Experimenting Fun

by DanicasDaily on January 15, 2010

Happy Friday, er, weekend all!  I am so excited for the LONG weekend because we have a bunch of fun birthday stuff planned (well, if the weather doesn’t rain buckets).  I started my weekend off early this afternoon by getting out of work early, relaxing, doing a little yoga and a little experimenting with new TJ’s products and in the kitchen.

Breakfast was one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES ~ A WAFFLEWICH!

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2 Kashi Strawberry Flax Protein Waffles

1 Tbsp Crunchy Almond Butte

1 Tbsp Organic Apricot Preserves

1 small banana

It is worth ALL 7 pts and kept me going all morning.

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I LOVE it when you are super busy (even on a Friday) because time flies by.  I had a working lunch so I could head out of the office early today.  I continued in my quest to clear out our freezer and pulled out this ALL NATURAL Asian Potsticker Healthy Choice Entree from the Freezer courtesy of Healthy Choice.  I LOVE Potstickers so I couldn’t wait to try this one out.

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The stats are not too bad….The entire meal is 7 pts.

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I LOVED the ingredient list and that companies are getting on board with REAL ingredients you can recognize….nothing funky.  WTG HC!

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My first impression was that I LOVED seeing BIG vegetable pieces.  So many dinners claim to have vegetables, but, they don’t really have that many or they are super small.  I absolutely LOVED the potstickers ~ they were dense and chewy and their sauce is sweet plus spicy.  I honestly think I could eat an entire meal of just the potstickers plus veggies, trading in the rice :D

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I added a crisp salad with TJ’s LF Cranberry Walnut Gorgonzola dressing to round.

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I was super snacky this afternoon so I decided to bust out a snack that I could totally eat a bunch of for very little points.  I am not a BIG fan of plain popcorn, so I decided to spice it up a bit.

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SALTY CARAMELY CINNAMON POPCORN!!!

You can make it one of two ways.

1.  OPTION ONE

5 c air popped popcorn

1 tsp agave nectar

1/2 tsp water

dash of sea salt

sprinkles of cinnamon

Mix agave and water – drizzle over popcorn.  Add a dash of salt and sprinkles of cinnamon.

2.  OPTION TWO

Follow the above, but, use microwave Smart Butter pop and omit the sea salt.

Salty, sweet, and crunchy.  I LOVED this total random creation.  I like using agave because you use less than sugar so you don’t add any points.  If you have a mister, it could be even better.

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I rounded out my snack with a LF Colby cheese while having a CSI marathon ~ awesome!

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It was so nice to get off early and just relax.  I did a little YogaDownload.com Gentle Hatha Yoga, then, headed out to Trader Joe’s to pick up some dinner supplies.  I couldn’t resist picking up a few of their new items.

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I LOVE their Dark Chocolate POM seeds, so I knew I had to try these, pretty much as soon as I walked in the door.  I am all about POWER BERRIES!

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When I bought then I actually thought that the fruits were all separate.  I had to re-read the package to realize they were all combined.  I had 4 pieces (4 fruits LOL) ~ the flavor is hard to describe but they are pretty tasty.  Very chocolately loaded with a tart/slightly sweet fruit filling. 

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I had been pondering all sorts of ideas for what to make for dinner tonight, but, nothing sounded really good.  So, I hopped on Cookinglight.com to see if anything stood out to me as a must try. 

Since I have been craving soups, I went straight to their 20/20 Soups ~ 20 Super Fast Soups in 20 minutes.

Sausage & Spinach Soup

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I pretty much followed THE RECIPE, but, I added a splash of wine, doubled the spinach and added some freshly ground pepper with a pinch of crush red pepper flakes for spice.  I LOVED it and bet it will be even better the next day.

1 serving is HUGE too ~ 1 1/2 cups for 5 points.

I served it up with a TJ’s Ciabatta roll topped with light butter, garlic salt and black pepper. (3 pts)

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All together it was completely warm, comforting and filling.

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I am off to relax with The Husband and watch some show he is addicted to (The Jersey Shore) or something like that.

I am SOOO EXCITED for tomorrow night.  We are meeting up with my family at my ALL TIME FAVORITE sushi place to celebrate my birthday party.  I LOVE it because my sis and niece LOVE sushi too so we can get a TON of rolls to share while The Husband and everyone else will get something like teriyaki beef :D  Can’t wait, can’t wait.  I am glad to have my long run of 5 miles (hopefully) so I can make sure I have a BIG calorie deficit to enjoy with :D

See you all late Saturday night or Sunday morning for a recap.

Nite all!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

jd January 15, 2010 at 10:09 pm

That wafflewich is to die for! I never would have thought about putting apricot preserves on a waffle before, let alone making it into a sandwich… Honestly, the whole thing looks really yummy!

Also, I love the mix you put on your popcorn – I’ll have to try it, especially since I’ve been eating more than my fair share of p-corn lately…

PS Have a fantastic birthday weekend!! I’ll be thinking of you on “your” holiday :)

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Tay January 15, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Oh man you are killing me with that waffle witch. Thanks ;-)

Hope you’re having a fantastic Friday darling!

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Melissa S. January 16, 2010 at 6:38 am

Have you ever tried making a savory wafflewich? I’ve used the honey-flaxseed kashi waffles with a light laughing cow, tomatoes, pepper and a morningstar farm chick’n patty…seriously so good!

And jealous of the chocolate covered berries! why so i move away from TJ’s when these new things come out!? dangit fl for not having tj’s…

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Emily (The Experimentarian) January 16, 2010 at 7:07 am

Happy Birthday Miss D!!!! Birthdays are the best day of the whole year, wouldn’t you agree?

Holy moly, I really need to make popcorn! I always buy a box becuase it sounds so good, and then forget I have it and leave it in my cupboard forever :) I think it definitely sounds better with agave and cinnamon! Hey, you think those single serving bags would fit in my purse? I AM going to a movie later…

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Food Makes Fun Fuel January 16, 2010 at 8:57 am

Enjoy the sushi! Sounds like a great birthday treat.

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Jenna January 16, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Those fruits in chocolate look great!
Have fun out at sushi!!

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Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I don’t know why, but I haven’t been on your blog in forever. Just geting caught up now…

Love the wafflewich. Enjoy the sushi!!!

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RunToTheFinish January 17, 2010 at 10:51 am

Powerberries, I just like the name!! I made a similar soup last month and mm mm good

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janetha January 17, 2010 at 11:29 pm

AHHH i love wafflewiches! i think i need to have one this week!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN 1 hr 30 min YOUR TIME!

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Marla March 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm

You said that you LOVED stuff 10 times in this post. Just sayin’.

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DanicasDaily March 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Hi Marla,

That is hilarious ~ thanks for counting and telling me that. I guess I was pretty passionate about everything I ate that day LOL.

Danica

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