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Weekend of Firsts

So this weekend had its highs and its lows. I found out that my multivitamin I took (for the first time) had MSG in it. Seriously . . . that stuff is EVERYWHERE! I learned a valuable lesson: I MUST check the ingredients on everything that goes into my body. My body is very sensitive to MSG and I actually got a two day migraine because of it. I was sick all day Friday and all day Saturday. Not fun.

But I am feeling much better now and this weekend was a weekend of firsts.

Last night, I tried butternut squash for the first time.

leaving the dirty work of the cutting to my husband

Before . . .

After!

I really liked it. It wasn’t actually as hard to peel or cut that I thought it would be. Maybe that’s because I left that part for my husband. 🙂

I do think that I overcooked it a little because it was kind of mushy. But I still liked the taste and I would try it again. How long should I roast butternut squash anyway?

Today I tried making homemade cinnamon rolls for the first time. I made Pumpkin Cinnamon rolls and they were so tasty!

Fresh out of the oven

I can post the recipe later. It’s one that my dietician emailed to me and it was adapted from Cooking Light. There were a few times that I wasn’t sure me and Corey were doing it right, but they came out so delicious and they actually looked like cinnamon rolls.

It was a great Sunday morning activity for me and Corey to do together. The couple who cooks together, stays together . . . that is, unless the couple kill each other over which room is best to leave the dough in to rise. 😉

I also left my very first Operation Beautiful note!

I was in the fitting room at Kohl’s, trying on some new clothes for work. I was feeling really bad about myself and engaging in a lot of negative self-talk. At that point, I stopped myself and decided that I would post an encouraging note instead. I couldn’t think of a better location for positive encouragement than a fitting room! It made me feel so much better and it really put a smile on my face.

I also got my very first IPhone! Yay! My cell phone that I had was about five years old, so it was practically ancient. Our Verizon contract ended yesterday, so we switched to AT&T first chance we got. 🙂

Love the pic of me and Corey as my wallpaper. So cute!

This evening, I tried spaghetti squash for the first time.

Mmm . . . very tasty. Corey and I made some simple sauce by combining 365 organic pasta sauce, some Jennie-O lean turkey sausage (hot), some garlic powder, oregano, and red pepper. The sauce was super tasty and the squash really didn’t have that much taste, which I didn’t mind. But I think we undercooked the squash just a little because it wasn’t as tender as I think it could have been. How tender does spaghetti squash get anyway? We bought half a squash that was already cut up and baked it in the oven for about 30 minutes. Did I undercook it? Again, I just need some advice. How long should I bake the spaghetti squash?

The highlight of today (for sure) was that I had my very first Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks!

this pic was taken on my new IPhone!

Totally yummy . . . I may have to look into making my own Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I have seen so many recipes on blogs lately and goodness knows, it would be cheaper than going to Starbucks all the time. I definitely see more of these in my future. 🙂

So that was my weekend in a nutshell. Were there any firsts for you this weekend?

Happy Halloween!

Satisfying my Sweet Tooth the Jillian Michaels Way!

Today started out well. Corey and I woke up and decided to take Callie out on a 2 mile jog. I have to work on Saturdays and I wanted to get my workout out of the way. I should work out in the mornings more often. I am not a morning person, but morning workouts are a great way to start the day!

However, after I got home and took a shower I promptly developed a migraine. 😦 Being the trooper that I am, I went into work anyway. My husband was awesome and drove me into work so I wouldn’t have to drive. But counseling patients on a migraine is not my idea of a good time. I blame my migraine on the MSG from last night’s Chick-fil-A dinner. Hard to say that it was worth it. Yes, the chicken sandwich was sooo good. But this is why I try to stay away from MSG and preservatives. No good can come from it.

My food intake was not that great today because of the headache. I had no breakfast and when I finally did have lunch, I had an awesome salad with spinach, leftover chicken, and my homemade salad dressing. Yummy. And for dinner, my husband made me my favorite “sick” food: tomato soup. Mmmm . . . so comforting and so light on the tummy. I used to eat Campbell’s tomato soup, but I have since switched to 365 Organic Tomato Basil Soup because that doesn’t have any MSG. And . . . headaches or not, that is the.best.soup.ever! There is a reason to only eat foods with simple, nonprocessed ingredients. Awesome taste and flavor.

Anyway, the most exciting thing of the evening was that I was in the mood to bake. My headache was feeling better and I wanted to bake my husband some healthy brownies. I have been dying to try a recipe I found online that come from Jillian Michaels “Master Your Metabolism” Cookbook. Seemed like a simple recipe and the brownies are only 86 calories. And I love cooking with Corey! After all, the couple who cooks together stays together, right? 😉

These are the ingredients needed for the recipe:

Mmmm . . . . chocolate batter

Finished Product

Brownie #2 - Since I already have a headache, it's okay to indulge, right? 🙂

These brownies were so freaking amazing! I have never had brownies that were this moist and tasty. I had two of them . . . okay, maybe three. I had to stop myself. Yes, chocolate is bad for migraines and I totally shouldn’t be having any chocolate. But I already had a headache, so how much more damage could I do? And I hadn’t eaten that much today and they are only 86 calories each. It’s amazing the way that my mind can rationalize things. 🙂 But seriously, we will be making these again. Best brownie recipe EVER! See the recipe below.

Fudge Brownies courtesy of Jillian Michaels (makes 16 brownies)

2/3 cup mild honey, such as clover or orange blossom

1/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup white whole-wheat flour (I just used organic white all-purpose flour, so that will do as well)

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 large egg, at room temperature  

3/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch pan with nonstick spray and set aside.

Place the honey in a large glass measuring cup. Microwave on high power until the honey is runny and just bubbling, 45 to 60 seconds. Add the cocoa and stir with a fork until well combined. Let cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until combined. In a large bowl, combine applesauce, oil, egg, and vanilla. Whisk together until well blended. Add the honey-cocoa mixture and whisk until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture and stir until no traces of flour remain. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake until the surfaces look dry around the edges of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it, about 25 minutes. Do not overbake. Place the pan on a cooling rack and let cool completely before slicing into 16 squares. Store the brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.