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Today Ended with Caramel Pears

Posted Mar 05 2009 6:28am

Happy Hump Day, bloggies! The first half of this work week flew by, didn’t it? Let’s hope the final two days do the same! I’m ready for the week-end!!! Anyone have exciting plans that they are looking forward to already?

Lunch

I did it again! I totally forgot to snap a pic of my lunch! I was really hungry at lunchtime today, so maybe my  extreme  hunger clouded my food blogger brain? :oops: I did, however, manage to snap the very last bite of lunch, which was a huge “Everything But The…” salad. In the mix was lettuce, grape tomatoes, carrot sticks, mushrooms, spaghetti squash, risotto, asparagus, and pumpkin seeds. 

I finished lunch with a Chocolate Chip Z Bar, which was delish as always. 

My lunch didn’t hold me over at all today, so I ended up eating two snacks over the course of the afternoon: Stonyfield yogurt + Peanut Butter Puffins and Maple Brown Sugar instant oatmeal

Dinner

Surprise, surprise, dinner was a homemade pizza on a Boboli pizza crust. Mal and I love our homemade pizza! It’s so quick and easy to make, and generally, it’s a healthy meal. Tonight’s toppings included red peppers, onions, mushrooms, marinara, and shredded mozzarella. On the side, I had some spaghetti squash with Parmesan sprinkled on top. 

Sweet Treat

I found this recipe for Caramel Pears on the Fitness magazine website the other day. I’ve been anxiously waiting to make it, and this evening, I finally had the time (and motivation) to do so!  :mrgreen: (FYI: I modified the original recipe a tiny bit.)

1 serving

INGREDIENTS:
1 tbs. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 Bartlett pear, cut into chunks 
Small sprinkle of ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:

  • Cut pear into bit-sized chunks;, discard core.

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and lemon juice, stirring frequently, until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the pear wedges; cover and cook over medium-low heat until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

This recipe was SO easy to make and it turned out delicious! However, the pears didn’t really taste like caramel at all. They were sweet and wonderful, but I didn’t taste a caramel flavor. I’d still recommend trying this recipe. I liked it a whole lot!! :mrgreen:

I want to try this recipe with apples and raisins next! ;-)

NURU Winners

I used the Random Integer Generator to pick the winners. Here are your random numbers:    137 96

#137 Ashley C. 
those are so cool- I would love to win, but never do

I am a total stove-top oatmeal person all the way. It’s such a difference. You should try cooking the blueberries in the oatmeal. I love to get them warm and squishy and then use your spoon to squeeze the juice out of them and mix it around. Not only does it taste delicious, it adds a purdy purple to your bowl

#96 Emily 

Good morning! I workout in my living room so these cards would be fun!

Congrats, winners!!! Please send your full name and mailing to me at tina@carrotsncake.com, so I can send you your prizes! 



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