Tempted by Tempeh

This morning, since it was Barry’s first morning back, it was a blueberry pancake morning. The special guest star? Bar Harbor Wild Blueberry Preserves!

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I was pretty excited when I find these easy to make complete Easy Packs by Hungry Jack. Its the perfect size for a few people and they had Blueberry Wheat! Even better. Not having blueberries in the house, I warmed up a few tablespoons of the preserves and drizzled the newly formed syrup over the poured batter. Aside from the last three pancakes getting a little toasty, they were a hit. Barry, being the blueberry king that he is, doused his plate with blueberry syrup, as well. To finish the meal with some protein, eggs. Over easy for me and medium for him.

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We kicked off his first day back with a date at the shooting range, followed by a ton of errands! I introduced Barry to Wholefoods today! I love when I take people there for the first time. Its like they are little kids! Barry fell in love with bakery, as most people do. He wanted to buy one of everything! He left with a brownie cheesecake muffin and a cookies n cream cupcake. I was a good girl. We all know how I get around sweets…

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Its so funny! He’s already planning our next trip to Wholefoods, including having lunch there. He was in love the meats department. I don’t think he believed me when I told him how beautiful the meats were. He would up spending a few bucks on meats, as well.

After continuing with errands, we headed home. I read in a magazine that the calcium in frozen yogurt helps relieve cramps. Best excuse ever to take your boyfriend out for froyo!

Barry definitely has a sweet tooth for similar tastes as myself… Chocolate and peanut butter. He opted for the cheesecake froyo at Yogurt City topped with chocolate, caramel, Reese cups, chocolate jimmies, blueberries and bananas. I went with the no sugar added strawberry yogurt topped with kiwi, mango, strawberries, and sliced almonds! I do believe I am developing quite a skill for froyo perfection!

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We headed back to the house after about 5 hours of being out while at Wholefoods, we picked up a tempeh that I have never seen before: Fakin Bacon smoky tempeh by Lightlife. While cooking it, the kitchen actually did begin to smell like bacon. I also roasted some bell peppers, sliced baby carrots, onion, tomato, and cauliflower seasoned with garlic and basil. Topping a bed of spinach, I think this was the healthiest meal Barry had had in a long time! Plus, he had never had tempeh before. ( We all know I’m addicted to the stuff.) I always enjoy a roasted veggie and tempeh salad drizzled with BBQ sauce, and today was no different. Also, while at Wholefoods, we picked up Annie’s Organic Hot Chipotle BBQ sauce, since we both have a love for sweet and spicy. It had much more of a kick than either one of us expected, and our lips were tingling a good while after eating our salads. I can’t wait to BBQ some chicken breast with this stuff!

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We wrapped up our evening with oreos and PB, and some hockey. It was a nice day spent with the boyfriend. Tomorrow… road trip.

Newark Deli and Bagel

Yesterday breakfast was oh so simple and oh so yummy: Toasted Blueberry Crumble bread, by Sara Lee, topped with Bar Harbor Blueberry Jam, my favorite! It was compliment with a navel orange and my new coffee I got when I had a layover in Denver.

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I was expecting, I guess, a syrup flavor, in the coffee, as if I would receive it from a coffee shop. Instead, it was a mild mocha flavor (I love mocha). I really enjoyed its subtle flavors.

After trying to cram in some studying, I headed off for an interesting  and semi-frustrating night at work. I can’t share much, due to HIPPA, but I can say it involved an aggressive patient. I love my job, but some days are rough.

I was thankful for my dinner break, not only because I needed a breather, but also because dinner was delicious! I was pretty darn impressed by this Lean Cuisine meal: Ranchero Braise Beef with Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes! I brought some frozen corn to have with it. It was sweet, with just a bit of spice! The corn was the perfect pair for this meal! I called dad and insisted he try this meal for lunch one day at work, just like I totally insist you, give this one a try!

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This morning, mom and I woke up early to go food shopping . While in the area, I took mom to one of my favorite breakfast spots: Newark Deli and Bagel (lovingly called “NDB”)! They make all the bagels in house, and they are delicious! They are also known for their chicken salad. Dad loves this stuff! One of his favorite things is chicken salad on a toasted asiago bagel. Their breakfast are phenomenal! Crispy bacon! Juicy sausage! They even have egg whites! This morning, I split a sandwich with mom, one they I never had before. I ordered a rye bagel with egg whites, tomato, roasted turkey, and pepperjack cheese! MMMM I’m definitely getting this one again! That half a sandwich, paired with a small caramel nut coffee, was perfect and it held me over for most of the day!

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Work tonight was consistent. Dinner was another Lean Cuisine, one, for which, I had high expectations: Roasted Garlic Chicken with creamy Parmesan spinach. I added steamed broccoli  I really expected a better flavor. There was not as much garlic as I had hoped, in fact, there was not as much flavor as I had hoped.

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I start my new clinical rotation, tomorrow, at a long term care facility for the elderly. Wish me luck!