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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 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!

fancy in the kitchen

This weekend, I got fancy in the kitchen. My cousin was coming over for dinner and I love cooking for people, so I got right to work.

First up, homemade croutons for a caesar salad. Say wha-at?!

Starting with a piece of french bread:

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Chopped up and seasoned.

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Spread out on a baking sheet.

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Crisped.

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And then some meatballs!

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Browned.

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And baked.

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Complete.

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food, a collection

Thanks to my inconsistency, I have a weird assortment of food pictures on my phone at any given time. Sometimes I don’t take one because the meal doesn’t look particularly flattering or camera-ready, but usually it’s because I dive in and forget.

I’ve still got quite a few to share:

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lately

 

I’ve eaten some great meals lately. My meals are not the problem, it’s the eating inbetween that I need to watch! The holidays did a number on me, but I’m feeling better and back on track.

Let’s take a look.

Saturday pancake breakfast.

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Breakfast sandwich: eggs, cheese, toast.

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Eggs, a piece of toast, and an unseen strawberry smoothie.

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Yogurt, berries, and walnuts for a snack.

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Chicken, broccoli, ziti (with red pepper). Kind of a soup dish, but definitely delicious. Ate this when it was still burning hot because I needed to make a movie time. Worth it.

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Steak caesar tacos because life is awesome. With spinach.

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The secret to cooking anything covered in bread crumbs on a stove top is to do it for a long time over low heat. This piece of fish was divine and paired with brown rice, spinach, broccoli, and covered with sesame ginger sauce.

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The one lunch that made it in here. Tacos with cheese, deli turkey, spinach, tomato, sour cream, and sriracha.

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Workouts as of late included that hike from the other day.

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Monday’s upper body strength workout included lots of work on the biceps, triceps, and shoulders. So much so that I’m still sore in the triceps, though that could have been manipulated further by my chest/back workout on Tuesday. My workout on Wednesday was lower body. Every day was topped with some core and cardio: biking, running, elliptical(ling). I’ve got one last formal workout of the week before my friend Katie comes for the weekend.

Eat well. Live well. Feel well.

power of positivity

I think I mentioned how I’m trying to be more positive and one of the things I’m doing to help myself is writing down one thing that makes me happy every day. I have a new planner that I’m filling in with my positive thoughts. It can be as simple as eating a cookie and as complex as… whatever successes might be coming my way this year.

I also wrote a note to myself at the end of my planner to remind me of how far I will hopefully- in a good way- end up by the end of 2017. Time will tell.

For breakfast, I microwaved oatmeal. Oats, milk- but not quite enough, walnuts, raisins, and banana.

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My snack was an egg on toast and cheese.

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Lunch was more ravioli, chicken sausage, and veggies, which is the last of my batch.

Finally, for dinner I grilled up some steak and tossed them into tacos. Spinach and tostitos made the dish sparkle.

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Dinner was a perfect refuel for my lower body workout. Boy did I crush my legs. My body and mind much prefer upper body workouts, but there’s no denying how much more I sweat. I finished with some core and cardio on the bike.

Have a great weekend! I can’t wait to see what adventures await.

Chef Caitlin

In another life, maybe I should have been a chef. Let’s discuss.

At breakfast, I put together this bowl of oatmeal and cooked it in the microwave…about five seconds too long because a bit spilled out over the sides. But only a little- every great chef has a kitchen mishap or two. Topped with banana, raisins, and walnuts, it was a tasty treat.

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For a snack, I pulled the microwave trick again and cooked an egg and put it atop a piece of toast and cheese.

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I happened to enjoy it so much that I had another with my quinoa, chickpea, and veggie lunch.

I was raring for dinner after my workout and grilled a piece of cod in a buttery, garlic sauce and placed it on two corn tortillas with a drizzle of soyaki. On the side, some green beans and a giant caesar salad made with baby spinach leaves, a sprinkling of parmesan, caesar dressing, and crushed tostitos.

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They may not look restaurant-worthy, but the dishes tasted great and I think that merits some points.

Speaking of my workout, it was upper body day, so I worked my biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest, and back. For the bi’s, tri’s, and shoulders I did two exercises per muscle group. For the chest and back, I worked three exercises, all three sets of twelve reps. To top things off, I did three core exercises and ended with 20 minutes on the bike.

Happy December- it’s officially Christmas time! No matter that it’s in the sixties and I’m finding this “chilly.”