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Healthy and Sane flashback: tomato goat cheese strata

January 12th, 2012 · 17 Comments · Cooking Light, eggs, favorite recipes, quick, vegetarian meal

Healthy and Sane flashback is where I share some of my favorite recipes enjoyed in the past – but with better pictures Smile

“Old” tomato goat cheese strata (yikes!). Visually improved tomato goat cheese strata:


Same delicious recipe from Cooking Light. Now hopefully you’d actually want to make it Winking smile

How is your week going so far?? Mine is flying by and I’m not too happy about it. I have things to accomplish!! Winking smile Although now that I think about it, this weekend I’m going to NY to go wedding dress shopping with my sister (and hopefully celebrating my best friend’s 30th birthday… if I can get a hold of her!) so it’s going to be a good one. So I guess it’s ok that it’s coming so soon.

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As I mentioned in the my previous post, my sister’s wedding is definitely motivating me to get a little more serious about healthy eating. I’m not going on any crazy diets but I am being a little more mindful about what I’m eating. I put up a big calendar on the fridge reminding me of the “big day” (sort of funny saying that since it’s not my wedding) and a few pictures of myself at a lower weight for motivation. It’s only been 1 day, but I feel like I’m approaching this in the right way and feel good about weight loss results that are sure to follow!


The best part? I have a few old favorites to ensure I’m eating satisfying healthy meals. Like this strata. It comes together quite quickly, uses ingredients I always have on hand (well, I happened to have fresh sage on hand this time, but I’d just use dried if I didn’t) and it’s so warm and comforting. It has (whole wheat) sourdough bread and goat cheese. You can eat it for breakfast or dinner. And one quarter of the pan is a serving. Really, what’s not to love?!


Diets, shmiets. I’ll stick to this! Open-mouthed smile


What are your favorite healthy and satisfying recipes? Please share with me in the comments!

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Coconut and basil steamed mussels

January 5th, 2012 · 27 Comments · 20 minute meals, Cooking Light, favorite recipes, mussels

It’s January 5, 2012. While I hear the gyms are packed (like they are every year in January) and every show on the Food Network seems to be about healthy recipes (btw, although olive oil is deemed a healthy fat, its use still appears to be a little too liberal in those healthy recipes), for me – 2012 so far has just been a number I’m not used to typing Smile I’m still on track with my P90X workouts (at home, away from crowds – LOVE) and I am no stranger to healthy cooking. Those chocolate cravings, which need constant “attending to” (read: feeding)? Yup those are still there too.

I wonder how many people really wake up on January 1 and find themselves with a list of resolutions that require immediate action. Do they have a clear plan? Are they overwhelmed? Do they have a good support system to help them? I hope so!


I’m the kind of person that attacks goals with intensity. I research, I plan, I write out mile-long to-do lists and schedules and then I go at it. This is how I’m approaching my new business (I promise to share the details with you – very soon!) and it’s been exhilarating (so exhilarating in fact that I am having trouble falling asleep thinking of a million different things I could offer and cute little touches that would make me unique). The best part? I get to eat my “research.” Open-mouthed smile [Ok some of it, unfortunately my extensive research in the logo design process has been inedible, and more expensive than originally anticipated. If only I could pay designers in cookies… or mussels. Ha!]

Coconut and basil steamed mussels is a Cooking Light recipe I’ve had bookmarked since June 2009. Mussels are such a fun protein to make and healthy to boot! It’s high in protein, low in fat and calories and when made right – so juicy, plump and delicious. I also love how these little guys absorb whatever broth you cook them in. They turn into little sponges of flavor. Yum!!


I doubled the amount of mussels the recipe called for (they normally come in 2lb bags – why not cook the whole thing?) and added a few good handfuls of fresh baby spinach (together with the basil) for good measure. Adding baby spinach to pretty much everything is one of my favorite ways to sneak extra veggies in! The spinach soaked up some of the yummy broth as well. Awesome!

This broth was creamy and slightly spicy and had a bit of Thai flare. We loved it with big hunks of bread to soak up more broth. A quick, restaurant-worthy, healthy meal right at home! Red heart


Those white dots, by the way, are salt. I guess I got really up close and personal with the mussels Winking smile

Do you feel the effects of the new year? Are you overwhelmed, excited or just indifferent?

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Pantry staples quick pasta dish

January 3rd, 2012 · 18 Comments · favorite recipes, Italian, pasta

Happy New Year!!! I have a very good feeling about 2012. It’s going to be a great one. For all of us. Open-mouthed smile

I know that January is a month of healthier resolutions. We’ve all used the excuse of the holidays to indulge in too many desserts, cheese and wine (You did, right? Don’t leave me here confessing to sins all on my own). The beginning of a new year is a good time to reassess what worked and didn’t the year before, to get a bit of a kick to recommit to old goals or start fresh with a “clean slate.” It’s like the ultimate “Monday.” I dig it.

And while I’m not really into New Year’s resolutions (at least not this year) in recent weeks my fire for healthy cooking and exercise has been reignited. And I’m hoping the newness of the year will keep it up. Even on days when “there is nothing in the fridge,” I keep at it. Last night the digging turned up a crazy delicious pasta dish, created from pantry staples and a few random bits in the fridge. I have an archive of recipes to share with you, but this one wins today. 


Pantry staples (and a few random bits) pasta

Adopted from the Eating Well cookbook, serves 4


  • 8oz dry whole wheat pasta
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 15-oz can of diced tomatoes with chiles
  • Two 15-oz cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed.
  • 1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 2T finely shredded pecorino cheese


  • Boil pasta according to instructions on package
  • Fry bacon and blot on paper towels (reserve bacon grease).
  • Heat 1T of reserved bacon grease on medium heat, add garlic.
  • When garlic is golden brown, add cannellini beans, basil, spinach, diced tomatoes, olives and grape tomatoes and stir.
  • When the spinach has wilted, add cooked pasta, crumbled bacon and pecorino cheese.
  • Taste for seasonings (a little more salt or pepper may be needed) and enjoy.

This was so quick and easy and the flavor blew us away. I love the smokiness of the bacon, the saltiness of the olives and the slight heat from the chiles in the tomatoes (if you just have diced tomatoes and want a bit of heat, add a sprinkle of hot pepper flakes). I’m adding the recipe to my favorites list!

Here is to keeping at it. Always. And eating delicious and healthy meals! Open-mouthed smile

What do you make on nearly bare-fridge days? You can say make a phone call for delivery Winking smile

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