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Indulgent Vacation

28 Oct

I’ve been on vacation for a week and was busy at work so I apologize for the lack of posts. But boy did I need this vacation, and was it indulgent. I had some of this–

Chocolate Mousse Cake infused with Blackberry Liqueur

And a little of this…


Chocolate Chip Pie

And a LOT of this…

Visited seven breweries!

We went on a trip to Bend, OR which has over twelve craft breweries in the area. They also have many parks, hikes, water sports, and biking trails. We pretty much partook of the food, beer, and hiking.

For as active as we were, I still feel like I overindulged. It could be the beer, since I don’t drink very much and the desserts, since I typically don’t eat them. But this week it’s back to the grind and back to a regular schedule.

This week, I’m following the latest issue of Clean Eating Magazine. They include a two-week meal plan with each issue. I substitute some things out and switch a few things around so I’m not cooking so much, but I try to follow it pretty closely. One snack called for some gluten-free crackers, which I love but can be very pricey. After all the shopping and traveling we did on vacation, I wanted to give my wallet a rest. Also, after googling for recipes, I came across one where I only needed to buy one thing–everything else was in my pantry.

I found this recipe from Oh She Glows, and was quite pleased. Instead of putting in the thyme and rosemary, I used one and a half teaspoons of Herbs De Provence. If you’ve never tried it, you must! I bought mine from Cost Plus World Market and it contains a perfect blend of marjoram, savory, thyme, rosemary, basil, fennel and lavender. When I am cooking healthy, I try to pack as much flavor as I can into every bite. This way, I don’t feel like I’m missing out by not eating the real thing. I tried some of my crackers with some string cheese for a midday snack. After making the crackers, garbanzo beans (from their dried form), and steel-cut oats for the week, I needed a little pick me up.

I still have some Bulgur Chicken Stew leftover in my freezer for two lunches this week. I also have a Chicken Taco Soup I whipped up last night for lunch tomorrow. I’m saving that recipe for a guest post that will hopefully come out within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

Dinners will include salmon with steamed spinach, a veggie spaghetti, and turkey burgers. If you would like more details, recipes, or meal planning, check out the November/December edition of Clean Eating Magazine. You can also go straight to their website and download some older meal plans at this link.

Get everything prepped today for a fun easy week! Enjoy.

Also, take a look at my new header! Thanks to Bestie Lelia for the sweet hookup!