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a success

Hi!

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday. This week has flown by!  I’ve been spending the last couple of days eating and breathing yoga as I’ve prepared to teach my first class.  I’m happy to say it went really well!  There are of course a lot of things I want to improve upon as I continue teaching, but for my first class I was pleased.

My eats have been kind of boring because I’ve been so preoccupied…just the closest, healthiest (and sometimes not so much) thing and call it good has been my motto!  Sometimes life is just like that you know?  However, last night when I walked in the door from yoga at about 6:45, the husband was hard at work in the kitchen, cooking up a fantastic recipe from, you guessed it, Eat, Drink and Be Vegan!

Gimme Chimis

Ingredients

  • 1/2 – 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1-1.5 tsp Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1.5 cups zucchini, julienned
  • 1/2-3/4 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup tempeh, chopped (or extra firm tofu or additional 1/2 cup beans of any variety)
  • 1.5 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (for frying)
  • fresh lime wedges, for garnish
  • fresh cilantro leaves, chopped for garnish

Directions

  • In a frying pan on medium heat, add oil, onion, garlic, chili powder, oregano, chipotle sauce, cumin, cinnamon, cloves and salt and saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Add zucchini and tomatoes, and saute for another 5 minutes until veggies soften.
  • Add beans and tempeh (or substitute), stir to combine, and saute for another 3-5 minutes.

  • Stir in vinegar and transfer mixture to a bowl (scraping out all filling and reserving pan for later).
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
  • On a flat surface, spoon 1/4 of filling down center of each tortilla, leaving 1-2 inches space on top and bottom.  Fold bottom edge over filling and roll up, tucking in sides as you go.
  • In the same frying pan on medium-high, heat oil for 30 seconds, then place burritos seam-side down on pan
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side to lightly brown, then transfer to lined baking sheet )or if frying pan is oven-proof, then simply place it in oven) and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove and serve with lime wedges and a sprinkling of cilantro


This recipe was awesome.  I have to say that before I became more conscious of my health, chimmichangas were one of my favorite meals to order at mexican restaurants.  I especially loved the fried crispy shell.  This healthified  recipe was very reminiscent of the old chimi days…and the part that was most similar was the tortilla.  It was flaky and crispy, yet soft in just the right areas.  Score!

Well, I hate to cut this short, but I gotta run.  Tomorrow is the day I leave to go get my yoga certification, and I still have to read up on the manual and pack.  Oh, and run through my PiYo class again because I’m teaching in the morning!  I am loving all the yoga in my life right now, but I’ll also feel a bit relieved when the new stage has worn off and I can spend a little less time and energy preparing.  Soon enough, soon enough.

G’night!

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a day of reunions

After such a fun and spontaneous day yesterday it was admittedly a bit hard to get back into a routine today.  As my husband can attest – I live for spontaneity.  I love waking up and not know what the day will hold and then making it into something wonderful.

We spent the first half of Labor Day getting some work done.  One of the harder aspects of owning your own business – you must work even on holidays!  I was so glad we got work out of the way, though, because then we had the rest of the day to relax and play.

On a whim, we decided to head to Tulsa.  There are several draws to visiting this second closest city to us:

1. my brother-in-law and sister-in-law live there.
2. Whole Foods lives there.
3. There’s a mall.

What can I say? I’m easily pleased.

Before heading out of town, we grabbed some lunch to take on the road.

For him – Chickfila.  He doesn’t get quite as excited as I do about taking pictures with his food.

For her – Panera.

Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich (minus the feta)

And an apple balancing on my knee:)

Our first stop in Tulsa as at the Apple Store at the mall to look at iPads.  The husband is considering purchasing one for the business, but got cold feet and decided to think on it some more.

We also stumbled upon this place while perusing the mall.

I had never tried Teavana tea before, and I was pleasantly surprised!  They had several different flavors out for sampling and they were all delicious.  I resisted bringing any home with me, but I would definitely like to try some of their teas in the future.  Tea has been on my mind more and more with colder weather fast approaching, so Teavana – maybe we will meet again:)

Upon leaving the mall, we headed straight for my BIL and SIL’s house.  We didn’t stay there long as they had dinner cooking and we needed to get back home, but considering we hadn’t seen them since Christmas (pathetic!) it was so nice to catch up in person for awhile.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture yesterday, but just for fun here’s one from when they (MIL and FIL came too!) came to visit us when we lived in Thailand.  Fun times.

Anyway, before heading back home, we grabbed some dinner at PeiWei

And then headed to Whole Foods, where the best thing ever happened.

I was reunited with my love.

no cameras allowed in Whole Foods so we had to sneak this shot with the iPhone

Almond Butter and I have been separated for a good few months due mostly to the much lower cost of peanut butter:(  But last night Whole Foods had their machine working where you can grind your own, and it was only $4.99/lb.  So much cheaper than buying it in a jar here!

I was a true foodie through and through last night as I giddily walked through the store with my prized possession tucked safely under my arm and a smile from ear to ear.  Only those of you who share my love for almond butter can understand how happy I was.  The rest of you can just think how weird I am.  I’m okay with that:)

It was a smooth ride all the way back home…just me and the husband.  And possibly some dark chocolate.

Hope you all had a great day and are all geared up for the short week!

Love, Candice

Do you live for spontaneity like myself?  Or do you prefer the structure of a routine and planning?

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labor day love

There is nothing better than the feeling of accomplishment after finishing a long run.

Maybe I’m being a bit dramatic…but it really is one of the best feelings in the world.  We pushed hard this morning and finished six miles in just under an hour including walk breaks.

As I’ve mentioned before, running has become increasingly difficult for me lately, and I’m not totally sure why.  But it’s redeeming runs like today that keep me going and keep my love for running alive.  It was painful to keep a good pace…but I just kept telling myself to dig deep and show myself what I can do.  It felt so good to sprint to the finish.

We drove out the the lake path this morning, and I munched on half a banana on the way for a little bit of carby energy.

It’s kind of blurry because it was still kind of dark outside.  And I couldn’t hold still in the car.  The husband is a crazy driver.

When we got back I took a long, hot shower and then fixed up a protein filled breakfast.

I cooked one organic free range egg with one egg white in the microwave for 2 minutes.  With about 20 seconds left, I threw some spinach on top.  After the microwave stopped and toaster popped up, I sandwiched it between two Van’s Flax waffles, with a light spread of Spicy Garlic Hummus and a dash of salt and pepper.

I wasn’t sure about the addition of hummus…but I decided to go crazy and try it.  It rocked.  Bigtime.  The combination of flavors was just perfect!  Don’t you love it when that happens?  The only thing I forgot was the chia seeds.  Doh.

It is such a beautiful day outside – the husband and I are going to head out and see where the wind takes us.  No guesses where that might be, but I’ve got high hopes!

Enjoy your Labor Day!

Love and chias:) C

Who is your favorite artist that your listening to these days? The husband and I are really loving One Republic.  It’s a bit different than my usual Diane Birch and and Sara Bareilles…but has a really awesome vibe.

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sunday

I love Sundays…especially when there is no work on Monday.  There’s nowhere to be, no pressure to prepare for the week ahead…plenty of time to just be:)

Our go-to quick and easy lunch

Joseph’s whole wheat lavash wrap, broccoli slaw, spinach, homemade hummus, Morningstar black bean burger

Prime example of how flavors aren’t just about the actual food.  They implicate environment, memories, seasons and tradition.  I couldn’t resist a Pumpkin Spice latte…but ordered it iced because it’s still 90 degrees.  It just wasn’t the same:(

However, it still warmed my heart just seeing the sign.

Creepy face.

Dinner was a combination of two favorites.  Mexican Pizza.

Whole wheat pita spread with vegetarian refried beans and topped with all the goods – soy cheese, black beans, diced green chilis, onions and drizzled with green enchilada sauce.  mmmm.

The husband was sweet enough to let me lead him through a yoga class tonight.  And even extra sweet by pretending he enjoyed it!  He’s my guinea pig throughout this whole “learning to be a yoga instructor” process.  I’m so lucky. We worked up quite a sweat actually, and it left me feeling really energized and much more ready for our run than I was before.  Three cheers for yoga!

And then I went out with a bang tonight when my bedtime snack turned into this


That would be Oikos greek yogurt and Kashi Go Lean crunch splattered on my kitchen floor.  Tasty, no?

I’m off to bed – we’ll be starting Labor Day off right with a nice long run!

Hope you are all enjoying your long weekend!

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fireworks in September

Last night I met up with my friend Grace to go watch our city’s fireworks show.  It was an absolutely beautiful night, almost cool enough for a jacket, and we had a fantastic time.

Surprisingly the fireworks show was one of the best shows I think I’ve seen in a while.  They timed it with half time of the high school football game, so it was somewhat short, but what it lacked in length it totally made up in awesomeness:)

Jon left early this morning to go back to work, so I spent most of the day getting the house cleaned up and working on my yoga class.  Only four more days until I teach my first official yoga class…I’m a little nervous, but so excited!

Right when I got up this morning, I drank a small green monster to tide me over until I decided what to do for the morning.  I sort of wanted to go for a run, but yoga was really calling my name, so I opted out of the run.

A little while later I was starving, but not quite ready for lunch, so I had a little snack.

homemade hummus and Kashi TLC crackers

A couple of hours and a sparkling clean bathroom later I decided to cook up some lunch!  This is one of my favorite go-to meals when Jon isn’t home.  It’s healthy, easy and he doesn’t like sweet potatoes…so it works out perfectly:)

I mixed 2 tsp of olive oil with a few shakes of garlic powder, ground red pepper and oregano.  After slicing the sweet potato and snapping the asparagus, I tossed everything in a gallon ziplock bag together, shaking it until I couldn’t shake anymore.  I then dumped the sweet potatoes out on a cookie sheet and placed them in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

Ready, set, speed clean the bathroom!

When the buzzer went off, I flipped the potato rounds and added the asparagus to the cookie sheet before throwing it all back in the oven for another 15 minutes.

Last time I made this I cooked the asparagus too long – but this time they were just perfect!  They still had a little bit of crunch to them, but were still just the right amount of soft:)

I promised myself that if I got everything cleaned and worked on yoga, that I’d sit back, relax and do something purely for fun later tonight.  I think I’m gonna grab some dinner and maybe read a book or magazine for awhile until Jon gets home.

Yay for a three day weekend!  Hope yours is going swell:)

Love and chia seeds:) Candice

Edited to add: haha!  When I went back to re-read this post, I realized I never explained why our city was shooting off fireworks in September..lol.  It rained cats and dogs on the 4th of July this year, so they had to cancel the show. It was rescheduled for last night.

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