keeping my cool…in the kitch



man it is hot outside

I love it

better to be hot than cold

but today…sorta ridiculous with the heat index 110 @8AM

this morning I realized

after the last week in the kitchen

testing..and testing recipes

I just want to keep my cool…

in the kitch

what does that mean?

well now that I am trying my best to eat well

not diet…just eat well

because dieting never works

BELIEVE me! (you all know I am saying the truth!)

Since Monday I have made myself a promise…

I am determined to think before I eat

plan my menu out…instead of scrounge

when I am hungry

but today..I am keeping the ovens OFF

the challenge…making delicious food

that is satisfying…yet requires no cooking

and Tunie B will actually eat with me!

i got this covered…a piece of cak.. carrot 😉

Have an awesome day all – me & Tunie B will!!

xxx Sarah

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Here is Today’s Keep it Cool Menu:


Watermelon Feta Salad

This salad satisfies both my sweet and savory tastebuds as well as being perfect for breakfast. After a nice size plate of this salad, i am good to go.

I know rules say that you should eat most of your calories and protein at breakfast, but I find I like to keep breakfast on the lighter side, I am just not that hungry in the morning.



½ seedless watermelon, sliced into bite-size chunks

1 cup feta cheese, crumbles

For the Lemon Vinaigrette:

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp. olive oil

 1 ½ packets Splenda or 1 Tbsp. sugar

Pinch of kosher salt

 Fresh mint for garnish

It is best to plate each salad individually rather than mixing it all in a large bowl; the feta tends to melt when you add liquid.

On each plate, place a generous amount of the bite-size watermelon. Sprinkle chunks of the feta cheese on top as you desire. In a separate bowl whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, and Splenda. Drizzle lightly over the watermelon and feta; top it off with a sprinkle of kosher salt. Garnish with fresh mint and serve.


Smashed Chickpea & Avocado Sandwich

NewImageUsually it is lunch time that I am starving and most times I am never home and have not thought ahead. Sadly to say most times I push off lunch till later in the day and have a lunch supper with Tunie..then another supper by myself. So not good!!!

Today I am planning ahead and packing lunch for me and Tunie as we go have our first summer day off together…NO SCHOOL – HELLO BEACH!

This is a great sandwich recipe that I got from (a really great blog!)

And because Tunie B. will eat ANYTHING with Avocado…she wolfs this lunch down every time I make it for her!


1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas

1 large ripe avocado

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

2 tablespoons chopped green onion

juice from 1 lime salt and pepper, to taste

bread of your choice fresh spinach leaves or other sandwich toppings: lettuce, tomato slices, sprouts etc..



Spinach Salad with canned Salmon


I find that I enjoy canned salmon more than Tuna, and so does Tunie B. (ironic considering her name lol) She eats hers with pretzel chips and the veggies. I eat mine topped on a bed of Spinach leaves with more avocado & cherry tomatoes.

Tip: to keep my dressing under control I have these 2oz plastic cups that you get in the stores when you buy a salad. I refill them and viola…instant portion control.


1 can salmon

3 tbsp. mayo

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. fresh black pepper

2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped

1 tsp. curry (optional)

Spinach leaves

cherry tomatoes


Mix the canned salmon with the mayo and spices.  Plate salad according to taste.

For dessert:

Because in my house there is ALWAYS dessert! – My favorite thing…Frozen Banana.

Frozen banana tastes exactly like ice cream and is super delicious..if you have never tried it…well do it SOON!


And of course no day goes with out a snack!

These days I have found a new bar that I love that has great flavors and has anywhere between 150-210

calories depending on the flavor.

You can find these all over your groceries and local starbucks!

Kind bars

I am also a huge fan of the simply bars – but have not seen them in my local grocery lately.