Hey everyone! Hope you're having a good week. These last 2 days have blended together pretty quick, so I have a double recap for your this stormy (NJ) Thursday morning.
8:00am: Hot Lemon Water
9:30am: All natural cafe mocha
To this little coffee, chocolate & honey mix...I should also mention that cocoa powder & honey are known fat blasters. Win/winJ
10:00am: Breakfast- Banana Oatmeal with sunflower butter
12:30pm: Lunch- Chicken burger with red onion & 1/2 avocado
I guess the oatmeal really kept me full, because I was held over until dinner time with no snacks. A true miracle unto itselfJ
6:00pm: Dinner- Artichoke Pasta with diced tomatoes
This dinner is so absurdly easy that by the time everything was simmering in the pan & the pasta boiling away, I had managed to clean up the entire kitchen and all of the dishes (besides the pots, obv!)
The sauce is an easy simmer of garlic, green onions and 1 can of diced tomatoes & artichoke hearts. While that simmers for 8 minutes, your pasta cooks away nearby for 7 minutes...
In the last 30 seconds, you swirl in 1/4 cup of half & half (fat free, in available) and 1/4 cup chicken broth.
Meanwhile, drain your pasta and add in 1/2 cup of grated cheese before tossing in the artichoke sauce...
And Wallah! How easy is that? And you'd be AMAZED how good just a few simple ingredients tossed together can make such a great meal.
And BONUS was that even though I CLAIMED I was headed to the grocery store this week, I still have yet to set a foot in there and made all of this with pantry staples. So raid your cupboards and make this one tonight! J
8:00am: Hot Lemon Water
9:00am: Breakfast- Flax seed & almond pancake
So I tried to get all fancy yesterday and swap out the sugar & MOST of the egg in this pancake recipe with a mashed banana. It was all fun & games until it STUCK to the pan again (much like my 'diva pancake'!) I was able to glue it together a bit with some peanut butter, but not the prettiest pancake to say the leastJ
10:30-11:45am: Power Yoga class
12:30pm: Lunch- Pizza Kitchen
Yesterday was JUST. TOO. GORGEOUS to stay cooped up inside for lunch. The temperature was a perfect high 70's, no humidity, light breeze and perfect blue skies...
So the afternoon just called for a pizza out on the Pizza Kitchen patio...
Margarita pizza this time...and I'm not even going to cop to how many slices I had. Let's just say there was NO MORE EATING for the rest of the day after this 'little' lunch! J
But it was just too perfect of a day not to get out and enjoy itJ
6:00-7:00pm: Body Jam Class
And like I said, no more food was had after that pizzaJ But I do have some other 'kitchen news' to share! I finally got a replacement blender after my beloved Cuisinart spent 2 months both smelling like fire when it was turned on for more than 30 seconds (joy) AND spitting out black soot from the bottom (double joy) At least I can say she was WELL USED!
And thanks to a sale AND a 30% off coupon from Kohl's, I was able to get an UP-GRADE!!
Now we're talkin some SERIOUS smoothie business. Can't wait to start putting this to use TODAY! Doesn't she look intimidating??
Well, alright. I should probably get off the computer since it's thundering & lightening all around the house. This lovely storm system is tearin through NJ today bringing wind, hail and torrential rain. I guess that's our payback for such a gorgeous day yesterdayJ Mother nature has to keep the balance too, I guessJ
Have a good Thursday!