Friday, January 1, 2010

Black-Eyed Peas, Resolutions, and a Workout

Well, what better way to start the new year than with a good workout? I chose Shock Cardio HiiT 30/30 today. I am really loving these HIIT workouts. Awesome sweat fest. I also finally did my leg workout for the week. I used the pyramid method today.

Jason and I ran several errands today as well. Container Store, Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Whole Foods. Then it was time to stop procrastinating about the Christmas decorations. To me, that has to be the worst day of the year. It's kind of depressing and then everything suddenly looks bare and stark.

I know that today is a day for making resolutions, but I'm not really one for making resolutions. However, after reading a few blogs, perhaps I should just set forth little goals for myself rather than full blown resolutions. For example, Jessica at Eat Drink Breathe Sweat had two really great resolutions that I definitely need to follow myself:
  • Stop "can't waiting" life away - example, Monday morning you start wishing it was Friday already. Enjoy the day given to you. There aren't that many!
  • Stop the negative talk 

Then Allie from Live Laugh Eat, had some great, simple ones:
  • Smile
  • Compliment someone
Now, with resolution duties done, it was time for dinner. Of course we had to try to incorporate black-eyed peas and cabbage in somehow. It's the law apparently. So I made black-eyed pea patties and topped with a broccoli, carrot, and cabbage slaw with sweet potato fries on the side.

Black-Eyed Pea Patties 
Ingredients:
1 can black-eyed peas (rinsed, drained)
1 can red beans (rinsed, drained)
finely diced onion
1/4-1/2 cups rolled oats
1 tsp ground flax seed 
Spices to taste: garlic powder, salt, pepper, red pepper, chili powder, cumin, parsely

Directions:
Place ingredients in food processor and pulse (or use hand masher).

Form into patties. Spray skillet with non-stick spray and cook until browned on both sides.

Slaw
1 package broccoli, carrot, cabbage slaw.
Saute in small amount of olive oil, flavor with salt, pepper, and red wine vinegar (I used a zinfandel vinegar)


Since I had the potato "fries" in the oven, I put the patties in the oven to finish cooking through. I used whole-wheat buns, small smear of BBQ sauce and topped with the slaw.