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Simple Tomato and Meat Sauce

19 Jan

This is really simple and satisfying served over pasta and veggies!

Julie’s Tomato and Meat Sauce

  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 can Italian Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/4 lb browned beef

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add garlic and onion to olive oil. Heat until onions are fragrant and translucent. Add can of tomatoes with juice. Crumble beef and mix everything together. Simmer until heated through.


Good lunch idea and other randomosity

14 Jan

I’m kind of cranky and anti-chatty so I think list form is the best tonight:

1. I must make this lunch wrap again: in a tortilla (in this order)- refried beans, cooked quinoa, ketchup, 1 chopped up microwaved egg, and shredded cheddar. Delicious when wrapped and eaten cold later!

2. I am tired of people (aka. friends) talking about what they eat, when, why, blah blah around me! I am NOT judging anyone for their food choices. People always apologize or make comments when they eat something unhealthy or enjoy a “bad” food. IT NEEDS TO STOP. I really don’t care. At all. I really have to start speaking up more but it just gets really old really fast when people say these kinds of things. It’s hard to be serious and polite about telling people to stop.

3. Not sure why I’m cranky? I tried to nap after class but all I did was watch “Dallas Divas and Daughters” – which, btw, is my new obsession (for research purposes!). I have some fun plans this weekend and don’t work until Sunday evening. I have the Senior Blacktie Blackout tonight and then the 111 Days until Graduation party at another bar on Saturday night! I hope to come out with lots of fun pictures 🙂

That’s all for now… must.try.smiling.



Southwest “Fried” Quinoa

14 Jan

I loved this high protein, vegetarian dinner!

  • 1/2 C cooked Quinoa
  • 1 small onion (or 1/2 large), chopped
  • 1/2 clove minced garlic
  • 1/3 C frozen corn
  • Mixed fresh or frozen chopped red pepper, broccoli, mushroom
  • 1 egg
  • Adobo seasoning, to taste
  • Cumin, to taste
  • shredded cheddar cheese, optional for topping
  • salsa, optional for topping

Add onion to pan sprayed with Pam. Cook until starting to soften and then add garlic. Saute about 1 minute until fragrant and add frozen veggies. Cover with lid and cook for about 3 minutes. Add quinoa and seasoning to taste, and cover. After about 4 minutes, make a space in the center of the pan, spray with Pam, and crack egg. Scramble with spoon or spatula. Scramble in center until about half-way cooked and then combine with the rest of the quinoa mixture. Remove from heat, sprinkle cheese, salsa, and pepper to taste.

Enjoy! I didn’t include a picture because I’m sure that would have actually discourage the making of this recipe 🙂 Let’s just say my talent does NOT lie in food photography!

Last night I made these brownies! I’d been planning on it for a while and finally got around to it. I got the idea to make a batch of brownies and then freeze them individually for later from this Gina post! I can’t wait to take one out, pop it in the microwave and have a delicious dessert whenever I want! I’ve been sharing the secret with anyone who will listen 🙂

What else… oh yes, snow day yesterday!!



Long Day

6 Jan

Yesterday was such a LONG day… but good! It’s funny how a “long” day is almost always associated with a “bad” day!

I was super productive in the morning and went to the bank, got drug tested (for new job), changed coins into paper cash at another bank, visited Auntie Mary, and went to A&P to do my first round of back-to-school grocery shopping all before lunch!

The visit with Auntie was short and really weird… She kept thinking I was Kiera because she couldn’t “see” me in my expressions and appearance? Odd. Oh well, at least the visit was pretty short because she wanted to me leave! I’m not sure why, but the flu is going around the assisted living home so I was happy to get out of there ASAP!

I had lunch with Mrs. Barber, Sean and Kait at Pazzo in Red Bank. It was very nice inside! I had the “make your own salad”. Which was really good but pretty over-priced. ($14 plus an extra $6 for grilled shrimp!). It was nice but I’m not sure why we didn’t just have lunch together at home and save the money!

After that, my Mom and I went on a monster grocery shopping trip! At Target we got all kinds of dry goods for the house and me (like cereal, nuts, almond milk, granola bars, and paper goods). Then it was off to Costco, where I got lots of other fun goodies 🙂 I even got a really awesome set of 3 Contigo water bottles for $16! What a deal.

After all of that, I really didn’t feel like working out…. so I didn’t! I was sore and just wanted to lounge and have dinner. I’m glad I made that choice. I’m sure I would have been fine, but listening to my body was just more important. After a dinner of baked brie, roasted brussel sprouts, and grapes (plus a mini-weinie or two…) I was determined to make some cookies for my little sister!

Kiera has been wanted Carr’s Ginger Lemon Cremes to have with tea for a week or two. My Mom looked everywhere but couldn’t find them! So, I decided to make them myself!

I used this recipe, and although they were not as ginger-y because of the missing crystallized ginger, they got rave reviews from the peanut gallery family 🙂

And as if that was not a full enough day, I watched Modern Family with Kiera and Mom, and then “Easy A” with Sean and Jill! Phew. The movie was really cute 🙂

Overall a great, packed day!

Be back later with more action!


A New Year

2 Jan

I’m not sure what it is, but I can’t seem to stay dedicated to this blog!! I ALWAYS think about things I should post about and remember but somehow, it just doesn’t make it to the computer…

I think there are a few reasons for this:

1. I love to read other blogs and “waste” so much of my free time doing so. I’m always running out of time!!

2. It sometimes feels like work to write a post- I feel the need to write creatively and/or post pictures! The simple answer to this dilemma is simply to stop blogging. The problem is, I really love having the documentation and space to share my thoughts. I think I just need to make it less of a “big deal” to post something. I just need to write and not stress about how good it is… story of my life!

Just like I tell my clients- they key to success in fitness is consistency. I’m going to go ahead and claim that it’s going to be the same in blogging.

A lot has happened in the past month that I haven’t captured so here are a few of my favorite pictures from the end of 2010!

Thanksgiving at the Goldstein's

Celebrated 4 YEARS!

Took a full-time job in DALLAS, TEXAS!

Went out with friends

Thanked my clients for a great semester!

Missed my flight to Boca 😦

Cooked and baked my heart out for a wonderful Christmas

Sean and I split Christmas events for the first time

Enjoyed a lovely Christmas morning 🙂

Shopped 'til I dropped!

I don’t have New Year’s Eve pictures yet but hopefully I can snag some off of Facebook soon!

I hope I continue this trend into the new year…. wish me luck!!


Chicken Enchiladas

19 Nov

Chicken Enchiladas

makes 6 enchiladas

~1.5 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast

olive oil

1 green pepper, sliced into stips

minced garlic

6 whole wheat tortillas, small- med size

shredded cheddar cheese

green chile enchilada sauce

Saute chicken in skillet until lightly browned. Remove to bowl to cool slightly. Add more olive oil to pan and saute pepper and minced garlic. When chicken in lightly cooled, shred with two forks. In 8×8 inch pan, add a tortilla and roll with chicken, a few slices of pepper, a spoonful of enchilada sauce, and a small handful of cheese. Continue until pan is full.

Top with sauce followed by cheese.

Bake in 350° degree oven for 20 minutes covered in foil. Uncover and bake until cheese is melted.

Whole Wheat Pancakes

12 Sep

This will definitely be my go-to recipe for Sunday morning pancakes!

Whole Wheat Pancakes

  • 1¼ C whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1¼ C almond milk
  • 1 egg

Makes 10 small/medium pancakes