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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!

deconstructed stuffed zucchini

Does this count as a new recipe? I think it should.

I know I just posted a recipe for stuffed zucchini boats a few weeks ago, but I was inspired by the overflowing of stuffing that prevailed over the zucchini shells. And well, zoodles are popular and I have to keep up with the times, you know?

Zoodle the zucchini.

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Cook the sausage first. Add the zoodles, black beans, corn, and red pepper.

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Mix in the marinara sauce. Plate it. Voila!

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Served with a side of rice and unseen spinach.

Wait…that was so much easier and faster than waiting for the oven to bake this dish to goodness.

Always learning around here, we are.

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All the pancakes!

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Yogurt with frozen grapes and walnuts.

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Standard breakfast around here.


The beginnings of what would be a quesadilla fail- but still tasty.

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 Chicken stir fry with a teriyaki glaze.


Homemade waffles.


Warm bowl of oats.


My first ramen- from a restaurant.

Food

I have a bunch of food pics collected on my phone that I need to share. So here we are.

Peanut butter topped waffles with a drizzle of honey and fruit.

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A bowl of oats mixed with peanut butter and blueberries.

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Crockpot cherry oats with walnuts and fresh banana.

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Shrimp, cheesy orzo, spinach, and a salad.

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Cod with some greens and rice.

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I was very much into the cheesy orzo for a bit. This time around served with chicken tenders and broccoli.

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Alfredo pasta with sausage, red pepper, zucchini, and spinach.14B535B1-911F-4E75-A8E4-3923F11A331A

BBQ steak nachos with a spinach salad.

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food, in pictures

Update on the fly: it’s still here, in my room. I’m starting to suspect devious intent.

I told myself I’d snap pictures of all my meals this week, but I broke that habit awhile ago and it was hard to remember all the time.

My one photographed breakfast: instant oatmeal (Trader Joe’s variety so it’s less icky with fake stuff, but quick in the morning) with an egg and cheese on a piece of toast. Fresh blueberries and banana were swirled into the oatmeal.

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My lunch of the week was sesame chicken with broccoli and red pepper made in the crockpot. I found a quick, easy, and few-ingredient recipe to whip up in 4 hours and it hit the spot, every day. Served with brown rice.

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My healthiest snack of the week were these carrots and almonds.

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One dinner this week was a giant spinach salad with veggies, chopped nuts, and grilled chicken. The grilled zucchini was an excellent complement to the uncooked peppers, carrots, and spinach.

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A second dinner was a chicken, veggie, quinoa alfredo. Quinoa does not cook glamorously in the microwave, but it does cook fast.

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Not a lot, but not too bad. Next week will be better.

Happy Thursday- let the countdown to the weekend commence!

Breathe In, Breathe Out, DON’T Hit Send

Da Cubs! (Like Da Bears, but with Cubs. Get it?)

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I’m glad that my Red Sox weren’t part of that game 7 the other night because it was insane. Fun, but crazy and nerve-wracking and I’ve never felt so happy and so sad for the same reason with such intensity.

On another note, this election is tearing me apart. I have to physically and emotionally restrain myself from commenting on other people’s Facebook pages to keep the peace and ensure that I don’t isolate loved ones when this is all over. It will be my birthday. I expect birthday love. I just don’t understand how the choice can be so clear and people so ignorant.

But…instead of obsessing over this, I’m gonna post some long-awaited food pics.

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I really think in another life, I could have been a chef. When I put in time and effort, I’m pretty good at this cooking thing. And it’s mostly healthy- except for the sweet tooth thing. My sweet tooth needs to RELAX.

It’s Friday, friends. Next week is a big one. Momentous. I turn 27.

Oh, and also, we have the biggest election day of all of our lives. I hope my Grandma gets to see the first female president elected. My Grandma is awesome. So is Hillary Clinton.

VOTE!

One Month!

Happy one month anniversary to me and LA!

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In some ways, I can’t believe I’ve already lived here for a month, but in others I feel like I’ve been here forever. It has something to do with how things came together job-wise, but also, life flies! Take advantage and live it while we can!* Chasing dreams isn’t always glamorous and it’s certainly not easy, and no matter the long-term successes and failures, the journey is worth it. Cliches have truth, friends!

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*Even if it scares you and believe me, this still scares me.

If you’ll remember, I am a personal trainer and so I’m used to standing on my feet all day, but the change of foot wear and profession has taken a hit to my feet. They are sore! After a day at work and a run, this is my total for the day:

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I’ll never complain about getting to move around, but I think they might deserve a pedicure soon- maybe to celebrate my one month anniversary!

Breakfast:

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Lunch was quinoa, black beans, brussels sprouts, and broccoli.

Dinner:

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We’re halfway through the week!