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Mushy Dinner and Top Chef

After the dog park, I went home and Michael made me dinner. He made me ravioli for dinner because it was soft and I could eat it.

Since I haven’t been able to eat much, I was starving. My stomach felt hollow and grumbly. Michael made the ravioli and put pesto on it. I ate the 1 serving and was still so hungry. He made me a second serving. I was okay for calories so I wasn’t too worried.

It was tasty and I was able to eat them.

While I ate my ravioli, we watched last night’s Top Chef episode. Anyone else see it? I don’t want to ruin it for anyone…

Last week was a bit of a controversial episode. One of the contestants, Alex, allegedly stole another contestant’s pea puree! I was so shocked. I’ve never liked Alex on the show and that sealed the deal for me. Not only did the editing imply that Alex stole the puree, he WON that week’s competition. With the pea puree.

Last night’s episode was about ethnic cuisine. The “Quick Challenge” was cool. The chefs had to create Ethiopian dishes. I happen to love Ethiopian food, so that was a cool challenge. I won’t talk about the rest of the episode in case I spoil it for other people!

QUESTION: What did you think about the “pea puree” scandal?


Playing Catch-Up

Life has been a bit of a whirlwind in the last week or two! I wrote a lot of posts about our weekend in Hood River. Lots of photos and lots of good food! Because of that, I’ve slacked off a bit on the food blogging aspect and wanted to share a few of the yummy meals we’ve made since we got home.

First was our weekly Steak Night. YUM! I picked up a sirloin steak and Michael grilled it up outside with Worcestershire sauce and steak seasoning. While he was doing that, I made the salad and the Trader Joe’s gnocchi with pesto. It’s such a delicious combo! But then, doesn’t pesto go deliciously with almost everything?

This steak cut I picked up was a tad on the fatty side but it was still delicious.

Mmm love that pesto!

The next meal was last night’s fajitas. We had leftover steak (uncooked) from the steak night on Monday. It wasn’t enough to eat as “Steak” but too much for just one person to eat. Solution? Fajitas!

We walked to the store and picked up some things we needed. Michael worked on the fajitas part and I was the sous chef: chopping all the “fixings”.

I opened a “cheap” bottle of wine that was surprisingly really good!

Michael made guacamole with avocado, garlic and chopped jalapenos. I added chopped tomato to it and some sour cream. It was a great addition. Since we snacked on tortilla chips and guac while cooking, I only had one fajita for dinner.

It was so tasty!

Last week before we left for our vacation, I made some REALLY good quesadillas for lunch! We had leftover rotisserie chicken and I used that in the quesadillas with black beans, olives and cheese. It was delicious if I do say so myself!

Lunch was served:

Yummy Lunch

I previously mentioned that I received some POM from POM Wonderful. I feel like it’s too high in calories and a tad sweet, so I ‘ve started to dilute it. I’ve had it with my breakfast this week in diluted form.

Lots of good eatin’!

Low Key Dinner

I felt sucked of all energy yesterday. By the time I got home from work, I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on cooking. First, I made a salad using the fresh greens from our friends.

Fresh Greens

I used green and red leaf lettuce and spinach. I realized the leftover chickpeas I wanted to use were bad. 😦 Tossed those! The salad entailed:




-Blue Cheese

-Orange Peppers

-Sliced black olives

-Fresh pepper and oil and balsamic vinegar

The salad was good. I also cooked some spinach ravioli from Costco and topped it with pesto. It may look ugly, but it’s delicious!

While I was making dinner, the skies seemed to explode. There was an intense downpour, thunder, and hail! Fat Kitty was fascinated by the hail.


We watched this week’s episode of “Lost,” “The Middle” and “Modern Family.” I was so exhausted, I don’t even remember falling asleep!

I’ve been doing the Foam Roller every night and I did it this morning too. I can’t remember the last time I was this sore from a run! I so don’t understand it. And using the Foam Roller on my IT Band is brutal.

I don’t know what is in store for me this weekend. It’s the first weekend in months that we weren’t training for Reach the Beach. I suppose I have a touch of the “After Race Blues.”

QUESTION: Where you live are you actually experiencing spring weather? Or is it crazy weather like it is in the Northwest?

Pesto Delish Dish

Dinner was for one this Sunday night. The BF wasn’t hungry and I made dinner for myself. While I was cooking, I ate my strawberries.


I had a Trader Joe’s Belle Mer: Alaskan Salmon stuffed with a savory blend of long grain rice, surimi crab meat, Monterrey jack cheese, bay shrimp and seasonings. It’s in the frozen section of Trader Joe’s and it’s only 340 calories. It’s a nice thing to have on hand in the freezer for nights you really don’t want to put forth much effort. I made some Gnocchi too and topped it with pesto.

Pesto in Bulk!

Here is my dinner and it was delicious:


I’ve been watching Season 3 of Mad Men. I’m on the season finale (it’s great). Not really looking forward to Monday. But who is?

Julie over at Pickley Pear picked my number for her Giveaway! Awesome. I can’t wait to try the Gnu Bars. 🙂 And on a side note, if any companies want to send me stuff to giveaway I’d love to have my own contest!

I came in a little over my calories for today but I’m not beating myself up over it. First, I swam today. Second, I burned an INSANE amount of calories yesterday–and wasn’t even able to eat all of those burned calories no matter how hard I tried. Lastly, Reach the Beach is in 6 days. 6 days! I’m excited, nervous, and also wishing I had taken this Friday off from work to relax. Oh well. I know for next time!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Must. Eat. Food.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to really make anything for dinner after my session on the trainer last night, but my stomach told me otherwise. I made a salad similar to the one I made on Monday night: lots of veggies, garbanzo beans, a few croutons, oil and balsamic vinegar. This time I topped the salad with a little of the leftover pulled pork. I also made a serving of gnocchi and added a little pesto to the top.

A 5 Minute Dinner

This morning, I had my Scottish Oats and for snack later I am trying Siggi yogurt for the first time!

My First Time

Dinner last night was fantastic! It was my first time having gnocchi! 🙂

All day yesterday I was feeling overly hungry and while I was swimming I just wanted it to be over with so I could eat! I hate when that happens! Michael made steak for dinner. As a side, we cooked up the gnocchi I got from Trader Joe’s. I’ve never had it before and had no idea what to expect. Basically, you put the potato gnocchi in boiling water for a few minutes and when it rises to the top (sort of like Ravioli) it’s done.

GnocchiI measured out two servings from the package and followed the directions. While Michael was cooking the steak, I also steamed the broccoli. And poured the libations! I had two glasses of the red wine we bought last weekend in Seattle. Michael had a pint of whiskey (OK not really, it was more water than whiskey!). Michael said he was hungry all day too. But he tends to get up early in the morning (5:45ish…that will never be my routine!) and ride his bike on the trainer for an hour!


Like I said, dinner turned out great. The steak was done perfectly and the steamed broccoli still had a little crunch to it. I added some butter, salt and pepper to the veggies too. The gnocchi was a little strange at first. It was squishy but I liked the texture a lot. I put some pesto on the gnocchi and that went well with the rest of the dinner too.

Best Dinner

Since I haven’t really been drinking on a steady basis lately, the wine really went to my head quickly. Michael surprised me by buying some chocolate cake for dessert! I have no idea what possessed him since he’s not a dessert person. But I’m glad he did! It was so moist and gooey! I can’t remember the last time I had chocolate cake!

Cake for Two

He split the cake for us to share. It was very rich. I have a confession to make: I ate too much cake. About half way through my piece, I was pretty full and honestly didn’t need to eat the rest of the cake. But I still ate it…. I only feel mildly guilty about not just stopping. I certainly didn’t need the calories. I should have listened to my body and stopped when it said it was full. I have a hard time throwing away food, or wasting food, or not “cleaning my plate.” Growing up that’s what I heard from my parents “Clean your plate.” I think it was a generational thing. My solution as an adult is to not “fill” my plate in the first place. Then I don’t feel guilty about throwing away food.

Oh well. The cake was tasty! And it was a romantic surprise from Michael. 🙂

QUESTION: Do you feel guilty if you throw food away?