Posts Tagged ‘tomatoes’

I forgot how much I love my sprializer until I broke it out a few times this week! For this delicious creation I sprialized some raw zucchini.

I then took the raw zuc. noodles and covered them with Almost Oil-less Pesto and mixed in a diced tomato and some thawed artichoke hearts. I then topped it with fresh parmesan cheese.


Isn’t it pretty?! It was one of the most fresh tasting dinners I have had in a while and I loved how most of it was raw! I have been reading a lot about the raw diet and while I am not going to ever eat completely raw, I really believe there are a lot of benefits to this eating approach. Summer is the perfect time for preparing raw foods!

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Cucumber/Tomato Salad

  • 1 cucumber cut into small pieces
  • 2 tomatoes cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 c. crumbled reduced fat feta cheese
  • sprinkle of balsamic dressing – I use Good Seasons Italian but reduce the oil and use balsamic instead of apple cider vinegar


Today I packed it again for lunch with added jicama! Yum

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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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EB’s Delish Dish

On Thursday night, I went to my cousin Elizabeth’s (EB) house in Cleveland. We were rushing around getting ready to take off for Buffalo in the morning (at 6am) but she managed to make us a wonderful dinner at 9:30pm. We dined on this wonderful meal with her roomie Alex.


The quinoa concoction was made with:

  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • red onion
  • quinoa
  • chicken sausage
  • lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • feta cheese

It was so yummy! Very filling and colorful! Great job EBs!!

I will be making a repeat of this soon, minus the chicken sausage – it’s not really my thing.

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This week has flown by. I can’t believe it is already Friday, not that I am complaining, but I really don’t know where the week went. Brady was out of town all week so I didn’t spend much time on dinner – I did eat lots of yummy food though. 🙂 I spent the evenings writing 2 grad school papers, making cookie favors (pics to come) for the wedding we have tomorrow, wrapping presents (Katie’s shower yesterday, wedding this weekend, Mother’s Day) and now I am in Cleveland for a family friend’s funeral before Brady’s cousins wedding tomorrow.

One of the delicious dinners I made for myself which included all of the summer foods in my fridge.

Caprese Salad with a Tofu Twist


  • 1/4 block of tofu drained and cut into cubes
  • 1 zucchini cut into little pieces
  • 1 summer squash cut into little pieces
  • handful of fresh mushrooms, cut into pieces
  • 2 tbsp. homemade balsamic vinegrette dressing

Cook the veggies together with the dressing until tender and as soft as you like. In another pan, cook the tofu cubes with a little dressing. When they are slightly crunchy on the outside, add into the veggies and cook together for a minute.

Slice fresh tomato and mozzarella and a little basil and toss together!


Have a great Friday!

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Last night our good friends John and Ashley came over for dinner! It was pouring rain and gross outside so we decided against the cookout and opted for make your own pizzas! John and Ash brought a delicious bottle of Riesling, that tasted like summer!

While we sipped, we made two great pizzas – a his and a hers. Then we started on the sides while the pizzas were cooking!

Classic Tomato Basil

Jen and Kate’s Famous Strawberry Salad:


Boy’s Pizza


White crust with black olives, pepperoni, avocado and mozzarella.

Girl’s Pizza


Wheat crust with zucchini, squash, broccoli and goat cheese.

John and Ash brought dessert too – angel food cake with fresh berries and whipped cream!


It was a great, relaxing night of catching up with two of our favorite friends!!

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After returning home from our 6 hour drive from Nashville, we unpacked and relaxed. We were both sore from being in the car for so long. I decided to go for a 3 mile jog to get some of the lactic acid out of my legs and hopefully make going down the stairs easier tomorrow.

While I was gone, Brady set to work on dinner. This is what he came up with. It HIT the SPOT!

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This salad included:

  • romaine
  • spinach
  • arugula
  • grilled salmon
  • avocado
  • tomato
  • chickpeas
  • grilled sweet peppers
  • black beans
  • quinoa
  • mango-peach salsa
  • cucumber

It was just what I needed.

Tomorrow’s lunches are packed with leftovers and ready to go. My kids have their huge state test – the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) tomorrow so I am hoping they got to bed early tonight!

🙂 Hope your Monday is great!

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