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-Ran 30 minutes in my neighborhood hills. Saw a gorgeous sunset and some cute deer.
-My Netflix workout (40 minutes boxing moves & abs)

Afternoon snack: 2 teensy-weensy pieces of dark chocolate…and…. 4 Medjool dates. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. They taste like PASTRIES!
Pre-dinner: A large apple
Dinner: I made chicken tacos; I had two. Ezekiel tortillas topped with lemon-pepper chicken, spinach leaves, and sauteed onions. Fabuloso!
Dessert: Peppermint tea and a thick slice of banana bread

Weekend Recap:
Where did we leave off?….Here’s a nice little summary for you.

Fitness: Day off
Afternoon snack: Lucas and I shared an oatmeal raisin cookie and large coffee with half & half at JP’s Java.
Dinner: Spaghetti with meat sauce
Dessert: Strawberry gelato sweetend with agave nectar—made in our juicer! That juicer can do anything. Ate my gelatto while watching “Amadeus.”  I forgot how long that movie was–but it’s so good! So is the song from the 80s. We were singing it all weekend thanks to the movie!

Fitness: 10k at Town Lake
Brunch: Whole Foods: A breakfast taco (spelt tortilla with vegan chorizo, black beans, cheese) and later Lucas and I split a humongous Carmelita bar. Ooooohhhh my goodness. The best. Hands down. Ammmmazing. I love WF Carmelita bars.
Pre-dinner: Salad greens with Happy Rice.
Dinner: I made oven-roasted vegetables (potatoes, Japanese yam, onions, carrots) and Kale Chips.

Kale Chips!! Don’t be fooled by their healthy, green appearance. Kale chips = potato chips without the guilt.

Kale Chips!! Finally I know what all of those food bloggers have been fussing about.

Kale Chips are nothing short of a miracle. Basically, it’s kale (a leafy green) tossed in salt and olive oil, topped with some Parmesan cheese, and baked in the oven. After baking, they become potato chips. Basically. If you blindfolded me, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two. Honestly. Try it. Do yourself a favor. You will be amazed. Really!

Before the oven….


Light, crispy, melt-in-your-mouth salty goodness. Unbelievably tasty.

This is a recipe I got from Kath’s blog:

  • Preheat oven to about 375*
  • Use about 1 OXO salad spinner’s worth of kale (which was a stuffed grocery store veggie bag). Tear the leaves off the thick stems into bite size pieces. Spread out on cookie sheets.
  • Drizzle with about 2 tsp of olive oil
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan, Asiago or your seasonings of choice. Plus a sprinkle of kosher salt.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until edges are brown and kale is crispy when moved in pan.

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Brrr! The weather outside is delicious, even if I did get a bit soaked waiting for the bus! I came home and a had a cozy little snack…..

Post-lunch: 6 dried Cali figs
Early evening snack: a banana, then later a cup of peppermint tea and two small florentines.

Moving on to dinner….

My grandfather’s family was from Italy. That makes me somewhat Italian.

That must explain why I love pasta, right?

Probably not. I’m guessing most Italians would turn there noses up at the packaged stuff we buy. But that’s cool.  If I could whip up some homemade ravioli, I’d probably be scoffing at the plastic-wrapped pasta, too.

The fact remains that I’m crazy about pasta, any kind, and I could eat it every day of the week and not get bored. But Lucas would get bored, which is why we have it about once a week. In fact, tonight I went solo on the pasta, because he wanted wild rice. Yawn.

You may have seen similar pasta dishes on here several times before. It’s just so easy and so tasty and at the same time looks kind of fancy. Who doesn’t want a meal like that?

1 bunch of broccoli
1 small bunch of fresh spinach
1/2 package whole wheat fettucini
1/2 cup shredded parmesan

1) Boil chopped broccoli for 2 minutes. Immediately remove from boiling water and place into a bowl with ice water. Let cool.
2) Wash spinach well (if not pre-washed). Coarsley chop.
3) Pure spinach, broccoli, and parmesan in a food processor.
4) Cook pasta as directed. Meanwhile, heat the pesto in a small pan over low to medium heat. Add 1/3 cup of water, mix well.
5) After pasta has been cooked and drained, add pesto. Mix well. Ready! Makes two generous servings.

Swiss chocolate with nuts. Thanks, Flor!

Gym. 15 minutes stretching/abs/core, 30 minutes legs.

Green heart:
I always thoroughly check plastic packaging for a recycling symbol. Tonight’s pasta package unfortunately wasn’t recyclable, but I made sure to triple check.

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Dessert before dinner

I’m loving this weather! Gray, cold, wet.

Afternoon snacks: a whole wheat tortilla and a banana
Pre-Dinner: 2 servings of Swiss chocolate with nuts.
Dinner: Lucas made vegetarian curry. Muy rico! OMG I love coconut curry sauce.

Day off.

New crush:
I love this website! Young House Love. I stumbled across it today when looking for home design blogs. Check it out! It’s amazing what the fabulous young couple did on their own to their first home, plus the give lots of DIY tricks and tips.

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Lucas and I spent over an hour driving around several neighborhoods in Austin, looking for “For Rent” signs in yards. We’re both fond of a place we saw a few days ago, but we just wanted to get a taste of what’s out there. Not much apparently. At least, not from what we saw. Still, I seem to be of the mindset of “If it isn’t on Craigslist, then it isn’t out there.” Because everyone posts on Craigslist, right? Wrong. But that’s what I like to think.

Anyway, we were in the midst of our search when hunger hit. We were thisclose to grabbing dinner at Chipotle. By thisclose, I mean we had pulled into the parking lot and had our hands on handles of the door, ready to make a mad dash for Mexican. Then I opened my big fat mouth and said, “But even if we eat here, we’d still have to cook tonight for lunch tomorrow.”

And with that, we headed home.


But not really, because we had Restaurant Night.  Look at this delish fish dish we made, inspired by the Fish Tacos & Shallot Ginger Dipping Sauce from Z’Tejas.

Afternoon snack: 4 delicious medjool dates
Pre-dinner: A whole wheat tortilla and a glass of red wine.
Dinner: 2 fish tacos. Grilled fish on a whole wheat tortilla, topped with shredded cabbage and carrots. A tangy dipping sauce jazzed it up.

Dessert: A serving of Swiss chocolate with nuts.

I’m getting sleepy. Very, very sleepy……

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I’ve been a really bad with the blog this week! But the weekend is here, time to refresh and regroup and get things done. Including the blog!

I saw a terrible “comedy” last night: “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.” Have you seen it? It was so bad that I was uncomfortable watching it! I even felt embarassed for the big name actors that were in in it. It starred Simon Pegg (love him! Shawn of the Dead! Hot Fuzz! Run Fatboy Run!) so naturally I thought it was going to be a fun film. I was soooo wrong. Don’t see it! It’s a waste of time!

Anyways—we went to see another duplex this morning. What happened with the other one? Who knows! The landlord is MIA. She hasn’t returned my call or my email. We’re not giving up on her yet, but we are starting to look around at other places…We liked the place we saw today (and the owners seemed like very nice, genuine people)—- it’s good to know there is other stuff out there that meets our criteria.

Tonight is the birthday bash at my friend Alex’s. I’m bringing the desserts, so I have lots of baking to do this afternoon. And a run. Can I do both in 4 hours? I hope so! I didn’t work out Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Yikes! Oh, and for the record, I ate another ENTIRE bar of chocolate last night. Wah.

New day. Got to move on.

Breakfast: Small hot mocha from Starbucks.
Lunch: Glass of fresh orange & grapefruit juice.

No, I’m not on a liquid diet! Just a weird day. My weekends are pretty weird in general when it comes to meals. That’s just the way it turns out–it’s hard to have a set dining schedule.

Yesterday’s recap:
Afternoon snack: Pear and a bowl of cereal w/ whole milk and raisins
Dinner: Whole wheat linguini with tomato cream sauce and parmesan cheese
Dessert: Ready for this? A whole dark chocolate bar, raisins, and another bowl of cereal. 😦

Lucas made this wonderful meal, and like always, he makes sure the food is arranged just perfectly. He’s so sweet—I had started out taking pictures of another plate, and he said “Wait! Use this one! It has more food and looks better!” What a supportive husband–not only does he put up with my crazy food blogging, he takes part in it!

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I’m stressed.

When I’m stressed, I often eat fast…and I eat sweets.

Tonight when I got home, I SCARFED down 4 squares of pizza from last night and immediately after, an entire Ghiradelli Chocolate Caramel bar ….and some chocolate florentines.

I didn’t feel like photographing the food, so I didn’t. Usually I make the effort if I’m not in the mood, but tonight, I’m REALLY not in the mood.

But I still wanted to post…and fess up. Part of my path to eating and living well is controlling how emotions tie into food.  I used to be a binge eater, something that I will write more about soon. Anyway, I was a serious binge eater, for many years. I have corrected that disordered eating, but I’m still an emotional eater to some extent. Tonight was a challenge that I didn’t win, but that’s ok. It’s just something else I need to work on.

Now….where’s the chocolate?!?!?!?!

I kid, I kid.

Or do I?

Kidding, kidding. But I might have a cup of hot chocolate. It’s cold and rainy out! What can I say?

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Out of it

Man, I’ve been out of it. I didn’t take pictures at lunch yesterday (good excuse: I was with colleagues), I fell asleep on the couch last night so I didn’t do a dinner post, and I FORGOT to take pictures of breakfast today. What the cuss?

Annoyed. Very annoyed. Not with the above, but with a work email I got from a pushy woman. Ugh.

Breakfast: I made juice for Lucas and me. Mine had 4 oranges, 2 carrots, and a bit of ginger. It was fabulous! I also made steel cut oats with agave and a 1/2 cup of carrot & orange pulp mixed in for fiber. Even though these suckers were completely squeezed dry, the orange pulp still has some flavor. It’s a bit bitter.

Yesterday Recap:

I squeezed in an easy workout between work and an evening meeting. 50 minutes walking on the treadmill. I started out running, but I was still full from lunch, so I had to walk. I think I a little over 3 miles.

Lunch: A margherita pizza from Mandola’s. I had a whole one. Again. And it was soooo worth it.
Dinner: Lucas made a vegetable souffle. I had a serving, plus brown rice, plus tomato slices drizzle in olive oil.
Dessert: Oh man. I had like, a half cup of chocolate chips. At least!

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What a great day! I met up with Liz, Kate, and Kate’s adorable baby Daniel at the farmer’s market, then we walked over for a coffee at Progress. I treated myself to a hot mocha; it was good! Some mochas are either too heavy on the chocolate or else the coffee is too strong; this one had the perfect balance…..Then I went for a nice, long run at Town Lake. Running really clears my head, and I had a lot of thoughts that had to be cleared today. Thank goodness! It was a beautiful day too, sunny and blue skies, and a strong breeze…..I wrapped the outing up with a quick trip to Whole Foods for various items. I think I’m getting a little jaded, because going to WF isn’t as fun as it used to be. Austin has the BEST WF in the US, but we’ve been going there so much lately that its charms are starting to wear off. Oh no! I still love it, but maybe the honeymoon phase has run its course.

Today was kind of weird with the meals because of the timing. I never really had lunch, and I’m about to go play an indoor soccer game, so I don’t want to have dinner yet. I did have a snack to tide me over. I plan to eat a BIG salad when I get back!

8 mile run at Town Lake.
Next up: indoor soccer game (40 minutes–no subs tonight! 1 sub, thankfully!)

Lunch: Esentially, it was the hot mocha.
Post-run: 7 dried Cali figs
Early evening snack: Cup of Fage 2% with a teeny bit of Ezekiel Original and rolled oats, and a generous drizzle of agave nectar

I brought some plastic vegetable bags and containers from home and “reused” them for my purchases at WF.

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Somehow, today turned into a day of doing nothing. It was supposed to be a day of doing something. Lots of somethings. I had a lot of somethings to do. What happened?

Post-breakfast: I had a tiny bowl of greek yogurt with agave nectar and again..straight from the jar….2 tbs of PB! Oh, and I think a square of the orange-chocolate worked it’s way in somewhere.
Lunch: Two eggs over whole grain toast, with a side of salad. I ended up not eating the salad. It seemed to complicated. Or not complicated enough. I don’t know. I wasn’t feeling the greens.

Warning: graphic image below. One of the eggs was severely injured in the cooking process.

Post-lunch: A cup of greek yogurt drizzled with agave nectar and a couple of tbs of Ezekiel Original. Later, some Happy Rice. And a cookie. Lucas has just brought me a small snickerdoodle cookie. Thanks. A lot.

So you see…it’s not an unhealthy eating day. It’s just random. And not the best. No fruits, no veggies (except for the carrot at breakfast). I’m just not into that at all today. Maybe dinner will see a change?

None. Not into that today either, apparently. 🙂

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Me, that’s for sure. It’s 10:34 and I’m zonked. I can barely keep my eyes open to write this post. Trust me, once I finish I am hitting the hay. So zzzzzzleeeepy.

Afternoon snacks: A couple of dried dates and 2 tbs of peanut butter straight from the jar. How I love PB.
Dinner: 1 whole margherita pizza from Mandola’s. Sooooo good. The crust is  paper thin and the cheese is BARELY existent…I have to justify my whole pizza somehow!!!

60 minutes of toning exercises at home

Good night!

Oh, and I almost forgot—
Dessert: 1 serving of orange-flavored chocolate. Really good. I forget the brand. Got it at Whole Foods. Have you been to their chocolate section? Pretty darn great…..Hee, hee. One serving makes it sound so small….in reality, 1 serving size is half the bar:)

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