Dessert/ Dinner

Rachel To The Rescue

Good evening!

We had a minor disaster when the air conditioning stopped working but then Ryan came home from work and saved the day ๐Ÿ™‚

This afternoon I snacked on a mini whole wheat flat out wrap with raw almond butter

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And made some beet, apple, celery and ginger juice—my favorite combo!

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I got really full from my mini wrap though and only drank half the juice. I hate to waste it but really couldn’t get the rest down! It was extra beet-y today because I used a larger beet than usual. Should have added more celery!

I know so many people love these Flat Out wraps but I have to say, I’m not a huge fan at all. I really don’t like them! To me, they just scream “caramel color” because the color of the wrap is so brown and just using whole wheat flour in your dough is not going to produce that. To get a color like that, they have to use an artificial source. I decided I would rather have my almond butter on something more natural like a banana, carrots or an Ezekiel wrap. These are just so processed! I hate to waste food though so I’m going to finish them but I won’t be buying them again.

As for dinner, it was great!!! I tried a new Rachel Ray recipe out of “365: No Repeats” (LOVE this cookbook) for Spinach and Goat Cheese Chicken Rolls in a Pan Sauce. Here I am, cooking in our tiny apartment kitchen!

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Please excuse my mess! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I knew this recipe would be awesome because it combines goat cheese and spinach, two foods that I love. To only cook what we would be able to eat, I just bought two chicken cutlets at Whole Foods today. Ryan got the large one and I got a small one. Here’s the finished product:

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Rachel lives true to her word—this recipe was incredible and only took 30 minutes! The reason I love Rachel Ray’s recipes so much is because they are so guy friendly! Ryan and I both always love her stuff and its easy to find a recipe we both agree on. The only problem is that most of her recipes revolve around chicken and there’s just so much chicken I can eat before going crazy!

Here’s my portion with roasted brussels—

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Yummy goat cheese and spinach!

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And here’s Ryan’s portion with, errrr, Annie’s mac & cheese

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What can I say? The man loves his macaroni.

I had a splash of Murphy-Goode cab to round out the meal. It was fabulous. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh! And a frozen blondie for dessert!

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And peppermint tea ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’m off to take a relaxing bath with my new bath salts! Tomorrow is THURSDAY and that means hot yoga flow first thing!

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46 Comments

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    Recipes for Creativity
    May 20, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    So funny, you have veggies on the side and Ryan has macaroni! Oh well, sounds like my bf!

    Your pink and white top is adorable!

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    Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    May 20, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Dinner looks great!

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    BethT
    May 20, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I love that cookbook too. RR’s recipes have gone sort of off track on her show lately, but some of my all time faves are her Italian Mac and Cheese, her Carbonara Pasta (seriously the best recipe for carbonara I’ve tried), and her Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes.

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    Still Life in South America
    May 20, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Roasted brussel sprouts? Count me in!

    Sounds like a satisfying day. Enjoy your bubble bath.

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    Danielle
    May 20, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Oh my gosh I’ve tried that recipe! Isn’t it incredible?!

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    Melissa
    May 20, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    That little tea cup and saucer are so cute! They make me smile every time I see them on this blog. I need to search Ebay for one to call my own. Is it from Anthropologie?
    The dinner looks yummy. I have a recipe similar to RR’s, but maybe I’ll try hers next time to compare. Enjoy your bath!

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      jenna
      May 20, 2009 at 7:49 pm

      Melissa,

      Where else?! Of course Anthro ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Matt
    May 20, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    That recipe looks awesome!

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    Kailey (SnackFace)
    May 20, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    I love rachel ray’s cookbooks! They are a bit tough to use now that I don’t eat chicken (you’re so right about the predominance of that), but I still find great stuff in there. Oh, and Beth T is so right about the oatmeal cookie pancakes! Divine.

    You are too cute in that kitchen pic! I adore the tee/tank and the teeny kitchen! Have a great night ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    May 20, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I gotta say, rachael ray, as annoying as she may be sometimes, she does have GREAT recipes!

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    Angela
    May 20, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Wow that meal looks fantastic!!! So creamy and wholesome looking.

    I need to try your smoothie mix! Looks great.

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    Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    May 20, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I completely agree about those flat out wraps! I can’t stand them! THey taste processed to me. I love my Ezekiel wraps though =)

    Dinner looks fabulous. I really love Rachael Ray too. Her recipes are all delicious and she has been coming out with some really great and healthy ones lately too. YUM!

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    Kimberly
    May 20, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Yay for FlatOut non-fans! I don’t get why everyone loves them; I read the very long ingredient list once and was horrified. SO MANY preservatives and non-foods!

    Mmmm for roasted brussel sprouts ๐Ÿ™‚

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    megan
    May 20, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Jenna, I just have to say how much I love your new haircut. It is adorable ๐Ÿ™‚ That chicken looks SO great, I am definitely going to have to look for it on foodnetwork.com. I am happy you had such a great day!!!

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    foodiegettingfit
    May 20, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    My mouth is TOTALLY salivating at the dinner plates. And I love your bicep in the shot of you with your smoothie. Rock those muscles girlfriend!!

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    Help Meghan Run
    May 20, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Super cute top! Where’d you get it? ๐Ÿ™‚

    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

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      jenna
      May 21, 2009 at 6:22 am

      Meghan,

      I got it from Anthropologie three years ago–thanks!

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    LK- Healthy Delcious
    May 20, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    i like that cookbook a lot too. you’re right about it being guy friendsly! my husband rarely complains when i cook something from it (although I often lighten them up quite a bit). Her portions are also a really good size.

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    *Andrea*
    May 20, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    i love all this yoga you are doing! it has motivated me to sign up for a beginners yoga class at my gym ๐Ÿ™‚ you look so pretty in the picture.. your arms are so toned and you’re tan and have gorgeous blue eyes!!

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    emily
    May 20, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Yay, I love Rachel!

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    Jenny
    May 20, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    rachel ray is a genius, no? glad you guys enjoyed such a great dinner!

    enjoy yoga tomorrow, Jenna!

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    Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    May 20, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Have you tried Rachel Ray’s recipe for You Won’t Be Single for Long Vodka Cream Sauce? My now husband LOVED it when I made it for him when we were dating. What can I say… the recipe lived up to its name!

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    Joanie @ The Bright Side
    May 20, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Jenna,
    You look adorable as usual. LOVE that top…very cute. The dinner looks delish! I’m going to have to check out that cookbook you mentioned. Have a great yoga session in the morning.

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    Hil
    May 20, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Rachel Ray reallly does have a lot of great ideas. You’re very right that they are guy friendly.

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    Caroline
    May 20, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Your Brussels sprouts always look so amazing!

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    Bec
    May 20, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    wow your dinner looks amazing, have a fun sweaty workout in the AM!

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    Laura Brandon
    May 20, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    I don’t like those flatout wraps either, blech. I only use them as pizza crusts when I make mini pizzas, because you can’t taste them with the toppings.

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    bobbi
    May 20, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    I am glad to see another fan of Rachel Ray lives:) I need to get her new May Magazine! I should just get a subscription..lol..love all the food!!

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    Christie
    May 21, 2009 at 4:07 am

    I don’t like the flat out wraps either. They taste really artificial to me and the sponge like texture kind of freaks me out.

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    Kath
    May 21, 2009 at 4:23 am

    I agree with you on Flat Outs. I don’t like all that added fiber ๐Ÿ™

    Can’t wait to hear how those green bags work!

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    Adi (oatonomy.com - repaired!)
    May 21, 2009 at 5:15 am

    That looks delicious. And I hardly would call that a ‘mess’ in that picture! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope yoga is great this morning.

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    Erin
    May 21, 2009 at 5:55 am

    I usually have a hard time finishing the juice, so I just put in in the fridge and drink the rest before bed. I swear it helps me sleep better, haha!!

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    Abby
    May 21, 2009 at 5:55 am

    I love Rachael Ray’s magazine, but can’t stand watching her on TV or listening to her anymore. Back in the day when she was starting on Food Network, I was addicted to “$40 A Day”. Now I’m just addicted to the magazine, and the Web site can be really helpful too. Good tips and easy recipes!

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    spicygranola
    May 21, 2009 at 6:28 am

    I did a tortilla with almond butter for breakfast the other day. I also put cinnamon and sugar on it and heated it up. It was really good. If you try it I bet you would use up those flat outs in no time.

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    Michelle Hisae
    May 21, 2009 at 7:29 am

    I’m a fan of Rachel. Everyone thinks she’s annoying, and while she IS perky, she’s just so fun in the kitchen! She makes cooking look EASY. That’s a talent, haha.

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    Amy
    May 21, 2009 at 7:40 am

    jenna~
    I totally agree with you about the flat out wraps- i have not been able to put a finger on what was bugging me about them, and you said it perfectly!! it seems i would buy them and we would never quite finish them at our house – it’s like i wanted to like them, but they obviously weren’t good enough to become a “go to” product in our household. they are over processed, and they taste that way too. i’m gonna save my money next time!
    ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Ally
    May 21, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Finally! Someone in the blog world DOESN’T like Flat Out wraps. Yuk! They taste like cardboard! When I tried them I couldn’t believe that healthy eaters like the so much, they taste so fake!

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    Annie D.
    May 21, 2009 at 8:03 am

    That meal looks SOOOO GOOD!!!! YUM YUM!!!

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    Jenna
    May 21, 2009 at 8:21 am

    this dinner sounds awesome! and your blondies :gasp: look soooooooooooo gooooodd!! yum!

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    Leah A.
    May 21, 2009 at 8:40 am

    hi jenna! I have a question about your juice/juicer. Is the juice pulpy and is there any waste from fruits/veggies you use? I want to get one and my dad said he’d give me his juicer but there is no pulp and it seems like a lot of the fruit is wasted and I don’t want that. That’s where a lot of the nutritional value comes from (ie skin of apple). Thanks in advance,

    Leah

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    Jill
    May 21, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I feel the same way about the flat outs! I got some at Costco and I’ve only managed to have one. I’m afraid they’re going to end up in the compost. I’m going to try your juice recipe – sounds so yummy!

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    Leanne
    May 21, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I don’t like the flat-outs either. I tried one the other day when I was at work (a resort…they feed us!) and I thought it had a bad aftertaste. LOVE the ezekials!

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    Veronica
    May 21, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Yum-O….the Chicken looks really good. I believe I may have to purchase Rachel’s cookbook! Hope you have a great day!

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    Nabeela
    May 21, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Hi Jenna, a quick question. Did you get that HUGE glass of juice from just the fruits/vegs pictured? I’m thinking of starting to juice veggies/fruits too but I am a little bit surprised by the amount of juice a little bit of stuff makes.
    Also, I LOVE cooking from cookbooks too, there is so much anticipation after cooking to see if I’ve discovered a phenomenal recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

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      jenna
      May 21, 2009 at 10:12 am

      Nabeela,

      Yep, I got that huge glass! I always get around that much when I juice.

      Leah,

      No, the juice is not pulpy. All pulp is extracted from the produce when you juice it. And yes, there is waste. All that seeds, pulp and rind of whatever fruit or veggie you were using. When you juice, you literally just press out all the liquid from the fruit but all the other stuff (there’s not much) IS leftover at the end.

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    Em
    May 21, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I hate those flat-outs too! Ick! The best natural tortilla/wrap I’ve found is at Trader Joes. They have these handmade whole wheat & corn tortillas that are DELICIOUS! No crappy ingredients, and the corn makes them more flavorful.

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