’t have any enchilada sauce or green chilis or peppers on hand and that probably would have made it better. I also ended up adding 2 c. chicken broth after I served our bowls up because it needed more liquid.

The Boy’s Bowl:

(More cheese and 1 more scoop of soup.)

His verdict? “Mmmmm!” Warm. Filling. Delicious. Big bang for the buck. He loved it. His words. Warm. Warmed his soul. AND made his heart grow 3 sizes. Srsly. That’s what he said.

We are watching this:

I heart anything Meg Ryan.

I’ll probably have a bit of chocolate later… 😀 Today was a good food/workout day, despite gym frustrations!