Saturday, April 23, 2011

Low Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

As I mentioned previously, I've been trying to be "virtuous" lately when it comes to what I've been eating.  But I have to be honest - sometimes all I really want is a cookie.  A hint of salt to balance out the sweet, not too many chips - oatmeal in the batter is good.  Nuts are even better.

In the interest of virtue ... these cookies are OK.  They get the job done in satisfying my sweet tooth and I also appreciate the fact that they are "low fat" but don't contain any funky unpronounceable ingredients.  Would I make them again?  Maybe ... In the meantime, you can find the recipe here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A quick lunch

I have been on vacation this week and am readying myself to start my new job at home.  This involves setting up a home office, getting rid of excess STUFF (how does one accumulate so much stuff?), watching "The Tudors" on Netflix while doing "important" things like going through my email and writing blog posts and getting my house cleaned up before next week's start date.  Because as much as I am a messy marvin, I know that having a messy house will drive me mad if I'm here to witness it.

In interest of trying to eat healthy and because it's just really damn tasty, the above-pictured dish has become a "go-to" in my house.  I was introduced to soba noodles when a friend of ours had my husband and I over for dinner.  Ever since then I have been slightly obsessed with them.  I feel slightly virtuous when I eat them because they allow me my noodle fix, but are buckwheat = healthy. 

There really is no recipe to this, but this is what I've been making and eating lately ...

Soba noodles (cook according to directions on package)

Pan-fried green beans with garlic - trim and cut green beans into bite-sized pieces.  In a large skillet, heat some olive oil and add a clove of garlic, roughly chopped.  Add green beans and saute. 

To this, I add a package of tuna - but you can also add any leftover meat you see fit - or omit altogether. 

When the noodles are done, drain and add to the skillet.  Toss with a little bit of dark sesame oil.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Absence and apologies ...

Here's where I've been ... life is good.

We finally got to meet our niece ... here she is with her uncle learning the intricacies of the Internet and LOL Cats.
And during our trip to Dubuque to meet Sweet Pea, we also got to see this enormous sculpture of "American Gothic."

I recently got a new job.  One of the perks of this is that I get to work from home ... hence I've been working on emptying a spare bedroom to make a home office.  Here the cat is perched on what will eventually be my desk.  He is really, really helpful.  Really.

This past weekend found my friend Anne and I at the Willie Nelson concert in Rochester.  It was awesome.