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Cookie Frenzy

I got everything done last night!!  Well… except for posting. 😳 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 – I 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. 🙂 img_2235

Mas Galletas?

That means “more cookies” for all you non-Spanish speakers. 😉 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. 😀  

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. 😀 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…

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December 11, 2008 at 11:09 am 11 comments

Global warming?

Ok I am seriously not understanding this weather recently… spring? winter?  The weather really needs to decide to pick a season and stick with it.  Yesterday was it was 30 degrees on my run and today it was 57 degrees… and then by the time I got to work the outside temp read 61 degrees!  Ummm global warming much??

After an awesome 4.02 mi run through Central Park I came back to find my breakfast already made for me!  Ok, ok I made it the night before, but still cutting out that extra step in the morning is so key for me.  What did I make?  Why a Chocolate Breakfast Cookie a la “The Fitnessista” Gina of course!  Love it girlie!!  😀 Here’s the mix I used:

Chocolate Breakfast Cookie:img_22181

  • 1/2 large banana
  • 1/2 c. rolled oats
  • splash skim milk (about 2 tsp)
  • less than 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp Chocolate Hemp protein powder

OMG just check out that chocolately goodness!!  It was so hearty and filling… and it seriously tasted like I was having dessert for breakfast.  Don’t be surprised if you see these popping up more and more on my blog.  Not only are they awesome tasting, but the fact that I can make it the night before saves me so much time in the mornings.  Here’s another look at this lovely concoction before I devoured it, as well as a snapshot of the protein powder I used.img_22191img_221711

On my way to work I stopped to grab a skim latte from Starbucks because I just cashed in some of my credit card bonus points for a Starbucks gift card.  Score!!  Nothin’ like a latte to brighten my morning!! 😀

Well guys, work is starting to pile up around me so I must be going.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Hump Day!!  I’m going to leave you with a little quote I keep tacked up in my cube that I think is pretty appropriate for today… I know lots of people go through the week only looking towards Friday to distract themselves from having to work, but I think that with the right attitude work can be pretty enjoyable – especially if you are lucky to work with as great co-workers as I do.  Even if it’s a little thing… seeing some Christmas decorations on the way to work or enjoying a nice lunch with friends, that’s enough to make that day special.  Look for the little things to be happy about and don’t dwell on bad days… you may notice yourself becoming a cheerier person.  “Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow has not yet come.  We have only today.  Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa

December 10, 2008 at 12:31 pm 11 comments

Super Late recap!!

Sorry for the uber delayed post!!  Today was just way too busy to get any blogging done – oh well.  So before I talk about today first I have some weekend recapping to do.

Sunday was a pretty low-key day, but definitely a day of snacking so I wasn’t able to get picks of everything.  Oh well, so it goes…  I started out with a bowl of PB bumpers and an apple.  Of course cereal without milk and all the fixins totally sucks at quenching your hunger.  I had some peanut butter and 2 small clementines which helped a little, but in hindsight I wished I had just made some oats!img_1896img_1903

I tried to go outside for a walk, but it was just a weee bit too cold out.  I was able to pick up my book for my upcoming book club – Post American World by Fareed Zackaria.  I didn’t get a chance to start reading it until Monday morning, but so far so good!

Lunch was kinda eaten in bits and pieces, I had some chips and salsa while watching a marathon of Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style mid-morning.  img_1902img_1868Later on I had some dried veggie chips, img_18711apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon, img_18731a veggie burger img_1898and a freshly baked Mocha-Almond Chip Cookie!!  Oh I didn’t mention that I baked??  The only thing I would change about this recipe is that I would use instant coffee instead of the Teeccino (I didn’t like the chicory flavor it gave off, and I would use dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips).  Other than that they got pretty good reviews.  They were certainly consumed, yet I was a little dissapointed.  I’m definitely going to play along with this recipe.

Mocha-Almond Chip Cookies:img_1878

  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/3 c. grapeseed oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 c. gluten-free all purpose baking flour
  • 1 tbsp spelt flour
  • 1 tbsp Mocha No-Caf (by Teeccino)
  • 2/3 c. Ghiradella choco chips
  • 1/3 c. chopped almonds (I used salted)
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar, honey and oil; beat in egg.  Add vanilla and blend.
  3. Add dry ingredients in order, mixing after each.
  4. Refrigerate dough 30+ minutes to firm up.
  5. Roll heaping tbsp into balls, then flatten to 1/3 of an inch and place on cookie sheet.
  6. Bake about 10 minutes.
  7. Let stand about 5 minutes to cool.
  8. Makes about 20 cookies.

**This recipe was adapted from Ashley of Sweet & Natural’s “Espresso Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies”img_18761

Later in the evening I wasn’t feeling so up to snuff so I had a really simple dinner. img_1912 Some broiled salmon rubbed with olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper; alongside a great salad of green leaf lettuce and steamed broccoli.  I topped the salad with a homemade honey-dijon dressing.  img_1910I made the dressing using Grey Poupon dijon mustard, a drop of honey, extra-virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  So yumm!!img_1914

I didn’t make a grain for dinner so I had to make some popcorn on the stove later. 🙂

img_1913Plus a few carob & yogurt covered raisins… 😉

Back to the grind

Monday morning again… I was feeling really lazy this morning so I decided to skip the gym and running altogether.  Instead I made some plain oats with no banana and salt instead of cinnamon & vanilla.  I’m a huge fan of salt so this was really yummy to me… I ate it along with a heaping spoonful of Peanut butter.  Oops, almost forgot to take a picture! 😳 img_1916

Mid-morning I was starving so I grabbed an apple and 1/2 of a Luna Sunrise bar to hold me over.  No pic of these guys, but they definitely did the trick.  Lunch was sooo yummy, but simple.  Just 1/2 a roasted acorn squash filled with applesauce, cinnamon and honey and a super big banana from my stash.  Yum!img_1905

Later in the afternoon I snacked on a Honey Graham Z-Bar given to be by Erica from Itzy’s Kitchen.  So good!!  Thanks so much Erica! 😀 I also had a small handfull of peanuts.  Sorry guys, no pics of any of this because I was at work…

On the ride home I started my new book Post American World and let me just say I am loving it!!!  It’s a really good look at the state of our world’s economy – ok I haven’t gotten that far, but so far that’s what I’ve gotten from it… 😉

I had a ton of errands to run tonight and was hoping to make some chicken breasts I had gotten last week, but they had gone bad.  Gross!! 😡   I ended up ordering in sushi… oh well…  I got it from my favorite place – Matsu on 70th St between 1st and York.  It might look like a hole in the wall, but you cannot beat their super fresh fish!!  I got some pretty standard rolls – yellowtail w/ scallions and a salmon-avocado roll.  img_1923img_1924img_1926Simple, yet delicious.  I also got a mixed green salad with some of their delicious carrot-ginger dressing.  img_1927Gossip Girl + Wine + Sushi… Can you say awesome?? 😀 Oh yah… plus a rice cake to keep up my strength while blogging… img_1928

So this week I’m going to try just posting once a day to see if it makes things a little easier.  I’m not saying this is how it’s going to be – this is just to test things out so not to worry!!  Things have just started to get kinda busy with work and trying to think of my Christmas plans, etc.  Have you guys given the holidays much thought yet?  Do you already have gifts in mind?  If you do I must say I am jealous… 😉

NOTE:  I tried posting this last night, but it didn’t go through apparently… sorry!!!

November 18, 2008 at 10:19 am 6 comments



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