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Late Nigh Saturday and Super Busy Sunday

Saturday Night with Friends
Thank you all for your kind comments from yesterday's post. Lake days with the family truly are special days for us. The only way to end such a great day was a great dinner with fantastic friends. We headed over to Diane and Antonio's around 6:30 and didn't get home until 12:30 am!!!! Holy smokes right? I can't remember the last time we were out that late.

We had a great visit though, so no complaints. When we got there, Diane had set out a platter of some different cheeses, crackers, olives, and Spanish almonds (hello yum). We chatted and snacked while Antonio worked on dinner. For the meat-eaters, he was making pork meatballs to go with a tomato sauce over pasta. For me, I was having the tomato sauce (he pulled some out for me before putting the meatballs in it) with pasta. We also had a super simple, but delicious romaine salad with a Dijon vinaigrette. The tomato sauce was also simple, but good: diced tomatoes, lots of garlic and onions. There were also several spices like bay, basil, basil, and black pepper.

Sunday Workout Marathon
This morning I actually slept in until 8:30 and took my time getting started on my workouts. I was going to just do legs (hams, glutes, calves), but started thinking about my rest day this week and realized that in order to get everything done and take my rest day on Thursday as I will be starting the Cathe Road Trip on Friday, I needed to also do shoulders. So it ended up being a long workout for me. I did legs then shoulders as supersets:

Step ups with rear leg lift 3 x 10
Plie squats with low-end pulse 3x10  
Stiff legged dead lifts (on bench) 3 x 10
Single leg calf raises (on bench) 3 x 20
Front leg elevated lunges 3 x 10
Rear leg slide back lunges 3 x 10
Single leg dead lifts 3 x 10
Calf raises 3 x 15 (feet turned out, feet parallel, feet turned in)
Donkey kicks (weighted) 2 x 16
Glute roll ins on stability ball 24
Glute raises on stability ball 16

SS#1 - 3x8
Shoulder press
Upright rows

SS#2 - 3x8
Lateral raise
Front raise

SS#3 - 3x10
Alternating shoulder press with elbow forward
Rear delt press

Rear delt flyes 3x10
Band pulls 8 regular pulse  then 2 sets of 15 pulses x 3

I did followed up with just half of Cathe Friedrich's HIIT Pyramid and my legs were SPENT.

Busy Bee
I felt that I head more than earned some pool time. I sat out and read then lounged in the pool when it got too hot for about an hour and a half. It started to cloud up and look like rain, so I head in. I really needed to be productive to be quite honest. My to-do list is growing by leaps and bounds.

I started a pot of black beans, more "Beef" Seitan, wheat French bread, and finished painting the door and the last of the trim work around one of the windows in the living room. I was a busy bee once I got going. It felt nice to get some things accomplished, especially in the kitchen.

I have been really wanting to make a zucchini "pasta" dish for quite some time. I figured today would be the perfect day to do so. I knew it would be a fast and easy meal to put together, plus I had a nice fresh loaf of bread that we had to try of course.

Zucchini Pasta with Roasted Garlic Tomato & Lentil Sauce
3-4 zucchini (spiralized or use mandoline to create ribbons)
4-5 large tomatoes, rough chop
1 medium yellow onion, rough chop
4 garlic cloves (or equivalent minced)
Extra-virgin olive oil (drizzle)
Sea salt
Fresh basil
To taste: parsley, oregano, red pepper flakes
1 cup cooked lentils
Minced garlic
Nutritional yeast flakes (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Spread zucchini on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Bake for 10 minutes. (This is optional and they can be eaten raw. I like them softer.)

Place tomatoes, onions, garlic on large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake approximately 15-20 minutes until soft.

In food processor, rough chop the tomatoes and herbs and spices. Reseason as needed.

To the lentils, add basil, parsley, oregano, minced garlic.

To serve, spoon on sauce over "pasta" and top with lentils and nutritional yeast flakes.
This sauce turned out really well and was just what I had been craving recently. The only problem, I wish I would have used more zucchini.


  1. My legs and shoulders hurt and I didn't do that workout. Ouch!

    Glad you liked the zucchini spaghetti. We love lentil tomato sauce too. ;-)

    Thanks for sharing what Antonio made. I enjoyed reading about it.

    have a good evening,

  2. Haha, 12:30 is a really late night for us means you had fun though, right? Glad you had a good weekend!

  3. Yum, that looks delish! and doncha love a late night once in awhile? ;-) can't believe the RT is this week and I too was thinking of how to fit in my workouts ahead of time, as if um, we aren't working out all weekend...ha!

  4. AnonymousJuly 25, 2010

    I was gonna say you are CRAZY with the double-duty legs/shoulder workout but here I am taking today as "rest" and opting for a short run before Power tomorrow morning which sorta negates the rest day in a way, now doesn't it?? heh, cannot believe that this time next weekend we'll be RT-ed out!! WOOO!

  5. How fun to be able to stay out that late! We could only do that if our children were spending the night at my parents'. But, that sounds like so much fun! I also think it's great that your friends accomodate you without making you feel "weird." Your dish looks really good, too.

  6. the food looks fabulous, and the workout is intense!


  7. AnonymousJuly 25, 2010

    Yum! I need to buy some lentils to use in a pasta sauce one of these days, but I think I'll wait until the cooler weather of fall or winter. For some reason I prefer to eat lentils then more than the summer.

  8. AnonymousJuly 25, 2010

    The zucchini pasta looks awesome, I love the addition of lentils for some added protein. Great workout too - I would have been totally SPENT after that!

  9. AnonymousJuly 25, 2010

    Haha, I'm 25 and 12:30 is wayyy past my bed time!

  10. Hi Heather, thank you for your lovely comments- am feeling much better now :)

    Can't believe your mammoth workout, impressive! And love your idea of baking the zucchini. I love it raw in pasta sauce but want to try out your idea of baking it now :)

  11. Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean LOL - made me tired too ;-) I wish I would have gotten more pictures the other night. I didn't post the meat pictures b/c to me they're gross LOL.

    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg Yes, we did have fun. We just won't be doing that again for a while.

    Jolene @ To Be Determined Once in a while a late night is good I do believe - but only once in a while!

    Jessica @ EatDrinkBreatheSweat Pot/kettle thing huh ;-) I'm really already tired thinking about how I'm going to feel Monday morning next week!!!

    Blessed Mama It really does feel like a treat to have someone so readily make something for me with no questions asked.

    Erica @ Fashion Meets Food Thanks girl - it's been a while since I've had such a long weight workout.

    Lisa @ Lisa's Foods on the Move I agree that lentils feel more like a cold-weather dish. This turned into a bigger project than I had expected (of course).

    Sarah @ Run Sarah Thanks girl! Oh, I was most definitely worn out.

    Madeline @ Greens and Jeans LOL. Let's just say that I could easily have slept another 5 hours this weekend to catch up.

    Sarah @ Gluten-free tries Vegan Glad you're feeling better. I liked the slight softness the baking added. It doesn't take long at all. Plus veggies have a certain added flavor when roasted so that was nice too.

  12. Good lawrd you were busy:) I think I spotted Gouda in a pic, mmm. I'm glad you had a nice smattering of friends, family and good food.

  13. my to do list is piling up like mad.. i definitely need to do what u did and enjoy some more sunshine and reading!

    saturday out with friends sounds like a blast. hope ur weekend was amazing!!

    happy monday <3

  14. Zucchini pasta sounds great! I really need to get a spiralizer!!!

  15. Your zucchini pasta looks YUMMY! and great picture!

  16. Look at you party animal staying out late! Sounds like you had a great weekend! Your dinner sounds delicious! YUM! I need some fresh food tonight after being gone all weekend.

  17. Your weekend sounds like mine, busy but FUN! Great pasta recipe. I am diggin on the fresh farmers market zucchini these days!

  18. Nichole @ Live for the Run Oh yes, gouda was there! Good eye ;-)

    Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel It was definitely a good weekend - well-rounded.

    Kelly @ Healthy Living with Kelly I never thought I would want a spiralizer, but I do now.

    Morgan Thanks! I was going to try to check out your site, but it gives me an error when I click on your link.

    Sarena @ The Non-Dairy Queen I know - party animal right???!!! LOL.

    Lindsay @ Cotter Crunch I love this time of year with all the fresh veggies.

    Dawn @ Florida Coastal Cooking Thanks girl - it definitely hit the spot!

  19. I love the looks of all that cheese! I so so so need a spiralizer in my life!!

  20. Mmm, all that cheese looks SO good!!

  21. ohh, I need to get a mandoline.. definitely :)

  22. Allie @ Live Laugh Eat and Jolene @ Everyday Foodie LOL - it was definitely more cheese than we've had in ages!

    Alyson @ Nourished Fitness I just picked up a cheapie at Target b/c I wasn't sure how much I'd use it. I definitely use it more than I thought I would and now want a spiralizer!


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