Splurges are ok (sometimes)

Hello

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Last night, we finally used the gift card my husband’s brother gave us last Christmas. Not sure why it took us so long but it was worth the wait.

I ordered the gardein “chicken” and avocado sandwich.

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Before I turned vegetarian 3 years ago, my favorite thing to eat at yardhouse was the regular chicken and avocado sandwich so I was happy to find out they made a meatless version using gardein instead of chicken. My mouth is watering just talking about it. It’s so worthy if it’s whopping 900 calories. Yes 900! 

Speaking of calories, do you count them? To be completely honest I don’t always.  The thought of counting macros/calories all the time kind of hurts my head. Instead I follow the 80/20 rule.

I almost always order a salad because its keeps me satisfied until our food is served. I figure it’s better than indulging in hefty appetizer I’d later regret. We used to order the spinach cheese dip (so good) but not worth the calories. Especially when I’m having a 900 calorie sandwich! I suppose you could eliminate the mayo & cheese but because I don’t often dine out, I like to enjoy all of it!

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The sweet potato fries are pretty amazing too!

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On a good day, I would eat about 1/2 of my food and bring the rest home to eat the next day but this time I really went for it. I only had a bite left. I’ll blame it on PMS.

Naturally I started to feel guilty for eating so much but I refuse to go down that old road. The road of beating myself up over it and trying to make up for it the next week by eating hardly nothing and then feeling so deprived I cave in and splurge even more, No thanks, I now choose to enjoy my treat meals. even if I go a little overboard sometimes.

How about you?

Marlene

 

Healthy Fried Rice

Hello

Today I’m sharing a dish I make almost on a weekly basis. I am surprised I never posted it here.

Healthy Fried Rice

I always start by preparing two cups of short grain brown rice the day before and storing it in the Fridge.

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I can’t believe what a difference it makes to prepare when the rice is cold. I have tried preparing right after the rice is cooked and it just does not have that “fried rice” feel. So refrigerated comes out best, not to mention how much easier it makes preparation. I’m all about saving time. 

Next, I saute the veggies in sesame oil. One time I accidentally used grape seed oil instead and I noticed a big difference. It tasted plain and not like an asian dish should. It was then I figured out I grabbed the wrong bottle out of the cabinet. As usual, I was probably rushing and not paying attention. If you know me, I try to cook as fast as possible!

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I use about 2-3 tablespoons. I know it sounds like a lot but it is “fried rice”. Always feel free to scale back if you’re watching fat.

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Bell pepper and onion are the staple vegetables of this recipe. I usually use 1 whole bell pepper and 1/2 and onion. I try not to over onion or garlic my food, otherwise no one in my house will eat it.

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Once they are chopped I throw into the pan and start sauteing.

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It creates the best smell in the kitchen.

Once the onion and bell pepper are soft, I add in peas and corn. Sometimes carrots if I have them. I always keep organic frozen corn and peas from Trader Joes in my freezer.

Then I add in the rice, while fire is still on. Sometimes I add a dab more of sesame oil.

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Next I add in plenty of low sodium organic tamari. At least 2-3 tablespoons. To be honest, I don’t measure. Instead I just taste and add more if needed. I also add in a bit of pepper and garlic powder.

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I always stick to tamari sauce or liquid aminos because they are gluten-free and regular soy sauce is not.

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I always make a large batch on Mondays so my husband and I can enjoy the leftovers for lunch for a couple days.

Sometimes I ‘ll add in eggs but it’s not necessary since it tastes pretty good on its own. My husband even said so which surprised me, coming from a meat eater.

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This is one of my favorite dishes to make because of its simplicity. It’s not the absolute healthiest but I think its much healthier than traditional fried rice, while still being enjoyable.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

2 cups of  short grain brown rice (1 cup uncooked, 2 cups of water)

1 bell pepper

1/2 an onion

2-3 Tbs. Sesame oil

2-3 Tbs of Gluten Free Tamari sauce

1/2 cup of organic frozen corn

1/2 cup of organic frozen peas

Instructions:

Cook brown rice according to instuctions and refridgerate one day prior to making this recipe.

Heat pan to medium/high temperature add in sesame oil.

Add in onion and bellpepper and saute until softened

Next stir in peas, corn and rice. Once mixed add in tamari sauce and mix some more.

Add pepper to taste

I always taste test as I go so feel free to do the same.

Note: If you prefer quinoa, you can alawys substitute the rice for quinoa and its comes out just as great. I make both.

Enjoy!

Marlene

Penne Pasta Salad 

Hello,

Have you heard of Banza? Pasta made from chickpeas?

Just a couple of months I ago I was walking around IDEA world fitness convention looking for a snack because I was so hungry in between sessions so I stopped by the Banza booth and was given a little sample of pasta and it did not disappoint. My instant reaction was this is made of garbanzo beans? But it tastes so yummy. I have nothing against garbanzo beans, I just didn’t expect it to taste so good. I’m a big fan of beans, I do love my hummus. And because I’m a vegetarian, beans are a staple in my diet. Continue reading