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Monday, March 07, 2011

Okay, okay... I admit it. You all were right.
I didn't wake up a MILLION pounds heavier yesterday; in fact, I didn't even wake up one pound heavier. I made it through "the great CheeseCake debacle of 2011" completely and utterly unharmed.

I have to admit that I am a little worried about the fact that the scale actually didn't budge at all. It just goes to show me how hard I am going to have to work to reach my goal weight. "Calories are not the enemy" is my new mantra.

PS, thanks for all of the support you guys gave me during my "crisis". You guys keep me in touch with reality.

So other than that, here's what's been up with me lately: (be warned: LOTS of food)

I'm lovin' on berries right now. Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, gimme, gimme, gimme. Favorite ways to indulge with berries: throw 'em on top of oatmeal or yogurt, of course.

Another thing I'm lovin' on? Quinoa. Last night for dinner I had quinoa for the second time, and I think it came out even better than my first recipe. Best part of it all? For the first time, I didn't even follow a recipe-- just kinda guessed my way through the cooking process and ended up with a seriously delicious meal. I think I'll call it "Italian-Style Quinoa". Here's what I did:
1/4 cup dry quinoa
1/4 cup vegetable marinara sauce
1/2 cup spinach
1 Tbsp parmesan cheese
1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 Tbsp onion, chopped
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
Crushed red pepper, dried oregano, and garlic salt

Add quinoa & 1/2 cup water to a pot; bring to a boil and add garlic salt to taste, cover and reduce heat. Allow quinoa to soak up all water.
Meanwhile, add olive oil to a pan and brown garlic and onions. Wilt in spinach. Toss in tomatoes.
Once quinoa is fully cooked, add it, along with marinara sauce to veggie pan. Mix well and sprinkle on parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper, and oregano.

I served this with some asparagus that I tossed in a little extra virgin olive oil, parmesan cheese, and lemon juice & then roasted. It was a perfect little meal.

3rd new obsession: any drinkable concoction I can whip up in my blender.
Exhibit A:
Chocolate-Peanut Butter-Banana Protein Smoothie
2 Tbsp Nesquick Reduced Sugar Chocolate Powder
1 scoop EAS Vanilla Soy Protein Powder
1/2 a frozen banana, sliced
1 Tbsp natural peanut butter
1/2 cup Almond Breeze Original almond milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup ice
BLEEEEEEEEND and enjoy :) (It's nice topped off with a little Cool Whip, too!)

Yesterday was Saturday and also grocery day. Lately I've been lovin' me some Trader Joe's, but I needed to pick up a prescription as well, so I headed to my local Wal-Mart instead. I was staaaaaaarvin' like Marvin while shopping (never a good situation) & fell prey to a few impulse buys. One item I ended up coming home with was the new Old El Passo Tortilla Stuffers in Carne Asada flavor. I'm not big on packaged foods, so I'm not sure how this ended up in my cart exactly, but all I know was that as soon as I got my perishables put away, I busted this bad boy out for some quick lunchtime tacos. The bag of "tortilla stuffers" contained seasoned steak, black beans, and rice. Tear a slit in the pouch, microwave for one minute, and you have 5- 1/3 cup portions (90 calories each-- I used two servings in my taco) to stuff into the shells of your choice.

Verdict? I'll give it two out of five stars. Simple and tasty? Sure. Nutritious? Not so much. Knowing that the packaged food contained a lot of preservatives and sodium kinda ruined the whole experience for me. I'd rather just take the time to cook some rice and beans myself, but like I said- convenient? heck yeah!

Well that was yesterday, onward to today. Sunday is always my "catch up" day for homework, TV shows, studying, and cleaning. I woke up really hungry for breakfast, so I decided to treat myself to my childhood favorite: blueberry cinnamon pancakes! I used the Bisquick Heart Balance mix (1/3 cup), 1 Tbsp Egg Beaters, 1/3 cup Almond Breeze Original almond milk 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and a good ol' helping of blueberries to make my three-pancake serving. Mmmmm :) Extra good topped with a little syrup (ok-- a lot of syrup!!) and even more fresh blueberries!

I decided to really challenge myself at lunch today. Growing up, I always loved a good ol' American meal of cheeseburgers & milkshakes; however, since my problems with eating have began, I've not allowed myself such "indulgences". Today was the day to break that bad habit! Being from the Midwest, I've never really experienced many of the burger places that these western folk in Arizona enjoy, but my roommate often raves about In-N-Out Burger. I decided to give it a go. I ordered their original hamburger & a strawberry shake.

My humble opinion? WHAT A LETDOWN (sorry, I know there are some In-N-Out die-hards out there). I just didn't get the flavor experience that I wanted from the burger, and the shake was just "ok". However, I did finish off both the burger and the shake, so I guess I can't complain too much. In fact, I'm gonna kinda brag-- it was quite the mental challenge for me to finish this calorie-dense meal, but I totally did it!
(Ok, I have to admit this picture was staged-- the milkshake may not have been the best I've EVER had, but it was still good enough to polish off on the car ride home; thus, this is an empty cup ha!)

And last but not least (in fact, other than my quinoa, this is possibly my favorite meal from this blog) was dinner tonight-- we'll call it "Mexican Pizza".
I still had 3-1/3 cup servings of the Carne Asada stuffing left over from my lunch yesterday, but I didn't feel like just throwing them in a taco shell again because I knew I wouldn't really enjoy them. So, instead, I took a Flat Out Light Wrap and spread it on a cookie sheet. I topped it with 4 Tbsp of black bean & white corn salsa, the Old El Passo Tortilla Stuffing, 1/4 cup Trader Joe's Light Mozzarella shredded cheese, and a couple diced cherry tomatoes. Popped her in the oven for a good ten minutes, and I ended up with a perfectly crispy thin-crust "Mexican Pizza". I enjoyed the carne asada much more this way (it didn't taste as salty!)

Well, that's all for now, folks. Gotta get back to the books (& possibly grab a snack-- all this food talk has me hungry again!)
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  • no profile photo IRISH_AGUIRRE
    I love berries - Good for you! I'm with you - I'm from southern CA, and I never have understand the "allure" of In & Out. My SIL in Tucson used to drive 8 hours here just to get In & Out. When it finally opened in Tucson, she spent almost 3 hours in line. Huh?! Oh well, to each his own!
    3698 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6716634
    emoticon Yuuum! I'm going to have to try your quinoa recipe! That sounds great and I still have 3/4 of a box to finish. :)
    3698 days ago
    I'm starving now!!!!! All sounds so good. I was looking at the quinoa recipe you made the other night just this morning on my counter thinking that I needed to jump on that bandwagon. Now I have another reason to---the Italian quinoa recipe! Yumbo! I know what you mean about the In and Out experience. I sometimes psych myself up so much for a meal and it turns out disappointing (not usually "clean" food, but the stuff I used to love and eat all the time). Oh well! Good for you for eating it anyway and getting that "calorie-fearin' monkey" off your back! Happy Week to you!
    3698 days ago
    Your meals sounded really delicious and you are doing really great.
    3698 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7763033
    I'm so surprised you don't like In n Out it's delicious. emoticon The shakes are gross but personally I love the burgers. (wish I didn't)

    Congrats on your progress!
    3698 days ago
    Wow! Good for you! Although I'm not too jealous of that processed meat you've got pictured up there :-P haha.
    3698 days ago
    We got In and Out from I don't know where, probably California! I only like their fries, but gave up fries, so never go to In and Out anymore. Kind of like Crispy Cream, they are no longer on my list. Enjoy AS-WHO (that's what we call them down here in Wildcat Country! LoL
    3698 days ago
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