I’m Back!

September 29, 2010 § 7 Comments

Hello friends!  Please excuse my brief blogging hiatus, but school, school work, and life took over.  You all understand, right? :-).

In the past week, I have cooked up some delicious meals as well as attend a fabulous wedding!  Here’s a peek at what I’ve been up to.

Food

Roasted delicata squash.

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Whole wheat fusilli pasta with tomato sauce, pesto, broccoli, and parmesan cheese.

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Roast turkey with light gravy, roasted broccoli, and whole wheat sunflower seed bread (from the Saratoga Farmer’s market!).

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Crock pot sausage stew with potatoes, onion, red and green peppers.

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Cajun turnip fries.

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Wedding Fun

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How beautiful was their wedding cake?!

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Cheers!

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Troy cracks me up :-D.

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That’s better…almost ;-).

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Congratulations Jamie and Kate!!

Time to get down to business…a little homework and the Biggest Loser of course!

Question of the night:  What’s the most interesting dish you’ve prepared in the past week?

Turkey, Eggplant, Mozzarella, Pesto Panini

September 21, 2010 § 2 Comments

Hello friends!  I’m finally getting back to blogging after a busy weekend and lots of homework.  I made a yummy dinner last night and was able to use some of the leftovers for tonight’s delicious panini creation.

Sunday Dinner

I decided to make a quick and easy dinner last night since I was out for most of the day running errands and doing a little shopping.

Roasted eggplant and spaghetti topped with Pomodoro sauce and pesto.

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I roasted the eggplant the exact same way I do when I make eggplant parmesan.  I do every single step except for baking it with the sauce and cheese.

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Today

I had a late meeting on campus and was starving by the time I arrived home.  I quickly took out my Cuisinart  panini press and got to work assembling my sandwich.  I spread pesto on each slice of bread then added the turkey, eggplant, lettuce, and cheese.  Five minutes later…it was time to eat!

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This was an amazing combination of flavors!  But, it will never come close to the eggplant panini’s that Troy used to make while we were both working at Mrs. London’s.  I loved how he always made sure that there was at least one for me to eat during my lunch break…what a guy! :-D.

Question of the night: What’s the best panini you’ve ever had?

Apple Picking Adventure

September 17, 2010 § 4 Comments

What better way to spend a Friday afternoon than going apple picking with a bunch of lovely ladies? :-).  Kathryn, a second year nutrition grad student and avid healthy living blog reader, suggested we all get together and do something that wasn’t school-related.  Good idea!

We headed to Abbott Farms, right outside of Syracuse, to pick apples and get some treats of course!  Nutrition students need sweets too ;-).

We had a little trouble getting to the good apples at first, they were all on the top of the apple trees!

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Posing amongst the apple trees.

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We got tons of apples!  Next stop, the petting zoo?

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He was definitely smiling for the picture.

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We then loaded up on sweet treats – cookies, fudge, candy and ice cream!  Sounds really healthy, right?

Amanda and her ice cream cone.

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I picked up some chocolate covered raisins as well as a pumpkin spice cookie, apple filling cookie, chocolate chip cookie and a peanut butter cookie (my fav!).  My parents are coming this weekend so I thought it would be nice to have some fall treats for them to enjoy while they are here :-).

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Today was so much fun!  I’m finally getting comfortable here and am so glad to have such wonderful people in my program.  It’s officially the weekend!

Question of the night: Do you plan on going apple picking this fall?

Crock Pot Chicken Taco’s

September 15, 2010 § 6 Comments

I love my crock pot :-).  Tonight’s dinner was so simple to prepare, I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to break out the ol’ slow cooker.  This chicken taco recipe was yet another dinner inspired by Julie’s blog.  I was reading through some of her old posts and got a few wonderful recipes, thanks girl! 😀

I placed a pound of ground chicken, 2/3 cup water and a packet of taco seasoning into the crock pot this morning before leaving for school.  I set it on low and by the time I returned 8 hours later, dinner was ready!

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I like to make taco salads rather than regular tacos, so I topped crushed taco shells with chicken, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and hot sauce.

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Round 2 :-).

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I am feeling quite accomplished today.  I’ve been putting in a lot of hours this week studying for my upcoming biochem test, did my laundry, and have even been getting to bed early :-).  I hope I can keep it up!

Question of the night: How do you like your tacos?

Sunday Dinner For One

September 12, 2010 § 6 Comments

What’s a perfect dinner to have on a chilly, rainy Sunday evening?  How does meatloaf (even though I dislike the word loaf), buttermilk smashed potatoes & asparagus sound?  This is exactly what I made :).   This meal screams Sunday dinner to me and I’m glad I made it.

I found this meatloaf recipe on Julie’s blog that she found in Cooking Light.  I decided to take my own spin on the recipe and change a few things.  It turned out great and oh so delicious!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound meatloaf mixture (ground beef, pork and veal)
  • 1/3  cup  dry Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/2  cup  chopped onion
  • 1  tablespoon  prepared mustard
  • 1  teaspoon  garlic powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  large egg
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • Cooking spray

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine the meatloaf mixture meat, Italian breadcrumbs, onion, mustard, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and egg into a large bowl.

Shape meat mixture into a 9 x 5-inch loaf or a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Spread the ketchup over the top of the meat loaf. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a thermometer registers 160°. Let stand 10 minutes. Makes approximately 8-10 slices.

Question of the night: What are some of your favorite Sunday dinner foods?

Pasta, Panini’s & More

September 11, 2010 § 4 Comments

It’s the weekend! 🙂

I just spent 3 hours in the library, so I am more than ready for a blogging break.  The last few days have been quite busy but oh so productive.  On Friday, after a long day of doing work, I cooked up this delicious meal for dinner.

Spaghetti and asparagus topped with homemade tomato sauce and basil leaves.

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Pre-parmesan cheese

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Post-cheese!

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So yummy!

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Today

I started my day off the right way by going to a kickboxing class at my gym.  It’s been awhile since I’ve gone to it, so I was more than ready to get back into it.  I’m already starting to feel the soreness in my arms and legs – it was a tough class!

Before heading to the library, I made myself a turkey and cheese panini on Wegman’s bread.  It was so yummy!

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Sliced tomato and kettle chips on the side.

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While I was doing work daydreaming in the library, I came up with the idea for this fall-like snack.

Honeycrisp apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice!

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Come in real close ;-).

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Tonight’s to-do’s: plan meals for next week, finish my grocery shopping list, RELAX!  Time to figure out what to make for dinner!

Question of the night: Do you plan your meals out each week?

I find that when I plan out my meals for the week, I end up buying less at the grocery store.  Score!

Fall is in the Air

September 9, 2010 § 5 Comments

I finally have a moment to sit down and relax for a bit.  As I type this blog post, I’m also watching Masterchef, drinking green tea and talking to Troy.  Isn’t multi-tasking fun?

This morning, I made a special mid-week breakfast to start the day off the right way.  Eggs, toast and apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.  Fall is approaching quickly and the combination of cinnamon + pumpkin spice made me very happy :).

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Do you love the grill marks on my egg?  The only non-stick pan I have at my apartment is a grill pan!  You gotta do what you gotta do ;-).

The weather got even cooler throughout the day, so I decided to make one of my favorite hot dishes…eggplant parmesan! My version is much healthier than traditional eggplant parm ;-).

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  • Peel eggplant and cut into rounds.
  • Place rounds on a baking sheet and salt them for 30 minutes (moisture will start to form).
  • After 30 minutes, rinse eggplant rounds and pat dry.  Put rounds back on the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.  Bake for 15-20 minutes on 450.
  • Take eggplant out of the oven.  Layer a baking dish with tomato sauce on the very bottom (so the eggplant doesn’t stick), eggplant, more tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese.
  • Repeat layers until dish is full.  Bake for 5-8 minutes (or until cheese is bubbling) at 350.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Yay for having leftovers!  Time to get ready for bed, I have a busy day of meetings and classes tomorrow.  Goodnight!

Hump Day Question: What dish gets you in the mood for the fall season?  It can be a breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, dessert or beverage item.  I don’t discriminate :-).

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