Iowa Boy Eats’ Dinner Day 2: Three Course Feast!

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Heeeeeell-o, everyone!

True to my word, I crushed the Calorie Scorcher Workout after work today – it was fabulous! I did the following, with ~1 minute of rest in between each item (except the treadmill intervals):

  • 10 minutes @ level 5 on the stairmaster
  • 9 minutes @ 7.0 on the treadmill
  • 1 minute @ 7.5 on the treadmill
  • 10 minutes @ level 8 on the elliptical
  • Cool down: 10 minutes @ 4.0 and 5% incline on the treadmill

This was such a doozie you guys! It should have been called the Shirt Soaker Workout because I was sweating my life away. It was an intense 40 minutes that went lickity-split because I was constantly on the move and challenging myself in new ways. Gotta love that!

The drive home was equally as enjoyable. I slammed a water bottle full of crushed ice (I love crushed ice) and heard Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” on the radio (love that song.) I was actually able to rap along to ~90% of the lyrics (love when you can remember all the words!)

Wait, it get’s even better…I walked in the door to find Ben unloading the dishwasher and finishing up dinner. I mean…Hallelujah, folks!

About 30 minutes later, Iowa Boy Eats’ dinner #2 was ready. Remember, the one that was going to knock my socks off? It was a three course dinner that sent those babies flying!

Spaghetti Squash Salad + Roasted Garlic & Thyme Potatoes + Apricot Glazed Grilled Pork Loin

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Are you joking me? Who needs to go to a restaurant when you’ve got Ben cooking for you?!

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The Spaghetti Squash Salad had cooked spaghetti squash, cucumber, peas, rice vinegar, sesame oil, cracked red pepper, fresh garlic and S&P.

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This was so cool and refreshing. He made it because he wanted something to contrast the hot and chewy pork and potato dishes. He’s a thinker, that one!

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The Roasted Garlic & Thyme Potatoes were chopped red potatoes that he tossed with a little extra virgin olive oil, garlic salt, crushed red pepper and dried thyme. He roasted them at 350 degrees for an unknown amount of time (I’m guessing 45 mins – 1 hour) and then finished them under the broiler.

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Perfectly crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside! SO GOOD!

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The Apricot Glazed Grilled Pork Loin actually started last night when Ben applied a dry rub on the pork loin. It included 1 Tablespoon each of chili powder and garlic powder, 1/2 Tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and dashes of oregano & thyme. Tonight he grilled it for about 25 minutes while basting with an Apricot BBQ Glaze consisting of apricot preserves, BBQ sauce, Louisiana hot sauce, fresh garlic, lime juice, cracked red pepper and S&P.

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Perfection!!

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This sauce was genius I’m telling you.

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Honestly you guys, we were oo’ing and aah’ing over this meal for quite some time. Ben really outdid himself with this one. I will be requesting each of these dishes again!

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I’m told tomorrow’s dinner will make use of tonight’s leftovers, but that’s all I’ve got. That man’s mouth is sealed like a vice!

Tonight = Biggest Loser. Have you made a connection with anyone on the cast? Ben and I were talking about that last week – we haven’t really feel in love with anyone yet. We liked coach Mo, but obviously he’s toast at this point! Hmmm…

See you in the a.m.!

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What did you have for dinner tonight?

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Comments

  1. angieinatlanta 10.20.2009

    Your dinner looks incredible! I had never thought of making spaghetti squash salad before but now I will soon!

    I like Liz on the BL but I think it’s just ’cause she’s such a Southern mama. Like my own. :-)

  2. Yasmin 10.20.2009

    Whew, I’m aching just thinking about your workout. But Eminem is great to get your motivation going. I think Ben needs to come cook for me too! Maybe start his own blog?

  3. That is a gourmet feast! Gotta love a man who can cook.

    For me dinner was so random. I have the flu so I had Hunni buy me some buffalo chicken tenders while out and then I made my first green monster (post to follow soon about this) and now he’s bringing me home a muffin to go with my tea. SO random but I’m sick and I don’t want to eat anything normal.

  4. I LOVE pork tenderloin and that dish looks absolutely divine!

    I wonder if that apricot glaze would go good on lamb…. Hmmmm…

  5. Melanie 10.20.2009

    Looks delicious! I’m intrigued by the concept of spaghetti squash…

    If you like “Lose Yourself” (I’m also a fan :)), then listen to this remix with Mambo No. 5. Love it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q87ff_k71jE

  6. Melissa 10.20.2009

    That hubby of yours puts all others to shame! I am impressed!

    Dinner for me was all Trader Joe’s: balsamic glazed veggies & a tex mex veggie burger on a whole wheat slimwich. Healthy, but super filling!

    Love the workout ideas, too! I will definitely add these to the mix! :)

  7. Wow! What a dinner!! You’re one lucky girl!
    I love the Biggest Loser! The only one I feel I’m made a connection with the the woman who lost her family in a car accident… that story really touched me!

  8. Amanda 10.20.2009

    I feel the same way about this season….kind of meh. I do kinda like Rebecca and Abby, but no one blows me away.

  9. Lauren 10.20.2009

    Oh my, Ben is like a real life Bobby Flay! You lucky lucky girl. How hot is it when your man is in the kitchen, right? ;)

    Glad you are enjoying your week of hubby dinners. I need to work on mine for this one.

    PS- I totally put pickles on my salad today. Gotta love those pickles! :)

  10. Julie 10.20.2009

    You ar eone lucky girl!

    I’m rooting for Shay and Abby. Shay really needs this, and Abby is so cute, and her story is heartbreaking.

  11. Sarah Jayne 10.20.2009

    Please may I hire your husb to teach my boyf how to cook?!!!! AMAZING!!!! Looks so so good. And so creative too! Way to go Ben!

  12. Stephanie 10.20.2009

    What a dinner, what a guy! It all looks fabulous :) Tonight was a dinner requested during meal planning by the man and included all-natural chicken sausages, sauteed onions and peppers, saffron rice served with fresh salsa and sour cream… twas deelish!

  13. eatmovelove 10.20.2009

    Just found your blog from Jenna’s. It’s great! Love your dinner – I adore Spaghetti Squash with pasta sauce, veggies and chicken/tofu/or boca crumbles…mmmm.

    Dinner tonight was actually a ‘mess’ of stir-fried veggies with eggplant, tofurkey slices, egg whites all in tomatoe sauce and herbs – random but delicious. With a PB & J for dessert :)

    I just started a blog, check it out if you get a chance and add me to your roll if you like it…it’s alot to learn – but I love to write – so I hope I hope my niche and fit in with all of you ‘pros’ someday !

  14. BroccoliHut 10.20.2009

    Yummy! It’s been far too long since I last had spaghetti squash.
    Tonight for dinner I had scrambled tofu:)

  15. Mary Ann 10.21.2009

    Wow that looks great, especially the pork! We had grilled chicken breast, green breans, and roasted red potatoes. It only took me about 30 minutes with the potatoes, but I was cooking with my sister’s awesome oven that is so much better than mine! And I got some yummy Mrs. Dash, the Table Blend, and have been using it on everything and cutting the salt this week!

  16. kristine 10.21.2009

    i need to steal your hubby to teach my boy how to cook so he can start whipping me out dinners like this! your a lucky girl :)

  17. Beth 10.21.2009

    Your dinner looked amazing! I’m going to try that pork sometime. Last night we celebrated our anniversary and my husband requested a special dinner: meatloaf, roasted veggies (butternut squash, cauliflower, and zuccini) with homemade mac’n’cheese.

  18. Holly 10.21.2009

    Wow…what a hubby you have there!!! I mean, most guys (that I know) can’t cook well at all – much less volunteer to do so!

    I guess I sympathize with Abby on BL, just because of what she’s been through. But I do know what you mean….I LOVED Coach Mo! But seriously, he looked great when they followed up with him. So much younger, even!

  19. Carrie 10.21.2009

    That pork tenderloin looks so yummy! My sister once grilled for us this amazing pork loin that had been marinated in some kind of cherry wine sauce. My husband and I have tried to recreate it a couple times, but it’s just not the same.

    I’m rooting for Rebecca… because she’s from Des Moines and well, REPRESENT!

  20. Machelle 10.21.2009

    I like all the Biggest Losers, except Tracy. I am hoping Liz wins! I like it when she says,”Hell Yes! ” and “Hell No!” with that southern Paula Deen accent! Cracks me up! I also thought that they pushed & worked Coach Mo too hard. I was worried he was gonna drop dead in the gym.

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