Separate Shrimpies

Hey guys! Happy humpday! Wherever you are, please celebrate Indian food Wednesday for me 😀 Our Indian restaurant is still closed for re-modeling. You can bet your booty I’ll be there the day it re-opens, waiting for them to unlock the door.

Last night, we had a dinner I’ve been dying to try since I saw the beautiful Ina Garten (who is my hostess with the mostess inspiration) make it.

Roasted Shrimp Salad

(Anything shrimp and I’m a fan)


I had to scale the recipe down since it was just for the pilot and I, so he had 25 shrimp and I had 15 and I made the sauce separate.

seperate shrimp

I used canola oil mayonnaise (much healthier than the regular type and can be found at most grocery and health stores) and mine had 1 T while his had 1/4 cup.

I get a lot of questions on how I juggle making our meals, since we have different nutrition and caloric needs. Usually I make a meal that I would want, and “beef” it up a little for the pilot. For example, when we have enchiladas, they’re vegan with lots of veggies and on Ezekiel or other Gina-friendly tortillas, and I add chicken or cheese to his. Or when I do skillet meals, we each have our own skillet—mine is full of veggies and goodness, while his also has meat and cheese.

For last night, my shrimp salad was much lighter (and smaller, with more greens):


While his was  more shrimp-heavy, mayo-heavy and with a side of brown rice and butter:

shrimp (2)

Do you eat the same thing as your significant other, or do you alter your meals a little, like I do?? I’ve found that by doing it this way it keeps everyone happy….. and my favorite jeans fitting 😉

I couldn’t help but break out this vino that a previous dinner party guest had brought over:


No idea what it is but I’ve been loving white vino lately. I almost always roll with red, but ever since our ridiculous Valentine’s Day feast, I’ve been all about the white wine.

When I pryed myself away from the couch, puppies and the Chelsea Handler book I’m reading, I made a bfast cookie for this morning and some slow cooker oats for the pilot.

Some mornings the pilot leaves to fly SUPER early and doesn’t have bfast. I figured this might be a good way to get him to start since it will already be cooked and waiting for him 😀



(1 C oats, 1 1/3 C water, 1 peeled and diced organic apple, Sucanat, sea salt, vanilla and nutmeg. I put some flax seeds on the side for him to sprinkle on top –for healthy fat, which makes it a perfect meal- and the camera so he could snap this “after” pic)



I hope he liked it 😀

Here’s my bfast:

bfast cookie 

Another raw bfast cookie with 1/3 C oat groats ground into flour, mesquite, Sun warrior, 1/2 banana, cinnamon and vanilla.


I’m off to pump some crazy iron!



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  1. GirlonRaw on February 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    PS I make it to GA for training once a year, but Savannah. I am thinking Valdosta isn’t really that close by but if it’s not too far away, maybe I can come check out G.R.O.O.V.E too 🙂

  2. Gina on February 24, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    You should try a shrimp and citrus salad…I made this once and it was great! Just top a bed of greens with shrimp (marinated in citrus, oil and spices of your choice before cooking) and sections from an orange, blood orange or grapefruit (I used blood orange and it was delish!), and make a dressing out of the zest, citrus juice, oil, salt & pepper. I think I may have to make this for tomorrow’s lunch!

  3. Sarah Anne on February 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    My BF and I have always just eaten the same thing – unless we’re out. I’m blessed with a guy who will try anything once, twice or more times. Doing this – has seen him through several palate changes which I’ve been overjoyed by! He went pescatarian with me in November, something I thought he’d NEVER do in a million years! (fyi: The film “Food, Inc” did it for him! He can’t bear to eat a cow and know what happened to it! How cute?)

    The only things he’s tried a bazillion times and just can’t really get into are kale (he eats other raw greens just fine – but NONE cooked!), sweet potatoes/yams and olives. I sneak some shredded greens into stews, soups and stirfries and he eats them. Just gives me the evil eye! Same with yams/sweet potatoes. If I cut them up into something, he’ll eat them but they really aren’t his fav. Olives however – are just a NEVER EVER thing.

    So, I suppose I might tweak here and there – I definitely don’t eat as much carb as he does, and usually eat 1/2 the fish portion he does and obviously up my veggies but I dont have separate skillets etc. Probably helps that he’s clueless in the kitch.

  4. Alison on February 24, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Sigh, I love Ina Garten. I totally want her beautiful house in the Hamptons.

    I work our meals similarly to the way you do it. I generally start with the same base, but modify to suit our own tastes.

  5. Bethany on February 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I’m totally going to try the shrimp salad, look delish! I laughed when I saw the difference in portions between you and the pilot because it’s the same deal at our house.
    When I first got married, I split all the dishes down the middle. After a while of that, it started to look like my husband’s weight was going to end up on my frame (!), so I had to start training myself to do a more one-third vs. two-thirds approach.

  6. Jeanine on February 24, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    G, this is TOTALLY unrelated, but I wanted to let you know I tried Mary’s Crack Sticks and Twigs on your recommendation and CANNOT GET ENOUGH! The chipotle tomato are so good…especially when dipped in a little hummus 😉 I also bought nutritional yeast for the first time and made myself an egg puff. Thanks for all the great recommendations- I wouldn’t know where to start without all your tips. xoxoxo

  7. kalli@fitandfortysomething on February 24, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Love that shrimp salad-looks so good!
    I have never tried the slow cooker oats-may have to.
    Funny I have been craving the white wine too lately when I usually LOVE red.
    My hubby and I tend to eat the same things. He is a cyclist and is always watching his weight!
    Have a good day……

  8. daintyvegan on February 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Breakfast cookies sound so handy! I think I’ll attempt one soon although I just wasn’t quite sure how to make one. I guess I just throw everything together and leave it in the fridge overnight? Sounds easy enough.

    I use to like shrimp (prawns) although with my dad as a prawn fisherman, I could never grow to love them. Prawn overload.

  9. Kelli on February 24, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Your breakfast cookie has been a God send for me. I am usually too tired in the morning to make breakfast, so I usually just skip it. I have been making a large batch of breakfast cookies so that I can just grab it in the morning. Thank you!!! When you add pumpkin, how much do you add, and do you then leave the banana out? I am getting sick of the banana flavor!

    I have tried making oatmeal in the crock pot before, but so much of it stuck to the sides which I felt was wasteful and hard to clean up, so I haven’t attempted it again. Did yours stick?

  10. Kristilyn (My 29th Year) on February 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I really have to try putting shrimp on salad! It’s one of my favourite foods. 🙂 I’m also thinking I need to make a breakfast cookie sometime soon – it’s been way too long!


  11. brittney on February 24, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I must, must do this. In fact, when my boyfriend is over and I am cooking for us both, I tend to go heavy on the olive oil or butter to make sure it is super tasty. Which is silly. Boyfriend over is not an excuse for sour cream! 🙂

    On top of that, I can match him bite for bite. And he weighs a good 80 lbs more than me! I gotta cut this crap out, so thanks for the motivation!

  12. Queen of Fitness on February 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    i work FT, exercise like a maniac, and rarely sit down in my downtime. therefore my husband gets the same exact meal that i do. i don’t have the time to be cooking anything extra, different, or special for him. that is ridiculous. i am not a chef, nor do i run a restaurant from my home. he has come to learn this so he will eat some bread with a meal or he just takes his extra serving that same night and then doesn’t have any leftovers. because there are only 2 of us, i cook only once or twice a week then i take my leftovers for lunch through the week. i always eat my biggest meal for lunch. i zumba almost every night, so i have a smoothie when i come home since it’s usually so late. BTW gina, i made your sweet potato and black bean chili 1 week ago. i am just finishing it up but it is so GOOD. it gets better each day that it sits in the fridge longer. i am in L-O-V-E. i didn’t even share a single morsel with my husband. mine looked different than your pic did yesterday. you must have used more sweet potato or less of something else.
    the way i see things, my husband has two arms and a functioning brain, he can make anything extra if he wants to take the time. my time is precious and i would rather not spend the free time i do have slaving over the stove cooking extra food.

    • Fitnessista on February 24, 2010 at 5:39 pm

      i’m so glad you liked the chili!
      i followed the recipe exactly, but just used GIANT sweet potatoes 🙂

  13. Rebecca on February 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Gina! Can you recommend some savory, non-egg breakfasts?

    • Fitnessista on February 24, 2010 at 5:37 pm

      any other restrictions? dairy? soy?

  14. Jess - The Domestic Vegan on February 24, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    That’s so weird – I’ve never liked white wine, but I’ve been hooked since last summer! I still prefer red, but something about white is so yummy & refreshing. Mmmm. Wine.

    My boyfriend & I eat the same thing for dinner (since he’s vegan like me! :)), but we have very different lunches. I pack his lunch everyday (I know; I’m a great girlfriend ;-)), and he usually gets PB&J or Tofurky sandwiches, chips, fruit, soup, salad, cookies, etc. I get to go home for lunch & I eat much lighter! I guess he also eats MORE than I do for dinner since he has the metabolism of a hummingbird, but it’s the same meal. I don’t know how you ladies with two meals to prepare do it! I guess slightly tweaking the same dish isn’t too difficult, but I have friends who have to make entirely separate meals for their families than what they eat themselves!

  15. *Andrea* on February 24, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    haha i love chelsea handler! can’t wait for her new book to come out so soon. love your method for cooking for two!! since i’m still in college and boyfriend-less i don’t think about these things yet. but if i were to i would mimic your style 😉

  16. Meche on February 24, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I started preparing cleaner meals for my family; one for myself & my husband and another for my children. I still find myself picking at their pasta or rice though… how do you resist? I have quite a few pounds to lose & I used to be so disciplined, not so much anymore. I get so much food inspiration from your blog & I look forward to every post! Thanks for doing your thing, girl!

  17. Baroque Diva on February 25, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Hi Gina

    Thanks for the chia pudding yesterday!

    Just curious, do you not have grains with your dinner in the evening for a specific reason? I noticed you usually don’t have brown rice, even at your habachi restaurant, but I thought brown rice was a healthy choice. Is it because you often have oats during the day and try to limit your carb intake? Thanks for answering… I eat loads of brown rice, and maybe I should cool it. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 25, 2010 at 9:17 am

      hey girl,
      i’m doing a reader’s request post on this today 🙂

  18. All Women Stalker on February 27, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I love white wine, too, even more than red. And gosh, those shrimps are heavenly.

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