Daily Eats – 4/26/12

Yesterday was one of those grazing days where breakfast, lunch, and the snacks in between all kind of melded together into one long day of eating. ‘Twas glorious.

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Banana: 70 calories

Unpictured Oatmeal: 100 calories

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Roasted Maple Brussels sprouts: ~150 calories

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Mini pickles: 30 calories

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Luna bar: 180 calories

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Leftover chicken kapow with brown rice: 200 calories

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English muffin with spray butter and raspberry preserves: 120 calories

Unpictured Chipotle burrito bowl: 600 calories… and chips (500 calories).

Total: ~1,950 calories

I know, I know, I know, I know, I know. Not my finest choice, getting chips from Chipotle. (Damn their deliciousness!) In my defense (not that I really have one, nor that I especially NEED one since overall I still stayed within a healthy, if over-target, calorie range), I only intended to eat half of my burrito bowl & chips, then take the other half for lunch today, but… yeah. Oh well. Today’s a new day, and I’m already off to a good start!

Olé!

Okay, first things first: thank you all so much for your waywayway too kind comments on yesterday’s post about the Navy 5 miler. Not only am I proud of myself for finishing, but you guys make me feel like Wonder Woman! Even though we all know it wasn’t the best race ever (um, I think I’ll try actually training next time.) Best. Readers. Ever. 🙂

So unfortunately, last night I had plans to meet up with some old friends for, you guessed it, sushi that didn’t end up happening. My dinner plans may have fallen through, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t do up something grand(é). It wasn’t long before our cucina was hustling and bustling with alimento mexicano!

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Taylor suggested we make homemade Chipotle for dins, and I couldn’t say “sí” fast enough! I looooove me some Chipots, but I certainly don’t love dropping $8 per bowl (when did they make the switch from calling them burrito “bols” to “bowls”, by the way?) We got to save some dinero and ensure some clean, lower-sodium eating in one fell swoop! (How are you liking the remnants of my 8th grade Spanish peeking out here? De nada.)

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More kitchen therapy for me! Mince, chop, slice!

Now, we’re no homemade Chipotle n00bs here, but our recipe is definitely still a work in progress. We get closer and closer every time we make it though! The only thing that I think we’re still unable to get a close match on is the chicken.

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Not that our chicken isn’t mighty tasty, but it’s just not quite the same. We’ve been seasoning it with a chile powder blend + ground chipotle pepper. Anybody know the secret? Maybe a wet marinade?

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I guess for now we’ll just have to keep taste-testing. Hey, it’s a hard job, but somebody’s got to do it!

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One thing I do think we have down pat is the corn salsa. Muy delicioso. Who says salsa needs tomatoes?

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Onion, jalapeño, corn, cilantro, salt, pepper, and just a squeeeeze of lime!

Making this kind of dinner at home can be time consuming, just because it has so many components. But if you have the time to commit, it’s totally worth it!

Fixins

Variety is the spice of life, after all.

Dinnertime

All together now:

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In total, and from the bottom up, we have: cilantro-lime rice, black beans, peppers & onions, chicken, plain nonfat greek yogurt (a healthy, lower-cal sour cream substitution), corn salsa, and a pinch o’ cheese.

Burrito Bol

Salud!

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Gretchen tested…

Thumbs up!

… and brother approved! Te gusta. Er, gusto? Okay, okay, I give up.

Let’s instead focus on the slightly disturbing fact that Ben and I essentially have the same haircut right now. Awk.

What’s your favorite at-home restaurant re-creation? You’d think that homemade sushi would top my list, but unfortunately the level of difficulty (I mean, if you think this was time consuming…) doesn’t exactly make it a feasible go-to. So homemade burrito bowls are definitely my #1, followed closely by home-baked pizza. Trader Joe’s ready-to-go pizza doughs just make it so easy!

Daily Eats – 9/26/2011

Breakfast

Forbidden Fruit
Apple (70)

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Mini Cascadian Farms bar (80)

Snack

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Green bell pepper with lemon tahini dressing/dip (~75)

Lunch

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Leftover roasted red pepper pasta (300)

And an unpictured banana (70)

Snack

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Grande soy no-whip pumpkin spice latte (280: worth it!)

Dinner

Me Gusta
Homemade Chipotle bowl: rice, black beans, peppers & onions, chicken, greek yogurt, corn salsa, and a little bit o’ cheese. (~450)

Dinner

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Canteloupe! (~100)

Total: ~1,425! Wheeee!