Chicken Salad Sushi

There’s a sushi place near my house that’s All You Can Eat everyday. It’s actually the best restaurant in the area and not just because you can stuff your face with sushi, sashimi and all the accompaniments (seaweed salad and edamame, please) but because everything is fresh, beautiful and absolutely delicious.

The only thing about eating there is that you have to be hungry enough to make it worth it. While reasonably priced for lots of special rolls, it’s not exactly cheap for an all-the-time kind of thing. Also, the magical experience doesn’t happen if you don’t eat a few appetizers, eat a few rolls, then maybe decide you’re feelin’ some more miso soup.

I was craving sushi the other day but didn’t have anyone to dine with at the time and I wasn’t quite hungry enough anyway. My practical side also reminded me that I had prepped chicken for the week and I needed to save money and eat it.

This isn’t so much a recipe as it is a “throw everything together” kind of thing but it works, and it’s delicious so it’s happening.
IMG_3972Chicken Salad Sushi (makes 2 sushi rolls):

1 piece grilled/baked chicken (this week, I prepped my chicken by rubbing it with a tiny bit of mayonnaise, seasoned with Mrs. Dash salt free seasoning and baked in the oven for about 25 minutes)
1 stalk celery
1/2 slice onion
1 tsp. mayonnaise (I used Hellman’s Canola Mayonnaise)
1/2 TBL. Franks Hot Sauce Ketchup*
1/4 of a cucumber, sliced into thin sticks
1/2 cup baby spinach
2 sheets nori
Small bowl of water

Begin by cutting chicken, onion and celery into small chunks. Place in food processor with mayo and ketchup and process until ground and sticking together (add more mayo/ketchup to taste/consistency if needed).

On one sheet of nori, arrange spinach leaves across the sheet about 1 inch from the bottom. Using your fingers or a fork, gently spread chicken salad on top of spinach.

Place cucumber sticks on top of chicken salad and press down lightly.

Beginning from the bottom, tightly roll nori over the filling and wipe across the sheet with a little water on your finger tip.

Continue rolling to the top and seal with a bit of water.

Repeat with second sheet of nori.

Slice using a sharp, wet knife.

*If you cannot find/don’t have hot sauce ketchup, you could probably use a little more mayonnaise and regular hot sauce.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Trick Your Mind

I get bored easily. Or, at least when it comes to food I do. Sometimes I just don’t feel like a salad for lunch or a protein/veg/carb plate at dinner. This week, I haven’t even felt like eating oatmeal (gasp!). So, I’ve made it my mission these last few days to simply follow what my mind is telling me and try something new. If eating the same thing every single day gets tiring, trick your mind by just mixing it up! 

Exhibit A: Make What You Crave

IMG_3972I’ve been dreaming of sushi lately but haven’t gone.  Who said that chicken can’t be sushi? This immediately crushed my craving and was a fun way to eat the chicken I prepped this week. 

Exhibit B: Go For Variety

 

 

IMG_3959I couldn’t figure out exactly what I wanted for breakfast so I decided to have a bit of everything. Spinach and tomato omelette, peach, and a piece of low carb toast with half-peanut butter, half coconut oil spread.

Exhibit C: Same Ingredients, Different Presentation

IMG_3939Sometimes I eat a Greek yogurt bowl for breakfast or a snack with a bunch of mix-ins. Instead, I took all the ingredients, tweaked the ratios a little and made a giant pancake. This made me feel like I was eating something different and kind of extravagant even though it was the same items.

 

*Thanks to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting the weekly linkup! 

Have you made anything different recently?

 

 

 

 

What I Ate Wednesday

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time for another What I Ate Wednesday with Jenn from Peas and Crayons

What I Ate Wednesday: Short Sentence Addition

This past weeks eats started with this. What is this? Homemade coffee Oreo ice cream. Yes. I went to work, was talking about how I planned to buy an ice cream maker and lo and behold, we had one in the back. I’ve made about 6 batches of ice cream so far including 2 batches of this coffee Oreo, chocolate coconut, blueberry brown sugar graham cracker, chocolate chip and a few failed attempts at almond milk ice cream.

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My newest obsession: Carrot Cake Oatmeal. It’s creamy, delicious and tastes like a carrot cake. I’ve had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner all on different days. I’m all about vegetables in my oatmeal normally so this is just a vitamin and nutrient win.

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The perfect pick-me-up. Find this chocolate bar–it is perfection.

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Not working consistently has left me plenty of time to bake. This Pumpkin Protein Cake was the first thing I attempted this week and it came out delicious. I’ll be sharing this recipe soon.

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I also made these protein brownies–not ready yet but not terrible.

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Cucumber rolls–not a baked good of course but harder than they look!

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and these sweet potato cupcakes of course.

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Healthy Foods to Always Have on Hand

I eat a lot of the same foods. I consume different variations of the same thing for breakfast, lunch is usually protein and veggies and dinner is usually something similar. Until recently, I never found the need to meal prep, but lately, I’ve figured out how handy having things ready to eat truly is. Besides having food already in the fridge, I also make sure to keep a fully stocked cabinet of foods for snacks, condiments and additions to every meal.

My Top 5 Staples:

1. An Orange Carb Source: Butternut Squash/Sweet Potatoes/Kabocha Squash (when I can find it)
Even though it’s a little more expensive, I always buy the pre-cut butternut squash at the store. Peeling a butternut squash is more hassle than it’s worth and makes my meal prep a lot more difficult. I simply buy a package of squash, throw it on a baking sheet and roast it in the oven for about 40 minutes or until it’s soft. Sometimes I sprinkle half with cinnamon for something different. Having plain roasted squash is perfect for adding to salads, lunches, dinners or even mashing for something like pancakes.

As for sweet potatoes, I buy a few and cut each one into differently so I can identify one potato. Usually I’ll do fries, wedges, rounds and chunks. I usually peel the chunks but not anything else. Like the squash, I simply throw them on a baking sheet and cook until soft. I LOVE cold sweet potatoes but they are also easy to just warm up.

2. Lean Ground Turkey (or chicken)
I usually buy a package of 99% (or 97%) lean ground turkey and put the whole thing in a pan right when I get home. I add a little water, a ton of chili powder, cayenne and paprika and cook it through like taco meat. Having ground meat in the fridge is an easy way to throw protein into stir-frys, wraps, omelette’s or anything else.

3. Mustard
I might be weird, but I love mustard on everything. In my opinion, it’s the perfect condiment. I put mustard on my salad as a dressing, put it on meat and dip my sweet potato fries in it. I use it like this because I simply love mustard but a plus is that it’s essentially a “free” food–only about 5 calories per serving.

4. Peanut Butter
I have so many jars of peanut butter that it’s a little ridiculous although I personally believe you can never have too much. Peanut butter is an easy way to add satiating fat to any meal. Peanut butter goes great on oatmeal and tastes delicious drizzled over squash or sweet potatoes. Not only that it’s easy to find little squeeze packets of PB to keep in your bag in case you’re starving with nothing around.

5. Rice Cakes
I eat rice cakes as my pre-workout snack almost everyday. They also go hand in hand with the peanut butter. When you need a quick breakfast before a workout, a couple rice cakes with peanut butter and a banana works great. They are perfect as a snack and as a post workout meal, I’ll occasionally break one up with almond milk and eat it like cereal. Although I usually buy plain ones, I love the apple caramel ones for something sweet and cheddar for something more savory.


Of course I always have other things in my pantry but these are all constant and they make grabbing something to eat a lot easier when time is tight or when I don’t feel like making anything.

 

What are your staples?

What I Ate Wednesday

Welcome to another edition of What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons.

I slacked this week on photos of food. I’m usually that person that takes 15 pictures of my food while it’s steaming hot, at all different angles, then sits down to a cold plate. Foodie sacrifices I guess.

I also tried something new this past week with a few days on intermittent fasting, just to kind of evaluate my hunger and try it out. I did it the easy way where I didn’t eat from 8 or 9PM to 12 or 1 in the afternoon. I surprisingly had a lot of energy and felt really good but I don’t think it’s something i’ll be doing often. I missed my breakfast oats too much and had to eat too much at all other times of the day to make up for breakfast.

The week began with this ice cream cone.

Ice Cream cone

My sister and I stopped at the UConn Dairy Bar on Sunday where I got this Banana Chocolate Chip Cone. If you live in Connecticut or are ever in the UConn vicinity, stop at the Dairy Bar. This was only my second time there (my first was a few weeks before). All the ice cream is made on the premises from the milk of UConn’s cows. It just tastes..fresh. So creamy and delicious.

Also creamy and delicious, the hot chocolate I’ve been downing during the two snow storms we’ve had this week.

hot chocolate(The sprinkles on top obviously make it better)

Besides these treats, I’ve had a lot of repeat offenders. This is my own “stock” photo of a burger, sweet potato and veggies. Exchange the sweet potato for some squash and it’s the same meal!

Burger and Fries

I also brought back the stir-fry this week after a brief hiatus. I’m never leaving it for so long again.

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Another highlight I forgot to document? My first taste of the new Cookies and Cream Quest Bar. I had to ask for them at my GNC store because they weren’t on the shelves and I am so glad I did! This is my new favorite flavor! If you like Quest Bars or need a new protein bar to try, get these!

That’s what I ate. What did you have?

What I Ate Wednesday

It’s been a while since I’ve done a What I Ate Wednesday so I’m linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons again today to showcase my eats this week.

This week I started doing a lot of meal prep so I would be prepared when I’m hungry. I’m giving this method an A+. There’s always something good! The only bad thing is I don’t have a microwave so a lot of stuff gets eaten cold but I actually prefer a lot of things that way so it works out well most of the time.

Dinners:

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(Burger, sweet potato fries, veggies)

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(another day, the same meal)

chix2(Chicken, sweet potato, broccoli, cauliflower)

Lunches:

chix(Spinach, chicken, sweet potato rounds, butternut squash, jicama)

pita and soup(buffalo chicken deli meat and spinach in one and ham in the other, chicken soup and jicama)

pita(meatball and spinach in one, buffalo chicken in the other, jicama and cucumber)

Breakfasts:

I took a break from my standard oat bran this last week for some other things.

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(spinach omelet, berries and plain oat bran on the side)

eggs(egg, kale, zucchini and oatmeal on the side)

What I Ate Wednesday

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

Thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting as usual!

I don’t know what happened this week but I went into a frenzy of eating things I didn’t make. I had to go to local pastry shops, try something from a food truck and treat myself after spending hours upon hours doing homework.

Everything in moderation though is the name of my game lately. I enjoyed and savored all the treats (in reality, two treats, one healthy food truck experience) as I wandered around my city for an hour each day taking a well deserved break from my computer.

Spending the day working was worth it to eat these things though. I love finding the places I’ve heard about but never gone to (i.e. Flour Bakery-I had sticky bun bread pudding. oh my gosh. first bread pudding experience and it was so good)Image

and trying something unique that I’ve never had (i.e. seitan).

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and of course enjoying something I hadddd to have–pumpkin ice cream with an oatmeal cookie. YUM.

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I also got my David’s Tea. Honestly, I could only drink half before the chocolatey taste got a little sickening but it was good to start with.

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Besides the treats this weekend, I actually ate most of my food at home.  Honestly, I love eating out occasionally but I definitely prefer making my own meals. I get to play around (or eat the same thing over and over), control what I’m eating and I get to go grocery shopping in order to put things together. Anyone else love grocery shopping?

Here’s a terrible stir-fry picture.

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nice big salad with a side of kabocha.

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and oats, of course.

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What did you eat this week?