Miracle muffins + V8 soup giveaway winner

On Wednesday night, I baked the CEiMB recipe of the week: pumpkin pie muffins. I had a little bite to make sure they were edible and quickly put the rest away because I knew I could eat the whole 6 muffins right then and there! Then I set out to do something crazy ambitious – wake up extra early for a morning workout. Whoa – that’s just whack ;) My alarm went off bright and early the next morning. I almost turned it off, but then I remembered – I can have 1/2 muffin for a pre-workout snack! I was lying in bed, contemplating what to do, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the muffins!! So I crawled out of bed, grabbed 1/2 of a muffin and proceeded to get ready for the strength class. I made it to the class on time! Thank you, miracle muffins, for getting me out of bed :lol:

The strength class was just ok, but honestly I couldn’t handle something more intense early in the morning (yeah, I am slooooow before my morning coffee and some down time) so it was the right pace for that hour in the day. I will say that it was pretty fantastic to be done (and showered) by 8:30! I actually made it to work a little earlier than I usually do. Kind of ironic. Back to the miracle muffins…

BREAKFAST

1 pumpkin spice muffin, 1 small plain oikos with 1/2 banana + coffee

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Of course the muffin was the star of breakfast.  It was so light and moist! Ellie’s baked good recipes are my favorite (I find the savory ones to be a hit or miss) and this one definitely goes on my “to be made again” list. I halved the recipe (now totally regret it…), used powdered buttermilk and added walnuts to the batter. I thought the walnuts were a really amazing addition. They add a nice texture, some healthy fats and of course great taste. Mmm, nuts… and MUFFINS!! Ok, now I sound crazy….

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Thank you, Oddball Oven Mitt, for picking this recipe for us to make!! :D

LUNCH

Salad: mixed greens, grilled chicken, grapes, walnuts, dried blueberries, cranberries and raisins + goat cheese and strawberry balsamic vinegar

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Yum!

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+last piece of the chocolate bread with Barney Butter

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SNACKS

Baby carrots and sugar snap peas

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I really love this combo (note the Halloween colors!). The sugar snap peas remind me of my wedding day. We had a bunch of them in the house and I didn’t want them to go to waste (we were going on our honeymoon the day after the wedding) so I brought them to the hotel to snack on while we were getting ready. My make up and hair people were so confused. Is she always this healthy? Haha

No, I’m not always this healthy… my second snack was a Dancing Deer Baking Co caramel pecan brownie. I still think these may be the best brownies I’ve ever had. Dancing Deer is a local company and they sell these brownies in my local supermarket, in packages of 4! Yeah, can you say dangerous? :)

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After work I also had 2 glasses of Cabernet at Brownstone. No pics, I had half of my company there. The wine could have something to do with the reason I thought my dinner was beyond incredible… but probably not ;)

DINNER

B.good cousin Oliver beef burger with the optional secret sauce, no onion

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There were large slices of tomato and lots of pickles (I love pickles!!!!) and the secret sauce was amazing – again I think it had lots of pickles and maybe capers. I slathered it on :)

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I think I need to become a spokesperson for b.good because every time I have one of their burgers (and usually salads) I can’t stop raving about them. I always know I like the place, yet for some reason I’m blown away by the food – every time! I’ve also been trying to be adventurous and try to get a different kind of burger every time I’m there. This was my first time trying the cousin Oliver and I am definitely a fan. Maybe I’ll do a post one day, listing every burger by my order of preference. I think the adopted Luke is the only one I haven’t tried yet… and I’ve never tried their veggie burgers. I’m afraid they have onions :(

And that’s my day. Try those muffins… and b.good if you live in the Boston area!!! :grin:

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The winner of the V8 soup giveaway is commenter #9! Congratulations!! Please email me your address to elina@healthyandsane.com

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Sorry, last thing – are any of you Bostonians going to the Vegetarian Food Festival? I think I’m going to check it out on Sunday!

Cafeteria Boston – restaurant review

I was eating a tuna wrap for lunch yesterday and all of a sudden realized that I never posted a restaurant review from last Friday’s dinner at Cafeteria. How did that happen?! Oops. I better do it now before this Friday and another outing creeps up on us :) So let’s get to it!

Last Friday my husband and I wanted to stay in the ‘hood and also use one of our Groupons (side note: Groupon is a great way to discover new places at a fraction of the cost. I always look forward to their daily emails with new deals :) ). Cafeteria Boston seemed like the perfect place! We had a $40 certificate (that we paid $20 for) and prices seemed reasonable enough that it could go a long way.

I was in a really indecisive mood with the menu. I knew I wanted dessert and a glass of wine, but what should I get for my meal? The menu seemed to overwhelm me. Do I want an appetizer of mussels and a simple salad? A burger with fries? A flatbread pizza? So many choices! The waitress was very helpful and eager to offer recommendations. I decided to go with a tuna burger (as per her suggestion) with a side of mixed greens. But first – a glass of wine was very much necessary!

The Crusher cabernet sauvignon was their special wine of the night, and we decided to get a bottle of it.

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It was a nice well balanced wine so Adam decided to look it up on his iphone. He’s such a romantic! :lol: That’s really a joke. I was also curious to see other people’s reviews and the bottle’s retail price. We paid $40 at Cafeteria. Apparently you can get it online for $11.99. Um, that’s quite the mark up, Cafeteria people!!!! :evil: The good news is that we did enjoy this bottle, so we actually may buy it sometime to have in the house, since it is pretty affordable :)

The bread basket had some nice chewy bread. I only had a bite. Adam had no problem finishing the rest :D

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After a little while, our food came. As mentioned, I ordered the tuna burger with pickled cabbage, spicy mayo and avocado, on a griddled bun, with a side salad instead of fries, dressing and mayo on the side and no butter on the bun.

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As you can probably tell even from this picture, the bun was buttered. I asked for a dry one and the waitress quickly brought another one. It was gigantic so I also scooped out the inside. It was quite a mess, but I got what I wanted at the end :D With all that bread, I probably wouldn’t have been able to taste the actual burger!

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The burger honestly was nothing special. I think the tuna was fresh but it was maybe tiny bit overcooked. The pickled cabbage was the best part, but there wasn’t enough of it to really taste it. I tried a little bit of the chipotle mayo to see if it would make the burger a little more exciting, but it wasn’t doing much so I deemed it a waste of calories and proceeded to eat the burger without it. I ate 3/4 and left room for dessert (who am I kidding, that’s usually the most important part of the meal for me anyway! :D ) Btw, the mixed greens were quite nice.

Molten chocolate cake with a ganache center, fresh berries and vanilla gelato

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Finally enough ice cream to go with the cake! Don’t you hate when you get a teeny tiny scoop of ice cream with your warm chocolate cake? Unfortunately, besides a decent portion, this was just okay. They definitely overcooked the cake so there was no gooey center, just a dense cake. The flavor was not bad, but I wanted a molten chocolate cake! I was not impressed.

This was actually my second time at Cafeteria (last time I had a tasteless salad… about a year ago). Overall, the service was good (our waitress was very attentive), the location is great (right in the heart of Newbury st!), the prices are reasonable but the food is just average. The only way we’ll be back there if it’s really nice out and we want to take advantage of the restaurant’s outdoor seating on a hot summer day – a scenario where food may be secondary.

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Check out my other restaurant reviews on the Restaurant Reviews page. :D

Project complete!

I finished my project today!! I had five this month, and this was my last one. I gave it to my boss, who I’m sure is going to have comments on it, but it doesn’t matter… I can breathe! I left work at 5:4opm today. Amazing!! Needless to say, I’m in fantastic mood, and can’t wait to plan our upcoming vacation. Thank you all again for all the restaurant suggestions! A few of you mentioned the same places, which probably means they are really not to be missed. I can’t wait!!! :mrgreen:

BREAKFAST

I kept my eats as clean as possible today. I felt I needed to detox a bit. Banana oats with unsweetened dried cherries, turkish apricots, flax and almond slivers. Simple and delicious :)

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LUNCH

Tuna/hummus/pickle wrap + baby carrots. If you haven’t tried adding hummus to your tuna yet, you’re missing out. It really makes everything nice and creamy (I used 2T for a can of tuna and with these proportions you don’t actually taste the hummus) – no mayo necessary, and you get some healthy fats :)

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SNACKS

Clearly, I’m obsessed!

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This is what 100 calories of nuts looks like, if you’re curious ;)

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See the little packets of ketchup in the right top corner? I thought they were so cute so I had to take a picture (this is at work)!! I’m such a dork :lol: What’s not cute is the high fructose corn syrup in the ingredients list. We only buy organic Heinz ketchup for the house (same taste, no junk!).

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DINNER

Organic chicken and green beans in TJ’s masala simmering sauce + brown rice

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This was a quick and easy dinner, but nothing special. We missed the creaminess of the chicken tikka masala you get at restaurants (which unfortunately is full of full fat yogurt and cream).

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I baked some pumpkin pie muffins for breakfast tomorrow. I may have to get a little taste test while they’re still warm from the oven ;)

Oh for workout today, I took a crazy abs and spin classes. Lately my workouts have been extra intense. Not sure if it’s me or the instructors :)   Off to get ready for tomorrow. I’m actually going to attempt to get up early for an pre-work workout. We’ll see how that goes :???:

The winner of the V8 soup giveaway will be announced tomorrow night.

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