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I got up this morning for a 30 minute Pilates class… and I’m glad I did. I had too much food last night and plus I got a heavy workout that made me work this morning, when I didn’t want to.

But again, I stopped off at the Starbucks across the street from the Pilates Studio to get, this time, a Tall Iced Chai Latte w/Soy.

Mike and I are both doing office work this morning… and I haven’t even gotten to making my mid morning juice, or take my Barley Max Powder. So after this, I’m going straight to the kitchen to do so.!

Breakfast: 1Tsp. Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz Distilled Water

Mid Morning 8oz Carrot Juice

30 Minutes before lunch, 1 Tsp. Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz Distilled Water

Lunch: Mixed Fruit Salad eat until satisfied

I ended up putting some Apples, Grapes and Banana together for my mixed Fruit Salad.

Mid Afternoon 8oz Carrot, Cucumber Juice

30 Minutes before dinner, 1 Tsp. Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz Distilled Water

Dinner: Stacked Salad, Hearty Vegetable Stew, Whole Grain Bread

I made some changes to the stacked salad.. instead of making a fresh salad, I ate the left overs from Mondays Mixed Garden Salad. I just added layered Cucumbers, and Carrots to the mix.

Stacked Salad:

Ingredients:

Bed of Romaine Lettuce or Green Salad

1large sliced tomato

avocado

summer squash rounds

cucumber rounds

red pepper rings

yellow pepper rings

top with grated carrot

Directions: Wash and dice, chop, and layer vegetables on top of Romaine lettuce or Green Salad.

Wednesday Menu Hearty Vegetable Stew

Wednesday Menu Hearty Vegetable Stew

Hearty Vegetable Stew:

Ingredients:

1quart vegetable soup stock/distilled water

1medium onion

4cups tomatoes

1cup green beans

4stalks of celery w/tops

1/2tsp thyme

1bay leaf

6 medium red potatoes

1garlic clove

4 carrots

2cups fresh peas

6sprigs parsley

1/4tsp basil

celtic salt

Directions: Dice Celery and onions, peel and cube tomatoes and potatoes, slice carrots and green beans, mince garlic, remove stems from parsley, if using fresh, mince. Steam saute vegetables in a small amount of soup stock until al dente. Add the rest of the soup stock and the seasonings, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook an additional 30 minutes, add peas, cover and continue cooking 15 minutes. Serve in deep bowls with toasted whole grain bread.

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Starbucks Grande Iced Chai Latte w/Soy

Starbucks Grande Iced Chai Latte w/Soy

Tuesday mornings are my early Pilates Classes starting at 7am. I almost missed the class because I ended up leaving the house 2 minutes before 7… so I got there about 5 minutes late.

Anyway… I burned calories and built some core muscle. For all this work, I felt like I deserved a reward. So against my best judgement, I went to Starbucks and upgraded my drink to a Grande Iced Chai Latte with Soy.

Then I came home to take a quick shower. And after the shower, I was curious to see where my weight was. I had some additional snacking of Stacy’s Pita Chips again and dinner last night was huge. It was like I couldn’t keep my mouth shut.

Stacy's Pita Chips

Stacy's Pita Chips

So, I got on the scale and I saw 160lbs… and thought WHAT!!!! And then did a little happy dance and jumped into the shower. I’m so thrilled that I am down to this weight, it really feels GREAT!!

Then I bounced down the stairs to the kitchen and made:

Breakfast with 1Tsp Barley Max Powder mixed with Distilled Water

My Mid Morning 8oz Carrot, Vegetable Juice. For the Vegetable Juice, I put together some Cucumber and Spinach and POOF!

Tuesday Menu Spinach, Carrot, Cucumber Juice

Tuesday Menu Spinach, Carrot, Cucumber Juice

30 minutes before lunch, 1Tsp Barley Max Powder mixed with Distilled Water

Lunch: Grapes until satisfied

Mid Afternoon 8oz Carrot, Celery, Parsley Juice.

30 minutes before  dinner, 1Tsp Barley Max Powder mixed with Distilled Water

Dinner: Mixed Garden Salad, Tomato Soup. For the Mixed Garden Salad, I’m going to add some Green Peas, Celery and Tomatoes. 

Tuesday Menu Mixed Garden Salad

Tuesday Menu Mixed Garden Salad

Mixed Garden Salad:

Ingredients:

1Avocado

1/2Red Onion

1Small Bunch Broccoli

2Cucumbers

2Cups Fresh Green Peas

3/4Cup Celery

3/4Cup Fresh Tomatoes

Directions: Chop celery, peel and chop tomatoes and mix with existing veggie salad.

Tuesday Menu Tomato Soup

Tuesday Menu Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup:

Ingredients:

3Cups Fresh Tomatoes

1Small Onion

1Ripe Avocado

1Tsp. Oregano

1Tsp. Basil

1Tbsp Lemon Juice

1Stalk of Celery

Celtic Salt

1/2Cup Fresh Carrot Juice

Directions: Peel Tomatoes and avocado, place in blender and puree. Chop the onion and celery, and add to the blended seasoning and celtic sea salt. Puree to desired consistency, stir in carrot juice just before serving.

THEN…. IF THAT WASN”T ENOUGH. THE BOYS WANTED TO GO OUT AND EAT, SO WE DECIDED ON NOODLES & COMPANY FOR DINNER. I HAD A SMALL BOWL OF PHAD THAI NOODLES WITHOUT THE EGGS AND PEANUTS!!!!

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I started the day off with making my Mid Morning 8oz Juice of Carrot, Celery and Greens before I headed out to church.

I used Celery for Beets, because I had ran out and just used Green Leaf Lettuce for the Greens. I drank the Juice on my way to church and on my way home… and it was really good.

While I was out.. I made it a point to put together my grocery list and hit the Whole Foods and Giants for groceries. At Whole Foods, I picked up the Raw Apple Sauce I ate for lunch.

Mid Afternoon: it’s an 8oz Carrot Juice with Barley Max Powder. But unfortunately, my order has not come in yet… so it’s just Carrot Juice and maybe some Celery and Cucumber.

Dinner menu looks like this: Garden Salad and  Minestrone Soup. Looking forward to making dinner. 🙂

Sunday Menu Garden Salad

Sunday Menu Garden Salad

Garden Salad:

Ingredients:

2Cups Romaine Lettuce

1/2Cup thinly Sliced Radishes

1 or 2 Green Leaves

1Cup Spinach Leaves

8 or 10 Cherry Tomatoes

1/2Cucumber

Directions: Wash and dry veggies and tear lettuce and spinach into bite-size pieces. Slice radishes, slice onions, add cucumber and tomatoes. Top with desired dressing.

Sunday Menu Minestrone Soup

Sunday Menu Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup:

Ingredients:

8Cups Vegetable Soup Stock

11/2Cup Garbonzo Beans

2Cups Red Kidney Beans

1/2Cup Carrots

3Medium Tomatoes

1/2Cup Fresh Parsley

Celtic Salt

1Cup Cabbage

1/2Cup Onion

1/2Cup Celery

1Clove Garlic

1/4Tsp Thyme

3/4Tsp Basil

1/4Tsp Oregano 

1/2Box of Spinach Noodles

Directions:  Peel and Dice Tomatoes. Cook and Drain Kidney and Garbanzo Beans(I used canned) . Mince Garlic and Parsely. Chop carrtos, onion, celery, cabbage and garlic and saute in water or soup stock over medium heat until the onion is translucent – about 5 minutes. Stir in kidney beans, garbanzo beans, diced tomatoes and minced herbs. Bring to a simmerm then turn heat down and simmer about 10 minutes. Stir in Parlsey and simmer with lid partially on for about 15 minutes or until cabbage is tender. As the soup cooks, it will thicken. Add more tomatoes or soup stock as needed. Serve over spinach noodles.

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I ended up making a Vegetable Soup Stock because that’s what this evenings Gazpacho Soup called for. So dinner got pushed back 45 minutes, while the Stock cooked up.

Vegetable Soup Stock:

Ingredients:

8-10 Cups Distilled Water

2 Onions, Cubed

3 Cloves of Garlic

2 Carrots

4 Celery Stalk

2 Potatoes with Skin

2 Cups Cauliflower Pieces

2Cups Broccoli Pieces

1/2Cup Parsley

1Bay Leaf

1Tsp Thyme

1Tsp Basil/Mint

Directions: Chop all vegetables into 1-inch pieces. Place in stock pot and add seasonings. Steam saute until slightly tender. Cover with distilled water , bring to boil and reduce heat and simmer over low heat for 45 minutes to an hour. Cool and strain twice. Stock will keep in refrigerator for a week and can be frozen too to be used in soups and stews.

Gazpacho Soup

Gazpacho Soup

Then I was free to complete the Gazpacho Soup:

Ingredients:

 3Cups Tomatoes

2Cups Cucumber, Peeled

2 Stalks Celery, Diced

1/2Green Bell Pepper, Seeded and Diced

1Red Bell Pepper, Seeded and Diced

3Green Onions or 2Tbsp Dried Onion Flakes

2Tbs Olive Oil

2Tbs Lemon Juice

1/2Tsp Celtic Salt

1tsp dried onion flakes

1tsp parsley

1tsp oregano

1 tsp paprika

1tsp thyme

Directions: Place half of tomatoes and 1/4cup soup stock into blender and puree. Pour into a container and add other vegetables and olive oil, lemon juice and seasonings. Cover and refrigerate before serving… served cold.

While I was waiting on the Vegetable Soup Stock and the Gazpacho Soup to be made, I worked on the Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad:

Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad

Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad

Ingredients:

Small Broccoli Florets

Small Cauliflower Florets

Finely Diced Celery

Finely Chopped Sweet Onion or Scallions

Finely Diced  Red or Yellow Bell Peppers

Peel and Chop Avocado

Top with Grated Carrots

Squeezed Lemon Juice

Seasonings

Directions: Wash Green Leaf Lettuce and Spinach Lettuce and add Vegetable Ingredients along with dressing and serve.

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The Passover Seder Plate

This is the traditional arrangement of the Seder Plate.. I picked up on the internet.

The Passover Seder Plate (ke’ara) is a special plate containing six symbolic foods which have special significance to the retelling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt. The seventh symbolic item – a stack of three matzot.
Here is the Passover Seder Plate I made for Monday Night’s Seder with Mike and his Children.
Passover Seder 2010

Passover Seder 2010

The 6 items on the Seder Plate – and what I made:

  • Maror and Chazeret:  For maror, many people use freshly grated horseradish or whole horseradish root.  I USED HORSERADISH SAUCE. Chazeret is typically romaine lettuce, whose roots are bitter-tasting.  I USED ROMAINE LETTUCE.
  • Charoset: A sweet, brown, pebbly paste of fruits and nuts, representing the mortar used by the Jewish slaves to build the storehouses of Egypt. I USED THE CHAROSET MIKE MADE WITH DATES & ALMONDS.
  • Karpas: A vegetable other than bitter herbs, usually parsley… WHICH IS WHAT I USED. FOR DIPPING I BROUGHT OUT A DISH OF WHITE WINE VINEGAR.  
  • Zeroa: A roasted lamb bone, symbolizing the korban Pesach (Pesach sacrifice), which was a lamb offered in the Temple in Jerusalem and was then roasted and eaten as part of the meal on Seder night.  I ROASATED 5 LAMB CHOPS IN OLIVE OIL AND SEASONINGS.
  • Beitzah: A roasted egg, symbolizing the korban chagigah (festival sacrifice) that was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem and was then eaten as part of the meal on Seder night. I ACTUALLY BOILED 6 EGGS.

Once the Seder was complete, we brought out the Matzo Ball Soup, Cucumber & Tomato Salad, Rice, and Polo Horesht.

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Polo Horesht

Polo Horesht

Basmati Rice w/Fried Potato

Basmati Rice w/Fried Potato

I had never made Matzat Ball Soup… and took the liberty of pulling up the recipe online. Then I realized I didn’t have the Matzat Meal to make the Matzat Balls… so I had Mike go out and get it from the store.

Matzo Balls:

Ingredients:

2 Eggs

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

Contents of Matzo Pkg

 Matzo Ball Broth(Vegetable Soup):

10Cups Water

2Onions, Cubed

3Garlic Cloves

3Carrots

3Celery

2Potatoes w/skin

1Cup Parsley

1Bay Leaf

1Tsp. Thyme

1Tsp. Basil

2Cups Broccoli

2Cups Cauliflower

Directions: Bring Soup to boil and drop rolled pieces of Matzo Balls into water. Let Simmer for 30 minutes on low heat  and serve.

The Seder was very nice…. we read from the books and performed the Seder as close to the tradition as we could.

For the meal, I had some Mazto Ball Soup, Basmati Rice and Cucumber & Tomato Salad.

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I begged Mike for a warm weather weekend excursion… and I got a trip to Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, only to find out it wasn’t as warm as I thought it would be.
Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

We had enough of the cold and snow from up north and when we drove back down to Florida, it was still cold. So I thought, a trip south would warm us up. But temps in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale were only 10 degrees warmer putting them in the 60’s 😦
Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

Regardless, we hit the road Saturday morning and I packed the left over Hibachi Vegetables for lunch which I ate as soon as I got in the car. I did manage to juice two Carrot, Celery, Spinach, Apple drinks with the new VitaMix Juicer, and I made a Fruit Smoothie too!

Dinner was the usual Pier 66 culinary excursion. The food, atmosphere, and service are so amazing, it’s always a treat to go there. Each time I go there, I get the same Green Salad with out any Feta Cheese and this weekend Oil and Vinegar instead of their creamy dressing.  To spice things up I added a Baked Potato too in addition to a couple of Glasses of White Wine.

Sunday we got up to head down to Miami and found out the Food Networks Wine & Food Festival was taking place on the beach in South Beach. We decided to have lunch on Lincoln Street at a Rustic Pizza Restaurant we visited in November with my cousins when they came in town for the cruise. Mike and I split a 16″ medium pizza.

Rustic Pizza Vegetable Pizza

Rustic Pizza Vegetable Pizza

My half was the Vegetable side with no Cheese on a Wheat crust and Mike’s side was the Mushroom Pizza with Cheese.  

Then we continued walking toward the Ocean, where we scoped out the Wine & Food Festival. It turns out, in order to get on the beach to walk around and sample wines, foods, etc. we had to pay $230 per person. A price a little to steep for a couple of hours of testing.! So we went across the street and sat at The Carlyle and had Daquiries and an appetizer dish of Chips and Calamari.

Sunday Morning was a tough ride home….. tooo many Daquiries last night and a bad diet all around. We stopped at Einstein Bros. Bagels for a Whole Grain Bagel with Butter and the middle scooped out and to drink I got a Frozen Mocha Latte.  As we were driving north, I begged Mike to stop in Palm Beach, to see how the other half lives.

Palm Beach Ocean View

Palm Beach Ocean View

We drove up along Ocean Ave (A1A) and saw the mansions facing the ocean and then we stopped at the Breakers Hotel. It’s where some of the “Heartbreakers” movie was filmed. And the hotel is also supposed to be a famous, historic resort as well. 

The Breakers Hotel-Palm Beach

The Breakers Hotel-Palm Beach

Further north we stopped outside of Titusville for lunch, which turned out to be Long John Silver’s Fish and Fries Combo with a couple of Hush Puppies. I’m still having feedback from all that grease I ate earlier.

Long John Silver - Fish Meal

Long John Silver - Fish Meal

But hopefully all my bad choices were canceled out with this evenings Vegetable Salad I made

with a Oil and Lemon Dressing.

Vegetable Salad

Vegetable Salad

Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Red Bell Pepper

1Cup of Green Beans

1/2Bunch of Broccoli

1Carrot

3Celery Sticks

1/2Can White Beans

1Avocado

1Bunch Cauliflower

2Tbls. Olive Oil

1/2 Lemon

1Tsp. Basil

1Tsp. Paprika

1/2Tsp. Crushed Peppers

1/2Tsp.Cumin

1Tsp. Celtic Salt

Directions:

Wash and cut up vegetables. For the Beans, I took the left overs I put in the Refrigerator or you can crack open a new can. Add Oil, Lemon and other seasonings to the salad and mix.

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I’m really lovin’ this walking every morning. It’s very invigorating. I’m noticing muscles forming and my body getting tighter. It’s not even hard anymore to wake up at 6:30 am or 7:30am to get dressed and hit the road, even with temps in the lower 40’s and 30’s.

The walking is great cardiovascular and it also helps clear my mind to remind me of what I need to do that day.  And Wednesday, I had a Dental Appointment to get my teeth cleaned. Afterwards, I decided to do a little grocery shopping to pick up some odds and ends to last me until Friday before we hit the road for D.C.

I stopped into a couple of little boutiques and bought some things for the house… and headed home for a Green Salad and Minestrone Soup Lunch. I finally finished off the Salad I made earlier in the week (because Mike doesn’t eat the salads I make!) and ate a bowl of My Minestrone Soup with Whole Wheat Bread Slices.

While I was eating, I had the chance to sit down and watch another Old movie on TMC Wednesday Afternoon. This one was a movie with Lucille Ball and Dezi Arnez. Right now, I can’t remember the name of it, but it also had James Mason in it. Cute movie.!!!

For dinner, I had the chance to make this White Bean Soup I had my eye on since the beginning of the week. I’ve wanted to make a soup with some beans in it, and the White Bean Soup sounded really good. I ended up using the White Beans in the Minestrone Soup and again for the White Bean Soup. Another bonus for this recipe was, that I realized I had frozen some Vegetable Soup Stock and needed to use it.

I warmed up the remaining slices of the Whole Wheat Bread and waited until Mike made his Cucumber, Tomato Salad with Lemon Dressing.

Cucumber Tomato w/Lemon Dressing

Cucumber Tomato Salad w/Lemon Dressing

Mike’s Cucumber, Tomato Salad w/Lemon Dressing:

Ingredients:

4Small Cucumbers

4Tomatoes

1/2Lemon

4Garlic Cloves

Celtic Sea Salt

Directions:

Wash, Peel and chop the Cucumbers and Tomatoes into a bowl. Cut half of a Lemon and squeeze onto the Salad. Mince Garlic Cloves and add Celtic Sea Salt to taste. Mix and Serve. 

White Bean Soup

White Bean Soup

White Bean Soup:

Ingredients:

2Cups White Beans

2Cups Onions

1Cup Broccoli

1Cup Red Bell Pepper

1Cup Yellow Squash

2Cups Vegetable Soup Stock

Celtic Sea Salt

Basil, Oregano, Rosemary

Directions:

Soak beans overnight and drain. Or drain beans from can, place in pot with soup stock and cook for 1 1/2hours if they are uncooked adding more soup stock or distilled water if needed. While beans are cooking, chop Onions, Broccoli, Squash, and Pepper. Add these vegetables, seasonings and Celtic Sea Salt to the beans and cook an additional hour.

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