Cinnamon Apple Ricotta Rollup

Warm apples with cinnamon must be one of the best comfort food combos out there.

This morning I incorporated apples, cinnamon and ricotta cheese into a delicious roll up.

I started by preparing a whole wheat tortilla French toast-style and dipped it in a mixture of one egg with cinnamon before cooking it on the griddle.

French Toast Tortilla

I then added more cinnamon to about a quarter of a cup of Sorrento ricotta cheese to use as filling in the roll up.

Sorrento Ricotta Cheese

After microwaving half of an apple (the other half went directly into my mouth), I placed the warm apple slices on top of the French toast tortilla to complete the roll up.

Cinnamon Apple Ricotta Roll Up

I enjoyed my roll up with a hot mug of sugar cookie sleigh ride tea. So good!

Wednesday's Breakfast

Of course I actually rolled this up to eat it, but those pictures weren’t very attractive. You guys are a smart bunch though and I’m sure you can picture it. 🙂

Workout

It’s chilly outside today!!! I was half hoping to skip my usual cardio after BodyPump today to take Sadie on an extra long walk, but the cold temperatures nixed that idea!

Instead I stuck with my typical Wednesday BodyPump class, followed by 25 minutes of light cardio on the elliptical while reading Orlando Magazine. I love local magazines because they always have a great list of upcoming events in the area. I saw quite a few that caught my eye!

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Ask Me Anything

I’ll be posting my answers to your final Ask Me Anything questions later today. If you have something you’d like to ask, please click here to submit an anonymous question before noon today. Thank yooou! 🙂

Last Laugh

Cute

Cute x2

A Very Autumn Meal: Apple Acorn Squash

Acorn squash!

Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash

After purchasing this lil’ guy at the grocery store at the beginning of October, he was relegated to the “produce basket” for several weeks.

Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and Veggies

I didn’t want to disturb him because he added such a nice touch of fall flare to the mix. (Looks like it’s time to use those bananers, huh?)

Alas, D-Day for the squash arrived last night.

Ahhhh

Ahhhh

I’ve never prepared an acorn squash and I didn’t even realize they were used for anything other than autumn decoration until this year! I turned to my favorite resource (Google) to figure out how to prepare the squash.

First, as instructed by the MayoClinic’s Web site, I pierced the squash all over with a knife to allow steam to escape when I microwaved it on high for five minutes (turning at three minutes).

This made it suuuuper easy to cut into the acorn squash, unlike any experience I’ve had cutting into it’s spaghetti or butternut brothers.

Once the acorn squash was halved, I removed the seeds.

Lots o' Seeds

Lots o' Seeds

I Don't See Any Seeds

No Mo' Seeds

Because I didn’t just want to eat plain squash for dinner, I turned to autumn’s  favorite fruit to fill the squash – the apple.

Ambrosia Apple

Ambrosia Apple

I sliced the apple with my handy-dandy apple slicer before cutting it into chunks and topping it with brown sugar.

Apple Slices

Apple Slices

Chunk-a-Chunk of Apple

Chunk-a-Chunk of Apple

Because Apples Apparently Aren't Sweet Enough...

Because Apples Apparently Aren't Sweet Enough...

I distributed the apple mixture between the two halves of acorn squash.

Apple Acorn Squash

Apple Acorn Squash

I placed the apple-stuffed squash back in the microwave for another three minutes until the apples were warm, but still slightly crisp.

When the squash was done, I plated one half and smooshed it out, topping the squash with lots of cinnamon.

Cinnamon Apple Acorn Squash

Cinnamon Apple Acorn Squash

It was delicious!

About halfway through my squash, Ryan casually mentioned he thought it would taste good with syrup, so I added light syrup to the mix and WOW. My fiance is an acorn squash genius.

For lunch today, you can bet I smothered my leftovers with syrup!

Leftover Lunch

Leftover Lunch

This dinner and lunch was yummy and I’m excited to make it again, adding even more fun additions.

Possible recipe additions:

  • Pecans
  • Honey
  • Walnuts
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Peach Slices
  • Pear Slices
  • Craisins or Raisins

All in all, this was a tasty (and festive) meal!

A Rosey Start to Lunch

My lunch hour started off on the most beautiful note.

Lucky Girl

Lucky Girl

My wonderful boyfriend sent me the most gorgeous bouquet of two dozen red roses in a wonderful vase. I am seriously obsessed with the vase. When I called Ryan to gush about my flowers, I couldn’t stop talking about the vase and he was like “Dang! Maybe next time I’ll just buy you the vase!” I must say the flowers are quite beautiful, too. 😉

The flowers were sent to kick off a secret date Ryan has planned for us tomorrow. Ryan and I take turns planning a special date for each other every other month and October is his month. I can’t wait to see what he has in store!

Now for my regular lunchtime update!

I began by gathering the ingredients for a simple chicken salad using an apple, fall’s favorite fruit.

Chicken Salad Goods

Chicken Salad Goods

Canned white meat chicken, a crisp Granny Smith apple and light Miracle Whip are the only three ingredients I use to make this yummy salad.

First I drained the chicken and let Sadie lick the can.

"I Love Chicken!"

"I Love Chicken!"

I then chopped the tart Granny Smith apple into large chunks and squirted about a tablespoon of Miracle whip in with the chicken.

After stirring the three ingredients, my chicken salad was ready to go!

Eat Me

Eat Me

Lovin' the Apples

Lovin' the Apples

I spread the chicken on a Tam-x-ico’s low carb wheat tortilla with broccoli slaw and shredded lettuce. (These tortillas are by far the best tortillas I’ve ever had.)

The BEST Tortillas: Tam-x-ico's

The BEST Tortillas: Tam-x-ico's

YUM.

Chicken on the Tortilla

Chicken on the Tortilla

Close Up

Close Up

I rolled up this bad boy and dug in!

All Ready

All Ready

What a great Friday lunch.

Also, don’t worry… I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the secret date plans. 🙂

Question: What’s your idea of the perfect date?

Continuing the Fall Fun: Baked Apples and Pork

After enjoying my fall-tastic pumpkin pancakes this morning, I decided to keep the autumn spirit alive and use one of fall’s finest fruits in tonight’s dinner. Apples!

I tossed a load of laundry in the washing machine and then broke out my trusty recipe binder and flipped to the Pork Chops and Apples recipe I printed out from Eat Better America’s Web site.

Laundry Night!

Laundry Night!

My Supplies

My Supplies

First, I trimmed the fat off the pork and lightly browned the meat before placing the chops on top of the sliced Granny Smith apples, sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar.
Browning the Pork

Browning the Pork

Granny Smith Apples Smothered in Cinnamon

Granny Smith Apples Smothered in Cinnamon

Before entering the oven...

Before entering the oven...

Mmmmm!

Mmmmm!

I then covered the pork and apples with foil and baked at 350 for approximately 30 minutes.
Done!

Done! Juicy Baked Apples

I fixed myself a nice plate. The apples were definitely my favorite part of this recipe!

Mah Plate

Mah Plate

The Best Part

The Best Part

The recipe was pretty decent, though the pork was a tad on the dry side. Ryan had the suggestion to top the meat with applesauce next time which seems like a good idea to me. I might also shorten the baking time.

Enjoying the Baked Cinnamon Apples

Enjoying the Baked Cinnamon Apples

Despite some dry bites, I still managed to clear my plate!

Enjoying Every Last Bite

Enjoying Every Last Bite

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 medium unpeeled cooking apple, sliced
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 pork rib chops, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick (about 1/4 lb each)

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place apples in ungreased 1 1/2-quart casserole. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
2. Remove fat from pork. Spray 8- or 10-inch skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes. Cook pork in hot skillet about 5 minutes, turning once, until light brown. Place pork in single layer on apples.
3. Cover; bake about 45 minutes or until pork is no longer pink in center and apples are tender.