And the winner is….

Come on…you didn’t think I would announce it at the BEGINNING of this post, did you?  :)




This afternoon, I had a snack at work before we went running.


0% Fage, some pom seeds, and 1/3 cup TJ’s high fiber cereal that has the dried fruits/nuts in it (I forgot the name)




Good mix of protein, fiber, and antioxidants!


Our run today was good, but a little shorter than normal because we ran a new route near campus. It was nice to be outside, though!  I’m excited for spring!!!


Dinner was good and was definitely a complete and balanced meal.





I based this meal off a recipe from the August/September 2008 issue of Taste of Home’s Healthy Cooking. This looks like a magazine, but it’s basically a small cookbook! It has tons of recipes! I need to look for more of these.


My name for it? “I Got What You Need One-Pot Wonder”

My version included:

  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 3 cups broth
  • 1 cup quick cooking barley
  • 1 cup bulgur
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup leftover steamed peas
  • 1 lb. lean ham, cubed
  • parsley
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • hot sauce


  1. Cook onion, pepper, and carrots until softened (can use some oil, butter, whatever you have/want)
  2. Add in broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Stir in barley and bulgur, reduce to a simmer.
  4. Let cook until grains are done/most of the broth is absorbed.
  5. Stir in corn, beans, peas, ham, and seasonings.
  6. Serve!


This made a TON – which is good, because we’ll need it this week for leftovers/lunches  :)


So colorful, right?    We had some steamed broccoli on the side.  Did we need MORE veggies with dinner? Who knows…I just wanted some broccoli! I also drizzled a little olive oil over my meal.




Okay….so the moment you’ve all been waiting for.


First – thank you SO much to everyone who participated!  I am so happy with how my first 2 experiences with the BSI have been – it is so fun to see what people can come up with!


I recruited my husband in picking the winner tonight, so we went through and looked at ALL the submissions, looked at the pictures, read through the ingredients and instructions, etc.


How was I supposed to choose when I have entries with polenta croutons, crabcake quiche, and steak spinach rolls


We finally got it narrowed down to a few….but one recipe just stuck out to both of us. I checked and re-checked the ingredients to see that I could actually find everything here – and I could. 


My criteria for this week’s contest was that the recipe be:

  1. Creative, and
  2. Accessible


I will say, I’m glad I didn’t put “ease of recipe”, because I couldn’t have picked this recipe as the winner if I had.




the winner of BSI Spinach is….


Sarah, from Tales of Expansion for her  Citrus-Berry Spinach & Goat Cheese Ravioli with Balsamic Glaze !!!!


Congrats Sarah!!! Please email me so we can figure out the details of your prize from The Chocolate Spike!


At first, I wasn’t sure I could find all the ingredients, but I think it’s because the recipe was just a bit more complicated than some of the others that I kind of glossed over the ingredients the first time I read it.


If you have NOT looked at her recipe, do so now!!! The mix of spinach, oranges, balsamic, and goat cheese sounds and LOOKS amazing  :) It is something I would have never thought of putting together and something I’ve never really seen before in any other recipes, which is what put it over the edge.


Thanks again for everyone who participated – Nick and I wanted to try every single recipe after looking at them, and that’s after we had just eaten dinner!!! 



Make sure to go see Mara tomorrow for this week’s BSI contest!  She’ll be picking/announcing the ingredient sometime tomorrow.



  1. YIPPEE!!!! That recipe looks amazing!
    You gotta send me the BSI stuff :)

  2. Oh wow that is awesome! Congratulations Sarah!
    And oh wow, that is one tasty dish you whipped up!

  3. hooooray!! Besides my own, that was the one I was rooting for! :)


  5. Thats what I would have picked too!
    Congrats to Sarah!

  6. so many great recipes, indeed!

  7. congrats to Sarah, sounds yummy!

  8. the broccoli for dinner looks amazing :)

  9. what a beee-you-tiful picture of your yogurt!

    and THANKS FOR CHOOSING ME!!!! i’m so excited! i will email you pronto :-).

    thanks to everyone else who participated as for whipping up such tasty dishes … i’m definitely going to give some of those a go!

  10. What a great dinner you made! And congrats to Sarah, you culinary creative genius!

  11. Congrats Sarah! That ravioli looks amazing.

    LOL I love your one pot wonder recipe title. :)

  12. ahhh i love pom seeds – miss them terribly!

    your one pot dinner sounds great!

  13. Congrats to you!

    I had some of that cereal as part of my breakfast this morning too. Hooray for TJ’s!!

  14. congrats sarah!! it sounds amazing!!!

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