Category Archives: Lunch

The Superbowl Spread

Long time no blog! I’ve been in New Orleans for the past two weeks and have a few things to share with you about the delicious eats and all of the activities that went on. But first! The Superbowl!

I was slightly upset that I was leaving New Orleans, literally a DAY before the superbowl…but the crowds were unbelievable on a normal weekend. I didn’t want to know what would happen when Mardi Gras and the Superbowl collided. Madness!

Last night for the Superbowl, Brent and I stayed in with my parents and enjoyed an exciting game. When I got up in the morning, I threw together a chili that I think may have been one of the best. It was packed with tons of veggies and had a bit of spice to it. I loved how fresh it tasted…and how light it was. **You could EASILY make this a vegetarian chili by simply omitting the ground beef. There is so much veggies in this chili that you wouldn’t be missing too much 🙂

Spicy Veggie Chili

 

 

Ingredients:

2 lbs Ground Beef 2 Large Onions, Chopped
2 Green Peppers, Chopped 2 Red Peppers, Chopped
6 Medium Carrots, Diced 6 Cloves of Garlic, Diced
4 Tablespoons Chili Powder 1 1/2 Tablespoon Cumin
1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano 4 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
2 28-oz Cans Gournd Peeled Tomatoes
1 15oz Can Black Beans 1 15oz Can Red Beans
Shredded Cheese to Top

Directions:

1. Dice, Chop and prepare all of your veggies. Including the garlic.

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2. Heat up a skillet and cook the ground beef until done. Be sure not to dry it out. Then, in a LARGE crockpot, add in all of your ingredients (minus the cheddar cheese) and stir well.

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Cook on low heat for 6-7 hours. You want the onions and the veggies to cook through and the flavors to all marry. It was really fresh tasting, and don’t be afraid to adjust the seasonings to your liking. Just bare in mind that the cumin is a bit more potent than you may think 🙂 This will feed 10 people easily.

On the side of the chili, I made some home-made corn bread. I was really kind of pumped to give this a go because I hadn’t even made cornbread from scratch before. The cornbread turned out really moist…even though I left it in the oven for a little too long. WHOOPS. It’s a bit darker in color than it should be but still tasted amazing.

Cornbread

 

Ingredients:

1 Cup Flour 1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2 Eggs 1 Cup NonFat Milk
1/4 Cup Melted Butter 1/4 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Sugar

Directions:

1. Mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt together with a fork until it is light and evenly mixed.

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2. In a second bowl, whisk the eggs, honey, sugar, milk and melted butter. Make sure to combine it really well.

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3. When the oven is completely heated to 400 degrees, mix the wet ingredients with the dry and immediately transfer to a 9×9 greased baking pan and put it into the oven. **Once you mix the wet ingredients with the dry, you must transfer it quickly. Do NOT over mix the batter. It should be lumpy.

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Bake it for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out of the center clean. Make sure you keep an eye on it or else it will come out a bit dark 🙂

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It was delicious and extremely moist. I will definitely be making this guy again.

I have one last thing that I whipped up for the Superbowl, but because this is getting to be a bit lengthy, I will save it for another post. It was a Buffalo Chicken dip that got great reviews. Brent inhaled it. Not that he doesn’t already love everything that is buffalo chicken.

Today is my first day back and I’ve got a few phone calls to start making, routing to do and some packages to go through. I think have about 15 individual boxes that are waiting for me in the garage. FUUUN!

Happy Monday!!

 

First Half Marathon = Conquered

This morning Brent and I FINISHED our Half Marathon. I am pumped. The race started at 7 this morning, so we were on the road by 615. I lined up at the 9 minute mark hoping that having some faster people around me would get me going. But, I ended up starting at a pace that was too fast. I ended up having to convince myself that I was going to go at my own pace and not try to BEAT everyone else that was running.

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Around mile 5 or 6 my knee legit just said no thanks. It hasn’t done this in a while. Out of all of my long runs…it had to be this one that it just said see you later. I was limping a bit and struggling a lot for the next two miles. I stopped a few times to really stretch it out a bit, but it never seemed to calm down.

At mile marker 7, I started thinking in terms of the miles that we had left. However, my math was wrong and I for some reason though we only had 5 left at that time.

When we got to mile 9, the number of people cheering us on really started to pick up. Their signs…were AMAZING.

  • You trained for this longer than Kim Kardashian’s marriage lasted.
  • Run faster, I just farted.
  • Sweat is fat crying.
  • Run like you stole something.

Those were just a few favs, but people can be really creative. We finished and immediately grabbed a banana, which I fell in love with after the Rock N Run in Sept. Grabbed some water and headed over to the grassy to start stretching.

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I think Brent wanted to shoot me because while we were sitting there chatting away, I couldn’t help but start thinking about the next one! I loved it. I am absolutely doing another one. Brent just responded, can we just talk about this tomorrow?? Haha.

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Tired elves. After we gained some strength, we started walking around the tents that they have set up for a little after party. One of the things that they were giving away was chocolate milk. Brent found this out before the race and may or may not have been running towards that chocolate milk.

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The route that we ran was really, really nice. It had several areas that were cobble stoned, which wasn’t amazing to run on towards the end. It took you all through downtown Orlando, and around all of the little lakes in the area. If you aren’t from Orlando, I would say this is a great way to get a good sense of what living in Orlando is like!

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They had tons and tons of volunteers and police officers marking the way. Every mile and a half there were Port A Johns and water stations to grab something. Even more towards the end. At mile 8.5 they had supplements to give you that extra boost. There were bands playing in several spots along the way. Tons of spectators cheering you on. They also had a medic about half way through.

At the end, there were tents to get ice wrapped on your shins, knees or whatever else and cooling stations that you just stuck your head into and it showered you with a light cool mist. Yes.

The weather, was perfect. There was a little chill in the air in the morning, and it warmed up to about 75. The light, long sleeve shirts that we wore were perfect. I had so much fun that I am sure this isn’t going to be my last half marathon. Only next time, I’m running for time!

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Post race, I didn’t really want to eat or drink much. The thought of food was just…mer. After about an hour at home, I was ready for something light. I ended up making a little twist on a tuna melt, that was so good.

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Ingredients:

1 Can Tuna 2 Tablespoons BBQ Sauce
1/4 Cucumber Chopped 1/2 Slice Provolone Cheese

Strange, but delish. Brent loved it. I love everything with Sonny’s BBQ sauce on it anyways,

I ended up resting for a bit of the day because tonight, we are going to a BIRTHDAY PARTY!!

The Recipe Book

For lunch today, I made a greek inspired pita pocket. It turned out really well, and was even better than I had thought it would be.

Greek Scrambled Pita

 

Ingredients:

1 Wheat Pita 2 Scrambled Eggs
2 Tablespoon Feta Cheese 1/3 Cup Chopped Cucumber
2 Tablespoons Sun Dried Tomato Humms

Yummy.

This afternoon, I took care of some projects that had been calling my name for a while. One of which, was doing something about my WALL, of cookbooks. During the holiday seasons especially, there are some cute little cookbooks that show up at the check out counter at Publix. Every once in a while I grab one. Well, every once in a while has turned a little shelf into these little cookbooks. I decided to trim it down a bit and consolidate them into 1 binder of everything.

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I used pocket dividers for each section, so I can easily add in magazine clippings and things like that. I’m always finding things that I want to give a try, and this is going to be a really easy way to keep it all in one spot. It also made my shelves look just a bit more organized!

Only a few more hours until the big race! I’m chugging water at the moment to make sure I’m hydrated enough. I always seem to get extremely dehydrated after running and I’m hoping to avoid that tomorrow.

See you after the big race!!

What have you done in the past to organize something that just seems to take up too much room??

 

 

Too Much Thinking Time

On the way out the door, I headed to the kitchen to throw something together really quickly for lunch. I had bought some pears earlier this week and they are starting to get to the point or “Eat me or else.” So lunch was made around these pears.

I grabbed a large handful of spinach, chopped up a green pepper, and the pear and put it all in a To-Go box. Sprinkled some sunflower seeds and feta cheese on top. Grabbed my salad dressing container and called it lunch! It was actually really satisfying and the flavors went together really nicely.

 

As soon as I got to the office, there wasn’t a moment for me to sit and relax at all.

Oh my way home, I started to think about everything that had to get done before I headed out for the weekend. Between the dogs, cleaning, packing, work, my 11 mile run and a long list of little things, I’m not exactly sure how it’s going to be managed. The long ride really just gives me time to start freaking out about what I’m not doing while I’m driving. It’s slightly miserable.

I ended up stopping off at the post office to drop the Thanksgiving letters in the mail. As I was addressing them this afternoon, I was realizing how many different places these letters were actually going. It was NUTS. So out of the 10 letters that I sent out, I reached 7 different states. Not kidding.

  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Virginia

Crazy right?! It just made me think about how spread out we have all gotten and yet I still talk to them on a regular basis. 🙂

Needless to say, as soon as I got home, I was starving and prepared to make nothing that took longer than 5 minutes. I just didn’t have the time. I had picked up some Cranberry English Muffins that I have been dying to try. So one of those went into the toaster while I mixed up the insides.

1 Can of Tuna 1/4 Green Pepper, Chopped
1/4 Teaspoon Onion Powder 1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard
A Dab of Smart Balance Mayo

I topped it with a slice of american cheese and Dinner was served!

 

 

It was PACKED with green peppers and I loved it. The pop of cranberry from the english muffin added a lot of flavor to it. I would plan on putting some dried cranberries into the next batch of tuna that I make. It really added something different to it.

Tonight I’ve got a lot on the agenda, so I’m off to crackin!

 

Does driving give you a time to relax?? Or does it make you think about everything you haven’t done resulting in a mini freak out??

 

Absolutely, freak out.

Plans Foiled Again

I feel like every time I mention that I’m planning on making something for dinner, or for lunch, something happens and I end up not making what I said I was going to. Yesterday for lunch, I thought I was clever in coming up with this lovely little lunch that was going to be whipped together in the tiny kitchen there. Well, foiled again.

I ended up having lunch brought to the office yesterday, and my little mixings just sat in the lunch box next to my desk. So, I ended up having some DELICIOUS lasagna, a caesar salad and some garlic bread. YUMMY.

 

The killer is the desserts that they always bring along. Yesterday was this delicious White Chocolate Mouse, and today a Banana Delight Cake. I resisted though.

The mixings for lunch made its way home and ended up being dinner. I made a mini pizza with left over pasta sauce and some mozzarella cheese on an english muffin. Not too creative of a dinner, but it would have been AWESOME for a lunch on the go.

Morning

This morning I was up and running at 530. I had a meeting that I had to get to out in Melbourne first thing in the AM. The only thing I could bring myself to have that early was some coffee. I’m not really in the mood to eat anything substantial at that time. I grabbed one of the To You Snack bars and headed out the door.

 

Seriously. This mint chocolate chip granola bar was unlike anything I have ever had. It was delicious. I can’t even really describe it. Make sure you send your entry for Sizzle Wars in soon! Because you could have a whole case of these guys 🙂

For the rest of the day I’ve got some work to get finished and a meeting at 130 I’ve got to get to ASAP.

 

Hope your Wednesday’s are going well!!

 

Would you rather have a busy day that you are running out the door and going all day or a relaxed day that you have nothing planned??

 

Honestly, I need something planned for the day to get me going. I would much rather be running around crazy than sitting in front of the TV. So I try make sure I have something to get done each day to motivate me to get going. 🙂