Chicken, Asparagus, + Udon Noodles

I racked my brain all afternoon trying to come up with something simple and tasty to make for dinner using chicken.

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I’ve been working on making up recipes on my own, but hit the cookbooks for some inspirations today. I find that I have a hard time making things from cookbooks when I’m cooking from my pantry/food stash since I always seem to be missing something in the recipe ingredient list. I didn’t find any recipes to use the exact ingredients I had, but I did find a good Robin Miller recipe to use as a base.

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I had a craving for the salty taste of soy sauce, so I decided to do a noodle-stir-fry using ingredients we already had on hand. We used the asparagus leftover from yesterday and some udon noodles we had in the pantry. I was surprised when I read the label to see that these noodles are actually whole wheat! Woohoo! I love finding out something I already like is healthy for me. :)

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I felt like I was juggling pans tonight with 3 going with quick-cooking items. The chicken took about 3-5 minutes per side. The noodles took about 3-4 minutes. The asparagus took about 3-4 minutes. I was trying to time them all so they were finished cooking when I needed them to be done to properly bring together.

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I used the pasta water to de-glaze the pan and scrape up the brown bits from cooking the chicken.

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Moving the noodles from the pot to the pan. Just like Giada. ;)

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All mixed together.

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Topped with crunchy sesame seeds…mmm! Hubby was completely infatuated with this recipe….probably because it was tasty and spicy as heck! Lay off the hot sauce if you don’t want this to burn too much. You can always drizzle your noodles with a wee bit of plain vinegar if things get too hot for you. That’s a trick I learned at PF Changs. The vinegar, surprisingly, doesn’t change the flavor of the dish, too much…really not at all…it just cuts the heat.

Chicken, Asparagus, + Udon Noodle Stirfry

Adapted from Robin Miller’s Thai Chicken + Noodles in Robin to the Rescue

Ingredients

3 ounces organic udon noodles

1 tbsp peanut oil, plus 1 tsp

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp dry ginger

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced/cut somewhat thin

1/8 cup soy sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp hot sauce (if you want it spicy)

1 cup asparagus, chopped into 1 inch pieces

2 tsp sesame seeds

salt and pepper

Directions:

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken and cook till one side is browned, about 3-5 minutes. Flip chicken and cook till browned on other side. Add garlic for last minute of cooking time.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp of oil in a small pan over medium heat. Cook the asparagus for about 3-4 minutes till cooked to crisp-tender. Season with salt and pepper

Meanwhile, cook udon noodles according to package instructions. Try to time chicken to finish cooking just before noodles. Once chicken is cooked, add about 1/4 cup pasta water, 1/8 cup soy sauce, sesame oil, and hot sauce and bring to a boil. Add asparagus + noodles to pan (I like to move directly from the pot of pasta to the pan with chicken). Toss and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Serve in low bowls. Top with sprinkle of sesame seeds. Enjoy!

SCBR Week 4/ Day 7 Food/Exercise Journal

9:30 am – Coffee + 10 Grain Apple Pie Hot Cereal – Full (7)

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I woke up "early" today around 8:30 am but was slow moving. By 9:30 am I had taken the dog out and brewed coffee for hubby and me. I started drinking my coffee while making breakfast. I neeeeeded some coffee asap!

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I decided to try something like those Apple Pie Oats, but with some Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal instead.

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The grain cereal was good, but didn't taste nearly as much like Apple Pie as the oats earlier this week did. I still enjoyed them quite a bit and even hubby seemed to like them! I only used 1/2 the apple to cook, so I served the other half topped in the bowls.

Pre-cooking ingredients (for 2):

  • 1/3 cup Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Cereal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp flax seed
  • 1/2 apple, chopped

Post-cooking ingredients (for 2):

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar, stirred in
  • 4 tbsp 2% milk, stirred in
  • dash cinnamon on top (challenge ingredient!)
  • 1 tbsp chopped pecans, topped, per bowl

I piddled around this morning while we figured out what to do today. As I mentioned yesterday, my school celebrated Homecoming today, however, the weather was far from cooperative. It was cold, rainy, and just plain icky outside! With plans a bit up in the air, I was glad to at least have a nice, hot breakfast with some steamy coffee.

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A little more coffee to help wake up.

1:30 pm – Zaxby's! – First Signs of Feeling Full (6)

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Either I've had a lot more splurges than normal, or I actually eat more fast/junk food than I thought. Hubby wanted to get food at the Homecoming basketball game today, but I talked him into Zaxby's. There are some fast food places that I have no trouble avoiding and some that have a fond place in my heart. Zaxby's falls into the latter category. I checked the nutritional information before we left and it was about what I expected, so I tried especially hard to eat intuitively and to stay under "6" (first signs of feeling full) on the SCBR Hunger Continuum. This was a challenge because everything tasted so good, I just wanted to keep eating and eating. I was able to stop myself at a reasonable point though.

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Above is the "after," which hubby happily helped finish. I ended up eating all 3 chicken fingers, about 1/2 the fries, 1/4 of the texas toast, 1/4 of the honey mustard sauce, and about 1 tbsp of ketchup. Since my portion was so small, the calorie count wasn't too ridiculous. The worst part was the complete lack of fruit/veggie servings for this meal. I probably should have brought some fruit to munch on, now that I think of it. Lunch tasted darn good, either way!

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I had coca-cola for my drink, but hardly drank any. I just like a little sweetness.

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We made it to the game a little late but just before it kicked off. Luckily, Michelle + Ben had saved us some seats. The game was pretty good and we won! Yay!

5:00 pm – Kale – Content (5)

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After the game, we came straight home. I checked my email and got a hankering for a snack, so I finished off the rest of the marinated kale from yesterday…

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…along with some water. See…I told you I'm not good at drinking water on the weekends! I really should have had more by now! Not only that, but thank goodness I had the kale for a snack. Today's eats were pretty low on fruit and veggies!

6:00 pm – Peppermint Tea – Content (5)

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The weather outside was so cold and yucky.

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I decided to take a moment to relax and curl up on the couch with some nice, hot, peppermint tea and some cookbooks to try to figure something out for dinner. I also caught a DVR'ed Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller for extra inspiration.

8:00 pm – Chicken, Noodle, and Asparagus Stirfry – First Signs of Feeling Full (6)

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I did end up making a variation of a Robin Miller recipe. I tried to find it online, but it's not there, so I'll post my adapted version in a bit (separate post) since I made a few changes.

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I had a wee bit of wine and some water with dinner.

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I ended up having to take a PF Changs trick and put some white vinegar on my dinner to cut the heat. It was spicy but delicious. Hubby kept raving how good it was and literally couldn't stop eating. He tried to restrain himself from eating too much but didn't seem to have any trouble polishing off the rest of dinner. I was pleased to see him finally excited about dinner…though he usually enjoys dinner quite a bit, he hasn't had that "5-yr-old-boy-eating-ice-cream" look in awhile.  I bet he doesn't even know he ate whole wheat noodles…hehe. :)  According to the noodle package, they're made from 100% whole wheat flour!  They don't even taste like it!  They just taste good!

The recipe was a good one…definitely a keeper.

8:30 pm – Jen's Individual Chocolate Cake – First Signs of Feeling Full (6)

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My sweet tooth always comes out after dinner. I crave something, anything sweet. It's a battle every night to not consume something sweet. The other day, I reeeeeeally wanted to make a batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but it was too late to make any, so I settled on nothing. My dessert stomach (the stomach reserved for all things sweet) was not happy. I started wondering if it was possible to make, perhaps, an individual oatmeal chocolate chip cookie? Could such a thing be possible? Well, it's not a cookie, but enter Jen's Individual Dark Chocolate Cake, which she so graciously shared on her blog, Maple N' Cornbread. Jen has featured her individual chocolate cake several times on her other blog, Glowing From Within.

Hubby and I were both wanting something sweet after dinner tonight, so I decided to give the recipe a go, even though I didn't have sour cream or yogurt.

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In desperate need of something chocolate-y, I decided to try subbing some canola oil for the sour cream/yogurt. I think it totally messed it up. That, or I overcooked it.

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My cake came out dry. *sad face* The flavor was delicious, though! I will have to give the recipe another go. Next time, I'll use the real ingredients and maybe try shortening the cooking time.

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Dry or not, I still ate my half (hubby had the other half). It was sooo tasty (albeit dry) and totally satisfied my sweet tooth. Jen was sweet enough to run the calcs for me and this little baby is a mere 240 calories! Not too shabby, eh? I had to add extra calories into my daily count, though, since I used canola oil. Doh!

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Hubby and I also had some milk with our chocolate goodness. We love milk with desserts! I made him pose as he was walking from the kitchen to the living room.

Calorie Summary

Calories Eaten: 1804

I didn't burn any calories since I didn't work out today. I totally went over again, but not too shabby considering 1 fast food meal and a decadent chocolate dessert! I think it's going to be awhile before I'm able to balance my foods and snacks calorie wise, but I'm getting there! :)

Look Ma! New Shoes!

February is almost over, which means I finally feel comfortable spending some of my shop-budget money for the month. I mean, I am perfectly comfortable blowing all the money as soon as the month starts, but I’m trying to pay better attention to my finances, so I decided to wait it out. I mentioned awhile back that there were quite a few things I want to get at the moment, but neglected to put 2 items on that list: new running shoes and a pair of dance shoes.

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Well, I decided to get the dance shoes this past Friday, and I think I have a pretty good, logical reason for pushing this purchase to the front of my buy-list.

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My knees starting bothering me earlier this past week…Thursday/Friday-ish. I brushed it off at first, but then found this article on runnersworld.com, a site my friend emailed me about. C seemed to be the closest answer to match, but who knows? I’m not a fan of trying to diagnose myself using web sites. The point is that I guess I’m just not as young as I used to be. I keep forgetting that I’m not in the shape I was when I was skating 6 times a week. I’ve been pushing it pretty hard last week and I guess all the walking/jogging was jarring my out-of-shape legs more than I knew. I realized that I really need to start taking better care of my body by resting when it’s tired or uncomfortable and by giving it the proper equipment to protect it.

My instructor recommended getting some dance-style shoes saying they would be better for my feet and I would have an easier time dancing in class. I’ve heard other people say they’re good for your knees, so it seemed like a no brainer to get them. I got in to work early Friday and was able to leave early to try to get these shoes before my Friday dance class. Now, I know that I said that I need to listen to my body and rest it, but…well, I’m stubborn. The Friday dance class is the only 1 of the week that I can make and I had been looking forward to it all day, so I was pretty determined to go. I figured I’d rest up the rest of the weekend, if needed, to make up. Anywho, I ended up spending about 1 hour on the road and in stop and go traffic to get to the shop, Lebo’s, where they sell western and dance goods. I quickly found the shoes and picked up a wrap skirt to wear to skating next time I go (I had gone all that way, might as well have gotten that while I was there, no?). The traffic was way worse than I thought it would be and I pulled into the parking lot for class 2 minutes after the start-time.

I sat in the car for a minute wondering if I should go in. I absolutely hate going to things late and didn’t want to be rude, but like I said, I was really determined to go. I decided, what the heck, I’m here, I may as well go, late or not. I got to the class as they were getting started, put on my new shoes and got to dancing.

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The new shoes were quite weird looking (I didn’t do much formal dancing as a kid/teen). They didn’t have any sole in the middle. They seemed quick slick and without traction on the bottom. I was worried I was going to fall on my hiney during class and totally embarrass myself, but guess what? The shoes were awesome! A totally worthy investment! They didn’t slip at all, and I didn’t even notice the “weird” sole. They were actually much easier to dance in and made me feel more “professional“…haha. :) Speaking of professional, they started training peeps from my class to be instructors. I am toying with the idea of asking about it/signing up. I think it would be so fun to teach a class, but I’m not sure if my work schedule would let me commit due to the high-probability of traveling. Either way, I was totally glad I went to class…I had a great workout and a great time!

Semi-related reader question: When you were kids/teens, did anyone else ever want to dress like their idol when they did a sport? When I did ice-skating, I remember I got a necklace just like Michelle Kwan’s and wore it religiously every day…just like her, of course. My mom’s friend actually brought it back with her from China! I still have it somewhere.

In-closing…Remember to take care of yourselves. I’m not saying go have a shopping spree at a sporting goods store, but try to listen to your body and budget for the proper equipment. Your body will thank you for it. :) With this in mind, I think I’m going to have to use my next budget purchase on new running shoes. Mine are about 5 years old (though I have only worn them for walking, primarily)! I doubt they offer any sort of support, so I’m thinking new shoes would be much better for me and my walking/attempt at running.

PS My knees feel fine today! Must have been the shoes….haha…jk. Either way…Yay! Hopefully, I’ll get a good workout tomorrow!

PSS It’s supposed to snow here tomorrow…a lot (for us)! Let’s hope it doesn’t start too early…I’m supposed to have a most-awesome brunch with some friends and I really want to go!

SCBR Week 4/ Day 6 Food/Exercise Journal

7:30 am – Coffee + AB Toast – Content (5)

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I started today with a fave – FM Breakfast Blend with 2% milk and sugar.

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I was a little oatmeal-ed out and didn’t feel like going for my make-up bagel day, so I had some Great Harvest High 5 Fiber toasted with some Barney Butter almond butter.

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It was really good! I love how the heat from the toast warms through the Almond butter…mmm!

12:00 pm – Soup + Kale + Water – Content (5)

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I was planning to eat my leftover spicy chicken salad from yesterday and even brought extra bread in today, but whilst browsing the web, I remembered Lent had started! I couldn’t eat meat today!

I went to my tried and true Home Economist, a local health-food oriented grocery store, and picked up some nice, hot veggie tortellini soup to combat the yucky cold, rainy day.

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I also got the kale I regretted not getting yesterday. I talked a co-worker into getting some, too. He said he liked it, but I dunno.

I also pulled out the leftover taboulleh and got some water. I ate my lunch while watching Paula Deen cook some yummy-looking berry dishes.

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Above is the “after.” It turns out my body wasn’t as hungry as I thought I was. I had another case of “big eyes.” My parents used to tell me that all the time when I was a kid. They said that I always thought I could eat more than I could and tried to get me to start with smaller portions because I could always get more. I guess old habits die hard. I still try to work on this little tidbit they passed along to me.

I ate all the soup, half of the kale, and none of the tabbouleh. I’m saving the leftovers for this weekend.

Lunch was great and much more filling than I would have expected it to be. It’s so great to finally start exploring vegetarian options for meals…I’d really like to eat more fruits and veggies anyways.

1:00 pm – Tea + Cookies – Content (5)

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Awhile back, my dad gave me some iced gingerbread cookies and I decided to give them to a co-worker whom I knew loved them and because I didn’t want to eat the entire bag myself. The co-worker didn’t want all the cookies so they stayed in my office most of the day. Of course, I ended up eating a few – 3 to be exact.

I had some Green Tea with Lemon by Bigelow Tea, which was nice and mellow.

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Here’s a close-up of cookie #1. The cookie was way better than I expected. I thought it was going to be all hard + crunchy, but it was soft and lofty…almost cake-like. It was delicious. I had to go back for more.

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I got 2 more. Yum!

3:00 pm – Cheese + Apple – Content (5)

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I decided to have another snack – an apple, some more water (gotta get lots of liquids for my post-work workout), and some Babybel cheese.

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Have you tried these little Babybel cheeses? They are soooo good! They are nice and light and smooth and delicious. I can’t remember the first time I had one, but it may have been in France. I found them at the Home Economist today for $4 for a bag of 6. I felt totally jipped because I had only seen them for $6 at Harris Teeter. I bought them once or twice, but decided it was too much for cheese. I’m liking the $4 price tag much more.

4:45 pm – Clif Energy Banana Bread – Content (5)

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After changing for my workout class, I threw one of those Clif Energy bars into my bag – the Banana Bread flavor.

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I scarfed this down on my way from work to a local store to get myself a little something-something. I’ll post about that tomorrow since it’s already late and I’m not even on dinner yet! As for the bar, it really tasted like banana bread at first bite. The more I ate it, the more it tasted like a health bar, but it was still good and seemed to give me plenty of energy for my class later.

5:45 pm – Dance Workout – Energized and Awesome!

I had a nice hourlong work out of zumba and dancing. It was so much fun. It amazes me that I can’t run for an hour, but I can dance for an hour. Go figure!

I asked my instructor how many calories we burn per class and she said she estimates she burns 600-700 when she’s going full force. Yowsa! I can’t quite move like her, so I’m estimating low at around 550. Still a good workout!

9:15 pm – Warm Quinoa with Shrimp and Asparagus – First Signs of Feeling Full (6)

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We’re digging deeper into our other budgets to pay for food through the end of the month. Hubby picked up shrimp, asparagus, garlic, a small onion, and some parsley today for dinner. Guess this will come out of our “Out to Eat” budget?

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I’ve been looking forward to trying my quinoa that I picked up from a health-food store awhile back for the longest time. With us eating seafood (non-meat) for Lent and hubby having picked up asparagus with the shrimp, I decided to give this Whole Foods recipe a try: Warm Quinoa Salad with Shrimp and Asparagus.

I made a couple slight changes: I didn’t have sundried tomatoes, so I subbed tomato paste – about 1 tbsp, I sauted the shrimp in a separate pan and put them over the asparagus and peas when those went in, and I ended up cooking my quinoa for about 5-10 minutes longer than suggested and had to add a wee bit more veggie broth. The end result was well-worth all the effort and it wasn’t really that hard.

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I served dinner with some whole grain buttered toast – a slice of High 5 Fiber for hubby and the nub of the Dakota for me. Can you tell which one is which?

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Hubby waits while I photograph dinner.

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And a beautiful dinner it was. I thought it came out great! This is definitely a keeper. Even hubby liked it and I thought he wouldn’t because he doesn’t like cousous. The quinoa reminded me a bit of couscous, but seemed more tender and not quite as dry.

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We had some water and more 3 Buck Chuck with dinner.

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Hubby had lots of seconds and I had a little bit. Dinner was so good!

11:00 pm – Baklava + Milk – First Signs of Feeling Full (6)

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Hubby got me some baklava while he was at the store. One of my fave restaurants is in the same shopping center as the grocery store and he swung by to get me this treat. I will be enjoying the baklava with a wee bit of 2% milk.

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As soon as I publish this post, I’m off to enjoy. I’m ashamed to admit to eating this so late, but you gotta do what you gotta do, right? I need to work on getting my schedule in check so I’m not eating so late and not doing everything else, like blogging, so late. I’ve been doing pretty good so far this week, but I guess I lost track of time tonight. Whoopsie!

Calorie Summary + Personal Update

Calories Eaten: 2047
Calories Burned: 545
Net Calories: 1502

I’m a little over my goal, but I think I’m doing pretty good since I haven’t even finished 1 week of calorie counting. I’m starting to get a better handle on how to balance my foods and snacks, but I know I have a lot to learn still, too.

As a side note, I wanted to talk to how my changes from SCBR seem to be affecting me. Earlier this week, I started noticing my jeans were fitting looser. Yay! I’ve also felt a bit more energized overall. Even today, when I went to my dance class, everything seemed a wee bit easier! It was such a great feeling! I love seeing the results of hard work and this has been 4 weeks now in the making…woohoo! I miss how I felt when I was an “athlete” (skating 6 times a week), so I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things.

Tomorrow is my school’s homecoming, so I’m hoping to have some fun pics to share! :) I’m off to enjoy my baklava!

Next Week’s Organic Delivery List (for 3/3/09)

Here's what we'll be getting in next week's delivery of organic produce from Absolute Organics:

  • Green Peppers – local
  • Green Leaf Lettuce – local
  • Cremini Mushrooms – local – recipe emailed
  • Collard Greens – recipes emailed
  • Carrots with Tops – recipe emailed
  • Avocados – recipe emailed
  • Fuji Apples
  • Bartlett Pears
  • Valencia Oranges
  • Kiwi
  • Bananas

The cremini mushrooms scare me a bit because I don't really like mushrooms at all, but I also didn't check them off on my sign-up indicating that I didn't want any, so I knew I'd get some eventually.  Looks like next week is the week!  I'd like to learn to like mushrooms.  As with most foods I don't care for, I keep trying mushrooms every so often, hoping that I'll finally decide I like them.  So far, no luck.  I'll still put them in recipes that call for them, but I usually mince it up so tiny that I can't tell I'm eating mushroom, but I still get that great mushroom flavor.

I'm especially excited about the kiwis.  I don't think I've ever actually purchased kiwis just to eat, but I remember my mom eating them all the time.  I gave them a quick check in my The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth book.  Unfortunately, I read it over really early this morning before I had coffee, so I can't remember exactly, but I think the book said that kiwis have twice as much vitamin C than oranges!  Here's a good article with some nutritional info on kiwis (click).

I'm looking forward to another fresh & amazing delivery!

PS If you sign up with AO, tell them I sent you! :)

SCBR Week 4/ Day 5 Food/Exercise Journal

7:30 am – Coffee – First Signs of Hunger (4)

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Whilst digging out a bag of coffee from my pantry, I re-discovered a sample of Fresh Market Caramel Macchiato flavored coffee, so I tossed it in the coffee machine to brew. It was quite tasty…I’ll have to think about buying some next time I’m at FM.

9:15 am – Banana-Pumpkin Oats – First Signs of Feeling Full (6)

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For breakfast, I made a bowl of Banana-Pumpkin Oats so I could try to use up some more of the canned pumpkin leftover from Sunday’s dinner. I will have to remember to buy a different brand of canned pumpkin next time…this TJ organic version wasn’t nearly as bright orange and I think the vibrant color is one of my favorite parts of eating anything with canned pumpkin.

Pre-cooking:

  • 1/3 cup 1-minute quick cooking Quaker oats
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

Post-cooking:

  • 1 tbsp 2% milk, stirred in
  • 1 small, sliced banana, 1/2 stirred in, 1/2 on top
  • 1 tbsp sliced almonds, on top

The oats were quite good. I liked how the pumpkin changed the overall flavor of the oatmeal, but it wasn’t anything too drastic. Just something to make you wonder what tasted so good.

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I also had a nice big cup of water to wash things down.

12:00 pm – Spicy Chicken Salad on High 5 Fiber + Tabbouleh – First Signs of Feeling Full (6)

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I brought 2 pieces of the Great Harvest bread I got yesterday to work today and went to a local health-grocery store to pick up some stuff to go with it. I looked for one of my faves of theirs – the spicy chicken salad. I didn’t see it behind the counter and decided to ask if they had some in the back, expecting a “no.” Well…they had it! So I got a small container and brought that back along with some tabbouleh, yogurt, and a banana-oatmeal bar from the clearance rack.

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Sans lids

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I was a little disappointed with the tabbouleh. Last time, it was sooo flavorful! This time, I think it was missing some lemon juice. I didn’t get that tang of citrus. I almost got some marinated kale at the grocery store. I had it in my hands and everything and I put it back for the tabbouleh. Guess I chose the wrong one today. Though, in truth, I did still enjoy the tabbouleh overall.

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I ended up using only about 1/2 the spicy chicken salad, which made an excellent combo with that GH bread. Yum!

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I had some more water with lunch.

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Leftovers…I’ll be enjoying these tomorrow!

2:15 pm – Yogi Tea Himalayan Apple Spice + Candy – Content (5)

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Later on, I broke out one of the Yogi Tea samples I got in the mail – the Himalayan Apple Spice. It smelled just like apple cider and was pretty tasty. Not my fave of the yogi teas, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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I ended up sharing the tea with a co-worker and fellow tea fan who wanted to sample it, so this picture shows what I actually had – about 1 cup’s worth. Just enough!

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Yogi tea quote of the day – “Act selfless, you will be infinite.”

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I also broke out my valentine from the valentine’s day potluck awhile back. I can’t believe I forgot to take pictures of this for the potluck post! They were so cute! Sorry Nate!

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Just a few to snack on.

3:45 pm – String Cheese + Carrots + Yogurt – Content (5)

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Later in the day, I was feeling snacky and grabbed a Wallaby blueberry yogurt, string cheese, a little more water…

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…and some baby carrots.

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I love how the Wallabys are already mixed. Fruit-on-the-bottom yogurts kinda gross me out, but I do eat them from time to time.

6:45 pm – TJ’s Frozen BBQ Chicken Pizza – First Signs of Feeling Full (6)

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We’re still on the tail end of February’s spent grocery budget, so we’re trying not to buy anything new. We ended up baking up this frozen BBQ Chicken pizza from Trader Joe’s for dinner. The pizza was much smaller than I thought it would be, but it was just the right size for me and hubby.

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Hubby even noticed we had a bottle of 3-buck-Chuck in the apartment, so we broke that out and had a taste of the sauvignon blanc.

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I only had a wee bit with some water.

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The pizza was awesome! Probably the best frozen pizza I’ve ever had…no lie. We’ll probably be picking a couple more of these up. I also liked how the ingredient list had whole wheat flour as one of (if not “the”) first ingredient. I ended up halving one of the pieces shown above so I had about 1/3 of the pizza. Just looking at 1/3 of the pizza, you wouldn’t think it was enough, but I tried really hard to listen to my body to see if it would tell me it was full and after my 1/3 of the pizza, it actually was!

7:30 pm – Walk with Hubby + Bailey – Refreshed

Hubby and I took Bailey for a quick walk after dinner. We just walked around the neighborhood and came home. We were gone for about 30 minutes and I did about 10 minutes of stretching afterwards. The walk wasn’t vigorous, but it was still nice and refreshing.

9:00 pm – Apple + Chocolate Soy Milk – Content (5)

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Just before starting this post, I decided another snack was in order. I sliced up a Pink Lady apple and poured a tiny cup of chocolate soy milk. The apple is mostly gone at the moment and the chocolate soy milk is about to be enjoyed. Once I publish this, I’m off to get cozy on the couch and watch a DVR’ed neat. Love that show! It makes me want to clear out my clutter.

Calorie Summary

Calories Eaten: 1571
Calories Burned: 82
Net Calories: 1489

(Calories I’m supposed to eat per Fitday.com goal: 1437)

I think I’m starting to get the hang of this! :)

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