Dinner for one

Heyyyyy <3 Happy Thursday! What do you have going on this weekend? We’re having a couple of friends over for taco night tomorrow, and I’m working on Saturday. So glad you liked the quinoa burger recipe– let me know if any of you give it a try!

You can probably imagine what happens when the Pilot flies late during the week…



[Goat cheese and chili powder make soup slightly prettier]


Bella and the DVR.

I kind of failed in the meal planning and spaced the fact that the Pilot wouldn’t be home last night. I *could* have made fajitas for myself, but instead I’m waiting for a night when he’ll be home. I just went for quick and easy on the dinner front, which usually happens when it’s just me.

It kind of reminded me of my senior year in college, when I lived on my own –the Pilot was stationed in North Carolina and deployed most of the year- and if I didn’t go out to eat with friends, many of my dinners at the apartment consisted of soup, salad and… chicken out of a pouch. Those were the days before I knew how to cook anything, so I made it work.

When I’m by myself, I find it harder to make a beautiful meal if I have no one else to enjoy it with. But, when I take the time to, I’m so glad I did.


[Writing a blog with healthy meal ideas is good motivation, too]

The Pilot got home late –I was a zombie and hardly remember him sneaking in- and I woke up early to get ready for work.

Breakfast was set in the fridge before bed last night:


-Pumpkin overnight oats with

1 T almond butter (the end of the jar)

1/2 C pumpkin

almond milk

Sun Warrior

Stevia, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg

I don’t usually *love* overnight oats –I’d rather have a breakfast cookie– but these were so good. But, you could cover a trash can in pumpkin right now and I would eat it.

I’m off to teach! It’s a Zumba day.

Enjoy your Thursday and I’ll see ya later with my 28-week Family post update.



Something to talk about: Do you still make a full-up dinner if your significant other isn’t home? Or, if you live solo, how often do you make yourself something special for dinner? If the Pilot is working late, I’ll usually roll with an omelet or soup.

Zumba song of the day: “Ella me levanto” by Daddy Yankee

and just in case you want to dance along….

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  1. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on October 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Your meal for one looks delish.

    And Bella looks too cute watching TV. Her eyes are glued to the set 🙂

  2. Reader on October 13, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Will you please do a post on how to start a blog 🙂 thank you!

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      YES! i was supposed to do that this week and spaced it

      • Stephanie on October 14, 2011 at 1:37 am

        I would LOVE a post about new blogging 🙂

  3. Laura @ Backstage Balance on October 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I usually make quick dinners regardless of if I’m dining solo or with Zak. Every now and then we’ll make a “fancy” meal and put more time and effort into the recipe, open up some wine, and eat at the dining room table or patio table.
    Right now, I’m dining solo at my desk 🙂

  4. Leslie Wingate on October 13, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    GINA! I love this gals recipes so you might want to try her healthy pumpkin roll. (Egg crepe w/pump filling.)

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      that looks AMAZING

  5. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I actually like to make myself fairly nice meals on most nights of the week. I love cooking, so I don’t mind putting a little extra time and effort into my meals. 😀

  6. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on October 13, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    It’s just salads for me when the fiancé is out! Usually eaten in front of the TV…

  7. Brittany on October 13, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Pumpkin overnight oats are my favorite!! <3

  8. Leslie Wingate on October 13, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Just made my first batch of poo. (Pumpkin Overnight Oats) LOL 😉 I’m a dork.
    Can’t wait til morning!

  9. Emily on October 13, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Amen in pumpkin land! I swear I could eat it with every meal. My fave is pumpkin pancakes, yum!!

  10. kaila@ healthy helper blog! on October 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Cheese and spices really do make everything better!

  11. Stephanie on October 14, 2011 at 12:44 am

    I do the same thing when my boyfriend is gone! He is a wildland firefighter and gone at least 5 days of the week. I usually make myself the easiest option for dinner but sometimes get creative and make a beautiful meal and it is such a treat :). Also, just read your new family post and read the links. Tears are streaming down my face. I just wish you a happy and healthy rest of your pregnancy. I smile every time you post belly updates!

  12. Girl on the Run on October 14, 2011 at 9:10 am

    When bf isn’t at home most of the time I make myself a simple pasta dish. Haven ‘t tried any pumpkins yet this season.

  13. Andrea on October 15, 2011 at 10:29 am

    How exactly do I make overnight oats? Iv never done his and don’t know what the measurements are exactly for the oats!

    • Fitnessista on October 15, 2011 at 10:33 am

      if you want to do 1/2 c oats, just add 1 c of milk of your choice, stir and place in the fridge overnight. in the morning, season it up and add you toppings 🙂

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