Friday Five

Friday

 

 

1.  I survived another week!  Our monster test was yesterday and I feel pretty confident that I did ok on it.  It ended up being 87 questions out of 942 slides so you just never know what they are going to as.  Needless to say I don’t think I will ever be working strictly in GI EVER.  Not my cup of tea haha.

 

2.  We leave for Nashville today for a family wedding!  I am so excited to have a little mini-break from school.  This will also be the first time that we fly with two kids.  Pray for us ;)  I was up late last night packing for the trip.  Had to get the essentials in …. I slacked this week so I plan on hitting up the hotel gym.  Since Chris’ parents will be there he and I might even get a gym date ;)  Of course my PiYo DVDs are coming since all I need is my body to get a great workout in.  Email me if you want details!

 

Pack Right!

 

3.  I am super excited because a Chipotle is opening right by school.  The first Chipotle in Savannah only opened last fall so getting a second one at a closer location is amazing news to our family.  It’s probably not good news for my wallet since it’s about a mile from campus and I love their guacamole.  Chris is on cloud 9 because Chipotle is his happy place.

 

Chipotle is Coming

 

 

4.  I was recently introduced to Jane and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite websites to check each day.  I love little boutiques and this site is for daily boutique deals.  I have gotten some amazingly cute things for myself, the girls, and have started Christmas shopping.  Check it out!

 

5.  I recently got these almonds from Blue Diamond Tastemakers program and love the honey vanilla flavor!  Holy yum.  Blue Diamond never fails to impress me with their fun and flavorful combinations.

 

Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Vanilla

 

Happy Friday friends!  I am going to be soaking up this time with my family and celebrating Chris’ cousin’s wedding this weekend.  I definitely need to relax a bit so I am excited to get away.  :)

 

Do you use online deal websites?  What’s your favorite almond flavor?

 

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A Grad School Girls’ Night

Happy Monday friends!  If you follow me on Facebook you saw me post about how CRAZY this week is for me.  I had a big test in Orthopedics today and a HUGE test in Clinical Medicine on Thursday.  My classmates added it up and there are 948 Power Point slides of testable material.  I need someone to hold me.  To avoid hiding in the corner in a fetal position I was proactive this weekend and had a Grad School Girls’ Night with my friend Jessica to help prep for the week.

 

To be honest, by the middle of the quarter my social life is slacking.  SO sometimes you have to combing work and fun together!  Since Jessica was going to be here at meal time I knew I needed to be ready to feed her.  Luckily for me Jessica shares a love for buffalo chicken with me.  Unfortunately we are in the middle of the PiYo challenge so what are girls to do?  Enter the Buffalo Chik Patties from MorningStar Farms.  Morning Star Farms recently let me try out some of their products.

 

MorningStar Farms Buffalo Chik Patties

 

 

The Buffalo Chik Patties is definitely my favorite!  While they would be AH-MAZING on a burger bun I am trying to limit how much bread I eat in the day because it was getting REALLY out of hand.  So I deconstructed my burger into a buffalo chik salad.

 

Buffalo Chik Patties 2

 

 

This meal was WAY too simple and was a winner to both Jessica and I.  For the dressing I mixed 2 tablespoons ranch dressing with 3 tablespoons water and 2 teaspoons buffalo sauce.  Added a warm Buffalo Chik Patty, spinach, romaine, and some bleu cheese for a great dinner!

 

Buffalo Chik Patties

 

 

From MorningStar Farms:

For those who are on the lookout for inspiration to live healthy, MorningStar Farms® is excited to share some innovative ways to create flavorful meatless meal options – without compromising taste.

 

I have to admit I was impressed with the flavor of the buffalo chik patties.  I wasn’t sure how I would like them but I LOVED them and will definitely keep having them on hand for nights when life gets busy and we want a flavorful but FAST meal.  They also got a two-thumbs-up from Jessica and she’s heading out to find them herself!

 

If you’re looking for some inspiration for dinners this week MorningStar farms has over 30 products and 600 recipes.  I personally am on the hunt for their Mediterranean Chickpea Burger ;)

 

Have you tried MorningStar Farms products?  What’s your favorite?

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Quick Family Meals

The following “Quick Family Meals” is sponsored by Foodie.com

This post has another title you guys …. I love my slow cooker.  Today marks the officially HALFWAY point of the didactic (classroom) portion of my PA school experience.  CRAZY TOWN.  In fact, we got our clinical year rotation schedules this week and the reality is starting to set in.  Today also marks the halfway point of my current quarter which essentially means a sprint to the finish.

 

Since this is my third quarter, and I feel like a PA school veteran at this point, I know that meal planning and prep is probably going to be taking the back burner many days as our test schedule increases.  In order to plan better I have been looking for some new slow cooker recipes.  Since I know that I am not the only one who needs time efficient meals I am sharing them with you guys today.  I hope these quick family meals help make your meal planning a littler easier this week ;)

 

Check out Slow-Cooker to the Rescue

by Madeline Glasser at Foodie.com


 

Have a great Friday friends!  We are doing venipunctures in lab today … here’s hoping I don’t blow a vein ;)

 

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(Lighter) Pasta Primavera

Happy Wednesday!  Halfway through the week you guys :)  Thank you for all your sweet comments about Bryn and then also on my 8 month post baby body update.  What mom doesn’t love when her baby gets love ;)

 

So I tried something new this weekend that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile …. zoodles.  Zoodles, or zucchini noodles have been around for awhile and they’ve totally intrigued me, however I didn’t have a spiralizer.  Luckily, the folks at Veggetti sent me one of theirs recently to try out!

 

Veggetti Zoodles

With the Veggetti you put the venerable you want to noodle-ize in one end and simple turn the Veggetti.  At less than $20 it’s a great way to see how you like vegetable noodles without spending and arm and a leg.  I thought it was super easy to use and the zoodles turned out great :)

 

Choosing what to make however was not as easy.  I am in the middle of my PiYo challenge and trying to make healthier choices when it comes to my diet.  I was craving pasta so I decided to lighten up a family favorite …. pasta primavera!  Since I wasn’t sure how Chris would like the zoodles I decided to do half zoodles and half whole wheat pasta.  Worked like a charm ;)

Pasta Primavera with Zucchini Noodles 2

 

I used low fat milk thickened up with some cornstarch instead of heavy whipping cream.  While I will always LOVE the original recipe, it’s also VERY calorie heavy. The few simple swaps made a big difference in the nutritional content without sacrificing the flavor.  The zoodles worked perfectly and were seriously good – even Emmalyne ate them!  Since this is a veggie packed pasta I felt pretty good ;)

Lightened Up Pasta Primavera

by Madeline G.

Ingredients

    For the Pasta

    • 4 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
    • 1 zucchini, spiralized
    • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
    • 1/2 cup broccoli
    • 1/2 cup carrots (chopped)
    • 1/2 cup frozen peas
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken breast (chopped)

    For the Sauce

    • 3/4 cup low fat milk
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic
    • 2 teaspoons cornstarch, mixed with 1 tablespoon water
    • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
    • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
    • Pinch of nutmeg
    • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)

    Instructions

    Bring a pot of water to a boil.  Add your fettucini.  Cook for approximately 9 minutes.  Drop in zucchini and cook until spaghetti is al dente, about 1 more minute.

    In a medium sized skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add your vegetables.  Saute until tender.  Add your chicken and mix.

    In a medium sized saucepan, bring the milk to a boil.  Add cornstarch mixture and whisk until sauce thickens.  Remove from heat.  Add your parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.  Continue stirring until smooth.

    Add the vegetable and chicken mixture to the sauce.  Pour over the pasta.  Serve hot.

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    Body After Baby #2: Eight Months

    Now that I shared what Bryn is up to at eight months it’s time to update you guys on my progress!

    Body After Baby 8 Months

     

    Body After Baby Measurements – 8 Months

    8 Months Post Baby Body

    Fitness

    I am happy to report that I am actually doing really well this month with my workouts! I successfully completed Gina’s Summer Shape Up and I start my PiYo Challenge group today (still time to join!). I also purchased the Pipehitter Workout from Ashley Cline (Horner) and am a week into that. PH is a CrossFit style workout program and it’s intense in the best kind of way. I am loving pushing my body and hope to build some muscle along the way. PiYo is also going to be great to keep my flexibility and my muscles long!

    Eating

    There’s always room for me to improve here but for the most part I am doing ok. I need to watch the number of PB&Js I eat at night though ;) I am a true believer in the 80/20 rule and you will never see me completely give me up less-than-healthy foods all the time. I am just working on practicing moderation.

    I am really happy with my progress and can imagine that I might plateau here a bit. I tend to hold on to a few pounds and fat while nursing to help keep my supply up. I am in a happy place but will continue to document through a year for completeness and personal reasons :)

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