February 18, 2012

Real Foods Challenge: Day 18

This morning, after I took the boys to swim class, we went to Hobby Lobby so that I could get some fabric. I wanted to make something cute to wear at the Corktown 5k. Jessica bought some festive socks for us to wear. I decided to make a skirt to wear (over my running tights). I also wanted to get the some iron-on letters to make a shirt (not for the 5k, but for the Rock CF Rivers Half-Marathon).

I saw the perfect fabric for my skirt--green sequins! It reminded me of some running skirts I've seen on other blogs. And I picked out some white lettering for my shirt. I let the boys pick out some craft stuff to do this week, because they are off of school for an entire week for winter break.

I worked all afternoon on the skirts (yes, plural--I got enough fabric to make one for Jessica, too) and my shirt. I'm not thrilled with the shirt, but I love the skirt!
Front of the shirt
Back of the shirt, right above my butt
And my adorable sequin skirt
I love the skirt so much that I think I'm going to make more in different colors for my other races :)

I had to hurry up and come up with something to cook for dinner, and what I threw together ended up tasting sooo good. When I'm stuck for dinner sometimes, I have a go-to dinner method that never fails:

Heat some oil in a skillet, and add about 6 cloves of garlic, sliced paper thin.
Cook on medium-low for a few minutes until garlic is transparent or light golden, being careful not to burn it.
Add a vegetable (in this case, shredded Brussels sprouts).
Add a protein (optional--today was chicken).
Add a (cooked) grain (whole wheat spaghetti).
Add a cheese (feta).
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Stir it all up and serve.

Another favorite is spinach, quinoa, and feta; and yet another is asparagus, pasta, and parmesan. The garlic and oil is what makes this so good!
Brown rice, peas, Parmesan

Asparagus, whole wheat penne, Parmesan
Penne, broccoli, Parmesan

Whole wheat rotini, peas, Parmesan
Quinoa, spinach, and feta
See why it's my go-to? There are tons of different combinations, and they are ALL good!


  1. I love the self promotion on the shirt - pure marketing genius - lol! The sequined fabric skirt) is adorable - you are so crafty! :o)

  2. Sequins make life better! Your dinner looks great!

  3. That has become our go-to dinner since I read about it on another of your posts. I'm so thankful, b/c it's so delicious, and easy. Also, you can press the garlic (using a garlic press). It's a cheap kitchen tool, and it's SO much faster that slicing or chopping!

  4. A great meatless meal for Lent! I do the garlic/oil/white wine/lemon juice scampi thing, too. Sometimes there's shrimp in there, most times, not!

    I have a great sewing machine and I have yet to make anything substantial with it. It definitely needs a tune-up and a cleaning before I attempt anything! Jealous of your skills!

  5. I love love love your skirt! And your go to meal.

  6. Cute skirt! The shirt is great. Is the website on the front or back?
    I need to memorize that go-to recipe. I am always lost at dinner, which is why I need a list. Tonight I made a chicken mixture and put it in tortilla's. I am going to post it on my blog it was SO good!

  7. Love your skirt! Maybe you can sell them!

    I always look at your go to meal & think yum! But I don't eat pasta or really even rice. We ate so much pasta as a kid (which I hated) & now it's literally the last meal I'll consider.

  8. I agree with Miss. S. I think you could totally sell those running skirts! Very cute!

  9. Adorable skirt - and you got those letters on so straight!

    We are quinoa hounds. Love quinoa, chickpeas, olives, spinach, feta, onion red pepper and lemon. I can only make just enough for the meal though - otherwise I revisit it in the fridge the same evening. Sigh.

    Good luck in the race!

  10. Thanks for sharing your go to dinners - this will really help me!

  11. Cute sequin skirt! Not sequence :)

    1. Boy, do I feel dumb! hahaha, I don't think I've ever had to type that word before. Thanks for pointing it out ;)

  12. I just made the Speggetti and brussel sprouts repie for lunch. Holy Cow that was YUMMY!! I have never had brussel sprouts before but it just looked so good I had to try it. Thanks for the idea. I think my little ones may even like it :)

  13. I made a version of this last night with brown rice, chicken, green peppers, onion and parmesan cheese. My husband usually cringes when I make a creation for dinner, but it was soo good and healthy! Thank you for the easy meal idea! I even gave some to my 9 month old and he couldn't get enough!


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