I cook with vino

Sometimes, I even add it to the food ๐Ÿ˜€

Hey guys! How are ya?? Iโ€™m so excited to finally be able to post right now- Iโ€™ve spent the last hour looking for my camera to finally find it in with the dog leashes. A little scatterbrained over here!

I have a TON of pics to share, so here we goโ€ฆ

Yesterdayโ€™s snaky:


(Ezekiel with almond butter, mequite and cinnamonโ€ฆ my new flavor trilogy)

Lonchi was a kale salad beast (with grape tomatoes, sweet onion, nama shoyu, lime juice, agave, cayenne and half a mashed avocado)


I cleaned around the casa, did a 20 minute yoga podcast (I miss taking REAL classes.. itโ€™s much easier to slack off in the comfort of my own home), and then the pilot and I started on dinner.

We grilled up some veggie packs:


(Summer squash, campari tomatoes, sweet onion, garlic, sea salt, pepper, evoo, rosemary and oregano)

I busted out the organic cab ๐Ÿ˜‰


I just love cooking with a glass of wine. I feel like the meals I make come out better (and know thatโ€™s purely psychological), and it just makes the whole shebang so leisurely and relaxing. For our final meal prep in school, Megan and I were practically begging our teach to let us have some vino while we (un)cooked. We had to wait until after it was all over ๐Ÿ˜‰

We also had grilled sweet potatoes, corn and organic filet mignon for the pilot. (Iโ€™m not a corn fan. At all)


Watching the grill master:


The pilot and his little fox:


(ow ow!!!)

I also roasted some asparagus with lemon, garlic, evoo, sea salt and pepper


And covered my sweet potato with goat jack cheese, cayenne and scallions.


This, my friends, is why I am not a vegan. I <3 goat cheese.


Foodgasm, anyone??? ๐Ÿ˜€

The pilotโ€™s plate (he had butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar on his sweet tater)


Such a lovely meal!


(yes, I eat with a baby fork)

Iโ€™ve been meaning to tell you all that Iโ€™m going to Cali next week for a POM event. Iโ€™m a little beyond stoked to go back to the west coast, learn from the POM peeps and hang out with some amazing bloggies :D  I found out I was going quite awhile ago (while I was in Tucson) and forgot to tell yaโ€™ll! Slacker ๐Ÿ˜€

Well Iโ€™m off to chill with the pilot (heโ€™s off today! yeahhhhhh!), do some work on a new website, and going to the gym with Jeni.

Have a happy Monday and to my Canadian friends, Happy Thanksgiving!



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  1. Shelly on October 12, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Your goat cheese covered sweet potato looks divine! I really like topping my sweet potato with savory stuff (like chili and cheese) instead of sugary stuff because I love the flavor contrast!

  2. Neha on October 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm


    At what temperature and for how long do you grill the veggies? They look so good!!
    I can never get them to be crispy when I grill them in a foil.

    • Fitnessista on October 12, 2009 at 1:40 pm

      honestly neha, i have no idea. i just put the veggies in the foil packs and the pilot does the rest. i have no clue how to grill! i’m sorry

  3. Sarah Jayne on October 12, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Such sweet puppies! That sweet potato looks HEAVENLY! And of course I agree that vino + cooking = match made in heaven.

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 12, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    I love cooking with wine, too! The sweet potatoes look to die for!

  5. Morgan on October 12, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Sweet potatoes on the grill might be one of the most amazing things ever. I had some last night.
    have fun in Cali!

  6. VeggieGirl on October 12, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    What a fun grill meal!

  7. Whitney @ Lettuce Love on October 12, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I love sweet potatoes — yum! Your puppies are so cute!

  8. Anna on October 12, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Ahhh epic sweet potatoes! I’ll take one of each, please.

  9. Erica on October 12, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    What a great din din. Milk in my coffee is what prevents me from going vegan!haha- the subs just don’t seem to do it for me (although I haven’t given them ALL a chance). Love veggie packets. Have so much fun in cali…I am so JEALOUS!

  10. Diana on October 12, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    That potato looks so yummy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Ashley on October 12, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Looks great!

    Raw kale is bad for me. I cannot digest it very well. My SO has the exact same problem. It doesn’t give you any problems Gena?

    • Fitnessista on October 12, 2009 at 2:00 pm

      hahah definitely not. i could eat kale chips or kale salad all day and feel bueno. guess i’m just weird ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. *Andrea* on October 12, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    that’s a good reason for why i couldn’t go vegan either.. goat cheese is sooo delicious! especially on a bed of lettuce toasted yum! you and the pilot are too cute for words… love your dinners together adorable

    • Fitnessista on October 12, 2009 at 2:00 pm

      thank you! <3

  13. Jacqueline on October 12, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Dinner looks fabulous!

    Yay your going to the POM event! I live just outside of Fresno, hope I get a chance to meet you!


    • Fitnessista on October 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm

      whoo hoo! i hope so too!!! if any events are open to the public, i’ll be sure to post it on the bloggy ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Shelby on October 12, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I think roasted asparagus is my favorite veggie at the moment. SO GOOD!

  15. Simone @ P:T on October 12, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I just got super happy cuz I eat with a baby fork too! Everyone always makes fun of me, but it helps me to slow down when I eat. Those sweet taters look great too!!

  16. rhodeygirl on October 12, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I had 1/2 sweet potato with black beans and feta for lunch today…. feta (and greek yogurt) are why I could never give up dairy, even though I wish I could.

  17. Ashley on October 12, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Your grilled veggies look delicious! Unfortunately I don’t have a grill b/c I live in NYC so do you think I could do that (wrap in tin foil instead of putting them on a tray) in the oven? How long/temperature do you recommend?

  18. Amelia on October 12, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Goat cheese is so so wonderful. Everytime I read your blog I have to remind myself to stock up on it again. I’ve never tried it on sweet potatoes, but it looks great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Chloe (Naturally Frugal) on October 12, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Yum! Everything looks delicious and healthy – love it. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorites and I love them because they remind me of Fall.

    Have you guys decided what to do with Viesa? Hopefully you have figured something out!

    • Fitnessista on October 12, 2009 at 7:45 pm

      hey chloe,
      we’re keeping viesa for now and just watching the dogs like hawks. we’re waiting until we find a really good home for her.

  20. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on October 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Your dinner looks yummy! I live in Cali (San Diego)….not sure where the POM event is. Enjoy your day!!!

    • Fitnessista on October 12, 2009 at 7:45 pm

      it’s in fresno ๐Ÿ˜€ i’ll put any public info on the bloggy in case we can do a meet up!

  21. Shari B. on October 12, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Gina, I’m hoping this “new website” is a place where we can mailorder your kale chips and macaroons!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ tee heee

  22. Stephanie on October 12, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I almost always have some vino when I cook… feels very “Julia Child-ish” right? Love it!

    • Fitnessista on October 12, 2009 at 7:44 pm

      exactly.. just makes it instantly more gourmet ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Pam (Pamcakes and Eggs) on October 12, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Your meals are always so unique and interesting. They always inspire me to try new things and new combinations of things.

    This may or may not be my first comment to your blog (I can’t remember!) but I enjoy reading it everyday!

    • Fitnessista on October 12, 2009 at 7:44 pm

      thanks girl!
      and thanks so much for saying hi- hope to see you around here more often ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. Bec on October 12, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    mmm your grilled meal looks great! Have a great monday evening!

  25. Amy on October 12, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I love your parenthetical comments about the husband’s hotness every time you post a picture of him — it puts a smile on my face every time. I need to find a man of my own worthy of that kind of zealous love! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on October 12, 2009 at 7:44 pm

      hahah you will find your prince, i promise!
      i have to do it.. he’s just so good looking ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. Lauren on October 12, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    That is one of my favorite quotes! The magnet sits directly on the fridge and I am reminded every time I cook! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Vino is definitely a meal enhancer. I swear,it’s like a chef’s secret “juice”. LOL

    Everything looks fabulous! ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad to see you are enjoying the Pilot dinners again.

  27. Kailey (SnackFace) on October 12, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Gina, I just love you and the pilot. You are too damn cute!

    I also love wine with dinner, especially when dinner features a sweet potato! Perfection! And about the cheese–I can say that’s one thing I miss from time to time. Mad props to you for doin’ yo thang and enjoying goat cheese!

  28. carolinebee on October 12, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    what a gorgeous date night dinner! Really sad that your pups can’t stay together as a happy fam, you are all so cute together!! ๐Ÿ™

    • Fitnessista on October 12, 2009 at 7:43 pm

      me too ๐Ÿ™

  29. fittingbackin on October 12, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Sweet potatoes and veggie packs?! Yummy! Love both of your sp toppings- awesome!

  30. Jenna on October 12, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    great food you cooked gina!

  31. Andrea@WellnessNotes on October 12, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    I just found your blog and read your “About” and “Weight Loss Story” pages. I love your food philosophy and the foods that are staples in your diet!

    And I so agree, cooking is sooo much more enjoyable with a little bit of wine! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your sweet potato looks amazing. And yes, goat cheese is awesome!

    • Fitnessista on October 12, 2009 at 7:43 pm

      hey andrea!
      so lovely to see you ๐Ÿ˜€ thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words. hope to see you around more often!

  32. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    I just move to AZ from CA and now you’re gonna be in CA. Dang girl! But I’d love to catch up with you sometime when you’re in AZ again!

    New website..you just re did it. Again? It looks awesome as is ๐Ÿ™‚

    Asparagus…love it, had tons last nite!

    • Fitnessista on October 12, 2009 at 7:43 pm

      i’d love to chill when i’m in az again!
      it’s a different website ๐Ÿ˜€

  33. Leah on October 12, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Hey Lady,
    I have to say that you are absolutely adorable. And your little comments such as “ow ow” about your husband is so sweet and it just makes me happy that you’re so crazy about each other! I just read your personal training info and that was really great too. I just graduated from college and I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up! If your interested in a completely different region of the country check out my blog! I live in Minnesota and I just completed my second marathon. If your ever looking for a great marathon check out the Twin Cities Marathon! If is fabulous!
    I love your blog it is something I look forward to reading everyday!

  34. Jenn (eating bender) on October 13, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Hellooo!! How are you, my dear? I feel like it’s been way too long since I’ve had a proper conversation with you, and it’s my fault. I’m sorry!

    We have that wine quote on a cooking spoon holder thingamajig at our house in AZ ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it! The pictures of you and the grillmaster made me smile. Dinner looks delicious and I totally agree with you on the goat cheese!

    Have a lovely day, miss! We should chat soon. I want to know your latest and greatest AZ travel plans – hoping we can meet up sometime this fall/winter!

  35. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) on October 13, 2009 at 8:34 am

    I love to cook with a glass of wine, too. I made pumpkin apple soup last weekend….ahhh! Life is good.

    I am now officially craving a big ole sweet potato…maybe with blue cheese.

  36. Joanna on October 13, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I really like how you show your plate and then your husband’s. It’s nice to see that couples can eat together (and basically the same thing) with modifications.

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