Avocado Turkey Salad

What really bugs me is when people spell avocado wrong. Everyday on Pinterest I’ll see “avacado” or “avocodo”. Come on people! #grammarnazi

Anyway, I think it’s finally time that I share this wonderful little treat with everyone. I’ve been making it (almost daily) this past month but am yet to share! Really, it’s hardly even a recipe. No baking or hard work required. Just a little mixing!

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Avocado Turkey Salad

Ingredients

1/2 ripe avocado

3-4 slices turkey

pepper

lime juice (optional)

1 tbsp mayo (optional)

You literally put everything in a bowl and mix.

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Spread on some toasted whole grain bread, top with spinach, and that’s that! Lunch! (or dinner 😉 ) It was both for me yesterday!

avocado turkey salad

Yesterday – great day! Easy 4 miles, then I devoured this

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Overnight oats in a jar with 1/2 cup oats, almond milk, greek yogurt, 1/2 sliced banana, blueberries, and peanut butter!

I read my book a little then decided between oatmeal or a sandwich for lunch. The sandwich won.

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Then I went blueberry picking with mom! It reminded me of Katherine’s post, which was so lovely!

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And THEN we picked the first batch of veggies from my garden! They were delicious with dinner 🙂 there’s just something about eating your own produce that tastes so good!

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Tomorrow I’m leaving for the cottage until Monday, so I might be MIA for a few days! Have a great weekend 😀

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WIAW – Protein Pancakes

Does anyone else’s Bloglovin’ mess up? It never shows me new posts until long after they are posted, and sometimes it doesn’t show me posts at all! Anyway, it’s time for WIAW! Thanks for hosting, Jenn!

You guys should be extremely proud of me. I put effort in to all three meals! Say whaat? Yep! A much better day than last week when I ate the same meal twice in one day

Breakfast was a new recipe. Protein pancakes!

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Just put 1/2 cup oats, 1 egg, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup cottage cheese, a scoop of Greek yogurt, and 1 tbsp whole wheat flour in a blender. Pour on a low/medium setting griddle and top with whatever you like! Each side takes quite a while, so don’t worry about burning them.

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Then I went on a 5 mile run, and when I got home I was just starving! I threw together a favorite –

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This was my first time adding chia seeds to my toast and I loved it!

I felt ambitious at lunch, too, and it resulted in this –

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Whole wheat rotini with peas, spinach, tomato, pesto, feta, parmesan and an egg! Totally random but very good!

As i went to snack on grapes, I was disgusted to see:

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mold. In the garbage they went.

I was on a bike ride when my grandma called and asked to go golfing. I’ve only been out once this year so of course I was in! I had an apple (not pictured) to hold me over to dinner. I golfed a 68. (For those of you that don’t know, a par is 36. I’m not a very good golfer 😉 )

I’ll admit, I was thinking about dinner the whole time we were golfing. I may or may not have been crabby when I got home due to hangryness.

I didn’t have to wait too long for this plate of goodness:

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Grilled salmon, corn on the cob, salad, and avocado! The best part was definitely the corn. Avocado in second, salad because I needed some greens, and salmon… I didn’t like it very much. It has an odd taste. I still ate it though, because it’s so healthy. Why don’t I grill more often?!

I was greeted with many, many of theses babies during the day.

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Cowpies. Please tell me you say cowpies and not no bakes?!

So, that was my (very successful) day of eats!

What is something that you eat every single day? 

Have a fabulous Wednesday!

Firecracker 5 Mile

I know I’m going a little backwards with posting but I want to share my race on the fourth with you!

The reason I wasn’t going to go hard at the half marathon on Saturday was that I ran a 5 mile race two days prior.  My plan was to get a good time at the Firecracker and take it easy at the half. I ended up going hard at both… figures 😉

This was my third year doing this race. They have it every Fourth of July, and let’s just say last year was not my year. I hadn’t been running at all and I pretty much died. It’s kind of funny to think about, haha!

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red and blue in my hair for the Fourth!

Top: Target

Shorts: Kohls

Shoes: Mizuno Wave Elixir 8

I also wore my Boston wristband.

My plan was to definitely get under 40, and somewhere around 35 would be nice but no big deal if I didn’t. Photo3 (18)

I started off pretty fast (unlike the Heritage Half) and I didn’t feel as good. Miles 2 and 3 were probably my slowest, but I don’t know since I don’t have a Garmin yet.

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I still had enough energy to sprint at the finish though!

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I forgot to smile.. of course.

I ended up with 35:28 – PR!! I was the 5th women and first in my age group!

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I had to rush after the parade to Main Street to march in the parade – marching band! I played the bass drum, but I didn’t’ take any pictures. After that (and almost passing out in the heat), I went to my aunt’s house for her annual 4th of July party! This was really the first year I payed attention to the food, but man it was good.

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The main course was pulled pork and chicken but I don’t really do those. I had strawberry salad, broccoli salad (favorite!), fruit, cheese and crackers, and dessert! 

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Our contribution –

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Red White and Blue Trifle

The rest of the day was spent with family and friends having a lot of fun! The 4th of July is huge in my town. Everyone comes out and we have a big celebration! The night was ended with fireworks that didn’t get their picture taken.

So that was my 4th of July, and it’s pretty much the same every year, haha!

How did you celebrate your 4th?

Hope everyone is having a terrific Tuesday! 😀

WIAW: Yummy Day and Cooking with Lynn!

Yesterday was filled with some deeelicious eats. It was a good day.

Breakfast

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Green smoothie. Mom and I actually ate in the dining room which was a nice morning change!

Lunch

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Ohhh my gosh. Turkey, swiss, avocado, spinach, and tomato on some grilled bread. Holy cow this was delicious. It was on repeat for lunch today, but not grilled. So simple, but so amazing.

Dinner

As you can tell from the title, I did some cooking with Lynn!

We planned to make PF Changs Lettuce Wraps and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (no butter or sugar).

But first, she had some avocados that were asking to be used. I immediately thought of amazing Lindsay’s Peanut Butter Avocado Cookies, but instead we made some guacamole. Oh my goodness. I don’t know why I used to hate it. I was craazy. I don’t know what your guac recipe is, but this one is the best.

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Avocados, salsa (not the jar kind), lime juice, garlic powder, cumin, and salt. I can not even explain how yummy this is. You just have to make it.

Then we started on the lettuce wraps. I’ve never been to PF Changs so I wasn’t sure what they were. When I saw what was in them, I was unsure if I’d like them. I had never had water chestnuts or bamboo sticks. Oyster sauce? What? But to my surprise, they were delicious. So much flavor.

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And what is a cooking night without dessert? We followed this recipe. The first batch turned out really flat so on the second one we took the parchment paper off. Which helped immensely and they were heavenly. I had never used “dark” brown sugar but I really like it. They were even better today. Chewy, chocolatey goodness.

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Let’s just say it was a very yummy day.

When did you try your first avocado?

Have a fabulous Wednesday, and thanks to Jenn for hosting the party!

WIAW- Random

Hellooo Wednesday! You come so quick.

Breakfast yesterday was a typical one.

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english muffin w pb, jam, bananas added post pic

Since I have a green smoothie pretty much daily, I experiment a lot. I definitely like spinach more than kale. Peanut butter is a must.

I didn’t take a picture of lunch but it was pizza, salad, green beans, breadstick, and milk. I personally love school lunches. I have pizza every Tuesday and enjoy every bite.

Dinner. I’ve been wanting to try California Quesadillas for quite a long time and last night was the night. And honestly, they were not my fav. It was kind of depressing.

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We didn’t add artichoke hearts but added romaine. Also used spinach tortillas.

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I also do not know how to not burn things so that was sad. I had a little anger because I just got overwhelmed with eating, taking a picture, trying to not let the thing fall apart. I didn’t enjoy it very much. The dressing wasn’t great either. 😦

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I have neglected to share some other eats.

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I was dying of starvation on Monday for some reason after school. Normal breakfast and lunch, weird. In the teachers’ lounge they had leftover pizza and I was so hungry I would’ve ate horse. This was chicken/alfredo/fajita. It was heavenly. Chicken, cheese, onions, tomatoes, spice. Probably something I would’ve never tried but I was so hungry and it was delicious.

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Okay, I finally tried a Chobani. Chia seeds, granola, and strawberries made it in. It was yummy, but I’m not going to start eating them everyday. They do put a dent in the wallet!  I do want to try the pineapple flavor though.

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Dinner on Sunday- crockpot chicken and sweet potatoes with peas. Something must be wrong with me because I didn’t like the chicken. I guess it needs to be in something- I can’t eat it plain. Mom liked it though so it’s not bad, just me.

Recipe: Crockpot chicken and sweet potatoes

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts

2 sweet potatoes

1/6 cup brown sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

vegetable broth

Directions:

Put sweet potatoes then chicken in crock pot

Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, and broth until liquidy

Pour into crockpot

Cook on low for 7 hrs

EAT

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I wasn’t really into this post, you could probably tell. I just don’t really have the time right now to be super creative and edit and everything. Once May is over, I promise I’ll be more exciting 🙂

Thanks to Jenn for hosting the party!

I see a better relationship coming

Last night was a major step for me. I bonded with my step mom. She’s a major foodie, but not necessarily healthy. But she wants to start eating clean so I headed over there and we cooked up a healthy but definitely hearty meal!

I went there having no idea what we were making so I couldn’t plan my other meals. I survived! And it didn’t even bother me too much that I wasn’t able to know. I just went with the flow!

Since I know you’re just waiting for me to tell you, we made Mushroom Kale Lasagna Rolls. Pretty similar to the Chicken and Cheese Rollups, but oh my gosh so much better. The flavor in these was just… I can’t even describe it. They were good. 

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We followed Skinnytaste’s recipe- found here. The only difference was that we homemade our own sauce. Which I think made the recipe.

Sauce

2 cans tomatoes (1 Hunt’s fire-roasted, 1 roasted garlic)

scoop of tomato paste

1 thinly chopped onion

4 cloves garlic, chopped

salt & pepper

EVOO

basil leaves, chopped

Add a little olive oil to small pot on medium. Add garlic, then onion. Add cans of tomatoes, then tomato paste if needed. Add basil. Don’t forget salt and pepper at every layer! Let it warm then you have delicious homemade marinara sauce!

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Everything else was the same and it was perfect! I will definitely make this again.

What’s a cooking night without dessert? I’m sure you’ve seen the picture on Pinterest with the lonely cookie with chocolate oozing out of it. No? here.

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Well we made them.

You would not be able to tell they’re made with chickpeas. Oh they were good. Yum yum yum.

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I learned a lot too. How to make better oatmeal, what a poached egg is, how to use spices, etc.

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It’s something I think we’re going to keep doing and I’m really looking forward to it! I’m so glad we’re going to connect more. It’s been long enough!

Make any yummy recipes over the weekend?

Ever try a Pinterest recipe… and had it be a fail?

Been there, done that..

Back to reality and Enchiladas!

It’s my last day of break… booo! It’s gonna be hard to go back. Only 8 weeks left. Then I’ll be free!

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It’s gonna start to get busy again- softball and track, plus basketball open gyms. At least it’s getting warmer! I am just so sick of this nastiness. But April showers bring May flowers, right?

The other great thing about this time- it’s baseball season!! Go Tigers! So now 3 hours of every day will be spent watching the tv. Another World Series appearance? I hope so!

Today we went to church then supported the breakfast after. They served pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, the whole lot. I didn’t over eat too much like I normally do!

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We ran some errands and I have softball later. Watching the Tigers right now… darn Yankees!

           

Go Michigan!! Louisville better be ready on Monday. We went and watched the game at my cousin’s after having dinner-

Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas

(adapted from The Garden Grazer)

Ingredients

1 chicken breast, cooked and chopped

10 oz can of enchilada sauce (we used green chile)

15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained

15 oz can of corn

6 oz spinach

1/3 cup cilantro

2 tsp chili powder

2 cups cheese (we used taco blend)

8 whole wheat tortillas

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Directions

Preheat oven to 375

Spray bottom of 9×13 pan then lightly cover the bottom with sauce

Saute spinach with olive oil until slightly wilted

In a large bowl combine chicken, black beans, spinach, corn, 1.5 cups cheese and spices

Fill tortillas with mixture

Place rolled tortillas in pan. Leave ends open and seal with a toothpick

Pour remaining sauce over tortillas and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top

Bake for 20 minutes

Enjoy!

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We definitely made way too much. I hardly finished 2 and mom had 1. They are super filling. Next time I’d say a half batch! They were a bit spicy for my taste, but mom loved them. Taking one for lunch tomorrow!

How was everyone’s weekend?

Got any exciting plans this week?