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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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Sangek Flat Bread

Sangek Flat Bread

 After I managed to settle down from my revelation of a saggy butt earlier today, I made some lunch for Mike and his son. Mike realized that some of the Vegetables (Bell Peppers, and Zucchinis) where starting to get old and wrinkly. I told him that I would have to cut them up and use them in something.  

Out of the kindness of his heart, he decided to cut the old and wrinkled ones up along with some Onions. He and his son left for a couple of hours, and buy the time he returned; he wanted me to have roasted them for lunch. Well, words were exchanged and Vegetables did get roasted, plus I made a very nice Garlic Chicken for them as well.

Sunday Veggies

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables:

Ingredients:

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 Orange Bell Pepper

2 Yellow Bell Peppers

2 Onions

1 Zucchini

2 Tbls. Olive Oil

2 Tbls. Crushed Red Peppers

1Tbls. Cumin

Sea Salt

Directions:

Place the Sliced Vegetables into a Roasting/Grilling Pan along with Seasonings and stir until Onions are see through and Veggies are all tender. 

Garlic Chicken:

Ingredients:

4 Breasts of Chicken

12 Garlic Cloves

2 Tbls. Olive Oil

2 Tbls. White Wine Vinegar

Sea Salt

1 Tbls. Coriander

1 Tbls. Parsley

Directions:

Place Chicken Breasts in Grilling Pan along with Whole Garlic Cloves. Add Olive Oil, Vinegar and Seasonings and grill until meat is no longer pink in the middle for about 10-13 minutes.

Sangek Flat Bread

Sangek Flat Bread

Then after lunch we went on a journey to check out a new Persian Restaurant/Deli in Rockville, Maryland. Mike found this new restaurant in the Persian Paper and wanted to check it out, because they advertised making bread called Sangek fresh while you wait. So he was definitely interested.  The bread is flat bread made with Oats and Sesame Seeds. I’m sure there are other ingredients, but those are the ones Mike knows. He also adds, it’s very healthy for you and virtually no calories.!!!

So, of course on the way home we couldn’t stop eating pieces from the flat bread. And even when we got home, I know I couldn’t stop. I scooped out some Hummus and dipped the bread into it. 

Chocolate Craze

Chocolate Dove Bars

Dinner was nothing but our munching on the Sangek. I did have desert last night while I was watching Desperate Housewives. I had 2 CHOCOLATE COVERED DOVE BARS… and literally made a mess of myself, getting chocolate all over my shirt.  This act required me to do some exercises, while I was watching Brothers & Sisters.  

 

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Well we’re sitting in a winter wonderland this morning in Maryland, Washington D.C. area. I just came from shoveling snow… and it’s all been covered up by new snow falling. It was fun non the less… I hadn’t shoveled snow since I was a kid. When kids lived to go out in the snow and get covered in the white stuff…..

Early this morning Mike started making his Minestrone Soup… and we’re going to have it for lunch. My Minestrone Soup turned out good.. but with too many noodles. I put the entire box of noodles into the soup and it was toooooo much. So we through that soup out today.

Speaking of food… last night I had my Green Salad with a piece of Wheat Bread. I indulged on my Minestrone Soup for lunch and then a bowl of Berries (Raspberry, Blueberry, Blackberry) with Flaxseed and Low Fat Whipped Topping!

Infact, I was feeling a littel blotted last night… so I cut down on my intake!!! This morning/afternoon, I’m hungry. Can’t wait to try his food.

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I’m in some serious pain today from going to my Pilates classed two days in a row, Wednesday and Thursday after months of not doing it.

So…. I just have to work it off today.. because tomorrow’s another day!!!!
It’s supposed to be another cold day here in Maryland… D.C. area and today Mike’s already got a head start on another Hearty Soup to eat!!!!

I think I might stick with my Minestrone Soup, because his soup has Chicken in it!

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