Easy Indian

Blech. I think I’m having a bad reaction to that flu shot. I’ve never had one before – I never get them – and I just feel sick tonight.

Work this afternoon was pretty good – a little slow, but I was able to get some stuff done.

I snacked on some Oikos + this little mini Luna bar!


I like having something sweet with the tart yogurt. It’s the perfect combination.


I started feeling kind of off right before leaving work, so I was happy that dinner was quick and easy tonight.

No leftovers, but I did have some help from Trader Joe’s again!


After seeing these mixes on Erin’s blog all the time, I finally remember to buy a few when I went to Trader Joe’s for my quarterly trip.


Such a great ingredient list!

I also tried this new mix with dinner tonight. Now, I normally like making my own rice/grains, but this one sounded pretty good and the ingredients weren’t too bad, either.


This was brown rice, quinoa, and roasted garlic! A great base for the Indian mix.


I wasn’t sure what else to have with it or on the side, so I took 1.5 cups of frozen green beans and heated them in a pan until they were thawed. Then I added the TJ’s packet and 1 cup or so of tomato sauce.


While the green bean mix was heating through, I cooked the rice packet in the microwave and toasted a piece of TJ’s whole wheat Naan for each of us.



I love this Naan – so chewy! And the Dal Makhani was great. I loved all the spices in the mix, and it went great with the rice mixture and green beans.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do tonight…maybe take a bath with my book? I’m going to try to stay awake for the first part of the Top Chef finale…but we’ll see. Those 10 pm shows are hard to watch! I always end up missing the very end.

I do think I’ll do my hand scrub/lotion stuff since I painted my nails last night.

I guess we’ll see how motivated I am once I hit publish ;)


Needles No Good


I got my HINI shot today. :(

Did I mention I hate needles?  Boo.

I’m not sure if I actually needed it, but I do work at an educational institution, so I thought it would be good to get – especially since they were offering it at work today…uh, for $20!!!

Am I the only one who thought flu shots were free? Oh well.

I ended up going over to the clinic today on part of my lunch break, so I ate even faster than normal!


I pulled a serving of the meatball + pasta dish from last week out of the freezer for the main part of my lunch, and had some broccoli + celery + hummus on the side, along with a clementine.



Red tomatoes + orange clementine + purple eggplant in pasta, skin on + green broccoli and celery + white garbanzos in hummus = good variety of colors today.



Lunch, alongside my “Office Quote for Today””

(At Dwight’s Beet Farm)

Jim: I’d say one in six.

Pam: What?

Jim: I thought you asked me what our chances were of being murdered here tonight.

I love this little calendar – each day’s quote makes me laugh!


What is/was your favorite sitcom?

Some of my favorites:

Full House

Growing Pains

Family Matters

Boy Meets World


Perfect Strangers

The Office

How I Met Your Mother



Happy Humpday!

This week feels like it’s going by fast for some reason – that’s always a good thing after you get back from a break.

The only bad thing about today? It is nasty here – pouring down rain and only in the 40s…all day long.

I did have a good breakfast to start the day, though.


I made the same breakfast I had on Monday – it was so good, I just couldn’t wait to have it again!


I’m sure it may have to do with those chocolate covered coffee beans ;)


  • 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, pinch salt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • cinnamon!
  • 1/4 cup TJ’s trail mix, choc. coffee beans saved for top



Oh! and I did get my nails painted last night :)



I used my Essie Real Simple color for my fingernails, and this OPI color (Wine Me, Dine Me) on my toes.


I love dark colors on my toes, but I always chip it so easily on my fingernails!



Random question, but a fun one!

What’s your favorite Christmas decoration (at your house or family’s)?

Mine is this blinking green + red wreath that my parents always hang over the fireplace every year. We’ve had it forever, and it is not Christmas until that wreath is up and blinking away.


Trader Joe’s Day

It was chilly today! No rain, thank goodness, but you can tell winter is coming.

Nick and I had to go to the post office at lunch to mail some stuff and you want to know what I did?!?

I felt so dumb.

I had 2 envelopes  – one already had a stamp, and I needed to buy a stamp for the other.

Well, I dropped one in the “out of town” box without double checking, and I dropped in the letter without the stamp! Doh!

So…I had to ask the guy at the counter to get it out of the pile so I could buy a stamp for it…I’m sure he’s had that happen before, but still! I’m such a dork.

I snacked on some broccoli, celery and TJ’s garlic hummus this afternoon while working.


This garlic hummus is so good! Super, super garlicky, and I don’t care if I can’t really talk to anyone after eating it. It’s that good.

And dinner tonight was a new recipe!


Chicken and Spinach Tortilla Bake


I saw this recipe in a Rachael Ray magazine at my parents’ house this weekend, and it went right on the menu plan!


I ended up making a few changes, but it still turned out great. And it was easy and quick, which are my favorite things for weeknight dinners.


  • I used leftover rotisserie chicken instead of cooking it tonight
  • 1 only used 1/2 cup part skim ricotta + 3/4 cup TJ’s Green Salsa
  • I forgot the red onion!
  • 5 corn tortillas instead of 4 flour
  • I only used about 1.5 – 2 oz. of a pepper jack cheese that grated over the top


This was tasty – I’m liking all the tortillas we’re having this week ;) The TJ’s green salsa is just a little bit spicy, and it went perfectly with the ricotta, tortillas, and spinach.

Our side dish was just a mixture of frozen peppers + onions, corn, and black beans with some garlic, salt, and scallions.

And now…dessert.

Also from TJ’s :)


I bought these cookies the last time I went to Trader Joe’s, and we never even got to bring them home. We opened them at my parent’s house, shared with everyone, and I only got 1.5 cookies!

This time…we waited to open them until we got home. Sneaky.


And, as I’m eating my 2 cookies, there’s only 1 left which Nick just ate. I’m glad I grabbed my 2 when I did! He is a cookie monster, so I have to make sure I grab what I want, or I’ll miss out :)

I think I’m going to paint my nails tonight…that didn’t happen last night and my lunch is already packed.