Posts Tagged ‘Good Food Made Simple’
I have lots of delicious food updates from this past week! I have been making a huge effort to make healthier choices which of course means more cooking, less eating out, and better for you foods! It was hard to chose just a few highlights but here are some of the major updates!
Lunch has been interesting! As you can see I am a VERY hungry girl at lunch time but it has been filled with salads, delicious La Croix, Chobani Greek Yogurt, Strawberries, and Carrots! I usually only make it through half of these items but it is nice to have choices- plus it makes for a really tasty 3pm snack!!
I also enjoyed a tasty baked potato for lunch the other day (not the same day- gosh I am not that crazy). Although I did manage a turkey burger with this baked potato and a side of strawberries for dessert! I like to top my baked potatoes with broccoli (overcooked broccoli actually- I like it really soft) and a little bit of cheese and bacon with sour cream on the side.
I have also been enjoying some more 100% Steel Oats from “Good Food Made Simple” that I purchased at Sam’s club. This round I decided to make the honey one and I added in a small handful of chocolate chips! Honestly, I think it was too much chocolate for me (which is very difficult to say) BUT it was still really tasty!! If you want to read more about my first experience with these oats check it out here.
One of the highlights of the week was Friday night when Tim took me out to Menchies!! OOO how I love Menchies! I was feeling a little under the weather so the frozen yogurt felt really good on my sore throat…. well the delicious taste was a bonus haha. I had some banana, chocolate, cookies and cream, and peanut butter *yea a little bit overboard* and I mixed in some candy. I had far more than Tim haha but it was worth it
I have been doing pretty good with my healthy balanced meals at dinner! I managed some delicious baked chicken with green beans on the side and some honey mustard dipping sauce!! I forgot how much I LOVED this meal since I used to eat it like every day in Boston! It was a simple and easy meal to make.
Tim even made some really tasty meatloaf the other day! We are a big fan of putting everything into meatloaf… ground turkey, oats, eggs, ketchup, peppers, onions, and whatever else we can think of!
I had dinner tonight actually at my parents! We have all natural Buffalo steaks with mushrooms and zucchini on the side! I think I ended up eating most of the mushrooms while I was cooking (I guess mom and dad won’t put me in charge of that again hehe) and while I am not a huge red meat girl the steaks were pretty good. I think I like Bison much more than a regular steak. I also tasted this all organic chocolate that my mom got at Whole Foods but I can’t say this hit my taste buds in the right way at all!
Before the dinner we enjoyed a Smoothie from my mom’s new Vitamix smoothie maker. This blender is CRAZY and works like no other blender I have ever seen. We put spinach in this smoothie and wheat grass and some Kumquat fruits, Greek Yogurt, and some Almond Milk! It looks pretty weird to start..
And still looked pretty weird while it was blending
and actually looked pretty weird in the glass but tasted surprisingly good!
The other night I decided to combine 3 of my favorite foods… avocados, mangos, cilantro, oh and lime juice. It tasted delicious and I think it would be really good served on Chicken or something but I never got that far… I’ll try that next. I cut up 2 avocados, 1 mango, a few teaspoons of cilantro, and just a squeeze of lime juice! Highly recommend and if you find a good use for it let me know! So far I just eat it with a spoon or some chips!
Tim and I went over to Kara and Dana’s for game night the other night and not only did we have a blast playing games but we also have a GREAT meal made by Dana!! Dana made some lasagna for the first time and it was sooo good. Kara’s salad was also delicious just for the record! I was so proud of Dana’s meal and wish I had more room so I could have had quite a bit more but he did such a great job so I think I’ll be asking for this meal again!!
Superbowl Sunday was INSANE! Casey and Mark had a party with a ton of great friends and some really tasty food! Tim and I were in charge of the Rice Krispies Treats which I had not made from scratch in a really long time so it was a ton of fun. I have a love for marshmallows so as you can imagine this is one of my favorite desserts.
Casey made some delicious pierogi and chili!I even made the pierogis for lunch the next day!! Tim had the chili- thank you Casey for our left overs!!
Molly also made this tasty taco dip that had guacamole in it. I have had the taco dip before but I have never had it with the guac inside so that was like opening up a present Christmas morning and realizes it was something you had wanted that you didn’t even ask for!!
Oooo and let’s not forget about the pulled pork Casey made for the pulled pork sandwiches… I think I’ll make this in the crock-pot one of these days!
And of course that wasn’t all! Here is the entire spread…
Dinner at Jen’s
I also had dinner with Casey and Jen the other night at Jen’s house! Jen made chicken parmesan with noodles and we ate some buffalo chicken dip as an appetizer! Jen was such a great cook and we enjoyed a nice girls dinner!
Veggie Burger Salad w/ Strawberries
So I headed back to my faithful veggie burger on a salad! This time I even added a pickle on the side… ahh the good life! So this salad had everything on it… lettuce (which I need to eat A LOT of us because I bought a massive things from Sam’s Club), olives, fat free shredded mozzarella cheese, Morning Star Veggie Burger, and a hardboiled egg. It didn’t seem right to put salad dressing on a burger that day so I actually topped it off with a teaspoon of Breakstone Fat Free Sour Cream! DELICIOUS! Seriously, the best fat free sour cream I have ever had.
Then I ate my masterpiece. I didn’t finish the entire thing but needed something sweet afterward… so I ate a few big and delicious strawberries!
Chicken Sausage and saladI had a soccer game this past Sunday that my parents attended! It is so nice to have my parents there to support me just like they did when I was a tiny little thing. They placed themselves perfectly in the spectator section so my dad was able to offer up helpful words of advice while I was on the field. I remember getting frustrated by this in high school but I found it VERY helpful! It is amazing what other people can see on the field from a different view point.After the game we headed back to our house for dinner! Tim and I cooked up some chicken sausage from Sam’s Club (which we are OBSESSED with) and had peppers and onions on the side. The boys made sandwiches and the girls had them “naked”. My mom had brought over a tasty salad that we enjoyed with the sausage and I made some guacamole as an appetizer. That disappeared too quickly and I didn’t even get to snap a picture but you can just take my word for it that it was delicious!Chicken sausage makes for a great family meal!
100% Steel Oats for Breakfast
So clearly we had a very successful trip to Sam’s club based on my other meals! While we were there I also spotted these 100% steel oats (less than 200 calories) breakfast treat in the frozen section. A girl at work has been eating these for a few weeks and I eye it up every time I see her coming out of the kitchen so I bought them to give them a try. They are “Good Food Made Simple” and they have all natural ingredients. They come in a box of 8 individual wrapped servings on the oats and all you go in unwrap and pop in the microwave for 3 minutes.
Now I will say that they are not as sweet as the tasty instant oatmeal that comes in all sorts of flavors now but they are good and very filling. Any time I can find a breakfast that will keep me full is a win for me. Plus, it’s an easy thing to travel to work with which is more than an added bonus.
What I love most is that the box of 8 comes in 2 different flavors. 4 with honey and 4 with berries… which is perfect for me because sometimes I am feeling a sweet honey flavor and other times I just want come fruit. I may even put some extra fruit in it next time I have it!
Tim loves egg salad! We don’t eat it often but anytime I start to hard-boil an egg I hear a little voice from the living room saying… “are you making egg salad with that” usually it wasn’t my plan but it is delicious and it makes him happy so we almost always do!
While Tim loves to EAT egg salad I should mention here he is not a huge fan of making it… he claims that I make it better which I guess I do make it with love because I know how much he likes to eat it and I don’t mind at all!
So this time around we made the egg salad with this mayo that the lady at the Asian market recommended. She recommended it for potato salad but Tim said go for it and I’m glad we did… just delicious! I have no idea what brand of mayo or anything because it just came in an unlabeled bottle with a red cap. If I find out exactly what it is- I will let you know!
So in our egg salad we put about 5 hard-boiled eggs, mayo, a little blast of regular mustard (we use Frischs yellow mustard), a small amount of vinegar and a little bit of sugar! Let it sit and get cold overnight and it makes a heck of a lunch! One time I did make this was Greek yogurt instead of mayo and I think I may have used a little bit of that delicious Breakstone Sour Cream but this new mayo was a nice treat!
A Special Drink
I should mention here that I don’t really have any drinking habits… well I mean besides my love obsession with red wine. I don’t drink coffee on a daily basis, I’m not a big tea fan, and I try not to drink pop/soda if I can help it… but every now and then I do like a taste (especially Fresca)! But when I travel to Miami for work I always get spoiled with a delicious espresso beverage… oh the joys of working on an espresso business.
Now I can’t go crazy and do a serious straight up espresso. I get it with milk and well
a little bit ok I lied.. A LOT of sugar. In Spanish they are called a “cortadito” and this lovely woman makes the most delicious ones! She knows I can’t really speak a lick of They are some serious business and can keep you up all night long but oooo I love them. I have no idea how she makes them so delicious but if I wanna give it a try google it and see what happens!
And I managed to sneak in a 3 mile run yesterday before I headed to the airport! I did 2 miles outside and 1 mile on the treadmill (in the opposite order haha). It was great to meet my mom and see her before I headed out of the cold and into the sunshine!!