Brekky Salad…again.

I’m not sure what has gotten into me. A salad…for breakfast…again?

I woke up and wanted eggs, looked in the fridge and remembered I had boiled a couple last night. I couldn’t pass them up so what did I do? Make an egg salad brekky.

Iceberg lettuce, 1/2 vine tomato, two hard boiled eggs (one w/yolk, one without), chopped scallions, celery, homemade dressing

The salad dressing consisted of spicy brown mustard, EVOO, red wine vinegar, salt & pepp.

I know, it’s weird to have a salad for breakfast. But it was almost 11am by the time I ate so it was almost like a brunch. Yeah, that’s more acceptable.

I also had prunes and black tea. I swear I am only 22 years old.

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TTYL!

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I’m BACK!

It’s been way too long since I have posted but…here I am!

Since I have been at school (last semester & now graduated YAY), I have had my ups and downs. I mostly was too busy to blog on a daily basis and I also lived in a dorm with the most horrendous lighting. I didn’t even have access to a window so I decided I wasn’t going to half-ass it. And since it was my last semester of college – I went out, had lots of fun but could have definitely been healthier in general. Now it’s time to get back on track.

SO I am back at home now with windows, natural lighting and of course lots of time.

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For breakfast I had a salad.

YEP. A salad.

Spring Mix – Sauteed Tomatoes & Onion – Egg White & Whole Fried Egg – Seedless Raspberry Jam

I have to say, I enjoyed this immensely. The combination of egg + jam is perfection. No salad dressing needed with the jelly and egg yolk.

I also enjoyed a 60 cal pack of prunes. I love prunes.

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I then went for a run. I’m training for a 15k Road Race (The Boilermaker) which takes place in July. My joints are killer but I have been trying to push through it. I am thinking about taking Glucosamine as a supplement. Maybe that’ll help.

After my 3.65 run, I wanted beans.

So I had some delicious vegetarian baked beans.

Why do my friends make fun of me for loving beans? They are good for your heart…

Haha anyways, I also made myself some Iced Powerfruit Green Tea. I used a Lipton packet, brewed a cup and then put it in the freezer to cool it down. Then poured it over ice. SO refreshing.

Oh and look! In a Boilermaker cup…how appropriate.

Then – a banana & PB.

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And now I am waiting for the thunderstorm to start!

It’s good to be back.

🙂

Playing Catch Up

I feel like I haven’t posted in a while. To be honest, it’s not because I’m too busy. I just kept putting of each post until it got to the point where a week+ went by. Ah!

But don’t worry I haven’t gone anywhere 😉

There’s no getting rid of me!

Lately, I have gone out and enjoyed some adult beverages.

Blueberry Stoli w/Selzer and Lemon & Lime

Saranac Beer. When in Utica...

Along with drinking alcohol, I have consumed slightly healthier options.

Such as Kristen’s Green Monster Smoothie.

Holy Spinach!

I love blenders, especially ones that work very efficiently!

I had the idea to pour this smoothie into a bowl thanks to Kath!

Here is one of her delicious SIAB’s (Smoothie in a bowl).

I’ve also had a bunch of salads.

This one consisted of spring mix, wild blueberries, walnuts, feta, radishes, squeeze of lemon, pepper & balsamic dressing.

I enjoyed this the day after drinking a few too many cocktails, hence the huge jug of lemon water in the back.

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And finally.

Last but not least!

The recipe I put to use tonight that gave me the push to post:

Pumpkin Iced Cookies.

Just make sure you have people to share them with.

Although it’s hard to let them go, it’s for the best…

Eating three trays of cookies in one night is never healthy.

Crap.

The best part – the icing.

I mean, what does icing NOT taste good on?

The house was smelling like Fall.

The weather is pretty Autumn-like so why not!?

Pumpkin cookies taste great any time of year in my eyes mouth.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Icing

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.
  4. To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.

I followed this recipe exactly and there are zero complaints! Well, besides the fact that I cannot stop :X Next time I make them…chocolate chips & maybe oats/pecans will be involved.

They are very soft and fluffy, sort of like muffin tops!

I am SO making these for Thanksgiving/Halloween next year!

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Oh my gosh! Guess what??? I signed up for my first road race – The 15K Boilermaker! Over nine miles this summer, I can SO do this. I will make my way home from NYC for the weekend to run my heart out.

Motivation to run at its best.

SO excited.

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Kay well I will try not to disappear again.

Maybe I should make more deliciousness to encourage my daily attendance.

K sounds good 🙂 TTYS

Keepin’ it Fresh

I have a problem.

I cannot stop eating these vegetable chips.

Clearly…because I demolished them in less than a day.

Polished them off by sprinkling the rest over my salad.

  • Spring Mix
  • Balsamic Dressing Spritzer
  • Tomatoes
  • Mom’s Homemade Chicken Salad (uh-maze-ing)
  • Veggie Chips

Clemintines on the side.

This bad boy was so juicy. I’m about to eat another.

Is it just me or does my hand look like its a chubby baby hand?

I’ll embrace it.

ANYWAYS – I’d say this salad was a success.

Chicken salad + Crunchiness + Perfect flavors = Happy Casi

I love being home because I have so much to choose from. Usually when I am shopping and cooking for myself, my lack of income tends to hurt me creatively when cooking. It doesn’t help that an oven isn’t always available.

Only 2 more weeks until I’m a struggling college student again!

I’m excited!!! For real though, I am. NYC is calling my name so loudly right now.

So is Whole Foods…my one true love.

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I hope you aren’t as cold as I am right now.

Have a wonderful evening! 🙂

Back to Normal

Yesterday (the day after Christmas) was definitely a relaxing day. I’ve been hearing that consensus from lots of people. I definitely wanted to make sure I didn’t succumb to all of the holiday leftovers, especially since I had the time to make my own food. The past few days was a huge sugar binge which resulted in tiredness and headaches. Time to get back to normal.

For breakfast I ate an egg white omelet with tomatoes, spring mix, and feta, along with an orange. I let myself digest for about 1.5-2 hours and then went for a run in the cold. My post-workout snack (lunch) was some fat free greek Oikos yogurt.

Green tea on the side to warm me up.

I topped the yogurt with blueberries, canned pineapple, Go Lean Crunch (Kashi cereal), Vanilla Extract (stirred in) and Cinnamon.

I don’t love nonfat greek yogurt, but I loved eating this.

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For dinner I wanted to incorporate roasted veggies (my favorite).

Butternut Squash & Orange Cauliflower

Never-ending tray of Asparagus

While these cooked I prepared a salad and snacked on dried papaya.

I love this stuff, the texture is addicting.

Salad preparings:

Spring mix with chopped sharp chedder cheese & homemade dressing.

It would’ve been delicious just like this.

But alas, I needed more protein so I added chopped chicken and some veg.

That’s a large plate, people. So yum.

Later on I had more papaya, piece of dark chocolate, hummus & crackers, and nuts. I was starving after not eating any cookies, candy, etc. all day.

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I should share a few more photos…

Sedgey was begging for food in the kitchen:

Emmy hopped in a box:

Izzy hopped out when my mom was too close for comfort:

K there are some of my pets (minus the other cat, Oscar).

I have too much fun with my new camera nowadays. Any cute moment, I’m there in a flash! Now I feel like I should update my blog a bit and make it less…bloggy and more websitey. Eventually…

K and as for today, it’s time for brekky.

Happy Tuesday!

I don’t like to brag but…

Seriously. I need to share this meal with the world. Yeah, it’s a salad but a damn good salad! It probably is the best salad I have ever created. I’d like to call it: CWS aka Casi’s Winter Salad. HAHA not very unique but it is pretty wintery and I made it, so there it is.

I wish I had better pictures, someone please buy me a camera 🙂

Like…trust me. It was so good, I am SO making it again tomorrow.

  • Spring Mix
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Feta Cheese
  • Chopped Walnuts
  • Roasted Butternut Squash & Orange Cauliflower

When roasting the veggies, set the oven to 425ºF then pop them in after drizzling with EVOO, Sea Salt & Freshly ground Pepper. Cook for about 15 minutes (depending on how crispy you like ’em).

And as for the simple dressing I mixed:

  • EVOO
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper
  • Whole Grain Mustard

Horrible lighting, but there it is.

I insist you try this. I am not sure if I found this especially delicious because I was especially hungry after a 5 mile run, but you should give CWS a shot. Whether you run before or not.

The feta + butternut squash + mustard = wonderful balance of flavors. Roasted vegetables are delicious any way, but I truly love them in this salad.

And obviously I needed dessert:

Dark Chocolate completes me. Nuff said. My mom bought this for me upon arriving home. It’s love.

(My brother said this picture looks like a condom HA…)

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Going out tonight for some drinks! Happy Thirsty Thursday 😉

Good News & Bad News

I gotta start with the bad news because I would hate to end on a sour note. This will be my last post for about a week (probably less). I have been using my phone camera for photos and I no longer have a charger so I gotta keep it off. But the next time I post – HOPEFULLY I’ll have real pictures taken from a real camera. And I’ll be back in the wonderful USA (that’s the good news)!

I leave Australia in 3 days. THREE days. I cannot believe that. I am very anxious to get home to some nice crisp weather (unlike this humid hot mess we got goin’ on over here). CANNOT wait to see my family and friends!

I went to the store for some last minute souvenirs and ended up finding a very cheap piece of a pumpkin (to cook haha that sounds weird, but it was not even 60 cents) and a sweet potato. YAY can’t wait to cook those up tonight for a nice comfort dinner. I’m planning on sautéing them together with a little honey and cinnamon (yep, sweet indeed).

OH and (more good news) I also bought my favorite snack in the world: BHUJA SPICY PEAS. I am going to attempt to keep them sealed until at least Wednesday. Ha, let’s see how that goes. They’ll be perfect for the plane(s) though. Along with the newest Cosmopolitan Magazine – it’s the January 2012 (Australian version – good souvenir, too 😉 ) issue and I am definitely refraining from reading it before I get on the plane. Lots to look forward to!

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So like I said earlier, I was feeling quite ill this morning. I keep trying to figure out why and maybe it’s my iron deficiency? The doctor said it’s not extremely low, but it’s the only thing I could come up with. So I ate my last frozen burger for lunch.

Animal meat has the best kind of iron for your body. It’s the most easily digested, especially red meat. So yes – perfect pick-me-up! I feel better already!

I topped this burger with melty cottage cheese! On the side is two Cos Lettuce leaves with a whole tomato and sauteed onion and garlic. Hearty, me likey.

Then for some more greens:

A salad with yet MORE tomatoes and onions, along with cucumber. Dressed in lemon juice, evoo, salt, pepper & garlic powder.

This meal tasted like I was eating “taco bell”…except not really because nothing compares to Taco Bell. Did you know there are no Taco Bell’s in Australia? I know, I’ve been deprived for over five months….!

Any who, I rolled it up just like a taco, half of burger in each leaf. Holy YUM! Then I slapped on Siracha for some spice. Very satisfying, I think it was exactly what I needed. I’m so not cut-out to be a vegetarian. Meat is too yummy and fuels me so nicely (speaking of which – I haven’t had plain chicken in such a long time. Or salmon, which is not ‘meat’ but I’m getting my hands on some when I get home!).

Okay now I want chocolate.

Catchya on the flip side!!! 😀

Warm Summer Salad

The mangos I bought yesterday excite me! I wanted to try something interesting with them.

So I cut up half of one.

PRETTY! Just slice vertically & horizontally without cutting the peel. Then the cute little squares come off pretty easily…I scraped them off with a spoon.

I looked in the fridge and thought, “Sure! I’ll eat this bad boy with tomatoes and onions.”

So I ended up making a salad: Lettuce, Basil, Tomato, Mango, Onion.

I cut up the mango, cherry tomatoes, and onion and put them in a container in the fridge to marinate in EVOO, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Definitely eatable just like that. I tried it – definitely good.

But I didn’t feel like eating raw onions, so I sauteed everything together for about two minutes. Nice ‘n warm.

Siracha Sauce was obv. necessary. It made it even yummier. The warm mangos definitely tickled my fancy. Tomorrow I think I’ll have the other half nice and fresh with cottage cheese or just by itself. I like it!

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For dessert, I went full out.

Balls to the wall, if you will.

Prepare yourselves.

Seriously, you might start drooling.

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HA. Just kidding.

I ate three prunes, but let me tell you…they are so good.

Gotta stay regular, people 😉

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I also had three more earlier in the day. OH and I also tasted ate at least 1/4th of my Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars. Yum, nice flava. Except…..they are definitely granola status… minus the “bar.” I can handle it. I’m planning on having some of this delightful granola with my yogurt for breakfast.

I know, I’m sick like that. The second I’m done with one meal…I start dreaming about the next.

That’s what I’m here for though, right!?!?

Polar Express is on soon 😀 YAY! I’d love some holiday cheer up in here.

Mexican Delight

Lunch brightened the mood a tad (hence: Mexican Delight), although it is still raining cats & dogs.

I should take a picture of my fridge because it’s just about empty. But I’d rather you not feel bad for me and focus on what I can create out of the very little groceries I have left. I like to call this Mexican Delight:

  • Lettuce
  • Lentils
  • Cannellini Beans
  • Tomato
  • Avocado
  • Fresh Chopped Garlic
  • Lemon Squeeze, Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper

Simply mix all ingredients (except lettuce) and let sit in the fridge for a bit before eating. That way, the flavors mesh and it turns into a decadent guacamole-type thang.

This would be superb with black beans, onions and cilantro. That would totally Mexify it! Mexify is a word if I say so. But of course I ran out of onions yesterday and do not currently have black beans or cilantro on hand. It was still exceptionally yummy without them. Oh tortilla chips, duh! Yes get your hands on those, too!

SO good with these bad boys:

In case you’re wondering, these are the crisps I have been using. Now that I’m all out (damn) I will have to wait to buy more (or something like them) when I get back to NY. If you click on the picture you can more easily see the wonderful nutrition facts. Yes, KJ is Kilojoules which is about 4 times the amount of calories (1 Cal = 4.18 KJ).

After devouring my very last rye crisp (sad face), I tossed the mixture & lettuce together to make a wondrous salad. Then I squeezed more lemon juice atop and WALA!

Needed something else (and warm) so I made popcorn for one! Again, no pity needed.

Rummaged through the cupboards and BINGO popcorn to the rescue.

I love homemade popcorn more than any other kind. All you do is coat the bottom in canola oil, throw in some kernels on medium heat, and do not forget to COVER IT. Obvious, but important to not forget. Then sprinkle with kosher or sea salt. Course salt is the best. Get some if you don’t own any. You’ll thank me later.

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The gym isn’t looking good. I wanna get the H outta here, but the rain+cold= no thanks. If I didn’t have to walk through this miserable weather to catch the bus, then alright. But no. Not today folks.

Comfort Soup

After my delicious oatmeal incident this morning, I went to the gym. I warmed up on the treadmill for about ten minutes then did a mini circuit rotating between lunges, free weights and abs. I finished off with more treadmill and a good stretch.

Stretching is my favorite part! I feel my flexibility getting better which feels oh so good! Can you touch your toes? 😉

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On the way home on the bus I was day dreaming about avocados. So I incorporated the other half from last night into my salad for lunch.

It was like a fiesta salad! Similar to last night’s …the flavor combo gets me every time!

  • Chopped Lettuce (Salad Base)
  • Sauteed Zucchini and Onion
  • Half of a Chicken Burger
  • Half of an Avocado
  • Tzatziki
  • Hot Siracha Sauce
  • Sea Salf & Lemon to taste

Seriously, fresh squeezed lemon has been the best salad dressing for me lately. Paired with tzatziki, there’s no reason to add anything else! Besides Siracha of course.

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Speaking of Siracha, I added some into my delicious dinner as well.

Yep, I made soup. Definitely the perfect day for it! It’s like 60 degrees and it’s summer…odd. Not used to it but I think after the rain passes in a few days it will be back to scorchingly hot.

This delectable comfort soup contains:

  • Sauteed Onion and Garlic
  • Lentils
  • Water
  • Chili Powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Basil

I’m running low on food (I leave in 10 days and don’t want to buy too much) but the mixture of these simple ingredients was a definite success. I give it an A! It’s very healthy and very very yummy.

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To cool down for dessert I put some yogurt in the freezer for about 20 minutes.

I of course topped it with Goji Berries, Almonds, Coconut, and Cinnamon. My favorite.

You can kind of see (thanks to my magnificent phone camera) how its a bit frozen.

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After enjoying my yogurt, Steph and I ventured out into the chilliness for a walk. It started misting on our way back and I had some serious goosebumps (I wore shorts and a t-shirt, bad decision). I ate an apple and tahini as we watched a few re-run episodes of The Big Bang Theory. If you’ve never seen it, do yourselves a favor! It’s one of my all-time favorite shows.

Well it’s past 9pm, therefore past my bedtime. Haha just kidding…well, not really. I’m very tired and have a slight headache. Time to sleep it off.

Goodnight!…or Good Morning depending on where you live… 😉