Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Trader Joe's Challenge: Day Three!

Oh you guys, how in the world did I forget to take pictures of dinner tonight?  This Trader Joe's Challenge is a big deal! (Well, to ME.) You'd think I would remember to snap at least a picture or two. 

Since I forgot, I'll just be sure to make up for it with several random cat photos later on in this post..........................

So tonight Noah was invited over to my parent's house for steak.  Because, he is a prince. They love indulging Noah in his favorite meal, and I image bask in the glory that they are able to get him to eat, unlike me.

That meant it was just Jon and I for dinner.  Because of this, I didn't start dinner right away, and instead did a bit of on-line work. By the time Jon got home, I still hadn't started dinner, but it was ok, because both the Strawberry Gorgonzola Salad, and the Grilled Veggie Sandwich With Lemon Garlic Sauce only had a five minute prep time. No cooking needed! 

I know that five minutes and no cooking sounds a bit suspect, but really, for a super-fast dinner, it wasn't half-bad! Everything was quite fresh, except for the frozen, pre-grilled  eggplant and zucchini. But, I could certainly think of a thousand worse pre-packed foods.

(This is sort of....what our sandwiches looked like.)

The sandwiches were so easy to put together, and fast! Basically you thaw or defrost the veggies in the microwave. Personally, Next time I am going to find a way to crisp them up. Maybe in the oven.
While that's going on, you make a WONDERFUL sauce to spread on the dinner rolls, made from a little bit of mayo, lemon juice and crushed garlic. It was fantastic! I used a gluten-free English muffin for my sandwich, and it was great.

When the veggies and sauce are done, you layer sauce, some arugula, veggies, and feta cheese. SO delicious, and reasonably healthy!

(And here is the salad.....)

The Strawberry and Gorgonzola Salad was your typical berry/nut/cheese salad. I just love the sweetness of the strawberries, mixed with the salty Gorgonzola. You can choose to go as light or as heavy as you want with the ingredients. We also made our own dressing, per the recipe. Simply two-parts olive oil to one-part balsamic. It was just TOO easy!

One of the best things about this meal, besides be super quick and easy, is the fact that we have tons of leftovers for lunch tomorrow. You really get at least four meals/ servings out of this one. I highly recommend. 

Oh! And just so you know, the homemade hummus WAS better the next day. I really like it a lot!

And now for some random cat pics.......

(Willow, after eating some food. While wait for more food.)

(Willow taking a nap, after eating some food. And some more food.)

For your viewing pleasure, I give thee...............THE UNDERSIDE OF A CAT!

Thank you Buzzfeed, for your article: 21 Pictures of Cats On Glass.

Well, that's all that I have for you for right now. Oh! except for the new FlyLady daily newsletter format.  DON'T LAUGH YOU GUYS.  I wanted to share something with you that has really been a great help to me.  If you don't already know the FlyLady, (Marla Cilley), you might want to check out her site. The Flylady takes your home and your life, and teaches you how to most effectively manage all of  your tasks. She makes it fun, and breaks the endless "to do's" into little, manageable chunks.

I've never had a big problem with keeping the house nice and tidy, but certainly there are a few areas prone to clutter, and believe me, cleaning is not one of my most favorite activities.  I love how each day of the FlyLady's newsletter and daily plan, includes "tasks" and "zones" to tackle. I love the FlyLady's website and I listen to her different series on podcast all the time while I clean or work at home.

Oh, and get this, FlyLady TV has BOTH Noah and I cracking up. The Flylady is really funny! You should check the videos out for yourself.

This is today's daily newsletter below. It's just a nice way to stay on track.
Thanks for stopping by, see you next time!



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-Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth
- Make Bed
-Swish & Swipe
-Empty Dishwasher
-Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away)
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-Check Your Control Journal
* What's For Dinner?
* Drink Your Water
* Declutter for 15 Minutes
* 15 Minutes of Loving Movement (exercise)

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-Lay out Your Clothes for tomorrow 
-Check Your Calendar
-Put things needed for tomorrow at the Launch Pad
-Where are your Keys?
-Spend Two Minutes Clearing off a Hot Spot
-Shine Your Sink
- Wash face/Brush Teeth
-Go to Bed at a Decent Hour
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nc laura said...

Fun post. Your meal looks so tasty! Can't wait to make that salad.

Laura said...

Fun post! That meal looks so tasty. I can't wait to make that salad. Thanks for the great cooking ideas.