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Clean-Out-The-Fridge-Quinoa Salad

For dinner I was desperately craving Chipotle, but since I treated myself to tacos yesterday when I forgot a lunch, I figured I better be true to my plan to save money. Thus, Clean-Out-The-Fridge-Quinoa-Salad was invented. What goes into that you may ask? For me it was: spinach, pepperoni, broccoli, a slice and a half of sharp cheddar cheese, some other green leafy stuff I think we put on fajitas last week, parmesan cheese and water chestnuts (which weren’t going to go bad for a while, but I like the texture), all mixed with quinoa and italian dressing:

I thought I was going to have to some big money on Monday when I came out to my car during lunch and there were 3 guys/hooligans standing around my car. They announced to me that my tire was flat, and in a much better scenario than I pictured when I saw them, helped me get to Firestone. There I waited for 45 minutes trying to keep myself from stressing out by reading Spin. When it came to pay the bill, the guy said it was “no biggie” and actually gave me a free tire gauge! Karma?

Total–

Negative: $7.64 for lunch yesterday at Es Tas

Positive: Tire Gauge

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Quinoa and Night Boating

Yesterday I had it in my head that I was going to come home from work and make this delicious looking quinoa with balsamic roasted mushrooms recipe my good friend Kathryn referred me to. It would be so good my boyfriend was going to eat 4 servings of it and call me a culinary goddess. After dinner we’d be so buzzed on the healthiness of it all, we’d go to this movie I’ve been dying to see (Our Idiot Brother, because I love Zooey) and eat a whole bunch of buttery popcorn.

When I got home, however, I realized Logan had his own ideas. He wanted to make guacamole and take the boat out. I still made the dish I had been planning, which I found to be VERY delicious. He mixed his half a portion in with a bunch of chicken, and said it was good, minus the over-use of onion (I used white onion instead of green by accident), that he doesn’t like quinoa, oh, and that he’s allergic to pears. He did make a good show of eating his entire serving though.

This is what mine looked like:

If you want the recipe, go here. If all the healthy stuff scares you (and it shouldn’t because it doesn’t taste different from a chopped salad), you should at least make the easy salad dressing (unless you’re allergic to pears too).

After dinner I agreed to go on a moonlight cruise on the boat despite my hesitation, and I’m very glad I did. The moon was full so we had plenty of light, and the bay was dark enough to see the stars. Who goes to the movies when you have a boat, stars, champagne and a warm Floridian night? Look at what happens when I let go a little.

When we got home I did make him watch the pilot of New Girl on Hulu (if you have Hulu, go watch it). Zooey Deschanel is a comedic genius and my girl crush.