quick eats and cranberry ketchup!

Hello fellow bloggies!  Can you believe we’re so close to Christmas!?!  Yikes!  Another quick recap… 

Breakfast:  1/2 cup plain Oikos with 1/2 cup TJ’s pumpkin spice granola and one sliced banana.


Morning Snack:  Breakfast didn’t stick with me ’till lunch time, so I dug a chocolate chip Clif ZBar out of my drawer at the office and ate 1/2.

Lunch:  Whole wheat pita stuffed with TJ’s edamame hummus, cucumber, yellow bell pepper, alfalfa sprouts and broccoli slaw, along with a cup of TJ’s Veggie Lentil soup.


Afternoon Snack:  The other 1/2 of my ZBar and a Minneola Tangelo…yummy.  🙂


Dinner:  Veggies and tofu simmered in TJ’s Korma Sauce on top of jasmine rice with a side of steamed broccoli.


This sauce was really good.  The hubb and I love Indian cuisine so I was excited to find this sauce at Trader Joe’s last week…


We pan-fried the tofu similarly to this method, but cut into smaller pieces and without the glaze at the end.  Once the tofu is brown on both sides, we added chopped onion and carrot and let it all saute together for 5-7 minutes.


When the onion and carrots were soft, we added a can of drained chickpeas and the jar of Korma sauce.


On top of jasmine rice it was sooooooo tasty.  🙂

Dessert:  One beautiful peanut butter filled date.


And I worked on some Christmas gifts!!!  I finally made the Cranberry Ketchup that Erin has been raving about…she sent me the recipe a few weeks ago and tonight I finally had a chance to make it up! Let me tell you all….It. Is. Awesome.  I plan to eat it on everything for the next few weeks.  I was planning to actually can the ketchup to preserve it for months, but started reading up on canning and became worried that I might give my loved ones botulism by incorrectly preserving their Christmas gift.  So, instead, the ketchup will be given to a select few of our Charlottesville friends with a friendly tag reminding them to keep it refrigerated and use it within 3 weeks…  🙂



Are any of you making Christmas gifts this year?  


16 responses to “quick eats and cranberry ketchup!

  1. The cranberry ketchup sounds so good! Could you post the recipe?
    Thanks 🙂

  2. YUM!! I asked her for it too and I can’t wait to make it!

  3. Delicious day! 🙂

  4. i saw that sauce at TJ’s and thought of getting it….looks like it works well!

  5. I am absolutely jealous of your dinner…looks so good! think lentils will work well too!

  6. i love all those trader joes sauces i have the curry simmer sauce its great, your dish looks fabulous by the way.

  7. This cranberry ketchup idea is interesting!!!

    I already made some preserves to give away, as well as christmas goodies.

  8. SOOOOO much food porn!! Love it.

    I’m baking and knitting/crocheting a lot of gifts.

  9. I’m not making any gifts, but I will be baking and cooking up a storm when I visit my family!

  10. You made it so I can’t read your post in google reader….booooooooo…..

  11. Kelly – Thank you! If you click on Erin’s name, it will link you to the post where you can leave her a comment and she’ll send you the recipe. She didn’t post it on her blog, so I’m not sure if she’d want me to post it on mine…You should definitely try it though, its SO GOOD!

    Meghann – Uh Oh! I don’t know what I did, but I’ll fix it. Let me know if you can’t see my next post…

  12. Your photography is amazing!

  13. We are making granola as gifts this year. Home made treats are always a nice gift!

  14. Oh definitely! I made some personalized snowman ornaments for friends, cookies, gluten-free cookies, and a Cookbook for my sister and her husband. I love making gifts!!!

  15. YAY! I’m so glad you made it Andrea! It truly is good on everything, right? I’m still eating it almost 4 weeks later. 😉 It belongs in oatmeal.

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