July 31, 2010

Birthday Eve

Quick post, because it's 10:00pm and I feel like baking, again. Addiction? Maybe, maybe not.. but it's such a beautiful addiction!

8:30am fuel:

PS: Hubby woke up still a little uncomfortable in his heel, so we skipped the half marathon (he was really bummed out about it) and headed to the gym. He then proceeded to attack the elliptical at level 18 maintaining his speed above 80 for exactly 60 minutes, leaving a pool (no exaggeration here, friends) of sweat below the machine, and his shorts were dripping as he left the gym. In. sane.

My 9:15am workout: 30 min Women's Health Workout + abs
  1. Shuffle with Reach - 6x
  2. Squat to High Pull [10lb, then 5lb] - 15x
  3. Single-Arm Chest Press with Rotation [5lb] - 12x each side
  4. Side Lunge to Shoulder Press [5lb] - 12x each side
  5. Reverse Lunge with Row [5lbs] - 10x each side
  6. Step with Rear Leg Lift - 15x each leg
  7. Plank Sweep - 10x each leg
  8. Kayaker - 15x

9:50am bike: 30 mins with custom hills - 17.5K

10:30 waffles:

recipe from this lovely lady.

Oats, whole wheat flour, wheat germ, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, hemp milk, plain yogurt = waffle perfection.

1:00pm snack:

2:00pm Farmer's Market:

less variety at this closer-to-home market, but we still only spent $35 and brought home loads of good eats (including his $9 steak!)

seedy goodness made right hurr in WA :)
Ingredients: brown rice syrup, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, yummy goodness. Nice texture, but taste was lost in the seed field. Maybe I was too distracted by all the gorgeous veggies on sale, 'cause my hubby said it was heaven in a mini-package.

3:00 friends:

Newbies: swiss chard, broccoli rabe, and insanely looking "squished" peach-type fruits. Who knows. Tell me they come from the ground, and I'll eat 'em.

4:00 Beet Leaves:

Me: "Are the carrot's greens edible?"
Hubby: "no, just throw them out."
Me: "How about the beet's greens?"
Hubby: "no, are you joking?"
Me: google
Me: eating beet leaves
(threw out the carrot's greens, 'cause they're mainly good for stocks, and I'm not planning on making any soups in the future...)

Seitan, leftover rice:



dipping sauce was a mix of red vine vinegar, rice vinegar, agave, salt, pepper, garlic + onion flakes, and the seeds from the serrano chili that was inside the wraps.

Beet Leaves Taste:
They are definitely edible! No strong, bitter flavor, like most leaves. Like many people said on the "can you eat beet greens?" posts on the internetz, the leaves are a lot like swiss chard. Slightly sweet, soft, yummy. The only part that bothered me during the meal was the bits of greens with a slightly thick stem still attached. I had to bite about 60 times before I could tear off some pieces. Slightly uncomfortable, but a delicious, light meal. And I will make it again. :) Success! And no more greens in the garbage!

6:15pm Dinner:

I "roasted" some veggies (black as night) and made some pinto bean patties with equal parts beans, cooked brown rice, and some green leaves, as well as green onion + some seasoning. They were BEAUTIFUL and browned to perfect, but turned into pancakes after living on the pan for many minutes:

pancakes! tomato, homemade guac, green onion, mustard.

8:00pm Birthday Cookies:

After I brought my hubby a carrot oatmeal cookie I had made at my folk's house, and he fell in wuv with them, I decided to whip out a batch for just the two of us. Ingredients are amazing: whole wheat flour, oats, shredded carrot, agave, nutmeg, cinnamon, olive oil (use coconut oil if you have it!), and the baking powder + salt necessities.

Pink + Orange:

I need to chill out with the contrast on some of these photos.
But for real. That cookie (syke! 2 cookies) was amazing.

Please make them if you have a chance, they feel so good since they're full of carrots + love. Eat them. On a daily basis. Give them to your friends. Thank Heidi at 101cookbooks for being a super hero.

Eat carrots.

July 30, 2010

Sweet Spicy Soba Noodles with Chicken

I like waking up and not feeling like it's 3am, the zombie hour. I very much enjoy the well-rested side of life at 5am. Thank you, goodnightsleep! Then I inhaled 8 cups of oatmeal, and almost fell over.

Wheat Germ Cinnamon Oats:

You are, so beautiful, to meee!!!
oats, hemp milk, cinnamon, frozen berries, wheat berries, almond butter, raisins, homemade granolaz.



that's the last slice of banana bread.
Why did this day have to come? I'll tell you why: it's so I can have an excuse to bake this weekend! I'm. Stoked.

Almond Butter Cinna Raisin:
ie: best sammie combo known to man.

Elliptical: 5mi - 49:27 + 20 mins weight/abs
  • Shoulder Press [25lbs] - 3x10
  • Chest Supported Row [30lbs] - 3x12
  • Seated Leg Row [20lbs] - 3x12
  • Bicep Curl [20lbs] - 3x12
  • Abs: [15-20 each] crunches, bicycle, reverse crunches, arm/leg raises, cross ankle crunch, one legged crunch.


Saw Brit eat some sweet potato buckwheat noodles, and was intrigued by their dark color. I found these fellas at the grocery store, and although they didn't have sweet potato in 'em, they still looked like fun.


Today was chicken day, and I wasn't super stoked about it. I just love veggie-based dishes, you can do so much with them and they force you to be creative. But oh my gosh this meal was amazing!!! I looked up "chicken n soba noodle" recipes on google, and I found this jewel on Food Network's website. I made a few changes (surprise surprise!) They weren't as brown and beautiful as Brit's plate, but, they tasted fantastic.

Sweet n Spicy Soba Noodles
with Chicken


  • 2.5 ounces soba noodles
  • 2 tbsp spicy homemade salsa
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 2 tsp dry cilantro *use a few fresh cilantro leaves if you have 'em!
  • dash o' salt n peppah
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/3 chicken breast, diced
  • 1-2 tablespoons soy sauce *red wine vin, rice vin, garlic, onion, peppah
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil *omitted :(
  • 1 tsp dried ginger


  1. Cook soba noodles according to package directions - 4 mins in boiling water! Drain and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine salsa, honey, cilantro, salt n peppah. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to the mix. Pour the 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil into a preheated skillet. Add the chicken and the blended sauce and cook until heated through.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine cooked soba noodles, soy sauce n ginger. Toss and then transfer to serving bowl. Pour heated chicken and sauce over noodles. Eat the plate of heaven, try not to inhale in under 4 minutes like I did.

plain yogurt, agave, frozen strawberries, banana, frozen berries.

Oat Attack:

oats, wheat berries, muesli, delish.


Exact consistency of a delicious homemade black bean brownies, but this one is made with whole wheat flour ;) Hubby and I split this fella, and dreamed of having our fridge full of them 365 days a year.

I'm so happy it's the weekend, I want to drink it all in. But, sad news: hubby discovered a swollen tendon on his heel (you can see and feel it), and he was planning on running at 10K tomorrow to celebrate his birthday on Sunday. Make injuries stop existing, please! We're praying about it, giving it to God, and Eduardo is reading every internet article he can find that has to do with heel injuries. It's in God's hands, we just wish we could read His mind.

Happy weekend! Go eat some soba noodles!!

July 29, 2010

Hemp Milk

My running shoes have 1,400 KM on them.
My knees started bothering me lately.
I got new kicks.

New, Old, Oldest:

Adidas Salvation 2, you're lookin' pretty good!

Freshly vacuumed carpet, aw.

Hemp Milk Oats:

I used the microwave. Oh wheat germ, you're my favorite. This was way too much food. I almost exploded. 3/4 cup oats + that much fruit and almond butter = full for the rest of the day? And the day after? Not so much, but pretty close. PS: Hemp milk looks like soy milk, a hint of brown color, but tastes good n thick in cereal. By itself? I'll let you know how that tastes. :)


Elementary School Collages:

"Cut out your favorite things and glue them!" I said, as I threw magazines in front of them. It kept them going for almost a full hour. 8 year old boys + car magazines = success.


My purple + blue rendition. I called it Vanilla Clusters, 'cause I liked the font on the Honey Bunches of Oats ad. And who could just ignore that weird looking... creature? I fell in wuv.


avocado, cucumber, greens, mustard sammie.
chunky almond butter cinnamon "hummus" [from Brit!]


Workout + Dinner:
Today, I road on a stationary bike for 1 hour. It was on the hills setting. It was indeed quite hilly. Then I made a Vegan "meat" loaf. Except, it had no meat, or meat substitute, for that matter. I grabbed the recipe off Sarah's lovely blog. Cashew Rice Loaf? Sounds delish! But, I had no cashews... and didn't want to use up the small amount of almond milk we have, so I used hemp milk. That's a silly liquid, I tell ya.

I tried to read a runner's book in espanol, but my sweat fell on it so I shut it.

HILLS! HILLLLS! Hard: 3 minute warm-up at easy speed, then 1 minute hills, 1 minute rest for the next 50+ minutes. I had the speed on 10, and that ended up being the tallest hill, every 5 minutes or so. It was intense, and a little awkward. I have no idea how to sit correctly on one of those things. But I do, however, have a pretty good idea of how to sweat intensely on them.

Vegan Almond Loaf:
I cut Sarah's recipe in half, and substituted some ingredients.
  • 1.5 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup hemp milk
  • 1 tbsp "soy sauce" (I make my own with red wine vin, rice vin, red pepper flakes, salt, peppah, garlic)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, parsley, oregano
  • 1 handful diced carrots
  • 2 tbsp edamame
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Food process the bread, almonds (or cashews!), onion
  3. Mix in wet ingredients, spices, and rice
  4. Mix in veggies
  5. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray, pack in the "loaf"
  6. Bake for 50-60 mins, leave uncovered for the extra crunch!

I ate my loaf with leftover roasted heaven (blue potato, yellow potato, squash, tomato)

Off to research more Farmer's Markets!
(IE: my favorite home away from home)

tomorrow is friday.

July 28, 2010

Pluot + Wheat Berries

I love listening to worship music when I'm working. It brings the focus back to God, and off of me. It's peaceful, relaxing, and my favorite way to wind down a Wednesday.

Today I ate a pluot + wheat berries. I love trying new eats, especially when they come from the ground, and extra points when they're pink or pop in your mouth. Next time you see these guys, don't ignore their existence, grab them. And enjoy.

Almond Butter Overnight Oats:

Found out: if I only dice up half a banana, I can so get away with topping the bowl with almond butter, and my stomach doesn't yell at me all morning!!


when plums + apricots make love.


Costco apples get sprayed.

Chia Seed + Almond Butter Sandwich:

Yes, I put chia seeds on my sammies. Yes, they fall out while I eat.

Father + Son:

One way to attempt over-doing it with the Vitamin C.

I'm Going To Eat My Hand:

half + half.

Green Garbanzo Patties:

Beth inspired me.
So I took her recipe, tweaked it, and tripled it!

For 2 patties: 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup garbanzos, herbs + spices
For 7 Patties:
  • 1.5 cups oats
  • 1.5 cups garbanzos
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 red bell pepper, roasted
  • 8 handfuls of greens (or, ya know, 3...)
They like the freezer.
I like microwaves.

A little dry, but too delicious to care.

Wheat Berries:

A tad raw, but I couldn't wait to eat the goofy guys, so I cut off their cooking time and spread them across my plate. Oh my little fish-egg-looking, raw popcorn that is soft, you are my new friend. I enjoyed these, mucho, so expect them to pop up for the next few days.

Wheat berries are the unprocessed kernel complete with endosperm, bran and germ. All the nutrients that manufacturers remove from white bread are here, including fiber, folic acid, protein, B-complex vitamins and vitamin E.

Peanut Butter + Chocolate:

My hubby brought me home gifts from a vegetarian place in Colorado.

And yes, I did eat half of that PB/choco stick in 3 seconds, and enjoyed every chewy bit of it.

Salted Cashews + Banana Bread:

Man, why you gotta salt these fellas? They're so good without. My mouth watered for 5 hours after I ate about 7 cashews. Don't salt, all you companies that ruin the best snack in the world. Love you, unsalted almonds in my fridge. PS: my banana bread looks like seitan!

Almond Milk, Ice, Berries:

Freezing. First almond milk experience, it was unsweetened, and tasted like almonds. I accept.

Really? Really. Amazing. Frozen.

Seriously. Who eats that much on their day off? [running, that is.]
Answer: ME. And I loved it all. Except the salt attack towards the end.

Love. This. Song.
I'm falling on my knees, offering all of me.
Jesus, You're all this heart is living for.

Have a happy night! It's almost the weekend! Shoot.