Vegetarian Emergency Meal

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Thank you so much for your positive mantra suggestions!  I loved reading them and will use a lot in the book.


Speaking of the book… I am really, truly in the home stretch of the first draft now.  :)  I cannot wait to turn it into my editor and see what she thinks.  It’s sometimes hard to hear “constructive feedback” on your work when you’re a writer, but I’m used to it from my past jobs.  Any advice just makes the piece that much better.  I’m pumped!


Realistically, I hope to wrap it up by Sunday night/Monday morning.  Once I finish this last chapter, I need to print out all 224 pages and read through everything


While I worked, I fueled up with Clementines – we have a HUGE box to eat up!


And yogurt and granola:


Plus, I ate the end of a bag of Stacy’s Pita Chips – as addicting.


The Husband and I had a stand-off over who was going to make dinner tonight.  :)  Finally, he threatened to drive to Burger King and get a Whopper instead of cooking, which made me cave and whip up this easy meal:


The vegetarian’s emergency meal:  rice, beans, and a layer of cheese on top.  Plus, veggies for some color.   Way better than the Husband falling off the veggie wagon!


The dog won’t stop fighting with each other! I’m not sure what’s up with Maggie and James tonight.  Lovers tiff?



No wiener dogs or stuffed animals were seriously harmed.  By the way, new Puppy Pictures are up!


I’m going to go watch TV with the Husband, and while I do, I plan to do the following strength routine:


  • 100 sit-ups
  • 30 push-ups
  • 2 30-second planks


And then I’m crashing EARLY!



  • Michelle@Eatingjourney December 9, 2009, 8:39 pm

    I am glad that the book is going well. If you can write the’ll smoke the marathon.

  • Evan Thomas December 9, 2009, 8:41 pm

    Lol on the vegetarian fall-back. I think sprinkling a little cheese on anything makes it quick and good 🙂

  • Meghan@traveleatlove December 9, 2009, 8:44 pm

    So exciting you are almost done with the book! Its been a dream of mine since 2nd grade!
    Ahhh the number of emergency meals I have come up with is a book in itself!

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) December 9, 2009, 8:44 pm

    Congrats on almost being finished with the book! I can’t imagine how good that must feel!

    Maggie always makes the most hysterical faces in pictures! I can’t stop laughing at that tongue sticking out in the bottom pic 😛

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life December 9, 2009, 8:45 pm

    That’s awesome that you are almost done with the book….it’s so exciting!

  • Lindsey @ Sound Eats December 9, 2009, 8:45 pm

    I’m a bad person. I think the last photo of Maggie and James looks midly….inappropriate? lol. haha this is probably why I should never consider being a pet owner.

  • Sana December 9, 2009, 8:46 pm

    Hahaha BK-blah 🙁 Anything is cheese is delish!

  • Amy December 9, 2009, 8:52 pm

    The babies look so vicious! Hilarious!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 9, 2009, 8:57 pm

    I’m begging for a dog for Christmas. I feel like an 8 year old.

  • ashleigh December 9, 2009, 9:00 pm

    maggie looks so silly in that last pic!congrats on being in the home stretch of the draft- I bet that feels great!

  • Mastering Public Health December 9, 2009, 9:04 pm

    lol, that’s one way to get a reaction. Many of my family members would not only threaten that, but follow through…

  • Carolyn December 9, 2009, 9:14 pm

    I had to really force myself not to buy dinner tonight. I came home and made pizza instead and it was just as good as takeout, much healthier, and much cheaper!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite December 9, 2009, 9:17 pm

    Love the quick and easy dinners! They’re my savior sometimes!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) December 9, 2009, 9:20 pm

    I love the emergency meal. I eat it sometimes just for good food.

    Our dogs wrestle like that some days. They just get bored sometimes I think.

  • Brittney December 9, 2009, 9:26 pm

    Ugh, I hate Burger King. Not that I eat at fast food places that much (except for Chipotle which is amazing) anymore, but BK was always my least favorite because they always but so much mayo on their burgers. Ick.

  • Ali December 9, 2009, 9:31 pm

    they did an article on you on the Glamour website under Health and Fitness by Sarah jio! Cool! Congrats and love your blog!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 9, 2009, 9:34 pm

    Wow! I can’t believe you’re already so close to being done wih the book– congrats!

    That’s funny– my dogs are usually fighting/at each others’ throats, but tonight they were all lovey-dovey. Bizarro world.

  • Mica December 9, 2009, 9:37 pm

    Ha, Maggie’s eyes in that last photo are crazzzy!

  • Jenna December 9, 2009, 9:37 pm

    congrats on finishing the book soon!

  • Lindsay December 9, 2009, 9:39 pm

    Those are some crazy puppy pics! Can’t wait til your book is out!

  • Wendy December 9, 2009, 9:53 pm

    Congrats on being nearly finished – it must be so exciting! I totally understand about constructive feedback. I received some today, and had to remind myself that it was meant to help me do better at my job, and wasn’t meant to criticize my worthiness or hurt my feelings.

    • Caitlin December 10, 2009, 8:56 am

      thats hard to do but its definitely the more mature action 🙂 hehe. i struggle with this a LOT as a writer!

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) December 9, 2009, 9:58 pm

    I wish peace among the pups!
    I seriously cannot wait for your book 🙂

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2009, 10:00 pm

    omg I just burst out laughing at the last pic…poor lovers quarrel!!!

  • Marisa (Loser for Life) December 9, 2009, 10:27 pm

    You are doing such an amazing job cranking out that book! So exciting!

    Love the hubs threat of BK!

  • Kristie Lynn December 9, 2009, 10:28 pm

    When I don’t feel like cooking and there aren’t any leftovers, I always turn to rice with olive oil… not the most balanced of meals, but so delicious + easy (and I could add beans if I have pre-cooked ones, but I don’t buy canned) 🙂

  • Julie @ Wearing Mascara December 9, 2009, 10:42 pm

    Mmmm seeing your clementines makes me want to go pick some up!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) December 9, 2009, 10:42 pm

    I love emergency meals. If you always have beans on hand, I love using them in tortillas with cheese for emergency quesadillas! 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 9, 2009, 10:44 pm

    Congratulations on the book – it must feel so wonderful that you are now on the home stretch of the first draft! Super impressive 🙂

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) December 9, 2009, 11:21 pm

    AW the pups! So cute!

  • Jolene ( December 9, 2009, 11:22 pm

    You are a fast writer girl!!! It seems like you only just started the book 🙂

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 9, 2009, 11:24 pm

    For some reason that yogurt looks uh-mazing @ the moment. I want some…

  • Amanda December 9, 2009, 11:29 pm

    Wow, you have been working hard on that book!! Way to go! Emergency meals are so key for saving money!! I made a huge batch of vegetarian chili and froze it – it is perfect alone or over a sweet potato for a cheap, quick meal!!

  • Danielle December 10, 2009, 12:34 am

    You are not kidding about those Stacy’s Pita Chips! We bought some to take to a get together this past weekend and had a bag left over that we took home with us and I ate the entire bag over the last three days. THEY ARE TOO GOOD! I told my husband that I’m glad that we usually DON’T buy them because I could seriously eat the entire bag in one sitting.

    Yea for the “go-to” veggie meal to keep from eating Burger King.

    • Caitlin December 10, 2009, 8:57 am

      those chips are like CRACCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCK.

  • Sara December 10, 2009, 1:05 am

    wow 224 pgs is a lot, congrats! can i make the small request of printing it on scrap paper since it`s a rough (your first!) draft anyway?

  • christie, honoring health December 10, 2009, 5:58 am

    Congrats on getting this far in the book!! It is going to be awesome!!

  • Paula December 10, 2009, 6:49 am

    That’s not fighting! That’s what we call Bitey Face. lol

  • Niki (Running in Pink) December 10, 2009, 7:11 am

    I feel like I’ve been witness to a private moment between Maggie and James in that second pic.

    Way to show that book who’s boss! I feel like you just started writing it, and now you’re almost finished. Pretty soon it will be out on shelves! Yay!!

  • Amy December 10, 2009, 8:23 am

    Dinner looks awesome! You’ve gotta love the quick and easy meals 🙂 (We’ve had that kind of meal once this week, too– it’s been pretty busy!) Also– I love the puppy pictures — thanks for posting them! Pictures of James and Maggie (esp. Maggie– she has the best facial expressions!) never fail to make me smile!

  • Christy December 10, 2009, 8:28 am

    Dogs are so silly! Mine do the same thing — one day they’ll be bff then the next they won’t interact without growling! Haha

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat December 10, 2009, 9:07 am

    Even when your dogs are fighting they are totally adorable! I love that pic of Maggie with her tongue out 🙂

    Your hubby is too funny, threatening to go to BK. Ha ha…

  • Rebecca December 10, 2009, 10:03 am

    Hahah I LOVE the puppy pics – they always make me smile. 🙂

  • Jessica December 10, 2009, 11:37 am

    HAHAHAAH please put up more doggy- fighting pictures. I dunno why, but that just made my morning!! Your puppies are so cute 🙂

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