Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday fun-day

Happy Friday! Today is the day where I try something new and rave about it. The review is to come....

My morning started out cooking my mom's delicious Sloppy Joes for my step-dad for father's day. These sloppy joes are very popular and are recommended to be made at all gatherings. Although this blog documents healthy items for a healthy lifestyle, I thought I would post this fabulous recipe for those family members that enjoy meals that are made with meat.

To start the sloppy joes, you brown one pound of ground beef with half of a medium sized yellow onion. The beef I had is lean and produces very little grease. Once the beef is fully cooked, drain any leftover grease.

Then, add 1 can of Campbell's chicken and rice soup, 4 T of ketchup, 1 packet of McCormick sloppy joes seasoning, and 1/2 can (soup can) of water to the beef. Stir together.

Cover and let the juices cook off...approximately 20-30 minutes. The finished product should look like this...

My step-dad was very happy to receive one of his favorite meals. We enjoyed our belated father's day lunch on the patio at a local restaurant.

After lunch, I headed to the local co-op called River Market. I really enjoy browsing through the store and trying the many samples of food. As I was going down one aisle, I came across something I have been looking for for a few months....a BPA free bottle with a sports top! When I am running it is time consuming to twist the top off to have a swig of water. I am excited to try this out tomorrow!

Later in the day I went to Trader Joe' of my all time favorites! Today they were sampling portabello sandwiches with arugula and balsamic dressing. It was very tasty! I am excited to make a mock recipe with a few touches. I found several items I wanted to sample today....I should have ate before I went to the store

It is hard to tell in this picture but I sampled each bag in the car ride home! From left to right we have baked jalapeno cheese crunchies (mainly I got for my husband), flat/thin pretzels, sweet potato chips, and wasabi wow! trail mix (which I have had in the past). The jalapeno cheese crunchies are ok....probably won't buy again for myself. The pretzels and the sweet potato chips were very tasty and light....perfect for when I am searching for a small snack. Now, the wasabi wow! trail mix is outstanding! My husband, Joe, and I were devouring the bag as we were watching a good yet pathetic show (Bachelorette....don't tell him that I mentioned this!). The trail mix is your usual mix (nuts and dried fruit) but adds a kick with wasabi peas. The dried fruit tames down the heat from the wasabi. If you are a fan of wasabi then this trail mix is for you!

After Trader Joe's I went to Border's and came across this recipe book for $3.99! I have many recipe books and am going to add this one to the collection. I will highlight a recipe from this book in the near future!

Backwards I know, but after Trader Joe's I came home and made dinner. It consisted of Bibb lettuce (perfect for lettuce wraps), tomato, red onion, avocado, sprinkle of sea salt, and Boca crumbles (resembles beef, has great flavor, and is found in the freezer aisle by the Boca veggie burgers at your traditional supermarket). This meal is real easy and quick to assemble and is light for the summer evening.

Organic blueberries, strawberries and raspberries for dessert. Yum yum!

Time to relax and hope that the severe storms aren't very severe!!