Give It A Try

Sooooo? How’s everyone’s first day of 2012 going so far?

I’ll be honest…I was actually planning on my day being totally lazy, but it ended up turning out to be much more productive than I expected. I got some laundry done, the grocery shopping done, and we even got all of the Christmas decorations packed up and put away. Until next year!


Today’s grocery shop included a boatload of produce, so to make room for it all I threw together an “empty out the veggie drawer” salad for dinner.


It was not very pretty looking, thanks to at least three quarters of the veggies being on their last leg (and me being too hungry to care to make it pretty), but it turned out to be pretty darn delicious.

  • the last of the Italian-style lettuce bag
  • the last 1/3 of a cucumber, borderline squishy
  • half a tomato
  • the last six baby carrots in the bag
  • the last 2 bread and butter pickles from the jar
  • three big scoops of leftover spaghetti squash (hey, why not?)
  • leftover steamed spinach
  • leftover chicken & steak from last night’s dinner
  • balsamic vinaigrette dressing


This thing was a monster. So much so that I had to leave a few bites behind. Holy cow! I’d have to say that the most surprisingly good ingredient was the spaghetti squash. I really, really liked having it cold on the salad. Give it a try!

After dinner, I spent a little time going through my latest issue of Cooking Light that came in the mail yesterday.


25 Healthy Chicken Dinners? Yes, please! Hopefully I’ll find a few more to add to my favorite Cooking Light recipes.


I actually already have a few bookmarked to try out soon with the chicken I bought at the store today. Woooo!

Alright, time to get back to that lazy thing for the evening. Winking smile

Question for the Evening:

How did you spend your first day of 2012?


  1. says

    My first day of the new year has been filled with putting away Christmas decorations, football games with my husband, laundry and making pork and saurkraut for new year’s good luck! I slept until 10 this morning, which I haven’t done in forever! Now I remember why I like to get up early. Sleeping in late makes the day go by so fast!

  2. says

    i love the feeling of cleaning out leftovers while also making it a healthy and satisfying meal!

    way to be productive today! we had church this morning, had a lazy afternoon, i went grocery shopping, we took the pups on a walk, and now i’m about to make some delicious thai for dinner. it really was the perfect low key day. tomorrow i plan to take down the christmas decorations and get the laundry going. back to reality!
    Ashley @ My Food ‘N’ Fitness Diaries recently posted..Happy New Year!

  3. Allison says

    In my family we never do laundry on New Year’s day. According to my great grandmother it is bad luck. True or not, it makes for a good excuse!

  4. says

    My new years day was definitely one to remember: the first half was great, chilling by the pool with friends and eating a yummy spread of food! We were meant to take a boat back home but because the waters were choppy, we had to drive back home..hence a 45 minute journey turned into 6 hours! I won’t lie- I did enjoy the spontaneous road trip, especially the stop for fresh coconut water!
    Khushboo recently posted..Ringing in 2012

  5. says

    i lounged around in bed reading blogs, then went to buy stuff to start organizing my apartment, took down xmas decorations, took a nap and went to dinner. i plan on today being my lazy day!
    erica recently posted..happy new year!

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