Weekend DAMY Sale!

If you’ve had any interest in trying out a DAMY Health program, do it now! There are only a few times a year you can grab a great deal on one of the plans, but they are few and far between. The reason I totally love her plans is because they are based on eating 100% real food. No supplements, no powders, no 100 calorie packs. Real food and serious workouts. I’ve done the Method plan, which taught me to love High Intensity Interval Training and even more so, strength exercises.

Don’t wait until New Year’s Day, start living to your fullest potential now and enjoy the holidays, feeling healthy and bright!


Happy Thanksgiving!

I have so much to be thankful for today, for starters, a healthy family, two amazing little boys and a wonderful husband. Then there are the joys of this morning alone, Peet’s coffee, watching the Macy’s parade with my kids, a hubby having fun at the track, a bonus holiday delivery of the San Francisco Chronicle, you know, the little stuff.

I often  wonder why we don’t spend Thanksgiving thanking the Wampanoag tribe for helping the English settlers survive. Shouldn’t we be donating money to Native American tribes or something? It’s great that we are all thankful for Black Friday and all, but what about the original meaning of this holiday? Turns out, Thanksgiving is more symbolic than a ritual reenactment.

For those of you reading on the bus or waiting in line (and have nuttin’ by time), you can read more about the actual history of this North American holiday at Plimoth Foundation’s website.

Enjoy this day with your family, friends and loved ones. If you can’t do that, have a nice spiked egg nog in hand at all time. If you can’t or don’t do that, have a really sweaty workout this morning to spike your endorphin levels. If you won’t do that, go to the movies or something, you’re bringing the rest of us down!

Prepare yourself, sticking an advertisement mid-blog:

I’m only posting this here because Amazon has the same Ronco Showtime Rotisserie that I have, at a great price. It’s usually $129-$149. It’s my 2nd favorite kitchen appliance (behind my Vitamix) and it’s how I busted out a Thanksgiving turkey in 2.5 hours yesterday. Check out this turkey! No knife was needed for carving, I pulled that sucker apart with my hands.

So juicy, so salty, so yummy.

Time for me to go play with my kids and get in a workout before pretending like I haven’t eaten in a decade. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hannukah friends!




Thai Shrimp Bowl & $50 in Groceries Giveaway

New favorite find! I have no idea whether this product is called “Low-In-Carb” or “Let’s Skip the Sandwhich,” I’m assuming the latter. Either way, they are the first wraps I have found in a long time that are comprised of recognizable ingredients. I use them as tortillas too, as most store bought tortillas are full of trans-fats and chemicals. Bonus points for 60 calories and 7 grams of fiber.


If you are in the mood to make your own tortillas, I’ve got you covered too. Bring out your inner Mexican, girl! Or uh, boy!

Homemade Tortillas Homemade carbs, mmm.

Let’s talk dinner time, the best and worst time of the day.

Rarely do my family meals venture off the path of least resistance, (from the kids, that is). I tend to make meals that I know everyone will eat. Sometimes though, I get tired of it and willingly make two dinners, one for the kids and one for Jy and myself. If you are tired of eating all foods covered in cheese or with pasta, this recipe is meant for you.

I’m always willing to drop $8 on some type of rice bowl when I’m out. Why don’t I ever make my own at home? You just KNOW it’s going to be cheaper, often times you are missing that extra oomph of flavor though.

Enter in, Thai Shrimp Bowl, a dish for suburban folks with limited access to food which is not authentically Americanized. Mouthful? Yes, yes it is. Best part is that most of the ingredients can be used along with a couple eggs and some soy sauce to fry the kids (or picky spouse) up some fried rice.

This photo here is before Sriracha drizzle, which is totally essential by the way.

*DAMY friends, if you swap out the rice and peas for cauliflower and you’ve got yourself a DAMY approved recipe for meal 4!



Big props to Gina’s Skinny Taste for the original Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp recipe!


Take a peek at my photos from a fun little cooking night I went to, hosted by Shannon Moe Cooks. Our menu for the night:

Simple green salad with fresh squeezed citrus vinaigrette

Flank steak with annatto and honey sauce

Roasted chayote squash with avocado

Vegetarian (eggplant) meatballs with a romesco sauce

Sautéed rainbow chard with garlic and raisins


See that red on the steak? It’s from annatto, which I totally can’t wait to get my hands on and blog about. You may recognize the chayote from my Thanksgiving practice table too, new and fun! I’ve given my taste buds a venture out of my suburban lifestyle lately, and it has been tasty!

Ok, so the real reason you read this post. I want to give someone $50, scratch that, Fresh & Easy wants to give someone a $50 gift card to buy some groceries.

All you have to do is tell me who you are thankful for this year. That’s it! Leave me a comment below and you are entered into the giveaway! You have until this Tuesday at midnight to enter. Let’s get to thankin’ friends, hurry up, or I will cut you. I. will. cut. you.





Fresh & Easy Holiday Dinner

Check out our Saturday night dinner! Those are totally husband sized portions you are looking at below, so don’t email Amy Layne (DAMY) and tell on me! I’ve been doing good!

Fresh & Easy brought Thanksgiving early this year! My husband helped put together our F&E Holiday Meal Box, he chose the rib roast over turkey or ham, we compromised on three different sides, picked up our box and had a full-blown holiday dinner in less than two hours, most of which was hands-off time.  Run-on sentence not included.

Rib Roast needed to cook for about an hour and fifteen, while our sweet potato mash and sausage cornbread stuffing only needed 25 minutes in the oven. At the tail end of those 25 minutes, I pan fried our Brussels with bacon, microwaved the gravy and made the kids set the table. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

If you take a look at the top center of the photo, you’ll see a blue dish of what looks like sliced pears or pickles. They are chayote squash! I just learned how to cut and roast the sweet little guys on Friday. I may have gone a little over board, as every meal now includes our left-over chayote.


So, I have had plenty-a boxed Thanksgiving dinners. My family has tried Safeway’s box, Whole Foods’ meal, and we aren’t too embarrassed to note we’ve picked up a dozen or two biscuits from KFC on turkey day.

This meal was totally different, it had, ok…brace yourself…flavor!!! Most heat and serve meals are seriously bland, but F&E did an awesome job with the layers of flavor in each dish.

Dallas liked the stuffing best, Max was all about the sweet potatoes, Jy loved the meat and gravy. Me? Pumpkin pie. Forgot to buy whipped cream though, dang Tina!

I want to mention that Fresh & Easy bought this meal for me, but I wouldn’t hesitate to give it a bad review if I wasn’t impressed. 

Ooh, I should also add that we chose the priciest dinner, which was still only about $65 and meant to serve 6-8. I would lean towards a plan of six hefty plates, unless you eat your holiday meals with supermodels, then the box would feed around 18.


You can expect to hear a bit more about Fresh & Easy soon, as I’ll be testing three of their wines this Thursday night! Woohoo!


Meatball Soup and Veggies

Turkey Meatball and Vegetable Soup

Dallas really wanted to contribute to the blog, so he made a batch of Snickerdoodles to show off. They turned out well and I couldn’t be happier! I have a secret dream for Dallas. I might have shared it before, so it might not be that much of a secret.


I would of course love him to do whatever makes him happy, but if it just so happens that my plan  makes him happy, well then, whatcha gonna do?

Dallas could go to college at UC Davis, which is about 45 minutes away from home. He could get a Master’s degree in their Agriculture department and then move on to develop some wildly popular, healthy and sustainable type of wine or dessert company. All of his attention will land him a spot on The Cooking Channel, which by then will have far surpassed The Food Network in coolness and popularity. He will get to travel the world, sometimes bringing along his mom. Dallas will have his own Christmas special and dedicate at least two of his cookbooks to his mother.

But you know, whatever.  I’m breezy.


Whaaaaaat? What that there bread gone done and got in her salad, you ask? Was that hard to read? It sounds fun when I say it. 

Pretend it doesn’t look like a pile of scraps for a second, mkay?

In a lazy attempt to make my own croutons, I hit the jackpot in salad toppings. You can choose to cube up a loaf of quality french bread, or rip if you prefer to get ‘er done quick. Load your chunks on a pan, drizzle with olive oil and season liberally with salt, garlic powder and oregano (or other seasoning of choice, hot pepper flakes would be yummy). Bake for 30 minutes on 350 and try to control your carb-lovin’ hands.


Head over to the blog, Changing A Life for a super easy cinnamon roll recipe. You make the dough in the bread maker. Uh, yeah, I’m serious. The rolls puff up well and are obviously yummy, but the frosting needs a bit of work.




Now, for a quick and easy recipe, all that reading to get here. Speaking of reading, read any good books lately? I’ve started about ninety. If you have a great non-fiction pick or a super-great fiction pick, send it my way. I don’t read anything like Sarah’s Key, Room or any other heart-wrenching books where I have to read about kids suffering, so I’ll pass on those. But, I love geeky stuff. Not like computer/technology geeky though, more history, philosophy or sociologically geeky. Oh, and I’ll read almost anything about food!

My secret nerd side is only embraced by my husband, really. I love NPR, crossword puzzles, historical documentaries and plenty of non-fiction. None of these things work well with my personality, which is prone to join Zumba classes and watch the latest Romantic Comedy starring Rachel McAdams.

Enough about me, let’s talk soup!  Someone call Maury, because this is such a cheater soup.



I used Trader Joe’s  Mirepoix (the tub of  pre-cut onions, carrots and celery) and Trader Joe’s frozen turkey meatballs. Give it a try, it’s not too heavy, but plenty filling!