In case you have not noticed, Libby’s Pumpkin has made its way back to the grocery store. Praise the Lord! I do not know about you guys, but it was getting tough to find Pumpkin. All that I could find was the organic brand which cost and arm and leg for a small can, or Stokely’s GIANT 32 0z can! Well you can never get enough, so Whit and had just been buying Stokely and freezing it.
Not only is Libby’s back, but so is everything Pumpkin at Einstein’s… at least at our Einstein’s. We had and early release. Remember how the big day was not supposed to be until Sept. 29th? Well people could not stop asking about it, so we gave them what they wanted. ;)
The release brought this….
Well in other news nothing else too exciting really happened this week, except Whit and I managed to watch the whole first season of Dawson’s Creek on DVD. You are probably thinking, ARE THEY CRAZY? Well, the first season is only 12 episodes so it only averaged about 2 episodes a night. You get so tired during the week, and it is not like you want to go out and spend money any way, so some great advice to you guys is go buy a season of a show to watch. It is great to have when you just want to relax and have down time.
Next weekend is Race For The Cure! Are you going to participate. All of us girls in the family have made it tradition. For the past few years we have signed up together. It is always such a memorable experience. I love waking up early to cool crisp Fall air, going to Starby’s, getting some free stuff before the race, and then beginning to walk to “I run for Life”. The whole day just gives me chills. I love being able to participate in such a great cause.
Here’s a few eats of the week from TE kitchen:
Jillian Michael’s Master Your Metabolism: Almond-Crusted Chicken
1/2 cup unsalted almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 garlic clove
1/4 teaspoon salt
4(4-to-5 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
In the work bowl of a food processor, place the almonds, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, rosemary, garlic, and salt. Process until coarsely chopped; the mixture will be a thick paste.
Arrange the chicken breast halves in a baking dish. Divide the almond paste and spread on the breasts; pat down to cover each breast completely.
Roast in the oven until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Loosely tent with foil and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
This chicken made the whole house smell amazing. Right when my mom walked in the door from work she said that she could smell something yummy. Seriously guys this is such a gourmet dish that is so simple. The whole family loved it!
Served alongside this meal was also some Cornbread. We got this recipe out of our Xagave book. It has got actual corn in it, which made it that much better
Makes 16 servings
4 tbsp. melted butter(I used Earth Balance)
1/4 cup applesauce(I used unsweetened)
1 cup low-fat milk
1/3 cup Xagave(I just simple used agave nectar)
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
3 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup corn, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 9″ square pan. Beat together butter, applesauce, egg, milk and xagave until combined. Add cornmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt and beat until smooth. Stir in corn. Pour into greased pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
I also chopped butternut squash for the very first time. It is in season for Fall, and Whit and I have never prepared our own. What I learned…. is butternut squash is extremely hard to cut. Luckily, I found a sharp knife that was able to do the job.
Whit steamed the butternut squash with some apples, then topped them off with a drizzle of maple syrup and cinnamon. It was a warm little ending to this meal.
Cracked into our last jar of SunLand PB .
Remember way back when we told you about Target’s Archer Farm All-Natural Dark Chocolate Pb ? Target’s brand tastes like Reese’s PB cups… but SunLand’s literally taste like frosting! Seriously, I was expecting it to come out all runny like Target’s but instead it was scoopable just like FROSTING
This PB is craazzy good. Whit and I topped one of our many yogurt messes of the week with it.
I would recommend this PB for
-On a vita muffin or rice cake(maybe with some fluff!)
Berry Patch Protein Oats have been a serious obsession this week. Whit and I had them 2 days in a row! Thanks Meg, this recipe is the best
Plenty of snacks have been packed for on the go. This was a pear and granola thin!
Oh and we bought some more 5 hour energy for our Thursday night class! You better believe I pulled another all nighter and got my h.w. done.
This was probably the second best dinner of the week:
This was a La Tortilla Factory tortilla filled with the new Bleu Cheese Laughing Cow, shredded chicken that was drenched in hot buffalo wing sauce, jalapeno, and peppers. Then we put it on the press. I love buffalo pizza so this was just an alternative.
We made Gracie’s PB Apple Crisp !
More Berry Patch Oats with the addition of banana and grapefruit juice.
Eggs, Manna Bread, Van’s Belgian Waffle.
Pear & Butternut Squash salad with corn bread.
Tofu Shirataki Noodles with chicken sausage, veggies, alfredo sauce, pesto, and toast.
Vanilla Siggis, mixed with Toffee Fudge Whey Protein, SF Cheescake Instant Pudding, then we froze it. Siggi’s is so thick that it worked perfect as fro-yo.
And finally…. overnight oats!
This week is going to be hectic, but that is ok because the weeks are flying by! Even though tomorrow is Monday… just try to look at the positive. Trust me just take it day by day and you will get through it.
QOD: Are you participating in race for the cure? And what was the best meal that you had this week?