Posts Tagged ‘brown rice’

It’s amazing how you can take a 5 day break and feel like you never left when you get back to school! My kids were pretty good, they were just tired from lack of sleep and too much tv and junk food over break! I am not so sure they were reading each day like I asked them 🙂

After school, I came home and changed my clothes to go on a run/walk with Katie. We did 3 miles in the freezing cold! We both figured it was better than nothing. Then I stopped at the store to grab a few things for the rest of the week.

I came home to make an easy and quick dinner of Indian food while Brady was at Verizon getting his new phone – the Droid. It is pretty sweet! I am excited to play with it.

When he got home, around 7:45, I was lucky to have not eaten my arm off. We sat down to a his and her meal.


I had lentils with spinach spicy sauce and some Tandoori sauce mixed in, plus extra spinach. All of this served with brown rice and broccoli.


I could only eat about half of the lentil spinach mixture. I think my eyes were much bigger than my stomach tonight.


Brady had the same thing minus the extra spinach and with chicken instead of lentils.


We both made cups of hot chocolate to take to bed so we could relax. I am reading and Brady is playing with his new phone. See you tomorrow!

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My Eat, Drink and Be Vegan cookbook was the inspiration for this meal. I was going to make the chimichangas but I got to hungry to wait for them. Here is what I did:

Tomato Lentil Sauce

  • 2 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 c. lentils
  • handful of sliced basil
  • 1 c. water
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic powder
  1. Mix all ingredients together and simmer until as thick as desired.

Assemble the rest of the wraps:

  1. Steam broccoli
  2. Open can of corn
  3. Cook brown rice as directed – I use boil in a bag because it’s quick and easy
  4. Cook zucchini with a little seasoning until browned
  5. Wrap all veggies with sauce and feta in a whole wheat wrap.
  6. Dig in!!

I went back for seconds on the fillings! So excited for leftover in my lunch!



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This dinner was so delicious! I was a little worried because I didn’t want it to be too coconutty or too curry-y, but it wasn’t, it was great! I will be making it for company soon!

Brady’s Plate

My plate – with part lentils and part brown rice.


Here is the recipe I modified:

Broiled Tilapia with Thai Coconut-Curry Sauce

adapted from Cooking Light


  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 (14-ounce) can light coconut milk
  • 4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 cups hot cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups of cooked green lentils


Preheat broiler.

Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic; cook 1 minute. Add pepper and onions; cook 1 minute. Stir in curry powder, and cumin; cook 1 minute. Add soy sauce, sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and coconut milk; bring to a simmer (do not boil). Remove from heat.

Brush fish with 1/2 teaspoon oil; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place fish on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Broil 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve fish with sauce, rice, and lime wedges.

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Fantastic His/Her Fish Tacos

Ingredient List for Both Styles:

  • tilapia – marinated in lime juice and cumin
  • sweet peppers
  • homemade guacamole
  • brown rice
  • tomatoes
  • fat free refried beans
  • lettuce
  • special sauce


  • cheese
  • flour tortillas


  • collard green leaves

Special Sauce

  • 1/2 c. fat free plain yogurt
  • cumin
  • lime juice
  • hot salsa

*Have each person load up there shell as they wish and enjoy!

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Since I am considering today my first real day of summer vacation, I slept in! I was awaken to my phone ringing around 8am and thought it was afternoon. It felt great!

After some iced coffee and things around the house, I went to the gym. There, I did 35 min. on the stairs followed up some upper body and ab work. I feel like I haven’t been there in forever because it has been so nice out, I can’t pass up a run outside! Today was rainy and super humid so it was a good gym day.

I stopped at Trader Joe’s on the way home to get a few essentials – AB, sprouts, ff feta and mango chunks for green smoothies! When I got home I was starving and ready for my new favorite lunch:

Flat out (crack wraps) stuffed with sprouts and veggies.

“Crack Wraps” are a term given to a sandwich that becomes addicting. The term was first used by the beautiful mom Sarah This sandwich consisted of :

  • Sabra hummus
  • fat free swiss cheese ( I am a little sketched out by this, but it tastes good and gets really melty!)
  • sprouts
  • tomato
  • avocado
  • salsa
  • lettuce


Then, I did more errands by bike and Brady’s sister, Janelle, came over for dinner.

We had seen a sign at the Arts Festival yesterday for broccoli burgers and were dying to try them, but we weren’t hungry then, so we decided to make them for dinner.

Broccoli Burgers

  • 1-2 c. steamed broccoli
  • 1 c. brown rice, cooked
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 pieces sprouted grain bread
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 c. egg whites
  • 2 tbsp. hummus
  1. Cook broccoli and rice as directed
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a food processor
  3. Use mixture to make patties
  4. Spray a pan with cooking spray and cook the patties
  5. Serve on a sprouted bun or bread or over salad


The verdict: We loved them! They tasted great. Not too much of anything but good veggie flavor!

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Yesterday was beautiful in Columbus! Cool and breezy but totally sunny. Katie and I ran 6ish miles after school and Brady hit golf balls after work. When we were done with our daily physical activity we were ready for some fresh, quick dinner!

This quick and easy meal was thrown together in a few minutes and covered all of the food groups.

It included:

  • brown rice
  • broiled asparagus
  • baked tofu – chicken for Brady
  • cucumber/tomato salad





After I mixed it all together:


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Guest of Honor!

Our Guest of Honor

and her hostess gift…Thanks Kel!

Autumn Gerber Daisies!  Love them!!

For dinner we had a variety of Mexican salad toppings.  Sorry the pictures are not too pretty!  It tasted good though, and was very filling!

Grilled chicken cooked with salsa and cumin.  Slightly spicy with lots of flavor.

Roasted corn from Trader Joe’s.  Microwave to 3 min.

Tomatoes from Aunt Marilyn’s garden with sweet bell peppers.

Brown rice.

Brady’s Homemade Guac:

  • avocado
  • tequilla/lime/chili seasoning we brought back from Mexico
  • lots of fresh lime juice
  • cumin
  • salt and pepper

We ate all of these toppings on a large bed of…

We also ate part of a semi-sweet honeydew.  I was not on top of things enough to have dessert planned.  Oh well, next time!

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Lettuce Wraps

Thank goodness for electricity! Katie, Sarah and I walked 4 miles before making dinner.  I had tons of fresh veggies that I was excited to use so lettuce wraps were a perfect dinner choice.  The pictures are not very pretty, but the dinner was great!

Lettuce Wraps

  • 1 onion chopped/sliced
  • 1 c. mushrooms chopped
  • 2 c. zucchini chopped in a food processor
  • 1 tbs. garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger
  • 1 tbs. szechaun seasoning
  • 1 tbs. Asian Zing (BW3) seasoning
  • some hoisin, soy and teryiaki splashes 🙂
  • Chicken, shrimp or lean ground turkey

Cook the veggies and seasoning together until they are tender.   While this is cooking, cook the chicken with similar seasonings.  I usually use extra lean ground turkey, but shrimp would also work!  When the meat and veggies are done, serve them with fresh lettuce cups!  Brown rice is the perfect side for these because it goes well in the wrap as well!

Now for the not-so-pretty pics!

Brown rice



Extra broccoli

Sarah is spending the night since she still has no power!  We have not had dessert yet, but we may be digging into my new dark chocolate chips.  We’ll see 🙂

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