Eating healthy while eating out

Hey Everyone:

I hope you had a lovely weekend. The weather was gorgeous in New England.

I met my friend, Sue in Needham for some shopping and dinner. She knew I was looking for maps and suggested we head to an antique place that she knew of but hadn’t been to in awhile. The place was big and pretty deserted but I found a bunch more maps that are really cool.

One was of Kilkenny, Ireland and the other was Dublin, Ireland. Dan and I went to Ireland many years ago and visited both places. With the last name Regan Dan is Irish for sure.



The Dublin map was $110.00, matted and framed. The Kilkenny map was $99.00 also matted and framed. I asked the sweet old man manning the place if he could give me anything off for the $99.00 map. With much thought and consideration he said, “Well, I can’t do any better than $42.00 tax included, I am sorry.”

How much? So, I asked him what he would give me if I bought 2 maps and pointed to the $110.00 map. He thought again and said, ” Sorry, I can only give you that one for $42.00 as well”


The maps are dated 1989 and I love them! There were more maps of Ireland but how many do I need really?


Sue and I both have been working out and trying to eat healthier. Usually when we go out for dinner we get something really fattening and unhealthy. This time we made a pact to try and find a restaurant with better choices. We drove to legacy Place in Dedham and went to Legal C’s. It is associated with Legal Seafood, but not as an extensive menu. We figured they had fish on the menu and we could find a healthy choice.

Sue ordered deviled eggs for an appetizer that she says are to die for. I tried a corner and they were delicious. Very savory and rich. I am not a big deviled egg person but these were good.


She got a lobster roll for dinner and I ordered Baked scrod with brown rice and spinach. Her lobster roll wasn’t very good. It didn’t even look very good. There was very little mayo in it and it was dry looking and not very big. Sue said the lobster itself was dry and not sweet. For $24.00 for a lobster roll it should have been great.

My scrod was ok, it was a basic meal but it wasn’t very hot. I don’t have to have my food super hot so it was ok, but it could have been better. Hey, what do you want for baked fish with rice an spinach? I was so proud that I ordered well. It felt good not to have a heavy, greasy meal sitting in my belly.

We walked around the mall for a while and then hit a Dunkin Donuts for coffee.

Sue lives in Marshfield and I live in Shirley so we try and meet in the middle every few months. Sue is fun to go out with because she doesn’t gripe about life and just likes to have fun. We bicker like old ladies and joke that someday we are going to share a room in a nursing home and be old ladies together bitching at each other propped up in our beds.

me and sue
Me and Sue someday

Could happen.

I made a recipe last week that I wanted to share. I got it from the web-site

It is a peanut butter cup made with almond flour, cocoa and coconut oil. I didn’t use enough peanut butter filling so next time I would add more. I thought I had plenty and threw some out but I shouldn’t have. The chocolate on the top and bottom overwhelmed it a bit. It took about 15 minutes to put together and it was delicious even with the lacking peanut butter flavor.

I encourage you to try it if you like Peanut butter and chocolate. This is her recipe as I didn’t alter it at all. I think I would add sea salt as she suggested, but I love salt!


No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Bars (Vegan)


Serves: 15

Quick and easy bars that taste like your favorite chocolate peanut butter cups!


Chocolate Crust:
•¾ cup ground almond meal
•2 tablespoons cocoa powder
•2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
•1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
•Pinch of sea salt

Peanut Butter Filling:
•½ cup creamy natural peanut butter
•3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
•1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
•Pinch of sea salt

Chocolate Topping:
•¼ cup cocoa powder
•¼ cup melted coconut oil
•3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1.Line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper and set it aside. In a medium bowl, stir together all of the chocolate crust ingredients until a moist dough is formed. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the lined loaf pan, and place it in the freezer to set.

2.To prepare the filling, you can use the same bowl to stir together the peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil and salt. Depending on whether you’re using salted or unsalted peanut butter, you may want to add more salt to taste. Store-bought peanut butter cups are quite salty, so I like to add a generous pinch of salt to mimic that flavor. Remove the crust from the freezer and pour the peanut butter filling over the top, using a spatula to spread it out evenly. Return the pan to the freezer to set.

3.Rinse the mixing bowl, and use it again, if you like, to make the final layer. Combine the cocoa powder, melted coconut oil, and maple syrup, whisking well to break up any clumps. Once the mixture has become a smooth chocolate sauce, pour it over the peanut butter layer, and return the pan to the freezer to set until firm, about an hour or two.

4.Once the bars are firm, grab the edges of parchment paper to easily lift the solid bar from the pan, and use a sharp knife to slice the bars into your desired size. Store them in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for up to a month. (The bars become very firm if frozen for too long, so I prefer serving them from the fridge after the initial firming-up time.)

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