Good Ideas with Daddy

Once again, I woke up with a recipe in my head. Dad, too, woke up with a breakfast in mind. We combined our ideas and it was fantastic!

I prepped everything at my house and walked to my dads to start our Sunday. By the way, “Get Ready” by the Rare Earth is a great power walking song.

Dad bought these Honey Ham steaks off the managers rack for like 69 cents and really wanted that with eggs. That sounded pretty darn tasty to me and I knew this concoction in my head would play perfectly with the sweet and salty ham.

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  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 eggs whites, or 1/4 cup liquid egg substitute
  • 1/2 Tbsp SF FF Butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1/2 Tbsp PB2, or 1 tsp creamy PB
  • 2 Tbsp cottage cheese
  • splash of water
  • 1 tsp Toffee bits (optional)

Blend all, except bits, in a food processor until smooth. The PB and pudding makes this batter a bit thick, so I recommend a splash of water. Spray a heated and sprayed skillet. Fold in toffee bits if desired,  and dollop the batter and use the back of the spoon to spread batter.

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In my opinion, these dollar stacks did not need butter or syrup. I drizzled the slightest bit of SF syrup over it. Just like I expected, the salty sweet honey ham paired perfectly with the salty sweet butterscotch and peanut butter!

Breakfast was packed with protein and deliciousness, and was completed with a mug of coffee.

Following breakfast, I dove into household chores, like laundry, flipping the mattress, changing the bed linens, and over all, house cleaning. We then ran a few errands, while listening to the Eagles/Dallas game on the radio. Upon arriving back home, I had a bit of a chill. Its a beautiful sunny day, but still breezy. I really don’t know I’m complaining about a little 10 mph wind, when yesterday I had 120 mph wind whipping at me body…

Either way, another daddy-daughter combo idea came into fruition. “Have you had those pumpkin pie pop tarts, yet?” dad asked. Nope. “Why don’t you throw one in the toaster to hold us over until dinner.” Hey, want to split a mug of hot chocolate? “Sure.”

Two words: Good Ideas!

The pairing of the warm, toasted poptart, which actually did taste like pumpkin pie, and the warmth of my special hot chocolate was absolutely perfect to warm us both up! I mean, it sounds so simple but I’m still impressed. Haha!

After watching a terrible Eagles performance and finishing up a bunch of cleaning, dad had another good idea. I say its a good idea because I’ve been craving sushi! He had been craving the Chinese Buffet. And, after all, it is International Foods Week. Mexican yesterday, Asian today. We met Barry for dinner at the Hibachi Grill and Buffet. Sunday dinner is the best time to go because they amp up the seafood selection! I loaded up on sashimi and vegetables! I hit up the raw bar and I hit it hard! Mussels, tuna, salmon… and then green beans, shrimp, mushrooms, spinach and such from the hot plates.

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I was starving and, oh, so, happy, with our decision to some out to the buffet! MMM I was in veggie and sushi heaven… times 3!

 

One Slice Wit Wiz

Today began with a plan: Refrain Run to the store, grab cat food, swing by the garage and grab my bike, put air in the tire, ride it home and enjoy a shake. Things went just as planned, except for the fact that I left the key to the garage at home. Yay, for Frank being awake because he ran it over to me. It inspired him and he proposed that he grab his bike and we ride together! After walking our deflated bikes to the gas station, we rode them home.

I forgot the muscle groups biking works. My quads hated me! It was so great to see Frank on a bike! He was smiling, and really enjoying himself! This brief little bike ride set us up for a great day of decisions!

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While I prepared our shakes, Frank brewed some coffee. I made Frank a Banana Blondie shake, which is just the Blondie recipe with a banana, and a Butterfinger shake bowl for me, which is a Blondie shake with chocolate protein mix, rather than vanilla. I threw a handful of spinach in mine for a little added vitamins.

After some conversation and mild house chores, and preparation for tonight’s dinner, Frank and I sat down to lunch. A yummy salad! I threw my random, last piece of tempeh from the fridge, the last of the olives, and sliced the last of the onion to make my light lunch. The picture kind of looks like a face…

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I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a good cheesesteak! What  I don’t love is the typical carbs, fat, and excessive calories that go with it. With my new Chicken Steak-Umms screaming my name from the freezer, this was created!

Chicken Cheesesteak Pizza

serves 4-8

The Crust:

  • 1 md to lg head of cauliflower, chopped
  • 3/4 cup fat free shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 Tbsp corn meal

WP_003692The Topping:

  • 1 md bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 md onion, sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 4 slices Chicken Steak-Umm
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp fat free shredded cheddar cheese

The Wiz:

  • 2 Tbsp non fat sour cream
  • 2 slices fat free cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven at 400 F. Steam the chopped cauliflower. Drain and transfer to the food processor and briefly pulse the cauliflower until it is riced. Combine the warm riced cauliflower with the shredded mozzarella, liquid egg, and spices.

Spray a pan well with non stick cooking spray. Add the sliced peppers, cover with a lid, and allow to cook for 9 minutes on the lowest heat. Add the sliced onions, minced garlic, chopped mushrooms, and black pepper, recover, and maintaining the lowest heat setting, allow the vegetables to cook down for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

WP_003693Sprinkle a heated pizza stone or pizza pan with the cornmeal and spread the cauliflower dough evenly over top to form the crust. Bake for 20 minutes. While the crust is baking, remove the steamed vegetables and give them a rough chop. In the pan used to make the vegetables, tear the chicken Steak-Umm slices, season with pepper, and cook. Get your hands messy and toss the chopped vegetables and chicken together.

WP_003694By this time the crust should be done. Remove the crust from the oven. Using a spatula, ensure the crust is not sticking. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar on the hot crust. Then, top with the vegetables and chicken steak mix. Return to the oven for an additional 10 to 12 minutes.

Remove from the oven. In a microwaveable cup, break the slices of cheese and sour cream. Microwave for 30 seconds, stirring every 7 seconds or so. Drizzle the wiz over the pizza, slice, and serve!

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We ate dinner with big refreshing salads. Dad topped his slices with crushed red pepper flakes. Dinner with my daddies!

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Haha! I told my dad that dinner would be ready as soon as I “drizzle my wiz.” He said, “Okay, Snoop. Drizzle your wizzle, dog.” Hahah!

To end the night, Frank and I sat on the porch and enjoyed a sugar free Cherry Popsicle for National Cherry Popsicle Day!

Its early to bed, for me tonight. I am quite sleepy. See you in the AM.

Is it Gnu to you?

Gnu is by far one of my favorite bars! I take them everywhere and for any occasion! They come in a variety of flavors, all delicious, and most recently, they have released some mini bars of three of them. These bars remind you of oatmeal bars, but much more hearty and filling; and they use real fruits, veggies, and natural ingredients! Theres almost 1/2 a days worth of fiber in these bars, that range from 130 to 140 calories! What, What!!

The generous people of Gnu recently sent me some to review for the blog, so here it goes:

Banana Walnut

We know my love for all things Walnana! So having it in non-perishable bite size form is aces! They also make this in their standard size, as well. I recommend this one for breakfast or mid-morning snack.

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You would think that when I’d want something sweet, I’d reach for some chocolate, but not if this baby is in the house. This has all the flavors of a blondie, minus the fat and calories, and loaded with fiber! MMMMM! I love the surprising bits of white and semi-sweet chocolates!

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Blueberry Cobbler

I typically enjoy any blueberry bars as breakfast, but I could eat this any time of day! It loaded, and I do mean loaded, with blueberries in every bite!  You can tell they use the real deal because even the bar itself has a blue hue from the juices.  Its not that tart or imitation blueberry flavor like more blueberry flavored foods. Its actual blueberry  bliss!

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This is probably the only bar of the entire Gnu line, that I’ll typically pass on. It has a nice blend of carrots and spices, but I, personally find pleasure in their other varieties.

Chocolate Brownie

I love this one! They even make it snack-size in a 70 calorie bar! It doesn’t taste like your idea of a brownie, like most reduced-calorie snack brownies. Its packed full of fiber, and makes me feel like I’m being naughty with a sweet treat! Seriously, 12g fiber in a brownie?! Whod’a thunk it? (I like dipping it in PB, too!)

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Holy Raisin! This baby it spectacular! I love the sweetness and juiciness of the raisins. Its like I’m eating a cinnamon raisin cookie from a bakery.. its that good (and so much better for you)! This is also made in a 70 cal mini bar.

WP_002770Espresso Chip

When I first bit into this one, I wasn’t quite sure… If you have ever had chocolate covered espresso beans, its very similar.  I recommend this for all you coffee lovers, as it has ground coffee beans and chocolate chips. (Warning: this does contain caffeine!)

Orange Cranberry

I really have to be in the mood for this one. I’m not a huge orange cranberry fan, but this is not too overwhelming. I had to eat this one twice to appreciate its flavor, but like I said, I’m not much of an orange cranberry connoisseur. I’ll let you review this one. Comment below.

WP_001604Peanut Butter

You all know I am a nut butter fiend, so I have some pretty high expectations of anything thats followed by the word “butter.” Sold! It doesn’t have an over whelming peanut butter taste, like some bars, but its just enough to give you that salty and filling tease.

You can find these bars in various corner, convenient  and grocery store, as well as some VitaminShoppes. But heres where you can find the best deal of all: right on the website. If you’re ‘gnu” to Gnu foods, check out their 5-Bar Sampler!

Enjoy!