Did ya miss me?

I have not died, I have not quit blogging, but I have gotten over my no meat kick.  When you start dreaming about meat and getting stomach aches from eating soy products when it is obvious you have a mild allergy to the stuff, it is time to kick that “Skinny Bitch” out and get back to a healthier way of eating for me.  I do try to buy chicken and beef that is organic and humanely treated.  I also try to buy organic dairy and cage free eggs.  For fruits, and vegetables, I try to stay clear of the dirty dozen, and buy conventional on anything I don’t eat the skin of.  It is all a learning process and my eating habits are evolving as I go.  This is “Emilee’s Health Food Journey” after all.

My journey started off this morning with my trusty old oatmeal:

Sprinkled with bananas and chia seeds (read about them here:  http://whatscookingamerica.net/CharlotteBradley/Chai-Seeds.htm)  I also had one scrambled egg, I don’t know why I didn’t take a picture.

Then I made the bed, folded some laundry and threw together a vegetable soup to slowly cook in the crock pot.  After I felt digested enough, I went the gym, which is where I have been running since the Florida summer heat is in full swing.  Oddly enough, I actually like running on the treadmill.  I like being able to see my distance, speed, and time, it inspires me to push myself harder.  My goal is to run my first 5K in the fall.  Today I almost ran that distance, I actually went 3.5 miles, but I walked 5 minutes for warm up, 5 minutes for cool down, and about 3 minutes half way through.  I was still proud of myself and felt strong and healthy afterward. 

For lunch I enjoyed a salad:

With hard boiled egg whites, grilled chicken breast, heirloom tomatoes, and cucumbers.  Then I went to work to meet with a bride about designing her wedding in January.  Thankfully I packed a snack, but I didn’t get a picture.  It was a handful of fresh pineapple chunks with some plain greek yogurt.  2 hours later, I was hungry again, so I munched on some celery sticks.  Then about 20 minutes went by, and hungry strikes again.  So instead of waiting for hubby to get home, I dug into a bowl of my veggie soup:

I had leftover cabbage and kidney beans, as well as opened boxes of vegetable and chicken stock, so I dumped those into the crock pot and added the following:

16 ounces tomato sauce, can of diced tomatoes, barley, fingerling potatoes, and frozen mixed veggies, Costco’s 21 season blend, salt and pepper, and some hot sauce.  Cooked it on low for about 8 hours.

So good, I had another bowl directly after this one.  I’m contemplating dessert.  I think I’ll have a glass of wine while I think about it.  And sorry for the absence, but I’m back now.  Enjoy your evening!

Wedding season complete.

I made it through my first wedding season at Cross Creek Ranch.  Now we have a slower summer to prepare for the madness again in the fall.  Saturday morning started out with a bowl of cereal:

Then it was off to work to set up for the wedding.  It was different but pretty:

For lunch I brought a fake turkey sandwich:

With some baked salt and vinegar chips and a couple of veggies.  After work I came home and relaxed a little before whipping up a batch of veggie chili:

I had mine over a sweet potato with “rice cheese” and sour cream.  I turned hubby’s into a big plate of cheesy nachos:

Deliciousness!

Sunday morning was strange.  I woke up at 6:30 (not planning on running this day), and hopped out of bed and went for an early morning run.  I had a couple of pieces of pineapple before my run, and a bowl of oatmeal after:

Then another wedding set up:

I brought some leftover chili for lunch:

And then the last wedding was complete.  And so it was off to celebrate Memorial Day with a neighborhood cookout.  I did not partake in the delicious looking and smelling steaks on the grill.  Instead, I had a unpictured corn on the cob, and a plate of my favorite:

Crab legs, glorious crab legs.  So darn good.  And a bottle of pinot grigio, I had a great evening.

Monday was a rest day fo sho!  When I finally dragged myself out of bed, I made some reduced fat cinnamon rolls that have been lurking in the back of  my fridge:

With a couple of meatless sausages that were surprisingly good.  Then it was back to lying around.  I didn’t eat lunch, just snacked on some cherries and pineapple.  We had decided to go out to eat at Bonefish Grill, and I was nice and hungry by the time 7:00 rolled around.  I may have over did it.  See damage below:

Yummy bread.

Appetizers:

Bang Bang Shrimp.  This was my favorite.

Ahi Tuna.

Parmesan Pecan Crusted Rainbow Trout with potatoes au gratin and veggies.

And of course, my favorite dessert ever:

Oh creme brulee, how I love thee!

As soon as we got home, I fell into the bed into a serious food coma, and that was all she wrote.

I was feeling great Tuesday morning, but not hungry, so I only had a few pieces of unpictured pineapple.  Then it was off to a fun day of shopping with my friend Jean.  We went to Ulta, Ross, Marshall’s, Stein Mart, Anthropologie, and ended at the Publix Greenwise market.  Yes, we get together and go food shopping.  We’re just crazy like that.  The market had a great selection of food, a hot and cold salad bar, sandwiches, but for us, it was the pizza oven we couldn’t resist.  We ordered a small pizza each, but got a large instead:

Mine had mozzarella and goat cheese, mushroom, peppers, black olives, and onions.  I only ate a piece and a half, but I was thankful that I didn’t have to think about what to make for dinner.  Hubby was happy.  I didn’t have pizza for dinner, I really wanted to use up the last of my veggie chili.

It just keeps getting better.  I spent my evening reading magazines from the stack Jean gave me.  Thanks Jean!  I just love reading magazines!  What a great day!