If you are not redirected automatically, follow the link to Gretchen, In-Between chipotle | Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen!
Pages Menu
Categories Menu

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 in Daily Eats | 9 comments

Daily Eats – 4/26/12

Yesterday was one of those grazing days where breakfast, lunch, and the snacks in between all kind of melded together into one long day of eating. ‘Twas glorious.

Untitled

Banana: 70 calories

Unpictured Oatmeal: 100 calories

Untitled

Roasted Maple Brussels sprouts: ~150 calories

Untitled

Mini pickles: 30 calories

Untitled

Luna bar: 180 calories

Untitled

Leftover chicken kapow with brown rice: 200 calories

Untitled

English muffin with spray butter and raspberry preserves: 120 calories

Unpictured Chipotle burrito bowl: 600 calories… and chips (500 calories).

Total: ~1,950 calories

I know, I know, I know, I know, I know. Not my finest choice, getting chips from Chipotle. (Damn their deliciousness!) In my defense (not that I really have one, nor that I especially NEED one since overall I still stayed within a healthy, if over-target, calorie range), I only intended to eat half of my burrito bowl & chips, then take the other half for lunch today, but… yeah. Oh well. Today’s a new day, and I’m already off to a good start!

Read More

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 in Food | 35 comments

Olé!

Okay, first things first: thank you all so much for your waywayway too kind comments on yesterday’s post about the Navy 5 miler. Not only am I proud of myself for finishing, but you guys make me feel like Wonder Woman! Even though we all know it wasn’t the best race ever (um, I think I’ll try actually training next time.) Best. Readers. Ever. 🙂

So unfortunately, last night I had plans to meet up with some old friends for, you guessed it, sushi that didn’t end up happening. My dinner plans may have fallen through, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t do up something grand(é). It wasn’t long before our cucina was hustling and bustling with alimento mexicano!

IMG_1405.jpg

Taylor suggested we make homemade Chipotle for dins, and I couldn’t say “sí” fast enough! I looooove me some Chipots, but I certainly don’t love dropping $8 per bowl (when did they make the switch from calling them burrito “bols” to “bowls”, by the way?) We got to save some dinero and ensure some clean, lower-sodium eating in one fell swoop! (How are you liking the remnants of my 8th grade Spanish peeking out here? De nada.)

IMG_1409.jpg
More kitchen therapy for me! Mince, chop, slice!

Now, we’re no homemade Chipotle n00bs here, but our recipe is definitely still a work in progress. We get closer and closer every time we make it though! The only thing that I think we’re still unable to get a close match on is the chicken.

IMG_1421.jpg

Not that our chicken isn’t mighty tasty, but it’s just not quite the same. We’ve been seasoning it with a chile powder blend + ground chipotle pepper. Anybody know the secret? Maybe a wet marinade?

IMG_1431.jpg

I guess for now we’ll just have to keep taste-testing. Hey, it’s a hard job, but somebody’s got to do it!

IMG_1423.jpg

One thing I do think we have down pat is the corn salsa. Muy delicioso. Who says salsa needs tomatoes?

Corn Salsa: Step 1Corn Salsa: Step 2Corn Salsa: Step 3
Onion, jalapeño, corn, cilantro, salt, pepper, and just a squeeeeze of lime!

Making this kind of dinner at home can be time consuming, just because it has so many components. But if you have the time to commit, it’s totally worth it!

Fixins

Variety is the spice of life, after all.

Dinnertime

All together now:

Me Gusta

In total, and from the bottom up, we have: cilantro-lime rice, black beans, peppers & onions, chicken, plain nonfat greek yogurt (a healthy, lower-cal sour cream substitution), corn salsa, and a pinch o’ cheese.

Burrito Bol

Salud!

IMG_1441.jpgIMG_1442.jpg

Gretchen tested…

Thumbs up!

… and brother approved! Te gusta. Er, gusto? Okay, okay, I give up.

Let’s instead focus on the slightly disturbing fact that Ben and I essentially have the same haircut right now. Awk.

What’s your favorite at-home restaurant re-creation? You’d think that homemade sushi would top my list, but unfortunately the level of difficulty (I mean, if you think this was time consuming…) doesn’t exactly make it a feasible go-to. So homemade burrito bowls are definitely my #1, followed closely by home-baked pizza. Trader Joe’s ready-to-go pizza doughs just make it so easy!

Read More

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 in Daily Eats | 4 comments

Daily Eats – 9/26/2011

Breakfast

Forbidden Fruit
Apple (70)

IMG_1398.jpg
Mini Cascadian Farms bar (80)

Snack

IMG_1400.jpg
Green bell pepper with lemon tahini dressing/dip (~75)

Lunch

IMG_1401.jpg
Leftover roasted red pepper pasta (300)

And an unpictured banana (70)

Snack

IMG_1403.jpg
Grande soy no-whip pumpkin spice latte (280: worth it!)

Dinner

Me Gusta
Homemade Chipotle bowl: rice, black beans, peppers & onions, chicken, greek yogurt, corn salsa, and a little bit o’ cheese. (~450)

Dinner

IMG_1445.jpg
Canteloupe! (~100)

Total: ~1,425! Wheeee!

Read More

Posted on May 24, 2011 in Daily Eats, Food | 4 comments

Daily Eats – 5/24/11

Breakfast

IMG_7601.jpg

1 slice Ezekial Cinnamon Raisin Bread (80 cal) w/ 1 tbsp Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter (95 cal)

IMG_7602.jpg

Banana (70 cal)

IMG_7605.jpg
IMG_7606.jpg

1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese – small curd (80 cal)
1/2 cup mandarin orange slices (77 cal)

Lunch

IMG_7609.jpg

My past serving of my Caprese Pasta Bake! Waaaaaah! (~350 cal)

IMG_7612.jpg

Work-made pita chips (pita + toaster oven + salt = done!) (80 cal)

IMG_7619.jpg

2 tbsp Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil hummus (70 cal)

IMG_7618.jpg

OH. EM. GEE. This stuff is AMAZING. It’s like hummus and pesto had a delicious baby and I ATE IT. I can’t believe I had the restraint not to just drink the entire tub. True story.

Dinner

IMG_7621.jpg

Chipotle salad bowl (605 cal)
– Lettuce (10 cal)
– Rice (100 cal)
– Black beans (100 cal)
– Chicken (120 cal)
– Pico de Gallo (25 cal)
– Corn salsa (80 cal)
– Tiny bit o’ cheese (50 cal)
– 2 tbsp Greek yogurt added at home (35 cal)
– 1/2 container guacamole (85 cal)

Total: 1,507 calories. You know, give or take a few since I didn’t finish all of my weirdly delicious fruit & cottage cheese breakfast plate and I probably ate slightly more than half of the container of guac, heehee. But even being comprised of estimates I am pretty proud of today’s food choices, especially given that today wasn’t too hot overall. You know, the usual: I overslept, was late for work, and generally just had one of those days where you feel like you can’t do anything right. So sometimes picking up Chipotle for dinner and still hitting your desired calories for the day is just what you need. 🙂

Oh, that, and the Glee finale of course.

Read More

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 in Food, Pup Posts, Weight Loss | 2 comments

Catching Up

Hey guys, big post today because I have a lot to catch up on! And lucky for you beautiful readers, I have LOTS of pictures to go along with it. Let’s start from this morning and work backwards:

Woke up this morning to some anxious dogs who needed to be let outside – it was so nice to be able to actually sleep in! I feel like I haven’t really been able to sleep in for as long as I like in forevvvvver. I started to rouse around 9:30 and got out of bed a little before 10. I let the dogs out, then decided to make a REAL breakfast – a greek omelette!

I did 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites whipped together with a dash of 1% milk, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes, then threw some sundried tomato feta, plum tomatoes, turkey, and spinach.

It didn’t turn out quite as pretty as I was hoping, so maybe next time I’ll sauté the inner ingredients beforehand so they’re a little more foldable into the eggs, but it was delicious!!

So yesterday at work we had a baby shower for my coworker! We took her out to lunch at a restaurant of her choice (Coastal Flats – missed you Lara!) where I succeeded in resisting the Ozzie Rolls yet again (!!) and ordered the Hong Kong Style Sea Bass, which our waitress identified as the “healthiest entree on the menu” so how could I not order it? It was delicious, and I subbed out the sticky rice that usually comes as one of the sides for green beans so I felt extra good about it.

In celebration of Sherry’s new baby, I baked cupcakes for the shower the night before. I did a little Googling for a low-calorie cupcake recipe, and found this recipe on Sparkpeople. These were the only ingredients:

A box of Strawberry cake mix and a can of diet Sierra Mist. I know that the cake mix is full of artificial ingredients and partially hydrogenated oils (despite it saying “0 grams trans fats”) but I figured since it was a special occasion, what they hey!

Cooking up these cupcakes gave me the long-awaited opportunity to christen my KitchenAid Mixer!! My brother gave it to me for Christmas and I hadn’t ever used it (despite my bursting into tears when I opened the present – true story.)

Anyway, the recipe was simply to mix the cake mix and can o’ soda together and blend it all together. No oil, butter, eggs — nothing! I added a tablespoon of ground flaxseed in there to healthify it a tiny bit, then tossed it into the cupcake pan. 18 -20 minutes @ 350 degrees, and they came out beautiful and light-tasting. 85 calories per cupcake, un-iced!

For the icing, I couldn’t find any Cool Whip at the grocery store like the recipe says to use, so I made up an icing on my own. It’s probably for the best considering that artificial ingredients in the cake mix anyway – didn’t need to add to that load. I blended fresh raspberries with some butter, sugar, and a tiny dash of whipping cream. It came out a lot runnier than I would have liked, but hey – it was my first time making icing. And even though those ingredients aren’t really diet-friendly, at least I can say with absolute certainty that the icing is all-natural!

I topped off each cupcake with a blueberry, and left a few without icing to bring to the shower for myself, although I ended up eating 1 with icing and 1 without, hehehe. It was a really fun way to end the week at work! (check out my sweet decorating job on the conference room table below):

So to backtrack even further, before I baked up the cupcakes for the baby shower, I made myself dinner Thursday night inspired by this recipe I saw on Whitney’s blog. It’s basically a creamy spinach sauce that comes straight out of the blender! I threw it over some whole wheat pasta shells. The sauce includes:

Raw baby spinach (I threw in like 3 handfuls, hahaha)
1 cup 1% milkfat cottage cheese (I used a no salt added kind so I was able to season the sauce to my liking.)
1 clove raw garlic
Fresh basil
Fresh greek oregano
Salt
Pepper
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

I ended up having to use some chicken stock to get the ingredients to blend, which ended up thinning out the sauce more than I wanted, but that’s okay! It was really delicious, even more so once the sauce was absorbed by the warm pasta, although I used a huuuuuge clove of garlic and you could REALLY taste it! I think I might go easier on the garlic next time – I love it, but raw garlic is intense. I sliced up some chicken breast that Taylor and Ben had cooked up the day before to serve over it. Yum-o!

And just for logging sake, I do also need to share the lunch that I had earlier that day (we’re still talking Thursday here, just so you remember.) Chipotle!! I am so happy that I’m still able to consume the deliciousness that is Chipotle on my diet. All you have to do is wipe the tortilla, rice, cheese, and sour cream from your meal, and you still end up around 435 calories! (Make sure you stay away from the chips though – 400 calories + ridonk amounts of saturated fat.) Still, it’s kind of amazing. I splurged and got guac on my burrito bowl while I was there, too. In general love ordering it to-go and then dolloping on some plain greek yogurt to recreate the sour cream effect. Mm-mmm good!

Ok, I think I’ve effectively picture-fied your days at this point. So yeah! That covers Thursday through this morning. Whew! Hope everyone is having a good weekend so far!

Read More