Tomato + Basil = LOVE

What up:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 120
Skim Milk 90
Lunch Left over chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy 190
Apple sauce 50
Drink Grande Soy Iced Chai Latte 240
Dinner Pasta mix with veggies and Vodka sauce 280
Tomato basil wontons 192
Total 1162

Booyah! Under 1200 calories again. While Daniel and I are temporarily staying at my parent’s house, any condiments and such that we had at the apartment are now being stored in a mini fridge in my parent’s garage. We decided to use up more of what we have by finishing off the Vodka Sauce bottle and some of that pasta stash we hord have. We bought some fresh yellow and orange peppers to add some bulk.

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At the store we decided it was also necessary to get some wonton wrappers, mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, and basil. I think you know where I’m going with this. Tomato Basil Wontons!

They are so good and stupid easy to make. This time, I decided to try to fold them up more and I’m liking this way MUCH better. First, they fit into your mouth easier (always a plus); and second, I think they look more wonton-y and less crab rangoon-y, you know?

tomato basil wontons

tomato basil wontons

Yeah, check out those glamour shots. I ate six of them. I love them so much. I want these served at my wedding some day, that’s how much I love these things. Tomato + Basil = LOVE.

Ok, enough drooling over food.  Workout time! I did nothing yesterday.  After moving everything out of the old apartment I did some cleaning and decided that was enough, ha. But I did an intense run (by my standards) today to make up for it.  But for now, I gotta go sand a table!

Swai Hello There

Yesterday I was finally able to get back on track.  And lots of cooking was involved! And by that I mean Daniel did lots of cooking! As it should be.

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 140
Almond milk 30
Snack Fruit smoothie 220
3 sushi rolls 132
Lunch Whole Grain Elbows & Vodka Sauce 280
Dinner Breaded lemon pepper swai 276
Spinach salad 120
Rice & veggies 140
Total 1338

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For my protein I either use greek yogurt or I add Herbalife Formula 1 Healthy Meal Shake Mix. It’s a mouthful. I have the french vanilla flavor I believe. For 2 scoops it has 9g of protein. Not bad!

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I don’t know how it happened, but we have a lot of pasta.  Daniel decided we needed vodka sauce to go with it. We used the Superior Selections brand of Vodka sauce since it had less calories per serving. I wasn’t really sure what vodka sauce tasted like but it’s delicious! There is vodka listed in the ingredients but you can’t taste it (at least I couldn’t). It’s basically a creamier version of regular pasta sauce. If you haven’t tried it, just do it! You won’t regret it.

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It was so good I had to go back for a second bowl. Daniel added orange peppers, spinach, cucumber, and basil to it to round it out and make it more filling.

For dinner we started off with a nice fresh salad.  On top of a bed of spinach we added cucumber slices, strawberries, granola, feta, and drizzled a little light raspberry vinaigrette. It’s actually a recreation of the amazing salad I had with my friends the other day at a local bistro. So simple and tasty!

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For the main course we had bought a big pack of swai fillets that we needed to use up before we move at the end of the month. That’s right, I’m moving! But just down the street. My room mate recently moved to Las Vegas (jealous) so Daniel and I found a one bedroom. The building is only a year old and reasonably priced. And you can’t beat a close location to campus. So our meals are basically going to be random stuff in our fridge/pantry so we have less stuff when we move.

So for the swai, Daniel found this recipe to try. We altered it a bit to better suit our tastes. We also only used 2 swai fillets because, well, there’s only two of us. So we cut everything in half.

Here’s what we added:

  • .5 Tbsp butter
  • 2 swai fillets
  • 1.5 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • .5 cup Panko bread crumbs (makes it crispier)
  • Lemon pepper
  • Lemon juice

We followed the directions except we mixed in the lemon pepper with Panko bread crumbs. We probably added a tablespoon. I like a lot of lemon pepper. When the fish were done baking we drizzled the lemon juice on top.

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For the side dish, Daniel heated up some leftover brown rice we had previously cooked and added orange pepper and cucumber with a blend of soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, and teriyaki sauce. Saweet!

This was all relatively simple assuming you already have these things on hand. I love making dishes from what we have. I don’t feel like I’m super skilled in the culinary arts (baking is more my thing, you know, with that whole Bakery Science degree) but I enjoy seeing (and tasting) what concoctions Daniel comes up with in the kitchen. It’s giving me more confidence to put different things together to make something delicious.

For my workout yesterday I ran 2.5 miles! Up hills! And it was HOT! That has to 300 calories burned. I was so hot and tired by the end that I thought I was going to pass out. I chugged so much water when I got home. I also made sure to stretch thoroughly afterwards. Today, I avoided the heat with a nice but challenging strengthening work out. I’ll give you the deets tomorrow!