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Fun Video Friday

11 Mar

TGIF!

I love watching videos on YouTube. Who doesn’t? I love finding old commercials, and theme songs to my favorite classic TV shows. I love watching music videos, and “how to videos”. I love the random goodness that is YouTube.

Here are a few of my favorite right now:

If you like Jersey Shore, you will love Jersey Floor:

This video is amazing and adorable (watch at least until 2:25 in):

Here are some of the todays eats:

Breakfast: smoothie with spinach/ mixed berried/flaxseed/ blueberry muffin protein powder/ splash of OJ/ water

Snacks:  apple/ orange/ almonds

Lunch: leftover stir-fry salad

Happy Friday!

~Nicole

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Little Darlin’ Stir it up

9 Mar

Hooray for stir-fry!

One of my favorite simple but delicious meals!

I have a bunch of veggies that are about to go bad so I sautéed them up to make this  yummy din-din.

In the mix:

Carrots, Broccoli, onion, red cabbage, one can of chop suey, 1/2 bag of frozen, Asian style veggies

2 servings of brown rice

It’s simple:

*chop up the fresh veggies, start stir-frying in wok or pan sprayed with cooking spray

*once the veggies start to soften, add in the canned veggies

*after thawing frozen veggies in the microwave, add them to the mix

Do all this while the rice is cooking in a separate pot.

* Meanwhile, mix one teaspoon corn starch, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 5 teaspoons soy sauce and set aside

Once all the veggies are soft, add in the soy sauce mixture

and voila:

 

Easy stir-fry din!

~Nicole

 

Pizza Night!

30 May

Yesterday was a beautiful day. P-O double and I went for a nice long 7 mile run, the longest I have done in a while. My boyfriend has become quite the runner in the past several month. We use to go for runs and I would be moving along with ease, while he was huffing and puffing, cursing at me because he would be ready to finish and I would say “want to go a little further”. Recently he has grown to really enjoy running. On Monday he said to me, “I wonder if I could do 9 miles?” I said, “who are you and where is my boyfriend?” When it comes to running, he has used it as a form of exercise, but when he told me he wanted to run 9 miles, I knew that he had grown to love it, and even maybe, have a passion for it. On Monday he completed his 9 mile run and was surprised that he could do it. He was proud of himself and so was I.

I have to step up my game to keep up with him. Maybe a half marathon is in our future!

Later that day, we took Neo for a quick walk to get some fresh air. For some reason we were both craving pizza. (Pat always craves pizza, but for me it’s a rare occasion)

Since I have been trying to eat vegan, I wanted to get a pizza without cheese. I was nervous because I didn’t want the pizza people to think I was a weirdo, but it was my lucky day. We decided to order from Pearl Street Station, the pizzas are not typical greasy pizza parlour pizza, they are fresh and taste home-made. We pulled the menu up on- line, and to my surprise at the top it said, “Please specify no cheese orders”. Yeahh!!! So they have had no cheese pizzas orders before! I’m not going to be the first weirdo!

I ordered a small Garden Delight Pizza, and boy was it delightful. It was loaded with olives, mushrooms, red pepper, onions and basil. I did not miss the cheese at all! Soooo good!. I ‘ wait for leftovers! ( I had 3 slices!!!!)

Yucca Fries

27 May

So it only took me about a week to finally use the Yucca. Let me explain, the past few days have been ridiculously hot! We are on the 3rd floor of a 3 family house aka we live in the attic! Our thermostat goes to 90 degrees; it was hotter than that. That’s all I know. I lugged an old school AC up the 3 floors hoping for some relief, but it only cooled our bedroom to about 80F. Well, that better than 90+ right? So basically, my dinners have consisted of smoothies and ice water the past few days.

But tonight, the Veggie of the week was cooked: Yucca, Yucca fries!

I paired the fries with Chips, Kale chips. (Sounds like it’s a wicked “bad-for-you” dinner, but the fries are yucca and the chips are Kale!)

The Kale was fab as usual. The Yucca was surprising. When I was cutting it up, it seemed a little milky. I couldn’t picture how it could turn into fries. The final product was actually pretty good. They tasted like a mix between tortilla chips and french fries (I know! Weird combo, but that’s really what they taste like)

Overall, they are good, a little bland, but nothing a little more salt and oil can’t fix. My only complaint is there is kind of a strange after taste. Not bad, just different. It taste like it smells.

I will def try these again, and trick Pat into thinking they are home made french fries;)

Here’s how I made them:

I set the oven at 400, peeled and cut the yucca into fries, sprayed a pan, placed the yucca on the pan, sprayed again with olive oil spray, and sprinkled with salt.

I cooked them for about 20 minutes, flipped, then another 10-15 minutes.

Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

 

Treadmill v Hitting the Road

17 May

Do you find it easier running on a treadmill or outside?

I don’t know if there is a “scientific” different between the two, but my body defiantly moves better on a treadmill. Maybe it’s because the treadmill helps propel me forward? There is no moving floor outside, so the only thing making me move is me! I have never noticed a difference until recently. I use to run all the time, both outside and on the treadmill. I could go for long runs outside and never feel weak or unable to finish, oe I would run on the treadmill and be able to challenge my self with hills and speed. I cut way back on running for a while and am trying to get back into it. Running on the treadmill seems so much easier! Especially if I warm up on the step master (it gets my legs nice and loose!) Today, my outside run seemed to take f-o-r-e-v-e-r, (f-O-r-E-v-E-r- said as the kid in the Sandlot) and I had no motivation or energy to motor it up a hill or sprint between telephone poles, or race the traffic (one of my favourites!)  I hope my body will adjust to running outside soon!

On another note,

Tonight’s dinner was absolutely FABOULUS! My goal has been to try one new fruit or vegetable each week. A few weeks ago it was kale, this week it was parsnips, and tonight I prepared both using amazing recipes from the blog world.  Kale Crisps have been all over the place, I just had to try them, and Angela from Oh She Glows has raved about these parsnip fries, so I figured I’d give it a go.

My taste buds are so happy!!!

I love learning new recipes!!

For the Kale Crisp:

  • 5 heads of Kale- washed and ripped into bite size pieces (removing the center stem)
  • Spray oil
  • Salt
  • Minced garlic flakes
  • Onion Powder

Heat oven to 350,Line a cookie sheet with tinfoil and spread the Kale out flat, spray with oil and sprinkle salt, garlic, and onion powder, bake 10minute or until crispy.

And for the Parsnip Fries:

  • 5 parsnips (pealed and cut into fries)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt

Heat oven to 400, line a cookie sheet tinfoil, mix peanut butter, oil and salt, then add parsnips and toss around until coated with the mixture. Spread them out on the pan and bake for 40 minutes, and then enjoy a little bit ‘o’ heaven!

(I made a double batch to have some for tomorrow 🙂 )


Happy Cinco de Mayo!

5 May

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I love Cinco de Mayo! It says summer is coming! Time for a Margarita!

But really, what the heck is Cinco de Mayo? It’s in Spanish, so what does it have to do with us? Well, I couldn’t formulate a good answer on my own, so I did one of my favorite things, I googled it. According to Wikipedia, in Mexico, this date signifies the victory of a battle against the French in the 1800’s, but since has become a symbol celebrating Mexican culture. I though this holiday would be bigger in Mexico then in the USA, but according to the site, Cinco de Mayo is more significant in the US. Since the USA is a melting pot of cultures, it is like St. Patrick’s Day or Chinese New Year, to celebrate and accolade a culture that is very much present in our country.

I like that all these celebratory days are centered around great food and drink!

St. Patrick’s Day for the Corn beefed Cabbage (not the beef just the cabbage, carrots and corn bread;)- oh yeah, and beer of course!
Chinese New Year for yummy stir fries and fresh Mia Tais
Independents Day for the grilled corn and fresh fruit
Cinco de Mayo for the chips, salsa, guacamole, beans, hot peppers, and Margaritas!

This year’s Cinco de Mayo is pretty low-key. Since it Wednesday, and Wednesdays consisted of me and Neo hanging out, I’m making my favorite simple go-to Mexican dish. Homemade chips with beans, pepper and onion.

I learned how to make these homemade chips from Sam the Cooking Guy on Fit TV. Cut wanton wrappers into triangular 8th, spray a pan with cooking spray and lay chips out flat. Spray again with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt. Let cook for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees, or until chips are golden brown. ( I actually ran out so I cut up a pita to  go along  with it.)

For the topping I sautéed some onions, pepper and beans.

To finish the dish off I sprinkled so Fake Cheese on top!

( I think I need a better camera. My pictures are so not hot.)

No Margarita tonight though! I limit my drinking to the weekend so I’m giving my self a free pass for a margarita this weekend!

(This is actually a pretty weak Cinco de Mayo. I didn’t have any avocados to make guac, and I am out of my dad’s world-famous Paradise Island Salsa. Oh well….)

Happy Cinco de Mayo!