Posts tagged ‘dinner’

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Well, I wanted a Michigan winter, and I seem to have gotten it…Mind, there aren’t the heaps of snow (it seems we’ll leave that to Iowa right now), but it is cold. Supposedly, right now it’s 11 degrees F, and feels like –6. Lovely.

And because I’m apparently sadistic, I decided to go for a run today. In my defense, I wanted to sort of test my limits, see what I could physically take. Remember, this is my first real winter of running, and my first winter in Michigan as well. Aside from the frigid temps and high wind, it was actually quite nice outside. The sun was shining and there was no precipitation, so I figured, why not go out and run.

The first mile was pretty bad. I could barely open my eyes because of the wind. I warmed up though, which basically just meant that my lower half was nice and warm (even my exposed ankles), and my upper half was still cold. My arms were only cold when I moved them, my back when the wind was blowing, and my face the whole time. Honestly, I half expected to come back to complete frostbite…

I was running in my non-running gear, as I did laundry today, and everything was still drying. I’m still up in the air about what I still need, however, but some sort of ski mask would be nice, as would a windproof jacket. Dear Santa…

In the eating world today, dinner was the only thing worth talking about. I made Snobby Joe’s, because they’re nice and warm and spicy and delicious.

I even froze some this time (hence the lines in it)! I need to start doing so more often.

I also made some Trader Joe’s Cornbread to go with. This is my favorite cornbread ever, which is why I made it a muffin tin. Already portioned out :) This is only half the box, leftover from the last time I made some.

Altogether now:

Carrots as well. Because I love carrots.

Dessert involves some sort of combination of the following (I’ve only eaten the clementine right now) and The Office Christmas special!

Which I’m watching buried in a blanket, because I only just now found the thermostat. Our window has ice on it :(

Happy Holiday season!

December 10, 2009 at 10:19 pm Leave a comment

Last Vestiges of Thanksgiving

I used up the last of my Thanksgiving turkey today! I brought back a bunch of turkey from home, and have been mostly using it to make sandwiches. However, while perusing the Mushroom Channel today, I found a recipe that seemed perfect, Turkey Fricassee with Mushrooms. According to the recipe, a fricassee is “poultry in a stewed preparation with a creamy sauce”, although this one is thickened with eggs instead of cream or milk (good thing, because I ran our of milk yesterday).

I halved the recipe, and made a few changes – it was so easy to make! I used:

  • a bit of butter
  • ~1 T olive oil
  • the rest of my turkey – probably a little more than a cup or so, chopped up
  • ~1/4 of a large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, one diced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • ~5 oz crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • ~1 t dried rosemary
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 egg yoke
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • S&P
  • ~2 T walnuts, toasted on the stove and then chopped, added right before the egg

And then followed the recipe exactly. Mostly, there was a lot of idle time, the rest of the recipe was just chopping and throwing together. I did, however have to improvise a bit on the covered pan…

It seemed to work fine, though.

The recipe also shows it with rice; I used polenta that I had lying around.

What a delicious recipe! I’m actually not a huge fan of turkey outside of in sandwiches and a little for holidays, but the other ingredients were so flavorful, there wasn’t that overpowering “turkey” taste to the dish. I was a little worried about the egg, but it really did just add a creaminess to the dish, and the lemon added a little zing. The polenta was also perfect, it added an extra layer of flavor and texture that I really liked.

I also had some leftover cranberry sauce, which I admit, I mixed in with bites of the fricassee (I love combining all my food together – it’s a habit I picked up in Germany).

A clementine rounded out my meal.

Currently, I’m watching Elf! Yay for Christmas movies :) Have a nice night!

December 7, 2009 at 8:18 pm Leave a comment

‘Tis a Gift to be Simple

Today was filled with really really simple, but really really delicious food. I love it when that happens!

Before getting to the food, though, I started my day with an awesome 7.75 mile run with my running buddy. It was pretty hilly, and we managed a ~10 min/mile pace during the run. I love going on long-ish runs during the week; it’s almost like there’s more sense of accomplishment :)

My breakfast was a pretty standard yogurt mess (for some reason, even though it’s getting colder here, I’ve been craving yogurt and fruit lately) with apple, banana, orange, flax, and TJ’s Blueberry Muesli. I jazzed it up a bit this morning, though, with the addition of some pomegranate arils.

Inspired by all the POM love seen around the blogworld, I used Caitlin’s guide to opening a pomegranate, and have been enjoying the arils ever since. Yum – they add such a juicy crunch to yogurt, etc!

One other thing they’re (POM) wonderful on is salads! I’ve been eating pretty crappy lately, so I’m really trying to eat better (easing up on the carbs and fat, and eating more veggies and fruit). I’m not a huge fan of salads that I make at home, but a glance into my fridge showed that I had some pretty fun ingredients to make an awesome (and not boring!) salad.

I started by roasting half a bunch of asparagus (that my mom gave me) at 400 degrees (with some olive oil, S&P) until they were nice and roasted. I chopped up a few clementines (one of my favorite “Christmas” foods), used about a quarter of a can of garbanzo beans, and put it all over a mix of spinach, arugula and baby greens (or so says the TJs bag…). Topped off with some pomegranate arils, and a sprinkle each of grapeseed oil, balsamic vinegar, and agave, this salad was amazing.

I had a piece of Trader Joe’s Garlic Naan alongside it, and then a piece of Dark Chocolate with Almonds for dessert – what an awesome lunch!

I tried really hard to be “good” at Great Harvest today – I “had” to try one of their new chocolate cherry muffins, and some Naturally Nutty Butter Toffee Peanut Butter (we sell it, and I’ve been wanting to try it for so long!), but it was nothing like the carb-fest that I usually have there. I’m trying my best to only have one “treat” a day at work. None of this eating every single end off the bread board…It’s almost Christmas, and I want to be able to enjoy the holidays, not worry about my weight!

Dinner was possibly not the healthiest of choices, but it sure was delicious. I’ve seen a bunch of these “leftover sandwiches” popping up, and I’d like to share my own:

  • Great Harvest Michigan Herb bread
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Stuffing
  • Green bean casserole
  • Turkey

Yum! I’m going to be sad when my leftovers are gone…

I also had some carrots on the side. I love raw carrots, but hate cooked. True facts – I prefer the raw form of most veggies; there’s just something about mushy vegetables that’s a complete turnoff for me!

For dessert (while watching The Biggest Loser!) I brought back my wonderful "yogurt love" dessert.

Basically, it’s just vanilla Greek yogurt, PB&Co’s Dark Chocolate Dreams and Annie’s Chocolate Bunnies. All mixed together to create the most satisfying dessert ever. YUMMY!

Also, here’s a few pictures of the Christmas decorations I’ve put up :) I hope to get a few more over the next couple of days, but I’m actually pretty pleased. I love Christmas, and have been listening to Christmas music pretty much nonstop to get in the mood!

It’s not much, but it’s amazing what a difference a few decorations make…I love looking up at my shelf!

Happy December…

December 1, 2009 at 10:14 pm 3 comments

A Proper Post

Happy Thanksgiving (Part 2)! Now that Thanksgiving is officially coming to a close, I want to give proper thanks for all the riches in my life.

I am thankful for:

My family.

They’re crazy and more than a little obnoxious (but hey, what do you expect with four boys aged 14-20?), but spending time together is always fun and hilarious.

My ability to do crazy things like run 5 miles.

I haven’t always treated my body the best (honestly, it’s something that I try to work on and am working on every day), but I really appreciate everything that it enables me to do.

My friends.

Especially those who love food as much as I do, and will go to local foods cook-offs (with giant squash prizes!) with me.

The fact that I can finally listen to Christmas music!

I hate what the holidays are turning into, and firmly believe in not listening to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. I love Christmas, but only at Christmastime.

And so much more. I am truly blessed in life, and I am so thankful for everything I have :D

Most of my extended family lives in Ohio and Kentucky, and making the 8-hour drive (yup, many of the same hours my brother and I drove yesterday) with seven people in the car (or, more recently, finding space for seven people to stay outside of hotels) is something that we try to do only every other year. So this year, it was just the immediately family celebrating together.

Most of the day consisted of massive amounts of snackage in the form of the following spread:

I’m terrible when I come home for the holidays. I love eating crappy food in vast amounts. Le sigh.

Our Thanksgiving dinner was pretty standard fare, but absolutely delicious nonetheless. I was responsible for the mashed potatoes

green bean casserole (definitely a guilty pleasure and one of my favorites)

sweet potato casserole (one of the few things I don’t really like, actually)

and one of the stuffings that we had (I also stuffed the bird and brought home the rolls).

We also had cranberry sauce, which is probably my favorite thing about Thanksgiving dinner.

It’s also my grandmother’s recipe, and its part jell-o, part orange, and mostly sugar and ground up cranberries. So tasty!

Some more pics from our dinner:

I managed a little bit of everything:

And of course, no meal is complete without some pie!

True fact: I don’t actually really like pumpkin pie. I do, however, love pecan, and helped myself to a piece :)

And now? Thanksgiving is all but over. I think I’m going to go to bed, get a good night’s sleep, and wake up to run out all the crap I ate today :) I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, and have a good night!

November 27, 2009 at 12:44 am Leave a comment

Not-So-Lazy-Sunday

Today I finally saw Julie & Julia. It was at the dollar theater (what an awesome idea! I’ve never been to a “dollar movie” before, and definitely appreciated paying only $1, as opposed to $10 or more…), which was a great incentive to go :)

I actually remember really wanting to read the book when it first came out, but for one reason or another never got around to it (I still haven’t read the book, though I believe my friend is going to lend it to me). I knew the basis of the story going into the movie, of course, and so nothing was particularly “surprising”, but I didn’t know the details about Julia’s life at all.

On the whole, I enjoyed the movie. I’m not a huge Meryl Streep fan, actually, but she impressed me a lot. Her portrayal of Julia was just so fun and happy. I want to live and enjoy life like she did (and wouldn’t mind having her cooking talent one bit). I’ve never read her book, or her cookbook (I know, what kind of a foodie am I?!), but I think I’d like to now, if only because man do those recipes look delicious!

I had planned on having the rest of my Snobby Joes for dinner, but after seeing all that butter and cream, I opted for something a bit more decadent. Using leftover gruyere, TJs Applewood Smoked Bacon, a Jonagold apple and my Great Harvest Michigan Herb bread (I don’t know why I haven’t realized the amazingness of this bread before now!), I made a ridiculously good grilled cheese sandwich.

A cut up cucumber and (can you guess??) TJs Chipotle Pepper Hummus rounded out my dinner.

Topped off with a GH Chocolate Chip Walnut cookie and some milk, my belly was more than happy :)

Flashing forward to earlier, I started my day with a ~6.5 mile run. I didn’t get back until around 11, so I made myself a “brunch"-type meal. While I showered (so bad, I know), I threw a cut-up half of a sweet potato in the oven (at 375), which I let go until I had browned some onions on the stove. To the onions, I added a chopped up chicken sausage (apple and chardonnay – yum!) and spinach. Once the spinach had wilted, I tossed in the sweet potatoes.

When that had all combined, I poured in some egg whites to create a sloppy egg mess.

Topped off with some gruyere (and later, ketchup), it was quite tasty.

Oh yeah, and I had some Michigan Herb bread, too… :D

I actually saved half of the “hash” (sans egg) for a later time – I hope I don’t forget to use it!

To round out my eats for the day, I had a few (million) SCM cookies. Oh sigh. I really shouldn’t make these, because I really can’t help but eat them :)

I also had half an apple and a piece of my pumpkin cornbread. I was a little too snacky today, I think – this usually happens when I skip breakfast like I did.

Now? I’m watching The Santa Clause on TV. I promised myself I wouldn’t get into the Christmas spirit until after Thanksgiving (I love Christmas, but feel bad for the lack of love Thanksgiving receives, especially as Christmas becomes more commercial…), but I love this movie :) I did make it until the week of Thanksgiving, so I guess it’s okay.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and happy Monday :)

November 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm Leave a comment

And So It Begins…

Tonight was the Kick-Off Party for Team in Training. And I am still just as terrified, but now I’m more just really ready to begin the whole thing, get training with the group, and (eek!) start fundraising. The party was really just an overview – I got there late, so I missed the fundraising party (sigh – what I need most of).

At this point, I’m terrified to fundraise, and feeling perhaps a little overconfident on the running side. Which is why I’m really looking forward to this Saturday – the first group run. I’m excited to see what levels everyone else is, and to really meet my teammates :)

I did not run today, alas. I’m planning on running the rest of the week, and had a long day today, so no run. I did, however, do some weight lifting and ab work, which was good (and much needed!). In total, I did:

  • 30 push-ups
  • 100 bicycle crunches
  • 40 reverse crunches
  • 60 oblique twists
  • 10 10-second wall sits
  • 1 minute plank (ugh!)
  • 30 arm curls
  • 30 rows
  • 30 military presses
  • 60 punches with weights
  • 30 arm raises to the front (is there a name for this?)
  • 30 arm raises to the side (or this?)

For the record, I use 5 lb weights, because I am weak, and I have no other weights :)

My food was pretty boring today, because of my hectic schedule (and the fact that I slept a little bit later than I would have maybe liked). Breakfast, I had a Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Bagel, with crunchy peanut butter and bananas.

The bagel was so good! I like my bagels really soft, and this delivered. Props TJ’s, you once again delivered.

Before work, I ate one of my Stuffed Peppers.

I also packed some snacks to be eaten during my break, because I’m trying to not eat so much bread.

I actually succeeded, too! The only Great Harvest product I ate today was a Peanut Butter Cookie, and only because it was the end of the day, I was facing another couple of hours without food, and I needed a bit of a pick-me-up (oh, and I absolutely love peanut butter cookies).

And then I drove 45 minutes to a distant city in Michigan (it was actually a bit scary; I’m really still learning my way around, especially outside of Ann Arbor) for the Kick-Off Party.

I got back around 9:00 and ate yet another Stuffed Pepper (yup – a combination of laziness and wanting to get rid of them caused this) with carrots and TJ’s Chipotle Pepper Hummus (I’m going to try to be more creative tomorrow with my food, I promise.

Finished off with a scoop of PB&Co’s DCD and Top Chef (go Jennifer!), and that’s my day :)

November 18, 2009 at 11:14 pm 1 comment

Redux

For those who were wondering, my quark turned out okay-ish. I put some Green and Black’s Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts and Currants.

I think the chocolate was the best part, actually :/ I don’t know what I did wrong! Maybe not enough sugar? Sad times.

Today was overall uneventful, aside from a viewing of The Baader Meinhof Complex at the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor. The movie is definitely not for the faint of heart – it’s the story of the Rote Armee (a left wing German group that was active during the 60s and 70s), and it was a lot more graphic than I was expecting. The theater, on the other hand, is definitely worth a visit. Not only is it ornate and beautiful, but it also has a pipe organ!

In other news, I ran today! A little over 4 miles in 38 minutes, about 9 min/mile. Not bad at all. It’s getting colder here (maybe – it got cold about a month ago, and then warmed back up, so who knows what to expect), and I’m getting more nervous about running through the winter. I need to stock up my cold weather gear, that’s for sure.

Breakfast was more pumpkin oats, but topped with Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter 100 cal pack that I got at the Detroit Marathon Expo.

I found a pile of Justin’s nut butter’s that I haven’t yet used! No maple-flavored, though :(

For lunch today, I fell back on a favorite and made my version of Tina’s Brown Rice and Artichoke Stuffed Peppers (basically, my version uses goat cheese instead of parmesan, and no parsley, because I have none).

Make these! So simple, and absolutely delicious.

I also had an apple, and more chocolate for lunch.

I worked all afternoon, slammed down a Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar (which I’ve had so much trouble finding recently! Both in Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, they’re almost never in stock), before going to see the movie.

And as it’s now 10:00 and I haven’t eaten dinner, I’m going to quickly eat the rest of my Pumpkin Bread Pudding with some carrots and TJ’s Chipotle Pepper Hummus.

Probably followed by a (small…ish) scoop of PB&Co’s Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter (this I always have in my pantry – it’s all the other flavors I don’t have).

Now I must go to bed. Possible very long day tomorrow – I’ll be sure to recap :)

November 17, 2009 at 11:52 pm 1 comment

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