Veggie Lasagna Encore + Cookie Fail


First off, Marie guessed my sister’s oatmeal design from yesterday – nice work!




I love my brunches dearly, but they totally throw off my eating. I rarely show photos of my snacks but that’s mainly because I rarely snack. I like to have 3 solid meals every day with snacks thrown in on occasion to make up for light meals or for work-out fuel.


Today, at around 4pm, I started getting the munchies, so I grabbed a couple handfuls of pretzels, a couple pickles, a handful of almonds, and a couple Hi-Chews. So random…I know!

Anywho, snacks or not, I still plan to enjoy many more brunches – they are simply too wonderful to miss. :) I’ll have to plan out better snacks next time. I just really wanted something salty, something tangy, and something sweet.

Sis and I did MASSIVE cleaning in the house. We:

  • scrubbed the guest bathroom floor
  • cleaned the toilets
  • wiped the bathroom countertops
  • scrubbed the tile shower – floors, walls, doors, cracks, crevices, you name it
  • hung a new shower curtain
  • cleaned the sinks
  • organized the living room
  • reviewed a couple “junk” boxes

I love being so productive.


Random Bailey shot.



He told us when it was dinner time for him.

Feeeeed me Seymore!


After all the cleaning, we worked up an appetite. (I put the lasagna back in the oven at 350 for about 45 minutes while we worked away – it’s so much better re-heated in the oven IMO than in the microwave).

I started with a local lettuce salad with sunflower seeds and rosemary balsamic dressing.



Sis requested olive oil with fresh cracked pepper for dipping our bread. I added balsamic vinegar b/c it’s a must in my dipping bowl.




The lasagna was still delicious Day #2. Especially topped with some fresh-grated parmesan and served with some rosemary bread (drizzled with EVOO, sprinkled with salt, re-heated in the oven at 200 degrees F – tastes fresh-baked! Mmm….


The local TV stations reported severe weather, so Sis decided to stay one more night. We decided to bake in our PJ’s.



The cookies looked promising.


But they totally spread out together to be a big cookie blog. The texture wasn’t quite right either. Gotta work on this one some more. Practice makes perfect, right?! You’ll never learn if you don’t make mistakes.


I mean, the cookie was still edible and tasted darn good, too! I just wasn’t 100% satisfied with the texture (or flavor).


I made bedtime tea for me and Sis. I’ve been letting her pick her mugs and bowls all weekend and tonight she chose a mug to match mine.


We had the tea just in time to catch a wild ride – a scary hail storm! Luckily, the storm was over quickly, but it was so LOUD!

Gave myself another mini facial tonight. My skin feels so soft! I hope this new routine works out and doesn’t irritate my skin. Time will tell and then I’ll be telling you. ;)

Do you ever look back at a weekend and wonder how you fit everything in that you did? This weekend was so much FUN! I love my lazy weekends, but jam-packed ones are pretty awesome, too. Now, if I could just squeeze in some much-needed yard work! :lol:

I’m actually looking forward to Monday and not just because of Starbucks Monday. Mondays are like a chance to start fresh and I’m planning to go into mine with a positive attitude. Here we gooooo!

Prep Day Sunday



I prepped a couple things for Prep Day Sunday. I started with some marinated kale. I’m still perfecting the recipe, but I think I’m almost there! A taste test tomorrow will tell me for sure.


I also cooked some hard-boiled, cage-free eggs. I’m hoping to work on that egg salad recipe I promised you guys! I want to make sure it’s a goodie before I pass it on. Nothing less than the best for you guys!

We actually have more veggie lasagna leftover still, so I may pack some of that up for tomorrow’s lunch. Either way, I won’t have time to prep food Monday night (busy-busy night!), so Sunday was the day!

Project Hydrate Day #21

I did a pretty crappy job with Project Hydrate this weekend.


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup hot tea

I’m wondering if maybe I should I continue with Project Hydrate longer than I originally intended? Long enough to really get into the habit of drinking water, ya know?


BIG Announcement tomorrow! So glad I’m finally going to get to share one of my latest secret projects with you guys!

Remember to check out my Facebook page and get involved with the discussions. Any topics you want to start? Let me know. :) Oh, and that big announcement I just mentioned? Facebook friends will find out fiiiiirst! Be there or be square!

One year (minus 1 day) ago today, I was blogging about a life-changing meal – click here to check it out!

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Questions, comments, suggestions? Let me know here or here.

Have a great week everyone!

Clean Food: Tuscan Bean Soup





Oh, hello there! I didn’t see you.

Want to see my latest hobby?


Bet you’ve never seen a dog do Zumba before, huh?

Ok, Ima go dance and let mommy take it away…




I snacked on mini banana nut muffins all afternoon and sort of missed lunch. I also didn’t hydrate up quite like I should. Doh!


To help my hydration efforts, I prepped a yerba mate latte to take with me when I went out to run errands.


Bridesmaid dress…check!

I got some clothes shopping done, too. You can read about my clothes shopping over at my fashion blog – Shopaholics Anonymous. I don’t talk about it much, and I don’t update it as often as I used to, but it’s there. Some of you guys even already knew about it!


After shopping, it was time to get groceries. Since I basically missed lunch, I decided to get a snack before shopping. Since I was already at a grocery store with food, Earthfare, I decided to hit up their food bars: mac and cheese, okra and tomatoes, a bite of pecan pie.

It was just enough to give me a boost to get my shopping done and keep me satisfied till I could get dinner cooked.





As soon as I got home, I was ready to pick up another Prep Day Sunday. Hubby picked our recipe: Clean Food’s Tuscan Bean Soup.



Ingredients assembled.


Have you ever cooked with Kombu before?

According to The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth by Jonny Bowden, Kombu is good for bean cooking because it can speed up the process and make the beans more easy to digest. Also, Kombu “contains potassium, calcium, vitamins A and C, and between 100 and 500 times the iodine of shellfish. According to natural-foods expert Rebecca Wood, kombu should not be eaten excessively during pregnancy.


Kombu soaking.





I think I’ll use a bigger pot next time. :lol:


Kale and kombu going into the pot.


Such pretty colors going on in the soup!



Olive-oil drizzled over bread, broiled.


Dinner is served.


Plenty of toasty, crusty bread. Carbs are the best, aren’t they?



As for the soup, it was AWESOME! Hubby said it was one of the best soups he’s ever had, EVER! If you don’t have Clean Food yet, you should definitely get it. There are no meat recipes in there, but just try some of them – you won’t miss the meat!


Hubby and I had our dinner portions and we had plenty leftover for the week. I think I may even pop one of these into the freezer for a rainy day. I actually prefer making enough so I can freeze some, but we’ve been eating our soups too fast!


Oh and I also prepped some nuts and seeds for the freezer. I like to buy these in the bulk bins in small amounts and store them in the freezer. I feel like the large pre-packaged bags go bad on me too fast, plus buying in the bulk bin saves money on packaging and the packaging itself. Less packaging = less waste. Go Green!




Q&A with The Chic Life

I’ve answered some more Formspring questions:

I love the turquoise you use in decorating. Any tips on how to add turquoise to a neutral (Beige) room?

Ooh, I think turquoise would look fab in a beige room! Beige is so neutral, it should be easy to add some turquoise accents. I would try to add turquoise via 3-4 accent items, for example pillows, curtains, vases, artwork, throw blanket, or lamps. You could get items that are patterned with turquoise in them or solid turquoise items. The latter will be stronger in effect, but a mix of patterned and non-patterned stuff would look great, too. Plus, by using a pattern, you can get another accent color by using one of the other colors from the pattern. Of course, if you want turquoise to be dominant, be sure to use more of that color.

If you really wanted to go all out, you could try painting one wall as a focal wall in turquoise.

How often do you work out each week and for how long??

I try to do cardio about 1-3 times a week, depending on my schedule. I don’t give myself a hard time for skipping a workout here or there. I also try to give my body a rest day after a workout day.

I’d like to add strength training to my workouts, but I haven’t put enough focus there yet. I’m hoping to do a fitness challenge in April to give myself an extra push. :)

PS I forgot to add to my Formspring answer – my cardio workouts are typically one hour long and I usually do about 5 minutes of warm up moves before hand and 5-10 minutes of stretching afterwards.

Being a Zumba teacher – Do you get offended if one of your students lets you know they don’t love a certain section of the class?

Not really b/c I know there are songs other instructors do that are not my favorites. There are so many different personalities and styles out there, I don’t think everyone will love everything you do. You just hope they like most of it enough to not mind the parts they don’t love.

Another Zumba question for you….I saw that you received your instructor certification. I am looking into doing the same thing, but have no other fitness related certifications. Was it worth it? Do you currently teach classes in your area?? Thanks!!

You don’t have to have any other certifications to get zumba certified, however a lot of gyms/facilities will ask you to get other certifications (certs. required will vary from gym to gym). I totally think it was worth it! Especially if you actually want to teach, though I think some people do the certification to improve their zumba skills. I’m not currently teaching. :( But, I hope to soon! :)

Where do you buy all your Tupperware containers? I don’t know anyone who sells it so I’ve been looking on Ebay.

Ah, someone else asked about Tupperware. Here’s what I said:

I like to buy them at craft shows or vendor events where there are lots of different people with tables set up with goodies. A lot of times they run specials at these shows and you can get the Tupperware at a discount. I’d also look into hosting a Tupperware party if you’re interested so you can get some of your Tupperware for FREE! :) You can use the Tupperware web site to locate a consultant near you: As far as I know, they are sort of like Mary Kay in that they run the business from their home and go to various events to sell their goods, but they also do in-home parties if you’re interested in hosting something.

Where do you buy the Tupperware containers you show often on your blog?

I like to buy them at craft shows or vendor events where there are lots of different people with tables set up with goodies. A lot of times they run specials at these shows and you can get the Tupperware at a discount. I’d also look into hosting a Tupperware party if you’re interested so you can get some of your Tupperware for FREE! :) You can use the Tupperware web site to locate a consultant near you: As far as I know, they are sort of like Mary Kay in that they run the business from their home and go to various events to sell their goods, but they also do in-home parties if you’re interested in hosting something.

As summer approaches and the weather is getting warmer, I’m craving a peach dessert, or perhaps a peach variation on your morning oats. Could you recommend and try out some new peach recipes?? :)

omg peach oatmeal is SUCH a good idea! It reminds me of one of those old-school Quaker packages but BETTER! I am a big fan of peaches myself (though hubby is not). I would LOVE to work up a peach recipe or two for you. I’ll be looking for the peaches at the farmers markets!

When you shop at a farmers market, do you have to pay cash?

At most farmers markets I’ve been to, yes, you have to pay cash. Some of the larger ones will accept other forms (checks, credit cards), but I highly recommend paying cash. Besides making the transaction easier, it will save the farmers money. Credit card processing companies charge fees to the farmers (typically monthly and per transaction), which are easier for a large corporation to pay than for a small farmer. :)

You are fabulous. Okay, that’s not a question. Just had to put it out there. LOVE YOU!!! xoxo Megan :)

Aww, thanks sweetie! You’re pretty awesome yourself! ;) love you too!! *hugs* Diana

you’re beautiful! What is your skincare regime?

Thank you! I’m so flattered! :) I made a post to answer your question:

Project Hydrate Day #14

Oops, I skipped Day #13. I didn’t do very well with Day #13.

Day #14 – I was so distracted baking mini muffins and blogging about my beauty products and skin regime that I forgot to drink water. Doh!

I drank 2 cups of water quickly in the afternoon to try to make-up for time. Then, I brewed up some hot tea to take with me to run errands – this helped me get another 1-2 cups easily.


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup hot tea

Meh, not so hot today. Must be the weekends!

How are you doing with Project Hydrate?


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Take a look at some of the discussions going on on my Facebook page and be my friend while you’re there. If you have a Facebook page, would you consider making my page a favorite? :)

Check out my favorite beauty products and let me know what yours are.

Can you believe one year ago today I was blogging about my trip to Lombard St? I wanna go back to San Fran so badly!

Prep Day Sunday – Granola Bars + Marinated Kale


I think I had more baking/cooking ideas for the weekend than time or people to feed. So, I decided to do only a couple of my scheduled projects this weekend – my Chic Energy Bites and more yummy, homemade granola bars.

So, first thing this morning (and I mean FIRST – even before coffee!) I got started on some granola bars. I used this recipe, Ina’s Homemade Granola Bars (with brown rice syrup), with a couple slight modifications.


Instead of using 1 cup of sliced almonds, I used 3 types of ingredients to make up the cup: sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, and chopped walnuts.





For the fruits, I used 1/2 cup each of dried fruit: black currants, dates, and cherries.


Everything looked ok when I took the bars out…but then…


Snap! Crackle! Pop! The bars were hard and crunchy. Not chewy like last time. :( Not sure where I went wrong this time around. I think I may have over-mixed the ingredients and possibly baked the bars just a minute or 2 too long. Hey, they still taste good, so I’m happy. :)

I managed to cut most of the bars ok and put them in a tupperware. Things seem to tender up in airtight containers, so I’m hoping they soften up a bit. For the broken pieces and crumbs, those will become granola! I have plenty of yogurt to eat, so I’m looking forward to enjoying my bars in both granola bar and regular granola versions.




Fast forward to tonight…


I was a kale-prepping machine! I washed a bunch of kale and used 1/2 for dinner and 1/2 to prep for the week ahead.


After spinning the kale dry, I got started on…


A marinade! Oh yes, this was marinated kale take 2.


I made a quick marinade…


…and poured it over my freshly prepped kale. I mixed the kale to ensure every bit was covered.


Then, I added sesame seeds.

Mix mix mix and…


Ta da! Marinated Kale! I’m going to taste test it tomorrow for lunch. If it turns out ok, I’ll publish the recipe.


I also prepped leftovers from dinner, Dad’s Mac and Cheese, to enjoy later this week for lunch. Using leftovers from Sunday dinner is probably the easiest way to prep for the week ahead since you have to eat on Sunday and will already be making something. I often like to make something that I know makes for good leftovers just so I have them the next week for lunch. Tonight, we had 3 servings left. Not too shabby!

Sunday Prep Day 3/7/10:

  • Homemade Granola bars with brown rice syrup
  • Marinated Kale
  • Leftover Mac and Cheese

What are you prepping for this week ahead?

Prep Day Sunday: 3 Bean Veggie Chili


I went to bed suuuper early last night. 10:30pm. I think this is late for some people, but it’s pretty early for me. It was awesome!


I forgot to mention yesterday that sweet Jessica gave all the food bloggers treats at last night’s bloggie get-together at Guglhupf’s: Ellie Krieger’s Energy Bars. Jessica and I are both big Ellie fans! :)


I ended up waking up before hubby’s mom, so I snacked on one of Jessica’s bars for a pre-breakfast while I worked on last night’s blog post. The bar was so tasty…I loved it! Thanks Jessica!


A bit later, we had breakfast: an egg and cheese sandwich, hash brown, and OJ.


Hubby and I went out to his aunt and uncle’s house to look at some of their old furniture. We swung by Whole Foods so I could get a veggie juice.

I got 4 veggie juice ingredients: apple, carrot, beet, and ginger.

I SO need a juicer! I grew up juicing thanks to health-food Dad, but I haven’t had a juicer of my own since…well…never. I only had juices with Dad.

I tweeted asking for recommendations and the big-time winner was Breville – specifically the Breville juicer plus. It’s on sale on Amazon for $150, but that’s still a big ticket item and one I’m not sure we can get with all the house stuff going on.




We looked at the furniture but only came home with a night stand. The night stand has a neat story, though…hubby’s uncle purchased the night stand from hubby’s Dad.


We got back to hubby’s mom’s house and had lunch: a nice veggie/bean soup with some toast.


I think the toast was topped with eggs and veggies, but I can’t remember exactly.




We road-tripped it home, checking the radio and twitter for updates on the Canada vs USA Olympic hockey game. I wish we wouldn’t have been in commute because it sounds like it was an amazing game. Congrats to Canada for winning!


Hubby and I hit up Earthfare for groceries for the week and for dinner.


I got the veggie burger and sweet potato fries. I couldn’t quite finish it all, but hubby helped.




Sunday Prep Day: 3 Bean Veggie Chili

As you may remember from last week, I’m going to start using Sundays to officially prep for the work week ahead. I’m working on devising a schedule I can share with you guys, but for now, I’ll just share what I’m making.

I asked hubby if he had any preferences for lunch this week and he suggested chili. So, I decided to do a play on Ellie Krieger’s 3 Bean and Beef Chili and just made it without the beef (since I gave up meat for Lent).


Bell pepper, organic onion, organic baby carrots.


Organic kidney beans, organic pinto beans, organic small red beans (because they were out of black beans) and organic fire-roasted tomatoes.


While the veggie chili cooked…


I cleared out my spice rack. I guess this is bad to say, but several of my spices had expired! :shock: I tossed the expired spices, but kept the glass containers.

Spice/Herb Tidbit: Some grocery stores sell spices and herbs in bags, which is much cheaper than buying the stuff already bottled. So if you have a glass bottle, keep it, wash it out, and re-use it. It’s green and will save you money, too.


Since I was multi-tasking it, the chili was done very quickly. I packed up 2 small containers to take to work and one large one for hubby to nosh on, since he works from home and doesn’t need his chili individually packed.




Goodies to Review

I had a package waiting for me when I got home…


Inside – the nicest sampler box I’ve seen – from Bertolli.



This was my Foodbuzz Tastemaker sample of Bertolli’s two new sauces, Four Cheese Rosa and /Arrabbiata, which I’ll be sampling and reviewing later.

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The box even came with some recipes – 3 for each of the sauces. I saw a couple that sounded really good, but I’m not sure if I’ll try their recipes or just wing-it and make something up. We’ll see!





You guys have been asking some really good questions on my Formspring! I wish I had the time to sit down and answer them all, but I don’t have a lot of time. And since I don’t want to half-way answer your questions, I’m trying to take my time and provide solid and detailed answers. Many questions require, IMO, a page or a post, so I’ll continue working on those.

In the meantime, check out the new Zumba page I made! I’ll be doing a Zumba 101 follow-up for those interested in checking Zumba out.

Have a great week everyone!

Reader question: What’s your favorite thing about Monday?

Sunday Prep Day + Groceries


I started today on a positive note. :D



Though I was way too late to participate in the contest, I still wanted to do Angela’s Size Healthy label update. I wrote my new size “healthy” on my skinny black jeans. So fun and encouraging. If you haven’t done this to one of your pants yet, go for it!


As for breakfast, I decided to do something with the Earthfare organic unsweetened apple sauce I have in the fridge, almost at all times.


Since I’ve started reading food labels, I’ve think I’ve started making better and better food choices to become a more clean eater. The last time I checked out traditional applesauce labels, even those marked “all natural” contained high fructose corn syrup.

This apple sauce contains “fresh, whole, triple washed certified organic apples” – no extra sweetener. Now isn’t that a novel idea?!





I decided to stir some applesauce into my oatmeal.

Applesauce Oatmeal


  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup (the last of my) extra thick oats
  • 1/2 tsp flaxseed
  • 1/2 container (about 1/4 cup) applesauce – I ate the other half while I cooked my oats

I brought the water to a boil and then cooked the oats stove top till thickened up.


  • 3 tbsp skim milk – organic – stirred in while still in pot to warm through
  • sprinkle sliced almonds
  • 1/2 packet of Starbucks dried fruit – raisins, cranberries, blueberries – given to me by a co-worker for free. Score!

The verdict: Applesauce wasn’t my fave mixin. I definitely prefer pumpkin. The applesauce had a sort of “grainy” texture that was ok to eat, but not something I see myself craving. I do really like pieces of apple in my oats still.



The weather outside was gorgeous today so I rocked a skirt and some knee-high boots to run errands with hubby. I can’t wait till spring gets here!


While we were out shopping we got some snacks – some iced yerba mate tea (love this stuff! so tasty, so good for you)


And half a strawberry scone.



We picked up some groceries for dinner and the week ahead: vine-ripened, pesticide-free tomatoes, baby romaine, bag of organic yellow onions, organic bananas, organic navel oranges, some salad bar toppings (since it’s just me and hubby eating, I find getting toppings from the salad bar can sometimes be more cost-effective rather than buying whole sizes of each food).


We also got 2 boxes of Annies mac and cheese (on sale) and some vegan vegetable boullion no salt added cubes.


Plus some more dark chocolate – Green & Black’s organic Dark 70% chocolate – so smooth, so yummy. I think I need to eat some of this tonight.


For the home, we got some eco-friendly supplies: Scotch Brite Greener Clean – scour pads and bamboo wipes, plus the new method laundry detergent (need to write a review on this once I’ve had the opportunity to try it out) – get a $2 off coupon by clicking here.

Sunday Prep Day – Ellie’s Roasted Tomato + Black Bean Soup

I’ve decided that Sunday will become my official Sunday Prep Day. I’ve almost always tried to prepare for the week ahead the day before the week starts, but now I’d like to share my schedule with you guys in case it helps other people. I’m working on nailing it down, so for now, I’ll just share what I did today.

For a meatless dinner, I decide to try one of the recipes from Ellie Krieger’s new book – So Easy. I went for the Roasted Tomato + Black Bean soup (found the recipe online here – click).



I used the tomatoes we picked up today to start dinner. They were so vibrant and red and pretty!


I got one extra tomato to eat on salads later this week. I went ahead and rinsed it and chopped it up today to save prep time later in the week.



I got the tomatoes, onions, garlic, and EVOO started roasting in the oven and then hubby and I took Bailey for a quick walk around the neighborhood to enjoy the last of the day’s sunshine.


When we got back the veggies were nearly done roasting so I was able to continue dinner.

I used 3 cups of vegetable stock I had leftover from the vegan chickpea casserole I made the other night.

For the last 2 cups of stock required, I used 2 cups of water and a vegan vegetable boullion cube.


I got to bust out my immersion blender. I love using it!


Hubby and I made some cheese toast with some dried herbs for seasoning.


All together – with the rest of my yerba mate tea.


I served the soup with a dollop of plain OIkos greek yogurt (instead of the recommended sour cream). Plus, fresh cilantro gave the dish a burst of bright flavor.

Not sure if you’ve noticed but I’m a BIG fan of using fresh herbs. Not only do they brighten the flavors of food, but I think almost all of them are good for you too. Even cilantro (click for info on cilantro and coriander health benefits).


The soup was really good. I loved the rich roasted flavor with the chili powder and cumin. The dollop of greek yogurt gave a creamy bite and the cilantro really took the flavor over the top. Served with whole grain bread, this meal became complete.


I even have a couple servings to take to work this week and a couple to freeze for later.

While we ate dinner, I let the soup cool down a bit. Once we were done eating, I ladled the soup into various tupperware containers to cool even more. I always try to bring my soups to room temp before placing in the fridge or freezer.

In fact, they’re probably ready now!




TCL Pages + Content Suggestions?

In other news, have you checked out my pages (check out the links along the top of my blog, just under my header image)? I’m working on updating and adding new pages as time permits.

Recently, I’ve added or updated the following pages:

  • Motivation – Challenges or other encouraging ideas
  • Best Posts – My best ideas, tips, and articles
  • Recipes – A collection of links to recipes posted here on TCL – original and adapted

If you have a page you’d like to see me put together or if you have questions you’d like me to answer, please send them via my Formspring page or shoot me an email at thechiclife at gmail dot com.

PS: Head’s up – I’ll be posting a poll to gauge you guys for what kinds of content you’d like to see here on The Chic Life. I’d love to get some more feedback so I can continue to give you, my dear readers, the content you want to see.

Leftovers Madeover + Work Week Prep


Since we already celebrated Valentine’s with a romantic dinner yesterday, we decided to keep tonight low key.


I knew I wanted to use up some leftovers from last night’s dinner: filet and fresh mozzarella.


I chose kale for my veggie. I only got one bunch but boy was there a ton in there! I set half of it aside for lunch later this week. More on that in a minute.


So as to dirty less pots than more I cooked the kale in the same pot I cooked my pasta.

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To be festive, I wore the sweetheart apron I made a couple years ago.


Leftovers cut up.


Pasta and kale draining in the sink.


I added the pasta and filet and cooked till they were heated through. Then, I turned off the heat, added a balsamic dressing and the mozzarella and covered till the mozz got tender.



Balsamic Steak + Kale Penne

Serves 2


  • 1/2 lb cooked steak (I used leftovers from the day before but you could cook some steak to use in this meal)
  • 1/2 lb penne pasta (dry)
  • 1/2 bunch kale rinsed and torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1 slice fresh mozzarella (you could also use mozz balls – whole for tiny size or halved for larger)
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/3-1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (I used closer to 1/3 but add more if you like a stronger flavor)
  • 1/4 cup EVOO, plus 1 tbsp
  • salt, pepper, oregano


  • Bring medium pot of water to a boil. Add salt. Cook pasta following package directions. Add kale for last 2 minutes of cooking time. Reserve pasta water (about 1/2-3/4 cup). Drain pasta and kale in colander and rinse with cold water.
  • In same pot, over medium heat, add tbsp EVOO and saute onions till translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. De-glaze pan with pasta water (I used about 1/2 cup, but add as you need). Scrape up brown bits. Add steak, pasta, and kale and cook till heated through.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl add balsamic vinegar and whisk in EVOO till combined. Once pot contents are heated through, turn off heat and add balsamic dressing, plus salt and pepper to taste and a dash of oregano. Stir to combine. Add mozzarella, stir, cover pot and let sit for a minute to allow cheese to slowly become tender.
  • Serve and enjoy.


For dessert, what would be better than chocolate on Valentine’s Day?


I had some Green & Black’s Organic 70% Dark Chocolate. Boy was it gooood! I had 6 rectangles. Dee-lish! :P

Oh and all the crafty stuff in the background? More on that next post. :lol:

Prep for the Week

I took the time I had this evening to prep some food for the upcoming work week.


I hard-boiled some cage free eggs.


And I used some tamari and canola oil to get some kale marinating. I totally forgot that I’m out of sesame oil, which was a bummer because I think it would have added a lot of flavor.


I was sure to add lots of sesame seeds…yum!

I have some ideas for scheduling Sunday preps…would any one be interested?

I can’t it’s almost Monday! Phew this weekend flew by!

At least I have Starbucks Monday to look forward to. What do you look forward to on Mondays?

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