Archive | March, 2011

The Ritz!

28 Mar

Ritz Carlton

Today we had a lunch at the Ritz Carlton Resort for the boyfriend’s grandmother’s birthday! I hadn’t been there yet and was super excited to go. It was a long drive and situated right up against the mountains.. it was beautiful! Spring is here! The trees are turning green and there were wildflowers everywhere!

wildflowers

The food and service were excellent and we all had a great time.. the weather was perfect! When we got home we looked at our fruit bowl and veggie drawer and decided it was time to juice. I shop once a week and whatever we don’t think we’ll eat before my next trip (tomorrow) gets juiced.

great for composting!

We juiced carrots, celery, a cucumber, a tomato, mandarin oranges, a lime, a few blueberries, and ginger. It tasted so fresh and packed a lot of ziiing! After finishing our juice and cleaning the kitchen we hit the pool to relax and soak up some sun!

Because we had such a big lunch we decided to take it easy and have some of the pasta salad I made Saturday.

In the mix are cheese tortellinis from TJ’s, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, artichoke hearts, olives, feta, basil, crushed red pepper, and artichoke pesto. I like to make this salad in the summer because it’s a yummy, quick, cool meal perfect for hot days.

I’m off to bed.. have a great week everyone! 🙂

birthdays at the office..

25 Mar

.. equal cake!

So much more exciting then my usual hummus and pita chip afternoon snack!

The weekend is almost here! 🙂

yummy black beans

25 Mar

Last night we made grilled chicken fajitas with blue corn tortillas and they were so delicious and beautiful but I wasn’t able to get any photos of my plate before I devoured it because the Arizona/Duke game (one of the GREATEST WILDCAT GAMES EVER!) was on and I had my game-face on. I made the beans ahead of time and was able to snap a few pics of them.

I chopped up some onion and garlic, sautéed them in a little Pam cooking spray, added about half a can of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, garlic salt and chili powder. I rinsed one can of black beans and added them to the pot. Brought it to a boil and then down to a simmer for ten minutes. I squeezed some lime on top and served in the fajita with chicken, guacamole, onion and green bell peppers, salsa, and shredded Monterey Jack. The beans were so good I saved the leftovers to bring to work today for lunch.

yummy black beans

Fajita veggies

TJ's blue corn tortillas

vegetarian lasagna

25 Mar

This is one of our favorite meals! It’s simple and fun to make, too!

The veggies are interchangeable and it is a great way to use up leftover pantry items or ‘on the verge’ veggies.

This time we sautéed spinach, artichoke hearts, black olives, mushrooms, zucchini, onions and garlic in a little olive oil. Then we mixed in some marinara sauce and layered the mixture with lasagna noodles and mozzarella. Cover with foil and bake until pasta is tender and serve with crumbled feta on top. So good!

veggies

add marinara

simmer

cheesy

side view

sloppy delicousness 🙂

wii tennis and veggies

21 Mar

I’m having difficulty getting my head back to work and school.. I had way too much fun yesterday doing this:

Believe it or not, my arms and shoulders are killing me! This only means one thing.. I must do more!

All our activity got us starved so we stuffed our faces with veggies and yummy hummus!

upside down pineapple cake!

20 Mar

Saturday afternoon I got in the mood for some baking.. after skimming some cookbooks I came across a recipe I had all the ingredients for.. pineapple upside down cake! This cake is one of my all-time faves because of the tartness of the pineapples and the moistness of the cake! My gave me this total 1970’s bundt pan awhile back and I thought it’d make it super easy to bake and flip this cake and it did! I’m pretty sure as long as I don’t start making jello molds (ew!) with it it’s OK to keep around. The cake came out great! We immediately dug in and enjoyed some nice Kona coffee from Hawaii with it!

And because we stuffed our faces with cake in the middle of the afternoon, we took it easy for dinner and had a nice fresh spinach salad with turkey, avocado, corn, cucs, and tomatoes!

 

I love lazy Saturdays!

backpacking adventure recap in pictures

18 Mar