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The Friday Five – Facebook Memories Edition

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So a while ago Facebook started showing you “memories” from previous years on whatever day it is.  I’ve been getting a kick out of those as it’s a nice trip down memory lane, and it’s been reminding me of not only good times I’ve had with friends and family, but also good eats that I’ve made in the past and forgotten about.  Here are some of my recent “foodie” memories.  Most of these recipes are listed on my “recipes you have to try page”, but I’ve also provided links to the recipes below.

  1. Lean Green Bean Frozen Peanut Butter Cups.  

    These little beauties are quick and easy to make, and since I made them in a mini muffin tin, I don’t feel the least bit guilty about enjoying then as an afternoon treat at work or at night while watching tv.  I currently have some in my freezer at home and at the office! Find the recipe here.

  2. Clean Eating Mediterranean Veg & White Bean Pasta.
    CE med veg and white bean pasta.jpgThis is a delicious and quick pasta dinner.  It’s loaded with veggies and the feta cheese is a nice tangy topping.  Find the recipe here.  I like this one since it usually gives me 2 leftover meals for lunches at work.
  3. Clean Eating Mongolian-Style Beef Crepes
    mongolian style beef crepes.jpgThe bundle of deliciousness popped up in my memory feed this week and I am definitely adding it to next weeks menu when I do my meal planning this weekend.  I had totally forgotten about these, but do remember how tasty they were and I’m looking forward to making them again.  Find the recipe here.
  4. Clean Eating Spaghetti Carbonara with Chicken Sausage
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    I had totally forgotten about this recipe too.  I went through quite a phase of cooking from Clean Eating magazine when I first started trying to eat better and exercise more.   I made this last Sunday and it was even better than I remember it.  So good and it will definitely not be another 3 years before I make this again.
  5. This last memory is not food related, but friend related.  For the last 5 years, in early April, I have gone to Brockville to play hockey with my best girls.  This year, we were initially planning to go to Nashville for a tourney instead, but that fell through as it became a bit too expensive and people figured the hockey would get in the way of our drinking.  So, we changed to a tourney the same weekend in Niagara Falls.  All was good, except 2 weeks before the tourney, it got cancelled 😦  It seems lots of teams said they were coming and then never sent their cheques in, so the organizer cancelled.  We couldn’t do Brockville this year because many of the girls had other commitments that weekend and we didn’t have enough to ice a team.  So, we didn’t get our tourney weekend in this year.  That made us all a bit sad, because the Corona Crushers really know how to have a good time at a tourney.  Here’s the memory that came up this week from last year’s tourney.  Love you crazy chicks.  xo
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I’m sure I will be making more memories this weekend as it’s the Third Annual Jelly Bean Ball – a fundraiser my friend has for Community Living.  If history repeats itself, and I’m sure it will, we will eat, drink, dance and be merry until the wee hours of the morning.  Can’t wait!

Happy weekend!  The weather in the Toronto area is finally looking like spring.  As soon as I hit publish I’m heading to the back deck to enjoy a nice, cold Corona!  Cheers!

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I Survived Christmas!

Sorry to have gone MIA for a few days, but Christmas sort of took over my life for a few days!

Here’s what’s been going on in my crazy life.

Sunday:  Neighborhood Potluck.  27 of us gathered to celebrate the season.  We were assigned appetizers as our contribution.  I debated over what to bring.  I wanted something healthy, but tasty.  I had tossed around a few ideas  – roasted veggies or a healthy dip – but in the end I decided on Raspberry Asparagus Endive with Candied Pecans.  I found the recipe at YummyMummyKitchen.com …and it was fantastic!  It looked amazing, was easy to prepare, and was absolutely DELICIOUS!

rasp asp endive
Hubs also made 2 different varieties of baked brie.  One was wrapped in puff pasty and the other was in crescent roll dough with raspberry jam. Both of these were VERY good.  Our apps were a hit at the party and both of these recipes will likely be made again for our New Year’s Eve party.

Monday:  Last minute groceries.  I was hosting Christmas dinner, so had to grab a few last minute items for dinner.  We always get a fresh turkey from Vince’s, so we needed to go pick it up, plus we needed fresh berries for our Christmas Crepe Breakfast.  I also picked up a few needed ingredients for a Cheesy Mexican Quinoa casserole that I was making and taking over to my sister’s for our Christmas Eve dinner.
cheesy mexican quinoa

This was another fantastic recipe find courtesy of The Lean Green Bean.  I have tried a number of her recipes and they are all delicious.  I doubled the recipe since we had a crowd to feed.  I may have gone a bit too heavy on the spices though…it had a bit of a kick that was a bit too much for the little ones, but I loved it.  There was a bit leftover as well, so I’ve got a couple of lunches in the fridge to help give some variety when I need a break from turkey sandwiches!

Tuesday:  CHRISTMAS!!!  We were all quite spoiled again this year, and everyone got some terrific gifts.  Nick’s big present was a very cool Parrot A.R. Drone, and Jacko got a new snowboard and bindings.
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Hubby and I tend to not exchange, but this year we got each other something from the kids.  We got him a Sony alarm clock dock for his new iPhone – which I had put through the laundry Monday morning…so it was in a bag of rice drying out and he couldn’t even use his new dock!  OOPS!  He and the boys got me a fantastic gift…

kettlebells
…a full set of kettlebells:  4, 8, 10, 15 and 20lbs.  I LOVE them!

Christmas day was filled with good eats as well. Breakfast was our traditional crepes made by hubs.  I enjoyed mine with Nutella, fresh berries and whipped cream.  Freaking amazing!
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After breakfast and gift opening, we did some prep for dinner and I made the pumpkin pie…I love, and I mean seriously LOVE, pumpkin pie.  I have a recipe from my mom and it is quite honestly the best pumpkin pie EVER.
pumpkin pie

While the pie was cooking my mom and I prepped the bird, got the stuffing ready and once the pie came out…the bird went it.  It was a bit too big for my roasting pan, so we had to cover it with tinfoil.
the bird

After the bird went in, we had some down time, so we read, played with Christmas gifts, and I got in my Elf for Health Challenge when my mom and I took her dogs for a walk around the neighborhood.  We had a good 30 minute walk and Henry (on the left) and Angel (on the right) loved it!
henry and angel

My sister, her hubs, and their kids came over later in the afternoon and the kids opened their presents from us.  It was so fun to see the excitement on my niece’s face.  She is almost 3 and totally “gets” presents.  We had a great afternoon visiting…and then it was time for the main event.  Dinner!  My mom helped me with dinner, and we pulled off a feast:  turkey, mashed potatoes, squash, sautéed asparagus, roasted Brussels sprouts, and stuffing.  There was a ton of food, and there are lots of leftovers!

christmas dinnerAfter all that food, we were all too full to eat dessert…so the pie had to wait until the next day, when we had some for breakfast!

Wednesday:  Boxing Day.  Boxing day we headed down to London to visit with hubby’s parents.  The kids really roughed it on the drive down…watching a movie for most of the trip.
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We had a nice visit with Nana and Gramps, and after dinner, piled back in the car for the drive back home.  Normally it is about a 2 hour drive, but there was quite a snow storm last night, and the drive took about 4 hours.  it was exhausting and we were quite happy to finally get home and crawl into bed for a good night’s sleep and a sleep in this morning.

Thursday:  RELAX!  Today we had nothing to do, and that’s exactly what we did.  Well, that’s not exactly true…hubs shoveled the drive way after the crazy snowstorm yesterday, and I took my kettlebells for their first workout ride.  I spent a bit of time searching online for different kettlebell workouts.  Women’s Health has a good one that I will try soon, but for my first workout with my new toys, I did this beginner kettlebell workout from FitnessBlender.com.  I really liked the workout.  It was challenging, but doable, and it made me work.  I was dripping by the end of it, and I’m pretty sure I will be feeling the effects of it tomorrow….at least I better be!

Tonight, hubs and I went out on a date.  We went out for dinner and then went to the movies to see This is 40.  They are saying it is the “sort of sequel” to Knocked Up.  The movie was pretty funny, and there were lots of scenes that we could totally relate to.  If you go and see it, be sure to stay for the credits.  We laughed the hardest at the blooper rant that Melissa McCarthy has…it is hilarious!

Not sure what will be in store for tomorrow.  I should probably try to squeeze in a 5k run – which will likely happen on the treadmill, since the sidewalks are a bit of a mess with the snow.  The Resolution Run is just around the corner and I need to get a few more training runs in so I will be ready.

How was your Christmas?  Did you get any great gifts?

Do you have any great kettlebell workouts you can point me to?

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September Writing Challenge #20: Healthy Foods

It’s day 20 of the September Writing Challenge hosted by Janice at Fitness Cheerleader.  Today’s topic is 5 new-to-you healthy food options.  I can’t wait to read what everyone else has on their lists and hopefully find some new healthy eats! 

Here are my 5:

1.  Chia Seeds:  I discovered Chia seed this summer.  For those of you asking “Is this the same chia as the ch-ch-ch-chia pets?”, the answer is YES!

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Today, Chia is growing in popularity as a food, due it is many health benefits.  See this great post for some of the awesome health benefits of this tiny seed  8 Health Benefits of Chia.

2.  Coconut Oil:  I’m pretty sure I first heard of using coconut oil in a recipe in something that I wanted to make from Clean Eating Magazine.  That does tend to be my source for quite a lot of my healthy recipes!  I just love it.  If you haven’t yet, check out their site.  I had heard conflicting things about coconut oil, so I took to the net and stopped by my go to site for healthy info (www.joyousheath.ca) and found these 2 great posts about coconut oil:
            Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
            What to do with Coconut Oil
I’ve used it in a couple of recipes, but one of my favourite things to do with it is pop popcorn in it.  It smells so good, and the hint of coconut flavour in the popcorn is amazing! 

3.  Raw Cacao Nibs:  Again, I first ran across these little bits of deliciousness in some recipes.  One recipe that pushed me to finally try them was Cashew Chip Cookies, from Sarah at Ingredients of a Fit Chick. 

cashew chip cookies

The recipe is very simple and the cookies are to die for!  I highly recommend you try them.  If I can make them, anybody can.  Seriously, I am not a baked…AT ALL!

4.  Stevia.  I know this sugar replacing sweetener has been around for a while, but I just recently tried it.  It was actually making the cashew chip cookies above that I first used Stevia.  You should have seen me in the health food grocery store trying to decide which version of the stuff I should buy!  There are so many options out there in both the liquid and powder format.  In the end I chose a powder, since that’s what I thought the recipe needed.  My first impression was ‘this stuff is SWEET!’  A little goes a LONG way!  I really think I should start using more stevia and get away from sugar. 

5.  Hemp Hearts.  Here is another one that I’ve seen in recipes and just started to hear more about.  Livestrong.com has a great article about the health benefits of hemp hearts.  You can check it out here.  I bought some for an Eat Clean recipe:  Peanut Butter BackPack Kisses.  Here is how they looked on the Eat Clean Diet site:

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I don’t know how the hemp hearts impacted the flavour of these tiny little balls of flavour, but they tasted really good, and were a perfect clean snack. I really should make some more of them. 

So, there you have it.  My new-to-me healthy foods. 

What are your new-to-you healthy food finds?

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I Guess It’s Working!

Yesterday was the first day of my Niagara Falls half marathon training schedule.  It was also the first time I had run since May 27 when I ran the Toronto Women’s Half.

The next time I decide to basically take 2 months off from running, someone please remind me what a bad idea that is!  Holy cow, am I sore today!  My quads ache, especially when I go down stairs, my hips ache, but only when I walk, and a bit surprising, but my obliques are a bit sore too!  I guess that means it’s working.  This is a workout quote, but I think it applies to running as well.

Here’s another one that I liked:

 

I am back to training and I am also going to make a better effort to eat well too…and for me that means Clean Eating.  Since I started cooking clean again yesterday, I had delicious leftover Roasted Fennel for lunch.  It is so good!  You really should try it.  See here for the recipe.  It’s quick, easy and so tasty!

Dinner was another Clean recipe.  This one was Lean Pork Tenderloin with Baked Apples & Maple Caramelized Onions.   This was another hit!  I am honestly surprised at how good all of these clean recipes are.  It makes me wonder why I didn’t start to eat clean sooner.  Out of all the recipes I have tried so far, there is only one that I wouldn’t make again – a chickpea burger.  Actually, I might make it again, I would just kick it up quite a bit with a lot more spices.  Anyways…back to tonight’s dish.  One of the best parts of this dish was the caramelized onions.  Oh My God!  They were so good.  I kept picking at them while I waited for the pork to cook in the oven.  Two red onions and a little olive oil is all you need:

 

The finished product looks good, and tastes even better!  While I waited for the pork to rest I simmered the sauce in the pan a little bit to try to thicken it up a bit, and then spooned it over the meat, apples and onions.  So, so, so GOOD!

 

 

Today was a rest day in my training schedule, but I am back at it tomorrow.  I’m due for 4km steady.  I plan to get up early and run before work, since it is too hot to run later in the day, and I have a ball hockey game at 7pm.  I’ll let you know how it goes tomorrow night!

Hope you week got off to a good start.  |We are one day closer to the weekend 🙂 

I am in full countdown mode.  Starting Friday, I am on vacation…I CAN’T WAIT!!!

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Back At It

Sunday is long/slow run day on my new half marathon training schedule.  The schedule called for 8km, but since I didn’t run last week as I was resting due to the Shingles, I decided to start with last week’s 6km distance instead of the called for 8km.  I was hoping to get up early and get out there and run before it got too hot.  However, after having a very bad night’s sleep, I just couldn’t haul my butt out of bed when my alarm went off at 7:30am.  I lay there for a while longer and finally got up, put on my run gear and headed downstairs to have a quick bite before hitting the road.  I couldn’t find anything that I wanted to eat, so I just took a Cliff Vanilla Power Shot.  I finally got out the door at 9:10, much later that I wanted.

This was pretty much the first run I’ve done since the Toronto Women’s Half Marathon back in May.  To say I was nervous to do today’s run would be an understatement.  I started out and things were pretty good for the first couple of kilometres…and then the heat got to me a bit.  My head started throbbing which I wasn’t too crazy about.  I ended up walking for more than I would have liked, but I didn’t want to push it too much since I’m still recovering from Shingles and it’s only the first run and I’ve got 12 weeks of runs ahead of me.  In the end, my route was 6.3km and I walked more than I would have liked, but “a mile is a mile, no matter how fast they are”.  At least I did it.

 

After my run, I took the rest of the day pretty easy.  Spent some time outside reading – that is until my iPad gave me a “temperature” warning and turned itself off to cool down.  I guess that was a sign that it was stinking hot out there today.  I was laying on our outdoor couch and it was too hot.  I was melting.  I switched over to the hammock to see if having air moving all around me would make it a bit cooler.  It did a bit.  I was hoping to have a little nap out there, but just couldn’t get comfortable enough to fall asleep.  Finally I gave up and went in and had a real nap in bed.  It was great!  I could really get used to this napping…too bad it likely won’t happen again for quite a while!

Rory was up at the cottage for the weekend with the boys, but was planning on being back home in time for dinner.  I was planning on making the Roasted Fennel with Tomatoes, ChickPeas and Lemon dish from the July 2012 edition of Clean Eating Magazine.  I had planned on making this dish a couple of times before, but something always got in the way and it never happened.  Today was the day.  I bought the needed ingredients yesterday on my trip to the health food grocery store.  Here’s what you need:

More precisely, you will need:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 fennel bulbs, trimmed, quartered and fronds reserved for garnish
  • 1.5 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 leek, halved lengthwise and sliced into 1/4-inch-thick half-moons, white and light green parts only
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • zest of 1 lemon, for garnish (I skipped this since I didn’t have a lemon

Cooking instructions:

  • preheat oven to 425F
  • In a large overproof saute pan or skillet, heat oil on medium.  Add fennel and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown and slightly wilted, about 10 minutes
  • Stir in tomatoes, leek, chickpeas, salt, cumin, pepper flakes and paprika.  Add 1/2 cup water, stir gently and bring to a simmer. cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • transfer to oven and bake, stirring halfway, for 30 minutes
  • season with black pepper.  Garnish with lemon zest and fennel fronds, as desired.

Nutritional info, per 1/2 cup serving:

  •  205 calories
  • 10g total fat
  • 1g sat fat
  • 25g carbs
  • 7g fibre
  • 2g sugar
  • 6g protein

 

This dish was AMAZING.  It will definitely be one that I make again.  The recipe says it serves 6.  Rory and I likely had a double portion for dinner, since 1/2 cup just didn’t seem like enough for a meal.   There was enough left for 2 good size lunches for me this week.  Yay!

Tonight is a big tv night for us.  Big Brother was on (we watched while I wrote this post).  Later tonight, Breaking Bad and The Newsroom are both on at 10pm.  We will likely watch The Newsroom, since it is a straight hour with no commercials. We’ll PVR Breaking Bad so we can watch it tomorrow and skip through the commercials.  Gotta love the PVR!

Tomorrow is a rest day in my training program – I love rest days!  I’m planning on making another Clean Eating Mag recipe for us tomorrow – Lean Pork Tenderloin with Bakes Apples & Maple Caramelized Onions.  The pic in the mag looks great.  Hopefully it will taste just a good.  I will let you know tomorrow.

Well, there it is, another weekend over.  It was a weird weekend for me, being home alone.  I didn’t do too much, managed to get in a few naps, and did some baking/cooking.  I’ve got 5 days of work to get through and then we are on vacation for a week.  Let’s hope these next 5 days fly by quickly and smoothly.

I hope you all had a great weekend.  Did you do anything exciting?  Did you try any new recipes?  

Cheers!

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The Friday Five

Friday…finally! Time for another installment of the Friday Five. 1.  I played “Caddie” today for my two sons.  They were in golf camp this week at a golf course just around the corner from our place.  On Fridays they have a BBQ lunch for the parents.  After lunch the instructors give us a bit of info on what the kids have worked on over the course of the week, and then we caddie for them as they play a little 2 hole scramble to show their skills.  The both had some nice shots and overall had a great week at camp. 2.  We are heading up to the cottage in a bit, mostly for an event at the Sailing Club tomorrow night.  All the families have been asked to provide an hors d’oeuvre.  I was in search of something very simple that takes no time to prepare, but tasted yummy.  A colleague at work suggested prosciutto wrapped melon, and it totally fits the bill.  I will pick up both needed ingredients on the way to the cottage so that’s perfect.  Prep is basically slicing and peeling a melon and wrapping the pieces in a half slice of prosciutto.  Couldn’t be any simpler!  3.  It’s hot as balls out there!  This is a saying I picked up from my friend Toni.  I think it is hilarious…and today it is so true.  It is currently 33 Celcius outside, feeling like 37 (37 is 99F).  Hot!  It’s supposed to be hot all weekend and into next week as well.  Looks like it’s going to be another heat wave! 4.  My tea addiction continues to grow!  I am shocked at how much I love tea.  I would have tea when I ate a restaurant if we went for dim sum or for Peking Duck at work, but other than that, I really didn’t drink it.  Now, since I have discovered David’s Tea and the seemingly endless variety of flavours, I can’t get enough of the stuff.  This week I got a tin refill of my favourite Coco Chai Rooibus and tried a new flavour – Vanilla Oolong.  The Vanilla Oolong is pretty good. I’ve had at least 3 cups of it at work already!  While I restocked, I also tried just a cup of Mint Chocolate Rooibus.  OH MY GOD…it’s so good.  I think that will be my next flavour purchase.  It would make a lovely treat in the evenings…it’s like having dessert with no calories!

5.  I am 2 hours away from a nice, cold one of these! Can’t wait to enjoy it down on the dock.  Gotta love weekends at the cottage.

I hope your Friday has been a good one.  Got any big plans for the weekend?  Whatever you do, have fun!

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Kickin’ Back on Saturday

Today was a pretty relaxed day.  I ended up having some unexpected time to myself.  I was dropping Nick off at Dave and Buster’s for a friend’s birthday party and they invited Jack to stay too.  At first I wasn’t too sure, but they insisted and Jack really wanted to stay, so I agreed.  That gave me 3 hours to kill.  I ended up going to Vaughan Mills and doing a bit of shopping.

I’m not a big fan of shopping, but I needed some new shorts, since my old ones are all a bit big now!  🙂   I found a couple of pairs at Roots that fit the bill quite nicely.  I didn’t have much luck finding a shirt to go with the one pair, so will have to hit another mall and see what I can find.

While at Vaughan Mills I hit Teaopia and grabbed a coconut tea.  It was good, but not as good as the ones I’ve got from David’s Tea.  I did find something neat at Teaopia though…its called a Tea Master.  It’s this tea steeper thingy.  Instead of putting the loose leaves in a tea ball, you just put it directly into the Tea Master, add water and let it steep.  Then, when it’s ready, you sit it on top of your mug and it presses on something, opening a valve and your tea comes out the bottom and the leaves remain in the Tea Master.  The “Tea Dudes” at the shop said that you can also reuse the tea, making 3-4 more cups of tea out of your leaves.  Who knew!  I always just make one cup and then dump the leaves out.  These guys claim that the second cup is even better than the first.  I tried it out with some David’s Tea Cinnamon Hearts tea.  I only wanted one cup, so not sure if the second cup thing is true.  I did throw some more water into it to get the pics here and it seemed to change into tea coloured water pretty quickly.  Check it out:

After picking up the kids from the party, I spent some quality time on the back deck reading, napping, and soaking up some sun.  It was really nice back there.  It’s too bad tomorrow isn’t supposed to be the same.  Still calling for rain, which sucks since it’s the golf tourney.  Oh well…they still have 12 hours or so to change the forecast, and 90% of the time they are wrong anyways!

I tried a new dinner again tonight.  Spicy Orange Chicken & Bok  Choy Over Brown Rice Noodles from June 2012 Clean Eating Magazine.  We have another winner!  Here’s the drill:

  • cook 6oz brown rice noodles according to the package directions
  • In a large skillet, heat 2 tsp safflower oil, and add 1lb of boneless chicken, cubed, and 2 cloves of chopped garlic.  Stir frequently for 3 minutes until golden brown
  • add 2 cups of chopped bok choy and cook, stirring frequently for 2 minutes
  • add 2 cups of drained mandarin oranges, 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes and fresh ground pepper to taste.  Mix well and bring to a simmer.
  • Cook, stirring frequently for 3-5 minutes until chicken is cooked through and oranges break down.
  • Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup chopped green onions and 2tbsp chopped fresh cilantro.
  • Serve over brown rice noodles.

Nutritional info:  per 1.5 cups chicken mixture and 1.5 oz noodles:  321 calories, 4g fat, 39g carbs, 4g fibre, 9g sugar, 32g protein.

It was delicious, the kids liked it and quite enjoyed playing with the noodles…creating FuManChu moustaches, tying knots in the pasta and slurping them in…all the fun things you aren’t supposed to do with your food.

Now, as usual, it’s late and I’m sitting here writing my blog and watching a movie.  I’m watching 50/50 with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogan.  It’s pretty good, a bit sad, but good.  I like Seth Rogan.  It’s distracting me a bit, so this post has taken forever to write.  Oh well.  Another late night…I’m used to it.

So, tomorrow is the golf tourney.  I’m asking for the positive sunshine vibes again.  Seems to be a frequent request!  LOL.

Hope your Saturday was a good one.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

 

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Super Tuesday!

Today’s training schedule called for 2.5 miles. After my disastrous run on Sunday, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect today as I headed down to the treadmill, armed with a bottle of water and the latest episode of New Girl to watch on my iPad. I started off slow, actually giving myself a few minutes of walking to warm up, then went up to a slow jog at 5 mph.  After a few minutes at 5, I kicked it up to 5.5mph and was able to run at that speed fairly easily.  For the last half mile I even boosted the speed up to 6 mph and was able to keep going to the end of the 2.5 miles.  There were times that I wanted to stop, but instead, I just thought of a comment a friend of mine made about her run yesterday:  “I ran like I stole my neighbours car”…and aside from making me laugh, it really helped me get to the end and be able to run faster than usual at the end of the run.  So, thanks Char…you made me smile and helped me get through the run 🙂

With the training portion of my day complete, it was off to work where I was going to have some food challenges today.  I work in a small office of 8 people and we always go out to celebrate everyone’s birthday.  A very nice perk!  Today we were off to Coppi Restaurant in Toronto for my boss’s birthday lunch.  This is an Italian place that serves great food, but I was a bit worried about how I would stick to my  Eat Clean routine.  I checked out the menu ahead of time and decided that although lots of the pastas sounded quite delicious, I would have an appetizer green salad to start and then have another appetizer, beef carpaccio, as my main course.  I was very pleased with myself for sticking to my plan and I quite enjoyed both dishes.  I was even more impressed when I managed to skip desserts…and the creme brule and pannacotta both looked fantastic!  It was a bit odd to leave a restaurant still being a little hungry, but I just had a few garam masala chick peas as a snack a little later in the afternoon to tide me over until dinner.

Tonight for dinner I attempted another eat clean dish, this time making the Mulligatawny from pg 54 of the April/May issue.  Once again, I did my Food Network prep and was all set to go:  cut chicken into pieces, mince garlic, dice onion, slice leeks, dice carrots, grate ginger, cut apple, chop cilantro and have rice, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, curry powder, chicken stock, coconut milk and lemon juice ready.

ImageAssembly/cooking was fairly simple. Cook the rice, brown the chicken and remove, saute the onion, leek, carrots, garlic and ginger for a few minutes, add the curry powder and stir for 2 minutes, add the chicken back in and the broth and cook for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes, remove from heat, add apples, coconut milk, lemon juice, S&P.  Spoon some rice into the bowl, and top with the soup. Garnish with cilantro and ENJOY!

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This was another Eat Clean hit, with adults and kids alike!  So good and the house still smells amazing!

And once again…leftovers!  There was just enough rice and soup left for 4 more servings…bonus!  I’m out tomorrow night, so the boys will have that for dinner. I’ve got leftover soup from today and the filling from the stuffed squash from yesterday as well, so there’s lunch at work and dinner when I get home from my meeting.

So far I am loving this whole Eat Clean thing.  Do you have any good Eat Clean recipes that you can share?  I’m looking for more good eats!

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