Green Monster

20 Miles!

I am already back in DC and just got back from my longest bikeride ever! It’s been a goooood day.

I ended up falling asleep fast and hard last night and it felt so good. I woke up without an alarm around 8 am and hung out with my sister and her husband for a bit while we drank some coffee. Then they made me delicious breakfast before I got on the road.

2 farm fresh scrambled eggs, 2 slices of tomato, 1/4 an avocado, and 1 piece of whole wheat toast. It was simple, yet delicious. I ended up spreading the avocado on the toast and it was awesome. I love how colorful this plate is! I ended up getting on the road around 10am which was awesome because I made it home in no time. I literally hit no traffic and made it around 12:30 which included a stop for gas. I’m so glad we celebrated last night so I didn’t get caught in Mother’s Day Brunch traffic… that always makes me cranky!

After I got home, I unpacked quickly and then decided to go for a bikeride. It’s a gorgeous, sunny, and cool day here in DC – perfect weather for a ride. I set out not quite sure how far I would go, and I was feeling so good that I decided to do 20 miles! It was my longest ride to date, and besides my butt being pretty sore, I feel great now too. I went on the Mount Vernon Trail towards Alexandria, and I usually get sort of turned around because the trail isn’t marked well during certain parts, but I had an idea of where to go and asked a few riders for directions, and then figured it out. I went 10 miles towards Mount Vernon (which was 4 miles further) and then turned around and came back. Soon I want to do the full ride of 28 miles (14 each way) but I didn’t want to push it since 16 was the furthest I’d gone before today. It is only a little hilly in parts but it was a nice, challenging ride.

Today’s stats:

– Distance: 20.13 miles

– Duration: 1hr35min3sec

– Avg. Pace: 4:43min/mi

– Avg. Speed: 12.7mph

– Calories Burned: 1172

Overall, a great ride! I brought these Gu Chomps with me:

And I ate 5 of them on the ride (115 calories worth). I didn’t like these AT ALL. They are chewy but kind of stick to your teeth and the flavor just tasted gross. I’m pissed at myself because I bought 5 packages of these because they were having a special at a race expo but I’d never tried them before! Maybe the other flavors will be better, but I much prefer the Sports Beans which actually taste like candy.

As soon as I got home, I was craving a smoothie, so I made an interesting combo.

Into the blender went:

  • 1.5 cups light soy milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 15 frozen cherries
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 3 cups baby kale (end of the bag)

Now this smoothie had a lot of potential… minus the kale. When I put spinach into smoothies, I can barely tell its there because it doesn’t really affect the taste or texture. Not so with the kale… It was baby kale so it’s a lot more tender than regular kale, but it didn’t blend up nearly as well as the spinach does so I could taste it and felt “chunks” of it (ew) in the smoothie. I think if I had put spinach in there instead it would have been a winning combo. I didn’t let it go to waste but I don’t think I’ll be using kale in my green smoothies anymore!

I’m off to shower and relax a bit. Hope Sunday is treating you well!

Happy Hour and Bikram Are Not A Good Combo

This is the first and last post you will see that talks about both Happy Hour and Bikram because this combo will never happen again for me!

Happy hour last night turned into quite a late night (for me). Several coworkers and I went to Cafe Asia after work. The night started innocently enough with some sake.

And I got a bowl of miso soup

and some sushi.

A spicy tuna roll and one piece each of octopus, salmon, yellowtail, and eel to be exact. The sushi and soup were both delicious, and the sake kept flowing. I ended up overdoing it bigtime with Sake because we were all sharing the bottles of it so it was hard to tell how much I was drinking. Towards the end of the night, I ordered a large bowl of udon noodle soup because I needed something more in my stomach.

This was incredible. There two two tempura fried shrimp in the soup and lots of udon noodles in a delicious broth. I’m glad I got that bowl of soup because I couldn’t imagine how I would have felt this morning without it.

I woke up at 7am and could not go back to sleep. My body tends to do that to me if I drink, and so I just decided to get up and go on my way. I went to Target at 8 to pick up a few things, and I was not feeling so hot while there, so I got some gingerale. I came home and decided to make a Grilled Apple Peanut Butter Sandwich, which was delicious.

I have seen peanut butter banana sandwiches all around the blogsphere but I was out of bananas so decided to try it with an apple and it was awesome! I sliced up the apple and microwaved it for 1 minute with a little of water at the bottom of the bowl. Then I took 2 sliced of whole wheat toast and spread 1 tbsp peanut butter on each piece. I placed all the cooked apples on top of the peanut butter on one piece and then the other piece of bread on top. Then I grilled it in a pan to brown the bread for about 1-2 minutes per side. The apples were soft so worked great in this sandwich and you can never go wrong with peanut butter.

It was sooo good and definitely made me feel a lot better. I also drank a lot of water all morning (and throughout the night). I met up with my friend Lianne to go to Bikram at 11 like we had planned. Once I got in the room, I started sweating almost immediately. This was a different studio than I’d been to before, and this was Lianne’s first time doing Bikram! I did the first few postures and then just started feeling awful. I had to sit down through many of the poses, which I didn’t have to do either of the first two times I went. I felt nauseous and uncomfortable but managed to stay in the room for the whole 90 minutes. I was definitely the first person to leave once we were done and practically ran over the teacher on the way up the stairs to the locker room so I could get more cold water. They gave us pineapple after the class which was juicy and delicious. I love that you get fruit or a popsicle after the class is done because it really replenishes you.

Moral of the story, never go to Bikram if you’re hungover. Drinking dehydrates you anyways and you need to be super hydrated since you sweat so much in the 105 degree room. Both the other times I did it I was loving the whole series and this time it was just so hard to even stay in the room and not throw up. 🙁 Lesson learned.

When I got home, I wanted something cold and filling, so I made a Green Monster.

Not the greenest monster I’ve ever made but it sure was delicious.

My GM had:

  • 1/2 frozen banana (all i had left!)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • frozen strawberries, pineapple, and honeydew (end of that 6 pound bag from Costco!)
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • last packet of Amazing Grass
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach

I haven’t had a GM in a few days so it really hit the spot. I keep drinking lots of water and will continue to throughout the day. I’m going to Bikram again tomorrow, so will not be drinking today even a sip! 🙂 I have to go grocery shopping and clean my apartment and maybe take a nap since I was up so early. It’s gorgeous outside, 90 degrees and sunny, so I’d like to spend some time outside, too!

I’ll be back!

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!

Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run Race Recap

Hi! I did it!!! 🙂

I’m so happy and the race went so well. The biggest issue is that I only ended up getting 2 hours of sleep last night because my body decided last night would be the best night to have a coughing attack ALL NIGHT. Ugh. It was a nightmare, but I woke up after those 2 hours feeling pretty excited about the race, despite the fact that I only got a few hours. I set out all my race gear last night so this morning would be a breeze:

My sneakers with my D-Tag, my bib number, running capris, shirt, and sports bra, my garmin, socks, my knee strap, sports beans for the run, and the body glide. I set my alarm for 6am and woke up fairly easily despite the circumstances. I put together my go-to pre-run fuel:

A toasted bagel thin with almond butter, a few sliced strawberries, and a sliced kiwi. The fruit varies, but I love to have a bagel thin or arnold thin with some kind of nut butter. Yum. After that, my parents met me and we took the metro to the race site. The metro got more and more crowded as we got closer, and then once we got to the Smithsonian stop the whole platform was full of people. I tried to snap a picture but it was too dark. Luckily the race was only a short walk from the stop, so we headed over to the staging area. I’ve never run in such a big race before, so this was my first time with running corals. All the other races I’ve run just had everyone line up as they wished, but I really liked the corals. Here I am in mine:

I was in the Green Wave, which was the 10 minute mile pace. Though I had my Garmin so I could tell how fast I was going, it was nice to be around runners in the same pace range because in all the other races I had no idea how fast people around me were going. I found it was easier to pace myself this way. The race itself was along a gorgeous 10 mile route all around the city. We went over several bridges and it was a really scenic and nice view. If you’re interested, you can see the exact course here. And the day was seriously the best weather you could ask for. It was around 55-60 degrees, sunny, and just perfect running weather. I stopped twice during the race – once to tie my shoe, and once to use the porta potty around Mile 8. I also stopped at 4 of the water stations and had water at the first two, and gatorade at the second two. I ate 2/3 of this bag of sports beans during the run:

Overall, I felt really good during the run, though I was pretty happy when I was getting close to the end. The only thing that was a little negative was just that there were SO many people running (15,000 in total!) that there were many times when I wanted to be going faster and I couldn’t because there were just so many people. In other races I’ve run, it has been that way for the first 1-2 miles but then it spreads out, but I felt like it was really crowded all the way to the finish line. I don’t have my official chip time yet, but with the two stops my Garmin said around 1hour41 minutes. I’m pretty happy with that, which is just around a 10 minute pace.

Once I crossed the finish line, I ran into my mom and she gave me a banana which I inhaled quickly. There was muffins and bananas at the end but it was really hard to get to them, but I did grab a few of the bottles of water, which were commemorative for the race:

I love stuff like that. I guess that kind of makes up for the lack of any swag in our “Goodie Bags” (what the official race email called them!).

And then, my best friends surprised me at the finish line!! I was so excited and couldn’t believe they came out so early to support me. It meant the world to me. 🙂

That’s Jess, Me, Lianne, and Leah. Leah is visiting from NYC but went to college with us, too. She’s been here this weekend but I haven’t gotten to see that much of her since my parents were visiting, so it was so nice to get to see her today.  I was so surprised and so happy they came out.

And of course, my parents have been there with me since 6:30am this morning taking the metro in. It was so nice that they came and I had someone to ride to the race with since I wasn’t running it with anyone. It was also pretty great that I could give them my bag to hold with my keys and phone and camera… and having someone to take some pics of me wasn’t so bad either. (Thanks Dad!)

After we visited with my friends for a bit, we took the metro home and I made a huge Green Monster.

This one had:

  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2/3 frozen banana (that’s all there was!)
  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • 1 packet Amazing Grass
  • 2 handfuls of spinach

I’m now icing my knee and about to jump in the shower and go to a farewell brunch with my parents before they get on the road home.

I’m so excited that I did it!!! Ahh!!

Saturday in NJ

Hi there! Just checking in after a nice day at the rents. We had a really low-key, mostly just hanging around and getting stuff ready for our big brunch tomorrow. I did end up getting the mani/pedi that I wanted which was exciting. After I had those Overnight Oats from earlier, I was craving some fruits and veggies, so I decided to try to throw together a Green Monster. I asked my mom if she had any frozen fruit, and she gave me one of these:

This is one of the frozen Yoplait Smoothie mixes that had mixed berries inside and some frozen yogurt chunks, for lack of a better word. It calls for you to mix it with milk, but I added a few handfuls of spinach too.

I’m not a big fan of these smoothie packs. I felt like the yogurt in there added a really weird flavor and left a nasty aftertaste. I did still drink it, but I think I’ll just stick to my regular old frozen fruit. It did give me a burst of energy and kept me quite satisfied through my mani/pedi 😉

After getting home from that, the ‘rents were making steak for dinner, so I decided to make a monstrocity of a salad for myself. My dad actually put the bowl in the middle of the table after I threw my salad together because he thought it was for everyone to share, but I definitely ate it all.

This salad had:

  • Tons of baby spinach
  • 1 hardboiled egg + 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • 1 roasted red pepper, chopped
  • daikon radish
  • raw zucchini and yellow squash
  • homemade balsamic vinaigrette

I also had the last of the multigrain loaf that I bought at the Farmer’s Market on Thursday:

They had grilled flank steak, grilled zucchini, leftover green beans with truffle oil, salad, and sauteed onions and mushrooms for the steak. I took advantage of the grilled zucchini and sauteed onions and mushrooms and transformed my salad a little bit into this:

Yum! This salad really hit the spot and it was nice getting to put whatever I wanted on there to make it big and satisfying. I don’t usually have as many ingredients laying around my own house to make a huge salad like this with so much different stuff!  I wasn’t sure how this whole not eating meat thing was going to go over because my family does eat a fair amount of red and white meat, but tonight I just made my own thing, used a little bit of theirs, and everyone was happy. 🙂

After dinner, I snacked on a few Cadberry Mini Eggs

Tomorrow is Easter after all! I love these things, so good.

I’m going to go relax a bit, we have a big day ahead tomorrow because we’re going to Philly to church and then brunch at my other sister’s house. We’re each in charge of something different for the meal, should be quite a feast! We have to get out of my parents house by 8:15am… so we’ll see how that goes.

Good night!!

AMAZING Grass

It’s Friiiiiiidayyy.. woohoo! I woke up today feeling surprisingly refreshed after last’s nights festivities. I decided to go out for a quick 4 mile run since its so nice out and I hadn’t run since Tuesday.

Today’s stats:

Distance: 4.01 miles

Time: 37:14

Pace: 9:17 min/mile

Calories: 467

I felt like I was going really fast while I was running… I think the few days off really helped my legs be fresh today. It was so nice out, perfect weather for running.

When I got home, I had THE BEST Green Monster I’ve had yet… thanks to this:

Chocolate Amazing Grass. This is DELICIOUS. I’m going to buy a big thing of this flavor… it tastes so chocolaty and I can definitely feel the energy burst from it. It really made my GM delicious.

This Green Monster had:

– 1.5 cups light soy milk

– 1 medium frozen banana

– 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks

– 1 packet chocolate amazing grass

– two handfuls of spinach

YUM! It was seriously so good.. and made that jar x2 so was very satisfying after my run. I ran around like a crazy woman showering and packing for the weekend, and then dove into the bowl of overnight oats I’d put together last night:

This one has:

– 1/3 cup rolled oats

– 1/3 cup yogurt

– 1/4 cup soy milk

– 1 mashed banana

– Toppings: 1 tbsp dark chocolate dreams (YUM!) and 1 crushed weetabix biscuit

So so good. I’m glad I finally got the ratio down for the consistency I like, and I still want to try some different topping and flavor combos. I’ve noticed over the last few days its really filled me up and I haven’t had to have a morning snack like I usually do. It’s a keeper!

I’m about to finish packing and get on the road to my parents house to play with my niece and nephew. Wish me luck that the traffic gods are with me!

Check ya later.

Wind Drag and Mussels (Not Together!)

How is it already after 9pm!? Today flew by because I was swamped at work. I made some popcorn brown paper bag style but inhaled it too quickly as I was working, so no picture. This time I just put a little cinnamon in the bag, shook it up, and it was really tasty! Sometime after lunch, I started to feel SO sore from doing The Shred last night. It’s kind of funny how I ran 10 miles and wasn’t sore, but did 20 minutes of circuit training and I feel like an old lady! Guess I have to start doing it more often.

I got home from work and some Amazing Grass samples had arrived. I was really looking forward to trying them, but they sent me packets of a bunch of different kinds so I didn’t know which one to dive into first.

I decided to go with this one:

Green SuperFood (just the basic one). I made my regular Green Monster with:

  • 1 cup light soy milk
  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 4 frozen strawberries
  • 5 chunks of frozen pineapple
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • Green SuperFood Amazing Grass

It was so good! I honestly didn’t notice the Amazing Grass in there too much besides it being extra green, but the package said its great to use for an energy jolt in the morning, so I think I’ll try it with a morning workout and see if I feel a difference. Also I’m looking forward to trying the different flavors – chocolate and berry – now that I’ve given the plain one a go.

After my GM, I decided it’d be good to go out for a walk/run to loosen up. I started by walking .75 miles, then ran for 4 miles, then walked for another .75. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such bad wind drag! My splits for the running miles were: 10:07, 9:55, 8:55, 9:05. For the first half of the run, I felt like I was moving my legs and they weren’t going anywhere! It was such a strange feeling, but I was hoping on my way back the wind would blow in the opposite direction and help me go faster, and that it did! For the two miles back, there were a few gusts that really pushed me along! Crazy that there was a 1 minute 12 second difference between my fastest and slowest mile on that run. I don’t think I’ve ever had that much of a pace difference during the same run before. I stretched a bunch after I finished and am feeling a lot looser and better now than I was before the run.

After my run, I was HUNGRY. I had gotten some mussels and leeks at Whole Foods last night, so I looked up a few recipes today to get some ideas, and ended up deciding to make them together. I rinsed off the mussels first and threw out the few that were open, and then sliced up the two leeks. I heated up some chopped garlic, dried thyme, and white wine in a wok, and then tossed in the sliced leeks.

I let those go for about 10 minutes, and then put in the mussels and mixed them into the leeks.

I covered the wok and let it continue to cook for another 10 minutes or so. It smelled SO good I was looking forward to it being done! While the mussels were finishing up, I toasted a Thomas Bagel Thin to soak up the extra broth with.

Here’s my serving:

And the toasted Thomas Bagel Thin:

After I ate all the mussels, the bagel thin worked perfectly to soak up the extra broth in the bottom of the bowl:

Yum! This was a really tasty and easy dish. It only took about 25 minutes from start to finish, including chopping everything up and cleaning the mussels.

Question.. Do you like to follow recipes or just wing it in the kitchen? For me, its kind of a mix. I am not very good at following recipes to a T because I like to just do my own thing in the kitchen, but I do like to look up different recipes when I’m figuring out what to cook to get some ideas. I especially like to do that if the ingredients I’m using aren’t that familiar to me (ie mussels and leeks together). But in general, I don’t really follow recipes.

I’m off to pack lunch for tomorrow and then do some reading and relaxing… have a good night!

Double Digits!!!

It’s official – I ran 10.0 miles for the first this morning!! My first time ever crossing into the double digit run category, and it feels SO good. The first two miles were a little rough – it was super cold out and my Garmin took forever to locate the satellites so I was standing outside chilling to the bone while I waited for it to figure out where I was. 😛 My knee was bothering me a little bit during the first two miles, but after that it was smooth sailing. I ran on the Mount Vernon Trail again, but this time went the opposite way from the way I normally go, and the scenery was beautiful! I’ve stopped listening to my ipod while running (mostly because I can’t find the charger for it) so its kind of nice just to pound the pavement and really clear my head. Here’s the proof:

Run Stats:

Total Distance: 10.00 miles

Duration: 1:39:47.82

Avg. Pace: 9:58 min/mile

Calories: 1184 (!!!)

So this run was a lot slower than the pace I usually keep, but I was going pretty slow for the first few miles because I was so cold (it was 34 degrees when I started, but wind chill was 26!) but after I thawed out a bit and warmed up, I was able to pick up the pace. I’m sooooo happy that I’m in the double digits now!! And, excited because I’m not sweating my 10 mile race thats two weeks from tomorrow. 🙂

Pre-run I fueled up with this:

1 Thomas Bagel Thin toasted with 1 tbsp dark chocolate dreams peanut butter and some sliced strawberries. yum! I brought these along for fuel on the run (190 calories)

I ate all but one of them. I liked these.. they kind of remind me of those little gummy coke bottles I used to get at the penny candy store when I was kid (anyone??) but they are a lot bigger than the jelly beans so a little harder to eat while running. I liked the flavor though and would definitely try them again. Post run, you’ll never guess what my body was craving…

A Green Monster! This one was the usual… light soy milk, 4 frozen strawberries, frozen banana, a few frozen pineapple chunks, and lots of spinach. I needed a bit more liquid once I started blending it because it was too thick so the blender was getting stuck, and I had used the last of the milk and had no juice or anything. The only option was water, so I added a little, and it actually worked and you couldn’t even tell there was any water in it. Good to know!

After my GM, my boyfriend threw together breakfast sandwiches for us.

This breakfast sammie has:

  • A toasted arnold thin
  • 1 over easy egg
  • 1 slice of soy cheese
  • Morningstar Farms sausage style crumbles

So good! I love these sausage style crumbles.. they seriously taste like the real thing.

We are off to visit my boyfriends mom for the night so have a few hour car ride ahead of us and will be staying at a hotel tonight. I packed my gym clothes in case I want to go loosen up the morning, but I’m going to play it by ear. I won’t have any internet access so it’s going to be impossible for me to check in, but I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon/early evening.

Happy Saturday!!!

Puffed Corn =/= Croutons

Just a quickie post to share my eats from today..

Lunch was leftover “Cream” of Aspargus Soup from last night. I thought I had some croutons in my pantry, but when I went to pack my lunch I didn’t spot any. I saw some puffed corn cereal instead, and thought that might work to add some crunch to my soup… total fail.

Almost immediately when I put them in the soup they got soggy and it just didn’t work at all. The soup itself was quite good though!

Afternoon snacks included another one of the Pomegranate Raspberry Bars from Target (SO good!) and some unpictured popcorn. (oops!)

I just chugged this Green Monster

Which had 1 cup light soy milk, the rest of the frozen fruit medley, a banana, and a few handfuls of spinach. I am completely out of both bags of spinach that I got at Trader Joe’s! That stuff goes FAST.

I’m gearing up for a 5 mile run, my first one since the 9.8 miler on Saturday. I’m excited because look what came in the mail yesterday…

My first time running with it!! 😀

Be back later and I promise dinner will be slightly more exciting. Hope your Tuesday is treating you well so far!

“Cream” of Asparagus Soup Recipe

Today has been a great day, especially for a Monday. I came home after lunch and knew exactly what I wanted…

This Green Monster had 1 cup Light Silk Soy Milk, 1 banana, 4 frozen strawberries, lots of spinach, and some of the frozen fruit medley from yesterday (pineapples, peaches, kiwi, mango, and cantaloupe). Delish. Then I ran out to the store to get the Oikos Caramel (I found it!!) and the rest of the things I needed for…

“Cream” of Asparagus Soup

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Onion
  • Head of garlic
  • 1 Turnip
  • Bunch of Asparagus
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 cups Veggie Stock
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. You start by roasting the garlic. You want to slice off the top of the head so it looks like this:

And twist it up into the foil

And then throw it in the preheated oven (400) for 40 minutes. It will look like this when done:

While that is going, you wash, peel, and chop up the celery, onion, and turnip:

Then, add 2 TBSP Olive oil to a soup pan and sauté the vegetables for 20 minutes with the dried thyme and rosemary so they get soft and slightly caramelized. Once it’s gone for 20 minutes, add the vegetable broth and the roasted garlic (it will slip right out of the peel) to the pan:

Let that go for another 20 minutes and then remove it from the heat and let it cool.

While that is cooling, chop off the ends of the asparagus, and then cut them into thirds:

You want to boil another pot of boil so you can blanch the asparagus. We did it in two batches, doing the heads separately so we could use it as a garnish. Once the water is boiling, add the asparagus and let the water come back to a boil, and then let them go for two minutes.

You want to have an ice bath ready, which is basically iced water so it will stop the cooking process of the asparagus. Here’s our ice bath:

Once the asparagus has been in there for 2 minutes, you transfer it to the icebath

The reason for the ice bath is that it stops the cooking process, and helps the asparagus stay really green. Here they are blanched and chilled, and ready for the blender:

Now it’s time to put everything together for the soup. You take what was in the soup pot first (after letting it cool), and put it in the blender. Use a low speed (the lowest your blender goes) and make sure you don’t seal the blender air tight (leave the lid a little loose) or else the steam will make the top come off when you turn it on.

Now you add in the asparagus, blend it until its all broken up, and you’re done!

I also toasted a demi baguette to have with the soup

And a glass of Vouvray

All together now…

We did the spears separate from the bottoms of the asparagus to we could use it as a garnish, but you don’t have to do that if you don’t want (you can do the asparagus all together and blend the spears into the soup as well). Croutons or greek yogurt would make an awesome garnish for this soup, too. The soup was soo good, and it has a thick and creamy texture, even though there is no cream!

And here’s whats for dessert:

Sharon’s lemon sorbet with chopped strawberries. Yum!

Now I’m off to watch the Nurse Jackie Season Premier (!!!).

Have a good night!!

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