Heidi Swanson on a Meatless Monday

I love pesto!

I salivate just looking at most of the recipes in my Heidi Swanson cookbook, Super Natural Every Day. This cookbook is packed full of vegetarian dishes that are colorful, flavorful, and nutritious.

I adore Heidi’s recipes.

One of my favorites from Heidi’s cookbook is the white bean and cabbage dish she makes with parmesan sprinkles. Sooo good!

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Today, I wanted to shard Heidi’s recipe for Orzo Brocolli Salad. 000orzo brocolli

The bad thing about the orzo salad is that the pine nuts are crazy expensive.  I bought a small bag of pine nuts over the weekend for $10 and change.  Yikes!  They are good, though, and I love pesto, so I had to have them.  I have a recipe for whole wheat baking powder biscuits that also call for pine nuts.  I will use these several times, and we will be glad for them, $10 price tag or not.

If you haven’t tried some of Heidi’s recipes, you should.  This gal knows how to cook and in a way that is oh. so. delicious.



Eating Out

Ugh!  Can I start a post with frustration?

Last night I met a friend for what was to be coffee, but turned into dinner. A horrible dinner.

Don’t get me wrong, the company was great, but the food was lousy.  Lousy and salty, and cold when it should have been warm/hot.  That meal was sooo frustrating,and full of calories I don’t need.

I’m learning from these experiences with eating out, but I will admit that my education is slow going.  Or should I say slow coming?

I need to develop a strategy for these times when I get together with friends and those “get-togethers” include food.  I’m seriously considering packing a sandwich and eating it at the table while my friend orders an entrée, but is that rude?  Will the eatery allow it?  They should, after the food they served me last night.  Who cooked that?  Certainly not the cook.

Seriously, I’m ready to go full on rebel on this eating out stuff.

What do you do when you have to eat out?  Does your restaurant meal always turn out to be a salad?


000cop-blowing-whistle-200x300I read police blotters.

There, I said it!

I, Lori, pour over the names of all those unfortunates who, by virtue of their bad behavior, have their names recorded in the section of the paper labeled : Court News. In this section of the paper I find people admitting to all manner of crime, including misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor harassment, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs, and assault with a deadly weapon.

In addition to these pleas, the Court News cites the names of individuals who were sentenced without having entered a guilty plea. These are those who refused to admit to wrongdoing, but were found guilty anyway. This second group was involved in indecent exposure cases, indecent assault cases, retail theft, obstructing administration of the law, driving under the influence, and criminal mischief, along with other less glamorous crimes. One might ask why these things interest me?

They interest me because:

1. I’ve done some things in my past, and they weren’t all laudable.
2. I have friends still living rough lives.
3. I want to know what my neighbors are up to, even if after-the-fact.
4. I want to be forewarned if trouble is headed my way.
5. I’m plain nosey.

While reading the Court News this week, two things occurred to me.

First, I’m shocked that the court still pays to advertise the outcome in criminal cases, what with the shocking regularity with which crimes are committed these days.

Secondly, I’ve noticed that crime is no respecter of age. Some of the individuals showing up in the police blotters are 54, 59, and 69 years of age. I guess a thief is a thief is a thief, no matter how many times he or she has blown out the candles on a birthday cake.

I’ve heard it said that to the pure of heart, all things are pure. Perhaps it’s true then that for the criminally inclined, there’s always a reason to skirt the law.

Why is any of this noteworthy, or fit fodder for today’s blog post? Only because as I was looking through the police blotter last night I realized, “If eating more than one needs to live were illegal, my name would be in the Court News section of the paper on a repeating basis.”

I need to do better.

I’m glad overeating is not yet illegal in my county!

Are you a repeat offender with junk food? What have you done to curb your urge to eat in nearly criminal ways?

Be Encouraged!

Sometimes on the way to our goal, we slip, fall, trip, get tossed around, receive a few bruises, and experience some bumps and dings, but that’s okay.  Just because we fall down doesn’t mean we won’t get back up again.

We will!


We may need some beagle stickers to bind our wounds or encourage our spirits, but that’s okay.  Beagle stickers are easy to come by, and so adorable.

Here’s the thing:  When we regain our composure after a fall, when we find renewed determination to meet that goal, our ability to grab that brass ring and have that life we have envisioned for ourselves will be realized.  All we really need to do is keep on, keeping on.

One day at a time.

One goal at a time.

Broken up into baby steps.

With friends to cheer us on.

And a plan in place.

We WILL get there!

We will overcome!!!!

What goal are you reaching for these days?  Are you encouraged, or frustrated as you work to achieve it? What one thing can you add to your plan today that will help you in pursuit of that goal?  When will you begin again?


Meatless Monday-Vegetable Paella

A few years back I became a Flexitarian–a gal who eats meat, but makes sure the bulk of her diet is about veggies.  I love the crunch, the color, the sweetness and the variety our gardens provide.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my grains, too, and I eat fruit, but because I aim to be the incredible shrinking woman, I eat lots and lots of veggies.

Some of my favorite recipes include roasted root vegetables.  Roasted veggies find their way to my dinner table over and over again during the winter months.  I love roasted potatoes, roasted carrots, roasted turnips, roasted parsnips, roasted sweet potatoes, roasted cauliflower (a favorite of favorites), and roasted brussels sprouts.  Really, I love almost anything roasted, and that certainly includes squash of all varieties and sweet corn, on the cob.  Everything’s better when its caramelized.  🙂

Loving roasted veggies as I do, I also like veggies done in other ways, like the simmering method that goes into a good veggie paella.  Not only does paella look fantastic when it’s assembled, but it smells out of this world while cooking and it contains the grains I love in combination with the veggies. A win / win for this gal.

Veggie Paella:  doesn't that look incredible?

On this Meatless Monday, I’m going to suggest you hop on over to Forks Over Knives and download their recently published recipe for Vegetable Paella.

You can use just about any veggies you have in the frig to make your own paella dish, but whatever you do, be creative and eat the rainbow.  Lots of color is the key to a beautiful paella in my opinion, and if you make it big you can eat on it all week.  Yum!

For those of you who love your protein, add a lil pre-cooked sausage to your dish at the end of its cooking time, or you could grate some fresh cheddar or gruyere and add it to the paella once its done.  Fantastico!!!  With or without meat or cheese, this dish is delish!!!  Enjoy!

How many veggies do you eat each day?  How can you increase that number?  What is your favorite way to “eat the rainbow”?

Sick and Tired

The last couple of days I’ve been sick.  Hubs had a sinus infection that began last weekend and it seems he may have passed it along to me. Ugh.

I went to the walk-in clinic yesterday morning and was told that my ailment was viral.  So, maybe hubs didn’t give this to me, but I’m blaming him anyway.  He has broad shoulders, he can take it.

The worst thing about being sick is the exhaustion. I had a fever two days of the three days I’ve been sick.

Fevers are exhausting.

The best thing about being sick is that I don’t have an appetite.  That means I eat less (I still eat, nothing could stop me from eating), and that means I lose weight. Two years ago we traveled to see family in NC,and I was sick while there. I lost 9 lbs on that vacation, but I would have rather held onto that weight or worked it off while hiking Grandfather Mountain, than to lose it by being sick while away from home.

Grandfather Mountain in Autumn

Grandfather Mountain in Autumn

Boone, NC is one of the most gorgeous places I have ever been, especially in the fall.

Today, I’m trying to focus on getting better and letting my body heal, while I leave the food alone. I’m drinking more than usual, but even that is off today. I didn’t crave that first cup of coffee in the morning, and instead went for hot tea.  Last night I wanted comfort food, so we had homemade soup and beer batter bread.  It hit the spot!

What do you eat when you’re sick?  What is your favorite feel-better meal?