Moroccan flava

December 8, 2010

I had an all day meeting 8:30 am- 4:30 pm today and of course, despite every effort to be on time, the traffic was horrendous and I was running late. Food is provided at the meetings, but it’s usually danishes and muffins for breakfast, so I quickly made my oats before I went down to the meeting. This was a new variety!

Cheesy apple oats

-1/2 c multi grain oats
-1/2 c ricotta
-sprinkle pumpkin pie spice
-pinch salt
-sweet n low packet
-half an apple cut up
-water (put a little too much for my liking but made for a nice pic)

It was scrumtrulescent. The ricotta made it creamy and the apple was baked in the microwave and was soft and sweet.

I snacked on this bite of coworker jodi’s chocolate chip scone (left) and a coffee with one packet splenda (not pictured).

Lunch was provided and I modified it. It was a lunch box that had a roast beef sandwich, banana, brownie and cookie, and homemade chips.

I pulled off the sides of bread that had mayo and ate half the sandwich and the meat from the other half. The bread was an onion roll and was very dry and crumbly. Not in a good way. The meat was also way overdone. I am not a fan of most rare meats, but roast beef needs to be raaaare. Sandwich- ehhh :/.

I also ate the other half of the apple from the morning.

And I portioned out some of the homemade chips (because they are my weakness and I love them but they are greasy so I always feel kind of gross after). Mmmmm

For afternoon snack I had a banana.

Hidden vita top sponsored by coworker Leslie’s bling office supplies. Season’s greetings.

Fitness: taught a wonderfully hard kickboxing class. Felt much better then I did on Monday!

Dinner was a la Jae!

He starving crew, Lauren, chris, me emaciated and waiting to be fed:

Started with this small glass of red wine.

Dinner finally served!

Dinner was shrimp in Moroccan spices, chicken, Spanish rice, and salad of greens and tomato drizzled with lite balsamic vinaigrette. My plate:

Shrimp. These were big and spicy and so flavorful. Jae brought the spice back from our trip to Morocco in October (hence the picture of me with the monkeys). The food there was great with lots of couscous, tajine, and salads. They also had huge spice markets called souks where we purchase spices for really cheap.

Chicken had a lemony kick.

Rice was a touch al dente and I liked it that way.

Fresh and simple salad.

The starving crew emaciated and waiting to be fed:
I had 3 of these mints before bed. I can never have see in the house again apparently haha.


November 17, 2010

Woke up this morning with really sore teeth. Waa. I kept my crest white strips on a touch too long last night and now my teeth are sensitive.

I drove to work contemplating what breakfast would be. I knew I wanted to incorporate fruit into it though, since this week has been lacking. Realization- coworker who didn’t like whole wheat bagel thins gave me her stash.

-whole wheat bagel thin
-naturally nutty cinnamon peanut butter

I toasted the thin (the only way I like these) and the peanut butter melted on. Sidenote: This flavor is my least favorite of the naturally nutty flavors and the oil doesn’t incorporate as well as it does in some of the others even though it’s no stir. The pear was hurting my sore teeth so I cut it up and proceeded with caution.

For a snack I dipped back into my fruit stash and had a perfect banana (not too ripe or unripe).

Lunch was an Amy’s frozen Tamale Verde. I don’t buy these often because of the price but I really enjoy them. At lunch i thought that I really should start plating these frozen meals for the blog but i’m thinking its more real this way. So ill stick to their packaging.

I of course doused this in Goya. Mmmm spice.

The tamale did not dissapoint it was good consistency and filling and the black beans inside- although a little sparese were good.  My one qualm was when heating this up the rice got nooked while the tamale was still cold in the midle.  The rice turned out slightly dry as a result.  It could just be the ridiculously powerful microwave at my office that I used.  It was still delicious but the rice NEEDED the goya saucing.

For a snack I had brought an apple but I couldn’t bear the thought of biting into it with my sore teeth so ate the rest of yesterdays Kashi Good Friends (1/2 a c about?) and added some pepitas i had at my desk. the pepitas added some salt which was good. and i still liked that i could much on the cereal for a while.

For my preworkout snack– Deep Choclate Dream Vita Top- hiding from the camera in my magazine holder at work. Lame? yes.. but i may make a game of this now haha. You will never know where it may show up next.. just sayin.

Today’s workout was my usual Wednesday routine. I taught my kickboxing class.  So many people there today– i loved it it gets me more pumped to teach the more people there are and i think more people enjoy it because if something gets too hard they can just blend into the crowd.  Does anyone else really enjoy classes with tons of people either when you are teaching it or when you are in it for motivation?

Afterward I went over to Jae’s for a lovely dinner he prepared.

He made chicken masala and it was delicious and he even made healthy substitutions for me as he always does.  He’s so good..

-chicken covered in a little flour
-masala wine sauce

On the side there was a baked potato (cooked in the microwave– about 10 mins for 2) with non fat sour cream, eggplant that he sliced up-  baked in the oven for 30 mins, a reduced fat crescent roll, nd of course.. tabasco.

And a glass of red wine that I stole from Chris who was not present. thanks, Chriiiiiiiiiiiiiis!

Jae left me with all the leftovers so I am pretty excited about that for dinner tomorrow or lunch.  Alright off to bed.. sans the white strips tonight!