Posts Tagged ‘vegetarian’

It was tough to get out of bed this morning. It was cold out and the snow was falling. Needless to say, I did not make it to the gym this morning or at all today. I came home from school after stopping at the Post Office to send a few fun packages, including Super Charge Me cookies for the winning bidder of Healthy Ashley’s bake sale. Then I stopped at the paint store to pick up the paint we picked out for the baby’s nursery. It is a light sagey green – I hope I like it. When I told Brady how I was worried I might not like it and maybe we should wait to buy it, he reminded me that I would be asking him to repaint it if I didn’t like it – whether it was now or next month, so he thought we should get the process started. 🙂 We will see!
I got home and decided to make soup/stew. Brady wanted something with hot Italian sausage in it, and I wanted something warm and cozy. There have been so many fun soup recipes in the magazines lately, especially in Fitness and Clean Eating! I decided to try a modification of the Clean Eating Quinoa Minestone soup. Here is what I did for my meal:

  • 1 potato diced
  • 1 c. lentils – cooked until almost done
  • 1/2 bunch of celery choppped, including the leaves (they have great flavor)
  • handful of carrots, chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped (I used all of the white part and a little into the green)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1c. frozen spinach, chopped
  • 1/3c. uncooked quinoa
  • 2 boullion cubes
  • 1 cube of frozen fresh garlic from Trader Joe’s
  • 1 cube of frozen fresh basil from Trader Joe’s
  • 1/2 can of white kidney beans
  • 1/2 can of diced tomatoes with juice
  • salt and pepper

Chop all of the veggies up and cook together! Add seasonings and spices while it is cooking. Stop cooking when the veggies are as tender as you like them! Sorry for the poor instructions tonight, just throw everything in the pot and it will taste good. 🙂

Enjoy with toast and hot chocolate!



I added a few more potatoes to Brady’s along with his hot Italian sausage.

Leftover for lunch tomorrow!

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Baked Egg Rolls

** This was supposed to post last night! We are currently on the plane headed for Chi-Town!

SO excited that tomorrow is Friday! We are flying out of Columbus at 6pm to go to Chicago for the weekend. I love how leaving from here at 6 means we get there at 6! We are meeting my parents, who are flying in from Cleveland, at my brother’s place in Lincoln Park! It should be a great weekend filled with shopping, hanging out, shows and fun dinners! I will keep you posted. 🙂

After school today, which was nice and uneventful, I came home to make dinner with some Nasoya Egg Roll Wraps. When I was at store the other night I picked these up! I was excited to use the free coupon they sent me to try them. Of course I forgot to use the coupon when I actually checked out. I am blaming it on the pregnancy brain.

So anyways, you will see some more wraps with fun recipes! There is no problem with that. 🙂

When thinking about what to do with the egg roll wrappers, I thought of many fun things. I decided that classic, healthy egg rolls would be first on my list. Once I saw how easy it was to work with the wrappers, I could try new things! Here is what went into it:

Baked Egg Rolls

  • 1 bag of frozen stir fry veggies
  • 1 can of water chestnuts, diced
  • 1 can of bamboo shoots, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 small head of cabbage, chopped
  • soy sauce – I use light sodium
  • szechuan sauce – or another flavorful sauce that fits the ingredient list
  • egg roll wrappers – by Nasoya
  1. Chop all veggies and simmer in a pan with sauces until veggies are tender
  2. Fill wrappers according to the diagram on the package. This will prevent them from falling apart.
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  4. Bake egg rolls at 35o for about 30 minutes – next time I would try cooking them at a higher temp for shorter time – not because they didn’t taste delicious, but because I am impatient.



I served mine with the leftover over veggie “insides”, brown rice and baked tofu! It was very filling and satisfying! I am excited to have leftovers as my lunch tomorrow.


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Healthy Veggie Pizza

For diner last night, after walking 5 miles with Katie, I decided to make some pizza. I had some leftover sauteed veggies and a whole grain crust I bought from Trader Joe’s and wanted to try.

I mixed the veggies with some freezer “Hide the lentils” tomato sauce from the Eat, Drink and Be Vegan cookbook that I love! It ended up being delicious! I can’t wait to buy the crust again, even Brady gave it two thumbs up!


Leftover Lentil sauce from the freezer


Before the oven – notice the piece of just cheese for Brady to sample.


Done and served with salad

I will be buying this crust again and I highly recommend it for anyone who has tried wheat crusts and found them to be too chewy or not crunchy enough. Plus this is super easy and mess-free!

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I am finally getting over the pain that I feel when I walk down the stairs. Nothing else was really that sore, but for some reason my quads were super sore when I walked down the stairs all day yesterday. I guess not running for a week and then running 13 miles will do that do you. I am planning on posting the race recap very soon! Sorry for the wait.

Today was such a nice day in Columbus – it got up to 70 degrees! I was lucky enough to have recess duty today (I never say that!)so I got to enjoy the weather a little bit during the day. After school I had a meeting that went until 5pm then I came home and took a walk (2-3 miles). I was going to run, but I kept chatting on the phone so I just enjoyed the brisk stroll that helped to stretch out my legs. When Brady got home, I talked him into a bike ride before dinner!

It was a nice day for easy, low impact fitness activities. I am hoping to be back to working out more normally tomorrow!

I have been in a dinner rut this week – we had leftovers last night so I didn’t find them worthy of a post- so I decided to try a new sauce I bought at Trader Joe’s this summer. It reminded me a of a recipe I wanted to try from Eating Well magazine.


The nutrition stats were really good! Sometimes I am discouraged with the high fat and calories in some Indian dishes but this was not the case.


The ingredients were all simple and readable. Love that!

So in order to fit both of our needs, I made two simple dishes with this sauce.

Chicken Curry Simmer – Brady

  • 100% all natural chicken (antibiotic/hormone free)
  • 1/3 of a jar of Curry Simmer Sauce from Trader Joe’s
  1. Trim chicken then cut chicken into small cubes
  2. Cook in curry powder and water until chicken is cooked.
  3. Add sauce and simmer together



Lentil Curry Simmer – Ali

  • 1 c. lentils – cooked
  • 2/3 c. organic chickpeas
  • 1/3 of a jar of Curry Simmer Sauce from Trader Joe’s
  1. Mix cooked lentils and chickpeas in a saucepan and simmer!



As you can see, we enjoyed this easy dish with steamed veggies and bulger.

I am hoping to make some yummy recipes from Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan this week!

We have homecoming for Wittenberg this weekend! We are super excited to see our college friends so I need to make them some treats!

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I am glad today is over! It was a long day at school knowing Brady was off work and at home! At least while he was home, he was working. He cleaned and repainted one of our bedrooms that we have been wanting to redo. It was a nice surprise to come home to!

We had a simple dinner tonight. I had baked tofu with acorn squash and salad and Brady had the same minus the tofu and plus grilled chicken! We were both happy and satisfied! Since the recipes for these dishes are not too exciting, I will leave you with my veggie soup recipe from yesterday. It made a great leftover lunch today too!



Before being served:


Lentil Veggie Stoup

  • 1 bunch of celery, chopped including leaves for flavor
  • 12ish baby carrots, chopped
  • 1 yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 c. lentils
  • 2 tbsp. dried onions
  • 2 boulion cubs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • onion salt
  • garlic powder plus 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes and juice
  1. Cut celery, carrots, squash, and zucchini up into stew/soup sized pieces
  2. Put in about 2 cups of water with boulion cubes, bay leaf and lentils
  3. Let simmer until tender – lentils should be almost done but not all the way so they can keep cooking
  4. Add onion, garlic, onion salt, garlic salt and pepper.
  5. Reduce heat to low and add tomatoes.
  6. Let simmer together and Enjoy!
  7. You could always add different or more veggies!

I was inspired to make this recipe after reading the new Fitness magazine!

And a huge thank you to POM for being so wonderful! They recently sent me two bottles of their new kiwi and nectarine juice to try! They were both delicious and would be fun to use in a recipe or making a sauce to go over ice cream or a warm cobbler this winter! Thanks POM!!


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This weekend was great! It was nice to be in Columbus since we had not been in town on the weekend in a while. We started off Friday night by having John and Ashley over for dinner. Later that night we went out and met friends for a while.

Saturday morning Brady and I woke up and ran 13 miles! We didn’t start until after 8 and it took up almost exactly 2 hours. We were tired afterwards and it was super hot so we hit up the pool in the afternoon.

After the pool, we headed to the Crew game(professional soccer)! It was a great game and we had a great time with Jen and Duke and Josh and Jamie!

By Saturday nigh, after the run – pool/sun- soccer game, I was exhausted! I crashed on the couch shortly after my cousin Elizabeth arrived for the night.

Sunday was another busy day because we moved Brady’s sister, Janelle, to college for her sophomore year at Wittenberg! We were excited to get our favorite college subs for lunch!

Then we came home and did some things around the house that we had on the list. I needed to go to the store for some more fruits and veggies so I just threw together some random stuff that was left in the fridge.

It turned out great! It was just what I wanted – a huge plate of veggies.




Veggies with Balsamic Ricotta

  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 zucchini
  • 3 green onions
  • 1/4 of a bell pepper
  • garlic wine seasoning from Melting Pot – my favorite seasoning in the world!
  • 1/3 c. low fat ricotta cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic salad dressing
  • salt and pepper
  1. Cut up veggies and saute in a pan with seasoning (I left some zuc. raw). Cook until tender, but not mushy.
  2. While veggies are cooking, mix dressing and ricotta in a food processor or magic bullet.
  3. Add some of the ricotta to veggies when they are almost done.
  4. Serve the veggies on a bed of lettuce for added volume and add the rest of the ricotta mixture

It was so good, simple, filling and fresh! I ate mine with a piece of sprouted sesame bread!

I spent the rest of the weekend eating veggie sandwiches, seriously.

  • Friday lunch
  • 2 after our run on sat.
  • veggie sub for dinner sat night
  • veggie sub for lunch on sun.

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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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It’s been another busy week! I can’t believe my summer is half way over – I know I shouldn’t complain, but I am not ready to go back to school yet! 🙂 A lot has been going on and I have been a bad blogger but I will have a week of recipes coming up!

I am making this “try a new recipe” week! I thought it would be a good week to do this because Brady and I will be home all week. I will be writing o328403984 million papers for grad school and he will be studying for a test to get an extra certification for work. We will both be done on July 31st!

So anyways, last week when I went to visit my mom for the night while my dad was out of town we made these…

Portobello Burger with Artichokes and Zucchini

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Balsamic Bello Burger

  • Good Seasons Italian dressing packet mixed with balsamic vinegar instead of reg.
  • portobello mushroom
  1. Marinate the mushroom in the dressing
  2. Grill the mushroom until cooked how you like it

A/ Z Veggie Mix

  • artichoke hearts
  • onions – sliced
  • zucchini
  • garlic wine seasoning from The Melting Pot
  1. Slice onions and zucchini
  2. Open or thaw artichoke hearts – not in oil
  3. Spray a frying pan with cooking spray
  4. Place onions, zucchini and artichoke in pan.
  5. Cover with garlic wine seasoning.
  6. When veggies begin to cook and stick to the pan, add water and keep cooking until they have reached desired doneness!
  7. Serve with the burger or on the side, on a bed of mixed greens

We dined outside with these:


Happy Monday!


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After such a fun weekend of wine, snacks and relaxing it was time to get myself back together this morning. After a good run with Katie, I made a green monster packed full of good things:

Green Monster of the Morning:


  • 1 c. almond milk – unsweetened
  • handful of frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop of wheat grass
  • 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein

Then I ran some errands and did laundry and other house things. A few hours later I was ready for lunch. . Lunch was a random salad with tons of fresh goodies from the fridge. We did a major Costco run last night on the way home from the lake. We were in desperate need of some produce!

The final result was this:


  • romaine
  • spinach
  • Sabra hummus
  • hot pepper relish
  • fat free swiss
  • guac, Brady made last night
  • mango peach salsa

Then I went to babysit for a few hours. I am going to be watching these adorable twin 3 year olds for a few days a week until the end of summer. We almost made it to the playground today when one of them decided it was time to go to the bathroom so we turned around and went all the way home. We will have to try again tomorrow!

When I left, I ran to the store for a few things we couldn’t get at Costco. Then it was about time for Brady to get home so I started making dinner – I decided on fish tacos. He came home and we ran out the door to play tennis before dinner. We were off to a great start when we were kicked off the courts because a league needed it. Bummer. So we came home and made these:





Recipe to come!

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I am still catching up on things from before vacation and we are leaving again for the second vacay of the week today. We are headed to Chautauqua for the Fourth of July so I literally dumped our suitcases from our Maryland trip into the washer and then put the put the clothes right back in for this long weekend.   

Anyways, before we left last week I needed to clean out the fridge and I needed to make dinner. The combination of the two activities are how this dish was created. In my fridge I had: a few sweet peppers, an eggplant, some asparagus, one tomato, a little bit of spinach and half of a zucchini. So I cut up all of the veggies and threw them on a cookie sheet in the oven at 400 degrees. The veggies roasted. In the meantime, I made some quinoa. When the veggies were done, I threw it all together on a bed of spinach. Done and Done.

To give Brady some manly meat, I added rotesserie chicken that I bought for him last week. His dinner was not as colorful as mine but it still got the job of cleaning out the fridge done.



Now that is what I call multi-tasking!


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