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Recent Eats and a Book Review

Posted Aug 26 2010 12:00am
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Book Review: Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner

I just finished Jennifer Weiner’s most recent book, Fly Away Home. I love her earliest books like Good In Bed, Certain Girls, and Goodnight Nobody, so I was eager to start a new one. I have actually read all her books because I love her writing style so much. Did not enjoy last summer’s Best Friends Forever.

Fly Away Home is about a politician who cheats on his wife and mirrors real life couples like the Spitzers, Sanfords, Edwards, and Clintons. (Gosh, why are there so many? And always men?!) The book tells the story from the wife’s point of view. She and her two grown daughters (one a doctor who is having her own affair, and one a recovering addict who is knocked up by a man) cope with his infidelity and move on with their lives in the public eye. The book was also similar to “The Good Wife” television show.

As always, I like Jennifer Weiner’s writing style and character development. The women were easy to like and relate with. Her jokes were funny, there weren’t too many characters to get confused. But to me, the plot didn’t go anywhere. It almost seemed amateur that the women were broken down and then came back together to heal at their vacation cottage. There wasn’t much surprise anywhere in the book. It was enjoyable and a quick read, but when it ended, I was ready to move along.

My meals have been really simple. When it’s just me I’m cooking for, I like to put things together with minimal ingredients or mess. That also means clean eating mostly, so no complaints here about my recent minimalist approach to meal preparation.

Breakfast:

One slice of Blueberry Cinnamon loaf , 2 hard boiled egg whites, unpictured extra blueberries. I cut the loaf when I made it and froze it in slices so I can eat them without any prep. Just defrost and enjoy. And I boiled the eggs over the weekend. Ready in seconds.

Lunch:

Big Salad with Tuna Fish. The salad part was lettuce, 1/2 tomato, 1/2 avocado, carrot sticks, two slices fresh bread left over from Sunday dinner .

Tuna was 1 4 oz pack tuna, 1 hard boiled egg white, pickles, salt, pepper, yellow mustard.

Snack:

4 oz Oikos Greek Vanilla yogurt with banana and ginger snap

Dinner:

Although not the prettiest, this is one of my favorite go-to dinners when I need some vegetables and basics. 1/2 sweet potato, 1/2 C baked beans, roasted brussels sprouts, snap peas, and yellow pepper. I roasted them at 350* for about 25 minutes with olive oil, salt, pepper, and cumin seed. I ate more vegetables than pictured.

I have the second half of the whole meal for the next night.

Quick doesn’t have to be boring. And it doesn’t have to be from the freezer aisle. These meals are flavorful, varied, and nutritious. Plenty of fruit, vegetables, protein, and fats.

What’s your go-to meal?

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