Monday Nights…

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Are for going to bed early!  I always try to restart my clock on Monday by crashing a bit earlier – because really, nothing is better than sleep in my eyes.  Seriously.  Nothing.  Including coffee, dachshund butts, Mmm sauce, setting a personal record, coconut water, and tropical vacations.  I love sleep that much.


On that note – dinner!


We made ‘quesadillas’ with crumbled goat cheese, veggie burgers, sprouts, and whole wheat wraps.   I nearly burned the bottoms, but they turned out okay!


With a huge pile of steamed kale on the side.  I think I’ve perfected steamed kale (well, for my taste buds, at least!).   Here’s how I do it:  wash and chop kale, place in a wok with a little water, cover with a top, and cook for 10 minutes or so.  Then, sprinkle with nutritional yeast (just a bit!), salt, and pepper.  Give it a good stir and serve.


Some ice cream for dessert:


Ready, set, sleep!



  • Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) June 13, 2011, 9:25 pm

    Gah, I need to start that rule too! I haven’t been sleepy enough to push my butt into bed at a reasonable time, but then when I hit the pillow I pass out.. which obviously means I actually AM tired.

    Hope you had a great Monday!
    -Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)

  • Amy June 13, 2011, 9:31 pm

    Wow, I really ought to try kale one of these days. With all the hype surrounding kale chips, it’s a marvel I haven’t even made those yet. So steamed kale with nutritional yeast now joins the “ways to prepare kale” list. And is there any way I could have added more “kale”s into this paragraph? Haha.

    I really wish I could follow your lead with turning into bed early. I love sleep too, but I think other things always take priority, which definitely needs to change! I could be exhausted, but I stay up and do one more thing online or for work or for school, rather than going upstairs and going to sleep.

    Sweet dreams 🙂

    PS: Those quesadillas look awesome.

  • Shrinking mommy of 2 June 13, 2011, 9:36 pm

    yeap..that is what I am doing..going to bed early. Not sure if I will rise early to run…but if not, I will get it in one way of the other! Happy sleeping! 🙂

  • Amy June 13, 2011, 9:43 pm

    What kind of ice cream is that? 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP June 13, 2011, 9:47 pm

      Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip. Mmm

      • Baking 'n' Books June 14, 2011, 8:04 am

        I love Breyer’s! Never had the mint though.

  • Jen June 13, 2011, 9:44 pm

    I have a tendency to go to bed earlier on Mondays, too…I think just because Mondays suck so much out of me (just for the fact that they are Mondays!) Hubby and I didn’t sleep well last night so hopefully we’ll get some good solid ZZZs tonight! He’s got boys night tomorrow night and I’m having patio drinks with my ladies, so we’ll need our rest!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 13, 2011, 9:51 pm

    I try to go to bed early on Mondays too – the weekends totally mess up my sleeping schedule!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 13, 2011, 9:54 pm

    I went to bed at 10 last night, it was amazing! I want to go to bed early again tonight too 🙂

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food June 13, 2011, 9:55 pm

    ohh such a good idea to add those sprouts! It has been entirely too long since I’ve had sprouts mm mm! 🙂

    Hope you get a wonderful night’s sleep, I totally know what you mean by it being better than anything else! 🙂

  • Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) June 13, 2011, 9:56 pm

    I LOVE sleep too! It’s one of my greatest talents. 😀 I’m actually really intrigued by the adrenal burnout post you did a few days ago. I have the WORST time waking up in the mornings, no matter what!, and would love to find out if my adrenals are effed up.

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 10:24 am

      The husband does e-consults if you’re ever interested in getting the test done!

  • Crystal June 13, 2011, 10:03 pm

    That quesadilla looks tasty. I’ll definitely be trying the nutritional yeast on the kale.

  • Emily June 13, 2011, 10:23 pm

    Sleep is wonderfuly, especially when it’s solid, deep-sleep…I’ve been lacking that lately, wayyy too much dream sleep! Hoping for a good night tonight 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 13, 2011, 10:28 pm

    I love sleep….I even blogged about that today 🙂 G’night!!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg June 13, 2011, 10:34 pm

    I hear you — most of the time I try to get to bed early on Mondays too — I’m usually still not quite rested from the weekend.

  • Sarah for Real June 13, 2011, 10:41 pm

    I totally agree. Sleep is the best.

    This is why I’ve perfected the art of napping anywhere, anytime. If napping were an Olympic Sport, I’d be a gold medalist. I’d get Gold and my dog would get Silver (she wakes up to bark at the mailman, bad form).

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 13, 2011, 10:44 pm

    Those quesadillas look amazing! I’ve been craving them like mad lately…

  • Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health June 13, 2011, 10:49 pm

    Those quesadillas look delicious!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 13, 2011, 10:52 pm

    I always say sleep is one of my all time favorite things. My husband thinks that’s lame, I don’t care. there is nothing better than sleeping!

  • Jaclyn June 14, 2011, 1:16 am

    I just read about the house, congrats!! That’s so exciting and it look so cute, can’t wait to see more! 😀

  • Lisa June 14, 2011, 1:29 am

    This dinner looks so yummy! and this might sound like a dumb question, but where do you find kale in the grocery store? I can never seem to find it!

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 10:23 am

      In the produce section… They sell kale at my normal grocery store but you might have to go to a specialty store to get it in your area. It’s usually near the collard greens, etc.

      • alli June 14, 2011, 1:03 pm

        my trader joes just started selling it- packaged, pre washed and cut! saves me time when i go to make a big batch of kale chips for the week 🙂

  • Khushboo June 14, 2011, 1:55 am

    Nothing like ice cream to end the night! Love that feeling of droopy eyes due to exhaustion- although not so much when I am in public 🙂

  • Amanda June 14, 2011, 5:58 am

    I love sleep…. I work overnights so I try to make sleep a priority. It’s so easy to skimp on it because I sleep in the daytime, but I can’t function without it!

  • Shelley June 14, 2011, 6:55 am

    I second that, since having my kids i have SERIOUSLY been lacking sleep. Hey just out of curiousity is hubby still vegan? Just wondering if he partakes in those yummy goat cheese quesadillas!

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 10:22 am

      He is eating more cheese, probably twice a week now.

  • Molly @ RDexposed June 14, 2011, 7:01 am

    I always crash hard on Mondays!

  • Miranda June 14, 2011, 8:37 am

    Hmm, I’ve never tried sprouts like that. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever had them anything but cold. Does it change the texture a lot? Are the wilted?

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 10:22 am

      They wilt but they are still good. Just not as crunchy.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 14, 2011, 8:40 am

    Yes there’s nothing better than sleep!! Unfortunately my plans for sleep were ruined when I was woken up at 5:30 am by birds chirping outside my window today! 😛

  • Dori June 14, 2011, 9:28 am

    Totally agree on sleep being the best thing ever. I wish I had the ability to sleep late and in all places like some people.

  • LizAshlee June 14, 2011, 9:29 am

    I agree, nothing is better than SLEEP! I have found myself going to bed later the last couple weeks and I need to break the habit! I am a girl requires her sleep…but, it’s a bit challenging when it is so beautiful and bright out during the spring/summer.

    The quesadillas look outstanding!

    Have a great day!!

  • Tammy Root June 14, 2011, 9:34 am

    I fell in love with Bobby Flay’s sauteed kale recipe. I do not particularly like the taste of plain kale, but when you add vinegar and garlic, it is sooooooo good. If I am craving salt and vinegar chips I make this! You might enjoy it too. 🙂

  • Amber K June 14, 2011, 11:37 am

    Hmm, I don’t know about that kale. I couldn’t even cover its taste in a smoothie, it just always seems so bitter to me! I’m also so curious when I see people heating leafy greens as a side dish. I have never in my life eaten them that way. Is this a common thing and my family just never partook?

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 12:55 pm

      I think it is a southern thing, actually!

      • Amber K June 14, 2011, 1:00 pm

        Just another thing I never would have known about if it weren’t for blogs!!

  • Shallin June 14, 2011, 12:36 pm

    Just an FYI – Be careful with the sprouts. They are linked to the recent E-Coli outbreak in Europe ( I am all for organic and fresh veggies, but I wanted to give you a heads up just in case 🙂

  • Brynne June 15, 2011, 9:28 pm

    Kale with nutritional yeast is soooo good!

  • Sarah June 16, 2011, 8:01 am

    mm that quesadilla sounds really good! I like the combo, I will have to give that a try!

  • Jolene ( June 16, 2011, 8:16 pm

    I agree – sleep rules!!!

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