greek yogurt

Sick Dayz

I had planned to have a wordless Wednesday today…but then I got sick yesterday (Tuesday) and had way too much time on my hands.   I didn’t really realize I was sick until I woke up with a runny and stuffy nose.  My main problem was the cornea abrasions (think scratching your eyeball).  Being sick I can handle but scratching my corneas…that hurts…a lot.  So I’ve been stuck 

Gotta wear them glasses..

Gotta wear them glasses..while the corneas heal.

Moving on.

I haven’t been sick or needed a sick day (due to normal people reasons) in quite some time.  I honestly can’t even remember the last day I had the flu or a cold.  When I woke up, I pretty much knew I wasn’t going to be able to productive.

It wasn’t a total loss of a day because I found out I got a race number for the Lake Effect Half Marathon in Syracuse in a few weeks.  I’ve been wanting to do this race for a couple of years (last year it sold out but I also broke my arm so that would be fun…running on ice with a broken arm…this year I was closed out because it reached max capacity).  Anyways when I checked my email this morning after 13 hours glorious of sleep that a spot had opened up for me I was more than excited.

So excited I celebrated with another nap…upping me to 15 hours of sleep for the day.

And then I did one more thing and made fueledbylolz a facebook page.  If you want to like it…I’d like that…so I’d like that you are liking me…weird…but if not I completely understand too.   Maybe if I get 100 likes I’ll do a giveaway…isn’t that what I’m supposed to do?  Or do I do the giveaway first to get the likes…I don’t know…I’d have to find some useless foodie junk to give away first I guess.  Anyways-

Other then that I rested, ate lots of pancakes (because it was national pancake day) and just watched TV.  It was a great day.  I hate to move back to the real world today.

Chocolate pancakes and greek yogurt...oh look I'm feeling better.

Chocolate pancakes and greek yogurt…oh look I’m feeling better.

Questions for you:

What do you do on sick days?

Does your blog have a facebook page? 

Ham and Cheese Waffle

If you are like my family (which is highly unlikely) you have a spiral ham for New Years.  I personally love ham (another reason I couldn’t be a vegetarian).  It occurred to me that I’ve never made a savory ham and cheese waffle, though I’ve done bacon…so why not do ham too.  (but not spam).

Ingredients:  (for one person)

1 cup shredded ham (that is about what I took anyways)

½ cup cheese (I chose cheddar but there are many options here)

½ cup flour

1 egg

1 tsp baking powder

1 tablespoon oil

½-1 cup milk or water depending on what you like

Spices I added: cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Mix wet ingredients together then stir in oil.
  2. Add in dry ingredients and mix well adding more water/milk if necessary.
  3. Last add the ham and cheese.
  4. Add to waffle maker or cook on griddle.

 

topped with greek yogurt

topped with greek yogurt

I know that probably sounds pretty ham+cinnamon but in my house we use a ham glaze which is sweet and paired with savory ham is actually quite good.  I do enjoy savory waffles personally.

After having breakfast with Shannon last week, I thought about a ham and pineapple (ie:Hawaiian combination) that will be coming to you guys shortly.

Question for you:

  1. 1.       What is your favorite pancake combination?
  2. 2.       What do you have for New Year’s Dinner? 

Lightening up Pancakes

So as part of the Monday pancake series, instead of a recipe this week I am actually posting a few helpful hints of how to make recipes healthier.  Let’s face it-pancakes are not always the healthiest recipes but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them that way.  While I’m not saying diner pancakes are made in this regard…you can!   While I realize not everyone wants to lighten up their pancakes, many people do.

Instead of adding oil you can substitute a half cup of pumpkin, applesauce or greek yogurt.  All three make the pancakes especially moist and delicious.

pumpkin pancakes

Greek yogurt pancakes

If you don’t want to consume a lot of carbohydrates, think about using a high protein flour such as peanut flour.

Instead of using high sugary maple syrup top your pancakes with sugar free syrup, peanut butter, greek yogurt, Nutella (well…that is just me), jam and jellies, fruit.

topped with basically an entire container of greek yogurt…maybe there is pancakes in there? maybe…

greek yogurt sandwich pancakes.

topped with apples

 

 

Another thing you can do (disclaimer…I personally don’t prefer the taste) is switch an egg to egg whites saving fat cholesterol.  You need something to bind the pancake together and make it fluffy but if you would prefer egg whites to egg that is for you.

Questions for you:

  1. How do you lighten up pancakes?
  2. How do you lighten up any recipe? 

Chocolate Pancakes

Here’s the thing.  Like my pumpkin pancake recipe, I thought I had a chocolate pancake or waffle recipe on the blog.  Sadly, if I did I can’t find it anywhere and I have close to 700 posts so I’m not about to look through all of them.  Similar to all recipes, it has a very small list of ingredients and very small amount of directions…because more then 5 directions and I’ll mess it up.   

Anyways, I love chocolate.

I love peanut flour.

I love pancakes.

Therefore, I love chocolate peanut flour pancakes. 

 

Ingredients:

½ cup peanut flour (you can sub in 2/3 cup flour of choice…)

¼ cup cocoa powder (I prefer hershey’s cocoa powder)

1 tablespoon baking powder (more is needed for peanut flour pancakes)

½ cup-3/4 cup milk (depending on if you like thicker/thinner pancakes)

1 egg

Sweetener to taste

I love that this recipe is 6 ingredients.  Mix the dry to the wet and pour on the griddle.  Cook at 375.  It’s that easy!

I like topping it with greek yogurt (milk and chocolate…yes please) or peanut butter (because who doesn’t love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate). 

Or nutella. Because we all know I’m addicted to that…

 

Questions for you:

1.       Do you use peanut flour?  If so, for what?

2.       How was your weekend? 

Smoked Salmon Waffle

Okay so I know I say this a lot, but I can’t help myself.  If you tried this waffle you would probably say the same thing.  If you followed my blog last year, you know I had a mini addiction to smoked salmon bagels at a little restaurant near my college.  (I still do, only commuting 150 miles everyday for a bagel would take a large toll on my gas station coffee funds).

Remember this guy?

Well needless to say that was the inspiration behind this waffle.  After all waffles are bigger, more room for salmon and more room to be delicious.  (Also-I feel like a foodie posting this…maybe there is hope for me in the kitchen…oh wait no.)

Smoked Salmon Bagel

2/3 cup flour
¼ cup feta cheese
1 package of smoked salmon (let’s not even pretend I know the process of getting a live salmon to the smoked state)
1 egg
½ cup water or milk
1 tablespoon baking powder
Spices I chose to add:  garlic, onion
½ cup plain greek yogurt or cream cheese
¼ cup capers

Directions:

1.       Mix water (or milk), egg and then add in flour, spices, and baking powder followed lastly by cheese.  Add more water to make desired consistancy. 
2.       Shred (or rip)  half of the salmon and add to batter, evenly distribute. 
3.       Pour into waffle maker and let cook.
4.       After cooked, put on plate and add a layer of greek yogurt (or cream cheese) and capers, then top with smoked salmon.

Before adding bonus salmon and greek yogurt!

Walaa. 

Why greek yogurt? 

They added cream cheese on the bagel when I buy them, but I was feeling a bit healthy and wanted to protein load.  It really brings out the flavor too I think…possibly.

Questions for you:

1.       Do you like salmon? (if so what is your favorite way to eat it?)

I like it smoked or grilled.

2.       Do you enjoy savory waffles?

 

Flaming Hot WIAW

I had written up the perfect blog post for today.  What I ate…what happened when I tried something new..it was simply perfectly (okay yeah…no not really) but alas I don’t save my work, I never learn my lessons and closed Microsoft word before transferring into wordpress.  Whoops…Typical Hollie moment.  Better that then the 1500 list of names I had to manually go through…as always worse things in the world. 

So this week, I got outside my comfort zone and bought some new peanut butter.  Why?  Because I was out and needed peanut butter.  But this isn’t just any peanut butter, this was peanut butter and co ( read so many blogs about how great it is…LOL) and tried a weird flavor.  (I literally have been a normal peanut butter fan for…well all my life).  This peanut butter was on sale at the grocery store (price chopper) so I thought…eh it’s the same price and I’ll be adventurous.

I’ll save said story for breakfast.  You should know by now I have a chocolate waffle most mornings.  With about 500 calories per waffle without any peanut butter, it keeps me moving in the morning.  I actually enjoy going to work out on the elliptical with a somewhat full stomach.  If it’s empty I cramp up.  So I normally eat breakfast around 6, go to the gym from 7-8:30 and have work at 9 (most days).

So this peanut butter I bought was actually spicy.  As in my mouth burned and then I had heart burn an hour later.  So with that I’m sticking with normal peanut butter.  Has anyone tried this stuff?

Lunch was with the work gang.  Two of these salads.  Though I do enjoy balsamic dressing , I was feeling very Italian today and got Italian dressing.  My staple work salad at the dining hall is spinach, feta cheese (at least ½ cup), banana peppers, olives (love olives), chicken (and lots of it), dried cherries and walnuts.  It’s so good I always go back for a bonus round.   I really think I have about 1000 calories of salad…I don’t care or mind.

SaladX2

After a rather stressful day at work, I wanted to come home and eat all the cookies in every dining hall for dinner.  Since that might be inappropriate I just made myself a roast beef sandwich.  This might be the greatest sandwich I’ve ever made in my life…partially why I chose to do my WIAW today because normally my food looks like crap.

Grilled on my George Foreman.  Duh. 

Afterwords, I went to the gym and did my core routine.  Nothing too exciting there…  Upon finishing that I was craving something sweet since I forwent all of the cookies.  I was going to get ice cream but they were out of my favorite flavors at Stewerts (upon grumbling) I just went to the fastrack and got a decaf coffee with whip cream and had my greek yogurt protein shake (ie: 1 cup greek yogurt, ½ cup milk, some blueberries, ice cubes and some sweetener).   It sufficed.

Adding sprinkles makes it a constant winner.

Questions for you: 

1.       Have you ever tried that peanut butter?

2.       What did you eat this week?

WIAW: Being Injured and Stuff

 Piggybacking off of last weeks not shopping at super organic with a hint of specialty only found on the second Tuesday of every other month stores…(I don’t even know what that means reading it back to myself) but anyways this is what I’m currently eating on my fourth (and it looks like it will be much longer) of being injured. 

Though my bone is healed in my foot, my cyst has grown larger which is no bueno.   They want me to do some treatment options similar to those for plantar fasciitis to reduce the cyst before draining it. 

Anyways all of that to tell you that I’m still injured and eating less.  Where I was eating roughly 2600 calories daily, I’m now eating about 2000 most days.  I don’t actually count calories but do have a rough estimate daily.   So right then.

Sorry not sorry but I still have a waffle daily.  I’ve been craving a lot more chocolate lately so I had a chocolate waffle.  Basically it’s a standard waffle with ¼ cup cocoa powder.    There are a few recipes on my recipe page, but I keep meaning to update it when I’m not so busy.  I have a ton of new recipes that I’ve made and loved…I just haven’t posted them yet…All in due time.

Fage 2% yogurt and syrup is on top incase you wondered….

As normal, I still have coffee and 75% of the time it’s from a gas station.

and it always has whip cream. Everytime.  Best 1.73 that I will ever spend. 

Lunch I’m still having sandwiches and yogurt.  Though I’ve mellowed down from nutella (mostly because I’m out) and had peanut butter all week.  With my greek yogurts…because I’ve been just keeping them in my work fridge.  Risky but oh well.   Though there is only one pictured, I always have two sandwiches.  One at 11 and one from 1-2.

On my way to the gym at four, I realized I was pretty hungry so I had a quest bar.  These are probably one of my most specialized foods (I guess) but you can get them Vitamin shoppee or GNC.  They have really good stats, the only thing I wish for is a bit more calcium.

For dinner, I was feeling more lazy then usual and decided to make eggs and add all the vegetables in my fridge that I assumed were going bad in the next day.    I would make an omelet but everytime I flip them…they break.  In there is also some goat cheese because I like that.

4 eggs+kale, mushrooms, tomatoes and goat cheese and yes this bowl is as big as one of the stove burners that it is sitting on.  I love bowl plates. 

I ended up falling asleep really early because my anti-inflammatory medicine (think 8:30pm) so I never had anything else.   This added up to be around 1800.  I probably would have ate more if I hadn’t fallen asleep but alas it happened.

Until next time I talk about food…

Question for you: 

1.       Do you have a staple lunch? 

Mine is two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as well as two greek yogurts…simple and fast to make because I’m always running late.

2.       Is it getting cold where you live? 

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