Category Archives: Dinner

Technical difficulties

We’re experiencing technical difficulties as Brad has been working on my site.  We’re completely revamping the whole look and moving it onto our server, so if things look a bit odd, please don’t give up on us.  For now, I’m using the old domain name  But we’ll be nixing the wordpress portion once again soon.

Gotta make this quick! We’re going over to Diana’s house in a minute for a welcome to Charlotte party for Katie.

After my shower yesterday I ran actually I drove down to South Charlotte to run a few errands.  By the time I got back, it was 4:30 and I needed a snack.

I grabbed some Kashi cracker crumbs, pretzels, and cottage cheese, plus a La Croix raspberry.  I’m loving these so much right now.

Dinner was leftover pizza from Hawthorne’s and a quick salad of romaine, tomato, red onion, and tomato vidalia dressing.

We stayed in last night because we have soooo much coming up next week with the wedding being on Saturday.  It’s a good thing too because I developed a headache around 9 pm.  I was an old lady and went to bed at 10:30 on a Saturday night.

But…woke up feeling glorious the next day.

I made peaches and cottage cheese oats for two.  Look new placemats!  They’re a wedding gift from my friend Jane, who I used to teach 5th grade with in my past life.


His…Brad later added some jam and quite a bit of cinnamon.

He says my oats are the first “real” oats he’s ever eaten.  “Real” in the fact that they’re not instant.  That makes me feel nice. 🙂

And we’re off!



Filed under Breakfast, Dinner

Sick as a dog


I should have known something was up when Rascal seemed like he was trying to sit on the edge of his seat in his car.  A few minutes later I figured out that he had gotten sick in his seat and didn’t want it to get on him.  Great.

This has happened before, although it’s been over a year since it happened in the car.  I was well prepared with baby wipes.  I also had a plastic bag which came in handy as well.

On my way home from work, I stopped to pick Rascal up at my aunt’s and she gave me a ton of peaches in all sizes, from small to ginormous.  Some of these are definitely going to end up in the freezer.

I had plans to go running with a group of girls, but bailed because I was afraid Rascal would get sick on the couch while I was gone.  Being at home didn’t really help matters because as soon as I turned my back he jumped up on the couch and got sick.  Twice.

Ready for dinner now?

1/2 can TJ’s tomato bisque

a slice of Dakota bread with two kinds of cheese, New Zealand Cheddar and Cotswald with chives, sliced thinly with a veggie peeler

brussel sprouts, thawed from being frozen in the microwave, then sauteed with sriracha and a pinch of brown sugar and salt

This is my favorite way to have brussels and I know I got the idea from somewhere but have no idea where.  If I got it from you, please take full credit.

Since I didn’t get my run in, I wanted to do some kind of exercise.  I’ve heard that plyometrics is good for runners and can help you improve overall.  I did P90X for 60 days last winter, but stopped because I got bored with it.  Because I did the lean version, I never tried the plyometrics, because it wasn’t on my schedule for the first 60 days.

Tonight was the night to try it.

This is how I usually workout to DVDs.  I watch the exercise DVD on my laptop and watch TV in the background through the three large mirrors on the wall.  Wow, Toni looks crazy.

This is what I mean by a sweaty mess.

I really liked the plyometrics.  It was a lot of jumping around and I really like circuit training because I don’t get bored easily.  I will definitely do this video again.  Let’s see if it improves my speed.

After my workout, i drug this little guy out of bed who was not happy about it at all.  I suspected he needed a shower.  I always bathe Rascal in the shower with me.  He’s always been such a needy dog and always behaved better if I was in the shower with him.

I don’t usually  have a snack before bed, but I got hungry and had the last of the Flax Plus with half a banana and almond milk.

I also made some of these Chocolate Coconut Date Truffle, but made them smaller than usual.  My recipe usually makes 4 and they come in at 200 cals a piece.  This time I shaped them into 11 smaller truffles and then ate one because I wanted to I don’t like odd numbers.  🙂

Confession of a bad blogger: I also had about 6 little clumps of my homemade granola today and 4 tortilla chips.  It’s hard to photograph everything, but I thought I would come clean.

Rascal is still getting sick every few hours so he has been banished to his bed.  He’s not allowed to sleep with me tonight, but he’s perfectly comfortable in his little bed as you can see above.  I hope he’s better in the morning.

Good night.


Filed under Dinner, Rascal

Un-chicken fried rice

The hunger monster struck before lunch time today so I reached in my lunch bag and grabbed this pear.  I know I was hungry because this went way beyond the “apple test” – I like apples way more than pears. 😉

When you don’t have a pretty place mat, a pretty notepad will do.

Lunch was my un-chicken fried rice.  It’s kind of like having an un-birthday.  Just like when it’s your un-birthday it isn’t your birthday, in un-chicken fried rice, there is no chicken, no rice, and it isn’t fried.

Then what’s in it?

– 1/2 cup cooked quinoa (cooked in 1 cup veggie broth)

– roasted sliced carrot and 1/2 cup edamame

– 1 egg white, chopped

– couple of splashes of Bragg’s amino acids

So, why is it un-chicken fried rice?  Because it incorporates all the things I love about chicken fried rice, except it definitely takes it up a few notches on the nutrition scale.

I added a small plate of honey dew that a coworker brought in.  The universe was looking out for me since I ate my pear intended for lunch around 9:30 am.

Snack time was enjoyed (sans earrings) with cottage cheese and Kashi crackers.  I love these earrings but they’re just too heavy for long-wear.  They always end up on my desk by the end of the day.

The weather for tonight’s run isn’t looking so hot.  😦  Boo thunderstorms.  They’re messing up my training.


Filed under Dinner, Snacks

Orange-y salmon and noodles

I used to make a Rachel Ray recipe for Brad involving pork and noodles.  Brad loved it so I made it several times.  Recipe can be found here.  I thought I would try making it tonight since he mentions it every once in a while, but I didn’t have all of the ingredients.  Plus, I really only cook meat upon request or if I’m really craving it.

I completely improvised, keeping most of the flavors, but only using the edamame and the whole wheat noodles from the original recipe.  I also changed portion sizes.  I like Rachel Ray’s recipes and some of them are pretty healthy if you use high quality ingredients.  However, her portion sizes are out of control.  When you get used to cooking for two, you tend to get a feel for how much pasta or rice you might need.  Sometimes I cook for four so there are leftovers, but in this case I had just enough whole wheat spaghetti for the two of us.

Orange-y Salmon and Noodles (for two)

2 Salmon fillets

1/4 box whole wheat noodles (I used Hodgkin’s Mill)

6 Tbsp. Bragg’s Amino Acid

1/2 cup of orange juice

1 1/2 Tbsp. honey

1 tsp. sesame oil

1/2 cup shelled edamame

1/4 cup chopped green onions

Boil noodles in salted water until tender.  Meanwhile sprinkle salt and pepper on salmon fillets and saute in skillet.  I used EVOO in my misto to keep the salmon from sticking to the pan.  Once salmon are cooked through, place on a plate and cover with tin foil to keep warm.  Add sesame oil, Bragg’s, and orange juice to pan.  Scrape the pan with a spatula to de-glaze any leftover salmon that stuck to the bottom of the pan b/c you can’t figure out how to get the misto to work properly (seriously, does anyone else have this problem?).

After 2 minutes, stir in honey.  Add green onions and edamame continuing to stir.  Plate your noodles with the salmon on top.  Continue to stir sauce mixture watching the pan carefully.  There’s a 30 second window of time where the sauce starts to carmelize and in that moment in time, it is perfect.  Once you start to notice the carmelization (sauce gets sticky and much darker within seconds), pour over the salmon with the edamame, scallions, and any yummy bits you scraped off the bottom of the pan during the de-glazing process.  Serve immediately.

My plate with a side of water.

Brad’s plate.

His words, “I give this a 10”.  I think that means he likes it.

After dinner, we decided to go over to a friend’s house to trade shirts.  Somehow we had ended up with one of his shirts and he had one of Brads.

It occurred to me during our discussion whether to go or not, that it was in close proximity to Tasty Yo and today is their anniversary.  Tasty Yo tweeted several days ago that on their anniversary date, customers could pay whatever they felt their yogurt was worth.

We headed right over to share a large blueberry/tart swirl with blueberries, strawberries, and coconut.

It was everything I thought it could be.

A perfect end to a summer evening.

P.S. You should definitely stop by Lauren’s blog for a sweet giveaway.

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It’s been a blogger weekend

After my 4 mile race yesterday morning.  I came home and ran another three miles on the treadmill.  I had big plans to run 6 more miles for a total of 10 but by the time I got to mile three, I was just so tired of being sweaty.  After running and marinating in my running clothes during breakfast for several hours, I really really needed a shower.

Here are some action shots from my race (I’m in green).

For the record, I don’t usually smile while I’m running, but I do for photo ops.

Lunch was a veggiepalooza due to the need to eat the contents of our crisper before everything goes bad.  I’ve been a little heavy handed on the produce at the grocery store lately, but haven’t been following through by eating all of it regularly.

Ezekiel wrap (my last) with avocado, Laughing Cow, tomatoes, red bell peppers, and some kind of greens.  I bought them at the farmer’s market a little while ago and I know they’re not collard greens or mustard greens, but don’t remember what variety they are.  They have a very mild flavor so they might even be okay for a smoothie.

After tackling some wedding-related tasks, I snacked on this Banana Walnut Gnu bar.  This may be my very favorite.  The walnuts really add to the flavor.  Other bars that don’t add walnuts to their banana bread flavor is really doing a disservice by leaving out the walnuts.  Walnuts belong in banana bread.

The rest of the afternoon was filled with getting the last of the bridemaid’s presents finished.  I can’t wait to show them off, but can’t disclose them until I have actually given them away next Saturday at the bridesmaid luncheon.

I also stopped by Staples and picked up some place cards for the reception tables, then hurried home to get ready for more fun times with Charlotte bloggers.

Michelle invited Brad and I over to her house for a cookout to say goodbye to Kath, who is moving to Charlottesville on Tuesday, and Emily, who is moving to D.C. September 1.

The spread was amazing, as could be expected from a bunch of foodies. 🙂

Corn on the cob, grilled summer veggies, black bean burgers, beef burgers, cheese and veggie burger toppings, lots-o-condiments, and Great Harvest hamburger buns.

These were the star of the show for me.  I love black bean burgers so much I think I could eat one everyday.

Other eats: black bean and corn salsa and mango salsa (my contribution), blue tortilla chips and regular salsa, orzo salad, cukes and tomato salad, plus plenty of tortilla chips for dipping.  We brought two bags, which were never opened.  So many chips!

My plate:  a little of this and that, the bottom of a hamburger bun with a black been burger and copious amounts of ketchup, then lots of veggies.

Someone broke out one of the new Lara Bars; the PB chocolate chip, which I tried last week.  I held back from snacking on it, since others hadn’t tried it yet.  It was gone in probably 2 minutes.  Pictures speak louder than words about this bar.

Michelle’s dog Cooper got plenty of loving.  He’s such a cute friendly little guy.

Katie’s vegan cupcakes were sooo delicious.

I also had a bite of Diana’s green monster muffins which somehow escaped the camera.  I’m pretty much convinced now that you can add spinach to anything without changing the taste or texture.

We all gathered around for a group shot. Caitlin, me, Michelle, Emily, Diana, Jen, Katie, and Kath.

After having a great time hanging out, Brad and I met up with some other friends in the Plaza Midwood area.  We had a couple of drinks, but around 11:30 pm, I got so sleepy I knew I couldn’t make it another minute.  Brad stayed out with friends and I headed in grateful to be in bed before midnight.


Filed under Dinner, Lunch

Fancy grilled cheese

Snacky McSnacky followed me home and made me eat…


Flax Optimum Power cereal + 1/2 banana and almond milk.


an un-pictured large handful of pretzels and the rest of the humus.

It’s kind of difficult for me to come home at 6:30 pm and not eat a meal, so sometimes I end up over-snacking.  I think it all balances out though because then I end up having a super small dinner as you will soon see.

Next, I worked on my fitness.  🙂

I ran 30 minutes on the treadmill where I pushed myself fairly hard.

Program: Hills Level 3 – meaning that the treadmill fluctuates between an incline of 0-2.6

Minutes     Speed

0-3               6.0

3-5               6.2

5-10            6.4

10-15          6.6

15-20          6.8

20-25          7.0

25-26           7.2

26-27           7.4

27-29           7.6 (I zoned out for a minute there and forgot to increase my speed)

29-30           8.0

Next I did 30 Day Shred Level 3.

I was a sweaty mess after all that, so I jumped in the shower, and got to dinner.

Dinner was simple but delicious.

I sampled and purchased this Cotswold at Earth Fare last weekend and immediately though Fancy Grilled Cheese!  I love the onion and chive flavor.  Plus Gloucester is very rich and creamy, which is perfect for a fancy sandwich.  🙂

Grilled with a light coating of olive oil between two pieces of Ezekiel sprouted bread with thinly sliced tomatoes.  This grilled cheese was more than fancy, it was delicious.  Brad’s words were, “Man, this is good!”

His and hers:

Served with TJ’s Organic Tomato Bisque.

I’m sure canned soups aren’t as healthy as homemade but I’ve looked at the ingredients in TJ’s soups versus other canned soups and they are pretty superior over typical canned soups; right up there with Amy’s Organics and the more pricey organic brands.  Plus they’re so yummy.  I definitely ate my share last winter.

I wasn’t very hungry from my extra afternoon snacks so I kept it light tonight.  Half a sandwich and half a can of soup was just right.

Brad is still working on my blog’s new look.  I can’t wait to show it to everyone soon!

Sweet dreams and I’ll catch you for my favorite meal in the morning. 🙂


Filed under Dinner, Snacks

I put ketchup on my ketchup

I arrived home yesterday afternoon and scarfed down this Gnu Espresso Chip bar.  It was pretty good.  The espresso flavor was similar to that of the fiber one coffee flavored bar, but the texture is way different – soft, not chewy.  I much prefer this fiber bar version, if only for the texture alone, but also because I recognize the ingredients.

I also had a small ramekin of cereal and a few bites of my homemade granola.  I was seriously craving carbs.  Probably because I haven’t had enough today.  I stopped my carb craving before they got out of hand by getting to business.

I decided that it would be easier and faster to No More Trouble Zones than my previous workout plan.  I started out by chopping a bunch of root veggies to bake while I worked out.  I chopped parsnips, carrots, and a sweet potato and put them in the oven on 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

I cooked these for probably about 30-35 minutes and broiled them for 5-10 minutes.  They were almost dehydrated but I like root veggies all shriveled up and well roasted.

I also made black bean burgers.  My recipe on the fly had…

– 1 can of drained and rinsed black beans mashed with a pastry cutter (I prefer this to a food processor because I dirty less dishes and my beans don’t ever get too mashed)

– about 1/2 cup frozen roasted corn

– 1/2 large red bell pepper

– 1/2 medium red onion

-1/2 cup cooked brown rice

– 1 tsp. cumin

-~1/4 cup flax seed meal (ground flax seed)

– salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

I sauteed the corn, peppers, and onions, while the rice cooked.  I mashed the black beans, added the veggies, and stirred the mixture.  I then added the spices, stirring again.  I shaped into patties and cooked in an cast-iron skillet until well browned on both sides.

Serve with ketchup.  When you think you have enough, add a little more.

I totally need this t-shirt.  I saw it a couple of weekends ago in Charleston and thought it definitely applies to me.  After my addition to this meal, it is pretty much calling my name.

Is it too late to add to my wedding registry?


Filed under Dinner, product review