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Selectively Busy (+ Pork & Broccoli Stir Fry)

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So if you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I was having quite the love burst for my lunch today.

A while back I made these delicious little pita’s filled with cottage cheese, Prego pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese, and baby spinach.  Because of my work’s beautiful toaster oven, I was able to recreate this dish fo’ lunch!

Pita Za

I wasn’t watching it while it was in there and it almost got burnt (I really can’t stand the taste of burnt, at all), but it was just a little blackness and I was able to scrape it off.  Phew.

This lunch hit ze spot!  Who says packed work lunches have to be boring?!

Yummers in my Tummers

Also, isn’t my plate cute?

Minus being backwards?  Silly computer camera.

I found it in our lunch/storage room.  I know I’m not using it properly (and I think it is old so I don’t know how “proper” it is anymore), but I like it.

I also had a leftover cob of corn from last night’s dinner on the side that went unpictured (and should have gone on the vegetable slot).

Selectively Busy

A few of my friends have commented lately on how busy I am, or I guess how busy I seem to be.  While this is true, I am a busy beaver (especially at work right now – it is almost overwhelming), I have to confess something.

I am selectively busy.

I purposely do not make a lot of plans during the week.  I am rarely busy at dinnertime, for example, because I like to be home for dinner.  If I’m not home, or I’m out late, chances are I’ll eat crappily.  This is cool once in a while, but the majority of time I just like to be at home, eating my own dinner that I made.

I am lucky enough to get home from work around 5-5:30 pm, and that is just the way I like it.  This is why exercising right after work doesn’t really work for me.  If I do that, I may not get home until 7, and that is just too late for me to eat.  My hunger monster will surely make an appearance and I will eat everything in sight without thinking twice.

I eat at 6, it works for me, and that’s how I like it.  I like my routine.

I also don’t enjoy feeling like dinner has to be a big rush because I have plans later.  So I may skip out on coffee with friend or something, but it may not be because I’m “busy.”  It is probably because I just want to be at home eating dinner.

So I will never be a chef, because I like to be home for dinner, making things like this:

Stir Fried Deliciousness

Pork and broccoli stir fry!  This was tonight’s dinner and it was simple and a big yumfest.  It was kind of like pseudo Chinese food!

I stir fried strips of pork loin with a bit of olive oil, garlic, broccoli and green onions, before adding chow mein noodles to the mix.  I threw in about two teaspoons of soy sauce to give the dish a little flava, and it was good to go!

And Again

Ando said he really liked this dish because it wasn’t too saucy.  If he ever complains about something I make (minus it having too much cilantro), it is because it is “too saucy”.

I am a saucy little minx for sure and I typically eat things FOR the sauce, but ol’ Andy-roo likes his food to be a bit more on the plain side.  I have learned to tone my sauciness down a little ;), but since sauces are where all the extra calories are typically hiding out, I guess this is for the better.

I am outta here, but I hope you all have a fab ALMOST Friday!!!

Questions of the Evening:

  • What time do you eat dinner?
  • Do you purposely not make plans during the week so you are home at dinnertime?

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Some WIAW Action

Gird your loins my friends, it’s time for…

(and thank you to Peas & Crayons for being the brains behind this beautiful eating operation)

Not gonna lie, my eats were pretty stellar today.

First up!

Smoothie-Licious

Breakfast was a portable cup of delicious smoothie that included frozen strawberries, a frozen banana, fresh pineapple, and about a cup of almond milk (plus a little xanthan gum for thickening).

Portable Yumminess

I took this baby to-go, as I had a long car ride ahead.

Downtown Toronto

At least traffic was light!  I headed downtown to meet my coworker Liz, before carpooling to Brock University in St. Catharines.  We have a coaches conference coming up there in the spring so we were just doing a little site visit.

And that is where I scored my lunch.

Big Ol' Stir Fry

A giant chicken stir fry, and the cafeteria had one of those circular grills, so you pick out all your ingredients and they stir fry it in front of you.  Love those.  Why couldn’t my school have one of those?!

Our conference coordinator at the university treated us to lunch, which was a nice surprise.  She really knows the way to my heart and is currently in the running for my favourite person (in the conference coordinating category ;))

It may have been dinner that truly stole the show for me today though…

Quinoa Goodness

Protein-packed quinoa stirfry (I’ll put the recipe up at the end of this post).

I love quinoa more and more each time I eat it.  It has totally replaced rice for me, and it just has a good healthy taste.  With every bite I get the feeling that I am eating something that is so absolutely good for me, and I love it.  Of course it helps that it is tasty.

I Love You, Quinoa

Friends, if you are on the fence about trying quinoa because it has kind of a weird appearance, just buck up and do it.  You will not regret it.  It is fast becoming my favourite easy meal.

I am off to hit the pavement for a run (didn’t happen this morning, whoooops!)  I will see you cheeky minxes later!

Here is the recipe:

Protein-Packed Quinoa Stirfry

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 can any kind beans, rinsed (I used a bean medley that included chick peas, kidney beans and white beans)
  • 1 can green beans, rinsed (you could also use fresh, but I only had canned)
  • half a large red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup salsa

Directions

1. In a large skillet sprayed with cooking spray (I used olive oil spray, or you could just use a couple teaspoons of oil), add your gaaaahlic and onion.  Cook on low for about 6-8 minutes until translucent.

2. Add both cans of beans, stir, and continue to cook until the beans are warm.

Beannnnnnns

3. Add in the cooked quinoa, stir.

4. Add in the salsa, and stir it alllll together.

Annnnd, deliciousness is born 😉

Stay full, my friends 🙂

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Campus Cafeteria Food

Today’s workday was spent at Brock University in St. Catharines, as we have a coaching symposium coming up there in May and we were doing one last site visit.

Our conference committee spent the morning touring around the campus and finalizing some deets.  Fun times.

Last Year's Committee

We host a conference similar to this each year, and they are always a lot of fun.

Volleyballs Anyone?

(The above pic is from the conference two years ago)

After our tour, it was time for lunch!

I was extremely impressed with the food selection in Brock’s cafeteria.  If I was in school there I would probably gain a million pounds.  They had a salad bar that rivaled Druxy’s, a pizza station, pasta station, various soups, hot meal options, sandwiches, basically everything.  And a stir fry station that was set up similar to the Mongolian Grill!

Grill

You pick all your own veggies, meat, and sauce, and then they cook it for you on the circular grill (with water, not oil).  Obviously that is what I ended up getting ;).

Lunch!

I picked a bunch of veggies and chose to add chicken. I also added some sesame seeds and peanuts to this mix.  Served on top of rice noodles, it was pretty amazing.

And I made the mistake of walking by the dessert section and the cheesecake caught my eye.  I couldn’t pass it up.

Raspberry Cheesecake

It was really good, but it was very rich.  I was a little too stuffed after this meal, and felt kinda gross full for the rest of the day.  I skipped my afternoon snack, and didn’t eat again until I got home.

Ando made us pizza for dinner!

Homemade Pizza!

He topped a thin crust with pizza sauce, turkey pepperoni, spinach, red pepper and cheese.

My Plate

It turned out perfectly, and I was completely happy not to have to make dinner tonight ;).

Question:  Did you gain weight in college due to the ample food selection in the cafeteria?

I definitely did.  I still find it hard to eat healthy with the abundance of unhealthy foods surrounding me.  Though I chose a healthier stir fry for lunch today, I still couldn’t resist the cheesecake!  Eating one of those every day would definitely pack on the pounds.

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Chicken And Quinoa Stir Fry

Bonjour, and also salut!

The weather today’s been crappy and a half, oui?  Last year on March 31st I distinctly remember sitting outside on my patio reading a book and enjoying the sunshine!  Not this year.  This morning I awoke to a beautiful rain/snow mix, and it’s been dreary and cold-ish all day. Boo.  Spring better get started soon…I’m looking forward to a HOT summa!

But obviously I have more exciting things to talk about than weather.  Like food, for example.  Who wants to see a bunch of pictures of my eats today?  What, EVERYONE?!  Well then.

It’s my dinner tonight that I really want to highlight.

Chicken + Quinoa Stir Fry

Since I have been loving the quinoa so much lately I decided to give it a go again tonight.  I wanted to do the shrimp and quinoa thang but I had chicken breasts in my fridge that I wanted to use up, so I thought I’d eat chicken for the third day in a row (I really need to mix it up tomorrow…) and make a chicken, veggie and quinoa stir fry!

It was very easy, and very good.  Here is what went in my stir fry mix:

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 10 asparagus stalks, chopped
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • half a yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Kikkoman stir fry sauce
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

I made my quinoa while I did everything else.  I cooked the chicken in a wok, and then added garlic and onion, cooked it for a bit more, and then added all my veggie goodness.

Veggie Goodness

And spinach last…

Spinny

Because you know how quickly…

Where'd It Go?

It wilts.

I then added my quinoa, soy sauce and stir fry sauce and mixed it all together.

I really wanted to add feta cheese because the shrimp + quinoa combo with the feta on the weekend was so dang good, but I wasn’t sure how feta and soy sauce would taste together.  But then Jandreusse brought it out the fridge and said he needed to have the feta, could not eat another bite without the feta, so I quickly got on board.

Feta Makes it Betta

It was better with the feta.  Not quite as good as my friend Dawn’s shrimp and quinoa stir fry, but it was still delicious.

Allll Togetha

What I really love about quinoa is that it seems to absorb the other flavours of a dish and enhance them.  It’s so versatile.  It can taste totally different depending on what you add to it.  I think this is why it is such a good combo with the feta, ’cause it picks up all the delicious feta flavah.  I mentioned all the nutritional benefits of quinoa the super grain (super seed?) the first time I tried it, so you can check that out by clicking on that link if ya want.

I also squeezed in a little dessert action.  A chocolate Vita-Top heated up with a smear o’ peanut butter on top.

Top O' The Muffin To Ya!

There’s some oozy chocolately goodness in the middle of the muffin top, so mixed with the peanut butter it was a rich and creamy chocolate peanut butter party.  Big fan, right here.

I quickly want to go over my breakfast also!  It was the same as yesterday’s, but the oatmeal edition!

Breakfast Remix

Oatmeal topped with blueberries, crasins, chia seeds, a splash of almond milk, and a pinch of brown sugar.  Very yummy (doesn’t really look the greatest though, I’ll admit).

I’m off to hit up my little exercise bike at home while I watch DVR’d Survivor.  I LOVE Survivor.  I have never missed a season and it makes me happy that Ando (and my Bestie!) is also a Survivor fan, so I have someone to watch it with ;).

I could never be ON Survivor though.  Eating only a spoonful of rice a day would probably make me a grumpy pantsed freakshow, so I’d be voted out immediately.  I think could survive the elements and all that, but the lack of food?  Doubtful.

Bon soir!

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