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Lunch

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Follow up to my post about healthy wraps, I logged in on my lunch break to share what I’ve made myself because it is super filling, tastes So refreshing and delicious, and it is healthy!

Whole Wheat Hummus Wrap

Hummus, 1.5 tbsp 35 3 2 2 Remove
1 Med. Green Bell Pepper, 0.4 serving 12 3 0 0 Remove
Mesclin,Mixed greens, Baby Spring Mix (salad with spinach, etc.), 1.5 cup 8 2 0 0 Remove
Hannaford American Cheese Singles, 1 serving 60 2 5 3 Remove
Almonds, 0.1 cup, slivered 62 2 5 2 Remove
10″ Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap, 1 serving 170 28 4 4 Remove
Lunch TOTALS: calories: 347 carbs:40 fat:16 protein:12

*(I actually think the wraps I bought are 140 calories, not 170. I just chose the wrap they have listed as I am too lazy to insert my own.)

*I also sprinkled on my steak seasoning I’ve mentioned in posts before. I use it on everything, it makes anything taste really yummy. Obsesseddd . It is McCormick Perfect Pinch Steak Seasoning.

I cut and pasted the nutrition information from my nutrition tracker on SparkPeople.Com. I’ll keep plugging Spark People because now that I’ve gotten used to using it, I LOVE it. It holds me more accountable for my meals and is a great resource for any questions you may have or if you need reassurance during a time of weakness.

TTFN!

Chicken Stir Fry

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Stir fry’s are a great meal to make, because you can make a large amount for a healthy meal, and then have leftovers a a brown bag lunch until you use it all. I made this chicken stir fry monday night, and had it for lunch tuesday and wednesday. Today I have an avocado spinach salad that I’m looking forward to.

3 chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into chunks

1/2 Squash, peeled and cut into chunks

~20 Asparagus stalks, washed, trimmed and cut into inch long pieces

2 handfuls of snow peas, washed with ends cut off, then sliced in half

1 bell pepper, “

Sesame seeds

Garlic and Onion

Bag of whole wheat rice

Soy Sauce

Red pepper flakes

salt, pepper

*We have this Yoshida’s asiany-teriyaki sauce at my house that is unbelievably delicious, but full of sugar. I put around 1 tbsp. in as an indulgence and I do not regret it one bit 😉

(I also bought pineapple chunks to put into this, but I ended up not using them as a game time decision. I’m sure they’d be great, I’d just probably omit the squash and red pepper flakes.)

-Put chicken into skillet/wok with 1-2 tbsp of olive oil, cook on medium-high heat until almost all done.

-At the same time, cook rice. Follow package directions – there are just so many kinds.

-When rice is cooked, pour into serving bowl and set aside.

-Add the asparagus into chicken and let cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly.

-Then add all remaining ingredients into skillet/wok, save the liquid.

-Keep stirring quickly for around 7-8 minutes, making sure all the vegetables are getting completely cooked. 

-Add liquid – I used probably 2-3 tbsp of low sodium soy sauce. Let it bubble until the chicken all looks like it has soaked up soy sauce – probably around 3-4 minutes

-Pour on top of rice and enjoy!

-I thought at my new office we had a microwave, so I could reheat this meal. However, on Tuesday I realized it was a toaster oven so I would not be reheating. It was so satisfying cold that I had it again the next day.

4th of July Drinks!

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Happy Fourth of July weekend! We’re all going to be doing our fair share or celebrating this weekend, so here are some fun drink ideas for you!

  • Fourth of July Jello Shots

Ingredients:

1-3oz box any flavor Jello5 oz Boiling Water

Up to 19 oz of 80-proof alcohol but I recommend using only 16 oz (if you’re using less proof then you must use less alcohol)

25- 3 oz plastic Dixie Cups

Instructions:

Step 1: Bring water to a boil.

Step 2: Place jello packet in a heat safe bowl (preferably with a spout for easy pouring later) and add boiling water to mixture and whisk THOROUGHLY!

Step 3: Let sit a minute then add the alcohol, continuing to whisk thoroughly to get the gelatin incorporated.

Step 4: Pour into 3 oz plastic Dixie cups.

Step 5: Let sit for at least 6 hours or overnight.

  • Raspberry and Blueberry Mojitos!

I love, love, love mojitos and am 100% making this!!

Handful fresh mint leaves
3 whole fresh raspberries or a handful of fresh blueberries
Juice of 1 lime
2 teaspoons sugar
Ice
1 1/2 ounces spiced rum
Splash club soda

Directions

  1. In a highball glass, muddle the mint, raspberries, lime juice, and sugar.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; add the rum and shake for 15 seconds. Pour into the glass and top with the club soda.

**I am not sure if I would use spiced rum for this; I always use Bacardi white rum in my mojitos!

Also, experiment with the technique of layering liquids based upon their viscosity. Grenadine is very thick and conveniently heavy, so put a little in the shot glass first to make it more festive! You can also experiment with layering blue curacao and peach schnapps to make this shot red, white and blue. The best technique is to pour slowly, onto a flipped over spoon, so the liquid pours in verrryy slow. Pour grenadine in bottom first, then pour peach schnapps, then carefully pour the blue curacao. Beautiful and deliciously citrus-y!

Have a great Independence Day weekend !

Walk It Out

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Walk It Out

A big complaint of many college students is a general inability to manage their time. Juggling schoolwork, extracurriculars, friendships, and relationships all while maintaining one’s mind, body and spirit can prove to be taxing on an individual.

Unfortunately, this stress leads many to eliminate an area of their life in order to focus on the other areas. My friend Brian Haber told me last year on the I.B. porch during a heart to heart, “I don’t have a girlfriend this year. My ‘girlfriend’ is my schoolwork, applications, and finding a job. When I have that secure, maybe I’ll have time for a girlfriend.” While I admire his dedication, (and it will surely pay off), there is a non-cynical part of me that feels there IS a way to strike a balance.

One great way to find this balance I’m sure many of you practice already. Combining areas of your life to complete them in overlap is really a key strategy for holistic maintenance.

For example, studying in the library alone covers the academic sphere of your life, but studying with your sig. other or your friend(s) helps maintain two spheres in the time span of one.

Many couples struggle with the torn feeling of not spending enough time with your sig. other, and not spending enough time with your friends. A crucial part of a healthy relationship is not only being friends with your sig. other, but friends with his/her friends. The couple that plays together stays together 😉

Also, a great thing to do is to bring your friends to the extracurriculars you are interested in. Blending spheres can only enhance both experiences…

Regardless of what spheres of your life you are attempting to combine, there are ways to accomplish it.

A tactic I plan on using this year, as I live with 12 of my closest friends, is exercising together. It is great motivation, can be really fun, and if doing a low-impact exercise, can be an awesome way to stay in touch.

“Walkers have less incidence of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other killer diseases. They live longer and get mental health and spiritual benefits.” [about.com]

Beautiful Geneseo, if you take your walk through campus and uptown, while avoiding Orchard, is a great and pretty area to unwind with a brisk walk. Throw in some high knees and butt kicks; Jax and have done this on a morning run and it is very funny. Grab a friend and hit the road, and end with a spectacular view of the sunset. This is also a great way to relax in between study sessions.

So Adorable. They're such BFFs after this walk!

White Chicken Chili Recipe

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My brah Trevor just asked me for my mom’s recipe for White Chicken Chili. Since his visits to our apartment (and now presumably our Sorority house this year :D) last for 5-6 hours at a time, I serve him whatever I make myself. He liked my chili, and wants his mama to make it for him (understandably so, it is sooo delicious).

The soup itself is really good for you! Leave out the dairy accompaniments if you want it to be healthy. You won’t though .. it is too good with them.

Barbie’s White Chicken Chili (with a twist from me)

(I don’t really measure, or follow directions too closely, so I don’t know how many people this will serve or whatever.)

Put a couple second pour’s worth of olive oil in a pan. Add a garlic clove or two, minced and chopped onion at your own discretion. Add 2-3 chicken breasts, chopped into chunks (aim for the size of a grape (?)). Saute these together until chicken is pretty much cooked. Stir in a can of chicken broth (maybe around 2 cups of it I usually use – I tend to buy the cardboard containers of broth and keep in the fridge), 1 chopped tomato, 1 can of Old El Paso (or whatever brand) chopped chiles in liquid – it is a teeny tiny can in the Mexican section of the grocery store [btw, these things are sooo clutch. They make my Queso dip delicious, maybe I’ll share that one soon], some cumin and chili powder, oregano,  salt, pepper, and a drained and rinsed can of white beans. Bring up to a boil, reduce heat to medium low/medium while stirring, and let cook for 7-8 minutes.

*At any time during cooking, if you get the hunch it needs a little more liquid, add a little water and stir.

*You can use canned chopped tomatoes if you want to, also if you have leftover salsa, pour that in. It’ll work. My sister buys Hunts fire roasted diced tomatoes, and those ROCK. Add corn, it’ll work as well. If you bypass the unhealthy stuff under me, at least add a little cornstarch to make it thicker. Actually, that’s not a bad idea regardless.

*You can cook this in a crock pot too for the day and have it when you come home from work.

*Anything in this recipe can be doctored up. Trial and error, but you won’t really make any errors however you make this. Add more beans, chicken, broth, jalapenos, etc.

Now, here’s where it gets super good. If you add a dollop of sour cream, or regular cream INTO the broth, it gets phenomenally good and a delicious light golden color.

(Don’t do this unless you plan on having no leftovers. It’ll keep better without dairy in it.) You probably won’t have leftovers though…

If not, serve with sour cream on top and shredded Mexican cheese. You’ll stir it in anyways once you sit down and it’ll be just as good. I’ve never done this, but I feel this would push it over the edge from delicious to out of this world, add crushed Fritos on top. OMG who suggested that….

Thank you Jayne

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My best friend came over last night for our first reunion this summer, and it was great. I missed her so much. Of course, she showed me a new site to be addicted to.. but it is so cool I don’t mind!

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DON’T CLICK UNLESS YOU HAVE HOURS FREE. you have been warned.

Stone Barns Center for Farm and Agriculture

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If we’eve ever had a conversation about our futures or obsessions or anything like that, I’ve likely mentioned Stone Barns. I have known about it for a few years, but only recently have I been saying “damn, if I could go back and re-do my choice of studies, I’d probably go to culinary school.” In reality, I just want to be loaded and open a center like Stone Barns. Ironically, I live probably 2-2 and a half hours from it and have never gotten the opportunity to go. So for now, I’ll read all articles on it.

Basically, it is a self-sustaining farm and processes all produce, grain and meat on site then has a renowned restaurant where they serve the seasonal dishes – literally from farm to plate in the same area. This concept amazes me in a day and age when what ends up on our plate comes imported from all over the world. I bet you cannot trace the origins of everything on your plate tonight for dinner. I’ve tried before .. haha. I want to go during Sweet Corn Season or Sweet Pea … yummmmmm!

Look it up – I promise it will interest you. I WILL go this summer!

http://www.stonebarnscenter.org/

The restaurant is called Blue Hill at Stone Barns – a second restaurant with the namesake, the first being somewhere in the City. The head chef is supposed to be phenomenal.. I’d expect nothing less.

Here’s the link to the restaurant: Blue Hill at Stone Barns

(This is the mother website for both Blue Hills .. named for the childhood farm of chef Dan Barber).

and here’s a great review of it: 2008 Review by Ed Levine