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Monday’s Eats

So I started the day off light as 1. I wasn’t hungry, and 2. I knew I was going to be consuming the majority of my calories at dinner!

I had a grande coffee at Starbucks with a good amount of nonfat milk. (not pictured) Once I got home, I snacked on a juicy persimmon:

Persimmon

This was so juicy and sweet, I could have used it as a jelly on toast!

After my snack, I got busy getting the house ready for my dinner party. I finished the last of my grocery shopping, ran a few more errands and started cooking!

I ended up using Giada’s Chicken Tetrazzini recipe as the backbone of my baked pasta dish. I followed her recipe for the sauce to a T but otherwise made many adjustments, cutting out the rest of the fat that is recommended in the recipe. I also added baby spinach along with the suggested mushrooms. This was warm and comforting, perfect for a cold winter’s day. 🙂

Chicken Tetrazzini

I also served a huge bowl of plain mixed greens dressed in balsamic vinaigrette (not pictured). Dessert was chocolate molten lava cakes with a scoop of french vanilla ice cream and raspberries.

Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

I also had a glass of Woodbridge White Zinfandel and a coffee with milk with my dessert.

All in all, a very tasty (yet calorie laden) day!

Cheers!

T

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Snacky snacky….

Hello!

Hope everyone is well! My day was a hodge podge of sorts–woke up late, grabbed coffee with a friend, picked out a recipe for a dinner party I’m throwing tomorrow, went grocery shopping….and then back to the grocer’s because I forgot one of my key ingredients! D’oh!

I started off my day with a yogurt bowl:

Yogurt Bowl

I used:

  • plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • handful of almonds
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder

It was full of chocolatey goodness! Then I met a friend for coffee–I had a large coffee from Tim Hortons with 2% milk. We had a great talk about reflecting on the past year and our goals for 2010.  After my multiple trips to the grocers, I was ready to try out the recipe I had selected for tomorrow’s dinner party:

Baked Pasta Casserole

The recipe is from 101 Cookbooks–a gorgeous site I happened to stumble on today. Apart from not being able to find medium sized shell pasta at the grocers and adding some shredded chicken breast, I followed the recipe as is. I substituted penne rigate for the shells:

Baked Casserole Pasta

This was a lovely baked pasta but not what I had in mind for tomorrow. I was looking for something with a little more moisture. My plan is to combine this recipe with Giada’s Chicken Tetrazzini recipe. My goal is to make a baked pasta that has a slightly creamy (but not heavy) consistency, has lots of veggies in it and a bit of shredded chicken breast. I can see the recipe in my head, you’ll see it here later tomorrow evening! 🙂

Gonna start working on tomorrow morning’s  announcement post!

Cheers,

T

ps. I finally got around to updating my Blog Roll! Please check it out–lots of great blogs there! 🙂

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Fennelicious!

So I had two bulbs of fennel sitting in my fridge and was in the mood for some lovely braised fennel!

Braised Fennel with Parmesean Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 fennel bulbs
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesean cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Wash and trim fennel bulbs: Remove stalks and leaves. Cut a thick slice off of the root end and slice the bulb in half. Remove the hard inner core from each of the halves, and cut into wedges.
  3. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with PAM cooking spray.
  4. Place fennel wedges into the baking dish. Season with the kosher salt and pepper.
  5. Pour the chicken broth all over the fennel wedges. Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with the grated Parmesean cheese. Return to oven and bake another 10-20 minutes until cheese is melted, and fennel is soft and tender.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Fennel

This was wonderful! I ended up putting my oven to 400F for the last 5 minutes just to bake off all the liquid and slightly brown the fennel. I ended up having this with 2 small pieces of skinless roasted chicken breast. I also had a second helping of the fennel.  I’m thinking of making a soup with the leftovers…

Have a great night!

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Saturday’s Eats…

Happy Sunday everyone!

I hope you’re all having a lovely afternoon! Last night’s shift really kicked my ass and I was pretty much on my feet hustling for 12 hours. The one time I went to lie down (at 4am) I finally fell asleep and got called 3 times. Everytime I would just fall asleep, I’d get called. Sigh…. I didn’t end up going to the gym after work as I could barely drive myself home without falling asleep! LOL Perhaps I’ll go for a walk later today or hit the gym after tonight’s shift.

Anyhow, my eats from yesterday:

Persimmon

Persimmon

I wasn’t hungry yesterday when I woke up so I just enjoyed a great persimmon. Lunch was a salad with mixed greens, roasted red peppers, red onion, 1/2 chicken breast diced and some chevre. I used about 1/2 tsp olive oil and several tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. I had trouble finding pieces of chevre to photograph because they all melted when I added the warm chicken and peppers.

Roasted red pepper salad

For dinner, I had decided to make a slow cooker porchetta (pronouced “porketta”). I bought the porchetta from my local Italian butcher already seasoned so preparation was easy. I added about an inch of liquid to the bottom of the cooker–chicken broth and water–and threw about 5 garlic cloves into the liquid. I cooked it on high for 3 hours–until the internal temperature was 160 degrees.

Porchetta 1

My husband LOVED this, but I just found it to be way too fatty for me. I had to cut out so much fat as I ate it, it just became annoying. I would have been happier with a pork tenderloin or rack of rib.

Porchetta & grilled asparagus

Today’s eats to come later…have a great afternoon!

xo

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Friday Eats

Well hello everyone!

This morning I hit the gym and really enjoyed a 50 minute elliptical workout! I had to set the resistance to about 8-9 as it was feeling a bit too easy. HR 135-149 bpm. I did some stretching but just didn’t feel like doing anything else. I plan to do some ab work tomorrow though!

As I drove home, I thought about what I wanted for breakfast. I was craving something fresh, lemony and pretty looking: a lemon raspberry yogurt trifle.

Lemon raspberry yogurt trifle

I used about a half cup of fresh raspberries, layered them with vanilla yogurt and sprinkled lemon zest on top. This was sooo fresh and wonderful!

Lunch was about 3/4 of this roasted chicken breast (skin removed) and the majority of the grilled zucchini:

Chicken breast and grilled zucchini

Hope everyone’s having a great afternoon!

More to come later….

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So this afternoon my friend Susan and I hit the road and went to the quaint little town of Unionville!

Union 1

Union 2

And of course, stopped for this:

Tall NF Latte

A tall non fat latte. Yum!

We continued to walk around the main street and came upon the most amazing sight:

Choco 1

Choco 2

Choco 3

All these goodies, but alas, I was NOT hungry; nor did I have any desire to bring some of these lovely friends home with me.  I just wasn’t craving chocolate the way I usually do?!

So on my way home I went, where I cracked open my Barefoot Contessa cookbook:

Guac 1

The recipe for her Guacamole Salad can be found here.  I cut the olive oil to 2 tsp for my version, eliminated the jalapenos and only added a dash of cayenne pepper as I didn’t want things too spicy.  It says serves 6 but I think 4-6 is a more reasonable estimate.  I took 1/4 of the batch and placed it on a bed of greens as I knew I was going to need more volume than this!

Guac 2

Overall, I liked the salad. Did it taste like guacamole? Not exactly. But I would definitely make this again and I felt very satisfied with my portion.

I’m finding it really strange that I have stopped having my usual cravings for chocolate and sugary foods. My love for chocolate is legendary and is something that I never refuse. Perhaps I’m sick? Perhaps it’s just a part of my change in eating habits??? Any thoughts? Have I lost my mind? 🙂

Added: some photos of myself in the Stats section

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