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Jazzed-Up Mac & Cheese and Apple Crisp

I had so many ideas for dinner swirling around in my head last night.  In the end, I decided to use up some leftovers before I cooked any new dishes.  With Dan out of town the past few days, our fridge was full of leftovers.  He’s back now, so I’m guessing those will disappear soon. 😉

To start, I roasted the rest of my brussels sprouts. Rather than making them fancy with maple syrup or chai tea, I simply tossed them with some olive oil, salt, and pepper.

IMG_3610I’m definitely picking up more brussels sprouts at the Farmer’s Market this weekend!

There was 2/3 of mac ‘n’ cheese from the other night in the fridge, but eating it plain didn’t sound appealing.  So I jazzed it up!


Jazzed-Up Mac ‘n’ Cheese


  • 1/3 box of mac ‘n’ cheese
  • 1/2 oz. goat cheese
  • 1 T. asiago or Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 T. white wine (I used a Pinot Grigio)
  • Lots and lots of oregano

Instructions: Mix and microwave.  It is that simple.  And it tastes pretty gourmet for a dish with a boxed mix as its base!

I have been meaning to clean the apartment for ages, but keep putting it off.  I’ve been so busy that when I finally have some free time, I’d rather spend it relaxing than cleaning.  Last night was finally the night to catch up.  And catch up I did!

Check it out:

  • Took all the burners off the stove and clean them.
  • Clean the rest of the stove.
  • Do the dishes.
  • Run the dishwasher.
  • Clean the kitchen counter.
  • Clean the bathroom.
  • Organize my desk.
  • Re-organize the kitchen.
  • Clean the kitchen table.
  • Put away all laundry.

Tonight, I’m cleaning the rest of the living room & vacuuming, and I will have cleaned the entire apartment!  Between Dan and I, he is definitely the cleaner one.  He’s quite proud of my cleaning job this week. 🙂

You may recall that a few weeks ago, I bought almost 20 pounds of apples.  About 10 apples were left, and they were at that point where they were too soft to eat plain, but not mealy.  Naturally, I didn’t want to throw them away, so I made an apple crisp!

IMG_3613Apple Crisp:


  • About 4 cups of apples, sliced thinly
  • 2 T. maple syrup
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • 1/3 c. butter
  • 1 c. oats
  • 1 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. raw sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Spread apple slices in a greased 9″x13″ baking pan.
  3. In a bowl, mix the oats, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and raw sugar.
  4. Mix the butter into the bowl until coarse crumbs form.
  5. Pour the oats mixture over the apples.
  6. Drizzle with maple syrup, and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  7. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.

This apple crisp is Amazing!  Using the graham crackers in addition to the oats made such a difference.

I had mine a la mode with a little chocolate frozen yogurt.  I may or may not have gone back for seconds… 😉

Oh, and as far as workouts go, I did 10 pushups last night.

This morning

I’ll make this quick, since this post is getting lengthy!


Same green monster as yesterday.

1/2 c. Kashi Go Lean Crunch with skim milk.


How do YOU “jazz up” your leftovers?


October 28, 2009 at 9:59 am 5 comments

Catch Up

I was up late last night doing homework, so I didn’t get to my dinner post…whoops!

Dinner included:

IMG_3477Split pea soup. It is not photogenic, but it is delicious.  And easy.  So, so easy to make.  Check back later for the recipe.

IMG_3478Food Should Taste Good Everything Chips

IMG_3479Carrots with Hummus.

And lots of some SunChips and Frosted Animal Crackers.  I don’t know what it is about SWE study nights.  Lately, I turn down the overly-processed junk food at almost all of our other SWE meetings.  Until I go to SWE study night.

My plan for the next one?  Pack yummy, healthy, irresistable snacks to munch on, instead of the provided snacks.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

As for yesterday’s workout:

  • Pilates
  • Stomach Series
  • Roll-Ups
  • The Hundred
  • Strength Training
  • Overhead tricep extensions
  • Overhead presses
  • Bicep curls
  • Side raises
  • Squats
  • Plie squats
  • Side lunges


IMG_3482A bowl of Kashi GoLean Crunch with Vanilla Soy and

IMG_3485a Warm Peach with Cinnamon made up my quick, on-the-go breakfast.

Lunch today includes some tried and true favorites.  I missed these while I was gone.

IMG_3486A sandwich thins with almond butter, pumpkin butter, and apple slices.

A strawberry Chobani with frozen raspberries and granola.

Check back later for the split pea soup recipe!

October 21, 2009 at 1:21 pm 4 comments

Note: Big Fitness Weekend Ahead!

I’m so so excited for this weekend!  Read on to find out why.  But first, a quick recap of my eats so far for today:

Breakfast Quinoa with Almond Butter, Chopped Apple, Cacao Nibs and less than a teaspoon of maple syrup.  I realized partway into class that I didn’t have a picture, and it would be awkward to take one in the middle of such a small lecture. 🙂


Between classes, I did a training ride on my bike since I didn’t get to it last night.  My stats:

10.0 miles, 43:33 minutes.

After that, I was starving!

IMG_3178A kiwi. I didn’t eat the skin this time, but scooped out the flesh with a spoon instead.  I like it so much better this way!

IMG_3179An apple and cheddar quesadilla on a whole wheat tortilla. Yum!

Later, I plan on munching on these veggies and hummus:


Am I Insane?!

You already know that Dan and I are doing the Tyranena Oktoberfest Bike Ride to benefit Tomorrow’s Hope, which “supports organizations that help anyone who is touched by a life-limiting disease. This includes Alzheimers, cancer, diabetes, heart connditions, kidney or liver disease, Niemann-Pick disease and more.” (from Tomorrow’s Hope website).  We will be biking 46 miles on Saturday.

As if that wasn’t enough of a workout for the weekend, I also decided to sign up for a 5K today that is on Sunday morning.  This one benefits the Literacy Network, “a not-for-profit organization committed to providing basic literacy services to adults and families in Dane County so they may achieve their employment, education and family goals.”

Doing two big races in one weekend may seem crazy, but I’m so excited for it! I never thought I’d be able to run a 5K OR bike 46 miles, and now I’m doing both within 24 hours of each other.  I get giddy and happy whenever I think about how far I’ve come since May in my fitness, and I want to prove to myself that I can do this.  So on that note, wish me luck! 🙂

September 30, 2009 at 11:51 am 1 comment

Change of Plans

So, remember how I was planning my next beet dish?  Well, Dan and I were starving when we got home and decided we wanted something quicker than that.  In other words, the beet dish has been pushed to tomorrow.  Check back tomorrow night for my report!


Instead, we had


Almond butter, pumpkin butter, & apple slices on a Sandwich Thins, all toasted together. Seriously, love this combo, and it is even better warm!


Mixed veggies.

Popcorn sweetened with a little brown sugar and cinnamon.

Dessert?  The last of my Scharffen Berger chocolate. So sad. 😦

Giveaway Time!

If you haven’t already, check out these awesome giveaways!

1.  Leslie’s Pirate Booty Giveaway.  (I love this stuff!)

2.  Dori’s Fitness DVD Giveaway.  (These look like fun; I want to try them!)


I decided to do the Eat.Sweat.Blog. challenge for the month of October.  Basically, you need to exercise for 20 days in the month of October, and complete 10 of their “feats.”  Feats include going without soda for the month, bringing your lunch to work 10 times, volunteering with your local food bank at least once, eating local food for one day, and more!

So, who wants to join me in this challenge?  Let me know!
And finally, I’m looking for some recommendations/recipes for some plane and hotel-friendly snacks for my upcoming trip to California… so leave me a message with your best recommendation or recipe!

September 29, 2009 at 10:20 pm 5 comments

Lazy Breakfast

I’m just not feeling breakfast this morning.  So today’s first meal was random and kind of thrown together:

IMG_3169Egg Beaters with chives and a little Parmesan. This was my first time microwaving Egg Beaters, and I was impressed!

IMG_3170A little apple cider.  As you may recall from my field trip recap, this cider contains only apples, nothing else.  I know it isn’t as good as whole fruit, but its still delicious!

And the rest of my pumpkin bar.  There was a little more than 1/3 left.

Sorry for the lack of posts yesterday!  I’ll do better today, promise.

Off to the airport to pick up Dan!

September 29, 2009 at 9:09 am

Early to Bed

I’m pretty sure I’m going to go to bed before 9 tonight.  I am that tired.

As a result, I haven’t been super-efficient today, but I’ve still been getting some work done.  A little more work for my internship tonight, then I think I’ll call it today.

The two parts of my dinner don’t really go together, but I couldn’t decide what I wanted…

IMG_3157A sharp cheddar + apple quesadilla.  Sounds like it would be a weird combination, but it is seriously great!  And if you make it on a Foreman grill, it takes about 2 minutes to make!

IMG_3161Quinoa + beans + veggies. I only slightly modified a recipe that I can’t link to here (from a cookbook, not online), so I unfortunately can’t post how I made it.  BUT, it is red because I tried my very first beet in this dish!

I like beets.  I think.  I don’t think I’d eat them alone or anything, but in a dish like this, its pretty good.  Very…earthy.  That’s the only word I can think of right now to describe it.

All together:

IMG_3162Before bed, I might have some cider from the orchard we visited this week.  I just had to buy some at the Farmer’s Market yesterday after our field trip!

September 27, 2009 at 6:46 pm 1 comment

A new record

Four posts in one day!  🙂

Other than my SWE snacks, dinner included:

IMG_3079A little piece of the fabulous garlic Parmesan bread Dan picked up at Trader Joe’s yesterday and

IMG_3077Tempeh, Peppers and Brown Rice in Apple BBQ Sauce. I picked this sauce up at the apple orchard this weekend, and really wanted to use it.  Since I’m not eating meat this month, I decided to try it with some tempeh!

I’ve had tempeh once before, and was not a fan at the time.  It was way to dry and flavorless for me.

Tempeh, however, has redeemed itself.  I marinated it in Apple BBQ sauce while the rice cooked, then baked it at 400 degrees for 25 minutes with 3 bell peppers and some more BBQ sauce.  I mixed in the rice, and got a delicious, satisfying dinner!

Are there any foods you thought you didn’t like, but changed your opinion when you gave it a second chance?

September 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm

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