November 30, 2010

Savory Greek Lentil Soup

Good golly today was a delightful day! But I have a baby-sized complaint, that I really shouldn't even mention, but I can't stop thinking about it, even though I have the option of changing it: I am freezing. We have a heater, and we have blankets, and yet we let ourselves freeze sometimes. It's a bit humorous, I must admit. I'm just ready for a bed :)

Started off the morn' with 1/2 a banana, some almonds and raisins, and some H2o before heading to the gym (in my snow coat) and tackling a 30/30 workout which I love because it means less time on the elliptical and more time with awesome weight lifting!
5k - 30:00 elliptical + 30:00 arms/abs/legs
but mainly abs and arms, 'cause those legs have gone through a nice beat-down the past few days. I thought they deserved a mini-rest.

Pumpkin OATS

home-baked pumpkin puree, steel cut oats in rice milk, raisins + cinnamon + almonds


more rice milk, half banana, frozen blueberries, wheat germ, almond butter


the perfect pumpkin oat topping: slightly burnt pumpkin seeds (I'll get the timing right someday on those darn seeds, they always seem to look "not quite done" when the timer goes off so I let 'em brown a wee-bit too much)

and then a packed load of snacks was photographed...


homemade granola bar (sweetened with apple sauce and raisins and bananas!)


a mysterious tower...

...mysterious tower revealed!

and my lovely co-worker Katie pointed out some Picante salsa from the fridge, so naturally, I topped those homemade veggie patties (pintos + oats + veggies) with the good ol' chunky red spice.

the following photo... is myself trying to find out why I've been so stinking tired in the evening times recently (besides the obvious: worked all day, all evening, and waking up at 5am every morning) and wondering if my iron is once again, like always running a bit low.


blood draw courtesy of: my mami :) results? low red blood cells! but my iron? just dandy. So? I must research, and bring those stinkin' cells back up, man!

then beloved dinner time rolled around...


thank you, Woman's Health magazine!


who needs vegetable broth when you have these guys hanging out in your spice rack and some tap water?


  • 2 handfuls baby carrots, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • 1/2 cup wheat berries (cooked)
  • 2 green onions + part of a sweet onion, diced
  • 1 tsp dried garlic (use fresh!)
  • thyme + basil
  • olive oil
  • pasta sauce (once again, I ran out of tomatoes)
  • 2 cups + 1 cup h2o



  1. Bring pot to medium heat, add a splash of olive oil
  2. Cook onion 'till golden: 3 minutes
  3. Add carrot, celery, garlic, golden them up: 4 minutes
  4. Add tomatoes + sauce, mix
  5. Pour in water, lentils, wheat berries, bring to a boil
  6. Let simmer for 25-30 minutes
  7. Add 1/2 cup more water if needed
  8. Serve with homemade tortilla chips!


beauty in a white bowl.


filling, full of flavor, magnificent, lacked in nothing!

Then dessert time rolled around...


rolled oats, cinnamon, frozen blueberries, half a banana, rice milk
mix mix mix: consume.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have gained access by faith
into this grace in which we now stand.
And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:1+2

November 29, 2010

Liquid Aminos

This is going to be a faaaast one! This girl is kind of in love with a good night's rest.

workout: 5 miles elliptical - 47:21
+ 10 mins abs


steel cut oats with rice milk + cinnamon
wheat germ, blueberries, banana, pom, almond butter


more food than I could consume, so I saved the orange for tomorrow :)


the most beautiful sight at 12:00pm


a new friend (read read read!)


the party


garbanzos rained atop


tofu is delicious


more steel cut oats, berries from the microwave, raw sunflower seeds

aaaand sleep! but first, some inspiration:

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Philippians 2:1-4

November 28, 2010

Makin' Banana Pancakes

Aren't Sundays lovely? I love them to bunches. They're relaxing, a good chance to get a to do list checked off before insanity (that is: the work-week) begin, and there is no rush to jump out of bed, or a reason to really go to bed that early. The past few weeks I have been happily enjoying green monster smoothies in a bowl for my Sunday morn' breakfast, but today I tried something different: Pancake Day #2 and it was amazing.

First: 6:45am alarm clock (falling asleep at 8:50pm on a Saturday made me want to get up nice n' early today so I could make up for much lost time.) cooked up a week's worth of pinto beans, some brown rice, garbanzos, homemade granola into the oven, Avery's no-bake granola bars, Monday night's quinoa stir-fry was cooked up, lunches packed for the next few days, aaaand then pancakes.


in the mix went:
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp: wheat germ, ground flaxseed, chia seeds
  • cinnamon + unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup + few splashes o' rice milk


I tried cooking some of the banana slices on one side of each cake, but they just ended up burning a tad and making things sticky. But oh my gooooodness, these were heart-warming good, especially when I un-stacked them and placed them atop frozen blueberries. That way, by the time I reached them, the berries were soft and deliiiicious!

Church was beautiful, and convicting, and makes me want to spend every extra minute I have diving into God's word.

"You are the salt of the earth... the light of the world...
let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" Matthew 5:13-16

Dinner Lovin'

The greatest joy of them all: buy yourself a mini-whole-grain baguette. Toast it in the oven like it tells you to. Remove all the insides (unless you want to eat 600 calories of wheat and not leave any room for BEANS!) and fill with homecooked pinto beans (mashed) and a veggie salsa: tomato, bell pepper, zucchini bits, serrano chili, green onion, white onion and fresh lime juice with avocado atop. And, thanks to my grandma on thanksgiving, I have loads of dark green romaine in a large piece o' tupperware in the fridge, so I took giant bites of that guy between bean sandwich mouthfulls!


Mollete, meet blog world.
Blog world, meet mollete.

Mollete: A mollete, made with bolillos cut longitudinally. Over each half of bread, you spread frijoles and a slice of chihuahua cheese. It is then grilled in an oven until the cheese melts. Molletes in Mexico are usually served with salsa or pico de gallo. Molletes may also be topped with sliced ham, chorizo, bacon or mushrooms.

thank you wikipedia for your wise knowledge.

Then I got to painting, we watched a film (The Young Victoria), I painted a bit more, then realized making some bread would be a smart choice if I wanted any bread-like grains for lunch this week. And a bit later, fruit mush:

1 cup rice milk, 4 frozen strawberries, 1 handful frozen blueberries, drop or two of vanilla


rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, raisins, homemade granola.

LOAF love:

simple business, even when you don't have enough flour: use more ground flaxseed! the true recipe here!

Granola Bars:

Used Avery's recipe with some tweaks:

  • 3-4 bananas, mushed
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (to use less almond butter, that stuff is pricey and golden good!)
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup californian organic raisins
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp: flaxseed meal, wheat germ,
  • 1 tbsp: chia seeds, raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 splash of rice milk

throw in plastic-wrapped rectangular baking dish, flatten with spoon or spatula, cover with more plastic wrap. freeze for a few good, long hours (overnight, or make 'em in the morning for PM cutting into bars + eating!) then remove, cut to size, keep in freezer and pull 'em out as needed. They've saved me from starvation too many times to count, I love these little guys.

time for another week of fun! hey, someone has to be optimistic about a Monday, right? Even though I know this lovely girl always is. God bless!

November 27, 2010

The Ultimate Pizza Topping

Oh my gosh I have created a monster pizza. I can't stop thinking about how good it really, truly, turned out. But I need to quickly focus on the rest of the day before I get into that business. First: a run. but even before that, food: half a banana, almonds, raisins, h2o for mini-fuel.



Him: 10 miles: 1 hr 7 mins
Me: 6.2 miles: 1 hr 8 mins

So fun
but unfortunately: so very, very, painful. I hadn't run that route (down the street, take a few turns, down hill 3 miles then what feels like all uphill on the way back, finish it off with one giant hill) since July, and there is a good reason for that: it kills my knee like no one's business. But, I've been able to run 7 miles easy and pain-free on other flat, un-hilly paths. So what's the deal? My knee hates hills. And I need respect that. I'm better now :)

Pumpkin Pancake HEAVEN:

Oh, my, bananas. DO:
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp. flaxseed (milled)
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. wheat germ
  • 1 tbsp. whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup rice milk + a few splashes more
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • ginger
  1. Mix wet ingredients, then dry
  2. Combine
  3. Cook over medium heat on non-stick pan
  4. Top each cooked pancake with banana slices + frozen blueberries
  5. Congratulate yourself on a tower of well-deserved pancakes
  6. Consume with a grin, share with spouse.


a really, really big delight in my tummy.

then CHRISTMAS was made at my folk's house.
(pictures to come soon!)

starvation:

+ baby carrots + h2o

Inhale?

rice cake, almond butter, 1/2 banana


leftover beet, carrot, peanut salad.

Then... the pizza came alive!

Toppings!

such a beautiful green selection this time.

Thought process: Should I layer the ingredients differently this time? Usually I use some sort of green leaf as the "cheese" or the first layer atop the sauce. And it turns a bit slimy and un-fun, but still pretty tasty. What if I use the zucchini as the first later, and throw a bunch of kale on the last layer so they turn into kale chips on my pizza ?! Why did I never think of this? It was just like I had hoped it would turn out. Give it a try, it's divine!


I melted. then felt sleepy at 8pm.

Pizza Tip: ADD KALE CHIPS

Get up mighty early on Sunday and get a million things done to make the work week more stress-free? What a jolly idea, I'm going to do it with Christmas tunes.

November 26, 2010

Pumpkin Domination

So, post-thanksgiving I was feeling a bit off. It's strange though, 'cause I ate a decent amount of food without over doing it and had only half of a dessert some 4 hours after dinner. Nothing out of the ordinary, so what made my insides do flips all night, and all day the following day? Tell me why!! Well, it's my baby-sized excuse for a late post. Here's how today went down:

20 minutes of beautiful + relaxing yoga

packed goods:

I ended up only eating the fruit n veggies. The burger + greens were saved for dinner since my tummy couldn't handle anything heavier than carrots n apples.

Green:

spinach, kale, rice milk, frozen strawberries, flaxseed, chia seeds, ice cubes, vanilla, unsweetened cocoa powder deliciousness


topped properly with: wheat germ, almonds, raisins, blueberries, pomegranate arils, and sunflower seeds!

Dinnerz:

homemade toasted bread, home-cooked black beans, avocado on the other guy wit homemade veggie pattie, romaine, tomato + bell pepper.

Then I ate my entire kitchen:
2 cocoa banana cookies, 1 banana, handful of almonds/raisins (so that's what happens when you starve all day and binging creeps up on you at 7pm...)

Aaand PUMPKINS!

Me: "oh I need to text Edu and have him buy some canned pumpkin at Costco!"
Mom: "what'?! No!! Here, buy the little pie pumpkins and cut them, scoop out the bad stuff, place them in baking dishes with 2 inches or so of water, bake for about 45 minutes, let cool, peel off skin, freeze insides for your own canned pumpkin!"
Love my mumsy.






Satisfaction.
Now you try!

ohmygosh it's Christmas time! I'm going to break out the decorations riiight abouuuttt now! God bless all you lovely people out there!

November 25, 2010

Thank You Jesus!

...for snow falls at 7:30am on Thanksgiving day, and for this amazing day:


eating goods


running 13K


jumping in the snow after a 10K on the elliptical


blending too many ingredients


green mushy goodness


beautiful toppings



brother, mamita cooking away, dad being social :)


my grammie + brother being cuties


the love of my life by my side


stuffing, turkey, potato, beet salad, roll, romaine,
brussel sprouts and apples, green beans and leeks


apple yam delightful creation, more brussel sprouts, more beets


the men


older brother + grandma's sister-in-law


sisterly love


sister, self, mami, brother's love bug


green-eyed felines


super strength


angel kitty


homemade pican pie + homemade pumpkin cheesecake.

Couldn't have been any better.

"Give thanks to the LORD,
for He is good;
His love endures forever."
Psalm 107:1