just call me betty.

by Janetha on March 14, 2011

in meals,moves

hey guys! i left my camera home today, so my breakfast, lunch & snack are MIA. try not to be too heart broken. you’ve seen eggs, fruit, veggies, hummus, protein shakes and tuna sandwiches before. dinner, however, is something new! i made up a great his + hers casserole that i want to share with you.

first, my workout.


marshall & i went to the gym together today from 4:30 to 5:30. because i was there for a whole hour (that’s a long time for me!) i split up my cardio with the treadmill and the stairmill—my two favorite pieces of cardio equipment.

treadmill HIIT:

minute # speed MPH RPE (rate of exertion from 1 to 10)
0-2 6.0 4-5
2-3 6.5 6
3-4 7.0 7
4-5 7.5 8
5-6 8.0 9
6-7 6.5 6
7-8 7.0 7
8-9 7.5 8
9-10 8.0 9
10-11 6.5 6
11-12 7.0 7
12-13 7.5 8
13-14 8.0 9
14-15 6.5 6
15-16 7.0 7
16-17 7.5 8
17-18 8.0 9
18-19 8.5 10
19-20 4.0 4


stairmill randomness:

minute #


orientation / step #

0-3 10 facing front single step
3-5 6 facing front double step
5-8 10 facing front single step
8-10 6 facing front double step
10-12 8 facing back single step
12-13 8 facing left single  step
13-14 8 facing right single step
14-15 6 facing front single step


i finished the workout off with 10 minutes of abs and stretching. i don’t love being at the gym for an hour, but to be honest.. it’s probably good for me. i shouldn’t complain and should actually be grateful marshall is there to motivate me. i am so glad he’s started going to the gym every day! proud wife right here.

the best part about leaving the gym was that it was STILL light out. love love love it. i came home to the most fabulous  trader joe’s package ever from reader kristen~


wow is all i can say. THANK YOU, kristen, you are too good to be true. i am floored by your generosity. and the generosity of the blogging community in general. i have recently received fun things from eden, erica and katie and still need to blog about those!


i had big plans to make a chicken broccoli casserole using quinoa as the grain, but marshall said he wanted rice AND quinoa in his. and a lot (i mean a LOT) of cheese. i decided to make two mini casseroles to make both of us happy.


mine is obviously on the right.. here’s the recipe!

chicken & broccoli quinoa casserole.

serves two (or, in my case, serves one plus one serving of leftovers for lunch the next day!)



  • 8 oz (raw weight) organic chicken diced into 1” cubes
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (that’s about 1/2 cup uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup organic all natural cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup 0% plain greek yogurt
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli florets
  • salt, pepper and TJ’s 21 seasoning salute (optional)
  • sprinkle of parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. season chicken with salt, pepper & 21 seasoning salute.
  2. heat a small skillet over medium-high heat and sauté chicken & onion until chicken is cooked through.
  3. meanwhile, steam your broccoli. i think you’ve got this one.
  4. meanwhile again, cook your quinoa according to directions (or google it).
  5. meanwhile one more time, grab the rest of your ingredients.
  6. in a bowl, combine cooked chicken & onions, cooked quinoa, cream of chicken soup, yogurt and broccoli. season with salt & pepper to taste.
  7. pour contents of bowl into small loaf pan or casserole dish. i used a 4 x 8 loaf pan.
  8. sprinkle with parmesan cheese if desired and bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.


i love the texture of quinoa!

super simple recipe and the servings are BIG. here are the stats for one serving AKA half of the recipe:


dynamite. and we have his & hers leftovers for tomorrow.


side note: i love this rubbermade tupperware from costco! we bought two sets.

in case you are wondering about marshall’s casserole.. it had all the ingredients mine did but about 1.5 times as much of everything plus 1 cup of white rice and 1 cup of shredded cheddar and monterey jack cheeses. the boy is trying to gain weight.

speaking of..

marshall has been nagging me to learn how to make brownies from scratch. not just any brownies—but brownies that taste like betty crocker’s fudge brownies.


after all, they are america’s favorite. not gonna lie.. i love these boxed brownies just as much as the next american.

anyway, back to marshall requesting brownies. this has been going on for a few months now. i keep meaning to make him brownies, i even bought the ingredients a couple weeks ago. i asked everyone on twitter what a good, chewy, NOT cake-like brownie recipe was. i had a few suggestions and i want to try them all out.

after seeing katie’s second brownie showdown from yesterday, i found some motivation to whip up a batch and see how they turned out.

i followed the baker’s one bowl recipe to a  (sans nuts). this was a suggestion from a different katie.


marshall didn’t waste any time helping himself to 1/4 of the pan as soon as they were cool enough to touch.


the verdict?


oh, yeah. these ARE just as good as the boxed brownies—if not better!  plus, making things from scratch is more fun.

these were chewy and chocolatey and SO easy to make. dangerously easy, actually. just call me betty crocker! no more boxed brownies at this house.


if you are looking for a good brownie recipe, look no further. these 5 ingredient one bowl brownies are your ticket to dessert heaven. now if only i had some fresh vanilla bean ice cream…


1. quick! brownies or blondies? honestly—blondies. i love brownies but after a couple bites i am on chocolate overload. i feel like blondies are a nice blank canvas and you can throw whatever add-ins into the batter and the blondie takes on that flavor.

2. if you have a significant other—do you eat his + hers meals or do you eat the same thing? marshall and i usually eat the same thing, but i do make him variations on occasions (like tonight).

xo. janetha g.

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Nicole @ FreshnFit March 15, 2011 at 10:00 am

Brownies. I have never had a blondie before… I know, I know, its about time I make some.

I try to make one meal for my fiance and I, and just add meat into his portion.

Anna March 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

1. quick! brownies or blondies?
Blondies are awesome, but if we’re talkin about adding mint to the brownies, those win :)

2. if you have a significant other—do you eat his + hers meals or do you eat the same thing? Patrick and I usually eat at the same time, the same food, but he’s a cheese/dairy junkie, and I rarely eat fro, dairy, (stomach probs) so sometimes I modify.

Sarah March 15, 2011 at 10:20 am

brad and i usually eat the same thing – he just usually gets double the portion!

Katie March 15, 2011 at 10:26 am

Um, DEFINITELY brownies. Good, fudgy chocolate is a must! Glad you liked the recipe… we’ve been using that one for as long as I can remember and it just can’t be beat.

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather March 15, 2011 at 10:26 am

Oh those look fudgy! Jacob would be so happy with me taking on a brownie challenge… Maybe I shouldn’t tell him about your winner brownies ;)

Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices March 15, 2011 at 11:01 am

Your brownies are the BOMB!!!!!! You know what’s weird? I like the corner pieces..because they are kind of crispy. :)
And, I’m surprised Marshall can eat so much cheese- it kills me because of the Crohn’s. Does he take anything before he eats dairy?

janetha March 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Dairy doesn’t bother him! I don’t know a lot about the disease, but I do know he drinks over a gallon of milk a week and eats 3-4 Chobanis a day. The Chobani is what makes him feel better, actually, yogurt has always helped. I was just grateful when he switched from Yoplait to Chobani ;)

biz319 March 15, 2011 at 11:23 am

My husband won’t eat 3/4 of the stuff I make – so my breakfast and lunches are ALL ME! Although, since his colon cancer surgery, he hasn’t had much of an appetite, so its been Biz meals for the last two weeks!

Hopefully he’ll get his appetite back soon! It’s almost grilling season!

Meri March 15, 2011 at 11:38 am

Blondies, for sure!
Boyfriend and I don’t often share meals, he’s a carnivore and I’m a veg, he eats at 6 I eat at 10… etc. We share snack foods and stuff though haha.

Is that TJ’s cereal sort of a Fiber One derivative? Because I love putting that stuff in my oatmeal for “texture,” but I’d love to try another type!


janetha March 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I have never had Fiber One.. but I imagine it is!

janae @hungryrunnergirl.com March 15, 2011 at 11:40 am

I LOVE blondies too but I still dominate at eating brownies….I AM TRYING THAT RECIPE!! The stair mill KILLS me…you are hardcore. So awesome that Marshall is going to the gym with you!! I am going to have to try the his and her casseroles, brilliant!

cbrady3 March 15, 2011 at 11:49 am

Brownies totally – and the fudgie kind like you made! I love melting mint chocolate chips on top too:)

And my boyfriend isn’t a vegetarian so his meals often include meat, but I try to make us the same thing when I can!

Lettuce Choose Healthy March 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I might have to say blondies.. even that I havent had them in awhile.. I make brownies way too often for my friends (everytime we hang they are like “heyyyy want to bring over some brownies!?!” haha) .. and I might be sick of them .. (shocking i know!)

Ann March 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Throw a handful of chocolate chips into those brownies…mmmm….very good!

Rachel (Olalliberry) March 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Yum the quinoa casserole looks so tasty and healthy! It’s really gloomy and rainy here right now and I could really go for a healthy casserole!

I definitely prefer brownies, and I have a new favorite recipe (posted on my blog last week) that uses almond meal instead of flour.

Mary (A Merry Life) March 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm


Kepa and I usually eat the same thing but right now we don’t because I’m going gluten free temporarily and he isn’t. So we cook separately. It’s so much easier when we eat the same thing!

movesnmunchies March 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm

BLONDIES! and NICE HIIT workout- im saving that one.. along with all the others i save of yours!

Em March 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm

1. Brownies. I’ll generally always choose chocolate over any non-chocolate flavor. Chocolate overload is not a bad thing in my book.

2. Hub and I absolutely eat differently! I do the high raw vegan thing, and he eats the occasional chicken and fish, which I will cook for him (I’ll cook it, but he has to pick it out at the store himself). I’ve become pretty efficient at preparing separate meals for us, to enjoy together. I do have him hooked on my awesome breakfast smoothies though, and I will only bake vegan treats (so I can enjoy them too, obviously).

whatkateiscooking March 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I’m a fan of brownies more than blondies- but I’ll eat anything with sugar :)

Andrea@WellnessNotes March 15, 2011 at 3:31 pm

How funny! I finally picked up your Raspberry Vinaigrette at TJ’s today! I guess you won’t have a shortage anymore! ;)

Stephanie @ LiveCookLove March 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm

What a great idea for quinoa! I also love the texture and I really want to try this out! Do you have any suggestions to sub out the cream of chicken soup?

I am definitely a brownie girl and those look awesome!!! I normally cook for my boyfriend, and even though he doesn’t like things like broccoli and cauliflower, I still make them and he douses it with seasonings or cheese, so it works :)

janetha March 16, 2011 at 10:01 am

You could just use more yogurt or even some blended cottage cheese! Add a bit of chicken broth if you want to get that chicken flavor in somehow.

Stephanie @cookinfanatic March 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I love this casserole recipe, esp the Greek yogurt in there!!! I sometimes make a variation of a recipe for my boyfriend, much like you did, since he tends to like more cheese, less veggies, etc… :)

balancejoyanddelicias March 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm

His and mine ALWAYS!!!!
I am a chocolate lover so brownies, or lava chocolate cake. Scrumptious!

Christin@purplebirdblog March 16, 2011 at 5:59 am

Alex and I pretty much never eat the same meals. With our wonky schedules, we pretty much fend for ourselves or go on a dinner date when we actually do have time together. Plus he often times doesn’t like what I’ve made because it’s “too healthy.” Although I will say he’s coming around to some of the healthier stuff that I cook and is actually more open to eating stuff I make these days, which makes me happy. :)

katshealthcorner March 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

BROWNIES!!!!! Nothing’s better! :D


Mandy June 16, 2011 at 11:14 pm

GAHH I HAVE to make that casserole!! May I ask if the can of soup is condensed or not? :D

Janetha June 20, 2011 at 7:56 am

Ummm.. It’s just the Cream of Chicken soup–I don’t think it is condensed, but condensed would work!

Amber August 4, 2014 at 5:05 pm

I love the casserole recipe and made it for my family. It was great! You have a nutrition “label” but it does not say the exact portion size. I am not sure how to measure “BIG”. :) Can you please list the serving size.

Janetha August 7, 2014 at 8:33 pm

The recipe makes two servings :)

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