Monday, September 12, 2011


Whoo Hoo! We survived Monday! How does it feel?

I want to thank all of you for your support in the 30 Day Challenge! It has been an amazing journey, and we have made it one week already! So since we've come this far, I thought it would be fun to do a Good/Bad/Cool/Ugly for the Challenge.

  • Trying a bunch of yummy new foods

  • Craving fast food. We NEVER eat fast food, and now all of a sudden…
  • Extremely Time Consuming. Our whole weekend was absorbed around food.

  • I’ve been trying to eat more veggies, and I can already tell it’s made a huge difference in my skin.
  • We have started to feel better and we have more energy (to clean the kitchen afterwards, Ha!)

  • Too. Many.Dishes. Every time I think I’m finally done, it’s time to start cooking again and clean! Now I definitely see where the idea for American “conveniences” came from.

I have been researching different ingredients on Food Network, and trying to base our meals around the vegetables ourselves. Some of our new and adventurous recipes have turned out AWESOME, while others we weren't so sure about. Here is a recap of what we ate this weekend:

I found the cutest blog that had a recipe for Banh Mi!
(we skipped on the pickles and used a pork chop instead of the pork patties)

Neither Hubby or I had ever cooked with a fresh artichoke before. We tried this recipe for Stuffed Artichoke, but we weren't sure how to eat it once it was done. Any tips for cooking with artichoke?

Mmmm I was actually craving this today instead of a candy bar or fast food! Maybe my body is adjusting to this diet after all?

In non-food news, I found the coolest pictures on Instagram


And of course, Never Forget! I absolutely love this Memorial picture

Happy Monday!


Susan said...

That fruit looks so delicious! I'm craving it now! And of course it's 11:00 at night. Typical! haha

Anonymous said...

Your food pics are making me hungry :)

Janette said...

That butternut squash thingy looks intense!!! YUMM!
Janette the Jongleur

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Yum that stuffed artichoke looks great!

Kyla said...

Once again Jess you are making me drool over these delicious healthy foods! I've never cooked an artichoke either, but what you made looks amazing. And it's so funny that you are craving fast food!

{The Perfect Palette} said...

i know what you mean when you say your week was consumed with food :) my week at the beach was like that!

xo, chrissy

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Whitney said...

i love these posts! a lot.

Erin said...

Your food looks phenomenal! Especially the artichoke. And the memorial picture of the twin towers is special and hopeful.


Erin @

Claire said...

i love a bahn mi! and honestly i have to say i like to cook but i hate doing the cleaning. it just seems like added work. but glad you're being healthy and cool that your skin is looking good!

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

i hear ya on the dishes! since i cook so much for my blog, plus i work from home (which means that i eat most meals here), i feel like i'm cleaning up the kitchen three times a day! it definitely gets tiring. however, the constant supply of delish food in the house totally makes it worth it. =)

Taylor said...

i am still so impressed with your discipline...keep it up! and i wanna start eating more veggies now, just so i can have better skin too!

That Chelsea Girl™ said...

At least you're not having to pay for those "conveniences" and are taking care of yourself! Those food photos made me hungry. Take care!

Lisa (hello, suburbia) said...

yum! all that food look delicious!

i'm a vegetarian, so i totally dive in on the veggies. i don't *hate* meat and have cravings all the time for *real* bacon and chicken nuggets and philly cheesesteaks. i kind of curb those cravings with trips to mcdonalds for large french fries. still, so bad... haha. keep up the healthy eats :)

Danielle said...

That ribeye looks SO good!

Jess said...

Wow - I'm impressed with your cooking! That artichoke looks amazing!!

Kel said...

That rib eye looks pretty awesome! How did it taste?

Lots of love from Sydney,

x Kel

little lace birdies on the course

Claire said...

Thanks again for giving me that award a few weeks back. I finally got to posting it!

Kristin said...

How was the twice baked squash??