“Tell em that it’s my birthday. They don’t know so it’s ok. Every night is my birthday.” ~Selena Gomez

It was my birthday 10 days ago. I’m officially 28, aka OLD….

Anyways, I had a great birthday this year! Basically, I had a 4-part birthday.

Here’s part one.

My sister, brother-in-law, and nephew came into town the weekend before my birthday. We celebrated with a delicious dinner consisting of turkey tenderloin, mashed potatoes, and roasted brussels sprouts and asparagus. Dessert was my absolute favorite thing…..french macarons. Yum!!

The best part about the weekend was that I got to see my nephew! Since I started my Saturday class, I haven’t been able to go to Dallas to visit, so I was really excited they came here!

Here’s my favorite little man!

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He loves his favorite aunt Lindsay. 🙂

Here he is with my dad! So cute!

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Part-2 of my birthday was on my actual birthday, the 13th.

My BFF, Megan, had me over to her house and she made me an appetizer, dinner, and an amazing cake! We had beer cheese dip, peppered steak over rice, and lemon/strawberry cake.

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How awesome is that cake?! She does a really fantastic job on her cakes and I thought it was so sweet of her to make me a fancy cake. 🙂

Part-3 of my birthday was the weekend after my birthday.

My dad and step-mom took me out for a Thai dinner and then we went to my favorite bakery and had pies for dessert. This bakery has “Pie Night” a couple times a week and they make really unique pies. I had the blackberry pie with graham cracker crust, orange scented goat cheese cream, topped with honeycomb crumble. Amazing! Seriously, so good! My dad had the mile high chocolate pie, and my step-mom had the rhubarb/strawberry cobbler pie.

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Not the fanciest of pics, but taste is all that matters!

Part-4 of my birthday consisted of a road trip.

My BFF got us tickets to go see Selena Gomez in Kansas City, so we took an overnight road trip.

We drove up to Kansas City last Sunday morning, got there around 12:00, and went directly to this fried chicken place Megan had seen on The Food Network. It was delicious! I stuffed myself. 🙂

After lunch, we hit up a few stops we’d never been to before. My favorite place we went to was called The Better Cheddar. I love cheese, obviously, if you couldn’t already tell from my birthday cake. I got this super unique and yummy brown cheese. It’s brown and sweet because it’s cooked until it caramelizes.

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This place had lots of cheese to sample, lots of imported products from Italy, and just some really unique food items. Cool store!

Sunday night, we went to the Selena Gomez concert and had a great time! Our seats were really good and the concert was fun! Here’s a few pics from the concert.

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We stayed the night in KC and the next morning we headed back to Tulsa. On our way home though, we HAD to go to Trader Joe’s of course. I stocked up on some good stuff from TJs. I got some bacon cheddar, speculoos cookie butter with cocoa, pumpkin soup, frozen stuffed acorn squash dinner, frozen french macarons, marinara, taco seasoning, frozen Chinese orange chicken, heat and eat corn pudding, and more!

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I love trying TJs products and reviewing them! So far, the corn pudding is out of this world, good! Rich, creamy, and decadent. I’ll report back with the other product reviews soon.

The last place that we went to was this coffee shop called The Roasterie. The coffee shop sells assorted french macarons from a KC bakery called Milk and Honey. They had 7 different flavors and I got one of each flavor to try them all.

I ate them before I could get a picture but here’s the last 3 before they were consumed.

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The flavors were fig and goat cheese, raspberry, lemon, mocha, pistachio, salted caramel, and pumpkin. I love french macarons. One day, I’m going to finally make them and blog about it. I’m thinking I’d like to make a matcha green tea macaron with a honey/orange filling. Yummmmmm!!

So, that concludes my birthday this year. Until next year!

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Zucchini Lasagna

I made THE best lasagna this weekend! Seriously, you should be jealous. But lucky for those that I love that live near me, I brought them some too. 🙂

I found the recipe on the same blog where I got the chicken enchilada zucchini boats recipe from. This girl has some seriously great recipes and you should go check out her blog here.

I made her zucchini lasagna. Remember how I was obsessed with everything zucchini? Well, I’m still obsessed with it and maybe even more obsessed with it after making this lasagna. It’s time consuming, but it makes 8 portions so there’s lots of leftovers so if you’re a single person like myself, it will last all week and then some.

So here’s how I made it.

First, I made the meat sauce.

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It’s basically just ground meat, garlic, onion, basil, canned tomatoes, and salt and pepper. I used canned San Marzano tomatoes, which are the best tomatoes. They are more expensive, but have a great flavor that makes it worth the extra money. The sauce simmered for about 45 minutes, which made it thicker, which is what you want for this recipe.

Next, I sliced the zucchini into sorta thin slices and spread them out on plates and salted them well. I waited about 15 minutes and then squeezed out the water from the zucchini. By salting the zucchini, you take out a lot of the moisture from the zucchini. This step is important because if you don’t do this, your lasagna will be watery.

Here’s the zucchini with the salt.

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And here it is after I squeezed the water out.

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The zucchini turns into a completely different texture.

Next, I mixed some ricotta with some Parmesan cheese and one egg. And last, I got out the shredded mozzarella cheese and now I have my 4 layers ready.

To assemble the lasagna, first you put down a thin layer of the meat sauce on the bottom of your baking dish. Next, you layer zucchini slices close together. Then you spread the ricotta mixture over the zucchini and top that with the mozzarella cheese. And repeat.

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The recipe said to end with meat sauce and then mozzarella cheese on top. All together, I had 10 layers. I baked it for about an hour, uncovered.

And here’s the lasagna right out of the oven.

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I let it cool for a bit and then wrapped it up and refrigerated it overnight. I cut it into 8 portions this morning while it was cold, so it was extremely easy to cut.

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Yum yum!

For 1/8 of the whole recipe, it’s 345 calories. I plan on having this for dinner with one piece of toast with garlic paste and a little salt and also a small side salad with yogurt dressing. All that is around 500 calories, which is perfect.

This recipe is most definitely a keeper! I’m sure I’ll be making it again very soon. 🙂

Sunday Funday

I love Sundays. My typical Sunday usually consists of sleeping in til ten, cooking a healthy lunch with my dad and step-mom, grocery shopping, prepping my meals for the week, doing laundry, and then relaxing in the evening while watching some tv. That to me is a great Sunday.

Today for lunch with my dad, I decided we’d make healthy pizzas. I really love pizza in all varieties. It’s just a good balance of bread, vegetables, protein, and cheese.

To make our pizzas healthy (and low carb) we used low carb whole wheat tortillas as our crust. I sprayed both sides of the tortillas with non stick canola oil and then laid them out on a sheet pan and baked them for about 5 minutes in a 400 degree oven. This got them a little crispy so it’d be more like a crust.

Next we took them out of the oven and topped the pizzas with our favorite toppings. Here’s what I gathered for our pizza topping options.

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I used the Italian sauce and added crushed red pepper to it because I like my pizza a little spicy. I then added some part skim mozzarella cheese, sautéed onions and bell peppers, turkey pepperoni, and some cooked chicken. I topped it off with a littler more cheese and then put it back in the oven for about another 6 minutes. Here is the deliciousness after.

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It was seriously soooo good! All together it came to about 615 calories for the whole pizza. I’ve got leftovers of everything so this week I’ll be having pizzas for dinner, except I’m going to make it on wheat toast instead.

Another great food I had today was a grapple. That’s pronounced [grap-uhl]. It’s an apple that looks just like any other red apple, BUT, it tastes like a grape! I was given this grapple by my BFF who said they are so yummy that I have to try it. Here’s what it looks like.

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See, can’t really tell a difference. But you can smell the difference. It smells just like grape juice! Yum! I ate the grapple in about 2 minutes. It was so delicious. It doesn’t have any nutritional value on the label so I googled it just to see if there were any added sugars or anything. I found out that there are NO added sugars or calories to the apple! This could be the most amazing thing I’ve come across ever. I pretty much hate apples, but I could eat a grapple everyday, no problem. Woohoo! Thanks Megan for this awesome discovery! 🙂

Along with my grapple, for dinner I had some store bought sushi. I have been craving sushi for a couple weeks now and I saw this at the grocery store and I had to have it.

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It’s cooked shrimp, cream cheese, avocado, rice, sesame seeds, and nori, and it’s topped with a little bit of spicy sauce and crunchies. And of course I had some soy sauce and wasabi paste to make it salty and spicy.

Today was a great food day filled with lots of new and delicious things. I love trying new foods, so if you ever have any suggestions I’d love to hear them!