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Unexpected Night In

by Meghann on February 18, 2009

My friend bailed on our movie date tonight. As much as I’ve been dying to see Confessions of a Shoppaholic (LOVE the books!) I was looking forward to a chill night in.

When I realized I would actually have time to put together a thought out meal tonight, I spent the rest of the afternoon brainstorming what fun, great meal I could create when the contents of my fridge. I think I came up with a fun and tasty meal.

I refer to this as my Anti-Meatball Italian Sub. Nothing against meatballs, I was trying to be creative here. ๐Ÿ™‚


The base was a good size piece of Jenna’s Oatmeal Bread. In place of the run of the mill meatballs, I had steamed Caulitflower and Brussel Sprouts on the bread, then some Pasta Sauce and a slice of Swiss Cheese.


This was PERFECT! It tasted just like a regular ole Meatball sub. It was a great fun twist that snuck some extra veggies into my meal.

Of course I really didn’t have a problem with veggies in my meal, on this side I had this overflowing salad of veggie goodness.


In my bowl was Spinach, Carrot, Snap Peas, Mushrooms, Tomato, Cabbage, Pecans, Sprouts and a drizzle of Orange Poppyseed Dressing.


This was a great fun meal, that came out even better then I had pictured in my head.

Dessert consisted of some Carmel Praline Crunch FroYo with a spoonful of Pecan Praline Granola on top.


This afternoon I had a Dark Chocolate Coconut Kashi bar for a mid afternoon snack.


Now I am going to take full advantage of this free time and veg out on the couch. Good night everyone!

1 balancemycake February 18, 2009 at 7:46 pm

That “meatball” sub looks fantastic!!

2 Marissa February 18, 2009 at 7:58 pm

I love those books too! The sub looks great!

3 VeggieGirl February 18, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Enjoy your R&R night!!

4 Ryan February 18, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I love relaxing nights! Enjoy it!!!

5 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 18, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Love relaxing nights like this!! Enjoy!

Oh and love that sammie…looks goooood!

6 Natalie February 18, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Yummy salad! Enjoy your night. ๐Ÿ™‚

7 Shelby February 18, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Just warning you, the books are SO MUCH better than the movie, but Isla Fischer is so cute it in.

Enjoy the night girl.

8 Nicole February 18, 2009 at 8:29 pm

That sub looks so tasty! Mmmmmmm. I’m going to have to make some sort of version of that.

I love your bowls, too! Too cute.

9 Meg February 18, 2009 at 8:38 pm

What a delicious dinner! Great idea!

10 Rose February 18, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Enjoy your chill night in!

11 Mica February 18, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Where do you get the caramel praline fro-yo. It always looks so tasty!

12 Bec February 18, 2009 at 9:51 pm

I love the books too, and am way too excited about the movie! Hope you have a nice relaxing evening.

13 Sarah February 18, 2009 at 10:02 pm

ahhhh unexpected nights in are the best kind!! esp when it means you have time to make a real, satisfying dinner. enjoy the rest of your night!

14 Kimberly February 18, 2009 at 10:09 pm


I love the Shopaholic books as well, but the film has received almost universally negative reviews ๐Ÿ™ I suppose I can wait for it to come out on DVD…

Enjoy your night in; you deserve the rest!

15 marafaye February 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm

That looks like a fantastic dinner!! Sometimes, nights in are the best ๐Ÿ™‚

16 ttfn300 February 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm

enjoy the couch ๐Ÿ™‚

17 healthy ashley February 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm

I love that you used veggies (and not just a meat-alternative) instead of meatballs! Have a nice night!

18 Andrea February 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Fantastic dinner creation! Bookmarking it!

19 biz319 February 18, 2009 at 10:59 pm

I love your dishes! Glad you had a night in to chillax!

20 Sharon February 18, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Oh yes to tasty eats!!!

21 Becky February 18, 2009 at 11:47 pm

That sandwich looks delicious! I’m definitely making these one night soon. Also, the chocolate coconut Kashi bar is my fave. What a yummy dinner!

22 Hangry Pants February 19, 2009 at 12:41 am

Great idea. I read the shopaholic books. Every time I would get annoyed at Becky Bloomwood and every time I would swear I was not reading another book, but of course, I read them all!

23 Sarah February 19, 2009 at 1:59 am

That sub idea is genius. Gosh, how disgusting that I ever got one of those meatball subs from Subway. I can’t even imagine what’s in their “meatballs.” I guarantee there aren’t any Brussels Sprouts.

24 misstal February 19, 2009 at 2:13 am

Looks yummy!

Do you recommend the Kashi bars? Are they relatively ‘filling’? Also, how many calories? I’m trying not to count, but I want to have someeee idea…

Thanks! Tal

25 caitlin February 19, 2009 at 6:54 am

oh i really wanted to see that movie as well!!!

26 Melissa S. February 19, 2009 at 7:40 am

we thought about seeing that movie last night but saw “he’s just not that into you” instead, which i def liked!

love the opened face sammy…i totally need to have one now!

27 sarahdbelle February 19, 2009 at 10:11 am

Your meal looks really yummy! I can’t wait to see Confessions. I think Isla Fisher is so cute!


28 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) February 19, 2009 at 10:49 am

GEEEEENius! Looks awesome. And is this a new variety of Kashi bar I see? Sounds fab.

29 brandi February 19, 2009 at 10:53 am

great looking “sub”. and I love the plates!

30 kristen February 19, 2009 at 11:29 am

I loooove brussel sprouts! This is a great idea. I’m sold if you can make something yummy by adding melted cheese on top!

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