New hummus apparatus

Hey everyone! Hope you’re having a happy humpday aka Indian Food Day! We’ll be hitting up our favorite Indian place as soon as I finish Zumba. I was thinking about making dinner to save some dinero, since we got to pay some sweet dollars for Bella’s vet visit, but the pilot and I need a date. We didn’t even get to sleep in the same room last night—I was in one of the guest rooms with Bella and he was in our room with Viesa. *le sigh* Why can’t all animals get along?? Sheesh 😉

This morning, I had a lovely sludge before heading to work:


(1 cup vanilla hempmilk, 1 tbs vanilla brown rice protein, 1 scoop Vega-licious, spinach, Stevia, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt). Lip smackin’ tasty.

I heat-packed the invalid:


(I couldn’t find any washcloths –we’re more of a loofah family- so I took a T-shirt and ran hot water over it and have to hold it over Bella’s wound twice a day for 10 minutes each time. She LOVES it! I think she feels like she’s getting a puppy spa treatment)

I had to go into work for a little while and then came home for a fruit platter and a wonderful chat with a VeggieFriend.


(1 dino Pluot –love these things!- and 2 bald kiwis)

The puppies each got walked, separately, and I was so excited to see a package from the madre and nana waiting for me!!

They sent me a boatload of goodies, including this new HUMMUS APPARATUS!


It’s also known as a mortar and pestle but this baby is destined for a life of hummus-making. I’ve been wanting one ever since my auntie and I went to Opa – they serve the chickpeas, olive oil and garlic in a mortar and pestle and you smash it at your table. AMAZING! I need to have a dinner party ASAP 😀

*thank you for the cheer-up package, Madre and Nana! I love you 😀

For lonchi, I made some open-faced salad:


Just some romaine leaves with chickpea miso, topped with yellow bell pepper, carrot shreds and raw almond butter. I can’t get enough of the miso-nut butter deliciousness… it’s crazy good.

Well I’m gonna head back to work and then it’s spin and Zumba time. I’ll see ya after Indian!

Have a happy humpday!



Today’s tip: Reading a magazine at work I saw this one in Food Network Magazine- for a kid’s lunch (or for your own) make salad in a bag to go with your sandwich. Put the salad and veggies in a plastic baggie and dressing in a small container on the side. Pour said dressing into baggie, seal, and shake! Mess-free and no container to remember to bring home. Pretty nifty, eh? 😉

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  1. Erica on August 26, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    What a fun package from your mom and nana! So thoughtful 🙂 Love bella wrapped in the t- what a cutie! And you are a fabulous nurse/mommy for taking care of her 🙂 ENJOY your date night tonight- you SO deserve it.

  2. allijag on August 26, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    OH my – that picture of Bella is totally cracking me up! 🙂

    Sorry it’s been such a stressful 24/48 hours! (and I know how much those emergency vet bills can hurt the bank account!)

    Love the new mortar and pestle!

  3. brandi on August 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    aw, poor bella! glad she’s liking the pampering 🙂

  4. Dotsie on August 26, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    That’s an interesting-looking salad you have there!

    Glad you updated–was a little worried about the dog situation!

  5. Haleigh on August 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I love getting fun packages in the mail. I hope that little Bella is feeling better, and I am sure she is loving the extra attention and pampering.

    Interesting salad! I must give it a try 🙂

  6. Sally on August 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Gina!

    I have read your blog for quite some time but this is my first time commenting! I really enjoy all your recipies, tips, and musings…you are truly an inspiration to me. I too am a military wife (Navy Pilot!) and I find you so relatable and real. The reason I am commenting today is that while I have made many of your culinary creations at home in the past (breakfast cookie!) I whipped up your white enchiladas for my husband last night as a treat and they were such a hit that I just had to say thanks for making me look like such a super-wife! Keep up the good work and best of luck with your little doggie patient, Bella.


    • Fitnessista on August 26, 2009 at 2:25 pm

      i love hearing from fellow military wives! 😀 thanks so much for your sweet comment and i’m so glad you guys liked the enchiladas! wahoooo! 😀
      take care <3

  7. kristi (sweet cheeks) on August 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Awesome hummus contraption!!! I can’t wait to hear how it turns out!

  8. Rebecca on August 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I look forward to seeing many hummus creations!!

  9. Sarah on August 26, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Well, I’m glad Bella is at least enjoying her pampering, poor baby. Hope you and the husband have a great date! Yay, Indian!!

  10. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on August 26, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    oooh mortar and pestle. That’ll make some wicked guacamole too 🙂

  11. Lindsey512 on August 26, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Awww, Bella looks so cute.

  12. jenna on August 26, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I saw that tip in foodmagazine as well!! great idea. Your open face salad looks great. 🙂 have a fun date tonight

  13. Laura W on August 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Aww Bella is so cute! She might be sad when her spa treatments are over.

    Enjoy your Indian date night… mmm makes me want a mango lassie!

  14. Stephanie on August 26, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Too funny, I practice the “salad in a bag” method for leftovers all the time, so easy to just shake it up and put in a bowl at the ol’ desk – great post 🙂 It also works well if we are taking leftovers from dinner at our parents, etc. so that we don’t kidnap one of their tupperware containers forever! 🙂

  15. Anna on August 26, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Have some naan for me, please! I’m sorry about the puppy situation, I hope it works out for the best.

  16. Shelby on August 26, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Homemade hummus?! I’m coming over for dinner!

  17. Pam (Highway to Health) on August 26, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    How cute is Bella with the heat pack?? I hope everything works out with the pups!

  18. Jenna on August 26, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Have fun on your date, it is worth the mula to go and have a good time and enjoy good eats with your hunny!

    I’m on a hummus kick, I just made my first homeade batch this past Sunday. D-lish 🙂

  19. Lizzy on August 26, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    i never heard of a hummus apparatus, but now i am very intrigued! I cant wait to hear about it when you make some hummus!!!

  20. K on August 26, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Aw Bella! Hope she’s feeling better! Glad you and the Pilot are getting your date night – that’s important 🙂

    HUMMUS APPARATUS!! That sounds more fun than a mortar and pestle! Have fun mashing!!

  21. Jenny on August 26, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    oh bella looks like such a diva with her spa treatment — i’m so jeal!

    have a fun date night with the pilot!

  22. Melissa on August 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Where did you get the chickpea miso? Have fun on your date!

    • Fitnessista on August 26, 2009 at 8:06 pm

      at the health food store- it’s sooooo good! if you click the link, on that post there’s a pic of the container and nutritional info and everything 😉

  23. Jenna on August 26, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    omg gina you have never heard of mixing the salad and dressing in a bag? oh yeah we always do it in my house! no mess and the dressing gets all over the salad, so every bite has the dressing!
    love the new hummus apparatus!
    Hope Bella is doing well and have a good Indian night with the pilot!

  24. angieinatlanta on August 26, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Cool! I can’t wait to see you make hummus with that apparatus!

  25. simpledaisy on August 26, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Glad to see Bella is enjoying her “treatments.”
    That salad looks super yummy! I might have to give it a whirl one of these days! I am still a little afraid of the nut butters:)

  26. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on August 26, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I have a mortar and pestle. I dont use it much, but I have it. I originally got it for mutilating medicinal herbs and break them up so I could put them in a tea ball to make tea. There ya go, another use for it.

    I am so sorry to hear about your doggie drama…..I read along on FB, too. So sorry. Wow, that is just so hard.

    On the bright side, I made TWO of your recipes that I am blogging about tomorrow. First, your popcorn but I doctored it up with some sauce, and also made the breakfast cookie, tweaked that a smidge but can I say thank you, thank you, I love it!

  27. Lauren on August 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I love that you have Indian Food Wednesdays! We have Wednesday night BFD (breakfast for dinner) and love this tradition. It’s so nice to have wonderful little traditional dinner to look forward to in the middle of your week.

    Hope you enjoy tonight!

  28. Sarah on August 26, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    The hummus at Opa is AWESOME! My BF refused to eat hummus because he said it was hippie food, but after he tried the hummus from Opa, he eats it all the time! He actually had me buy ingredients so he could make some just like they do…LOL

    Have fun at Indian night!

  29. Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 26, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Oh my gosh your open faced salad looks delicious. I can’t wait to try this out. That looks right up my alley. 🙂

    That is also a great tip about the salad in a bag. It would be great for a long car trip too.

  30. fittingbackin on August 26, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    oooh I want to be heatpacked! Glad pupper is doing well. 🙂

  31. devan g newman on August 27, 2009 at 12:57 am

    i Love your blog!!
    I never thought of doing hummus that way! MUST TRY! i will for sure come to your dinner partayy! 😉

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