… shaking it off… and heading out in search of balance…

Posts tagged ‘veggie burgers’

rekindling an old flame…

i didn’t exercise today… i didn’t get out of bed this morning to get myself moving.. but my eats were healthy (and cost free b/c i took them all from home… HEY, the little things count too)!!

breakfast was pumpkin yogurt (WARNING: the following photo wins worst breakfast photo of the year)

but it did the trick, and tasted good… combo’d it with a cup o’ coffee

followed shortly by a cute lil clementine

i decided to snag my lunch and eat it at my desk today to continue emailing with my cousin, who happens to be like totally one of my favoritest people in the world (random old photo… clearly ’93 was a HOT year for us!!)

today’s lunch was a good reminder for me… that sometimes, the simplest healthy lunch can taste SO good! well, plus, i had abe to chat with while i munched! (i’m guessing someone is jealous of my abe lunch date)

(i didn’t really eat the pita b/c it was really white, and the other food had me feelin full enough)

this salad was SO good!! and it was just… spinach, peppercinis (i’m channeling my inner GDW), dill pickle, cucumber

all i really used for dressing was some of this bomb a** hummus i had leftover from hush hush cafe a few days ago (sidebar: if you like medit. type food.. GO TO HUSH HUSH… seriously, this guy’s food is DELISH)

then later when i was bored out of my freakin mind feelin a tad hungry, abe and i shared a snack pack of annie’s bunnies!

(yes, this is how bad my day was… i was having lunch with, talking with, and posing food with, abe lincoln!!)

between the time i got home from work and when we left for porter’s first puppy class, all i did was change clothes, do a little cleaning, and then made two rounds of dinner!

yep, another sunshine veggie burger – but tonight i had the southwestern flavor, which is actually a little spicy (YUM)… so i topped it with lettuce, salsa, and a dollop of 0% greek yogurt. and of course it must have a pickle (or two) on the side

dinner was kind of in shifts b/c i have poor food preparation timing… so the veggies came after the veggie burgers had been consumed. basic roasted brussel sprouts (just a little pam, salt, and pepper)…

we went to the first puppy class, which was, boringly enough, sans puppies… lame! i’m guessing next week will provide for a story or two… 3 of porter’s siblings will be in the class with us… i actually think the trainer is a little scared about what she may be about to encounter with four newf puppies in the same class… hahahahhhaha

so like i said… i didn’t exercise today… and while i admittedly often times like to spend my evenings like this…

let’s be honest… that’s lame and, well, not acceptable!

so i’ve made the decision to rekindle an old love affair “relationship”… i was seeing jillian every morning for a while…

STOP LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT JILLIAN… i swear to god!!!!!!!!!

but after a short time… we broke up. mainly b/c i wasn’t really giving the relationship the attention it needed, and i was letting little things (like her calling me buddy) get to me, when i shouldn’t have!

but since that time, i’ve still kept some remnants of our relationship…

(yes, the weights and jillian have been sitting in that position for a few weeks)

i have decided to take jillian back… starting tomorrow morning! and i vow to make the relationship last for at least 30 days!

now i’m going to bed… in hopes that when i wake up in the morning i will have a magically transformed body and can just tell jillian to suck it, rather than having our date!

Do You Shred? If so, what do you think it’s best to combo it with… more cardio? weights? both? none? Or you have never had the pleasure of dating Jillian??

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injury reserve…

we have a doxie on the injury reserve at our house…

farley hurt his back. it happens from time to time (life is hard when you’re a foot and a half long and 2 inches tall)… i was hoping with a bit of rest he would get better, but given that he was in the above position for two days straight and yelped whenever anyone went near him, this morning i decided we’d be making a trip to the vet!

as long as he’s got his monkey…

porter does not have a sore back!


i hauled my cookies to work this morning, even though i didn’t want to, and enjoyed some greek yogurt, pumpkin, and granola…

all stirred up it basically looked like snot (yum) but tasted pretty good!

i only worked a 1/2 day so i could get home and take the patient to the dr., and secretly i was kind of excited about this (not the injured back or vet part), but b/c i could make lunch at home, which meant i could dig into the mound of groceries i stocked up on this weekend…

so much good HEALTHY food! i figured if i was going to resolve to get healthy, i needed to clean out the nast and replace it with the goods!

so for lunch…

bbq sunshine veggie burger, potato/lentil baked chips, pickle, pineapple

the sunshine burgers are the BEST brand of veggie burger, and this one was particularly glorious!

with the veggie burger and sandwich thin (you really should try these sandwich thins by the way)… i added frank’s sweet/hot bbq, lots of spinach, and peppercinis.

after spending considerable time and money at the vet, we got home and got the patient settled. we decided to tackle putting up the molding in the party room downstairs (for anyone who doesn’t know, i recently bought my first house and it’s a work in progress)… so we busted out anne’s new compressor and nail gun, and went to town!

(you know you’re jealous of my sparkly gold vinyl bench!!)

then i decided i’d been craving artichoke hearts long enough… so i made up a quick dip, which actually turned out pretty tasty! most artichoke dip recipes call for mayo, and i happen to think mayo is one of the most disgusting foods ever created!! so i made a mayo free artichoke and sun dried tomato dip!

1/2 cup 0% plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes (if packed in oil drain or blot off as much oil as possible)
1-1 1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese (i used about a cup of light cheese to keep the cals/fat down a bit)
14 oz can/jar artichoke hearts… drain and chop them
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon frank’s hot sauce (or more if you want it spicy… in retrospect i would have liked it spicier)
a sprinkle more of cheese for the top

**i kept mine basic like this, but i think you could also easily add something like crab or shrimp to this dish**

mix it all together, then spread into a shallow baking dish… bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese on top is melted/browning

a couple action shots…


magic bullet… woop woop!!!


served with mary’s crack!!

after a long walk with the meandering one, and getting the patient his meds and making him comfortable, i decided i needed a cocktail, and not of the “mock” variety!

*vodka
*club soda
*POM
*splash of lime

dinner votes were tallied as i sipped my libation… and breakfast pizza won!

we didn’t have any generic hashbrowns, so i pulled out another christmas gift… zeee spiralizer!!

flatouts, pizza sauce, spiralized yukon gold potato…


then i topped with tempeh bacon, scrambled egg/egg white, plenty of spinach, and a little bit of low fat cheese…

while the pizza was baking at 400, we had a small photo shoot!

speaking of bacon, jack never knows his bacon(aka tongue) is out b/c he has a little overbite! hey, all our pets have a touch of misfit.. we wouldn’t have it any other way!

i wonder if he’ll be larger than many others in his puppy class!?!?!

bruthas from anutha mutha…

(he’s all newfie in this one)

and when the pizza was done… viola!

(oh, i splashed mine with frank’s and it was fAb!)

and i’m out to soak up some awesomely bad dramatic television… THE BACHELOR is on!!!!!

but i leave you with this question… do you like bad tv? b/c i do! i admit it! i mean, i watch the smart stuff too, but sometimes there’s just nothing that beats awesomely bad tv (bachelor, real world, jersey shore, gossip girl ETC)… does it make me less of a person!??!!

bring on the socks

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i’ve never been so happy to be greeted by two big bags of thick socks!!
ok, so i’m not sure i’ve ever been greeted by bags of socks at all, but if i had… today would beat them all!

i’m joining my friends mary and melissa this saturday to hand out warm clothes in portland, but in particular, SOCKS. so if anyone would like to donate, please contact me… the cold wet weather is here, and something as simple as a pair of socks can make all the difference!

i was in such a good bags of socks-induced mood i decided today deserved a fancy red cup:

bizzles

-tall coffee
-1 pump of pumpkin spice
-a splash of soy

i love when i only ask for one pump and a splash… so the cute barista doesn’t charge me any extra. the good vibes just kept coming!

so i grabbed my breakfast and headed to my desk

breakfast

-bear naked fit vanilla almond granola
-TJ’s plain 0% greek yogurt
-frozen organic mango pieces (i do love mango so)

when lunchtime came around…

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-go beavs iced tea with a sprinkle of truvia
-cottage cheese and pineapple
-roasted kabocha with tahini and a drizzle of honey (the first bite i had of this little concoction was kind of odd, but then for some reason, the second bites and beyond were SO GOOD)

i had such a good lunch, but then later in the afternoon, time was just dragging on. i swear it was 3 pm forEVER today. then suddenly i returned to my desk from some random stroll around the office (probably for no reason) and found a little present on my desk!!

chocolate

isn’t it just the cutest little box? i had NO idea what it was for, but i most certainly busted right into it and found a starbizzles card *insert little happy dance* and…

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chocolate? for meee??? i would have never guessed court reporting companies would work so hard to get your business, but apparently… they do!

i saved one little “kiss” and passed the rest out to my friends. there’s no way i’m letting those little buggars stick around my desk!

for dinner tonight i knew i needed to use up some cauliflower that has been sitting around for just under too long… so i started hacking into it, while visions of sugarplums potential cauliflower dishes danced in my head…

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ok ok, i decided i would give mashed cauliflower a whirl (NOTE: this is big for me b/c i’m from idaho… i’m so NOT down with imposter mashed potatoes).

-i steamed a head of cauliflower with just some seasoning salt sprinkled on top for about 20 minutes, then tossed it in the food processor, with
-1 tbsp plain greek yogurt
-3 small cloves of garlic, minced
-1/2 tbsp fresh chopped rosemary
-salt and pepper to taste

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“processed” it until smooth

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the texture of the cauliflower mash is a little different… but the incredible taste more than made up for it!

the rest of dinner was sliced up cucumber and beets (i love these beets from TJ’s)

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(yes, i know i have flash issues, but the point is… these beets are good)

and my new most favoritest veggie burgers!

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i found these gems at Fred’s.. and they by far are the heartiest and tastiest veg burgs…

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i toasted 1/2 a flat out and used it for the bun, which i wasn’t sure would work, but it was really good… thin and crunchy!

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since tomorrow night is the over the rhine / katie herzig show we’ve been waiting for … i’m going to do next to nothing the rest of the night.

so i leave you with a little shot from the city i love…

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