30 Sides to Every Pair of Furry Handcuffs

I can write this post really really fast because, I have had enough coffee today to keep myself running on Dunkin until the aliens come. This would be bad, because I am not a “prepper”, and haven’t any stores of pork and beans, spinach in a can, or bullet-proof pods I can float out a tsunami in. Did you know they MAKE Tsunami pods? Assuming the majority of people buying Tsunami pods are 35 year old single men living in their mother’s basement somewhere in Peoria, what do they put in their pod?

How many Dungeons and Dragons 20-sided dice do you need if you’re alone? I will give it to you that no one is probably more prepared to live on canned cheese and crackers.

Naturally, though, I have more energy than a lot of people. Even though I am struggling right now with 12 lbs I want gone; my diet and exercise regimen tends to leave me with a lot of energy to get me through the day. I do need coffee first thing in the morning, but it’s purely out of desperate addiction habit.

Yesterday, I had a very clean eating day. I ran, lifted weights, and took time to relax. I feel it immediately when I have a good day like that. This morning, when my daughter woke me up at the crack of dawn, I woke up with energy. I woke up ready to take on the day; which is fortunate because she was too. We each had our oatmeal and banana, and had mommy-baby dance hour. (florence + the machine, this morning) I was so excited, I had no idea I finished my entire french press of coffee. Hence, the alien safe pod. Oh my, the aliens, they’re coming, aren’t they?


Ok, coming down off of my caffeine high. Here’s my system for a good morning.

This system is way better than yesterday’s system of wallowing in my own self-pity.ย It does lead to many bathroom trips, though. Don’t worry, you’ll pee awesome.

By the way, every single one of you who promised to hold me accountable, will be held accountable to holding me accountable. I will hold you accountable with furry handcuffs and a ball-gag. (you weren’t expecting that, were you? meh, you read my blog, you probably were.) At least I have someone ready to hold me accountable to my “dance and be awesome” promise.

So what did I eat to be in such not so rare form, you ask? (I can hear you asking, the aliens implanted something in my email brain.)

For dinner last night, I made and ate a bowl of awesome. It was meatless monday and I was in the mood for something Southwestern. I also did NOT want any wheat, as I had it at lunch and breakfast. Luckily, I had some GORGEOUS tri-color quinoa from TJ’s. I spiced it up, made it sexy, and devoured it. I made a healthy taco salad.

Spicy Quinoa “taco” Salad

Spicy Quinoa “Taco” Salad

by Cat Tan

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: saute steam stir-fry appetizer salad entree gluten-free vegan vegetarian soy-free nut-free

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • one cup quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable stock or mushroom stock
  • 2 chipotles from a chipotle in adobo jar (optional)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1 can (I use Eden Organics-it’s BPA free) rinsed and drained black beans
  • 1/2 head of red cabbage
  • 1/2-1 cup prepared salsa
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp chopped garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • cilantro
  • tofutti sour cream or plain greek yogurt
  • sliced tomatoes
  • sliced, salted avocados



add the quinoa, stock, and chipotles to a sauce pan,

bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat and cook until stock is absorbed-about 20 minutes

slice all of the vegetables

add about 2 tbsp olive oil to a pan and heat to medium

add garlic and onion and saute until tender

add in remaining vegetables and spices and cook until crisp-tender.

in a large bowl, toss together cooked quinoa, beans, salsa, vegetables, salt and pepper.

top with sour cream and cilantro and serve with avocado and tomatoes

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8 thoughts on “30 Sides to Every Pair of Furry Handcuffs

  1. Ah, Cat you are hilar! And, you daughter is gorgeous!!! The taco salad looks amazing AND healthy. Quinoa is a fav of mine. Based on your title, I thought you may be reading the newest Mommy P*rn: 50 Shades of Gray. So good and naughty!
    • inspired by, yes. I have yet to read, though. I just read the "Night Huntress" series which gets REALLY dirty, and I'm recording another that is REALLY dirty, so the book I am listening to for fun is squeaky clean to give my brain and ears a rest.

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