I recently realized the secret to super savory mini casseroles is to add a LOT of plain Greek yogurt. It adds so much zing and flavor. I made these last night and have munched on them as both a dinner and breakfast entrée.
I’m going to double check this recipe to formerly share next week, but here are my eyeball measurements if you want to give it a shot: two cups (measured dry) cooked quinoa, 1.5 cup shredded cheddar, 1/4 cup sautéed onion with two huge handfuls of sautéed spinach in olive oil, two eggs one can white beans (drained), salt, and 1 cup 2% Greek yogurt. Mix it all up and bake in cupcake tins at 375 for 25 minutes under foil and 5 more minutes without. Makes 12 muffins. It’s good!
Let’s see… what else is going on in my world of healthy eats? Oh – Julie from PB Fingers came by yesterday and brought me a vegetarian, gluten-free lasagna. So awesome. I can’t wait to dig in later.
And I made zucchini boats stuffed with crushed Rice Chex and cheddar cheese. It was fun! Plus, it made me eat zucchini, so that’s good. Hah.
On the exercise front, I’m continuing with my running game. Yesterday, I did 2.2 miles before the Husband left for work (my first full day with both kids <—I survived!), and today, I did 3.25 with my friend Brandi, who was nice enough to push Claire in the stroller.
(I can’t wait to share my product review of the new Tre stroller. I can already tell you that super awesome because it fits my car seat perfectly. Also, the car seat’s canopy and the stroller’s canopy encloses the baby totally so they stay toasty warm!)
Book a Week
This week’s Book a Week was Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. First of all, I quickly realized that choosing approximately 500-page books for my Book a Week challenge is not the best idea – I really had to read A LOT to get through this in a week. But I did it, and I’m already appreciating how much the Book a Week challenge motivates me to read instead of doing other mindless things like TV or the phone.
Anyway – this book (which was recently made into a movie) was BRILLANT. I cannot say enough good things about Unbroken. It’s the true, very well-researched story of Louie Zamperini, a man who lived many lives – he was an Olympic track star and World War II bombardier who survived a plane crash, shark attacks, 47 days on a life raft with little supplies, and being imprisoned in a Japanese prisoner of war camp for about two and a half years. I shamefully knew very little about the Pacific Theatre of WWII going into this book, and I am so glad that I read this inspiring book for the education of what really happened to the men who served in the Pacific and what it was like to be a Japanese POW. This book is incredibly important in that aspect, and I think it should be taught in every high school.
But really – Unbroken is just an inspiring tale. Not just because of what Louie endured (well beyond what most people could even imagine), but how he emerges “redeemed” and forgiving. I cried several times while reading the book, which says a lot because I never cry at books.
My review: 5 out of 5 stars. Best book I’ve read in a long time.
Unbroken is one of my favorite books of all time, and I read A LOT. It is a truly amazing story and so beautifully written. I cried several times when reading it, also. I had my 14 year old son read it (I wanted him to be inspired), and he spent a full day reading it and finished it in a day!
The author Laura Hillenbrand is pretty amazing, too. She has been housebound for years because of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and she does all her research from home. She even had someone bring WWII-era weapons to her house so that she could see them in person.