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In the middle of my brisk walk this morning… I got hit with some rain. So I picked up the pace and ran home the rest of the way.

I made my Mid Morning 8oz Juice of Carrot, Celery, Cucumbers and then headed off to the shower. Again this morning I had some appointments in Daytona to attend to in the morning. Then my afternoon was open to work from home.

Wednesday 8 Wendy's Salad & Apple

Wednesday 8 Wendy's Salad & Apple

For Lunch I remembered that Wendy’s had a nice Garden Salad, so on my way home, I stopped in and got at Garden Salad. I took it home and proceeded to eat the salad on a pile of papers in my office and grabbed an Apple to enjoy as well.

Then I hit the Walmart, to do a more extensive shopping adventure.

Mid Afternoon 8oz Juice of Carrot, Celery, Spinach

I finally got my Barley Max shipment in the mail…

Barley Max

Barley Max

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

Dinner was a medley of green goodness…

Wednesday 8 Green Beans, Spinach Salad, Veggie Sandwich

Wednesday 8 Green Beans, Spinach Salad, Veggie Sandwich

Green Bean Delight:

Ingredients:

1/2lb of Green Beans

1Tsp Olive Oil

Dried Onion Flakes

Paprika

Celctic Salt

Directions: Clean and Cut ends of Green Beans. Pour them into boiling water and blanch for about 2-4 minutes.  Remove from heat, strain and add olive oil and seasonings

Spinach Salad:

Ingredients:

Handful of Spinach Leaves

2Raddish

2Green Onions

Dried Organic Cranberries

Seedless Sunflower Seeds

Directions: Wash spinach leaves, slice raddish, and green onions and mix into bowl with cranberries and sunflower seeds. Add dressing of your choice. I picked something out of the refrigerator.. a Wish Bone Italian Dressing.

Hummas Veggie Sandwich:

Ingredients:

Hummas

Whole Wheat Bread, 2 slices

1 Yellow Bell Pepper, Seeded and Sliced

1 Cucumber, Sliced

Directions: Sliced Whole Wheat Bread, apply Hummus to the bread and layer with sliced vegetables.

And it was time to watch the season finale of Dancing With The Stars… Nicole’s sure to win it!!!

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My girlfriend from New York decided to come visit me this weekend, after I visited the last weekend. I was excited to continue our weekend visitation, so Mike a I got up early and picked her up

I made my 1tsp. of Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz of Distilled Water and started on my Mid Morning 8oz Juice of Carrot, Celery, Spinach and packed the Barley Max and Bottles of water for afternoon drinks.

We were supposed to be at the Baltimore Airport at 8:40 but got there after 9am. We thought her flight would be delayed, but she forgave us anyway for making her hang out for and extra 20 minutes.

To make it up to her, we took her out to Chesapeake Bay and went over the bridge to the Outlet Mall.. and spent the morning there.  Then for lunch we headed over to Annapolis  to eat at the Marriott Hotel along the Bay. It was a perfect day to sit outside and watch all the boat activity. My girlfriend and I ordered the same Pusser’s Salad:

Ingredients:

Green Leaf Lettuce

Carrots, Grated

Red Onion

Grilled Pineapples

Oil & Vinegar

Then I ordered the Crab Cake Meal and ate the Steamed Vegetables off the plate and drank my Glass of White Wine . In addition to the Carrots, Broccoli, Green Beans, and Cauliflower on the plate, I picked a couple of bites off the Crab Cake and gave the rest to Mike. Because like me, my girlfriend is also a vegan on this eating plan… but like me she cheats.

So we tried to be on our best behavior, but i just got so carried away with the alcohol again this weekend. We stopped off at the Hyatt Hotel in Bethesda and had some cocktails at Morton’s Steakhouse. Then we walked around a bit more in the lovely afternoon weather and ate dinner at Hanaro Restaurant. To may surprise, this is an asian inspired restaurant where we split some Edemmome and Baltimore Crab Sushi Roll. Mike and I indulged again with alcohol, me with some cold Sake and he with a draft beer. Then I ordered a Seaweed Salad and a Vegetable & Shrimp Tempura…. Oh Soooo Good!!!

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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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After a couple of nights out… I decided to make something at home from the foods we have here. We spent the day out in Jacksonville,  and ate lunch at the P.F. Chang. I had the Buddha Feast Vegetable Bowl with Brown Rice and a hot tea. Then we went to Costco to load up on groceries and stuff… so coming home to eat from a day full of running around was nice.

I got into my VitaMix cookbook and whipped up a really spicy Tomato and Basil Pesto to pair with some steamed Cauliflower and Green Beans.

Tomato And Basil Pest

Tomato And Basil Pest

Tomato and Basil Pesto

Ingredients:

1/2Cup Olive Oil

4Ripe Tomatoes, quartered

1/2Cup Basil Leaves

1/2Cup Spinach, stemmed

6Garlic Cloves, peeled

1Tsp. Celtic Salt

1Cup Blanched Almonds

Directions:

Place all ingredients into the VitaMix container  in order listed and secure lid. Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then to high. Blend for 30-45 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.

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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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It’s been quite crazy up here in the North East. With everything from traveling to New York for a Gift Show, getting pounded by a snow forecasters dubble “The Blizzard of 2010”, losing power and until now internet service it’s been a pretty hectic couple of weeks.

Tyson Corner Shops

Tyson Corner Shops

Blizzard 2010

Blizzard 2010 Aftermath

Neighborhood Road After Blizzard

Neighborhood Road After Blizzard

Through it all, I’ve managed to indulge, over indulge, come back to my senses and to reality for Team RawToLose40. Today, was my first day back to pilates and boy did it show I hadn’t been in the studio since last week.

In the course of these 13 days I’ve stayed off the blog, I did managed to make some great meals.

A Layered Vegetable Salad which takes nothing but imagination to make. Then I consulted the cook book and made the Vegetable Soup Stock because I saw some recipes in there that I wanted to make which required the Soup Stock.

Layered Vegetable Salad

Layered Vegetable Salad

Layered Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Red Bell Pepper

1Yellow/Orange Bell Pepper

5Mushrooms

1/2lb of Green Beans

2Stalks of Celery

1Tomato

1/2Can of Kidney Beans

1Cup of Broccoli

2Carrots

4Green Onions

2Tbls Olive Oil

2Tbls White Wine Vinegar

Paprika

Cumin

Garlic Powder

Dried Parsley

Directions:

Wash and Chop up all the Vegetables and place in a bowl. Add the ingredients for Oil & Vinegar Dressing and toss.

On a more serious note…. These last 2 weeks have been particularly difficult for me to bear. I’ve been eating recklessly and with no cares about the foods I’m eating and what they’ll do to my waiste line and health. Speaking of which, I’ve noticed the scale moving in the wrong direction and my waiste not getting any smaller. I keep saying these words, “that I have to buckle down”, “I have to eat right”, but the words have just not meant anything these past days. I know I have to find the will power in me to move it forward. Hopefully with the availability to pilates again, I will have the power back!

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First thing Saturday morning, I got up to hit the Pilates Studio for an hour of core strength training. Plus I needed to work off the Blizzard I had the day before while we were on the road. But that Blizzard is nothing compared to what I managed to whip up later today.

We managed to bring all the vegetables, lettuce, and fruits from Florida to Maryland so nothing spoiled.  And from there, for lunch I made a great Vegetable Salad with an Oil and Vinegar Dressing.

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Red Bell Pepper

1Orange Bell Pepper

1/2Can of Chick Peas

5Small Cucumbers

2Tomatoes

1/4Red Onion

2Tbls Olive Oil

2Tbls White Wine Vinegar

1/4Tsp Coriander, Paprika, Crushed Pepper, Sea Salt

Directions: 

Wash, Peel and Chop up Peppers, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Red Onions in a bowl. Open can of Chick Peas, drain and add half of can to the bowl. Add Oil, Vinegar and Seasonings and mix.

I noticed some of the food I packed to bring to Maryland, there was a bag of Pearled Barley. So I cracked open my cookbook and looked up a recipe to make with Barley. I found the Barley Vegetable Soup and decided to make it, because again we hit Maryland just in time for it to snow on our parade. But I didn’t have all the ingredients it called for, so I improvised and mixed up something better!!!

Barley Vegetable Soup

Barley Vegetable Soup-Improvised

Barley Vegetable Soup:

Ingredients:

8Cups Vegetable Soup Stock or Water

2Stalks Celery

1Cup Green Beans or Mushrooms

1CupBarley, Uncooked

2Tbps. Parsley

1/2 Tsp. Marjoram or Coriander

1Cup Onions

2Parsnips or Turnips

1Cup Whole Peas

1Cup Carrots or Extra Celery

1Tsp. Sea Salt

1/2Tsp. Thyme

1/2Tsp. Cumin

1/2Tsp.  Garlic

Directions:

Chop Onions, dice carrots, celery, parsnips or turnips, slice mushrooms. Place in pot with small amount of water or soup stock and steam for about 10 minutes. Add the remainder of the water or soup stock and bring to a boil, add barley and allow coming back to a boil. Cover and turn down to low for about 45 minutes.  Add peas and mushrooms and all seasonings except parsley and continue cooking another 40 minutes. Mix in parsley just prior to serving.

Chocolate Cake w/Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cake w/Peanut Butter Frosting

While I was making that, Mike’s son wanted to make a cake. So I found a Betty Crocker Chocolate Cake Mix box and started adding the ingredients together: 3 Eggs, 1Cup Oil, and 1/2Cup Water. I had Mike’s son mix it together while I prepared the pan and 12 Ice Cream Cones to put the Cake batter into. We had some fun putting the batter into the Cones (we made a bit of a mess) but then got everything into the 350 degree preheated oven to bake for 25 minutes.   

Chocolate Cones w/Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cones w/Peanut Butter Frosting

We didn’t have any frosting, so Mike’s son looked up on U-Tube how to make a frosting. He settled on a Peanut Butter Glaze Frosting. He added 1Cup Peanut Butter, 1Stick Butter, 1/4Cup Milk and mixed it together for the Glaze. We poured it on the Chocolate Cake, the Chocolate Cake Cones, and I did a little decorating on them, because he just had a birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

So for dinner, we had the left over Vegetable SaladBarley Vegetable Soup and I managed to polish off 2 of the Chocolate Cake Cones.

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