Finally I am back with an edition of Farmer’s Market Tuesday!
It has been really warm in Maryland lately but we have a lot of rain in forecast and Fall + rain = soup in my book.
I love all squash in the fall and I usually make the spaghetti variety as yep, spaghetti. Tonight I wanted to try something different and man did it work out!
What you will need:
- 1 small to medium spaghetti squash
- 1 large can of fire roasted tomatoes
- 2 cups veggie broth (or chicken/beef)
- 1 onion diced
- 1 clove of garlic pressed
- 2 tsp dried thyme or fresh to your taste
- 2 sprigs of rosemary de-stemmed or 1 tbsp dried
- dash of hot pepper flakes
- 1/2 bunch kale
- 1/2 cup uncooked lentils
- pepper (no salt needed due to tomatoes and veggie broth)
I started by cutting the squash in half lengthwise and roasting it for 45min in the oven. While it was roasting I cooked down the onion and garlic then added everything but the rosemary, thyme and kale. 45min late pull out the squash to cool and add the herbs and kale to the pot to cook for a few min while you pull out the spaghetti.
Now, the squash can be really hot and I don’t like waiting so I usually wear an oven mitt to get things going. Add the squash to the lentils and stir before serving.I seriously have not made something this good since I made butternut chili before the wedding.
I just wish I could have slurped up some of these “spaghetti” noodles!
What is your favorite way to eat spaghetti squash?
When I read about KERF’s coconut shrimp and kale soup I knew exactly what I wanted to make for dinner! I switched up her recipe a little and made it vegetarian, but I think it would be equally delicious. I haven’t met anything that mixes coconut and curry that I didn’t like.
I had a can of coconut milk hanging around just begging to be used so she went into the pot!
Along with the coconut milk:
- 1 carton of veggie broth
- 1 bag of frozen mixed greens or one head of kale/mustard greens/collards
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 can coconut milk
- shake of nutmeg
- 1 clove of garlic pressed
- small dash of salt – already sodium in the broth!
- 1 can of chickpeas drained
Throw everything in a pot and let simmer for 30min. Serve with delicious bread aka Great Harvest Dakota bread!
Time to get back to cleaning!
No, I am not talking about one of my mom’s favorite cheesy lines “Say something soft and mushy Henry”, I am talking about my food!
One thing I have found out is that blue cheese + sweet potato is amazing.
Another awesome combo that I would have never tried if I didn’t lose my teeth was scrambled eggs in soup.
Scrambled eggs with chili powder, garlic powder, S&P and goat cheese. Placed on top of the last of the tomato bisque soup.
Delicious! I would have never done this if I could chew solid foods!
Next I stepped up my game and went into the chew foods all steamed so there was no crunch and things that could POKE. (My antibiotic pack fell out today and I really freaked out thinking it was the blood clot!)
To much so lets move onto the food…
One soft tortilla to wrap up some of the goodness.
I started sautéing an onion then added garlic, red wine vinegar, mustard powder, S&P. Then I chopped up some brussel sprouts and kale extra fine and threw them in. Once those were going I chopped up a sausage link from this new product I saw flying around the blogshere.
I am always looking for protein alternatives to tofu. This was actually pretty good and the ingredients are decent. It added a nice flavor to the meal.
I also browns, which is a plus!
This was a little hard to chew and sort of hurt my jaw to grind the food up I guess I need to head back to the soups, banana bread, smoothies and pudding.
Speaking of pudding, why did I ever stop eating this stuff??? Nick brought me back chocolate vanilla swirl pudding cups when he went out on Sunday and I love them! I eat them layer by layer.
No sugar free anyone! Honestly it is 50 calories and for real sugar I will take it! I know Jello brand might not be the best ingredient puddings but I am going to look into Whole Foods. I think there is a local dairy that makes pudding…could be dangerous.
Did you enjoy pudding as a child? I surely did, chocolate vanilla swirls all the way!
When life gives you sickness, make soup.
I bought the Bob’s Red Mill mix awhile ago and finally pulled it out and made half the bag. Note: I have not met a BRM product I do not love!
I started off sautéing an onion in some EVOO then added three chopped carrots,1 clove garlic, 6 cups of water, 2 cups of veggie broth, 2 cups of soup mix, a whole bunch of fresh herbs from the garden, salt, pepper, cayenne and ginger.
One hour later…
Green heirlooms, avocado and basil.
Just what the doctor ordered!
Now I have about 6 more cups of soup to eat At least it freezes well!
Off to the movies with the boy!
Another weekend has some to a close and I am getting ready to go read in bed. Before I can get there let me give you a little run down of about 2pm yesterday until today.
My lunch did not completely fill me up so I went back for a small bowl of Kashi H2H Warm Cinnamon and vanilla rice milk.
For dinner Nick and I met up with friends for a burger bash in Federal Hill. I had heard that the burgers at The Abbey Burger Bistro were amazing so I really wanted to try them out!
They have a build your own burger sheet and that is what I went with.
I ordered a bison burger with local cheddar, caramelized onions, pickles, tomato, stone ground mustard and lettuce on a classic roll with sweet potato fries. I contemplating getting the veggie burger and the lettuce bun, but this was a burger place and I felt like my first time needed to be a real burger with a real bun.
This was great! 100x better than Five Guys. I found that place very unoriginal and greasy. Along with my burger I got an Abbey Ale (dark with tons of fruit undertones). They have tons of beer here and their draft selection changes all of the time.
After dinner Nick and I met up with some other friends to hangout for a bit before heading home. It was a late night!
I slept in this morning until 10AM!!! Sissy was not happy to wait that long, but she was patient and only bothered me when I moved.
For breakfast I set to work making pancakes and I changed my mind on them about 10 times. At first I was going to make banana blueberry pancakes and then they because blueberry with pb and blueberry jam. A few more things went through my head and I finally ended on plain blueberry pancakes with a little real maple syrup.
I just really wanted authentic pancakes this morning. Of course I added flax, chia seeds, vanilla and cinnamon. I found that cooked blueberries because really sweet and that is why I skipped the jam. I had the banana and pb already out so I made a few pb and banana sandwiches while the cakes cooked.
I decided to make 16 bean soup and cornbread thanks to Jen. I had the beans in my cupboard for a really long time and finally remembered to soak them last night. I cooked up my Oikos cornbread to go along with my soup and to have a little bit more with my lunch
After lunch I started cooking my bean soup with a large can of diced tomatoes, 1 box of low sodium veggie broth, carrots, celery, S&P, bay leaves and garlic. Simple because I wanted the beans to really stand out. I set this on high and headed out to Bikram yoga.
It was once again ridiculously hard. So hot!!!! It is seriously challenging both physically and mentally. I definitely did not hydrate enough before class and I had a few moments of lightheadedness. I wasn’t really a fan of the teacher, but now I know not to attend her classes.
I came home showered, iced my knee and went diving into some beans and bagel.
I walked/jogged 1.2 miles today without any pain! I know 1.2 miles doesn’t seem like that much, but it was so nice to walk off the treadmill after 20min and not have knee pain!
I took it very slow and easy:
- 5min walk @ 3.5
- 5min incline walk on 10.6 @ 3.6
- 5min jog @5.0
- 5min walk @3.5
I felt like I could keep going with my jog, but I don’t want to push my knee and was just happy I could keep moving! After my t-mill I did some arms (ouch!) and all of my PT exercises. I also did a bunch of core work and some foam roller.
Anywho I am currently icing because it can’t hurt, but so far so good!
Leading up to my moment of running I had to fuel myself through the day!
Nick ended up having to go home early from work because he was so sick
I once again forgot a pre-gym snack and had to rely on my almonds. It really wasn’t what I was craving, but I had to eat something and the options in our building are awful.
I was riding high when I got home from the gym and in honor of Meatless Monday I made Nick and I tofu tacos, or tofacos as he likes to call them. They actually because tofu burritos.
I coated the tofu cubes in chili powder, garlic powder, salt, cumin and oregano. I then tossed them into a pan with some mushrooms and then wilted some spinach in. This was stuffed into a tortilla shell with avocado, cilantro, salsa and a small amount of cheese (we are trying to keep phlegm down around here). I also had 1/2 of a sweet potato on the side.
Nick requested another blueberry smoothie for dessert and this time I added some greens in without with knowing!
I had a cup of green tea and an Adora disk.
Now I am going to finish up jeopardy and probably get into bed early! I do not want to get sick!
Ya Monday is over!
We made it through the snow! It is nice and sunny out now, and I am dreading digging out my car today.
Here are some pictures from yesterdays snow.
The wind covered our window in snow.
Sissy’s entertainment of the day.
Walkway and yes those mounds are cars.
To warm me through the day I had Sissy.
The best thing I made yesterday was Brandi’s Applesauce Chocolate Ginger Cake
This cake was so delicious! I was worried Nick would not like it because of the ginger but he ate a giant piece and gave me 2 thumbs up! I am glad I got a chance to use the crystallized ginger my grandmother had given me for Christmas, I had been raking my brain for a good recipe!
I loved the crunchy crust with the warm moist bread. I had two pieces throughout the afternoon.
After Nick and I went for out walk and digging adventure, I didn’t want to make anything for dinner. I had a grilled chicken breast from earlier in the week and I just made a simple chicken salad. with Greek Yogurt.
- cumin lemon grilled chicken breast
- lemon juice
- Greek yogurt
I also had a glass of my favorite brew. I took me forever to drink it because I was still thawing out!
I passed out on the couch watching Mean Girls and would not move when Nick tried to get me to play Scene It. I think I am fighting some sort of cold coming on. I have been really sleepy lately.
This morning I had no idea what to make for breakfast, I was still feeling a little off. I just went with French toast.
regular french toasted topped with a microwaved apple with cinnamon and maple syrup and a quinoa crunch bar.
It was good, but I am just not feeling anything today.
I need to plan my super bowl menu for this afternoon. It is going to be simple because I don’t know how many people are going to be able to make it. Chili, cornbread, the rest of my ginger chocolate cake, chips and guac, mixed nuts and a veggie plate.
Ta Ta for now!
Who are you cheering for this afternoon?
I know it shouldn’t, but I will be cheering for the Colts. I really just like Payton Manning.
See ya later gators!
Hello and we are in the downward slope of the week! And a downward slope it has been. Again with me knee, sorry if you are getting sick of it! It seems to kill me at work. I am going to try wearing different shoes tomorrow to see if it makes a difference. I don’t really walk much there, basically sit at my desk aka the least healthy thing you can do. I am a scientist by nature and therefore ran a bunch of tests in my cube including shoes on vs. off and different taping measures.
In between experiments I made time for lunch.
Leftover beef broth from last night mixed with wheat berries (!!!) green beans and okra. I also had a 1/2 of an Ezekiel muffin and an Adora disk. I spy a wheat berry! I think I liked this soup better than the beef stewish. I loved the chewy wheat berry texture. I need to make more of them more often!
The rest of my day was pretty uneventful except my stomach wanting my afternoon snack at 1pm! I think it was mainly boredom and I was looking for a an cheer myself up gift on Foodzie. It is a website kind of like Esty for food. I got myself distracted until 3pm before diving into the snack of the week.
Desk shot! Isn’t my particle board amazing! Apple+almonds+seltzer almost equals an apple with almond butter.
I went to find out how much I am going to have to shell out to get MD registration tags and title. $300 smackeroos from a tag and title place. I went to MVA once and I never want to go back again. Plus I have a weird situation with my car and I didn’t want to wait 2 hours to find out I didn’t have the proper paperwork. I have been trying to get one extra thing done every day because I am not going to the gym. Yesterday was get the salt washed off my car and today it was the tag and title. Tomorrow is get a MD state inspection (and shell out more $$$) I guess this is what my car fund is for in my ING account.
I had a nice surprise when I walked in the door. Well besides Sissy!
After texting mom this event I did 45min of Dave Farmers podcast that everyone has been jazzed about. I actually knew most of the positions so I was impressed. I also did 1/2 of my PT stretches and I am planning to do the rest after dinner digests.
Speaking of dinner…I had Panini and salad on the menu, but I felt like I need something a little more. Acorn squash!
And then there was the panini. I need to work on making these!
At least it was cheesy! along with 2 slices of cheese I had thia pesto, hummus, sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms. I meant to get in some roasted red peppers but I forgot them Plenty of time! I really want to remake that brie, pear, spinach and honey sandwich I had at Spoon with my dad.
I plan on watching two weeks ago’s Biggest Loser to find out who these peeps are, eating some chocolate, icing the knee, finishing PT sipping some tea and getting to bed early. Sounds like a plan!