Tuesday, September 16, 2014

First cozy meal of the season...

Hey, all!  Well, another weekend and barely any food picsJ  I was too busy runnin Katie to the boardwalk one more time...

...over a friends house for a playdate, with 7 amazingly well-behaved kids!...

...and a lazy Sunday lunch date with Scott & IJ

She liked her requested soup & crackers enough that she gave us enough of a window to actually eat our pizza in peaceA rarity these days with this little booger...but such is the life with a 2-year oldJ

And to counter act the pizza and boardwalk goodies from this weekend, it was time to kick off a healthier week...

Monday Recap:

Morning Workout-  Full-body Tone it Up workout

8:30am:  Breakfast- Toast with peanut butter & jelly
Mmmmmm...I bought this SALTY Strawberry Jelly from the farmer's market this week and it HIT the spot on this toast!  Sweet & strawberry with SALT!  I'm in LOVVVEEJ

12:30am:  Lunch- Autum Squash soup & Fiji Apple Salad
While my Mom & I were out and about running errands, our stomach's started rumbling mid-Katie shoe shoppingJ  So we hit the local Panera and both got one of these combo platters.  A TOTAL FALL win since the soup was ABSOLUTE FALL perfection!  And the salad, topped with dried apple chips, was not too shabby either.  All together they clocked in around 500 calories.  A little more than I usually like to spend on lunch (and did leave almost half the salad), but not bad for a decadent/healthy lunch combo.

3:30pm:  Snack- Extra Sharp Cheddar + 7 dried mandarin orange slices
I am OBSESSED with these 90-calorie Cracker Barrel cheese sticks.  They are NOT the usual 2% ones I have, but the portion control keeps the serving in check so you get ALL of the full-calorie cheese goodness...that you CAN tell the difference vs. the low-cal cheese.  Sometimes it's worth itJ

Mmmmmmm...I'm positivly GIDDY to announce the FIRST COZY MEAL OF THE SEASON!!!!!  WEEEEEEEEEE!!  It was all-set for salad last night, till I spent nearly the whole day bundled up in a sweatshirt, which just meant we needed WARMTH for dinner!

So I took these beauties from the farmer's market...

...gave em a quick dice (along with a few cloves of garlic) and drizzled em with olive oil, salt & pepper, then tossed em in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, I whipped up the polenta.  Which is as easy as heating up 3 cups of milk to a simmer and whisking in about 1 cup of polenta, then adding a pat of butter, 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese & a handful of diced fresh basil...

Layer up the poletna & tomatoes and dinner is servedJ
I'm not sure if it's just these lovely September zebra tomatoes, but they roasted to sauce-y perfection.  And polenta was the perfectly creamy companion to bring this to our faces.  EASY & COZY...they may just be the THEME of FALL this yearJ

Evening workout:  Beginner's Power Yoga

Alright...it's already late because I did some special food shopping today...I'll share more tommorrow!

Have a great TuesdayJ

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