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The Paris Wife and Food Prep!

February 27, 2012

Happy Monday everyone! Okay, so not super happy. I’m not a big Monday fan since I’m away from my apartment from 7:30am to 7:00pm and I have to be at the gym when it opens at 5:30am to get in a workout… yay.

You know what makes me happier though? Looking at pictures of this cutie:

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I have to bring lunch (and snacks!) with me on Mondays, so to make things easier I prepped some food for the week! I got most of my ideas for food prep this week from Elise on Hungry Hungry Hippie. She did a post on her simple meals, and I decided to incorporate her ideas with what I already had in my fridge!

I started off by making a pot of quinoa! Only 2 servings because that’s all I had left, but at least I have lunch for Monday and enough for one other meal!

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I also roasted up a ton of veggies! I chopped up carrots (which actually were steamed in the microwave) and then brussel sprouts, butternut squash and green and yellow summer squash.

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For the items that I roasted, I tossed each of them in a little olive oil. The butternut squash took about 30 minutes, while the rest took about 15-20. It’s really just a guessing game, I just kept checking on them to make sure they hadn’t burnt, and then pulled them out when I thought they were ready!

For my Monday lunch, I started by steaming some kale and adding one serving of quinoa. Then I added about 3/4 cups of the carrots. Next, I took a can of tuna (which had 2 servings, but the whole can was just 100 calories so I used the whole thing) and mixed it with 1 tablespoon of my new favorite Trader Joe’s find: Raita sauce!

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It’s a yogurt-based Middle Eastern sauce and I am in love! I then put the mixed tuna on top and added one more tablespoon of Raita. Tada! Lunch for Monday!

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I plan on just mixing it together in a nice big blob when I actually eat it. Messy food is so much tastier…


Another thing I did this weekend was attend a book club meeting! My sister-in-law, Lauren, started a book club with two of her friends. They were so sweet to invite me to join them this month! The book they had chosen was The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain.

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The story is told from the perspective of Hadley, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife. When it came to knowledge of Ernest and his life, we had a broad range in our group. One girl knew absolutely nothing about him, while the other two knew a lot more about him and the other writers mentioned in the book. I’d say I fell about halfway in between. The point being, you really didn’t need to know anything about Ernest Hemingway to enjoy the book, although it was pretty cool to see his life evolve as it did, along with the involvement of the other reality-based characters, throughout the book.

The novel is fiction, however, it incorporated as many real facts as possible. We all agreed that the author must have done some serious research in writing this book! We also agreed that it was a pretty sad book, not just because of how things went, but more because of how Hadley allowed herself to be treated and how she never stood up for herself or took any pride in herself, even with so many friends who were role models for being independent women.

The book is a great look into both the life of Ernest and Hadley, but also into the time period and the conflict between women who were still following Victorian values, and those who were embracing the “roaring twenties” and the new form of female independence that came with the time.

I actually blew through this book in a week. It was very well written and I definitely recommend it, especially if you’re interested in that time period!


Are you good about prepping meals and food for the week?

What’s the last book you read? Any recommendations?

26 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2012 9:37 am

    lately i’ve been making huge batches of egg white muffins for my breakfasts throughout the week. i also sometimes will make a huge pot of steel cut oats since they take so long to cook! i’m way better about prepping breakfast foods than i am about anything else because usually i stick to the same type of thing for breakfast, but i crave lots of different things for lunch and dinner!

    • February 27, 2012 9:56 am

      That’s my biggest issue with food prep, if I make a big batch of something like soup or a casserole, I don’t want to eat it after 1 or 2 days! That’s why I just prepped veggies separately, so I can throw together which ones I feel like and add a protein, grain, and sauce that sound good to me!

  2. February 27, 2012 10:26 am

    I usually prep a big bowl of salad and take portions from it during the week. Sometimes I will get crazy and prep veggies but that usually doesn’t happen.

    • February 27, 2012 1:18 pm

      haha clearly I got a little crazy this week! It’s the first time I’ve done this since fall…

  3. February 27, 2012 10:54 am

    I try to prep meals but usually don’t get to it over the weekend (if I’m baking though, I usually do that then). Otherwise, the nights I do cook during the week I make sure to make enough to have leftovers for the rest of the week!

    Your lunch looks so good. I’ve never tried raita!

  4. February 27, 2012 11:03 am

    I’ve never had that Raita sauce, or even heard of it! Isn’t TJ’s fantastic for trying new things? LOVE it!

    • February 27, 2012 1:21 pm

      The first time I ever tried it was at a middle eastern place (like a middle eastern chipotle, actually!) you should try it!

  5. February 27, 2012 12:22 pm

    I’m still reading 11/22/63 LOL. It’s long – 1,000 pages. But so good that I don’t even want to finish it!

  6. February 27, 2012 1:40 pm

    I just finished The Paris Wife this weekend! Loved it – putting up a review on my blog on Wednesday! 🙂

  7. February 27, 2012 1:58 pm

    Nice job cutting up veggies ahead of time–gooo you!

    I actually hated the book. It was well-written and well-researched, yes. But I hated him and did not like the way she didn’t rise up. It bothered me–the whole thing. I will write a review about it (a short one) at some point this week.

    Love is good if you find a man who will love you forever for who YOU are. Ernest just gave up, and that made me livid.

    Cheers to a lovely Monday though!!! 🙂

    • February 27, 2012 6:19 pm

      Haha, I’ll have to look out for your review! It was definitely hard to read because I kept wanting to yell: “no! just don’t do it! leave!” many times. But I thought it was a realistic look at Hadley and her life.

  8. February 27, 2012 4:19 pm

    I love mixing in a whole bunch of randomness foods for lunches on the go! ha Makes it so easy to eat when your day is packed! That tuna with raita sauce sounds delicious! I have never tried that particular sauce, but that gives me a lot of ideas! 🙂 ha
    I have heard a lot of about The Paris Wife, but have yet to read that one! Sounds like a great one though! I am currently reading The Hunger Games! I am loving those! but maybe I will have to try this one out when I’m finished!

    • February 27, 2012 6:20 pm

      You should definitely try the Raita sauce! and I LOVED the Hunger Games! I’m dying for the movie to come out!

  9. February 27, 2012 5:07 pm

    I could actually use some food prep tips myself, so this is helpful for me! I read the Paris Wife and did actually enjoyed it! But not as much as other people seemed to.. I was slightly bored on some parts, whoops

    • February 27, 2012 6:21 pm

      Definitely check out Elise’s site, I scoured it for various ideas! She’s a nurse who works all day so she’s great with easy food prep!

  10. February 27, 2012 6:37 pm

    Nope, I’m horrible at prepping meals. I should do it more often since I like grab-and-go stuff..but I keep falling into just eating the same stuff all the time..

  11. February 27, 2012 8:51 pm

    Love that food prep idea! I rarely prep meals further than one day in advance, but it’s definitely something I’ll need to do when I’m back in school next year.

    The last book I read was the second in the Maze Runner Series. I loved it! I have The Paris Wife on hold at the library and can’t wait to read it!

    • February 27, 2012 9:12 pm

      Oh I hope you liked it, I just ordered it! I finished Maze Runner yesterday and I’m dying to see what happens next!

  12. February 27, 2012 10:18 pm

    That food prep is great! Everyone who has a healthy living blog makes the best steamed/grilled veggie bowls with rice or quinoa or some other healthy variation and I’m always so jealous! I seriously need to try that. Have a great week!

  13. February 28, 2012 9:00 am

    way to go on the food prep. your quinoa looks a little on the al dente side, was that on purpose or is it just a weird photo?
    those brussels looks awesome btw.
    oh and i am glad to hear your review of the book since ive heard mixed ones.

    • February 28, 2012 9:06 am

      Haha not on purpose, I just stopped cooking it when the water ran out… It’s only my second or third time making it. I need a rice cooker!

  14. February 28, 2012 9:13 am

    I sometimes do awesome with food prep — chopping veggies, cooking up some proteins, and making a grain or two. Other weeks it just doesn’t come together, but I usually cook one night big time and then have leftovers, even if it’s not at the beginning of the week!

    I am in the middle of Animal Vegetable Miracle. It’s changing my life!

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