It’s been crazy busy at work, which I love.  But yesterday I wore long johns under my pants because my train station doesn’t have warming booths, you just stand on the platform.  It worked perfectly, I wasn’t cold at all waiting for the train.  Only problem was that I got to work and hit the ground running, and wasn’t able to take my long johns off until nearly 10:30 and I was sweating balls!  I grabbed a quick breakfast sandwich at Pret on my way up to work, and literally ate it in about 5 bites. It’s 290 calories – I haven’t looked it up yet, but I am guessing 8-9 points.

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My firms holiday potluck was yesterday.  You could either donate $5 towards the ham and turkey, or bring a side dish or dessert.  I decided to bring a side dish, and this one is perfect because it’s just as good cold as it is room temperature.   I found the original recipe here, and just tweaked it a bit.   This makes a lot!

  • 1 pound dried orzo pasta
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cans corn with peppers, drained
  • 1 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • 2 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 cup marinated baby mozzarella balls
  • 3 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze


Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.   Meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon of the grapeseed oil in the pan and cook the zucchini, corn and peppers for about 5 minutes.  Add in the garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, and cook for another minute.   Put cooked orzo in a large bowl, stir in the zucchini mixture and toss well.  Add remaining 2 teaspoons of grapeseed oil, the salt, pepper, mozzarella and toss well.  Right before plating, add the chopped basil and drizzle with the balsamic glaze.

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This was delicious.  It was light, the veggies were still a bit crisp.  Yum!  I can’t wait to make this again in the summer and pair it with some delicious grilled chicken.

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My train ride home yesterday was 90 minutes long due to some tracking problems.  Yes, people, I have still yet to meal plan or do a full grocery shop.  So when I got home, I just made a quick pizza and called it a night.

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I watched the season finale of The Voice – not going to spoil it in case someone has it taped on the DVR, but I love who won.  The top four were amazing and probably the best season finale of any show of it’s kind.  Bruno Mars, Sting, Kelly Clarkson, even Kiss! 

I have my holiday party tonight which should be fun – just wish it wasn’t so bitterly cold.  We will have a high of 12 today, but tomorrow our high is only 2.  Is anyone else counting down the days until summer like me?!

Gotta jump in the shower – make it a great day!