Over the last few days I have made awesome use of leftovers.

Roasted brussels sprouts and chickpeas w/ roasted garlic hummus and Parmesan cheese on a toasted whole wheat Flat-out wrap

Roasted brussels sprouts and chickpeas w/ romaine and shaved Parmesan and balsamic vinaigrette + whole wheat pita & garlic hummus



I made a quesadilla.

A breakfast quesadilla that is:

Whole wheat Flat-out wrap w/ peanut butter, banana, raisins, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds.



I chopped off my hair.



Went for a picturesque 4 mi run.




Had a delightful lunch with my best friend.

Warm goat cheese salad + salmon with a lemon basil vinaigrette

Enjoyed with a few glasses of wine.



Sometimes life is just so perfect.


Two-A-Day 2-Miler

This mornings gym session was a good one. Sometimes I feel like such a bad-ass in the gym, like I could take on the world — today was one of those days. I did the usual 30 min arc-trainer with music blasting, heart pounding, sweat dripping. Then I did back and abs. I strongly dislike ab workouts, but you do what you gotta do — though I’m convinced I’ll never have anything close it abs. I’ll keep trying though!

Cute gym guy sighting today!

So cute gym guy wears a college t-shirt to the gym every single day. This week/next week is the moment of truth: if cute gym guy disappears it means he’s back at school and way too young for me. If I’m still seeing him regularly at the gym next week, then he’s definitely post-grad and our whirlwind romance can commence.

…you know, once he realizes who I am.


Breakfast was not waffles, but one of my favorite go-to morning meals:

Cinnamon raisin ezekiel toast w/ peanut butter, sliced banana, and chia seeds w/ organic skim milk on the side. It’s a meal that never fails me, and always satisfies.


I forgot again to take a picture of my lunch at work. It was a salad. I’m predictable. I’m a salad lover.

I also packed lots of snacks for work: baby carrots, big fruit salad, cashews.

I did not eat them.

Because I ate chocolate cake instead!

At our weekly RD meeting, they brought in cake to congratulate me on passing my exam. It was a super sweet gesture, and the cake was super sweet too. I tackled 3/4 of a big slice and then I raised my white flag and surrendered.  —  Let’s be honest, I could have eaten the whole thing, but I controlled myself. 😉


When I stepped out of work today, I could not believe the beautiful weather. It was sunny and pleasant but not hot and not humid. Perfect — for a run.

I’m not one to work out twice in one day usually, but I couldn’t resist. I came home, laced up the running sneakers, and went out for a quick 2 mile run.

Hitting the pavement. Oh how I missed running.

It was not a super easy 2 miles, I’ve slacked on the running since July, when I got a sharp pain during one run. But I can’t wait to work on building my endurance this fall/winter. The ultimate goal is a half marathon.


I was definitely hungry when I got back from running. I cooked up some whole wheat linguini, sauteed broccoli slaw/bok choy/red pepper/onion/garlic in sesame oil.  I cooked two sliced beef tips in another pan. Then I piled everything into one pan, added 1/4 c edamame, and a sauce made of chunky peanut butter + sesame oil + tamari.

Looks good, right?

It would have tasted great

…if I didn’t overcook the pasta.

What a sticky pasta mess. Still tasted good — just could have been better.

Loved having beef in the dish though! I’m not used to cooking with beef, but I was digging it. I bought organic grass-fed beef which is way more expensive, but an important consumer choice I choose to make. That’s why I added the edamame — by adding another source of protein I could use less of the meat. Still really enjoyed the taste it contributed to the dish, but it makes the price of the meat more manageable when you can spread it out over more meals.
After dinner I washed dishes, made tomorrow’s lunch, and then I was still hungry so I gladly dug into my neglected fruit salad.

Followed by raw cashews — my favorite.

It’s Real World Night and I can actually watch it instead of study! You can find me sitting in front of the TV and then passing out in my bed.

Later alligator!

Back to the Grind

Back to..

5:30am wake up calls and 6:30am gym sessions.

Back to..

Eating waffles, thanks to my waffle-making marathon yesterday.

Peach Raspberry Pecan Whole Wheat Waffles topped with a thin layer of Peanut Butter & Co Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter, and Raspberry Jam. Alongside, a pile of strawberries and a mug o’ skim milk.

Close up.

And look what I found, a bit of peach peaking out!


Back to..

Work, but this time as an RD.

Back to..

The kitchen to make another great dinner.

Lemon-y, Garlic-y Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Chickpea Pasta.

A Lazy Girl’s Version of a “Recipe”:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F
  • Fill a pot with some water and set it on high
  • Chop several large handfuls of brussel sprouts into 1/4’s or 1/8’s depending on size
  • Put sprouts in a bowl
  • Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas — add to the bowl
  • Add lots of chopped garlic, the juice of 1/2 a lemon, drizzle with olive oil to coat, sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Stir, toss, shimmy, shake
  • Pour the mixture out on a cooking sheet (I always line with aluminum foil + PAM) and place in the preheated oven
  • At this point your water should be boiling, but hopefully not boiling over. Cook whole wheat pasta according to directions on the box.
  • Check the brussel sprouts/chickpeas a minimum of 6 times because it looks so good you just can’t wait for it to be done. Then when it does look done… decide that it is and take it out. Turn off the oven, or have your mother do that 10 minutes later if you forget. If you do not live at home with your mother, I highly recommend you choose the first option.
  • In a saucepan on low heat, cook some more garlic with a ‘lil butter and juice from half a lemon, add (some) brussel sprouts/chickpea mixture, and your pasta. Stir, put in a bowl, dust with Parmesan cheese, and dig in!


Back to.. morrow

Waist Deep in Waffles

Now that the RD exam is done and behind me, I finally have FREE time to explore new hobbies and revisit some interests that haven’t gotten much attention lately.

One of those interests is cooking. Cooking for the past few months has been more about convenience and less about experimentation. Many a day has ended with a quick and easy egg-centered dinner, wolfed down in minutes so I could rush off to study. Since the exam ended on Saturday, I have thought so many times to myself… I get to cook again, oh the things I could make!

In honor of my culinary excitement, I ventured off to Trader Joe’s today for a major food haul. The nearest TJ’s to me is 40min away, so when I go, I make it count. My cart was filled to the brim when I was done, some highlights of my loot:

  • Individually wrapped goat cheese medallions
  • Lobster ravioli
  • Vanilla and chocolate organic hemp protein powders

Lots of delicious meals ahead.

Speaking of delicious meal, lunch was pretty fantastic..

Salad w/ grilled chicken, chopped apple, reduced fat cheddar cheese, walnuts, craisins, and red bell pepper over a bed of romaine w/ balsamic dressing. Used half the apple in the salad and the other half was eaten for dessert with Peanut Butter & Co Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter.


This afternoon, I got busy in the kitchen making waffles. I was waist deep in waffle ingredients for hours today. Made two delicious varieties. No pictures yet. They’re going to look much better when I jazz them up with some toppings! (Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, you will be seen again) Though I will share with you some of the amazing ingredients involved:

  • oat bran
  • ground flax seed
  • protein powder (brown rice and hemp)
  • peaches
  • raspberries
  • pecans
  • walnuts
  • cocoa powder

I love making batches of waffles, freezing them, and reheating in the toaster oven. I think they taste best that way, and smothering them in extraordinary toppings doesn’t hurt. Stay tuned for when these babies make their debut later this week!


Within an hour of finishing the waffles, I was back at work in the kitchen making dinner. Tonight’s dinner was inspired by broccoli slaw, which has been sitting in my fridge for days and desperately needed to be eaten. I don’t know why, but the first idea that came to mind was shrimp fried rice. Odd, since I’ve never eaten the dish, let alone tried making it!

I started with white onion and broccoli slaw cooking on the stove with sesame oil. Once the onions were nicely caramelized, I added frozen peas. Simultaneously, I popped an instant multi-grain medley cup in the microwave. Next in the pan was fully cooked shrimp and two tablespoons of egg whites. When the whites were fully cooked, I brought it all together by mixing in the grains and tossing in low-sodium tamari.

It’s not the most colorful dish, and the picture isn’t the best, but it was really tasty.. and an excellent use of that slaw!

And a bonus picture of last night’s dinner: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad complete with grilled romaine lettuce. Paired with a glass of wine, it felt like gourmet dining at home.


Back to work in the morning after four days off. Thankfully, I’ll have waffles motivating me to get out of bed.

The Biggest Test of My Life

Today I passed the RD exam and became a Registered Dietitian!
5 years in the making…

4 years of of hard work in undergrad

1 (crazy) year in a very rigorous dietetic internship

a few months of not-so-solid studying

a couple weeks of more focused studying

1 outrageous week of cramming culminating in 10 hrs on Friday

and today…

It all paid off.

Michelle, RD

Study, Study, Study

I’m knee-deep in flash cards. Be back in a week!

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with two photos from the 20 glorious hours I spent in NYC this weekend.

Lobster roll w/ lemon caper aioli – I’m still dreaming about this sandwich it was so good


My wonderful best friend and I



See you next week!!

A Dunker’s Dream

Happy Friday!

No gym this morning, everyone needs a rest day. Went into work early. Packed my breakfast — kashi goLean + banana + 1T almond slivers + skim milk.

Ate lunch:

Surprise! It’s a salad. Spinach, red pepper, tomatoes, carrots, red onion, reduced fat cheddar, craisins, chopped walnuts, light balsamic dressing with a side of kashi crackers.


I snacked on a fiber one bar, peach, and grapes.


Oh, and I worked too! It was actually a pretty good day. I work at a hospital and today I had an experience with a patient where I really felt like I made a difference in their care. It was wonderful. 🙂



Came home. Studied.

OK.. procrastinated by watching TV and perusing the internet. Then I studied.

Dinner tonight was aDunker’s Dream.



No. Not Dunkaroo’s.


But this tasting plate full of dunk-worthy foods.

Broccoli + light parmesan peppercorn dressing, carrots and pita with hummus, and apple w/ peanut butter.

Dunkaroos was all this meal was missing.