Monthly Archives: April 2011

meatless monday recipe: quesadillas?

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a recipe for quesadillas, you say? who doesn’t know how to make a quesadilla? well, since i have given up cheese because of my high cholesterol, cheese has been a friend who never calls me back (ahem, penny?). anyway, i love love LOVE heidi’s website, 101 cookbooks and her recipe for very-little-cheese quesadillas (my name, not hers) is just what this cheese-jonesing gal needs right about now. plus, given my work schedule, any meal that can be on my table for one in about 5 minutes is a dog-send! < wow, what a paragraph!

heidi’s recipe features corn tortillas (which i prefer over flour), lemon zested greek yogurt, parmesan, pan-fried capers (yum!) and an egg for protein…delicioso! it sounds quick, light, bright and perfect for spring…and a very tired blogger!

even more exciting is the fact that her new cookbook, “super natural every day” has been published!

if it’s half as good as her blog (and i know it will be), then thank you amazon for wishing me a (very) happy early birthday!

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when good deeds meet great design…


as you may know, i work at whole foods and i love anthropologie…it could be that i work at whole foods so i can shop at anthropologie (minus the looming major car repair this month)…

so this earth day, i can honestly say, my worlds are colliding! last month, a super chic and lovely lady from the beverly hills anthropologie store came in to ask if she could have our corks. whole foods market collects corks from our customers to return to cork reharvest – an awesome organization who then recycles these 100% natural, renewable, recyclable and biodegradable beauties via the recycling arm of the cork forest conservation alliance. in our store alone, i return, on average, one 4’x2′ box per month…that’s a lot of corks!

anthropologie collected over 2 million corks to create some stunning visual displays…you can see more here on their facebook page.

big earth day cheers to cork reharvest, anthropologie and whole foods market!

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#meatlessmonday recipe: chickpea, spinach and tomato soup…

six-day work weeks and a busted car have really thrown my routine into upheaval. my car has been in car mechanic limbo for over a week now and we still don’t know what’s wrong with it or if it’s even worth fixing. it’s definitely something with the transmission, but how much $$$ will have to be thrown at it is a mystery. i am less than $1K away from having no car note, so it’s tempting to fix the old girl one more time and cross my fingers that this isn’t the time when major things start going wrong. i would rate car problems right up there with plumbing problems on my list of things that suck.

but back to the blog…i’ve been trying to be a little more healthy (my blood test came back with high cholesterol…say what? i don’t eat meat, but apparently my lifelong love affair with cheese is the culprit). so, i’ve been eating tons of stir frys and salads, and there hasn’t been much inspiration for meatless mondays lately. plus the irishman and i are working opposite schedules, so a sit down dinner is pretty much a thing of the past. the good thing is, my palette righted itself in the first few days of my diet (or rather, nutritional plan), so my craving for chips and empty carbs were easy vices to kick. now, ice cream on the other hand…

the weather here in l.a. has been a little wack-a-doo, with blazing hot days, dipping into the mild 70s the next. i think this recipe for chickpea, spinach and tomato soup from michael at herbivoracious might be just the ticket to get me out of my funk. i mean, how many times can one eat brown rice and tofu flavored with bragg’s? don’t get me wrong, i love bragg’s, but after awhile all my food starts tasting the same.

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the bad news is, i have very little time or energy lately to cook. the good news is, i work at whole foods, so i am surrounded by primo veggies and a newly expanded bulk section at work. given the simplicity of michael’s recipe, i think even this tired, old broad can manage to put something different on the table tonight. i may have to cheat a little on my diet (nutritional plan) and go the italian route with freshly grated parmesan or pecorino.

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