Seasoned Asparagus Fries

You guys, I don’t want to brag, but I will. The recipes I’ve been making recently have been delicious. From the 10-minute nachos to the quinoa bars and now these, I might have to start cooking more often.

Hahaha. Good one, right?

We had a big bunch of asparagus sitting around the house and little time to sit down together and eat. I heard about asparagus fries and turned to Pinterest for inspiration. Saw this recipe, pinned it, made it my own, and here it is for you. Be warned, this is another recipe that you may or may not eat directly out of the oven.

seasoned asparagus fries

Seasoned Asparagus Fries

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp. Old Bay or other seasoning mix
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

Directions:

  1. Combine breadcrumbs, cheese, seasoning mix, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Dredge the asparagus in the flour, dip in the egg and place on a plate/platter.
  3. Sprinkle dry mix over egged asparagus. Flip to cover both sides.
  4. Place the asparagus in a single layer on a wire rack on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 425F oven until golden brown, about 7-13 minutes.

Notes:

  • Flat-bottomed containers are ideal for this recipe. I used a baking dish for the dredging stage and a platter for the seasoning stage.
  • You don’t have to season these one by one. I dipped the asparagus in egg separately, but seasoned it in groups.
  • If you don’t have Old Bay on hand (I’m a Baltimore girl, so I can’t fathom this scenario) or don’t like pre-packaged seasoning mixes, try this one. It’s salt free & sounds like it has a good amount of kick to it!
  • If you like your ‘fries’ extra crispy, add a minute or two to the cook time.

I’ll leave you with another photo in case you aren’t convinced at how yummy these are. If you try them, let me know what you think!

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Like this dish? Check out others on my Recipes page!

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What A Tease

We had a late night at the theatre last night, so today’s post is going to be another of the short but sweet variety.

Book of Mormon

I’ve got a few great posts in the pipeline for you and figured I’d give a sneak peek:

Recipe for these fellas.

asparagus fries

A post about my ever-present sidekick.

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Talking a bit more about motivation in the morning.

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Another recipe.

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Blogging about blogging.

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Get excited because that’s only half the stuff tumbling around in my brain today 🙂

Happy Thursday!

What are you thinking about right now? Anything exciting up ahead?

Tank Top Arms

I don’t know about you, but I’m dreaming of spring. Yesterday, I went out for a run in the snow. (Talk about feeling like a boss – it was my first snow run and I felt was awesome trekking through the flurries.) This morning, it was snowing. What’s in the forecast for this weekend? More snow.

I think it’s time this bad boy is taken down from our wall.

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With spring and summer (hopefully) around the corner, let’s look ahead and get those arms toned for our tank tops!

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Notes: Don’t feel like you have to use 3-5 lb. weights. If you’re comfortable at a higher or lower level, use those.

Good luck and, as always, let me know what you think! If you like this and want to try others, check out my Workouts page 🙂

Disclaimer: I am not a certified fitness professional, just a gal who likes to spice things up with her exercise routines. If any of these moves hurt (in a bad way), stop and consult a professional.

Chewy Quinoa Bars

It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It helps you boost your metabolism, sets the tone for your body to fuel correctly during the day, yada yada.

But for some people (like me), breakfast can be overlooked and undervalued. Especially if I run in the morning, it often gets pulled together last minute. This usually means that instead of a thought out, balanced, great looking and great tasting meal, I end up housing cereal and greek yogurt at my desk. Not so pretty, not so fun.

So I began the search for a quick, easy, filling breakfast recipe. I found a ton of quinoa breakfast bar recipes, and attempted to make these from Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean.  All was going well, until I realized that I left out the flour…and the cinnamon in her recipe. Oops. So I winged it and these were born. So yummy and easy for anyone on the go!

I have found myself grabbing for these before and after runs, as midday snacks, and even before bed. Now it’s time to share the recipe with you!

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Chewy Quinoa Bars (adapted from The Lean Green Bean’s Quinoa Breakfast Bar recipe)

Ingredients

  • 1/3 c. applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c. peanut butter
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1 c. cooked quinoa
  • 1 c. oats
  • 1/2 c. walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 c. craisins
  • 1/2 tsp. – 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon (depending on personal preference)

Instructions
1. Combine applesauce, vanilla, egg, peanut butter and honey in a small bowl and mix well.
2. Add the remaining ingredients EXCLUDING CINNAMON and stir until just mixed.
3. Spoon into a greased 9×9 pan and sprinkle cinnamon over top.
4. Bake at 375 for 20 min or until golden brown.
5. Let cool and cut into 8 bars.
6. Store in the refrigerator.

Notes: For an easy measure, I use one single serve applesauce ‘cup.’ The JA has them on hand for a snack and so I snag one for the recipe! The cinnamon ones give an extra punch and can be used in conjunction or in lieu of the sprinkled cinnamon on top.

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I was also thinking about changing the recipe even further to include some chocolate. I’ll make sure to keep you posted if I do!

Breakfast – best meal of the day or something to get through?

Psst – for more deliciousness, check out my Recipes page!

Two Words

Sometimes, it doesn’t take much to convey our message. Today’s weekend recap is going to be short and sweet – using short captions with two words or less. Let’s go!

Outside run! Character building. Yay, motivation!

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Horrible angle. Good friends. Long night.

JAs b&o 2014

THON on. Beat cancer.

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No, Watson! Bad dog!

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Breakfast made. Planning ahead.

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Can you sum up your weekend in bursts of two words or less?

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Don’t Stop Believin’

As part of my ambassadorship with  Fit Approach and the Sweat Pink community, I decided to join in their monthly challenge.  Fit Approach partnered with Lorna Jane Active and created the Move Nourish Believe challenge.

The Move Nourish Believe challenge follows the Lorna Jane philosophy to:
MOVE your body every day
NOURISH from the inside out
BELIEVE in yourself and that anything is possible if you work hard enough

Here’s how it works:
1. Each day throughout the month there is a new challenge. Conquer the daily challenges and post a picture of yourself doing so on Twitter or Instagram. Tag @LornaJaneActive & @FitApproach along with #mnbchallenge #sweatpink #lornajane
2. At the end of each week, recap your successes on your blog and/or Facebook page. Each blog post equals five bonus entries! Share the blog post on Twitter and tag @LornaJaneActive & @FitApproach.

Here’s the link to the Facebook event as an easy way to keep up to date with the challenges  and see how other participants have been interpreting the theme.

Week One was Move, Week Two was Nourish and Week Three was Believe. Here are my recaps of Weeks One and Two.

This week by far was my favorite of all three. Believe is a big word for me and my interpretation of these prompts were so much fun to share!

2/17: Spoil Yourself! – With the holiday, I got to sleep in, cuddle with the pup and warm up by the fire.  A great way to start the week, if I do say so myself.

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2/18: 5 Mindful Minutes – This one was a bit difficult for me, but I managed to create five peaceful minutes at the end of the night.

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2/19: Be Happy – This required for us to show our happy place. While a beach is never a bad option, at the moment all I’m craving is some porch time in the summer, relaxing with friends and family.

JA family summer 2013

2/20: Thankful Thursday – Thursday was rough for me. Yet, once I finally got my workout in, I took time to be thankful for my body and good health. It’s something that I take for granted often and need to be more grateful for moving forward.

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2/21: Share the love – Here’s a shout out to our #1 supporter. The JA has always been one of my biggest champions. He started running last year and encouraged me to give it another try. He’s been at every race since, and I know I couldn’t be as successful as I am without him!

JJ & JA engagement ornament

Apparently Watson contributes greatly to my happiness and well-being. Sorry I’m not sorry for the pup photo overload.

What’s been inspiring you this week?

 

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Five Things I Learned This Week

WHEW! We made it to Friday. Thank goodness. For my Friday Five this week, I thought I’d share some fun things I found around the internet.

Buckle up and let’s get to it!

1.  12 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do  via BlogHer. These tips have already come in handy!

2. What Baltimore Raven Are You? via Baltimore Ravens. I’ll have to take this one again due to a tie on some answers, but I’m pretty pleased with the results.

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3. How to Cultivate Social Media Relationships (Outside Social Media) via Bennis Inc. My most important rule when trying to make this transition: Don’t be a creeper.

4. Your Brain on Beer vs. Coffee via Daily Infographic. Because sometimes both are needed on a Friday 🙂

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5. How to Increase Organic Search Traffic Through Blog Posts via The Lean Green Bean. I’m always trying to learn more about blogging and this series from Lindsay looks like a great jumping off point!

BONUS: I learned the even with an extra treat in the room, Watson is determined to remain undefeated is the battle of him vs. containment.

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What’s something you learned this week?