One of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh berries – I tend to eat so many more fruits in the summer time ๐Ÿ˜€

On the side I had an egg beater 1/2 bagel sammie with reduced fat pepper jack cheese:

And 1/2 cup cottage cheese with a touch of cracked pepper ๐Ÿ˜€

While I love doing the bike machine for exercise, I still think I need to do other things to shake things up.  Right next to the gym is an outdoor pool that is part of my gym membership.  I hadn’t really checked it out yet because it is so full of kids, but when I went at around 12:30, there was only 1 person in the 3 lanes designated for lap swim.  Good thing is that you have to be 16 to use the lap lanes!

My co-worker and I have agreed to swim before work next week on Tuesday and Thursday.

Lunch was leftover taco fiesta.  I “Pam” fried the corn tortillas to make them crispy.  Each one only has 1 ounce of taco meat, cucumbers and peppers and lots of Tabasco!

My office has a pop fridge – pretty much any pop you want!  And while I don’t drink it that often, I did have this:

Doesn’t everyone come home on a Friday night and make homemade artichoke ravioli??  While I do love my beloved party pizza Friday, I did enjoy this dinner.  And it came together in about 45 minutes.

Artichoke Ravioli (printer friendly version here)

Makes 4 servings (6 ravioli:  388 calories, 8.2 fat, 60.6 carbs, 12.3 fiber and 21.7 protein)


1 1/2 cups flour
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons water
5 artichoke hearts
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/3 cup fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. For the pasta:
  2. Mix flour, eggs, salt and water in food processor until it comes together.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients for filling. Boil ravioli for 6 minutes. Serve with sauce of choice.

pillows of heaven!
boil in salted water for 6 minutes

This was so good!  The ravioli was so light.  However, Tony made a good point – the marinara sauce kind of overpowered the delicate ravioli – next time I’d just toss the ravioli in a little bit of Parmesan butter – but it was delicious!

I am off to put ribs in the oven.  While we normally have Crab Fest with our neighbors, this time we decided to have Meat Fest 2010!  Come back tomorrow to see what else we had!

Happy Saturday – its gorgeous in Chicago!