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Cookie Frenzy

I got everything done last night!!¬† Well… except for posting. ūüė≥ I got my Sugar Cookies in the oven and I must say – they’re quite tasty!¬† That King Arthur Flour knows what he’s doing!!¬† I made 3/4 of the recipe out of¬†regular all-purpose flour and the other 1/4 out of gluten-free flour.¬† I unfortunately didn’t have my pastry cookie decorating bag or any fun food coloring, but oh well…¬† I guess taste is the biggest component of cookies anyway.¬† I’m going to have to post the recipe when I get home since I’m at my desk right now, but here’s some pics to hold you over….img_2234img_2238

Dinner was a mix of things from the fridge since I’m trying to be extra frugal with my groceries this month, but it turned out being extremely yummy.¬† Yay, I win all around!¬† I made Vegetarian Spinach Tacos.

Vegetarian Spinach Tacos:img_2228

  • 1/2 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 c. Tempeh, crumbled
  • 1/3 c. frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 tbsp Texas Pete hot sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • s+p to taste
  • 2 blue corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup salsa (topping)
  • plain yogurt (topping)
  • Smashed avocados¬†(topping) – recipe below

I sauteed the Tempeh until crispy in a frying pan and then added the peppers, spinach, hot sauce pepper flaskes and garlic and cooked until all the flavors had melded together.  Then I heated up the corn tortillas in the frying pan until warmed through.  I topped my tacos with the salsa, plain yogurt and smashed avocados.img_2232

By the way… if you like spicy foods, try this salsa.¬† It was wonderfully hot & spicy and extremely fresh tasting.¬† I love my Green Mountain Gringo salsa, but the Firehouse Salsa definitely gave it a run for it’s money!¬† I will definitely be buying this again..img_2230

img_2229Never had Tempeh??¬† You are missing out for sure!¬† This stuff is like tofu in the sense that it takes on the flavors of whatever it’s cooked with.¬† You can bake it, fry it or eat it raw.¬† Personally I like to marinate it and then bake it in slices or cumble it like I did here and sautee it.¬† But enough about the tempeh…

S.West Smashed Avocados:img_2223

  • 1 ripe hass avocado
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried cilantro
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt (plus more to taste)

I refuse to call this guacamole, because to me guacamole means tomatoes, olive oil and peppers added in, but for the smashed avocados I mixed together all of the ingredients, but left alot of smallish chunks of guacamole for added texture.¬† If you’re planning on storing some of the excess avocado mixture as I did, make sure to add a little extra lemon juice or place the pit into the container as well to keep from turning brown.img_2220

After dinner I embarked upon another baking adventure!¬† I decided to try my hand at Ashley from Sweet and Natural’s¬†Crumbly PB-Oat Bars.¬†¬†The oat-flour mixture ended up being wayyy too sticky when I went by her directions, so I made some modifications.¬†¬†In hindsight I should’ve added a little more milk and oil in addition to the extra dry good because it turns out it was more a¬†matter of not enough dough than it was it being too sticky, but of well…¬† Here’s¬†Ashley’s recipes with my modifications:

 Crumbly PB-Oat Bars (gluten-free):

  • 1/2 c. TJ’s crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/3 c. raw¬†honey
  • 1¬†c. rolled oats
  • 1 c. gluten-free baking blend flour
  • 1/3 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 c. light brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp organic skim milk

Preheat the oven to 325*F. Spray an 8 x 8-inch pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a bowl, stir together peanut butter and honey.  In a separate bowl, mix together oats, gluten-free flour, cornstarch (helps bind the dough), brown sugar, salt and baking powder.  Drizzle canola oil and milk over oat mixture.  Mix with a fork until evenly moistened and crumbly (my dough was probably over mixed because it was extremely wet and sticky).  Set aside 1/2 cup for topping and press the remaining oat mixture into the prepared pan.  Spread peanut butter mixture over the top РI microwaved it first to make this easier.  Sprinkle reserved oat mixture over peanut butter mixture.  Bake for 27 min until the top oats are golden.  img_2227img_2233

Hehe this is after my “tester” piece was removed.¬† These got rave reviews from the bro’s gf who is a peanut fanatic.¬† She didn’t notice any weird taste from the gluten-free flour or anything.¬† Yayy!!¬† Let’s hope the bf’s mom likes these.¬† I made them for her because she has a slight wheat allergy as well.¬† Thanks Ashley for a great recipe!!¬† Very unique…

Since I was in a bit of a baking / laundry / chores blur last night I didn’t get a chance to sit down and enjoy a nice bowl of popcorn like I usually do, but I thankfully got a few tastes of cookies and a small glass of Sauvingon Blanc. ūüôā img_2235

Mas Galletas?

That means “more cookies” for all you non-Spanish speakers. ūüėČ I am officially crazy.¬† I got up this morning to a cold, steady rain and purply blackness outside and still I laced on my running shoes and did my 3 mile loop through Central Park.¬† My doorman looked at me as I was heading out and said, “you know it’s raining right?” before I headed out.¬† He probably thinks I’m crazy… I know that I am. ūüėÄ ¬†

Hmm… in hindsight maybe next time it’s 37 degrees and raining I should wear gloves because my hands were icicles¬† afterwards.¬† When I got back I hit the gym for a quick 20 minute lifting & stretching session and then headed upstairs for a hearty breakfast of… cookies!!¬† Not the cookies from last night though, this was a super fantastic Chocolate Breakfast Cookie!!¬†¬†img_2239

Ms. Fitnessista¬†you have totally gotten me hooked on these. ūüėÄ How can you go wrong with all that awesome¬†protein and carbs in the morning though?¬† I swear, I don’t understand how people don’t eat breakfast!¬† Pure insanity I think.¬† When I got to work I had a plain Chobani yogurt, but unfortunately I don’t have a picture.¬† Guess you’ll have to use your imaginations kiddos!

I’m supposed to go to a holiday party at the Plaza¬†Hotel that one of the insurance carriers I work with is throwing, but people in my office are second guessing going due to the weather.¬† We’re all the way downtown and the party is uptown so it’d be quite a hassle to get to.¬† Oh well, one day I will get my “Eloise moment” in the Plaza…


December 11, 2008 at 11:09 am 11 comments

December Challenge update

After catching up on some of your lovely bloggies I realized that I haven’t posted an update on my December Challenge yet.¬† No I’m not hosting a contest or anything, this is just a personal challenge I decided to start after Bobbi’s “Pile On The Miles” challenge.¬† Basically I just want to beat my 63.57 total mileage from the POTM challenge during the month of December.¬† I’ll be totaling all the miles I run or walk from December 1st – December 31st.¬† Well, not all the miles I walk because I’m not counting the walk to and from the subway on my way to and from work every day…¬† that just seems obsessive to me.¬† Basically if I go on a long 2+ mile walk and can track the mileage then I will add it – if not it’s not going to get counted.¬† So… total mileage as of 12/09 is: 20.46 miles.¬† Not too shabby, but if I want to beat 63.57 I’d better start hitting the pavement!¬† The plan is to run in the a.m. the rest of the week, but we’ll see how that goes since I have a holiday party at the Plaza Hotel for work on Thursday (excited!!).img_22021

untitledimg-2195.jpgLunch today was some leftovers from last night… diced Rosemary Roasted Acorn Squash over some brown rice.¬† I also had a¬†strawberry Chobani and a massive Macintosh apple (same pic from yesterday guys, sorry…¬† I know, it’s kind of a boring sounding lunch, but I refuse to buy groceries this week.¬† Between Christmas gifts, semi-mandatory office $$ donations, rent, etc. I am feeling the economic state of our country.¬† Boo to that!!¬† You will see lots of food being used up from my pantry and fridge this December!!

December 9, 2008 at 2:44 pm 10 comments

Presents!!! :)

I came home today to two lovely packages… the first package was another box of Chobani!!¬† To be fair I let them know that they had already sent me a box, but Tiffany at Chobani is apparently very aware of how much I love her lovely yogurts.¬† ūüėĬ† IMG_2124

Just look at those beauties… apparently I wasn’t the only one curious to see what was inside.¬† Peekay couldn’t resist poking his little Siamese face around the box of goodies.IMG_2127

My second box o’ treats was from the lovely people at Gnu!¬† I got a wonderful assortment of Gnu bars to try.¬† I’m so excited – I’ve never tried their bars and cannot wait to try them.IMG_2128

IMG_2129 Especially this flavor…

I whipped up a fabulous Swiss Chard Pie for dinner and popped it in the oven to cook.¬† It’s not really pie, more like a Swiss Chard souffle over a delicious crispy gluten-free bottom crust.¬† I’ve never made it on my own though so I was a little nervous…IMG_2133

Since it takes almost an hour to cook I decided to whip up a batch of chocolate snap cookie dough for some Faux-Reos I’m making for Christmas.¬† This is part of Christmas task #1.¬† I get incredibly excited about Christmas if you haven’t noticed…IMG_2134 IMG_2137

When my Chard Pie was ready I dug in… so insanely delicious!¬† Swiss Chard wasn’t on sale, so I subbed in spinach.¬† I guess it was technically Spinach Pie… Regardless, it was sooo good.¬† Afterwards I had a nice bowl of popcorn while catching up on yesterday’s Gossip Girl and Privileged.¬† IMG_1982

Off to do more Christmas crafts!!¬† G’night moon!

December 2, 2008 at 10:22 pm 13 comments

Chobani = love

Well today certainly¬†got off to a great (if not rushed) start.¬† I hit the gym and did the ET for a change for about 30 minutes, followed by some light arm and abs work.¬† All in all, a good workout!¬† I have to say though, I am really missing running outside.¬† Maybe this weekend I will be able to fix that…

For breakfast I had blueberry Chobani and a bag of PB Bumpers which I plan on eating when I get to work.¬† After today, only 2 yogurts left from my free sample package… sad!! ūüė¶ Well, you know what will be on my next shopping list.¬† ūüėȬ†¬† I just don’t know if I can go back to normal, runny yogurt.¬† This stuff is soo thick, I swear my spoon can almost stand up by itself in the middle of it!¬† I encourage anyone who hasn’t tried it to run to their store and grab a container (or five) and give it a shot!¬† You won’t be dissapointed.¬† I promise!¬† While I was eating I had a guest come to join me.¬†¬†Peekay’s usually unphotographable because he never stops moving, but for once I was able to capture him on film!¬† Have a good morning everyone!! ūüėé

October 29, 2008 at 9:01 am 5 comments

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