WIAW #21 (I Can’t Think of a Good Title)

Hi! How is your day going so far?

This week has been very fast for me, despite what I first imagined. It was sooooo difficult getting out of bed at 5:45 on Monday morning after break. Trying to get stuff done this week has been equally challenging! I’ve had a taste of vacation and my mind does not seem to want to do three weeks of work before the next! :-)

I honestly did not do much over break. On Wednesday, I babysat for my neighbors. The three kids were all sick, and I was so nervous I was going to catch something. So far so good. On Thursday, we enjoyed some family time and had this amazing feast. Friday was another relaxing day: I woke up, did some yoga (I don’t do that Black Friday thing), and watched four movies. That’s kind of embarrassing to admit, but I will say, it was fun! Saturday and Sunday were more of the same thing, but I did have an essay due Sunday night which I worked on. What did you do on your vacation, if you had one?

While I had a lovely vacation from everything, I have to say, it’s fun to be blogging again. :-)

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I’m actually going to include in this post some of my favorite eats from the past two weeks, since I didn’t post a WIAW last week. It was sooo nice being home for such a long time because I could be more creative with my food. I love that! (There were other reasons it was so fun being home, too, obviously. :-P )

WIAW

Thanks again to Jenn for hosting WIAW!

Breakfasts

I have been enjoying plenty of this combination the past couple of weeks: 0% fat Greek yogurt + Special K red berry + raisins. SO GOOD.

The other amazing breakfast that I made was this:

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa. Expect a recipe soon! It was so delicious, warming, and filling.

Lunches

I also had some seriously delicious lunches! This one was just a packet of tuna, peas, Craisins, a bit of yogurt, and some lemon juice mixed together. I was surprised how good it was!

We had enchiladas a little while ago (see dinners below), and ended up with some extra filling (and no tortillas), so I turned it into a sort of single-serve casserole:

The first time I made it was with brown rice. I mixed together the rice and the enchilada filling, popped it into the toaster oven for about 15 minutes, then tore up some cheddar cheese and toasted it some more. Ohhhhh my goodness it was incredible! I enjoyed some mixed veggies on the side both times I made the “casserole”.

The second time I made it, I used quinoa. I also threw in some spinach, for good measure.

This version wasn’t as good as the first, but it is definitely a dish I am looking forward to making again!

Snacks

I have to admit: I was reallllly bad about snacking this past weekend. There is so much good food at home (that I can’t afford to buy or have around up at school) and I found myself going crazy with the tortilla chips, leftovers, and other munchies at times. Oy.

The snacks that I did snap pictures of included this amazing cranberry-studded English muffin.

A Christmas blend Starbucks was on the menu as well.

The lighting in this picture was awful, so I decided to redeem the pic by adding some artsy effects. :-P

My stomach did not appreciate the drink, so I had to call it quits after about 1/4 of it, but it was still delicious!

I had many rice cake + sunflower seed butter + jelly snacks the last couple of weeks…

As well as about a hundred clementines. Clementines are such amazing little fruits: the moment that I start to get depressed that summer berries, watermelon, and other delicious fruits are gone, ta-da! It’s clementine season! (But I don’t joke: in the past three days I have had nine of these babies.)

Dinners

Other than the amazing food I enjoyed on Thanksgiving Day, I’ve had some pretty good dinners lately…

About two weeks ago Dan and I went to Benningan’s for dinner. I ordered this grilled salmon, which came with a rice pilaf and steamed broccoli. Yum yum yum.

As I mentioned, my mom made up some enchiladas a while back, which were great as usual.

This is another recipe that I need to post. I’m making a list of all of the recipes I talk about uploading!

On Sunday night, I made some Skinny Chicken Parmesan (again; we can’t get enough of this meal!), only this time I didn’t put the marinara on the chicken.

I apologize about the quality of these pictures – I blame poor lighting!

The result was amazing – the panko/cheese crust was so crispy and delicious. Good stuff.

With a leftover parmesan chicken breast, I made this fantastic salad. I chopped up the chicken and added it to a bowl of mixed greens, Craisins, and cucumber, and topped it with balsamic vinegar.

On the side I had some baked ziti that my mom made with these noodles:

^ Doggie photo bomb. :-D

They’re gluten-free and made mostly of quinoa and brown rice. There is next to no difference between these and wheat noodles taste-wise, but obviously there’s much more protein!

Desserts

On the same night we went to Bennigan’s, Dan and I went out for some frozen yogurt. They were out of the raspberry, so I went with chocolate/vanilla, and topped it with crushed Oreos, sprinkles, fresh raspberries, and hot fudge. Mmm.

I obviously don’t stop eating ice cream when the weather gets cold! My grandma was over at our house for the week of Thanksgiving, and she bought some low fat strawberry ice cream, over which I sprinkled mini chocolate chips. I normally don’t like strawberry ice cream, but those chocolate chips did the trick!

Breakfast/Snack/Dessert??

On Saturday I made these pumpkin muffins. I coated the top with melted butter and cinnamon-sugar, which made an amazing crunchy topping. I’ll post the recipe soon!

What with all of the eating that I did this past week, I really need to kick it up in the exercise department. Obviously, this is only half of the equation (I also need to eat less and healthier), but I love exercising, so I’ve put more minutes into my plan for this week.

Workouts November 25 – December 1
Sunday: 10 minute jogging + 20 minutes walking on treadmill + core exercises
Monday: off
Tuesday: 20 minutes jogging + 25 minutes walking on treadmill
Wednesday: 40 minutes of strength/circuit training
Thursday: repeat of Tuesday
Friday: rest
Saturday: 40 minutes elliptical trainer + circuit training

In other news, my camera broke. :-( It’s a little Lumix camera that I’ve had for about four years, and one day I turned it on and it went all crazy, zooming in and out then shutting off. And when it does shut off, the lens doesn’t retract. I don’t usually use that camera for food pictures (I use my dad’s or brother’s) but I’m still super bummed about it. I’m going to take it to a camera repair shop and see what the verdict is.

I don’t really have much else to talk about. I’ll be back with a recipe tomorrow (I’ll also reblog my post from last year about Hyde Park Winter Wonderland!) and then a recap of my trip to Switzerland on Friday and Saturday! Wahoo!
Have a wonderful Wednesday! :-)

17 comments

  1. Ohh that tuna, greek yogurt, craisin mixture looks so good! I think I might have to have that for lunch today. I’m low on groceries but have all those ingredients! Great WIAW post, you made me super hungry! :)

    1. I hope you like(d) it!

  2. Love the title… I feel like that ALL THE TIME. My post titles are awful because I can never think of something creative to call them!!

    I definitely took a break from everything too, especially blogging. It was nice, but I’m ready to be back now! :)

    That grilled salmon, rice and broccoli combo looks delicious. The only time I ever get salmon is out at Chinese restaurants! Those muffins look super good too. Like doughnut holes!

    1. They kind of taste like doughnuts, too! I’m glad you had a good break! :-)

  3. Quinoa pasta, I’ve never seen that before. I’m going to have to go on the hunt for it. Sounds great.

    1. We got it at a wholesale place (Costco). I just realized that doesn’t really help you, as you’re in the U.K.! But I looked, and they sell a whole bunch of quinoa pastas on Amazon.com :-)

  4. Those muffins are so damn cute!!! I think it’s the sugar that makes them so alluring!!!

  5. ooooh for some reason that tuna salad sounds SO good to me!

    1. Haha I get like that on Wednesdays (with WIAW posts)..I look at everyone’s food, and suddenly I’m hungry! :-)

  6. Holy cow; that’s a lot of really good looking food. Love the doggie photo bomb!

    1. Haha thanks! I laughed so hard when I saw that picture…

  7. addictedtopumpkin · · Reply

    I hate like 10 clementines per day :D No worries

  8. mmmm all your eats look amazing..that salmon looks deliicous. and i agree clementines are so moreish at the moment!

    1. Thanks! It was super good!

  9. [...] Remember these? I made them a few weeks ago and many of you talked about how good they looked. Well, here’s the recipe (finally)! While these little muffins were just beautiful and very very good hot out of the oven, I’m not too sure I would make them again the same way.  The taste was verrrry good, but a little too banana-y. Think a combination of pumpkin and banana bread. If that’s your thing, definitely give these little guys a try! I just think that next time I’ll use applesauce or something in place of the banana. I also will spray the inside of the muffin tins instead of using liners – for some reason after a day the muffins/liners were super soggy. [...]

  10. [...] up, on Friday, I made some pasta. I used GF pasta mixed with some quinoa to bulk it up (see this post for a picture of the brand), and made a simple red meat sauce. On the side was a delicious salad. [...]

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