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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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Cheesy Shrimp and Quinoa

I was not a morning person today.

I had an 8 AM and I was planning on getting up early to go to the gym before class……

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With only 2 classes on Tuesday I decided to work out in the afternoon. I had plenty of time to get in an upper body workout and half a spin class. My legs still feel like Jell-O.

I am calling this workout “The Bench and Bar Workout” because I only used one bar and one bench the whole time. I didn’t have to run around trying to find dumbbells or go into the other room to find a machine. Simple, yet effective.

I used a 35 lb. bar and the bench to do 3 sets of 12 reps on each move:

  • Chest Press
  • Tricep Dip (bodyweight)
  • Bicep Curl
  • Wide Grip Bent Over Row
  • Under-hand Bent Over Row
  • Shoulder Press

Beside the Bench, I also did a few planks and crunches.

Dinner

Dinner tonight was amazing! Last week, I found this recipe from Little Yellow Kitchen for a remake on shrimp and grits! The recipe replaces grits with quinoa making the health factor a lot higher.

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The quinoa was creamy, garlicky and cheesy and provided a lovely little bed for the sautéed kale and shrimp. This will certainly be made again.

Cheesy Shrimp and Quinoa

  • 1 lb. shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. powdered garlic
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 small bunch of kale, chopped
  • 2 cups of water or broth
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup quinoa

Bring water and quinoa up to a boil. Lower the heat, simmer, covered for 15 minutes. Stir in cheese and milk. Add in powdered garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

In a pan, add the olive oil. Sautee the shrimp for until pink (3-4 min). Add in the minced garlic, green onions and lemon juice. Sautee another 2 or 3 minutes. Set shrimp aside on a plate.

In the same pan, add the chopped kale. Sautee until slightly tender.

Serve the kale and shrimp over the quinoa.

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Awesome August

Gina over at the Fitnessista had the most fun list of her top ten ways to make the best of the month ahead…August!

I am stealing her idea and making my own list!! So here it goes…Morgan’s list of ways to make August awesome 🙂

1. Try a new recipe. How good does a platter of the famous PF Changs lettuce wraps sound?! I have found the recipe via Pinterest and can’t wait to try it. New recipes make me happy.

Holy Yum!

 2. Go out with friends. I have been missing my roomates like crazy! Mary has been living life in Australia with her boyfriend while Rachel and I have been busy running around away from the apartment. I can’t wait for all of us to be back together. I was thinking we should go try Artini. Art and Martinis!

Me, Mary and Rachel

3. Organize! It’s important to me to keep things neat and orderly in the apartment. I’ve already begun thinking about organizing the pantry and deep cleaning the apartment. Clean=happy.

Homeade Orange Vinegar Cleaner

4. Get back to Bodypump! After traveling for the last month, I have missed my beloved Bodypump classes! I want to incorporate at least two classes a week into my half marathon training.

You can't beat the pump!

5. Scope out Fall clothes. I REALLY love fall. Cozy scarves and boots are my favorites. Again I have been “pinning” some of the looks that I hope to re-create when I do some fall shopping!

Comfy and Cute

 

6. Make these little energy bites. I think these will be great to take to class for snack!

No bake bites.

7. Create a new goal. I started training for my first half-marathon! I want to keep my head focused on building mileage, but trying to have fun while I’m at it by running with friends! Here’s to running in the hot Georgia heat!

So true.

8. Go to the lake. My grandparents just moved to their lake house and now that it is their permenant home, I can’t wait to visit!

Cozy Lake House....the perfect getaway.

9. Spend time at the pool. Before classes get too crazy, I want to spend more time at the pool! I haven’t been in Athens to do so in forever!

10. Spend time with the ones you love! On Wednesday, I’ll be flying to Pittsburgh to spend close to a week with Michael. Can’t wait…we have to celebrate his birthday!

🙂

 

In other news….I had a rather tasty lunch today. Roasted teeny tiny potatoes from trader joes and shrimp! I tossed everything in olive oil, rosemary and other spices and threw it all in the oven! Simple…with some green from a lovely kiwi!

Satisfying lunch.Shrimpies for protein!

 This lunch didn’t have much green, so I added a little kiwi. Guess tonight might be a salad kind of night!

Pretty kiwi.

Today is my last day of house sitting before I have to head home to pack!!

Off to tidy up!

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