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The other night I was in the mood for a hot, comforting, hearty, but healthful meal.  I found that in a Butternut stew!  Inspired from a Vegetarian Times recipe, I made mine with a southwestern flavor.  I love squash, I had tofu and pine nuts, so why not try something new!

Black beans and long grain brown rice alongside really made the meal.

  • 4 cups sweet corn kernels (whirl them it food processor a bit till coarse)
  • 4 cups peeled and diced butternut squash
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 chicken stock
  • 2 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 can diced green chilis
  • 1/2 TBSP ground cumin

Combine the above in a large pot over med heat until squash is cooked.  While cooking the above start on the below,

  • 4 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 lb firm tofu, diced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts

Heat olive oil in a large skillet.  Toss tofu in the flour and add to the hot pan.  Cook untill crispy.  Add pine nuts to tofu and cook about 1 min or until pine nuts are toasty.

Combine all of it together and you are finally done!

This is not one of your quick throw together meals.  It took me about an hour to make, but it hit the spot.  I was afraid to throw the pine nuts and the tofu in the squash mixture because they were crispy and delicious. I figured they would not stay that way for long anyway so I threw them in.  It turned out great!  The flavors worked.  Don’t be afraid.  🙂

Have a nice night!


How are you?  Good I hope.  I have been feeling good these days.  I thought I would share some of my eats from the week with you.

For breakfast, I have been a little tired of oatmeal.  I have been using polenta made as a breakfast cereal (no parmesan etc.) and topping it with maple syrup (the real kind) and berries.  It’s a nice change up.  I love the yellow color against the pretty blue of the berries.  It’s also the University of Michigan’s colors which are a bonus (Yay!  We won the Sugar Bowl!).

I even made some banana bread which I have enjoyed for breakfast.  My husband loves this recipe.  It is domed high, and has a nut-crumb topping!  He thinks its suburb!  I like that it uses up four large bananas.  I had a ton to use up!

For lunches sometimes a blue cheese and walnut salad has been on my menu.  It’s so good!  You can never go wrong with that.

For dinner last night, I made eggplant cutlets (with a nut topping)…

 and a “Mac and Cheese” that uses cauliflower instead of noodles.  It also has nutritional yeast in it which I was afraid of since I have never used it before, but in this dish it works! 

They were both incredible!  I got the recipes out of some Vegetarian Times Magazines.    

That’s some of my eats for this week.  I am enjoying our weather here.  It’s January and we had a 50 degree day in Michigan yesterday.  My daughter and I took full advantage of it.  Biking, walking dogs, and playing in the back yard.  I wish it were 50 all winter. 🙂

Talk to you later!

Hello there!

In keeping up with my trying to go meatless more often and still make my carnivore husband happy, I made a Cuban Bean and Rice dish.

Here it is simmering!

Simmering some more…

It took about 15-20 minutes to simmer.  I was hungry, but it was worth it!  I really enjoyed this dish!  I ate it with some green beans to make an extra “beany” meal and get some green in.

My husband even enjoyed it and would eat it again! Yay!  One dish to add to the list.  🙂

For dessert, (by my daughters request) we made some cornbread.  She is the “dumper” and the mixer.  It was the best one we have made yet!

Earlier in the day I had my avocado egg mixture on top of some lettuce and tomatoes.  It was great as a salad dressing!  I got the idea to top a salad from themindoffreya.  She used my recipe to top a caesar salad.

That’s all for tonight.  I hope you all had a great day.  🙂

Talk to you later!

Hello everyone! I don’t know if you are still with me. It’s been a while since my last post. I have many reasons for it. The biggest one being energy. If you remember I had been feeling very weak. Well, it turns out my thyroid dropped drastically from July to November. I have a new dose of thyroid medication and am feeling like blogging again. My thyroid has not been that low in 10 years and that was when I was first diagnosed!

I am still working on intuitive eating. “It’s a process, not a perfect.” as someone reminded me. I also went through a phase where I just did not want to blog about food, or read blogs about food. It seemed to influence what I ate, how I ate, or thought I should eat. This brings me to my third reason for not food blogging in a while.

I started to feel bad about posting so-called “healthy” dishes. What exactly is healthy? It varies from person to person.  It depends on their economic status, heritage/culture, dietary restrictions and probably other situations/issues I am not thinking of. Who am I to say “eat brown rice” (not that I ever did, our would it just might be implied when it shows up on my plate in a blog.)when someone might have grown up with white rice and its part of their family something they enjoy and have eaten moderately. I know I was probably over thinking things and this might not be the greatest example (and I know I don’t have that much clout :)), but that is part of why I stopped blogging. Another part is a three-year-old that never naps. 🙂

I have kept up my running/fitness regimen and am happy to say my mileage has gone up once again! I am also enjoying Tabata training. This I have learned from Gabby Reece’s website. I still love following her workouts. This type of training switches up the normal circuit. I love the change!

So I do have one thing to share that I have been enjoying for lunch these days.  I love avocado and I am the only one that will eat it in my family.  I decided to use it for lunch since everyone eats what they want separate from everyone else anyway.  It’s very simple, cheap, meatless, and I cringe here when I say “healthy”.  It is to me anyway.  🙂

  • ¼ of an avocado mashed
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Diced red onion (I like a ton)
  • Boiled egg diced

Fold it all together and scoop and eat it with a mini wheat bagel (or whatever you like)!  It gives me a chance to eat avocado without grossing my whole family out by adding it to a family meal, except for maybe when they see it.  🙂

Any goals for the new year?

Dinner tonight was interesting.  I have a giant “Managers Special” container of baby spinach to use up.  I was eating peanuts, trying to figure out what I wanted for dinner and I decided I would try to combine the two.

I searched the internet and tried the first recipe I found for peanut dressing.  It is from Cooking Light Magazine and it goes like this:

Cooking Light Magazine, May 2009


3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped green onions
1 tablespoon reduced-fat peanut butter
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon Sriracha
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
2 teaspoons dry roasted peanuts

It was better than I expected.  I loved the mix of veggies I used:

  • spinach
  • romaine
  • carrots
  • edamame
  • broccoli

I liked the dressing but I was disappointed that it was from Cooking Light Magazine.  I have never had the full fat version (or any version for that matter) of this type of dressing, and would have liked to try it, before a lighter one.  It was good, and a new combo of flavors to me.  I will make it again!

I hope you have a good night!

Have you ever had a peanut dressing?  Do you have a good recipe for one?  Please share.  🙂

Good Afternoon!

I got my run out-of-the-way this morning and had a small breakfast smoothie. It was no surprise that lunch came early.  I guess I was still feeling like breakfast.  I had a fried egg sandwich!  It was so good!  Egg, Muenster, spinach all on sprouted bread and toasted in my toaster oven!  It does not get much better!

I had it with an iced coffee!

Then my three-year old wanted one too! So I made her one.

Don’t worry, it is only prune juice!  She was thrilled to death with it!  We sat together drinking our “iced coffees” and had toddler conversations.  It was really fun!

I hope you are having a great afternoon!


Good Evening!

Today turned out to be meatless, but it was not my intention.  I do enjoy those days when they happen.  I just subscribed to Vegetarian Times so maybe they will happen more often.  I don’t think I will ever go totally meatless.  I like to think of myself as a flexitarian.  🙂

This afternoon I went for a mile walk with the dogs and my daughter.  We stopped at home and dropped the dogs off and I got started on my run.  I ran for 25 minutes and then we stopped at a park for some eats and fun.  I had some trail mix and lot’s of water!

After we played for a while, we walked back home.  I probably went about 4.5 miles total today.  My knee feels pretty good, but it’s still not normal and my hips get super tight!  I just have to remember that I have come a long way!  For the past two years I could not run much at all so it’s progress.

I was craving this salad that I made a while back.  It’s a baby spinach, couscous, and bulgur platter!  When we got home I wanted it for lunch, but it ended up being super late for a lunch (2:00 pm!) and I forgot that I needed to chill the bulgur mix for a minimum of 2 hours!  So I worked on making it for dinner and ate this instead:

It was a fried egg, Muenster cheese, spinach and sprouted bread sandwich thrown into the toaster oven.  It was so good!  I also washed it down with one of these:

A new to me GT I have never had!  I loved it!  I found it at Whole Foods.  I am not a regular shopper there because the closest two stores are about 40-45 minutes away in opposite directions!  When I do go, I like to try new things.  This was one of my weekend finds.  🙂

So I finally got to eat the salad I was craving!

I know it does not look like much, I threw him together quickly because I was hungry and my husband was on his way home (we had to pick up the truck with it’s new tires), but it’s such a wonderful mix of flavors.  The bulgur, couscous, and chickpea mixture has cumin running through it!  The spinach has a yogurt red wine vinaigrette dressing so it’s tangy, and the sweet apple and oniony flavor just add to the mix!  I ate it with about four carrot sticks (my daughter was eating them and it looked good) and a tiny smear of PB.

I got hungry later and ended up making another great smoothie!  He was tropical!  Sort of.  It went like this:

  • 1 c coconut water
  • 2 cups de-stemmed, chopped kale
  • 1 heaping cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop Jay Robb whey protein in Pina Colada!  (I won this packet and surprisingly it was good!  I had my doubts, but it was good!)

I doubt that I will eat anything else tonight.  The smoothie mix I did made a ton (and I ate it all myself)!  I show one glass, but I am sure it would have filled two easy!  I always pour one, put it in the freezer and eat the rest out of the blender and then go back to the cup.  🙂

So that’s my eating day with this post and the previous one.  I had another good day.  I hope you did too!

Have a good night and I will talk to you soon!


I finished my circuit workout, took a shower, and got dressed and ready to head out the door, but I felt a little shaky so I decided I needed to eat first.

Something sweet was what I was in the mood for, so I snacked on a serving of Peanut Butter Puffins while I thought about what to make for lunch.

They were good, and it made me want some more peanut butter.  With a few ingredients I threw together this:

The flavors melded perfectly!  I layered on the following:

  • Sprouted bun (toasted)
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned Pumpkin (straight out of the can)
  • Honey (a drizzle)
  • Pumpkin seeds (a sprinkling)

So far I have managed to have a meatless day.  Maybe I will continue on the rest of the day?  We’ll see.

Have a good afternoon!


This morning my parents came over for a visit.  While they were here I got a few things done.  My husband has been working crazy hours these days.  With a little one there are things I just can not do with her and myself.  I was able to take advantage of their coming over today.

I mowed the lawn!  It really needed it.  This is something I just don’t feel comfortable doing with a toddler on my lap.  I have seen other people do it and I guess it works for them, but it would make me nervous if I did it.

Since I was already sweaty and nasty from mowing, I decided a run would make sense.  I went and ran 4 miles today with no stopping for pain in either knee!  I had stiff hips but no pain.  After stretching and icing, it was time for lunch!

I made my dad (my mom already ate some cheese and crackers while I was out.) and I a Kale Salad!  It was pretty good.  My dad loved it!

The dressing is made from  Champagne vinegar, which I have never owned or tried until the other day.  I had two choices at my local grocery store.  I always let my daughter pick out the ingredients.  She chose the $11.00 bottle vs the $8.00 one.  🙂

In order I layered:

  • Kale cut into small pieces
  • Champagne dressing I made
  • Feta cheese
  • Chopped apple
  • Rasins
  • Chopped almonds

It was simple and delicious and once again meatless!  I am digging the no meat lately!

Have a good night!





This morning I told you about my jog and jam.  It turned out to be more jog than jam, but I am not complaining.  I ran four miles without pain!  Maybe the 10k coming up will be in my future!

So yesterday I had a meatless lunch and loved it!  Todays lunch was leftovers of the same and it was so good I decided to keep it meatless all day.  I grilled up some veggies for a sandwich!

I was super excited to find sprouted buns!  I have had sprouted tortillas, and bread, now it was time for a bun!

Look, I think he is smiling!  I know I am 🙂

I was very hungry when I put this together so it turned out pretty huge, but it went down very easy.  It was filling, I did the following:

  • Broiled my buns cut side up (no jokes please)
  • Put goat cheese on the bottom
  • Layered on:
  • Eggplant (broiled)
  • Yellow and Green summer squash (broiled)
  • Red pepper (fire roasted)
  • Red onion (broiled)
  • Topped with cumin mayo (half mayo, half greek yogurt, lime juice, and cumin mixed)

The following result:

This is without a doubt my new favorite sandwich.  This will show up again and again and again on my table!

I have had this meal idea (from better homes and gardens that I adapted) for nearly 10 years and never tried it.  My husband is not a fan of the meatless meals so I just never made it since it seemed like a lot of work for just myself!

I think you might see more and more meatless dishes showing up on my blog.  I can still make food for the hubby and some for myself.  I am enjoying meat free meals and they do fill me up contrary to my former beliefs!

Have a good night!

Oh, and tomorrow is another Circuit workout day!