So I have never really been into cabbage. Well actually I don’t really eat it very much. It is just not a vegetable that jumps out at me in the produce aisle saying “eat me!” This past weekend I picked one up to try some bear braised cabbage I saw on KERF. I didn’t feel like looking up the recipe so I just winged it with some Sam Adams.
Cabbage may not photograph well, but it surely tasted good! It was slightly spicy raw and picks up flavor well.
In the braising pot:
- 1 small head of cabbage
- bbq sauce
- garlic powder
- splash of Sam Adams
Along with my cabbage I had some sautéed mushrooms, a fried egg, stewed tomatoes and a slice of homemade whole wheat bread, which I found is 100x better with honey than molasses.
Nick and I are going to visit some wedding venues this weekend in PA. They seem to have more barns available than Maryland does. If you know of a nice rustic barn for rent in MD, please let me know!
This afternoon I had to get 4 new tires…I knew I was due for new ones pretty soon, but after my Valentine’s blow out and actually seeing the tread indicators up close, it was time. I am spoiled and thank you mommy for my early birthday present of 4 new tires
At least I knew I wouldn’t be spending any additional money on dinner. I don’t understand how people buy meals all the time throughout the week. Get organized and get meal planning people! $5 on lunch and $10 on dinner is more than I spend all week for 3 meals a day.
Tonight I started with lentils (love their little pellets of protein) and got to this!
Lentil Veggie Deliciousness! – 2 large dinner or 1 dinner two lunch
- 1/2 cup uncooked lentils
- 1 can no salt added fire roasted tomatoes
- 1/2 onion deiced
- 1 broccoli stalk – trees and steam! Slice the stem thing in this and you won’t waste what you paid for and you will get the nutrients!
- 1 clove garlic
- S&P to taste
- 3 sprigs fresh oregano – or a couple shakes dried
- 1 small bunch fresh parsley – or 1 TBSP dried
- 8 count basil leaves
- sprinkle of feta
- carbs of choice – I chose my latest brown bread and I think I will use WW pasta for the other two portions and make it a pasta sauce
- Cook 1/2 cup lentils in 1 cup water with dash of salt
- Sautee onion in EVOO until clear
- Add chopped and sliced broccoli until it turns slightly darker green
- add crushed garlic and can of tomatoes
- Add S&P and oregano
- Simmer for about 10min or until broccoli has reached desired tenderness
- Add lentils and remaining herbs
- Serve a main or as sauce on pasta and sprinkle on feta
Chow down and enjoy! I know this looks like a huge pile but there are lots of veggies thrown in there. I eat for volume and many bites so this is perfect!
My weekend through food and flowers…no humans were involved.
Mushroom Melts revamped with caramelized onions and roasted brussels
Loaf #3 a little brown, but I used real yeast this time and had a pretty good rise!
Tulips from Momma Beans! They remind of the ones in our front house when I was a kid.
Almond butters. I’ll take a large regular and a small COCONUT almond butter! Yep! Slap that stuff on dark chocolate and call me an Almond Joy!
Roasted red pepper hummus made from bulk-bin dry chickpeas
I was able to run for 10min today without feeling like someone was stabbing me in the knee…it was a good day!
I tried my had at bread making again today and I had more success!
I had a better and faster rise and I used my food processor instead of the dough hook. I found that what I think is lukewarm is actually cold so I used warmer water, which I think led to a better rise. Over the lip!
I made the same King Arthur nut and seed bread as last time except I used sunflower seeds and toasted buckwheat.
I had the butt with raspberry jam as part of my lunch and it was delicious!
I want to try other daily bread recipes but I am worried they will not turn out as well. Do you have any never fail bread recipes that is your go-to? Send em my way!
I re-did my “About” page and I added some new pictures to my “Getting Healthy Story”. Check them out to see a really funny one of Nick and I from senior year!
I was one of the only people in the office today due to our Thundersnow. We had a two hour delay and it took me about 30min to shovel out my car. Not too bad considering last year it took Nick and I a few hours to get our cars out. There was no neighborhood party or beers either. I certainly got my workout today and it actually felt good to sweat even though I had to get to work and didn’t shower before…don’t judge!
When I got home I wanted something simple and delicious and I thought of Ashley’s Hummus and farm fresh egg sandwich. Check out her blog for the exact combination.
I whipped up a batch of spicy lime hummus while I hard boiled the egg.
- 1 can chickpeas
- S&P to taste
- juice of 1 lime
- 3 springs oregano
- squirt hot sauce
- 1 clove garlic
I liked going spicy instead of herby/savory like I usually do when I make hummus.
I used a little butter and threw the sandi in the pan.
I love this butter and they fact that it is from grass fed happy cows!
This sandwich was so easy to make and delicious with a side of kale chips and roasted portabellas.
Workout update: I left the Y last month due to their policies always changing and having to wait for children to use the machines. Today I joined the Maryland Athletic Club. The MAC is pretty expensive even though I got a student rate, but they do have everything I want with no extra charges. They have 4 pools, crazy amounts of workout gear and lots of yoga in a quiet part of the gym. I think I will just be happy to have everything I need so close by once I am able to get back into my normal routine!
I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday, I feel like this week has been all messed up with the snow falls and I hear we are getting more?!?! I am not excited about that!
Any big plans for the weekend? N’s sister’s engagement party is this weekend!!!!!!
Ever heard of a Thundersnow? Well we are having one right now!
I know people up north have been having tons of snow this winter but we has out share last year, and now we are getting hit with another storm. They said we could get up to 8in and I think we are almost there. Not sure if I will be making it into work tomorrow seeing as it was not safe on the roads this morning and there were only about 5 people in today.
After some gchatting with Ruggs in the land down under I had planned on making an acorn squash and beans for dinner, but I just did not feel like beans again. I basically just started cooking everything I had in the kitchen and knew I could throw the leftover in the fridge for lunches.
This is what I came up with.
Organic parsnip fries in Indian spices, organic green beans (frozen) and organic quinoa with the remainder of my blue cheese dressing from last night.
These were both good but the best part was definitely my organic baby bella mushrooms on homemade bread toast with cheese!
This reminded me of a mushroom melt and I want to make this for nick with some caramelized onions, yum!
I loved all of the flavors and textures in this meal! AND I love that it covers my needs from fats to proteins.
Sissy and I are not cuddling on the couch and I am sipping some mandarin orange tea.
How is the weather around you????