Two For Two

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Oh yeah.  Look at me.  Doin’ another legit dinner.


As mentioned, this week is Eat Real Dinners Week.  So far, I’m two for two. 


This meal was a simple mix of brown rice, pineapple chunks, raw celery, raw carrots, baked tofu, beets, and a splash of pineapple juice to give it some moisture.  To make the tofu (quickly), I thinly sliced it – about 1/4 inch – and laid the pieces out flat on a glass casserole dish.  I drizzled some extra pineapple juice over the tofu and baked it at 425 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes.  Pretty easy.  The pineapple juice definitely took this dish from blah to flavorful.


I also snagged some chips and salsa from the party raging on in my living room – the Husband invited a few guys over to watch a basketball game.  It’s so funny to eavesdrop on the opposite sex.  So far, they have discussed sports, cute cheerleaders, crazy neighbors, sports, the Scrabble national championship, Papa John’s pizza, this weekend’s plans, babies (?!), sports, and more Scrabble.


Anyway – onto this afternoon’s eats.


Greek yogurt, raw oats, puffed brown rice, and banana:


And a pear:


Oh, and last, but not least, I wanted to THANK YOU all for your recent advice on my sleep issues.  I’ve been incorporating some of your feedback, like eliminating most caffeine and doing meditation before bed (as well as squeezing in 5:00 naps <— definitely necessary during the second trimester), and it is making a huge difference.  I feel so much happier and more balanced.  It is definitely worth the effort.  Thank you, thank you!


On that note… off to bed!



  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 10, 2012, 10:12 pm

    Hahahahaha I would love to listen in on a guy’s conversation. It sounds rather amusing.

  • HTPDad January 10, 2012, 10:20 pm

    I just watched Word Wars about the National Scrabble Championships! It’s almost like I was hanging out with friends!

    • CaitlinHTP January 10, 2012, 10:22 pm

      Aww we miss you. Can’t wait til you’re back in Charlotte.

  • Steph January 10, 2012, 10:43 pm

    Glad to hear you’re getting some much-needed rest! I have to admit I’m kind of jealous that you get to take naps…..I’m due June 15th, right behind you! And I could really use a nap every day, but my 20-month old son prevents that from ever happening. I’m tired! Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy and sleep now while you can! =)

    • Caitlin January 11, 2012, 11:27 am

      I often wonder how I’ll do it with two kids – Did you get sick during the first trimester?

      • Steph January 11, 2012, 10:59 pm

        Nope, luckily no actual sickness this pregnancy, just feeling “icky”. I have more energy now that I’m about 18 weeks, but like you, I just want to crash by 5pm most days. =/

  • Sarah January 10, 2012, 10:46 pm

    I love eavesdropping on my husband, it’s so interesting to hear the weird tangents they go off on! One night I overheard my husband and his bestie talking about smoothies…and their favorite mix ins!

    One tip that has really helped me to fall asleep is something I picked up on a yoga DVD. In one of his short relaxation practices he has you lie on your back, and place your hands lightly on your stomach, feeling the air move in and out (so you feel your hands slowly move up and down) and the rhythmic breathing/gentle motion is so relaxing! I’ve also tried making myself count breaths backward from 1,000…whenever my mind drifts I start over, that way I’m only thinking of the # I’m on, and not whatever random thoughts are trying to pop into my mind and keep me awake.

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns January 10, 2012, 11:07 pm

    I made your baked tofu tonight for dinner! Always a great choice. 🙂

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb January 10, 2012, 11:07 pm

    we have a make your own stir fry restaurant near our house and i love throwing pineapple into the mix! the combo of sweet and salty is delish.

  • Anne January 11, 2012, 12:17 am

    Wow, I never knew men talked about babies. WHO KNEW?

    • Caitlin January 11, 2012, 11:27 am

      Not normally while watching sports!

  • Laura @ Backstage Balance January 11, 2012, 12:20 am

    Lol – the things that men talk about! I love to (occasionally) eavesdrop on my boyfriend and his brother. It’s mostly football but they have some great, random topics thrown in!
    Glad to hear that you’re feeling more balanced with your energy levels. That must be a relief!

  • Jen January 11, 2012, 12:23 am

    Hahaha…guy talk IS funny! 🙂

  • Corrie Anne January 11, 2012, 12:39 am

    Glad you are finding ways to get your sleep in!! I eavesdrop on boys way toooooo much because I sit really near the IT department… they’re little gossips!! Haha.

  • Khushboo January 11, 2012, 12:42 am

    Wait there’s a Scrabble Championship?!

  • Carin January 11, 2012, 5:14 am

    I prsume you’ve tried acupuncture for the sleep sitch? I went for my first ever sesssion, told them I was having trouble sleeping and got the relevant needles inserted… and slept really well the next couple of nights! Does the Hub think that could work?

    • Caitlin January 11, 2012, 11:28 am

      Yessss definitely. I am just lazy about getting it done because by the time the Hus comes home from work, the last thing he wants to do is more work. Ya know? Also, it’s like living near the beach. If you do, you never go.

  • Amanda January 11, 2012, 6:35 am

    Hey Caitlin, does the husband do any homeopathic advice online?

    • Caitlin January 11, 2012, 11:29 am

      He does e-consults! You can email him at

      • Amanda January 11, 2012, 3:10 pm

        Thanks! 🙂

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  • Lindsey January 11, 2012, 7:31 am

    Love the baked tofu idea…pineapple juice is an awesome idea!

    Enjoy your naps 🙂

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed January 11, 2012, 8:10 am

    Good job with your real dinners! Boys are silly 😀

  • Sarah January 11, 2012, 8:21 am

    pineapple juice does sound like a great addition!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 11, 2012, 8:56 am

    I love pears!!! Perfect treat/snack. YUMM. Glad you’re sleeping better! That must feel amazing 🙂

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  • Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 11, 2012, 9:29 am

    I bought some organic pears from Trader Joe’s and they are great! I love when organic produce is affordable!

  • Emily January 11, 2012, 9:57 am

    Nice work on your two for two “real dinners!” We had a date night last night, but tonight it is back to cooking for me!

  • Amber K January 11, 2012, 2:27 pm

    Glad your sleep is getting better!

  • Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 11, 2012, 11:48 pm

    I’m doing better with real dinners this week too! All about the veggies tonight 🙂

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