Vegetable Quesadillas

I got a ton of stuff done this weekend, and I’m feeling great about the fact that I have this upcoming week off. Finally, I chopped a couple inches off of my hair, and though it’s not very noticeable, I just feel better. The split-ends were really bothering me.

After my haircut!

Paul and I watched Black Swan this weekend, which I’ve been dying to see since it hit the theaters.

I really liked it for two reasons. Natalie Portman is a phenomenal actress and she nailed this role right on the head. Two, Darren Aronofsky knows what he’s doing. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen Requiem for a Dream, but that movie is so freaky and it really grips you. Black Swan did the same thing for me. Paul, on the other hand, thought the film was really overrated. I can kind of see how he would think that, but I thought it lived up to the hype.

I mean to get a blog post in on Saturday, but Paul came over and I just never got around to it. I did, however, get to make some rockin’ quesadillas. Seriously, they were delicious, but very messy. If anyone knows how to make quesadillas without creating a mess, please let me know!

The quesadilla filling minus the cheese

I pretty much just took whatever vegetables I had in the fridge. We also had some navy beans, so I figured they would work in the quesadillas too. Though in retrospect, black beans would have been tastier.

Cook cook cook!

Lots of colors, but I think it needed some green.

Tortilla one

First tortilla is ready, and I’ve added the cooked vegetables and beans plus lots of mozzarella cheese.

Peek-a-boo!

Just a little sneak peek before the real mess started.

One on top of the other

And here comes the final product aka the messy, messy quesadilla.

Vegetable Quesadillas!

I loved this recipe. Cheese and bread in any form = the best invention ever. Paul also thought the quesadillas were pretty tasty so yay for that. I could definitely make this one again, but I still need to figure out how everyone else makes them so neat and filled. Pointers?

Vegetable Quesadillas

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C. chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 C. chopped orange bell pepper
  • 1/4 C. navy beans
  • 3-4 green olives, chopped
  • 3-4 cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • pinch onion powder
  • olive oil
  • no-stick cooking spray
  • 2 6-inch whole wheat tortillas
  • 1/2 C. reduced fat mozzarella cheese
  • low-fat sour cream
  • medium-hot salsa

Directions:

Spray a large nonstick pan with no-stick cooking spray and then a bit of olive oil.  Add a dash of onion powder. Cook red pepper,  orange pepper, beans, olives and tomatoes in olive oil over medium heat for 6-7 minutes, or until tender. Remove vegetables from pan.

Spray the pan with cooking spray again, and then put one tortilla in the pan. Add some of the vegetable mixture to the tortilla and top with 1/2 of your cheese. Add the rest of the vegetable mixture and then the rest of the cheese. Top with the second tortilla. Cook until both sides are golden, 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove quesadilla and cut it into 4 pieces. Serve hot with sour cream and salsa.

How was your weekend? Did you see any movies? When was the last time you had some quesadillas (or Mexican food in general)?

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And I’m Off!

Vacation begins now! I can’t believe that I’m not going back to work until March 28. It seems like such a long time, but I know it’s going to fly by. Sorry for the missed post yesterday. I ended up going out with my sister and group of friends to a local bar to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The place was pretty packed, the drinks were cheap and I was still home in bed by 1 a.m. I’m actually surprised I wasn’t more tired this morning at 6:38. I’m sure it’s going to hit me tonight!

Goodies from Kayla!

I also received my goodies in the mail from Kayla at Little Miss Healthify yesterday. So many recipes sound delicious in this cook. With a week off, I should be able to try at least a couple new ones. And these granola bars all look delicious. I’ve never tried any of them, so I’ll make sure to let you know what I think. Thank you Kayla!

Tomato, Tempeh and Zucchini Bowl

I made a decent dinner for myself yesterday, but I think I should have let all the ingredients simmer some more. I didn’t let the liquid reduce enough. But the bowl was still good. Next time, I want to add more veggies in the mix. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any.

Heating up

One thing that having a blog has really taught me is that I’m a really inexperienced cook who is eager to try new things. I mess up a lot (brownie madness), but I don’t quit.

Tomato, Tempeh and Zucchini Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 C. tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 C. zucchini, chopped
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 Tbs. kefalotyri cheese
  • 1/4 C. tempeh, chopped
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinaigrette
  • parmesan cheese

Directions:

Heat olive oil, garlic powder and onion powder in a skillet over medium heat. Add spinach, and let cook for a couple minutes, then reduce heat to medium-low. Add tomatoes and zucchini and let cook 2-3 minutes. Stir occassionally. Add kefalotyri and tempeh and let cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add balsamic vinaigrette and let cook for another 1-2 minutes, until liquid is reduced. Let cook until it looks eatable. Transfer to serving bowl and sprinkle with parmesan, to taste.

Not sure what my plans are for tonight. I think I’m going to take a rest day, though. Tomorrow should be pretty jam-packed. If all goes as planned, I’ll get my brows done, get a hair-cut, work out, possibly get a car wash and get some reading in.

Tempeh…yay or nay? What are you up to this weekend?

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On the Pavement

I was in for a big surprise when I walked out of work today. The temperature was near 60 degrees, so I took off my sweater and wore a tank-top on my ride home. I had the windows open, the radio blaring and I couldn’t help but smile, even though it took me 45 minutes to get home.

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On that long ride, I decided I would go for an outdoor run when I got home. I received the really cool Nike + iPod from Katy a couple days ago, and I still haven’t got a chance to set it up. But when I finally got home, I couldn’t find my iPod anywhere. I looked for a good 15 minutes, until I just gave up and decided to run without it. I ended up running for 25 minutes, so I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that I ran about 2.5 miles.

Running outside made me realize a couple of things:

1. My shoes are amazing. The last time I ran outside (in October), I didn’t have running shoes. My Nikes made a huge difference.

2. I have no idea how to breathe. Maybe I was cold, I’m not sure, but I felt myself sniffling, having to spit and keeping my mouth open. Sorry if that was gross. If anyone has any tips for beginning outdoor runners, please let me know.

3. Music is important. On the treadmill, I watch television or listen to music, and I think I could run longer outside with some tunes also. New goal for my vacation: set up the Nike + iPod. Note: One reason I haven’t done it yet has to do with the fact that my brother’s computer crashed. He was able to get all of our music onto our external hardrive. But until we get it back onto a computer (hopefully mine), I don’t want to sync the Nike + iPod.

So first outdoor run is over. I’m looking forward to the warm spring weather and knowing exactly what my pace is outside. Right now, I’m clueless. By the way, I found my iPod after my run, of course. It was hiding in my car. That little devil!

Get in mah belly!

My stomach wanted just about anything and everything this morning, so I let it have its way. I had a typical Fage yogurt bowl with honey, a piece of wheat bread and a green apple topped with cinnamon raisin peanut butter. My PB stash is running low. Need to get on that ASAP!

Muenster!

Lunch was…interesting. As a kid, I was unbelievably picky. I always brought my lunch and I pretty much limited myself to cheese and bread every single time. My most common sandwich was muenster cheese on white bread. It might seem boring to you, but I never got old of it. Once I became a meat eater, I let muenster fade to the background. But now I’m bring it back and I’m adding some tomatoes too.

Instead of white bread, I used ezekiel bread. Healthier and lots more taste.

On the side.

One apple wasn’t enough for me today. I packed an apple bite pack for lunch too. Vegetables included red pepper, orange pepper and zucchini. My veggie sides have been good, but I’m actually starting to mix my spinach salad. Actually, I’m really missing the honey vinaigrette.

Tonight we’re bringing back girls night. Time to watch Real World!

Do you have any tips for someone new to running outside? Muenster cheese…yay or nay? If you run outside, how do you track your distance?

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The Best Yoga Pose Ever

I was planning on running on the treadmill today, and then doing Jillian’s 30-Day Shred, but after a 1-mile run, I had a sudden urge to get my yoga on. It was between Denise Austin’s Yoga Buns and Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown. Jillian won out for one reason. She consistently kicks my butt.

The Pigeon

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But both DVDs have one very important thing in common. They both end with a stretch known as the pigeon. This stretch is by-far the best hip-opener I’ve ever experienced. It’s the perfect move to end a yoga session, and if you plan on doing any yoga in the future, I recommend you try this one out. Make sure to check out Yoga Journal here for a tutorial on how to do this pose. I’m not an expert, by any means.

I also solved my shin splint mystery. It wasn’t pretty simple actually. When I woke up this morning I noticed a purple bruise, about 1 inch in diameter, right on my shin. I’ll probably never figure out how I got the bruise, but at least I can rest easy knowing it’s not a shin splint. I develop bruises all the time, and it just so happens that I bumped my talus bone on my the little wall that stops water from escaping from the shower. Sometimes I really don’t know how I manage these things…

Lunch on March 15

At least I had mixed vegetables as my side for lunch today. Yellow bell pepper, zucchini and sun-dried tomatoes are three of my favorites. Everything bagels are also keeping me pretty full, especially with Laughing Cow Cheese.

Vacation

My excitement is building for my week off of work. I have 9 days off (including two Saturdays and Sundays), and I want to do so many things. Here are some of the goals that I’ve come up with:

1. Professional massage – I still have a gift card to Mario Tricoci!
2. Get a hair cut – I’m thinking somewhere like Great Clips since I only need a trim.
3. Read half of Game of Thrones.
4. Go out to dinner with Paul.
5. Make a new playlist.
6. Work out 6-7 times.
7. Get my eyebrows done.
8. Go out for margaritas with the girls.
9. If it’s nice out, go running in the fresh air.
10. Watch a good movie.

If I can dream it, I can do it! 🙂 I’m off to make my lunch for tomorrow, and then head over to Paul’s. Have a great night everyone!

Do you have any goals for the spring or next month? Have you ever tried the pigeon pose? Do you enjoy yoga?

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A Shin Splint?

How is it possible that I get a shin splint after NOT working out for three days? Something sounds a little fishy, no? It’s the strangest thing. So what is a shin splint?

The real term for a shin split is medial tibial stress syndrome. You know you have it if you have discomfort and pain in the shins. Fortunately for me, my pain hasn’t been too bad, more of an annoyance.

That begs the question, do I really have shin splints? Probably not, but I definitely have some pain in the shin region.

But I didn’t let that stop me today. I got in 2.5 miles on the treadmill and 20 minutes on the elliptical. Then I smelled one of my favorite scents, and I was led out of my basement to my kitchen. Seriously, there was an invisible string pulling me. Low and behold, my family ordered pizza. My one true kryptonite. I couldn’t say no, so I took a quick shower and came back downstairs and pretty much stuffed my face. I had 4 pieces of thin, and I don’t feel guilty about it at all. I don’t eat pizza as much as I used to, so every once in a while, it’s OK to splurge.

Plus, I had a relatively healthy lunch.

Crunch Time and Raspberry Preserves

There’s nothing like peanut butter and jelly on a Monday afternoon.

Fruit and Vegetables

My vegetable side consisted of red peppers and zucchini, and my fruit consisted of strawberries and blueberries. Spring is definitely on its way if strawberries are coming back.

Work actually flew by today. I’m trying to get as much crammed in before I have my week off. But a busy Sophia makes for a happy Sophia. Concentrating on work means that I’ll probably snack less, and feel much better after the workday ends. Fingers crossed that the rest of the week pretty much goes the same way.

Day 14 – A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without

Mommy!

Here I am with my mom right before my graduation from Loyola. My mom has done so much for me over the years, even when I was a little punk high school kid. She’s an extremely strong person, and I’d like to think that I got my strength from her.

Now I’m off to catch up on some television, and perhaps pick a template for my new blog! I’ll keep you posted!

What excites you the most about spring coming? Ever have shin splints before?

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Looking Forward to Monday

Thanks everyone for the well wishes regarding the tournament. I don’t have the final numbers, but I think we got somewhere between 20-30 donors. I’m hoping for 30! We’ll see. Other than that, things went really well all weekend. Now I can rest, relax and sleep!

My younger cousin playing

We didn’t have any major crises, but we did end up having to move around the championship men’s game. One of the teams, Denver, had an earlier flight.

My 5-year-old cousin took this. That's why it's blurry!

We ended up giving them an earlier game, but I think it really hurt the crowds for the rest of the games. Live and learn! We’ll probably have a follow-up meeting in the next couple weeks, but besides that, I can stop thinking (and stressing) about the tournament.

Paul running down the court.

Bar!

Against my best interest, I actually went out on Saturday night for St. Patrick’s Day. Not a good idea for three reasons:

1. I was mentally drained from the tournament
2. Daylight savings! We lost an hour.
3. I didn’t have a chance to eat dinner.

I still had a ton of fun, but I was DEAD this morning. Seriously I looked like a zombie. But at least I have a kind of cute picture of Paul and I. We both stink at taking pictures. He looks like a goofball, but I’ll take it!

Day 13 – A picture of your favorite band or artist

Since I was in 6th grade, my favorite band has been the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their music speaks to me like no other, and it always manages to pick me up after a rough day. I actually have a tattoo of the RHCP symbol on my ankle. Yeah, I’m one of the crazy people 😉

I’ve seen RHCP three times in concert, and I’m extremely excited that they’re making a new album. However, their guitarist just left the band, so I’m really worried that their music won’t be the same. We’ll see…

Food and Fitness

I definitely didn’t eat well this weekend. I stopped at a greasy Greek fast food joint and though I just got a grilled cheese (triple stacked) and some fries, I ate lots of junk food throughout the games. I also didn’t have time to work out at all. Tomorrow should be much more normal, and I hope to get my butt on the treadmill.

Also, I just registered my own domain and am going to be hosting the blog myself!! I’ll keep you posted!!

How was your weekend? What’s your favorite band? Did you go out for St. Patrick’s Day?

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7 Amazing Donors!

Sorry I didn’t have time for a post on Thursday. Now I’m back, and I’ll try to keep posting through the weekend if I have some time during the tournament. After I got home from work Thursday, I spoke to my mom and she told me they didn’t need me at the first game until 7:15. Perfect, I thought. I got my butt on the treadmill and pumped out 4 miles in 38:19! Now I know that probably stinks compared to all you amazing runners out there, but for me, it’s a PR! Now onto some munchies.

Yum!

Lunch today (Friday) was fantastic. Angie made a pesto spaghetti and I took some of that and mixed it with all my favorite veggies. I also cut up some Greek kefalotiri cheese. Never heard of it? Here’s the scoop, thanks to Wikipedia:

“Kefalotyri is a hard, salty yellow cheese made from sheep milk and/or goat’s milk in Greece and Cyprus.”

It’s by far my favorite Greek cheese, and the best cheese to eat with crackers. I’m thinking of snackin’ on some tomorrow, already!

Getting Donors

One of the main purposes of the AHEPA Marrow Basketball Tournament is to get individuals to sign up and join the registry. It’s amazing how many people say no. Even when you tell them that if they end up becoming a match (extremely slim odds), the procedure is comparable to donating blood.

Today I manned the Be the Match table at Northeastern. While I only managed to recruit 7 new donors, I’m going to stay positive. Who knows, maybe one of these donors will end up saving someone’s life one day. My goal for the tournament is to get 30 donors. I hope we can make it work on Saturday and Sunday.

Since I skipped working out today, I’m going to try to get up early and do a bit of work on the elliptical. Nothing too crazy, but hopefully I can do it.

Day 10 – A picture of the person you do the most ****** up things with

This one has to go to my friend, N. We’ve chugged too many beers together over the years. Love this girl.

Day 11 – A picture of something you hate

Yuck! I can’t stand lettuce. As a kid I hated leafy greens, and I had a particularly bad experience with shredded lettuce as a freshman in high school. Kind of gross, so be warned. I wasn’t feeling well one day, but I decided to hang out and play poker with some guy friends. One of the guys was going to a greasy spoon restaurant and he was going to pick up food for everyone. I opted for a burger since I was pretty hungry. Usually, I just eat burgers with ketchup only, but I forgot to mention this. He comes back with a loaded burger with lots and lots of shredded lettuce. Instead of just giving it to someone else, I devoured it since I was so hungry. Needless to say the food did not sit well, and I ended up in the bathroom throwing up. Still confused why I hate lettuce? Well, all I could see was shredded lettuce in the toilet. I was convinced I could smell the lettuce. It seriously scarred me, and I’m so grossed out by it now. Haha!

Day 12 – A picture of something you love

The Melissa!

This amazing bakery is minutes away from our condo in Greece. They bake all their pastries and sweets daily, and I’ve never been disappointed. It’s name, “Melissa,” means bee. There are tons of bees around this place, and though I love sitting outside eating some baklava, you can be sure that the bees will try to get in one the good stuff too.

Now I’m off to sleep!

What’s something you’re loving right now…how about not liking at all? What are you looking forward to this weekend?

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