Stuff It!

17 03 2011

No, don’t worry. I am not telling you to stuff it.

Stuff It!/It’s a Wrap! is the theme for March Eating Club. I know I know, it feels like just yesterday that I was posting a recap of February Eating Club: Sexy. They sneak up on me so fast! I can’t remember who thought of this theme, but it’s pretty genius if you ask me. The only rule…each dish has to be stuffed, wrapped, filled, rolled, etc. Imagine the possibilities…

bacon wrapped mushrooms

apple stuffed pork chops

prosciutto wrapped melon

spring rolls

strawberry cream cheese stuffed chocolate cupcakes

I’ll stop before I get carried away. There are so many possibilities! And it gets even better….we have a special guest! Allie from LiveLaughEat will be joining in on the fun. The Eating Club Girls are meeting this weekend, so be sure to check back next week for a full recap.

What type of stuffed/wrapped dish would you choose to make for this month’s Eating Club?!

But because we like each other so much, a bunch of the Eating Club ladies decided to get together for a little St. Patty’s day celebrating. We had a blast…

"E C" for Eating Club...Looks like it, right? 😉

Salmon Salad for Chloe

Chicken Fingers for Steph

Cheers!

 

 

 

And last but not least…the Bounce Back Fast Blueberry Muffin recipe from Wednesday that I promised to share!

Bounce Back Fast Blueberry Muffins (adapted by Martha Stewart)

***confession: when I was little throughout my teenage years, I aspired to be Martha Stewart.

Ingredients: makes 1 dozen  muffins

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (plus a few extra tablespoons for dusting the pan and blueberries)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups blueberries (I scored some big juicy fresh ones at the grocery store, but frozen would work as well)
  • 1 cup white sugar (plus an extra tablespoon or two for sprinkling on top)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large full eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

What To Do:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Butter a muffin tin and dust with flour.
  • Mix together flour, baking powder and salt.

  • Toss blueberries in about a tablespoon of flour to lightly coat. I went a little overboard on flour…

  • Beat the butter and sugar (leave out a tiny bit of the white for sprinkling) until light and fluffy. I would recommend using a mixer if you have it. My arm got pretty tired.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. Mix in vanilla extract.
  • Using mixer at a low speed, or slowing down the speed of your arm stirring in my case, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

  • Add milk and stir until smooth.
  • Using a spatula, carefully fold in the blueberries.

  • Divide evenly among muffin tins

  • Mix together 2 tablespoons white sugar with 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Sprinkle over muffin batter.
  • Bake, rotating pan halfway though, until muffins are golden brown and toothpick comes out clean (should take about 30 minutes)

  • Enjoy 🙂

Have a great weekend!





A Little Sweat, a Little Surf, a Little Sweet

17 03 2011

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

I hope you all have some fun plans for tonight! Chloe and I are headed out with some girlfriends after work. Stay tuned for a recap:)

I realized earlier this week that I hadn’t seen Chloe in TWO weeks, so we made plans to catch up over a run and dinner. What a fantastic way to spend Wednesday night!

We met after work ready for a run. Chloe was a little worried about being sore/stiff from her fall on Sunday so we just took it slow and enjoyed ourselves 🙂

Chloe had mapped out a few different distances, but we decided to just run at our own pace and see how we felt. We gabbed the whole time (of course), and by the time we made it back to our starting point, we had gone 6.85 miles. This is only the second time Chloe and I have actually run together, but the time always seems to go by so fast, and we get a great workout in.

We had talked about grabbing some Cosi salads afterward to satisfy our veggie craving, but with a mile left in our run, Chloe suggested Surfside in Glover Park. I have been wanting to go there for a long time, so I immediately agreed.

This was the best 2nd best decision of the night. (keep reading!)

Surfside is this fun, casual (clearly; we were in our sweaty running clothes), beach-themed restaurant serving up fresh tacos, burritos, rice bowls, quesadillas, and salads. The even have rooftop seating, which, had it been a bit warmer, we totally would have taken advantage of.

These aren’t your typical Chipotle burritos either:

I love that all of the entrees are beach-themed!

Hey, wasn’t I just there?

For our meals, Chloe customized a salad:

Romaine and Mixed greens, grilled red onions, grilled zucchini, grilled mushrooms, shrimp, raspberry vinagrette

And I got the Maui:

Maui: grilled fish of the day in corn tortillas, with black bean + corn salsa, guacamole, cilantro + lime sour cream

I saw “black beans” and “guacamole” and didn’t need to look any further. So much for my veggies eh? Guacamole counts, right? It’s green!

Chloe’s:

Steph’s:

Hit. The. Spot.

We both devoured our meals, probably in record time;-) What a great way to refuel after a run.

Now, we all know that Chloe loves ice cream, so she kindly reminded me that her favorite ice cream/fro yo spot was just a mile down the road. So, despite being full from our delicious dinner, we drove down to Thomas Sweet Ice Cream Co.

Now this was the best decision of the night:

We both got half Peanut Butter and half Snickers flavored soft serve frozen yogurt. SO DELICIOUS. I think this place has become a new favorite of mine too! Even though its not quite ice-cream weather yet, and we ran back to my car and turned up the heat, this was SUCH a great way to end the night.

A run, dinner, and dessert with my favorite workout buddy and super friend. I’d say that’s an evening I’d gladly repeat!

Question of the day: What do you do with your workout buddy?