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Good News, Bad News

3 Sep

SO the good news is I successfully made it through my first week of interning in a local high school as a social studies teacher! It also was much better than I expected, considering the not so great reputation of the school, and I’m finding that I really enjoy the job of being a teacher! That was a concern, because its hard to know if you really are gonna like it or not until you actually start teaching, and after 1.5 years of this degree, its good to know I chose correctly!

The bad news is that my 5:30 am wake up calls, which I’m still not used to, and getting a not so fun cold have left this blog somewhat neglected. Couple this with the fact that I cannot find my camera charger for the life of me, and no new or terribly exciting meals made for the week, and I have nothing super special to blog about.

A few interesting links I’ve stumbled across:

7 Easy Ways to Lighten up Your Snacks

Healing Foods Reference

10 Foods to Add to Your Diet Right Now and Why

Have a good night everyone, and get a great night of sleep!

5k After the Fact

26 Aug

So a little belatedly, because of being quite busy this week, but a quick update on my run Sunday…

I finished my first 5k in years in 32:15!

And I was the 217th finisher in the race, Ace of Diamonds, hosted by the American Running Company!

It was a hard run because I’m not used to running early in the morning, and couldn’t really get into that nice relaxing running groove, plus there were some rather steep hills (where’d they get hills in Florida?!?).

All in all, I was proud of myself because I ran the entire thing, and I can’t wait to run another race in the future!

Dinner Delights

23 Aug

Its been a few busy days/enjoying the last bits of my time off before I become very busy starting a new job (for free, boo internships!)

To go back in time to a few notable meals in the past few days…

I  modified a Chicken Puttanesca recipe I tried before:

You can’t see very well, but the noodles are actually zucchini pasta. I am in love with using veggies as a pasta base, and can’t wait to try spaghetti squash soon. One thing that always bothered me about pasta was how many calories are in a very small amount of a rather bland food, that also can fill me up waaaay too quickly. Veggies as a substitute has made me want to try new “pasta” dishes now!

This puttanesca used a lot of broccoli, some onion, capers, garlic and some chicken. Traditionally puttanesca uses olives, but I’m not a huge fan, so I omit those. The base mixed with the zucchini is then topped with a bit of Mama Del Grosso’s Vodka Celebration sauce mixed with some crushed red pepper for added spiciness, and a drizzle of light sour cream to add some creaminess and a sprinkle of parmesan-romano. Its a pretty easy recipe to throw together with which veggie you want to highlight and add some red pepper to taste. (Also, about 300 calories per serving)

The Del Grosso sauces are the tastiest I’ve ever had, and I would love to learn to replicate them, since they are pricey. Typically I hate red-marinara sauces because most are so bland, but both this, and the Sunday Marinara I’ve recently tried are so flavorful!

Another delicious recipe I discovered online and requested Ryan to make for dinner (since I was getting home after 9 pm that night, and wouldn’t have a chance to eat any semblance of dinner during my shift) was a quesadilla recipe.



Spinach, Corn and Chicken Quesadilla

This could easily be made vegetarian using beans subbed for the chicken, which is what I would have done, but since Ryan was the chef, he insisted on some chicken. I think if we made them together sometime, we could each add in the protein we prefer, so there’s versatility in the dish.

This was another easy recipe that doesn’t need to be too precise, and if Ryan could make it, and even do a nice job plating it, anyone can! I couldn’t get a good shot of the insides, but believe me they were very tasty.

Ingredients:

Whole wheat tortillas

Spinach (either bagged or frozen) –we used fresh

Onion

Jalepano pepper

Corn (frozen or fresh)

Chicken/beans (or whatever protein you prefer)

Monterey Jack cheese

You simply saute the veggies til tender, add the spinach and cook until it wilts (or is warm if using frozen). Then you place the tortilla in a non-stick pan, fill half the tortilla with the veggie mixture, and either beans or precooked chicken or both, and top with some cheese. Fold the quesadilla over, cook til golden brown on one side, and flip and cook the other side til golden brown, and voila, you’re done with a delicious, tasty meal, with a quesadilla  that’s about 300-400 calories, depending on the protein used, and how much cheese used.

We also added some black beans on the side (love that touch of a sprinkle of cheese, Ryan did such a good job!)



Well, that’s all for now. I’ll try to post later with the update on my 5k yesterday, and the dinner I made last night.

For now, I have quite a few tasks ahead of me on this day off:

–make the curtains for our bedroom I’ve been putting off for weeks
–look over the teacher’s manuals for the 2 classes I’m teaching this semester
–make my way to the gym, since its rainy rainy outside
–finish up a book for the women’s book club I’m attending Weds evening
–pick up an orientation packet from school for the Internship Orientation Weds morning
–and last but not least pick a restaurant in Tampa to meet my lovely friend Becca for dinner and drinks!

Nervous Night!

21 Aug

Running my first 5k in over 4 years tomorrow morning! The one and only race i ran was horrible because I hadn’t trained in any way, shape or form, and I felt very embarrassed to see the overweight soccer moms passing me left and right by a mile in. This time, I’ve trained and been running 3-4 miles regularly, so I know I can do it, but am still nervously anticipating my 5 am wake up call…

Off to bed with me to try and be rested for the morning!

Salsa Squared

18 Aug

So to pick up where I left off a few days ago, Ryan and I successfully made the walk to and from the gym, with about 45 mins of working out in between. The walk is a little over a mile and a half each way, but also took about a half an hour, so its def a great way to get in an extra workout, but only if we have a good 2 hours to devote to the process.

Meanwhile, I’ve been very busy at work, and more than excited to have a day off tomorrow! I cannot wait to have a 5 day work week and weekends off, since I’m a routine kind of girl, and haven’t felt much like cooking and don’t have terribly fun dishes to share for the most part, but I did eat some yummy things today worth noting:

Breakfast was an egg white with S&P, on a toufayan whole wheat bagel with a little whipped cream cheese and salsa to top it off. A little spicy for breakfast to help wake me up!

I also had a little Hello Kitty cup of Orange Juice! These little cups are the best for milk and juices, since I typically don’t like too much of a flavored drink, so its the perfect amount! (My baby heinekens also fit this bill!)

Lunch was nothing impressive, and eaten in between working on computers (so appetizing!). It was the other half of a tomato caprese sandwich I picked up at a little grocery on my walk back from the gym the other day, which was very disappointing. It was supposed to be a pressed panini and have pesto on it, but the bread was so flimsy, it never really pressed into a crispy panini as I picture it, and had NO PESTO! This made me sad, as I love some pesto…that might go on the list of things to attempt making soon.

Anyways, after a long, tiring day at work, and a quick run with Ryan, I did not feel like cooking, so we stopped by Publix and picked up a bag of romaine lettuce, and a Greenwise (Publix’s house organic brand) Spinach & Feta pizza.

This led to a salad with a bit of feta, some croutons, because I didn’t have much else to put in le salade & for dressing…MORE SALSA. I can’t get enough hot salsa. By the end of this relatively small salad, my mouth was burning! I need to start buying gallons…or perhaps attempt making my own! Probably worth it, since I’ve been eating so much recently.

Lastly, the pizza:

This was one of the most delicious, and flavorful natural/organic pizzas I’ve ever had. I like the Amy’s Margarita pizza a lot, but this to me was far superior. The feta was tasty, but not overwhelming as I’d feared. The spinach was not sparse, but not overly clumpy in places. The crust also had a good flavor, and a really nice crunch to it. Perhaps my only complaint was just how tiny it was, as it was smaller than normal frozen pizzas & wish we could have had leftovers :-/

On some future notes, I  recently bought some Quinoa to try for the first time, and am very excited to try it out. I’ve stumbled across a really delicious recipe from Cooking Light I might try. Also, I’m running my first 5k  since my Junior year of high school, on Sunday, so I’m pretty excited/nervous!

I’m gonna get back to the relaxing glass of Riesling I’ve been sipping on while watching Masterchef/blogging.

Have a good night!

Good Morning…erm Afternoon!

16 Aug

I’ve been getting better and better at waking up relatively early, for summer at least, and rolled out of bed around 8:30 this morning, which is still a far cry from the 5-6 am wake up I’ll be subject to in T-minus…14 days! I read some blogs and more of my Jillian Michaels’ book : “Master Your Metabolism”, (which I plan to review once I finish it), drank the standard cup o’ coffee and enjoyed the last bits of summer before I embark on my teaching career via this final internship (yipes!)

After some Jillian time, and reading all about FOOOOOOD, I decided to whip up a yummy breakfast to last through the gym sesh I have planned for early afternoon.

Open faced english muffin with some freshly ground peanut butter on one half and an egg white cooked with s&p (salt & pepper) & rosemary. I would have topped the egg with some HOT salsa (new favorite topping for eggs), but sadly I polished off the last of it last night 😦

I also added some blueberries I had leftover from my snack at work yesterday, and a small cup of Organic 1% milk to wash down the pb stickiness!

Alright, Ryan came in ready to head to the gym. We’re planning on walking the 16 blocks or so, to get in some extra exercise/be more environmentally friendly, but that’s quite a hike for the  suburbanite lifestyle, particularly in the middle of summer in Florida…wish me luck!