Well...I got some bad news at work yesterday that's got me freakin' out quite a bit. I can't share until I know a little more about what's going on. Needless to say, I spent the evening talking things through with my hubb, a bottle of malbec and two pints of Ben + Jerry. (Don't worry, we didn't finish them both, we just passed the two flavors back and forth a few times. I wasn't THAT depressed...).
I'm going to do a quickity quick recap because I'm off to yoga in a few. I'm defnitely needing some mind-clearing and meditation this morning...
Breakfast: cereal! Shocking, I know. I had 1/2 cup of TJ's Pomegranate Blueberry Flakes mixed with 3/4 cup of Nature's Path Pumpkin Flax (finally, the last of it!!!), topped with 1/2 a sliced banana, 1/4 cup frozen mixed berries and 1 cup plain soy milk.
This did not stick with me AT ALL. I was hungry by 9:30am, at which point I caved to the homemade donut guy who sets up his cart right outside my office on Fridays. Totally unfair.
Mid-Morning Snack: homemade apple cinnamon donut - DIVINE!
Lunch: out with a friend! We went to my favorite lunch spot, Bizou, where I had the Salmon Cakes with baby greens and a side of hand-cut fries. Not the healthiest choice...it was definitely one of those days.
Sorry for all the missing pictures - you know I don't like taking photos out in public or at my office...
Dinner: red beans and rice! Also, cornbread. Continuing the NOLA love...
I was a really bad photo documenter because I was busy freaking out about the work situation with my hubb...
But there was wine, a really tasty Malbec.
This recipe is really easy, its basically the same recipe I use for most of my bean soups. The spices just get switched up a bit. Sorry...no time to plug in nutritional stats in MFD. I'll update this afternoon.
Red Beans and Rice
1 lb dried red beans, soaked over night (or all day while at work)
1 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
6-8 cups of chicken broth (start with 6 and add if you need to as the beans continue to soak up the water)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh thyme (dried is fine, too)
1 lb sausage (I used sweet italian because its what I had, but I would typically get andouille), chopped
salt + pepper
Combine all ingredients in a large soup pot. Seriously, thats it. I bring it all to a boil, then reduce to a strong simmer and cover. It should cook for 1-2 hours, until the beans are soft but not falling apart.
Once soft, ladle out about 2 cups of beans and broth. I try to avoid getting any sausage. Place the two cups in a blender and puree, then add back to pot. This will thicken the soup.
Serve over rice.
Dessert: my two best friends, Ben + Jerry. Cookie Dough and Half Baked flavors. Maybe 1 cup? Or 1-1/2? Its hard to tell when you're spooning out of the carton. Yes, it was necessary. :)
Alright, I'm off for some stretchy meditation. Have a great Saturday!
I hope everybody is having a fabulous Sunday!!! I've been having fun in my kitchen whipping up a few of the BSI entries submitted to me this week! Don't forget to send me your recipe by 8pm tonight, and even if I didn't get a chance to actually make it you are of course still in the running to win!!!
Before I forget, last night I had a little snack while watching Sex + The City reruns...
An unsweetened apple sauce cup with Annie's Honey Bunny Grahams on top. Not pictured are the two additional handfuls of bunnies I had after this...I had such a sweet tooth yesterday!!!
Breakfast: Bowl of cereal, boring I know but it was just what I wanted. I combined 1/2 cup Kashi H2H, 1/2 cup Nature's Path Flax Plus Pumpkin Raisin Crunch, 1 cup Silk plain soymilk and 1 sliced banana.
Workout: Vinyasa Yoga at Studio 206. Mmmmmmmm. :)
Lunch: Leftover Healthified Enchi-rito and a HUGE pear...yum!
I'll be back later to post the BSI:GINGER results!!! (probably after 10pm est...)
IMPORTANT ::: Trader Joe's Request
On Tuesday I have to drive to Raleigh for a project meeting. Because we don't have Trader Joe's in Charlottesville, I am planning on stopping at TJ's in either Raleigh or Richmond on the way home. This will be my FIRST TJ'S EXPERIENCE EVER!!! I would love some advice from all of you lucky readers who get to shop at TJ's weekly...What should I get?!? I want to try out some of your favorite TJ's items, so please tell me the items you buy at TJ's that you can't live without! Thank you!!! :)
I’ll apologize now for the relatively short posts I’ll be writing the next few days. I have a big big deadline at work on Thursday and, since blogging took up a lot of my time during my work days last week (opps!), I have some busy busy work days ahead of me!
This morning hubby and I slept in a little...somehow sleeping in on Monday morning doesn’t make it seem so bad to be Monday. :) So no workout, which I’m always bummed about once I get up and moving. But I never learn. For breakfast I made a bowl of cereal, surprise surprise, consisting of 1/2 cup Kashi H2H, 1/2 cup Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus Pumpkin Raisin Crunch (say that one three times in a row!), 1 medium banana, a sprinkling of pom seeds and Silk plain soymilk. The pumpkin raisin crunch was really tasty! I’m going to pay attention to how long this breakfast lasts for me, I ate at 7:20am so we’ll see when I’m in need of more fuel.
I enjoyed yesterday’s veggie wrap so much that I packed another one for today! The banana peppers add a nice touch.
On the side I’ll finish my leftover veggie dumplings from Saturday’s dinner.
For snacks I grabbed a Pink Lady (woohoo!) and an Oikos (another woohoo!).
OK, gotta go draw lots of details. I’ll post after dinner tonight, have a FANTASTIC day!!! :)