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!

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quick dinner

Life is busy. You’re hungry. You need something quick, nutritious, and tasty.

Boil some water and drop in the pasta.

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Season the chicken and throw it on a sizzling pan.

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Steam the broccoli.

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Dinner.

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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.

baked cod

I don’t know what it is about the summer that made me want to turn on my oven, but I’ve had a few recipes lately that I’ve been digging.

I keep a lot of cod and salmon in my freezer as I try to eat fish and chicken for a lot of dinners. Cod is great with butter, salt, and pepper, but I was feeling fancy on Tuesday night and went for it.

Since I’m on my own, I make a lot of single-serving recipes, or double batches and save for later, but this is something you could easily quadruple if needed. It’s amazing what a little prep work can do to make a meal special.

At my mom’s suggestion, I pre-heated the oven at 375 and started prepping. Salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, and butter.

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Ritz cracker crumble.

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Baked for 20 minutes.

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A thing of beauty.

Served with a baked potato and lots of spinach.

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the art of pancakes

My go to pancake recipe is healthy and packed with protein and goodness, but it’s not your standard pancake. For whatever reason, this past weekend, I decided I needed a standard pancake recipe, so I got mixing.

I wanted to do it from scratch, mostly because I didn’t want to go to the store at the moment and buy a mix, and also, making pancakes is a serious life skill.

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I chose the recipe from Google and it had a 5 star rating with lots of reviews, so I expected I was in good hands. These, the ones on the right, were okay. I made enough for two servings and refrigerated half for another day’s breakfast. The first batch came out looking kind of funky, but the ones I ate immediately looked and tasted better.

The second batch, on the left, looked and tasted a lot better. The trick, I think, is in allowing the batter to rest for about 15 minutes after mixing. I could not tell you the science of why, but it was on the instructions and I listened.

Still, these are not my momma’s pancakes, which, upon reflection, I believe came from Bisquick, but if that is not the case, I’m sure she’ll be ‘quick’ to tell me. And for the record, when I asked her and my sister if they had a go to recipe, she said “no” and my sister didn’t answer at all.

Back to the drawing board this weekend! If anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to comment or send me a recipe!

Happy Monday!

I’m trying to be consistent, but then I get out of the habit of blogging! At least I did some fun stuff over the weekend.

Friday night, it was gym-time. I really wasn’t feeling like going after a long week at work, but I had taken Thursday off and knew I would feel better once I finished. I ended up killing a lower body workout, ending with a run and felt great! Lunch at work was fried chicken- heavy- so for dinner, I had half a sandwich and a cup of tomato soup. The perfect accompaniment? The new season of Fuller House. Yes, it’s outrageously cheesy, but they know it, they use it well, and it’s all sorts of adorable. Nostalgia is in!

On Saturday, I was happy to not set an alarm and zzz. For breakfast, I made myself a veggie scramble and a waffle. So good and quite the meal to fuel my hike. My friend and I decided to hike to the Hollywood Sign, which is no easy feat. We took the long way and about a quarter of a mile in, I needed to pee. So we turned around and I used the MOST DISGUSTING port-a-potty known to man. It’s a good thing I can squat. But, I was better for it, and crushed that hike. I mean…

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I can’t get enough of the view, even on a cloudy day!

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By the time we hiked down, it was time for food and you better believe I worked for those chips and salsa. After dinner, we saw Office Christmas Party, which was funny but also, when are we going to allow women to be powerful and in charge and not a total bitch? I expect more than anti-feminist jokes in a movie that features Jennifer Aniston and Kate McKinnon. C’mon!

I was sore and had wracked up 21,000+ steps on my Saturday, but I did myself a favor and trekked out to the grocery store to get it done! It might not be the most glamorous way to spend a Saturday night, but it made my Sunday that much better.

Speaking on Sunday, it was time for more Fuller House while I munched on my pancake breakfast, folded laundry, and cleaned. After breakfast, I tossed a bunch of stuff into the crockpot and headed out for a bike ride. I love the beach. I always thought New York City was the city of my soul, but the ocean gets me. Surf’s up! Okay, I can’t pull that off and I’d probably make a terrible surfer, but it’s still on my LA Bucket List.

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(Side Note: Does anyone else remember that show California Dreams? I loved that ish.)

I rode for about 35 minutes and found myself a bench in which to gaze out into the ocean and write. Can’t.Beat.That. I really wanted to walk down to the water, but leaving my bike is a sensitive topic since it was, ya know, stolen.

After I headed back and grabbed a quick pb&j, I walked over to the gym and killed a body weight/plyometric-heavy workout. I mean, jumping plie squats, no but yes. Or yes, but no? Who cares, I did it. And loved it.

Back to the store it was, this time to Target, and it was MADNESS. I don’t like people surrounding me while shopping on the best of days, but this was chaos. I got what I needed, stood in line for too long, and hit the road.

Sunday night was productive. First, a dinner of chicken, broccoli, spinach, and ziti with a side salad. Then, I prepared my meals for the week, this time chicken and two-bean chili that smelled (and tasted) divine. Yay for new, yummy recipes! Next up, I needed to touch up my hair because it’s the holidays and people be paying attention. I also, importantly, finally got some nail polish remover and wiped away the buck wild nail polish sporadically on my nails. Yuck.

A new workout plan was in the cards, particularly of the core, which is always exciting (genuinely). Blog post writing time, regular writing time, and reading before bed, and I was ready for a full night sleep and to start the week!

Get it!

 

Just A Thing

Happy mid-week! I’m only slightly ashamed to say that I’m excited that my favorite guilty pleasure TV show comes back tonight- Baby Daddy. I’ve discussed my adoration for the show before, so I won’t go into too much detail. It has a great cast (particularly Melissa Peterman from Reba), cute storylines, and isn’t terribly written (a huge plus for a sitcom like that).

I realize it has been awhile since I’ve posted some food pics so here we go! Let’s start with a black bean veggie burger two ways.

Numero Uno: A colorful and flavorful salad!

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Numero Dos: With rice and veggies!

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My favorite pancakes on a cloudy day. Oddly shaped this morning.

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Shoutout to my mom’s homemade chicken potpie and mashed potatoes from last night that was so delicious, I couldn’t capture its essence on camera.

As for exercise this week, I kicked things off on Monday with a strength training workout on the TRX straps. I don’t know much about TRX, but they appear to be so versatile, so one of my trainer friends helped me out a bit!

Even though I spent most of yesterday thinking it was Monday, I still had a great Tuesday workout. My strength training kicked my biceps, shoulders, back, and core before I hopped on the stairclimberI had been using that more often, then stopped, and coming back to it was whoa. Even though I’m super slow, it’s still effective.

I feel like I should have more to talk about, but this week has been moving in strange ways. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, it’s just a thing.

Workout planning time!