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Well, week 2 of the 100 Days of Real Food Challenge has come to a close.  Here are some of the highlights 🙂  Hope you Enjoy!!

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Bulgur (recipe from Emily @ DailyGarnish.com).  I also had a salad on the side with a little of the same lemon vinaigrette that was in the bulgur. The bulgur was amazing!  I can’t wait to have it again!  Definitely staying on my list of go to recipes.  Also, look what I got…

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Ball canning jars!!  I bought these to make my pantry more organized…  Thank Emily for the great idea!!

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I also made some…

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Homemade granola… This stuff is addicting! (Adapted from 100 Days of Real Food). I did everything the same I just added some walnuts and I used whole flaxseed.  I also skipped the seeds because I just didn’t have any at the time.  One morning I added a banana to the granola and added some milk..  Yummy!

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For lunch one day I had a salad…

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With homemade hummus! So good (for the recipe click here)!!  For dinner that night I made…

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Black bean tacos on homemade tortillas (recipe here).  My tortillas where a little darker because I used 100% whole wheat flour.  Next time I am going to use 100% white whole wheat flour.  To the tacos I added a little rice, black beans, onion, yellow pepper, cheese and greek yogurt! Yum!  For dessert that night I made…

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Banana Bread (recipe here)!!! Really good just out of the over but…

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So much better the next day when it sat in the refrigerator all night!!  Another night for dessert I made…

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A fruit smoothie… In the mix was orange juice, banana, and frozen raspberries and blueberries. I love fruit smoothies!!

For lunch one day I had…

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A waffle peanut butter and honey sandwich with a days worth of fruit! I was starving that day!!  I loved that I could freeze the homemade waffles and all I had to do was pop them into the toaster!

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For a snack one day I had the left over hummus and made some pita chips from some Whole Wheat pitas I had in the pantry and I also had some yellow pepper too…

Saturday morning I was trying to find something fast for breakfast…

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Oatmeal with milk and the toppings were unsweetened coconut, almonds, and a little drizzle of honey!!  Later the day I made…

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homemade bread and some (recipe here)…  For my first attempt at making bread it turned out pretty good although it didn’t rise much in the oven but it was still really good!! and while that was cooking I also made…

Peanut butter and honey blondies (recipe here)…  They are pretty darn good.  I also added some fresh whipped cream with a little maple syrup added to it.  It was so good that I didn’t even get a chance to take a picture.

Well, that was my week all wrapped up into one post!! I am trying to get all of this homework done and it is just crazy!  And the craziness is going to continue because I have decided to take a spring class and two summer classes!  I am just ready to get out of school and start my career.  Well, I am off to get some more homework done! Later 🙂

*xoxo* Crystal

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I just thought I would let you all know that I may not be able to update my blog for the next month and a half.  I am coming to the end of my school semester and I have so much work that has to get done.  I have assignments/quizzes due every week and then (due at the end of the semester) I have a…

  • 3 – 4.5 page paper due for sociology
  • 5 – 7 page paper due for American Government
  • 7 – 10 page paper due for my Internet Law class

I will try to do at least one post once a week but I can’t guarantee anything.  I am going to be a busy bee until the end of the semester.  I wish I could do everything, blog twice a day and get all this school work done but I just have to focus on my schoolwork.  Don’t worry if I do not post I will be back April 20 for sure.  While I am away though I will still be taking picture of my eats and I will have posts of all the highlights while I’m away.

Breakfast

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This morning I was looking for something fast.  I don’t have a lot of time to cook today so I went with some eggs.  On the side I had some honeydew and cantaloupe, by the way the cantaloupe is already gone.  I think I am going to have to get another one today.  Also, I had some left over waffles from yesterday so I threw them in the freezer, wrapped in plastic wrap.  I thought I would try and put one in the toaster(hoping that it would come out good).  Let me tell you, it was great!  I am definitely going to make and freeze some more.  To wrap up the whole meal I had a glass of milk (it was a whole glass but by the time I finished cooking the eggs it was only half full).  This meal was so easy and with school coming to an end I definitely need some quick ideas for meals.

Well, I am off; I have some much needed grocery shopping to do, laundry and I also have some homework that is due tomorrow that I have to work on.  Have a wonderful Monday!

*xoxo* Crystal

Ps.  I almost forgot… At the beginning of the 100 Days of Real Food Challenge I thought I would weigh myself to see how much I could lose throughout the 100 Days.  Well today ways that start of week 2 and I am already down 2.75 pounds.  It is just so exciting and I have been eating awesome food and have not been depriving myself with not enough food.  I also feel like I have more energy throughout the day.  It is amazing that eating whole foods. for such a short time, can change the way you feel almost instantly.

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So we are starting to run out of everything in this house so tonight I am planning on going grocery shopping in a little bit so this post is going to have to be a fast one.

Dinner

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For dinner I threw together some potatoes and onions with paprika and then I threw in some lentils.  I know it’s not much but it was really good and I couldn’t find anything else.  Well, time to do some grocery shopping.  Have a wonderful Saturday night!

*xoxo* Crystal

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This morning I had to wake up bright and early to sit at my computer for an hour before I found out that I am not going to the Detroit Tigers Opening Day baseball game.  I am so sad!  I am hoping to still be able to go and hang out around the park before and during the game because even if you don’t have ticket it is still fun.

After waiting so long I was starving by the time I got to eat breakfast.

Breakfast

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I made a quick bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon, a teaspoon of honey and strawberries on top.  Definitely never disappoints.  Once I was done eating I was so tired, I don’t know why, maybe it’s this gloomy day.  It’s been raining all night and now it’s snowing.  I can’t wait until spring gets here.  Anyway, since I was falling asleep I decided to take a nap and it was awesome.  When I woke up I was wide awake and definitely ready to make some lunch.

This morning I was going to make whole wheat waffles but I was just so hungry and tired that I thought I would wait to make them.  Once I got up though I was craving waffles so guess what I had…

Waffles Before:

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Waffles After:

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and a glass of:

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100% apple juice.

I topped the waffles with strawberries and raspberries, a little butter and a little pure maple syrup. The waffles were so fluffy, filling and 100% better then the premade processed kind you get at the grocery store.  Before I could have eaten all 4 of the waffles if they were the grocery store kind but these I could only eat half.  The rest are in the refrigerator waiting for me when I want a little snack later.  I am definitely going to be making them again!

If you would like to make these Whole Wheat Waffles click here.

Well, I am going to let my food settle.. haha!  I will be back later!

*xoxo* Crystal

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I don’t know what it was but I was just so tired last night that I didn’t get around to a post so I am going to do it now.

Snack

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A couple hours after I ate lunch I was starting to get hungry again so I sliced up an apple, banana and with some peanut butter.  Since the only ingredient in the peanut butter is peanuts I sprinkled a little sea salt on it.

Dinner

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We are seriously starting to run out of food in this house so I have to do some major grocery shopping soon but I did finally find something to make.  I make some brown jasmine rice, with a mixture of black beans, cherry tomatoes (seeded), onion and cayenne pepper.  On the side I chopped up a sweet potato and roasted it.  I also added a little greek yogurt on top of the rice but I didn’t get a picture of it because I was already a quarter of the way through eating when I thought about using it.  So good!!

Well, I have some things I have to do before Detroit Tigers tickets go on sale this morning!  I am hoping I can get good seats for opening day.  Oh, almost forgot, there is a yummy breakfast coming up this morning!

*xoxo* Crystal

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I was all ready to go out and get some things done today but there is freezing rain in the forecast and I am just not in the mood to venture out in that.

Breakfast

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I had 2 eggs with the last of the muenster cheese and some oniony paprika red potatoes.  I also had a glass of 100% orange juice (the best!).  Always a great breakfast.

Lunch

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For lunch today I had a salad with some cherry tomatoes, Portobello mushrooms and avocado dijon dressing. So spicy and yummy!

Ingredients for dressing:

1 small avocado

2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard (I used organic)

2 Tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil (In the picture above it says light olive oil but I have been refilling the container with extra virgin)

Salt and pepper to taste (I just added it to the top of the salad after assembling it)

Mix everything together until smooth (I used my magic bullet but u could do this by hand)

Yields: 2 servings

Here is the salad put together…

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And on the side I had…

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a quarter cup raw almonds and a quarter cup green seedless raisins.

Well, now I am off to do some work.  Hopefully I can get to the store tomorrow so I can make some more yummy recipes!  Have a great afternoon.

*xoxo* Crystal

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Tonight I made a great some yummy couscous n’ cheese.  It was so good!

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Couscous N’ Cheese

Adapted from 100 Days of Real Food

Ingredients:

2/3 cup whole wheat couscous

1 cup vegetable broth (I used organic)

2 Tablespoons butter

2 Tablespoons Whole-wheat flour

1 cup milk

1 cup cheese (I used muenster cheese but you can use any kind you would like)

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: 1 cup peas

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in the flour and keep whisking for about 1 minute until the roux (which is equal parts flour and butter or oil) starts to darken, but does not burn.
  3. Quickly whisk in the milk and turn down the heat to low. Keep whisking until any lumps of flour dissolve.
  4. Stir in the cheese and once it melts add the cooked noodles. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Yields: 2 – 3 servings (depend on if you are having it as a side or the main course)

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