Romantic Dinner In

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Sweaters, boots… FALL!


Vintage belt, courtesy of MomHTP.


I’m home for one night and then I’m heading out to Detroit for another work trip (it’s going to be super short and sweet).  So we’re maximizing our weekend by going out tonight with my sister-in-law and her man friend. 


They’re having a romantic dinner out, and we had our own romantic dinner in.  Then, we’re all going to meet up for drinks.


The basic ingredients of this dish weren’t so special – quinoa, kale, beans mushrooms – but what made it really stand out was the yummy sauce.


The sauce was a combination of light coconut milk, nutritional yeast, and Earth Balance butter spread.   I made the sauce with equal parts coconut milk and nutritional yeast.  It had a great tangy but tropical flavor to it.

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Even better when soaked up with bread!


Let’s see…


The rest of the day was mainly spent on the couch.  We did go for a long walk, but other than that, it was just rest.  Kind of weird how our day off perfectly corresponded (the Husband works weekends) – that almost never happens!




Salted edamame, goat cheese and hummus toasts, and applesauce (hi, I’m 5).


And some cereal to snack:


Hope you all have fun plans tonight, too.  Whether that involves the couch or the club.  It’s all fun to me!


And if you’re staying in because you’re running a race tomorrow… Good luck! Have fun and be strong.



  • Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) September 30, 2011, 8:18 pm

    My hubbers and I usually aren’t home at the same time either, but last night we got to have a romantic dinner in, too! It was great!

    Happy weekend! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP October 1, 2011, 9:15 am

      Aw, how cute 🙂 Hope you enjoyed it!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 30, 2011, 8:21 pm

    Sounds like a great night! And that sauce looks so great – I am going to have to try it out!

  • Jolene ( September 30, 2011, 8:33 pm

    Have a wonderful weekend Caitlin 🙂

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 30, 2011, 8:36 pm

    Have a great weekend and I LOVE that belt!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me September 30, 2011, 8:59 pm

    ooo wish I could see the whole outfit from the front. I love that belt!

  • Sara @ RunnerWife September 30, 2011, 9:14 pm

    Enjoy your date night! My husband and I are doing the same thing, but tomorrow night since I have to be up early in the morning to work tomorrow! boo! Looking forward to it!

  • eliza September 30, 2011, 9:19 pm

    Have a fun night out.. 🙂 I am running my first half marathon on Sunday!!

    • CaitlinHTP October 1, 2011, 9:27 am

      Good luck eliza!

  • Kate Harts September 30, 2011, 10:22 pm

    Caitlin what goat cheese do you use? It always look so spreadable!

    • CaitlinHTP October 1, 2011, 12:41 pm

      It’s from Trader Joe’s – not sure of the brand name because I tossed the wrapper. It comes in little logs though?

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb September 30, 2011, 10:33 pm

    what a fun night in! love making meals at home special. saves money + maximizes together time 🙂

    have a great night!

  • Rosie September 30, 2011, 10:46 pm

    Hi! I’m a daily reader and I live in Detroit! Just wondering what you’ll be doing down here!?


    • CaitlinHTP October 1, 2011, 9:56 am

      Hi Rosie!!!

      I’m speaking at a high school function. Very excited. Wish I had more time in Detroit so we could hang!


      • Rosie October 1, 2011, 9:03 pm

        maybe next time!!

  • Deva @ Deva by Definition September 30, 2011, 10:59 pm

    We wanted to go see “Moneyball” this weekend, and decided to make a date of it and have dinner and a movie. I love romantic nights in AND out!

  • Liz October 1, 2011, 12:35 am

    Ehhh…I’m working tonight (3rd shifter)… My favorite friday night activity when I’m off is going to the movies/dinner 🙂

  • Khushboo October 1, 2011, 12:52 am

    I spent my Friday night having dinner with a friend! Talk about the early bird special though- I was back home and in my pjs at 8.30!!

  • Sana October 1, 2011, 1:39 am

    Enjoy your night out!

  • Meghan @ CarmanClan October 1, 2011, 6:33 am

    My night involved painting and then freaking out because I walked away for a minute and the puppy ate some paint. The poor hubby got a frantic text and had to calm me down! Have a safe trip.

    • CaitlinHTP October 1, 2011, 9:59 am

      he ate paint?! like wet paint or paint chips!?

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 1, 2011, 8:20 am

    That sauce sounds delicious! You can never go wrong with coconut milk.

    I hope you enjoyed your night out!

  • Jess October 1, 2011, 8:43 am

    For some reason, I interpreted the first sentence of this post to mean that wearing a sweater and boots had somehow resulted in you falling down. 😛

  • Amber K October 1, 2011, 2:21 pm

    Nights out and nights in can both be fun as long as I’m in the mood for the one I’m doing! Your outfit looks super cute 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 1, 2011, 2:26 pm

    I love a good dinner in on Friday nights! No race, but had a lot of workout time this morning to get in. Went well. WAHoo 🙂

  • Melissa October 5, 2011, 5:30 pm

    That sauce sounds so yummy! I like how you spiced up an easy everyday dinner!! And have you tried the *pear* sauce from Trader Joe’s? I totally feel like a little kid, but it’s a nice change from apple sauce.

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