Pasta, Prosciutto, Parmesan

June 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Today’s lunch was a go-to meal when I’m in a hurry or if the fridge is lacking in variety.  I satisfied my ever-present peanut butter craving by making pb&j on a Joseph’s pita. 

On the side, I enjoyed Pirate Brand Smart Puffs.  These little poofs are crunchy and incredibly cheesy – real cheese taste, not fake-o kind.  They are great to have on hand in a pinch!

I also enjoyed a few pieces of frozen banana before I headed out the door to go to work. 

DINNER

 I decided to tackle another Giada recipe for tonight’s dinner.  The main ingredients are pasta, asparagus, prosciutto and parm cheese. 

All done!

My bowl

Avocado salad on the side

This dish was simple to prepare and only took about 30 minutes total from start to finish.  The recipe yields about 4 servings so there will be plenty of leftovers.     

Ingredients:

  • 1 bundle of asparagus – cut diagonally into 1 in. pieces 
  • Pasta – any kind will do!  I used penne – about 75% of the box 
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3-4 slices of thinly sliced prosciutto, cut crosswise into strips 
  • A little over 1/4 cup of thinly sliced fresh basil leaves 
  • Parmesan cheese and lots of it!  

Bring a big pot of salted water to a boil then add pasta.  After 5 minutes or so, add asparagus.  Turn off heat when pasta is al dente and asparagus is tender.  Drain.   

Then, heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 20 seconds.  Add pasta and asparagus to the skillet and season with salt and pepper.  If needed, add some of the reserved cooking liquid (pasta water) and stir.  Turn off heat.  Add the prosciutto and basil.  Serve and EAT! 

I loved this dish!  It was cheesy, salty from the prosciutto, crunchy from the tender asparagus and let’s face it, pasta is always yummy.  

For dessert, Troy and I might be making his and her fruit smoothies to have while watching TV tonight yay!  Also, I MUST do laundry tonight, I am all out of workout clothes!  Luckily, I only have 1 load to do.  

P.S. The birthday present I received in the mail from my grandma and grandpa is ticking…interesting…maybe I should open it?! 

Feels Like Fall

June 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

What a huge temp. change from earlier this week.  It was 49 degrees in NY last night!  When I woke up, it felt like a chilly fall morning.  I put on a sweatshirt and headed downstairs to make some hot oats.

Oatmeal Buddha Bowl 

The Mix:

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • The tiniest bit of honey
  • 1 crumbled flourless peanut butter cookie (Who says you can’t have cookies for breakfast?!)
  • 2 tbsp. chopped walnuts 

My Buddha bowls have not been making as many appearances as I would have liked this summer.  All my kitchen stuff is packed for when I move to Syracuse at the end of summer.  I really wanted to use this bowl this morning so I dug into the numerous cardboard boxes and pulled it out.  

Yogurt, strawberries and crunchy granola on the side.  

I originally planned on going to BodyPump this morning but I just felt the need for speed instead of weight lifting.  Spinning class should do the trick.  What a treat to be able to go at 9:30am, only a half day at work today 🙂  Happy Hump Day to everyone!

Meat & Potatoes

June 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

I was hungryyy when I got home from the gym.  Three cheers for dinner already being ready!  Thanks Mom & Dad!

On the menu tonight:

  • Grilled mini filet mignons (how fancy!)
  • Oven fries sprinkled with sea salt (amazinggg)
  • Green beans from the farmer’s market (so fresh!)

My filet mignon all grilled up.

Mmmm oven fries!  These are the best ever.  To prepare: preheat oven to 375, slice the taters, coat with olive oil, spread out on a baking sheet, cook until golden brown, sprinkle with coarse sea salt.  Easy peasy.  A helpful hint is to stir them about half way through the cooking process so they don’t stick together.  

Green beans

My plate

This meat and potatoes meal hit the spot after a long day of work and working out! Food tastes so much better when you don’t have to prepare it 🙂

I received a package in the mail today from my grandparents.  It’s shaped like a birthday gift! 😛  My birthday is this Sunday, the Fourth of July! It’s no secret that everyone in the country is obviously celebrating my birth hehe.  I’m having a birthday bbq on Saturday at my house since everyone usually has their own traditional July 4th plans.  I have lots to prepare for!  

Night! 

Tuna Salad

June 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

If you guessed that I was going to be eating tuna for lunch, you’re correct!  Tomi is a tuna lover which explains his large interest in my lunch-packing this morning.  

I shared some tuna with him.

I made tuna salad Julie style atop a bed of greens.  

Man this was so good!  Where have I been?

A side of Joseph’s 

Green grapes

This was both a delicious and filling lunch.  I will definitely be making this one again, it’s a keeper!  I certainly got my omega-3’s today thanks to this little fishy.  

I’m heading to BodyFit after work.  I have a love/hate relationship with working out during the 5 o’clock hour.  I am tired from the day, but it is my favorite class..besides BodyPump.  Usually the intensity of the class forces me to muster up the strength to do my best!  See you for dinnaaa. 

Smoothie x2

June 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Yesterday’s parfait attempt that turned into a smoothie made me really want another smoothie this morning! 

Knowing a smoothie itself wouldn’t be enough for breakfast, I began to assemble my yogurt bowl.  

My yogurt bowl includes:

  • Brown Cow vanilla
  • Newman’s Own Sweet Enough honey flax flakes
  • Bob’s Red Mill coconut granola..I can’t believe I still have this bag!  I thought it would have been devoured by now.  
  • A sprinkle of chopped walnuts 

Mountain o’ cereal 

Creamy and crunchy, just the way I like it!

Smoothie time!  I decided to leave out the yogurt this time since I already ate some.  I put in about half a frozen banana, a handful of frozen strawberries, about 3 oz. grapefruit juice and 3 oz. water.  

The result: SUCCESS! 

This was perfect!  The banana added creaminess to the smoothie and the grapefruit juice added a hint of citrus-y flavor.  What a wonderfully refreshing summery drink.  My straw is reallllly long for this glass but I always drink my smoothies through a straw! 

I also had a little extra time this morning to pack my lunch.  I, of course, had a tiny helper.  

Ignore the weirdo humpback thing I have goin’ on 

Tomi was extremely interested in my lunch today…can you guess what it is?!  

Question of the morning***

What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?  

Verdure Al Forno

June 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Monday means Giada recipe night!  For the past couple of weeks my mom has been making a new Giada recipe from the Everyday Italian cookbook I got her.  Tonight’s recipe is verdure al forno or “vegetables in the oven.”  You can pretty much substitute any veggie you like into this recipe.  We used zucchini!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 5 medium zucchini (about 1 1/2 pounds total), cut crosswise into 1 inch thick slices
  • 1 cup heavy cream (not the best nutritionally speaking, but the whole casserole serves 4+)
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated fontina cheese
  • About 1/4 c. grated Pecorino Romano cheese 
  • 1 cup. plain dried bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper 

Preheat the oven to 350.  

In an 8-inch baking dish:

  1. Spread the olive oil around the baking dish
  2. Layer the bottom of the dish with a zucchini layer
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top
  4. Pour a little of the heavy cream, mozz and fontina over the 1st layer of zucc
  5. Sprinkle Pecorino Romano on top of that layer 
  6. Repeat layering two more times

Place the baking dish on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Bake uncovered until golden brown on top and the sauce is bubbling – approx. 40 minutes.  

Zucchini casserole

My dad made garlic bread to go on the side

My plate

Delicious!  I think adding elbow pasta would make it even better..kind of like a zucchini mac and cheese!  Next time.

Troy came over for dinner tonight.  He deserves it for a job well done today.  I was quite spoiled having him around at work 🙂

Troy with his flourless peanut butter cookies in hand.

Tonight I’m heading to Troy’s for some quality TV watching 🙂  See you in the morning!  

The Big Salad

June 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Today’s lunch features a big salad full of veggies and protein!  

Fresh greens and arugula served as the base.  I topped the salad with leftover panko chicken, sliced zucchini, leftover patty pan squash and red pepper.  I drizzled a little bit of Italian dressing on the top too 🙂 

Sliced Joseph’s pita bread

Nectarine

The whole spread + a square of chocolate-y goodness

Man oh man this salad was delicious!  I really needed a huge dose of veggies after a weekend of wedding fun.  This lunch hit the spot for sure! 

On a work-related note, the decor is really coming together at the spa.  Troy was nice enough to come in and help us with manly things such as hanging pictures and doing electrical things. What would we do without him? 😛  I guess he is feeling better today, he deserves flourless peanut butter cookies for all his hard work! 

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