Taking the full measure of life

Entries from January 2008

Changing It Up

January 30th, 2008 · 14 Comments

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Tags: 2/3 veggies · allergen-free recipes · baked potato of the week · quick meals · vegetarian · winter

Tasty Soy-Free Veggie Stirfry

January 29th, 2008 · 17 Comments

I love a good stirfry, but it took me many years to learn how to make one correctly. Growing up, I would make stirfries from frozen, pre-made stir-fry packs. Basically, I would boil the vegetables and possibly some meat in soy sauce and their own juices and then serve them over watery minute rice. I […]

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Tags: 2/3 veggies · allergen-free recipes · quick meals

Pizza & Movie Night: A New Tradition

January 28th, 2008 · 11 Comments

As many people do, I sometimes have trouble letting go of my workweek so that I can slide into the enjoyment of my weekend. I’m fortunate to have a job that has to do with making the world a more equitable place, and most of the time, I enjoy my job. But when the weekend […]

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Tags: 2/3 veggies · allergen-free recipes · vegetarian · winter


January 27th, 2008 · 8 Comments

On the plane flying to and from our Seattle/Vancouver vacation, I worked on some of the exercises that my simplicity circle has undertaken from the book The Not-So-Big Life (by Sarah Susankah). In one of the early chapters of the book, Susankah has a long, rather exhaustive—and somewhat exhausting—list of questions about lifestyle which the […]

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Tags: gratitude · non-scale victories

Weekly meal plan (made a bit easier from now on)

January 27th, 2008 · 3 Comments

It’s the weekend again—the time for my inevitable meal planning for the upcoming week. I enjoy meal planning: it’s pleasurable to pull together which foods, recipes, and menus I plan to serve in a given week. But sometimes I feel a bit drained from meal planning because with my food restrictions and the goal of […]

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Tags: allergen-free recipes · dessert · meal planning · quick meals · Uncategorized · vegetarian · winter

Making Gradual Changes Toward Healthy Eating Habits

January 24th, 2008 · 23 Comments

It was several years ago that I first began my conversion to a healthier diet. It has been a slow process. In 2002 a typical day of my food might have looked like this: Breakfast: Slept until 20 minutes before class, skipped it. Lunch: (I’d probably feel light-headed and ravenous by the time I ate) […]

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Tags: fruits of my labor · gratitude · meal planning

Lamb Curry over Rice: Another 3R Meal Success

January 22nd, 2008 · 4 Comments

I cannot believe I haven’t blogged about the 3R meal lamb curry that Dan made for us shortly before we left for vacation. I guess that intended post got lost in the vacation shuffle, and for that, you will have to forgive me, because those of you who eat lamb should try a variety of […]

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Tags: allergen-free recipes · meal planning · winter

Learning to love new foods (and a tuna melt recipe made healthier)

January 21st, 2008 · 15 Comments

I didn’t grow up eating much fish or shellfish. I don’t even remember eating breaded fish sticks except on rare occasions, perhaps only at other people’s houses. I ate fried catfish at some informal political fundraisers and such parties–which seemed constant, since I grew up with a politician father. (The catfish grew in local lakes […]

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Tags: allergen-free recipes

Weekly meal plan for mid-winter

January 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

 We’re back from our 8-day vacation to Seattle and Vancouver, BC.  Isn’t it amazing how eating restaurant food—even really great restaurant food—over a period of several days makes you crave some home-cooked meals that you can eat in the relaxed privacy of your own home?  We ate some of the best food that the Pacific […]

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Tags: 2/3 veggies · allergen-free recipes · meal planning · winter

A restaurant where I can eat anything

January 10th, 2008 · 13 Comments

Our plane touched down at about 11 a.m. yesterday in Seattle.  By 12:30, we were pulling up to our first stop:  The Flying Apron Bakery.   In this major trip where we decide whether or not to plan to move to Seattle or Vancouver in a year, the particular detail that has excited me the most […]

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