March 28, 2011

The Boiling Blue Waters of Cabbage

Oh Monday, you were kind of fabulous! You know what I think put the day into perspective for me? God's amazing Word! A verse in 1 Corinthians hit me the other day, "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things" (13:11) - It really opened my eyes to my actions nowadays, and how I handle the little bumps in the road that life inevitably comes with. I took a mental stroll down memory lane, thinking of all my kid-like habits (anything from laziness to my good for nothin' short fuse) and then I came to the realization that some of my habits haven't died yet. So it's time to put away those childish things, and at age 22 I think I am finally going to be an adult. Spiritual growth feels beautiful!

Last night I asked coach Edu what my week would look like with the pre-training training, since my almost-set-in-stone half marathon training hasn't started yet. He said to shoot for 5 miles on the treadmill today, starting at a comfortable pace and increasing the speed as mileage creeped up. I, of course, got a bit excited and ended up wanting to run 6 miles, but ran out of time and only finished 5.5 - which still felt fantastic!! I definitely left the gym with a cup-overflowing type of runner's high, I was smiling from ear to ear and wanted to fly home. Unnnnbelievable!.

Stats, after a 2 minute "cool down" :)
Official tread time: 5.5mi - 52:17

Breakfast was a classic bowl of oats, with all the same friends atop, and a minute in the microwave for that "I'm a banana and when you heat me up I taste like cake" and "We're carob chips and we melt into heavenly chocolate spoonfuls" with "I'm almond butter and I turn even more creamy, rich, and satisfying" effects. It was pretty spectacular, won't lie.

Lunch didn't come soon enough, I was dyyying to try them "chicken" n' dumplings dish I had made last night (props to Rachel Ray and Jessica) and shoooot son was it worth the wait! This dish was so delicious, reminded me of being a wee-one and eating casserole type dishes with a Bisquick toppings. Every bite set me off the edge, every time the aroma of italian seasonings reached my nose, I went to a happy place. It was that good. And easy peasy to make, so give it a try!!

my lunchtime view outside the clinic is capable of making you forget where you are and what time it is, it's beautiful.

Snacks were the usual fellas.

Work was magical and productive and lovely, thank you Lord! And we drove home, mumsy and I, like we always be doin'. Then it was on to a mini post-workday workout to make up for lost gym time in the wee hours of the AM. I tackled the same ab-workout as last Saturday's, 'cause my muscles were burnin' and screamin' all weekend! Then it was time for chili beans and cabbage rolls.

The chili was super easy and tasted fantastic. I simply grabbed a bunch of veggies from the fridge, browned some garlic in a pan, and added the veg with pinto beans. Seasoned with more than enough chili powder, red pepper flakes and hubby's salsa! I made some tacos with the bean love atop corn tortillas (2) and lime with avocado were definitely side kicks!

celery, chard stems, broccoli bits, zucchini, cauliflower, red bell pepper

insanely delicious in each. and every. stinkin' way!

For the cabbage rolls, I was excited at first 'cause I loooove some cooked cabbage (usually served with brussels, sesame seeds, Liquid Aminos) and I love me the idea of anything stuffed! Stuffed eggplant, stuffed squash, stuffed (insert your fav here?) And these two recipes turned into my experiment.

of course, now that I hunt for it, I can't find the link to the lovely chef who made up the recipe to the right. Will find them, and will give them props asap!

But sadly, you have to boil a whole load of cabbage leaves, and the water turns blue, meaning about 800% of the dark purple nutrients evaporated into the air, the pot of bowling water, and I was left with dead leaves. But alas, the stuffing mix looked promising! I give you: lentils, brown rice, tomatoes, onion, and a homemade herb broth.

Dun dun dunnnnn! I'm happy to have 'em done, and my purple hands have been cleaned. All I want to do is try these babes but I'm nervous that they may turn into slightly soggy day-after cabbage rolls once tomorrow hits. We shall soon find out... In about 15 hours at lunch!

Sleep. 8:55pm, you're kind of my happiest hour. Let's do this resting business!


  1. mmmm yummy food Nicole! Ohhh i love that verse! it's so true, b/c many times as humans we tend to think that when times are hard it's God being mean or something. But He's merely teaching us to grow up and give us love in a different way! shall we cal it tough love? :)

  2. Oh my goodness, I love chicken 'n dumplin's so much! It's one of my favorite comfort meals!