Indian spiced chickpeas and potatoes

Hi friends 🙂



Thank you so much to those of you who have entered the dehydrator giveaway. The winner will be chosen on Monday from my list of OpenSky followers, so make sure you’re signed up if you like the chance to win! Also, thank you from the bottom of my heart to those of you who supported Katie’s Bake Sale for Japan. My macaroon winner will be hooked up, fo sho 🙂

Even though I’m not working at lulu anymore, this week has been CRAZY. Even so, I’ve managed to ninja kick most of the to-do list and have been all kinds of organized up in herrre.


I even celebrated Indian Food Wednesday…. on a Wednesday!


Who knew?! 😀

This chickpea and potato dish was super easy and was the perfect fuel for a super busy afternoon 😉

All I did was steam 6 baby potatoes for 10 minutes:


Reserved the potatoes and in the same pot (on medium), sautéed 1/2 sweet onion and 2 cloves of garlic for 5 minutes.

To that, I added 1/4 t cumin, 1/4 t tumeric (a natural anti-inflammatory), 1/8 t garam masala, 1/8 t cinnamon, 1 can of diced tomatoes (drained), sea salt and pepper.

That cooked for about 10 minutes and then I stirred in the potatoes and 1/3 C chopped dried apricots.

channa (2)

At the last minute, a splash of fresh lemon juice and some mint for garnish.


This would have been lovely with some roti, brown rice or quinoa, but I decided to roll with gluten-free, vegan, RAW roti!

swiss chard

Also known as Swiss chard 😉 Heh heh. <—my fave green!

So delicious rolled up in chard leaves:


Some more recent eats:

Goat’s milk kefir, gluten-free granola + cinnamon


and two very scrumptious ballz 🙂


It’s workout time over here, but I hope you have a lovely night!

See ya bright and early 😀 (after am walk time)



Just for fun: 3 Things I Didn’t Know About the Pilot

Since the Pilot got home from Afghanistan –it was this 3rd time over there- we’ve finally gotten re-acquainted and settled back into a semi routine. All of the things I know, love and missed about the Pilot are still there, along NEW things that I’m just now figuring out.

1. He only eats half a cookie.


I discovered the above cookie in the fridge a few days ago. Half a cookie?! Who does that? I just don’t understand. It’s totally cool if you’re sharing with someone, but to eat half and forget about it… well I would never.

2. He always win.


I was the Fruit Ninja champion in our household, with a high arcade score of 504. He finds this out and spends days playing Fruit Ninja… to eventually show his iPhone with the numbers “645” on the screen. I had to wave the white flag at that one.

3. He calls his grey hairs “Ginas”.



Hahaha 😉

What are some random things you’ve learned about your significant other/friend/cat?

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  1. Megan on April 7, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I love that he calls his gray hairs “Ginas”. Sounds just like what my hubby would do!

  2. Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries on April 7, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Hahah too funny about the gray hairs! I don’t know what I don’t know about my fiance. Maybe that’s concerning 😉

  3. Amelia on April 7, 2011 at 10:11 am

    haha too cute! but really, who eats half a cookie?! 🙂

  4. Shanna, Like Banana on April 7, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Totally hilarious! Love it.

    My hubby has to have at least 3 boxes of cereal open at all times, even though he only prefers one kind. So annoying!

    He refuses to hold a full sentence before 9a..seriously, he’s ridic!

  5. Erin on April 7, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I just learned that my SO is a total diva when he has to dress up! I had no idea after over a year of being serious. He’s such a slob normally, so I was quite shocked when he spent an entire day figuring out an outfit. Who knew?!

  6. Michelle on April 7, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Hahaha, that’s so funny. I feel like I learn new things about my husband all the time, and vice versa. Recently I saw him take a beer into the bathroom before his nightly “routine”…I know lots of people read in there, but seeing him carry a drink in there cracked me up. He says it’s relaxing 😉

  7. Chelsa on April 7, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I’ve tried to leave half a cookie and it just doesn’t work out because ten minutes later I’ll be looking for it. He has some will power.

  8. Jennifer on April 7, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I have learned things recently about my husband too. For instance that he LOVES sourdough bread and that he doesn’t like scrunched hair. Good things to know!

  9. Beth on April 7, 2011 at 10:32 am

    My husband and I did the exact same thing with Fruit Ninja. He wouldn’t stop playing until he beat my score. Too funny!!

  10. Desi on April 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

    LOL, after my husbands last deployment he came home and took over my Angry Birds high score. I was sad to lose that score, but it was worth it to have him home 🙂 I cann’t figure out how your Pilot only eats half a cookie.

  11. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on April 7, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Well hey I could eat just half a cookie too…if said cookie were the size of Rhode Island.

    Under normal cookie circumstances, however, 1/2-eaten cookie –> does not compute.

  12. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on April 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Whoa, he eats half a cookie?! I’d have to pry that cookie out of Michael’s hand if he had a hold of it! haha 😉

  13. Maria on April 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Eating 1/2 of a cookie takes a lot of willpower! Since moving in with my fiance, I’ve learned that he doesn’t like jelly, he will only eat peanut butter and bread. The thought of it makes me choke.

  14. Natalia - a side of simple on April 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Congratulations on how well your macaroons did at Katie’s bake sale! Seriously, I from the rate they went I feel like my life won’t be complete until I try one! 🙂

  15. LisaG on April 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I usually leave a bite of something, never eat all of it whether it’s a candy bar, sandwich, etc. I don’t know why!Kinda like the left behind burrito bootay.

  16. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey on April 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    My husband would never just eat half a cookie – haha! That’s so funny.

    And I saw how much those macaroons went for on Katie’s bake sale. Holy COW!!!

  17. Cali on April 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Gina,

    Did you use a can of chickpeas in that recipe and if so, when did you put it in? With the tomatoes? Looks delicious.

    I would NEVER eat just half a cookie – craziness!

    • Fitnessista on April 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm

      oops i forgot to put that in there! haha. yes with the tomatoes

  18. Katherine: Unemployed on April 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I eat half an apple and leave it in the fridge; I can relate to that

  19. Elizabeth on April 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I always leave things half eaten! I am famous for cooking an entire dish and then it just stays in the fridge after my portion is taken…

  20. Krystina (Organically Me) on April 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    LOL this whole post is adorable.

  21. Kimberly on April 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    When I first started dating my bf, he ironed all his clothes…including his t-shirts.

  22. Anne on April 8, 2011 at 10:47 am

    wait! you didn’t say how many chickpeas? Just one can? Also- I have never steamed a potato, I did not know this was possible. Just in a pot of boiling water but in the strainer thing? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on April 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      yep just put it in the strainer on top of boiling water. sorry i forgot to put the chickpeas in there! one can 🙂

  23. Lauren H. on April 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    my bf is 25 and has a few grey’s sproutin’ on his sides- he likes to call them his “highlights”. 🙂

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