July 24, 2010

Cooking, Baking, Eating

Today was all about food + family.
& I loved every minute of it.
730am Workout: (from Women's Health Mag, found here!) followed by a quick mile on the elliptical - 1mi - 9:37 + jumping jacks to top off a nice 40 min workout on a Saturday morning.
  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
This morning was gorgeous!

God's creation is incredible.

My first waffles
Today, I wanted to eat waffles for the first time in 3 years (it's as if the day you decide to eat healthy, you ignore the existence of really good comfort foods, when all they need is a little tweak in the ingredients to make 'em perfectly wholesome). So I followed the easiest, awesome-ist blogger's recipe [thanks Jessica!]

  • 3/4 c. oats
  • 1 tbsp. muesli
  • 1 tbsp. whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsbp. wheat germ
  • 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • dash o' baking powder
  • cinnamon
  • 1 tsbp. applesauce (had none, diced up part of an apple + microwaved it, then mashed it!)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup rice milk
  • splash of vanilla

I just fainted. Incredible. Making them again so very soon!!

Glorious Farmer's Market!

Purple carrots?! Wonderful!

That's garlic? Sweet!





I bought:
  • Huge head of some type of lettuce... thought it was bearsomething lettuce.
  • 2 peaches
  • 2 "first apples of the year"
  • 1 apricot
  • 1 handful of cherries
  • 1 pluot
  • yellow squash
  • giant cucumber
  • purple potato
  • onion
  • radishes
  • wheat berries
  • $23.00 CRAZY! I am official in love with farmer's markets.


Blissful Banana Bread
[+ oats]
Recipe from Amanda's blog ('tis fabulous - please visit it)

Thank you for this recipe!
Ingredients (makes 1 loaf)

•1¼ cup spelt flour
•½ cup quick oats
•1½ tsp. baking soda
•½ tsp. baking powder
•½ tsp. cinnamon
•¼ tsp. nutmeg
•½ tsp. sea salt
•1 Tbsp. ground flax
•3 medium sized, ripe bananas (about 1½ cups mashed)
•¼ cup Greek yogurt
•¼ cup maple syrup
•2 Tbsp. coconut butter


1.) Preheat your oven to 350ºF, and either lightly grease a 9 x 5 bread pan, or line it with parchment paper.
2.) In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda/powder, spices, salt, and flaxmeal. Stir until well combined, and set aside.
3.) In a medium sized bowl, roughly mash up the bananas with a fork, leaving some larger chunks in tact.
4.) Add the Greek yogurt and maple syrup to the mashed bananas, stirring until everything is fully combined.
5.) Using a microwave or toaster oven (and an oven-safe dish), melt the coconut butter and add it to the banana mixture, stirring well.
6.) Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, making sure that everything is well combined, but taking care not to overmix.
7.) Pour the batter into the loaf pan, and bake for 50 minutes.
8.) Remove from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring it to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
[Recipe from Shape Magazine]

They looked so good, so friendly...


• 2/3 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
• 6 red bell peppers
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 3/4 cup diced carrots
• 1/2 red onion, diced
• 1 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
• 1 15-ounce can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained (I used Pinto Beans!)
• 1 teaspoon chili powder
• 1/2 cup grated part-skim mozzarella


Preheat oven to 350°F. Boil 1 1/3 cups water in a saucepan; add quinoa. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Keep covered; set aside. Remove pepper tops, stems, and seeds. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add peppers, boil for 5 minutes, and drain. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add carrots; cook for 3 minutes. Add onion; cook for 5 minutes more. Stir in spinach and beans. Remove from heat and mix in quinoa and chili powder. Fill peppers with quinoa mixture and place upright in a baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Add just enough water to form a very thin layer in the bottom of the dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until tops are lightly browned. Serve immediately. PS: We don't taste that good. But eat us anyway?

Although they looked scrumptious, we were all a little disappointed. They lacked flavor, needed more herbs, a little more salt, maybe some cheese! After taking a few bites of air we actually seasoned the insides with some heavily salted parmesan, and they tasted lovely! Haha, now I'm on a salt high, greeaat.

A sad dinner called for some delicious cookies.

Carrot Oatmeal Cookies!
[from 101cookbooks.com]

100% Vegan, Whole Grain, Carrot-Loaded Cookies :)


• 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• scant 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
• 1 cup rolled oats
• 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
• 1 cup shredded carrots
• 1/2 cup real maple syrup, room temperature
• 1/2 cup unrefined (fragrant) coconut oil, warmed until just melted
• 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
We added:
* more walnuts
* 1 cup raisins
We will add next time:
* cinnamon
* vanilla
* even more walnuts :)


Preheat oven to 375F degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and oats. Add the nuts and carrots. In a separate smaller bowl use a whisk to combine the maple syrup, coconut oil, and ginger. Add this to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
Drop onto prepared baking sheets, one level tablespoonful at a time, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. Bake in the top 1/3 of the oven for 10 - 12 minutes or until the cookies are golden on top and bottom.
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

I consumed 2 of these huge beauties with plain yogurt, cinnamon, and Farmer's fresh blueberries.

And. sleep.


  1. Holy moly! You've been busy in the kitchen, and I love all the things you made. I have the same kind of relationship with waffles... I haven't had them since I cleaned up my diet and stopped buying Eggo's ;) But I reaaaaly really want to try Jess' recipe, because they sound perfect. One of these days. And I need to try stuffed peppers too! They've been on my list of things to make for quite some time now, but I never seem to get around to it... One of these days ;)

  2. Oh wow. Beautiful, wonderful, delicious day indeed! I'm so glad you've had such a great day. I'm really loving the real, fresh grated carrots in those cookies!

  3. Oh my word you've been busy cooking up one delicious storm!! Everything looks delicious - and Amanda's bread is amazing, isn't it?! So jealous you picked up all of that delicious fresh produce for just $23. I feel like when I go to my farmer's market I spend that on just a couple of things!!
    I tried stuffed peppers with bulgur a while back - SO good. Need to try it with quinoa next. And those cookies are definitely on the list for next time :)
    Oh! And so glad you tried and had success with the waffles :D So good!