copycat.

by Janetha on September 28, 2010

in meals,moves

wow, i am blown away by the feedback on my fast food story.  thanks to all who chimed in and shared your feelings on the subject as well as your own fast food story.  if you have time, i suggest you check out the comments.  i love all the feedback on all my posts, but this one was particularly fantastic.  thank you for your participation! i want you to all know i replied to a bunch of comments on the post’s comments section directly. i know i usually don’t do it that way, but i did. i am trying that method out.

i wanted to share a few of the great ideas you guys left about fast food swaps:

callie said: “Sometimes if I’m craving an ice cream sundae but don’t want to go all out, I’ll get a plain soft serve from somewhere like DQ and then top it with fruit, natural chocolate syrup, etc. at home, like this night: http://www.callieflowerkitchen.com/2010/06/27/cheezy-cheese/

susan said: “One thing I do now sometimes is go to Subway and order a veggie sub – then put my own can of plain tuna on it!”

erica said: “I like doing at home chinese takeout. Beef and broccoli (http://itzyskitchen.blogspot.com/2009/12/beef-broccoli.html), Sweet and sour chicken (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/eating-well/sweet-amp-sour-chicken-with-brown-rice-recipe/index.html

sami said: “i used to LOVEEEE taco bell. i use hungry-girls crunch wrap recipe to recreate them at home…SO GOOD! http://www.hungry-girl.com/chew/chewdetails.php?isid=1647

mary said: “I used to love getting the Pollo Bowl at El Pollo Loco and was craving one last week… Sooooo I made my own version :D Sure, it didn’t really taste the same, but isn’t that the point ? http://whatscookinwithmary.blogspot.com/2010/09/marys-el-pollo-bowl.html

caroline said: “I like to re-make Chick fil A sandwiches with vegan chik patties, lots of pickles, and K + M. They taste pretty close to the real thing. I also like to make my own “chicken” fingers with tofu and wheat germ.”

great ideas! thanks for chiming in, everyone.

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i have been really busy at work (month end will do that to ya!) so i haven’t been taking regular photos of my breakfasts, lunches & snacks.  instead of a regular post, i want to share a few things i have been up to in the kitchen & the gym.

i am constantly impressed and inspired by the recipes, meals, workouts and other ideas i read on all of your blogs.  i have bookmarks a mile long when it comes to recipes i want to try and workout routines that i need in my life.

you hear me mention other bloggers’ recipes and workout routines all the time.  i am always copying their meals & moves.

this week in particular, i have put a few of those recipes & workouts into motion!

i am a copycat and proud of it.

copycat #1: danica’s baked cheesy turkey ziti

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ingredients (my changes in italics):

  • 1.5 lbs 1.25 lbs Lean Ground Turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped (i used red)
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 c 1 cup sliced mushrooms (i only put it in half.. marshall hates the fungus)
  • 1 can organic diced tomatoes, drained (i used the kind with basil & garlic seasoning in the can)
  • 2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce (i used prego)
  • 2 pinches crushed red pepper flakes
  • Garlic Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper to taste
  • 6 oz uncooked Whole Wheat Penne Pasta
  • 3 oz low fat mozzarella cheese 2 sticks of string cheese, chopped up and put on marshall’s half
  • 3 Tbsp 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

you can see the preparation directions and a step-by-step photo tutorial on danica’s recipe page.

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i served the ziti with steamed veggies & garlic bread.

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my plate..

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a little of everything.

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can you believe this HUGE serving of ziti is only 250 calories?  here are the stats off danica’s page: Calories 250.0, Total Fat 9.5 g, Saturated Fat 2.1 g, Cholesterol 71.7 mg, Sodium 183.2 mg, Potassium 113.0 mg, Total Carbohydrate 16.3 g, Dietary Fiber 1.3 g, Sugars 7.8 g, Protein 26.3 g

needless to say, we had leftovers. i had them for lunch and i think that it was even better the second time around! this ziti is extremely easy and flavorful.  it is going to be a staple in my dinner rotation.

thank you for the recipe, danica! by the way, her recipes are always DELICIOUS and she is very thorough in explaining how to prepare them.  she often suggests how you can make a recipe vegetarian or vegan and she always posts the nutritional information for her recipes.  i highly suggest any of her recipes, you can check them all out on her blog, danica’s daily, here!  her recipes and photos will hook you and her positive energy, upbeat attitude and hilarious husband will keep you coming back for more!

copycat #2: erica’s oatmeal peanut butter flour chocolate chip bars

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i halved the recipe because i knew marshall wouldn’t be eating these. why, you ask? because i added protein powder. and he despises protein powder. hey, you can’t win them all.

ingredients (my changes in italics):

  • 2  1/4 cups 1 1/8 cups old fashion rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup 1/8 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup 1/4 cup Peanut Flour
  • 1 serving (30 grams) vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 2 TB splenda brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds (raw) didn’t have
  • 1/2 cup 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (or applesauce- unsweetened) omit
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs or egg substitute i used 2 egg whites
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • enough water to moisten/make stir-able

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together dry ingredients (first six). Add in wet ingredients and stir until combined. Spray pan (I used a Pyrex dish), press mixture into bottom of pan.

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pre baked.. my phone is there to show you size comparison. don’t mind the streaky screen…

Bake for 28-30 minutes. Let the bars cool completely, cut & serve.

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these are DELICIOUS. thanks for the simple recipe, erica!

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i cut them into 6 bars and tallied the nutritional information per bar (using thedailyplate.com):

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awesome, right? i had one for dessert last night with a small glass of skim milk.

erica has a few more recipes using peanut flour that i really want to try, including these biscuits and these cookies.  she always has yummy baked goods on her blog and a lot of vegetarian meal recipes.  you can see a whole compilation here! erica also is in great shape and shares her workouts on her blog regularly. i highly suggest you give her blog, itzy’s kitchen, a visit.  if nothing else, just to stare at frank the bulldog ;)

copycat #3: lisa’s awesome incline treadmill routine

when i saw this engaging routine on lisa’s blog last week, i knew it was made for me.  i have ADD on the treadmill and this really kept it interesting.

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stats: 30 minutes, 2.86 miles, max HR 180, ave HR 147, calories burned: 254

killer. thanks for the fun routine, lisa! and thanks for typing up the table for me ;)

if you haven’t had the chance to check out lisa’s blog, i’m an okie, you simply must.  there is not even one specific category for her awesome ramblings.  she discusses food, fitness, finances, real life experiences and has a couple cute pooches thrown into the mix.  if you want a fun, informative and refreshing look at life, check her blog out! you will be entertained for hours on end.

well, this has been just three of the many ideas i have copied from fellow bloggers.  i sometimes don’t even want to make up my own meals & moves because i want to spend time trying all of the ones i see!  however, i have come up with a few original meals & moves this week, i will share those with you soon.

something to do!

if you follow me on facebook, you may have noticed the giveaway i posted today.  it is open to facebook followers only and it is for TEN single servings of my favorite protein powders.  i list the flavors and brands on the giveaway post, but you can expect some tera’s whey, BSN lean dessert and syntrax flavors.  click the icon below to follow meals & moves on facebook and make sure to comment on the giveaway wall post to get your entry!

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good luck!

Qs~

1. this one is a given: what have you done lately (meals, moves or otherwise) that was inspired by the blog world? (feel free to leave a specific link!) it is impossible to name everything i have tried lately, but a couple that stick out: i have been using a lot of susan’s workout routines and making several of mama pea’s treats! i also find inspiration for themed posts from other bloggers. i recently starred paige’s “fill in the blank with a photo” post.. great idea! i am going to copy you, paige.

2. where is your favorite place to find recipes? (ie: blogs, magazines, cookbooks, your head) if i am not making a recipe up in my head, my favorite places to find recipes are my favorite blogs, because i can trust that they are tasty. i also love oxygen magazine and cooking light magazine for healthy recipes!

xo. janetha g.

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