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October 22, 2014

WIAW #69: Fall Inspired Eats

Hello! And another big THANK YOU going out to all of you who took the time to fill out the reader survey yesterday. I will share some of the results later, but for now I will start with something that actually surprised me.

The majority of you all love What I Ate Wednesdays!

I have been curious to see whether WIAW posts are something you all enjoy reading. According to click history, a lot of you like reading them, so I have kept them up almost every week.

I have been wondering, however, how often I should feature them.

Do you like seeing them on a weekly basis? Just every now and then? Or would you prefer me to just drop the entire day of eat recaps and include more food into my every day posts?

Feel free to let me know your preferences in the comments section!

For now, I will continue to play and link up with the best of ‘em. Thanks for hosting another week, Jenn!

wiaw fall into good habits button

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

My Tuesday was filled with a lot of (unintentional) fall inspired eats.

Breakfast started with something new Scott brought home that I had to try: pumpkin spice oatmeal.

instant pumpkin spice oatmeal breakfast

Quaker Oat Instant Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal topped with pumpkin.

I don’t usually eat instant oatmeal, but I couldn’t resist this specific flavor. It was pretty good, friends.

I felt full and happy for the remainder of the morning, then cut up a golden delicious apple for a snack right before lunchtime.

golden delicious apple snack

I had a 1 p.m. appointment to check out a new gym in our area (more on that coming soon!) so I figured I should eat lunch before I left.

Without much time to prepare anything, I heated up leftover butternut squash soup. It’s perfect soup weather!

trader joes butternut squash soup

Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Soup topped in pumpkin seeds.

I got home from running errands a few hours later and dove into a box of flavored brown rice crackers and hummus. I was hungry.

healthy snack triscuits and hummus

Sea Salt & Black Pepper Triscuits with Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.

I also had the last one of my chocolate chip banana muffins.

chocolate banana muffin recipe

I worked on the computer for the rest of the afternoon and took Roadie for a walk around 7:30 p.m. As soon as we got outside, I went right back in and put on my winter coat for the first time this season.

heather in winter coat and leggings

It was so cold and windy! Seriously? Not ready.

I wanted to create a workout to do right there in the living room when we got back inside. I originally wanted to run a couple of miles outside, but I wasn’t feeling the motivation to fight the wind. Not that day.

Instead, I combined cardio and fat burning moves into a 20 minute plyometric workout. I’ll be sure to share the details this afternoon!

living room workout at home

I actually completed the workout in my living room while I started cooking dinner. (Ha!) Multi-tasting at it’s finest, no?

I cooked the peas and boiled the noodles while I was throwing myself around the room, all the while checking on them in-between circuits. As soon as I finished the workout, I heated up pre-cooked chicken and turkey bacon and threw everything together.

chicken pasta healthy dinner recipe

Ronzoni Garden Delight rotinni noodles, peas, chicken, and turkey bacon, tossed in (extra virgin oil oil) “butter” spray and parmesan cheese.

Mine was the bigger plate, obviously.

Scott had a late lunch and wasn’t too hungry. I was.

chicken turkey bacon pasta with light sauce

It was great dinner and took all of twenty minutes to put together!

We spent the remainder of our evening catching up on The Voice. I’m already loving the talent and judging panel this season!

Scott also may have suggested ice cream and he ever so kindly scooped me a generous serving of rainbow sherbet for dessert.

rainbow sherbert dessert


So there you have it… another entire day of my unfiltered eats. This is just one of the many examples you can find exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar if you’re ever curious to see what another full day of meals and snacks looks like for me.

If you liked this WIAW post, head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others, or even link your own!


Question of the Morning

• What are your favorite ingredients and (healthier) sauces for pasta?

I am in need of some new pasta inspiration. Scott likes me to make noodles a couple of times a week, and I don’t want to get tired of regular old marinara too quickly. I will probably try a pesto again soon, but would love to hear what you like to eat at home!

October 9, 2014

Healthy Dinner Recipes in 30 Minutes

I can’t believe it has been nearly two months since I have posted a full recipe on the blog! I used to feature something new from our kitchen on a weekly basis, but I haven’t done that in quite some time.

Is that something you guys would like to see more of?

I have a feeling that once I obtain my certification and transition back into working a regular schedule, my meal planning will need to improve.

I have never considered myself to be a fabulous cook, but more of the hurry up and get something healthy-ish together type of meal preparer. I think that is pretty clear through my WIAW posts.

This week, a friend came up to me asking which HWG recipes she should try if she doesn’t have a lot of time or patience to cook in the evenings.

I figured she’s probably not the only one who would appreciate my response, so consider this the first of many Recipe Recaps to come!

Healthy Dinner Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less

A small collection of some of my favorites…

Healthy Chicken Macaroni Salad

A lighter (and tastier, if you ask me) alternative to chicken salad!

I need to make it again soon.

Healthy Chicken Macaroni Salad

Lean Beef Burrito Bowl

A spicy at-home version of Chipotle.

Lean Beef Burritos Bowl cover

Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Okay, this one takes 35 minutes total… but it’s too easy not to include!

pulled bbq chicken sandwich

Easy Pesto Pasta

Light, fresh and easy green pasta!

parmesean pesto patsa 2

Veggie Pizza Toast

Perfect for lunch, dinner, and anytime you are craving pizza!

Quick and Easy Healthy Pizza Toast

10 Minute Black Bean Soup

This one tastes better than it looks, promise.

Black Bean Soup

Skinny Tex-Mex Macaroni and Cheese

One of my go-to ways to “do” mac ‘n cheese. This recipe has a spicy kick!

Skinny Tex Mex Macaroni and Cheese

Light + Healthy Vegetable Pasta Salad

Meant to be a side, but has been served as the main dish in our household several times.

light and healthy vegetable pasta salad Housewife Glamour

Easy Cream of Mushroom Chicken

I need to re-make this to photograph it better.

Even so, this is one of my biggest page hits to date!

Cream of Mushroom chicken

Lean Beef + Chili Rotini 

Pretty similar to the Skinny Tex-Mex Macaroni, only easier (if that’s possible) and not as spicy.

Lean Beef and Chili Rotini


Yeah, I think it’s time to get the creative cooking juices flowing in the kitchen again. Soon, my friends.

I plan on spending the remainder of my day glued to my books before my training run. I’m taking my CPT test in 5 days, ya’ll!

If you need me, I’ll be re-watching content videos and coloring in muscles in my anatomy book until the Pistons Pre-Season game tonight.

Have a great rest of your Thursday!

Questions of the Day

• What is your go-to easy “I need dinner in a hurry” recipe?

• Any specific type of recipe suggestions?

(You know… once I actually start cooking again.)

See you back bright and early tomorrow for Friday Favorites!

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