Hope you’ve all enjoyed the weekend. Though I did find some time to see friends, go out to dinner, and to a play this weekend, I spent a lot of time doing homework and cleaning. I also have a few upcoming writing gigs I’m prepping for.

It’s tempting when I get busy to just eat on autopilot. While it’s great—and important—to have healthy go-to’s, the same old stuff can get boring. So this week, I experiment by seeing how many ways I could use the whole wheat couscous I made on Tuesday afternoon.

The first night involved a tomato-zucchini-eggplant-chickpea stew. Then the next day for lunch I threw a bunch of leftover veggies in a pot to simmer down and cooked some lentils and added the couscous at the end. Amazing. It also worked really well in a salad as well as in a soup that Chris made.

Something I was reading this afternoon you might find interesting is this post on Marion Nestle’s blog, Food Politics, about the proposed New York penny-and-ounce soda tax. Check out the guide she links to. It’s very informative. I’m personally in favor of it, though I don’t know how well it will go over with people who regularly buy sugary drinks. For example, some believe it may drive more people to drink alcohol, which also has a lot of “empty” calories.

Thoughts?