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chili and chias

Hey hey everyone!  How are ya?  I’m just sitting here helping watching the husband put together our new bed!  Yea! Despite the shock and sadness of the events in Haiti, it’s been a pretty good day.  I just feel very heavy hearted over what those people are going through.  Other than that, work has been a little more stressful than I’d like it to be the last few days, but I certainly can’t complain.

After work today, I went to the gym and did some serious cardio.  I’ve been lifting weights a lot more over the last couple of weeks, and I while I’m really enjoying it, I’ve been missing my cardio.  So, I did a thirty minute interval workout which included speeding walking at 10% incline for 10 minutes, running at 6.0 and then upping it off and on to 6.5 to get my heart rate up a little higher.  Honestly, it was kind of painful, though.  I drank a ton of water on my long commute home, and I’m pretty sure that had something to do with it.

After I got home, I was just so worn out.  Jon insisted on cooking dinner (for the second night in a row) for me, while I took a nice, long bath.  I hated for him to do it again, but I couldn’t resist agreeing.  So, I dictated to him the din idea for vegan “chili” I’d been cooking (no pun intended) up on my drive home, and he delivered!

Sorry for the crappy photo.  Jon usually brings home his camera from work, but he didn’t today, so I just snapped this with my iPhone.

This is choppped bell peppers, onions, zucchini, carrots, petite diced tomatoes, corn (with no added salt of sugar), chickpeas, black beans and spinach tossed in at the very end.  I also added about a cup and a half of water, a splash of almond milk, some cumin and some chili powder once I took over.  The almond milk just makes it a bit creamier, I think.  This was a very tasty meal.  I really enjoyed it with a pita and some crack roasted garlic hummus on the side.  It warmed me up and filled me full of veggies – can’t beat that!  I did also sneak in one tiny bit of a chocolate brownie Cliff bar right after dinner.  One little piece totally cured my sweet craving.  I often find that if I’m really craving a sweet treat, one bite or two will do it…if I’m in the right frame of mind:)  I’m getting better at that everyday.

Well, I’m urgently needed for bed assembly, so I gotta jet.  I’m not sure how much longer it’s going to take to put it together, so maybe some pictures to come tomorrow?  I’m also going to stop by Angela’s and Averie’s blogs to enter the chia seed giveaway!  Hope you all have a great night – happy Friday (almost)!

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goodbye wednesday…helloooo thursday!

Happy Wednesday night everyone!  I, for one, am so glad Wednesday is over.  It’s my least favorite day of the week, and today it went so slowwww.  That is, it went slow until I got home and had a million things I wanted to do.  Of course!

I didn’t get to go to the gym today because I had a hair appointment at 4.  So, I had to race home from school just to make it ten minutes late.  Honestly, I just haven’t felt very good today.  I’m not really sure why, but by the time I got home, I was starving and just really needed some comfort food.  Enter vegetarian quesadillas made by the hubs and Averie’s Raw Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding.

The quesadillas consisted of a protein pita (more on this in a sec), veggie shreds cheese, and bell peppers and onion.  Simple and comforting.  Not the most nutrient dense meal I’ve ever had, but hey, sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.  And it was tasty.

While I’m on the subject, I want to put a plug in for these awesome pitas I discovered on the shelf at Walmart (believe it or not). Now, I have to say I usually like to buy things with a few less ingredients, but overall these are pretty clean.  They are Joseph’s brand flax, oat bran, and whole wheat flour.  They are a great source of Omega 3s and are “super soft!” – as stated on the package:)  These boast 60 calories, 8 carbs, 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.  I seriously love them, and every time I go to Walmart I fear that they’ll be gone.  Does this happen to you guys?  I’ll just discover or start loving something, and the next time I go POOF it’s gone.  Either way, check ‘em out if you get the chance.

Well, I’m off to have a bit of down time before I go to bed.  Tonight has been extra busy because I had to do some work on school stuff.  Need more time!  Need more time!

Have a fantastic night!  Oh, and more to come tomorrow on Averie’s pudding  plus our new bed that should be arriving!  Stay tuned…

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almond sauce stir fry

Hi!  I had the best dinner tonight!  I was actually going to talk about my green monster from this morning first, but I’m so happy about how dinner turned out that I just can’t wait.

After work today, I headed straight to the gym to do some lifting.  When I got back, I was already starving, but Jon had to head back to work for about 30 minutes for a meeting, and I wanted to wait on him to eat.  So, I threw a great combo of cucumber, carrot, apple and lemon into the juicer – it turned out pretty good.  I’ve only used my juicer a handful of times since I got it at Christmas (review to come!), and I still haven’t figured out my favorite combination yet.  Any fun suggestions?

Anyway, so I sipped on my juice and started chopping up some veggies while I waited.  I seriously was craving a huge plate of vegetables….but, I’ve been really focusing on getting more protein into each meal, so I decided to try something new by incorporating protein and healthy fat into my “sauce.”  I tossed cauliflower, carrots, asparagus, onions and mushrooms in my big skillet and began sautéing them in just a bit of EVOO.  Using Thai peanut sauce as my inspiration, I put in a tablespoon of almond butter and a splash of tamari and mixed and heated it through.  I did have to add just a touch more EVOO as well to eliminate dryness.  When it was all done, and hubby was home of course, I laid the vegetable mixture on a bed of quinoa (more protein!) and tadaa!  It was time to eat!

Let me tell you, this meal was so good.  It had a bit of an Asian flavor with just the right amount of AB and tamari…and a sprinkle of seeds of course!  I could seriously have this meal every night…but I won’t.  Gotta keep things interesting!

Before I go, let me tell you really quickly the best thing that happened this morning.  I’ve been drinking green monster, thanks to Angela, for about a year now.  My sweet hubby gets up to make it for me before I leave at 6am.  Ever since school started back up, there has just been something…off…about the texture.  I couldn’t figure it out.  I had switched from soy to almond milk in an effort to limit my soy consumption a bit, so I thought that may be the problem, but we switched back and saw no improvement!  So, I suggested that this morning he should try adding a little more milk and leaving out the flaxseed…and it worked!  You have no idea what a happy girl I am to have my beloved monster back to normal…it’s my livelihood at 6am!  Yea!!

That’s it for now.  I am so looking forward to the weekend already, and it’s only Tuesday!  Have a great night☺

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spaghetti squash

Hi all!  How’s your Monday night going?  Jon and I are feeling a little more tired than usual, probably just because it’s the first day of the week.  I did, however, muster up enough energy to try a new food out tonight – one that I’ve been wanting to try forever – spaghetti squash!

I stumbled upon Abby’s blog the other night, and took it as an opportunity to get some fun and fresh meal ideas for the week.  And that I did!  One meal she mentioned having was spaghetti squash.  That was all the motivation I needed to go track one down and give it a try.

I was initially a bit worried about the one hour cook time, but  I somehow managed to work it into my schedule so that it turned out perfect!  I had to stay late at school today, so the second I left I raced home, threw on some gym clothes, tossed the squash in the oven and headed to the gym.

About an hour later, I came home just in time to take it out…and it was perfectly cooked!  I let it cool per Abby’s recommendation, then sliced it in half, scooping out all the insides.  It seriously has to be one of the coolest foods I’ve ever seen!  The only problem I ran into was trying to get all the seeds out.  Any ideas? It seems like there has to be an easier way.

Anyway, I had Jon pick up some “veggie crumbles” at Walmart, and I had an organic marinara sauce waiting in the fridge.  I cooked the crumbles and added it all together, then sprinkled some cubes of avocado on top (gotta have that healthy fat!).

This meal was fantastic.  I will probably have it at least once a week.  Although, there is a downside.  Seeing as how I’m still new at this whole vegan thing, I never considered that there might be dairy products in the soy crumbles.  So, this meal was not as vegan as I thought it was going to be, and while I’ll finish off this batch of crumbles, I won’t buy them again.  Any ideas on how to add protein to this meal?

I’m off to make a new seating chart for my hoodlums, seeing as how I promised it to them a week ago.  Hope you all have a great start to the week!

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