Food and weight-maintenence blog for the POST diet girl

Archive for the ‘Sweet / Hot Peppers’ Category

Pissed *shakes fist at WordPress*

I had a whole bunch of stuff written here, and WordPress didn’t save it. Wow.

I’m mad, so I’ll skip trying to remember it. It was a lot. I will just get meals out of the way for today, then maybe in the next couple of posts I’ll try to sum up what I said.

Breakfast:

AB’s Parsnip Muffins

I’ve used this recipe a ton of times, weighing the ingredients really seems to do the trick. I also would like to point out that the bottoms look PERFECT! Not overcooked whatsoever! Just beautifully, lightly browned! This is because I used a lighter muffin pan. The color makes a difference! The darker pans retain and hold more heat for longer than lighter pans. These were baked at 375 for 19 minutes. I topped them with pine nuts instead of almonds because I did not have almonds. They rose very pretty with nice domed tops. They were nice and moist and not too dense due to the oil.

Lunch:

For Jess.

Dinner:

Quick Spaghetti Sauce

I chopped a tomato and threw in all the usual tomato sauce culprits, tomato paste, water, chopped onion, chopped green pepper, sliced mushrooms, fresh parsley, fresh rosemary, dried basil, dash of cinnamon, large pinch of sugar, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, a splash of lemon juice and a little added Parmesan on top. Simmered all of that for about half an hour. The only thing that could have made it better would be for me to peel the tomatoes next time and blend them. This will make a smoother sauce. Otherwise, it was fantastic.

I was visited today for a short while. We watched some classic Doctor Who, which I am simply ADORING! I knew that I would, though. I have 3 shirts with the 4th Doctor on them even though I never saw one episode with him in it until now.  I tried sending my darling home early so he could write, but I’m fairly certain little to no writing actually occurred. I need to encourage him more.

 

MMUM not fail!

At least I got this part right! Sheesh!

BUT I finally lost it. I finally said to myself, “Self, nobody wants to see YET ANOTHER picture of  the same cereal in the same bowl and a PB&J sammich with the same grape jelly and crunchy peanut butter. NOBODY!”

So I protested taking pictures of those same things. Again. You kids probably feel like you’re on a broken record by now with this place.

I worked a lot this morning. Shipped out a couple of things. Expected a visit from my darling at around 5:20 or so. (Just a short visit, he’d left something here by accident that he needed to pick up.) When he arrives, I can tell something is very, very wrong. He looked like he was outright miserable. He had a migraine and just wanted to sit, relax, and let it pass. This was more than alright with me. I closed all of the curtains in my living room and just held his hand and talked to him while he rested. The migraine passed relatively quickly. He told me I must be good for him. That I have magical healing powers. He’s so beautiful.

That was my adventure for the day.

Dinner:

Pumpkin, Peas, and Red Peppers in a Cashew, Coriander, and Coconut sauce

I jotted down the ingredients this time so I couldn’t forget. YES! I will get better at doing that! Some of these turn out incredible and I really would like to share!

Onion, diced
Red pepper, chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
Fresh grated Ginger
1/4 small roasted Pumpkin, cubed
1/4 c Peas
0.5 T Coriander
0.5 t Cayenne pepper
1 t Garam Masala
0.5 t Turmeric
Cashews
Crushed Tomatoes
Olive Oil
Lime Juice
1/8 c Coconut
Sprinkle of Sugar

Cook the onion, garlic, ginger and red pepper in some olive oil until red pepper becomes tender. Add peas and spices. Meanwhile, put a handfull of cashews into a food processor and blend until very fine, if you have the patience, until it becomes a paste. Add coconut and process with cashews until well blended. Add crushed tomatoes (about…1/4 cup) and a dash of lime juice and pulse once or twice. Add mixture to the pan along with the diced, roasted pumpkin and some extra whole cashews. Cook until pumpkin is heated through. Serve on sticky rice.

*Very, very good! Lots of coriander flavor without covering up the flavor of the veggies/pumpkin too much. I liked showcasing the coriander, it is normally sort of an afterthought spice in curry, so it was nice to let it shine! Made it different than I’m used to!

 

I was happy that I didn’t say anything stupid today. I feel as though I get so nervous, as my boyfriend is, very honestly, a lot smarter than I am, that I say really stupid things whilst talking with him. My brain turns to mush and I temporarily forget things that I KNOW I know.  You know? Then I feel as though he’s going to realize I’m actually an ignorant idiot posing as an intelligent young woman.  I ought to just shut up and look pretty so he doesn’t suspect that I’m a complete moron. I did good today though. I just sort of talked at him about my day softly and in a low tone so he could just sort of relax to the sound of my voice. It worked. And I didn’t say one stupid thing. I feel I’ve made up for the REALLY extra dumb comments I’ve made in the past couple of days.

Curing migraines is a great way to show that you’re worth keeping around. Even if sometimes you’re slightly stupid.

 

Friends walking in on you naked

Well, I sort of invite that sort of thing. Being that I leave my doors unlocked and all.

It started off normally enough with breakfast:

Pineapple and Yogurt on Cardamom Oatmeal

I made oatmeal with milk and pineapple juice instead of water, then I added brown sugar, a pinch of salt and a large pinch of cardamom. I topped it with some pineapple chunks and a big dollop of greek yogurt. Indulgent!!!

Lunch:

Boring PB&J. But always yummy!

Dinner:

While it doesn’t look like it, this is one of my go-to easy recipes with BBQ sauce and honey mustard!

BBQ and Honey Mustard Stir Fry

Adapted from: http://www.frenchs.com/recipe/honey-mustard-bbq-chicken-stir-fry-RE0476

Ingredients:

1 box (10 ounces) couscous pasta

1 pound boneless skinless chicken, cut into strips (No chicken, so I used mushrooms and peas!)

1 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1 medium onion, sliced

1/3 cup FRENCH’S® Honey Dijon Mustard or FRENCH’S® Honey Mustard

1/3 cup CATTLEMEN’S® Award Winning Classic Barbecue Sauce

Directions:

Prepare couscous according to package directions. Keep warm.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir-fry chicken in batches 5 to 10 minutes until or until browned. Transfer to bowl. Drain fat.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet until hot. Stir-fry vegetables 3 minutes until crisp-tender. Return chicken to skillet. Stir in 2/3 cup water, mustard and barbecue sauce. Heat to boiling, stirring often. Serve over couscous.

*This is a good comfort food for me for some reason. I just love BBQ sauce! I also wanted to be sure to EAT something just in case G came over after work and we’d end up going out “just for coffee” but would end up ordering food as well…if I go when I’m not hungry hopefully I’ll hold off on the food ordering!

I took a shower after dinner (once again, just in case) and had music up somewhat loud. While I was in my room trying to find something to wear, a close friend of mine walks into my apartment. I don’t hear her at all as my music is too loud, so she has to yell at me to get my attention! I decide I might as well thrown on a towel (even though with this friend it TOTALLY doesn’t even matter) and we sit at my kitchen table and talk for a few minutes. She decides she wants to go crash my work and steal G since he’ll be getting out of there in about an hour. We go and he is absolutely delighted to see us! It always makes me so happy to be around him! He tells me how much he’s missed me and how he was hoping I would visit or put a note on his car. I like very much that we can share these things with each other now! We ask him if he’d like to get coffee with us after he gets out of work. He accepts and meets us later at the restaurant. He and my friend get along wonderfully! We have a fabulous time and chat late into the night.

My friend eventually has to leave and asks G if it is ok for him to take me home. (Of course it is.) So he and I hang out for a while longer talking and talking and talking. You can’t get us to shut the hell up. The only 2 things that have consistently worked to get us to stop talking is good food or making out. And even that second part is a bit inconsistent on the conversational part…sometimes we talk while we’re doing that too…

He leaves around 5. He of course won’t stay. I of course don’t understand why.

Loved

All of my boys have been making me feel so loved lately. They’re just so fucking amazing. Uhg. My heart just pours out to every single one of them in different ways.

PFH#1 spent the entire day just sending me the most thoughtful messages about how much he thinks about me and how beautiful I am. Which just made me crumble inside. I made sure he knew I would always make time for him. I may get to see him tomorrow. We will see…

PFH#3 made another movie date with me for Sunday where he’s offered to pay and whatnot. I told him he of course did not have to do that and that he is by far the sweetest, coolest person I know, but it’s so far out of his way to come get me and he should save his money for something more substantial than taking me out all the time…he answered with “So is that a ‘yes’?”

I often wonder if people think he is my father when we’re seen together.

In my heels I am taller than him.

On his Facebook he reposted a picture from something that started with “Seniors for…” HOLY CRAP, Jesus H, G, you are NOT that old!

We must be quite a sight.

He’s also been eating better, getting exercise, asking me diet advice…not so sure it’s good to ask a recovering bulimic for dieting advice, but fuck I’ll tell you what…I DO know how to get the job done.

I believe he is trying to impress me as well.

#2 also started working out because I do.

All my boys want to be healthier for me. I mean, really in the end, how cool is that right? All of them want to be better people to impress me.

I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

Breakfast:

I found a place nearby where I can pick blackberries. YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!

I referenced this recipe. Don’t be fooled by my picture’s beautiful exterior! Inside for some reason this did not cook through at ALL! I left it in the oven for a good extra half an hour and STILL it was a soupy mess on the inside. All in all it still tasted fantastic, so I don’t count this as a complete fail. And it did cook about halfway through…bah. Stupid new oven.

Lunch:

I HAD MY FIRST KIND BAR TODAY!!! I didn’t have my camera as I was at work, but for lunch I had a coconut almond KIND bar and a cup of clam chowder soup!

Missed G again at work.

Dinner:

“Brunch” Stuffed Green Peppers

It’s pretty amazing to me how anyone else would look in my fridge and think it is completely empty and I have nothing to eat. Yet I will turn out an amazing meal such as this out of what I have!

Adapted from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/brunch-stuffed-peppers-recipe/index.html

Ingredients

  • 4 yellow bell peppers (I used green)
  • 1 cup frozen country style hash browns, thawed (Did not use this)
  • 1/2 (16-ounce) package bacon, cooked and crumbled (Also cut this)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend, plus more for garnish
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup biscuit mix
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ADDED: Frozen corn, chopped tomato and diced carrots
  • Paprika

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove the top 1/2-inch of each pepper. Discard the tops and seeds. Arrange the peppers, cut side up, in an 8 by 8-inch glass baking dish. Fill the bottom of each pepper evenly with hash browns and bacon.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, cheese, milk, baking mix, sour cream, green onion, salt, and pepper. Whisk until combined. Evenly distribute the egg mixture into each pepper. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out dry, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven, garnish with cheese and serve immediately.

*I didn’t have any baking mix so I just made some. I mixed some flour (both AP and wheat) with some baking powder, salt, sugar and cut in a little butter. Made this with that. Nothing stops me! I am invincible in the kitchen! This was wonderful! You cannot go wrong with veggies and eggs! AND they even baked properly in my oven! FINALLY! I ate all of it. Hehe. I’m not going to be much hungry for breakfast after all that food though.

 

Tomorrow I’m going to do a little shopping, buy some black paint, fix up this entertainment center thing I found in the garage and drag it up to my apartment. I don’t care if I have to do it by myself. I will get that fucker up here. Maybe a date with PFH#1? Maybe…

Exercise: 4 mile walk, 8 hours at retail job, 1/2 hour yoga

Meatless….Tuesday!

Playing catch-up on my Meatless Tuesday!

Which has actually sucked a lot.

Especially with a machine that I’m not used to using.

BUT I get mine back tomorrow! So life is THAT much better.

I worked all day on a project that gave me guff at every turn. I wish things were just easy. But they never ever are. And you never really ever catch up. You just get a LITTLE bit closer to a point where you’re not tearing your hair out with overwhelment. I am at that point. But I’m sure it won’t be for long.

My good day yesterday is still making me smile today, so I think things will be alright.

I may weigh myself next Monday. I’m not sure that I should. I always weigh the least on the first day of my period, so its the one time a month I feel it is the most accurate. If I don’t do it on this day, it doesn’t get done. I did not weigh myself last month. My waist still measures the same. I don’t generally gain a lot of weight in my waist though, I gain it in my legs and butt. I like having a shapely butt, so I don’t care about that. But I miss my thin legs.

I wish it didn’t take having a disorder to keep them thin.

Breakfast:

Felt I needed a savory breakfast after a string of sweet ones. Here I just made a mushroom and green pepper omelet with garlic, diced onions and Italian seasoning. Shredded some mozzarella on top! Didn’t turn out too pretty, but tasted fantastic.

Lunch:

Chinese 5-spice Light Corn Chowder

I dunno what I did here. Sauteed some green peppers with some onion and frozen corn in some olive oil and butter. Added 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup 2% milk. Added some garlic, Chinese 5-Spice and rosemary. It would have been totally perfect if I didn’t accidentally boil it too hard while it was simmering. That curdled the milk a teeny tiny bit. Otherwise it tasted REALLY really good.

Dinner:

Fried Eggplant and Zucchini with Mushroom Tomato Sauce

I fried slices of eggplant and zucchini that I dredged in an egg/milk mixture and then a panko/cornstarch/flour/Italian seasoning/salt mixture in oil on my stove for about 4 minutes on each side, until brown. I made the sauce out of 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes, 1 T butter, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 of a tomato (diced), sliced mushrooms and onions and maybe more of that green pepper (can’t remember), garlic, olive oil, uh… whatever you’ve got, just throw it in and let it simmer for about half an hour.

The frying worked out AMAZINGLY this time. Everything was crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside. WOW. I mean just wow. And there was SO MUCH FOOD. I only used half of the sauce.

 

I finally FINALLY got back into doing my yoga, which makes me so incredibly happy. I’ve missed it SO very much. I got my Good Eats streaming on the computer and just put it in the windowsill while I stretch out! I can’t always hear it with all the traffic outside, but as long as I know its on, I always have a better yoga experience.

Exercise: 1/2 hour of yoga

New shoes

I’m pretty sure I mentioned that I got new trainers the other day. $123.00 shoes for $30. CANNOT beat that. And while they are AWESOME shoes, they are also new. New shoes always come with a hidden price…breaking them in. It absolutely blows because I want nothing more than to walk everywhere and go work out and every time I do my 6 mile walk, I get blisters and tear up the back of my feet until they bleed. I threw out my old trainers like an idiot, not thinking that maybe I’d still need them until I could break these new shoes in. Great. So now I’m stuck dealing with really hurty feet for a while.

I just want things to not be so complicated, but that’s always far too much to ask. I understand this.

I also had problems purchasing the supplies I needed as one of the major components was “defective” and I have to wait another week for the store to get a new one in. Lovely. Luckily, my customers don’t need their items immediately. Otherwise I’d have to drive a half an hour to the next closest store.

I was able to purchase some of what I needed and get one order done. I started on a new one, not for anyone in particular, just some stock for my store. I was invited out by my brother. I had to turn it down to get work done. I was also invited out by 2 of my best friends (who happen to be a couple now, I am Miss Matchmaker as well!) but had to turn them down as well. I was stuck alone working all night.

Breakfast:

If nothing else, I had a fabulous breakfast.


Parsnip Pancakes with Banana Brown Sugar syrup

Pancakes:

1/3 cup AP flour
1 T Sugar
1 Parsnip, grated
Nutmeg
1/4 cup Yogurt (I used Greek)
1/2 t Baking Soda
1 Egg

Mix dry ingredients plus parsnip. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Add wet to dry. Mix until just combined, lumps are not only okay, but encouraged. I think I dumped them out in 1/4 cups. It made 4.

Banana Brown Sugar syrup

Taken from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/french-toast-with-brown-sugar-banana-syrup-recipe/index.html

Syrup:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 bananas, cut into 1/2-inch slices

For Syrup:

In a small saucepan, combine butter, pumpkin pie spice, molasses, brown sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil, add bananas then lower heat and let simmer for 3 minutes. Remove syrup from heat, cover and keep warm. Serve over French toast.

*I’ve learned something about syrup. I allowed this to simmer for the time allotted instead of freaking out thinking it’s not thick enough and letting it cook too long. I turned it off and let it sit and it thickened up beautifully on its own. No extra help from me! I burned the pancakes a bit because I was using a new griddle I’d never used before and didn’t know how hot to make it. BUT luckily all the other flavours are so intense, I didn’t even notice! It was wonderful! Like carrot cake pancakes, but with the nuttiness of parsnip instead, which went BEAUTIFULLY with the bananas!

Lunch:

I have no idea what happened, I totally took a picture of my lunch and can’t seem to locate it. Bpttttth. I had a big bowl of cottage cheese and an English muffin again with jelly. I was busy busy busy today. Per usual lately eh?

Dinner:

Cilantro Mustard Sausage over Sauerkraut

I sauteed some onions and green peppers in oil and a little butter. I added the sausage and let it cook for a couple minutes. Added a big splash of red wine vinegar, some fresh chopped cilantro and this awesome jalapeno cilantro  mustard that my sister in law bought for me on clearance. I pushed all that off to the side of the pan and added the sauerkraut on the other, also splashed with a little red wine vinegar, and topped it all with some S&P. Let the sauerkraut cook until it started to brown just a little. Then served it up! YUM! I wanted an excuse to use that mustard, so this was perfect! I wanted to keep dinner flour and pasta-free since I had some for breakfast, so the sauerkraut was perfect!

 

I spent the day once again working my ass off because I want to go to a party tomorrow night. I got one project completely done and another half done. If I can finish the other half in the morning I get to party. It would make me so very happy. I never get to party. I might even get to have a couple drinks! *WHAAA?* That’s right! I won’t have to drive (we live a block away from this guy’s place) and don’t have to feel bad about myself anymore for drinking the “empty calories” for one freakin night. We shall see!

Exercise: 6 mile walk

 

Being girly is fun!

I never pamper myself. Sometimes I come home from the gym and don’t even take a shower because I’m so rushed. I haven’t re-dyed my hair since Valentine’s Day. I never do my nails. I hardly get to dress up nice, half the time when I leave the house I’m walking somewhere so I just wear a tshirt and jeans. You don’t even want to think about how long I’ve gone without shaving my legs.

Tonight I got to be girly with my sister in law. She’s big into nail polish, so I got to paint my nails with her! They are bright sunshine yellow and they make me incredibly happy to look at! I’m hoping I will take the time more often to just give myself a little “me” pampering time. Though I definitely considering cooking pampering my body as well, from the inside out, it would be nice to take a little extra effort on JUST the outside.

I told Future Husband #1 that I was making myself pretty by painting my nails. He of course tells me that I am already pretty, but he is glad that it is making me happy.

I also got called into my retail job today! WHAT? That’s right, for the first time in 3 and a half weeks I got to go to work. I enjoy it there, the customer always respond really well to me. I think it’s the hair. So I was excited to go in! It was a good day.

Breakfast:

Cinnamon, Raisin, Cranberry and Walnut Quinoa

1/3 cup uncooked Quinoa
2/3 cup Water
2/3 cup Milk
1 T Lemon Honey (or any honey)
Raisins
Dried Cranberries
Walnuts
Yogurt

Cook the quinoa in water as directed (covered for about 10 minutes). Uncover and add 1/3 cup milk. Simmer until all the liquid is absorbed. Repeat with the second 1/3 cup of milk and toss in the honey, raisins and cranberries (however many you’d like). Let that absorb. Take off the heat and add walnuts. Serve with a big dollop of yogurt on top. Freaking delicious!

Lunch:

I went into work today, so I had a turkey wrap sandwich and a banana for lunch!

Dinner:

Whole Wheat Penne with Mushroom Sausage sauce

I didn’t measure anything. I sauteed some onion and crushed garlic in butter and oil. Added some diced green and yellow pepper and about half a small diced tomato. Then the sausage and finally the mushrooms. I pushed all that to one side of the pan, and on the other melted a chunk of cream cheese. Then added about 1/3 cup of milk and 1/8 cup of chicken stock. Melted about 1/8 cup of grated Romano in that, then mixed the whole pan together. I added some basil and a little cinnamon.  I allowed that to cook down and thicken up for a minute or 2. Then served it on top of some whole wheat penne. Fanfuckingtastic yo. My brother and sister in law went out for dinner since I was gone late, so I was perfectly happy to make myself something quick and easy and awesome. ^_^

The landlord DID finally get back to me letting me know that he was just busy and that he was sorry and when is a good time to call? So I let him know she was working Thursday evening. I’m really really hoping he doesn’t forget. I really can’t stand this whole not knowing whats going on BS. I just want to be completely sure I don’t have to live here at my brothers any longer than I absolutely have to.

Exercise: 1/2 hour of yoga, 6 hours at retail job

Loooooong Day

Today started well. I got up nice and early and made myself a treat for breakfast (I’ve been working so hard I felt I deserved it). I started on the application for my apartment, realizing I didn’t have a lot of the information it wanted (previous landlord information?…I don’t remember, I’ve been living here for 6 years now…) and didn’t understand some of the other info it wanted (credit grantor? you mean credit cards? loans? doesn’t all that come up in a credit check with my SS?) so it took a couple of hours to fill out, including sending off an email to the guy trying to explain why I filled it out the way I did.

So that was the first annoyance.

I needed to get a major project finished and sent today but due to the application setback I didn’t get started till Noon:30.

Lovely.

Then of course everything that could have gone wrong with said project went wrong. Though it wasn’t nearly as bad as the last “structural nightmare” one, it’s been a nightmare in its own respect. I didn’t even get halfway through it.

Lovely…

I did treat myself to a walk anyway. I walked my application to the post office. It was the only time all day I got to space out for a while and enjoy myself.

Then when I got home I worked for about another hour and a half. Then I was just…tired. Just tired. I knew it wasn’t getting finished anyway so I gave up for the night and made a simple dinner. My customer wrote me to make sure I knew she didn’t need it immediately or anything and not to stress myself out about it. My customers are so nice. I feel bad when I promise them something, such as “I will have it done and sent by Saturday” and then don’t come through for them. 99.9% of the time they are incredibly understanding.

Breakfast:

Don’t fool yourself…I had 4 of these bars. ^_^ One made a prettier picture.

Mango-Oat Cake Bars

Ingredients:

For the crust:
2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
1 stick unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:
4 cups mangoes, chopped
1/3 cup water
2 tsp lemon juice
3 tbsp cornstarch
3 tbsp water
2 tsp mango extract (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pkg cream cheese, softened

For the topping:
2 cups quick oats
1 stick unsalted butter, chilled and cut in small pieces
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Crust:
Mix Graham cracker crumbs and melted unsalted butter well. Press into a buttered 13×9 pan. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.

Filling:
In a saucepan, combine mangoes with water, lemon juice, mango extract, vanilla and sugar.
Cook for 10 minutes or until tender over medium heat.
Add softened cream cheese and stir well.
Combine cornstarch water and then stir into mango mixture.
Cook until thickened. Cool slightly and pour over prepared crust.

Topping:
Combine oats, flour and sugar. Using a fork or a or a dough or pastry cutter, cut in butter until it becomes crumbly. Sprinkle over mango layer.
Bake for 35-45 minutes.
Allow to cool before cutting into bars.

*I never seem to use enough butter when making graham cracker crusts and crumble toppings…the crust totally fell apart while scooping it out. Ah well! At least I got one of them out in one piece for a pretty picture! I’ll know for next time. And regardless, this was a HUGE treat. It was creamy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, I love different textures in my food!

Lunch:

For lunch since I was trying to save time and get shit done, I just had a really simple sandwich. I borrowed a slice of turkey bologna and cheese from my husband and added some light mayo, tomato and pickles. I scooped out about half a cup of cottage cheese and topped it with a little light French dressing. I quickly inhaled this so I could get back to work. It’s the best I could do with my limited time today.

In between lunch and dinner I did have a handful of raisins for a snack. I’ve been told I ought to snack a little more and I WAS a little hungry after my walk. I didn’t take a picture of them though, but figured y’all should know.

Dinner:

Chicken, Pepper and Carrot stir fry

Chicken, cubed
Olive Oil for frying
1/2 Green Pepper, 1/4 Red Pepper and 1/4 Yellow pepper, all cut into large chunks
1 Carrot, sliced
1 small Tomato, cut into large chunks
1/4 cup Plum Sauce
Large splash of Sherry
Large splash of Lemon Juice
Cornstarch to thicken
Pinch of Sugar
S&P to taste

I cooked this fast and hot! I threw the chicken in first and flipped them all once and then threw in all the rest of the veggies with a little more oil and cooked for a couple minutes. I added the lemon juice, then sherry, then last the plum sauce. I let it cook down for a couple minutes and added a bit of cornstarch to thicken and a pinch of sugar. No rice, this was all I really wanted. It was REALLY good, it was sort of in the style of sweet and sour sauce. I was happy!

 

I’m hoping tomorrow will be a bit more productive. Yes yes, I realize tomorrow is Easter…I don’t really have anywhere to go though. My husband’s family has made it clear that it would be awkward if I went to his family’s get together (even though neither my husband and I care, we’re only there for the food anyway) and my family is doing mostly church stuff. I don’t…do…church. And I don’t believe they are doing anything in particular afterwards. So…I’ll just hang out here and work. I guess. If someone calls and invites me to something, I may take them up on it. Otherwise it’s back to work for me.

Exercise: 4 mile walk (I skipped yoga since I was under a time crunch)

Moving

I’m hoping to move into my brother’s within the next week.

The landlord of the apartment had no issues with my self-employment or lack of money at the moment. I explained the situation to him and he’s willing to work with me. I’m going to try and get him a deposit per my dad’s generosity and he’s said he will hold the place for a couple weeks until I’ve got the first month’s rent. All I’d need to do is move my bed, work table and fabric to my brother’s for a little while and work my ass off there until I’ve got the money. The landlord even said he’d prorate the rent for me since I’d only be there for like a week and a half in April. I’m going to do my best to not spend a lot. I will be cutting a lot of costs living over there and I think it will help me a lot.

And of course I need to sell my bike.

That would get rid of 2 of my credit card debts completely. Then I would only have 1.

I’m going to get my bike up on eBay Classifieds as well for a little more exposure. I have to do everything I can to sell this thing.

My husband was up all night with his best friend again last night. I was up from about 3 AM to 4:30AM tossing and turning while all I can hear are drumbeats of music and sporadic loud laughter and singing. I finally got tired of it and went downstairs to look for my earplugs. (My brother gave them to me a while back when I had to share a room with my mom at a hotel…he knows she snores loudly and thought they might be of use to me.) I did find them. Went to the bathroom to wash them off, making it fully clear that I was awake and not happy. Then went back upstairs and was soon dead to the world in a beautiful silence. I let shithead know I was pissed at him the next day and that he was not to speak to me. He says he’s sorry. He’s not sorry. He said he was sorry last time he did this. So if he really was sorry, he wouldn’t keep doing it. He doesn’t give a shit about me.

I’m just overly ready to move on with my life.

Breakfast:

Coconut Oatmeal with Yogurt and Mango

Made half a cup of oatmeal with half coconut milk and half water, plopped on a ton of greek yogurt and diced half a mango and threw it on top. Tossed a little unsweetened coconut on all of that. Perfect little morning pick-me-up that was quick and easy! This way I could get straight to work and not worry about the fact that there are 2 dipshits in the house that I’d rather avoid.

Lunch:

Quinoa and Tuna Salad

Quinoa with tuna, peas, corn, diced red pepper, tomatoes, celery and a little onion with apple cider vinegar, olive oil and splash of lemon juice. S&P to taste and a big dollop of cottage cheese on top. Brilliant! Light, fresh, GREAT for a pre-workout with tons of protein! I couldn’t have been happier!

Dinner:

Mango Chicken

I’ve made this before, though I liked the second version from the weed website more (without the weed), but it required yogurt and I am out now! So I used this one:

http://thaifood.about.com/od/thairecipes/r/mangochicken.htm

Ingredients:

  • (SERVES 4)
  • 2-3 chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch-long pieces (chicken thigh works too)
  • 1 red bell pepper, OR 1 sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup oil for pan-frying
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or rice flour) mixed with 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh coriander
  • Optional: extra 1/2 to 1 mango, cut into chunks (to finish the dish)
  • Optional: 3-4 Tbsp. coconut milk OR water
  • MANGO SAUCE:
  • 2 fresh ripe mangos, fruit scooped out (or substitute 2 cups frozen or canned mango)
  • 1 red chili, de-seeded and diced, OR 1 tsp. chili sauce OR 1/2 tsp. dried crushed chili
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar (OR white or apple cider)
  • 1+1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 thumb-size piece galangal OR ginger, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, snipped into slivers with scissors (discard stem & central vein), OR zest of 1 lime

Preparation:

  1. Place all ‘Mango Sauce’ ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process well, until more or less smooth.
  2. Taste-test the sauce. The goal is to reach a balance of sweet, sour, spicy, and salty. Add more sugar if you find the sauce too sour (this will depend on the sweetness of your mangoes). If not spicy enough, add more chili. If not salty/flavorful enough, add more fish sauce. If too salty or too sweet, add more lime juice. Set aside.
  3. Stir the flour and salt together and place in a mixing-type bowl. Add the chicken pieces and turn or gently stir them to coat.
  4. Heat a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil, then begin frying the chicken pieces. Fry 3-5 minutes per side, or until light golden brown and cooked through. Remove chicken from pan and set on paper towel, or a clean surface.
  5. Wash out the wok/frying pan, or use another (clean) one. Set over medium-high heat and add the mango sauce plus red pepper. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to a simmer (medium to low heat). If sauce becomes too thick, add 3-4 Tbsp. water or coconut milk. Simmer 3-4 minutes, or until pepper has softened slightly but still retains some crispness.
  6. Add the fried chicken pieces, gently stirring them in to cover with sauce. If desired, add chunks of mango (fruit of 1/2 to 1 ripe mango) too. Simmer briefly, just until everything is hot.
  7. Do a final taste-test for salt (tasting the sauce together with the chicken). Add a little more fish sauce or chili if desired.
  8. Transfer to a serving dish. Sprinkle with fresh coriander and serve with plenty of Thai jasmine-scented rice. Or, for an extra special treat, with my Easy Coconut Rice.

*I did not fry my chicken in flour. I sliced it up and seared it in oil for a few minutes. Removed it. Then stir fried some onions, red pepper and shiitake mushrooms. I blended all the sauce ingredients in a food processor and dumped them in after the onions were translucent. I cooked this down for a little while. Re-added the chicken and added extra mango cubes. I served this on a little sticky rice. One of my favorites! VERY yum!

 

One of my TV loves, Alton Brown, is on another diet. It’s INCREDIBLY fascinating for me to watch. He Twitters his weight every morning (kind of like I used to do on here) and what he’s eating and whatnot. He says he’s “disgusting” at 175 and wants to lose 10 lbs so he can fit into his tux more comfortably. It’s just absolutely fascinating for me to see someone I admire and look up to, a man nonetheless (proving this is not simply an “unrealistic female-standard” problem) whom I think is gorgeous and totally fuckable as-is, with the same damn body issues as I have. It actually makes me feel better about me, to know that we really are all in this together and that things are going to be fine if we can just gain a little self-confidence. I just have to look at ME the way I look at HIM and say “YES! I too am fuckable as-is!”

TMI?

Somehow, I still feel it works.

Exercise: 1/2 hour of yoga, a little over 1 hour at the gym

Made an apartment appointment!

I’m going to see a place on Tuesday that is in the perfect area for the perfect price. It’s not big, it’s not terribly classy, but I will make it so! I’ll New York that shit like nobody’s business!! You’d think when you walked in that I lived in a $5,000 flat in Manhattan! Pictures will be taken. Make it work kids, make it work!

I need to get my bike sold though really badly for me to be able to afford this. My uncle cannot afford it, so I’m putting it up on Craigslist. I’ve got all my pictures adjusted and looking pretty. It’s definitely prime riding season right now so anyone who doesn’t have a bike who wants one is going to be getting the itch! I should know, I got it at one point too.

My brother and sister-in-law have invited me to go see The Hunger Games with them today! I just finished reading the book not long ago, so it’s very sweet that they waited until I was finished to go see it. My sister-in-law says its no fun going to see a movie where you’re the only one in the group who’s read the book, hehe. So she was happy to wait.

Breakfast:

Yep. Just some plain Cheerios. I dunno, I think my stomach has finally had enough junk for a couple of days *whew!*. So this was all I was in the mood for. And because of the movie (which is at 3:30 and I’m walking to my brothers and want to be there by 3:00 so I need to leave by 2:00 to be certain) I needed to start my day early. Which means no cooking. :<

Lunch:

Ok ok so I didn’t really have lunch. I worked right up till 1:30 when I had to shower, print postage for some items, get myself organized and get the hell out. The movie itself was 2.5 hours long, which I totally didn’t care because it was outstanding. VERY true to the book (not that that’s something I really care about…I’m not one of those annoying nerds who flips out when they change something) and very emotional. I also adore Woody Harrelson and didn’t even realize he was in this! So that was a massive added bonus for me. The movie ended at about 6. I was home by around I dunno, 6:20. I had an orange. There, that was my lunch. By that time it was sort of dinnertimeish and didn’t need a whole huge lunch. I worked up until husband asked me if I wanted to go grocery shopping (just for ourselves) at around 8. Then when we got back I made this:

Dinner:

Tomato Sauce with Turkey Sausage, Zucchini and Peppers on Vegetable Fettuccine

I made a sauce with canned tomatoes, 1 diced fresh tomato, about 1 heaping T of tomato paste (I like my tomato sauces really tomato-y), 2 T grated Romano, about a T of margerine (I used some to cook the veggies and meat and added a little more to the sauce later), a splash of red wine vinegar, a splash of lemon juice, a generous amount of dried basil, oregano and parsley, grated in a bunch of garlic (1 large clove), crushed red pepper and finally (my secret ingredient of the evening) a pinch of cinnamon and sugar. And of course S&P to taste. I sauteed some diced onions, diced yellow and green pepper and sliced zucchini and turkey sausage in the pan with some olive oil and margarine for about 8 minutes. Then added all the sauce ingredients and allowed it to thicken and cook down probably a good 20 minutes. I served it all on top of some “Garden Delight” Fettuccine and sprinkled some grated mozzarella on top of all of it. It was seriously FANTASTIC, I don’t know how I got the idea to add the cinnamon at the last minute but it went SO beautifully with the sausage. Definitely do this!

 

I am sorry my recipes have been somewhat sporadic lately. Some I can remember ingredients, others I can’t…my format has been funky. My life has been sort of funky as of late, so it’s the best I can do while keeping up with this. I promise it will get better when I am moved out and get everything in some form of order. Through all of this I’m trying to remember to take care of myself and put my body’s needs first. If my body doesn’t work, then I can’t function properly.

Hugs and kisses to you all!