food is food and food is good

It’s weird, right? That food doesn’t rhyme with good. When people ask me how I became a decent writer, I don’t tell them it’s because I know good grammar. But that is totally off topic because it’s Friday and it’s time to show you my art collection. And by art collection, I mean all the food I’ve eaten this past week. It’s colorful thanks to all the fruits and veggies I eat.

Warm bowl of oats.


The results of a soon-to-be-shared recipe.


Cod with broccoli and orzo.


French toast with an egg and fruit.


Salmon with rice and spinach.

A burger out.

Food on the Brain

I think I mentioned that I’ve been running more, but I don’t know if I told you how I ran 10 miles. Straight. Yes, okay, so that run ruined my sneakers and is now the reason why my feet go numb when I run (I know I need to get to the store), but it was so worth it. Running 10 miles is a feat if only based on how long it takes me. Note, just short of 2 hours. So I’m not a fast runner, but my clip was consistent and I have the feeling that I could do it again. Even more, maybe. Half marathon, let’s go! Remember, if I can run, you can run. You just have to start.

After that shameless plug, I’ll get back into recap mode. Wednesday’s run seems like a walk in the park with just 4 miles and a few breath-taking sprints at the end, but it was still a great workout on a beautiful day! Thursday’s workout was an early one as I had to work later that morning. It included a kettlebell strength circuit, followed up with some body strength moves, and a swim.

But look what I had waiting for me at home!

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As promised, it’s baked oatmeal time again! My go-to baked oats recipe includes oats, baking powder, cinnamon, mashed banana, chopped dates, and milk of any kind. It’s fun to mix things up and tis the season for pumpkin and apple! I tossed in some chopped apple, canned pumpkin, raisin, and walnuts, baked it for 25 minutes at 350 and had myself a tasty, warm, and nutritious breakfast.

I made it the night before and heated it up for breakfast and it was still fresh and delicious!

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Um, yes, please and thank you. Some peanut butter might have been thrown on top because I can’t help myself.

Lunch was fun too when I got down to it. Quesadilla time! First step, grill those veggies!

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It’s nice to have already grilled chicken on hand like I did, but it doesn’t take much time to cook that up either. Once cooked, mix everything together nice and hot.

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Assemble the tortilla and cheese!

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Top with mixture on one side (you know, where the cheese is). Don’t forget to sprinkle another layer of cheese on top for the sticking factor.

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Let it brew before you chew.  I had to do it without actually doing it. I’m sorry.

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Savor.

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A comfort favorite packed with nutrition and YUM!

And on to this morning’s recap…I had a quick homemade breakfast sandwich before skipping over to the gym for a dumbbell circuit. I held some planks too before getting my butt kicked at a spin class. Nice to mix up the cardio sometimes.

Now time to think about lunch…HAPPY FRIDAY!

Pumpkin French Toast!

I promised pumpkin spice French toast was in your future. I delivered.

While grocery shopping on Sunday, I discovered stocked shelves of cans of pumpkin. We’re mid-way thru September and it was chilly yesterday, I think it’s time we embraced the pumpkin!

First step was to heat the pan. This “special” pan is meant for paninis, but it makes awesome French toast. I gathered all of my ingredients into a pretty picture for your eyes only.

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Into the bowl went an egg- the yolk adds nice texture and ties everything together- a quarter cup of almond milk, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a dash of vanilla, and a quarter cup of pumpkin- it’s a vegetable! All swirled together, we get this autumn-inspired, colorful concoction.

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The spoon promptly fell victim to the mixture and I had to fish it out. Even if I make things look slick and smooth, I promise it’s not. And 9 out of 10 times, I will share this with you. Silly = better blogging.

I dipped my bread of choice- whole wheat sour dough- into the mixture, pressing it down and absorbing the goodness. Here they are after grilled up on one side.

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Notice the batter clinging to the side. My flipping skills need some work.

While the toast grilled, I took to chopping up some fresh fruit. Strawberries, blueberries, and banana add a nice patriotic touch. Just call me international, what with French toast and an American fruit salad. Okay, that’s a stretch.

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So pretty! Except, when topped with peanut butter and jelly, it grows even prettier. I mean delicious. Food can’t be pretty, silly! Well, actually, yes it can.

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Some might say I have too much time on my hands to do this. I’m just doing a service for you.

Pumpkin French Toast:

This recipe serves one, but can be easily adapted to feed your brood.

Ingredients: egg, milk of choice, vanilla extract, cinnamon, pumpkin, bread

  1. Pre-heat pan on stove-top
  2. Crack 1 egg into large bowl
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of milk
  4. Sprinkle generous amount of cinnamon
  5. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  6. Scoop 1/4 cup of pumpkin
  7. Combine ingredients
  8. Soak bread
  9. Grill bread
  10. Top with goodness
  11. Eat!

I’m not one to usually type up recipe cards such as shown above. It doesn’t include much detail, but the French toast doesn’t take much work. It may look and taste fancy and gourmet, but the prep is null and it really is a nutritious twist on a classic. Enjoy!

May Greetings!

It must be the end of the week because I just had to be told I was wearing my sweatshirt backwards. The terrible thing is, I thought it was strange when I couldn’t find the front pocket, but it didn’t alert me to maybe see what was happening. One could say I have so many other things going on, I couldn’t be bothered with such frivolous details. One would be too kind.

The day started off with a little bit of an eff you from my alarm. I thought I still had some time, so I rolled over to lay on my side just as my alarm blared. It was really mean, but it offended me such much, it woke me right up. Nicely played, Siri? *When speaking in terms of iPhones, I just blame Siri for everything.

I got things moving with a body strength workout at the gym. Side step ups are harder than they look, especially when followed by elevated calf raises, two different types of squats, two different kinds of lunges, kneeling kickbacks using a very tight resistance band, and elevated hip lifts on a stability ball. My legs were sore! I also went through tricep dips, push ups, mountain climbers, mermaid raises, sit ups, Russian twists, and roll outs. After, I was stoked to hop in the pool, even though it was a bit crowded and I was wall side in my lane, which in hate because I feel claustrophobic. I also enjoy swimming in the middle lanes of the pool because it has the whole open water effect. I’m a freak, I know. *For the record, if you out me in actual open water, I would panic and drown myself by accident. I fit in a solid mile and left the gym jazzed for the day.

For breakfast, I heated up the new breakfast sandwich machine to excellent results. It’s super easy to use, it’s fast, and you don’t have to do much fussing about, so I can get organized without feeling rushed. This also allows me a little longer time at the gym. Fresh fruit topped off my yummy meal.

 

I was- ok, my mom- was right about the whole fat in my meal thing. A little cheese left me fuller for longer and I didn’t even think of eating again until a few, appropriate, hours later. Lunch was a stir fry with buckwheat noodles,  chicken, veggies, and the aforementioned cheese. For a snack, I had the juiciest orange and a cup of Trader Joes coconut cream Greek yogurt that was incredible. Seriously, it was so good, but it did have a little more sugar than I would normally allot for a snack.

  It was all about the veggies for dinner. I tossed a shaved Brussels sprout salad together for a fresh side,malong with kebabs with grilled chicken, pepper, and zucchini. Because we were going to make it earlier in the week and didn’t, we also had cauliflower au gratin and a side of brown spinach rice. So good!

It’s Friday, friends, which means one more morning until I can sleep in! Also, only a few more hours until I get to see my husband, Chris Evans, up on the big screen again. Avengers Assemble! 

Oh! And happy. May!