Monday, February 28, 2011


I had lofty goals today. I was planning to get off of work at my normal time, go to the grocery store, get gas, put in some laundry, hop on the treadmill, and then whip up a from scratch meal I had been dreaming about all day from the Pioneer Woman.

Instead, I ended up staying late working a 10 hour day then having to run some errands when I'm wanting to go home and I'm hungry! There goes my lofty goals for this afternoon :(

Also, now my confession. Occasionally we will have this for dinner:

That's right. Not exactly a "whole food" but if you get a thin crust with light cheese it's less than 500 calories for half of a medium. I ate some carrots and cranberries too for some nutrients :) And you can get two medium pizzas for $5.99 each. Also, there is a domino's within walking distance to our apartment so that makes up for not getting on the treadmill right? (sigh)

Oh, and I also have to confess that I love the pizza tracker.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Moroccan Couscous

Hello blog,

For Valentine's day, I'm giving you a wonderful present: quite possibly my quickest and easiest recipe that is still extremely healthy and tasty! Usually you have to compromise on at least one of those 4 qualities; this recipe has it all. My readers, I present to you Moroccan Couscous.

I modified this recipe from one of my favorite blogs, Culinary in the Desert. Joe, you are amazing!

What you need:

14.5 ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes (if you can't find fire-roasted... try harder... or use diced with garlic)
15 ounce can low sodium chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chicken broth... see notes below
4 teaspoons red curry paste (look for it in the Asian part of the grocery store)
"3 shakes" HOT habanero powder... less or more as you like it
10 ounce bag frozen mixed vegetables, thawed - I like cauliflower
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 1/4 cup chicken broth (with the chicken broth above, you should have exactly 1 can's worth)
1 cup whole wheat couscous
salt and fresh ground black pepper
4 ounces or MORE goat cheese. the more the better :)

In a large pot, stir together tomatoes, chickpeas, broth, curry paste, habanero powder and vegetables - bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer just until the vegetables have warmed through. Stir in lime juice.

Make the couscous according to directions. I usually make mine in the microwave by boiling the 1.25 cups broth, putting in the 1 cup WW couscous, cover with a plate for 5 minutes.

Divide couscous between serving plates and evenly spoon the warmed vegetable mixture over the top. Sprinkle each with cheese to serve. The goat cheese adds wonderful tangy, creamy, and cooling qualities. The original recipe called for feta; I'm sticking with the goat cheese!

Makes 4 generous servings! In less than 10 minutes :) I keep all of the ingredients of this recipe on hand when a quick dinner is needed.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

It's February!

Hello blog,

I really have no good excuses for not updating you!

I have been in a culinary rut since the new year. Over the holidays you pretty much eat all of the delicacies you desire and then in the new year you're just... bored/sick of food. That's how I've felt for about 2 months now. I really haven't "craved" anything so it's just the standard healthy/easy/quick convenient stuff. For example, we just ate the soup of health for the 2nd day in a row now...

I did try a new recipe a few weeks ago, but it's already been blogged about :) Steak tips with peppered mushroom gravy! My friend Carrie got this recipe from Cooking Light, and it was delicious! I made mine over whole wheat noodles with steamed broccoli on the side. I like to make the whole batch and freeze the leftovers for lunches, and it turned out great.

For a looong time I avoided beef. (I lied a minute ago... maybe I have been craving beef lately.) However, I've been trying to use only organic grassfed beef for health and ethical reasons. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my FAVORITE RESTAURANT, Moe's Southwest Grill, has a healthy/sustainability campaign going on!... they state they use no hormones in their chicken and that their beef is grass fed. I am impressed!! Check it out here:

You might remember my previous post with my goal to walk 500 miles this year (the Excel spreadsheet isn't working, sorry). I was off to a good start! However, this last weekend I got a combination of a stomach bug AND a nasty cold so it has put things to a halt for a bit. As of this point I should have walked 54 miles to be on track; I've only gone 41. If you miss a day or two it adds up. Hopefully I'll be back on track soon!