Lazy Dinner and a Blogger Meet-up!

Happy Valentine’s Day Eve!

I may or may not have just eaten five frozen bite-sized midnight milky way bars in celebration.

Jeff and I decided to keep Valentine’s Day pretty low key this year. We’re just going to have a nice dinner at home and probably watch a million episodes of Diners, Drive-ins & Dives on the Food Network. Pretty perfect, if you ask me.

Speaking of perfect, I’m currently wrapped up in a blanket, sitting in my favorite chair near the window in our living room. I’ve had a ridiculously relaxing Wednesday night, complete with PJs, comfy socks and the simplest dinner I think I’ve ever made in my life (aside from a bowl of cereal, that is).

Dinner 3

This, my friends, is Brown Rice, Lentils and Spinach. That’s it. Simple and delicious. And, just when you thought it couldn’t get any easier, will you believe me if I told you that the whole thing was made in less than 10 minutes and, get ready for it, in the mircrowave?!

Trader Joe's Rice and Lentils

Frozen Spinach

Well, believe it, because that’s what happened. It’s the perfect, lazy dinner!

All together in one big mush:

All together

You’re welcome. I’ll be signing autographs later.

Let’s move on to more important things, shall we?

Like the fact that I had dinner with Ashley from Coffee Cake and Cardio last night and it was absolutely divine. (Do people really say divine?) 


Ashley and I started talking about a year ago when I first moved to DC. I’m so glad we finally had the opportunity to meet up, and at one of my favorite restaurants, no less!


Pizzeria Paradiso has three locations in the DC Metro area. Last night, Ashley and I met at the original in Dupont Circle.

We decided to split the Insalata Paradiso to start:

IMG_0548Baby Arugula, Goat Cheese, Sweet Red Pepper, Mushrooms, Pine Nuts, Citrus Vinaigrette

And I ordered an individual Bosco pizza on whole wheat crust for my entrée. I also added garlic because, really, what kind of person are you if you don’t add garlic to your pizza?

IMG_0551Paradiso Tomato, Spinach, Mozzarella, Mushrooms, Red Onion

Yum. I love, love, LOVE Paradiso. I’m sort of a NY pizza snob (there! I said it), and this is probably my favorite place for pizza in DC. 

Ashley and I had a great time and SO much to talk about. I love meeting like-minded bloggers and I see many other dinners with Ashley in my not-so-distant future!

Have you ever met up with a fellow blogger/tweeter? Tell me about it!

Random Fitness Update:

So, you may have seen on Twitter that I hurt my upper right arm somehow at the gym. I went to a Sports Medicine doctor today, and have a prescription for physical therapy. He thinks I strained the muscle. To say that I’m frustrated is an understatement. I feel like I just got back into my routine. I’m making the best of it, however, and still working on strength-training for my abs and lower body. And, of course, I’m still doing cardio. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery!

How do you stay positive when dealing with a sports injury?

What are you plans for Valentine’s Day!?

Have a great Thursday and  Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  1. Hey there,

    Sports injuries are the worst, so I can completely relate to you there!
    I was sidelined from my passion running, for 4 months from a femoral stress fracture..
    I was devastated, and it was one of the biggest challenges!
    but I told myself to remain positive, it will make me a stronger runner, and make me appreciate running so so much more when I’m finally able to get back out there.
    I used the time to find other things I loved, like spinning and upper body weights too 🙂

    hope you have a speedy recovery!

    Kloe x

    1. Kloe,

      Thanks for your comment! Sports injuries are so frustrating. Four months is a crazy-long time to stay away from running when it’s your passion. That’s awesome that you were able to stay positive during that time. I love spinning, too. Maybe I’ll try that! Thanks again for the inspiration!

  2. ARG sorry about your arm. luckily it doesnt sound too bad? Someone doesnt want you going to the gym! Prove them wrong! We’re eating pizza and watching movies and ice cream tonight. 🙂

  3. two of my favorite items at tj’s! the lentils and brown rice (though, i feel like a horrible asian nuking frozen, pre-cooked brown rice) make weeknight dinners SOOO much easier. i’m also guilty of doing the lazy mashed up dinner pile…toss in some chopped onions, tomatoes, garlic and some spinach into the lentils…comfort in a bowl.

  4. I actually joined a blogger FB group in Tampa so I got to meet a lot of bloggers in my area. It’s super fun and no one ever gets sick of talking about blogging. Eating together is hilarious when everyone pulls out the cameras to take photos. It’s an unspoken agreement not to touch food until photos are taken haha!

    I love watching triple D. Some of the dishes are HUGE but watching it actually makes me feel full if that makes any sense? Some people can’t watch food shows without getting cravings. I’m just the opposite haha

    Your meal looks delicious!

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