Dessert/ Dinner

Beans of a Budget


I’m blogging while watching the season finale for The Biggest Loser. The Biggest Loser is really the only show I like to watch but never used to be able to because of my work schedule. One of my good friends actually auditioned for the personal trainer next season so that would be awesome if she got it!

This afternoon I snacked on my new favorite combo: peanut butter mousse!


I used 1/2 cup Fage, 2 tbsp PB2 and topped it with raw cacao nibs and a One Lucky Duck raw chocolate chip cookie! It was a very delicious and filling snackie!

I watched Oprah with my mom and then came back home to start dinner. While I cooked I enjoyed a glass of vino


Got this new book…can’t wait to start it!

For dinner tonight I went back to one of my favorite staples: beans ‘n greens. See the link to my Creative Loafing post tomorrow for the exact recipe. 😉 While cleaning up the kitchen last night I found this old bag of dried beans and that inspired me—


Truth be told, Ryan and I BOTH loooooove lima beans. Especially these giant ones—they are just so much fun (and affordable!)! And this quick weeknight dinner which has them paired with olive oil, garlic and spinach is a winner in this house.


I’ve made this as a side dish before, but honestly I like it by itself….the beans are great protein and when paired with the greens it makes for a very tasty and satisfying dinner!

Tonight I had my portion alongside a BIG baked sweet potato:


And here’s the boy’s dinner…..he got leftover collards and mac & cheese as well!


I was very happy that I at least squeezed a few veggies in him! 😉

Dessert was a little “sundae” of sorts—


I combined 1/3 cup whipped cottage cheese with a scoop of Dark Chocolate Dreams and a little bit of raw macaroon crumble. It was awesome!

I just LOVE this stuff:


Ahh! Gotta quickly get in pjs and make it back to the couch for BL. See you in the morning for another Raw Wednesday Challenge! What do YOU have planned?

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  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    May 12, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    What a great dinner! Can’t wait to see the recipe!

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    May 12, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I definitely will be checking for that recipe tomorrow! Mmm that PB2 mousse goodness looks fabulous. And Dark Chocolate Dreams is one of my absolute favorites! I loved having it with oats in the morning. Knowing that I’d had chocolate to start the day made me smile. Enjoy the rest of the night!

  • Heather
    May 12, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Beans (especially dried) are such a great thing! So cheap, so easy, so filling. Lima beans are actually the one bean (and one of the only foods) I dislike, but maybe I should revisit them. I also agree about dark chocolate dreams – that stuff is INSANELY delicious. I’ve got a nice lunch of zucchini pasta with spinach pesto & a cucumber/tomato salad ready for tomorrow – a few dates with raw AB and/or carrot sticks with cashew cheese for a snack. I love Wednesdays!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    May 12, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I’m watching BL too… I’m truly amazed by ALL of the contestants!

  • Run Sarah
    May 12, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I love Dark Chocolate Dreams too – just picked it up this weekend!

  • K
    May 12, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    What a great dinner!! I’ve got to say, Ryan’s mac & cheese looks incredibly delicious!

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health
    May 12, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    What an awesome dinner. I have had a bag of Lima beans sitting in my cabinets for a while now. I bought them forever ago because I loved them as a kid, but I have no idea what to do with them. I will definitely try out this recipe!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    May 12, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Mmm I love beans!! Looks like a winning recipe!

    Raw Wednesday, let’s see. I have been trying to figure out all day what I want to make!! I better get on it!

  • Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks
    May 12, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I’ve been thinking of raw ideas for tomorrow! Hopefully I’ll come up with something yummy!

    Have fun watching biggest loser!

  • Rebecca
    May 12, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Dinner looks great and congrats on the new writing gig! I already packed my raw lunch – kale, spinach, mushroom, blackberry salad w/ raw goat cheese, almonds and some balsamic. I am so excited I might have to eat it for breakfast…

  • Christy
    May 12, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Is TBL getting new trainers?? Do you know who’s leaving? Wow, that would be pretty cool to see your friend training people on TV!

  • Jen
    May 12, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Yum, dinner looks super filling and dessert looks seriously delish. I feel like I’ve used Dark Chocolate Dreams PB in my dessert every night since I got it!

  • Michelle
    May 12, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    That salad looks yummy. Speaking of books did you finish the Jodi one? I thought it was interesting.

  • zestycook
    May 12, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Have fun watching the BL – I am just loving your dessert treat 🙂

  • Victoria
    May 12, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Mmm… Looks pretty tasty. I’ll be looking for the recipe tomorrow. Enjoy your evening!

  • Starr Stoddard
    May 12, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I have to admit, I, too, am envious of your meal plans. Desert and snacks all the time and you maintain a weight that is right for you.
    Ok, I NEED YOUR HELP. I was doing really good for about a year, eating great-seriously, so healthy, mostly plant based, just recently I was put on some medication that has me eating like a whale and I have been so down lately that my motivation has really dropped to do anything like exercise, run ( am an avid runner and hiker) and really need some adivce-suggestions to help me find it again to get back at it-both eating well and exercise. I have gained 18 pounds in the last month or so. I am so down-all my hard work down the drain. Help please. I would love an email from you rather than on my blog.



  • weight and meditate
    May 12, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I’m watching TBL finale, too, and I watched Oprah, which made me cry. I’m sure this show will, too!

  • RuntoFinish
    May 12, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    ohh i just bought my first ever collard greens this week for a bean soup I made, but I have some left so this is great!

  • Bec
    May 12, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    I’m a huge BL fan too! I hope your friend gets the job, that would be amazing 🙂

  • Adi ( - repaired!)
    May 12, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Beans n Greens? mmm! Anything that rhymes must automatically taste good in my books. 🙂
    Enjoy Biggest Loser!

  • Help Meghan Run
    May 12, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I have seen that Dark Chocolate Dreams in the grocery store but have resisted buying it…so far. 😉 I might have to get it soon!

    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

  • brookesballbuster
    May 12, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I really appreciate how balanced of a diet you have. You are a great example for me; you are obviously in great shape and you don’t restrict yourself from desserts. That makes living healthy so much more realistic for me….being able to eat what you crave just in moderation. Thank you for your inspiration:)

  • brookesballbuster
    May 12, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Duh…I totally forgot to mention i am watching TBL right now. It’s my favorite show ever!! That’s so cool about your friend auditioning. Let us know how it goes!

  • Michelle Hisae
    May 12, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Ooh that nut butter looks yummy. I can’t wait for raw wednesday!

  • Shelly
    May 12, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    You should check out the picture I posted on my blog. I just finished my first jar of the dark chocolate peanut butter and I scraped it clean to the extent that it looks like its been through the dish washer! So of course I had to take a picture and post it. Haha!

  • Christina
    May 12, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Mm I used to just eat the lima beans out of the frozen mixed vegetables my parents would always make with dinner. They’re so good.
    I’m doing a raw breakfast for tomorrow, I’ll probably soak some oats overnight 🙂

  • Emily
    May 12, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Beans and greens night looks great! I love simple and filling dinners.

    Love Dark Chocolate Dreams…just wish it weren’t so expensive! I’ve never tried it with cottage cheese, but I think it looks pretty delish!

  • Alison
    May 12, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Beans and greens look great! Unfortunately one of the only food my husband won’t eat is lima beans. But I bet that’d be good with any bean. Cannelini or chickpeas especially.

  • Ellen
    May 12, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    that spinach looks an awful lot like kale, haha. beans, greens and a grain is one of my “standard” meals. just pick what i have available from each category and toss in some garlic, onion, maybe a little lemon juice or good cheese and it’s always delicious!

  • bobbi
    May 12, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I am watching TBL right now too:) I am so stumpped on what to make tomorrow, it might just be a salad for the meal, but the snack????MAN I need to get a RAW cookbook!!!!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    May 12, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    I didn’t watch TBL all season, but I DVRd the finale and can’t wait to see all the amazing transformations!

    I’ve got raw pizza cheese and a fresh juice on tap for Raw Wednesday. Can’t wait to see what you have planned!

  • Caroline
    May 12, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Love the looks of that “sundae!”

  • Lindsay
    May 13, 2009 at 6:10 am

    His whole plate is veggies, well almost! I need to try that chocolate PB, I just noticed last week that the commissary sells it, and that PB2 as well…I swear if not anything else reading blogs like yours have gotten me addicted to thirty kinds of nut butters! Hubby is going to think I’ve gone crazy when he comes home!

  • Melanie
    May 13, 2009 at 6:15 am

    Dried beans are so fantastic….excellent protein and a good way to avoid the sodium (for those of us with borderline HBP). I’m thinking that I’ve got to try this PB2 also!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    May 13, 2009 at 6:23 am

    I love lima beans! that looks like such a yummy meal. Beans are just delicious..a very under appreciated food if you ask me 🙂

    and you’re really making me want to get PB2! gah I wish we had some near us. I just can’t justify buying a 4 pack for 16 bucks

  • Kim
    May 13, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Your dinner looks yummy!!! I may give that a try!

    Dark Chocoate dreams is my favorite!!! Well, next to Barney Butter, that is. 😉

  • Carrie H
    May 13, 2009 at 8:54 am

    I’m trying to do the raw Wednesday challenge too … But I have a couple questions. Are Quaker oats from the big tub raw? Obviously, I mean before I cook them to make hot oatmeal. I mixed them with a 1/2 c. nonfat plain yogurt, water and berries for breakfast thinking that was a good raw breakfast, but then I realized that I don’t know if the yogurt qualifies as raw either! Just cause I don’t cook it doesn’t mean it’s raw, I guess! But I am trying … hehe. 🙂

  • Diana (Soap & Chocolate)
    May 13, 2009 at 10:07 am

    I totally bailed on BL this season but I can’t say I wasn’t tempted to watch the finale! Hmm, I may need to catch a bit online at least to see the transformations – it’s so inspirational, even if you don’t have weight to lose, because you just have to admire the kind of drive it takes to make a change like that.

    You are a girl after my own heart with the cottage cheese dessert – I think I have done that exact combo before! Love that PB.

  • Shelby
    May 13, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Love your PB Mousse! And I love that beans n’ greens recipe! It sounds delicious, I must try it.

    Mmm, dark chocolate dreams.

    I’m eating my raw meal now =)