His and Hers Mexican

I know I said I would do this more often, but here is another addition of His and Hers Meals!

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His

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!

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We also had spinach, tomatoes, peppers and cucs – his in a salad, mine under my beans and to the side.

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The best part of the meal was definitely the guacamole and chips we both enjoyed!

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Yum!  It has been so long since I made delicious guac!

Going to watch UP with N!

Night!


Peaches!

Ever wonder what 20lbs of peaches looks like?

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I asked my peach guys (two typical farmer boys – seriously) if they ever sell their peaches wholesale.

Sure do!

$1.00/lb vs.$2.49/lb

I basically got a apple box full of peaches for $20.  To put it in perspective last week I got 6 count peaches for $9.00.

They also threw in a reusable bag from their farm.  Jackpot!

So what am I going to do with these peaches?

IMG_8233 Can them.  I realize this is going to take time and patience.  One if these things I have little of so this will be a test for me.  At least some of my peaches are a lot bigger than my grip.

IMG_8234 Come Sunday, I hope my peaches are ripe and I can get canning!

I am so excited to have peaches in winter that are not from a different country!

I’ll keep you updated!

Sorry no post about what I made last night…they didn’t come out right…I don’t think I cooked them long enough…again with the patience.

I’m working on it.


Meatless Monday Returns!

Hello!

I haven’t done a Meatless Monday post in awhile and I thought tonight was quite fitting.  Nick had softball so while he is away Heather will play 🙂

I used tempeh and mustard greens.  Two things he is not crazy about.

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I started off by sautéing an onion (all of my garlic had gone bad:() then I added 1 small zucchini and patty pan to the pot.  Next I threw in some torn and washed mustard greens juice of 1/2 a lemon, plus some S&P, and nutmeg.

IMG_8228 In another small pan I browned some tempeh before adding a little pasta sauce.

And bam!  It was topped!

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With a side of flax sunflower sourdough + real butter.IMG_8230 All together simple, easy and highly nutritious!IMG_8231

Ta Da!

Did you have a Meatless Monday?

My friend Katherine made tempeh tacos!  Good idea there!

I have something in the oven and I will present tomorrow if they turn out well.  I followed the recipe almost exactly so I am hoping they are delicious!  I can smell them from here!

Have a great night!


Ethiopian Food

Tonight Nick and I decided to try out Dukem, an Ethiopian restaurant in downtown Baltimore.

I thought it would be great to eat with our hands and they had lentils!

I opted for a vegetarian combo platter because I find other cultures are 100% better than Americans at making vegetarian dishes.

IMG_8225 Tomato salad with onions and peppers, greens (like collards except not cooked in pig fat), yellow pea stew, spicy lentils.

Oh man those lentils were amazing!  They were spicy with cinnamon and some sort of tomato base sauce.  I am totally going to try and get this flavor again, but it is going to be hard.  I have to remember that cinnamon and chili power or cayenne.

We ate all of this with traditions spongy bread called injera.  I looked it up and the bread is make of fermented teff flour and they use a sourdough starter.IMG_8226 Teff has a great nutritional profile, but I still are way too much!  I just couldn’t stop eating this unique food!

I’m off to relax on the couch with my full belly.

Mom comes tomorrow for the Orioles game and it is supposed to be 100 degrees at the first pitch.  It is going to be a hot one!

Night!


Egg-celent Dinner!

I tend to not eat many eggs, but I always like having them in the house because they are such a good source of protein and cheap!

Bonus point – the farmers market has organic, vegetarian fed, free range eggs for $3.  Try getting that in your local store.

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Egg and Veggie Casserole for 1

  • 2 small eggs or 1 large egg
  • 1 egg white
  • splash of skim
  • tsp chili powder
  • S&P
  • 1 tbs oregano
  • 1/2 cooked sweet potato
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup Portobello mushroom
  • 1 oz gouda cheese

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  1. Microwave the sweet potato until al dente.
  2. sautee the onion in some EVOO until clear
  3. Chop sweet potato and add to pan
  4. chop mushroom and add to pan
  5. Add pressed garlic clove and spinach to the pan
  6. Mix first 6 ingredients in a separate bowl
  7. Pour the veggie mix into an oven safe dish
  8. Cover with egg mixture
  9. Top with Cheese
  10. Bake 375 for 30min
  11. Enjoy!

IMG_8224 This could have been better with the cheese sprinkled throughout the mix, but other than that I really liked it!


Barefoot Running – Run #1

So I hadn’t planned on setting out on my first barefoot running adventure today, but it was something about the rain that started as I walked in the door that set me off.

It is really hard to not run on pavement near my apartment.  I mostly ran on the green space between the road and the sidewalk.  It is amazing how you can feel the ground beneath you.  When I had to cross a street or jump on the sidewalk, it was like I sent my feet into shock and they didn’t like it at all.  On pavement I had to run on the balls of the feet, but when I was on the grass I just stepped naturally.

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I ran about 3 miles no pain except some blisters that were forming because it was raining and my VFF were starting to rub (socks maybe?).  Other than the blisters I had no pain at all.  I could definitely feel my calves when I ran on the balls of my feet. 

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I also had issues banging my knees together when the ground was uneven.  I am assuming this could be because my feet are not strong enough to support my changing terrain.

I was dirty after, but I was also super happy because I could run in them!  I will have to try them out on a real trail and see how they go.  I will also be interested in seeing how my legs feel tomorrow.

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Wave Goodbye! 😉


New Feet

I have a new pair of shoes, and I also have a new exercise regimen.

First the shoes…

IMG_8217 I finally tracked down a pair of Vibram Five Fingers.  I had to order them from a company in Florida because none of the stores I went to had my size or any color I liked.  When I get things that are “different” I might as well go big and bold!

Anyway it seriously is like being barefoot.  I actually feel the ground around me and every rock I step on makes my foot touch the ground lighter.  I did a little running today on the NCR trail, but I took my time and only did about 3 jogs of 500ft.  I want to make sure I work my way into them as instructed.  It felt good.  Different.  You have to be aware of every step you get.

IMG_8218 My toes are having to deal with not being squished next to each other.  They are not happy about it.  My pinkie is the worst.  You can see my other toes curling towards my big toe.  This is something that regular shoes force your toes to do, bah.

As for exercise I have been doing hot vinyasa 2x a week and I love it.  It is really challenging and I love what it is doing for my arms!

Basically it comes down to this:

  • 2 days bike – ~12mile, ~18miles
  • 2 days yoga
  • 3 days running – 1 6mile, 2 ~3miles

So far I am enjoying this, and it is working for me!

I am hoping to do a 6k trail run in August, and maybe I will be able to wear my VFF!