Monthly Archives: March 2013

Best (healthy) lunch ever

A few healthy living bloggers I follow rave about Wasa crackers, so I decided to give them a try today. Apparently they’re from Sweden, and they are low fat, high fiber, and made with whole grains.. I decided to top my crackers with Laughing Cow cheese, avocado, and turkey, and it was so delicious:

03.30.13 Wasa

I used the Light Garlic and Herb flavor of Laughing Cow and this fantastic sundried tomato turkey breast I get sliced fresh in the deli department at Raley’s. If you have a Raley’s in your neighborhood, it is in your best interest to stop what you’re doing right now and go buy some.

Three of these were very filling and added up to about 350 calories. Which means I can eat more Cadbury Creme Eggs and not feel bad about it.

High Five for Friday

03.29.13 High Five for friday

1. It’s finally warm enough for bare ankles!

2. A wine bar recently opened down the street from my work. My heart is glad. My liver, not so much.

3. Lemon Vitamin Water Zero and a 100-calorie popcorn pack = my favorite snack.

4. I am celebrating the hell out of Cadbury Creme Egg season.

5. Haircut!
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Yo quiero angioplasty surgery

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I was going to make those vegetarian tacos up there for dinner last night, but after a long day at work I really didn’t feel like cooking anything. So I asked myself, “What’s the next best thing to tacos stuffed with roasted poblano chiles, corn, potatoes, avocado, and creme fraiche?”

And my brain was all, “TACO BELL.”

I know, I’m disgusting.

I think I suffer from Taco Bell-related amnesia, to be honest. I rarely eat fast food, so occasionally my brain will short circuit and be like YOU NEED A CHALUPA and I’m all GOOD IDEA, ME. And then an hour later I am clutching a bottle of Tums in my sweaty hands and wondering whether my cause of death will be nacho cheese-clogged arteries or debilitating shame.

I made myself a little photographic reminder that I’m thinking of printing out and sticking on the refrigerator so I can reference it the next time I think Taco Bell is a good idea:

03.27.13 Before the bell

03.27.13 Taco Bell After

It probably didn’t help that I chased my Chalupa with a Cadbury Creme Egg, but I will never denounce my love for Cadbury products. They only come out at Easter, so I’m pretty sure it makes Jesus sad if you don’t eat at least one creme egg a year.

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Told ya.

Hair: Before and After

I was walking back from the salon yesterday, and that involved going past the county courthouse. I was trying to decide how I felt about my new look, when a greasy dirtbag walking down the courthouse steps (lawyer in tow), yelled over to me, “Nice hair!”

I yelled back, “thanks,” and then he informed me that my outfit would look better without my boots.

Thanks for the fashion advice, guy wearing a dirty Metallica shirt to court.

Here are the before/after shots:

03.27.13 Hair before and after

I think I like it. It’s certainly nice to only spend 10 minutes blow drying it instead of close to 20. My hair is naturally wavy, so I want to play around with my Oscar Blandi texture and volume spray to see if I can make it look a little more like my inspiration photo. Hopefully my courthouse fashionista friend would approve.

Making the cut

03.26.13 Hair before

I’m getting my hair cut this afternoon, and I’m really excited about it. As you can see up there, my hair is pretty long, and I’ve been mustering up the courage to make a big chop for a while now. I finally decided to go for it when I saw this inspiration photo on Pinterest:

Joking. And I will totally eat my hat if that guy does not have a monster truck tattooed somewhere on his body.

After spending way too much time looking at shoulder-length hair on Pinterest, I finally decided on the following Reese Witherspoon look to show my stylist:

I should note that Dave was a huge help during this process.

Me: I can’t decide how to cut my hair.

Dave: Do it like Megan Fox’s.

Me: You realize this cut does not come with a face transplant and liposuction, right? And that she was in Michael Bay movies WILLINGLY?

I’ll post pictures tomorrow (if I don’t hate it).

8 Miles

Sunday morning I resisted the urge to stay in bed watching The Walking Dead all day and embarked on an 8-mile run – my longest yet.

Ironically, I am now walking around like a zombie.

I planned my run using DailyMile’s route mapping feature, and while I got to enjoy some beautiful early spring scenery, I failed to take into account how hilly certain neighborhoods are. A group of kids heard a fairly comprehensive lexicon of four-letter words when I ran by their hula hoop contest near the top of a half-mile long hill around mile 6.

Sorry, kids. Don’t be like me.

I was bummed that my phone wouldn’t fit in the pocket of my running tights, because I really wanted to take pictures as I was running around the local reservoir. Luckily, my friends wanted to go on a walk there later in the day, so I joined them for a slow 2-mile stroll and took some pictures:

03.24.13 Run

And now I have to hobble off to work. Damn hills.

High Five for Friday

March 22 High Five

1. My grandma gave me an entire bag of York miniature hearts for Valentine’s day, and I’ve been eating one daily as an afternoon pick-me-up at work. It looks like I’m on schedule to finish the bag before Easter, just in time to make the switch to Cadbury Mini Eggs.

2. Warm Irish soda bread and coffee for breakfast every day this week.

3. Corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day! I made it in the crockpot using this recipe, and it was delicious. The cabbage and potatoes were not neon green in real life, as my camera phone would have you believe.

4. OREO CAKE.

5. Whiskers couldn’t find any blankets, so he snuggled up under Dave’s pajama pants for an all-day nap.

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Balsamic Flank Steak Cauliflower Crust Pizza

03.21.13 Pizza

I just realized that I featured this pizza in a High Five for Friday post and promised to post the recipe … and then I never did. Just to prove I’m not a liar (and because it’s almost 10 p.m. and I have nothing else to write about), here it is:

Balsamic Flank Steak Cauliflower Crust Pizza

For steak marinade:
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 T Worcestershire sauce
3 cloves garlic
Sprinkle of sea salt and pepper

For crust, follow this recipe. You’ll need:
1/2 head cauliflower
1 clove garlic
1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano

Pizza toppings:
Flank steak (I used 1 lb. and threw the leftovers in eggs the next morning!)
Handful of cremini mushrooms
1/2 red onion
2 green onions, sliced
Handful of spinach
Your favorite white sauce (I used Classico Four Cheese)

30 minutes prior to starting crust, combine marinade ingredients in a plastic bag and add steak. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

While crust is baking, warm a skillet over medium heat, and add steak and marinade to pan. Cook through and then remove steak, leaving marinade in the pan.

Add mushrooms and red onion to the marinade left in the pan. Cook until caramelized, giving them an occasional stir.

While mushrooms and onion are cooking, cut the steak into bite-sized pieces.

When crust is finished baking, remove from oven and top with white sauce, steak, mushrooms, red onions, green onions, and spinach.

Broil for 5 minutes until sauce is warm and edges of crust are crispy.

This pizza is not only delicious, it’s fairly healthy (providing you don’t go crazy with the sauce). We usually eat it with forks, just because the crust isn’t quite as firm as a regular bread crust. I’ve served this to people who hate cauliflower and they loved it – definitely give it a try!

Is it spring yet?

Judging from my friends’ Facebook photos and blogs, spring has sprung just about everywhere except where I live. After several days in the 60s, the sunny skies have given way to drizzle and wind. The fact that every clothing store in the U.S. is pimping out its spring lines makes it even rougher to layer a scarf and gloves under my thick winter coat every morning. Today I took a break from scouring Groupon for tropical vacations long enough to put together a short list of things I would be wearing right now if I still lived in Los Angeles:

Spring wants

Cardigan, Loft // Skirt, Loft // Wedges, Loft // Dress, Modcloth // Earrings, Modcloth