What I Ate This Week

Dinners

Sunday: Grilled Turkey Burgers with Wholly Guacamole.  Served on a fluffy Whole Wheat Brioche Bun.

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Monday: Sauteed Shrimp with Spinach Asiago Polenta Tart

Shrimp was sauteed in butter with some sea salt and cajun spice mix.  And I was loving this polenta tart.  Recipe will be up soon.

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Tuesday: Greek Yogurt Mac n’ Cheese with chicken sausage, spinach and peas.  I was inspired by this recipe…but I didn’t use bacon or goat cheese or mozzarella.  Just used some sharp cheddar.  I loved the idea of adding the pasta water (instead of using milk) to create a creamy sauce.

Greek Yogurt Mac n’ Cheese: Boil 2 cups whole grain pasta.  While pasta is cooking, add in 3/4 cup green peas.  When pasta is done cooking, reserve 1 cup pasta water and drain pasta + peas into a colander.  Pour cooked pasta + peas into the original pot and add in 3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar, 1/4 cup reserved pasta water, 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, 1 1/2 cup spinach, 2 tbsp dijon mustard, 1/4 tsp sea salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.  If needed, add more pasta water.  Stir everything together and serve warm. 

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Wednesday: Black Bean Burger + Sweet Potato Fries.  We served the burgers with a greek yogurt sauce made from plain greek yogurt + sriracha + lemon juice.

Black Bean Burger recipe was posted to instagram

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Thursday: Nachos!

Made with leftover chicken, black beans, corn, broccoli (on my half) & Cabot chipotle cheddar (was sent a sample from Cabot…absolutely loving that cheese).  We served the nachos with guac & greek yogurt.

Then we went and saw Divergent.  Holy Attractive Male…that actor is good looking.

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Friday: Leftovers!!!  Parmesan Chicken + Corn Tortilla Chips + Guac

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Saturday: We ended up going to Jimmy John’s for dinner.  I hadn’t been before…I was super unimpressed.  I didn’t even take a picture.  I’m more of a toasty, delicious sandwich person…so Jimmy John’s isn’t really for me.

Lunches

Leftover spinach polenta tart + chicken sausage.  Served with berries on the side.

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Delicious parmesan chicken made by Andrew + acorn squash + broccoli.

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Saturday I volunteered at an Urban Harvest event.  There was a potluck involved and those wonderful people let me eat…so much good food.  This zucchini cornbread I had was high on my favorites list! So good!  Also, an unpictured scoop of banana pudding was to.die.for.

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berries + plain 2% greek yogurt + pb-banana toast

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breakfast bake + eggs

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This breakfast always reminds me of cake…pumpkin breakfast bake + greek yogurt.

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Then a Saturday morning breakfast at Croissant Brioche spent catching up with my sisters.  I had a smoked salmon quiche + latte.  Such a great morning.

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    Snacks-Desserts

So for my dietetic internship, I recently started my School Food Service Rotation at a school district just outside of Houston.  A definite perk is warm chocolate chip cookies…made with half the butter replaced with applesauce.

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And now it’s Sunday again and the week is coming at us!  I really loved going to see a movie Thursday night though…it makes the weekend seem longer!! I’ll have to convince Andrew that we need more Thursday date nights in our life!

 

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Whole Wheat Brioche Hamburger Buns

I’ve had a major crush on these buns for awhile now.

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It’s a Dakota bun from Great Harvest and every time I see one I wannntttt.  So I took a crack at making the buns myself…and then I googled Great Harvest and realized there is totally one within a 25 minute drive of my house.  Whoops.  I somehow convinced myself I didn’t have one near me.

I also convinced myself to over pluck my eyebrows.  So now I’m trying to let this one spot grow back in and it looks completely awkward.  Which is unfortunate because I just started a new rotation (that involves cookies) and people probably think my eyebrows always look this creative.  But I’m trying to keep my eyes on the end goal.  Which is hard, because you can’t really see your eyebrows with your eyes.  Well you kinda can, but it hurts your head because you have to go all cross eyed.

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So I’ve found a very effective way to introduce new foods to my husband.  All I have to do is pair them with greek yogurt.  For instance, I made us black bean burgers Wednesday night and before my husband could make his skeptical face I said, “I made a greek yogurt sauce to go on top!”

…and then it’s all like the best dinner ever.  Our obsession with 2% Fage Plain Greek Yogurt is out of control.  All I did for that sauce was mix up some greek yogurt + siracha + lemon juice…completely perfect.

In our house, greek yogurt is one of those things we can’t function without.  That, and bananas.

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So for this burger there was no greek yogurt.  Boo.  But there was guacamole.  I got a coupon from Cabot to get a sample of a Wholly Guacamole product.  Honestly, packaged guacamole used to creep me out.  But now I’m pro-packaged guacamole, it is so good.  I had it on this burger and then on a grilled cheese and then with quesadillas.

I paired the buns with a simple turkey burger.  Just 1/4 cup BBQ sauce + 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce + 1.25 lb lean ground turkey.  Made into patties and then grilled.

{Disclaimer: the pictured turkey burger patty was itty bitty…just to give you some perspective.  I hope your itty bitty definition and my itty bitty definition are the same.  Otherwise we’re completely screwed.}

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Whole Wheat Brioche Hamburger Buns
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cup + 3-4 Tbsp whole wheat flour, divided
  2. 1/2 cup warm water (115-125F)
  3. 2 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  4. 3 tbsp honey
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 3 tbsp butter, softened
  7. 3 tbsp applesauce, unsweeteened
  8. Toppings: sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine warm water and honey. Sprinkle yeast over the top and allow to sit for ~5 minutes, or until bubbly. In the bowl of an electric mixer, use a dough hook to combine 2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, yeast mixture, eggs, butter and applesauce. Place the mixer on lowest speed and 'knead' for 5-6 minutes. If dough is super sticky, add 1 tbsp whole wheat flour at a time until it is more manageable. Roll the dough into a loose ball and place back into your mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours. Evenly divide dough into 6 balls. Place your thumbs on top of the ball and your other 8 fingers on the bottom of the ball. Use your thumbs to stretch the top of the dough and pull it around to the bottom side. This will help make sure your buns come out smooth and puffy. Place the dough balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the tops of each brioche bun with a mix of sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and sea salt. Allow buns to rise for 30 minutes to an hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 400F. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Buns are done when they sound hollow when thumped or reach an internal temperature of 190F.
Makes 6 buns
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21 {Healthier} Sunday Dinner Pizza Recipes

{Disclaimer: This is a sponsored opportunity with Foodie.com.  I was compensated for my time.  All opinions about the deliciousness of a Sunday Night Pizza Dinner are my own.}

When did pizza get so pretty?   And so cute?! Those are so good-looking that I wouldn’t even want to eat them.  Actually, that’s not true.  I totally want to eat them. 

Pizza is always a safe bet.  When I’m having one of these moments…which is like evrrrday.  You can always count on pizza.  And now pizza isn’t just pizza.  Now you find it loaded with vegetables served on a whole wheat crust.  Pizza isn’t just delivery pizza anymore.  Now it’s a real food option.  I mean, look at this zucchini!

To check out the rest of the 21 pizza recipes…click on over to Foodie.com or scroll through the pizza slideshow above!

 

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