Monthly Archives: September 2010

Hoo? The Owl House, that’s Hoo!

In last week’s post, I promised a recap of my evening at the latest vegan restaurant in town, The Owl House. Sorry, I’m a little late 😉

Prepare for an incredibly mouth-watering experience…it’s about to get yummy.

We arrived at the restaurant donned in some warm, fall garb because it was honestly pretty chilly – 60 degrees.

There was no option to make a reservation unless it was for 8pm or later, so we said “What the hey!” and just crossed our fingers.

We were hungry.

The only seating available when we got there was outdoor, and the wait for indoor seating was 45 minutes so again, we said “What the hey!” and ate outside.

We were hungry.

But it was cold.

The patio seating was beautiful, which made up for our chilly fingers.

 

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Oh hey, CK Dad!

We started off by browsing the menu, which is laden with extensive and exclusively vegan items – I prepared, and looked at the menu ahead of time 🙂

Good prep, Chef Katelyn!

 

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We started off by ordering the Vegan Mozzarella Sticks (made with Daiya! oh, a restaurant after my own heart).

 

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And one of the evening’s specials, Chili-Spiced Sweet Potato Fries served with a hot ‘n spicy raspberry dipping sauce (and topped with more Daiya! score).

 

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CK Dad can fit a lot in his belly, so he also ordered a vegan Caesar salad complete with tofu croutons.

 

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I may have had a few bites 😉

These were all so delicious, I wasn’t sure if I would have room for my main dish!

What can I say?

We were hungry.

But lezzbeserious, there is always room for more good food.

I ordered the Olek’s Buffalo Stance, a buffalo-spiced tempeh sandwich with vegan bleu cheese sauce and greens pressed between two perfectly toasty and seed-sprinkled slices of their multi-grain bread.

Oh, it was to die.

 

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Because three pictures just isn’t enough.

 

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Now I’m craving it again..You’re killin me, smalls!

(Sandlot reference! Who caught it?)

 

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Gobble gobble.

Get in mah belly.

 

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I cannot even describe. It was my first experience with a vegan buff chick sandwich, and it was so good.

(yes, in this town it’s Buff Chick – we have buff chick pizza, sandwiches, wings..you name it)

I will be ordering it again. Next on my list is their Lentil Burger! CK Mom got it and had nothing but good things to say.

Dad got the Tilapia Croquettes, and Rebecca ordered the Buffalo Stance as well.

 

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Now, no good meal is ever complete without dessert – no matter how full you are 😉

Their desserts are all completely vegan and gluten-free, making them a score in my book!

Tonight’s offerings were a Chocolate Coconut Brownie Cake, a Lemon Raspberry Cheezecake, and Chocolate Mousse with seasonal fruit.

Move over, fruit, give me cake!

Since we never really go out to eat, we felt it would be okay to indulge 😉

And why else?

We were not that hungry.

We ordered both the Chocolate Brownie Cake and the Lemon Raspberry Cheezecake.

 

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Ohhh, so rich.

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Slight camera fail. It was getting dark – hello autumn 🙂

Both desserts were delicious, but the Chocolate Cake stole the show, as usual.

Chocolate gets me every time.

I really and truly believe that chocolate is the trump-all, cure-all.

But not the sugary, dairy-laden stuff – I’m talkin’ 80-100% cacao.

Oh yeah, I roll with the big boys.

 

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^^ Big Boys. Ha!

 

It’s loaded with antioxidants and endorphine-releasing goodness that makes you happy and helps your heart among extensive other benefits.

But, of course, everything in moderation 😉

 

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What’s your favorite healthy indulgence?

Chocolate is clearly one of mine, but I would also have to add bubble baths with some hot tea. Nothin’ beats that at the end of the day!

So, I hope you enjoyed the food porn!

I really hope to be able to post more often then, well, once a week.

I’ve missed blogging so much, it’s such a great form of release at the end of the day. Not being able to blog has made my mind even more cluttered than it already is from school! Not good.

 

But thank goodness for weekends!

I got to take a rest day today after yesterday’s workout, which was killer on my body after being sick in bed.

Booo, sick.

 

Church this morning really bounced me back to a place closer to the spiritual centeredness I aim for every day, but haven’t been able to find in the messiness of life and schedules.

So my goal is to have one post every day, no matter how short. Maybe this will be a good lesson in efficiency!

Question of the Day: How do you stay efficient and afloat under stress?

You can see some of my methods in my last post.

On my agenda tonight:

  • Pizza for dinner!
  • Studying for my first Econ test..oh boy.
  • Outlining a Bio chapter.
  • Getting to bed early birdy!

Have a great evening lovlies! See you later 🙂

xoxox,

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Back in the Game

Good morning lovlies! I’m so sorry I’ve been off the radar forever! I cannot believe how incredibly swamped I’ve been with school, work, running, and the many events of senior year.

In fact, I’ve been so swamped with my life that, in order to keep a balance in my life, I had to quit my job. *Sad face*

No, I’m not a quitter, for all y’all meanies out there.

When it comes to life, my philosophy is that priorities should always be:

  1. You
  2. Your family
  3. Your relationships with others
  4. Your responsibilities (whether that be school, work, etc.)

For me, if one begins to disrupt a part of my life that’s higher up on the list, it’s time to do some prioritizing.

So I did.

Sorry, job, my grades and my sanity are a bit more important than you 😉

In honor of my prioritizing, I also took some time to re-organize my desk space, newly dubbed “The Office”.

Before:

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Ahhh! Messy mess = messy head. If my workspace is cluttered, so is my noggin.

And with a wave of my magic wand…

After:

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Unfortunately, I also came down with a terrible stomach illness Monday night that’s been going around my school – gladly, no puking over here!

The thought not only terrifies me, but also is just nasty. I avoid it at every and all costs.

I hated missing school (hello, make-up work!), but I needed the rest.

I was sure to eat nutritious food, drink some ginger tea, and watch some juicy talk shows – including The Doctors.

Have you ever seen this show? I was surprised that I kind of liked it!

I was expecting some hokey, mainstream show but they actually gave some really great advice, like writing down 5 things that make you truly happy (smile!) and thinking about them every day.

Here’s my 5:

  • Spending time with people I love
  • Cooking something beautiful
  • Making others smile
  • Learning about things that interest me
  • The “wow” feeling I sometimes get when I realize how much I’m capable of

What’s your 5?

That’s all until lunch, lovies! I’m gonna have to get y’all caught up with my life in a series of posts, as it appears – I have so much to say! Including the aforementioned recipes.

It’s time for my morning run, so see you later! Enjoy the rest of your morning 🙂

xoxox,

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The Start of Something New…

Okay, seriously dorky title. First thing that came to mind – not joking. High School Musical should definitely leave my memory, now!

Even though it is sort of relative…High School Musical, senior year – since Tuesday was my first day of senior year 🙂

But anywho, I’m here to assure all of you lovely readers that I have not vanished or stopped cooking – instead, I’ve been so busy.

With what, you might ask? Here’s a visual:

Homework from my first day of senior year!

…Oh no.

Too bad these classes are fascinating! I just don’t always appreciate the 20-pound textbooks I had to carry home, but I think we’ll become good friends 🙂

That’s right – 25 page bio outline, 10 page econ outline, an essay to read and annotate and write an essay on, an article to find, driver’s ed papers to finish, and more bindahs to get.

Question: What did you wish you knew before your senior year of high school?

My answer would be:

  • That I would actually get this far. It’s crazy! In kindergarten, I would think to myself, ughhhh 12 more years of school?! But…
  • Time flies. It truly does. I don’t know where the years went – it seems like only yesterday I was freaking out about getting my 3 pages of homework done in the fourth grade.
  • Boys should treat you well and not have boobs as the first thing on their minds. I think this pretty much goes along with common sense, but as any naive, young girl does, I wanted the boys I liked to like me back. So we have all had some time where we’ve tried to be more beautiful, bigger-boobed, or just different to get a boy’s attention – but it’s not worth it. No boy is. If he’s a good guy, he’ll love you for you. I’ve learned this the hard way – through many bad boyfriends and a couple of good ones.
  • High school changes people. I’ve seen people become consumed in the high school dynamic, doing anything for attention, getting too drunk, doing something stupid, getting too stressed over school, not getting enough sleep, and throwing friendships away on a whim. Don’t be that person. Stick to your values, be good to yourself, and remember the important things in life – love, loyalty, and friendship.
  • You first, always. Many people say “family first” or “school first”, but if you don’t take care of yourself, nothing else in your life will follow. Get your sleep, eat well, get in some exercise (for your body and for stress relief), and then attend to the rest of your life. Especially if that means setting a cut-off time for yourself. My most useful habit has been setting a bed time for myself – 10 on school nights. That’s the time I would say, self, it’s time for you to get your sleep. Because one of the most important things I’ve learned is that if I’m not rested and don’t have something nutritious in my tummy, there is no way that the extra 3 hours I forced myself to study is going to make any difference. Zoning out during a test is no good when you can be well-rested and knock out the answers that clearly don’t make sense! Sleep and nutrients are magical things.

So, back to my first day!

How did I get through this? First day of school power brekkie 🙂

Half of a Plum Pie Katebar (recipe to come in another post) mixed in ooey-gooey style with my buckwheat, topped with bluebs and blackburries – a pear and cherries on the side.

Aweee, baby pear! How cute 🙂

We also had some Ethiopian food, courtesy of my favorite local vegan restaurant, leftover from my lunch date with my sister on her first day of freshman year 🙂

There may have been a few of my Signature Oatmeal Cookies (on cacao-cinnamon-raisin crazy juice) in the mix… (p.s. recipe to come in another post 🙂 )

Ohhhh dang. I may have had a few of these….

That’s all for now lovies! More pictures (and the previously mentioned recipes! get excited, people) to come, including a certain Butternut Squash Soup of mine that is slightly famous in my family, as well as a homemade Lentil Vegetable Soup, Hot Chocolate, and a kasha recipe 🙂

I’m off to dinner at the new vegan place in town, and I am beyond excited! Daiya Mozzarella Sticks, anyone? I already know what I’ll be ordering 🙂

See you later tonight!

xoxox,

p.s. I got my senior portraits taken today! Many thanks to Cialone Photography, I will have the beautiful pictures in exactly 3 weeks…ahh, I can barely wait!!

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Brunch: The Mama of all Meals, Inspired by Autumn

As you know from my last post, I ran my first 5K today! It was so fun, challenging, and left me with a monster appetite.

And since it’s Sunday, it had to be a Sunday Brunch – no no, just plain ol’ brekkie would not cut it today (even though my brekkies are never ever plain..it’s the best meal of the day! I like to live it up).

Lately it’s been chilly chilly! I’m talkin’ 60 degrees. I love this weather so much. The crispness of autumn is one of my favorite things – it makes me want to cozy up by the fire with some apple ciderpumpkin pie, and watch Halloween and Thanksgiving movies like Hocus Pocus (which I watched last night! couldn’t help myself) and Halloween Town (I am obsessed with this movie. childhood favorite).

Plus, who doesn’t want to jump around in a pile of leaves?! I would any day 🙂

So, this was inspired by my absolute love for autumn and the weather change – it was nostalgic and delicious.

Isn’t it amazing how food, its taste, its smell, its textures…can bring back so many memories? That’s one of my favorite parts about food – it’s an experience; a work of art.

So, I came home and made these babies 🙂

Pumpkin Apple Cinnamon Pancakes 🙂 Mmmmm.

Topped generously with almond buttah, Apple Spread, bluebs, blackburries, and cherries on the side. I love my berries 🙂 And cherries. Very cherry…it all rhymes! I should be a poet..

It was the perfect post-race fuel. My muscles (and my tummy!) were incredibly happy 🙂

The process:

Battah 🙂 I may have snuck a few tastes..

Ohhh yes. At this point, they smell amazing 🙂 Flippage!

The first few:

…..Aaaaaaand served.

And now, the goods.

Pumpkin Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 2/3 cups spelt flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp. NuStevia Baking Blend (or agave, maple syrup, suga, whatever floats your boat! this one’s my fave)
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (or mashed sweet potato/any other sweet orange tuber/squash)
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla non-dairy milk (I roll with rice milk)
  • 1 large, or 2 small/medium, apples (cored and chopped tiny)

Directions:

  1. Mix pumpkin, apple pieces, and non-dairy milk in a small bowl. Mix all other ingredients in another, larger bowl.
  2. Combine wet and dry in the largest bowl, then heat a large skillet (whatever one you like for pancakes) over medium-high heat and spray with canola oil (or whatever oil you roll with, it’s cool!).
  3. Pour into pan with a large spoon or ladel, and be sure to spread out these pancakes! The batter will be thick, so spreading by hand is important so they cook all the way through.
  4. Flip once there are lots of bubbles around the edges and on top/in the middle and the edges begin to brown. Be sure to re-spray the pan in between flips – we don’t want any stuck pancakes!
  5. Cook until both sides are well-cooked and browned to your liking, then serve warm 🙂

Tips on How to Eat a Pancake:

Yes, these tips are fo’ real.

  • With maple syrup, agave nectar, your fave liquid sweetener
  • Topped with Banana Soft Serve!
  • Slathered with almond buttah, various nut butters, Earth Balance
  • With Apple Spread :]
  • Sprinkled (or covered) with raisins, other dried fruit, various fruits including berries, more chopped apples, tropical fruits…go crazy!
  • As a brekkie-style PB&J: spread your fave nut buttah (mine’s almond) and apple spread, or sliced apples/pears, between two pancakes and eat like a sammie! That’s what I like to call: pro. Pancake champ!

Question: What’s your favorite way to eat a pancake?

Mine would definitely have to be the way I rolled today – tons of  almond buttah, apple spread, and fresh fruit :] Alllll the way!

Time for me to go make din din, lovlies! It’s leftovers from last night, about which I have yet to post – expect more food porn and lots of recipes later tonight 🙂

On the agenda tonight we have:

  • Din din!
  • Watching Alice in Wonderland (the new one! holllla. but defs will not be as good on my tv as it was in the theater – 3D baby!)
  • Blogging
  • Reading Beowulf We’ll see.
  • Going to bed! Sleep is the best 🙂

See you after dinner!

xoxox,

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CK Runs Her First 5K!

GOOD MORNING! 🙂

Woah, CK, you’re a little happy this morning…but you know, that’s just me, spreadin’ the sunshine!

Why am I so happy, you’re wondering?

I FINISHED MY FIRST 5K TODAY! In exactly 30:15. I’m still in shock.

Have you ever been surprised by how strong your body truly is?

I definitely feel that I could’ve run much harder and faster, but my goal for today was just to run the whole thing. And I did! It feels so good to reach your goals 🙂

By the way, it was cold! 60 degrees F..and to most of you runnahs, that probably seems absolutely lovely (which it ended up being). But for my little lungs that were mostly unexposed to the elements, it was cuhhrazay. I had to run the first mile with a jacket on!

Most importantly though, I ran this race with my papa by my side 🙂 He was such a great motivator and really helped me to keep with my form (major love and thanks to Chi Running! absolute geniuses).

Oh dang, picture FAIL! At least you can see the family love 🙂

CK Dad is a seasoned runner – he’s completed our local marathon more times than I can count, the Boston Marathon twice, and will be running the New York City Marathon come November. He’s such an incredible inspiration to me, and I don’t know if I would’ve done as well today if he wasn’t there to truly just be there. I love my papa with all my heart, he is such an incredible father 🙂

After today’s race, I decided it was time to start running outside. I thought that going from treadmill running to an outdoor race would absolutelykill me, but instead it was easy, peaceful, and nicer. I was in my own happy running place, oblivious to other runners – I used to be so conscious of the people around me and never be able to keep my own pace, but today that was completely different. My pace was mine, I was listening to my body, and most importantly I was conscious of everything within myself. The only problem was that my lungs really were not used to the coolness of the outdoors, so when it was time to bring out the big guns, my lungs started to feel the brunt of the cold and it made me nauseus.

Question: Do you have any solutions for this? Tricks that help your breathing? Ways to avoid feeling nauseus?

Please let me know! I would love any of your tips and advice 🙂

As for you lovely people, here’s a list of Things I would recommend before your first 5K or race:

  • Sleep in your running clothes the night before. Seriously! I do this on nights when I’m feeling unmotivated or tired, but it makes waking up (and getting out to run!) much quicker, simpler, and easier. Plus, it’s motivation since you’re already wearing your gear!
  • Wake up within the hour of your race. If I wait more than an hour to run after I wake up, I get hungry – and any food in my belly before I run gives me major crampage. Plus, it gives you ample time to….
  • Hydrate! I cannot stress this enough. Before any race, workout, or run, hydration is key. It wakes you up, gets your gears running, and keeps your muscles and cells happy while you work out. Water is the the fuel of life, my friends 🙂
  • Warm up. Take 5 to 10 minutes to jog around, stretch, and get your muscles warm. You’ll be glad you did when your muscles carry you effortlessly (and cramp-lessly!) through your race/workout. Jogging gets your muscles loose, and stretching releases lactic acid and other soreness-inducing chemicals from your muscles, allowing you to run your hardest with as little muscle strain as possible. This is also important before any workout – train well and race well 🙂
  • Cool down. After your race (or workout) take time to let your muscles cool down by jogging or walking, and hydrate! Hydrating post-workout is just as important as hydrating before you workout. Remember the water your drank before your run? Your body used it during your workout, sweated it out, and needs to be replenished. So for the sake of your muscles, your body, and your training, take time to treat your muscles and your body well – water and a gradual cool-down.
  • Eat well. I think this speaks for itself! Eat nutritious, good-for-you foods – especially, within 20 minutes or so after your race/workout (your muscles need replenished glucose, protein, and fuel in general!). For more on this, you can read my philosophy.

Last night, about to go to bed in my race clothes 🙂

First 5K shirt! 🙂

Post-race brunch pictures and recipe will be up later, as well as yesterday’s yums! (and recipes, ahhhbviously 🙂 )

See you later lovlies, hope everyone’s enjoying their Sunday! Time to go work on my summer reading :] Fall semester starts Tuesday.. (ahh!). Looks like I’ve got some work to do. Here I come, Beowulf! You ain’t got nothin’ on me 😉

xoxox,

p.s. I’m planning on signing up for another 5K race! (oh, man, crazy CK…) It’s September 25th, and proceeds benefit a children’s charity – this time, I’ll be ready for anythang 🙂

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

This morning was absolutely beautiful – sunny, warm…ahh, I loved biking to work! But only after today’s workout, which was quick.

Since my race is on Sunday and my training plan calls for a 2-day rest period before the race (I took a rest day yesterday, so that was a no-go) I ran an easy mile at 5.5 after warming up for 5 minutes at 5.5 and stretching + abs. Short and sweet 🙂

Brekkie was my usual hot buckwheat cereal (love), but today it got kicked up a notch – I added a whole pomegranate (it was messy getting out the seeds, let me tell you) and a chopped up (melty, gooey, and goodness-filled) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Katebardon’t forget a giant mouthful of almond buttah!

Yummy yummy yummy I’ve got love in my tummy, and it feels like lovin’ you!

Anybody remember that song? I adore rhymes from Little Kid-Hood.

This was so filling. Who woulda thunk that a pomegranate would fill me up so quick? Apparently they’re crazy high in fiber – it kept me full until lunch! (I usually have to snack – no, I don’t post everything I eat!)

As per usual, I ate everything around the melty, gooey goodness – saving the best for last 🙂

Lunch today was at a slightly more humanly hour – 2:15 to be exact. I met up with one of my girlfriends for lunch after my shift. Catching up (and food!) were such a nice way to end my day at work. She’s a sweetheart, and truly one of the best friends a girl could have.

I enjoyed an organic pink lady apple, roasted brussels sprouts, fresh veggies (carrots, cukes, tomaters, red peppa), and 2 slices of Ezekiel 4:9 bread with Kabocha Squash with Azuki Beans smothered in between. Best sandwich ever? For sure.

Then, I came home and made these.

Yes, those are Homemade Peanut Butter Cups. And healthy, too! What? Impossible.

But it’s not.

Can you tell I have a crazy sweet tooth?

The process:

I roll the natural way.

Peanut buttahhhh.

Step 1:

Step 2:

Step 3:

Complete 🙂

And popped into the fridge for dessert!

Yes, I am making you wait until the end for the recipe! I know I know, I’m cruel.

For din din, we had some freshly picked yellow corn (the greatest), cooked to sweet and toothsome perfection – along with Carrot Cake Quinoa, another batch of Spinach and Chickpea Delight (yes, I made it twice in one week! It was too good the first time), and roasted green beans.

Yum yum =)

Then for dessert, we had the peanut butter cups! And they were better than Reese’s.

Of course, no dessert in the CK House is ever truly complete without some Banana Soft Serve

Divine.

Alright, enough already! Here you go 🙂

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients:

  • All-natural smooth peanut butter (I used Smucker’s, but usually I use unsalted Wegman’s brand)
  • A pinch or so of sea salt, if using unsalted peanut buttah (taste test! here’s your good excuse 😉 )
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. vegan chocolate chips (I use EnjoyLife brand, but you can use unsweetened Baker’s chocolate and add sweetener)
  • 4 muffin/cupcake paper baking cups

Directions:

  1. In a deep (not shallow! think square..you want chocolate as close together as possible), microwave chocolate for 3 minutes (or until melted), stirring every 15 seconds after the first minute.
  2. Spoon melted chocolate into baking cups, enough to cover the bottom.
  3. Spoon a dollop of peanut butter (about half to a whole tablespoon) of peanut butter into each baking cup, trying to keep it in the middle.
  4. Stir remaining chocolate and microwave again/add more chocolate if necessary, then spoon into baking cups, enough to completely cover peanut butter. Even out with the back of a spoon.
  5. Pop in the fridge until solid, and then enjoy! I mean…devour 🙂

Sweet and salty.

Satisfied.

What’s your favorite childhood candy? Your favorite simple dessert?

That’s all for tonight lovlies! I’ve got the 8 am shift and tomorrow’s a rest day – so that means a (slightly) more normal morning. I’m already dreaming about the chocolate chip cookie dough that I’ll be devouring tomorrow morning for breakfast 🙂

xoxox,

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough for Breakfast

You heard me! Chocolate chip cookies – well, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Katebars, to be exact =)

I took my favorite brekkie, as per usual, and mixed in a chopped up one just before it finished cooking. Melty, gooey goodness! Get in mah belly:

With some almond buttah lovin, of course! Straight into my mouth 🙂

Pre-mixin'

With a fresh plum and half a grapefruit, of course!

As you can tell, I was really hungry. I’ve been hungry for lots of food lately, probably due to the huge increase in intensity of my running! I need lots of good fuel to help my muscles grow =)

Today I took a rest day and slept in until 5 (yes, that felt like sleeping in compared to yesterday..holy man), and boy, did my muscles need it!

I had a rough sleep, waking up every couple of hours and having some crazy dreams, accompanied by achy muscles – oh, the joys of 5K training =)

For lunch at work, I had leftover Kabocha Squash with Azuki Beans (yum), Carrot Cake Quinoa, a pink lady apple (see it on the top edge? so yummy!), and assorted raw veggies (carrots, baby tomaters, red pepper, and cukes).

I also had some of my homemade Kombucha tea for dessert! Happy tummy at work =)

After work, I came home to relax for a bit and then make din din, one of my all-time favorites: Portobella Mushroom Burgers!

I could eat these things every night of the week.

Yes, yes I could.

We topped them with smashed avocado slices, Amy’s Low Sodium Marinara, and squeezed between beautifully toasted Ezekiel 4:9 burger buns =)

Portobella Mushroom Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 4 portobella mushroom caps
  • 3-4 tbsp. EVOO
  • 3-4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Wash portobella caps and allow to drain, face-down, on some paper towels for about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, mix EVOO, balsamic vinegar, and garlic in a shallow bowl – allow to sit for a few minutes to absorb the flavors.
  4. Dunk mushroom caps in the mixture, covering each side thoroughly and then place dark side up in a casserole dish (so the caps become like “bowls”).
  5. Once all are completely dunked, use a spoon to spoon the remaining mixture into the caps, creating pools.
  6. Bake, covered with tin foil, for 30 minutes. Then uncover, flip caps, and cook for another 10 minutes.
  7. Serve on a bun (or by itself!) with your favorite toppings – avocado, marinara sauce, agave-sweetened ketchup, tomato, onion, mayo, etc. – and enjoy! =)

These are to die for. I literally would do anything for another one right now – unfortunately, we only had 4 portobella caps in the house and there were 4 people. *Sad face*

Starring as supporting roles were: Roasted Brussels and Kabocha Squash with Azuki Beans. Somehow, I don’t ever get sick of those!

Then, it was off to Wegmans for some grocery shopping – I picked up some goodies that you’ll be seeing tomorrow 🙂

That’s all for tonight! I’m off to go finish read a few chapters of Beowulf…I’m supposed to be done with it by Tuesday, but who really does summer reading anyways?

…Oh yeah, I do! Boooo.

What are your favorite books from required summer reading?

Beowulf is actually pretty good, so that would be in the top few – I just can’t get around to reading it! I do remember reading many a good book during junior high when they gave you novels (that they knew you would read!). I always enjoyed those, and the fun projects they would assign – like making a movie poster for the book! I always got crafty =)

See you tomorrow lovlies! I have the 10 am shift tomorrow, thank goodness!

This will be a more normal morning, which makes me very happy – sleeping until a normal (humanly) hour, running (yay! 2 days until the 5K) and eating breakfast and lunch at the usual time.

Today and yesterday I’ve had to eat at the bright morning hour of 6 – and then given lunch break at 10:30. Talk about a crazed-up appetite clock!

Goodnight! xoxox,

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