Feelin’ feastly

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having a good morning afternoon. The pilot and I slept in quite a bit today, but last night’s dinner party was a success.

While I was prepping everything, I wore my POM apron.


Set out the appetizer plates:


And the row of appetizers

row of appetizers

Hummus, smashed up in the mortar and pestle (Opa style!) with garlic, cumin, cayenne, awesome extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and tahini


With bleu-cheese stuffed olives, carrots and snap peas


Tuscan White Bean Dip (using a little on the canned liquid to thin it out, instead of the plain yogurt)

bean dip

Crack, for dipping


Goat cheese stuffed mushrooms


(used millet bread instead of regular sandwich bread, to make them gluten-free)

The salad was mixed organic greens, with anjou pears, crumbled goat cheese, rawnola, and Organicville agave-sweetened balsamic dressing


Table setting:


The guys’ lasagna and the girls’ lasagna (using goat cheese instead of ricotta for the butternut squash lasagna)


My plate and bowl:


(x2… so good)

And the best part:


(Vegan gluten-free almond butter chocolate chip cookies for the girls with coconut bliss vanilla ice cream, vegan chocolate chips, and alaska organic vegan chocolate syrup.. the boys had Pillsbury chocolate chunk cookies with Ben and Jerry ice cream)


Pizookie! Pizookie! Pizooooooooookie!!!!

So as you can see, it was a foodgasmic night with wonderful company πŸ™‚

The pilot and I are going to make breakfast and then start cleaning the disaster that is our upstairs. We never caught up after our Gatlinburg vacay and then went to Tucson, so it’s time to make it spic and span πŸ™‚

I’ll be finishing the Winter Shape Up workouts today (launches TOMORROW am!) and also filming a Zumba video.

See ya for dinner πŸ˜€



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  1. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty on January 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    That looks amazing!! Yummy!! Great meal!

  2. Jocelyn on January 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Ohhhh..your presentation is great and so accomidating for those who may not be able to eat the regular stuff!

    Love the pizookie!!!

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on January 17, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    OH the pizookie looks AMAZING. I want one NOW.

  4. BethT on January 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    YUM! YUM! YUM!

  5. Susan on January 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Wow Gina, the food you made for your dinner party looks wonderful. Is the girls lasagne easy to make? I may try to make it or the guy’s lasagne? Getting hungry just looking at the photos!

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm

      they’re both very easy to make.. just a little tedious with all of the steps.
      WAY worth it though πŸ™‚

      • Susan on January 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm

        Great thanks Gina, I’ll try them out. It’s great but your blog has really motivated me to keep healthy and eat well. My only downfall is drinking diet coke, really have to give it up.
        Thank you. You and the pilot will definitely have to make a trip over here to Ireland.

        • Fitnessista on January 17, 2010 at 6:45 pm

          i’m workin on it πŸ™‚

  6. Nicci@NiftyEats on January 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I’ve had a pizookie at BJ’s before, but yours looks way better!

  7. Jessica @ Going Off Birth Control Pils on January 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Everything looks delicious and so beautifully laid out πŸ™‚ Love it!

    Can’t wait to see the Zumba video. My boyfriend is a highly trained salsa dancer whereas I have two left feet, so it’s always fun to watch that stuff and wish I actually had some rhythm πŸ˜‰

  8. Tara on January 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Hey Gina!! I just started reading your blog a couple of weeks ago. I love seeing how you make all of your food and I am going to try to start incorporating some healthier stuff into my diet πŸ™‚ I’m excited to start the Winter Shape Up!! Thank You so much!!

  9. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on January 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Beautiful placemats! Mind if I ask where you got them?

    You are obviously the hostess with the mostest πŸ™‚

    I’m excited to see the Zumba video– they just brought that class to my gym, and people are going CRAZY over it! I’ve yet to take it!

  10. The Hot and Fit on January 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Amazing food presentation Gina! And those lasagnas look delish!!!
    Good luck with the cleaning – and I cannot wait for the winter shape up!

  11. Lexi on January 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Great dinner party! And the pizooookie looks amazin!!

  12. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad on January 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    What a spread! I wish you could come and cook for me.

  13. Laura J. on January 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    That pizookie looks to die for!
    Can’t wait for the Winter Shape Up!! Yay!

  14. Gracie @ Girl Meets Health on January 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Everything looks DELICIOUS! You must’ve had a bunch of very satisfied guests πŸ™‚

    Looking forward to the winter shape-up!!

  15. Lauren @ eater not a runner on January 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Looks like such a great dinner! I want a pizookie right now πŸ™‚

  16. Paige @ Running Around Normal on January 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Everything looks SO good!!!

    I need to try a pizookie (homemade style) stat! Ahh sounds amazing.

  17. Roro (AmazonChick) on January 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Yay!!! Zumba vids, I’ve been MIA from class thanks Girl =)

  18. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on January 17, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Oh everything looks amazing!!! Especially the cookie..yum!

  19. Marisa (Loser for Life) on January 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    What an awesome dinner! Love the girls and guys dinners! But, dessert….whoa, now that’s what I’m talkin about! YUM!

  20. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on January 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    WOW that looks delicious!


  21. Jamie on January 17, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    You have gotten me COMPLETELY addicted to Mary’s Crack!! SO SO good! They are so satisfying, the perfect crunch, and so good for you. Thank you for the recommendation! Looks like a great party too

  22. Janna (Just Flourishing) on January 17, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    What a beautifully prepared dinner. I LOVE lasagna.

    I love entertaining, and am so sad that my little nyc apartment doesn’t have room for me to do it πŸ™ One day I’ll have a bigger place!

  23. Lauren on January 17, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Wow-what an incredible spread. I LOVE your dishes that you use. All of the food looks mouthwatering! I must try making hummus that way!

  24. Erin on January 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    It all looks so delicious and your table decorations are adorable too! This might be a silly question but did you bake the cookie part of the pizookie? I couldn’t tell! Thanks for the amazing healthy dinner ideas…I’m going to make your butternut squash lasagna for my family tomorrow night!

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm

      hey erin!
      yes, i baked it but under-baked it by about 2 minutes so the middle was still gooey πŸ™‚

      • Fitnessista on January 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm

        hope your family loves the lasagna- i’m sure they will!

        • Erin on January 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm

          Thanks for the info! I know they’ll love it πŸ™‚

  25. Fitography on January 17, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Your dinner party looked amazing! I just discovered your blog and LOVE it. You are so inspiring….and also made me realize that I don’t eat enough veggies or lift enough weights! I just started blogging about my marathon training/attempt to eat more healthy. I will be using some your healthy recipes and adding the “The HTP Intro to Iron Pumping Workout” to my cross-training.

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm

      hey girl!
      welcome to my little blog πŸ™‚
      so glad you’re finding some good info here!
      take care and thank you for reading!

  26. Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) on January 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Beautiful! If I went to a din din and the hosts had my fav Mary’s set out I would flip! YUM πŸ™‚

  27. thedelishdish on January 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    oh man that food looks awesome! and i cannot wait to see this zumba video!!! ive never tried it and would love to see what its all about!

  28. Marissa on January 17, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    That bean dip sounds really good! Looks like the evening was fun!!

  29. Katie on January 17, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Mmmmmm! That Pizookie looks frezookie good! πŸ˜€

  30. Megan (Bites of the Apple) on January 17, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Whoa! Everything looks incredible!!

  31. Gabriela on January 17, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Yumm! I’d love to go to a dinner party where I knew everything was healthy and delicious like this! Looks like you’re a great hostess πŸ™‚

  32. Haleigh on January 17, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    That apron makes me laugh πŸ™‚

    I am so impressed Gina! You are quite the chef.. The spread looks amazing!

  33. lindsay on January 17, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    omg everything looks so delish!
    And I am so in need of a winter shape up… good timing πŸ™‚

  34. Jessica (Fit and Clean) on January 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Loved all of the food…every detail looked wonderful!!

  35. Lauren (Biochemista) on January 17, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Can’t wait for the workout tomorrow!

    The lasagna (and everything) looks amazing!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  36. Carolyn on January 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Everything looks yummy!!

  37. Island Girl Eats on January 17, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    What a great looking meal.

  38. Jenna on January 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Looks great!!

  39. Xtina on January 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm


    You have to try my favorite salad.

    Kale, lemon juice, olive oil, pepper, cayenne, grated parm (or goat!), and toasted breadcrumbs (millet or sprouted)

    Mix & eat.

    Seriously. Easiest salad ever, but SO delicious and filling! I have a feeling you will LOVE it.

    Have a great day!

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2010 at 5:56 pm

      that sounds WONDERFUL. thank you!
      i’ll have to try it next time i can get my hands on some kale- they don’t sell it here :/

  40. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen on January 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    omg – foodgasms doesn’t even begin to describe! looks delish, and i’m still so jealous of the awesome apron πŸ™‚

  41. Leo @ Cupcakes in Paris on January 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I LOVE the apron!!!
    The dinner looks fantastic too…

  42. Sam on January 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    WOW that spread looks amazing! It’s making me hungry

  43. Fallon on January 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Man I really want a pizookie now. LOL

  44. Liz on January 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I am so excited for tomorrow now! I can’t wait for the Winter Shape Up to kick off and then ZUMBA! Yes, I am very excited πŸ™‚

  45. borntocare on January 17, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I cannot wait for the Zumba Video!!! I’m also looking forward to the Shape up… I think I might be able to do this one πŸ™‚
    That pizookie looks increible!

  46. Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place on January 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    the salad looks like the best part of the meal! you really went all out!

  47. The Healthy Hostess on January 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Love the napkins! I used the same ones this weekend! Napkins are my favorite!

  48. katie on January 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Looks so yummy!!

  49. carolinebee on January 17, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    OMGGgaahhh G u are amazing!! I would’ve fully been like, ummm let’s go out to dinner yay! πŸ˜€ LOVE your volcano idea ps, those are the freakinnnn best!!!! I went to the one in Planet hollywood in Veggy- and we secretly told the waitress it was my friend’s 21st bday (it was!) so we were all stoked when she brought out the flaming volcano…THEN proceeded to put it on our bill πŸ™ hahahah ooo well it was tastay.

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2010 at 11:08 pm

      bahhh i hate when places charge for bday desserts!
      at least it was delicious πŸ˜€

  50. Just Audrey on January 17, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    You’re quite the Martha Stewart. Haha. I love seeing your entertaining spread, though. Everything looks delicious!

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