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Back on Track

It’s Sunday night – Yuck! I am not ready for the real world to be back tomorrow. I had such a great time that I just want to keep going. Oh well. I will have to tough it out the 2 1/2 weeks until Christmas break.

Yesterday we had a fun day hanging out at my parents and having dinner at Cindy and Tom’s. The meal was great but I forgot my camera. Then this morning we woke and went for a run then a long walk. It was the perfect start to the sunny day. We filled up on a big brunch of English muffins and veggie omlettes before heading back to Columbus. We went to Brady’s parents to decorate their tree on the way home. Then we ran in our house so Brady could change for his soccer game, and we were off to the field. I hadn’t been to watch in a while, since they usually play late games, so I was a supportive wife and went to the game. I actually really enjoy going – especially watching indoor because it is so fast paced!

We came home from the game after a quick stop at Trader Joe’s for some simple dinner ingredients. I threw together a perfect meal in literally 5 minutes.

Here is what our dinner’s and tomorrow’s lunches consist of:

Brady’s dinner. This consisted of two freezer packages from TJ’s.




Pretty good nutrition facts for a frozen dinner that was about $3.

By mixing those two together in a pan for about 10 minutes and adding 1 egg to make it a little more fresh, he got this:


I could not figure out what I was in the mood for – I was strangely not hungry all day. I had eggs and toast around 11 and then never got hungry. I think the baby is taking over my stomach. I did decide on green beans (frozen, not canned – and not mixed with mushroom soup either) with quinoa. A weird combo I know. It hit the spot though!


My final plate:


Yes, that is a lot of beans. Now I have leftovers for lunch!


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Last night we had a fiesta! After an absolutely beautiful Sunday that included:

  • a workout at the gym on the step mill for 30 min. then the elliptical for 15 minutes with Health magazine
  • a winning soccer game for Brady at 10 am
  • a 5 mile walk with a great neighbor/friend/role model mother of twin 3 year olds and a 3 month old baby
  • another winning soccer game for Brady at 8 pm
  • a short trip to Target for organizing essentials so we can finish cleaning out our extra room
  • a brief clean of our house

It was great! For dinner we had shrimp burritos with tons of fixings!


The delicious meal consisted of:

  • shrimp boiled then cooked in cumin and lime juice for flavor
  • leftover quinoa
  • Trader Joe’s black beans refried beans
  • frozen broccoli
  • TJs roasted corn (frozen)
  • Brady’s guac
  • fresh tomatoes
  • mushrooms
  • onions
  • artichokes

All served on a whole wheat high fiber tortilla. This pretty dish ended up being a salad, all mixed up together!

I hit it pretty early last night but I was still tired today. I am hoping another early night tonight will help me!

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All day today felt like Tuesday. I think I was in a blur on Monday and didn’t realize that it happened and counted as a day, but I am glad that tomorrow is already Thursday!

School went well – the usual + recess duty, which was unusually pleasant! The sun was shining and it felt good to get some fresh air. After school and planning for next week, I debated whether to take a quick run or rake all of the leaves in our front yard.

I raked the leaves for a few reasons:

  1. It might be leaf pick up day tomorrow (we don’t actually know when that is)
  2. Our neighbors did theirs today and so our house looked especially bad compared to theirs.
  3. I wanted to surprise Brady because I may have been have slightly hormonal last night 🙂
  4. It could count as my workout for the day.

I came in for dinner after a good 45 minutes of raking. The yard looks so much better so I was set to make dinner. I knew it would not be one of Brady’s favorites but I decided to give it a try anyways. I thought it was a success.

Quinoa Lentil Stuffed Squash

  • 1 acorn squash cut in half and baked until done at 350
  • 1 c. cooked quinoa
  • 1 c. cooked lentils
  • 1/4 c. reduced fat feta
  • salt and pepper

Mix quinoa, lentils and feta with salt and pepper together. Scoop out 3/4 of the “meat” of the squash and mix with the filling. Refill the squash with the mixture and bake until warm at 350!



After dinner I made a new bread with POM and lemon! Recipe soon!

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Tip of the Day: Turn house work into your workout if you are short on time. Raking leaves, shoveling snow, gardening, vacuuming and washing floors are a few ways you can blast calories while crossing something off your to do list.

? of the Day: What is your favorite household chore? I like doing the dishes because it looks so good when they are done and the kitchen is clean.

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It was such a gorgeous day today! 77 and Sunny – cool morning and night, Fall is here! I love Fall!

After another busy day in third grade, I came home to make dinner, walk and get some stuff done.

Dinner was easy, as usual.

Spicy Seafood Lettuce Wraps

  • 1/2 bag of frozen cooked, peeled, cleaned tailless shrimp
  • 1/2 bag of raw frozen scallops
  • 2 cans water chesnuts
  • 1 can chickpeas- drained
  • soy sauce
  • lime juice
  • hot chili sauce (asian)
  • random asian sauces


Cook sauces and all other ingredients together until seafood is cooked.

Chop mixture on a cutting board.

Fill lettuce leaves with quinoa and spicy seafood mixture!


So fresh, spicy and filling! A great weekday meal. The quinoa we used was leftover from dinner last night! We also made extra to take for lunches tomorrow!

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Today, the first day of school, went fast in a crazy/exciting/hectic kind of way. My kids are all very interesting (in both the good way and the bad way) :). I think they will keep me on my toes at all times!

So when I got home from school I was excited to make dinner – after my 3 mile run/walk that counted as my workout for the past 2 days, I am hoping to get back on track tomorrow. I had marinated some salmon in soy sauce, maple syrup and sesame seeds last night. I quickly threw the asparagus into the broiler with the salmon, added some quinoa and fresh tomatoes and a little chopped basil and Voila! Done!

Now I am about to hit for the night so I can squeeze in an early morning workout tomorrow before school. Ill be back tomorrow with some packed lunch ideas!

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Tonight we had a great dinner with our neighbors! It was healthy and full of flavor!

Appetizer: Tomato Basil Rounds and Chips and Salsa



Watermelon and Tuscan Melon


Roasted Summer Veggie Quinoa


Ticia’s Greek Salad – so good!!


And somehow I forgot the chicken and the dessert – bummer.

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Farmer’s Market Quinoa

  • 1 c. quinoa cooked as directed
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 15 baby carrots – cut into pieces
  • 1 zucchini cut into pieces
  • 1 ear of corn – raw, kernels cut off the cob
  • balsamic salad dressing
  • reduced fat feta cheese
  1. Make quinoa as directed.
  2. While quinoa is cooking, cut carrots, zucchini and corn.
  3. Open can of chickpeas and drain liquid from can.
  4. When quinoa is done cooking add all veggies to the quinoa. You can keep the dish like this for a day or so before serving and then you can serve cold or heat up.
  5. Right before serving, drizzle as much dressing as desired on dish and add feta.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper!
  7. Enjoy!

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