Monday, January 25, 2010

Minestrone & Weights on a Monday

Why are Mondays so darn difficult? This morning felt harder because it was cold and windy for the walk into the office. Not sure why I bothered to do my hair. It was sort of a blah, blue day for me. At least it was sunny out, so that helped my mood a little bit.

Workout
After work, I headed directly to the gym. I tortured myself on the dreadmill then the elliptical before hitting the weights. I will admit that for a fleeting moment I had one of those "I could run all day" feelings. It did subside. Today is the first weight workout for Week 4 of the Total-Body Training rotation. These are the same exercises done last week, but this week they are done as supersets with a 1.25-2% increase in weight. Each exercise is done as four sets of five reps.

SS #1
Back - Wide Grip Pullups
Chest - Barbell Bench Press

SS #2
Quads - Squats
Hamstrings - Still Leg Deadlifts

SS #3
Biceps - Barbell Curls
Triceps - Close Grip Bench Press

Jason was supposed to meet me up there to spot, but got side-tracked at work. So I ended up having to get a staff member to spot on bench presses so that set was not done as a superset. I'm glad I hadn't planned on spin tonight as there were some electrical issues in the building and they were having to close the gym at 6 pm (it's typically 24 hours).

Dinner
The temps are dropping again this week so soup with a side of toasted ciabatta sounded so appealing. Using a few odds and ends ingredients, I pulled together Minestrone My Way.

Minestrone My Way

Ingredients:
1 small white onion, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1-2 carrots, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

32 oz. low-sodium vegetable broth
1 can no-salt added diced tomatoes
Spices to taste: sea salt, black pepper, oregano, basil, parsley, red pepper flakes
1/2 small can tomato paste (optional)
1/2 a bunch kale, cleaned, de-stemmed, and rough chopped

Directions:
In large soup pot, saute onion, carrots, peppers, and garlic in small amount of extra virgin olive oil until onions soften. Add in tomatoes, broth, zucchini, and beans. Add in spices and paste and let simmer until veggies are cooked. Add in the kale and cook until wilted and cooked through. 





This wasn't an earth-shattering new recipe or anything, but it definitely hit the spot.