EPIC Pizza Eggplant

Do you ever get e-mails from a company or a newsletter that you automatically hit “delete” before you even read them?

 

I have a few I’ve should really unsubscribe to, due to lack of time to actually read them. This morning, I accidently opened the Hungry Girl Newsletter. I was still laying in bed, reading from my iPhone, when this picture caught my eye:

 

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YUMMMM!

 

I read through the ingredients, and I had mostly everything I needed. I met Caitlin for a quick 3.0 mile run which ended in a trip to Publix to pick up an eggplant.

 

I made some changes to the original recipe based on what I wanted. I started out by hollowing out the center of an eggplant.

 

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I chopped up the leftover eggplant, and added one organic italian sausage (crumbled), onion and green pepper and sautéed it all in a pan over medium-high heat.

 

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I then mixed in two tablespoons tomato paste, two tablespoons italian bread crumbs, and one egg. I stuffed the eggplant with the mixture and baked for 30 minutes on 350F. I then topped with diced tomatoes and string cheese and popped it back in the oven for 10 minutes.

 

The results were EPIC.

 

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It tasted SO good. I love finding recipes that sneak veggies in. I’m not even a huge eggplant fan and I thought this was amazing. My only complaint is that I was starving and it felt like it was taking FOREVER. Maybe not the perfect week-night meal, but if you have a bit of time, GO FOR IT!

 

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I also had some pasta because I was so hungry. It honestly wasn’t necessary as the eggplant was extremely filling. Oh well!

 

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Score!

 

Who knew eggplant could be so delicious?!

 

❤ MegaNerd

Two-A-Day

I’m getting excited! I’m racing again this weekend!!

 

Miracle Miles 15k and 5k are this Saturday, and I know it’s going to be a blast!

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I have never run a 15k race before, but I think it’s going to be really fun. I will PR no matter what my time! 😉

 

Jason called me around lunch time today to ask me if I would run 3.0 miles with him tonight to practice for this Saturday! (he’s running the 5k!) Of course I said yes, even though I already ran 2.0 miles this morning.

Before our run, I had a Kashi Pumpkin Pie bar:

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Didn’t hurt my tummy! Yay!

I tried to cram a whole bunch of veggies into dinner, so I made black bean veggie burgers.. (I ate 1.5- so good!)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 egg
  • bread crumbs
  • onion
  • broccoli
  • scoop of brown rice
  • paprika
  • garlic salt

I blended them together in the blender and hit “pulse” a few times to break everything up. Then, I separated them into four patties and heated them in a pan! They were quick and easy!

On the side…homemade sweet potato fries

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…and broccoli!!

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Perfect post run meal! (Yeah, that’s a lot of ketchup.)

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To satisfy my sweet tooth, I  had a nibble of fro yo:

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Time to catch up on the Biggest Loser!

I feel like I got so much exercise today because I did a two-a-day, but on the Biggest Loser, I feel like they work out 24/7!!! How do they do it?!

❤ MegaNerd

Back To School Eve [and a Delicious Disaster!]

I can’t believe that school starts tomorrow morning!

Mondays are going to be the worst. I have to be on campus at 9:30 am, and do not finish until 10:20 pm. Yes… that’s 13 Hours on campus. I live 20 minutes away from campus, but my one hour breaks just don’t leave enough time for commuting back and forth.

Starting tomorrow, I have to pack lunch, snacks, and dinner to take with me to school. It should be interesting to see where this blog goes! I’m really hoping it will keep me motivated not to bring PB+J every single day. 😀

On to today…

After my super filling breakfast, a nice hot shower, and a little cat nap, I hit up Target for some school supplies. BOY was it crowded! I got the basics, pencils, highlighters, notebooks… etc.

By the time I got out of there, it was almost 2 pm. Jason and I headed over to Designer Greens for some lunch.

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I was tempted to get the summer salad, as I have done here here and here. Obviously, I get it every time. Today, I went for something new and got the Mexicali.

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It included:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • black beans
  • tortilla chips
  • green peppers (which I got instead of corn)
  • pepperjack cheese
  • cheddar cheese (too much cheese!!!)
  • little tomatoes
  • chipotle-lime dressing on the side

Seriously this thing should serve two. It probably had like 800+ calories! See how little my fork looks?

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It was delicious though, and I finished all but a few bites. The ingredients are all healthy and fresh, so I don’t have a problem polishing off that many calories, ESPECIALLY after a 9 mile run!

I have been a serious procrastinator this week, and have been talking about cleaning the office since Tuesday. I definitely saved the worst room for last!

Before: (this is so embarrassing…)

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Something about having a clean work space makes it easier to focus.

After: (by the way, this space doubles as workout/surfboard area!)

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Doesn’t it look better now? 😀

While I worked, I munched on a peach! This baby was the size of a softball and so juicy!

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Dinner

Kind of disastrous, but extremely delicious.  LOL.

I had these ingredients…

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..and planned to make a perfect veggie lasagna.

And it was! Until I realized… I forgot to add the noodles! Jason helped me tuck some noodles in to the mixture, which got kind of messy.

He suggested I sprinkle some more cheese on top when we were done to make it “pretty for the blog.” How thoughtful of him!

Regardless of appearance, it turned out amazing.

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Our Veggie Lasagna included:

  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 2 yellow squash, diced
  • 1 broccoli head
  • 1/2 container mushrooms
  • 1/4 white onion
  • Steamed spinach
  • 1 Jar red sauce
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese mixed with oregano and basil

I layered it up, and popped in the oven for 45 minutes.

Here’s my portion (about 1/6 of the pan?)

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Oozing with veggie-goodness. Too bad Jason thought it didn’t have enough cheese. Typical. 😉

❤ MegaNerd

Simple Salsa

I have this habit of buying a whole bunch of random canned goods when they go on sale. Today, I decided to make use of two of them, and make semi-homemade salsa!

Salsa is all around awesome, because it sneaks veggies into your diet without really trying!

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Recipe= Mix the following ingredients in a big bowl:

  • 14 oz can of Organic diced tomatoes, fire roasted
  • 7 oz can of green chilies
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • cilantro
  • cumin
  • salt and pepper

Simple! It made a delicious, chunky tomato salsa. This is not for wimpy dippers! I like to scoop chunks out, and this is exactly how I made it.

For lunch, I made a grilled cheese and zucchini sandwich:

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After I finished grilling my cheese, I put the rest of the slices of the zucchini (I only used half of one) in the pan to warm/grill them for a side dish:

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And of course Black beans chips and my homemade salsa for dunking.

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Altogether, now! 😀

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This was really filling and probably not too high in calories! I like that half my plate was veggies (some of them in disguise)

What are your favorite ways to sneak veggies in to your diet?

❤ MegaNerd