Quick and easy (well, it takes time but only intermittant attention) ¬†with just veggies for a summer side dish, or add meat for a one dish meal…either way it makes LOTS so you have the midnight snacking covered too


3 cups coussous

32 oz chicken broth

1 medium zucchini diced (peeling optional…I did because vitamin K)

1 cup diced tomato (fresh or canned, juice ok)

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp dried basal

1 sweet onion, diced

3 Tbs butter

1 cup shredded cheese (parmesean, romano, or ‘italian blend’)



drizzle extra virgin olive oil…optional

In large pot on very low heat: place onion, butter, pinch of salt. Cover and simmer over low heat until onions begin to caramelize. Increase heat to medium low. Add zucchini again cover pot and sweat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes until zucchini begins to soften. Stir in tomatoes, a pinch of black pepper, garlic, basal, and chicken broth. Bring to a gentle boil. Stir in couscous, turn off heat, cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes. At the end of 5 minutes, uncover, stir in cheese and olive oil if desired. Adjust salt and pepper seasoning to taste.


Menu Ideas week of Aug 2, 2015


Monday – veggie burgers and corn on the cob (meatless)

Tuesday – crock pot beenie weenie “chili”

Wednesday – special summer vacation request from the padawan…macaroni and cheese

Thursday – Green bean tofu fried rice

Friday – fish n chips


Rock and Roll Vampire


Do my eyes look red?

Luckily it’s from sleep deprivation if they do, and not anything more sinister. Although if we stick with The Vampire Diet’s analogy between eating poorly and monster type vampirism, was on a full on feeding frenzy yesterday.

Hubster is playing drums for the local “alterna-wave” band Egomyth. They had a big show yesterday at Spirit in the Lawerenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh opening for The Teen Age and Lazyeyes from Brooklyn…yep, that Brooklyn. Those guys are playing hardball with the big boys, and Lazyeyes even performed at SXSW this past spring I’m told (insert big fan-girl squee! here)

This was the first time I have been able to go to a show and see Egomyth perform live, which was a treat after jamming to the rehearsal tracks on the computer for months now. I may sing like a tone deaf walrus with laryngitis, but I loved howling out “sins of another” with the rest of the audience!

Long story short, we had a busy rock and roll kind of day yesterday subsisting on donuts and pizza. The good stuff too…Dunkin and Mineos respectively.

I felt young again. It was worth every calorie.

Ok, I know all you SWDs (skinny wench dietitians) are out there tut-tutting me for committing sins of sugar and then holding them up as a good, life-affirming thing. Go right ahead. I hope all the tongue cluckers sprain a glossal muscle…

Everything in moderation, including moderation.

A day like yesterday only proves, in my mind, the value of attitude, mood, mindset, and stress management in a balanced healthy lifestyle. The occasional bender might not be a good idea for people with drug or alcohol addictions…but I’m not convinced that food is addiction as some people insist. The whole junk food as “addiction” thing feels like an excuse to me…something to blame besides ourselves for what we shove in our face hole. Food is necessary. You can’t abstain from eating. WHAT we eat, for most of us in America is a CHOICE. I’m not convinced there is physical or psychological addiction, even with consumer-grabbing marketing engineered products. Mindlessness is a problem, yes. But that is a very different thing.

A rock and roll day like yesterday in the middle of a sea of attempting to eat well was an attention-getter and attention-shifter. A little liberation shows, by comparison, how satisfying “good” food is after you’ve been with it for a while. It can be a mental vacation that lets us get back to it the day after. You can’t eat rock and roll ALL the time and be physically healthy. In my personal private non-recommending opinion, you can’t be anal obsessive health freaky ALL the time and be mentally healthy either. Every now and then it pays to give in to authenticity rather than authority.

Rock on.


Monday – bean and cheese burritos (meatless) with salsa and guacamole

Tuesday – beenie weenie soup

Wednesday – Turkey Mac (“hamburger helper” – homestyle)

Thursday – Polynesian rice bowl

Friday – yakionigiri (fried rice cakes with fish filling)