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Why Good Food “Works”

I was absent from blogging yesterday, but I am back! School is finally picking up and my workload gets a little worse everyday. Last night, for instance, I remembered about a Spanish composition that was due at 8AM this morning. I figured this out at 11 pm. Ouch.

Breakfast this morning helped my sleepy disposition.

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Protein pancake with raspberries. LOVE this combo. Sugar free syrup on top!

Last night, while I was care-free and homework free I whipped up a recipe from Real Simple magazine that I found while pinning away on Pinterest.

Roasted Tomatoes with Shrimp and Feta

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Ingredients
  • 3 large tomatoes, cut into eighths (roma)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1  pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup reduced fat Feta, crumbled

Cut the tomatoes into fourths. Place in a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic, salt and pepper. Place in the oven on the top rack. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes.

When the tomatoes are done, pull them out and stir in the shrimp, parsley and lemon juice. Top the entire dish with the crumbly feta. Place back in the oven for another good 15 minutes until the shrimp and pink and everything is bubbly and delicious.

I served my shrimp up plain last night, but today at lunch I had it with some rice. I forgot how good plain old rice is…

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Some of you..mostly college friends…may think why or how does Morgan make all of these complicated recipes. It’s because I care about food. Why throw a pop tart in my mouth when I can make egg whites or a protein pancake in under 10 minutes?

You see, food is energy and in order to feel my best, I need a lot of quality food sources. Yes, it costs more to eat shrimp instead of lean cuisine for dinner, but at least I feel like I am full and happy instead of unsatisfied and miserably tired.

Take the time to try out a new recipe next week. All of my recipes, especially my entrees are affordable and savvy on time. I challenge you to make an entire meal by yourself. You will be proud of yourself!

Good food just works for me. It’s as simple as that.

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Quinoa and Red Bean Burritos

Hi friends.

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Tonight I used ingredients I had on hand to make this recipe for vegetarian burritos that were packed with some protein staying power!

Quinoa and Red Bean Burritos

Serves 4

  • 4 low carb, high fiber tortillas ( I used Tam-Xi-Cos brand)
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of Goya Adobo seasoning (or any other seasoning you prefer with a Mexican flavor)
  • 1/2 can red beans (drain,rise,mash slightly)
  • 3/4 cup salsa ( I used Newman’s Own)
  • 1/2 cup 2% shredded cheddar cheese

Cook quinoa in water according to directions on the box. Once cooked, remove from heat and stir in Adobo seasoning,the beans, and about 1/2 cup of the salsa. Heat tortillas slightly in microwave for 45 seconds. Fill with 1/2 cup of quinoa mixture. Roll into a little burrito and place seam side down on a sheet pan. Top with remaining salsa and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

Stats!

Amount Per Serving

Calories
344.2

Total Fat
10.4 g

Sodium
682.6 mg

Total Carbohydrate
44.0 g

Dietary Fiber
6.5 g

Sugars
4.5 g

Protein
16.2 g

Tonight is busy for me. I have been procrastinating like its nobody’s business on Pinterest. Seriously. It’s a love/hate relationship.

I must get off this thing and start on a paper that is due in the morning. Go me.

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Slow Cooker Balsamic Pork

Tonight’s dinner was fantastic and easy due to some simple preparation before I left for class. The sweet and tangy sauce that glazes the tender pork made this meal.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Pork

  • 1 small boneless pork loin (2 lb)
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 glove of garlic, crushed…You can also just use a small teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • 1/2 cup of water

Combine the spices and sprinkle over the pork, rub them into the meat. Cover with water in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours.

When the pork has cooked 5 hours or so, you need to make the glaze.

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of water

Combine these ingredients and heat in a saucepan or a microwavable bowl. Stir and simmer lightly until thick, like a glaze.

Set the glaze aside and pull the pork until shredded with two forks. Combine the glaze with the pork and continue cooking on low for one more hour.

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I served my pork alongside a green leaf salad with almonds and citrus vinaigrette. I also had a slice of buttered toast and a serving of Cabot 75% reduced fat cheese.

In other news…

I cleaned the apartment! It is sparkling and tidy.

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Guess who else is clean?

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Koby, my roommate’s dog got a bath today. He smells like flowers.

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And just something to think about…found it on Pinterest!

Have a lovely  evening!

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