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I must create this smoothie at home!


In the mix (from an organic corner shop):


  • Bananas
  • PB
  • Vanilla Protein
  • Ice


So simple and yet so good!


I did some shopping with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law (guess what?  There are no winter coats in Florida shops – who would’ve thought?!).   And then I decided to clean up their kitchen, organize their fridge, and make dinner:


(Excuse the aluminum dishes; we’re in the middle of packing up their house for the move.)


The main dish was a quinoa mix with roasted broccoli and corn.  To keep it from being too dry, I mixed in some mushroom gravy sauce.  It was just a little bit for the entire dish, but it added the perfect amount of flavor and tang.



I also roasted some zucchini, orange pepper, and yellow pepper.


My plate contained corn on the cob, the quinoa mix, roasted veg, and BBQ beans from the can.  A perfect, vegetable-y meal.  The family liked it!


Now, I’m munching on chocolate and watching a movie.  How many posts do I end on that note?!


PS – My butt STILL hurts from that 16.0 miler!



  • Kristy @ KristyRuns September 26, 2010, 9:47 pm

    That smoothie does sound delish. You really can’t go wrong with a pb + chocolate combo. Ever.

    P.S. Only 5 weeks ’til the Spinx Marathon! Awww yeah!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal September 26, 2010, 9:49 pm

    A very vegetable-y dinner indeed! yum 🙂 Nice of you to cook for everyone.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 26, 2010, 9:54 pm

    Sounds delicious!!
    And that smoothie too.. sometimes the simpler, the better!

  • Natalia - a side of simple September 26, 2010, 9:54 pm

    Chocolate and a movie? Great way to end of night! Plus, after that 16-miler and those veggies you sure deserve it =)

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 26, 2010, 9:56 pm

    Dinner looks delicious! I love quinoa! It really is a perfect food! Have a great night Caitlin.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 26, 2010, 9:56 pm

    Oooh the quinoa looks really tasty! Try the foam roller for your 16 miler butt pain – it hurts (a lot!) but seems to work for me!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef September 26, 2010, 10:07 pm

    simple smoothies are the best sometimes!

  • Kristina @ spabettie September 26, 2010, 10:07 pm

    that smoothie sounds perfect.

    hope all is going well…

  • Tina September 26, 2010, 10:19 pm

    Looks like a great dinner! I have made a smoothie like that before. So good!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now September 26, 2010, 10:31 pm

    Looks like a lovely dinner. Plus, I am sure they appreciated having someone help out around the house since they are busy with moving. I know I would be!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged September 26, 2010, 10:44 pm

    Hmm, chocolate and a movie…I wouldn’t complain if I could end more of my posts (or days) like that! Your dinner looks great. I’ve only made quinoa once and I’m dying to do it again!

  • Chelsea at Striking Balance September 26, 2010, 10:49 pm

    I think chocolate and a movie are the perfect ending to any evening:)

  • Heather September 26, 2010, 11:00 pm

    why didn’t I think to make that smoothie? you are right, seems so simple but sounds so yummy! I may make it tomorrow! any ideas on measurements?

    • Caitlin September 27, 2010, 9:16 am

      no clue! we shall experiment.

  • kat September 26, 2010, 11:09 pm

    I love your continued positive attitude despite the wrench(s) thrown here and there. Thanks for such an inspirational blog!

  • Sana September 26, 2010, 11:15 pm

    Awesome job on the dinner! You make veggies fun!

  • Michelle September 26, 2010, 11:28 pm

    That dinner looks delicious! And chocolate + movie = my kind of swag 🙂

  • Sara September 26, 2010, 11:42 pm

    You’d be surprised what great winter clothing you can buy in Florida. I scored a gorgeous cherry red hooded peacoat the last time I was in Miami! (I love brightly-colored coats on gray winter days.)

  • carlee September 27, 2010, 12:00 am

    you are sooo cute! you are such an example to me! and im starting to post operation beautiful notes! they’re a wonderful thing. your plate looks delicious and im liking the chocolate and relaxing!

  • Alice September 27, 2010, 12:10 am

    YUM! I have been wanting to try quinoa!!! Will have to ensure I do so soon, as this looks amazing!!! I have a few tins of salt free baked beans in the cupbaord which I have been using for quick or late dinners, inspired by one of your posts a while back featuring a baked bean and feta salad. YUM!

  • Peggy September 27, 2010, 12:31 am

    haha I think the butt pain is the worst part of marathon training! On the days of my long runs, I can hardly sit down without assistance!

  • Amanda (tomboy that wears makeup) September 27, 2010, 12:34 am

    Funny, we made almost the exact same dinner. I like the mushroom sauce trick tho! Have to try that.

  • hippierunner September 27, 2010, 12:39 am

    I love how the dinner is simple but looks amazing! I hope it’s a good kind of pain!

  • Ashley September 27, 2010, 1:08 am

    Hey – just curious~are your in-laws into the meals you prepare? They look wonderful to me, but my hubby’s truly Texan family would never be into the meatless super healthy meals. I’d be interested in trying to introduce something like this though & I’m just curious if your in-laws were always receptive or if they’ve grown into it over the years???

    • Caitlin September 27, 2010, 9:17 am

      My mother and father in law are also vegetarian so that’s easy (they run a holistic clinic so that helps too). My sister in law grilled a steak for her dinner to accompany the veggies. 🙂

  • AJ September 27, 2010, 1:21 am

    mm, that dinner looks fantastic! All those veggies and Quinoa….mmmm…

  • Marina September 27, 2010, 1:25 am

    Love the dinner! Roasted veggies are awesome.

  • Mastering Public Health (@MasPublicHealth) September 27, 2010, 2:09 am

    :/ Sciatica, perhaps?

  • helal September 27, 2010, 5:52 am

    I really enjoy when i see you are always tasting new flavour of foods without putting on weight!knock on the dooor!

    yeah! i know you do exersice:) wish you the best! 😉

  • Lauren September 27, 2010, 6:48 am

    Why are coffee shop smoothies always so good but yet so simple?!

    What a great feast! 🙂

    Enjoy your day girl.

  • Emily Eats and Exercises September 27, 2010, 7:25 am

    Good idea with the gravy – I love quinoa, but it does often come out too dry. I wonder how hard it would be to make mushroom gravy from scratch…. Something for me to look into.

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 27, 2010, 7:53 am

    I love simple smoothies like that — too bad when I make them at home they don’t turn out as well when someone else makes them!

    Sometimes I think I could just eat baked beans for dinner: they are so good!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 27, 2010, 8:06 am

    You honestly can’t beet a banana and pb smoothie. Fancy schmancy ones are nice, but the basic ol’ banana with pb makes everything better. 😀

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 27, 2010, 8:22 am

    That dinner looks great. I love the mushroom sauce addition to the quinoa. I always add something wet, too, so it’s not too dry. Usually that’s vinegar because I add it to everything.

  • tina September 27, 2010, 9:13 am

    yum-i’ve been making a similar smoothie +spinach +peanut flour in place of protein powder (it has 16 g of protein!).

    hope everything with the family is ok!

  • Sara September 27, 2010, 11:54 am

    I have always been afraid to try BBQ baked beans. I think the sauce creeps me out … just like juice in canned fruit or veggies … terrifies me.

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 27, 2010, 12:08 pm

    You just reminded me! I need to make a big batch of quinoa to replenish my freezer stock.

    I usually make a big batch and then freeze it in tupperware with 1 serving in it. That way, I can pull one out when I need it.

  • Lisa September 27, 2010, 1:06 pm

    That’s funny they don’t sell jackets in Florida…but I guess that makes sense!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous September 27, 2010, 1:15 pm

    So simple, so healthy, love it! What movie were you watchin?

    • Caitlin September 27, 2010, 1:30 pm

      The Killers. It was lame.

  • Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 27, 2010, 2:59 pm

    What an amazing spread! Everything looks SO delicious.

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