Archive | April, 2009

smooth

30 Apr

It’s a good thing that I didn’t have anything planned for dinner, because E came home starving, and me? Not so much. I don’t think it’s healthy to skip a meal, but I also don’t like to force-feed myself, so I figured that a smoothie was a good compromise. All I can say is that I’m glad E was there for troubleshooting, because lord knows that I couldn’t make a proper smoothie to save my life!

We blended up:
1 cup nonfat milk
1 cup 1% milk
3/4 cup nonfat yogurt
60 grams of True Protein milk protein isolate
5 grams of premium protein strawberry-banana flavoring powder
1 cup frozen berry blend
1 frozen banana
3 cups fresh spinach
a handful of ice

Let’s just say that my smoothie isn’t going to be winning a beauty contest anytime soon. This could be the very first time in my life that I’ve made something gray. You’d think it’d be impossible to make something so devoid of color, but it’s actually much easier than you think. This made each of us about 24 oz. of smoothie, which is a whole lot to drink down. It was pretty good, until you got to the bitter liquefied spinach parts, of which my second cup seemed to be full of. For 40g of protein, though, I may be willing to suffer just a little.

A couple of hours later, I got a little munchie, and decided to do a rehash of the dip from lunch. I mixed up some salsa, nonfat yogurt, cilantro, shredded cheddar and Tabasco, warmed it in the microwave for 30 seconds, and Ta Da! I ate it with a few baby carrots, and a small handful of Garden of Eatin’s Beet & Garlic tortilla chips.

Seriously, though – am I the only one who’s smoothie-challenged? Do you guys have any pointers for me?

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beany baby

30 Apr

About yesterday’s whole ‘broken foot episode’ – I was doing some cardio and resistance training in the pool with Stacey, and thought I had enough room to kick my foot back. Apparently, I did not, and ended up smashing my foot, from toes to ankle, against the cement wall. I’m pretty sure my foot’s not broken, which is great news, but it’s still a little sore, so I didn’t go to the gym today, which sucks. I’m thinking of going while E’s at a community meeting. My workouts at night are definitely not as productive, but it’s better than not going at all, right?

Last night’s dinner was pretty good – I ended up serving the cassoulet on top of whole wheat toast, with a side salad and a couple of teeny tiny pickled beets. Verdict? Good, but not great. While we both would eat it again, it definitely needs more pizzazz. The liquid smoke, sriracha, lemon pepper and herbs definitely helped, but it needs more. I’m thinking parmesan, capers/olives and crusty loaf of french bread for dipping.

Breakfast today was boring, but a nice change – a couple of Kashi GoLean waffles toasted up and topped with Smart Balance with Flax and Lime Marmalade. After yesterday, I’m still jonesing for some Mexican, so that’s what inspired lunch. A corn tortilla toasted up in the oven, and topped with a dip I mixed up from organic canned black beans, nonfat yogurt, a whole bunch of cilantro, corn niblets, Blue Smoke salsa, 2% shredded cheddar and a few drops of Tabasco, which was then put under the broiler for a few minutes. Delish! I had a couple of pieces of sliced turkey breast, a little more of the dip, and baby carrots on the side.

It’s almost 4 o’clock, and I still have no idea what to make for dinner. I had something in mind, but if E and I are going to be all over the place, I’ll make it tomorrow night instead for maximum enjoyment. I think I’ll make it easy on both of us, and make something simple. I feel like every day is passing by so quickly that if I blink, I’ll miss it. Hopefully, this weekend will be a little less hectic than the last few.

party pooper

30 Apr

,It’s been awhile since I’ve gone to a party, short of weddings and work functions (E’s, not mine), and for a good party, even longer. Little did I know there was a party going on in my kitchen, and wouldn’t you know, no one sent me an invitation. How rude!

In the almost-year that I’ve lived in West Virginia, I’ve learned that, if nothing else, anything can get into your house. I don’t know that I’d be surprised to walk into the living room to see a possum sipping tea and watching “Dr. Phil” (possums have issues, too). This week’s guests were definitely on the smaller scale – ants. Let me be the first to tell you how thrilled I was – if you guessed not at all, you’d be right!

Thankfully, being married to a vegetarian country boy leads to some interesting cures.
Exhibit A:

Meet Bay Leaf, Cinnamon and the Pepper Twins: Cayenne and Black.

I thought E had lost his mind when he starting calling for spices out of my seasoning basket, but I let him go to town. We headed to the store right afterward and picked up some poison (just in case!), but so far, we haven’t had to use a single drop. It seems like our guests have decided to move on to greener pastures.

The kitchen still smells of cinnamon, and I like it.

so funny story….

29 Apr

…how do you know if your foot is slightly on the broken side?

On another note, I currently have a lima bean cassoulet in the crockpot. Apprantly, crockpots don’t work as well when you decide to cook dinner in one at 3:30 p.m., but I figured I’d take a chance.

You know you’re a grown up when you use the words ‘lima bean’ and ‘crockpot‘ in the same sentence. Creepy.

I’ll let you know how it turns out (both on the cassoulet and the grown up fronts).

overload

29 Apr

Woke up, had a piece of whole wheat toast with cheese and one third of a key lime pie Larabar, and just chilled. I had a lazy morning. And by lazy, I mean that I got to the gym at 8:49 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m. My schedule was pretty packed: weighted workout at 9, aqua aerobics at 10 and meeting up with my friend Stacey in the pool for cardio at 11. How hard could it be? By the time noon rolled around, I was exhausted with a capital E (hi, Honey!). Come to think of it, it’s almost three hours later, and I’m still tired. I also learned an important lesson today; even with a fractured tibia, Stacey’s still a badass.

After the gym, we met up with her husband, Jay, and went out for Mexican. I didn’t do fabulously; a handful of tortilla chips with salsa, turkey chili with a sprinkle of cheese on top, one and a half small corn tortillas. It could’ve been way worse, though, and after burning so much energy up in the morning, I needed fuel, and protein and carbs were screaming for me. We’re supposed to be going for groceries tonight, so I’m hoping to pick up some fruit and veg, since both our fridge and freezer stock is pretty much gone! Hopefully between Aldi’s and Kroger’s, we’ll be able to get out on the cheap!