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Plannin’ and linkin’

7 Jan


In an effort to make 2012 a ballin’ year, I’m taking the goals I outlined (plus a few others, too) seriously and getting to work on progress. One step that tackles several goals at once is my old friend, meal planning. I wrote a whole post about my method a year and one day ago — ha! What a coincidence. I’m so far out of my normal routine, however, that I decided to get it going the old-fashioned way: with pen and paper.

At the top, I wrote some ideas and then had my mister pick two dinners he’d like to have. I then started to plan out when we would eat what at the bottom. I wrote a grocery list on the next page to make it easier. Basic but easy. I’ll give more details on any successful recipes this week.

I am excited that meal planning addresses more than one of my goals: reducing my dairy (everything I cook this week will be vegan), prioritizing diabetic-friendly meals, making progress on my financial goals (cooking at home is obviously cheaper than eating out all the time), and cooking dinner at home at least three days a week. Hurray for productivity!


I wanted to share a couple of links I loved today:

(from wilton.com)

25 clever ideas to make life easier. (Thanks to Sasha of the amazing Global Table Adventure for the link on Facebook!) I’m all about the walnut, the baby powder, the magnet, the cupcakes in a cone (having first read about them in Eat, Drink and Be Vegan), and the cookie bowls.

Speaking of Global Table, did you hear Sasha on Rick Steves this week? Go listen right now! Sasha’s an amazing cook and blogger and also a great person (and fellow Tulsan).

In some happy news, the Fitnessista is having her baby! Possibly right now. Wow!

I am planning to re-line the drawers in my kitchen because they’re, well, grody. I hit up my friend Google and found this design*sponge tutorial from the Wayback Machine. Easy, cheap, and adorable? Heck yeah!

I was looking for a vegan hot and sour soup recipe that wasn’t full of crazy stuff, and I stumbled onto Kathy’s Slow-Cooker recipe on the FatFree Vegan Kitchen. How amazing does that look?!

Alright, friends. I’m off to do tackle my some more goals (cooking dinner and doing yoga — did I mention I’m sick? From whence comes this energy?). I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!


Two health links

26 Jul

I read two different health stories that I wanted to share with you lovely folks. Here’s the first:

1. Rethink the Food Label. I saw this article linked by Michael Pollan on Twitter. In short, it announces the top-three picks in a challenge to redesign food labeling in more user-friendly and intuitive ways. Here’s the winner:

And here’s my favorite, which came in second:

What’s your favorite label?

2. McDonald’s Trims Its Happy Meal. OK, I’m sure no reader of my blog will jump for joy at this article, but do you think it’s a step in the right direction or a band-aid on an open wound? I tend to lean toward the latter. And the question I’m really interested in: how do you feel about toys in kids’ meals? I honestly don’t care one lick; it’s the quality of the food that interests me.

I can’t wait to hear your feedback!

Wednesday Cravings

1 Jun

My pantry and fridge are not exactly well stocked this week. In fact, I’m so broke that I hear an echo every time I open my purse. It’s tragic, but what’s a girl to do? Look at other blogs and drool over their delicious creations, of course, and await a more fruitful day (i.e. Friday, ‘cause it’s payday).

 Here’s what I’m craving from the world of food blogs right now:

Angela is always creating something fresh and delicious. Well, I assume delicious, though I just realized I’ve never made any of her dishes. A crime, right? This creamy, dreamy cucumber salad may change all of that, though: Refreshing Cucumber Salad with Creamy Mint Dressing. Oh my.  

I only very recently discovered Spabettie‘s *gorgeous* blog. Today she is featuring a sandwich made from two delightfully green spinach pancakes.  Genius, no? I would dress mine differently – I’m thinking eggless salad or maybe avocado and veggies – but how beautiful is that little guy?

Another recent addition to my blog roll, Garlic and Sea Salt has left me with a tahini-and-roasted-veggies craving: Spring Roasted Vegetables with Tahini Dressing. And panko breadcrumbs? I would never have thought to add those.

Caroline always has tasty-but-simple ideas on her menu. This week, I’m drooling over fresh corn, thanks to her summer salad. I need to grill some corn on the cob soon.

Gena, whose recipes never fail me, posted a simple picture at the bottom of her post of a kale salad. I don’t know what the deal is, but it threw my salivary glands into overdrive.

Alicia makes healthy food absolutely delicious. I can’t stop thinking about her Pumpkin Pie Mousse that is both vegan and totally nutritious. Doesn’t it sound amazing? I think it’ll be dessert next week.

And here’s a bonus one from Angela: Vegetable and Edamame Pasta with Basil Cream Sauce. Gah! How do you do it? I am so, so hungry.

I guess today’s theme is a craving for fresh spring veggies, no? All of these recipes make me wish I had brought something more green and lovely than leftover chili and rice.

So, friends, I have two meals to prepare (one dinner and one lunch) before payday. Food stuff I have is basically the following (plus pantry staples):

  • Red lentils
  • Quinoa
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Tahini
  • Lemon
  • Swiss chard
  • Garlic
  • Scallions
  • Mung bean sprouts
  • Blue new potatoes

 Who has suggestions? I’m thinking of a veggie-quinoa salad with tahini dressing for lunch tomorrow and this recipe as part of dinner, but I would love other ideas!