(not) meant to be

Eight hours of sleep and feelin’ good! :mrgreen:

I forgot how deliciously creamy oat bran is, when cooked with chia seeds!!!

  • 1 c. lowfat milk
  • 3/4 c. water
  • seasonings: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla
  • 1/4 c. oatbran
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 c. wheat bran
  • toppings: FEED apple granola, walnuts, maple syrup
  1. Bring milk, water and seasonings to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add in oatbran, apple, and chia seeds.  Reduce heat to medium low and cook for about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Once beginning to thicken, add wheat bran and cook for one more minute.
  4. TOP as desired! 😀

Morning Snack: Orange and mixed nuts

A morning headache converted my original plans of a 5-mile run into a 4-mile walk.  I welcomed the change in pace.  Despite taking yesterday off from running, I just wasn’t feeling it today.  A walk felt 10 times more refreshing for this morning’s workout.

That being said, I’m going to need to really do some schedule tweaking for this upcoming week’s workout routine.  I think I foresee many “night runs” in my not-so-distant future. 😉

My morning walk left me hungry, and I was completely ready to eat by noon.

Brown rice.

Roasted Turnips.

Leftover Bruschetta Chicken (from yesterday.)

The Bruschetta Chicken is my new favorite recipe.  I first tried it about a month ago, when Nicole had us over for dinner.  She served it alongside her homemade foccaccia bread, caesar salad and a zucchini stir fry.  Home cooking at its finest.  My Memere would have been proud. 😀

This chicken dish is worthy of being served for company but quick enough to get on the table for any day of the week.  Best of all, it’s kept healthy with a few simple ingredients, including lycopene rich tomatoes.  Lycopene is an antioxidant known mostly for its effect in reducing cancer risks.

I followed the recipe—almost completely—but modified it just a bit by using real egg whites, whole wheat flour/breadcrumbs in place of white, and cutting back just a bit on the salt.  This meal turned out delicious and reheated well for the use of leftovers.  It makes for the perfect autumn meal. 😀

Bruschetta Chickencourtesy of Taste of Home

  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c. egg whites
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (4-oz. each)
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 c. dry breadcrumbs (I made my own, toasting whole wheat bread in the oven until dried out and processing with basil & oregano for spices)
  • 1 T. butter, melted
  • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 3 T. fresh minced basil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  1. Place flour and eggs in separate shallow bowls. Dip chicken in eggs, then in flour; place in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, coated with cooking spray. Combine the Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over chicken.
  2. Loosely cover baking dish with foil. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 160-165.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Spoon over the chicken. Return to the oven for 3-5 minutes or until tomato mixture is heated through. Yield: 4 servings.

Can I just say how excited I am to see turnips in my kitchen again? :mrgreen:

Autumn, how I love you.

Post-lunch sweetness!

Afternoon Snack: cheesestick and whole grain pretzels

I’m telling you, it was not meant for me to go running today.

First, there was this morning’s headache that turned my intentional run into a walk.

And then there was tonight—before dinner—when I decided that a 3-mile run sounded like a good idea.  I was one mile in, feeling strong, and suddenly—out of nowhere—it began to rain.  You guys know me by now.  I love running in the rain.  It was completely lovely.  But then I saw a lightning flash and heard its companion (aka thunder) bark with an incredible fierceness that made my heart skip a beat, my hair stand on end, and my feet feel as numb as an icecube.  I sprinted through puddles and dirt, bolting towards home.  It was probably the quickest 2-miles I’ve done in a long time. :mrgreen:

I love rain.  I’m scared of thunder.  And that’s the truth. 😉

Time for dinner!

  • mixed greens
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1/2 c. kidney beans
  • black olives
  • 1/2 c. whipped, 1% cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp olive oil

+ kashi crackers.

I love a fresh, crunchy salad for dinner! 

I also love dark chocolate for dessert.

I just bought a new binder and planner today!  I tried getting myself used to the Google Organizer features, but—honestly—I have to write it down with a pen to make it work.  There’s something about holding an actual notebook and crossing my To-Do list out with ink.  It feels so rewarding. 

Tomorrow is going to be an early morning!  My preceptor for Food Service wants me in at 7 o’clock.  Setting the alarm for 5:30 sharp!

Question: How do you keep yourself organized?

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20 thoughts on “(not) meant to be

  1. I keep myself organized by using my computer… I have a Mac and I always have a Sticki open on the desktop with millions of lists! If I am on-the-go, I write everything down on the memopad in my phone 😛 Basically, I would be a wreck without technology.

    I seriously need to give chia seeds a try! I’ve been eyeing Angela’s overnight vegan oatmeal for a long time now… I never knew that they plumped up so much!
    ❤ Tat

  2. I keep the events & assignments organzized by using my agenda. Love my agenda. Is is weird to say I like to keep an agenda organized?! If recently started using google calendar to post assignments & appointments. It has a cool reminder feature that will send you an email a week, day, or hours before it is due!! Neat stuff!

  3. I’m all about my planner and some mechanical pencils. I love filling out a planner by hand, and keeping it super organized by having monthly and weekly sections. While I’ve tried to use online calendars, they never do the trick; I think I’ve carried around some form of planner since high school, and it works for me.

  4. Wow early morning!

    I loveee cottage cheese on salads- you now have me craving it!

    I tried google calendars last year for a bit..but I have to agree with you, I find writing it down with a pen and paper works better for me!

  5. I also prefer writing things down to keep myself organised as opposed to a computer, ive got a yearly planner and that is my life when I am working and in colelge. I love the ticking off of tasks too, even the small ones like, ‘feed the cat’ lol.
    xx

    • He didn’t say, so we’re taking that as a good thing…haha. 😉 He seemed to really enjoy it though, and ate in entire peice in no time at all. 😀

  6. I love creamy oat bran in the mornings. I just pulled out an old favorite I’d forgotten about: cream of rice! Twas delicious!

    I keep myself organized by using this “sticky note” feature on my computer, as well as using iCal to keep track of when things are due, and setting it to remind me or send me email reminders.

  7. That chicken recipe sounds delicious!

    I always run faster in the rain too – rain doesn’t bother me but the lightning/thunder does!

    I stay organized by writing myself notes and emails — the emails stay in my phone so I can reference them as needed. I also keep an accordian folder at home with my receipts, bills, etc, so all of that stays organized and I can reference things as needed.

  8. Writing things down, usually in lists, keeps me on track most of the time. Amazing looking turnips, one of my favs 😉 and I have to try some of that whipped cottage cheese soon! It looks beyond yummy.

  9. That whipped cottage cheese looks so yummy on your salad…like savory whipped cream! 🙂

    I have a master calendar at work (since I spend most of my time there), but then a few smaller calendars at home for meal planning, fun activities, etc.

  10. When it comes to getting things done, I absolutely have to write it down! I tried to use the online calendar at my work, but I found that I really need my old-fashioned planner lists to get things done. Plus, don’t you love drawing a line through your accomplished tasks? Sometimes it’s the simplest things 🙂

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