Tea Time

Ahhh… <– that was more of a relaxing ahh than a frustrated gahhh… The week is just about over, and break is about to begin! I have one case study to write for class tomorrow, but decided to take a few hours to relax, clean the apartment, and pack. Its a rainy, cold day here so I decided to head home after work and make some tea while I cleaned.  In the process of cleaning out my refrigerator I realized I still had some pumpkin to use… So I decided to bake these guys

Mini Choco Chip pumpkin cookies

They are REALLY good! I randomly found the recipe here http://lowfatcooking.about.com/od/fall/r/pumpkinbites.htm but as usual tweaked it a bit. I added more cinnamon and used a little under 1/4 cup egg beaters instead of the egg white. I also added a handful of mini chocolate chips. I’m sure they would also taste AWESOME with whole wheat flour, I just didn’t have any on hand.

In other food news I made this awesome salad this week! Again, in an effort to use up things in my fridge I added some lettuce, lentils, red pepper, tomato, baby carrots, and cottage cheese topped with FF Italian dressing. Who knew cottage cheese was sooo good on salad. And I just LOVE lentils, really an amazing amount of nutrition in those little guys!

Everything in the fridge salad

Despite the workload it was a good week. I had a much more positive outlook this week than the past several weeks, which was awesome. I love how god is constantly reminding me to keep my eyes on him. As soon as I try to take things into my own hands my attitude changes, I’m not as loving and accepting of others, and nothing goes right. “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” -Galatians 5:6

Now onto packing up for my week at home. I have lots of work to do over break, but excited to relax and enjoy some family time as well.  I just love Thanksgiving!

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Breakfast Dilemma

Hey!

I hope everyone had a GREAT weekend! I’ve been hiding away studying all weekend, its the last week before break so I have lots of homework/papers and an exam this week. It’s that crazy time in the semester when everything is due and your grades are down to the wire. Quite stressful!!! I’m SOO excited about going home for break though, so hopefully that will motivate me to keep on going this week!

I did manage to make time for a bonfire at my boyfriends house to be with friends and enjoy a few smores! Have you ever tried peanut butter on your smores?!?! Its AMAZING!  I also managed  to bake a batch of cookies this weekend, despite being a health conscious individual, and studying nutrition I LOVE cookies!

Andrew and I at the bonfire

So the dilemma this week is breakfast…. I’ve been eating the same breakfast for my entire college career…yogurt with Kashi GoLean Crunch cereal. I LOVE it, but feel like some days I should mix it up. I’m not always too hungry in the morning, so my breakfasts are small…. but I know its the most important meal of the day and ALWAYS partake in it. Also since I’ve been running more this year I’ve realized it would be a good idea to have a bit of a “recovery” meal since I run before I eat most mornings.  Here are some ideas I came up with over the past few days!

Vanilla greek yogurt w/ pumpkin butter

 

Veggies, Eggs, & Cheese

This was SUPER yummy! Just some scrambled eggs, stir-fry veggie mix, mozzarella cheese, and ketchup!

 

Waffle w/ pumpkin butter and cottage cheese

I wish I had time to play around with more “real” food, but Nutrient Metabolism calls my name….

I’ll leave you with a few questions! Have a wonderful next few days…… you can find me studying until Tuesday.

What did you do this weekend?

AND

What do you like to eat for breakfast?


 

 

 

Chili and Baked Apples

Turkey Chili

So here is the Turkey Chili I made a week ago. It was AMAZING! I literally just threw a bunch of stuff in a pot and it turned out GREAT! Here is has some shredded cheese on top. I also ate it with low-fat sour cream on top. And one night for dinner I had it on top of a baked potato! SOOOO Yummy! Even my red meat loving bf LOVED it! I will absolutely make this again!

1 pack ground turkey (about 1 lb)

1 medium vadalia onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 jar roasted peppers

1 can kidney beans

1 can black beans

1 can corn (I didn’t use all of it, I’m not a HUGE corn fan unless its on the cob)

About 4 cups chicken broth (add more or less depending on how soup-like you want it)

2 1/2 TBS tomato paste

1/2 packet of low-sodium chili seasoning

Oregano (to taste)

Red pepper flakes (to taste)

 

Instructions:

– first I cooked the turkey with a little chili seasoning in a medium sized saute pan. Then put it aside in a larger pot. I quickly sauteed the onion and garlic and added that to the pot with the turkey. I turned the burner on medium and added the chicken broth. I sliced the peppers and added those to the pot. Then I added all the canned goods to the pot as well. Mixed it all together and let it on med heat for about 10 min. Lastly I added the spices and tomato paste, and left it on low-med heat for about 30 min, to blend the flavors. (it probably does not need to sit this long, if you are in a hurry) Adjust texture by adding more broth and season to taste. ENJOY!!!

Last night I was feeling like a little dessert, but I didn’t want anything too heavy so I decided to whip up some BAKED APPLES!

I stuffed mine with Raisins and Almonds (recipe below)

 

Baked Apples (pre-baking)

Baked Apples

Preheat oven to 450

Core desired number of apples

Used non-stick spray in a baking dish

Mixed up some raisins, sliced almonds (you can use any nut), a bit of brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Then added it to the middle of the apples. Then topped with oats.

These were in the oven for about 10min, basically cook until top is crispy.

**You can even add some vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, which would be my pick if I had some! ENJOY!

 

Sorry for the quick post, but I wanted to get those recipes and pictures to you! I hope you enjoy!!!

More pics on the way!

Hey guys!

So I did make chili this week and it turned out FABULOUS! In fact, I ate it for dinner 3 nights this week! I forgot to take some pictures tho, but I will be sure to do that before it is all gone! This weekend, I am tackling a ton of homework. I have two VERY busy weeks before Thanksgiving break! I can’t wait for break! We don’t get a fall break here, so come this time of the semester I am just itching for some time off. BUT we do get a week off for Thanksgiving which I LOVE! Its may favorite holiday! No commercialization, no presents to worry about, just quality time with family, and some delicious food!

I’ve been in a bit of a running rut for the past few weeks. Its just so dark and cold on my morning runs! Hopefully that will change this week when we turn the clocks back! So I’ve planned to take a day or two off and just relax, its saturday and I’m bumming around in my sweats. When was the last time I did this?!? Lets just say its been AWHILE!

I just pulled a chocolate cake out of the oven (cooking while studying makes it MUCH more bearable) and I am planning to try some pumpkin icing! Its a bit of an experiment, but I LOVE chocolate and pumpkin together so we shall see. I’ll let you know how it goes! I am also planning to make some heath cookies this afternoon, I’ve made them before and they are DELICIOUS! There is a big football game this afternoon as well, so me and some friends are trying out a low-fat spinach and artichoke dip pretty exciting! Thats about it for this weekend. I hope everyone stays warm, it is certainly getting colder here!