Friday, October 2, 2009

Spice It Up

It’s here!  I picked up my new laptop.  It’s an HP something or other.  I’m very technical, can you tell?  Anyway, the husband said it was a good one and the price was right which was the most important thing!  So shiny and new…

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No more ghetto monitor hook-up :)

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I skipped the gym in favor of meeting a friend early for coffee.  I had planned on getting a treat at the Starbucks, so I just had a Chobani nonfat blueberry yogurt before leaving…

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At the Starbucks, you know what was calling my name…

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I love Pumpkin Spice Light Frappuccino !!!

Lots of gabbing went on, then I had to leave for a call about some “blog stuff”.  More on that soon ;)  Tease!

I ended up way late for lunch again.  I was past the starving point and starting to get shaky.  The easiest thing that came to mind was a wrap, so I quickly threw together  turkey, chipotle pepper hummus and baby spinach in a high fiber tortilla.  Some POPchips and grapes and I was good to go…

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Gobble, gobble.  I don’t even know if I tasted any of it, except for the hummus which, WHEW, did I say this was mild before?  It seemed pretty spicy today and basically overpowered the turkey.  I really do like it, though.  I’ve never been a fan of spicy things, but some do grow on me.  I just like to taste all the components of a sandwich or wrap, otherwise what’s the point of putting it in there, right?

Since lunch was so late, I didn’t feel the need for a snack and I kinda had a stomachache anyway.  Probably from scarfing down my lunch!

I decided on a simple dinner of Chicken Cutlets and Zucchini with Beans.  The chicken cutlets are always a hit with the husband and daughters, but I knew the zucchini with beans were going to be a tough sell.  For this easy dish, I pan-fried some fresh sliced zucchini and added in a can of Trader Joe’s Marinated Bean Salad.  Before serving, I added some sliced mozzarella (2 lite string cheese, cut-up) to try to entice the haters

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Very tasty!  I think it would make a great topping for pasta, too.  The husband was good with it;  the daughters not so much.  Try, try again.

I ended the night with THE HOMEWORK WARS and a few Trader Joe’s Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites

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Have a great one!!!

ONE GOOD THING:  I’m starting to think in terms of planning for certain treats.  If I know I want something, I cut back somewhere else to accommodate for the treat and I’m not doing it in a way that seems threatening or depriving.  It’s starting to feel like a natural progression.

Question of the Day:  Do you like spicy food?

21 comments:

Carolina Girl said...

I have GOT to get one of those fraps they look amazing!!!

Heather said...

I'm leaving for work, but had to log in real quick to check google reader. THEN had to stop by and comment on how I am CRACKING UP over the ghetto monitor comment. lmao That is so something we would do here! My computer died last spring, and I got a shiny new one. Love it. never had an HP until now. Didn't realize how much I missed the number key pad until I got this laptop.

PS, stopping to get one of those light frapps you keep blabbing about.

Sunny said...

oh my gosh, that starbucks drink looks way too good!!
yes, i love love love spicy foods... i'm always buying habanero peppers and serranos.
great laptop! i'm jealous. :)

Sunny

TJ said...

yipeee for your new laptop! No more ghetto monitor hookup! lol how funny!

I love those fraps! They tried to give me that round dome lid on mine last weekend but I asked for the flat one because it reminded me that I didnt get whipped cream in mine. lol An empty dome is just sad :(

Yes I do like a little spice...but when its so spicy that my lips burn and I cant taste my food, no, not so much! lol

katecooks said...

oh yay! so exciting that you got a new computer! i still havent gotten my first pumpkin spice drink of the season but it feels like a long time coming! i usually get the latte but i might have to try in a light frap too!

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

Happy new computer !
With spicy food, I am a great big wimp. I used to adore drinking Tabasco sauce straight in my young and crazy days but now it really bothers my tongue when I bite into anything spicy. And the Starbucks fraps are WONDERFUL !

MoraPiggy said...

I love SB's fall flavors. Will be getting one while I'm out later.

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) said...

Yay for a new laptop! How fun!

That zucchini with beans dish sounds so interesting! I'll have to try it one day! And what a great idea to serve it over pasta as well!

Hope you're having an awesome day!

Tamara said...

My daughter has an HP laptop. She loves it! I hope you love yours too.

I am a spicy food fanatic. When I cook some dishes for myself and my daughter, I'll often spice mine differently at the end: spicier curry paste for example or chili flakes or spicy mustard on a sandwich. LOVE it!

I'm not sure if you guys get President's Choice brand in the states but they make a topped hummus with roasted red pepper and chipotle which is quite spicy. It is ALWAYS in my fridge.

Tamara said...

One more thing: it's great how creative and persistent you are trying to get veggies into your kids!

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

I've heard good things about the HP Something or Other...

luckytastebuds said...

Boy am i a spicy food addict!! For some reason though, I always end up eating WAY more food when it's spicy and can't understand why all those studies say that chilies curb appetites. Clearly, I'm an alien.

Anyway, I love your wrap and sandwich sides ALWAYS. We would be great sharing snacks. hahahah BBQ pop chips are my all time fave...but the cheddar i am definitely NOT a fan of. (I'm out of sour cream and onion mr. krispers darn it!)

THE ACTORS DIET said...

i love spicy food!!! i hope my stomach will cooperate with me for the rest of my life!

m i c h e l l e said...

Darn! I was at Starbuck's today and totally missed that pumpkin frap! Next time ...

I LOVE spicy food! Indian is my fave but also like to put Frank's Red Hot on anything I can :-)

Dutch said...

I love your new laptop. I think maybe next year I will get one.
I just picked a zucchini from the garden and I think I will make it with cherry tomatoes, onions, peppers and garlic and put it over pasta. Thanks for the suggestion. I was going to grill the zucchini but I did that already and I wanted something different. I know my daughter won't touch it. I am not sure about hubby.
I also am dying to try the Pumpkin Frap from Starbucks.
I am a big fan of spicy food.
I just bought some tahini to make my own hummus and I think I will buy some chipotle peppers and mix it in. The spicier the better. YUMM
Have a great weekend.

theskinnyplate said...

Congrats on your new laptop. It is a beauty.

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

I love spicy food!

You are doing so great with the planning and everything! Good job!

Have a great weekend! :)

VeggieGirl said...

I LOVE spicy food!

Jennifer said...

Yay, new laptop! You've left the hood, girl! :^)

BTW--I LOVE spicy food--can't get enough. However, there is a limit to that. I once ate at Sweet Basil (on 202 in Chadds Ford), and whatever I ordered was soooooooo spicy that it was making my eyes water.

Great talking with you the other day. You rock!

laura said...

starbucks...yummmm, i'm detoxing so not quite yet...but thanks for a good read :)

Lindsey @ Sound Eats said...

I love the concept of planning for treats. If you know you are going to be in a situation where you'll be tempted by a treat later on, then plan your day accordingly and enjoy the treat at night. :) It's all about balance and moderation, love it!