Back 2 Work Lunch Ideas


Here in NJ, the Day After Labor Day means one thing: my social media feeds will be flooded with pics of my friends’ kids sporting their new backpacks and First Day of School outfits while waiting for the bus.  And hopefully healthy packed lunch boxes.  But kids aren’t the only ones who should be taking a lunch from home. Let this new month prompt a new habit for you and your Significant Other: start taking lunch to work. Continue reading “Back 2 Work Lunch Ideas”

Grouper Pita Po' Boys

Grouper Pita Po’ Boys


I received free samples of Toufayan Pita mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Toufayan Bakeries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

This past weekend Mr E and I went on a weekend getaway with some friends down to Clearwater, Florida to get some sun and watch Phillies spring training.  A Phillies win is always an highlight, but the real star of the trip was grouper. Local Gulf grouper was part of the meal no matter where we went to eat.  One of our favorite incarnations was Grouper Nuggets.  When I was given an opportunity by The Recipe Redux and Toufayan Bakeries to make a pita creation, I knew grouper nuggets had to be involved.

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Butternut Squash and Massaged Kale Chickpea Pasta Salad


Ok Fall, you win. Now that October has finally appeared on my calendar, I guess it’s time to let go of summer (but I’m not ready to give up flip flops yet!). To help ease the transition into the new season, I created a pasta salad that combines the lightness of summer with the sweet flavors of fall.  Perfect for a fall picnic day with Taco! Continue reading “Butternut Squash and Massaged Kale Chickpea Pasta Salad”

yellowfin tuna salad

Southwestern Yellowfin Tuna Salad


I recently wound up with an extra tuna steak, and rather than sear and serve it over salad like I did the night before (oh, the horrors!), I decided to take a different approach: make tuna salad. But this is not your mom’s mayo and celery-loaded school lunch creation. THIS is a spicy adult take on tuna salad.  Continue reading “Southwestern Yellowfin Tuna Salad”

What’s in Your Cooler?


Mr. E and I are avid beachgoers, which is one of the reasons we chose to live within walking distance to the beach. And while our boardwalk offers some food options, most are either fried or high fat foods. Not to mention the long lines and cost – almost $4 for a slice of pizza is insane! Don’t let the hard work you did all winter be compromised by the foods you eat while wearing your bathing suit. It’s time to invest and a cooler and pack it with beach-friendly treats! Continue reading “What’s in Your Cooler?”

Shopping List for Success


If you’ve started doing my Back to School Challenge, then perhaps you’re starting to have some awareness of your eating out and spending habits when it comes to breakfast, lunch, and snacks. The good news is that Monday is a brand new week to wipe the slate clean. And that starts with doing some food shopping over the weekend to prepare for the upcoming week’s meals.  After all, the first step to overcoming frequent dining out trips is to have food stocked up in the home. Here’s a proposed shopping list for must-buy items to stock up on for the upcoming week and beyond. These are items that are perfect for travel and packing to enjoy at a later time. Continue reading “Shopping List for Success”

Lunch with The BAT


For the month of February, I was strongly encouraged to follow a vegan diet in view of a yoga training I was doing.  At first I didn’t think it would phase me too much, as I love fruits, veggies, and whole grains.  But as the days went on, my creativity also had to become ignigted otherwise boredom would set in quickly.  Lunch was one of the more challenging meals for me, as my typical lunch is a sandwich, salad, or yogurt parfait.  So while working from home one day, I got some inspiration to try something new.  And that’s where the BAT was born. Continue reading “Lunch with The BAT”