Weekly Eats, Treats & Christmas

Hi Friends!

I took a little break from the blog world to enjoy the holidays with my family. Here’s a glimpse into what I’ve been up to:


Some pre-holiday eats:
1. eggs, clementines, yogurt & graham crackers & carrots
2. Lentil Veggie Soup w/ quinoa in the Crockpot
3. Soup with a side of apples
4. Blackberry oatmeal bar with ice cream
5. Cranberry Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars- recipe coming soon!
6. More soup :)
7. Pb & J toast with hummus & carrots
8. Fish salad-
Tip: order cheese & dressing on the side…
That way YOU control the amount
9. Protein-packed Baked Ziti

For the Soup:

I chopped up veggies (sweet potato, red pepper, onion, etc) and threw them in the crockpot with some veggies broth for about 6 hours with lots of curry powder and red pepper. About an hour before we ate, I added some cooked quinoa and lentils and let everything heat through. SO easy.

For the casserole:

I pureed some cottage cheese and white beans in the food processor and then added some pesto and oregano. Then i sauteed some veggies, added a can of no-salt added tomato sauce and stirred in the bean and cheese mixture. I added some cooked noodles and a handful of mozzerella cheese and then put everything in a casserole dish and baked it for about 20 minutes to heat through. Such an easy way to add more protein with the cottage cheese and beans, and you couldn’t even taste a difference!


1 & 2. My friends at Blue Diamond Almonds sent me a HUGE gift basket filled with flavored almonds, chocolate and yogurt covered almonds, nut thins and chips! They’re such a great company.
3. Yeah we buy the 10 pound bag of carrots at Costco..
Yes there are just two of us in the house.
Favorite snack.
4. Tried this new pasta from Kamut Wheat.
They’re one of our Elf4health sponsors.
It’s awesome. Way better than most 100% whole wheat pasta.
5. Another of my fav companies, Chobani, sent me lots of yogurt!
Can’t wait to start whipping up some recipes!
6. I restocked my freezer with beans and lentils.


Around the house:
1. We turned our office into a new guest room.
It was a surprise for my parent’s visit.
They loved it and so do we.
2. Couch time with the pets.
3. Poco waiting on my sister’s bed for her to come!
4. Tucky and I with the tree.
5. We got our first snow a few days before Christmas.
6. Paying it forward by sending some Starbucks giftcards-
sent them to some of my blog’s biggest supporters!


Christmas with my fam:
My parents and sister came into town the weekend before Christmas.
1-3. We went to the OSU vs. Kansas bball game.
4. I got an Eye-Fi.
It wirelessly transfers pics from camera to computer/ipad.
5. Love him.
6. Trying to get the Eye-Fi all set up.
7. Breakfast with the fam.
8. Hubby captured all 4 animals on the bed for the first time ever.
9. Christmas dinner #1
We had salad, scallops, salmon, lentil veggie mac & cheese
and curried sweet potato soup


1. My hubby is the best at wrapping presents.
2. For my FIL’s side of the family, we stole his old 8mm film and had it converted to a DVD. On Christmas Eve we watched it with them and gave them some prints we had made of photos as well. It was a big hit!
3. The holidays are magical :)
4. Hubby’s grandma’s dog, Oliver. So cute.
5. Hubby got me a Le Creuset.
I’ve been wanting one FOREVER!!!
6. Marcus got catnip in a sock. Crazy cat.
7. Santa came!
8. Tucker got a new ball.
The only kind he likes are those orange ones.
He’s obsessed.
9. Hubby got a fancy man bracelet.
He’s so stylish :)


The day after Christmas we had a huge snow storm.
Hubby and I had a great time running around the backyard!
The dogs were there too :)


You’re never too old to play!!!!

Let’s chat: Did you celebrate Christmas? How was it?!
If not, what have you been up to??

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About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Those quinoa bars sounds fantastic! I can’t wait for that one – never enough PB!

    We got a little freezing rain/flurries today, but night like what you got. Oh well. I did get a Le Creuset skillet for Christmas – tis the season for cookware? :)
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  2. we SCOOTERED!!!
    all three of us got razor scooters and it was CHRISTMAS FOR THE JEWS awesomeness :)
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  3. Looks like a FUN time! Can’t believe you can sleep with 4 animals in bed with you. I have a hard time with one! Our Christmas was laid back and full of fun playing with new toys and in the snow.
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  4. i swear that blue diamond package made my entire week :) love the snowy pictures!!!
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  5. Glad you took some time off to enjoy! And omg Oliver is SO cute!!!
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  6. Very cute photo of all the animals sleeping!
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  7. Love your pictures and so glad that you took some time off. Me too and it has been really great. I’m jealous of your snow! It’s been wet and rainy here in NYC. Christmas has been lots of fun – lots of cooking, family and friends. And I’m not going to lie that I’m a little jealous of your beautiful Le Creuset. I finally got a crockpot which I’m a little too excited about :-)
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  8. Sounds like you had an AMAZING Christmas Lindsay!! And your hubby is a good wrapper? I’m impressed. Nick….not so much.
    Too bad OSU had to lose to Kansas :(
    BTW, everyone LOVED those carmelitas!!! Obviously.
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  9. Fantastic!!!

    I love couch time with the pets too :)
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  10. What an awesome holiday time! We’ve been living off amazing soup here too. Couch time is now the order of the day!

  11. All of your food looks amazing! And you and the hubs are pretty freaking adorable. Jealous of your snow!!!!!

  12. Your food sounds and looks amazing! I love getting gift baskets from friends in high places. :-)
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  13. It looks like you had a great holiday! Sometimes unplugging and just enjoying is the way to go.

    Happy new year :)
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  14. Ha – kitties with catnip crack me up. :) Looks like a lovely holiday.

    That lentil soup sounds great!
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  15. Looks like such a fun holiday!! I too took a nice vaca from the blog. Sometimes that is just needed! And I must say… I am thoroughly impressed with your hubby’s wrapping skills!
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  16. Jordan Anne says:

    Just found your blog, and I LOVE it!

    However, all your posts that include Meijer brand foods make me SO homesick! I moved away from the midwest a year ago, and even though I miss my family, the thing I miss the most is Meijer!

  17. Oh I just love everything about this post. Your pictures are always so great :-) Happy holidays sweet Lindsay!!
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  18. Awww, so fun – Merry Christmas!!
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  19. Just found your blog through Happy Fit Mama! Those Cranberry Peanutbutter Quinoa bars look amazing! Can’t wait for the recipe! Our Christmas was good, a little too crazy, but good:-)
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  20. I have just recently discovered lentils and can’t stop looking for new ways to eat them! Great ideas and recipes! You definitely inspire me to be creative and eat healthier.

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