Monday I had a great lunch at Clementine, but since I was with a coworker, I don’t have any pictures! I DID have an amazing sandwich that I can’t wait to eat again or try to replicate on my own: roasted sweet peppers with mashed chickpeas, organic heirloom tomatoes, salsa verde and arugula, served open-faced on toasted whole grain bread. Doesn’t that sound heavenly?! It was!

The day passed relatively quickly, and I made it to the gym for some interval action on the elliptical. I picked up dessert on my way back from the gym and didn’t even want dinner! I compromised by eating a yam first (hey, that’s a compromise in my mind!!) before digging into my Yogurtland.

Chocolate, coconut, strawberry and PB froyo with fruit and candies!

Chocolate, coconut, strawberry and PB froyo with fruit and candies!

Breakfast this morning was a yogurt mess, without too much fun fruit. I’m out of mango and strawberries sadly!


I got SO hungry around 11:30 and dug into a white nectarine. It was a little crunchy but I like it that way!


The fruit held me over a wee bit longer until I reached the “official” office lunchtime of noon. Today I had whole wheat pasta shells with veggies and corn on the cob that was leftover from Sunday night. It was delicious but a tiny bit awkward eating corn at my desk! I was trying so hard not to obnoxiously crunch ๐Ÿ™‚


The day went sooooooooooo sloooooooooooooowly and I almost didn’t make it to the gym but convinced myself to go and ended up banging out a great hour on the elliptical. I had a super healthy meal in mind but a wicked craving for pizza that won over, so it’s a good thing I hit the gym! I whipped up my quick homemade dough, divided it into three, and used one piece to make a personal pizza.ย  I was in the mood for a few different tastes, so I ended up doing half tomato sauce/cheese/peppers/red onion/basil, one quarter cheese-less with peppers/red onion/hot pepper flakes, and one quarter acorn squash with pear. Yup, you read that right!!


Today I saw a great savory grilled cheese and pear sandwich featured on The Biggest Diabetic Loser that stuck in my mind all day! This sammie was my inspiration to make a sweet/savory section with squash and pear that tasted FABULOUS!!!


The other slices were pretty good too ๐Ÿ™‚



For whatever reason, pizza always prompts my sweet tooth, so I had a Skinny Cow fudge pop and a handful of M&Ms. Seriously good thing I made it to the gym, right?!



Thursday night, I finally had my first chance of the week to truly RELAX!ย  So after work and a visit to the gym, I headed straight home to make one of my favorite foods — PIZZA!ย  Ever since I learned how to make a super quick and easy dough, pizza has become one of the easiest meals to make.ย  The recipe I’ve eventually settled on is pretty hearty, yet doughy enough for me.ย  I wouldn’t necessarily use it if I wanted a fluffy, thick crust, since I usually divided the dough into 3 portions and roll it out veeeeeeeeeeery thin.ย  Following this recipe, each portion of dough comes out to 290 calories, plus a few extra for flouring the baking stone. Having a healthy base gives me room for lots of toppings, and makes it light enough to eat whenever I have a craving!

Hearty Half Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F

In a small bowl, combine 1 cup warm water with 1 package active yeast; stir and let sit approximately 10 minutes

While yeast mixture is settling, mix 1 cup whole wheat flour with 1 cup white flour. Then add 1 tsp salt and 1 tbsp honey to the flour mixture. Slowly stir the yeast into the flour and knead until a soft dough forms.

Use extra flour for dusting/rolling. Add toppings and bake for 10 minutes!


This gorgeous pizza is actually two servings; usually I just make one a time but I wanted leftovers for lunch! Here are a few of my favorite pizzas I’ve made since starting the blog:


Potato, onion, rosemary pizza


Basil, Grape Tomato, Goat Cheese & Rosemary


Mushroom, Goat Cheese, Grape Tomato & Rosemary


Mushroom & Onion


Mushroom & Onion Calzone


Eggplant, Zucchini, Mushroom, Basil & Onion


Green Pepper, Mushroom, Basil & Onion


Mushroom, Onion & Extra Cheese


Green Pepper, Mushroom, Zucchini, Basil & Onion


Eggplant, Zucchini, Basil & Onion


Red Pepper, Mushroom & Onion


Mushroom & Basil Calzone

Hump day already?! This week is flying by! I am getting so excited for the 4th. I just love when everyone is in the holiday spirit! Okay, rewinding to SUNDAY…I woke up early to more blue skies and made a yogurt mess with one of my strawberry shortcake biscuits. Yum!


I wanted to go to the beach again but was just too burned in a couple spots (bikini line and knees…how do I always miss those places?!) to get more sun so I skipped it and lazed around instead. Lunch was pretty light because I knew I’d be snacking/drinking later at the bbq. I started with some corn on the cob, one of my favorite summer foodsย (this piece x 2!).


Followed by a bowl of broccoli and chicken!ย  I made a homemade sauce with some Better N’ PB, soy sauce and chili paste that tasted heavy on the soy and not very peanuty at all. I will definitely have to fool around with that recipe but it tasted good in a pinch.


After lunch, I headed over to the bbq. Three of us swung by a cute little market to grab salt & vinegar chips, corn on the cob, filets, macaroni salad and Coronas. We all dug into the chips and Coronas as soon as we got back.ย  We chilled on the rooftop patio for a while just sipping our beers and chatting before rousing ourselves for a game of beer pong. Actually, make that two games. Kate W and I dominated and won both!!! After BP I switched over to diet Sunkist and stuck to that for the rest of the night. I haven’t had orange soda in AGES…it definitely reminded me of being a kid ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally, more people started trickling in and we got HUNGRY all at once. We cooked the corn first — it was delicious!! I can’t wait to get some sweet NJ corn though next week when I am home. That’s one cob that can’t be beat!


We also bought $50 worth of steak for the 7 of us ๐Ÿ™‚


My piece was awesome!!! I love a good grilled piece of meat, but usually don’t have it unless someone else is cooking it for me, so this was a nice treat. Plus a small scoop of the mac salad on the side. Sorry, no picture! It was around 9PM and we were HANGRY!!!!ย Kate Cubed did pose for one shot during the grilling though ๐Ÿ™‚


Julia and I got home around midnight and I crashed HARD. So tired! I was still sleepy Monday morning (no big surprise there) but my yogurt mess made me happy as always.


The day was busy, busy, busy! I took a break to grab a frozen meal from Gelson’s. I was craving the tofu rice bowl from Aroma but settled for the Amy’s version.ย  It wasn’t nearly as good, but still pretty tasty. It held me over for a long time and I would probably buy it again but not too often because of the hefty price tag! Still, it was cheaper than going out for lunch and I knew exactly what I was getting ๐Ÿ™‚


I also snagged a Pink Lady apple while at the grocery store which came in very handy when I stayed an extra 2 hours at the office getting work done and needed to MUNCH!


By the time I got home, I was hungry and tired so I pulled out the last piece of dough from the fridge and made a quick veggie pizza with tomato sauce, cheese, mushrooms, basil, red onion, red pepper, and lots of spicy red pepper flakes. I rolled out the crust SO thin that it stuck to the pizza stone and I had to scrape it off there.ย  On the plus side, the paper crust made for a ton of slices and I ended up with this plate times 2!!


After pizza can you guess what I did? If you say crawl into bed and pass out, you would be correct!!! Tonight I should have some downtime though so I will catch you up and finally get through my Reader. That thing is both a blessing and a curse, right??

Hope you are all having a great SHORT week!!

Happy weekend everyone! The sun is finally shining, which makes me SO HAPPY! Friday morning I enjoyed the usual, except with blueberry yogurt since the store was out of my favorite vanilla.


Since both my bosses were gone for the day, I made sure to take a long and leisurely lunch. I started with some mango and kiwi.


Followed by Thursday dinner leftovers on a La Tortilla Factory wrap.


All rolled up!


Then I headed outside with The Alchemist and read for a bit in the sunshine. I even treated myself to a chocolate/vanilla swirl froyo with chocolate sprinkles. The place right near my office has a size called “Baby” that’s perfect when you are looking for a just a little taste!


The rest of the day was pretty busy — I even had to stay late! I know, on a Friday, what’s up with that?! I think my long relaxing lunch was definitely worth it though. On the way to the gym, I munched on some cinnapple cubes. I had half before doing some light elliptical for 40 minutes and the rest on the way to the grocery store where I picked up some ingredients for a special dessert ๐Ÿ™‚


Back home, I whipped up some half whole wheat/half white flour dough for pizza! As usual, I used 1/3 to make a thin crust veggie pizza with tomato sauce, cheese, basil, red onion, red pepper, and mushroom. It was delicious, no big surprise!


After some lounging and TV watching, I made dessert! Inspired by the great strawberries I picked up at the Farmer’s Market, I started with some biscuits…


…which turned into strawberry shortcake! Bisquick single packets make these a breeze. You just add water and 10 minutes later you have 150 cal biscuits that are perfect for shortcakes!


The rest of the weekend is coming!! For some reason my computer isn’t liking these long posts andย  I have lots of good pictures for you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday morning I woke up extra early to get to the doctor’s office.ย  Since it’s Friday night now and I am having a relaxing evening & don’t want to harp on it, let’s just say it was not a great morning. One big shot in the arm later, I headed off to work with 2 slices of Newsroom bread heels topped with Better N’ Peanut Butter and cherry jelly.

This lovely times 2!

This lovely slice times 2!

I grabbed another coffee on the way to work; I needed the caffeine!


I also chomped on a mango after getting to the office.


Lunch was the rest of my gorgeous Aroma tofu rice bowl leftovers. Still amazing!


With acorn squash on the side.


Thursday was a pretty rough day at work. Things have been a little intense lately. I need to figure out how to go there with an attitude adjustment so I’m not so stressed out!ย  Luckily I had a movie date with Katie Jo and India. Dinner was pretty random…I started with more acorn squash,


followed by an apple,


and then a box of Junior Mints!


Junior Mints are my favorite movie candy! I haven’t had a box of these in so long! We ended up seeing Angels & Demons, which wasn’t anything amazing but I love movie theaters in general, so I was happy ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning I woke up early and got to work before the day officially started, giving me some time with breakfast and Reader.ย  The usual yogurt mess, with a whole banana today since I mostly had Kashi dust left in the box.


I kicked off lunch with some mango. So fresh and delicious!


Lunch was turkey on a La Tortilla Factory wrap…I tossed in a few of my BBQ pop chips. I love the crunch!


Plus some more chips, green pepper slices, and red cabbage on the side.


I have been insanely snacky the last two days! I was full the rest of the afternoon but wanted to munch and crunch anyway. Luckily I packed a cinnapple, which kept me from buying froyo or a chocolate bar!


Don’t worry, I was just saving my treats for after dinner! First, homemade veggie pizza on the dough I made last weekend.


Followed by some of the best ice cream I’ve had in a while — Ben & Jerry’s half baked froyo! Chocolate and vanilla low fat frozen yogurts with fudge brownies and gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough…yes please!!!


I ate this while watching The Heartbreaker. Pretty hoaky but some funny parts too! Ah, it’s so nice having a relaxing night with nothing to worry about tomorrow. Still coming up with plans for Saturday night; anyone doing anything super exciting??

Happy weekend y’all ๐Ÿ™‚

Staying up late watching True Blood on Saturday left me exhausted I guess because I slept until 10:30 AM on Sunday!!! People, this is a major accomplishment and basically unheard of…usually I wake up by 8:30 on the weekends and consider that an extra two hours, so 10:30 was great. Guess I needed it! I decided to whip up some pancakes again just because it was the weekend and I could! I used 1/2 cup of the whole wheat mixture and added in 1/4 cup of those baby Maine blueberries from Trader Joe’s.ย  Topped with 1/2 banana and 1 tbsp vanilla bean maple syrup, these were delicious! (Still think I liked Saturday’s chocolate pancakes best though!!)

On my cute new plate from Target…I get some type of dish every time I go there!




I basically did nothing Sunday and was insanely lazy. I always have a huge list of things to get done over the weekend but I am so busy during the week that my body and mind just craves relaxation! The kittens and I cuddled on the couch and watched more True Blood.


I decided to use some homemade whole wheat pizza dough to make my late lunch. I rolled the dough out pretty thin and topped it with tomato sauce, light cheese, zucchini, mushrooms, green peppers, vidalia onion and fresh basil. It was really delicious!


I also got into some unnecessary snacks…an un-pictured Skinny Cow and some Puffins. We are definitely breaking up again when I am through with this box. Willpower = out the window!! Meanwhile, the kitten babies moved on from me and snuggled together. How cute are they??


Courtney came over for dinner and to watch He’s Just Not That Into You with me and Jules. I took over in the kitchen and made whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and fresh basil, chile lime chicken burgers and roasted eggplant and zucchini to eat while watching the movie. This meal was so quick and easy to make and tasted great!



I thought the movie was really cute and fun. I am such a sucker for any chick flick basically. Court brought over cocoa meringues and brownie bites from Whole Foods for dessert. The meringues were good but the brownie bites were amazing! Between the three of us, we ate almost the whole container. Too bad I didn’t check until AFTER eating them that the brownies are almost 100 calories each!!!!! No wonder my belly was stuffed beyond belief by the end of the movie.



Today I made the regular yogurt mess but added Puffins instead of Kashi. Don’t worry, I measured them out this time!!


I also broke into this banana around 11 AM. I bought this just for the Superfood sticker!


Lunch was somewhat boring but good, just a bowl of Progresso minestrone soup. I didn’t have anything packed when I was running out the door, but am glad that I grabbed this so I didn’t have to spend money or calories on ordering food.


Instead, I got the same sweet treat as Friday, my favorite no-sugar added light half mocha half vanilla ice blended from the Bean. MMM!

Enjoying my view!

Enjoying my view!

After work, I got an early start on dinner with a Newsroom 9 Grain bread heel topped with a schmear of Better N’ Peanut Butter and some cherry jelly. I was just too hungry to wait!


Even though the toast kept me full for another hour or so, I was still craving CARBS and debated mashed potatoes and pancakes but decided on continuing the breakfast theme with an omelet. I used 1/2 cup egg beaters, vidalia onion, basil and mushrooms, with red pepper slices on the side. The breakfast theme let me have another bread heel with jelly on the side ๐Ÿ™‚


Then Julia and I headed out to a BBQ restaurant to meet some guys from her work for a drink.ย  I had a glass of Pinot while we chatted away. Knowing the bartender meant we got a nice free top off! I avoided eating any of the fries, but did steal Julia’s pickle! It was nice getting out and having some entertaining convo after a long day at the office. Jules is leaving tomorrow for MN and I just wanted to soak up my Julia time!!! I am going to miss her!!!

Long story, but around 11 PM we headed to Santa Monica to scope out parking spaces for Julia to leave her car for the week. We just walked back in the door (it’s 12:30 now) and I can tell that my blood sugar has seriously hit rock bottom because I am being a total crank yanker and am about to make a bowl of instant oatmeal. Instead of taking/uploading a boring picture of that, I leave you with this…

…the video Fight From Above debuted Friday night! Pretty awesome, right?! Don’t the boys sound great?? I am the one in the red plaid/sunglasses at the party and then the leather jacket/bangs at the end in case you couldn’t pick me out. Yes, lighting up…for artistic effect you guys!!

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget ๐Ÿ™‚

Three Things for Sunday

  1. Made sure to measure out portion sizes for everything I cooked for breakfast,
  2. lunch, and
  3. dinner.

Three Things for Monday

  1. Passed up the Sprinkles cupcakes in the office (my work enjoys torturing me)
  2. Brought lunch instead of buying
  3. Ate dinner before going out to the BBQ place

Tuesday morning I was back to basics with the usual yogurt mess. I had to go without bananas though, which was as sad as it sounds ๐Ÿ™‚


My day was CRAZY busy! I had time to break for lunch but no time to leave the office. Thank goodness for my window. I wouldn’t see much daylight without it! Luckily I brought some food and made a sandwich with Oroweat toast, a Gardenburger Sun Dried Tomato veggie burger, sammie pickles, and some leftover roasted zuchini and eggplant. In theory the sandwich was tasty, but I absolutely hated the burgers. I have had these in my freezer for ages (like, a year, literally) and I definitely still don’t like them. I’ll have to try this with a different filling next time!


I had the rest of Monday night’s corn & veggies on the side.


I also had a generic Fiber One bar (Targgie brand!!) to get that icky veggie burger taste out of my mouth.ย  It’s been sitting in my drawer for months (man, I should stop eating old food, huh?) so it was pretty stale but it definitely held me over the rest of the day!


The rest of the day was v. busy but I got a lot done and set up some really nice editorial hits for my clients, which is always great! I got home with a craving for something extra nice after my less-than-stellar day of eats — PIZZA! How much do I love knowing how to make pizza dough?!? This meal is now one of the easiest things for me to whip up. Hmm could be dangerous! I used 1/3 of my honey whole wheat dough to make a personal pizza topped with tomato sauce, light cheese, basil, mushrooms, vidalia onions and crushed red pepper. It was amazing as always ๐Ÿ™‚


After dinner and some laundry, I ran out to grab bananas and apples (cinnapple, I miss you!) and picked up some froyo with sprinkles from Yogurtland. I ended up with pistachio, taro, raspberry creme, chocolate & PB flavors in my cup. Heaven on a big pink spoon!!!


I was STUFFED to the max after this and spent the rest of the night reading and watching TV. I made it into bed by 11, whoop whoop!

It’s BAAAACK…Three Things for Tuesday

  1. Ate my stale Target bar instead of going out to buy a snack
  2. Skipped happy hour with work peeps (we had Wednesday already planned so I just picked one of the two!)
  3. Picked up froyo instead of ice cream on my grocery run (I debated, but I am predisposed to eat most the carton!)

Today my beloved bananas were back in the mix. It’s weird, I loved bananas when I was little and then literally was disgusted by the smell, texture, look of them for YEARS and now I love them again!


Today was almost as busy as yesterday, this time with lots of meetings. We had a client lunch at Craft, Tom Colicchio’s restaurant.ย  Here is a photo from the website of the decor. Isn’t it pretty??


I started with 1/2 slice warm pumpernickle bread, then ordered the roasted Sea Bream (a white fish), which came with some baby artichokes.ย  I also had a bite of baby broccoli, one mushroom and one bite of risotto from my bosses’ plates. The food was good but we ate like baby birds and I was still pretty hungry. For dessert we got a rhubarb-strawberry crumble, a berry shortcake, and some sorbet.ย  I had a couple bites of each one.ย  The rhubarb was definitely my favorite!

After some more meetings, I got hungry again (bites here and there just can’t cut it!) so I broke out the cinnapple. Big kiss for this baby!!


After work, I headed home to get changed and ready for my co-worker’s “surprise” birthday party. I use that term losely because he knew all about it! We went out for Mexican, 2-for-1 happy hour at a cute little place in boystown. Sorry I don’t have pictures — lame-O for you guys! I had a Corona Light, half a chicken burrito, and about a half dozen tortilla chips. I chilled out for a bit and then headed back to my place. I passed Yogurt Stop on the way so of course I had to grab a little cuppa goodness for the walk home!!

Three Things for Wednesday

  1. Ordered roasted fish instead of some of the heavier dishes at Craft
  2. Didn’t clean the dessert plates at lunch!
  3. Got Corona Light instead of a margarita and split my meal with E.