Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants

o.m.g.  Have you ever tried TJ’s Chocolate Croissants?  If you haven’t… go out and buy them now.  Then we can talk.

Dave and I have discovered a new favorite breakfast in bed item.  These croissants are NOT healthy.  But they are delicious.  Delicious enough for you to forget about how bad they are for you.  Sometimes you need a treat like that!

We love eating these bad boys on Sunday mornings after we sleep in.  They are perfect for the occasion because all you do is take them out of the freezer and let them sit on a baking sheet overnight.  Then, when you’re ready to eat them, you bake them in the oven for under an hour.  You don’t even need to do anything!

It’s amazing how much they rise overnight.  So cool.

They are hot and gooey on the inside and crispy crunchy flaky on the outside.  YUMMY!

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When you wake up to a face like this, it's hard to get out of bed in the morning!!

When you wake up to a face like this, it’s hard to get out of bed in the morning!!

Lunchtime Tuesday, Week 7

Well, there’s a reason the last Lunchtime Tuesday I wrote for you was almost an entire month ago:  I am no longer eating lunch!

Before you get your panties in a twist, “Beth you have to eat!”  Yeah, I know I do… if you’ve been paying attention at all: HELLO, I LOVE FOOD!  Hear me out:  I mentioned last week that I have been trying to lose another 5 pesky pounds that I just cannot get movin’ on.  My trusty dietitian,  John (commonly referred to on here as “John the Dietitian”.  Yup, I’m creative) motivated me to try something new.

That something new wasn’t exactly a welcome idea over here.  John suggested that I switch up my breakfast (new recipe here, looooving it) and replace my typical lunch with a protein drink.  I not only thought that protein drinks would gag me out, blech… but there was no question in my mind that I’d be left starving and wanting “real” food.

I am super pleased to finally report that I was wrong.  I was totally wrong.  I can do it!  And I have.  Not only has this saved me time and stress packing lunch the night before, but it has absolutely helped me to lose 2 pounds already!  I am seriously full after lunch, and sometimes don’t even feel like I need a snack between lunch and workout (something I ALWAYS did before).

A big part of why I love my new plan is because I found a seriously delicious protein drink.  If you’re going to try this out at any point, you should find Calnaturale’s Svelte.  The taste is amazing, I have tried all 4 flavors and really enjoy each of them (Cappuccino & Vanilla are my favs!).  Here’s a little info about what’s inside:

Svelte

1 16oz Drink (Chocolate)

260 Calories

10g Fat

9g Sugar

8g Fiber

16g Protein

It’s Organic, Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free in four flavors:  Chocolate, French Vanilla, Cappuccino, and (wait for it…) Spiced Chai.  YUM.

Flavor of the day! Happy Tuesday people!

Not too bad, right?  I love it!  I originally was going to just do this lunchtime makeover for the remainder of the month of October, but I’m still goin’ strong!

OH, and please let me mention that I will fully endorse ANY food that tells me I’m “Lookin’ Good”.  Just putting that one out there, people.

What are you having for lunch today?

Here are some new puppy pics for you 🙂

Mr. Marty is getting so big! We love playing with this fuzzy little guy 🙂

Stelly smiles for the camera! Is she a cutie, or what?

 

Lunchtime Tuesday Week 5

It’s boot weather in Philly!  That means take out your scarves and pumpkins too!

This Sunday, temperatures dropped to like, 50 degrees and I couldn’t be happier.  I guarantee this will only exist for another month or so, before I become the most miserable person ever when there’s frost on my car in the morning.  But for now… yay for boots, scarves and pumpkins.

My other favorite fall happening would be the beginning of soup season.  Soup is awesome.  Yay for soup.  Here are a few of the soups I’ve made since I’ve had the blog:

Corn & Potato Chowder

Creamy Tomato Balsamic Soup

 

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

 

During my typical Lunchtime Tuesday, I try to have a healthy but super protein packed or filling meal, as I workout for 3 hours or so at night.  Today, I was contracted for my second job (Driving my boyfriend Dave around with his broken ankle) and am not going to be able to workout.  Sadface.  But, in terms of eating, that meant that I didn’t have to worry and I could just do something quick!

SO, if you haven’t heard about this yet, I think it’s pretty interesting and I’m going to share with you.  Apparently, Campbells Soup isn’t doing so hot (ha, get it) and in order to pick up business from a younger crowd, they started making two new lines of soups.  What are they inspired by?  Food Trucks.  Their new soups are easier to make and are inspired by ethnic ingredients and recipes.  Read about it here.

I’ve tried the “Go” line which I loved:  the Chicken Quinoa with Poblano Chiles.  It was spicy, healthy, and so easy to eat at work… you microwave the whole thing in the bag!  MMM!

Today for my lunch, I tried out the Butternut Squash variety from their Gourmet Bisque collection.  It is soooo yummy!  It’s low in calories and fat, super filling, and delish.  I ate it in my Stella mug today for lunch along with some Reduced Fat Triscuits.  Perfect!

 

 

Trader Joe’s Mahi Mahi Burgers

OOOH.  Just tried an awesome new Trader Joe’s product:  TJ’s Mahi Mahi Burgers.  TJ’s sells a box of 4 of these frozen burgers for $6.99, so it’s a great deal and it’s pretty delicious.

The first time I tried one of these burgers, I seasoned it just a touch and ate it plain.  It was so good!  The burgers are already pre-seasoned so they are nice and yummy- you don’t have to do anything else to them while cooking if you don’t want to.  This time around, I cooked the Mahi Mahi burger on the stovetop with some Sweet Chili sauce and Teriyaki.  I toasted a Whole Wheat English Muffin and sauteed some Zucchini on the side.  Delish!

Trader Joe’s Carne Asada

Trader Joe’s makes an amazing pre-marinated steak that I love to pick up every once in a while. It’s a great change of pace from my typical asian-flavored marinades I normally use.  This Carne Asada packs a PUNCH of Mexican flavor.  It is a bit spicy but super flavorful.  The steak is also sliced so thin that all you have to do is put it over some high heat (pan or grill) and it’ll be done in just a few minutes.

I cooked this batch up with some Parmesan Garlic French Fries and Sauteed Spinach.

For the Parmesan Garlic French Fries, I took a good ol’ bag of frozen fries my Dad keeps in the house and fried them in a pan with some Sunflower Seed Oil.  I added Minced Garlic, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, and some Smoked Paprika.  Once the fries were all crisped up, I removed them from the pan onto a wad of paper towels and shook off some of the oil.  Next, they went into a brown paper bag with a few shakes of Reduced Fat Parmesan Cheese.  I added a few shakes of Sea Salt too.  YUM.  What a great combination with the garlic and parmesan… seriously yum.

The spinach was frozen also, I just took a big hunk of it and threw it into a saucepan with maybe 1/4-1/2 Cup of water.  I let it cook over medium-high heat until all of the spinach “melted” and was stirable.  It is a pain in the ass (using frozen spinach) but you have to drain the water.  I take a colander and cover it with a few layers of paper towels, then use some paper towels for my hands and squeeze it all out.  Careful though, it can be really hot!  When serving, add a squeeze of lemon juice, a few sprays of butter spray, some salt and pepper and another shake of that Reduced Fat Parm Cheese.  That’s all you’ll need!

Deelish! Super fancy on our paper plates 🙂

Thank you, Instagram!

Trader’s Tots

I’ve been on a major breakfast potato kick lately.  I’ve been dying to make my Breakfast Baked Potato again!  Last month, I made the BEST breakfast I’ve ever made (unfortunately, it was when Dave was in Vancouver and I was all alone) using Trader Joe’s Shredded Potatoes.

Last weekend, I decided to try TJ’s Potato Tots instead.  They are awesome.  I cooked up these babies along with some scrambled eggs and bacon.  Potatoes make the whole breakfast process take more time, but they are well worth it.  One of my fav blogs, “What’s Good at Trader Joe’s” gave these Tots 10 out of 10, something i RARELY see them do!

You can cook these in the oven, but I recommend doing them in a skillet with some oil.  I have personally been using Sunflower Seed Oil (also from TJ’s), but Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil will do just fine.

Get the oil nice and hot and carefully add the potatoes.  They might splatter just a little depending on how much ice flakes are on there.  Mine weren’t too bad.  Let them cook in the oil for like 5-8 minutes, then season them with Salt/Pepper/Smoked Paprika/Garlic… anything your little heart desires.  Carefully flip them over and cook the other side for 5-8 minutes.  I seasoned this side as well, but that all depends on how you like them!  I also prefer mine to be pretty crispy so I kept them cooking just a little longer before removing them onto some paper towels to dab off the grease.

These Tots are simple but taste really yummy.  They’re a great shortcut if you don’t have the time to cut up fresh potatoes and deal with all of that kind of stuff (like me!).

Lunchtime Tuesday

After Brianne requested some lunchtime advice last week… I thought it would be a good idea to start posting some of my lunches.  Although they won’t be anything fabulous like this or this… it’s always nice to see the basics, and maybe you can get some good ideas for yourselves!

Lunchtime! Nom nom nom

For me, breakfast & lunch during the workweek is when I’m most strict on my diet.  I find that if I can be “good” at work, where there are little dietary distractions… I can leave room for a few “bad” eating decisions for dinner and weekends.  For all you Weight Watchers Point Counters… let’s just say I use my Bonus & Exercise points on Nights & Weekends.  Sorta like the opposite of a phone bill.

One of my favorite lunches just became a wee bit more exciting.  My friend Lauren, who I visited 2 weeks ago in NY gave me this great new kick to my normal turkey sandwich:  Laughing Cow Cheese.

If you’re paying attention, you should already know about this stuff:  It’s AWESOME.  Go ahead, do yourself a favor if you haven’t already… go buy a wheel.  You won’t be disappointed.

Anyway, Lauren (who has a pretty similar breakfast/lunch diet to my own) suggested I spread one LC Cheese wedge onto my bread, instead of cheese.  It’s so good!

This brings me to today’s lunch:

I packed a Turkey Sandwich on Sara Lee’s Delightful Wheat Bread (45 cal/slice!), with 1 Laughing Cow Light Swiss Wedge, 3 oz of Boar’s Head Turkey Breast, some lettuce, and Trader Joe’s Whole Grain Dijon Mustard.  

I also packed some baby carrots to eat with another LC Wedge (Blue Cheese flavor), a banana, a nectarine, and 1/2 Cup Cottage Cheese w/ All Fruit Jam.  

YUM, check out that mustard… you don’t need much!

 

This mustard is really hot, so be careful! It has great flavor though, you’ll love it.

 

I actually measure out 1/2 cup of Cottage Cheese… measuring is KEY with dieting. Did you know this little baby 1/2 cup is what ONE serving of ice cream / fro-yo should be?! EEEEEEK!

 

My post-lunch/pre-workout snack. If you haven’t tried Polaner’s All Fruit, please do. It’s amazing. I can’t remember the last time I had Smucker’s Jelly… you will NOT miss it, and this stuff is really good for you. (And, yes measure out 1Tbsp of that too)

 

Tuesday is my BIG workout day, so it’s super important for me to make sure I have a full breakfast, snack, lunch, and snack… or else I get SO hungry by the time I’m done at 7:30.

I’d love to hear what you’re eating for lunch and try it out myself!  Let me know if you have any favorites or suggestions!