Friday, June 3, 2011

Healthy Comfort Food

woohoo! it's friday and the work day is over! fridays in advertising usually mean half days - but we haven't seen any so far (hint hint).

this weekend is supposed to have gorgeous weather too - in the low 80s! perfect running weather which is good because i need to catch up on some miles!

i brought my running shoes with me to the beach intending to wake up and run every morning... staying with 8 guys i thought one of them would definitely love to get in a morning workout. nope. i went solo. only one day... of three mornings.

i could definitely get used to running next to the bay! those rum runners held me back from waking up early!

luckily a month ago i found a park one street down from my house (yes, i know i am blind) which has now become my home away from home. i love running in the summertime on trails where you can smell the honeysuckle! i definitely am not a long distance runner, but i try to do at least 3-4 miles a session!

i woke up this morning, took a walk outside and found this lil guy hanging out on my cilantro plant!

how crazy is that? luckily my car was only a couple feet away and i always have a camera in my purse!

a lot of you asked where i got the dresses for dinner and wine in the woods... Forever 21! i hope i can shop there for another 10 years without it looking too young because they have a bajillion different dresses in the summer and they are all under 20 bucks!

it's good to stock up on a few plain summer dresses because you can always layer accessories with them. i like to add color with a fun bib necklace or chandelier earrings (my fav)!

Thanks to Cait at Beyond Bananas I was craving the ultimate comfort food for dinner.... Sloppy Joes. I can't remember the last time I ate that!

How good does that look? Run an extra 1/2 mile and pick up some potato rolls because they are only 50 more calories than your sandwich thins and we all know they taste amazing with comfort food like this!

Make the sloppy joes with turkey and add lots of fresh veggies like jalapeno, onions, grated carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes.

Healthy Turkey Sloppy Joes

1 lb lean ground turkey (i always use ground turkey breast, it is the leanest)
2/3 cup onion
1/2 cup green pepper
2 jalapeno peppers
1 cup no-salt-added ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon mustard powder
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 Remove seeds from jalapeno peppers and dice.
2 Dice onion and green pepper.
3 Sauté onion, jalapenos and green pepper in EVO then set aside.
4 Cook ground turkey crumbling into little pieces.
5 Drain and return to pan.
6 Over med-high heat add all of the ingredients into the pan.
7 Stir mixture for 3-5 minute.
8 Lower heat to low and simmer for 5-10 min to fuse flavors.
9 Serve on either crusty rolls or hamburger buns.
10 Leave out the jalapeno if you don't like it hot. If you do throw in 2 more.
11 Additions: Try adding diced tomatoes or olives and top with cheese if you so desire.

i'm off to go mow the grass... I expect a call from CL in 15 because he reminded me 5 times on the phone to be careful and not cut any of my toes off! hopefully i can squeeze in a small run afterwards!


  1. ohmygosh that butterfly shot is LUCKY girl! <3 so pretty!!!! and I heart your dress! =) why can't you live here? fbook, blogs and twitter are not enough!

  2. I need a new running trail. I love discovering new places! I have definitely exhausted every option within 20 miles of me, haha!

  3. I <3 F21 too and everytime I go in and am surrounded by high school girls I feel shameful, but I just keep going back for the steals :)

  4. Um thats so funny about f21 bc i was just feeling awkward the other day when i was in there! i love sloppy joes... im boring and just make mine with 99% fat free ground turkey breast, frozen corn and some bone suckin bbq sauce! i usually dont even add a bun - sometimes half of a whole wheat pita....and make zucchini fries! a summer favorite :)

  5. looks delish! cute dress by the way ;)

  6. That dress is so cute! Now that I'm realizing that I'm NOT forever 21 ;) , that store has been so hit-or-miss for me!

  7. Such beautiful scenery!! Makes for an amazing run :)
    I love the color of your running top! Looks great on you!!

  8. awesome was it to gave some sloppy joes! glad i helped ya find a nive meal for dinner...those look yummy!

  9. Love your dress! And I can't agree with you more about Forever 21...I am determined to rock those clothes well into my 30's. Heck, let's shoot for 50. My mom buys things there occasionally, and she's 56!

    Sloppy Joes are SO underrated. Yum!!

  10. Healthified sloppy joes sound awesome!! I love running outside when the weather is beautiful too! And that pic of butterfly is gorgeous!

  11. Haha, I seriously don't know what I'd do without Forever XXI. I plan to shop there as long as possible.
    Sloppy joe's are one of my faves! Love making them with turkey.

  12. Your dress looks amazing! :) I love dress weather.

  13. I LOVE your dress! And how neat to catch that butterfly!! :)

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