The Dude Diet: Snack Attack

easy-avocado-toast-with-turkeyLogan is currently busy eating, drinking, and karaoke-ing his way through Shanghai. Although I received a distraught phone call about how they had only served him “weird Chinese cookies and shitty quarter sandos” (I assume he meant tea sandwiches) on the first day of class, I am sad to report that conditions have improved, and he is happily sampling as much Chinese food as he can get his hands on. I know this because he has sent several pictures of him smiling with various plates of Chinese specialites and hugging street food vendors. He also admitted to having “the dumpling sweats” on Wednesday night. Clearly, the Dude Diet is not faring well. However, this blog is banned in China, so Logan probably just forgot the rules…This week, I would like to focus on an issue that poses...
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Minestrone Monday

Mondays suck. Anxiety levels are high and morale is low. There are many reasons for this, but my Blue Monday is usually a result of its naughty predecessor: No Calorie Sunday.serena-wolf-domesticate-meNo Calorie Sunday. Having a light snack.I am a big believer in “No Calorie Sunday.” Sure, I love eating healthily and treating my body like the temple that it is. Just not on Sundays. On Sundays, I go off the reservation. Food trucks, frozen yogurt, cheeseburgers, Dominos…you name it, I’ll eat it. Throw a hangover into the mix, and things really get aggressive. Honestly, the amount of food consumed is both impressive and disgusting. By the time the Sunday Night Fear rolls around, I’m usually in a food coma and in need of adult supervision.*Therefore, on Mondays I tend to be a little sluggish and a lot bloated. Today is no exception. I...
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The Dude Diet: Chinese Food Edition

I’m sure everyone is anxious for an update on Logan’s holiday eating habits. I’m not going to go into too much detail, but let’s just say that he’s on the naughty list. When I met him at a holiday party last Wednesday night, he was already beyond salvation. I actually walked in right as he was aiming for a tray of sliders, and after kissing me hello, he said, “You look very pretty, but you made me miss the slider lady!” I love a well-timed entrance. Unfortunately, things only went downhill from there. He turned up his nose at the chicken skewers (the only reasonably healthy option), crushed several pulled pork sliders, and engaged in some very embarrassing behavior when the pigs in a blanket showed up. To be fair, I didn’t have time to feed him a healthy meal beforehand as I had planned, so that’s on me.However, while...
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Ultimate Breakfast Quesadilla

I’m not a morning person.This is pretty much how I feel every morning.I am more than aware that mornings are a strugglefest for most people, especially if you’ve been up late working or playing harder than you should have been. We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s hard to get excited about it when you’ve been on a steady diet of instant oatmeal, bagels, and Egg McMuffins. That is why I’d like to introduce you to the Ultimate Breakfast Quesadilla:ultimate-breakfast-quesadilla-with-scrambled-eggs-sausage-spinach-and-goat-cheeseSexy breakfast.If this quesadilla, which is filled with eggs, sausage, spinach, and goat cheese, doesn't get you psyched about breakfast, I'm not sure what will. If you’re skeptical about putting in this much effort first thing in the morning, trust me, I get...
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The Dude Diet: Holiday Party Plan

the-dude-diet-holiday-party-planHappy Holidays from the Dude.I’m not going to lie, it's been a rough week for The Dude Diet. Despite my best efforts, Logan remains committed to "going off the rails" until New Years. However, I have still managed to get him to eat a couple of healthy meals this week, and he’s gone to the gym twice, so I remain hopeful. Like anyone else, he has good days and bad days.Last Thursday was one of those bad days. I knew it was going to be a tough one when Logan rushed out the door and yelled, “I drank an Emergen-C, so I’ve got all my fruits taken care of, and I’m gonna get something dirty for lunch! Love you!” He was gone before I could protest, probably skipping to the subway high on Vitamin C and...
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Smells Like Christmas…

This year I’m going to Vienna for Christmas (details to follow soon), so I have only three weeks to make the most of the Holiday Season in New York. I can’t wait to go ice-skating in Rockefeller Center, listen to Justin Beiber’s Christmas album on repeat, and watch Love Actually multiple times a week. I’m sure my roommate is totally psyched about all of these things too.The first thing on my holiday to-do list is to get a Christmas tree. I love Christmas trees. They’re attractive, they smell good, and they are surrounded by presents, which are three of my favorite qualities! (In trees and in people.) Obviously, I can’t fit a giant tree in my apartment, but even a small one makes the place feel festive and helps me forget how little closet space I have.Christmas tree shopping has always...
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The Dude Diet: Get On Board

dude-diet-hibachi-chicken-with-unfried-riceDue to popular demand, I am very pleased to announce that The Dude Diet will now be a weekly fixture on Domesticate ME! For those of you who are new to this blog, The Dude Diet was inspired by my nutritionally challenged boyfriend, Logan. For more details click here.the-dude-dietThis is Logan.Many people have asked me about whether the Dude Diet is right for them (or their boyfriend/bestie/dad/etc.). The answer is always YES. The Dude Diet is effective because it’s all about moderation and being less of an idiot (which is clearly very difficult for men). In short, the Dude Diet is an awesome lifestyle that will make you feel better and look hotter. Period. Still not sure how the Dude Diet fits into your life? Luckily, I anticipated this. I have compiled...
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Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. serena-wolf-domesticate-me I like the premise of being thankful (thank you for reading this blog), spending time with the people you love, and celebrating with a ridiculously indulgent feast. Personally, I have very happy memories of spending Thanksgiving day cooking with my mom while my brother played video games, and my sister cried about some new drama in her life. Ahhh, traditions.Unfortunately, annoying things like work and airfare sometimes prevent us from being able to enjoy Thanksgiving with our families. If that’s the case, be the first one to invite your friends over for Turkey Day and start some fabulous new traditions. Just because you’re away from home this Thanksgiving, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get to binge eat in the company of people you love. I hosted my first Thanksgiving away from home while I was...
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Cure-All Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Sweet Potatoes

Cure-All-Chicken-Soup-with-Quinoa-and-Sweet-PotatoesOn Monday I woke up feeling like death.Let me fill you in on the backstory. I love fall, but that wonderful chill in the air can sometimes lead to not so wonderful things…specifically, a cold. When my roommate got sick early last week, I felt sorry for him, but I felt more sorry for myself. Between the shared bed and the lack of doors in our tiny living space, I knew I was screwed.Naturally, I did everything I could to avoid catching Logan’s cold. I took vitamins, pounded orange juice, and tried to limit all touching between myself and the infected party to affectionate pats on the back. However, short of forcing him to cover his nose and mouth with a surgical mask and wearing a “Don’t touch me!” sign around my neck, there wasn’t...
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Mediterranean Quinoa Cakes with Goat Cheese Salad

“Breathe. Just Breathe.” –Anna Nalick's worthless advice on reducing stress This was not my birthday. I was just stressed and wanted to eat cake.I am an incredibly high-stress person. Ironically, people often compliment me on how “laid back” I am. Congratulations to me! Clearly my low-maintenance beach waves* and sense of humor are successfully deflecting attention from my constant state of anxiety. Currently, I’m stressed about all kinds of things: my self-employment, what to wear to my best friend’s birthday party this weekend, the fact that I’m not famous yet, etc. Everyone around me also seems to be anxious about something in their lives. My roommate is looking for a job, my friend is panicking about her relationship, and according to facebook, everyone in the country is stressed about America's future.Recently, I decided to take the bull by the horns and do...
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