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Sunday
Aug012010

one of those days

I’m still working at Whole Foods every few weeks and I had to go in Saturday morning from 9am-5pm.  We got to bed at a decent time Friday night but I was still pooped when the alarm went off at 7:45.  I dragged by butt out of bed and nothing seemed too off at that point.

I made a delicious, quick and refreshing breakfast.

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I’ve been eating Plain Wallaby Organic [my favorite brand of non-Greek yogurt] instead of Greek yogurt recently.  Here’s why:

  • MUCH cheaper $3 for 32oz as opposed to $5 for 16oz
  • Fat + Organic – Any of the organic Greek yogurts seem to all be fat free.  I like fat in my yogurt!
  • Nutrition is somewhat similar 
    • 1c Wallaby Plain – 140 cals : 11g protein : 4g fat : 9g sugar
    • 1c Oikos Plain – 130 cals : 23g protein : 0g fat : 9g sugar

So the protein is WAY higher in the Greek, but I get enough protein from other sources.  For now, I’m sticking with the non-Greek!

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This was about 1c of yogurt, a bunch of fruit, Love Grown Foods granola, a drizzle of honey, and a toasted Ezekiel sprouted grains English muffin with melty pnut butter smothered on top.

Melty pnut butter on a bagel or English muffin is one of the best things everrrrr.

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Touch of sweetness from the fruit + honey.  I found a great deal on organic strawbs + bluebs at WF the other day.

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Once I got to work, it turned into one of those days.  My legs were in slow-mo from my bike ride the day before, and I think I left my brain in bed.

First.  This happened.  I was going to get some sauce for the turkey meatloaf and was moving a different container of sauce for an Indian dish.  The lid was not on correctly so I dropped it when I picked it up.  This drawing below is not an exaggeration.  It’s exactly what happened.

ALL OVERRRRRR.

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I also dropped a container full of water and these radish flower garnishes all over the prepared foods area. 

THEN, I burnt my hand.  Not too bad, but no burn is fun.  This is not typical for me!  I dropped 2 other things, but can’t even remember what.  I’ve blocked it out of my memory.

I still had yellow saucy goo all over me + my hat.

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I redeemed myself when I came home, with this dish.  It’s what I made for our friends’ going away party.  I would have to say, it turned out delicious.  The texture was amazing.

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Summery Quinoa Millet Casserole [adapted from 101 Cookbook’s, Heather’s Quinoa]

[Serves ~10]

  • 1c white quinoa + 1c black quinoa + 1c millet – rinsed + drained
  • 4c water [for the quinoa] + 3c water [for the millet]
  • 2T olive oil
  • 1/2c pepitas [pumpkin seeds]
  • 3c kale – washed, de-stemmed + chopped
  • 1pint cherry/grape tomatoes
    • 1/2T olive oil
    • 1t sucanat [or other sugar]
    • 1/4t salt
  • 1 avocado
  • 1.5c frozen corn
  • 1/2 – 3/4c raw vegan pesto
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • black pepper
  • 1/2-1t fine grain sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350*.  Slice cherry tomatoes in 1/2 and put on a baking sheet.
  2. Toss with olive oil, sucanat [or other sugar] and salt.
  3. Bake for ~45min, tossing once after 25min.
  4. Heat a large pot over medium heat with 1T olive oil.
  5. Add in rinsed quinoa + millet.  Stir for about 2min to bring out nutty flavor.
  6. Add in all water. *see note below
  7. Bring to a boil and cook for about 20+ min until all water is absorbed.  [It took longer than normal with such a large quantity.] 
  8. Fluff with a fork.
  9. In a small pan over med-low heat, toast pepitas, stirring frequently until just browned.  ~5min.
  10. In a large sauté pan heat 1T olive oil over med-high heat.
  11. Add in garlic + onion, stirring for ~2min.
  12. Add in quinoa + frozen corn.  Stir.
  13. Add in chopped kale and cook for ~3min, until kale is slightly wilted.
  14. Take off heat.  Gently stir in pesto, pepitas, and tomatoes.
  15. Salt + pepper to taste.
  16. Top with 1 diced avocado.

*You can definitely use all quinoa in this but the millet gave it an creamy + thick texture.  There is no difference in water amount or cook time between black + white quinoa.  I only got the black quinoa for the color.  Millet has a similar cook time to quinoa, so it worked fine cooking them together.  You can sub out any grain you wish in this dish.

**I meant to also toss in 1 can of rinsed garbanzo beans for a little more protein but forget.  I think it would be a great addition.

***Feel free to sub in a store bought pesto or a non-vegan version.  If it’s an oily pesto, you might not need as much.

****Also, I made the quinoa + roasted the tomatoes the day before to save time.  It just took a little longer to heat the quinoa up in the pan.  I also threw it in the oven [on a low heat] to keep it warm when I got to the party.

I absolutely LOVED the texture of this.  Very creamy but a nice crunch from the pepitas.  The flavor of the pesto and the sweetness of the tomatoes was awesome too. 

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The roasted tomatoes should look like this when they’re done.  I use parchment paper for easy cleanup.

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I was exhausted from work and then racing home to shower + finish making this dish but it was worth it!  The party was so much fun.

The bro-in-law.  Do you see me?

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One of our friends has a moped/bike thing.  The boys thought it was a good idea to play with it in the alley.  I was thrilled…

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So was Jen.  Jen is our friend that’s moving.  Very sad!!  She and her boyfriend Jay are off to DC.  We’ll definitely miss them!!

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Kurtz tried to jump on the bike.  What happened after this photo was not pretty.  He was okay, but the bike took quite the hit.

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Ann [Kurtz’s g/f] was also less than pleased.

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Jen has a great style and always has the best accessories. 

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Ugh.  The husband. 

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At least he had a helmet on?

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Hovan!!

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Do you see the wet spot on the neckline of my dress?  I dropped a bunch of watermelon all over the place.  Yup, fail #789 of the day.

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We had an awesome cookout with our friends and the quinoa dish went over really well.  Then we stopped at a bunch of Jen + Jay’s favorite bars.  It was a good night!!  We got home late and I was not feeling blogging at 2am. 

When I woke up, I found vomit on my yoga mat.

I promise it was not from me or the husband. 

Which dog is guilty?  I’m guessing the brown one.

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I was slightly dehydrated from last night but this kale green monster kicked whatever small hangover I had to the curb.  It rocked.  

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Kickin’ Kale Pnut Butter Banana Green Monster

  • 2c washed + de-stemmed kale
  • 1c ice
  • ~1/2c milk of choice
  • 1/2c plain yogurt
  • 1-2T pnut butter
  • 1 banana
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • 1T chia seeds

Blend awaaaay!! 

I got a great tip from a reader for blending Green Monsters.  If you don’t have a blender that pummels through kale or spinach, try this! 

  1. Blend/puree kale + milk/liquid and then add in all other ingredients and blend again until smooth.

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We’re off to Ft. Collins today to shop around for a house to rent!

Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!! :)

Ashley

Saturday
Apr102010

feelin’ the fruit

I tried something really different for breakfast.  Well, it was still creamy +  smooth like my oats, but they weren’t oats at all.  Have you ever seen Quinoa Flakes in the store?  They are a bit pricey but I’ve really been wanting to try them out.

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It was literally flaked quinoa.  Nothing more.  If you look closely [and if you have cooked quinoa before] you can tell that it is quinoa and not oats or oat bran.  They cook on the stovetop in about 2min!

Tropical Quinoa Flakes

  • 1/3c quinoa flakes [~130 cals, 2.5g fiber, 23g carbs, 4g protein]
  • water + coconut milk
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • splash of vanilla

Topped with:

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Thoughts?  It definitely tasted just like quinoa but creamy like oat bran.  The toppings were really fun and definitely a change of pace.  However, this bowl only kept me full for 1.5hrs!!! Eeek.  Next time I would cook more and I think that glob of pnut butter really helps things stick in my stomach!  Also, I think the quinoa flakes would be much better as a savory bowl.  I definitely could have imagined a sunny side up egg on top or even black beans + salsa.  I see a savory lunch bowl with quinoa flakes in my near future.

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Sunbathing.

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Sniffing the air.

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Lunch was killer. 

Start with:

  • 1 Ezekiel sprouted grain wrap [LOVE these…chewy + delish]
  • ~1-2T tomato paste [new fav. topping]
  • mixed greens

Sauté with olive oil:

  • 5 baby bellas
  • ~1/2c chickpeas
  • 1 artichoke, chopped

Top with:

  • 2 farm fresh eggs [pour, poke, spread method]
  • sun dried tomato, chopped

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Way too delicious. 

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And extremely challenging to eat….but so worth it.

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Feelin’ the fruit today apparently!  I chowed on another kiwi with what was left of my Oikos Plain Greek yogurt.

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Before lunch I walked to the gym and rode on the bike, while reading Born To Run.  I am in the last few chapters which kept me on the bike for 61min38sec.  I could NOT put this book down!  I usually do not stay on stationary gym equipment for more than 45-50min max.  1 chapter to go!  For more of my daily workout details I got my April page up and running.

Later in the day, Chris and I headed to the park.  It was a gorgeous day outside so we wanted to take advantage…and we just got a new frisbee and wanted to try it out ;)

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I wore my Vibram 5 Fingers!! I’m easing myself back into these, for walking, whenever I can.  My feet are feeling pretty good, but I’m still sticking to my running hiatus for now.

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Action shots!

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ready.

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set.

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go.

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Always fun to get outside and do something active other than running/walking.  Yay for the park being so close to us!  Do you see the HUGE Great Dane in the background??  I’m glad Kenna [great dane/lab mix] did not get that big!  

I’m hoping to go for a swim tomorrow and get some things done around the house…but tomorrow + Sunday I’ll also be working 8hr shifts!                

I wanted to say hi to my new readers!!  I have been getting quite a few new commenters, so I just wanted to say helllooooo, and thanks for stopping by :)  Hiii to my old readers as well!  You guys rock.

Night all – xo

Ashley

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