WIAW: Spinach & Rice Recipe

Thanks to Jenn for hosting WIAW! Make sure to head over there after checking out my eats and recipe.

For this week I am going to focus on what I have been eating during the days we fast.

My favorite post-workout carb!

My favorite post-workout carb!

For breakfast, post-workout, I have my usual oatmeal with a scoop of peanut butter, I have been subbing the regular milk for almond milk. The same goes with milk in my coffee.

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Lunch is usually a salad with lots of veggies, this one had a side of sweet potato and broccoli. I also had some shrimp.

For dinner, we had a staple in Nick’s home, Spinach & Rice. It is super easy and fast, and if you workout at night, it is an awesome post-workout meal!

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp of Olive Oil

1 medium yellow onion

3-4 cloves of garlic

1 15 oz can of tomato sauce

1 large box (I used Olivia Organics) of fresh spinach

1 cup of rice

Instructions:

Chop onion and garlic and saute in olive oil in a large pot until the onion is translucent.

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Add Spinach, I usually put half of the box in and let it cook down a little and then add the other half.

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Add the can of tomato sauce and then one and half cans of water to the pot.

Let the mixture come to a boil then bring the heat to low.

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Add a cup of rice. Cover and let it cook for 30 minutes. I usually end up letting it cook for closer to 25 minutes but that’s because of how my stove cooks. You want the rice to be cooked completely.

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Serve with a slice of fresh french bread to soak up the extra tomato sauce!

Notes

Make sure you use fresh spinach, because frozen spinach will add too much liquid to the mixture and fresh tastes better!

You can half the recipe if you want to use a smaller box of spinach. You could also substitute the grain if you prefer.

Have you ever had spinach and rice, or something like it?

 


Designer Whey: Two NEW Smoothie Recipes!

By now you all probably know that I love my Designer Whey products. So whenever a box of products shows up on my doorstep, I get really excited! Through my relationship with FitFluential, I was provided these products for free. All thoughts and opinions, as usual, are my own.

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Vanilla Almond & Luscious Strawberry Protein Powders, two of each of the bars they carry, a box of each flavor of Protein 2Go, and one vanilla and one chocolate protein shake.

Designer Whey has partnered with Smári yogurt, so Designer Whey also graciously included coupons so I could check out the Icelandic yogurt.

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Smári is available in four flavors: pure, vanilla, blueberry, and strawberry. My favorite is the vanilla! Icelandic yogurt is similar to Greek yogurt, however it is thicker and has more protein.

Smári is made in Wisconsin with organic milk from grass-fed cows that are from small family farms. Their fruit comes from Oregon and has zero preservatives and the little sugar they use is organic cane sugar. This is an ingredient list I can get behind.

I tend to not eat a ton of yogurt because the amount of sugar is usually ridiculously high, and then if you add something else in the mix, your healthy snack becomes a sugar bomb. Smári has 20 grams of protein and 6 grams of sugar. Smári may not have a gazillion flavors like other yogurt companies, but the ingredient list, protein and sugar content make this yogurt a #1 pick for my household.

Of course with the new Designer Whey products I had to make a few smoothies to share with you all.

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1 Smári Vanilla Yogurt
1 scoop of Designer Whey Vanilla Almond Protein Powder
1 banana
1 scoop of natural peanut butter
A splash of milk
1 handful of spinach
1 handful of ice

Blend until smooth.

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Put in your favorite racing pint glass and enjoy! I loved the thickness that the yogurt gave the smoothie, and next time I wouldn’t even add the milk.

My second recipe is a more tropical one, because who doesn’t want to be on the beach when the weather starts getting colder?

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1 Smári Pure Yogurt
1 scoop of Designer Whey Luscious Strawberry Protein Powder
1 Banana
2-3 oz of orange juice
1 handful of ice

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

WIAW: Seasons 52 and a Fall Recipe!

I have a very large backlog of things I want to share with you all. I am not sharing in any particular order, some are just easier to share than others.

Today, I am linking up with Jenn and sharing some recent eats!

Cait and I had planned for her to come up for a weekend in September, long ago, it just so happened to be the weekend after I found out I was miscarrying. For a few days I was on the fence about whether or not I should have her visit, if I am being completely honest it was hard for me to see anyone. Nick convinced me to still have her come, he thought it would do some good to get out for a few hours. That man is so smart.

You can read Cait’s amazing recap too! But I am going to share our experience at Seasons 52 and a recipe I developed for the fall.

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My hair, yikes. Photo courtesy of Cait.

 

 

I had Cait meet me at the restaurant which is in Burlington. I have been waiting for them to open this location, Cait has been a fan for a long time and visited the original in Orlando, as well as many other Florida locations. When I told her the restaurant would be open we knew we HAD to go.

Seasons 52 food is about the season, they change their menu 4 times a year to reflect what food is current, so you can have a fresh and clean meal. They also change their specials weekly. This is a place I can get behind.

I started with a glass of champagne, because I am super fancy, and Cait with wine. We decided to split an appetizer. I let Cait pick, and thankfully picked the flatbread I was eyeing.

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spicy chipotle shrimp flatbread (grilled pineapple, feta cheese, cilantro, roasted poblano peppers).

I was sort of worried that it would be too spicy for me as I can’t even handle fresh salsa. It was perfect! The pineapple and feta cut into the spiciness and made it wonderful. I would order this again in a heartbeat!

I decided to order 3 appetizers off the weekly specials menu for my meal.

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Beef and Bean Chili

This was the warmth I needed as the sun started to fade and our seats on the patio went from perfect to just a bit chilly ( we weren’t under the heat lamps) and the bread was nice and crusty, perfect for dipping.

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Warm mozzarella and Beefsteak tomatoes

This was my favorite dish of the night. I love beefsteak tomatoes and the fried mozzarella was warm and the flavors of the coating paired well with the tomato.

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Lastly, I ordered the brussels sprouts. Neither Cait nor I were big fans. I prefer mine with some char and these were a but too chewy for my liking.

After that meal we were too stuffed to try the deserts, but the tray that they show you kept going past our table, so I am determined to try a few of the mini desserts next visit.

The waiter was patient with our gazillion questions and the atmosphere and food was wonderful. If you are in the greater boston area, I would recommend you try out this new gem.

Now onto the recipe portion of WIAW!


I’ll be honest, I don’t have great pictures, and even if I used my good camera it wouldn’t look that appetizing anyway. This is a warm and filling soup, but it isn’t pretty.

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Cauliflower soup with Bacon

I started by chopping and steaming one large head of cauliflower
Steam for about 25 minutes
Add one chopped onion
Steam onion and cauliflower for 15 minutes
I put 10 oz of milk (I used 2%) in my vitamix then I added the cauliflower
I blended for about 1-2 minutes
Then I added the pre-cooked bacon

Super easy and filling! If you try this and alter the recipe let me know! I’d love to link your recipes or include your ideas in this post!

Nick said it tasted like the broth for a chowder. I call that a win.