Do you Lent?

TGIT, eh? I’ve been back from California for 3 days now and I’m still not quite back into a routine … my work schedule has been really inconsistent which is probably throwing me off. Can’t wait for the weekend to play catch-up.

Question Master: Do you guys give things up for lent? It snuck up on me this year …all of a sudden it was Wednesday and I had already eaten dairy (something I had contemplated giving up) …so I was SOL on that idea. I also thought about alcohol but did that last year and it wasn’t all that fun (not the point, I know) …so, this year ….[drumroll, please] …..I’ll be giving up M-E-A-T! I’m not sure how hard this will be. I don’t eat much meat these days, but not because I’m actively thinking ‘I don’t eat meat’ …so this will be a little 40-day test. I’ll let you know how it goes.

So, this is going to be a hodge-podge of photos from the last couple days …mainly highlights.

Picture deets

1. Tiki Masala/Butter Chicken (Indian). This is a newer family favorite. My momma and I discovered the dish while on vacay in NYC a couple years ago at Devi. We tracked down the recipe and it was like 35 ingredients long, many of which we had never heard of, thus we didn’t succeed on that front. BUT, last summer a family friend found this Tiki Masala paste that lends itself very well to a simplified version. All you need:

  • Chicken (if you want meat)
  • Tiki Masala Paste
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Naan
  • Brown Rice

Marinade the chicken in the Tiki Masala paste with greek yogurt (plain works, too) …I think the longer the better because it allows the flavors to develop. Put in a pan when you’re ready [while simultaneously prepping rice+naan] and we’ve got a nice dinnah.

2. Next photo would be an afternoon snack: celery+PB+grapes

3. Then, out of consumption order, would be oatmeal!

  • 1/4c my oat mix (old-fashioned+steel-cut)
  • sprinkle of ground Bob’s Red Mill flax
  • 1/4c hot water+soymilk
  • dash ‘o orange extract
  • [nuked in the microwave for a couple minutes]
  • topped with my homemade granola from last week

4. Damn, out of eating order AGAIN, would by lunch over one of the last couple days

  • Orange
  • Water
  • Oats (same version as above, EXCEPT: more flax and shredded coconut)

5. How about the next image? That would be a floor full ‘o SWAG. I went to my first food show and holy hell, let me go back! Lots of fun new products. I’ll let you know my ‘love it or hate it’ comments once I start testing.

6-7. Last but not less-tasty than the others: two salads. The first one accompanied my Butter Chicken meal. It was a simple romaine+blueberries+nuts+cranberries+raspberry dressing. Salad #2 was courtesy of Target’s HQ cafeteria. Turns out I like expensive vegetables, because this salad (costed out on weight) was over 7 dollars! How d-lish are goldfish and sunflower seeds on top?

I’m hoping to get some good REM sleep tonight. Still a little sick …trying to push through with exercise [insert yoga sculpt+c2 yoga at corepower]. Does a bod good.

Night Night.

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Nutrient-dense

Happy Friday Tuesday!!! You caught me …it’s my Friday! And even though I’m not feelin’ 100% today, I’m off to the left coast for a little 5-day adventure tomorrow. Highlights will include (but are not limited to) …

  1. San Francisco city-livin’
  2. Monterey cruisin’
  3. Tahoe shreddin’
  4. Sonoma sippin’
  5. Lulu shoppin’, and
  6. Recipe cookin’ (Chili Rellenos, anyone?)

I tried to pack some nutrient-dense food into my eats today to help fix whatever is off in my bod.

  • Breakfast: OSAL+orange+2 vitamins
  • Mid-morning snack: Smoothie (soymilk+mixed berries+honey+oats+sprinkle of granola on top) …sorry I forgot to snap a photo ..it looked like the smoothie from yesterday
  • [insert 2 hour nap, and Corepoweryoga’s C2 class. What a great cleanse …I leave every single class in disbelief of how much I sweat. Gross, but good!]
  • Late-afternoon snack: 1.5 grapefruits+water+emergen-c while watching an episode of Castle. Good episode. Speaking of shows, does anyone have Weeds season 5 that I can borrow?
  • Early dinner: Veggie wrap! Somewhat inspired by Holly, I sautéed some Organic Girl spinach, heated up some of those SP chunks, refried black beans, and a sprinkle of goat cheese …headed it all over the stove top to crisp up the tortilla. Doesn’t that look good!

Before I say so-long, check out the blogroll I added …lots of other good reads out there, kiddos. Check ’em out!

Question Master: What’s your quick-fix for a sore throat/achy bod? Help!

Blogger-worthy eats

Blogger-worthy eats to report on today, folks.

Picture deets’ [left to right, top to bottom]

1. OSAL …Loving my new Krups machine.

2. Orangey-Oats

  • 1/4c oat mix (steel-cut+old-fashioned) with 3/4c hot water
  • 1/2tbsp cinnamon+sliced naner
  • [microwaved for 1minute]
  • 1/4c fat-free ricotta
  • splash of soymilk+couple drops of orange extract
  • [microwaved for another minute]

I let the oats sit for a couple minutes to firm up and then added a couple walnuts and a sprinkle of chia seeds. A cup ‘o water with three sliced cucumbers helped wash ‘er down. Adding extracts to my oats is my new favorite thing, try it out!

3-5. Superfood Lunch. That would be ~3/4c SP with a sprinkle of cinnamon+shredded ginger, 5 or so celery sticks+MaraNatha peanut butter, and some spinach with goat cheese+roasted soy nuts and some berries …dressed in red wine vinegar. Holy hell that was good.

6-8. I love making granola. It’s super easy and I like knowing what ingredients are used (oats, walnuts, almonds, honey, soy nuts, raisins, mini morsels. First, I roasted the nuts in the oven at 375 for ~7 minutes. Then I swapped out the nuts for the oat mixture for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the oats cooled, I added the nuts, raisins, and morsels. Viola!

9. Weetabix – New buy at the store. Blah. Cool, there’s protein and fiber, but if the flavor is bland, I’ll pass.

10. Immersion blender time. Soymilk+mixed berries+oats+honey. I had to try my new granola sprinkled on top. dabomb.

Question Master: No question today, but how about a shout out to my buddy Adam who just got ENGAGED over the weekend! Go Adam. And yes, now you can comment on my blog 🙂

Night & Day

Currently in my Margarita pants (obsessed), listening to Colbie Caillat “I Never Told You” (obsessed) sippping some bedtime tea (not obsessed).

Last night I did a little food/bev prep. I had a bag ‘o pots’ (sweet pots, to boot) to prep and some iced tea to make. Thanks, Mikey for the green tea+agave idea!

Washed, chopped, and baked, the pots went into the oven (~40min@400-degrees). Simultaneously, I boiled about a quart of water and plopped in 5 TJs green tea bags ….steeped for a couple minutes and poured into a jug over ice. Perfect little something to sip any time of day. That was my evening activity …holler.

Come morning, it was time for my OSAL.

[insert 30min slippery, sloppy drive to the office]

Breakfast was another batch of fantastic oats.

Ooomazing oatmeal

  • 1/4c my oat mix (steel-cut+old-fashioned)
  • 1/2c hot water
  • 1/2tbsp cinnamon
  • [microwaved ~1minute]
  • 1/4c fat-free ricotta cheese+Libby’s pumpkin
  • Splash of soymilk
  • Sliced naner
  • 1/2tbsp chia seeds

Sounds like a lot, cause it was! Filled me up for 4+ hours. Oh, and I sipped on that Acai antioxidant superfood drink by Sambazon that I picked up yesterday at the store. Highly recommend. I can’t remember verbatim but I think the bottle claimed some 100+ acai berries per bottle. Met my quota for the month. The bottle was between $3 and $4, so it won’t be a regular buy, but a good find. Between that and a Kombucha, I’m not sure what I’d opt for …probably loyal to Kom.

So, fast forward to lunchie time …I experimented a little bit, much thanks to Good Earth. If you’ve never been there, go! You won’t regret it. So, those sweet pots that I roasted last night …I used about 3/4c of those (skin and all) and added some shaved ginger+cinnamon and heated them for ~1minute in the microwave. I ‘mashed’ them with a fork and called it a side ‘o veggies. The headliner of my lunch was a lil berry+bean salad.

Berry+Bean Salad

The salad was enough. Considering I wasn’t too hungry after such a fab breakfast, I was ok with it. I snacked on a couple Wheat Things later in the afternoon cause they’re so damn good ….follow by an upset tummy remedied by some peppermint tea.

All in all, a good night, day, and night again.

Question Master: Anyone have a good chili recipe? It’s sounding good, and I need some ideas.






A day of firsts …

Just popped on some Sia to accompany me while I work on this post (Paige, if you’re reading this …I credit everything I know about music [a notch above nothing] to you).

Great eats today, kiddos. See thebomb.com oatmeal below. I had this after my morning OSAL (organic skim agave latte). I think I scared my cocos (coworkers) this morning when I whipped out ricotta cheese while making oats in the kitchen.

  • 1/4c my oat combo (old-fashioned+steel-cut)
  • 1/2c hot water
  • 1tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 sliced naner [microwaved for 1 minute]
  • 1/3c Libby’s pumpkin+ricotta cheese …stirred in at end
  • 1tbsp chia seeds

This is the first time I added ricotta to my oats – HOLY MOLY that was a fabulous idea. I don’t know what I was doing away from my desk, but when I returned to enjoy breakfast, a sampling of some new Kashi Honey Sunshine cereal appeared. Thanks, G …it was pretty good. Did you know Kashi has 25 cold cereals out in the market?

Lunch had a big act to follow. I enjoyed an average-tasting grapefruit with the salad below.

  • 1c sliced brussel sprouts (a do-it-yourself cabbage)
  • 7-8 shrimp
  • 12-13 Trader Joe’s Thai Lime & Chile Cashews from Trader Joe’s (check out the review saveur.com wrote about them)
  • 1 string cheese (chopped up)
  • 2tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • pepper to taste

I snuck in a nice sweat-sesh at Corepower after work. Your first week is free, so check it out if you haven’t already. And, tell them I told ya! Unfortunately, both of my yogitoes were dirty, so I had to use a towel in its place – not ideal.

Ran in and out of the grocery store quickly after class. I was a hot mess sight to be seen ….work heels paired with sweaty yoga clothes in search of a couple goodies. Free entertainment, people.

Grabbed a Divine Grape Kombucha, some naners, spinach, peppermint tea, milk, and an interesting-looking acai drink I’ll have to report on later.

Arrived home to a dirty kitchen – woof. Cleaned, wiped, and ready for smoothie-making-maddness.

  • 1/4c coconut milk
  • 1/4c vanilla soymilk
  • 1c frozen berries
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1/4 oatmeal

Today was the first time I tried adding spinach to my smoothie. Not too shabby. Have I mentioned my unconditional love for my immersion blender? Look at that picture – beauty.

Question Master: What are your plans this weekend? I’ll be being that girl in the movie theater secretly drying my eyes while watching “Dear John