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April 15th, 2010 · 20 Comments · comfort foods, Ellie Krieger, ham

Guys, you are so sweet with your comments on my vacation recap post. I had a fun time writing it – so many pictures to choose from. I literally took hundreds, so I’m glad you enjoyed them. 😀

So I forgot to take my camera and iphone today when I went to work. I guess I’m still in vacation mode. Doh 😉 I know – a big blogger no-no. Have you ever done that? I felt so naked all day. Not only did I not have my camera and was unable to take my food pictures, I can’t check my personal email from work so I felt disconnected from the world (I had over 50 new emails when i finally picked up my phone!!). As far as food pics – luckily I took a picture of dinner last night (and ate the leftovers for lunch). I’ll have to describe my snacks to you, okay? Let’s start with dinner since today is CEiMB Thursday.

This week’s recipe for grilled zucchini roll-ups with herbs and cheese (recipe here) was hosted by My Table, Their Table. Some CEiMB members make their weekly recipe on the weekend and just post them on Thursdays but since my blog is journal-like, I typically am “forced” to make the chosen recipe actually on Thursday. The grilled zucchini roll-ups sounded great but I knew I needed to make something else for dinner to bulk them up. Enter – big salads!


I’m not going to lie – these babies were even smaller than I anticipated and were kind of a pain in the ass to make. I think it I had all day to make them and was lucky enough to use a real grill instead of a tiny grill pan (thus necessitating 4 batches, with a “break” to stop the fire alarm from beeping) and then leisurely rolling them, it could be fairly easy. I mean all you have to do is slice the zucchini (I used a mandoline), grill them, then stuff them, right? Time was not my friend today, so I kind of got flustered and gave up on the mid-way. We didn’t need that many for dinner anyway and the rest of the zucchini ribbons could just be used in a de-constructed salad.


I used fresh thyme instead of parsley, and cut the fresh basil into ribbons. I also apparently used more filling than 1/2teaspoon/roll since I ran out of the goat cheese after making only 9 rolls (see above). The biggest test is of course the taste test. What did we think? I LOVED them! Well I love all the ingredients individually so it was a no-brainer, really. Adam liked them too but thought they had too much cheese (I guess Ellie’s proportions would have been right up his alley since he basically scraped a bunch of the goat cheese out. The horror. 😆 ). Overall I’d recommend this recipe if you are able to take your time. :mrgreen:

With the roll-ups I served us some fun salads – arugula, cherry tomatoes, ham, grilled zucchini, cannellini beans, pine nuts and goat cheese. Drizzled with some lemon juice and a teaspoon of EVOO.


I liked this dinner but I’ll admit it was more “me” than “Adam.” I think the chef gets to be selfish once in a while, no? :)


Rewind to…


Ww toast with nutella + coffee


Yes, I’m on a nutella kick now after vacation.

+ a green monster – skim milk, frozen spinach, frozen banana, frozen strawberries, almond butter, ice, xantham and guar gums. Yum! 😀



Leftover cuban inspired mac & cheese (recipe based on the Pink Apron original). I had to healthify it, though, so for 4 servings I used 8oz pasta, 4 oz lite mexican blend cheese, 1T butter and 2/3 of the rest of the ingredients. Oh and I didn’t realize that we ran out of eggs so I omitted them and I used skim evaporated milk instead of whole. It turned out pretty yummy (leftovers were actually better than fresh). The pickles were awesome in this version of mac&cheese. Trust me!



I worked out for the first time in 6 days today! The last time was my favorite yoga class last Thursday and I went back to it today. I brought all of my workout gear to Aruba but it just didn’t happen. I felt surprisingly tight at first (like I’m sore from working out too much, haha maybe lifting those drinks was a workout after all) but eventually relaxed and got into it. I hope to get a real sweaty workout tomorrow. I am way overdue!!


1 orange, 1 small packet of sommersaults, 1 nut box from Tatte (it’s my treat every few months – today was the day) and lastly another ww toast with nutella. I kind of felt guilty for overdoing it in the sweets dept today but they all did taste amazing so I’m hoping tomorrow I’ll just naturally crave cleaner eats. Let’s cross our fingers for that. 😀

All right, sorry for the lack-luster post. I have lots of topics I’d like to post about but it’s not in the cards today. You’ll just have to check back here soon. 😎 My bed is calling my name. Gnight! 😀

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20 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Maria

    Love those veggie roll ups!

  • #2 - Meghan@traveleatlove

    Hehe as the chef I often make the executive decisions. My husband’s eating habits sure have changed . . . And he actually loves it!

  • #3 - banana

    hey! everything looks awesome and kudos to you for embracing nutella for breakfast! It tastes great and you shouldn’t limit yourself to what is generally considered “health food”. You are the one who knows what you body needs and no one else :)! Have a happy day!

  • #4 - Diana

    Those roll ups look great! And those salads yum. :)

  • #5 - Lauren

    No worries about forgetting your camera… it’s a sign your brain is still relaxed from vacation!

    The zucchini rolls look fantastic! Adam should get a slap on the hand for scraping out the “excess” goat cheese ;). Never too much in my opinion. Oh, and I totally agree that the cook gets a few selfish meals every now and then!

    The cuban mac& cheese is intriguing… I think I’ll give it a try.

  • #6 - Joanne

    Hey chica! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Those zucchini rolls look like a serious labor of love…but also seriously delicious. I might have to make them over my spring break, when I have some more free time. I like the idea of deconstructing them in a salad. Then you’d get all of the flavor without spending all of that time constructing them!

    Sounds like you had an awesome vacation. It stinks having to get back in the workday groove!

  • #7 - Sophie @ yumventures

    Those roll ups AND the salad look amazing! It can be a pain to cook on a weeknight, but I find it very relaxing and some good “me time” after a crazy day at work :)

  • #8 - Christie {Honoring Health}

    Those roll ups look so tasty!

  • #9 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Yeah, I totally did the same thing today. I hate it when I forget that!

  • #10 - brandi

    totally forget my camera all the time!

    those rollups look SO good! :) and I love the nutella for breakfast. That reminds me that I have some in my cabinet…

  • #11 - Kelly

    Glad you enjoyed the mac and cheese. I absolutely adore the pickles in it. I know people think it’s weird, but it absolutely works.

  • #12 - Cara

    hehe. I don’t walk around with my camera all day, and I’ve never felt like I’m missing anything, but then again I just blog recipes :)

    Those zucchini rollups are making me particularly hungry reminding me of one of my favorite grill recipes – pretty much the exact same thing you made but with grilled eggplant slices. I should probably go make dinner now!

  • #13 - Raina

    Hi. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your blog! Great zucchini roll ups. I love, love nutella. My daughter and I were on a nutella kick for a while. It is so good. We had it on toast too! I like that your being healthy. I am trying to be more healthy…especially since summer is coming and the shorts will have to come out!

  • #14 - Liz

    I agree… definitely a make ahead dish! They are tasty though!

  • #15 - Jenna

    WOW pickles in mac & cheese…never imagined that!

  • #16 - terri

    hey there! thanks so much for visiting dessertordiet! your blog has some really really yummy recipes! i love the little roll ups! nice presentation too! i am starting to follow!!! ~hugs, terri

  • #17 - Kerstin

    I love your zucchini roll ups – what a cool idea. And I’m glad you had such an amazing time in Aruba!

  • #18 - Lynn @ The Actors Diet

    i definitely feel naked without my camera – but my camera and phone – AAAAAH!

  • #19 - Leslie

    Your roll ups look fabulous!

  • #20 - Bridget

    I totally dropped the ball on the Ellie recipe this week…I even bought all the ingredients! Time was definitely NOT on my side, but I still may make them this week :) I heart Goat Cheese so I know I’ll love them!