i know, two posts in one day? what’s come over me? actually i have a secret.. i typed up this morning’s post yesterday. i had a lot of free time on my hands while marshall was watching football for ten hours. ugh. gross.
for the record, the boy is really depressed. it’s bad. he is sad about the packers losing.. what a way to start his birthday week. yes, i said birthday week. his birthday is not until saturday, but we are celebrating all week long. on the upside, he did inform me of five dinners he would like me to make this week.. so that makes meal planning a breeze. on the downside, i have a feeling he is going to use the fact that it is almost his birthday to his advantage. read: i am going to be waiting on him hand and foot ;)
anyway, about the title. that’s a direct quote from marshall. he said that about last night’s dinner. it reminded him of a TV dinner.. but, sure enough, was made from all the right stuff. it was real and it was real good!
roasted turkey breast with gravy, steamed carrots & broccolini and roasted red potatoes & butternut squash.
i have to tell you the truth.. this was my very first time cooking a butternut squash! i grew up hating squash and so i never had it at home.. and then the only time i did eat it was when i was out to restaurants.
i snagged one for a buck at the farmers’ market on saturday and last night, my butternut squash virginity was taken. that sounds dirty, get your minds out of the gutter.
and then tossed it in my amazing clay vegetable roaster along with diced red potatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper and trader joe’s 21 seasoning salute.
this clay roaster is incredible. my mom gave it to me years ago, but i had it in storage along with 12 other kitchen appliances i didn’t have room for. now that i have a house of my own, i get to use all my fun kitchen things!
i roasted two turkey breasts at the same time as the vegetables, so the oven was only at 350 degrees. i wish i had two ovens so i could cook things at two separate temperatures.. oh well, that’s one for the dream kitchen! i ended up roasting the turkey breasts for 40 minutes and the veggies for an hour. i uncovered them for the last 10 minutes.. they turned out perfect.
the butternut squash was a success! not bad for a first timer.
the nice part about this meal is that while it took about an hour to cook, the prep work involved was maybe 10 minutes. max. i just had to dice the starches, steam the veggies, prepare the gravy and carve the turkey breasts. a super simple, nice, home cooked meal. no TV dinners here.
although i have to tell you, marshall DID eat it in front of the TV.. couldn’t miss a minute of that football game! (groan.)
speaking of TV dinners..something i do while trying to think of ideas for dinner is walk down the TV dinner aisle. i never buy the dinners, but i just look at the main dishes and the side dishes they come with. they really do serve a purpose when it comes to good dinner ideas! next time you are drawing a blank at the store, take a trip down the frozen food aisle and there will be a world of possibilities.
because i am a little out of whack on the posting schedule, i will go ahead and tell you about today real quick. mmk?
something i haven’t mentioned is that we started going to the original pancake house again for our sales meeting every monday! we took a break there for awhile because breakfast for the whole sales force is pricey, and we were watching the budget. but things are going good so we are back to the breakfasts.
this morning i got my usual. i know some of you haven’t forgotten about my monday morning meal!
coffee & water.
oatmeal & eggbeaters.
oatmeal topped with cinnamon & sugar free syrup..
and eggbeaters doused in cholula hot sauce.
i missed monday morning breakfasts. i am sure i will get bored with them again soon enough ;)
take a peek.
4 ounces of diced turkey breast, lots of spinach and a wedge of laughing cow bleu cheese, all stuffed inside a western company wheat pita. the bleu cheese is my new favorite flavor of laughing cow! so good. i heated it in the microwave so it got all melty & delicious.
growing up, i ate a similar sandwich. it was on a hoagie bun with sliced turkey, mayo, lettuce and crumbled blue cheese—all heated in the microwave. this pita really took me back in time! it was funny, because i was reminiscing about childhood meals earlier today while reading julie’s breakfast post.
can’t forget the veggies & homemade hummus on the side.
my snack today was a honeycrisp apple from the farmers’ market and a mini babybel cheese. for some reason, every time i eat the apple & babybel combo, i think of katie.
earlier today, i was searching my archives for my pumpkin chili recipe. i came across the post with the recipe and it also had a killer cardio workout that i did back when i was getting in shape for jamaica. so, for my workout today, i stole my own workout! ha.
after a whole weekend off from exercise, this workout was welcomed with open arms. i get antsy.
|minute #||speed (MPH)||intensity (RPE scale)|
|10-20||repeat minutes 0-10||see above|
|20-30||repeat minutes 0-10||see above|
total time: 35 minutes, total distance: 3.35 miles
total time: 16 minutes, total distance: 1.46 miles
lovely! i should check my old posts for workout ideas more often ;)
well, i have to go get started on dinner, AKA marshall’s first dinner request of his birthday week. i am making chicken piccata.
1. do you like TV dinners? did you when you were growing up? i don’t eat them now, but i LOVED Kid Cuisine when i was growing up. whenever i had to get a babysitter, i begged my mom for a Kid Cuisine. i also LOVED those 99 cent totinos pepperoni pizzas. you know, the ones with the square pepperonis? i would eat a whole pizza after school. nowadays, the only things i buy from the freezer section is waffles, veggies and (of course) vanilla bean ice cream. i hear kashi has some decent frozen meals, maybe i will have to try them.
2. what was the last new-in-your-kitchen food you prepared? mine was the butternut squash. i want to get some parsnips and experiment with them soon!
xo. janetha g.