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A little Monday Happiness

While no one really “likes” Monday’s, I generally can accept them. It’s been two whole days since I had to be at work and most of the time I feel rested and re-charged. Also, it doesn’t hurt that on Monday’s, my sister comes over to our house for dinner and Monday night TV. It works out perfectly because Chris is usually watching Monday Night Football and checking his fantasy team stats-so a little family company is definitely welcome.

Last night Chris and I were joint chefs in the kitchen and talked about our work day as we made  Chicken Pitas with brown rice medley. It was a perfectly light dinner. I’m trying to watch what I’m eating this week as I’m sure next week’s Thanksgiving festivities will be a marathon of eating! 🙂

Chicken Pitas

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 cup thinly sliced seeded cucumber
  • 3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper , to taste
  • 4 6-inch whole-wheat pitas, warmed
  • 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2 small or 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
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    Directions:

    Preheat grill to medium-high or position rack in upper third of oven and preheat broiler. If grilling, oil the grill rack (see Tip). If broiling, coat a broiler pan with cooking spray.

    Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place the chicken on the grill rack or prepared pan and cook until no longer pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, 4 to 8 minutes per side, depending on the size of the breast. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.

    Meanwhile, combine cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Thinly slice the chicken. Split open the warm pitas and fill with the chicken, yogurt sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion.

    After dinner I tried to convince my sister Kate to run with me. With it being so dark I didn’t want to run by myself. She was too tired from having cheerleading practice (she’s a UNCC cheerleader and a physical therapist major)  that she didn’t feel like running but that she would go through a “Insanity” work-out with me in the living room….

    The work-out included:

    -Jumping Jacks with arms (for 30 seconds)

    -Hysman jumps (30 seconds)

    -Oblique Lifts (20, 15, 10, 10)

    -Push ups adding elbows (20)

    -Butt Kicks

    -High Knees

    -Mummy Kicks

    -Kicks (100 in under a minute)

    Power Squat Jumps (10, 8, 6, 4, 6, 8, 10)

    (she is insane)

    This work-out kicked my butt! She left me the exercises to practice on my own but holy cow! 20 minutes of this was worse than any mile run. I thought I would be more sore today but thankfully I am not.

    Lately I have been feeling so tired and even though I get plenty of sleep, I don’t drink any caffeine. Rather than fall victim to a soda in the afternoon I have decided to try a multi-vitamin which I probably should be doing anyway…

    That and a little Cinnamon Apple Spice in the afternoon is my new stay healthy and alert remedy! 😉

    Oh and an update on Wake Forest…I have a GMAT prep course tonight from 6-9 that they offer but the school and the structure of the curriculum sound awesome! Chris will graduate in the summer with his PHd so we still need to discuss the timeline of events…but I will keep you guys posted!

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    Wishful Shopping…

    Now that it is colder outside, it’s getting harder and harder for me to want to run. With Thunder Road coming up in 5 weeks and no more excuses or failures allowed-I’m looking for ways to make the colder weather more appealing. Enter Shopping.

    I could really go for some warmer work-out clothes right about now. I have a new-found love for running, which means that me and running haven’t actually spent a winter together.

    What are all you experienced runners out there wearing these days? What about when it gets even colder??

    Lunch yesterday was brown scallion rice with cucumbers, bean sprouts, red onion and chicken. I love YuYu’s and Steph had a buy one, get one free coupon. How could we resist? (Old pic-but I always get the same thing!)

    Dinner was a dish I have been excited to try out all week. I saw this on Martha Stewart’s website and it looked so good and it was clearly healthy.

    Enter the Greek-Style Quinoa Burger.

    (I added in some Edamae Beans as a substitute for fries!)

    Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rinsed quinoa
  • 1 medium carrot, cut in large chunks
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 15 ounces great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • Coarse salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 pitas (each 6 inches)
  • 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced diagonally
  • Directions:

    In a small saucepan, bring 3/4 cup water to a boil; add quiona, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook until liquid is absorbed, 12 to 14 minutes; set aside.

    In a food processor, pulse carrot until finely chopped. Add cooked quinoa, half the scallions, beans, breadcrumbs, egg, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; pulse until combined but still slightly chunky.

    Form mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick paties (dip hands in water to prevent sticking). If too soft, refrigerate 10 minutes to firm. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium; cook burgers until browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes per side.

    Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, and the remaining scallions; season with salt and pepper. Serve burgers in pita topped with cucumber and yogurt sauce.

    Meal Plan for 9/7/10 and venting…

    Can I just say how much not having a camera is bothering me. I’m a little obsessive when it comes to documenting memories and now I have a blog that is suffering…

    My birthday is in October and I’m really hoping that my family chips in and buys me an inexpensive SLR camera. (hint, hint) I see the quality of other people’s blogs and my fuzzy camera pics are driving me crazy 😦

    OK-enough of that. I did lose it having way too much fun at a Zac Brown Concert which I vow to never take a nice camera to a concert, honest. A point and shoot is simple enough to replace on my own, but I really have my heart set on a Nikon….

    For this week’s meal plan I am trying to incorporate less meat to help celebrate Vegetarian Week! I say “try” because Thursday is the first night being back in front of the Plasma watching countless hours of NFL and it all kicks-off with the Vikings vs. The Saints. (I’m a diehard Viking fan, before Brett Favre-but his attendance just makes me all the more passionate.)

    Monday-I literally stopped to eat Kashi cereal last night because I didn’t want to get out of “clean mode” and Chris just got a wrap for dinner.

    Tuesday-I’ll be honest, last week’s meal plan got the short end of the stick but I am going to try to make some sort of Tofu dish tonight due to it being Vegetarian Week! Try incorporating less meat in your week!!

    Wednesday-Oven Roasted Salmon with New Potatoes and Asparagus (from last week’s meal plan)

    Thursday-Buffalo Wild Wings Ya’ll! It’s time for some FOOOTBALL!!!!! Wa-whoo! Finally, the long wait is over, it IS officially fall ladies and gentleman.

    Friday-Happy Hour with my ol’ boss so I’m planning on the blue cheese turkey or to-furkey burgers for this night because Chris can easily start this and after a few pale ale’s this will taste oh so good!

    Saturday-GREEK FESTIVAL! I will be documenting this in full (it’s one of my all-time favorite Charlotte past times).  Gyros, baklava, and spanakopita here I come!

    Sunday-Trying a new BBQ Chicken Pizza I recently heard about…if I get the recipe in time.