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Friday, April 13, 2012

This Week in My Kitchen

I really wanted to title this blog, "Staples", but when I looked up the definition, just to be certain, (because I do have a small vocabulary) this what I found......

Staple food or staples, food that can be stored for use throughout the year.

Okay, so not staples, since I have a lot of produce that will only last a week! But here are a few of the things I ate this week that helped me have a 2 pound loss at the scale!

I might consume too many of these, but they always hit the spot for me! Plain, or with peanut butter, or freeze them and add them to a smoothie, or toast an English muffin, spread on peanut butter, or almond butter, or drizzle with honey and top it with banana slices!

I remember eating lots of oranges as a kid, and I remember my mom always cutting them like this. So that's just always how I eat them! So yummy mixed with some yogurt!

These are like candy to me! Have you ever had them frozen? You should! Great snack to share at the pool!

I try to eat an apple every day! I have added kiwi to the regular shopping list! Also great mixed in your yogurt!

When blueberries and strawberries are on sale, I stock up and freeze them.

They are my favorite fruit to add to my WW Vanilla smoothie!

A cup is all it takes...........

I like to top it off with a little Kashi cereal! Got my water in too.....

It doesn't suck........

My next treat for the week? I never cook spinach. I don't know why. I love a spinach salad! So I mixed things up in the kitchen a bit.

Sauté in a little olive oil..........

This olive oil is actually butter flavored.......makes your mouth water, doesn't it?

I really like an egg white omelet.......topped with some feta.....

Salsa to finalize.......the spinach was a hit for me. A repeat for sure.

I love feta, so here is another way I enjoyed it this week......I mixed it in with one of my favorite hummus favors, Buffalo Style, and cut up some raw veggies.

More feta? Yes, please. For dinner, I had some left over chicken breast that I had grilled the night before, (I was soooo hungry while I was grilling the chicken, I forgot all about picture taking), but I cut the chicken up into bite size pieces, added some feta and dried cranberries, and topped with a little olive oil and cinnamon pear flavored balsamic vinegar! OMG! Deeeeeelicious!

Seriously? MORE feta? Well, okay, if you insist.


Greek seasoning to taste....I like a lot....this one is salt free.........then I mix in an egg to help hold it all together......I make four patties and grill in a grill pan coated with Pam. While the burgers are cooking up, I sauté some red onions in a little olive oil.

And there ya go! Of course I top them off with feta, and you don't even NEED a bun!

This one I kinda made up because I lost the old recipe I had.......

Fresh green beans, duh......

Sauté some garlic in olive oil.........then add a little onion.

Then add your green beans. Stir fry for about 30 minutes, or until desired texture? I don't like mine crispy, but some prefer them that way. We ate on these for THREE days! They tasted really good cold too!

I didn't feel like I got my hard core workouts in this week, but I did lots of yard work and did take Tucker......(seen below).....

.......on a couple of awesome walks at Heritage park!

I have had a great week and I am feeling very "Happy" with my this seems very appropriate.

"love the life you live, live the life you love"

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