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homemade black bean burgers

I’m excited to share a recipe that Jon and I made Thursday night for dinner.  It was all his idea, and he found the recipe in The Eat Clean Diet Recharged (the book that changed my life:).  So, without further ado…

Paradise Island Bean Burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed, drained and mashed
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice1 clove garlic (passed through garlic press) (I just used minced garlic to save time)
  • 2 tbsp leeks, whites only, finely chopped (I used onions b/c I didn’t have any leeks on hand)
  • 2 tbsp cooked and mashed sweet potato
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp evoo
  • 4 ezekiel buns, toasted

Method

  • Mix all ingredients except the olive oil and buns in a large bowl.  Coat clean hands with olive oil to mix.
  • Divide mixture into equal fourths.  Shape into patties.
  • Heat grill pan over medium flame and coat lightly with oil.  Add patties and cook five minutes per side or until the patties are golden and crispy
  • Serve on toasted burger buns.

I topped mine off with some (previously) homemade guacamole, a little bit of hot sauce, some greens, a slice of tomato and some pickles.  Obvs. with a side of baked sweet potato fries.   This meal was super tasty.  The bean burger itself could have used a little bit heavier dose of spices in my opinion, but overall it was pretty tasty.   It was pretty quick to put together, too!

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a “re-epiphany”

First things first, people.  As I mentioned yesterday, I made Averie’s Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars.  They are TO DIE FOR.  So good!  They are gooey and soft, and for me the bitterness of the carob is the perfect compliment to the sweetness of the dried cranberries.  All of the flavors mix together in just the right way.  Her recipe is pretty flexible, so lemme tell you what I put in them.

- one ripe banana
- 1.5 cup oats
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup carob chips
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup natural pb

- 1 scoop of the only protein powder (soy) I had on hand
- 3 tbsp sliced almonds
- 2 tbsp milled flaxseed – Walmart didn’t have whole flaxseeds.  I think whole would do much better.
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract

I mixed it up just like Averie suggested.  If you notice, I omitted the coconut, which may have made my bars more gooey – not that that’s a bad thing!  I certainly have not skipped a beat in slicing off a piece each night;)  Definitely try these out if you’re looking for a healthy, vegan sweet treat!

Today I had an epiphany.  Funny thing is, this isn’t the first time I’ve had this epiphany.  I’ve realized, though, that sometimes in my life I have to learn things over and over.  Bad habits tend to come back randomly, and I have to relearn my new, good habits.  Here’s the story:

Usually when I come home from work, I run in the house, change clothes as fast as possible and race to the gym.  I like to get my workout in and get back home before Jon’s been home from work for too long.  Today, as I was driving home I was realizing that my body…and mind, for that matter…were just not feeling a workout.  Now, for me there is a difference between just not wanting to get on the treadmill or weights and me really needing a rest day.  I could feel it in my bones muscles, and I knew that I needed to take a day off.  Plus, I was completely mentally drained.  This week has just been extra busy and strenuous, and I haven’t given myself a chance to recoup.  So, I was going back and forth in my mind between two things: burn calories and get a good cardio workout in OR give myself a mental and physical break.

I started feeling guilty at the thought of not going to the gym.  I was telling myself that I needed to go to the gym no matter what because I needed to burn those calories.  Then Jon called.  He was headed home early from work and would be home any second.  Talk about making a hard situation harder for me.  Now I wanted to stay home to be with him, really wanted to rest, but the guilt was warring inside my head.  I haven’t done this to myself in a long time.  I honestly thought I was past the point of feeling guilty over working out and focusing way more on calorie burning than mental, emotional and relational (when I’m feeling guilty it affects my entire attitude, even toward Jon) health.

So, to make an already long story a little shorter, Jon coaxed me into staying home and resting, but not without a lot of whining and “bad mood” from me.  Because of him, I went to lie down for a bit.  I started thinking about the whole situation with a little more clarity.

Our physical health is not more important than our mental or emotional health.  Sometimes I make the mistake of putting more emphasis on my physical health because it’s outwardly evident.  If I gain five pounds, other people will notice and my jeans won’t fit quite as well, however, if I completely exhaust myself, other people don’t have to know.  It’s a lot easier to ignore.  So, I decided I’m making a commitment to start focusing equally on each area of my life.  I’m always striving to find that balance, and while I did have a setback today, I also took several steps toward becoming more balanced.

Do you ever have trouble finding balance between everything that is important in your life?  Do you often feel that you don’t have time to take care of every part of your life?  How do you try to maintain balance?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Well, it’s about time for me to skidaddle (sp?:) to bed.  Jon is trying to coerce me into staying up late with him, but I’m not sure how long I’m going to make it!  See you tomorrow for a review of the homemade vegan black bean burgers we made tonight.  Good night!

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too much or too little – that is the question

Hello blogging friends!  How was everyone’s Tuesday?  Mine was busy busy!  I feel like I just sat down for the first time today, and now it’s almost time to go to bed!  Such is life sometimes;)

Today, I started off with a green monster made by the wonderful husband.  I am so thankful that he makes my gm’s every day – I don’t know how I’d do it without him!  Today, I had him sub in natural peanut butter for almond butter.  AB is really my ultimate love, but it’s just so darn expensive!  So, I decided that I need to start alternating it with PB, just to salvage it a bit.

I have a feeling I didn’t eat enough today.  Since I stopped counting calories, I’m always hesitant about how much I really should be eating.  Do any of you have that issue or did you at some point?  I basically eat when I’m hungry, or at least as close to when I’m hungry as possible, but I always just have this uncertainty about whether I should be eating more or less.  This is probably just paranoia that comes along for the ride during the process of giving up the counting.  Thoughts?

For lunch today I had some leftover spaghetti squash with organic marinara and some veggie crumbles.  You may remember this meal from several nights ago.  I love having leftovers for lunch – so easy!

On my way home from school I had a (little too ripe) pink lady and a small handful of almonds before going to the gym.  My gym time was really when the hunger hit me, and it did not subside until I ate dinner around an hour and a half later.  For dinner I had vegan enchiladas once again.  They are so good, I just can’t help myself!!  Tonight I subbed in a Joseph’s lavash wrap instead of the whole wheat tortilla.  It was delish!  These wraps are a spin off the Joseph’s protein and flax pita.  They’re basically just a different shape.  Love these!  I put veggie shreds, spinach, chopped mushroom, chopped onion, and diced green chilis inside and drizzled green enchilda sauce over the top. With a side of refried beans and homemade guac…Yum!

Now, for the best part:  I made a batch of Averie’s Vegan No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein bars.  I left out the shredded coconut and added some sliced almonds instead.  I couldn’t find unsweetened shredded coconut at the store, and I didn’t want the sugar, so I just left it out.  If they taste half as good as they look, then I’ll be in business!  Review and pics to come tomorrow…

I gotta jet – time to get ready for another day!  I love finishing off Wednesdays, so  I can’t wait for tomorrow.  It’s just feels so good to be over halfway through the week!  Have a great night!

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i love being off work so that I can work!

Hello!  Happy Martin Luther King Day!  I was thankful to have a day off work today because I needed to get a lot of school stuff done.  Since this is my first year teaching, I have to put a TON of time into planning.  So, having an 8 hour day at home with no hoodlums really can’t be beat.  I may or may not have been known to take a sick day from work so that I could stay home and work.  Am I the only one who has done this?  I definitely took advantage of today.  I literally worked from about 9 am ’till 5:30 with about a 15 minute break for lunch.  I did snack along the way of course, though.

As soon as I get my food philosophy page ready, I’ll be able to share more about my food lifestyle.  I try to get in about 5 small meals a day, but it’s hard on workdays because I just don’t have time for a mid-morning snack.  So, I eat breakfast (green monster) around 6am and then lunch at about 11.  Not ideal, but it works out alright.  It was kind of fun today, though, to get in 5 small meals.  And here they are in all their glory:

Breakfast was a greem monster right after I got home from lifting at the gym.  It was my usual concoction of a little more than one cup almond breeze, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 2 big handfuls of spinach, 1 scoop Amazing Grass, 1 tbsp almond butter and ice.  Like heaven in a glass:)

At about 10am, I was ready for a snack, so I had leftover soy yogurt (about 2/3 cup) and a sprinkle of this awesome granola I picked up at our local grocery store.  It’s called blueberry almond granola and is stock full of awesome stuff! Organic rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic pressed canola oil (obvs. could do without this), organic raisins, organic apples, organic almonds, organic oat bran, organic blueberries, and organic sunflower seeds.  It’s SunRidge Farms brand, and you can check out their website at sunridgefarms.com.   Unfortunately, in my work frenzy I failed to snap a shot of it, but I’ll get it next time;)

Lunch was very basic.  I wanted to have something that I wouldn’t normally take to work, so I toasted two slices of Ezekiel bread, smeared it with almond butter and added a sliced banana.  It was rather tasty, but about two bites in I decided to forego the second piece of toast.  It was masking the flavor of the almond butter and banana just a tad, and we can’t have that!!

With a side of stapler and a macbook;)  bad joke, but I couldn’t resist.

A few hours later, I snacked on one of my Joseph’s protein and flax pitas with some Sabra roasted garlic hummus on the side (unpictured).  I usually like to base my snacks on fruits or vegetables, but this little combo is to die for!  So, I sneak it in here and there:) If you haven’t had this particular hummus, you have got to try it.  I’ve tried every brand I can find at the store, and nothing compares!

We decided to splurge a bit for dinner and go to Panera.  I always opt for either their black bean soup or their garden vegetable with a whole grain baguette.  But tonight they had a little surprise in store for me.  They changed up their garden vegetable soup!  Personally, I loved it just the way it was.  This new version has a couple of different vegetables and big dollop of pesto right in the middle!  I am a huge sucker for pesto, so I really enjoyed that part, but honestly by about halfway through, the pesto wasn’t even noticeable anymore.  It was really good, though, and a nice break from cooking and cleaning up!

Well, that’s about it for my eats today.  I sauntered over to ohsheglows today and really enjoyed the discussion going on in the comments of this post.  I just stopped counting calories a matter of months ago, and I feel more free than ever before in my life. I do, however, still weigh once a week.  I’m not sure if I feel like I even need to ditch the scale.  I don’t really feel like the scale has a negative impact on me because even when I weigh I know in my head that fitness and health are all that really matter.  As I was telling myself this, however, I was left with the following question: if weighing doesn’t negatively affect me because I am confident that the number is not what’s most important, then why do I still weigh?  Props to anyone who would like to be speak some truth as to your opinion on that.  I can totally take honesty;)

I’d love to discuss this more at length at some point, but I’d say this post is long enough for tonight;)  Back with more tomorrow.  Have a great night!

Btw, sorry for the lack of pictures!  I’ve been a bad blogger today.  To make up for it, though, I’ll leave you with a picture of our baby.  It’s about time she got some face time on the blog.

Meet Olive.

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expect the unexpected

Hiya blog friends (haha – I love pretending someone is actually reading:)!  You will not believe what the hubs and I did today…or I guess I should say “did not do” today.  I haven’t known you guys very long – ha!- so this will be a little insight for you as to the kinds of things we McCoys often do.

We slept in until about 8:30 am, then headed to the gym shortly after.  I had piyo (pilates+yoga) this morning, and Jon had his usual cardio workout.  After our lovely time at the gym, we came home, showered, got ready, and jumped in the car to head to the city (about an hour away).  We had two tasks for the day – I had a baby shower of a college friend to attend, and we wanted to return a few things we received for Christmas.  So, there we were in the car, me all dressed up, when we realized that we didn’t grab the bag of “take back stuff” from the house.  Bah!  I was so mad at myself.  It’s just like us to do something like that.  Little did I know, things would only get worse.

Before Jon dropped me off at the shower, we had to run to Target to buy a gift.  We always end up buying gifts for showers on the day of, and that is seriously a habit I want to break!  So, we got the gift, jumped back in the car, running late of course, and headed to the shower.  As we approached my friends house, I started to get an uneasy feeling. Why, you ask?  Oh, maybe because there were NO cars there, and I was 10 minutes late!!  Oh, that’s right….the shower is actually 2 weeks from now!  No one is celebrating, playing baby name games or eating cake…and here we sit in the street…FAIL yet again.  So, basically, we drove 2 hours to accomplish 2 tasks, and we ended up accomplishing none!

So, let me introduce us again.  Hi, we’re the McCoys, and we thrive on doing really dumb things and wasting lots of time. At least we do it together though;)

Really, though.  It took me about 10 minutes to get over being mad at the world, then I decided to just get over myself and try to look at the bright side – at least I finally didn’t buy my shower gift on the day of the shower.  Win!

Okay, onto my eats.  Last night Jon and I were really craving mexican food.  A month ago we would have jumped in the car and sped to our nearest favorite mexican establishment (we have multiple), but that was the old us.  The new us decided to healthify a mexican feast on our own.  Here is our creation.

Hers: whole wheat tortilla, sauteed spinach, chopped green chilis, chopped mushrooms, little bit of veggie shreds, onions, and green enchilada sauce.

His:  whole wheat tortilla, sauteed spinach, shredded chicken, onions, chopped green chilis, low-fat mozzerella cheese and green enchilada sauce.

I also whipped up a batch of my favorite homemade guac – 2 organic avocados, chopped onions, garlic powder, ground red pepper, chopped toms, lemon juice and a pinch of salt.  We had it with these organic blue corn tortilla chips and some refried beans.

This meal was excellent – and it really hit the spot!  This is a perfect example of how you can  A. make healthy food taste awesome B. prepare clean versions of old favorites and C. make a vegetarian and meat eater happy with little hassle!

Fast forward to today – which was really wacky in terms of eating times.  After I got home from the gym, I threw together the most fabulous bowl of oats.  This included 1/3 cup oats, 3/4 cup water, one heaping spoonful of vanilla soy yogurt, splash of almond milk, 1 tbsp chia seeds, about 1 tbsp almond butter and a sprinkle of clean organic granola.  These were some tasty oats, even though I didn’t eat them until about 10 o’clcok.

We decided that since we had a late breakfast, and the shower (uh huh)  was smack dab in the middle of the afternoon, that we would just throw in a larabar (cashew cookie – my fave) for a snack and then have “linner” around 4 when the shower was over.  Well, I had just finished off the last crumb of my larabar when we realized we were lone attendees to the non-existent shower, so we decided to wait about an hour and then go eat.  About 3 hours later at 4:30 (due to shopping) we landed at PF Changs.

This was only my third time to go to PF Changs, but I always love it!  The ambiance is so relaxing and it reminds me of our days in southeast Asia.  I have to praise my husband here for a moment because he went all vegetarian with me so we could share an appetizer and an entree.  Isn’t he sweet?  So, we settled on the tofu lettuce wraps for our appetizer (Ah-may-zing!)  and the “Buddha’s Feast” for our entree.  Both dishes completely outdid themselves!  And score one point for our waitress – she surprised us by bringing out their eggplant appetizer for us to try.  I’ve never had that happen before, have you?  It was so nice!

Buddha’s Feast consisted of stir fried tofu, broccoli, asparagus, carrots and snap peas in a vegetarian sauce with brown rice with 210 calories for half the dish (without the brown rice) and 15 grams of protein – I can live with that for a restaurant meal!  Apologies for the picture…all I had was my little point and shoot camera.

There may or may not have also been a stop through Orange Tree on our way home for some (dairy free) yogurt:)

All in all it was a great day!  I just love days off when I get to spend so much time with my favorite person and NOT work on school stuff.  Can’t beat it, really.  I hope you all had a lovely Saturday as well.  I’m off to bed pretty soon so we can wake up in time for our chuch’s early service.  Until tomorrow…

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