eats

You know when you have a mystery illness and you can’t eat anything except smoothies and soup, isn’t that the worst?   Yea, that’s what I’ve been rolling through for the last few weeks…good times.  While I haven’t been able to eat much I’m still trying to, it’s amazing that when you can’t eat things how much you want to.   Hey at least I’ve been inspired to try some new recipes (none of them vegan.)

First up was chicken chili.  Saturday all I wanted was to smell chili cooking in the house.   At the very least I could turn it into soup later.   I found this amazing chicken chili recipe via Annie’s Eats.   The only modification I made was I cooked up a few slices of maple bacon and threw ’em in.  Not bad…I added some watered down tomato soup to it later to turn it into soup.  Delish.

Tonight I decided to try out a pin I came across for Chicken Parm Meatballs.  While I didn’t get to try ’em they seemed to go over well.  One modification I made to this recipe was to add about a tablespoon of fresh chopped basil.   I served it up with lemon sauteed spinach.

Here’s hoping I can get off my soup and smoothie mix soon.  I will say I’ve created some incredibly satisfying smoothies though.

Banana Mango Spinach Smoothie

1/2 frozen frozen banana

1 handful of baby spinach

1/2 cup of frozen mangoes

1/2 cup of almond milk (although my crappy blender sometimes forces me to add a little more)

Blend and enjoy!  I’ve also tried just about ever variation of Pumpkin Spice Smoothies, still searching for the perfect one but I’m sure I’ll find it soon.  Happy eating!

 

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it’s 5

5 degrees out as I type this:

That’s what I call snot freezing cold.   Classy way to describe the weather, but entirely true.  Instead of being able to run out with a light jacket on I’ve got to do the bundle:


I’m not a big fan of the bundle.   I had to say bye to my fingerless gloves for real gloves and remembered that I can’t really use my iPhone when gloves are on.   Not a huge deal, I’m cool with not checking emails when I’m outside, but this product caught my eye:

SmarTouch gloves!   The little pads on the fingers still let you get your swipe on.   Genius!   I’m sure they’ve been around forever but when I saw these yesterday it made my day.   If winter is for real about staying in the Capital Region, I may splurge on a pair of these.

Despite the chilly temps I’ll still make a smoothie to go this morning.   I’m going to try my own creation and hope it doesn’t suck too badly.

1 cup chocolate soy milk

2 handfuls of spinach

1 tablespoon of almond butter

1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed

maybe half a banana if it needs firming up and of course some ice cubes.

I’m in the mood for something chocolatey so we’ll see if this hits the spot.   Stay warm!

 

fresh healthy and a fortune cookie

I had a quick appointment at my dentist (the greatest dentist ever Dr. Kendra Zappia) and was in the same area as one of my favorite spots, Fresh Healthy Cafe at Crossgates. LOVE this place, their name says it all. I ordered the Extreme Veggie Wrap and Mango Mania smoothie:

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I drank most of the smoothie on the way back to my office (with an energy fortifier)

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The extrmeme veggie wrap is amaze:

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I make a little adjustment to my wrap, no feta, vinagrette or olives (I add in mozzarella) CHOMP:::CHOMP:::CHOMP!

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Mmmmmm. So good ! I only get to eat at Fresh Healthy Cafe every few months so it’s a nice treat. Fresh Healthy Cafe is in Crossgates on the lower level just outside of Dick’s.

Hey, have you ever inherited office space ? At my office we have cubes, it’s a sea of cubes. I definitely make my space my own, but there are remnants from previous dwellers in the cube, like this fortune:

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I don’t know who put it there but I’ll often look up and wonder if they taped it above the desk as inspiration or if they just found it funny. Ever find something from a previous office dweller ?