Archive for January, 2009

Mexican Lettuce Wraps

SNOW DAY #3 of the week.  It is crazy that I have not been at school since Monday!  I am a little worried about my kids, I hope they are warm and have had enough to eat all week!!  Most of them will be fine, but a few of them have really rough home life situations.

I was semi-productive today.  I wouldn’t go as far as very productive, but I did get somethings done:

  1. worked out for an hour
  2. made b-day treats for my neighbor
  3. made b-day treats AND took them to the post office to mail to my bro and BFF
  4. laundry: washed all of our sheets – again!
  5. laundry: every piece of clothing in our house is clean.
  6. dishwasher
  7. lesson plans

So as you can see, it was SEMI-productive, nothing major.

Today, I was all set our to make 16 Bean soup from TJ’s and I started cooking it around 8:00am.  Around 3, it was almost cooked and I could not stand the smell of it.  Nothing was wrong with it, I just did not want to eat it.  Sooooooooo change of plans. 

Mexican Lettuce Wraps

  • 2 chicken natural chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 1 lb. shrimp
  • black beans
  • corn
  • 1 c. quinoa
  • romaine lettuce leaves
  • avocado
  • Fage 0%
  • tomato
  • cucumber
  • lime juice
  • Mexican spices (from our Honeymoon)
  • Frank’s red hot
  • cumin
  1. Cook chicken and shrimp in the last four ingredients listed.
  2. Chop all vegetables except lettuce.  Pull lettuce leaves off in whole pieces
  3. Cook quinoa as directed – 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water
  4. Assemble as you’d like!



So good and filling!  I don’t know why we have not thought of this before now! This will be added into our rotation of dinners!

🙂 Happy Friday!

Don’t forget to check out the new and improved RECIPE PAGE and let me know if you see any problems!!  Thanks!

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Snow Day Success!

I was not very productive today.  My second snow day of the week consisted of work on the blog, eating, shoveling and laundry.  The ice storm left Columbus a mess and even Brady worked from home.  There were no schools open and many businesses were closed.  We are already called off for TOMORROW!!  That makes three in a row this week!

So I worked very hard on my RECIPE PAGE.  I attached links to all of my recipes and I grouped them into easy to find categories.  Let me know what you think!!

🙂  I am off to make a plan for my snow day tomorrow!  I could get used to this!


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My snow day was wonderful, as they always are! I made dinner early this morning so it could sit in the fridge today and soak up flavor. I was in the mood for a baked pasta dish because it would be filling, clean (inspired by Clean Eating magazine’s cover recipe) and it would be done when I got home from school – all I would have to do is cook it! Even though I could have spent ALL day making dinner today, I still went for the easy pasta dish.

As usual, I made a his and a hers side of the dish. I also made enough for leftovers so we could take them in our lunch! Here is the breakdown:


  • Extra tomato marinara sauce
  • Barilla Pasta Plus both rotini and penne noodles
  • zucchini and yellow squash
  • ground 99% fat free turkey
  • parm.


Her side:

  • extra zucchini and squash
  • lots of onions!! cooked before being added
  • a little fat free feta

His side:

  • black olives
  • 2% cheddar cheese
  • extra pasta

A few pictures of the process…




My bowl with some added artichoke hearts and asparagus!


Maybe I will be back some more baking tomorrow!  Depends on the snow!


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Snow Day Baking

I got my snow day!! I debated on whether or not to workout at home or at the gym. I decided to head to the gym for a 9:00am spinning because we are supposed to get more snow tonight and I may not want to venture tomorrow if there is no school! After spinning, I stopped a Trader Joe’s to pick up a few essentials and I found some whole wheat Naan, Trader Joe’s brand!! I am really enjoying experimenting with the Indian food- so far our favorite is the Madres Lentils (sp?) I then stopped at the regular grocery store to pick some things TJ’s doesn’t carry, like kale and my favorite face lotion. Then I came home and made some protein oatmeal bars for us and Brady’s brother! I just kind of threw things together and gave it a whirl. Overall, they turned out great!!

Oatmeal Protein Bars

  • 1 1/2 c. oats
  • 1/4 c. wheat bran
  • 1/4 c. ground flax
  • 1/2 c. Bob’s Red Mill Museli
  • 1/3 c. Natrually More PB
  • 1/2 c. applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 c. light vanilla soy milk
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. dried berry mix

Mix all together and bake at 350 for 20 min.


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Best Salad Ever


Our menu said grilled chicken salads but this turned into way more than just your typical grilled chicken salad. After school, tutoring and a meeting with parent, I got home around 6pm.  Brady was visiting his brother so I ran to the gym and pounded our 40 min. on the stairs while working to finish my book club book, Chasing Harry Winston. Our book club is next week, so if you have good suggestions for books we can fill our calendars with, PLEASE let me know!!

After the gym and a quick shower, and got started on our salads.  We did not go to the store this weekend (this NEVER happens) so we decided to try to use all of the food we had in our house this week, and see how long it lasts!  I found some organic little baby sweet potatoes in the fridge that I have been meaning to use, so I tossed them in my food processor to slice them like chips.  I put them on a pan with a spritz of olive oil and let them bake until some were crispy and they were all cooked!

Here is what else I opened/chopped up:

  • grilled chicken that I had marinated in Mojo marinate last night
  • black olives for Brady
  • chick peas
  • black beans
  • corn
  • leftover bulgar (plain)
  • lettuce (iceberg, blahh since we were out of romaine)
  • tomatoes
  • a cucumber
  • green pepper
  • sweet potato chips!
  • leftover lentils with bbq sauce I added to them

My intention was to have the grilled chicken (I made on the grill pan on the stove) but I didn’t need it with everything else!  I also didn’t need cheese or dressing because there were so many great flavors!


I am on a two hour delay for school so I already made dinner for tonight  – a version of Clean Eating pasta bake with him and her sides of the pan, and I am headed to get my workout over with before school!  I love two-hour delays!

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When you go out on Saturday night with people you don’t see all of the time, it is sometimes hard to actually catch up!  There are lots of people and it’s loud so you can’t really find out what is going on!  This is what happened on Saturday!  We met a few friends from college out at a newer bar in Columbus called Martini Park to celebrate Danielle’s birthday.  It was fun but we didn’t have a chance to chat and find out about a certain someone’s new love interest.  🙂  So we planned to do dinner at our house on Sunday night!

Since I was already making cookies for Brady’s sister, I decided to make some for the girls!!





Kelly brought over an appetizer of light Brie cheese wrapped with with love, as she says!  It was delicious!!

For our dinner, I wanted something filling and healthy that felt like a Sunday Night Dinner! After sending a text to the girls asking them to choose between turkey lasagna, salmon or chicken.  Salmon was decided!  I did my Asian ginger/soy glaze and broiled the salmon.  I served it over wheat bulgar and a made up Asian veggie mix:  lentils ( I boiled for possibly too long!)  chickpeas, mixed veggies, water chestnuts and edamame.



Dessert was also pretty thrown together and SUPER EASY!!

Berry Trifle (not served in a trifle dish because I have candles in BOTH of mine!)

  • 1 angel food cake prepared as box suggests
  • 1 packet of lemon pudding mix (I used sugar free)
  • 2 c. skim milk
  • leftover cranberry pineapple relish I made last week
  • lots of frozen berries!
  1. Make cake as directed.
  2. Make pudding as directed.
  3. Layer pieces of cake, berries and pudding.  I did two layers of each!
  4. ENJOY!!

More proof that Sunday Dinners are GREAT!

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Go Buy These!

I will be doing a review of greater detail soon, but while you are waiting…..GO BUY THESE!   The are delicious and have great stats!



Thanks foodbuzz and Quaker!

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