May 032012

OMG. I just ate the most glorious thing. Like, seriously, I could eat this every single day. Plus it’s literally the easiest thing on the planet to make. I’m not kidding; it really can be made in a minute. YOU MUST TRY THIS! But ok, first things first.


Today’s workout was a great one! As I mentioned earlier today, this morning’s run with Jack and Fabio was refreshing. I had plenty of energy after getting to bed early last night and was ready to tackle my run. I wish every morning was like that!

After work I was originally planning to jog to the dog park with Jack since it was so nice out, but after realizing that it was actually 86 degrees and Jack was panting from just laying around the apartment, I figured we better drive instead. I took him up there to let him run around for a while, and then came home and took on another Insanity DVD. Tonight I did Pure Cardio which is the one DVD that doesn’t repeat the circuits or have water breaks, you just do each move for one minute and then switch to the next one. It’s always a hard workout but since I never know how many moves are left I think the time passes by faster. That’s fine with me!

As a side note, when I tried to put up my hair before my workout I couldn’t find my usual hair tie so I just used a smaller one. Toward the end of my workout it fell out and my ponytail came tumbling down. I only had a few minutes left and was really into it so I let my hair fly around my face. Although it was quite annoying, my workout finally ended and I was able to fix my hair. It looked wild!

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Does this happen to anyone else? I probably should have just fixed my hair huh? Oh well! It was a great workout regardless!

My recipe for today doesn’t involve my dinner but I’ll show you what I had anyway:

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Grilled chicken with BBQ sauce, cooked carrots, and leftover quinoa. We are seriously low of veggies right now so my choices were carrots or yellow squash that was starting to feel rather squishy…er I’ll take the carrots please! It was a good and simple dinner and since Fabio was at happy hour with some friends it worked for me!


I saw this recipe on Carrots ‘N’ Cake while procrastinating surfing the web doing important research at work Winking smile It looked so easy and I immediately put it on my “to make” list. I’ve tried out the whole “single lady” cookie thing before and never thought it tasted that good, but this recipe was slightly different so I wanted to try it out. WOAH. IT IS DELICIOUS!!!! It has a nice cakey consistency and gets pretty big as it cooks so you feel like you’re getting a huge decadent dessert instead of a quick week-night treat. You gotta try this one!

First I mixed peanut butter, light brown sugar, oats, and egg white in a microwave-safe bowl.

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Next I mixed everything up until it was well combined and put it into the microwave for 60 seconds. When it came out of the microwave, I drizzled it with a little light chocolate syrup and enjoyed it with a nice cold glass of skim milk.

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SO GOOD! It kinda reminded me of those Warm Delights pre-packaged things you can buy and just add water, but it was so much better and didn’t have any scary ingredients or a weird mushy texture.

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One Minute Peanut Butter Cookie (adapted from Carrots ‘N’ Cake)

Makes 1 cookie


  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. oats
  • Whites of 1 egg
  • Light chocolate syrup (optional)


  1. Combine ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and mix well.
  2. Try to form the mixture into a cookie shape.
  3. Cook in microwave for 60 seconds.
  4. Drizzle with light chocolate syrup if desired.
  5. Allow to cool and enjoy!

Has anyone else eaten those Warm d=Delights before? I used to eat them in college when my dorm had no kitchen and we all shared a microwave in the common room. They actually really gross me out now so I’m really glad this cookie didn’t have that consistency! Bleh!

 Posted by on May 3, 2012
May 032012

Good afternoon everyone! Happy Thursday! Personally, I love Thursdays. They mean my hard week is almost over and I still have the entire weekend ahead of me. Woohoo!


As you may have noticed, I didn’t post last night like usual. Why, you may be asking? Well you know those weeks where you burn, burn, burn…and then you crash? That’s what happened to me last night. Let me explain.

Monday and Tuesday I worked hard all day at the office, used my lunch break to update the blog, cardio-blasted my butt off doing Insanity when I got home, made a scrumptious dinner, and then blogged about my day. As much as I really enjoy all of those activities, by the time I got home last night it was almost 8:00 p.m. and I simply couldn’t do it all. Frankly, I was exhausted and just wanted a night off.

So, for my workout I did a few strength exercises involving my abs and Pilates moves. Then for dinner I made something simple and had Fabio help me put it all together. Then, instead of blogging like usual, I laid my head down and went to sleep. Yep, I was dead asleep merely an hour and half after I’d gotten home. I’ve learned that sometimes you have to listen to your body and let it tell you when it’s had enough. Last night what my body needed was sleep! Luckily I still ran yesterday morning so my workout wasn’t a total bust, but it definitely wasn’t up to its usual standards.

That meant this morning I woke up feeling quite refreshed and tackled my jog, with Fabio in tow, in no time. What a great way to start the day!


Since I was so tired last night, I decided I wanted something easy and comforting for dinner. Obviously I wanted it to be relatively healthy as well, so I went scrounging in the cabinets. I came up with a bowl of potatoes which started growing little arms on them since I haven’t used them in a while. Oops. Luckily when potatoes start sprouting limbs you can just pop them off and still use the potato. It’s when they start to get mushy and wrinkle up on the outside that you should throw them out.

Anyway, these weren’t soft or wrinkly yet so I decided I better hurry up and eat them before they went bad. Luckily I knew just what I wanted to make…baked french fries! Through trial and error I’ve learned to make them so they get all nice and crispy on the outside and have a really great flavor. Yumm. Let’s get to it!

First I washed my potatoes and sliced them into french fry shapes (leaving the skin on, for more nutrition).

Next I boiled the potatoes in a pot of water for about 8 minutes, or until they were almost cooked through. You can either use a fork to test how done the potatoes are or, if you cut them thin enough, you can see they’ll start to look translucent. You don’t want the fork to come out too easily because they’re going to cook up a little more in the oven. Once they were done I drained the potatoes and let them cool for at least 5 minutes (they’re going to get a sprinkling of cheese and I didn’t want it to melt before they even made it into the oven).

Once the potatoes were cool enough to handle, I sprayed them with my Misto Olive Oil sprayer and dumped them into a large zip-lock bag with salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese, and dried rosemary. I shook them around until each potato was covered in seasoned yumminess and then laid them out on a rack on top of a foil-lined cookie sheet.

When baking things like french fries that I want to get nice and crispy, I always bake them on my cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet. This helps the hot air to circulate under the food so that all sides get the same amount of heat. I also like to line the cookie sheet with tin foil for easy clean up 🙂

Next I popped these into the oven and baked them at 450 degrees for about 4 minutes. I would recommend keeping a close eye on them because depending on how hot your oven gets or how close your rack is to the heating element, your cooking time might vary. You’ll know they’re done when they start to brown and the rosemary becomes fragrant (rosemary is my absolute favorite way to season potatoes, but you can use other herbs if you like).

Don’t they look awesome? I could go for some right now! Just remember when you eat these that potatoes are pretty high in starch and carbs so don’t go overboard on the portion. I like to limit myself to a small serving and then load up on the veggies. We had this last night with leftover Thai Turkey Burgers and a pig bile of steamed broccoli and spinach. Yum!


(Serves 2)

  • 2 small brown russet potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. Rosemary (I used dried because that’s what I have on hand, but fresh works too)


  1. Wash potatoes well and slice into long, thin fry shapes.
  2. Boil sliced  potatoes for about 8 minutes or until a fork comes out with just a bit of resistance.
  3. Drain potatoes and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
  4. Move potatoes to a Zip Lock bag and add salt, pepper, cheese, and rosemary. Seal it up and shake until potatoes are well coated.
  5. Line a cookie sheet with foil and place a rack on top. Lay out potatoes on rack and bake at 450 degrees for about 4 minutes or until tops are brown and rosemary is fragrant.

Eat, and enjoy!

For me potatoes are one of my favorite comfort foods. My mom used to roast them in the oven with rosemary, and olive oil. While this is still one of my favorite foods, I try to lighten them up by using a lot less oil. What about you? What are your favorite comfort foods? Do you lighten them up or just enjoy them as they are?



 Posted by on May 3, 2012