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A Winning Combination

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I just signed up for a three month program at my gym that will focus on preparing me for a half marathon! Although I think I could do this on my own, I’m really excited to get out there with others who have the same goal. For me it isn’t even about “socializing” just their presence is motivating. It totally brings out the competitor in me. The program starts next month and is going to keep me busy for two nights (and one morning). So that dinners don’t become neglected, I’m going to have to really plan to have good “leftover” meals or crockpot meals. Some people hate leftovers but for me it is all about how much I really liked the dish the first time around. Hint: I really loved this dish the first time around…

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Cajun Chicken Pasta! Normally, when pasta and creamy sauces are put together you get one heck of a calorie laden meal. Not with this recipe! A whole 11/2 cups of this pasta comes in at only 328 calories. Not bad! Also, I just love all the veggies packed into it!

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I think the chicken is hiding in my pictures but don’t worry, there was just the right amount in each dish.

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I followed the suggested recipe, however I added just a pinch of ground red pepper at the end just to make it a little more spicy! It was even a great leftovers meal for the next day which was great for today because my kids had a ton of homework and I needed to help them and not be busy cooking.

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So do you have any favorite healthy leftover meals or crockpot meals? I’d love to hear about them!
The recipe for this yummy dish can be found at Skinnytaste.com.

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Stuffed Puffed Pastries

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Yet another Christmas is coming to an end. Almost. We have one more get together this weekend. In my head I feel like things will settle down then, however we have New Years and my dad’s birthday before the festivities will actually be over. Long story short, I have all kinds of recipes to share with you right now!

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These Avocado, Cream Cheese and Salsa Puffed Pastries were a hit! Next time I think I’ll let them cook a little longer, but I was so worried they would burn and I didn’t want to the the chance. I’m also interested in how they would be if you used wonton or egg roll wrappers in lieu of the puff pastry. If you try that out, let me know how they turn out.

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I really liked how quickly these came together! I’ll be honest I just spooned the avocado, cream cheese and salsa onto each square without measuring. Whatever looked good seemed to work out just fine. The only thing I didn’t like was that my salsa was naturally a little too wet and leaked from a few of the pastries. Next time I think I’ll use my little mesh strainer or even a fork to add the salsa so it’s a little drier.

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Aside from not measuring, I followed the original recipe pretty closely and it can be found here at Averie Cooks.

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So if you celebrate Christmas, I hoped you enjoyed it! Here are a few picture of my favorite things.

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The weather was terrible and we had to get a tree so this is our $20.00 purchase from Tractor Supply! Not bad huh? My kids decorated our cookies, clearly they love sprinkles. Also our Elf, George was a hit and will be missed very much.
Although I got loads of cool gifts, I’m happy to share that I got this…

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Also I’m hoping that this gift will help with all the holiday indulging!

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Do you have one of these gadgets? I haven’t used my Nike band yet but I’m hoping it is as neat as it looks!!

Short Cut

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So how was your Thanksgiving? Mine was pretty fantastic and I think a new tradition was born.

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Gobble, gobble! I got second place in my age group in the Thanksgiving 5k my town had! I actually felt pretty crappy during my run so I’m gunning for 1st next year! But really, what a great way to start the day before eating (too much) and laying around playing Words With Friends, stalking blogs I adore, and watching football!!
Today, I’m so proud of the recipe I have to share with you! With the holidays coming, I think this is a fantastic dish for a small get together! This dish will look like you spent hours in the kitchen, but with the short cuts I made, you’ll have a wonderful dish in no time!
Sometimes I’m just too busy, or too lazy to follow directions. So when I saw this chicken recipe on Pinterest, I knew I had to find a way to make something like it! So I did…

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This chicken had amazing flavor! The puréed cauliflower complemented it well. Yes, that is cauliflower and not potatoes. This is a pretty healthy dish!

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Lost

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Everytime I eat Brie I think of Seattle. The other day when I made this sandwich, I instantly was reminded of a sandwich I had while I was in Seattle. It was an apple and Brie panini. I don’t have a panini gadget, so instead of making a grilled sandwich, I decided to use a tortilla again.

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Sore!

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Today I want to share with you a totally comforting dish! This dish is cheesy, salty, filling, and of course eggy!!
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But first I want to share with you an accomplishment I made yesterday!
I ran a 10.4 mile trail run!

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Awww look how happy I look. Who knew how sore I would be today!! I don’t think I’m completely sore from the run (although it was extremely difficult), but more from all of the times I almost fell during the run. We had quite a few days of rain right before the race, so the trail was extremely muddy.
Exhibit A and B

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I’m guessing I won’t be allowed to wear those shoes in the gym :(.
I looked for pictures of the race however the ones I found are completely misleading! They are all of these little flat spots of a beautifully wooded trails. Although the race was in a very beautiful setting, they failed to show pictures of all of the large hills you have to climb during the race (my husband counted seven). I’m pretty sure if there were seven, at least five of them were in the first five miles. A friend I was running with had asked me on the first hill if this was the “hill” I had been talking about (I had ran this course one other time in the past), I’m pretty sure that she didn’t like my response when I replied “it is one of them.”
The other “fun” part of this run was all of the creeks you had to get across (with no bridges). There were a few times my shoes got wet and that water was COLD!
But we made it! And I’m sure everyone felt proud!
Today however, I’m taking it easy because I’m so sore!
So let’s get back to cooking shall we?

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We have been having a heck of a time keeping up with the chickens and all of the eggs they’ve been laying. So when I came up with this dish, I wanted to make sure that I would have lots of the couscous mixture for leftovers.
Here is what I used:
whole wheat couscous
frozen spinach, thawed and squeeze dry
parmesan cheese
goat cheese (not shown)
butter and olive oil (also not shown)
bacon (entire package)
eggs
chicken broth or chicken bouillon
salt and pepper
When I made this, I had doubled the couscous and made roughly four cups cooked. I would suggest only making about two cups cooked because it is just so filling and let you dish have more bacon and spinach. But that is just me!
So here is what I did:
1. Boil couscous according to package. Instead of water I used chicken broth for extra flavor. I didn’t add salt because of the broth base having plenty of sodium (plus your adding bacon later!). Once couscous is cooked, add in a little fat. I used butter (about two tablespoons) and just a bit of olive oil.

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2. While couscous is cooking, fry your bacon until crispy.

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3. Combine couscous, bacon, spinach, and goat cheese (I used what was left in my fridge probably about 11/2-2 ounces.
4. Fry eggs over easy and add a little sprinkle of salt and pepper while cooking.
5. In a bowl, add couscous mixture.

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(This may have been a little too much for one serving.)
6. Top with an egg (or two and parmesan). Serve!!

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Birthday Fun

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You know your birthday has been fun when your ready for the Monday routine of a salad and a long run to return. Until then, I’m enjoying every moment although I might only fit into sweat pants. So what have I been up to? Well I’ll show you and you can tell me if you see any patterns.

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Pumpkin Chili! Send me a link if you know a good recipe for this! It was fantastic!

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Pumpkin Fudge! Just a tiny pinch of this and your taste buds will love you.

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Pumpkin Doughnut! This may have been at the top of my list next to the pumpkin cheesecake that didn’t last long enough for a picture. I will never try to make my own pumpkin doughnut because you can’t beat perfection!

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Pumpkin Latte, if you never have had this, go now! Have you seen Starbuck’s new coffee makers?? I so want one!!! Bad!

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Wine tasting! This was a blast!

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Poblano and Goat Cheese Bacon Burger! Holy cow, this is one of the best burgers I’ve ever had! The bacon had a thick maple glaze which gave the burger an awesome combo of sweet and salty! I look forward to trying to make something like this at the lake next summer!

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Costume shopping, yes hanging out my kids made my day! He passed up the angry bird costume however to be this character instead!
In case your worried about me having sugar intoxication, I’ll be honest enough to say that I’ve enjoyed some of these treats over the past few days, but I probably have had more junk than any one person should have!
So how shall I repent?

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WHAT THE WHAT!! I’m so jacked up excited to try this out!!! It took everything out of me to not buy every bottle on the shelf!! at only 40 calories per serving…I probably should have! By the way, I found this lovely at Walmart! I’ll be sure to blog a little salad idea I have in place for this gem!
Thank you to all of those who contributed all of the fun I’ve had over the last few days!!

Three Years Later

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So years ago, three actually, I ripped this recipe out of a magazine to save in my recipe book. Clearly, this was before I had ever met the totally addicting Pinterest! I kept this recipe with intent of making it for a friend’s birthday! I did not intend for it to take three years.

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The wait, although unnecessary, may have been worth it!

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Nutter Butter Banana Pudding Trifle! continue reading for recipe