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Spaghetti Squash Boca Burger Quinoa Stir Fry

Apparently we’re Boca Burger crazy lately.  Mat made Boca Burger Enchiladas the other day, and now we’re using them to make a stir fry with spaghetti squash.  I thought last night’s spaghetti squash with nutritional yeast would last longer than it did (we only used half of the squash – it doesn’t quite last for 2 people for 2 nights).  Rather than try to freeze the other squash half, we’re inventing tonight.







Spaghetti Squash Boca Burger Quinoa Stir Fry


olive oil

1/4 yellow onion, diced

1 clove shallot, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

crushed red pepper (to taste)

2 Boca Burgers, cooked and cut into bite size pieces

1/2 package frozen spinach, drained

2 cups cooked quinoa

1/3 of half a roasted spaghetti squash

6 eggs, lightly whisked

1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

smoked paprika and cayenne pepper

salt and pepper


  1. Saute onion, shallot, garlic, and crushed red pepper in olive oil until translucent and fragrant.
  2. Add Boca Burgers and sauté for about 5 minutes
  3. Add spinach and sauté 5 minutes more.
  4. Add quinoa, spaghetti squash, eggs and pinto beans and cook through.  Season with smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.

A delicious, protein-packed meal!

We added soy sauce to it when we ate it which worked nicely since it was an egg stir fry.  I can’t believe how much protein is probably in it – eggs, Boca Burgers, quinoa, and beans?  Heck yes!

I’m craving chocolate.  I’ve been craving it all day actually.  And yesterday.  I think it’s because I haven’t slept quite enough lately and whenever that happens I crave sugary food.  It’s that whole appetite hormone thing with grehlin and leptin and all that.  I can’t remember which hormone is which, but I’m pretty sure those are the names.  (Maybe I should find my nutrition book and look that up…)

The rest of the night is all about the tv.  We haven’t sat and watched tv since Friday and it’s been a busy and long few days since then.  Thank goodness it’s barely 8:00!




Another Inventive Dinner. Sort of.

Af the mall I had a (not pictured) Godiva truffle and a (also not pictured) skinny iced mocha coconut latte (their blenders had broken so I had a mocha coconut frappuccino alternative, only to be told right after getting my drink that the blenders were back or working or something but I didn’t bother having them make the frappuccino because I didn’t want to keep waiting) we went to Macy’s to see if there were any blazers/sport coats for Mat.  We wandered for a bit and nothing really caught his eye except for stuff that was too expensive (of course).

We wandered into Williams-Sonoma because he still has a gift card, but again saw nothing except for things that were more expensive than what’s on the gift card.  Finally, we went to Hallmark to get a couple of cards for upcoming events.  By this point I was over it and wanted to go home, so home we went.

Mat made an awesome appetizer tonight:


Toasted buttermilk bread from Trader Joe’s with pesto and shredded cheese.  It was my idea to use up the pesto by making a toast appetizer, but he thought of the cheese and then arranged the pieces all pretty-like.  🙂

Dinner was a concoction using the leftover cooked brown rice from the other day.  We tend to make more rice or quinoa than we needed for a particular recipe, and then it ends up in the fridge and is lonely.  So we usually then find a way to use it in something else.  Tonight’s something else involved this stuff:

pepper, salt, chili powder, red pepper flakes, cumin, cayenne pepper, corn, black beans, and chopped onion and garlic

He sautéed the garlic and onion, added the seasonings, and then added the rice.  The corn and beans went in next, and he also added salsa and some chopped bell peppers at the end.

I have no pictures of the finished product.  I thought he took one but I guess not.  I also failed miserably at taking a picture of my plate tonight.  I’d gotten so good at that too!  I mean, I even took a picture of my lunch at work yesterday in which my colleagues probably thought I was nutty!

Oh, well.

This was fairly similar to the spicy quinoa stir fry I made a while back.  We served the finished product in warm tortillas with shredded cheese, Greek yogurt (it’s our sour cream substitute), and more salsa.  We had a salad on the side.

Dinner took a while to finish because we were talking about work and life and things.  It’s so weird to be adult enough that you talk about work and life and things.  So now it’s almost 10 pm and we haven’t had our required port wine and chocolate like last night:


Yes, that’s totally last night’s picture.  That’s because I’m writing this as he’s pouring the wine and dumping the chocolate chips into the cute little bowls.

And we’re also going to watch Boy Meets World again.  And then probably pass out.

Good night!

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Up and Down and Busy

The last day or so has been a bit crazy. We had the academy awards on Wednesday night which put me home late, and then yesterday I covered a class during my prep, had my usual day, and had an after school meeting. I went gone in a decent mood despite trying to gear myself up for ballet (I was feeling pretty lazy yesterday). But then I got home and just felt irritated. We’re both so tired of wedding planning!

Then I pulled my butt off the couch and went to ballet. It was definitely a good thing. It’s funny how the nights I feel lazy but go anyway are always good classes.

By the time I got home again it was 8:30 and we needed to eat (leftover stir fry)


and then we ended up just sitting at the table talking. It’s nice when that happens. 🙂 Sometimes even though you see each other all the time you just need to talk.

And now it’s Friday. Breakfast us the usual cottage cheese with strawberries and granola:


Here’s to hoping today goes by fast!


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Academy Awards

Sorry, I’m not talking about the ones with the little golden statue and celebrities in fancy clothes walking the red carpet.  Though that would be fun.  Besides, it’s the wrong time of year.

There was a red carpet though.

I’m referring to the Academy Awards at school.  Since over half of the students I teach are in either the E-Business or Teach Academy, I get to be involved with some pretty cool stuff.  At the end of the year, we give award to students who have done an outstanding job academically, in the community, and in school in general.  At the end, each senior is given a medal and one of the teachers serenades them with Green Day’s “Time of Your Life.”

The whole thing went longer than I anticipated and I was wearing my Tiffany shoes from my bridal shower which meant my dogs were BARKING!  But, it was really nice to see all the kids so happy.  It’s a really special thing and is the best way to validate what you do.


For dinner Mat made a tofu stir fry but with a few changes from how he did it last time.  This time he marinated the tofu in soy sauce instead of soyaki (because we were out) and sautéed garlic and onion with red pepper flakes before adding the tofu and veggies to the pan.  For rice, we used the leftover lemon/cilantro brown rice we had made for last night’s bean and cheese burritos.  (Last night was a lazy night).  It sounds weird, but it was actually really good.  The red pepper flakes made it pretty spicy, but in a really good way.

my bowl

We paired it with a basic salad that I scarfed down.  And a glass of wine.  🙂

And that was today, well the afternoon anyway.  The day was pretty basic (projects and returning books) and in the afternoon before going back for the awards I just sat on my butt on the couch.  I was really tired for some reason!

We’re almost to the end of the week.  Friday is coming and with it the 3 week mark til our wedding!

Countdown: 6 days of school and 22 days until our wedding

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I Can See the Light!

Of the last 5 weeks of the school year, this week is probably the grossest.  Next week, we have three days in a row of modified day schedule.  They’ll still be long days, but at least they’ll be different.  The following week is the week of Memorial Day, which means a 4 day work week!  After that comes just one more full work week (in which my students will be doing projects) and then finals week.  I can see the light!

This is what the board said at work today:

And now that today is done, it’s 19!

And, to make it better, in one month I’ll be coming home from my bachelorette weekend, celebrating Father’s Day, and getting ready for our wedding!  I can see the light!

So basically, I can see the light.  🙂

Lunch was the usual: half a pb&j on wheat and a banana.  I really need to get on the picture thing with that.

Afternoon snack was the last of the M n Ms from the Kolbeck shower.  What can I say, I was having a chocolate fix.  🙂

Dinner was a mix of leftovers: spaghetti with nutritional yeast and spicy quinoa stir fry.  It was paired with our usual salad, this time with homemade croutons because we had some leftover bread.

I still have a chocolate craving.  And it’s a rest day.  Why do the chocolate cravings always happen on a rest day?  Grr…

Tomorrow is Friday!  Soooo ready for this week to be over!

Countdown: 19 days of school and 43 days until our wedding.

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Ballet Kicked My Butt. Again.

But it’s ok, because I love a good butt-kicking!  I think the biggest problem is that the studio tends to get really warm and stuffy before our class.  Lots of little kids taking jazz class makes for a pretty icky room!  The barre work from this teacher is INTENSE but in a good way, so by the end of it I’m literally dripping sweat.  But it’s all good!  I love me a good workout!

Meal recap:

Breakfast was the same as yesterday: cottage cheese with strawberries and granola and coffee with milk and sugar (yes, I finally bought sugar!)

Lunch was the same as usual: half peanut butter and jelly and an apple.  I failed on the picture.  I think I’m always too anxious to get the kids out of my classroom so I can have some peace and quiet!

I had some Greek yogurt with honey and a few more strawberries for an afternoon snack:

And dinner was leftover Spicy Quinoa Stir Fry from the other night, paired with a salad as usual.  This time I had sour cream, salsa, and some shredded cheese on top.  It definitely boosted the flavor!

And now, I’m sitting on the couch “watching” Toddlers and Tiaras on TLC.  Mat went to bed early because he has to be at work at 4 am, so I’m just waiting long enough to digest my dinner (ballet means I eat a bit late) and then I’m hitting the sack too.  I think I got less than 6 hours of sleep last night, then got up to run 5 miles, worked all day, and took the butt kicking ballet class tonight.  I did have a break before ballet – Mat and I watched last night’s season finale of Glee.  It was really good!  As usual.  🙂  Anyone else see it?

And here’s a few sneak peak photos from Saturday’s bridal shower.  More are coming, and then I’ll do a real post on it!

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Spicy Quinoa Stir Fry

Tonight’s dinner was fun.  I was on my own and had two options: heat up the leftover spaghetti from last night, or make something new.  If I didn’t make something new tonight I would have to do it tomorrow anyway because I’ll be on my own again.  (Mat has more night shifts right now because he’s training on some new stuff.  I decided to make something new and then have leftovers available tomorrow and Wednesday.

We had made a bunch of quinoa a few days ago and I figured it would be perfect for a stir fry.  We keep a good supply of canned beans, corn, and tomatoes in the cupboard too, so after chopping some onion and bell peppers all I had to do was open some cans.

There was one thing that made my dinner go later:  I cut my hand on the sharp edge of the open can.  😦

it wasn’t as bad as I first feared

the culprit

I called my mom to make sure I didn’t need a tetanus shot for it.  I realized right as she said it that, duh, of course I don’t because it’s not rusty.  But I’d rather be safe than sorry!  I held pressure on it for a while and then put a band-aid and I was good to go.

Now on to the food!

bell peppers waiting to go in the pan

I sautéed the onions in some olive oil first.  I would have used some chopped garlic too but we were out.

Next the bell peppers went in and then a can of diced tomatoes with the liquid.  As that heated, I sprinkled in some granulated garlic (since I didn’t use chopped garlic earlier), red pepper, chili powder, salt, and pepper.  I let that heat for a bit.

Next went in a mixture of pinto beans, black beans, kidney beans, and corn.  I added a little more seasoning after tasting.  Neither Mat nor I measure seasoning when we cook, especially when we make it up as we go along like I did tonight.

The last thing I added was the quinoa.  I let the whole mixture heat through and added a bit more salt and pepper.  Mat likes things spicy, so I was pretty generous with the red pepper and chili powder.

heating in the pan

As usual, I made a salad to go on the side.  I topped mine with sour cream, but I actually think it would be good, perhaps better, on it’s own.  The quinoa has a much more distinct flavor than rice and is good on its own with all the spices and bean/corn flavors.  All in all though, it was quite good.  I’m sure Mat will agree.  🙂

forgot to take the picture until after I’d started eating my salad. oops. 🙂

For dessert, I had a bowl of strawberries and a leftover cookie from my bridal shower on Saturday.

Now, it’s getting to be close to bedtime.  After not sleeping so well last night I need to try and get a good night’s sleep tonight.  It will be hard, as usual, with Mat working late, but it’s pretty crucial I just suck it up and deal with it tonight.

To recap the recipe ingredients, just in case:

  • olive oil
  • handful chopped onions
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped (I didn’t use this but would prefer it to granulated)
  • chopped bell peppers
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • cooked quinoa
  • granulated garlic (if you didn’t use chopped)
  • chili powder
  • red pepper
  • salt and pepper

Countdown: 22 days of school and 46 days until our wedding