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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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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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Time to Get Saucy

Today was another beautiful day 🙂 I slept in (until 8 – what a rebel, I know) and decided to take a rest day from 5K training and go to yoga instead. As usual, yoga was a perfect start to my day, stretching out my running muscles that have been working so hard! I’m proud of them.

My morning fuel was a plum, a papaya, and a champagne-strawberry apple (that’s actually what it’s called! so sweet and delicious 🙂 ) paired with my favorite creamy buckwheat cereal con blackberries and some strawbs:

After yoga, I was starvin’! I came home to my Happiest, Healthiest Vegan Mac and Cheese, Beet Still My Heart Farmer’s Market Salad, sauteed broccoli, daikon, and carrots, and a farmer’s market dill pickle 🙂 Happy tummy? Oh, yes.

After lunch, Rebecca and I baked some of what I like to call Lemon Poppyn Lock it Seed Bread (recipe to follow) and watched some of The Little Mermaid 2. Awe, don’t you love Disney movies? Reminds me of being a little kid again 🙂

And, I enjoyed some of my homemade kombucha during the baking process…

Lemon Poppyn Lock it Seed Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup natural, unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup NuStevia Baking Blend (or other sugar substitute)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla non-dairy milk (I roll with Tempt hempmilk 🙂 )
  • 4 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract (I didn’t have any, but would definitely use next time – or lemon zest)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup spelt flour (or any kind of flour, totaling 2 cups)
  • 1.5 tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and grease a standard loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine applesauce, stevia (or other sugar), non-dairy milk, and lemon juice/extract.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine flour, poppy seeds, baking soda, nutmeg, and sea salt.
  4. Mix dry into the large bowl, adding more non-dairy milk for moisture if necessary.
  5. Pour into your loaf pan and pop in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Slice and enjoy! 🙂

This was great on its own, but would be even better with…

  • A lemon glaze – combine 1/2 cup NuStevia Baking Blend (or other sugar) with enough lemon juice to moisten (3 or 4 tbsp.) and heat in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring continuously. Drizzle over warm bread just before serving 🙂
  • Some Earth Balance – is this stuff ever not good?
  • Some homemade lemonade! (that rhymes)
  • Your favorite jam or fresh fruit

For dinner, I felt like gettin’ saucy – Italian style! After having the Spinach and Chickpea Delight last night, I realized my true love for all things marinara-sauced – so it was time to get saucy.

I whipped up some Italian Mushroom Savory Buckwheat, roasted asparagus and zucchini topped with marinara sauce, Spinach and Chickpea Delight, and salads con avocado (mmm 🙂 ). It was certainly savory, if I ever tasted it.

Italian Mushroom Savory Buckwheat

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked buckwheat (hulled)
  • EVOO (about 3 tbsp.)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 3/4 cup diced/pureed/crushed tomatoes
  • thyme and oregano
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil and then add buckwheat. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 15-20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat EVOO over medium heat and sauté onion until translucent and fragrant. Add mushrooms and continue to saute until reduced.
  3. Add tomatoes and heat until hot.
  4. Add sauce to buckwheat, stir well, and serve! 🙂

This was to die for! The entire meal was a huge hit in my books, and received many happy smiles from the fam 🙂 I will definitely be making this combo again soon!

Note: Add marinara to just about anything and it instantly becomes a million times better – try it out!

For dessert, of course, was the Lemon Poppyn Lock It Seed Bread. No meal is complete without some dessert! 🙂

Question of the day: What’s your favorite savory meal? Favorite variety of bread?

Lasagna, Spinach Pie, and tonight’s meal would have to be at the top of my “savory” list – and for breads? Chocolate-chip banana bread all the way 🙂 Tonight’s is definitely close, but no bread can beat banana in my books.

I’m out to go read some Chi Running and Beowulf (thanks, AP Lit!), then I’m hittin’ the sack early – time to get back to 5K training! Goodnight lovlies 🙂

xoxox,

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Earn Your Stripes

Today was beaaaautiful. After my shower, I made up some lunchlunch that was absolutely scrumptious. I love leftovers.

Lunch was kale salad, leftover Brussels sprouts, kabocha squash with azuki beans, savory quinoa, and a juicy tiger-striped heirloom tomato 🙂

My stripey heirloom 🙂

I spent the day reading in the sun, and checked off some of my to-do list! I also biked down to the library and got a few movies because, sadly, Eat, Pray, Love has not come in the mail from Barnes and Noble yet, and it was express shipping! I ordered it about a week and a half ago. Boo.

Finally got my work permit (check!), and scheduled my senior portraits (check, check!). So ahhh it was time to relax and watch a movie before it was time to cook dinner. Rebecca and I watched Crossroads – yes, the cliche road-trip movie with Britney Spears in it! It was actually kind of cute, and reminded me of the good old days before Britney..well, you know.

So then, it was time for dinner! I whipped up some Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Sautéed Collards with Raisins and a Simple Bean Salad. Yum 🙂

We all had happy tummies.

Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 4 Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Buns
  • 4 large portobello mushroom caps (stemmed)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • EVOO (about 3 tbsp, I didn’t really measure)
  • Sea Salt (a few pinches)
  • Marinara sauce (or agave-sweetened ketchup)
  • Daiya mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Stem mushrooms, then wash and pat dry with a towel, undersides face down.
  3. Combine garlic, EVOO, and sea salt in a small bowl, then let sit for a few minutes.
  4. Take out a casserole dish large enough to fit all of the mushrooms. Rub both sides of the mushrooms with the mixture and place underside face up in the casserole dish. Drizzle extra EVOO and be sure to use all of the mixture – the more the yummier 🙂
  5. Cover casserole dish with foil and roast for 30 minutes. Then uncover, flip ‘shrooms, and cook for another 10 minutes.
  6. Place on warmed, toasted buns dressed to your liking (I used marinara sauce and Daiya mozzarella), and enjoy! 🙂

Sautéed Collards with Raisins and Squash Seeds (Adapted from The Kind Life)

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch collard greens
  • EVOO (about 2 tbsp.)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp. raisins
  • 2 tbsp. toasted kabocha squash seeds (or any kind of seed you like…pumpkin, sunflower.. 🙂 )
  • 2 tbsp. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

Directions:

  1. Cut green leaves away from the rough stem and chop into about 1-inch sections. Rinse in a colander and let sit.
  2. In a skillet, heat the EVOO over medium heat and then add chopped garlic. Sauté until they become fragrant, and then add the chopped, damp collard greens. Cover and cook for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add raisins and seeds, then cover and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add Bragg’s and then cook for another 2 or 3 minutes, or until the collards are well-wilted.
  5. Serve and dig in! 🙂

Simple Bean Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups or 1 (15.5-oz.) can of beans, drained and rinsed (I used Pinto tonight)
  • your favorite salad dressing 🙂

Directions:

  1. Put beans in a bowl, drizzle in some of your favorite dressing, mix, and voila! Simple bean salad 🙂

See? I wasn’t joking 😉 This is perfect for nights when I realize I’ve forgotten to soak beans the night before (everybody makes mistakes, everybody has those days…even Chef Katelyn!). Yummy, quick, and too simple to be called a recipe. Killer combo.

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite quick, simple meal?

I’m interested to hear your responses 🙂

Mine would have to be an Amy’s California Burger with marinara sauce, kale, chopped tomatoes, and sprouts on an Ezekiel Sprouted Grain bun. And a kale salad on the side! Mmmm 🙂

Have a good evening lovlies! I’ll be reading Chi Running to get some tips for my morning run, as well as Beowulf for my AP Lit summer reading. I actually really like it! Once I get into Old English mode, reading becomes enjoyable rather than trying to migrate through a maze.

See you in the morning!

xoxox,

Katelyn

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