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In the last week… we’ve been on the move going up to Jacksonville (Friday) to check out the new Bahama Breeze Restaurant. But instead we walked across the street to Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse for a much shorter wait of 5 minutes vs 2 hours they quoted at Bahama Breeze.
Hibachi Grill

Hibachi Grill

Seaweed Salad

Seaweed Salad

Rice & Vegetable Hibachi

Rice & Vegetable Hibachi

We had our usual Hibachi Shrimp, Steak and Vegetables. Of course I had the rice made with no eggs, and only ate the vegetables. Before hand I ordered a Seaweed Salad and no Sake. Can you believe it.!!! Usually I have two little decanters of the Rice Wine.

Saturday we headed west to Sarasota with a stop at Bahama Breeze in Orlando.

It had been a while since we went to the Columbia Restaurant in Sarasota… it’s a favorite there on St. Armand Key.

Columbia Restaurant

Columbia Restaurant

Columbia Salad

Columbia Salad

We had there Columbia’s Original “1905” SaladTM -NO CHEESE & NO HAM. “The Columbia’s legendary salad tossed at your table. Crisp iceberg lettuce with julienne of baked ham, natural Swiss cheese, tomato, olives, grated Romano cheese and our famous garlic dressing (our 100 year old family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil).”

Vegetarian Dish @ Columbia

Vegetarian Dish @ Columbia

Then Mike ordered a Vegetarian Dish with Steamed Veggies and Plantains.. He Shared with me.!!!

To start the week… I had lunch with a girlfriend of mine and ordered a delicious Green Salad with Scallops and we drank 3 glasses of White Wine… Needless to say I was feeling real good for our evening comedy show date with another group of friends.

Wendy's Cod Sandwich

Wendy's Cod Sandwich

We didn’t eat dinner because the show started so early (7:30pm) so Mike and I pulled into Wendy’s and ordered two Fish Fillet Sandwiches… the fish was Cod and oh so good.

As you can tell I had a lot of fish in one day… because I’ve made the decision to  incorporate fish into the diet. I actually miss eating fish and will eat occasionally!!

For meals… Mike and I made:

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

 

Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Roasted Vegetables:

Ingredients:

Red Bell Peppers

Yellow Bell Peppers

Orange Bell Peppers

Carrots

Onions

Asparagus

Olive Oil

Paprika

Dried Onion Flakes

Garlic Powder

Cumin

***Also used the Roasted Vegetables to Top Totino’s Pizza’s and scrapped off the cheese.

Directions: Wash and chop peppers, onions, carrots and asparugus into Coleman Grill and drizzle Olive Oil. Add seasonings and Roast for about 15 minutes.

 

Roasted Bell Peppers

Roasted Bell Peppers

Roasted Bell Peppers:

Roasted Bell Peppers & White Rice

Roasted Bell Peppers & White Rice

Ingredients:

3Bell Peppers(Red & Orange)

2Tbls Olive Oil

2Tbls White Wine Vinegar

Celtic Salt

Cumin

Paprika

*** Another meal I added the Roasted Peppers to the White Rice.

Directions: Wash Peppers and put into oven pan and drizzle with olive oil. Set oven to roast 450 degrees for about 20 minutes until Peppers are roasted all over. Then remove from oven, let cool for a while and then peel the skin off the peppers. Remove stems and seeds and cut into long pieces and add Olive Oil, Vinegar and Seasonings and refrigerate before use.

Along the way, I sprinkled in as many visits to the gym for pilates classes, bike rides around the neighborhood and walks on the beach with Mike.

Ocean Hammock Beach View Sunset

Ocean Hammock Beach View Sunset

Then Thursday we headed north to Potomac, Maryland and for the road I juiced my Carrots, Celery, and Apple juice and brought along my Almond Trail Mix. But we did stop off at Wendy’s for lunch, where I had a Side Salad with a Vinaigrette Dressing and a Cod Fish Sandwich. YUM!!

On the Road Wendy's Salad & Fish Sandwich

On the Road Wendy's Salad & Fish Sandwich

Dinner ended with a Vegetable Pizza (White Dough.. UHG!!!) . Friday afternoon I was in the house with Mike’s son and so I made him a pasta dish with Prego Sauc. The whole pasta thing sounded good, so then I made myself  a Whole Wheat Pasta and Broccoli Dish.

Broccoli & Pasta

Broccoli & Pasta

Broccoli & Whole Wheat Pasta:

Ingredients:

1 Small Head Broccoli

1/2 Box Pasta Rigatoni

Olive Oil

Paprika

Dried Onion Flakes

Garlic Powder

Celtic Salt

Directions: Boil pasta to desired tenderness. This time I used Frozen Broccoli, so I boiled the broccoli stems until tender and strained both and mixed in Olive Oil and Seasonings.

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I had an urge to eat some Ice Cream last night after  I blogged… but I stopped myself from doing so. And this morning, when I woke up I felt great. Infact, I got up early and went to the gym for a pilates workout. A workout that was very rigorous.. I moved and worked muscles that had been laying dormant.

Then I came home to Mike making a Vegetarian Lazagna. We bought some Whole Wheat Lazagna Pasta yesterday, so he had to use them along with some cut up Eggplants he froze a couple of weeks ago.

He entrusted me with the task of looking after the Lazagna and I managed to burn the bottom of it. Mike set up the Lazagna in the Coleman Grill outside, and when I went to check on it, I was not sure how he thought the top would get cooked. So when I went to check on the food again, the bottom was burnt and the top still needed to be done. So I took it off the grill and brought it inside so Mike could take care of it when he returned. 😦

Even though the Vegetable Lazagna was burnt on one side…and didn’t look much like a Lazagna… it still was good.

Veggie Lasagna

Veggie Lasagna

Vegetable Lazagna:

Ingredients:

Whole Wheat Lazagna Pasta

Eggplant, thinly sliced

Tomato Paste

Olive Oil

Directions: Layer bottom of pan with Lazagna Pasta. The next layer is Eggplant covered with Tomato Paste and layer the top with Lazagna Pasta. Bake 450 degrees for 1 hour.

Cantalope

Cantalope

For dessert.. Mike cut up some Cantalope to munch on.

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Almond Covered M&M's

Almond Covered M&M's

Saturday night, we went to go see the movie “She’s Out Of My League”… Mike’s son wanted to get something at the concession stand.

And so I graciously obliged and got a little something for myself too… Almond covered M&M’s.

The M&M’s with maximum blocking power… I was bloated the minute Mike and I finished the bag off until tonight (Sunday).

But that didn’t stop me from getting up this morning to take my early morning brisk walk!!! I felt really really really bloated doing it, but I knew it had to be done if I wanted any kind of relief.

So… we ended up going down to Orlando for lunch at Bahama Breeze Restaurant again.

Coconut Onion Rings

Coconut Onion Rings

Breeze Salad and Cheese Less Quesadillas

Breeze Salad and Cheese Less Quesadillas

Chicken Kabobs

Chicken Kabobs

It’s turning into our Sunday afternoon thing of  St. Thomas Crab Claws, Breeze Salad with Cheese less Quesadillas and Chicken Kabobs. This time, we added Coconut Onion Rings to the mix (I was overwhelmed with the desire for them). Luckily, Mike’s son was there to help eat the Onion Rings. I managed to eat only 3 of them… yeah!

Again, we ran into rain while we were down there, so it put a little damper on our shopping trip to the outlets. But I did manage to pick up some good buys and some red-hot ticket items. Because of the rain, it seemed like we were on the road forever… and combined with all that shopping made for some hungry bellies on the way home.

Handfull of Trailmix

Handfull of Trailmix

So we stopped off at a gas station along the interstate and I got some Trail Mix filled with some goodies: raisins, almonds, sunflower seeds and some other goodies.

When we got home, Mike’s son wanted his fathers world famous

Turkey Cutlets

Turkey Cutlets

 Turkey Cutlets :

Ingredients:

1 Pkg Ground Turkey

3 Potatoes

1 Egg

1 Onion

Tumeric

Pepper

Salt

Directions: Boil potatoes to a soft touch, drain and  peel then add into bowl with Chopped Onion, Ground Turkey and seasoning. Mix the ingredients together and mold into patties and cover in flour. Then place patty cutlets into Coleman Grill with Olive Oil until nice and brown.

Turkey Cutletsfor dinner and I just put out my Fresh Chopped Vegetables I made Saturday and put the left overs from lunch on the table to munch on.

Quesadillas & Fresh Cut Vegetables

Quesadillas & Fresh Cut Vegetables

Fresh Chopped Vegetables:

Ingredients:

Broccoli

Mushrooms

Green Onions

Red Bell Peppers

Carrots

Celery

Directions:  Chop up all the vegetables in order listed… and mix into a bowl. Leave the vegetables clean with out any dressing. Add your own at the table, I used Oil & Vinegar with some Paprika, Dried Onion, Dried Parsley seasoning.

It’s amazing how much junk you think you can get away with kids and company around.. and it’s not something I enjoy admitting to either. Because just at dinner, Mike’s son was so proud of his efforts to help his dad with the cutlets he gave me one to try. So I had to try it, even though I didn’t want to. And the M&M’s… that was just me thinking like a kid.! Every time there’s someone around I do bad, as if I needed an excuse, because I can make bad decisions all by myself.

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Yesterday was bad!!!  I ate way too much food. For lunch I had a hearty helping of my Fresh Vegetable Salad and another hearty helping of Mike’s Asha Reshteh.

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Asha Reshteh Ugh!! I was so bloated after that meal, after which I vowed I wasn’t going to eat anything for dinner.

But as luck would have it, Mike made a dish with Okra, Brussels Sprouts, Zucchini and Eggplant. He actually tossed all the vegetables in flour and put it on the Coleman Grill he has. 

Mike's Okra

Mike's Okra

Mike’s Okra:

Ingredients:

Okra

Brussels Sprouts

Zucchini

Eggplant

Flour

Olive Oil

Directions:

Cut up the vegetables and wash, blot with paper towel and roll into a cup of flour. Fry in a pan/grill with Olive Oil until tender. 

Red Bell Pepper SaladThen he finely chopped up some Red Bell Peppers and Orange Bell Peppers with Cucumber for a Salad. He added an Oil and Lemon Dressing to it. And then I added some Avocado and Paprika, Cumin, Celtic Salt, and Dried Onions to the Dressing mix.

Bell Pepper Salad:

Ingredients:

Red & Orange Bell Peppers

Cucumbers

Olive Oil

Lemon Juice

Paprika

Dried Onions

Cumin

Celtic Salt

I ate a much smaller amount of  THIS food… which was really good. But I was ultimately thinking about lunch and how much I had eaten.

Then to make matters worse, I didn’t work out last night. Because I had soo much food, I felt really tired and couldn’t bring myself to it.

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It was a combination of Mike and I creating dinner tonight! Mike made his basic Sweet & Idaho Potato Fries in Olive Oil and some SPICY goodness grilled on the Coleman Grill outside.!!!

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Mike told me he put some Crushed Peppers and Paprika in the mix. Then he chopped up some Cucumbers and Tomatoes Salad and I added some Olive Oil and Vinegar, Cumin, Paprika, Dried Onion Flakes, and Celtic Salt for a dressing.

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Cucumber Tomato Salad

 

 

 

Then it was time for dessert and I noticed so many Oranges calling out to me in the Kitchen, so I picked up my New VitaMix Recipe Book and found the Orange Sorbet Dessert Recipe.  It was my first time to use the Agave Natural Sugar Sweetner we got before we purchased the VitaMix at Costco.

Blue Agave

Blue Agave

We were so impressed with the Agave (the VitaMix Demonstrator was using in his mixes) that we baught the syrup.

Orange Sorbet

Orange Sorbet

Orange Sorbet

 

 

Ingredients:

2Oranges

2Tbls Sugar (Agave)

4Cups Ice Cubes

Directions:

Peel and half Oranges and add all ingredients into VitaMix and Select Variable 1. Turn on machine and quickly increase speed to 10 for 30-60 seconds until mixture mounds and hardens in container. Don’t over mix or melting will happen.

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While I was running around, I took my juice and drank it all while I was out. And by the time I got home(12.30pm) I was starving. So I had visions on eating my Vegetable Salad from last night, but Mike made something too.

Vegetable Salad Lunch

Vegetable Salad Lunch

He noticed a couple of Yellow Squash had been sitting in the Vegetable Tray for a while(I had every intention of making something with them today or tomorrow.!)

Roasted Eggplant

Roasted Eggplant

So he roasted them up outside in his Coleman Grill with Olive Oil. And while he was at it, he did the same with a couple of Eggplant we transported from Maryland to Florida.

Roasted Yellow Squash

Roasted Yellow Squash

So I had a couple of pieces of each on a Whole Grain Wheat slice along with my Vegetable Salad. I went into the refrigerator and realized we didn’t have any Hummus, so I put a Roasted Raspberry Chipotle on the bread with the roasted veggies…Yum! Yum! Yum!

Then I took my Banana Orange Plum Smoothie from last night and have been drinking on that ever since.

Banana Orange Plum Smoothie

Banana Orange Plum Smoothie

I will soon have to get up to get my Carrot Celery Apple Spinach Juice to drink before dinner.

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