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Quick Eats January 9, 2011

Filed under: dinner,Malbec,vino — ansauls @ 10:54 pm

I was in Charleston all day for a meeting for my South Africa trip (more to come!).

Lunch was on-the-go, in the car, at a rest area…(I photographed it before I left the house).

A Rise & Shine muffin, a pear, and a bowl of my Daddy’s homemade guac, celery, black beans, and carrots.

Plus a snack…you’ll never guess what I had 😉 just kiddin’!

When I got home at 9 p.m., I was hungry, so I made an Amy’s pizza.

and made a salad to go on the side: organic spinach, celery, carrots, cucumber, roasted red pepper hummus.

I ate this plus 1 more piece of pizza. It was so great! The crust was perrrrrfect! Sorry for the not-so-exciting “plate.” I didn’t feel like doing dishes 🙂 However, I did sacrifice to wash a wine glass hehe

Dessert: 1/2 caff, juicy Fuji apple with Naturally More, and a piece of 100% cacao.

Perrrrrfect! Time for beauty sleep. I hope that y’all had a wonderful day. What a weekend of football upsets! Gotta love sports!


The End of the Pie January 6, 2011

Mom took me to  her favorite greek restaurant today…2 mediterranean lunches in a row. I could move to Greece 😉 Today I rolled with a greek salad with a chicken kabob, hummus, and baba ganoush. It was delish! The salad was a BEAST with pepperoni, feta, tomato, olives…with a little oil. Y’all it’s so fresh, with yummy fat. Flava explosion! I had an organic Cameo apple for dessert.

I got a lot done today and am FINALLY caught up on blog world. You ladies are amazing! I have a list a mile long to try. Whew!

Mom treated us to frozen yogurt a little taste of heaven when we left the office at Crema across the street. Here’s the menu board…

Mom got vanilla yogurt with chocolate chip cookie dough and walnuts. I had vanilla yogurt with peaches, strawberries and raspberries. They mix everything in a blender, and mine came out pink and looked like a flower!

I have been so hungry today! 30 minutes later I ate a lifesaver… hehe

It was so yummy, but I wonder if I am getting too many calories! I look at the calories and try to portion-size control, but I try not to calories count exactly anymore and have no idea how many calories I net everyday.

I taught Zumba tonight to my Club 59 ladies, then came back for dinner…

I love some healthy leftovers…kale, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, celery with Angus Barn cheddar, and carrots with roasted red pepper hummus. Plus some Angus Barn homemade crackers with a little more cheddar. And a mug of turkey chili…

And a glass of Malbec. I always crave wine after Zumba.

Dessert…half caf and my last piece of Angus Barn chocolate chess pie. Tears. Only tears. But it was so yummy! Maybe I can afford a visit by Christmas of this year 😉

Watching Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice now…no football this evening. I’m so glad that the shows are back, but I do love those Christmas movies! What are y’all doing tonight?


Is Black the New Brown?

My new product of the day (from the Trader Joe’s run!) that y’all have been inspiring me to try…

It’s an oat topping to begin…

Also in the pretty polka dot bowl went:

  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats, water, almond milk, greek yogurt
  • sprinkles of cinnamon and sea salt
  • 1 tsp maple flavoring and peanut flour
  • toppings: Nature’s Path pumpkin raisin cereal for CrUnCh, 3 dried cherries, BLACKBERRIES (a new topping), 1/2 sliced nanner

Purdy good! + half caf

Fo lunch I met one of my best girlfriends at the mall to help her shop for new clothes for her NEW JOB! Congratulations, Melissa! I am SOOOO proud of you. Y’all her story is seriously an answer to prayer as god seriously brought her the most perfect job at the perfect time. She wanted to eat at Kabobi, a Mediterranean-style restaurant, in the Food Court…

I wasn’t sure what to munch on, but they had descriptions of how everything was seasoned and cooked, which was very helpful. I ended up with chicken grilled in lemon juice, salt and pepper, hummus, and a cucumber salad with onions and tomatoes and a little oil and spices. The salad was really chunky with tons of texture. The man getting my food was the owner and was so sweet…”Very good choice,” he said.  😉

Plus a side of fresh tzatziki. It literally had fresh mint leaves in it.

It’s great to eat authentic “ethnic” food instead of an Americanized version. They use the best and freshest ingredients. It was pretty tasty for cheap food court…great idea, Mel!

We had no luck helping her find business pants that fit…ugh, but I was so honored that she asked me to help!

Snack after burning some calories shopping 😉 I’m SO thankful to have these back in my life….

Ok, I’m reading more and more about black rice. Have y’all tried it yet? I really want to make it for  my Mom soon. I read this article about it yesterday and its benefits. It sounds like a great food to have in your diet, but I wonder if it’s a “craze.” Is black the new brown for eating clean? hmmm….

P.s. – whole living is a great magazine (used to be called body+soul). Do y’all ever read it?

I got to teach Zumba at One Heart. It’s such a beautiful and inspiring space. The ladies who showed up were such a blast!

Then, DINNER PARTY! My best childhood friends (we’ve been friends since we were 5!) is home from Austin and came over from dinner. She’s like a part of the family. In fact, we walked into my parents house, and they screamed to hug her and totally ignored me 😉 Oh well! It was SUCH a treat to have her…not to mention my Mommy’s delicious cooking!

Salad beast with mixed greens, celery, carrots, traditional hummus, pomegranate Craisins for sweetness, tomato…and multigrain boule on the side dipped in EVOO with various spices. Also, notice the glass of Malbec. Boy, was I craving vino after Zumba last night! I don’t know if it was because Amber and I skipped dinner the night before to watch two movies, but I was hungry ALL day. I had another glass of wine while we sat and chatted, another piece of bread, and…

…some Angus Barn cheddar cheese with a few of the Angus Barn homemade crackers and Mom’s homemade turkey chili. She’s so kind to make it with turkey for me instead of beef. It tasted amazing! I think it’s seriously the best batch she’s ever made, and chili just gets better with time 😉 Can’t wait for leftovers.

And dessert (don’t leave home without it!)

a piece of 100% cacao, organic Braeburn apple, dollop of Naturally More since I went for sunflower butter at breakfast….and half caf!

We had a blast catching up and chatting. Old friends are so wonderful!