Beans and Bread

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.

001 New bowl!  That is a huge vat of chocolate in the background on the Food Network.

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.

002 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.

007 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.006 I had the banana and pb already out so I made a few pb and banana sandwiches while the cakes cooked.

004 Finally enjoyed with some French press coffee.

005008 After breakfast I did a few loads of laundry and contemplating running some errands but instead I chilled on the couch with Sissy and my book until lunch time.

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 🙂

009 Big salad with tomatoes, carrots and mixed greens.

010 Multiply this by 4 and you have the amount of cornbread I ate today!

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.

012 Big bowl of beans and a everything bagel thin with real butter.

013 Mmmmm beans!  I love beans! To list a few that were in here…mung, pinto, black eyed, lima, pinto, white and chickpeas.  That covers half!

Time to get in bed with these guys and fall asleep reading my book!011 Night Everyone!


New Additions!

Ah Saturday, so nice!

Bowling last night was a lot of fun!  We ended up having to play duckpin, but I won a game and got the highest score of the night!

After bowling we went to the diner and I enjoyed cookie Friday with a giant macaroon.  Almond paste is one of my weaknesses.

This morning I did not want oats.  I also didn’t need a breakfast that would last me 5+ hours.  I went with some eggs in a whole!

001 I haven’t had these suckers probably sense Christmas and it was a nice change.


Runny yokes are my jam, but runny whites, ew.  I had a lovely ripe organic pear (also a dirty dozen) and I made a banana pb sandwich out of the cutouts.

I also treated myself to some lovely French press coffee.002 I wish I had the time and will to make coffee this way every day.  Sissy sighting!



After breakfast I headed to Trader Joe’s to pick up some goodies.  I also stopped by Pier 1 to see if they had anything good on clearance.

005 I got these three dishes for $7!  Regularly the bowl alone was $10.

After putting away the groceries, doing a little indoor gardening and re-filling the bird feeder I sat down to a nice little lunch.006 On my new plate (!) I had my leftover Pad Thai with some fresh basil from the garden and a green monster.

007 In my monster I had 2 cups spinach, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla rice milk, 1 banana, 4 ice cubes and 1 tbs raw almond butter.

008 Mmmmmm greens!  I miss these POM glasses, they were so unique.  I did read why they changed their packaging but I can’t quite remember.  I think it had something to do with saving energy and recycling issues.

Time to fold some laundry! Soooo exciting.

I hope you are enjoying your Saturday!

It’s Finally Friday!

Hello! I have to make this quick because Nick and I are heading out to go bowling with a big group!

This morning was crazy and this afternoon was slooooow.


Leftover pizza that just got better as the day passed and a lovely organic gala apple.  Apples are on of the dirty dozen, you should really try to buy them organic or at least local.

005 Pie in my pie hole 🙂

So this afternoon I thought I would give Larabars another go.  I still have some mini ones from the 1/2 marathon, and I think they expire soon?006 It was ok, but I really don’t like how you get so little bang for your buck.  Same calories but less protein and fiber than a Zbar.  Plus the Zbar tastes a lot better :)  I think my actual problem is I am not that I’m not that big a fan of dates.  They are just too sweet for my liking.

After work I hit the gymbo for the same workout I did on Wednesday.

  • 5min @3.5mph walk
  • 5min @3.6 incline 10.5 walk
  • 10min @5-5.5 mph jog
  • 5min @3.6 incline 10.5 walk
  • 5min @3.5mph walk
  • Core
  • biceps curls, overhead press, side and front arm raises, 20 push-up
  • PT strength moves

All felt good and my knee feels pretty good right now as well.

After a quick shower I got started on making dinner.  I basically made what I had planned last night without the dairy, plus some new sauce from Bertolli!

I used the Arrabbiata sauce.  It had a nice spice with actual peppers and is low in sugar.  I always go for sauces low in sugar.


I poured a cup of sauce in with some onions, bacon, peas and asparagus that I had sautéed.

I served my sauce atop a sweet potato and Nick’s over some whole wheat spaghetti.



I also had a small glass of white wine with my meal.

011 It was a great combo if I do say so myself!

And for dessert I made a lovely graham and Adora disk sandwich.

012 I also had about another 3 sheets of graham crackers :)  Once I open a sleeve of those suckers I cannot stop eating them!

Time to hit the lanes!

Have a great Friday night. Yay for the weekend!

Dirty Snow Oats

Good morning!  It is extremely windy here and there are wind warnings up all over the place.  We are also getting a little snow that is being whipped all over the roads and cars.

That being said, I am going to try and get out of here a little early so I can spend more time on the roads!

My oats were totally inspired by this crazy wind/snow and obviously Rose’s lovely oatmeal posts.

Dirty Snow Oats

002 The regular oat bran/water/rice milk/cinnamon/vanilla/banana.  Plus 2 tbs raisins, chia seeds, unsweetened coconut, almond butter.

001 Dirty rocks and snow piles covered by the new powder.003 Now it is time for a quick Food Rule of the day, brought to you by Michael Pollan!

Rule #28: If you have the space, buy a freezer.  This is an option for buying pastured meats in bulk and at a lower cost from the farm and storing it.  This freezer will be opened less frequently and therefore there is less of a chance for the freezer burn you get from your standard kitchen fridge.

I would need a house before I could get one of these, but it would be nice to have 1/2 a grass fed cow in my freezer for use throughout the year.

Time to go get the chia seeds out of my teeth and hit the road.  Note, when they are not mixed in, chia seeds stick to anything!

Happy Friday!

Special Delivery

Good evening.  Nick and I are currently watching Hotel Rwanda on his TV station.  This movie is so depressing considering no one cared about genocide in 1994, but people are bending over backwards to help natural disaster victims today…not going to go there.

I received a special package from the TasteMakers program and FoodBuzz and the kind people of Bertolli!

008 Two of their new sauces to sample and a few recipes for each.  I am excited to try these out.

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Four Cheese Rosa and Arrabbiata (spicy!).

I would have used one of these in dinner but Nick was already on his way with Chinese.  My originally planned meal had a lot of dairy, and that was not going to fly with our current phlegm situation.

It was sure good going down!


Pad Thai with Tofu.

012 This was a tad bit spicy and less peanutty than I remembered.  The place Nick and I got tonight’s meal from Jasmine Asian Bistro.  The food is moderately priced and they have a variety of Asian flavors.  Nick and I are planning on going back for some sushi at some point.

Before I could get to this meal I had some lovely leftovers for lunch! 004

Leftover chicken and wheat berries from last night over greens with a lovely Fuji apple.

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I didn’t think this was going to be enough, but with 64oz of water in definitely filled me up until snack time.

007 Toast with DCPB and BPB.  I really like this afternoon snack!

I am finally going to go settle down and have some green tea while finishing the movie.  Our windows are rattling from the 50 mph wind gusts, but tomorrow is Friday!

More Food Lit.

For once we missed the snow!  We were only supposed to get 5in, but that would be enough for schools to be delayed and cause issues on the road.  We only got a dusting around here and it only stuck to the cars.  Now what do we have to look forward to?  WIND. An Arctic wind.

I only got through about 10 pages of my book last night before my eyes began to shut.  Usually I would keep reading but Food Politics is a heavy read and I have to pay attention to every word.  Basically I already hate the food systems in America.  Pollan uses this book as a reference in many of his articles, so I am hoping she takes the same open mind approach as he does.

Hot banana dough oats were on the menu this morning.  I honestly cannot get over the power of oats/oat bran.

001 Easy bowl:

  • 1/3 cup oat bran
  • 1 banana mashed
  • 1/3 cup h20
  • 1/3 cup rice milk
  • 1/3 cup Kefir
  • 1 tbs flax
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • chia seeds
  • crunchy PB


Land Ho!  I see an Island of peanut butter in an ocean of oats!003 Thick and delicious, just the way I like it!

Now it is time for my favorite part of breakfast!  Food Rule of the day brought to you by Michael Pollan!

Rule #27:  Eat Animals that have themselves eaten well.

I could expand on this rule for pages!  Basically think of a cow as a human.  Humans that eat unhealthy, are unhealthy.  These humans are also prone to illness and disease.  Same goes for a cow.  Many cows in CAFOs are slaughtered ever if they are sick and dying.  Another plus to eating organic grass feed meat is that these animals are usually treated with more respect before slaughter and have a smaller footprint on the earth.  Better for you, better for the environment.  I call that a win, win.

For a lot more info on this and many other topic check out Food Inc.  It must be good to be nominated for an Oscar!  Know where you food comes from and who is making your food’s choices!

Alright I am off my soap box.

Have a great Thursday!

Something New to Chew On

Hello, Hello!  I am going to try and make this short because I have a date with a new book!

015 I had been looking for this book in a ton of bookstores to read a few pages, but no one carried it.  I got the brilliant idea yesterday to look it up on the Baltimore County Public Library database.  There is was, in another library and it was delivered to my local branch within 24hrs.  I think this system is so awesome!  Technology I tell ya.

My doughy oats held me wonderfully for 5.5 hours!  It was then time for a delicious lunch.  Leftover pizza!



Along with my pizza I had a Minneola orange.

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The little nub on the top pops right off so you have a place to start peeling.  It didn’t really taste anything special unfortunately.006 I finally remembered to bring my pre-gym snack to work, and it was a good one!

010 Honey Graham Zbar.  I want to try my hand at making these on my own.  I love graham and it seems like all you need is oats, oat flour and flax…well maybe a few more things but I want to try!

I had another great workout at the gym!  my knee did not hurt, nor does it now.  I am icing just to be on the safe side.

  • 5min walk @3.5
  • 5min incline 10.5 @3.6
  • 10min run @5.0-5.5
  • 5min incline 10.5 @3.6
  • 5min walk @3.5
  • 2.05miles!!!!!!!!!!

I also did a little arms and core work before hitting up the library.

I came home to make a smashing dinner.  Two thumbs up from Nick too!

Chicken Fingers with Wheat Berry Salad011 I took two Nature’s Promise organic chicken breasts and sliced them.   Then dunked them in a mix of egg whites and Kefir then into a complex mix of almond meal, flax, lemon herb spices, allspice, S&P.  I then baked them at 375 for 15min.


I dunked the little suckers in a mix of honey mustard and soy sauce – it was actually a really delicious combo.

014 In the wheat berry salad I mixed; wheat berries, sautĂ©ed onions, white wine, asparagus and tomatoes.  I topped it off with a little cheddar and S&P.

013 The only thing I would change would be to maybe use a blue cheese or feta?  Something with a little more bite.  I couldn’t really taste the cheddar.

Awesome dinner!

Time to go read, snuggle with Sissy and drink some green tea!016 She is ready!

Have a great night!