Jul 14, 2010
Lots of craziness goin’ on up in here!
Last night some friends of ours called at the last minute and were in town, wanting to come see us. They are fixin’ to move to North Carolina in about a month, and we’re going to miss them so much!
Fun fact: Molly was my roommate in college and Stewart was Jon’s roommate at the same time. Fun times for sure:)
Now they have these two cuties:
After they left, Jon and I hurried to the kitchen to fix some dinner! We were in a bit of a rush because my sister had called to see if we could babysit my fur-nephew this week; so, I needed to drive to meet her halfway between my hometown and our house.
While I wasn’t looking forward to the drive, it ended up being quite nice because the sun was setting and the two lane country hightway became almost magical. So pretty. No camera, though:(
Back to dinner.
We were going for something quick and easy, low mess, but delicious (of course:)
Presenting: Quick and Easy Pesto Pita Pizzas
whole wheat pitas
pesto sauce (we had some on hand, but you could also make your own)
canned artichoke hearts, chopped
1. Spread pesto onto whole wheat pita
2. Sprinkle on a thin layer of soy cheese (or whatever you prefer)
3. Place tomato slices on top
4. Spread chopped onion and artichoke hearts all over
5. Place in the oven on a baking sheet for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees (This makes the pita edges nice and crispy)
The key to this recipe is to really lay on the veggies. The more veggies the better! You can also play around with all different variations.
Other great combinations:
Barbecue Chicken Pita Pizzas (pre-veggie days) – barbecue sauce, cheese, chopped chicken, onion and bell pepper
Basic Tomato Pita Pizzas – tomato sauce (doctored with italian seasonings), cheese, endless array of veggies!
So, after dinner I hopped in the car and headed to pick up this our new house guest
He and Olive are quite the pair. She is really laid back and he is…well….not. So, sometimes she gets a little bit (okay, a lot) annoyed with him. Usually it gets better after they’ve been together for a couple of days. I think Olive finally gives up on being a recluse and submits to B’s playful ways. Let’s hope so anyway:)
They did get some play time in the backyard this morning. I was having a hay day taking pictures until I looked down and saw 5 million mosquitos on each leg. We high tailed it to the house!
I did also make it out for a run with Jon this morning. We ran/walked just under three miles. It was so humid, you could have sliced through the air with a knife. We are going to have to get up earlier if we’re going to run outside; it felt like we were suffocating!
Once we got home, I convinced myself to head to the gym for the Butts n Gutts class I told you all about last week. We did lunges. We did planks. We did squats. We jumped rope. Did jumping jacks. Abs on the bosu ball. Pretty much if you’ve ever heard of it or seen it, we did it. It was great! Tough, but great:)
I finally took the time to try the vegan overnight oats plus banana soft serve that Angela’s been raving about. And while my pics don’t really do it justice – you really must have a clear bowl to get the full effect – it was decadent!
Last night before I went to bed I combined 1/3 cup of oats with about 1 cup of almond milk + 1 tablespoon of chia seeds.
This morning I made peanut buttter banana soft serve using 1 whole banana and about 1/2 a tablespoon of natural peanut butter.
Then came the magnificent layering!
I topped it all off with fresh blackberries
Oh glorious day!
Loved this. Seriously loved it.
Well, I’m off to go try to salvage the babies’ relationhip before Bentley drives Olive over the edge! I hope you all have a marvelous, chia filled day!!
If you get a chance, stop by Peas and Thank You and say hi to Mama Pea. She’s doing a great cookbook giveaway, and I’ve got my fingers crossed for Eat, Drink and Be Vegan!
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May 8, 2010
I’m bloggin’ from the road today as Jon and I head to my hometown to spend some time with my mom. We slept in this morning, and I woke up with a smile on my face! I love love love waking up to sunlight coming in through the window, and it happens far too seldom.
Our Mini Cooper is getting serviced right now, and it just so happens that the dealership was fresh out of “service car” minis, so…..they gave us a BMW for the weekend. We don’t mind a bit. I could get used to this;)
As soon as we got up and got around we headed to the lake to get in a quick three miles. It was super windy, but the temperature was perfect! We followed it up with the first two circuits of Jillian’s level two shred workout. We totally stuck with our two workouts every day this week – Jillian in the morning and 3 miles in the evening. We did take a rest day on Friday.
Before our run I ate half an Ezekiel English muffin with a bit of almond butter. Considering our entire workout didn’t end until almost noon, it was not enough fuel! By the end of Jillian, I was famished!
it almost missed the camera…oops!
I quickly threw some tempeh in a pan with a couple squirts of Bragg’s. After heating it through, I added it to a whole wheat pita along with some Sabra pine nut hummus, spinach, onions and pickles. Also, some grapes on the side.
After lunch we spent some time cleaning up the house and then I settled in to do some blog surfing grading. Unfortunately, I didn’t get near as much done as I needed to before we had to get packed up and head out!
Oh, I also snacked on some soy yogurt with frozen cherries, sliced almonds and granola…and we grabbed a soy latte on our way out of town.
I just want to say thanks for all the sweet comments and encouragement from you guys regarding my personal trainer certification. It made me feel so affirmed about my decision. You all are the best! I can’t wait to share with you as I go through the process. It’s so exciting to me to master something new. I’m also realizing that I am a much better student now that I’ve been a teacher. Totally didn’t’ expect that, but I feel like I just understand the learning process better now. Good thing ‘cause I’ll need all the help I can get!
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
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Feb 15, 2010
…minus Valentine’s Day. I’m saving it for the next post. I think it deserves it’s very own:)
Saturday Jon and I got up and got to work cleaning the house. It always takes forever to deep clean the entire house, but it’s so worth it because we both feel so great when it’s done!! After that I packed up all of my school stuff, and we went up to his office to work. Jon is in his busiest season at work, and my job in general is busy season because I’m a 1st year teacher. So, we knew we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the rest of the weekend unless we knocked out some of our work.
Here are some food highlights from the weekend:
Lunch on Friday (because I took off to stay home and work) was a Joseph’s Protein pita filled with avocado, spinach, zucchini, squash, pickles and nutritional yeast. I had it with a side of hummus for dipping and a sliced pear with sprinkled cinnamon! So fresh and so delicious, yet so simple!
Friday afternoon I headed to the coffee shop to have a change of scenery while I graded. I took along an AB banana roll up – a Joseph’s pita (should there be a limit on these things?) smeared with almond butter and sliced banana, all rolled up! Transportable and tasty!
This was today’s snack on the way home from work. It was the most beautiful apple I’ve ever eaten. I picked this baby up from a certain store that Jon took me to on Valentine’s Day. That’s just a little teaser for tomorrow’s V-day post. I also had a certain kind of nut butter smeared on it that I’ve been wanting to try for ages. It may also have come from this certain store.
Apologies for the picture quality…this bowl was so much better than it looks. I often borrow a camera that takes beautiful pictures from Jon’s work, but lately I haven’t had it so the iPhone has had to suffice. boo.
And finally, tonight’s dinner. I was having a serious craving for a giant bowl of veggies, and that’s exactly what I got. A little too big perhaps:) I tossed together cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, squash, onions, carrots, mushrooms and spinach. I sprayed it a few times with Braggs, and dumped in a small handful of raw cashews. I also added a few pieces of Tempeh that I picked up the other day as well (more to come on that). This was the second time I’ve ever had Tempeh, and the first time I made it I did not care for it at all! I’m so glad I gave it a second chance, though. It was really good in this stir fry with just a bit of Braggs sprayed on. I’ll definitely be highlighting it again in the future once I decide on another way to cook it.
Well, that’s it for the highlights. Unfortunately, I have got to go do some serious grading. Blah. I’ll be back tomorrow, though, with a fun post on what we did and where we went for Valentine’s Day! Hope everyone is having a great President’s Day!
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Jan 24, 2010
I seriously cannot believe the weekend is almost over. Let’s face it, no weekend lasts very long, but this one has seemed to go by ultra fast!
I spent many hours over the weekend working on lesson plans for school. Jon is in his busiest season at work so we went up to his office yesterday and today to work. I really enjoy what I do for the most part, but there’s a limit. I start to get antsy and want to forget about work and just do something for fun…like cook, blog and eat! We’re also in the process of revamping our bedroom, so we worked on that quite a bit as well. Either way, updating my little blog got pushed to the wayside Friday and yesterday, so this is a little catch up post!!
Thursday night we did a variation of one of our absolute favorite meals:
Veggie Pita Pizzas
Joseph’s Protein and flax pitas (for crust)
sprinkle of veggie shreds
chopped bell peppers
organic baby spinach
Just throw everything on the pita (LOAD on the veggies!) in whatever order suits your fancy, and whalaa! That’s what I call “hot and ready!”
Next up: I have to say that I made the most amazing bowl of oatmeal yet on Saturday morning for breakfast.
In this bowl of oatmeal goodness went:
1/3 cup oats
3/4 cup water
1 scoop (a little over a tbsp) of chia seeds
1/2 a sliced banana
1/2 tbsp almond butter
a generous sprinkle of granola
a few carob chips
This concoction was probably a little higher in calories than I would usually aim for. While I don’t count calories anymore, I do still try to be mindful when using higher calorie foods. It was worth every gooey bite, though, and I would will do it all over again next Saturday. Saturday is really the only day that I’m home long enough in the morning to fix breakfast. I’m usually running out the door with my green monster in tow;)
Another A-mazing treat I had for the first time this weekend was a Starbuck’s Awake Tea Latte made with soy and no sweetener. I’d been wanting to try one of these for awhile, but always would forget as I’d hurry to get my usual soy latte. I do think it is my new favorite drink, though. I asked what all goes in it before I ordered and learned that it contains Tazo Awake tea, steamed milk, water, and sweetener (which I skipped of course). This drink doesn’t even need the sweetener. Starbucks uses vanilla soy milk, so just that little bit of sweetness is all it needs. It was delish! And I will definitely be ordering it again in the future. Try it if you get the chance!
I’m not sure what’s in store for din din tonight, but if all goes as planned, there will be a trial run of vegan blondies afterwards. Recipe and review to come!!
Hope everyone has a great start to the week!!
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Jan 14, 2010
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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