Menu Monday: “Thai” Peanut Salad

A couple of weeks ago, my darling guy requested I make a salad for dinner, and although I am a life-long vegetarian and recent pescatarian, my pallate of healthy entree salads is pretty slim. This creation is pretty healthy, and very tasty. The dressing was a little too thick when I made it so I added the secondary dressing as a thinner, and I think it was delicious!

Thai Peanut Salad




  • 1/4 cup San-J Thai Peanut Sauce (gluten free)
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs Annie’s Light Raspberry Vinagrette (or any other vinagrette)


  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 bag of shredded coleslaw cabbage
  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1/2 bell pepper (orange or red), drained
  • Peas (I chose sugar snap peas, and took them out of the pod)
  • 1/2 cup peanuts


  1. Mix all chopped ingredients in a large bowl with cabbage. Set the peanuts aside
  2. Mix together all dressing and set aside.
  3. If you plan on serving immediately, you can mix the dressing and peanuts in, however, I served to the side so we could eat the leftovers later without them getting soggy.
  4. Enjoy!



Adventures in Fitbit!


Hi All,

At the beginning of this month I bit the bullet and invested $99.95 and purchased the fitbit flex. Not gonna lie, I was really excited about this! My friend Camille spearheaded the fitbit craze in my life, and I am so very grateful. I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks now, and I’ve had great results.

 Here is how it works:


  1. You set a goal for how many steps you want per day. You can also chose calorie goals (based on a calorie deficiet), water consumption goals, and also “active minutes” goals.
  2. Much like other apps (my fitness pal, lose it), this app allows you to input your food eaten to help track your deficiet. One thing I LOVE about this app is it adjusts your intake and output seamlessly. For example, we went on a 3 mile hike on Saturday, so I got a few more calories in my daily budget.
  3. Your bracelet tracks your movement and steps, and has 5 lights that indicate 20% of your daily goal, so you can track your progress throughout the day. It also has a little show once you hit your goal!
  4. You get “badges” for meeting milestones, such as hitting 20k steps in one day.

I am in love with it, and I have already lost 10 lbs with it. I have a mean competitive streak, and I think seeing my goals in this tangible way has helped me to be more successful in my weight loss goals! 50 lbs to go!

I would highly recommend this product if you are considering purchasing a fitness tracker. Most of my coworkers have them, and it is fun to cheer eachother on in reaching our goals!


This was my best fitbit day so far! 3/24/14

This was my best fitbit day so far! 3/24/14





Menu Monday: Cilantro Lime Shrimp

The foray into the wonderful world of seafood has been an interesting one for me. learning to cook seafood is a challenging and exciting adventure, one that V has certianly enjoyed eating in our meat-free home. This recipe is really easy and uses pre-cooked shrimp, which makes it a quick meal option for all. I served it with this coconut rice recipe, and it was amazing!

Cilantro Lime Shrimp


  • 1 lb cooked and shelled shrimp
  • 1 lime, sliced or juiced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (or more, if yo ulike)
  • 2 cloved garlic (or more), sliced



  1. Rinse and strain your shrimp so it is not gross.
  2. Cook your shrimp in a frying pan olive oil for a few minutes , until it’s looking tasty. KIC4FyXLvAmj4ym2COZHjb68jiJJmetAhQ9_Y5ML15c
  3. Add lime juice and garlic, and continuing to fry. Remember to flip the shrimp as needed.
  4. Once the garlic is cooked, add your cilantro and cook briefly. TKLhkHpWpGuClfJwpqbZdKtLyDvsfkeXFqpcp_gUfp0
  5. Serve with rice or steamed veggies for a delicious and healthy meal!