Leftovers to the Rescue!

Ah….the long awaited post. I’ve been waiting all day for this! I was so upset I didn’t have my cord at work.


I’m telling you – lunch was not very exciting or filling!  I hate when I pack my lunch the night before thinking it will be great and then I don’t really want it when it’s time to eat. This is why I wish I could eat at home!

Oh well – it still tasted good. It just didn’t hold me very long, so I was pretty hungry this afternoon.

Tomato and Basil Soup



Steamed mixed veggies



and a hard boiled egg for some protein!



I didn’t have much for snacks at work, so I ended up having this princess sucker I got at work. It didn’t fill me up at all, but it did take my mind off my stomach for a while.



Nick and I were heading to some friends’ house after work, so I brought leftovers to eat in my office.

Glamorous? No.

But if we didn’t bring dinner with us, we would have to drive 30 minutes home, eat, and then turn around and drive 30 minutes back out to town and then go back home. So….leftovers in the office it was  :)

We ate some of the leftover ww gnocchi/chard/white bean meal from Sunday night.


Yum – these leftovers had even more flavor tonight!


We had about an hour to burn before heading over to their house, so we went to a bookstore to look around and got some snacks. I didn’t want any actual food, but my stomach wasn’t filled yet, so I got a fat free steamer with some sugar free amaretto syrup in it.



I have to say – I haven’t had splenda/artificial sweeteners in a while, and my stomach is all bubbly! Do you think it’s from that?


Now that we’re home, I’m snacking on some popcorn with olive oil and salt, blogging, and watching AI. I’m having a super hungry day for some reason.




Today has been a loooooong, hard day – I’m going to sit here, relax, and possibly look through my new ww magazine that showed up today.


cartoon_heart (photo courtesy of Greta Yorsh)

I’m so excited about starting a heart health series on Bran Appetit! I’m starting to get my ideas together and I hope to have the first part posted sometime in the next week. If there’s anything in particular you’re interested in (general heart health, heart healthy meals, exercise, etc), let me know and I’ll try my best to incorporate it into the series!

Links of the Day

Spooky silence: That’s the best way to describe the office today. It’s just strange and sad and eerily quiet.

Good thing I’ve been slammed all morning! It’s kind of kept my mind off of things a little bit. I’m serious, though – I just got through all the emails that were waiting for me. Blech. Plus, I still have other things to do this afternoon that I haven’t even started on!  It’s one of those days.

My oatmeal held me over wonderfully! You can’t go wrong with a big bowl of oatmeal  :)

I was about to post my lunch and realized I left my camera cord at home! I can just put my memory card in my laptop at home, but I have to use the cord on my work computer, so no pictures right now. Don’t worry – lunch wasn’t that exciting, but you’ll get to see it later regardless.

In lieu of lunch pictures, I thought I would let Roxy bring you some afternoon links


Yes, this is what she does almost all day, every day. Oh, to have the life of a cat…

  • BSI has been announced today! Get crackin’ on those recipes!
  • Caitlin will be announcing her contest for a Road ID tomorrow – but just check it out and don’t enter so I have a better chance of winning it! :)
  • How to Eat for a Killer Immunity
  • Beadie’s BBQ contest ends today – I hope you entered!
  • Breakfast can keep you lean?  Bring. it. on. big breakfast.

See you later for lunch recap and dinner!

Thanks for all the feedback about the heart health series – I’ll start working on it! I’m excited  :)

Big Bowl of Happiness

All I could think about last night was a big bowl of oatmeal.


Because I finally remembered to buy more pumpkin yesterday! And because oatmeal is quite possibly my favorite food ever.


Banana Pumpkin Trail Mix Oats



  • 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, pinch salt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • lots of cinnamon
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 3 Tbsp Nuts Over Raspberries TJ’s mix




Big bowl of oatmeal = big bowl of happiness


Plus some Hokie Milk -



See you for lunch!


Would you be interested in seeing a heart health series on this blog?

Easy Spicy Dinner

After doing some prep work for this week’s lunches, I started on dinner. Nick came home a bit early, so dinner was earlier than normal – which was great, because I was starving!


I made Curried Lentils from Heather’s site, plus some kale cooked with onion, ginger, and the same spices.



I was planning on making brown jasmine rice to have with dinner, but that got switched to barley. I wanted to make a barley/fruit/chicken salad for lunches this week, so I cooked the barley and got the rest of it mixed up…..and then decided to just leave the barley out so Nick could use some chicken salad for lunches, too.



Barley already made? or jasmine rice which takes 40 minutes to cook?  Easy choice  :)


This meal was so good and so spicy! Plus, I felt good knowing there were so many superfoods in this meal!:

  • ginger
  • lentils
  • tomatoes
  • turmeric
  • kale
  • curry


Thanks for all the notes earlier  -  I really appreciate it.


See you for breakfast – I am excited for that!

Bad News Blogger

Well, at  first my only bad news was that I left my camera at home and didn’t  get pictures of lunch.

Just in case you want to know, I met Nick at a mexican place and I got a veggie quesadilla with some guacamole salad.


Around 1 pm, I got a phone call from my supervisor that one of our co-workers had a heart attack on the way in to work today and passed away.


Needless to say, I’m still kind of in shock and not really sure what to do or type. Grocery shopping took me twice as long  as normal….I just walked around the store looking at random stuff for a while, after I already had everything in my basket that I needed. I just couldn’t think straight or get it off my mind.



Sorry for such a sad post, I’m just really still in shock about it. He’s the one that shared all those chocolates with us last week, and he was always hilarious and so nice to everyone. Tomorrow is going to be very hard.



In food news, I’m currently drinking a chocolate cherry shake made with a WW chocolate smoothie mix, skim milk, and frozen cherries.





I don’t want to end this post on such a depressing and sad note, so here are 5 random things you probably don’t know about me:

  1. I eat and write with my left hand, but throw and use scissors with my right.
  2. My favorite color is green.
  3. I just graduated with a Masters of Science in Health Promotion in December!
  4. I love anything “I Love Lucy” – it’s one of my favorite shows of all time.
  5. Nick and I housesat for a family friend/mentor and got to bottle feed deer while we stayed there.





See you for dinner

Home Sweet Oatmeal

Good morning!

So…..I had my choice to go in to work today or take the day off without having to use any leave hours. I decided to stay home so I can clean up the house, do some laundry, and get groceries  since we were out of town this weekend.  And because I’m on a roll of only working 4 day work weeks for 2009 so far (except for one week) – I don’t know how this has happened, but I decided I shouldn’t stop the trend if I didn’t have to  :)


I woke up wanting eggs and oatmeal, but then I saw Nick making oatmeal and his bowl decided for me!


Brandi’s Original (aka, the only way I would eat oatmeal at first)

  • 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, pinch salt, 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • cinnamon
  • skim milk



Before mixing




After mixing, with a topping of a little skim milk





Plus some really good coffee Nick made





I’m off to start on my to do list for today -


What’s on your list for today?