Indian food dreams

Sometimes you have to count on someone else to help out with the meals. Like Joe the Trader.

curry and dosa

Something about swimming –or bopping around holding a heavy baby- makes me so hungry. The Pilot was also starving when we got back home, so he did the bedtime routine with Liv while I whipped up a quick dinner.

chicken and zuc

Cooked zucchini, 3 cloves of minced garlic, 2 local chicken breasts, olive oil, sea salt and pepper in a large pot (med-high heat)

added a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas

and in my dreams, used my newly-acquired Indian food expertise to create a beautiful curry sauce.

In reality, I added a jar of this:

simmer sauce


While that simmered away, I cooked up some frozen dosas from TJs (vegan and gluten-free)


After a bad dosa experience (it was sour. Thinking about it makes me cringe) I was finally ready to give them another try. I wasn’t sure if these were going to be faves, but they were incredible, especially with the coconut chutney. The dosas were full of potatoes, mustard seeds (a new fave) and spices. They’re calorie-dense (200 cals per tiny dosa) but rich and lovely- I’ll definitely buy them again.


We had our curry chicken and veg atop quinoa (I put it in the rice cooker before we went swimming)– not bad for a 15 minute meal

curry and dosa

This morning was the return of an old fave:

cookie dough cereal

Bfast cookie dough cereal with Brewer’s yeast, strawberries and coconut milk

I’m going to try and choreograph for Zumba. Still on the prowl for a nasty reggaeton, but no luck yet 😉

Hope you all have a wonderful day <3

See ya later!



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  1. Lindsay on May 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I could really go for a nice Indian feast, lately I’ve been too (third trimester pregnancy) tired to get that creative in the kitchen and we have no good Indian spots near by-booo!

  2. Laura @ She Eats Well on May 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I’ve always wondered about that Curry Sauce at TJs. Good to know you liked it! Also, I had no idea they sold dosas that are GF! That is so awesome. Looks like I’ll be having Indian food in my near future 🙂

  3. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on May 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Great quote for the day! I’m not too adventurous with Indian food, but I always trust TJ’s products! 🙂

  4. Catalina @ Cake with Love on May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    This 15 minute dinner looks very healthy and tasty, it reminded me that I didn’t have indian food since March, thats a very long time, should fix it asap!

  5. Kristen on May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I am the same way about swimming-AKA floating in the pool. It leaves me exhausted and starving!
    Do you like the coconut milk that you bought? Is it very coconutty?

    P.S. I really like that quote. I love all of the quotes you put up. Some of them are exactly what I need to read on that particular day! So thank you 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      i’m glad you like them!
      honestly, i don’t like it as much as the almond milk. it was a little too sweet and kind of chalky

  6. Julia on May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Love the quote.

    Where is the link to the stability ball workout? Am I too blind to see it? 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      hahah definitely not- i forgot to add it. it’s up now 🙂

      • Julia on May 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm

        Perfect, thanks! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  7. kara on May 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    That look so good! I’m going to TJ’s later today might gave to pick some up! Btw, I don’t know if you listen to John Mayer at all but his new album just came out and one of the songs is called “Something Like Olivia” and it made me think of you! — very good song, too! Enjoy your day!

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      ohhh i’ll listen to it now 🙂

  8. Hillary on May 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I used the TJ’s green curry simmer sauce in a stir fry last night. SO easy, SO good!

  9. Sara on May 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Prrrum is one of my favorite Regs!

  10. Sana on May 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I am not crazy about the simmer sauce 🙁

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      reason 23,165 why you should adopt us 😉 or come live with us and teach me the ways?

  11. Silvia @ skinny jeans food on May 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    What?! what’s wrong with ‘me yesterday’? 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      what do you mean?

      • Neiry on May 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        I think she’s referencing the quote, as in what’s wrong with the person she was yesterday? 🙂

        • Fitnessista on May 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm

          hahah sometimes it takes me a while 😉

  12. katelyn on May 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    The way they serve dosas here in India look very little like those dosas 🙂 Here they’re GIGANTIC and very thin, almost crepe like. If there’s one thing I won’t be having when I travel back to the US in a few months for a visit, it’s Indian food!

  13. Averie @ Averie Cooks on May 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    strawberries and coconut milk and cookie dough sounds like a GREAT morning to me!

  14. Erica on May 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Om nom nom nom! THAT LOOKS AMAZING. My husband & I tried Indian a few times now, and love it. We are in Chandler, so if you have any recommendations for the Phoenix/Tempe/Chandler/Scottsdale area I would love to find a good Indian place around here!

  15. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on May 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Mmmm that indian feast sounds awesome! I love chickpeas in stews…that add such nice texture and chew!

  16. Tara on May 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    So I’m pretty sure I’m obsessed with your blog. So glad I found it. You motivate me every day to eat healthier, be active, and just be a good person. Thank you!

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      wow, thank you tara! made my day 🙂
      hope you have a great afternoon <3

  17. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on May 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    What a great quote! Call me naive, but I don’t think I’ve ever had a dosa before!! Need to fix this… 😉

  18. Faith @ For the Health of It on May 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I love that curry sauce! It’s the only thing that gets me to enjoy snap peas – simmer the two together for a half hour and serve it with some brown rice and I’m a happy girl!

  19. Kerry @ Totes My Oats on May 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I love when quick dinners come together and are delicious!

  20. Talia @ Bite Size Wellness on May 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Mmm! It is a chickpea kind of day. Jenn at Peas and Crayons shared a delish looking chickpea salad. Love a 15-minute meal:)

  21. Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana on May 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I love trader joe’s simmer sauces! Good to know that the curry sauce is good, our favorite is the thai red curry sauce 🙂

  22. Annette @ FitnessPerks on May 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Mmmm love a yummy dinner that comes together quick! P.s. I just choreographed a song for Zumba to Pitbull/J-Lo dance again. People love it! Pitbull or daddy yankee are a great place to start 😉

  23. PavementRunner on May 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Great photos… your food always looks so good. Now my rice and beans just looks sad. Luckily I have some avocado to make me feel better. 🙂

  24. Abby @ Change of Pace on May 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    That dinner looks delish!
    No matter what exercise I do in the pool, I’m always starving when I’m finished.

  25. Anna @ The Guiltless Life on May 22, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I am such an Indian food lover! I wish it was easier to make at home because I’d love to ‘healthify’ some of the heavier Indian dishes I like so much, but I struggle with getting the seasonings right whenever I’ve made it myself. Sigh!

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      whenever i make it at home, it never tastes the same.

  26. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings on May 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I miss Trader Joe’s so much! When I moved from Atlanta to Florida I was disappointed to not find one in my area 🙁 The Super Spinach salad is my fav. Also I found out you are friends with my cousin Meara! Such a small world.

  27. S. on May 22, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Dosas are supposed to be sour – they’re fermented. They’re actually pretty easy to make and naturally gluten free since the batter is made of raw, soaked, fermented lentils and white rice. Let me know if you want a recipe!

    • Fitnessista on May 23, 2012 at 1:04 am

      i would love a recipe!!

    • Ana on May 24, 2012 at 8:40 am

      I would love a recipe too, could you share with me?
      When I saw the picture of the TJ’s dosa the first thing I thought was that it didn’t look like a dosa at all… they are too thick, dosas are paper thin… and sooooo good!!! 🙂

  28. Joelle (on a pink typewriter) on May 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Okay, I’m not at all familiar with Indian food (I’ve never even tried it before!), but I am super curious what a dosa is.. it looks like an empanada!

    • Fitnessista on May 23, 2012 at 1:04 am

      they’re very thin, like a crepe and stuffed with veggies and or meat/cheese + spices

  29. Ush on May 22, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I miss Trader Joe’s so much!! Those dosa’s look kind of thick in the pics, they’re normally really thin. The dosa’s with potatoes stuffed inside them are my absolute favorite (masala dosa!).

    Also, does TJ specifically market their dosa’s as GF? I never thought about them as being anything but GF since the batter is made with rice (my mom uses brown rice, but white rice is more common) and lentils.

    • Fitnessista on May 23, 2012 at 1:03 am

      nope, i just mentioned it in case a gf reader wanted to try them
      they were stuffed with potatoes! and aaaaaamazing 🙂

  30. Rebecca on May 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Have I mentioned how stoked I am to go to a Trader Joes once I get to California in the summer?

    Actually saw someone with a Trader Joes recycled bag at a grocery store in Ottawa the other day and I thought of you 🙂

  31. Shelley on May 23, 2012 at 12:38 am

    That looks delicious! Will def have to try sometime soon – we too love Joe, the Trader, (or Jose, or whatever the ethnic version of “Joe” is that they’re using at the moment!)

    • Fitnessista on May 23, 2012 at 12:58 am

      i like the “trader giotto” name the best

  32. Jessica on May 23, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Have you heard this song before? Calabria 2007 by Enur feat. Natasja – my zumba instructor has a dance for it and it’s sooo good.

    • Fitnessista on May 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      yes i love it!

  33. Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats on May 23, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Seeing that breakfast cookie dough cereal just makes me smile! 🙂 It is my daily breakfast. So glad you invented it. lol.

    • Fitnessista on May 23, 2012 at 11:58 am

      i’m so glad you like it!

  34. Nicole M. on May 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I eat nutritional yeast like it’s going out of style. Seriously love the stuff and have for a while.. But Brewer’s Yeast scares me for some reason. Maybe because it’s so unknown to me. How would you explain the taste or your favorite uses of it are?

    • Fitnessista on May 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

      honestly, to me, it tastes like death but it helps with milk production so i eat it. nutritional yeast is 4000x better

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