It Was A First

I am ashamed to admit it, but I have succumbed to the temptations of the online world of shopping.  I am not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I am leaning towards the latter.  Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers is giving me lots of ideas lately.  The other day I joined RueLaLa after it being mentioned on her blog; it’s a two day sale on different designers and boutique style clothes.  The clothes (there are also shoes, jewelry, home, stationary, and other types of boutiques as well) are often half off or more, and each day new boutiques are added.  So I’ve been checking them since joining last week and wasn’t  too keen on anything just yet, due to the fact that I check it later in the day and what I like is already sold out.  But today was the day that I made my first clothing purchase via the world wide web all thanks to my earnings at the Gold Party last night.  I am looking forward to getting my tops and shorts some time next week.  Hopefully everything fits because I am really bad about returning things at a regular store much less an online store.  If you want to join RueLaLa to see what the hype is all about you can get there at http://www.ruelala.com/invite/mlay06.

Onto the real point of this blog–the food.

I woke up pretty late in the morning so I chose to make a peanut butter banana smoothie to share with the Hubby.  I added two frozen bananas, 2 tblsp of peanut butter, 1 cup of milk, 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder, and about 4 ice cubes to a blender.  Using the ice crush mode, the smoothies were blended to a thick, creamy consistency.

I should have gotten a pic of all the ingredients, but I forgot.

Next up, lunch = leftover beef terriyaki over 1/2 cup of whole grain brown rice.

Left from Tuesday's Dinner

A while after I ate an orange, but again forgot to snap a picture.  I gotta get used to capturing all my eats on camera.  Orange you sad I forgot to take the picture? 😦

I finally made it to the grocery after a visit to the gym consisting of 15 mins. on the elliptical, 30 mins. of weights, and 15 mins. on the treadmill, in that order.  Once I got home it was time for some dindin and my stomache let me know.  I wanted something fairly quick to cook while I loaded and unloaded the dishwasher.

Again, Julie at PB Fingers introduced me to roasted rutabaga.  I’ve roasted asparagus, sweet potatoes, and eggplant before, but never rutabaga.  Heck, I’ve never even eaten rutabaga.  So tonight it was a first–for the veggie and for the roasting of the veggie.  I sliced it as Julie suggested into fries to make rutabaga fries.  They look an aweful lot like french fries and I, since a kid, always and forever will be a lover of the french fry.  However, I don’t eat them often.  But I tell you, as I was indulging in my rutabaga fries along side my veggie burger I felt like I was eating french fries.  That makes me really HAPPY!  🙂

Take a look at ’em!

Into the oven they went at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes flipping every 10 minutes or so.  To prepare them I simply splashed them with olive oil and sprinkled them with black pepper and Tony’s creole seasoning, then tossed them to coat evenly.  Here is the finished product.

I heated a veggie burger and topped it with reduced fat swiss, tomato slice, romaine, dill slices, mustard and ketchup piled atop a Nature’s Own whole grain sandwich round.

It was a great meal and I will definitely have a second go at some point with my rutabaga fries.

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