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Quick & Dirty

March 4, 2010

Sorry for disappearing last night.  It was a whirlwind day and it was bedtime before I knew it.  Long gone are the days that I felt like I could do anything proactive – these days I barely have time to breathe when I’m at the office and since I had to rush out of the office to get my hair cut (my Courtney Love roots weren’t winning me any scruffy points), I was up til the crack of dawn trying to get caught up.

Quick Indian


Amy’s Paneer Tikka, which is prettier in its box but tastes amazing mixed together.  To my delight, I recently learned from our friends (who are from India) that this dish is very easy to make.  Apparently there is a great Indian grocery store like a mile from our house that sells Paneer cheese and masala ingredients.  Thank goodness because paying nearly $5 a pop for this was starting to eat into my shoe fund.

(And I just realized that bay leaf in the bottom center.  Definitely ate that sucker without noticing.)

Dirty Salad

I feed the turtles a mix of greens each week – basically the same leafy lettuces I make myself for salads.  For years, I bought myself a  couple heads of some type of lettuce each week for salads and then bought them a couple heads of some sort of leafy green.  I’d chop theirs up and put it in baggies for easy feeding but didn’t chop up my lettuce until I decided to have a salad. 

On Sunday it dawned on me (sure took long enough) that it was inane to make separate mixes and that I should just chop up all of the greens, wash, dry, and put into bags and use in both their dinners and mine.

And thus this week’s kale / red chard / red leaf / romaine mix was born.


  • greens mix (from above)
  • red pepper
  • yellow squash
  • craisins
  • goat cheese
  • walnuts
  • cherry balsamic / olive oil


The “dirty” comes from the way goat cheese looks after you pour balsamic vinegar on it.  Not pretty.

(But tasty!)

I’m loving salads with walnuts and a little cheese in them – give me a huge bowl of steamed rice and I might be really happy right after eating it, but I feel empty an hour later.  After eating a big salad with nuts and cheese, I’m not quite as satisfied right after eating, but I feel great for several hours.


Happy  Thursday – hope your Friday flies by.  As for me, I hope it’s a quiet, ridiculously productive day.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2010 12:58 AM

    WHA??!! No brussels sprouts??!! 😉

  2. March 5, 2010 9:10 AM

    i love salads like that! Dried fruit + nuts are SO good on salads.

  3. March 5, 2010 9:37 AM

    the title cracked me up! i’ve got to get my mind out of the gutter… 🙂

  4. March 5, 2010 11:09 AM

    Ah, quick and dirty. My favorite.

    My mind must be in the gutter with Heather’s 😀

  5. March 7, 2010 1:42 PM

    Hey hey! I have been missing your posts 🙂 Glad to be back and catching up! I love buying big heads of leafy greens and cutting them up to use throughout the weeks. I wish Frank ate lettuce too- that would be fun 😉 Can’t wait to see what you make up when you do your own indian at home! I’ve been wanting to try making some of my own as well. Have a nice Sunday!!

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