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A Day of Relaxation

by Meghann on September 27, 2009

Another weekend has come and gone far too quickly. :(

But, I have to say this has been one of the most relaxing weekend I’ve had in a while. Despite the craziness of my 15k yesterday morning and driving to Tampa, I’ve spent the majority of my time chilling in Derek’s living room. In fact I even managed to squeeze in another 1 hour nap today!

In between napping and Football we did venture out at one point to Sam’s Club so I could abuse Derek’s membership. ;)

I am a sucker for free samples and they were out in full force today.

Shrimpie

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Pretzel

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Pizza & Buffalo Wing

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Needless to say I spoiled my appetite for any sort of lunch. Instead I opted for a lovely bowl of Berries, Vanilla Oikos and Honey Bunches of Oats.

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This was exactly what I was craving.

After watching the Bucs lose – this has not been a good weekend for our teams – and taking my hour nap I headed back to Orlando to prep for the week.

On the drive I had this Quaker Chewy Bar that I snagged from Derek’s cabinet.

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I felt like I spent the whole weekend eating out and was really looking forward to eating a meal made with my two own hands.

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The Chickpea Parmesan Burger is my newest concoction.

  • 3/4 cup Chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Marinara Sauce
  • 1 T minced Garlic
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 3 Basil Leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Sliced Mushrooms

Put all the ingredients in a food processor and let it whirl. When everything is blended divide the mix in half and create two patties. I cooked mine on the stove top.

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When the burgers were done I topped mine with more Marinara sauce and a slice of Mozzarella cheese to complete the Parmesan Burger effect.

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This was really, really good! Another winner.

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On the side I had Rutagabaga Fries.

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Cut rutabaga in fry shapes, cook in oven at 415 for 20 minutes with a little salt & pepper.

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For dessert I had a chunk of Sin Dawg.

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I’m now going to continue with the relaxing theme of the day and chill out in front of the TV with my puppy and some good tv.

Good Night!

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Leianna September 27, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Love that Parmesean burger and rutabega fries plate, totally yummy!
I love relaxing weekends!

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2 inmytummy September 27, 2009 at 8:36 pm

If you wrote a cookbook, I would buy it. Your food always looks so good.

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3 cookinfanatic September 27, 2009 at 8:59 pm

I love how adventurous you are with trying new veggies — the rutabega fries look fantastic!

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4 Emily @ My Chubby Confessions September 27, 2009 at 9:14 pm

That burger looks divine! I may have to stop by a local grocer and pick up some marinara so I can make this!

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5 jocelyneatsfresh September 27, 2009 at 9:28 pm

that burger looks divine! I will have to try it out!

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6 Laura September 27, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Chickpea parm sandwhiches! Love the idea. Will have to try this out soon.

Cheers,
~Laura
Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
LauraMKE.blogspot.com

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7 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) September 27, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Oh my gosh, chickpea burgers sound amazing! Thanks ;-) Glad you had a good weekend.

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8 angieinatlanta September 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm

I’m all about samples, too! I mean, free things and food are two of my favorites in the whole wide world!

Chickpea burgers sound awesome! I love black bean burgers so I’m sure chickpea would be a big hit in my house as well!

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9 Serena September 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm

I just checked out that bread because it looks sooo good. Love that you can order it online – hate that you have to buy 4 loaves to do so! So I will just keep drooling over it while reading your blog…

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10 runninghealthy September 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm

i’ve never tried rutabaga before. is it similar to anything? those chickpea burgers look delicious, i’ll have to give them a try!

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11 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now September 27, 2009 at 10:55 pm

That sandwich looks so good. I’ll have to try something like that sometime.

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12 Bec September 27, 2009 at 11:08 pm

that burger looks amazing

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13 Jenna September 27, 2009 at 11:09 pm

wow! that parm sandwich looks great meghannnn :)
jenna

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14 chasingthenow September 27, 2009 at 11:20 pm

I’ve certainly never tried rutabaga fries, but they look good!

Relaxing weekends are the best, aren’t they. I have what looks to be a relaxing weekend coming up and I can’t wait!!!

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15 Jenn (eating bender) September 27, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Hey Meghann!!

I just read your race recap post – BIG congrats to you! I’m so happy for you and all the lovely FL racing ladies. It’s so much fun to read everyone’s unique experience.

I also wanted to say that I think it’s so great that you will be running the 10k with Derek all the way. Bobby did that for me this weekend and I was so, so grateful. It truly made a huge difference in my morale, whether he knows it or not :)

Love that burger! I actually think I have all of the ingredients, so that may be in the works this week. Have a great one!

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16 broccolihut September 27, 2009 at 11:32 pm

I know exactly what you mean! After a vacay from the kitchen, I can’t wait to get in there again!

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17 bobbi September 27, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Hey Megs just caught up your ENTIRE weekend!!! WHAT A GREAT race! You tottaly kicked butt, all these race remind me of me last year :) I guess all these cross country meets have helped me save because I would be out their running those 10ks too! LOL.

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18 Courtney September 28, 2009 at 12:38 am

That’s so awesome that you and him just chill out and mellow out :) I love your fries, too! :D I bought some yucca root the other day … except mine are TINY?!

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19 bad carbohydrates September 28, 2009 at 1:11 am

Those foods above look tasty and delicious, but most important the foods give healhy to people.

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20 Julia September 28, 2009 at 2:29 am

pretzel and shrimpie samples…Yes please!
I’ve gotta start making fries like you do, so I don’t have to drool over yours!

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21 Cara (Cara Craves...) September 28, 2009 at 6:42 am

I am quite impressed that you were able to eat a “whole” meal from the sample isle. I love samples!
I will specifically go into certain stores and bakeries that give good samples :)

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22 Haleigh September 28, 2009 at 8:06 am

Mmm, the chickpea parmesan burger is right up my alley- sounds delicious!

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23 lauren (athleat) September 28, 2009 at 9:15 am

what a great burger idea. and I need to try the rutabaga fries…have been eyeing them up for waaay too long.

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24 Quinn September 28, 2009 at 9:27 am

You could seriously eat a whole meal at Sam’s Club! Talk about sample city!

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25 allijag September 28, 2009 at 9:38 am

You are a genius! That chickpea parmesean looks TDF! I love abusing bulk club memberships! :)

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26 Rosey Rebecca September 28, 2009 at 9:54 am

The chickpea parm is so creative! I want to try it!

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27 Evan Thomas September 28, 2009 at 10:05 am

Those chickpea burgers sound delicious, but I think Id have made a meal out of the sin dawg if i were you

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28 mistifogg September 28, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Loving the Rutagabaga Fries, never thought to have those before! Great Idea! =) Laura

http://www.findingahealthybalance.wordpress.com

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29 Kat September 28, 2009 at 3:19 pm

That dinner looks awesome- so creative!

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30 Pam (Highway to Health) September 28, 2009 at 3:39 pm

YUM! Those burgers look AWESOME! That is a must try once I get my food processer

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