Goodies Galore

Learning to focus less on dieting and more on overall health and wellness

Eat it and weep

Yo bitches and bastards (that saying will never get old so get used to it.)

It’s the 3rd straight day of rain in Boston and I must admit, I kind of dig it. The hardest part about rain is that it puts a damper on exercising for both me and Eleanor since we both enjoy being outside. I sucked it up yesterday morning and ran five miles but my will power can only last so long. There might be a gym visit later today but I can’t guarantee anything.

I  bought a few things from Trader Joes that have been a staple in my diet the last three days: basil, tomato paste, and the most amazing mozzarella ever known to man. Let’s talk basil. I bought a plant because it was actually cheaper than a packet of fresh herbs. Never in my life have I owned a plant–edible or not. It makes my kitchen look so different! Who knew what a little green could do. It’s so cool being able to pluck some leaves of and add them straight to your meal.

Moving on to the tomato paste. To be honest, I’m willing to bet that there’s not one person in the world who loves ketchup more than me. If I could, and I have, I’d put ketchup on everything. Since it’s so high in sugar and a pretty much a crappy condiment, I’ve been opting for tomato paste. The man at TJ’S said the kind they carried was so good, he eats it straight out of the jar. Homeboy wasn’t lying.

Last but far from least– mozzarella. Much like provolone, I find mozzarella to be quite boring so I typically prefer something smelly and powerful like blue cheese. Well, stank cheese, this mozz is giving you a run for the money. Trader Joe’s brand is ridiculously creamy and delectable and is made with vegetable rennet. Saweeet!

Breakfast was 2 slices of Ezekiel bread topped with hummus, tomato paste, basil and mozz then baked to perfection.

This meal NEVER gets old

Here’s some irony for you. I put Ellie’s coat on her because it was pouring rain but she needed to poop. Within seconds of being outside she ran straight for the mini lake puddle to splash around and was soaked/muddy instantly. Maybe clothing isn’t meant for canines after all.


August 25, 2010 - Posted by | dogs, Food, running


  1. i just get so scared of tomato paste by itself! like it would be too tomato-y?

    Comment by Heather | August 25, 2010 | Reply

    • I think you’ll be impressed.

      Comment by lpskins | August 25, 2010 | Reply

  2. I also am obsessed with ketchup. And of course she went and jumped in the puddle, haha.

    Comment by Kelly | August 25, 2010 | Reply

  3. The cost of fresh herbs is out of control! I kept saying I was going to buy a few plants this year, but never did. Next year I really really mean it!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness | August 25, 2010 | Reply

  4. Tomato, basil, and fresh mozz is one of my favorite combos. Not better than chocolate and peanut butter, but pretty damn amazing! I was making sandwiches for awhile, but my basil plant is leafless, so I’ve been missing it.

    Comment by Becky | August 25, 2010 | Reply

  5. Mmmmm…such a great combo. I hope your rain stops soon!

    Comment by Anna | August 25, 2010 | Reply

  6. I am obsessed with tomato, mozz basil right now. I can not get enough! I bought a basil plant from TJ’s too! I figured even if it dies, it’s still cheaper than buying the packaged basil.

    Comment by Ashleigh | August 25, 2010 | Reply

  7. What a delicious breakfast!! I need to give that a try!!

    Comment by homecookedem | August 25, 2010 | Reply

  8. That looks good. I’ve been putting ketchup on everything lately. I never used to. I hope I’m not preggers…

    Comment by MelissaNibbles | August 25, 2010 | Reply

    • oh god, is that some kind of known preggy sign

      Comment by lpskins | August 25, 2010 | Reply

  9. I keep hearing how good tomato paste by itself is! Why haven’t I tried it yet? I’m always way behind on trying good food, listening to good music, seeing good movies.

    Comment by highonhealthy | August 25, 2010 | Reply

  10. that sandich looks SO good right now!

    Comment by Naomi(onefitfoodie) | August 25, 2010 | Reply

  11. totally obsessed with ketchup too. i put it on EVERYTHING. i dip my cucumbers in it…delightful.

    Comment by jenn graves | August 25, 2010 | Reply

  12. I am trying to ween myself off of ketchup a bit–too bad the closest Trader Joe’s is 4 hours away! 😦

    Comment by CaSaundra | August 27, 2010 | Reply

  13. you officially kill me. seriously i die laughing reading all of your posts!!!!!
    and i challenge you to a ketchup war, bc I love it more than you. muwahaha.

    Anywayssssss. I miss you! hope you are doing well. 🙂 This week has been interesting. I’ve made it my goal to be up to nyc by october 1st! The past week I’ve been working hardcore on my resume/figuring out life issues. Emailing your sister asap next week!

    you should definitely buy a plant. Even one fake flower from the $1 store makes a room look pretty dang saweet.

    Have a fun weekend!!!

    Comment by tropicaleats | August 27, 2010 | Reply

  14. i should get that mozzarella log – it looks amazing!

    Comment by lynn @ the actors diet | August 28, 2010 | Reply

    • yes you need the log asap.

      Comment by lpskins | August 29, 2010 | Reply

  15. My dog actually will not go out in the rain unless she has a coat or is under an umbrella!

    Comment by Jacqui | August 31, 2010 | Reply

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