Monday, March 22, 2010
Whew! As you may have already read, my buns are burning... Today is Saturday and that means that the DH and I get out in the sunshine as much as possible. It is rather cold outside, around 50 and very breezy. But, we decided that we were going to ride our bikes to my husband's work which is about 12 or less miles away. It depends on which way you travel... The easiest method of travel is my highway however the law states that we are not allowed on highways in our city. So, we went a different route that my DH or I knew... We blew up our slightly tired bike tires, grabbed our backpack complete with a Garmin GPS system, and set off with gloves and high hopes for the ride. My husband forgot to update the Garmin though and the route that he chose had construction (ours shows construction however you have to update it.. oooh DH...) So, we ended up going another route, missing our road and then going a few extra miles out of our way. Thankfully we found the park near my husbands' work and we settled down for a little snack in the cold sunshine. (haha The trip was never destined for success, the DH forgot the bike lock to his bike so we couldn't lost the bikes to go inside the warm visitors center for our snack). One Vegan Chocolate Almond Muffin, One Vegan Blueberry Muffin and two mugs of hot green tea down we were ready for the return. Thankfully we did make it through to the DH office and back home. Only one more mishap on the way back which involved more construction blocking a road, climbing over a small hill, railroad tracks and into a graveyard while all carrying our bikes... Adventure!
Banana Elysian - perfect fat filled breakfast that holds well for hours! Half of an ugly fruit to go along with it. DH of course had a larger portion with some more extras for more calories.
One of the hardest things about going shopping is that when you come home, you want to eat everything because it is exciting! Yes, I'm a foodie and that will never change either it be at 100 pounds or 129 pounds. haha I love food and cooking that much! We made due with some lovely Vegan Sandwiches. Along with it we made the Challenges' Asian Guacamole and some homemade corn chips with no salt. Both we yummy!!! I think we also had some fruit but my mind is wondering and can't remember.. I don't think we took a photo... opps...
Whole Foods has some yummy vegan muffins available sometimes throughout the week. I have noticed though that the selection isn't the best but the ones there are usually rather good. I think this week they had one vegan cookie in the bakery selection but we wanted some yummy moist muffins for our bike trip. Somehow I didn't get a photo of both... if I find them I will post later. Both were amazing! They are around 300 calories I think but when you are biking for three hours, I don't think it really matters that much.
Spicy Thai Soup along with my selected choice of Thai style Coleslaw. We really liked the soup however again we would add more garlic and much more ginger to make it more Thai style. We make lots of Asian food so we are used to the flavors and I think this recipe is for people just starting to find out about different cultures. So, if you love Asian food already, go ahead and double the extra ingredients in both recipes. We added some more ethnic mushrooms to make the dish - but if you are making at home you can use whatever you have at home.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Finally Friday! I have been waiting for this day, well, for a whole week! Kidding, I do love Friday but with it comes a lot of cleaning and preparing for the weekend. I love to get everything finished before Friday (work wise) and then I clean the house from top to bottom before the DH comes home. It is perfect because I get to run around cleaning things, the house feels fresh when the DH comes home and then we get time to ourselves. Perfect! Unfortunately I was a little lazy with tracking everything in my calorie count book. haha And everything on here - sorry if I missed messaging any of you on Friday - I was running around like a crazy woman carrying a dusting rag in one hand and a vacuum attached to the other one. Had tons of energy though - not sure if it was due to the nice weather or the healthy food...
Zucchini Scramble and Homefries was on the menu today. I love all the recipes that the Challenge brings with it, but for us since we go grocery shopping on a different day of the week than the challenge started, I have to make the largest breakfast on a Friday. Yes, I could have just moved the menu around a little but what fun would that be? We enjoyed the scramble however the homefries were a little too much for us. We would make the scramble again but with normal homefries or just some sort of grain bread. My plate had two pieces of sprouted 7 grain bread (no homefries because I don't care for potatoes) and the DH had a homemade vegan english muffin.
Lunch: Since I was running around and too busy to care about making something for lunch- I went back to one of my old habits. I cut up some fruit and placed it in a bowl and ate that for lunch. Yes, this is healthy and vegan however I would prefer to have something with a few less sugar grams and also something that will stick longer... but, that is what I did... Forgot to take a photo...
When I was running around the house cleaning I whipped up the Challenges' Cornmeal Muffins. They seriously have like three ingredients! Amazingly easy to make and aren't that bad. I'm not much for cornmeal muffins (cornbread) because it tends to be slightly dry. If I were to make these muffins again I would add some corn to have some more moisture. They were good, just not to my taste-buds... After we returned from a little retail therapy and taking the Pooch for a much needed walk, we came home and I made the Almost Instant Black Bean Chili. It was a good recipe but again, my taste-buds were asking for something more. I'm a hot spice kind of girl though so this has nothing to deal with the recipe. It was super fast also!
All in all, we were successful for day 14. I am amazed at how much I am learning about food from eating vegan right now. We went to a few specialty stores for chocolate and other gifts to send to my friend in Australia and was amazed that I didn't really want to eat anything. I did crave some of those yummy marshmallow candies though - I think I have to invest in some vegan versions next week. haha
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