Baby love

The weekend is officially here.  For most of you that means a long 3 day weekend.  For me that means, two more weddings.  But it doesn’t really feel like work, and I usually get done pretty early, and we are having a Memorial Day neighborhood party on Sunday.  So I’m looking forward to it.

Let’s go back to Thursday breakfast:

The last bowl of cereal with a naner.

Then I rushed out the door to work.  I had to get all my ducks in a row for this weekend’s weddings.  The last weekend of busy season, then low-key until the fall.  We are an outdoor wedding facility, which makes for a hot summer wedding in Florida.  I also had to prepare for a Bridal show we are having next weekend.  I plan to stay busy throughout the summer while still enjoying several weeks of vacations.

I brought leftovers to work for lunch:

Fake chicken stir fry.

After work, I went to my sister’s to see my babies.  They just get cuter every time I see them.   Mom was at my sister’s (she’s on the health food wagon too), and she had some yummy organic cucumbers and hummus to snack on:

After we got the babies to bed, (I must say, Auntie Em has the magic touch), we had some pizza:

I picked the chicken off this BBQ chicken pizza, it was just okay.  It was off to bed early in anticipation of a big Friday (taking the babies on a field trip to Whole Foods).

Friday breakfast was in 2 stages.  Stage 1:

These cherries were awesome!  I ate more than a handful before going running.  I ran about 2.5 miles and boy was it hot!  I should have went at 6:30 when the baby alarm first went off. 

Stage 2:

After my run I had a bowl off oatmeal with lots of peanut butter,  I let it cool for a good 20 minutes because it was so stinkin hot, and I had my hands full of babies. Love, love, love it!

This is a blog about food, but I want to eat these babies up, so here’s some pics of the loves of my life:

Gracie beeping her horn.

Evan likes to put his feet in his mouth.

We packed them up and ventured to Whole Foods.  I got lots of goodies and we had lunch:

There was some veggies with dressing, tater salad, vegetarian “chicken” chili, An Indian eggplant dish, black-eyed pea salad, couscous salad, and a fudgy, yummy, dessert.

Washed it all down with a Kombucha:

I only drank half of this, and saved the rest for when I got home to have with this treasure I found:

Only 120 calories per serving (20 chips!), and barely any fat, these chips rock!  And I didn’t even eat half a serving, they were so yummy, salty, and vinegary, a few totally satisfy.

Dinner was a meatless fantasy:

Yes, those would be meatless wings:

I highly recommend this.  Hubby would too.  I’m still trying to figure out how to buy and cook for him.  Do I buy the expensive, organic food for him, that he could polish off in one sitting,  when he would be happy eating ramen soup and grilled cheese, or do I buy him the cheap crap?  Any opinions?

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Vegi Experiments

My new-found meatless way of eating requires some experimentation.  I was born and raised in the midwest.  Dietary staples included beef, beef, and more beef.  Some of the foods I grew up on are meatloaf, steaks, lasagna, stuffed peppers, and many more yummy goodies.  I will always love those foods and can make a killer meatloaf.  Vegetarian cooking is new to me.  I ate a vegetarian diet for about a year once, but now, it’s even more challenging to cook delicious meals that my mega-carnivorous husband can also enjoy.

Here’s how is gone so far.  Tuesday dinner:

Chili rellonos stuffed with brown rice and beans that were nicely seasoned with chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and oregeno.  I also sautéed some onions, garlic and organic canned tomatoes and mixed it with the rice and beans.  A little cheese, avocado and hot sauce, and I had a meal even the hubby would eat.  Although, for his, I used ground turkey from the freezer in place of the beans.  We were both happy campers.

For dessert:

Organic chocolate frozen yogurt and a couple of Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux cookies.

Wednesday started off with one of my favorite treats:

Half a naner with peanut butter.  Then it was out the door running.  I did about 3 miles, then some sit ups and push ups. 

I’ve lost 9 pounds since January 1st. Just had to toot my horn a little.  I was always little, 5″3″, and usually around 115-120.  Then, when I got married 5 years ago, I got comfortable.  And I thought I could eat the same serving size as my 200 pound husband.  Well, it turns out that I can, easily, but not without consequence.  At my highest weight I was 138.  So all in all, I’ve lost 18 pounds since my heaviest.  My tipping point  was when I quit smoking  in September 2009.  Let’s face it, there’s no point in trying to live my healthiest if I am going to smoke.  After quitting smoking, I was able to start running without feeling like my lungs were going to explode.  I’ve also been reading, studying, and researching clean, wholesome, natural, organic foods for years.  I just feels like it’s all clicking now.  So here I am, continuing to learn and enjoy this healthy journey I’m on.

After my run, I had breakfast:

Then for lunch was yummy leftovers:

With some cantaloupe.

I went to work for a few hours and came home with a grumbly belly:

Carrots and spicy hummus, yum!

Then for dinner, I made a vegetarian dish that both me and hubby enjoyed:

I used some Quorn chik’n cutlets cut up for a wonderful stir fry.  I used bok choy, water chesnuts, mushrooms, scallions, carrots, red peppers, and broccoli, seasoned with Braggs Amino Acids, serve over brown rice.  I made a big batch of rice yesterday so I could quickly throw together some healthy meals.  This one was a winner.  Carnihubby loved it! 

Now off to see who wins American Idol!