Month: April 2010

Crumbled Tempeh Salad

I might start eating breakfast at home more… those pancakes left a smile on my face all morning! To be honest, one of the main reasons I tend to wait until I get to work to eat breakfast is because I figure if I eat at home, I’ll get hungrier for lunch a lot sooner than 12. But I think I enjoy my breakfast and have more fun throwing it together when I make it before work. Today I had those pancakes around 8:15-8:30, and was pretty full until 11:30am or so. I had an apple for a snack around then, and it held me over until 12:30 for lunch, so it worked perfectly.

This was a fuji apple from the farmer’s market yesterday. What a huge difference in flavor this was from the apples I usually get at the grocery store! It was so sweet and crispy and just delicious. Even when I buy organic apples from the grocery store, they don’t come close to this taste. I’m so excited to have 3 more of these!

Lunch was pretty interesting. I threw it together last night before Bikram because I knew I’d be too tired to put it together after I got home. I didn’t know exactly what I was going to make, so I just started throwing some ingredients into the food processor. I added a handful of kale, baby carrots, and 1/2 cup of chickpeas. I pulsed it until it was ground up together, and then I added 1 oz of light feta and 1/2 serving of tempeh, crumbled up. I seasoned it with some salt and pepper, and then let it sit overnight.

I decided to name is Crumbled Tempeh Salad. Though quite random, it was delicious and completely raw. I ate it with some Wasa Crackers.

I just discovered these in my cabinet and had completely forgotten about them. I love wasa crackers because they’re so crunchy and light, and were perfect for scooping up this salad. I also had a Massaged Kale Salad on the side to use up the last of the kale from last week’s farmers market.

Unfortunately, this was a total fail. I must have majorly overdone it with the salt without realizing. I still ate the salad, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. Sad.

After lunch I was craving something sweet, so I went to CVS and picked up some Gummy Bears. But unlike last time, I purchased a single serving bag of gummy bears, so didn’t feel guilty eating the whole thing. 🙂

They compeltely hit the spot without making me feel like I overdid it. I also grabbed a Venti Iced Green Tea from Starbucks.

Which I’m currently drinking as I finish up the last few hours of work for the week! <3 Fridays.

PB&J Pancakes

Morning!! I am so happy that today is Friday. Last weekend I felt like it went way too quickly, and needed one more day. I was so looking forward to this weekend, and now its almost here! No grand plans for the weekend, just relaxing and hopefully some more Bikram. I found an Intro special at Bikram Yoga Dupont where you get one week unlimited for $20 for first time students. I plan to go with a friend tomorrow, and the studio is pretty convenient to work, so I’m going to try to go to the 6pm class as much as I can next week after work.

I’m not feeling sore at all today, which is surprising. Last night my back and my hips were a bit sore, so I ended up taking some advil. I was expecting to wake up hurting today, but luckily woke up feeling great. I am going to take the day off from working out today, though, since I’ve had three intense days in a row (9 miles biking + the shred and then two nights of Bikram).

This mornings breakfast was special, especially for a workday. I had throw together some overnight oats last night, but added some weird flavors and was feeling really hesistant about eating them. I tasted them this morning and wasn’t into them at all, so I threw them out. I hate to waste but they weren’t very good and I always need to have a satisfying breakfast. I was trying to figure out what to make and I looked in my cabinet and saw this:

I had been sent this a while ago but never got around to trying it, so today seemed like the perfect day for pancakes! One thing that bothers me about pancake and waffle mixes (most of them anyways) is that it doesn’t have the ratios for 1-2 servings a lot of the times. The serving size here is 3 tbsp, and the only recipe is for 1 cup of mix, so to try to figure out the conversions was beyond me. It ended up being a good thing though because I experimented a bit and made some delicious Peanut Butter & Jelly Pancakes!

Into the mix:

  • 3 tbsp Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 3 tbsp egg whites (or whites from 1 large egg)

I let that sit for a few minutes while the pan heated up and it made 2 nice sized pancakes. I topped them with 1 tbsp Better N Peanut Butter, 1 tbsp Crofters Asia, and 1 tbsp dark chocolate chunks.

These were AMAZING and tasted just as good as they look. I really like this pancake & waffle mix because the texture is really interesting with the milled flax throughout the whole wheat mix. In retrospect, I would have put the chocolate chips into the pancakes themselves so they were melted throughout, but they did melt a bit from the heat of the pancakes. Healthy chocolate chip pancakes?? Yes, please! It’s so great when you make things at home because you can control just what goes into them. Even though this felt like a ton of dark chocolate chunks, it was only 1 tbsp, which is just 70 calories. To read on some of the benefits of dark chocolate, check out this page.

I have mixed feelings about Better N’ Peanut Butter. I haven’t used it in so long, but I found the jar in my fridge and decided to give it a try. It only has 100 calories in 2 tbsp which is nice, but it doesn’t taste like regular peanut butter to me. It’s a lot sweeter, so I think using it as a topping for something like this is ideal. I still love my almond butter a lot more though. 🙂

That was a great way to start off my Friday. Hope yours is good so far, too!

Day Two

Hi! I just got back from Day 2 of Bikram in a row and it is amazing. Tonight was actually harder than last night! I think yesterday I was soooo scared going into it, so I was surprised that I could handle it and left feeling like a million bucks. Today, I felt like I knew what I was doing a bit more, so I went into it a little overconfident. Not like I thought I was going to be the best person in the class (at all), just completely confident I could handle it.

But, today I actually had more trouble staying in the room the whole time, even though yesterday I didn’t even think about leaving once. There were two things that made a difference in this. First, no one left during class today, so the door never opened to let any cool air in (which is how its supposed to be) but yesterday I got a few breezes which helped me stay cool. Second, I left my water bottle at the studio yesterday, so I just filled it with cold water today once I got it, rather than the ice I had it filled with yesterday. The bottle ended up getting a little warmer that I would have liked. Definitely bring ice water!!

I did sit in the front row today so I was in front of the mirror which was awesome because I was really able to watch my postures and make sure I was doing them right. There were a few postures I could go into deeper today than yesterday, and I felt a lot more comfortable with the sequence since I did it yesterday. I am definitely going to take tomorrow of, but am thinking about doing a week unlimited at a new studio next week and trying to go as many days as I can. The improvement from yesterday to today alone with my postures makes me excited to see the progress over more time. It’s pretty amazing watching your body transform and being able to do new things!

For a snack around 4:30p at work, I had a bowl of nonfat cottage cheese (~2/3 cup) with a chopped up pink lady apple.

Having the bigger lunch today definitely kept me full for longer than usual, so the day was almost done when I finally got around to having my snack. After work, I ventured over to the Farmer’s Market and bought some produce.

Baby kale, arugula, a bunch of cilantro, 4 fuji apples, and turnips. I got all of this for around $20 which I felt like was a good deal! I was going to skip the kale this week, but the sign said its their last week for spring kale, so I had to pick up one last batch of it. If anyone has good kale ideas for me, please let me know! I’m definitely going to make kale chips and I am sure more massaged kale salads are in my future. 🙂

After Bikram, I had an unpictured popsicle and I drank an orange G2 Gatorade during class, which I think helped me stay in the room! Once I got home, I wasn’t really that hungry, but I wanted to have something. Kind Bars sent me a few samples to try, so I tried the Almond and Cashew bar.

I had never had a Kind Bar before, though I’ve seen them in Starbucks, and this was DELICIOUS! It was chewy, but also crunchy because of the almonds and cashews in it. The nutrition facts are really good, too – 150 calories, 9g fat, 4g fiber, 4g protein and then a bunch of vitamins. The ingredient list is also pretty short: Dates, Almonds, Cashews, Honey, Glucose, Milled Flaxseed, Soluble Dietary Fiber, and Natural Flavor. I have a few other flavors to try and am really looking forward to them!

I’m off to catch up on the DVR. See you tomorrow!

Raw Tempeh

Hiya! Just a quick lunch post so I can get back to work, but I tried raw tempeh for the first time today! I picked this kind up from Trader Joe’s:

This package has 2 servings, but I actually only had 1/2 a serving on my sandwich. There are 240 calories in a serving, 11grams of fat, 9 grams of dietary fiber, and 20g protein. So 1/2 a serving had 120 calories, 5.5g of fat, and 4.5g dietary fiber, and 10g of protein.

My Raw Tempeh Sandwich had:

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread, toasted
  • 1/2 serving of tempeh, sliced thin
  • bed of kale
  • roasted red peppers
  • red pepper coulis (spread on the bread)
  • red onions (microwaved for 1 minute to soften)

I had the sandwich with a side of baby carrots:

Plus some Pirate’s Booty which was sent to me as a sample.

And 3 mandarins for dessert:

Bigger lunch that usual today for me today but I’m seeing if I testing out to see if a bigger lunch will make me less snacky later in the day. The verdict on the raw tempeh sandwich – delicious! Honestly, I barely tasted the tempeh in there but it added a nice texture. I think using it on a sandwich when in a crunch is an awesome vegetarian option in place of lunch meat like I used to have. I was hesitant to eat it raw, but with all the veggies packed on there, I only really noticed the texture. This will definitely be a new lunch staple for me since its so easy and requires no cooking.

The Pirate’s Booty was not my favorite. I love most Pirate’s Booty, but the Sour Cream and Onion flavor just didn’t do it for me. It was kind of sweet, but in a weird way. I’ll just stick with regular or Veggie Booty going forward! The carrots and mandarins were great, though. Can’t go wrong with fresh produce!

I’m thinking about going to Bikram AGAIN tonight!! I realized I left my water bottle there last night, so I have to go back anyways to pick it up. It’s $15 for a drop in class, so I think I’m going to take the plunge and do it. I’ve been thinking about the postures all day and can’t wait until I can improve on them. I think I feel a new (expensive) addiction coming on.

Hope your Thursday is fabulous. Be back tonight!!

Same Day Breakfast Cookie

Morning! I caved last night and went to Best Buy to buy a new charger for my camera. I was going to order it off because I found it for a bit cheaper, but with shipping it would have come out to about the same, plus I would have had to wait a few days to get it. So I decided to just buy it in person rather than online and Best Buy had a universal Cannon charger that was $41 instead of $50, so not as bad. I’m going to hold on to this for dear life though – – I still can’t believe the little charger costs that much!

I am feeling really good this morning! Everyone told me I was going to be so sore today, but I’m not really sore at all. I honestly cannot wait to go back and do it again. Soon, I hope!

Since I got home late from Bikram last night, I didn’t pack my breakfast or lunch until this morning. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make, so I just started throwing things into a tupperware and then realized I was adding all the ingredients for a Breakfast Cookie. I wasn’t sure how it would be since its supposed to sit over night, but I figured I’d give it a go and see.

Into the mix went:

– 1/2 cup rolled oats

– 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

– 1 tbsp almond butter

– 2 tbsp almond milk

– 1 tbsp chocolate chips

– 2 tbsp coconut flakes

Here is the coconut that I used:

It’s finely shredded so its not as good as flaked coconut for a topping, but it works really well when you want coconut flavor spread throughout whatever you’re eating. It went great in the breakfast cookie, works well in oatmeal, and also was the kind I used in the granola. The stats are good on this too – 4 tbsp (1/4 a cup) which is a LOT only has 70 calories and 6 grams of fat. I used half that, so only 35 calories and 3 grams of fat, and lots of coconut flavor.

Presenting… The Chocolate Coconut Breakfast Cookie.

I’m happy to say it turned out PERFECT! It ended up sitting for about an hour between when I made it and when I ate it and tasted just as good as the one that sat overnight. The coconut chocolate combo really works here and adding the protein powder makes it a super filling and satisfying breakfast. Yum!

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday. Have a good one and be back after lunch!!

Bikram and Banana Ice Cream

Hi! I just got back from Bikram Yoga tonight for the first time ever and it was AMAZING. I have always been so scared to try it, but have wanted to go for so long. When things are new to me and I think I’m going to be bad at them, I am so hesitant to try them. But you never know until you try so I have to get over that! I did a bit of research over the last few days and I found Bikram Alexandria, where they offer your first class FOR FREE along with a free mat rental. There was a class from 7:30-9pm, so I just decided to go for it! And I am sooooo happy that I did. They even give you popsicles at the end! 🙂

In terms of the experience itself, every studio is different, but here’s how it went at Bikram Alexandria. I went in and told them it was my first time, so they had me sign in and then fill out a waiver with my information and sign away that if I get hurt its not their fault. After that, they give you a tour of the studio, show you where the bathrooms/shower are, where to put your shoes, where the yoga room itself is, and told me to line up my mat inside on one of the lines. There was black tape spaced out all along the floor indicating where mats should go so there was enough room between them. He said to make sure I looked up and that I wasn’t underneath a heat vent, because that’s too much for your first time. I picked a spot in the back near the door, which turned out to be pretty good. I liked being by the door because when it opened I got a quick cool breeze, but I would have preferred to be in the front so I was in the first line for the mirror. You have to observe yourself in the poses to figure out if you’re doing it right, and focusing on your image helps you stay steady. Next time I’ll definitely choose a spot closer to the mirror, but still by the door.

Once the class begins, the instructor walks you through 26 poses. The first two are breathing exercises, and then the rest vary in difficulty. Some were so hard that I couldn’t hold them at all, and some I had no problem getting into and could hold it for the full 40 seconds. The instructor talks you through the whole thing, and as you look around the room, especially during hard poses, people around the room are in all different stages of the poses. I was worried I was going to be the worst one there, but I was really just average which made me happy. You do each pose twice, and the second time you try to go a bit deeper in if you can manage. There’s several rest periods built in, and you can just lay down on the mat during any time if you need to take a break. The instructor also said we were free to walk out if we couldn’t stand the heat/thought we’d pass out, but I was able to stay in the room the whole time and didn’t have to lay down once (except when I was instructed!). Overall, it was an amazing experience. I seriously cannot wait to go back.

Here’s a few great tips for first timers, some that I knew going into it, and some that I learned once there and wish I knew before I went!

1.) DON’T BE SCARED TO GO! Seriously, I am the most unflexible person there is, so if I can do it, you can too! I’ve always heard people say that you don’t have to be flexible and everyone is really focused on themselves and not looking at you, but I didn’t believe it until I was there. It is very intense, and people are so focused on themselves that no one is looking at you or cares if you fall out of the pose! I also thought that everyone who was there was going to be long and lean and that I would feel very out of place, but there were people (women and men!) of all shapes and sizes there.

2.) BRING A CHANGE OF CLOTHES – My friend Emily told me this one, and I am so happy she did. As I’m sure you can imagine, you sweat so much since the room is 105 degrees, and after you get out, the last thing you want to do is stay in your sweaty clothes to drive home. I wore shorts and a tanktop with a built in sports bra, and wore capris over the shorts. I just brought a change of underwear and a new tanktop and I was perfect.

3.) BRING WATER – And lots of it with ICE. Ice is a must. I filled my entire bottle with ice and just a little water and it was perfect because it stayed cold the whole time. I brought in that bottle and one regular bottle, and drank them both during the class. I don’t usually drink any water while running or biking, but you need it during Bikram because the room is so hot!

4.) BRING AT LEAST TWO TOWELS – You want one to lay on top of your mat (because you are literally dripping sweat) and another smaller one to wipe you face off while you’re between poses when necessary. I was so thankful to have a little hand towel with me!

5.) BRING A PLASTIC BAG – You will want to have something to put your clothes and towel in once you are done with the class because you are dripping wet. I brought a plastic shopping bag with me and it was perfect.

6.) REMOVE ALL YOUR MAKEUP OR BRING MAKEUP REMOVER/FACE WASH – This one I didn’t figure out until after it was too late, but you sweat so much and you don’t want to have black makeup running down your face. I noticed some of the women washing their faces before class started but I didn’t have any face wash or makeup remover with me! By the end of the class, my makeup had dripped all over my face. Not cute.

7.) BRING A SNACK FOR AFTER CLASS – You’re not supposed to eat for a few hours before the class, so by the time I got out I was pretty ravenous. Luckily, I had a PURE Bar in my car, and ate it on my drive home.

8.) LOOK FOR FIRST-TIMER SPECIALS – Most Bikram studios offer specials for first time students. Not everywhere offers a free class, but a lot of them do a discounted week or buy one get one free for new students. Check it out so you can try different studios out to find one that you like.

9.) JUST GO – Really, I am soooo happy that I went and now I’m plotting when I can go again already even though I just got back. If you’ve been toying with the idea and are scared like I was, just do it and you’ll be so happy you did!

Any other tips for first timers that you can think of??

Onto my eats!

Before I left work, I had a Blueberry Chobani with a chopped up apple and crushed Weetabix biscuit.

Loved this combo. After I got home (around 5:45p when the class started at 7:30), I had a slice of whole wheat bread with some almond butter that I didn’t take a picture of. That was the perfect pre-Bikram snack for me because it sits well in my stomach but was enough to hold me over.

On my way home from Bikram, I had the PUR bar in Cherry Cashew.

I’d never tried this flavor before and it was goood. In case you’re curious what the bar looks like inside the package, here it is:

Then, I made some Banana Ice Cream! This is so simple, but so delicious. All you do is take frozen banana and put it in the food processor for about 2-3 minutes. I had chopped up the banana before I froze it which made it easier to get into my mini food processor and to mix up.

Scrape down the sides as needed, and then it turns into a wonderful, creamy consistency, that is the best frozen yogurt/ice cream you will ever taste. I topped mine with dark chocolate chunks.

And it was sooooo good. You won’t even believe how creamy and delicious this gets with bananas at the only ingredient.

Seems counterintuitive, but you can’t even really tell its bananas! It just is creamy, flavorful, deliciousness. So good!

I’m off to relax. See you tomorrow!

25 Things

I’ve had a few people ask about Overnight Oats and if it’s a special type of oats or what it is. So rather than responding in the comments section (because I doubt many people go back to look at those), I’ll just say it here. Overnight oats are just regular old oats that you prepare the night before and leave in the fridge overnight.. thus the name overnight oats. I use rolled oats, but you can use instant oats, multi grain hot cereal, or any other kind, except steel cut because those require a bit of cooking. My friend Allison actually went to three different stores looking for something labeled “Overnight Oats” but had no luck because no such thing exists! 🙂

I’ve seen this survey on quite a few blogs today, so I thought I’d answer the questions myself and show you a little bit about me. Here goes..

  • Where would you be able to spend hours and be happy? Outside, especially at the beach and not at a desk.
  • What’s your favorite kind of doughnut? Glazed or Boston cream!
  • Do you have any tattoos or piercings? No tattoos, and no interesting piercings. I have my ears pierced twice and my cartilage pierced on my right ear. I did pierce my own bellybutton at age 15 but have since removed it, but that’s a whole different story. 😉
  • What is your favorite movie? Ohh this is tough. I love Woody Allen movies (especially Annie Hall) and anything with Will Ferrell, but I also love Juno, Lost in Translation, and Walk the Line. Can’t pick one!
  • Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? My boyfriend… he was in southern VA for the night last night so I talked to him before bed.
  • Are you still friends with the people you knew in middle school or high school? A select few, but my parents have moved out of Connecticut where I grew up and now live in New Jersey so I don’t get to see them much!
  • What is the last thing you ate? See below… artichoke ravioli and massaged kale salad for lunch.
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? A pediatrician for a while there.
  • Name three things that are close to you: My computer, my water bottle, and a calculator. Random.
  • What was your best subject in school? Math until I got to calculus. Downhill from there.
  • What is your favorite restaurant? Even harder than the movie question… Minh for Vietnamese, Café Asia for happy hour (sushi), Blue Duck Tavern if I want to spend more money than I have.
  • Any hidden talents? I don’t know if this counts, but I have extremely fast reflexes. I’m really clumsy and drop things a lot, but usually catch them before they fall, so it evens out.
  • What is your middle name? Anne.
  • What is your favorite website? Facebook and healthy living blogs J
  • How old were you when you had your first kiss? It’s not memorable.. no idea!
  • Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate fo’ sho.
  • What is your favorite girl’s name? Favorite boy’s name? Kylie and Jake.
  • Favorite store? Express for clothes or Williams Sonoma.
  • Would you rather be a rock star or a famous athlete? Rockstar.
  • Favorite food? Spicy tuna rolls or eel sushi or Pho with Vietnamese summer rolls.
  • What are you wearing right now? Black/white/pink plaid work pants, a pink t-shirt with a black sweater over it, and gray flats.
  • What is your favorite animal? Fish I guess. Easiest to take care of 😉
  • Did you graduate from college? Sure did, George Washington University ’06. Summa Cum Laude, baby.
  • What does your last text message say? How’s the train ride going? (to my boyfriend on his way back to DC)
  • Do you have any nicknames? BK, Bethy, Betty Boop (my family), EOE (this one’s for you Allison)… but most people just call me Beth.

Now your turn!

1.) Favorite Food

2.) Any hidden talents?

3.) Best subject in school.

Onto my Lunch…

Today was leftover Artichoke Ravioli with Red Pepper Coulis. I made 16 last night, and ended up eating 10, so 6 left for lunch. I also had another Massaged Kale Salad, and some baby carrots on the side.

Disclaimer: My baby carrots are in a ziplock, but I will be reusing it for other carrots/veggies for the rest of the week so I’m a little greener. 🙂

If you haven’t yet jumped on the Massaged Kale bandwagon, you are seriously missing out.

This salad takes such a short time to prepare and is so flavorful and delicious. I ate it before the ravioli if that gives you an idea of how good it is! Plus, kale is such a nutritional powerhouse and is SO good for you, but can be difficult or intimidating to prepare because it can be bitter and not that tender. Eating it this way makes it like a lot of other salad greens but even more delicious and nutritious… try it!!



Bad news. My camera charger isn’t at work, like I was hoping it would be. 🙁 I looked online to see how much a new one would cost and its $50!! $50 for a little piece of plastic! I was just going to buy it if it was $20 or less, but now I’m going to go home after work and do another thorough sweep of the apartment to make sure its nowhere before I dish out $50 for it. But, in all likelihood, pictures will be coming from my Droid in the next few days. Sad.

For some reason, I had a lot of trouble getting up today. I normally wake up pretty easily when my alarm goes off, but today I snoozed three times! I was expecting to wake up a little sore from last night’s bike ride and The Shred, but I’m actually not feeling stiff or sore at all which is good news. Hopefully I can do a true brick workout soon and not lock myself out of my apartment in the process of getting ready for it… 🙂 I realize I haven’t gone on a run in a long time, so tonight might be a good night to do that.

This morning I had a bowl of Overnight Oats. It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve had them, so I was excited to dive in.

This bowl had:

– 1/2 cup oats

– 1/3 cup organic almond milk

– 1/3 cup nonfat greek yogurt

– 1 small mashed banana

– 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

– Toppings: Freeze dried pineapple (!!!) and sliced almonds

This bowl of overnight oats was sooooooo good! The freeze dried pineapple was really the star and added such a nice crunch to my breakfast. I picked up the bag of it at Trader Joe’s over the weekend and it’s an awesome topping! The pieces were whole rings but I crushed them a bit before sprinkling them on top of the bowl. Yum!

Happy Hump Day!

Artichoke Ravioli with One Ingredient Sauce

Hey! Every day seems to be flying by lately.. I can’t believe it’s already Tuesday night!

Sadly my camera battery died and I’ve looked everywhere for the charger and can’t seem to find it! I’m hoping it is at work but if not you’ll be getting crappy pictures for the next few days.

I had an afternoon snack of nonfat cottage cheese with blackberries which held me over pretty well. I had grand plans to do a Brick Workout for the first time, which is where you bike and then run. I was going to bike 5-6 miles then run 2-3, just to see if I could do it. I keep my bike on my balcony for now because my lock just arrived yesterday so I haven’t gotten it into motion yet. I moved my bike out into the hallway and then without thinking, closed the door behind me and locked myself out! My front desk was pretty helpful but it took a while so it was getting kind of late when I finally got out to ride. I ended up deciding to do a mini brick and go for a longer bike ride and then do The Shred Level 1. It was intense! I biked 9 miles in 43 minutes, which means I’m getting faster and more confident on the bike! Then I came home and did the 20 minutes of The Shred and it was hard. I pushed through and was really happy when I was done!

Pre workout, I ate a packet of Barney Butter (90 calories) and then afterwards, I made a Green Monster. I hadn’t had one in SO long and was craving one!

This Green Monster had:

  • 1 cup light soy milk
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 packet organic wheatgrass
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 2 handfuls of frozen mixed fruit (mostly strawberries and honeydew melon)

It hit the spot bigtime. 🙂

After that, I decided to whip up another batch of Wonton Skin Ravioli… this time though I got a good match with the sauce and the filling. I took 1 cup of frozen artichoke hearts and defrosted them, and then pulsed them in the food processor. I added 1/4 cup ricotta cheese and pulsed it together, then added some salt and pepper, and that made the filling.

Once the filling was done, I put on a pot of water to boil, and by the time I had made 16 ravioli, the water was boiling. I threw them in the boiling water in 2 batches for 4 minutes. While those were cooking, I made a delicious sauce, Red Pepper Coulis, that had ONE ingredient. Roasted Red Peppers! I took two whole roasted peppers and pureed them in the food processor. My mom used to make this to go with with swordfish and I never liked swordfish much but I loved the sauce… and it really doesn’t get much easier! I heated the sauce in the microwave and poured it over the ravioli, and then grated some fresh parmesan on top.

It was SO simple and so good! Literally start to finish, including making the filling, stuffing the wontons, cooking them, and making the sauce, was less than 10 minutes. And it was delicious. I love artichoke hearts and haven’t had them in so long! I picked up a package of frozen organic artichoke hearts when I was at Trader Joe’s over the weekend and was really looking forward to using them. Yum, yum, yum.

I wanted something sweet after that, so I made a quick dessert that was amazing.

A triple chocolate chunk vitatop with nonfat frozen yogurt, drizzled with almond butter. This looks like more fro yo than it was – those scoops are hollow. 🙂 Perfect way to end the meal.

Now I’m gonna catch up on the Biggest Loser… see you all tomorrow!

Massaged Kale Salad

Unfortunately breakfast didn’t hold me over for too long and my stomach started grumbling around 10:30am. 🙁 Though I really loved the way the granola tasted, I think I’m going to use it as a topping on my oats instead because it didn’t last long over yogurt. It gives a nice crunch but apparently doesn’t have much staying power. I held off for a little bit, but then had an orange around 11:30am, cut up in my new favorite style.

I swear cutting it up into 16 pieces instead of 8 makes the biggest difference… it feels like more and it takes me a lot longer to eat. This held me over until it was an appropriate time to dive into my lunch (after 12 or else I get too hungry by 5!)

The star today was a Massaged Kale Salad. I’ve seen this mentioned several places and never knew what it meant exactly, but its quite literal. You massage olive oil and salt into the kale with your hands, ideally for 2 minutes or so. The olive oil makes it more tender and the salt takes away the natural bitterness of the kale. Plus, it’s a perfect excuse to play with your food! I’ve been using baby kale so its naturally pretty tender, but if you use mature kale you want to just tear away the stems. Kale is such a nutritional powerhouse so I love to find new (to me) ways to use it.

On top of the massaged kale, I put a serving of cubed tofu, 1/2 a roasted red pepper chopped up, and 1 oz crumbled light feta (from Trader Joe’s). Kind of a random combination but it really worked! The kale got super tender and the salt really took away from the bitterness. This is definitely going to be my new go-to way to eat kale in salads. So good! With the salad, I had a toasted whole wheat Thomas Bagel Thin with a wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese.

And a sliced raw red bell pepper.

It was unplanned having peppers two ways in this lunch but it worked well! I love red bell peppers – they are so sweet and crunchy and I actually don’t even like to use dip or anything on them because I love the flavor so much.

Just a few more hours until 5pm and I’ve been thinking of a challenging workout to do for tonight and I think I’ve found one! I’ll be back later to tell you how it goes!

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