Plan or No Plan

You know when you have something fun coming up, and the days leading up to it just pass by super slowly?

That’s what’s happening to me this week.

My parents and sister are coming into town this week, we have a fun Thursday night planned, the day off on Friday and it’s just taking forever to get here!

My lunch did a good job of filling me up, but I was excited for my 3 pm snack today  :)


I brought one of the Oikos Strawberry yogurts I got last week. I’ve tried the blueberry, but haven’t been able to find the strawberry here. Needless to say, I was excited to try it.


Texture: Great. Same as the other flavors and the plain Oikos.

Taste: Yum!

It’s not the same as putting summer-fresh strawberries in yogurt, but I really liked it! There were chunks of strawberry at the bottom, and it was fun to pull up a little bit of fruit with each bite.


I added a bit of granola to it, too.

The weather today ended up pretty nasty, so I’m really glad we went running yesterday.

We came home and watched the news for a bit (…or I watched an Office rerun while Nick took a nap) before I started on dinner.


Do you ever start making dinner with a plan and end up making something that looks nothing like your original dish?

I love when that happens  ;)


I was going to make stuffed peppers, but once I got everything out, I just wanted dinner to be ready in less time. The best way to do that? Put everything in one dish!

I’m not sure what to call this, but I’ll tell you what’s in it:

  • 1/2 lb. ground bison
  • 1/2 orange and red pepper, diced
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pkg. Uncle Bens Santa Fe 90 second whole grain medley 
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • ancho chile powder
  • smoked paprika
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper

– Saute peppers and mushrooms.

– Add in ground bison with veggies and cook until meat is done. While meat is cooking, heat up grain packet in microwave.

– Season with salt, pepper, ancho chile powder, smoked paprika, onion and garlic powders.

– Stir in grain packet.

– Mix in 1 can drained/rinsed kidney beans.

– Check seasonings, add more if needed.  Garnish with cilantro and serve.


I had the Uncle Ben’s packet and wanted to use it tonight. Originally, I was going to mix that with some veggies and the bison and stuff the peppers.

But…since I sat on the couch for so long watching the news and The Office, I didn’t want to wait that long for dinner.


It turned out great!

We had more steamed broccoli on the side. I don’t know what it is, but I like broccoli for dinner sides a lot. It’s just so easy to make.

This would also be a great vegetarian meal.


I think there may be some pb puffins consumed tonight…


What’s your favorite “fall back” veggie – the one you have the most?

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  1. I feel so plain, I always buy the plain Oikos.
    Definitely broccoli or sweet potato.

  2. MMMmmm that dinner looks incredible! I love spinach and butternut squash, although I’ve been on a beets high lately!

  3. I don’t like flavored yogurt. It always has a weird sweet taste. I prefer adding my own fruit.

    My favorite fall back veggie is broccoli. I like the simplicity of it and being able to add it to stuff as well.

  4. We definitely fall back on salads in this house, I think I like their versatility and the freshness they can add to any meal :)

  5. I love how colorful your dinner turned out!

    I always have broccoli or spinach on hand. They’re my favorites, but not Mr. Spice’s, unfortunately.

  6. i have yet to try that strawberry okios but I have heard it is fantastic!! I need to find it asap!
    love broccoli and beans :) great dinner!

  7. My fall back veggie is usually broccoli. Good ol’ reliable broccoli :)

  8. I know what you mean about anticipation and the week passing so slow – I’m going on a mini trip in a week, am super excited, but the next 7 days will pass so slowly.
    Your dinner looks amazing! So creative. I think my fall back veggies would be mushrooms. I put them in everything and often eat them as a side.

  9. love me some carrots!

    I totally feel the same way, when i know there is something exciting happening the days always seem to go super slow! How exciting that your parents and sister are coming into town! i’m so excited for sure! :)

  10. I love that spoon/fork combo that you used for your yogurt! I’m always looking for fun things like that.

    I think my favorite veggie is definitely sweet potato. I can’t get enough of it.

  11. i’m forever eating spinach. i have it in two forms stocked in my fridge – frozen and fresh baby.

  12. My fav fall back is definitely broccoli. I just love the stuff. :P
    I agree that this week is going by really slowly!

  13. My fav fall back veggie is definitely squash–so much you can do with it and it can stand as a side, dessert, or the main dish!

  14. Nothing’s better than yogurt and granola :D Hmm…my fall back veggie. That’s hard. But probably broccoli.

  15. I hate when weeks drag by!

    My fall-back is def. tomatoes. It’s technically not a veggie, but you know.

  16. Your no-name dinner looks delicious!

    hmm. My fall back on vegetable is probably potatoes – regular or sweet potato, I always have one or the other around

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