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Posts Tagged ‘cooking at home’

Being lazy while roasting Brussels sprouts

I decided to be “lazy” and not go to yoga tonight. I just wasn’t feeling it. I just feel tired. So I decided to just hang on the couch and watch some episodes of Parenthood and drink wine. For dinner I made Brussels sprouts. I normally make them in the rice cooker/steamer. But I decided […]


Brown rice and steamed veggies

I bought a rice cooker at Target yesterday. I have been wanting one for some time now. I like to make a “big” batch= about 2 cups–of brown rice at the beginning of the week since it takes some time to make. I use the rice throughout the week with various meals, veggie stir fry, […]


Zucchini ‘pasta’

Tonight I tried something a little different for dinner. I made about 2 cups of brown rice. I make my rice for the week at once–since it takes time to cook. (Still need to get a rice cooker.) My friends Becky and Cyrus recently tried a new recipe and they both shared it with me: […]


I am officially a Soup Freak

There is a restaurant near work where you can get pretty good, tasty, organic and fairly healthy soups, salads and sandwiches. On Monday I decided to try the lentil soup. After that I was hooked. It was delicious, filling and pretty healthy. And I was asking myself why I hadn’t tried this soup before. Yesterday […]


Comfort food

This morning I went to the grocery to get this coming week’s food and to make a big pot of soup, enchiladas, rice and beans. Unfortunately last week one of our friends lost his mother. In times like these it is hard to know what to do or what to say. So we say we […]


Getting back on track with eating & exercise

So today started yet another round of me getting back on track with my health and fitness. I went to my morning yoga class today. My menu has been: Cheerios with blueberries and strawberries (love summer fruit!); cup of coffee with Silk creamer; Pesto Chicken Lean Cuisine and salad with spritzer; piece of cheese and […]


Keeping up with healthy eating

So far so good on Day 3 of eating healthier. For dinner tonight I marinated chicken breasts in fat-free Italian dressing. Grilled them on the George Foreman grill. Curt and I both had salad. And for myself I made cauliflower “mashed potatoes.” Breakfast: oatmeal and coffee. Lunch: Zesty-Tomato Thyme soup and salad. Snack: some goldfish […]


Zesty-Tomato Thyme Soup

Lisa shared this Zesty-Tomato Thyme Soup recipe with me. I made it for dinner tonight. It was easy and quick to make. And it was yummy. I may play with the ingredients next time. But I thought it was really good as is. Next time I make it I will likely double the recipe to […]


Spin vs. alcoholic beverages

Spin … alcohol … spin … alcohol? As I was walking out of work two co-workers were also leaving. (One teased me about leaving early at 5:40.) Those two were headed to Chevy’s for Happy Hour. They invited me to join them. But I declined and headed to the gym. Everything in my body told […]


Simple, healthy dinner

I defrosted two chicken breasts for dinner tonight. When I got home from the gym I threw them in a baggie with some fat free Italian dressing (tip from my mother-in-law) and let them marinate. I let them marinate for about 45 minutes and then cooked them on the George Foreman grill. Julie, from our cooking […]