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It was a day

To switch up my usual long walk with a DJ dance cardio class

(something about Pitbull and booty-shaking makes a day so much better)

to test out out my new infinity scarf

scarf

(finally, a scarf I can’t mess up! I look like a goofer in regular ones)

to fight the masses at Costco

costco

(don’t let the mellow picture fool ya- it was intense)

and to take my first chance with Thai cooking.

thai chicken 

Indian food Wednesday has been gone for quite a while… but maybe Thai Thursday could be taking its place….

I even stopped at the Asian market to get a few ingredients:

ingredients 

The Pilot has been fighting off a wintery cold/ick for a couple of weeks, so I wanted to make something comforting and spicy to help kick it. I used this recipe for Thai shrimp curry, using chicken instead of shrimp. Other changes: a sweet onion instead of shallots and pre-made curry paste. Emeril wanted me to make my own, but that would be a little overambitious for my first time. I also nixed the Thai basil because the huge Asian market which would have it is about 45 minutes away, and I wasn’t about to go on a wild basil chase.

To my surprise, it was extremely easy to make, the house smelled incredible, and the flavors were authentic.

I chopped the veggies and added the ingredients,

veg

while the Pilot cooked everything up:

pilot

and the rice cooker was hard at work with some brown jasmine rice.

rice

The finished product:

curry

On a bed of brown rice, topped with cilantro, it was perfection.

Whenever we have chicken (or salmon, or something else Bell can eat), we’ll cook a small piece for Bell on the side. I totally spaced it last night.

Sorry Bell, no chicken for you.

bell

She did have some brown rice and leftover sweet potato, though 😉

I’m off to a doc appointment and then heading to the gym.

Have a great day and I’ll see ya later!

xoxo

Gina

Something to do:

Giveaway on the Family page if you’d like to enter <3

Something to think:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

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61 Comments

  1. Heather on December 16, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Where did you get the infinity scarf if you don’t mind me asking? I’ve been looking for one for a xmas gift, but haven’t found “THE” one. I really like yours, however.

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2011 at 11:16 am

      thank you! it’s from express

      • Andrea on December 16, 2011 at 11:46 am

        I have never commented before (new reader, yay!) and I was scrolling down furiously to ask the same thing! It is way cute 🙂

        • Fitnessista on December 16, 2011 at 11:47 am

          yay! welcome to the blog and thanks for saying hi 🙂

  2. natalie @ southern fit foodie on December 16, 2011 at 11:16 am

    That thai recipe sounds simple enough – I may just have to give that a try. Have a GREAT day! (And I totally agree, Pitbull + booty shaking makes everything better!)

  3. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on December 16, 2011 at 11:17 am

    That looks amazing! I love Thai food. I’ve also recently tried and become obsessed with Indian food! SO good!

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

      i LOVE indian food, but can’t find a place here that i’m really crazy about.. still on the prowl 🙂

  4. Suzanne on December 16, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I have that same bottle of fish sauce that I bought awhiule ago and have yet to use it. Maybe this is the recipe!

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

      the man who owns the market said it’s his favorite one. you’ll love the recipe- it was so easy, and SO good 🙂

  5. Pinky on December 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Do you always cook your rice in a rice cooker? I am HORRIBLE at cooking rice and am thinking of purchasing one, any pros/cons?

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2011 at 11:29 am

      i always seem to mess up rice, too, so it makes it so much easier! i love it because you can cook any grain in it (quinoa and oats turn out fantastically) and it’s easy to clean. no cons that i can think of, except the fact that it’s pretty big, but we store it in the pantry. i got it at costco for $40 and have used it so many times

    • Laura @ prettylittlewords on December 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      oh my god, get a rice cooker. it will change. your. life.

  6. Carrie on December 16, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I just bought an infinity scarf too! So far, love it!

    That dish looks amazing. I’d probably sub in in tofu, though.

  7. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries on December 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

    yayy i’m so glad you were able to make the Thai food on your own! like you said, it’s pretty simple, eh? it’s hard to believe something so delicious can be so easy to make! i make it at least every couple weeks for my husband and me.

  8. Meghan @ Struggle Muffins on December 16, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Such a great quote – simple but evocative. Thank you for that! That’s awesome that the adventure in Thai cooking went swimmingly; I haven’t ventured into Thai home cooking because I’ve always thought I’d mess it up royally but maybe I’ll take a crack at it soon.

  9. Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife on December 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

    YUM, looks so good! I have started making Thai at home too recently and it’s so fun! I actually haven’t used curry paste before, I’ll have to try that.

  10. Maria@healthydiaries on December 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I LOVE thai food. I need to start cooking it some more. I also love that quote, it’s on of my favorites! Have a great weekend!

  11. Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs on December 16, 2011 at 11:49 am

    That dinner looks AMAZING! Trader Joes has a great bottled red curry. I like to put it in the slow cooker with chicken, then add veggies. So low maintenance! And so yummy 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

      oh how i love the slow cooker 🙂

      • Tina on December 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm

        can you share how to do beans in the slow cooker? somebody just gave me their machine!

        • Fitnessista on December 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm

          yep- i need to do a tutorial post but it’s super easy. soak the beans overnight. rinse in the morning and add to slow cooker with enough water to cover. add lots of salt, cumin, and whole heads of garlic with the tops cut off. cook on high 4 hours, low about 3 hrs

          • Tina on December 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm

            hmmm….do you eat the garlic after its cooked (like roasted garlic), or toss it?



          • Fitnessista on December 16, 2011 at 11:20 pm

            i toss it. i thought about trying it last time, but it was brown from the beans and looked kind of disgusting. it flavors the beans so well, though!



  12. Lena @Fit on the Rocks on December 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I love the ease of infinity scarves! I’m a major sucker for Thai food, and that curry looks legit 😉

  13. Moni'sMeals on December 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Yum on that Thai dish! Look at you… the Thai expert now. 🙂

    love your scarf and also I love your gym bag that came early to you from Santa…from the other day… Lucky You! (on my wish list!)
    great quote!

    🙂

  14. Katie on December 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    oh now i’m craving Thai Curry… might be time for a pregnancy trip (9am trip?) to the local Thai place… or an attempt at this recipe!!!

  15. Megan on December 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Bella’s face CRACKS ME UP! so indignant! glad she got some sweet tater instead.

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      she is a little dog with a HUGE personality 😉

  16. Steffany on December 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Thai food is my all time fave !! Indian is a close second though. And then probably Mexican. (; What can I say, I like it spicy !!

  17. Sana on December 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    i love the infinity scarves, I never know how to tie my other ones!

  18. Liz @ Southern Charm on December 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I’m a HUGE fan of Thai. That meal looks amazing!

  19. Laura @ prettylittlewords on December 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Gina, the next time you cook Thai make sure you get the basil! That flavor is seriously what makes it Thai…you won’t regret it.

  20. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on December 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Oh those late term dr’s appts are always fun! Taking guesses as to when the baby will arrive becomes a much more educated guess…hope these last visits are smooth sailing for you and baby.

    And the Thai food, mmmmm, delish! I love the looks of what you made (and anything with all those lovely colorful veggies is gonna be GREAT in my book).

    And pretty scarf!

  21. Sameera on December 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Hello Gina,
    I have never commented on ur blog, but have been following it since a while. I was searching for some pregnancy related stuff and the search led me to ur blog, Its been fun folowwing ur journey and i look forward to see ur life with the little princess or the little fitnessista if i may say.I take a lot of inspiration from u and would wanna try to do similar things and activities during my pregnancy, is we get pregnant.(we are trying since 2 months,lets see whats in store)
    About the rice cooker, I wanted to know how do u cook brown rice in it,the water measurements? we have been eating brown rice since 7 months now, but i cook it in an open vessel on the stove top, Want to try to cook it in the rice cooker, how do i do that?
    Thanks a lot
    Love, SAM

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      hi sam!
      thank you so much for saying hi and for reading my little blog 🙂
      best of luck to you- i hope it happens for you quickly <3
      for the rice cooker, i cook the rice with the same measurements as i would on the stove- 1 part rice, 2 parts water. last night it was 1 1/2 C rice, 3 C water. super easy!
      have a great night

      • Sameera on December 17, 2011 at 9:51 pm

        thanks a lot,I will try it this way now and will let u know.
        Thanks for the best wishes too.I too hope it happens for us,at the the same time i have faith in God, lets see…Thanks.

  22. Candice @ Sailing on Paper on December 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I was just at Express the other day and saw SO many cute scarves. You picked a great one!

    And Thai curry is one my favorite meals to make. The leftovers taste even better the next day!

  23. Anna @ The Guiltless Life on December 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Gorgeous scarf! The colour, the knit – love it! Express is a great go-to for things like that :).

    I am in love with Thai food and have made a couple of curries myself using coconut milk as the go-to ingredient to give it that ‘Thai’ flavour – add coconut to anything and suddenly it tastes exotic. I too though heavily rely on the store-bought pastes. I’m not up to Emeril’s standards yet!!

  24. HRCK on December 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Glad someone above asked where your scarf (also, what’s the difference between an infinity scarf and a “snood”? ALSO, where did “snood” come from? I get the “s” and the “ood” from scarf and hood, but that random n??) was from– I really like it!

    • mary on December 16, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      Snood and eternity scarf are the same. Snood isn’t a mash-up, it’s just a very old word for that type of garment.

      I agree, it’s a cute snood!

      • Fitnessista on December 16, 2011 at 9:58 pm

        i have never heard the wood “snood” before- i like it 🙂

  25. kaila @ healthyhelper on December 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Yah what ever happened to indian food wednesday!? It always looked like so much fun! But thai food is a good replacement! Equally yummy!

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      we haven’t found a place here that we’re crazy about… yet 🙂

  26. Gen on December 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I’ve never tried Thai, but if it all looks like that, I must have it soon! 😀

  27. Nicole on December 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Your dinner looks delicious! I tried making red curry for the first time recently, too. I had been so intimidated but it turned out much easier and better than I though it would.

    Thanks for sharing that quote, too 🙂

  28. Tina on December 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Dear Santa,
    I would like one half dressed hunk to cook ME dinner. I’ve been a very good girl.

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      this made me smile 🙂
      i hope santa is good to you!

  29. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on December 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Your infinity scarf is gorgeous Gina! And Thai food… mmm that’s gotta be one of my favourite cuisines (tied with sushi). Your curry sounds delicious!

  30. Jenny@HealthyMOChick on December 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    That looks much delicious! Haven’t tried Thai food…ever …is it tasty?

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      YES. i can’t believe i waited until recently to try it- a void in my life has been filled

  31. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on December 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Oh man, I was totally waiting for the ” it was a day to have a baby” line!! But sure, Thai food is great too. 😉

  32. Sarah on December 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Love infinity scarves! I bought 2 at Forever 21 for $12 each this fall, I love that it doesn’t unravel and start trailing behind me like I’m Amelia Earhart when I’m walking to work 😉

  33. mary @ what's cookin with mary on December 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I love when you let Bell get all fluffy. SO CUTE! She’s like the abominable snow-bell. 😉

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      i love that! i love her shagginess… but sadly, she’s off to the groomer next week 🙁

  34. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on December 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I’ve always been way to afraid to try making Thai food, but you might have just given me the courage!

  35. Kath on December 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Just realized I was supposed to add red curry to last night’s shrimp soup!!!! D’OH!!

  36. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on December 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I love making my own Thai curries! I was really surprised at how easy it is too. But that might be because I always use premade red curry pastes. I’m sure making your own is a lot harder, but I really want to try it one time!

  37. Ashley on December 16, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Hey –
    A friend sent me this link today about lululemon – castin them in a pretty unfavorable light…http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stewart-j-lawrence/when-yogis-kill-the-grisl_b_1077457.html
    I love lululemon clothes & since you are a former lulu I was wondering what you thought about this? The article seems pretty 1-sided and I haven’t looked at other sources, but I was pretty apalled by what the author was saying (if they are correct). What was your experience like as an employee??

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      i’ve read that article, and was unaware a lot of the things that were brought up or had learned something differently. for example, for the “l” thing, we were told he chose a word with lots of l’s because it’s supposed to bring luck.. he wanted to have as much luck as possible, so chose a word with many l’s.
      i do agree that it’s a highly-competitive atmosphere and they focus on hiring type a’s (i worked there! haha), but it’s also a very welcome and kind environment. my managers in orlando were incredible, and i made many amazing friends from working there.
      as far as the other things addressed in the article, it was eye-opening for me to do some research and see what the dealio is.

  38. Pati Clark on December 16, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    where did you get your new infinity scarf? I Love it I have to get one….also love all you post I will keep following your blog Happy Holidays !

  39. LORI on December 17, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Woot Woot 🙂 super cute scarf…have to pick it up! thanks. And I’ll have to try your Thai recipe. My husband is your run of the mill super perfectionist and always uses 100 ingredients in his Thai cooking, so this is a PERFECT recipe for ME to try …SIMPLE. LOL 🙂 You are awesome and by the way super cute preggers!

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