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Monthly Archives: September, 2012

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Balsamic Chicken Salad

When you are making one meal to last for the entire week, you might start to get sick of what you made, unless you are a little creative!  I found that putting things in a tortilla with cheese seems to help break up the week and not make the food taste so boring. Today, I didn’t have any tortillas, so I had to be a little more creative.

Ingredients:

Balsamic Chicken and Broccoli meal
Spinach
Mozzarella Cheese

 

I cut up the Balsamic Chicken, added the tomatoes and broccoli mixture to it and microwaved it for about a minute. Then I put all that on top of a bed of spinach.  I finished it off with Mozzarella Cheese and I had a GREAT salad for dinner!

Balsamic Chicken and Broccoli

Last week, I attempted a difficult recipe for my week of food. The lasagna was great and it lasted all week, but it was a lot of work. I’m so excited about my new meal plan of cooking for the whole week and not having to worry about what I eat every night. I’ve also started to try to make things that are low carb. I even bought low carb snacks to eat during the day.

This week, I decided to do something a little easier.  There was only one problem.  My dog, Cooper, decided to jump up on the counter and knock the crock part of the crockpot off and it busted in to a million pieces. Luckily, I still have a really small, not fancy crockpot, so I could still cook my weeks food. The only drawback to that is that the crockpot is a little small so I had to stuff everything in it.  I found this recipe on Skinny Ms and added the broccoli. I ordered a new crock from Sears, so hopefully, it will be here in a few days. By next week, I’ll be crocking a new recipe in the big crockpot.

Ingredients:

4 Chicken Breast (Frozen or thawed)
2 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 broccoli
1 medium onion sliced
4 garlic cloves
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients in the crockpot and let cook on high for 4 – 6 hours.

Here is what it looked like cooked.

I sliced up the chicken and then put the vegetables and sauce on top.

It was very tasty!  You must like Balsamic Vinegar to like this though!!

Lazy Lucky Saturday!

I didn’t have much to do this weekend.  I love having nothing to do, until it comes down to the fact that I have nothing to do.  When that happens, my standard “go to” is to go shopping. As usual, I hit up all the Marshall’s in the Austin area.  This was my lucky day!! I found a pair of brown riding boots that actually fit on my legs!! I found a pair the other day, but they were $150, and I’m cheap.  I found these for $50.  Since I got such a good deal, I decided I would just buy another fun pair for the winter!!  Here are most of my new clothes.  I was actually lucky and bought a few other things that are not in the pictures, too.  🙂

Riding boots are my favorite!! I just can’t  usually find andy to fit my legs!! 😦  These are Unisa and fit!!


These were just fun boots, so I got them.  They are Steve Madden boots.

I scream, you scream…

We all scream for ICE CREAM!!

My favorite dessert in the world is ice cream.  I really only like Vanilla Ice Cream though. My absolute favorite is to get Magic Shell and put it all over the vanilla ice cream. The chocolate forms a shell on the ice cream and it makes for a perfect dessert! It kind of reminds me of going to Dairy Queen when I was a little kid and getting a Dilly bar or a dipped ice cream cone!

When I was younger, a really big treat was to go to Steve’s Ice Cream in Highland Park in the Dallas area. They mixed home-made ice cream with different candies. My favorite was to mix Heath Bar in to my ice cream. It was really exciting when they opened in Casa Linda and we were able to go all the time and not just for a special occasion! Today, I can go to Amy’s Ice Cream in Austin for this same treat. Some of the workers at Amy’s will even do tricks while they make your mixed in ice cream. Now that I’m older, I’m always trying to watch what I eat so I try not to eat too much ice cream. I’ve found that some of the yogurt shops have good mix in specials as a slightly healthier option. There is a really cool yogurt place in Casa Linda in Dallas called Monster Yogurt that has all kinds of mix ins that you can add in yourself. You pay for your yogurt by the weight of it. I’m sure they have some like that in Austin too.  I’ll have to be on the look out!!

 

 

No Noodle Lasagna

I had a great weekend this weekend.  My aunt came in from Florida, so I went to Dallas to see my family.  I had so much fun spending the days shopping with my mom and her sister.  My mom and aunt are so cute when they are together.  They are three years apart and they share the same birthday. I loved all the reminiscing that I got to do and hear this weekend. On top of all the fun, this was a great shopping weekend. I think we hit every Marshalls and TJ Maxx in the city of Dallas. I got lots of cute clothes to wear to work. I even got a cute pair of earrings. I may have to blog about them later.

When I got home, I needed to cook my meal for the week.  That worked out so well last week. I am only trying to maintain my weight, but I ended up losing a couple of pounds, too!  (I usually like to plan everything by ear, but I guess planning ahead works out sometimes.)  I decided to go for a no noodle lasagna.  This is the hardest recipe that I’ve attempted and it really wasn’t so bad.  I found the recipe off the  Dashing Dish website when looking at Pinterest.

Ingredients:

For Noodles:
5-6 Zucchini
Salt
Pepper

For Meat Mixture:
1.5 lb. Ground Turkey
1 Large Diced Onion
2 Cups Chopped Broccoli
2 Cups Chopped Cauliflower
2 Cups Chopped Spinach
1Cup Chopped Mushrooms
1 Jar of Spaghetti Sauce
1 Clove of Garlic (Minced)
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Pepper

For Cheese Mixture:
16 oz. Cottage Cheese
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese (Grated)
3/4 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Slice up the zucchini into strips.  Spray cookie sheet with cooking oil.  Put zucchini on sheet, add salt and pepper. Bake in oven at 425 for 5 – 10 minutes on each side.

Chop all of the vegetables and mix them together.
Brown the ground turkey
Put all of the vegetable ingredients, meat, and the spaghetti sauce together in a really large skillet and cook until the vegetables begin to get soft.
Put a layer of meat sauce on bottom, put a layer of zucchini in a casserole dish.
Add a layer of cheese mixture on top of the zucchini.
Add another layer of zucchini, then another layer of meat.
Top with parmesan cheese, cover with foil, and put in the oven at 450 for an hour. 
Take off the foil and put back in the oven to brown the cheese for about 2 – 5 minutes.
I think I let it brown too long, but it still tastes really great!!

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

I got to go to another UT game this weekend.  It was so much fun. UT played New Mexico and it was a shut out game.  While I was there I proceeded to eat a hot dog AND a sausage wrap.  After the weekend, I noticed the scale wasn’t being too kind.  I know it wasn’t just the game. I’ve been snacking more and eating nachos almost every day for the last week.  My friend told me I should think about preparing my meals for the week on Sunday or Monday and then I have no excuse to not eat healthy.  I usually use the excuse that I was starving by the time I got home from work, so I HAD to eat whatever was the fastest to make, aka nachos.

Since I’m really not a cook, I like to rely on my crockpot.  Knowing that one of the guys on my group texts gets REALLY angry about us doing crockpot or baked fajitas, I decided that I was going to make crockpot fajitas just to annoy him. When I told him what I was making, he sent me the dictionary definition of fajitas and said I was making a roast.  No matter what they technically are, I really liked what I’m calling my “crockpot chicken fajitas”!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 large white onion chopped
1 Tbsp. chopped garlic
1tsp. dried oregano
1tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 can of rotel

Additional Ingredient Options:
Low carb tortillas
Guacamole
Sour Cream
Shredded Cheese
Anything else you like on your fajitas

Put all the ingredients in the crockpot.

Cook on high for 4 – 5 hours.

Slice the chicken into strips

Put sliced chicken, onion/tomato mix, cheese, sour cream, guacamole (or whatever else you like on your fajitas) on a tortilla and eat up!

 

Hook ’em!!

I was so lucky last night to be invited to the UT/Wyoming game!  I love going to the games, but I quit getting season tickets a few years ago because I was missing too many games.  One of my  beautiful friends that used to work with me, who also turns out to be my sorority sister, invited me to last night’s game and to the next one too!! We got there at about 3:00, even though the game was at 7:00. We went to Scholz, took a picture with a huge longhorn, bought a scarf out of a trailer, went to a couple of tailgate parties and then went to the game.

By the time we got to the game, we were so sweaty that my friend ended up buying a new dress at the store in the stadium and changed. We will now refer to her as Beyonce because of the frequent costume changes. All I bought there was a scrunchy to tie up my hair. I was surprised to find out that the store INSIDE THE STADIUM can’t even have the game playing on their big screen TVs because they don’t get the Longhorn Network.

The former curriculum director of my district was there too.  She cracked me up when she told me that she didn’t realize the mascot’s name was Bevo and now the name of Bevo Bucks made much more sense to her.  I just looked at her and told her she was pretty!! After the game several of us went to the UT club and enjoyed queso and fajitas.  I had the best time ever!! I can’t wait to do it again. I think I’ll bring two dresses next week so I can keep up with Beyonce!

Texas!! Fight!! 

My new scarf!

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