Feeling productive

I finally got some decent sleep yesterday but it meant I had to wake up at 8pm. This is fine, I spent all the quiet hours getting articles prepared for my contribution to Driving on the Sidewalk. I’m starting an Oscar Watch segment which will lead up to the big night in March. The idea is to do one a day if possible. That, plus the Idol Chatter (which I found out is already being used by USA Today so I might have to rename), plus the more snarky political/social “Douchebag of the Day” blog is keeping me busy… and this is a good thing.

Between that and my fiction writing/screenwriting, I seem busier now than I was when I was working outside the home.

Now the trick is to make them sustain me so I don’t have to go back to working a 9-5.

Hubby was gracious enough to make dinner for me, just a simple spaghetti meal. It’s pretty economical too because it makes at least 6-8 servings and costs about $6.50-8.50 for the ingredients. Say you use all the ingredients and split it up six ways, then you are paying less than $1.50 per meal.

I like to put artichoke hearts and black olives in mine, along with the sauce and the noodles. If I make it myself then I sautee onions and mushrooms as well – it’s very substantial.

If you’re a bread lover the good news is it can be a source of protein for your meal too. Take a loaf of whole wheat bread, rub a fresh garlic clove into the nooks and crannies and then bake until browned. I haven’t tried it yet (I was a butter gal), but I saw Rachael Ray do it once so I think I might give it a try.

The bread, artichokes and spaghetti are sources of protein, and you can also cook up some garlicky greens (either kale or spinach) to get even more.

The only problem is if it makes a ton then you’ll get tired of the meal really fast if you like a lot of variety in your diet. I find I run out of steam on a recipe by the third day. Thankfully I have a couple of black holes (aka teenage boys) I can give it to so it doesn’t go to waste.

This did not happen with my tacos, which tasted even better the second day than they did the first:

(and once again I must do a virtual jig of glee I’m able to have my beloved Tex Mex again without all the fat or calories)

If you live alone you may want to buy smaller quantities. It drives the cost up a tad but still keeps it fairly reasonable (especially when you figure what the cost of a frozen entree or a fast food meal typically runs).

If you want to use those veggie crumbles in your recipe, it’s going to be a little more pricey. But I highly recommend it if you’re having a hard time finding the right mix of vegan foods to keep you satisfied. Once you realize you can have the same food without all the health risk you won’t want to go back.

And next week, I’m makin’ WAFFLES!

I haven’t slept. I should be SO much fun in the chat for today’s Hot & Sxe Cam Show with Hal Sparks.

Join me, won’t you?

(Oh, and I did weigh in since I got a good stretch of sleep. Only lost a pound but glad to see the momentum hasn’t been sidelined by my inactivity. I’ve now hit 8 pounds lost for the month, I’m hoping for a total of 10 by next Thursday. Fingers crossed…)


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