Food Rules!

Sorry, Michael Pollan,ย I’m not big on rules when it comes to what I eat. But yesterday some random “food lessons” revealed themselves to me and I thought I would share them with you!

Lesson #1 – If you put Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter on ANYTHING it will taste amazing.


I smeared it on one side of Oliver’s Whole Grain Bread (dijon on the other) and it brought this sandwich to gourmet status!


The salami was a free sample from The Foodbuzz Festival (remember when I was so surprised to find meat in my SWAG bag?)



Lesson #2 – The best red apples aren’t necessarily the “Red Delicious” ones. They can be PINK!


This organic “Pink Lady” was straight outa Snow White – it was CRIMSON! I know they say the redderย does not necessarily mean the better, but this apple tasted particularly phenomenal, partially because I was so taken with her beauty.

Lesson #3 – Any bread is addictive, if heated and served with good olive oil


I’m actually not that crazy about the baskets they bring at Prado, yet I always ask for seconds!

Last night I devoured 3 hunks, dipped in garlicky, herby goodness


Lesson #4 – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I have been to Prado dozens of times, and always wind up ordering the same thing. Have never regretted it.

The Caribbean Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken:


Lesson #5 – Encourage your dinner date to explore different foods…


…so you can steal tastes of something new!


Lesson #6 – If a salad is filled with properly marinated ingredients and chopped finely enough, you won’t need a drop of dressing…


…or cheese!


Lesson #7 – Eating mostly protein REALLY satisfies. I polished off all the chicken and brought these salad leftovers home. So satiated I didn’t even need dessert last night (who AM I?!?)


Lesson #8 – Groupon rocks. With tip, this meal cost a little more than half of what it would normally, but we still saved bank!


Lesson #9 – Marry someone like Abe.


Woops, that wasn’t food-related. But it’s the best lesson I’ve learned.


21 thoughts on “Food Rules!

  1. wendy

    Aww I like lesson #9!

    My favorite thing that I’ve learned from reading your blogs is your oat bran & egg whites. Have you ever had pumpkin butter with oat bran? I wanna try it!

    Do you have a good marinade for chicken? I hate making chicken cuz I can never get it quite right.

  2. Cindy

    Will have to try TJ’s Pumpkin Butter!! Alas, no TJ’s here. One more reason to move West. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Happiest you have Abe. He’s a good one!

  3. Becki @ Hike, Bike, Eat

    Groupons ARE addictive! I may have a problem… Also, my belief is adding olive oil to anything makes it healthy. Power of the mind ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. wendy lee

    I like your rules- they are much more fun than Michael Pollan’s. Your last rule is the most special; alas, it is not one that others have access to but it’s nice that you feel that way!

  5. chezjulie

    How funny… I was munching on a rule #2 when I started reading your post! For some reason I haven’t seen them in the grocery lately. When I saw some beautifully colored organic ones, I had to have them.

    No TJ’s here. Sniff, sniff.

    Rule #9 is the best.

  6. Tina

    I like #5, I tend to “suggest” menu items for my boyfriend to order just so I can steal a bite, I think he’s onto me though!

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