Will twirl for chicken

Morning <3 How’s your day going? Hope it’s been lovely so far.

Last night for dinner, I made something quick and easy since it was cookstravaganza here all weekend:


Lemon and garlic asparagus


(with garlic powder, sea salt, pepper, a little cayenne, olive oil and lemon slices)

Quinoa was goat cheese, walnuts and dried cranberries


(seasoned with a little bit of walnut oil, sea salt and pepper)

and a rotisserie chicken, bought earlier in the day and heated up in the oven. The best part about heating up a store-bought rotisserie chicken? Feeling like you made it yourself when you take it out of the oven 😉

I had a glorious plate of quinoa and veg, while the Pilot and MIL munched the chicken and sides.

my plate

Whenever I bring chicken home, Bella knows it’s in the house. She stares at the fridge longingly, and last night, took her begging to an entirely different level.

bell bell (2)

She was TWIRLING for chicken. We gave her a few pieces for that one 😉

After dinner, we went to La Encantada and walked around, grabbed gelato –I was too full from dinner- and then came back to the casa. The Pilot had to leave for work at 3am, so after he left, I tossed and turned :/

This woke me up:


Bfast cookie dough cereal 😀

I’m off to drop off MIL at the airport (so glad she was here this weekend!), then weights time, a midwife appointment, and then shopping for a dress to wear to a wedding this weekend with a friend.

See ya later today!



Something to think:

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”

Rabindranath Tagore

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  1. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on August 30, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I always buy rotisserie chicken to add into soups and other chicken-ified dishes. It calls for less work, and makes me feel like I made a complete meal from scratch! Bella has the right idea by twirling for it 😉

    • Fitnessista on August 30, 2011 at 10:31 am

      she LIVES for rotisserie chicken

      • Jaimie on August 30, 2011 at 11:29 pm

        That is too funny, I really think rotisserie chicken is canine crack- my dogs also go absolutely crazy for it!

  2. Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh on August 30, 2011 at 10:32 am

    haha my parents dogs do the same thing 🙂
    And bringing home a cooked chicken just makes like so much easier 🙂

  3. Liz @ Southern Charm on August 30, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Love that Bella twirled for chicken! Hey, can ya blame a girl who goes after what she wants? So cute.

    • Girl In the pink on August 30, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Haha so funny! My dog won’t twirl, he just stares at you uncomfortably!

  4. Alyssa @ Life of bLyss on August 30, 2011 at 10:34 am


    THAT is what my quinoa needs. thanks for the idea! 🙂

  5. Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun on August 30, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Rotisserie chicken is the best…it tastes so good. I use it in everything. And then I boil the carcass and make an awesome chicken soup! I’ve gotta try adding lemon to my asparagus 🙂 That is too cute that Bella loves chicken so much!

  6. Sarah on August 30, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I’ve been loving bananas in my cereal this summer – cheap fresh fruit is one part of summer I’m not ready to give up yet!

    Too cute about the twirling, Bella Ballerina!

  7. Kilee on August 30, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Sounds like you have a fun day planned today. Your quinoa recipe sounds really good!

  8. Allison @ Food For Healing on August 30, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Bella is adorable! i’m sure i could get my cats to do that for tuna! lol

  9. Katie on August 30, 2011 at 10:39 am

    But Bella is the cutest little beggar ever! : )

  10. Ali @ peachesandfootball.wordpress.com on August 30, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I used to buy rotisserie chicken in college because it was pre-cooked and would last for several meals. Plus, at $6/chicken, it didn’t get much cheaper than that. Much healthier than a pizza (although I had a few of those in college as well 🙂 )

    Think I’ll pick up one this weekend. Would make a nice and simple dinner. Also trying to find a non-hazardous looking veggie recipe to try out on the bf. Boy is it hard to get him to eat veggies!!!

    • Jill on August 30, 2011 at 11:16 am

      Try steamed green beens, and on top put some shredded cheddar cheese, seasoning salt, and hot chili flakes. SO GOOD and not a boring ol’ veggie dish. My boyfriend loves it and he hates veggies, too.

  11. Jin @ Health Ninja on August 30, 2011 at 10:44 am

    mhm the cereal looks like its worth waking up for 😉 have to try it out soon! thanks for this great inspiration 🙂

  12. Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life on August 30, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Sometimes the easiest dinners sure are the tastiest!!!

  13. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on August 30, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Dogs can be so impressive when they want food, no? haha

  14. Aine @ Something to Chew Over on August 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I love asparagus, probably my favourite veggie. Yours look yummy 🙂

    I’d twirl for roast chicken!

  15. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on August 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

    My dogs used to do the SAME thing when we brought home rotisserie chicken!! The twirl and everything! Looks like a great meal. Have fun dress shopping!

  16. Kate on August 30, 2011 at 10:58 am

    ooh those oats look delish I might throw some in the fridge now!

  17. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on August 30, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Haha, aww, your little Bella is quite the talent! Does your MIL live far from you? We hear you talk about your family tonnes, but very seldom does the Pilots fam come into the picture. I am glad you had a good time with her this house warming weekend! And you are right, store bought stuff can be a real life saver.

  18. Holly @ The Runny Egg on August 30, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I love the grocery store chicken — so easy to just heat up and then your house smells like amazing.

  19. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on August 30, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Looks like a delicious meal and it seems so simple!

  20. jan on August 30, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Thank you for the Something to Think quote. It was just what I needed to see this morning! Time to get busy “crossing the sea.”

  21. Kiran on August 30, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Mmm… Yummy dinner. I’m with you about store bought rotiserrie. Put it in the oven and its homemade 😉

  22. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries on August 30, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I’m totally a fan of rotisserie chicken too! Like you said, I love taking it out of the oven because it feels like you did it all by yourself AND it makes your house smell fabulous. 🙂 I’m a newer reader, so I’m not sure if I know this, but are you vegetarian?

    • Fitnessista on August 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      nope, i eat fish all the time and occasionally chicken – i have to be in the mood for chicken, though

  23. mi-an on August 30, 2011 at 11:34 am

    oh man i haven’t had rotisserie chicken in a long while. i like to make chicken salad with leftovers (vegenaise, grapes, celery, apples) yumm!

    • Kimberly on August 30, 2011 at 11:49 am

      Where do you find the vegenaise?

      • Fitnessista on August 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm

        whole foods!

    • Fitnessista on August 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      whoaaaaaa. amazing!

  24. Cat @Breakfast to Bed on August 30, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Why do they make them wake up so early? When my hubs is out of the door at 5 or earlier, it is quite the bleary eyed kiss goodbye.

    • Fitnessista on August 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      i hate it so much

  25. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me on August 30, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Bella is too cute. That chicken looked yummy though. I’d twirl for it. 😉

  26. kara on August 30, 2011 at 11:38 am

    oh man, my cat goes crazy for rotisserie chicken. crazyyyy. love bella’s twirls!

  27. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on August 30, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Mmm..that meal looks so good! I love the idea of both the garlic lemon asparagus, and adding goats cheese to quinoa – they sounds like delicious combinations 🙂 Yeeeks, poor you and Pilot, that’s a very early start indeed! So nice that your mother in law could make it down for the weekend – from what i’ve read it was an amazing one! 🙂 Have a great day! xyx

  28. Beth (well ill be) on August 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Bella is too cute! Dexter will do anything for food. We call him our little circus dog when he stands on his hind legs like that. I think he’s even busted out a twirl before!

  29. Kathryn @ Flopoodle on August 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Awww Bella is adorable. My cats just whine and stare and then try to climb up when they want something. Maybe they’d have more success if they learned a couple of tricks 😉

  30. Jennie @ Designed to be Fit on August 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I always want to buy one of those chickens when I’m at the store but it’s so huge and I wouldn’t know what do to with all the leftovers!

  31. Moni'sMeals on August 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    what a nice dinner and those asparagus… one of my favorite ways to eat them!

    Gotta have that hit of cayenne and lemons!

    Pets are so clever, aren’t they!

  32. lindsey on August 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    If you can find it, pecan oil is a dream. I use it in *everything*!

  33. Emma on August 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    My dog one time snuck into the kitchen and ate an entire roasted chicken carcass. We were amazed that he was completely fine.

    • Fitnessista on August 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      haha! once viesa ate an entire yellow cake

  34. Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) on August 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Dinner looked yummy- I need to try cooking my asparagus with lemon slices!

    Bella is just the cutest. My old family pug just sits and whimpers for food now, no more cool tricks! She’s afraid of breaking a hip 😉

  35. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on August 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I really wish the hubs liked asparagus. He can’t stand the stuff, so I always end up bypassing it at the store, despite the fact that every time I see it, I want to devour it on the screen…

  36. Alyssa on August 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I have been following your blog for a while and know that you are trying to be as gluten free as possible. I too have discovered that gluten doesn’t exactly agree with me. While I have been tested for celiac and told that I am negative, I still believe I have some sensitivity to it. I have been trying to take meal ideas from you and was curious if quinoa is gluten free? I’ll take as many different meal options as I can get! thanks! ps. the house looks beautiful. congrats on the baby and house!

    • Krystina (Organically Me) on August 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      It is 🙂

    • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on August 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      and it’s possible to test negative on every single test “they” test you for… and still have intolerances and sensitivities. Trial and error and listening to your body sometimes trumps the tests 🙂

      • Fitnessista on August 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm

        amen- thanks girl!

    • Fitnessista on August 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      yes, it is gf! and as averie said, it’s definitely possible to test negative for celiac and still be sensitive to it

  37. meghan on August 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    how do you prepare the quinoa that you made with this dinner? It looks great and I was hoping for the recipe.
    Thank you,

    • Fitnessista on August 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      just rinsed and cooked it in water, and when it was cooked added sea salt, pepper, walnut oil, walnuts, dried cranberries and crumbled goat cheese. it was super easy 🙂

  38. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I love grocery store rotisserie chickens! Except I never buy them for myself because I hate the legs/wings/dark meat. So I only eat them when I’m visiting home and my dad’s there to eat all the yucky parts. 😛

  39. Krystina (Organically Me) on August 30, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Now I want a heaping plate of quinoa and asparagus 😀

  40. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on August 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    cookstravaganza <– love that word

    And glad you were able to not do as much hot 'n heavy cooking after a weekend with lots of time in the kitchen.

    Have fun dress shopping!!! and enjoy your midwife appt. I always loved mine. It was so much fun learning about the development and growth and listening to the heartbeat was the best thing ever!

  41. Jen on August 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I love rotisserie chicken! The hardest part about buying one is trying not to pick at it before it’s dinner time. They always smell so amazing!

  42. Heather Yourex on August 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Oh Wow! That quinoa dish looks AMAZING. I’m gonna have to try that!

  43. Megan @ On The Road Again on August 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Love rotisserie chicken! It absolutely does make me feel like I really cooked it myself. Plus, the leftovers make great sandwiches and salads. We have a little kitty who also begs and begs for scraps, just like Bella!

  44. Alexa @ Simple Eats on August 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Bella has the right idea. I’d twirl for chicken, too. And that couscous, yum!

  45. Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous on August 30, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I’ve never had quinoa!! I will have to pick some up when I visit Whole Foods this weekend! Is it like Cous Cous?!

  46. Kiah on August 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Ah Bella is too cute! Every post she is in makes me smile! I think she would be good buddies with my puppy Salsa…named after her spicy attitude 🙂 She definitely has the princess mentality down!

  47. Kathleen on August 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    So cute! My baby, Pepper, is a border collie mix so he likes to herd my parents to the snack closet or fridge to get him junk food. And they get him something Every.Single.Time. He’s got them trained so well lol!

  48. meghan@ struggle muffins on August 30, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Quinoa + goat cheese + dried cranbreezies = happiness. Also good with dried cherries and some spinach. Mmmm.

  49. Jana on August 30, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Are you not eating chicken anymore?

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2011 at 12:37 am

      i just have it very, very rarely. i ate it today for the first time in maybe 4 months?

  50. Socal Rachel on August 31, 2011 at 12:55 am

    My step mom had a dog who would twirl, hop forward and back. I would call it circus tricks, and could use any food to get her to perform.

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