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What I Ate Wednesday

Ok, round two. I just had a whole post almost complete and it somehow just vanished. Note to self, save draft!!!!! Welcome to my second What I Ate Wednesday post of the new year. If anything at all I can commit to getting these posts done, because I love Wednesdays and I love linking up with Jenn over at Peas & Crayons for this weekly eats link up.

This Monday my company started a Biggest Loser Challenge that runs for 8 weeks. I promised the girls I would bring in a big batch of green smoothies to kick-start the challenge. I bought so much baby spinach, I have ended up having this peachy green smoothie everyday. I do love a good tasting green smoothie. On the plus side, I have converted four new people over to the green drink side! Winning! I love introducing new foods to people! It’s very rewarding.

So Green Drink it is – everyday – for breakfast!


Because the challenge started Monday, I also did some major food prep on Sunday. I stocked my fridge with freshly made grab-n-go salads, lean protein, and tons and tons of fresh veggies.


This was one of my grab-n-go salads topped with albacore tuna and a Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Served in my favorite *NEW purple bowl from IKEA!


I posted my pic on Instagram last night of my yummy fish taco dinner. I have been addicted to these bad boys for a few weeks now. I originally made these tacos for girls night the other day and I have been hooked and craving them ever since. Since I started the challenge on Monday, I opted to have my fish tacos, taco-less. (Smile!) I topped this crunchy purple cabbage slaw with a perfectly baked piece of mahi-mahi slightly over seasoned with cayenne. Made my lips tingle a little too much. On the side was a tiny bit of corn and eggplant salsa and topped with some crunchy corn tortillas and cilantro! It was amazing and fresh and light. A perfect change to heavy winter meals.


I ended my night with a glass of Trader Joes Strawberry Kefir! Adding fermented foods to my diet is my food goal for 2014! So far I am loving the way my body is reacting to the kefir!






Well Hellllooo There 2014! What I Ate Wednesday

Hi Friends. Happy New Year. It’s been awhile, with lots of schedule changes in my daily life, I’ve neglected my blog space. But as much as I think about blogging, I just can’t seem to figure out a way to get my posts done. This saddens me, but I am making a pact to try and get into a better routine so I can share all my fun stuff with you again.

What better way than to get back into a great routine with my favorite day of the week. Wednesday!!! You know because it’s What I Ate Wednesday hosted by Jenn @ Peas & Crayons. Love all the blogs that link up every week because of all the inspiration that comes bundled in WIAW!

Shortly after Thanksgiving I scored a few pounds of Quince! I have never laid my eyes on a fresh Quince before, only seriously have ever read about them in Martha Stewart Living. But when I saw them I jumped at the chance to make Quince Paste. What an amazing fruit ~ the Quince. Hard like a potato yellow like a pear, shaped like a large apple. The fruit cannot be eaten in its fresh and must be cooked for an extended period of time. Because of the long cooking times, this amazing fruit turns from white flesh to a beautiful reddish pink which makes this an eye catching dish. Although I was attempting Quince Paste, I didn’t let it cook long enough and ended up settling for Quince Jam instead. However I have been eating it on everything. It is especially delicious on bagels with cream cheese, slathered with Quince Jam!


For lunch I have been eating pretty much soups lately. It’s been rather frigid here in Philly lately and a nice bowl of hot soup warms the soul. Never mind how beautiful it looks in my new set of dishes from Anthropology! This is a homemade bowl of Pho! Don’t you love the little baby round Parisian carrot!


It’s so cute!


Ive been snacking on Pomegranet seeds too since they have been in season. I noticed the other day that they also just sell just the seeds from POM! I get the convenience factor, but I like getting the whole fresh fruit to be honest.



Dinner has been pretty light since the holidays. Starting Monday, January 13th, my work is sponsoring a Biggest Loser Challenge so I’m back on my P90X nutrition plan. Since P90X is a tried and true method we are bound to win! My team name Snack Smashers!

Last night, two chicken sausages, broccoli and a side of lightened up macaroni n cheese with whole wheat noodles. I’m not sold on the whole wheat pasta, I think I’d rather have the authentic and just smaller amounts.


So that’s it folks. I’m really going to try hard to finish up some posts I’ve already started and get some time carved out for regular blogging. I miss everyone!





WIAW # 19 Odd numbers are weird

It’s my mothers fault I don’t really care for odd numbers.  In birthday terms she says they make you sound older!  Even numbers make you seem younger.  Huh???  Now I find myself feeling the same way…….not really digging the #19 today.  But it is what is it and it is time for another round of What I Ate Wednesday.  Woot Woot!

Jenn over at Peas & Crayons hosts a foodie link up party each and every single Wednesday.  Health and food bloggers write about what they have been eating with a theme without a theme revolved around their vacation or just EXACTLY what they ate yesterday.  I usually give you a highlight of my tastiest meals over the last several days because I enjoy beautiful pictures as well as tasty meal ideas.  So let’s get to it!


Almond  Joy Oats

 Still loving my overnight oats!  With all the flavor combinations you really can’t miss with this breakfast.  And by fixing it the night before there is ABSOLUTELY no reason in the world that you would need to skip breakfast.  Well unless of course, your out of oats!

Overnight Oat Combo:  Oats, Almond Milk, Flake Coconut, Cocoa Powder & Almonds.  It was like eating an Almond Joy for breakfast.  🙂

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you probably already know that last Tuesday I attended another Food Swap at the Greensgrow Farm in Philly.

Philly Food Swap

I’m totally drawn to the idea of food swapping and it’s become my latest addiction as far as how I spend my personal time.  So much so, that two of us are starting our own local food swapping group within the next 4 weeks.  We are in the planning stages and as soon as I secure a place I will be announcing all the details.  Fun things ahead peeps! Fun things!

Look at some of my loot!

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So at last weeks food swap I scored some pretty tasty treats!  Specifically some Swiss Chard Pesto from fellow Philly Food Blogger Casey @SaltedPlates.  She participates in a local CSA and always creates her weekly eats around her CSA delivery!  Really awesome way to keep meals interesting because you never know what your gonna get in your CSA box!  Oh and Casey if your reading I think you should hold a Pizza Monday link up party!  No pressure, but I’m loving my pizza stone!!!!!  Think about it, eh?


On Sunday I did  a little food preppin’ in the kitchen and cooked over 2lbs of pasta!  Eeeek 2lbs!  Seriously, I pre-cook most of my pasta and put it in the freezer for quick meals during the week when we are short on time.  I eliminated pasta last year during P90X but still use it as quick and easy meal every once in a while if I’m short on time.  It’s so easy.  Cook like normal.  Toss with a little olive oil.  Cool and store in either bags or freezer containers.  Pasta freezes like a gem!  Give it a shot.  It’s super easy and a really kid friendly meal (especially if you have picky eaters)!


Angel Hair Pasta with Swiss Chard Pesto and Heirloom Tomatoes

Swiss Chard Pesto

Dinner was also a Sunday meal prep favorite.  I spied this recipe from Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean the other day and was intrigued at how she used apples and chicken in the crock pot and ended up with really tender shredded chicken in only a few short hours.  I had all the necessary components and threw them all in the crock pot and low and behold 5 hours later.  Perfectly tender chicken breasts ready to shred.  I did omit the BBQ sauce and ended up shredding it with just the juice left in the pot.  Used half  in my enchiladas and put half in the freezer for a meal next week. I’m thinking either tacos again and maybe a topping for a pizza.


Shredded Chicken & Apple Enchiladas with Black Beans and Rice

Chicken Enchilada

This past weekend was a college visit road trip with my son out to central/western PA to visit PSU Altoona and Indiana Univ of PA campuses.  Super fun weekend and he really fell in love with the IUP campus.


It is probably where he will end up unless he has a stellar visit to PSU Erie campus in November.  He has an “official visit” with the dive team there and is hoping to continue his diving career in college.  Either way I’m hoping he stays within the PA state lines which will make visits from college so much easier!  I’ve been having some empty nesting mom moments these past few days and I’m not digging it ~ AT ALL!

At any rate, we made the road trip and during the drive stopped and had a few of these Starbucks Spiced Pumpkin Frappaccino’s with Soy Milk!  So good! It was definitely my splurge meal on the road trip.


Which enticed me to come home and clean up my act and bake this beautiful Kabocha squash.  I think I’m pretty well stocked up on squash for the next year month so lots n lots of squash recipes in the future.  I know shocker right?


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 Starbucks Frap, Kabocha Squash with Blueberry Ketchup, Trader Joe’s Orange Cranberry Scones, Pear Slices and my homemade dried cranberries!

So that’s about a wrap folks! What I’ve Been Eating Lately, so now tell me what your favorite meal was this past week? 

WIAW #18 Free Veggies & Blog Love

Welcome to Octobers second week of WIAW posts!  Todays post is pretty exciting (if I do say so myself) because I’ve been super busy in the kitchen the last few days.  And as always a shout out to Jenn @PeasandCrayons for being our gracious host!

Remember yesterday when I said that I LOVE this time of year when people are throwing all their extra garden veggies at me?  Well breakfast today was another fabulous meal from the abundant peppers given to me from a co-worker.  It is so satisfying knowing that my veggies were grown by the hands of people I know and love ~ and gosh darn it ~ didn’t cost me a dime!  Fresh. Cheap! Delicious!


Breakfast today consisted of 2 egg whites and 1 whole egg mixed with sauteed peppers from the garden stash.  I recently figured out that if I cook my eggs in the microwave the moment I’m going to eat them ~ they taste way better and are a lot less watery.  Re-heating scrambled eggs is kinda gross!  This is a great alternative. The only problem is what to do with the shells and yolks!!!!


Lunch is still finishing up the big batch of Thai Butternut Squash Soup I made last week. I added a piece of Trader Joe’s Naan to make it a little more filling. Since I am pretty much the only one who eats it between the two of us, it goes a long way.  But never fear it does not go to waste.  What’s nice about this soup is that it also freezes well.  So in the event that I get sick of eating it (which has not happened yet) I can always through it into the freezer for a meal in a few weeks.


Dinner all I can say is OMG!  Last week when Hannah from Clean Eating Veggie Girl posted the recipe for her Cauliflower Jalapeño Grilled Cheese I knew immediately I was heading home to recreate that sucker THAT NIGHT!  There is not much in the way of recipes that gets me this excited anymore ~ only because I’ve been cooking for what feels like an eternity.  So when I came across this one ~ it was like fireworks going off in my head ~ it was another one of the ingenious ideas that only BLOGGERS could invent!  Let me tell you when I say that this sandwich DID NOT disappoint in any way shape or form.  I think I’ve made it now about 4X’s since she first posted it and if you love Cauliflower & Cheese then this is a must try tonight!  The only difference to my sammy was the addition of real cheese.  I think I used Colby Jack and maybe a Swiss too!


Snacks around here have been pretty interesting the last few days as well. I chucked a few plantains in my cart during the last shopping extravaganza.  Looking for something different to do with them I finally attempted PurleyTwins Plantain Socca Bread that my two favorite girls created at the beginning of the year.  I’ve been reading Michelle and Lori’s blog now since we first met at Blend and let me tell you when it comes to being creative and inspiring in the kitchen and in the gym ~ these girls know how to rock it!  I am in awe at the fact that this bread is only two ingredients. It is sweet and moist and delicious and has crispy edges and ……well you get the point ~ right?   One ripe plantain and two eggs.  Blend and Bake.  Seriously  delicious!  My pan was empty in a matter of a few bites! Whoops! 🙂

What/Who has inspired your weekly eats lately?

Looking for more inspiration check out my past WIAW posts!

What I Ate Wednesday Posts: #14, #15, #16 & #17

WIAW #17 It’s Fall Y’all!

Its been a while since I participated in a WIAW post, but since it’s the first Wednesday in October there is no better time to get back on track with my weekly eats.

Short and sweet its all about fall!  I’ve waited until October to start to bring in all the fall squashes and pumpkin recipes because frankly corporate america rushes my life enough.  But it’s finally October and here are my eats from yesterday!  Pumpkin and squash included!

Big shout out to Jenn & fam for hosting this shin-dig every week!


Pouched Eggs, Summer Tomatoes & Basil

Poached Eggs

Poached Eggs


Steamed Broccoli Drizzled with Balsamic Fig Dressing & Honey Crisp Apple w/Homemade Pumpkin Pie Almond Butter

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Air Popped Pop Corn Drizzled with Coconut Oil & Chili Powder



Thai ButterNut Squash Soup topped w/Chopped Kale

This squash soup recipe is a fall staple in my house.  Its so easy and so flavorful it SCREAMS fall in my book!

Thai Butternut Squash Soup

What I Ate Wednesday #15

Well I skipped last Wednesday, not sure why, I was having writers block I guess.  Or maybe I was just super excited to go away for the weekend; I was busy planning and packing.  Life gets in the way of blogging sometimes.

But I come Thursday morning I was feeling left out and really uninspired for the upcoming week of ‘weekly eats’.  I really do draw inspiration from all the fabulous peeps that party it up over at Peas & Crayons every week for WIAW.

But  like everything else, inspiration comes and goes just like the tide, and I’m back at it and roaring to go this week.

Just a quick “Hey Jenn ~ thanks for hosting this shin-dig” she’s got a lot going on over there with a bump on the way.  Head on over and give her a hey too!

My eats of late include:


I made a Peanut Butter, Banana & Almond Milk protein shake using APS French Vanilla Grass-Fed Whey Protein with 2 scoops of Maca Powder.  It was filling and the Maca gave me an extra energy boost.  I was actually good to go until lunch.

Mid-Morning Snack:  Wheatgrass Shot


Lunch:  I received this Lean Cuisine Honestly Good Frozen Meal as part of a perk from Klout, Inc.  I do not typically buy frozen meals ever ~ but when you get to try one for FREEEEEEE and the ingredients list passes your test, you say hell with it ~ am I right?


Lean Cuisine states that the ingredients are 100% all-natural, no artificial ingredients, minimally processed and no preservatives.  One of the things I look at first when shopping for frozen meals is the sodium content and then the calories per serving.


The sodium content for this meal is still a bit high at 590 mg but the calories clock in at 320 per serving and it also boosts 23g of protein.  So between the lower calorie count and the amount of protein, I can overlook the sodium for one meal.

The meal is presented well, I’m a stickler for a good presentation.   The yellow wax beans, green beans and orange carrots made it definitely pleasing to the eye.  Portions are right on target but I could have done with a little less of the Pineapple Black Pepper Sauce that came in a separate packet.


If I was to buy this again, I would only use half of the sauce.  But I liked that it was separate and more than likely all the sodium was in the sauce so you could opt out of it if need be.  All in all, for a frozen meal it’s a good choice for a quick on the go meal.


Afternoon Snack: 

I had lunch with the girls on Saturday and afterwards, we hit up the local Whole Foods.  WF’s and I have a love hate relationship ~ I love going in that store, but hate swipping my credit card after finding out the damage.


I am a true cheese lover!  I treated myself to this goats milk cheese rolled in fine herbs and sliced some up for this afternoon snack.


A few Triscuits, handful of fresh blueberries and Capricho De Cabra Cheese topped  with Mango Chutney.  It was sinful, just sayin’.


Dinner: Soft Shell Crabs w/Zucchini Fritters

And I’m not stingy when it comes to foodie treats and I eye-balled these guys from almost across the produce section.


I live in an area that is known for their crabs.  Soft-shell crabs are no exception.  My son & I both adore a good soft-shell crab sandwich so they went on the dinner menu too! Since I fried them I opted to skip the roll!  (choices, choices).  I served it with a home-made caper tarter sauce.


Lastly~ Today is the final day to enter my Food Should Taste Good {Giveaway}!    One (1) US winner will receive their very own 4 Pack – 5.5 ounce case of FSTG chips! You can enter by clicking here.  Since the kind folks over at FSTG were kind enough to sponsor this giveaway, thank them by giving them a follow if you enter the raffle.  Good Luck!   Facebook:  Food Should Taste Good       Twitter:  @FSTG_Chips!!!


What is your favorite FSTG flavor? 

Looking for more WIAW inspiration:  WIAW #12, WIAW #13, WIAW #14

What I Ate Wednesday #13~ Healthy Party Food

It’s only been a week but I feel like I haven’t posted in forever but I have so much fun stuff to share with you today that is food related, so let’s just jump right in.  I had a little speak easy get together for the girls on Friday night and wanted to share with you the healthy easy nibbles I served to my lady friends.  Everything was a big hit and so simple to through together, but most importantly it was HEALTHY! 

Snacks and appetizers don’t have to be heavy cheese dips or high calorie fried foods and greasy chips all the time.  There are a ton of healthy choices that not only taste fabulous but look pretty darn good on the table too!  

So as usual I am linking up with Jenn over @PeasandCrayons to share with you some of my healthier versions of party food.

Tomato Caprese Skewers

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I used cherry tomatoes for this skewer and cut them in half.  This will be the base so that the skewer stands up on the plate.  You start backwards and work your way down.  So start with a basil leaf, add a piece of fresh mozzarella and then the halved cherry tomato.  Place on a plate and repeat.  After they were all assembled I drizzled the entire plate with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze!

Marinated Artichoke and Chicken Pesto Skewers

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The same technique applies in assembling these skewers as well.  Start backwards and work your way down to the base.  This time I started with the sun-dried tomato and artichoke. 

Take a piece of sun-dried tomato and cut in half.  Take canned artichoke hearts packed in water and quarter them.  Add one piece of each the tomato and the artichoke.  I then added the chicken pesto sausage as the base and  topped it off with a basil leaf. 

This appetizer could have used a dip or a drizzle of olive oil, but I was going for the light version and opted to skip it.  But add it if you like. 

Strawberry & Brie Crostini Drizzled with Warm Honey & Basil

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This appetizer plate was by far my favorite of the evening.  I wasn’t really sure of the combination of honey and brie, but please when I tell you this is a MUST try if you like Brie ~ you must try it.  Every flavor complimented each other with the utmost respect.  So good.

Take fresh french baguette (either whole wheat or white) slice it into 1/4′ rounds.  Top each piece of fresh bread with a slice of brie and two slices of strawberry.  Warm the honey in the microwave for just about 20 sec.  Drizzle each crositini with the honey and garnish with shredded basil!  I only got my hands on one piece of this because it flew off the plate, but is definitely on my list to make again.  It was beautiful and tasty!  Two birds with one stone!

Chipotle Roasted Onion Focaccia Bread {recipe} which was also a hit! 




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Red Wine Sangria w/ Sliced Citrus Fruit

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2 bottles of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon), 1/4 cup of sugar, Orange, Lemon and Lime slices, 1 bottle of black cherry seltzer water.  Let sit chilled in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

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I love to throw a good party!  And it’s even better these days now that I can throw a party with quick and easy and healthy food!  You can follow me on Pinterest to find more ideas for throwing a healthy party!

What I Ate Wednesday + Recipe

I love Wednesdays! 

I repeat that each week on ….well….Wednesday!  But its true.  This has become one of my favorite days to blog because I am so passionate about food and making healthy choices and sharing them with everyone that I just can’t help myself when it comes to Wednesdays. 

For today’s WIAW post I am actually going to show you yesterday’s eats because frankly ~ they were just wonderful. 

We had planned a college visit to East Stoudsburg University yesterday for my son who is frankly growing up to fast.  I can’t believe I am old enough to have a son who will be very shortly heading off to college!  Can I get a YIKES!

So I had off yesterday and the first thing that happened was that my mailman rung my doorbell and left a box on my doorstep.  He quickly shuffled off but not so fast because he still heard me squeal in delight when I realized it was my APS  prize pack that I recently won from FromFriesToFit.com.   I wasted no time in opening up that box and quickly making my way through all the goodies.  APS was generous enough to provide me with a whole box of Grass-Fed Whey Protein Powder in French Vanilla plus a bunch of other goodies. 

We had a long day ahead of us and I knew exactly what I was going to do with the protein powder and soon as the box came. 


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I whipped up these buggers like it was going to be my last meal on earth.  Thankfully it wasn’t because I get to share the recipe with you today 🙂

I think my son scarfed down 4-5 pancakes and we were on our way to ESU.  I had packed some snacks for the ride up because I am pretty much always prepared with snacks that travel.  Riding up the Northeast Extension I opened up my travel lunch sack and pulled out a Chobani Bite in Dark Chocolate Coffee. 

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We made our way after about hour and half of driving to the college and had a very nice visit.  The tour lasted approximately a little over an hour and we were back in the truck on the way home.  The visit at ESU was nice, but I think it still not on the top of his list.  We still have about 4 more college visits planned so hopefully he will be making a decision to narrow them down soon.

I was actually glad the we were out of there rather quickly because one of my co-workers is retiring this week after 30 years of service.  They asked me on Monday to accompany them to dinner to wish him well but I knew I had already made plans to visit ESU.  Fortunately I made it back in time and we headed out and made our way to Steak & Main in Northeast MD


You might be familiar with this place if you watch Man v Food. 


It was featured on an episode because of their Great Steak Challenge.   However 5.5lbs of meat plus baked potato and veggies just doesn’t sound all that appetizing to me, but to each his own. 

We sat down and ordered drinks.  I ordered the house Steak & Main IPA.  Is was dark and delicious.  Just what I needed after driving so many miles. 

I then noshed on Oysters on the half Shell with Mignonette dressing.  So good.  Oysters are one of my all time favorite foods. 

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We also ordered a plate to share of Fried Calamari that was served with Sirachi Chili Sauce and a Plum Sauce.  The calamari was light and crispy and perfectly fried. 

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My dinner consisted of the Pan Seared Scallops wrapped in Bacon with a Roasted Corn Cream Sauce served with a side of jullienned vegetables. 

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For dessert I ordered (but only ate half) the Peanut Butter Tower. 

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We thought long and hard about ordering this because also on the menu was something called Big Fat Piece of Chocolate Cake.  This name truly did it justice ~ I am not lying. 

The gentleman across from us ordered this desert as well and when we asked him what it was his reply was “his demise”  That piece of cake was like the size of my head ~ no lie!  Like it was a quarter of a 10″ round cake Served with a mound of whipped cream.  Not my style when it comes to desserts, but for a chocolate lover and dessert lover this would be the perfect ending to a perfect meal. 

I want to wish my co-worker Tom best wishes on his Retirement.  He will be missed and the office will surely not be the same.  Tom keeps tabs on almost everything that goes on, so now not only will we not know where our boss is, it will be very quiet on the work front.  Best Wishes Tom! 

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After this day of eats, I was truly stuffed to the brim.  Went directly home and fell asleep on the couch.  Needless to say I will be working my butt of over the next few days to make up for this indulgent dinner.  But I wouldn’t change it for anything.  I had a great day with family, friends and co-workers.

If you are interested in participating in What I Ate Wednesday head on over to Peas & Crayons and check out the deets. 

Everyone else is over there sharing in the party as well, so if you walk away and not know what your going to eat for dinner ~ shame on you. 

Now for the recipe for the:

Blueberry Banana Protein Pancakes

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet of french vanilla protein powder (I used the one from APS)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup of fat free milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

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Sift together both flours, protein powder, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

Mash the banana and add the milk and the egg.  Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and lightly mix leaving some lumps.

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Spray a non-stick pan use about 1/4 cup of batter. 

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Cook on the one side until bubbles form in the batter and flip for an additional 1-2 minutes until cooked through.  You can tell you pancakes are fully cooked when the middle springs back when touched with your finger.  

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My yield was approx a dozen 3.5″ pancakes.  Yield will vary according to how much batter you use per pancake.

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WIAW #12 + Chipotle Onion Focaccia Recipe

I was on a cooking frenzy again this weekend so my fridge is well stocked with good eats. I find that when I have nothing to do, I stand in the kitchen open and close the cabinets until I’m inspired to cook. It is what I do to relax. Fortunately, when I’m in the zone, we eat well! And of course on Wednesday I get to share my favorites with you because as you know it’s What I Ate Wednesday!

Check out what I whipped up this week:

Breakfast:  Sunny Side Up Eggs, Organic Chicken Sausage, New Potato & Bell Pepper Hash and a few fresh blueberries


Lunch: Fresh Garden Salad with Avocado slices & Slice of Chipotle Onion Foccacia Bread; Spicy and so easy! Plus it freezes well for a night you are short on time.

Focaccia & Salad

Dinner:  Grilled London Broil Steak with Tomato Caprese Salad and a side of fresh corn on the cob!

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Snacks: Health Warrior Coconut Chia Bar from my Bestowed Box, Frozen Fruit Popsicle, fresh veggies/dip  and my cheat this week was this Mango Margarita that was the size of my head!  We were celebrating some long time friends cross the bridge into the over 40 club!  Welcome to the gang kiddos!

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So I know you were all drooling over my chipotle bread that I had for lunch……so here is the recipe for this gem!  I had said it freezes well, but with any good recipe around my parts, things don’t last long to end up in the freezer.  But give it a shot at your house.  See if it ends up in the freezer.  Let me know how it turns out!

Chipotle & Roasted Onion Focaccia Bread



  • 1 Cup of room temp water
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp chopped chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 1 packet of dry yeast


  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 large sweet onions, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp chopped chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • olive oil for brushing

Prepare the bread dough in a bread machine according to the manufacturers directions.

Place the first 6 ingredients into the bread machine pan and use suggested dough setting.

Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Punch down and cover and let rest for 15 minutes.


Roll dough out into a 12×10 in rectangle.

Transfer to a well-greased baking sheet.

Cover and let rise until slightly risen (about 20 minutes).

With fingertips, make several dimples over top of dough.  Brush dough with olive oil.


Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until tender.

Add the chipotle peppers and salt and sauté additional 2-3 minutes until fully incorporated.

Take dough out of the oven after the first baking and spread evenly over the top the onion-garlic-pepper mixture.


Return to the oven and bake another 10-15 minutes longer or until golden brown.

 Cut into squares ~ serve warm!


This recipe was adapted from the  Taste of Home Special Edition: Ultimate Freezer Meals (tasteofhome.com)

What I Ate Wednesday {WIAW #11}

Jersey Tomatoes.  That’s the theme to this weeks WIAW post!  There is nothing like a fresh ripe jersey tomato.  Don’t try to compare it , you just can’t and I will argue it to the death. 

If you have never had the pleasure of enjoying a Jersey Tomato, I think it is  something you should put on your To-Do List.  Because frankly, during the summer months I could live off of them, they are that good!

Thanks again to Jenn for hosting this crazy foodie-people party every Wednesday.

Breakfast: Jersey Tomato, Egg & Cheese Omlete that I split with my son &  fresh watermelon, carrot and cucumber juice!


Mid-Morning Snack: NatureBox South Pacific Plantains & cup of tea


Lunch:  SPALT!  Spinach, Avocado, Lettuce & Tomato Sammie on two fresh slices German Rye bread from Big Sky Bread a local artisan bakery I found at one of my many trips around to local farmers markets.  I drizzled the avocado with lime juice to add a bit of zing and added a colorful side of sliced bell peppers and basil from our garden plot at work!


Afternoon Snack: I came home to find my little neighbor kids selling lemonade. This little cup set me back $.50 It must be the inflation. LOL! But I gotta support small business peeps when I see them, even if they are only 7 years old!  


I enjoyed the lemonade with my first shot at a Quest Bar that I was lucky enough to receive from The Vitamin Shoppe.  This one is Vanilla Almond Crunch. 

With 20g of protein this was perfect for my pre-workout meal this thing tasted like a creamy/crunchy salt water taffy all rolled into a neat little protein bar!

Quest Bar

Dinner: Corn on the cob!  Yes ~ just corn on the cob!!  Perfect for a scorching hot day!  I like to have my ears of corn with a little butter and fresh ground pepper and lime juice! I think I polished off like 3 total! 


What easy summer meals do you like to prepare during the dogs days of summer?  How do you like to change-up the classic BLT?

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