Category Archives: Dinner
I’ve looked into doing the Blueprint cleanse before, but I quickly dismissed that thought. It’s $65 a day. A DAY!! I’m too cheap. I can think of a thousand other things I’d like to spend $65 a day on.
Thanks to Pinterest, I found some at home variations, and decided to give it a go.
The Blueprint Cleanse consists of 5 juices that you drink throughout the day. I’ve made them all with a few changes.
You start each morning with the “Green Juice”.
Green Juice (makes about 32 oz)
- 2 granny smith apples
- 2 kiwi (peeled)
- 4 stalks of celery
- 1 stalk of kale
- Handful of spinach
- 1 bottle of water.
I threw all the ingredients (except the water) into my Ninja Blender and gave it a whirl. I gradually added the water until the green stuff stared resembling juice.
Because I don’t have an honest to goodness juicer, I had to strain the juice (UGH, this part sucked).
This is the most time consuming- labor intensive part. It just takes time to separate the juice from the pulp. Put the pulp in a separate bowl while you to continue to strain, you’re not done with it yet, not by a mile.
Take the reserved pulp, and add it back to the blender along with more bottled water, and blend it again. The point is to get the most out of the greens.
I strained 3 times before finally wrapping it up. it’s helpful to strain into a large glass measuring cup, then you’ll know when you’ve got what you need. You should have about 32 ounces.
Now that you’ve got the gist of making the juice, I’ll tell you the other juices I’ve made.
Yellow Juice (makes about 32 oz)
- 1/4 of a whole pineapple
- 1 red apple
- 1 whole cucumber
- 1 bottle of water
Red Juice (makes about 32 oz)
- 1 beet (peeled)
- 4 carrots
- 2 red apples
- juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 1 bottle of water
Spicy Lemonade (makes about 16 oz)
- 1 tbsp honey
- juice from half a lemon
- dash of cayenne pepper (or more, to taste)
- 1 bottle of water
Put a little bit of hot water in your bottle before adding the honey so it dilutes easier. Add the lemon juice and cayenne, then top it off the bottled water.
Cashew Milk (makes about 16 oz)
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 tbsp honey
- dash on cinnamon
- dash on nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 bottle of water
Very important! You MUST soak your cashews in water for AT LEAST 2 hours before making this.
Add the softened cashews to the blender along with remaining ingredients and about half the water. Blend together, strain, blend again adding a bit more water.
You should drink the juices as follows:
8am: Green Juice
10am: Green Juice
12pm: Yellow Juice
2pm: Spicy Lemonade
5pm: Red Juice
7pm: Cashew Milk
Here’s where I veer off course. I didn’t like the red juice AT. ALL. The beet flavor was very strong. I tried adding extra lemon juice, honey and frozen blueberries. Nothing seemed to mask the strong flavor. So yeah, the red juice, not happening. It all went right down the drain after the photo shoot.
The green and yellow juices are my favorites, so I decided that I’ll just replace the red juice with another yellow juice.
The cashew milk is good, not great. I’ve actually found a different recipe where after making the milk, you blend it with a frozen banana. That sounds good. right?
I actually haven’t decided how long I’m going to do this for. I originally thought I’d do 3 full days, but honestly, I went slightly cray cray after a mere 4 hours, I wanted to eat something, chew something. And watching Adam eat chips certainly wasn’t helping. Since I skipped the red juice anyway, I decided to eat a sensible dinner in it’s place.
Guess that’s pretty counter-productive to a cleanse, huh?
Going forward, I’m going to try to do this for the next 3 days. Whether or not I’ll substitute a real meal in place of a juice remains to be seen, but regardless, I will be juicing up all my fruits and veggies. I will not let all that stuff go bad.
Has anyone ever tried a cleanse? Which one? Did it work?
Last night, I decided to make something, from scratch. This never happens, because it usually ends in an enormous failure, with wasted ingredients in the trash, but this time… it was a success.
Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese
Ingredients:1 pound elbow macaroni 5 tbsp butter 2 tbsp flour 1 small onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, chopped 3/4 cup hot sauce (I used Franks) 1 package cooked chicken strips, diced 2 cups milk 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (plus a lil extra for good measure) 1/2 blue cheese dressing 1 cup bread crumbs Preheat oven to 350* and coat a 13 x 9 dish with cooking spray Cook macaroni until al dente (about 8 minutes) and drain. Set aside. In a skillet, heat 2 tbsp butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add chopped garlic, chicken and hot sauce, let simmer. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a sauce pan over medium heat, when melted, whisk in flour until smooth. Slowly add the milk, and whisk until it starts to thicken, about 3 minutes. Then whisk in the cheese, when cheese has completely melted, remove from heat, and stir in the blue cheese. Combine the cheese sauce with the noodles and the chicken mixture, when well combined, transfer to the baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Melt the last tablespoon butter in a microwave safe bowl, stir in bread crumbs until well mixed. Spread the bread crumb mixture on top of the mac and cheese, and bake for another 15 minutes or until bread crumbs turn a golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving, unless you wanna burn yo mouth.
This was delicious, and hope you all get a chance to try it. If I can do it, you certainly can!
Don’t worry, I’m not going to shove a super sweet post about Valentines Day down your throat today.
I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I “hate” Valentines Day, I guess I just don’t buy the hype.
I dislike greeting cards. They’re a huge waste of money. It would mean just as much if you sent me some special words on a post-it.
No joke, a customer sent that in with their deposit. I can’t make this stuff up.
I cannot keep flowers alive, they wither away and die, every. time.
And don’t even go there with the candy. I haven’t been getting up at 5:25 AM, to justify eating an entire heart shaped box of chocolates. (True dat! and still happening, FYI)
But don’t take all this the wrong way. I still have a heart. I already gave Adam his (card-less) Valentines Day gift.
It’s maps of special places. Where we met, got engaged, married, and where we live now.
Isn’t that sweet?
See?? I’m not a stone cold beyotch. Contrary to popular beliefs.
But I’m NOT going out to a fancy restaurant, oh no. I’m not going to dine with all the little lovey dovies, on a special menu with a fixed price. No thank you. I’ve got meat to eat at home.
STEAKS! I’ve got steaks, people. Filet Mignon to be exact. Get your minds out tha gutta!
I hope your Valentine’s Day is just the way you like. Whether it’s filled with chocolate, cards and flowers, or not.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
And if you find still need a last-minute idea, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t absolutely love an e-card from Some E-Cards.
This isn’t an endorsement, I just literally could not stop laughing out loud at them. Especially the vulgar ones I couldn’t put on the blog!
I didn’t get to the gym yesterday because I had a dentist appointment.
Rest assured, my teeth are fine.
But I was pretty pleased with myself that I went to the gym Thursday morning too.
So pleased that I had to BLAST it on all social media networks!
Last night, we had our friends, Julie and Craig, over for some good times. We started the night with some drinks…
Then we headed out to dinner at Danny’s.
After dinner we came back to our house for more drinks and GAME NIGHT!!
We played Scattergories…
The object of the game is to score the most points by uniquely naming objects, within a set of categories, given an initial letter, within a time limit.
Ok, so say we roll an “A”, and within 2 minutes you have to come up with different answers, all starting with “A”.
Seems easy enough, right?
Yeah, apparently not to this gal, but I caught on for round 2.
I didn’t come close to winning, but it’s all good.
After the game, there was this….
Yeah, delicious peanut butter pie.
It was so, so kind of them to leave us the leftovers.
Heading to the gym to burn that baby off, then I’ve gotta get started on some making some Super Bowl snacks for tomorrow!
OOh Weee!! It’s been a while huh? Let’s see what I got to recap for ya. And if you can’t tell by the post title, this one is pretty random.
Stephanie and I did indeed go skating last Wednesday, we’re officially 2 for 2 now. We didn’t so as much skating, as we did manicures. Weird, but lemme finish.
Stephanie bought all the stuff needed to do gelish manicures, so let’s get a WHOOP WHOOP to saving some money!!
On Thursday, Adam and I went bowling with his brothers and their ladies.
Seems like I just can’t get enough of sticking my tootsies in someone else’s stanky footwear.
I wasn’t as concerned with taking photos as I was with drinking some beers, so this is all I got.
I got a surprise half day today! I wanted to come home and watch TV, cause that’s my thing right now, but I resisted, and went to the gym.
Honestly, I wanted to take it pretty easy today. For starters, I haven’t been to the gym in a while and I always get a little over zealous and I don’t want to over do it. Also, my knee is bothering me today.
I may have had a collision with a ceramic tile floor Saturday night. I don’t remember hitting my knee, but I don’t remember falling on my face and the subsequent bloody nose either, so I’m gonna assume that’s what happened.
Anyways, back to the gym. I hopped on the tready and did a moderate 2 mile walk. I did a few spurts of running, because I just wanted to see if I could.
I could, so that’s cool.
I decided to do some miscellaneous ab and arm exercises, but I had no direction, so I wrapped it up. I need to give some thought to what I intend on doing, so I can get my head in the game and do it right.
I’m actually bloggity bloggin from my in laws house, where we have plans for a family dinner. Fettuccine alfredo is on the menu.
Reeaally? Isn’t that like THE worst pasta dish in the world.
Adam and I headed out to dinner last night to celebrate with his family.
Adam’s brother, Brad, graduated from college and with everyone’s cray-cray schedules, yesterday was the day to all get together.
Seeing that it was Brad’s special day, he got to choose the restaurant.
He picked Gordon Biersch. It’s a new(ish) brewery restaurant in the Galleria Mall.
I was intrigued by the place right off the bat, because I am a fan of beer, and seeing that I’m trying to broaden my beer horizons, I couldn’t wait to try it.
Speaking of the beer; they have 5 signature brews and 1 seasonal. I was interested in seeing what the seasonal brew was, but it wasn’t available. The waitress started rambling on about why, but I had already made a new decision and tuned her out. Thanks to my Father-in-Law, I decided to go with the Hefewenizen.
This traditional German wheat beer is left unfiltered to bring out its sparkling, yet subtle notes of banana & clove.
A beer with notes of banana? Sign me up!
I was afraid it was going to be really heavy, but it wasn’t. I found it pretty refreshing, and you could really smell the banana and clove.
The table decided to order the “famous” garlic fries, and while delicious, never seemed to leave my presence, long after we left the restaurant. I really like garlic, but it was a touch too much.
For my entrée, I ordered the crab stuffed yellow tail sole. Perhaps a touch out of my normal ordering comfort zone, yet delicious.
The fish was stuffed with crab meat (think the inside of a crab cake) and topped with a lobster sherry sauce. It was accompanied by jasmine rice and steamed green beans.
Everything was so delicious and I was really happy with my choice. It seemed everyone else was happy with theirs too.
I’d go back there. They have some discounted happy hour appetizers and drink specials, and that is right up my alley.
After dinner we all went back to my in laws for cake to celebrate Brad’s accomplishments.
Ice cream cake=heaven.
And I seriously just woke up from the food coma. I’d also recommend not coming into close contact with Adam or myself anytime soon, cause seriously, those garlic fries are major, and we most definitely have garlic seeping out of our pores.
As a side note today, I thought I’d try my hand at doing more restaurant reviews on the blog. Lord knows Adam and I go out to eat A LOT! Some places are great, and some a just “meh”. I’d love to share my thoughts with you guys.
I had an awesome day!
I had a half day at work today, so I decided to no longer make excuses, and get my butt to the gym.
Plus, I figured at 12:45pm, I’d be there well before all the “resolutioners”.
I hopped on the StairClimber for an intense 10 minutes. Level 8, fat burner program, alternating skipping steps every two minutes.
Then I hopped on the the treadmill to do 2 miles, power walking, varying the incline every quarter mile.
I finished out with another 10 on the StairClimber. Only because I really wanted to push myself
I did the manual program at an 8, bumped it to 12 for the last minute.
So, a solid minute at level 12 was frickin fast, and my heart was pounding, but when I was done, I felt great.
I love cardio overload!!
I also did a pretty good job eating right today!
I started this morning with some overnight oats, that I actually made a few nights ago, but they still tasted great.
It got me thinking that I want to make them more often, and I will.
When I got home from the gym this afternoon, I made myself a late lunch/early bird dinner.
I grilled up a piece of salmon, and on the side…
I made myself some quinoa, with grape tomatoes, red onion and 2 tablespoons of gorgonzola cheese.
I made enough quinoa that I can incorporate it into other things, like the overnight oats!
Full circle, readers!!
As I mentioned the other day, Stephanie and I went on our Lady Date Thursday night.
We went to Russell’s, and it was amazing.
I didn’t take a photo of every thing I put in my mouth, but I should have, because it was all sooo good, and I wish I had the visuals to remind me.
We also will never be doing that again. I mean, we knew that it was “fine dining” which would be expensive, but we definitely had some sticker shock when the bill came.
After dinner, we headed out to get our big ass drinks, but unfortunately, a belly full of food, only makes for some sleepy ladies. We called it an early night.
Which was good because I had some plans for Friday night anyway.
Ya see, I’m a super secret party planner.
Craig and I were in cahoots to plan a little impromptu surprise birthday party for my friend, and his wife, Julie.
It was a great night out with friends, and I’m glad that everyone could come out and celebrate for her birthday.
I also, for the first time in my life, played darts. I know that’s weird. But seriously, I’ve never thrown a dart before. A Jart? well, that’s a different story!
So, yeah, first time….
Ok, so maaaaaybe those aren’t my darts…
But they were my teammates, and that’s kinda like it was me, right?
It was an awesome night out.
I’ll be taking off soon to cheer on my hubby while he plays hockey. He’s playing in his yearly “Winter Classic”. It’s at the outdoor rink in East Aurora, and then there’s a little shin-dig afterwards.
This is turning out to be a super fun weekend!!
So, back in the good old Bananas and Beer days, I actually used to blog about what I ate.
That’s a lot of links, friends.
“All ya gotta do is put a drink in my hand…..”
There’s been far too many of those lately…
So this morning, when I woke up, I grabbed my new camera and got to snappin’ on my breakfast.
I had 2 scrambled eggs, with red onion and tomato.
The for dinner, I went way back, and went with a flatbread.
Tonight’s was steak and gorgonzola.
I added a little mozzarella to hold it all together and grape tomatoes for color.
It was just alright, but I do love that crispy crust.
Now, don’t look for me tomorrow, I’m going on a lady date with Stephanie.
We decided not to do Christmas gifts, in favor of a really nice dinner out and
perhaps definitely a big ass drink.
Give me some steak and a giant margarita!!
Ok, so in case any of you thought I had fallen off the face of the earth, fear not, I’m still here.
Christmas was sort of a blur, and for many reasons.
First, I haven’t really been in the Christmas spirit. because (long story short, and without details) my Dad was in and out of the hospital the days leading up to Christmas. (The Bad)
He wasn’t able to come to Christmas Eve at my Aunt Darlene and Uncle Paul’s house. Which I know, majorly bummed him out.
It didn’t seem right to joyously take Christmas photos without him.
But don’t worry everyone, he is home and doing ok!
On Christmas Day, it was the run around ridiculousness like it always is. Go here, go there, go back to here and back to there.
But it’s all worth it cause I get GIFTS!!! (The Good)
I got a new camera, so hopefully, I will remember to use it and fill the blog with more of this…
a lot more of this….
get ready people…
I’m also myself getting over a cold with a nasty cough. The cough is so bad that I threw out my shoulder, and am walking around like Frankenstein.(the Ugly)
I spent my entire day off (Monday) on the couch alternating between a heating pad and an ice pack. All while watching Adam kill some zombies on his new video game.
So, now that the holidays are over it’s time to cut it with the excuses. I’d like to start blogging more frequently. (Can I get an AMEN, valued readers?)
Oh yeah, and maybe I’ll start eating better and working out.
Remember when my blog used to be about that? And not just story after story about me drinking way to much.
But honestly, to get back into food blogging mode,this is what I ate last night.
MEXICAN!! It was amazing.
I’m gonna try people. Hopefully you’ll see me soon(er).