Thursday, July 8, 2010

Chorizo Hash

Wuttup homies?!?! Yes the Meggilizz has returned from Puerto Rico and is back on track! I had a really awesome time, I'll share some pics later on, but wanted to share some food since I haven't done that since the Crimean War.

I haven't really done any real grocery shopping in a few weeks since I have discovered Carolina Grown!! It's a great company that delivers farm-raised meat, produce, eggs, and other goodies right to your door!! This is what I had to work with

Eggs, spinach, radishes & local pork chorizo! From the Coon Rock Farm in Hillsborough, NC.

I scrambled it all together and came up with this awesome breakfast!

I'm enjoying it in front of some kick-ass music videos and some Crema coffee that I picked up in San Juan.


Hope y'all are doing well!!! Leave me a comment and lemme know what you're up to!! Peace out. :)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Mission: Puerto Rico

In less than 48 hours I will be on a plane heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico!! We'll be staying in this swanky hotel, pretending to be high class broads.


Plans include laying on the beach under shady palms, drinking copious amounts of rum & mojitos, being fanned by a cabana boy or perhaps two??

We hear-tell there is a 'rum boat' that takes you on a three hour tour and gives you as much rum as you can handle. Pray that your Meggilizz will not fall off the plank! I'll be paying a visit to the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista to confess any sinning that may occur. Perhaps I should schedule an appointment now??

Besides the typical carousing, we will take a tour of Old San Juan and try to soak up some culture along with the rays of delightful sunshine.

I'm packing all my bikinis & SPF 50. See y'all on the beach!!!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Big weekend ahead

Hey y'all!! I've got a really exciting weekend coming up and can't wait to share it with you. I almost thought I wouldn't be able to go because I woke up yesterday just feeling HORRIBLE!!! With a stuffy head, sore throat & fever that came on last night, I went to the doctor today and got some good medicines. I feel SO MUCH BETTER today!!! I'm trying to pump myself full of fluids, boring jello & chicken soup.

Tomorrow I'm heading down to Savannah for my girlfriend's wedding!!! They've been together for 10 years now and finally getting hitched!!!! I'll make sure to take some good pictures--I'll have to find my camera and charge it up! So I hope you have a good weekend and I'll see you on Sunday night!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Life Update...

No excuses, folks. I am just a very bad blogger!! I lose interest so quickly it seems and it's just another tedious thing that must be done. I'm changing my attitude though, starting NOW!!! I've been doing a lot of thinking lately and a lot of things have happened in the past few weeks. I'm still doing Crossfit at our new gym--A Star Iron. I'm also running again! I've done a couple 5k's & a 10k at the beach and signing up for a half marathon in November. A few weeks ago, I went to a nutrition workshop put on by Melissa Urban of Urban Gets Diesel and Dallas Hartwig, together they are the Whole 9. I learned a lot of great information, I knew some of it, but it was nice to hear the science behind it AND to be able to ask questions! Take a gander over at the Whole 9 site, they have a lot of good information in their blog and even offer personal services.

With me, I've been through a lot this past year and I would guess that any one of those things would've needed a year to get over. Deaths of two friends--John Velandra in January and one of my old friends from my college days died a couple weeks ago. He had quite a few health problems and I thought he was on the mend, but I guess the Man Upstairs had a different plan, as he always does. I may have talked here about my mom being sick with kidney problems & dialysis--well there's some GREAT NEWS!!!! On Mother's Day, she got a call from the hospital that there was a kidney waiting for her! It was a match, they had the surgery and she's been back home now and doing just fabulously! I went to visit my family over Memorial Day weekend and she looks great and I'm so happy that her kidney troubles are over!

Dealing with my divorce is another big thing for me, I never got any closure and probably won't for awhile. Imagine having not the best relationship, but being in denial about it and being emotionally abused. Always trying to please your spouse, doing everything you could to make them happy and totally avoiding yourself and your own needs to be healthy in the process. Then imagine your spouse telling you they don't love you anymore, what do you do then?? You centered your life around that person, uprooted yourself, moved hundreds of miles away from your only home, support him during a LONG deployment and now this!!! I tried my hardest to make him happy while we were together, I know he has problems from the deployment but there were things that I couldn't fix. There are things that I won't go into here, but I hope the best for my ex, everyone deserves to find happiness and I hope he finds it one day.

It takes a long time to get yourself back and figuring out who you really are, recreating what needs attention. One thing I've realized over the past few months is that it really doesn't matter what you have or where you are, but that you're surrounded by people that love you. Your family should be that number one priority, but everyone has issues, whether they speak to certain family members or not. I'm taking the time to get to know myself again, working on the inside & the outside, everything goes hand in hand. What you eat feeds how you feel and how you perform in the gym.

Stay tuned!!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Trip to Raleigh!


Today has been such a great day!! I went to Crossfit for a nice little ass-kicking before I headed up to Raleigh for the day. I met up with my friend Terry for lunch at Neomonde, I got the Neomonde sampler and it was DEEE-LISH-USSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! Let's see, there was baba ganoush, hummus, tabbouli, a whole wheat pita and some walnut baklava for dessert. SOOOOOOO FREAKIN GOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!!!!! I really can't wait to go back and get something new!!!

We then took a trip to the mall and I resisted temptation of a fabulous dress at the Limited, I must keep my eye on it to see when it goes on sale!! After dropping some cash at Sephora (le yaaaay!!) we went over to Whole Foods so the Meggilizz could get some grass fed beef!!

Isn't this so neat?? It was hanging over the meat case at WF. :)
I got 10oz of grass fed London Broil and marinated it in soy sauce, Worcestshire sauce, olive oil, garlic and salt & pepper for a few hours before broiling it.

Cooked just about 5 minutes on each side in a VERY hot broiling oven.

I had it for dinner with some leftover brussel sprouts & radishes.

IT WAS SO GOOD!!!!!!!! I can't wait to get back to Raleigh for some more Mediterranean food & grass fed beefmeats!!!!! :D

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Roast Chicken

I woke up quite early today and got my chicken ready for the oven before I went to Crossfit!! I decided to cook him long & slow so I wouldn't have to hurry to get back. I rubbed him with olive oil, salt & pepper, stuffed the cavity with apples (was out of onion) stuffed garlic in the skin and put bacon on top!

I cooked him at 300-325 for about 2.5-3 hours and he turned out like this--

The bacon was pretty tasty too ;) I had a nice plate of brussel sprouts, carrots, radishes all roasted together with my chicken for dinner. FANTASTIC!!!!!
I'll be making soup out of the carcass sometime this weekend.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Snow!!!

Happy Sunday & Valentine's Day!! This is the beautiful site that I woke up to yesterday morning.

We got about two inches and it was all melted away by the afternoon. :( I took a nice little walk in the snow before it melted so that was nice. :) For breakfast I made a fried egg


And some oatmeal with banana.

I was a VERY busy little Meggilizz on Saturday, I reorganized my furniture in my living room, got rid of a bunch of junk lying around & stored away my desktop computer. Things are looking a lot more open & fresh in my house now! :) I made Texas trail beef with cheez and sour cream for lunch.
In between cleaning and mopping and tidying and vacuuming, I roasted up some veggies to be eaten at dinner.
And made Thai green curry with beef meat to eat over my veggies.
It was pretty good!!! Saturday night I went out with the girls and needless to say I'm not feeling up to par right now and definately not into eating anything!!! So I'm going to drink some water and probably take a couple of naps today ;)

Friday, February 12, 2010

It's been awhile!

Hey y'all!! It's been a bit too long since an update, hasn't it??

I'm gearing up to be snowed in tonight, so here's a nice long post to entertain both of us. This week has been very busy and crazy and exciting at the same time. My parents went on a cruise to Costa Rica and nearby places (lucky bitchezzz) and they're currently floating in the water while I'm stuck in a mild snowstorm!!!!
There's just a dusting on the ground so far, they say we'll get anywhere from 2-4 inches. We'll see what happens. Okay on to the noms!! This is just going to be a mish-mash of different things, I wasn't able to photograph everything I ate, this is pretty much the gist of it.

Tuesday morning I went to Crossfit for the first time after being sick (le yaaaay!) and it was great. I made a green monster for breakfast--before:

And after!!

This was my lunch Tuesday, I had a hair appointment during my lunch hour, so I made a wrap out of turkey, ff sour cream, mayo*, onions, spinach, tomato in a Flatout* with some carrots on the side.

I really love those wraps!!! I went over to my friend Jo's house for dinner, I brought the Texas trail beefy mac and we had green beans. :) I love green beans, even canned! I don't care if it's not classy, I luffs me some green beans!

Wednesday morning I was very hungry!! I had some of my homemade applesauce

And some veggie quiche cups that Jo gave me.

Lunch was chili with egg, cheez, sour cream and chopped onions.

Wednesday night I went to Bdubs and got some spicy garlic wings....NOMMY!! Also tried the new Samuel Adams Noble Pils--it's AWESOME!!! Very bright and hoppy, just how I like it!! Thursday morning I had bacon & eggs for breakfast and couldn't take a picture b/c I was running late for court. After court was out, I made another bowl of chili and then went to Crossfit. Dinner was really neat--steak and roasted brussel sprouts with shallots & radishes.

My friend Vicci from Crossfit told us about roasting radishes, she saw it in Saveur magazine. I may have to check into getting a few copies of this magazine, it looks really interesting!!!

Today I'm still on a meaty kick and had steak & an egg for breakfast!!

Now I know I said before that I was doing Weight Watchers, but also implementing ideas of Paleo & Primal Balance. Today I haven't eaten much else other than the steak & egg. I had an apple and milk with my coffee this morning (and a Diet Coke this afternoon) but that's it. I'm experimenting with the Intermittent Fasting, I'm going to try it out once a week. So today, I didn't eat a formal lunch or dinner and I'm doing pretty well!!! No jitters, fatigue, nothing really out of the ordinary. My stomach only growled a little bit maybe 45 minutes ago (8pm Eastern) so that's really not bad at all!! I haven't drank much water today, so I'm going to get on that right now.

This weekend should be fun, getting snowed in tomorrow, I'm planning on cooking some green beef curry and a roast chicken! Hope y'all have a good night, I'm watching the Olympics and SO EXCITED!!! I've always luffed the Olympics, especially Winter. AND oh mon DIEU I am totally drooling over the USA team's wool caps with the cute little moosies on them!!!!!!!!! I have got to find one!!!! I tried googling it just now and came up with nothing, so if anyone knows where I can get one, let me know!!!!!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Grain-free Monday

Happy Monday everyone!!!! Hope y'all had a great day, it really just flew by for me!! I'm sitting here in front of Cash Cab and thought it would be a perfect time to update the old bloggerino.

This morning I had a green monster with spinach, banana, strawberries, milk, Amazing Meal Green Superfood aaaaaaand I think that's it!!! It wasn't very sweet since my bananas aren't browning yet and I left out the whey powder to save on extra points.

Needless to say without the extra protein, I got hungry WAY earlier than I usually do!! I packed an apple and didn't realize it was so tiny when I went to eat it. Lucky for me I had stowed away some cottage cheez in the fridge at work! I'm sure y'all can imagine what an apple and cottage cheez look like :P Nothing special.

For lunch I was still mighty hungry and had my planned chili with an egg on top (cooked in olive oil). I added some cheddar cheez and sour cream for the helluvit and it was delightful!!

In order to bulk up my lunch a tad, I made a salade with spinach, carrots, tomatoes, onion and avocado with olive oil & red wine vinegar to dress. It was a perfect lunch!!

This afternoon was a typical extremely uneventful day at the office, I'm taking the evening to relax and paint my toenails. I don't want to push back into Crossfit too hard, so I'm going to go twice this week and more next week. When I got home, I was quite hungry and was glad that I had food ready to go!!! Turkey roast and leftover zucchini, yellow squash & onions.

It was tres nom and I totally scarfed it down!! I made a cup of white chai from Stash

And added a teaspoon of honey and milk.

It's a good thing there aren't any cookies in the house!! They'd go perfectly with my tea. :) BUT would totally ruin my grain-free day!!

For those wondering, I'm currently following Weight Watchers Simply Filling Technique--but incorporating lessons learned from John Velandra about the evils of grains. It's still early days of totally limiting grains, but I've noticed that I'm less bloated in the tum and I just feel SO much better generally!!! When I do eat grains, it will be either oatmeal or whole wheat pasta, just because I love both of them so much!!!

Okay, it's time to put another coat of polish on my little piggies, so I bid you goodnite!! :D

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Tuna Wraps & Applesauce

Happy Super Sunday!!!! I hope everyone is having an awesome day so far :) Today is very low-key for the Meggilizz, I'll be going over to my friend's house tonight for a little Super Bowl partaaaay action. It should be fun!!

This morning I slept in just a *tiny* bit but made it to the church on time :P I had a green monster for breakfast.

Today's recipe before blending:

2 handfuls spinach
1/2 banana
1/2 c frozen strawberries
1 T coconut oil*
1 scoop vanilla whey powder*

It was delicious, as usual! After church, I picked up a Starbucks FF latte and went to the store to get some produce that I'd forgotten yesterday afternoon. How can you forget carrots & tomatoes??? I guess you can, and I did. Hmph.

Somehow I found myself with a LOT of extra apples in my fridge and not wanting them to go to waste, I'd normally make apple crisp. But being that is NOT the most healthy option, I went in search for a good recipe for homemade applesauce instead. I smooshed together a few recipes in my head, then kinda just winged it ;)

Meggilizz's Homemade Applesauce

11 apples--mixture of Pink Lady, Red Delicious and Empire
1-2 t brown sugar*
1/2 c water
2 T cinnamon
1 T cloves
1 t nutmeg (I would've added more, but ran out)
1 T olive oil
1/2 T French sea salt

I chunked the apples rather than chopping them b/c I like applesauce more chunky. Put everything in a big pot together, cover and heat on low for 1-2 hours. My stove is pretty hot (even on low heat) so I cooked mine for only about an hour and 15 minutes.

And the finished, delumptious applesauce!


Now I've got a nice supply of applesauce and Mexican-type dishes in my freezer, this blog may get a little repetitive over the next few days folks!!!

For lunch I made a wonderful healthy tuna salad wrap. I mixed together the tuna filling:

1 can white tuna, packed in water
2 t olive oil
1 t mayonnaise*
1 T FF sour cream
Salt, pepper, Bombay Veggie seasoning (luff that stuff!!)
1/2 avocado, mashed up
2-3 T diced onion

Then layered the tuna stuffing with spinach and tomatoes on a Flatout* wrap.

Rolled it up and had it with some baby carrots. :)


Ohhhh babies!!!! This was a truly nomtastic lunch affair!!! I'll probably make up some more tuna filling to have on hand for lunches this week. Perhaps in a pita pocket would be less messy than a Flatout, oui??

I'm outtie for now, gonna read my Pirate book that a certain someone gave me and head over to my friend's house for the game. See y'all later!!!!! :D

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Back in the Saddle Again

Well I guess it's time to get back on the blogging horse. It's been a month since John's death and things are settling back into a routine. I'm still doing Crossfit and am getting over a nasty bout with bronchitis. I am going to start training soon for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon in May.

Today for breakfast I got myself a little treat from Starbucks! Nonfat lattes are a great way to start the day. I also had a green monster for breakfast but forgot to take his picture.

Lunch was a bowl of chili with an egg on top--you know how I love that combo!! :)

Tonight for dinner, I made Texas Trail Beef Macaroni. I've known about this recipe for years from my friend Heather but never made for whatever reason.


Here are my changes:

2 lb lean ground hamburger
1 c chopped onion
3 cloves garlic
4 cups beef stock
29 oz canned fire roasted tomatoes
1/2 c water
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp Chipotle chili powder
2 tsp Penzey's Tuscan herb blend
4 c whole wheat macaroni, uncooked
Fat free sour cream for topping
Fat free or soy cheddar cheez for topping (I'm using full fat and counting points)

In a large stockpot, brown beef with onions. Add all remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover & cook for 15-20 minutes. Top with sour cream, cheez and/or Tabasco sauce.

I'm having my Texas trail beefy mac with zucchini, yellow squash & onions sauteed in Bombay Veggie seasoning from Whole Foods.


And a cup of white chai tea with honey and milk while I watch this NCIS marathon!! Hope y'all have a good night!