excuse my absence yesterday! i got my hair done after work and then went on a glorious 4 mile run (in 38 minutes) OUTSIDE when i got home. it is getting nice and cool in the evenings.
ever see claire robinson’s show on the food network?
basically, claire creates recipes using five ingredients. i have never actually watched the show, but it has a catchy title and it always gets stuck in my brain when i see a commercial for the show.
move aside, claire, today i was my very own day of a five ingredient fix!
breakfast: the return of protein oatmeal! ever since monday, when i got TOO cold while drinking my protein shake and, gasp, couldn’t finish it.. i have been longing for a hot breakfast.
enter: five ingredient fix #1!
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1 scoop (30g) vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 cup nature’s indulgence vanilla nut granola
- 1/4 cup trader joe’s unsweetened dried blueberries
- 1 packet justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter
i love these individual packets of justin’s! special thanks to amie for sending them my way :)
i could get used to these five ingredients.
my breakfast kept me full for FIVE hours. dang, that is an hour for every ingredient! eventually my belly started to rumble.
enter: five ingredient fix #2!
i made a layered salad of:
- yellow squash
- cottage cheese
- sweet potato
the squash and zucchini were leftover from last night’s dinner. i steamed them both and refrigerated them overnight. perfect to add to a salad for lunch! the sweet potato was one from the batch baked at the beginning of the week. i’ve been eating them every day since.
who needs dressing when you have cottage cheese?
that pesky sweet tooth was hanging around after lunch.
i turned to a one ingredient fix:
i guess i could have turned this into a five ingredient fix.. but one was all i needed ;)
i got off work late today and missed my typical snack time (around 4 PM) so by the time i got home at 5:30 i was feeling like a heavier snack before my workout.
enter: five ingredient fix #3!
- 1 whole wheat english muffin, toasted
- 1 wedge laughing cow light sun dried tomato cheese
- 2 slices low sodium turkey breast
- 1 egg, cooked in a mug in the microwave (1 minute on half power)
i am loving the new-to-me flavors of laughing cow! i’ve yet to find the blue cheese.
stacked five ingredient fix! did the trick!
i shared the sandwich with marshall and then changed for the gym.
not sure why but i’ve been feeling awfully sluggish lately. maybe it is the change in season? anyway, i fought my desire to be a total slack ass and managed to get to my mom’s gym and do the following weight training:
- 5 minute warmup on treadmill (0.5 mile)
circuit 1: three times through
|bosu ball squat + biceps curl||10# ea||12||quads, glutes, biceps, core|
|single leg dead lift to upright row||10# ea||12 each leg||hamstrings, shoulders, core|
|side lunge + overhead shoulder press||10# ea||12||quads, hamstrings, glutes, shoulders|
- 50 ball crunches
circuit 2: three times through
|laying butt bridge + chest press||10# ea||20||glutes, chest|
|single leg press (on sled)||120#||12 each leg||quads, glutes|
|stability ball ham curls||bodyweight||12||hamstrings|
- 50 ball crunches
circuit 3: 3 times through
|single arm overhead triceps extension while standinf on one leg||10#||12 each arm||triceps, core|
|wide stance squat to overhead press with medicine ball||12# ball||12||quads, glutes, shoulders|
|bulgarian split squat||10# ea||12 each leg||quads, glutes|
- 50 ball crunches
the end! it took 40 minutes and then i went home to make dinner.
dinner tonight fell right in line with my 5 ingredient theme! i promise i didn’t even plan it this way.
enter: five ingredient fix #4!
- whole wheat spaghetti
- garlic hummus
- basil pesto
- parmesan cheese
- lemon juice
i put this pasta on this week’s menu after seeing this recipe on mama pea’s blog. i, of course, did my part in planning to de-veganizing it with the cheese.
what i didn’t plan on was a vegan guest for dinner! i ended up making a small batch of the pasta following mama pea’s recipe and then a larger batch of un-vegan pasta for marshall and i using the five ingredients above.
i did keep it vegetarian, however! and i beefed it up a bit with some baked tofu and steamed asparagus.
for the tofu, i pressed it, diced it and marinated it in this dressing:
i then baked it at 400 degrees for 15 minutes on each side, 30 minutes total.
can i just say tha tmama pea, you are a genius. why have i never used hummus in pasta before?! this was sooo creamy, minus the cream!
mama pea is onto something with the whole hummus-as-a-pasta-sauce idea! i can’t wait to use a sun dried tomato hummus in a penne pasta with pine nuts and diced sun dried tomatoes. the wheels are turning!
i am currently taking a load off and letting my pasta digest before i make a clean eating 5 ingredient dessert fix. do you think it is a coincidence that protein cake has only five ingredients??
- 1/2 scoop BSN banana nut protein powder
- 1 egg white
- 1 TB unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 TB peanut butter
no. i don’t think it is coincidence at all! it must be five ingredient fix fate ;)
1. what is a five ingredient fix you’d like to share with the class? although i have shared a plethora of 5 ingredient fixes above, i have to mention one of my FAVES: garbanzo beans+cottage cheese+ranch dressing seasoning+diced tomatoes+black pepper. so tasty!
2. although i have never seen “five ingredient fix”, i do love the food network. what is your favorite food network show? mine is chopped. i DVR the crud out of that show.. i love playing along and coming up with dishes i would make with the basket ingredients.
xo. janetha g.