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Baked, Boiled, Bitten

Posted Jan 12 2010 8:44am

Hello, hellooooooooooo! waving_smiley

Since Friday there has been baking, boiling, and lots of biting going on at our house. I’ve been wanting to try pasta with nuts for awhile now, so I finally made it for lunch on Friday.

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Whole Wheat Penne with Walnuts, Avocado and Apricot Spread

  • 2oz whole wheat pasta (210 cal)
  • 1oz walnuts, chopped in food processor (170 cal)
  • 1 TBSP Polanr All Fruit Apricot fruit spread (40 cal) mixed in with the chopped walnuts
  • 35g Haas avocado (60 cal)

Servings: 1
Calories: 480
Interests: Vegan, Low sodium

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REALLY enjoyable! I mixed the nuts, fruit spread and avocado all around before I ate it. The only changes I would make: White pasta instead of whole wheat — it was a little too gritty between the nuts and the whole grains and the water that the pasta is boiled in, a dash of salt if it could it can be spared. Other than that, it’s virtually sodium free other than the trace amounts of natural sodium found in the avocado and fruit spread.

I seemed to have a vegan theme going on all day Friday, so I stuck with it with a Tofurky + hummus sandwich.

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  • 1 Trader Joe’s ciabatta roll (115 cal)
  • 2 slices hickory smoked tofurky (40 cal)
  • 1 TBSP Cedar’s original hummus (30 cal)
  • Romaine lettuce leaves (3 cal)

Servings: 1
Calories: 188 calories
Interests: Vegan, Low calorie

This is the first time I’ve had Tofurky and I absolutely LOVED it!!!! 5 slices packs 13g protein, only 100 calories, and 300mg sodium, which is much lower in sodium than most deli meats. 2 slices was all I needed for the sandwich to get the taste and texture. I’m not crazy about the canola oil in the ingredients list, but other than that, the ingredients are very decent. This will definitely be a staple in my fridge.

We went shopping on Saturday, so I kept breakfast simple: One 97% hard boiled egg salad on a Trader Joe’s roll with a honeycrisp apple

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  • One large 97% hard boiled egg (75 cal)
  • Chopped and mixed with 1 TBSP Hellmann’s olive oil mayo (50 cal)
  • On 1 Trader Joe’s ciabatta roll (115 cal)
  • With a small honeycrisp apple (55 cal)

Calories: 295

You’re probably wondering what the heck a 97% hard boiled egg is. :lol: Well, it was almost completely hard boiled, but just a little bit of the center of the yolk was soft boiled, which made it extra delicious! Yummmmmm. Egg salad is so simple and wonderful. I could eat it everyday!

We ended up going out shopping later that night and having sushi (I didn’t have my cam with me :( ). But I made an fabulous lunch earlier that afternoon:

Grilled salmon salad with garlic Naan bread spread with hummus and topped with smoked gouda

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1/2 Trader Joe’s garlic Naan bread (120 cal) topped with 1 TBSP Cedar’s original hummus (30 cal) and 14g smoked gouda (50 cal) left over from New Year’s and then melted in the microwave for 15 seconds. I grilled the Naan on the grill that I cooked my salmon on, too.

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In the salad:

  • ~3 cups mixed leafy greens (20 cal)
  • Tossed in 1/2 teaspoon EVOO (40 cal), red wine vinegar (10 cal) and 1 TBSP Bolthouse Farms yogurt Ranch dressing (35 cal)
  • ~2oz grilled salmon (80 cal, including the EVOO I used to coat the grill)
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas that I defrosted (35 cal)
  • Grape tomatoes (30 cal)
  • Red onion (15 cal)
  • 14g blue cheese crumbles (50 cal)
  • Fresh broccoli (20 cal)

Calories: 335 calories, 535 with the cheesy Naan

Aaaaaaaaamaaaaaaaazzzzzzzzzing!! I am completely obsessed with salmon. I eat it several times a week and sometimes 2 or 3 times a day! :shock: I just love it. If you’ve never tried it with a salad, I highly recommend trying it. It’s fantastic. Yum!

Then we headed out to Best Buy to buy an Xbox 360. We needed a new DVD player for our bedroom, so we’re like, we might as well get an all-in-one type of thing so we can do other things with it. We actually wanted a PS3, but they were sold out. Boo! :P

The next day, my mom got busy baking with some recipes I found online. My mom is 100 times the baker that I am, I guess you can say she’s the resident baker. haha First she made these gorgeous potato rolls that I found here: http://annies-eats.com/2009/06/08/potato-rolls/ — minus the salt!

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They turned out perfect! Mom is the best baker ever!!

Then she made this beautiful blueberry crumb cake from Ina Garten’s (love her!) recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/blueberry-crumb-cake-recipe/index.html

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The cake part was moist and delicious, BUT I did not like the streusel on top! :( It was too hard. And my other complaint: It didn’t have enough blueberries! lol My piece only had 2 or 3 blueberries, where did they go?! haha We’re going to try making this recipe again with a different crumb topping and more blueberries. Loved the cake part though!

Traditionally Sundays are for pasta or other Italian cuisine around these parts, but I stepped out of my comfort zone and went with a Mexican-like chicken and rice recipe. I used my crock pot to slow cook a whole organic chicken from Trader Joe’s, which was good and bad. Good because it was easy, tasty and tender, and bad before it gets so tender that the meat falls off the bone and they were swimming in the sauce. Ugh! lol I’ve never cooked a whole chicken in a crock pot before, so I’m sure I didn’t go about it properly.

So easy though…

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In the crock:

  • 1 whole organic chicken
  • 2 cans Del Monte no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1 bag frozen bell pepper and onions
  • Cumin
  • Garlic
  • Chili powder
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (no needs)
  • A little garlic salt

Set on low and cooked for 10 hours. Then I used my rice cooker that I got for Christmas and made a small pot of white rice. Now I know, brown rice and healthier and yada, yada, yada, but seriously now, billions of people all around the world eat it daily and many of them are healthier than most Americans. There is no “right and wrong” when it comes to food, there’s only right and wrong for YOU. There are countless combinations of ways to maintain a healthy, balanced diet and it all starts with the right attitude. Don’t focus on perfection and definitely don’t worry about what other people are eating, eat what makes YOU feel best and helps you reach your goals, whatever they may be. Not everyone is designed for low carb living or veganism, we’re all individuals with bodies that respond to different things. Do what works for you and ultimately makes you happy and healthy. :D

When the rice + chicken were done, I had about a cup of cooked white rice, topped with about 3oz of the chicken breast (skin removed), the sauce and veggies and topped with about 14g of cheddar cheese:

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It was so, SO, so goooooooooood, but we were paranoid about the bones the whole time, so it made it slightly less enjoyable. LOL :( Next time I’ll use just chicken breasts to avoid the bone problem. ;)

Dustin had a doctor appointment yesterday afternoon, so I had a handful of nuts before we went being we were running late and didn’t want to be late for the appointment. Then we went out to lunch afterward, I had a cobb salad with grilled salmon instead of chicken from the diner. Didn’t have my camera, again!! Ugh lol. It’s so big and bulky that I feel a little silly taking it out in the middle of restaurants, but I’m getting used to it. I’m a food blogger, this is my business, so I have to produce the content. No need to be embarrassed, right? Except when the staff make comments about how much I must really like my food. lol :oops:

Sunday nights are pretty leisurely here, so we watched TV and then had simple soup and sandwiches for a late night din din.

Minestrone soup + a Tofurky sandwich on a homemade potato roll

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  • 1 can Trader Joe’s low sodium minestrone soup (200 cal)
  • 1 homemade potato roll (175-200 cal?)
  • 3 slices Tofurky (60 cal)
  • 1 TBSP Cedar’s original hummus (30 cal)
  • Romaine lettuce leaves (4 cal)

Calories: between 475 cand 495, maybe less. I haven’t done the math on the potato rolls yet and they aren’t all the same size. So, whatever. :lol:

Alright, it’s almost lunchtime and I haven’t had breakfast yet! I had a potato roll when I woke up because I was starving, but then I lost my appetite for breakfast. So I’ll probably move right along to lunch now. We’ll see. Dustin’s busy programming with his headphones on, so maybe i”ll go rock out with my iPod on my recumbent bike. That’s a good idea! Get the blood flowing, burn some calories. Woo hoo!! :P


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