Today is the Day

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I woke up this morning, and said to myself, Today is the Day!! It is the day I get back to this journey of losing weight and taking care of myself. It was only one day, and it was challenging, and busy, but I did it.
I did cardio and strength training, and I even stayed in my calorie count after going to the most unhealthy restaurant in my town. Actually, it’s a local restaurant that has the best burgers in the world, and delicious steak fries. They have a “dinner menu” with entrees, but I have never gotten one of them. Tonight I got the chicken breast dinner with a baked potato, green beans, salad, and a roll. Delicious. And less calories than one of their burgers.

I did our meal plan for the week, and also grocery shopped. I *almost* put it off until tomorrow, but changed my mind at the last minute. I am SO glad it is over.
I am excited to try two new recipes this week. One is pulled pork, and one is a cheesy chicken. They are both made in the crock pot.

This week I am going to see P!nk with my girlfriends, and I am so excited. I even took a day off work, so I have a 4 day work week. Woot woot!!!

Right now I am on my couch catching up with my google reader, and watching the third episode of “Scandal,” the tv show. Does anybody watch that show?? It’s awesome and intense.

Looking forward to a relaxing evening. I am hoping to stay awake until 10!

Later taters,
Beth WA

Cayenne Pepper is Hot.

Hey…Beth WA here…
Tonight I made these Sweet Potato Fries. I used only 1 tbsp of olive oil instead of 2, and only half a teaspoon of salt instead of two teaspoons.
They looked delicious, they smelled delicious, and I think they would be delicious if I hadn’t put so much cayenne pepper in the mix! ay-yay-yay. I had not used cayenne pepper that much in recipes, and so I thought I’d go with the whole half a teaspoon. For most people this might be fine, but for me, it is *too* much. My mouth is burning. So, it was hard for me to taste the other delicious seasonings-which are some of my favorites.

And I burnt the pork chops, so I had to do plan b on those, and made Market Day Naked Chicken Cordon Bleu. It’s actually not bad for a pre-made chicken, but it’s not what I had in mind. The savior to the meal was the salad which I chopped the tomato and cucumber really small (I love when restaurants do that) and added black beans and a pinch of cheddar cheese.
So, I ate the potatoes and the salad, and I am waiting for the chicken.

Does anybody have good sweet potato recipes? I love them so much and am always looking for good ways to use them.

Also, guess what I did yesterday, besides grade my face off? I got all of my magazine recipes in page protectors in one binder!! Now, I just have to organize them in categories. But, just having them not sticking out everywhere and easier to leaf through has relieved some of that stress.

I’ll leave you with a picture of the salad and the potatoes pre-oven…

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Sweet Potatoes + Black Beans + Goat Cheese

So, I have been reading on quite a few blogs, especially on http://mealsandmiles.com/ about the combination of sweet potatoes, goat cheese, and black beans.  So, the other day I made myself a quesadilla with this combination and it was DELICIOUS.  I added a little cumin(sorry, Beth FS), cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper to the sweet potato.

So, this morning, when I was doing one of my favorite weekend morning activities; drinking coffee, reading magazines, cutting coupons and recipes, and watching my DVR, I was delighted to come across a recipe in my SELF magazine.  It was a Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad.  I never thought to add it to a salad.   And I love warm ingredients on a bed of greens, because I love my lettuce/greens a little bit wilted. (Weird, I know.)

So, I cut up a sweet potato in cubes and baked it at 375 for 15-20 minutes, coated in cooking spray and sea salt.  In the mean time, I filled a bowl with lettuce, yellow pepper, tomatoes, goat cheese, and black beans.  I was trying to decide what dressing I would put on this.

Now, I know salad dressings are frowned upon by the healthy masses, but they are one thing I just LOVE LOVE LOVE.  I don’t need a lot, but I do need it.  As I was deciding what I wanted to put on here, I remembered a salad dressing that Beth FS had made for this delicious BBQ chicken salad she makes.  The dressing is a mix of one part barbecue sauce to one part ranch dressing.  It is the best taste ever, and a little goes a long way.  An added bonus was that I had just found that they sell Bob Evans Wildfire BBQ sauce in the grocery store, so I had purchased some this week.  So, I whipped up 1 tbsp of each, and I didn’t even use half of that.  I put that on the salad before I added the sweet potatoes.

The end result was so delicious, I ate it before I could take a picture of it.  And it was so satisfying.  I highly recommend this to anybody who likes this combination of flavors.

What are your favorite flavor combinations?

 

-Beth WA