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We’ve been away from each other for awhile and I’ve been cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Below are some of the more delectable dishes from the past few weeks.

BREAKFAST

I eat a lot of eggs because they’re zero points on Weight Watchers, nutritious and filling, and super versatile. Sometimes, I want something that’s not eggs for breakfast. I put together a yogurt bowl with non-fat plain greek yogurt, jazzed up with cinnamon and vanilla, 1/4 cup of granola and lots of berries.

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I often will make my own homemade waffles and pancakes so I know exactly what goes into them, but for days I need to have an efficient morning, I pull out kodiak cakes’ protein brand. (Not an ad, I just love their products). I topped this beautiful with sugar free syrup- not bad, just a little less sticky so it makes food soggier faster- fruit, and chopped walnuts.

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On mornings, such as on the weekend, when I do have time for a leisurely morning, I like to concoct more advanced dishes. This is two eggs with marinara sauce, veggies, and mozzarella baked together in a warm bowl of goodness.

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LUNCH/DINNER

Quick and simple, grilled shrimp, brown rice, spinach.

 

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I cooked some 99% ground turkey meat in teriyaki sauce and ate it throughout the week. One of my concoctions was lettuce wraps with an assortment of vegetables, served with brown rice.

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Another variety was in a bowl mixed with lots of veggies and rice, topped with a little drizzle of sweet chili sauce.

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I eat a lot of cod because it’s so easy to cook. Here, I just topped it with salt and pepper and enjoyed it over zoodles cooked in olive oil and garlic and topped with chopped tomatoes and parmesan.

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A blackened piece of swordfish paired well with frozen veggies. It was very easy to pop the vegetables into the microwave and throw some teriyaki on it for taste.

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Any go-to meals to share? I’d love to hear your opinions!

Food Friday Round-up

It’s Friday (the 13th!) and I’m back with a round-up of food from the week! As I mentioned earlier, I’m back on Weight Watchers, but I’m determined not to fill my days with bland, boring foods. Here’s a look at what I’ve been eating- and enjoying- this week!

*This does not include snacks throughout the day.

Breakfasts

Scrambled eggs with red bell peppers, spinach, jalapeños, chicken sausage, and cheese in a whole wheat pita. (3 points)

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Cheese omelette with the most delicious fruit! (0 points)

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Scrambled eggs with red bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and bok choy with feta in a whole wheat pita. (1 point)

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Lunches

Whole wheat tortilla with baby spinach, red bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, broccoli slaw, feta, and a drizzle of Italian dressing. (4 points)

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Whole wheat tortilla with shredded mozzarella, marinara, and turkey pepperoni. (7 points)

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Whole Foods plate with salmon, roasted broccoli, and a kale and brussels sprouts salad. (4 points)

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Grilled cod on top of two corn tortillas, broccoli slaw, and yellow bell peppers with a splash of teriyaki sauce and served with more of that yummy fruit. (6 points)

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Dinners

Blackened salmon with boiled cauliflower and a caesar salad. (11 points)

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Grilled shrimp, rice with veggies, and veggies stir fried in hoisin sauce. (7 points)

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Lemon chicken with brown spinach rice and spinach. (14 points)

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the breakfast sandwich

Ever since returning to personal training, I have an odd schedule. Not only do I work mornings and nights, but the second half of the week is a lot busier than the first half. On Monday, I headed to the gym to crush my workout before seeing a client.

It was arms day and I was aiming for heavier weights, which resulted in tired arms. Success! I finished up on the bike for a sweaty (and headphone-less!) ride. So sad. Even though I charged them up, my headphones just didn’t want to turn on and it was time to replace them. I hope the new ones work well and don’t rub on my neck to cause a rash! I love the wireless ones, but my previous pair had a bar type thing connected to it and that + sweat, did not bode well for me.

The afternoon was spent eating lunch, doing chores, and cuddling up with the little dude who couldn’t decide whether he wanted to be cuddled or chased.

Now back to me and my odd schedule…since I’m on the run most mornings, whether to get to work or fit in a workout first, I need a nutritious, quick, and filling breakfast. Welcome to the art of the breakfast sandwich!

My favorite combination is an English muffin, two eggs scrambled, with pepper jack cheese, and a chicken sausage patty. Fruit of course, on the side.

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Ham will do.

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Sometimes even pepperoni in a pinch and for a kick.

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I even mixed things up with an everything bagel thin.

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The breakfast sandwich is a thing of beauty because it’s simple, but potentially versatile, quick, filling, and chock full of nutrients.

You could go meatless and swap in fresh spinach and/or tomato. You could fry or poach the eggs if you prefer them drippier. You could throw everything into a wrap, covered in waffles, or even a lettuce wrap if that fits your fancy.

If you’re on the run, don’t count out breakfast!

My love for breakfast knows no bounds.

Cheesy eggs, toast, and bacon.

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Breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, and pepperoni- a little unusual but it hit the spot. Served with blueberries which had already been devoured.

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Pancakes on a wannabe rainy morning!

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Oatmeal eaten seemingly in the middle of the night (around 5:30am). So good on a rainy morning.

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Another egg sandwich, this time with ham.

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Lots of leftover lunches this week. First, a bowl of pasta with meatballs and green beans, spinach added.

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Another bowl of pasta, this one with shrimp and green beans, a salad unseen on the side.

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The first dinner of the week was a yummy salad crafted with greens, mandarin oranges, tomatoes, peppers, and sliced almonds, topped with crispy shrimp.

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Baked cod with a cracker crumble, sweet potato fries, and an arugula salad with tomatoes and slivered almonds.

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My favorite spinach rice with a medley of scallops, shrimp, and fresh veggies stirred together in alfredo.

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oatmeal in the morning

Happy Tuesday friends!

I’ve got another quick and easy breakfast-at-work for you. All you’ll require once at work is a microwave!

Warm oatmeal is one of my absolute favorites. For whatever reason, I just can’t get behind overnight oats and I think the point of oatmeal is for it to be served warm. Knowing this, I decided to make my early morning workdays friendlier and tastier with one of my favorite dishes.

The night before, I always prep a serving of oats with some cinnamon in one container. The next is a serving of milk with a splash of vanilla. A third container (bear with me) is full of fruits, my usual are blueberries and strawberries. And last, but never least, I’ve got my peanut butter for an extra dose of healthy and yummy.

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The next morning, I put the milk into the oats and cook for a minute, stir, cook for 30 seconds, stir, then cook for another 30 seconds. You’ll know when it’s ready, between 2-3 minutes depending on your microwave.

I stir in the peanut butter, then drop in the fruit and enjoy!

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It’s seriously good!

food

It’s been a bit since we’ve had our usual Food Friday’s post and I’m embarrassed to admit I don’t have that many for you today. By the time I realized I should be collecting them, it was already Wednesday after lunch! But we get what we get and we don’t get upset- or so I used to tell my kindergarteners!

Oatmeal! This will be featured at some point next week. It’s delicious.

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I love when you can throw the night before’s dinner into one bowl and make a meal. Burrito inspired.

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The steak dinner that was featured earlier this week. I think it deserves some more love.

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Breakfast! Eggs with cheese on an English muffin with  fruit. It’s the simple things.


Lunch included more leftovers- spinach salad with chicken.


Since I work Thursday nights and have to work early Friday, I prefer to eat dinner on the earlier side. I prepped an excellent cod fillet with spinach rice and a vegetable medley.

It’s Friday, so smile to yourself, do a little jig, and get back to work because it’s almost the weekend!

food to go

Sometimes I work in the mornings, sometimes I work at night. Depending on the time, I either need to prepare breakfast or dinner ahead of time so I stay organized and healthy! I went over a few breakfast options last week, and there are more to come, but today, I’m focusing on the dinner thing.

For protein, I threw a slab of steak onto a pan and got cooking. I’m still new to cooking steak, trying to make it pink enough but not too pink. It’s a struggle, but I think I did well this time. I seasoned the meat with a steak seasoning…and some olive oil.

While that got cooking, I started in on my vegetables. I mostly love vegetables, especially a variety of them in a dish.

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This time around, I selected zucchini, carrots, red pepper, and yellow pepper. I also threw on some asparagus and spinach once in the pan.

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To round out the meal, I cooked some rice. Along with a side of bbq sauce, I prepped everything to go and all I had to do later was heat it up!

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All of this led to a happy and healthy stomach!