Tomorrow is back to the grind, at least a 3 day week is easy to push through!
I realized cleaning out my camera I’m wayyy behind on sharing eats with you guys, so let’s go back, way, way back to Sunday night. Chris and I went for a 3.3 mile walk on a trail near our apartment complex and came home ravenous. We were going to make chicken nachos for dinner and realized we had nothing to go on them except chicken, cheese and beans, so we hit the grocery store to pick up a can of Rotel (to go in the rice we were having with our nachos) and some guacamole. We left with…all this.
Yeah…don’t walk through the ice cream aisle at Wal-Mart on one of the first hot-hot days of summer when you’re hungry. Whoops! We did manage to find Rotel and guacamole, isn’t this the best idea?
100 calorie packs of Wholly Guacamole! This is perfect for when I want guac but Chris doesn’t, a package is a really hefty serving too:
And then, we set to work. While cooking the chicken I had a glass of Tazo Passion Tea, I’m so addicted to this stuff. I am not a huge “traditional” iced tea drinker but am falling more in love with flavored teas as I work to break my Starbucks habit.
I cooked a few chicken tenders from Whole Foods in a little olive oil, drained and then boiled with some taco seasoning and water:
While the chicken was cooking a way I started a pot of rice in the rice cooker – plain rice which I doctored up with Rotel, Better than Buillion and taco seasoning.
The rice cooker is the only way I cook rice now…otherwise it ends up crispy or mushy. I just throw it all in the cooker and don’t touch it again til we’re almost ready to eat. Works like a charm!
And then, I called in the big guns. Chris is a world class nacho maker. I loooove his nachos and refuse to make them on my own now because his are so good. Maybe it’s just him cooking for me??
He has a technique of laying out individual chips on a foil lined cookie sheet and then dropping little bits of all the toppings into each chip. We have been using Baked Tostitos Scoops for nachos lately.
Each chip got a little chicken, some homemade refried beans (made and froze a few weeks ago), and cheese then they went under the broiler for a few minutes until hot and bubbly. Once they came out of the broiler Chris doctored them up a little more with sour cream, guacamole (2 of the mini-packs) and salsa. He has a great trick using a ziploc for even topping distribution.
And, voila – the finished and yummy product!
On the side we each had a little rice and a few berries from our veggie box.
After dinner I also had an unpictured Drumstick ice cream cone. The fudge filled is good, but nowhere near as good as the caramel which we don’t buy since we just fight over who gets the last one 😉 Sunday night we had great plans to watch a movie and it just didn’t happen…we looked at the clock and all of a sudden it was 8:45 and that’s way too late to start a movie in this retirement home 😛 Funny that on a 4 day weekend I still went to bed at the normal 9-10pm time…boring!
Monday morning we slept in til 9:30 and hit a few Memorial Day sales, for breakfast, I made us a quick ham and cheese omlette and some honey wheat pancakes to which I added banana and chocolate chips.
Here is a closeup of my pancakes, doused in maple goodness.
The rest of Monday was pretty uneventful, we finally unpacked all the boxes from our move in February and sorted out what should be kept, tossed and sold at a garage sale in Chris’ parents’ neighborhood this weekend. We’re hoping to make enough at the garage sale to buy a couple Wal-Mart special bikes for the summer 🙂 There are too many bike paths around here not to go riding! I also did some “gardening” on Monday. I have 5 plants right now and they all needed a little attention. First, I re-potted my orchids:
Then, I pruned my mini-bonsai and left him outside to get some sun on the porch…he’s been having a rough go of it lately and I thought spending some time outside with his “tree brothers” might inspire him to actual retain some water instead of just drying out like we live in the desert.
I re-tied my bamboo as it was tilting like crazy. It is growing like a weed! When I first bought it there were no shoots and it was really quite sad looking.
I also planted a mini-unpictured mixed herb garden…pictures to come if it sprouts!
We took a break for lunch and I made us “sandwich-dillas” with two whole wheat tortillas, mayo (for me, gag Miracle Whip for Chris), mustard and apples for me. I grilled them on our Griddler until hot and yummy.
And then it was back to cleaning. We boxed up 4 “tubs” of stuff for the garage sale! I kept thinking that in 3 weekends we’ll be on a plane heading to vacation, yay!!! That’s great motivation to keep the apartment clean and picked up, I hate coming home to a messy house.
We cleaned and sorted straight through til dinner time. Chris had a grass fed steak from our veggie box to grill and I had a turkey burger as I know too much beef, no matter how high quality and happy, is bad for my IBS. While we grilled we had a couple Mike’s Hard Raspberry Lemonades. These are dangerously good, case in point would be one night last summer I accidentally drank 5 in one sitting! They taste just like raspberry lemonade and are only available in the summer months.
To make my burger more exciting I grilled some onions with a little butter and A1 steak sauce. I poured the onions, some extra A1 and sliced tomatoes over my burger with a slice of swiss cheese. It turned out really good and I ate it with a fork as we were out of buns. On the side we had fresh corn on the cob and some potatoes we inherited when we moved out of Chris’ parents’ house in February. They were not good (kind of slimey/mushy) so I stuck with my burger and corn.
Chris’ plate looked much the same, minus the burger, add a melt-in-your-mouth steak.
And then, sadly, Chris’ weekend was over. I woke up this morning to an empty house which was crummy…it feels so empty to be home alone after having someone here all weekend! I had a mega to-do list which I shared with you guys this morning and I managed to cross it all off the list! First up was a 4 mile run which was a little sketchy at the end. Look twice for runners people!!! Then I came home, showered, and had a filling breakfast of 1 egg + 1 white, a little shredded cheese, a slice of ham and 2 slices of sunflower wheat bread.
Post picture I topped my sandwich with some salsa 🙂 I didn’t realize it, but this bread which we bought from Sam’s Club (I’m going to leave the giveaway open until 5pm tomorrow!!) was made with agave nectar instead of sugar and has only 50 calories per slice. It is so dense and chewy you would never guess! Great find for sure.
Then I hit the showers and made a glass of iced peppermint tea to ward off any Starbucks cravings while I was running errands. This tea smells really intense but I’ve found it to be really light and refreshing! I keep a small box in my desk at work for my afternoon sweet attack and now have a box at home as well.
First up was a hair cut. I went from shoulder length to chin length and added some layers as my hair’s a wavy hot mess in the summer 🙂
Next up was the eye doctor where I had to drop off an old pair of sunglasses to get new lenses. Thank goodness for vision insurance, the regular price for lenses – just lenses – was $355!!! I have a REALLY messed up left eye and have all sorts of funky stuff (like a prism) to make me see appropriately out of that side. I ended up only paying $177 out of pocket which isn’t “awesome” but is better than squinting!
Then I hit the mall and found a cute skirt/top combo at the Gap as well as Eddie Bauer and picked up 2 new shirts for Chris at EB as well. He has a heck of a time finding shirts that fit as he’s a tall skinny string bean but EB has lots of “tall” selections.
And by that time it was 1 and time to eat! I threw together a quick bowl of leftover rice, a sprinkle of cheese, spicy ranch, guacamole and salsa which I ate with chips. Light, quick and good! The mix of flavors reminded me of the 7 layer burrito at Taco Bell.
after lunch I got to work making zucchini bread, we received 2 big zucchinis in our veggie box this week and I knew we needed to use them up as we’re getting another delivery Thursday. I followed a recipe from Betty Crocker’s Best of Baking Cookbook that was really simple – throw all the ingredients in a bowl, stir, put in pans and bake! 50 minutes later I had 2 steaming loaves of bread. One has glazed walnuts and raisins and the other is “plain.”
It smelled so good I couldn’t help but take a sample before I photographed. Mmmm, I like zucchini bread!
I also made a batch of granola bars while the bread was baking. As promised – here’s a quick tutorial!
#1 – Mix 1 cup of peanut butter and 1 cup of honey in a non-stick sauce pan over medium-low heat (I used organic smooth PB and local honey)
#2 – heat honey/PB mixture until warm and smooth.
#3 – add in 3 cups of quick oats and stir until just combined, you do NOT want to cook the oats or you’ll end up with a mushy bar.
#4 – prepare a small sheet pan with your choice of “crunchy” topping. Last time, I used honey roasted peanuts. Today I used 60% cacao dark chocolate chips.
#5 – Pour warm oatmeal/honey/PB mix onto pan and spread out. I like to get my hands wet with a little cool water to prevent sticking.
#6 – Once the granola mix is spread out, you can either call them good or add another topping, today I chose to add some shredded coconut.
#7 – Refrigerate until set then slice into individual bars and wrap in plastic wrap or Ziplocs.
These bars are shelf stable, but if you make with organic PB which requires refrigeration after opening, it’s best to keep them in the fridge. I am excited to play with lots of combos, I’m thinking of trying almond butter, nutella and lots of different toppings! If you make them, let me know what combo you tried!
Chris got home around 3 and I cleaned up the kitchen and helped him cut his hair…ah, married life.
We made a quick dinner of hot dogs, mac & cheese (Annie’s Organic), baked beans and salad.
I ended up not eating my bun…and yes, there really is a hot dog under that ketchup-mustard mess 😉 My salad contained (all produce from our veggie box) – red leaf lettuce, brocolli, cucumber, carrots, tomato, croutons, glazed walnuts, craisins, olives and a sprinkle of parmesan.
And now…I need to get lunches packed and get settled on the couch in time for Glee tonight! Have a great Wednesday bloggies, we’re half way to another weekend!!