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I went a little Operation Beautiful posting crazy tonight…


But it was FUN!


When I got home at 9:00 PM, all I could think was that I wanted the easiest dinner possible.   Honestly, I can understand why people get so addicted to fast food… if I had healthy fast food in my neighborhood, I would hit it up EVERY WEEKNIGHT.


This dinner meal took me 7 minutes from start to finish:


I microwaved the sweet potato for 5 minutes, topped with kidney beans, and reheated.  I added celery on the side.


Now, you know my weeknight dinners get eaten in two parts just due to my schedule.  I also had cereal around 5 PM:


Earlier in the afternoon, I had nuts:


And granola + yogurt:


To bed I go!  It looks quite comfortable.  🙂



  • angieinatlanta September 10, 2009, 7:00 pm

    Awesome posting frenzy! Spread that positivity, girl!

    I'm actually not very tempted by fast food but I have to admit that when I get busy, it's a struggle not to rely on bars (Clif, Luna, Lara, etc.) and cereal for dinner. I have to force myself to get fresh, whole foods in! Packaged food is just sooo convenient!

  • Casey Leigh September 10, 2009, 7:07 pm

    Love the stars! ***

  • Lizzy September 10, 2009, 7:09 pm

    what are you favorite nuts to eat? the other day i had some peanuts that you crack from the shell and i forgot how much i really liked them like that! healthy snack, as long as you don't eat a huge bag right? haha.

    have a good night!

    lovin the pony girl!

  • Emily September 10, 2009, 7:10 pm

    I'm loving your new hair-do! Soo cute!!

  • Jenna September 10, 2009, 7:10 pm

    quick and yummy dinners are the best!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 10, 2009, 7:11 pm

    lizzy – i love cracking almonds!!! that is so fun and its definitely something im looking forward to about fall.

  • Virginia September 10, 2009, 7:15 pm

    Caitlin, I wanted to thank you for posting these two-part dinners. I am in grad school, and could not deal with eating dinner properly because my classes are three nights a week, from either 5:30-8:30 or 6-9. I have to leave home at least 45 min before class, so there was no good time to eat. Last year I'd wait til after class, when i would be STARVING. Food was lucky if it even made it into the microwave, much less onto a plate. I noticed tonight that I'd switched to a two stage approach, inspired by you. Thanks!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 10, 2009, 7:18 pm

    Virginia – Seriously, I could not survive without two part dinners because of my schedule!! It's awesome 😉 It just looks funny on the blog LOL

  • Rosey Rebecca September 10, 2009, 7:28 pm

    That bowl of cereal looks really good. I want a big bowl of cereal now. Love the operation beautiful notes!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now September 10, 2009, 7:29 pm

    I love how you've figured out a way around fast food. Lots of people could benefit from that lesson!

  • Courtney W. September 10, 2009, 7:35 pm

    Kidney beans, need to add those to my grocery list. Love 'em!

  • Sheri September 10, 2009, 7:57 pm

    Love the beautiful notes! Keeping speading the word!

    I really like the new do! So cute!

  • Amy September 10, 2009, 8:02 pm

    Hi Caitlin!

    I just wanted to say thank you! for the reply the other day about the swim + bike race I'm doing this Saturday – I didn't have a chance to 'comment back' after I asked it.

    So thanks!!

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie September 10, 2009, 8:08 pm

    I totally understand the need for easy meals during the week. I am exhausted when I get home from work after putting in up to 10 hours, so I need to make things that are easy and yet still nutritious … and that can be a challenge.

  • Gabriela September 10, 2009, 8:56 pm

    i used to wish for healthy fast food every day until i moved to nyc!! if you're ever visiting make sure you try the energy kitchen…tons of yummy healthy food under 500 cals 🙂

  • Leianna September 10, 2009, 9:28 pm

    Sweet potato plus kidney beans look great!

  • wholebodylove September 10, 2009, 9:56 pm

    I'm all about the two-part dinners. Life is hectic but that doesn't have to mean living on fast food. You're a great example!

  • carla September 11, 2009, 3:20 am

    we did another OB posting day here yesterday as well!!

    My almost4yearold totally gets the concept now and it was a fantastic afternoon.

    thank you thank you.

  • Lauren September 11, 2009, 4:13 am

    Your cereal always looks so good! Cereal makes the best snack, doesn't it?

    What kind do you like the best?

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 11, 2009, 4:15 am

    Lauren – I guess I don't have a 'favorite' kind of cereal. I like the Nature's Path kinds…. I used to be really into Kashi Go Lean Crunch. Now I'm just a granola addict. You?

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) September 11, 2009, 5:05 am

    Wouldn't healthy fast food just be the most wonderful thing? haha…I don't think I'd find myself eating it very often, but there are those certain days when it sure would come in handy.

    Although, the meals that are made at home "in a hurry" usually come out pretty tasty too, I've got to say. 🙂 I'm having a sweet potato tonight, I think. They're so quick and convenient…gotta love that!

  • Anne Marie September 11, 2009, 7:03 am

    YAY for quick dinners!! I've been reading your blog for a long time, and I just now read the words "when everyday decisions add up to something amazing." I thought that was so motivating!! I'm writing it down and putting it somewhere I can see it!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance September 11, 2009, 9:02 am

    I so want sweet potato now! I love sweet potato chips…….=) I have never had one with kidney beans before, is it good??? What made you try that???



  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 11, 2009, 9:15 am

    laura – it was the only can of beans that were open LOL

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