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Waffle Time

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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Long night

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

Avocado Dijon Salad

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

Couscous N’ Cheese

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)

Yummus Hummus

OK, I know yummus isn’t a word but I thought it was fun… haha!  As you all know yesterday I was going to make a recipe but I couldn’t because I didn’t have lemon.  My plan was to make hummus and the recipe I have I needed to add lemon. So last night a went searching for a different recipe and I came across Allie’s avocado hummus on Live Laugh Eat.  No lemon in this recipe and so simple.

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First I took a can of chickpeas, rinsed and poured into the food processer.

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Then added the avocado (starting to go a little bad),

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the rest of the ingredients and processed until smooth.  In the end it will look like this…

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After making the hummus I made…

Lunch

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Avocado hummus and tomatoes on Great Harvest Honey whole wheat bread.  Definitely a great combinations.  Now I just have to start planning for dinner soon and I have no ideas yet.

*xoxo* Crystal

Amazed

Today is going to be a slow day.  I am getting myself motivated to do some much needed cleaning around the house.  First I am going to tackle the kitchen.  Since starting the 100 Days of Real Food Challenge I have been trying to get all of the processed foods out of sight.  I am also trying to throw away stuff that has been sitting in the refrigerator (like salad dressings) that haven’t been used in a long time and will not be used again.  It is amazing how much bad stuff is in our foods that we don’t realize is there until you look at the ingredients label.

Even though this is only the start of day 3 I have found items in my pantry with ingredients that I can’t even pronounce.  It is just crazy!  As I read more and more about clean eating I am just amazed by how much I didn’t know before.  Who knew light butter wasn’t healthy for you and that you could have real butter instead;  I sure as heck didn’t.  Also, I have been eating reduced-fat cheese for as long as I can remember but now I am eating full fat cheese.

Even after 3 days I am feeling great.  I don’t eat as much as I did with all the processed foods and I am fuller for longer.  Which brings us to breakfast.

Breakfast

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal with a pinch of cinnamon… So filling and so yummy!  Well I am off to do some cleaning.  I will be back later 🙂

*xoxo* Crystal

This afternoon I was all ready to make one of the recipes that I had planned to make come to find out that we didn’t have any lemons.  I was so sad that I couldn’t make it.  So now I have to either wait until I get some lemons or just make the recipe without.  I am thinking I will wait.  Due to not having a lemon on hand I had to also think of something else to have for lunch.  I had everything planned out and then when it all went wrong I needed to find something fast because I was starving.

Lunch

Two pieces of honey whole wheat bread, all natural peanut butter, a drizzle of organic honey and raisins on the side.  Since the only ingredient in the peanut butter is peanuts I also added a little sea salt to it.

Once I was done eating lunch I decided to do a little research on real foods since I am doing this 100 Days of Real Food Challenge.  So far I real haven’t found anything that I didn’t already know and some things that I am not sure are correct.  So this means I have some more research to do.

Doing all this research on food was making me hungry so I decided to make some dinner.

Dinner

Tonight I made a sweet potato topped with black beans (added a small onion, garlic and cayenne pepper to the beans), salt and pepper.  Then I made one of the recipes I found online: Oven roasted carrots and kale. This is the first time I had ever tried kale and it wasn’t bad.  I thought it tasted better mixed with the black beans though.  Now I am full and going to go do some work.  Have a wonderful night!

*xoxo* Crystal