January 31, 2011

Pink Dessert with Vanilla

Good morning Monday! I was in a prayerful mood this morning, after seeing our ~dream home~ yesterday I simply couldn't get it off my mind. So as I walked to the gym I just put it all in God's hands, and now I'm stoked 'cause our only job is to save up money and wait patiently 'till June comes around! I love leaving it all up to God, it's so peaceful and comforting knowing that there is no reason to worry since He is in complete control.

Gym time this morn' was quick and sh-weaty: 7K on the treadmill. I usually start off at a pretty easy speed (5-5.5) and pick up the pace with the mileage, but for some reason I went from 0 to 6 and decided to keep it there for a while. The stats were as follows: 12 push ups, leg warm up, runnn!

Mile 1: 6
Mile 2: 6
Mile 3: 6.5
Mile 4: 7
Last .35: 7

Time: 7K (4.35mi) - 41:21 (newww record!)

Then: cool down (walking), stretch, 4 sets 12 reps Leg Extension w/30lbs, 6 minutes abs, 12 push ups - I felt so good! I mean, I was pretty exhausted, but felt blessed to be able to run without pain in my knee. I hope to never take that feeling for granted, I have really come to appreciate a fast run on a treadmill since I had to "rest" for 'round 6 months!! Insanely beautiful = running with happy joints.

Breakfast was delicious: steel cut oats in rice milk, frozen blues, banana, almonds, raisins, wheat germ, chia seeds. Snacks + Lunch: fruits n veggies, leftover tempeh pot pie, half almond butter raisin sammie between homemade bread, raw no-bake granola bar.





Once home, I had a mission or two: eat, cook, make video of trip to Mexico (beginning of January). Guess what went down? Eat, cook, watch tv with hubby, read bible with hubby, talk about future with hubby, eat dessert, watch tv while hubby uses our only laptop, receive laptop after he finished, attempt to start Mexico movie + ....fail.

I guess I feel overwhelmed when I want to make something so perfect. That thing is a movie that holds together all of our memories from our trip visiting family, friends, eating delicious homecooked meals, visiting landscapes that take your breath away, and buildings that have seen more life than any of us have. It's a big deal, and I'm nervous about creating it. Stinkin' film, you are going to make me grow some canas up in here! (canas = grey hairs in espaƱol)


3 homemade veggie burgers (tofu, pinto beans, oats, veggies) with avocado, little tomato bits, steamed broccoli with red pepper flakes.


beautiful greens make my insides happy.

Cook:

from ED&BV, I give you: quinoa chickpea (she meant garbanzo) confetti casserole. I made tofu quinoa stir fry for Edu, since he doesn't like garbanzos or zucchini, and held on tight to this dish for meself.

Beautiful. Just like confetti, only edible :)


hubby's tofu stir fry for tomorrow.

Pink Dessert:

okay, friends. This one is a true gem: 6 frozen strawberries, a good ol' 1/2c (or more) of rice milk, a few golden drops of pure vanilla extract & a blender. Just do. It is magical.


And those brown rice brownies only got sweeter and more rich overnight. They're winners!


I didn't think it could get any better 'till I added those guys.

Anywho, I am now going to dive deep into thought (and photo archives) to figure out how I am going to tackle this Mexico Movie 2011. Maybe I will discover how to post last years movie on this here blog, it was my favorite creation ever and it really brought together the entire experience, never failing to give me the chills (and make me want to cry and fly back to Mexico City) every time I see the intro. The only problem? It lasts 54 minutes. So that's my homework this time 'round: make the video shorter so no one falls asleep before the Superbowl kick off :)

God bless, lovely friends and family. Read on:

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance.
1 Timothy 4:8+9

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12

January 30, 2011

Brown Rice Brownies

Don't let the title fool you, for the brown rice brownies I made today were probably the least-flavorful babies I've ever whipped up in the kitchen. But they had amazing texture and I'm going to eat every single one without a doubt. Recipe to follow...

Breakfast!

This was so incredible! A tip: always freeze your bananas! I've been skipping the freezer with my green monster smoothies for a while now, and last night I decided to throw a peeled fella in the freezer for this morning's bfast. And it was an insanely delicious decision. I give you:
  • 2 1/2 handfuls red kale
  • 3/4 cup rice milk
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 frozen strawberries
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla


amaranth, sunflower seeds, almonds, chia seeds and grapes. it was perfect.

After church we went house hunting and then came home and ate some veggies. Hooray!


a big ol' piece of squash + cinnamon + paprika
4 asparagus spears + basil/kale pesto + avocado oil, salt, pepper

Then I tackled a huge pizza, and diced up my granola bars from the freezer while Mr. Pizza cooked for a good 30 minutes.


I love how this big ol' recipe makes so many bars! They last me for weeks!

Then we grabbed our pizza slices and prepared ourselves for movie night:

Go see this movie! It was so stinkin' good! Hillllarious!


pizza was heaven, like always.


mushroom tomato sauce, garbanzos, freshly sliced pineapple, green bell pepper, broccoli, zucchini, golden cauliflower, serrano chili and some unpictured red pepper flakes :)

Brown Rice Brownies
(
do not attempt this stunt at home)


brown rice flour, rice milk, walnuts, almond butter, vanilla, chia seeds, unsweetened cocoa powder, water and a dash o' salt


and these :)


I added to the recipe 'cause it didn't have a sweetener, but I don't think it was supposed to. I just knew that Edu wouldn't like 'em if they weren't sweet, so instead of using up all his precious dates (my favorite sweetener of all time!) I decided to improvise with banana + a squirt of honey. Bad idea.


baked for 40 minutes, looking delightfully good.


tempting, soft and chocolate packed. look heavenly, right?


frozen blues, rice milk, cinnamon, amaranth, muesli, sunflower seeds, banana lovin' and my friend, the brown rice brownie.

Brownie issues: not sweet, not a bit. that's the only issue
Brownie delights: nutty texture, rich side o' chocolate, freezer proof!

I'm going to eat them all (since hubby took one bite and decided to pass) and smile while pretending they taste like cake (which they do, minus the sugar) and let's be honest: they tasted good, they just don't taste like brownies. We're sugar addicts, all of us!

time for shleep :)

January 29, 2011

Rainy Day 10K + Tempeh Pot Pie

Happy Saturday! Mine started off with feeling like a lazy log and staying in bed 'till past 8:30, then eating a banana with 1 slice o' homemade bread covered with almond butter, half the banana, cinnamon and chia seeds. My hubby ate his usual banana + almonds + raisins to prep for our Saturday mornin' run.

simple + stinkin' good.

Post-Run Eats:

Me: granola bar + Him: AB + strawberry jam sammie, we split the freshly washed apple.

Rundown: 10K, 2 laps around Green Lake, trying to break 1 hr, which hasn't happened since last Summer (pre-knee injury days) so I wasn't too optimistic, just ready to run and enjoy it! The weather was less than optimal for a morning jog, but I tried not to let it get to me. Rain, wind, mud, and ear phones falling out of my ears every 4 steps. A few more distractions that I had imagined, but check out what happened!


!!!!

I could hardly believe it. I finished the first lap in 30 minutes - a lot like the last few weeks' times, and during the second lap I had not one, but two girls decide to pass me and then proceed to slow down almost immediately, then maintaining my exact pace right in front of me so I had to either jog right behind them, almost stepping on the backs of their shoes, or I had to run by their side (both not my favorite). So, I pushed myself to pick up the pace and try to pass them. Which I was able to do both times! It felt good, because thanks to those girls (who passed me at mile 3.5 and mile 5) I was able to maintain a fast pace and break my 10K time by 2 minutes! It felt beauuutiful!


Wet love birds, with legs covered in 3 pounds of pure mud.

Future!

In Starbucks they had this poster up and I was so excited to see it! It was the first 5K I ever ran, 2 years ago February 14th. I finished in 36 minutes or so, and last year in 29. This time I'm going to try and break 25, so we'll see what happens! So stoked!

Snack:

After an amazing shower + putting on 9 layers of clothing to warm myself up, I ate this lovely creation of: banana, cocoa powder, walnuts and rice milk. I mixed the babies up and it was deeeeliiightful!

Then... DINNER!

I've been wanting to make this girl's amazing recipe ever since I saw it months ago on her blog. I loved chicken pot pie when I was a girl and almost fell back in my chair when I saw her vegan version of my childhood favorite meal ever!



Pre-Bake:




Diving In:

Oh. My. WORD! I couldn't believe how simple the ingredients were, and yet how flavorful the dish turned out. When I took bites of crust + filling, I felt just like a kid again eating my favorite food ever!! I made a few tweaks to the filling, so here's my rendition:

Crust:
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 dash italian seasoning
  • 1 sprinkle salt
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  1. Combine first four ingredients, then add water slowly, 'till a nice ball is formed (not too wet, just enough liquid to form a nice non-sticky ball o' dough) - place in fridge and tackle the pie's filling


Filling:
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup summer squash, peeled cubed
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, frozen corn
  • 1/2 block tempeh, cubed
  • 1/4 white onion, diced
  • 2-3 tbsp. ground flaxseed (or flour, for thickening, or wheat germ!)
  • 1 tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1 dash italian seasoning + red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Preheat oven 400*
  2. Onion + avocado oil + pan on medium heat, 2 minutes
  3. Squash to pan, 1/2 cup water to pan, cover 3 minutes
  4. Roll out your lovely italian flavored dough :)
  5. Veggies + tempeh added, cover 'till veggies are cooked through
  6. Add small spoonfuls of flaxseed, mix thoroughly
  7. Cover and let simmer 'till desired thickness is acquired
  8. Pour into baking dish, add water + rest of flaxseed, mix in
  9. Top with crust, bake 50 minutes cover for last 10 mins or so with foil

the most incredible meal I've ever set eyes on.


brussels + cabbage on the side

Milled Wheat!

Oh, the simplicity of turning this...


...into this! I love it so much!


breads!

Granola Bars:

rolled oats, bananas, raisins, applesauce, unsweetened cocoa powder, cinnamon, chia seeds, wheat germ, almond butter!


Yes, I did have a few bites. No guilt!

Cooked Beige:

What lovely colors, no? Quinoa, rice, garbanzos, cinnamon steel cut oats with rice milk and water

Dessert!

pineapple, freshly sliced (okay, it was sliced last week. but still wonderful!)


I give you: ugly, at its tastiest level. Rolled oats, rice milk, cinnamon, amaranth, raisins, and the softest (almost dead) pear I ever did taste!

Okay. time for work. 9pm means time to clean. We work as night attendants every month or so (5-10pm) at our apartment complex, it's worth every minute (even though we'd rather be at home, watching a movie, with a blanket and a couch) because we get a key to the gym, so technically we have 24-hour access to some rad exercise equipment. And it's a life-savor! Imagine waking up every morning and having less than an hour to drive to a gym, workout nicely, and drive back home then get ready for work? I imagine lots of people do it, but I don't know if I ever could. Shoot, son.

God bless :D

January 28, 2011

Game Night and Good Eats

Curry, Pesto and Lasagna





Those may have been the highlights of my day. At least, they were the highlights of my taste buds' day. It was my first successfully delicious curry, my second fascinating encounter with pesto, and a third (or fourth) chicken + veggie lasagna packed with diced tomatoes. Delightful tasting. This morning I woke up at the usual 5:00 hour + got ready for a date with the treadmill.


breakfast green monster with all the toppings

A Story About a Torn Contact Lens:
It started off like any other morning, until I placed my 2nd contact lens into my left eye. I felt immediate pain and irritation as it touched, I then remembered maybe seeing the lens folded in half before I brought it to my eye. I quickly scrambled my finger around trying to pull it out, but my eye lid had already blinked far too many times, 'causing tears to build up and redness to appear. The lens was no where to be found. I was wasting precious before-work-exercise time. This was not good.


desired consistency: very much acquired.

After almost giving up (10 minutes later) a piece of the contact lens appeared out of the corner of my eye near the tear duct and slipped its way right out, just like my tears did. I was hopeful in thinking it was the whole lens, but it was just half. My eyeball had ripped the dang thing into two. I tried finding the other half, but with no luck I simply got my stuff together and headed to the gym, with a spare lens in hand just in case the missing half (in my eye) decided to fall out while I was running. No chance, man.


packed lunch + snacks (in other words: eat entire fridge in one day)

I got to the gym, all half-blind. And decided it was enough. I was way pass feeling "bothered" by the non-sense ripping and scratching its way all over the inside of my eyelid, and stood in front of the mirror, that covers the entire gym wall, to get some business done. I pried and picked, scratched and poked and... Failed. I grabbed my phone, googled "how to remove broken lens from eye" and did as I was told. It was now 5:40, a whole 20 minutes past my normal routine.


dinner packed in Tupperware since I'd go straight from work to Game NIIIGHT!

I then saw the ripped half of the lens, tried grabbing it, failed, tried tried again, and won. I was over-joyed, but I really just looked a little tired of life in general. My eye was pink and watery, my time had been robbed from me, but I could finally see (after putting in my cleeean lens that was in one, perfect piece) and I was happy.


a tower of nutrients and vitamins. and too much fiber :)

I jumped on the treadmill (after a quick warm-up) and did the following...

Mile 1: 6
Mile 2: 6.5
Mile 3: 7
Last 1/2: 7.5

5K - 29:21
(Hitting 3 miles at 27:47,
which made me feel like Superwoman!)

knee pain freeee! Wonderful blessing, I'm so thankful for a happy knee that lets me run at fun rapid speeds on what used to be evil-treadmills!! I then tackled 10 minutes pure abs and 2 sets of 12 push ups with a stretch in between since my arms are week babies.

Work time was super busy but I learned new things: insurance, billing, handling 800 phone calls + nurse calls at one time, etc. Love that place, man!


I ate pesto spaghetti next to garbanzo zucchini curry, which looked silly but tasted like miracle work in my mouth.

Then... Game Night!

we had snacks for munching, crunching and dipping.


I ate half of that plate...


...plus half the plate of rosemary bread (oh the memories of eating my own baguette of french bread in one afternoon!)

we made snakes out of paper:


picked out funny characters:



had to do goofy things:


and made scary masks:


played patty-cake:


hung out with doggies named Allie:


and it was: beautiful!


I had a rad-zolla evening, and now I will give my body some good ol' fashion rest 'cause it's asking me to. And I'm super excited for this weekend to continue because I just received an email that my church will be holding another art gallery and is asking the artists to get to painting for a March deadline! Hello free time filled with sketchbooks, pencils, paints, and God's word. So stoked!

Be kind and compassionate to one another,
forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32