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Dinner last night was simple and satisfying. For some reason warm weather always makes me crave grilled items and fresh produce. I marinated a chicken breast in barbecue sauce and grilled it on my cast iron skillet. I wish I had access to a real grill but my make shift grill pan over an open flame is the next best thing! My chicken was perfectly moist and delicious. On the side I had a rather big salad of mixed greens, alfalfa sprouts, button mushrooms, garbanzo beans, red bell pepper, grape tomatoes and feta cheese. I dressed this salad in a homemade mixture of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and cracked black pepper. This dressing was so good that it caused an epiphany: If you have the time, MAKE YOUR OWN SALAD DRESSING! My dressing was the simple and the perfect consistency, really highlighting the crisp vegetables.

Once again, I had strawberries on my mind for dessert. I found a Jell-O pudding in the back of my fridge that I’m pretty sure was expired (gross, I know) but it looked okay so I decided to eat it anyways. I topped it with strawberries and whipped cream. NOTE TO SELF: BUY ICE CREAM ASAP!

I woke up this morning with an odd craving for cold cereal. I assembled a bowl of 1/2 cup Go Lean Crunch, 1/2 Cup Heart to Heart, 1 sliced banana, sliced strawberries, 1 TBS ground flax, cinnamon and 1 cup vanilla soy milk.
It was my first day at my internship so I was rather excited this morning. I debated bringing lunch because of my financial situation, however; because it was my first day I wanted to scope out the scene and try the cafeteria. I had a turkey, lettuce, red pepper and mayo sandwich on a whole wheat pita, a side salad with raspberry vinaigrette and an apple. It was pretty good and only set me back about $4 but I’ll probably pack a lunch from now on. It was another intern’s last day with the company and the department had a send-off for him after lunch. I was really excited because it was complete with CAKE! I had a small piece of dense yellow cake with white frosting (I made sure to get an edge piece for the extra frosting 🙂 )

After work I went to the gym. I knew that I wouldn’t be getting home for dinner until about 7pm, so I planned a head and packed a pre-gym snack and an easy dinner. I had a Tropical Fruit Tart Larabar around 4pm. It was such a nice treat for a hot summer afternoon and fueled my workout. I did about 40 minutes on the precor machine followed by crunches and arm weights. I always thought that I preferred morning workouts, but I really liked how it broke up my day. It was relaxing, and having dinner already prepared was KEY!

When I got home dinner was waiting for me. Last night I realized that I had a portabello mushroom cap to use so I created a stuffed portabello mushroom with couscous, spinach and feta cheese topped with grape tomatoes and more feta as the main component of my meal (I’m planning on some simple sides to accompany this dish but took this picture last night.). To prepare, I cleaned the exterior of the mushroom with a dry cloth (aka paper towel), discarded the stem and gills of the mushroom and brushed the outside with a mixture of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried basil and cracked black pepper. I then placed the mushroom cap side down on my cast iron grill pan, added the remaining vinaigrette mixture evenly into the belly, grilled it until tender and let it rest on a plate before adding the filling.

For the couscous, I placed 1/4 cup dry whole-wheat couscous in a bowl, added 1/2 cup of boiling water and let it sit about 5 minutes before fluffing and allowing it to cool. I added a handful of freshly chopped baby spinach, about 2 heaping TBS feta cheese and cracked black pepper into the couscous and mixed to combine. I placed this mixture in the mushroom cap and finished it with grape tomatoes and more feta cheese.

My internship is absolutely amazing! I feel so lucky to have found a position in the food industry incorporating aspects of social media and marketing. I am extremely passionate about food, family, healthy living and social media (obviously!) and can’t believe that I was able to find an involved internship composed of all these elements and more. I don’t want to go into details but today I was able to learn about and work on projects that dealt with iPhone apps, Twitter and blogging. Seriously, someone pinch me!

Working Girl,

Nora

What tips do you have for balancing work, exercising and healthy eating?

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It has been quite the adventurous day. It all started with a lack of internet (thus the late post) and ended in a long search to get my phone fixed.  Before I start rambling on the happenings of today I’ll give you some food bites.

I started the day off with a variation of yesterdays breakfast: 1/2 cup Plain Chobani Greek Yogurt, 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk, 1/2 TBS Chia, 1/2 frozen mashed banana combined and let to sit for ~10 minutes and topped with handful of blueberries, 1/2 ripe banana, cinnamon and 1/4 cup Emmy’s Organics Raw Granola.This granola is made of buckwheat, dates, almonds, agave, flax, cinnamon, vanilla bean and Himalayan crystal salt, all organic and raw. I liked the crunch and earthy flavor, it definitely had a “raw” taste to it. Not bad, but when I think of granola I need the real deal. After this I snacked on a handful of  Galaxy Vanilla Almond and a big Jonagold. On my way out the door I noticed my phone had a blank screen. Great, this meant that I had to reorganize my plans and make a trip to get it fixed.

My raw breakfast inspired me to “be one with nature”, and I decided that it was the perfect day for a run. Prepare to get sentimental with me for a moment. There is something so freeing about running outside when it is just you, nature and some good music. There are no expectations, or distance/speed requirements, just instincts and scenery. The path I run on is along side of a river. The trees are still bear, but hold the prospect of sprouting leaves soon. I heard the songs of the seagulls, and saw a few tulips beginning to poke there way through the ground; true signs of Spring! I paused for a moment at the midway point to absorb the rushing waterfall glistening in the sun. It was beautiful and made me feel ALIVE! Okay, enough of that, I just think it is so serene and it is hard to describe the beauty that was around me and how refreshing it make me feel.

I ended up running for a leisurely 40 minutes and came home to prepare some lunch. I was really thirsty and craving some fresh vegetables. I decided on a Big Salad topped with a Boca Burger and Hummus, and a side of Green Grapes and Kabocha.I’m not sure what makes these burgers so appealing to me but mashed with hummus and spinach, they are divine! I was going to make a boca+hummus+veggie sandwich, but when I opened my fridge, I knew that all of the things I wanted could not fit between two pieces of bread. Shortly after I wanted something chocolate and carby. I found the perfect little bite when I opened my pantry:A Quaker’s True Delight Raspberry Mocha Cafe Square. I love these things! They are delightful. The mocha/raspberry flavors are bold, and the oats are dense.

After lunch I headed out on a three hour expedition to get my phone fixed. I felt so lost without the use of my phone for nearly an entire day. (What can I say, we are a technology dependent society) The phone store I go to had moved and I spent about 30 minutes searching for their new location, which was BEHIND another building with no sign. This was a little frustrating but at least the weather was nice, and I wasn’t in a rush to get anywhere. When I explained my problem,  I was referred to the Apple Store a half hour away. I came at the worst possible time, and the store was packed! I had to wait a while but was thankful to have someone look at my lifeline phone. The “geniuses” at the Apple store are always so friendly and helpful, I really appreciate their work (I would be so frustrated). My phone was finally fixed, but all of the contacts had to be deleted…I still feel a bit lost.

Dinner was a winner: Lemon-Ginger and Spinach Couscous with Mango Curry Tempeh

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The couscous: ginger, lemon, 1/4 cup whole wheat couscous, handful of torn spinach, ~1 TBS raisins.

The Tempeh: Spanish onion, garlic, curry powder, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, mango, red bell pepper and tempeh.

Since cooking with tempeh is my “new food venture” this week, I will divulge the details in my Sunday “new venture” post, but I’ll just let you know that it was GOOD!

Dessert is another raspberry+chocolate fix: frozen raspberries, Chobani and Maranatha Dark Chocolate Almond (melted with vanilla soy milk). The Dark Chocolate Almond Spread essentially became fudge, it was delicious! A perfect way to cozy up with the THE SYRACUSE ORANGE BASKETBALL GAME!!!!! GO CUSE!

Happy Weekend!

Nora

Do you ever feel lost when you are technology free?

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