WIAW #11, Weigh-In Wednesday Update, and Some Race News

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Stay tuned for my What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) update, and keep reading for a few other newsworthy items!


Here is a look at what I ate yesterday — Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

Breakfast: Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt with Peach and 1/3 cup maple and cinnamon granola


The usual. (I raved about this combo at length on WIAW #1.)

Morning Snack: Sargento Colby Jack Cheese Stick


I got pretty hungry yesterday around 11 a.m., so I reached for a colby jack cheese stick (only 80 calories) to hold me over until lunch.

Lunch: Mexican feast — officially known as the Tijuana — at Lauriol Plaza

So, remember in WIAW #7, when I had leftovers from Lauriol Plaza? Well, I ordered the same meal yesterday, and I didn’t bring anything back. I went to lunch with my team at work to welcome a new staff member, and I went completely overboard!


This picture doesn’t even capture all of the chips, salsa, and guacamole that I ate, or the tortillas for my fajitas. Fortunately, I probably only had a quarter cup of that rice. Everything else (with the exception of some of the veggies) was gone!

Sometimes, I think it is easier to keep my portions in check when I am by myself, as I was the last time I went to Lauriol Plaza. Everyone was still eating yesterday when I should have stopped after one fajita, and I didn’t really want to take leftovers back because we have so much food in the fridge at home to use, so I just kept going. And I ended up being way overfull. When that happens — and it still does occasionally, even though I am exponentially more conscious of my eating habits — I think back to how I used to eat and can’t believe that I consumed that much in one sitting on the regular.

For what it’s worth, every bite was seriously fantastic. And those refried black beans…drinkable. And the 3 jumbo grilled shrimp that come with this meal (which sets the Tijuana apart from their standard chicken fajitas) are some of the meatiest and best I’ve had.

Head to WIAW #7 for another recap of how much I love this meal.

Dinner: Wild caught sockeye salmon fillet with 1/4 cup Wegmans Citrus Soy Sauce and 1 cup broccoli

Since I way overdid it at lunch, dinner was small. I thought about not eating anything at all for dinner, but I wasn’t sure that I could make it all the way to this morning without having anything.

Unfortunately, I totally forgot to take a picture of my plated meal, but I was able to get a photo of the components.


Wegmans Citrus Soy Sauce is amazing on salmon — likely on any kind of fish. My hubby brushes a little bit of my 1/4 cup allotment on the fillet while he is grilling, and I dump the remainder on the salmon when it is finished.

(Have I ever mentioned how much I love sauce of any kind? Gravy, tomato sauce, marinades — if it’s a sauce, I love lots of it.)


Even after putting some butter on my broccoli, this meal only came to 375 calories.

As always, it was a great day of eats. (How could it not be, when I went to Lauriol Plaza?)

Thank you for hosting the WIAW link-up, Jenn!


And now for a brief “Weigh-in Wednesday” update…

Even after eating so much yesterday, this morning I was down 0.2 pounds! That means I sustained my fantastic 2.6 pound loss from last week, and I even added to it!

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I would really like to see a 1 pound loss next week to put me even more on track to losing a total of 30 pounds by Labor Day, but for now, I’m thrilled with this.


One more thing to share…

I signed up to run two more races in the coming months!

I am doing another 5k, the Run! Geek! Run! 5k, in Fairfax, Virginia, on August 24, 2014. As I mentioned in my recap of last weekend’s race, I am aiming to finish this one in 33:30.

On October 26, 2014, I will be running the Marine Corps Marathon 10k in Washington, D.C.! There are 9 weeks between the Run! Geek! Run! race and this 10k — exactly enough time for me to complete Active.com’s 5k to 10k training.

I’m going to keep track of all of my race times and my upcoming runs on the new “Race Schedule” page that I created.


I really couldn’t be happier with how things are going.

Do you have a type of food that you can’t get enough of? Man, I love Mexican food. And Indian food. And Italian food. I basically just love food.

Have you caught the racing bug? I think that I officially have!

WIAW #10: Virginia Beach Edition

Hello friends, and welcome to the special Virginia Beach edition of What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW)!

My husband and I are spending the week with his parents and cousin at my in-laws’ timeshare at Oceanaire in Virginia Beach. Since arriving last Friday night, I’ve done a whole lot of sleeping, reading, eating, and lounging on the beach and in the pool. I’ve even worked out three times so far!

View from our hotel balcony

View from our hotel balcony

This relaxing trip is exactly what I needed. I know I’m going to head home on Friday rejuvenated and ready to get back to a routine — including consistently working out and blogging again!

Without further ado, here is a look at what I ate today — Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

Breakfast: Quaker Real Medleys Peach Almond Oatmeal +


We’ve had some indulgent breakfasts over the last few days — my in-laws are big breakfast people — so I decided to break from the pack this morning and have something a little lighter and healthier.

I can never go wrong with this Real Medleys oatmeal from Quaker. I was thrilled to find this peach variety when we went grocery shopping down here on Saturday morning, because it is not carried at Wegmans at home anymore!

Lunch: Leftover Cavatappi and Meatballs in Lemon-Basil Sauce and 1 Tastykake Peanut Butter Kandy Kake

For most of our vacation, in order to save money, we’ve cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner in our condo. Last night, my husband and I volunteered to make one of our new favorite meals for everyone: Cavatappi and Meatballs in Lemon-Basil Sauce from Pampered Chef.

We doubled the recipe and ended up having quite a bit left over to enjoy for lunch today.


I actually ordered the Pampered Chef recipe book in which it is found — 29 Minutes to Dinner, Volume 3 — specifically to try this.

The meatballs are made from scratch with ground chicken or turkey (we use turkey), but my husband, who typically prefers beef, actually loves them! A key ingredient in the yummy sauce is mascarpone, an Italian sweet cream cheese. The whole recipe comes together with the help of Pampered Chef’s Sweet Basil Rub.

I wanted to finish off my lunch with something sweet, so I decided to have a Tastykake Peanut Butter Kandy Kake.


Tastykakes were a staple growing up in southeastern Pennsylvania — they are made in Philadelphia — and I still love them! While I don’t buy them too often anymore, I’m thrilled that I can still find them in Virginia when I have a craving.

Dinner: Cup of She Crab Soup, dinner roll with butter, Stockyard Kabob, and baked potato with butter from Black Angus

I have a confession: I had too much butter with this meal.

We ate dinner out tonight for the first time all week at Black Angus, a Virginia Beach staple for the Verdejo family. My husband and his family have been coming to Virginia Beach every summer for probably 20 years, and they’ve gone to Black Angus for dinner basically every trip.

As a starter, I got a cup of the She Crab Soup, which is amazing. I think I’ve ordered it every time I’ve gone to Black Angus (the last 4 summers) and was really looking forward to having it again.


(I made sure to work out today so I could enjoy this creamy, indulgent delight!)

A delicious dinner roll with butter followed, but I sadly didn’t take a picture of that.

As our entree, all five of us ordered the Stockyard Kabob, and I got a baked potato (with butter, of course) as my side.


A big reason my in-laws like to go to Black Angus is their Early Bird Special — between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., the kabobs are buy 1, get 1 free! It is an incredible deal for good food!

The kabob didn’t have as much flavor this year as it has in the past — I don’t think it was marinated long enough — but my father-in-law got the waitress to bring some of the extra marinade from the kitchen to punch things up, and it really enhanced the meal.

All-in-all, it was a great dinner, and it was so nice to eat out!


It was definitely another good day of eats! It’s a tough decision, but I think the She Crab Soup wins the award for my favorite item of the day.

Thank you for hosting the WIAW link-up, Jenn! (I can’t wait to try your Baked Seafood Dip!)


Do you go to the same place for vacation every summer, or does your family switch it up? My husband and I go to Virginia Beach at least once every summer with my in-laws (they have two timeshare weeks — one in June and one in August), but we like to go other places, too. Because we will likely not go on another lengthy vacation this year, we decided to spend the full week in Virginia Beach this time, which we’ve actually never done together until now. (We tend to stay for 3-4 days.)

Does your family have a restaurant they visit every year on vacation? 


Hello friends, and welcome to another edition of What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW)!

Here is a look at what I ate today — Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

Breakfast: Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt with Peach and 1/3 cup maple and cinnamon granola


No surprises here. (I raved about this combo at length on WIAW #1.)

Lunch: Beef loin roast with red wine sauce (about 5 ounces), baked salmon (about 4 ounces), 2 small slices of French bread with 1 butter ball, and steamed carrots


Can you believe that this amazing meal was completely free?

I attended a lecture over lunch today with a friend from work at the same organization that I went to a few weeks ago, and the complementary catered meal was just as fantastic as last time. The presentation on the necessity of establishing the rule of law and ending violence against the poor in order to effectively combat poverty in developing countries was excellent, too.

Dinner: Chicken parmesan sandwich with a potato roll, 1 slice Sargento Ultra Thin Provolone, 2 homemade chicken tenders, and about 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce, accompanied by homemade shoestring fries with ketchup


Over the lazy Memorial Day weekend, my hubby and I watched quite a bit of television. One of the shows we enjoy is Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on the Food Network, and I think we watched two or three episodes during the weekend.

One episode that we watched on Saturday featured a woman who owns a Jamaican restaurant in Nashville, and on the show, she showcased her homemade fried chicken tenders. My hubby, who is brilliant at putting together awesome meals without using a recipe or measurements, jotted down the ingredients that the woman used and the general preparation process. We actually already had all of the ingredients in our freezer and pantry that she used, including boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, so I did not even need to go to the grocery store for us to make them for dinner on Sunday night.

I served as the official assistant in the cooking process, and of course my hubby improvised even further. No complaints here, though — the chicken tenders turned out incredibly! It’s been a long time since I’ve had chicken tenders that were that crispy and good, even from a restaurant. The only conceivable downside was that we made way too many. Enough tenders were left over for a complete second meal, even after we both had more than enough. (I’m still not sure how we got so many out of two chicken breasts!)

That’s where tonight’s dinner comes in! I mentioned to my hubby yesterday that I wanted to heat the leftover chicken tenders for dinner tonight, and when I got home from work today, he was already in the process of preparing chicken parmesan sandwiches with them. Even as leftovers and in sandwich form, these chicken tenders were fantastic. They even retained their crispness by reheating them in our mini counter-top convection oven.

My hubby paired the sandwiches with homemade shoestring fries that he cut by hand and cooked in our mini deep fryer. (Out of all of our wedding gifts, I think the mini deep fryer is the one thing that we use the most!)

I was seriously craving something sweet tonight, but I was able to successfully resist! I want to go back to eating fewer sweets, and I knew that abstaining was the right thing to do tonight, especially because I actually ate 2 to 3 times the amount of fries pictured on my plate above! (Note to self: serving fries table side is not a good idea.)

Can you believe that we still have more leftover chicken fingers? I think I’m going to be making another chicken parmesan sandwich for lunch sometime in the next few days!


It was definitely another good day of eats!

Thank you for hosting the WIAW link-up, Jenn!


Do you enjoy watching the Food Network? If so, what is your favorite show? We also really enjoy Chopped.

Do you have a deep fryer at home? Our mini version makes frying so easy . . . which is a problem.


I’m sorry for the unexpected blogging hiatus, friends. Last week was kind of rough, so I decided to just take a little break from writing. But I am back and happy to be here!

And now it’s my favorite day of the blogging week — What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW)! Here is a look at what I ate today — Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

Breakfast: Thomas’ Bagel Thin sandwich with 1 egg seasoned with Goya Adobo, 1/2 medium avocado, and 1 slice Sargento Ultra Thin Sliced Cheddar, with 1 cup Tropicana Orange Juice

I had yogurt and granola on Monday and Tuesday morning, so I decided that it was time to break out my favorite breakfast sandwich today.


My avocado was definitely on the verge — it was in the fridge for several days — but it worked. I definitely need to buy some fresh ones this weekend, though!

Lunch: Spaghetti Bolognese with Parmesan Cheese, 1 slice of ciabatta bread with unsalted butter, and a handful of gummy bears from Vapiano

I went out for lunch today with a co-worker (who happens to be a very good friend) to a fantastic lunch spot near my office — Vapiano. In addition to a variety of pasta dishes, Vapiano offers salads and (very delicious) pizza. I’m completely obsessed with spaghetti and meat sauce (also known as spaghetti bolognese), and my hubby just doesn’t care for it (eliminating it as a dinner option at home), so I order it almost every time I go.

At Vapiano, which originated in Germany (even though it specializes in Italian-style dishes), every meal is made to order in front of you. I love watching my chef make my lunch, because I can see exactly what goes into it. I can customize it while she is cooking, too. I requested onions and garlic in my tomato sauce today.

When you order a pasta dish, your chef starts the sauce while your pasta boils separately. (Even the pasta is made and dried in-house.)

Starting the meat sauce

Starting the meat sauce

Once the pasta is al dente, it is added to the pan with the sauce and thoroughly incorporated.


Incorporating the spaghetti

The made-to-order meal is complete in about 8 minutes.

The final result is beautiful — and delicious!

My chef definitely came through when I said lots of cheese!

My chef definitely came through when I said lots of cheese!

Another thing I love — the basil garnish on my spaghetti came right off the basil plant shown in the photos above.

I gave one of the pieces of ciabatta bread to my friend, moderated my butter usage, and set aside the basil, but other than that, I cleaned the plate! I was really full when I was finished, but it was worth it. I satisfied my spaghetti craving (for now). I had to have some of the complementary gummy bears upon leaving, though.

Dinner: About 4 ounces of chicken breast with worcestershire sauce and Adobo, about 3/4 cup rice, 1/2 cup red beans, and 5 tostones


I had two chicken breasts in the refrigerator that needed to be used, so my hubby us made some simple but delicious chicken in a skillet tonight using worcestershire sauce and Adobo for seasoning. He paired it with rice and beans at my request, along with tostones. It had been at least a week since we had any kind of Puerto Rican food, and it was great!


It was definitely another good day of eats! Nothing beats spaghetti!

Thank you for hosting the WIAW link-up, Jenn!


Have you been to Vapiano? They currently have U.S. locations in the D.C. area, Miami, Chicago, and New York City.

What is your favorite pasta dish? I could subsist on almost any type of pasta, but spaghetti and meat sauce takes the cake for me. Pasta with vodka sauce might be second, and then anything with alfredo (which is hard to make part of a healthy living plan).


Happy What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW), friends!

Here is a look at what I ate yesterday — Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Breakfast: Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt with Peach and 1/3 cup maple and cinnamon granola

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A weekday breakfast staple! (I raved about this combo at length on WIAW #1.)

Lunch: Leftover Chicken Fajitas from Lauriol Plaza and 1/2 cup blueberries

Until about 5 years ago, I was convinced that I didn’t like Mexican food. Then along came Chipotle — we had it catered for work the first time I tried it — and my life was changed forever! Now I can’t get enough of Mexican food, especially fajitas! Lauriol Plaza, in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of D.C. — one of my absolute favorite Mexican restaurants and one of the best in the city — is within walking distance of my office, and I enjoyed Cinco de Mayo lunch there on Monday.

One of the greatest things about cutting my portions is having more restaurant leftovers! Before I started consciously watching my intake, I would often eat an entire restaurant meal in one sitting. But since I paid attention to my hunger signals and kept my portions in check on Monday, I was able to take some of the deliciousness back to the office for lunch yesterday!


Although only one is pictured, I had two leftover fajitas with flour tortillas, about 2 ounces of chicken, about 1/3 cup of cheddar cheese, and a few fajita vegetables. On the side, I had about 1/2 cup each of refried black beans and Mexican rice. (I put some of the black beans in my fajitas, too.)

I think the chicken is one of the things that I like the best about Lauriol Plaza’s fajitas. Unlike when I make them at home, using marinated boneless, skinless chicken breasts, Lauriol Plaza uses pieces of skin-on rotisseried whole chicken for their fajitas. You can definitely tell the difference! (My homemade fajitas are a close and inexpensive second, though.)

My other favorite thing at Lauriol Plaza is the refried black beans! I could eat bowls and bowls full of them. While I’ll usually eat any form of refried beans, refried black beans are definitely my favorite — but also much harder to come by for some reason.

To top off my leftover Mexican lunch, I had about 1/2 cup of blueberries:


These were so much better than the ones I bought a few weeks ago!

Dinner: 1 pouch Campbell’s Spicy Chorizo and Pulled Chicken with Black Beans Go Soup and a Pepperidge Farm Artisan French Roll with 1 Tbsp. Land O Lakes Butter with Canola Oil

I wasn’t in the mood to cook a big meal last night (which has been happening more than it should lately), so my hubby and I each selected our own easy-to-prepare items from the fridge or pantry. He heated up some leftover Chinese food that he had ordered on Monday night when I was out of the house, and I decided to heat some soup and a dinner roll.


I’m a huge fan of both of these items, and you can typically find them in our house at any given time.


This soup also feeds my black bean addiction!

On a side note, I read in a Forbes article a few years ago that Campbell’s started making these soups in a pouch in order to appeal to my demographic. (It seems that their efforts are working, because I am consistently buying them…) Apparently millennials don’t think that canned soup is cool.

I also need to give a shout-out to this butter:


I’m a butter addict, and I’m not sure what exactly it is about this particular kind, but it is fantastic. I’ve actually started measuring out my butter before I eat a dinner roll at home in order to make sure that I’m not using too much. That is how much I love it.

Dessert: Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg

I was definitely craving sweets after dinner — especially cookies and milk — but I knew that I didn’t actually need that much. I settled on one of these 90 calorie mini peanut butter eggs from my Easter basket instead.


It fed the need without the guilt!


It was definitely another good day of eats!

Thank you for hosting the WIAW link-up, Jenn!


Do you prefer flour tortillas or corn tortillas? Flour tortillas all the way for me! I know that corn tortillas are supposed to be the healthier choice, but I just can’t do them (unless they are in chip form).

Have you tried any of the Campbell’s Go Soups? So far I’ve only eaten the chicken and chorizo variety, but I have a Thai curry one in the pantry to try, too.


Happy What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW), friends!

Normally, I will post on Wednesday morning about what I ate the previous day (Tuesday), but I completely forgot to take a picture of my lunch yesterday. So, I decided to showcase what I actually ate on Wednesday (today)!

Breakfast: Thomas’ Bagel Thin sandwich with 1 egg seasoned with Goya Adobo, 1/4 cup Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles, and 1 slice Sargento Ultra Thin Sliced Cheddar, with 1 cup Tropicana Orange Juice


The sausage crumbles look like raisins from here!

I love making variations of my favorite breakfast sandwich. In the place of my standard avocado, I decided to use some turkey sausage crumbles that I bought a few weeks ago — similar to what I did last week with leftover Easter ham.

The sausage crumbles are a little hard to keep in one place, even when I try cooking them right into the egg, but the slice of cheddar acts like glue and (mostly) solves the problem. And this is definitely a delicious combination!

Morning Snack: Mott’s Natural Applesauce Cup


I was feeling a bit hungry mid-morning, so I had one of these applesauce cups — one of my go-to snacks right now.

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but using the avocado on my breakfast sandwich instead of a breakfast meat tends to keep me fuller for longer. On those days, I tend to not need a snack before lunch.

Lunch: 1 serving of Pesto Pasta Skillet and 1 cup steamed broccoli

I love, love, love pasta! I’ve also developed a love affair with pesto sauce and sun-dried tomatoes. Luckily, all three of these are incredible together!

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I’ve dubbed this concoction the “Pesto Pasta Skillet,” and these leftovers are from when I made it on Saturday night. When I make it — more like throw it together — I use 6 ounces of cooked farfalle pasta; about 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts; 8 ounces of sliced white mushrooms; about 1/4 cup (or so) of sliced sun-dried tomatoes with basil;  a jar of Wegmans Basil Pesto Sauce; and some grated Parmesan cheese. I used to make my own pesto, but the recipe that I use to make it always provides much more than I need, and I actually think this kind from Wegmans tastes better.

I saute the chicken and mushrooms together in a 12-inch skillet with some garlic-infused olive oil and Italian seasoning, and then add the sun-dried tomatoes when the chicken looks about done. Once the pasta is done boiling, I add that to the skillet, and finish it off with the contents of the jar of pesto and some Parmesan cheese. I heat everything just a bit longer to warm the pesto, and then dinner is ready! I love how easily this comes together, and it provides 4 to 5 servings.


I felt like I needed some kind of side with this — I made it with garlic bread on Saturday, but I thought that I should have a vegetable today — so I brought about 1 cup of leftover steamed broccoli that I also made at some point last week.

Dinner: 1/2 Wegmans Medium Cheese Pizza

I really wasn’t in the mood to cook tonight, and I’ve been craving pizza, so I decided to pick one up at Wegmans when I stopped there after work to get a few groceries. (Wegmans is the king of all supermarkets and makes fresh pizzas to-go in the store! They also have several hot food bars, a hoagie station, and even a small seafood restaurant.)


Unfortunately, the pizza slid around in the box a bit before I made it into the house, but it still tasted good!

The medium size was perfect for the two of us — we each ate our halves (plain cheese for me, pepperoni for the hubby) and didn’t have to contend with leftovers.


I did feel like it needed a little something extra, so I sprinkled on some Italian seasoning.

The price was right for a made-to-order pie — $10.99 — and it satisfied my craving. Definitely a win!


As usual, this day of eats did not disappoint! I definitely went over my calorie goal for the day with the pizza, though. That’s okay — I believe that it is important to enjoy what you are craving before the craving gets out of hand, and I’ve definitely done worse damage (in the recent past)!

Thank you for hosting the WIAW link-up, Jenn!


Do you have a go-to food or restaurant when you don’t want to cook?


Happy What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW), friends!  Here is a look at what I ate yesterday, April 22, 2014.

Breakfast: Thomas’ Bagel Thin sandwich with 1 egg seasoned with Goya Adobo, 2 ounces leftover Honeybaked Ham, and 1 slice Sargento Ultra Thin Sliced Cheddar, with 1 cup Tropicana Orange Juice

Yesterday I enjoyed a variation of my favorite breakfast sandwich: instead of using avocado, I added 2 ounces of leftover Honeybaked Ham from Easter dinner. So delicious!


And, of course, no breakfast sandwich is complete without 1 cup of this:


I have serious brand loyalty and typically only buy Tropicana Orange Juice.

Lunch: 2 cups Harris Teeter Organics Moroccan Lentil Soup with Chick Peas and 1 cup sauteed green beans

I made a special soup run to Harris Teeter a few weeks ago, and I decided to give this new-to-me one a try, especially since I love the Moroccan Lentil soup from Pret so much.


This soup is low in fat and calories and is packed with fiber and Vitamin A. It is very flavorful and actually a little bit sweet. You can even see distinct chunks of veggies within it, in addition to the lentils and chickpeas.


It was very good, and I will definitely buy it again, but I must say that Pret’s lentil soup still has an edge.

And of course, no WIAW lunch is complete without my favorite sauteed green beans, leftover from Easter dinner!


Afternoon Snack: Mott’s Natural Applesauce Cup

I was feeling a bit hungry before I went home from work and knew it could be up to 2 hours before dinner, so I decided to eat a small cup of Mott’s Natural Applesauce.


These little containers always make me a bit nostalgic for my grade school lunchbox.

Dinner: 2 ounces leftover Honeybaked Ham, 3 1/2 ounces leftover Roasted Turkey Breast from Honeybaked Ham, 1 cup Trader Joe’s Garlic Potatoes with Parmesan Sauce, and 1 cup sauteed green beans


Since I didn’t really feel like cooking last night, and we still have so many leftovers from Easter dinner, I decided to just quickly make a side dish and use what was already prepared.

If you haven’t tried the roasted turkey breast from Honeybaked Ham, you are seriously missing out. It rivals the ham in deliciousness, and that’s definitely saying something.

This was the first time that I made the Garlic Potatoes with Parmesan Sauce from Trader Joe’s, and they were just okay. The ones that got really crispy in the frying pan were good, but overall they needed more flavor — especially more salt. I think if I buy them again, I’ll add some more Parmesan and some spices while they are cooking.

The green beans made an appearance again — that’s twice in one day!

Dessert: Peanut Butter Fudge Cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake and 1 cup 2% milk

We still have some cupcakes leftover from Easter dinner, and I decided to enjoy one for dessert last night. This peanut butter and chocolate combination is one of my favorites.

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I’ve been a Georgetown Cupcake fan for years, even before they had a TV show (which I’ve actually never seen). We even had Georgetown Cupcakes at our wedding in 2010!

(Side note: it just doesn’t feel right to me that Georgetown Cupcake is now in other cities, like Los Angeles and New York. It’s called Georgetown Cupcake for a reason! Okay, rant over.)

Balancing my love of sweets will be more challenging now that Lent is over. I felt like Lent gave me extra power behind me to say no to them, since I was consciously abstaining, but it also proved to me that I can.


I walked quite a bit yesterday — over lunch to get my hair cut, and then after dinner with our dog — and because of that, I was able to stay within my calorie target for the day!

Overall, it was a great day of eats! (I feel like I say that every week, but I’m almost always enthusiastic about my meals.)

Thank you for hosting the WIAW link-up, Jenn!

Are you brand loyal? Sometimes I feel like my brand loyalty arises out of nowhere, when in reality, I’m probably just succumbing to the subversive tactics of marketing professionals. Case in point: I have noticed that even after I’ve stopped clipping and using coupons, I continue to buy the brands that I once purchased using them.

Have you ever been to Georgetown Cupcake? Are you into the cupcake craze? I can’t get enough. I will admit that I’ve waited about 45 minutes just to get into Georgetown Cupcake to get one. (Yes, the line is consistently that long!) I pre-ordered them for Easter, though, and you don’t need to wait in the long line when you just go to pick them up.


Happy What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW), friends!  Here is a look at what I ate yesterday, April 15, 2014.

Thank you for hosting the WIAW link-up, Jenn!

Breakfast: Thomas’ Bagel Thin sandwich with 1 egg seasoned with Goya Adobo, 1/2 medium avocado, and 1 slice Sargento Ultra Thin Sliced Cheddar, with 1 cup Tropicana Orange Juice


This is another breakfast staple of mine, especially on the weekend. Sometimes I will make it during the week if I have time, like I did yesterday. (I was also super hungry when I woke up and didn’t want to wait the additional hour until I made it to work to eat.)

I stole the idea from Au Bon Pain, which has a very similar sandwich on its menu. (It’s much cheaper to make myself!) This sandwich will usually keep me full from breakfast until lunch because of the healthy, satiating fat in the avocado.

Lunch: Roti Mediterranean Grill Rice Plate with salmon, double hummus, roasted vegetables, and 1 pita

Wow, that's a lot of hummus!

Wow, that’s a lot of hummus!

The Mediterranean trend from last week continues!

The weather in D.C. yesterday was about as terrible as it comes, but my new co-worker and I ventured out for lunch in the torrential rain to a place we both love, Roti Mediterranean Grill. Roti is a fast casual restaurant with locations in D.C., Chicago, and New York. My husband actually first discovered Roti near his office and raved about how good it was. Luckily, they put one just a few blocks from my job not long after!

(Side note — I just want to say how much I love my co-workers. I work with so many great people, and getting to know them has by far one of the biggest blessings of my job.)

Like at Chipotle, you choose the ingredients for your rice plate or sandwich down the line at a counter, starting with protein choices and progressing through sides and toppings. While their Steak Roti, Chicken Roti, and Chicken Kabob are all very good, the salmon is my favorite. It comes on a skewer with a tiny wedge of lemon on the end.

As for sides, I particularly love the roasted veggies and the hummus with fresh pita. I ordered extra hummus yesterday, because I didn’t think the first scoop I was given was substantial enough, but by asking for more, I think I got way too much! I ate all of it, though, of course.

Dinner: About 2 oz. bistec encebollado, 1/2 cup rice, 1/2 cup red beans, and 5 tostones


I had an appointment after work yesterday, so I got home a bit later than usual. My husband assumed the cooking duties for the evening and made a fantastic traditional Puerto Rican meal!

This steak  is very thinly sliced — I buy sirloin already cut this thin at our local Hispanic/Latin grocery store — and marinated for the better part of the day. It is then smothered with onions and cooked in the frying pan with the lid on. It cooks in no time and is so delicious!

I can’t get enough of red beans and rice! I wish we made the combination more than we do. The beans are actually very simple and quite healthy — basically just kidney or pink beans, tomato sauce, water, sofrito (the base for almost all Puerto Rican cooking), and a little bit of sausage, cut into small pieces.

Tostones are twice-fried green plantains. The skin of the plantain is removed, and the inside that is left is cut into pieces about a 1/2 inch thick. These chunks are thrown into the fryer for several minutes and then removed and smashed with small contraption designed just for that purpose. The flattened pieces are then put back into the fryer to finish cooking for a few more minutes. For some reason, it took me longer to embrace tostones than any other Puerto Rican food, but now I can’t get enough of them!


I definitely ate a lot yesterday — probably too much! I intentionally ate a bit less for dinner than I normally would, because I was still pretty full from lunch. It was a fantastic day of eating, though!

Do you have a go-to place for weekday lunches? I tend to pack my lunch most days, but I do like to go out once or twice per week.


Happy What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW), friends!  Here is a look at what I ate yesterday, April 8, 2014.

Thank you for hosting the WIAW link-up, Jenn!

Breakfast: Fage Total 2% Greek Yogurt with Cherry and 1/3 cup maple and cinnamon granola


A weekday breakfast staple, often enjoyed at my desk at work. (I raved about this combo at length on WIAW #1.)

Lunch: Leftover Mushroom-Stuffed Chicken, buttered egg noodles (1 cup), and sautéed green beans (about 1 cup)


This chicken is fantastic, as I shared in my favorite recipes post yesterday. Paired with sautéed green beans — another staple of mine that I forgot to photograph — and buttered egg noodles seasoned with the same Italian bread crumbs coating the chicken, this is a complete, yummy meal.

Afternoon Snack: Wegmans Colby Jack Cheese Stick


This is a pretty standard snack choice for me if I get hungry before lunch or dinner. Simple but delicious!

Dinner: Hummus and pita, Scallops Risotto, and Scottish Salmon at Cava Mezze


Last night, I went out for dinner at Cava Mezze, a new favorite, in the Clarendon section of Arlington, Virginia, with one of my best friends. I’m currently having a love affair with Greek/Mediterranean food, and it doesn’t get much better than this place. They specialize in small plates, which I love, because you can pick a variety of dishes to try.

Even if I didn’t like anything else at Cava (which couldn’t be further from the truth), I would still go for this Scallops Risotto. Amazing.


The salmon skewer that I had (which I didn’t take photo of) was incredible, too. And you can’t go wrong with hummus and pita.

Add to this some fantastic conversation, and it was a great night!


I just realized that green beans have made an appearance in every one of my WIAW posts! I know what I love, I guess.

All in all, it was a great day of eats!

Are you currently loving a particular restaurant or cuisine? I don’t really cook Greek or Mediterranean food, but I could go out for it at least once a week.


Happy What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW), friends!  Here is a peek into what I ate yesterday, April 1, 2014.

Thank you for hosting the WIAW link-up, Jenn!

Breakfast: Quaker Real Medleys Blueberry Hazelnut Oatmeal +


I have become a big fan of these Real Medleys oatmeal cups from Quaker. They are packed with whole grains and nuts, and they keep me full until lunchtime for less than 300 calories! I also love that they are super portable, because I often eat breakfast at work. You just take off the lid, add water to the fill line, and microwave. In addition to the Blueberry Hazelnut, I really like the Apple Walnut variety, too.

Lunch: Leftover Puerto Rican Meatloaf, Garlic Smashed Potatoes from Wegmans (about 1/2 cup), sautéed green beans (about 1 cup), and fresh blueberries (about 1/4 cup)


This is what I call a multiple container lunch. I ate everything out of its own individual container, too!

I’m completely obsessed with this meatloaf.  It is  my mother-in-law’s recipe, and I’ve affectionately dubbed it “Puerto Rican Meatloaf.” The recipe contains two of the staples of Puerto Rican cuisine: sofrito and Adobo. The meatloaf is made on the stove top instead of in the oven and has a simple, delicious sauce made from canned tomato bisque soup, water, and plain Hunts Tomato Sauce. The recipe is finished by adding two thinly sliced onions on top in the last 30 minutes of cooking. I used 95% lean ground beef when I made it this last time, and although it was a bit drier, I felt good knowing that I made this favorite as healthy as possible.

I am totally in love with these mashed potatoes from the prepared foods section at Wegmans. Mashed potatoes have long been my favorite food, but I don’t make them from scratch anymore because they just can’t compare with these.

Sautéed green beans with garlic salt and Adobo are a staple in our house. I make them at least once per week. They also made an appearance in last week’s WIAW post!

These blueberries look so delicious and colorful, but unfortunately, their taste does not match their appearance. Something is off with the texture. (I guess that’s what I get for buying them out of season.) I actually paid about $9 for 18 ounces of them, so I’m not going to waste them, but I probably won’t eat many more of them plain. I may make smoothies or muffins; I haven’t quite decided.

Dinner: Wegmans Zesty Savory Sirloin Kabob and 1/2 russet baked potato with 1/2 tbsp. butter and 1 tbsp. shredded cheddar cheese

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Spring has officially arrived when Wegmans starts selling kabobs again!  Last night we enjoyed our first kabobs of the season.

Wegmans assembles these kabobs and sells them ready-made. All you need to do is throw them on the grill at home and brush on some extra marinade, if you choose. They have a variety of flavors of both beef and chicken, but the Zesty Savory Marinade is our favorite.

I always serve the kabobs with a baked potato. This time, I only ate half of a potato but added some butter and cheese.

This meal is my absolute favorite of spring and summer!


And there you have it! I even stayed within my calorie target for the day, which I haven’t been so great at doing in the past week.

Also, as you can see, I’m really not a big snacker. I prefer full meals that cover a number of the food groups! I think it has to do with how I was raised; we were definitely a meat and potatoes family.

Do you have a favorite spring/summer meal? I can’t get enough of grilling! It is so healthy, and the clean-up is so easy.