Yesterday I got to work in the garden! It is warm enough to start greens and peas so I went ahead and started planting!
I started by fencing off my little plot and found out it is about 15ft x 4ft. Super long! I tried to get out all of the rocks and pieces of glass while also checking out what was leftover from last year.
Lots of little squash of some sort. I pulled a bunch of these out so they weren’t over crowded. We shall see what they turn out to be! Tilling was seriously hard work.
Next I dumped out a giant bag or organic compost and some organic plant food. The odd shape is because I am trying to give everyone an equal amount of light and my plot is east, west lengthwise. Till, till, till.
Planted! 4 mixed greens, 6 spinach, 6 heads of romaine, 6 heads of kale, 4 sweet peas, and 2 green beans. Next up, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini, and herbs!
I need more compost!
No our dinner had nothing to do with the Mardis Gras festivities, but it did involve red bean and rice!
When my mom and I were in Costa Rica last year, we had the most amazing black beans all of the time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They were cooked in a slow cooker and I loved combining them with a tortilla and eggs in the morning. I could not get over their creaminess and I attempted to recreate that tonight for dinner.
I added some fresh cilantro, salsa, and a lime slice to the beans after spooning them on top of rice cooker brown rice that I doctored up with more cilantro and lime. We love cilantro around these parts, and I used to hate it!
Along with our beans and rice I made up some fresh Maryland greens with MD beet chips. I had no idea you could cook beets so fast! 475 18min thin slices aka “chips”, olive oil, s&p. They were crispy and delicious. I will no longer wait an hour for my beets to roast and then burn my fingers trying to peel them! I got the idea from my Fast, Fresh, and Green cookbook, that we got for our wedding.
I hope everyone enjoyed their President’s Day and hopefully you had the day off as well!!!
Happy Meatless Monday! I haven’t had a Meatless Monday post in while but I seem to have a ton of food in my fridge at the moment (probably why my grocery bill was $40 more than usual this week ). This led me to make some beans and chickpeas from “scratch” and make hummus and a giant salad with bean toppings.
Rutabaga fries of the side with more dressing.
Delicious and finished off with an Adora disk aka my calcium supplement.
Off to watch a new House and work on wedding things! The wedding is really excited but weighing very heavy on my mind.
Happy end to Monday!
What have you been eating lately????
Back to posting a day of foods…well not really, just a few standouts from the past few days.
Lets start with breakfast
This is steel cup oaks with 1 small apple deiced, small amount of pumpkin butter, cinnamon, 1 scoop hemp protein, vanilla and a dollop of homemade almond butter.
Leftover tortillas, leftover homemade refried beans, avocado, salsa and a drippy egg.
I love dippy eggs!
Ding! Dinner time!
In the balls:
- 1/4 lb beef
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup oat bran – I did not have breadcrumbs
- bunch of fresh parsley
- Worcestershire sauce
On top of Seeduction bread from Whole Food, spread with tomato paste and grated parm.
Between lunch and dinner I have been having a snack to fuel me through my workout.
I have been swimming a lot, but my head really starts to hurt after about 1000m. What is that about??? I know it is my sinuses, but I don’t know why it gets so bad when I am swimming?
I get to see Nick and my Mom on Thursday! Yay for 4 day work weeks!
I can’t wait!
Nick is coming! Nick is coming! 2 hours until he gets here, late. In honor of him I am paying homage to his old favorite destination.
When I say MamaPea post a TB recipe I knew I had to de-veganize it (Sorry!) and let him enjoy.
I even made my beans from scratch!
I must say I got these tortillas from TJs and they are the low carb kind and delicious. I hate tortillas where I can only eat one because they are 160cal+.
Along with my burritos I had a pumpkin beer!
I saw Kath (the pumpkin beer expert) rave about these so when I saw them I had to get a six pack.
Good thing I am a light weight, because these were the most expensive pumpkin in the joint!
Now time to wait…gruff.
10min until I have to go pick Nick up from the Bolt Bus!!!!!
I have to get this recipe up first though, Kath knows her bean dips!
I made Kath’s Bright Bean Basil Dip (with black eyed peas instead of navy beans, a bit of parsley and pumpkin seeds) for tonight’s dinner. – Mom, you should make this with white beans to replace the TJs kind!
Time to go get Sir Nicholas!!!!
Go make some bean dip!
I know I said I would do this more often, but here is another addition of His and Hers Meals!
Difference? Pork Chop marinated in lime juice, cayenne, garlic powder and cumin, topped with cilantro.
We both had…
A mix of kidney beans, zucchini, orange pepper from the garden (!!!!), onion, cilantro, oregano, lime juice, garlic powder, chili powder and salt. I did try to give Nick more veg than beans, he is not a bean fan. The horror!
We also had spinach, tomatoes, peppers and cucs – his in a salad, mine under my beans and to the side.
The best part of the meal was definitely the guacamole and chips we both enjoyed!
Yum! It has been so long since I made delicious guac!
Going to watch UP with N!
Hello! It is so grey here! We were so spoiled last week with nice weather, I want that all the time! Yet another reason to move to San Diego. It is supposed to get nicer as week goes on but I am getting kind of sick of moving my plants in and out every day. I need a cart or something!
I am sort of on a fridge cleanout this week because we are getting a roommate on Sunday, and I am kind of a pantry and fridge hog.
I was getting my haircut this afternoon so I left work a little early and snacked on a fig cookie just before leaving. I agree with Nick that I like these better. they are definitely more like a cookie!
I wasn’t planning on getting a lot cut off but when Alyson asked I said “hmmmm lets do it!”
I couldn’t get a good picture. I think it looks better in person. It is so short, but I like it! I am just too lazy to manage long wavy hair.
I marinated the kale in nooch and lemon juice. It turned out to have too much lemon I was bummed, but I plan on trying it again. No verdict on nooch yet.
I am planning on a square of chocolate for dessert and then it is time for GLEE!!!!! Until then I will be flipping between My First Place and Biggest Loser. I am so not into this season.
See you in the mornin’!
Hola! Nick and I are currently watching Duke vs. Maryland game for the regular season ACC Championship and Maryland is looking good. Booooooo. Factoid – both Nick’s dad and my mom went to Duke at the same time. They didn’t know each other.
Today went by pretty easily we are dealing with getting all of our capital projects in by the end of the fiscal year and it is a bit stressful. We are also approaching another quarter end to Stimulus data. Things are heating up!
At least I had an easy lunch to grab and go. Beans and bread!
16 bean soup and cornbread.
This soup gets better every time, but it is sooo filling. I feel like I am a giant lima bean when I am done.
- 5min walk @3.5
- 5min incline walk @3.6 and 10.5
- 20min run @5.0, 5.5, 6.0
- 5min incline walk @3.6 and 10.5
- 5min walk @3.5 and 3.5
I also did curls, overhead press, flyers, arm raises, core, PT strength moves and 20 push-up.
The knee felt good. I am going to try and run outside this weekend and I am so psyched.
When I walked into the apt I was greeted by Sissy and the lovely smell of BBQ.
Lovely blueberry bbq chicken! Before I left for work today I put 2 organic chicken breasts in the slow cooker with 1.5 cup BBQ sauce, 1 cup chicken broth and 2 handfuls of bloobs.
I topped some broccoli and bok choy with my share of the BBQ and dug right on in.
I think it would have been even better if I had added the blueberries right at the end. They didn’t keep their flavor as well as the cranberries did last time I made bbq chicken. Overall it was still delicious!
Green tea and Adora are on the dessert menu again.
Lets go Duke!
Hello! It is just Sissy Pants and me tonight. Nick is staying late at work to finish the company budget and other such things.
Guess what I had for lunch today?!??!
Beans and bread!
Snickie snack time was the other 1/2 of my berry bran muffin from this morning’s oats and an apple, which ended up being half rotten
I had another amazing workout at the gym! No pain!
- 3.5 walk 5min
- 3.6 @ 10.5 incline 5min
- 15 min run!!! 5.0, 5.5, 6.0
- 3.6 @ 10.5 incline 5min
- 3.5 walk 5min
The gym was packed tonight! First of the month maybe??? Anyway I got my lifting in and my PT exercises but it was cramped.
After the gym I headed home for a quick shower and then dinner!
I got to make a Meatless Monday meal that I didn’t have to worry about Nick liking!
In a pan (I could have used a wok!)
- sautéed onion
- 1/3 block of tempeh
- soy sauce
- baby bok choy
- snow peas
- cilantro topper
When it was almost done cooking I threw in a mix of things and called it a sauce.
This was my first time cooking with bok choy, and I really liked it. Didn’t taste like much cooked but it had a cabbage taste when it was raw.
Sissy and I are going to finish watching Bones and then head to bed and read! Monday Done-day!
Have a great night!