Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Outta the park...

Tuesday Recap:

Breakfast:  Almond meal/Flax pancake with peanut butter + chocolate milk
So espite having what I thought was one of my more filling breakfasts options of the pancake with peanut butter yesterday morning, around lap #17 of the Dollar Store in Mission: Birthday Party, I started feeling hungry/TIRED.  I knew I had to have something or the day was going to go downhill and FAST.  I grabbed a container of (Dollar StoreJ) chocolate milk and chugged 1/2 the container.  Chocolate milk is one of my FAVORITETHINGSEVER (don't even get me STARTED on the LOVE for local Halo Farms brand!), but one I look at as a TREAT and proceed with cautionJ  But at that moment, it hit the spot and gave me the boost of energy I needed.  I deemed it a VERY worthy 180-200 caloriesJ

Lunch:  Saladworks Cobb Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
This isn't the 'leanest' Saladworks option, but it was the one that sounded SOVERYGOOD at the moment of ordering.  The goal of the day was a lunch of VEGGIES and I felt like this served its purpose...despite a few decadent mix-insJ.  (I did, however, skip the DELICIOUS side roll in an attempt to balance the calories a bit)  And short of a cup of hot lemon water, this kept me full for the rest of the afternoon.  I'll take it...Green goddess dressing and ALLJ

Dinner:  Crispy white bean Caprese nachos with roasted balsamic tomatoes
Oooooooo...I'm batting 1000 in the Caprese dishes this week.  And pardon my second baseball metaphor in two sentences, but these definitely knocked it out of the park!  (OK, I'll stop nowJ)

I started by roasting up a couple pints of cherry tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper & garlic powder in a 350 oven for about 40 minutes... 

Once the tomatoes were burst and roasted, I gave em a quick mash & mix with a tablespoon of balsamic and a handful of chopped basil.  Tomatoes = done. 

While I was mixing up the tomatoes, I also popped in a few sliced tortillas on a cookie sheet, sprayed them with olive oil mist & a sprinkle of sea salt.  Pop those in the oven for about 10 minutes or until slightly crisped.

I also added a drained can of white beans right to a DRY pan and let them cook up on high heat until dry & crisp (also about 10 minutes).

Once the beans & chips were crisp, I topped the chips with the beans & a few slices of diced mozzarella and popped em back in the oven until the cheese was melted & gooey...


Serve the chips along with the tomatoes and you are all set...
Holy hell, these came even better than expected.  Crispy chips with gooey cheese & crispy beans, topped with the combo of sweet tomato & tangy balsamic and a kiss of fresh basil...this was a million flavor combos in one and oh-so-satisfying.  Not to mention, a great non-meat meal for the mid-week....which is always good for your health AND budget!  Give this one a whirl ASAP!  You WON'T be disappointed.

Workout- Vinyasa & Gentle yoga class
A good combo....but it was EXTRA cold by the time I left the gym at 9:30pm.  Brrrrrrrrrrrr!  I went straight from the car, to a hot shower, to under the sheets of my warm bed.  Although I gotta give props to the lady who was going INTO the gym while I was leaving and she told me how she pushed herself outta the house to get there!  Lord knows how cold it was when SHE left.  I yelled 'you should be super proud!" as I sprinted to my warm carJ  Didn't have too many excuses after seeing thatJ

Not too much on the agenda today since my Mom is heading to NYC today and Katie & I are having a low-key day.  ....which started bright and early with the WHOLE house being awake by 6:15am.  Ohhhhh...this should be interesting.  Nap gods:  I hope you're on my side todayJ

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!

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