daily eats: 3.20.12

Hello Friends and Happy Spring!


Coffee: Still on the 1/2 & 1/2 kick…

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Breakfast 1: 1 packet instant oats + 1 Tbsp almond butter. I ate about half of it as I was leaving to work out shortly after and needed something, but didn’t want too much.  Pretty ugly and very boring!

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Workout: Today I checked out up dog fitness, a yoga and cycling studio in my neighborhood. I’ve been wanting to try it out for a long time and I saw a groupon last week so I grabbed it! I took a great 45 min spin class. It was part motivational speech/part gospel church/ part gay dance club all rolled up into a spinning workout. It was fabulous.

Breakfast 2: egg + kale chips (sample from Expo West) Kind of random, but kind of like greens and eggs!

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Lunch: 1 can tuna (with touch of mayo, onion, celery and shredded cheese) broiled on 1 slice sprouted bread + salad (romaine, arugula, olive oil, red wine vinegar, raw parmesan cheese, salt & pepper) + raw sauerkraut

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Snack 1: small apple x 2

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Snack 2: I had to take a few pictures (so embarrassing) so we had a photo shoot and wine on the roof!

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Dinner: I didn’t have anything planned for dinner so we decided to finally check out the sushi restaurant around the corner. We’ve been a little nervous because it always looks empty, but I think we’ve been looking too early. I’m still not really used to the later dinner life of LA. (I’m used to my 5:00 happy hours, which really don’t occur here).  I’ve also been a little nervous that we would like it and then want to go all of the time.  It was about 8pm by the time we went and the restaurant was pretty busy and continued to get even busier as we were there. I had another glass of wine (rebel) and we shared 5 rolls that were all delicious. I kind of want to go back tomorrow for lunch…

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 I’m snacking on a square of dark chocolate and getting ready for bed. :) Have a great Wednesday!


paleta review

Hi Friends! I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was busy packing, working and running last minute errands for our trip. I also saw Dr. Chase from the show House and it totally made my Saturday. Sometimes I feel like a 13 year-old girl. (He is SO cute!)


We are currently in Mexico, (probably on the beach, sorry) but I’ve got a few posts lined up for you while I’m gone. I’ll be back next week with some stories, pictures and hopefully a tan! ;)

I wanted to share more about my experience with Paleta with you all so here are my final thoughts! I’ll definitely miss it, it was wonderful!


  • 1,600 calories a day is a little low for me, so I went into it knowing that I would supplement it with more snacks (or chocolate) but I was usually surprised at how much food it seemed like. I did have to add in extra snacks every day.
  • the system is amazing – they drop off your cooler of food in the middle of the night – you wake up and have a day of food waiting for you
  • not having to pack lunches (especially on days when I don’t work at home) was AMAZING


  • restaurant quality meals for every meal felt like such a treat
  • the great balance of protein, fat, fiber and fruits or vegetables at every meal and snack!
  • every morning felt like Christmas – I couldn’t wait to see what was on the menu that day
  • fresh fruit, especially the berries! I am typically lacking in the fruit department and rarely buy berries for myself, they always felt like such a treat!
  • that you can let them know about food “dislikes” – I didn’t do this, but would next time


  • all of the packaging made me feel really guilty….it is recyclable, but maybe sometime soon they will use reusable packages for the individual meals
  • I had more money, it is expensive, but for the quality of food, definitely worth it (ranges from $46-$59/day)
  • they would label the foods that are organic so I would know how much of them are local/organic/etc.

Favorite Meals: 

  • Spicy Shrimp Pizza
  • Honey Yogurt, Grapes, Berries, Veggie Sausages and Almonds (simple but SO perfect!)
  • Thai Chicken Salad
  • Lentil Burger Snack
  • Pan-fried Salmon Lunch
  • PALETA Energy Bite

Thank you PALETA for such a wonderful experience! 

daily eats: 2.1.12

Hey Guys!

February is here, can you believe it? Thank you for the amazing comments on my post from yesterday. I usually keep things pretty light here, but I guess I just wanted to share!


Coffee + Coconut Creamer in the dark. Always coffee, and always water in the morning.

 Breakfast: Smoothie. I feel a little bad showing you a smoothie with such an awful shade of color, but this apparently what happens when you mix spinach and blueberries. {3 cups spinach + almond milk + frozen blueberries + 1 cup greek yogurt}

Workout: My favorite lunch crunch workout! (1 hour intense circuit training) I asked Rob the trainer about exercises for a flat tummy and he told me all the things I didn’t want to hear!!! {intervals, exerting as much energy doing cardio as I do during class (a lot) and no walking, “you aren’t 80.” Wah!}

Lunch: I snacked on some veggies and hummus while I put everything else together. Did Trader Joe’s change their plain hummus recipe? It tasted different to me, but it had been a while.

The rest of lunch consisted of: a turkey burger smothered in caramelized onions + sauteed mixed greens (baby spinach, baby kale and baby chard) + sweet potato baked with coconut oil + raw sauerkraut on the side.

I have to tell you about two parts of my lunch that I’m a little obsessed with! Over the weekend, I was working in a HUGE Whole Foods so of course had to check out their extra-large selection. I found the Earthbound Farms “Power Greens” – a mix of baby kale, baby spinach and baby chard. All washed, ready to go and in a HUGE container. It must be new because it isn’t on their website yet. The other is a Raw Garlic Dill Pickle Kraut, by Farmhouse Culture. There were a few different varieites at the store, but I love pickles and kraut so it was the natural choice. It tastes like pickle kraut – genius!

I love both of these items so much, I might have to make the trek out to that Whole Foods again!

Snack: Tea + 1/2 Peanut Butter thinkThin bar.

I proceeded to eat the other half shortly after. :)

I wish I could say that I did something cool in the afternoon, like lay out at a pool, but I had a lot of work to do, so work I did!

Dinner: Tuna melts were on the menu and as much as I like them, every time I plan them for dinner, they end up not making the cut.

Instead, we decided to try out a near-by Dim Sum Restaurant, called Bao. I had a glass of wine and we shared lots of dim sum plates (dumplings, scallion pancakes, green beans, seaweed salad and more dumplings) – the pictures were horrible so I’ll spare you, but imagine the plate below, x a lot.

We’ll definitely visit Bao Dim Sum again soon, the food was great, they have all day happy hour at the bar and dim sum is the perfect excuse for my dumpling obsession. :)

Now I’m snacking on a few dried mango pieces and cringing while watching 127 Hours. Eek!


pumpkin & shrimp curry

I think my Madison friends will really enjoy this recipe. It is from L’Etoile Restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin. If you are from the area, you know what L’Etoile is and what it is all about.

L’Etoile is a restaurant that focuses on supporting local farmers and artisan producers and it just so happened that this recipe was featured in a recent Bon Appétit. I always get really excited when I’ve either been to or know of a restaurant that is featured in Bon Appétit or Food & Wine. It makes me feel like I kind of know about the food world. :)

The recipe sounded great – I love all things curry – and because L’Etoile has such a great reputation I figured it would be a good one. I switched a few things up in the recipe, mainly because I get frustrated when recipes call for 1/2 can of coconut milk or 3/4 cup broth. I don’t want to open it, use half and then throw the rest away! Right?

But the curry, oh this curry.

It was slightly sweet, really creamy and we loved the flavor. It is definitely a warming dish, perfect for fall and winter evenings.

I definitely wouldn’t skip the roasted squash, the texture was a welcome addition to the smooth curry. Since the curry itself didn’t really contain any veggies, I served it over brown rice and steamed green beans, but your favorite vegetable would work.


Pumpkin Curry

by Emily Dingmann (adapted from L’Etoile)

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 45 min

Keywords: soup/stew entree gluten-free Indian fall winter

A twist on the standard curry and a great way to enjoy it in the fall or winter!

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 2 Tbsp butter or oil (I used ghee)
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 can pumpkin (make sure it is plain!)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup roasted squash, chopped
  • 1 lb shrimp
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • cilantro for garnish
  • brown rice and vegetable for serving


Heat oil in large pan.

Saute onions for about 10 minutes.

Add ginger and garlic and saute for about 1 minute.

Add pumpkin, stirring to combine.

Add coconut milk and seasonings.

Simmer for about 20 minutes, or longer.

Add squash and shrimp and heat until shrimp is hot.

Mix in lime juice and serve over brown rice and steamed vegetables.

Garnish with cilantro.

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