I’m feeling bright and chipper this morning, despite staying up really late to watch the debate. It…. Was…. Glorious! Future Husband and I had loads of fun being commentators from the couch while working on our Internet side business.


I hope it gets launched soon, so I can give you all the details! But, here’s a hint: it’s a holistic supplement store!  We’re taking Future Husband’s family clinic GLOBAL! 🙂


Coconutty Oatmeal


I had a lovely, crunchy sweet bowl of oatmeal this morning.  It was the perfect way to start humpday!


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • Toppings: plain granola, sweetened coconut, 6 chopped almonds



On the side, I had a cup of joe…  hazelnut coffee with 1 tablespoon half and half a few drops of Stevia.


Now–leaving the Stevia controversy aside for a while–I gave up flavored creamers about 6 months ago when I glanced over the ingredient list and was horrified (trans fat!! ECKKK).  It was hard to give up Coffee Mate, but now I’m satisfied with half and half


Blogger Secret Ingredient – POLENTA!


Thank you, thank you Sabrina of RhodeyGirl Tests for choosing POLENTA as this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient Contest.  Sabrina was too kind and said I could (1) submit a previous post and (2) submit more than one.  What a doll!


I LOVE polenta and think it is a great, fun alternative to pasta or bread.  I’m entering Sweet Potato Hot Salad and Sauces and Grilled Chicken Salad and Polenta Croutons. I think both of the recipes are a fun and unique approach to using polenta!


Sweet Polenta Hot Salad and Sauces


Ingredients for Sweet Hot Polenta Salad (for 1 serving):


  • 1/2 sweet potato, chopped into 1-inch squares
  • 1/2 cup broccoli
  • 1/2 cup Portabella mushrooms
  • 1/4 tube polenta, chopped into 1-inch squares
  • 1 tablespoon of EVOO


 Ingredients for Yogurt-based Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • dash of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of honey


 Ingredients for Mustard-based Sauce:


  • 1 tablespoon of mustard
  • dash of red vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of EVOO
  • S&P to taste




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place thickly chopped sweet potato and polenta on a greased cookie sheet.  Roast for 10 minutes in the oven. 
  • Add mushrooms and broc to the polenta and veggie mix and roast for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the dressings by combining the listed ingredients in two separate bowls and mixing thoroughly with a whisk.
  • Remove polenta and veggies from oven, place in bowl, and toss with 1 tablespoon of EVOO (most of it drips off, but you want to coat everything) and S&P.
  • Serve hot salad alongside dressings and enjoy!


Entry #2….


Grilled Chicken Salad and Polenta Croutons




  • 3 oz. grilled chicken
  • 1/8 cup red onion, chopped thinly
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 plum tomato
  • 2 cups of spinach or lettuce
  • 1/4 tube of polenta
  • S&P to taste




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Chop polenta into thin, crouton-shaped squares.  Season with S&P.
  • Roast polenta for 30 minutes, or until edges begin to brown.
  • Wash and chop up vegetables.  Plate salad.
  • Add chicken and polenta croutons to the salad.
  • No dressing necessary – the veggies are so flavorful! Enjoy!


Have a great day! See you for lunch!



  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina October 8, 2008, 5:05 am


    now i wish i brought coconut to work today. that looks realllly good!

  • Erin of Care to Eat October 8, 2008, 5:06 am

    I love the polenta croutons!

  • VeggieGirl October 8, 2008, 5:21 am

    Sooo exciting about the holistic supplement store!!! I wish you and your FH lots of luck in getting that started :0)

    Your breakfast and polenta recipes are FAAAAAABULOUS!!!! Thanks for sharing them!! :0)

    Happy Wednesday!!

  • lauren October 8, 2008, 5:40 am

    Coconut in oatmeal – yum! I may have to try that! and I think we have the same placemats!

  • Gina October 8, 2008, 5:50 am

    those look delicious! i’m excited to try something with polenta now– i’ve never tried it before.
    have a great day!

  • sportsnutritionliving October 8, 2008, 5:54 am

    Nice job on the tempo run! Did u see the website for chobani i posted?? They have a homemade dressing on their I thought you would like cause you said you wanted to try to make your own!

  • jenngirl October 8, 2008, 6:03 am

    Ooo that’s so great about you and the FH’s online business, good luck with development!

    I love your leaf-shaped bowl, the oatmeal looks so perfect for fall 🙂

    Great recipes, I’ve never tried polenta, but I have a feeling I would like it.

    Have a good day 🙂

  • Elina October 8, 2008, 6:17 am

    Hi Caitlin! Your food looks delicious as always and great job on that tempo run. I use the same training schedule for fun (not an actual race, but just to keep some structure for my workouts).
    Question: did you change anything about your website/layout recently? I use bloglines for all of my blogs and your has been having problems showing up on it. I have to go in manually once in a while 🙁

  • Krista October 8, 2008, 6:26 am

    I adore coconut in my oats!
    Those polenta recipes look great….

  • Allie October 8, 2008, 6:29 am

    I was wondering what type of heart rate monitor you have, I am thinking about getting one because I think it will help me drop those last 10-15 pounds. I think knowing how much I am actually burning will help me eat the right amount. I can’t seem to figure out how much to eat! I am runner as well, although I don’t go quite as far, but I am working up to it! I just wanted some feedback on your heart rate monitor and how it has helped you. Your running really inspires me to get better and run farther and set goals for myself. Thank you!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 8, 2008, 6:37 am

    elina – hmmmm! i looked into it and your blog, there’s something wrong with my RSS feed? i’ll look into it later tonight.

    allison – good morning! congrats on your weight loss to date and getting into running! I wear a Polar F4. I love it and think it’s a great training tool. It always might help you lose the last few pounds, because once I purchased mine, I realized I was likely OVERESTIMATING calorie burn during my weight-loss days, which is probably why it took me 1 year to get the weight off. If I’m on the elliptical, I burn about 190 calories in 30 minutes. (Based on evidence from from HRM, I burn about 75-100 calories per mile, so yes–running is a significant calorie burner compared to other cardio). I would’ve guessed I burned more on the elliptical though! So, yes, if you are struggling getting the last few lbs off, I think a heart rate monitor that shows calorie burn can be eye opening and very helpful.

  • healthy ashley October 8, 2008, 6:45 am

    I can’t wait to hear more about the internet store! You know we’ll all check it out!

  • HangryPants October 8, 2008, 7:24 am

    Very unique use of polenta!

    Re: stevia – everything is a controversy these day!

    About creamer, yesterday I noticed they have flavored soy coffee creamers at whole foods. I didn’t look at the ingredients, but I wonder if they have better ingredients.

  • Meg October 8, 2008, 7:28 am

    I am a fellow polenta lover! Yeah! Your dishes are both awesome. Can’t wait to hear more about the future internet business!

  • BOBBI McCORMICK October 8, 2008, 7:33 am

    I am going to try the coconut this morning:)I am not sure I can give up my coffeemate, it’s my last thing to give up and it’s been hard. I guess half and half is not too bad, baby steps, baby steps:)

  • *Andrea* October 8, 2008, 7:55 am

    omg trans fats!!! ahhh i just had coffee this morning with sugar-free hazelnut creamer 🙁 i should be more careful… maybe i’ll try a switch to half-and-half too!

    so pumped to learn more about your business. i hope to open my own business someday too!

    i watched the debate last night as well (but the second showing at 12am ahh).. i loved when obama said ‘health care is a right’ 🙂

  • tfh October 8, 2008, 8:02 am

    The business sounds very exciting– especially since it’s something you can do together! Any Obama dreams after this debate? 😉

    Beautiful pictures. The sweet potato salad is unique and I’m excited to try it!

  • KLM October 8, 2008, 8:13 am

    Silk has a french vanilla soy creamer sans trans fats if you do want to switch it up once and a while. But hey… soy is controversy #13894328749327 😉

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