Sunday Food Prep – what went down in my kitchen (10)

Hello, hello!

Welp, Monday’s back…

hooray monday

…and that means I get to share my Sunday food prep adventures with you!

I was feeling less than inspired – much like the Redskins offense – and only accomplished a little – much better than the Redskins offense. *sigh*

I decided that I needed to make some brownies. Because … duh … brownies.

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I’ve been fiddling with my recipe a little and I like what I did this time around. I decreased the flour (gluten-free) to 3/4 cup, only used 1 egg, subbed peanut butter chips for the dark chocolate chips, and threw in some chopped pecans from the pecan tree in our backyard. We have a few so I figured why not?

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I also added a couple teaspoons of this new chia, hemp, and buckwheat cereal I found at the Fresh Market.

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These are definitely winners! Not overly sweet and dense but still thick and fudgy. Just the way a brownie should be! Have you tried them yet?

I roasted a chuck roast in my crockpot.

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I defrosted some homemade chicken broth and used that as the liquid. I skipped all the fanciness and just went with salt and pepper and a little bit of garlic powder as my seasonings.

For a girl who doesn’t like pot roast, I was really reluctant to share!  So good!

My sailor and I had some last night for dinner with some quinoa and roasted broccoli and there’s plenty leftover for a few sandwiches or to top a sweet tater throughout the week. 🙂

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This broccoli. It’s like veggie crack. Seriously, I could eat the whole pan.

Finally, I decided to make a loaf of The Lean Green Bean’s Dutch Oven bread.

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Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m not doing that whole gluten thing right now.

Well, I’ve been gluten free for a few weeks now and I’ve been assessing my tummy situation. I’m not exactly sure that gluten is the problem (I see my doc tomorrow and we’ll discuss all the tummy things then) and I read Erin’s post about why she stopped being gluten free and it really resonated with me. I mean, I don’t eat a lot of gluten anyway (as long as I don’t eat an entire baguette in one sitting!) but I also wasn’t having any of those other, more serious issues like balance and headaches, etc.  So, unless a test comes back indicating that I need to eliminate all gluten, I figure I’ll eat it in moderation. And maybe only in homemade foods so I can control all the ingredients.

Like in this bread.

Which, incidentally, I made with 2 cups of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of gluten-free flour and, while the loaf might be smaller than one that uses all gluten-y flour, it was still pretty delicious toasted and smeared with avocado this morning. And my tummy wasn’t mad. 🙂

Random Spam Comment Time!

…in response to this post

“Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!”

Talk to me: Have you ever done an “elimination” diet? What did you eliminate? What did you learn about yourself?

– jennifer

Tuesday’s Culinary Adventures – some soup, some sammies, some dessert!

Hello, hello!

I am so glad it FINALLY stopped raining!

Seriously, it’s been raining since Saturday.

Can you say soggy and cold? Blech!

Anyway, I was able to get yesterday’s run done this morning.

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It was  a wee bit chilly!

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You know, I don’t mind running in the cold and I don’t mind running in the rain but put the two together and I’m staying indoors, baby.

Gotta draw the line somewhere!

Running is supposed to be fun and running in the cold and rain is so NOT fun.

Have you done all your Christmas shopping yet?

Have you even started?

I haven’t. I should probably get on that, huh?

I’ve been having too much fun baking and trying new recipes!

Like yesterday.

I went a little crazy yesterday.

I baked some Dutch Oven Bread.

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Seriously, this has got to be the best bread ever. EVER.

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You know, the “history of all time” kind of EVER.

I roasted some tomatoes, onions, and garlic for some Roasted Tomato Soup.

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Oh my goodness!

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That soup was divine!

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Roasting the tomatoes really gives it an amazing flavor!

And the garlic?

I just died and went to heaven!

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I used to bread to make some grilled cheese sandwiches to accompany the soup.

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I used a 6-cheese Italian blend for the sammies.

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Om nom nom!

 I also made dessert.

Hey, I told you I went a little crazy.

It’s not like you weren’t warned.

I made some Gingerbread Cookie Dough Cups.

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Holy Mother of GOD, these were amazing!

I clearly need to make them again so I can make them as lovely as Kylie does.

Practice makes perfect, after all. 🙂

Today, I think I’ll practice on some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

And then, I’ll do 8 more miles tomorrow.

You know, to run it all off. 🙂

Question: Do you prefer to do your Christmas shopping in the store or online and why?

I’m an online girl – I can only handle so many people in a confined space!

– jennifer

So many things: Water! Garlic-Lime Steak with Avocado Salsa! Shoulder burnout!

Hello. hello!

Happy Wednesday!

T-minus 5 days until the movers show up and start packing!

YIKES!

And, of course, today was shoulder/arm burnout day at CrossFit so I’m basically writing this with my arms firmly attached to my side.

Um, kinda got no energy to raise them.

Good thing I’m not in school because I’d never learn anything if I had to ask a question.

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Yeah, no way I’m doing that today.

Anyway, here’s what we did.

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Don’t let the 75# Rx weight for women fool you.

It actually said 95# when we got there.

Um, yeah. None of us could do that.

I did 65#.

I might have been able to do 75# for the clusters but the floor presses were a different story.

By the time I got to the 4th round, I was struggling to press more than 3-4 in a row.

Holy. Hard.

And, because the coaches have a deranged sense of humor, battle ropes seemed like a good “cool down” after that WOD.

Hooray.

So, this morning, Molly decided that she wanted to snack on the leaves of some carnations that I got for Thing 2.

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Sure, she looks cute and innocent. But, she’s a flower eater!

Molly loves plants. And flowers. And other things she shouldn’t eat.

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She loves them so much, she sometimes can’t control herself.

She knocked over the vase.

Water. Everywhere.

At 4am.

Grrrrrrr.

Then, when I got home from CrossFit, I was doing some dishes after breakfast.  Finished up and went to pick up my water bottle.

Apparently, the lid was not screwed on all the way.

Water. Everywhere.

GRRRRRRRR!

I’m afraid to do laundry.

Anywho, I made the most amazing steak for dinner yesterday!

I am the grill master.

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OMG, it was topped with a fresh avocado salsa!

Seriously. Delicious.

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And, I made some Dutch oven bread too!

Oh, my tummy was so happy!

Garlic-Lime Steak with Avocado Salsa
serves 4
recipe from Good Morning America (yes, really!)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Juice and grated zest of 1 lime
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar or cider vinegar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound flank steak
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt, to taste

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice and zest, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic powder, and pepper. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the mixture. Add the steak to the bowl and toss to coat. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, gently toss together the avocado, cilantro, garlic, and reserved 2 tablespoons of the lime marinade. Mix well, then season with salt. Set aside. Heat the grill to medium high and coat the racks with oil or cooking spray.

3. Grill the steak 6-8 minutes per side, depending on your preference. Allow to rest 5 minutes before slicing against the grain. Arrange the steak on a serving platter and serve topped with the avocado salsa.

4. OM. NOM. NOM.

The bread?

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YUM!

I used the Lean Green Bean’s recipe for Foolproof Dutch Oven Bread.

Seriously, my new go-to bread recipe.

In fact, I think I need to go grab a slice.

And maybe slather it with some almond butter.

Because, you know, I’m hungry and all that jazz.

Questions: When it comes to grilling, do you prefer gas or charcoal?  Are you the grill master in your house? What’s your favorite thing to grill?

– jennifer