Sunday, August 8, 2010

Simple Sunday - Shopping, Lifting, Boxing, Lounging, Cooking

Fear Follow Up & No Grilling 
I wanted to thank you for your sincere concern regarding yesterday's post. It means so much to have people genuinely concerned with your well-being and safety. I also appreciate those of you who opened up with some really bad situations that you have gone through. It breaks my heart to know that any of you have suffered like that. No one should ever be so violated, no one. It's really sad to live in a society where we can't feel safe running alone, taking a peaceful stroll, or even enjoying the comforts of our own homes. Hugs to you all!

Regarding dinner...So I had mentioned yesterday that dinner was going to be a Grilled BBQ Tofu Sandwich with Carrot and Cabbage Slaw (salad) and sweet potatoes. Well, we apparently are some grilling fools and emptied our 2nd propane tank so far this summer. Tomorrow we must get that replaced of course. So, we ended up having to bake everything. It was still tasty of course. No complaints - other than the dogs complaining that they didn't get anything ;-)

Groceries, Legs, Boxing
This morning I got up and decided that hitting up the grocery store sounded more appealing than the impending leg workout I had on tap. I love going to small grocery stores like our Argenta Market or Whole Foods, but the "real" grocery store (Kroger) I hate. Anyway, we went, we shopped, we conquered.

After putting away the groceries, I got to my leg workout. I don't know why I always dread them so much, because they usually end up being good workouts for me. Today was a quad focus workout.

Narrow stance squats - 3x8
Static lunges - 3x8
Wide stance squats - 3x8
Rear leg elevated lunges - 3x8
Squats with pulses - 8 single, 4 3-count pulse, 1 7-count pulse, 8 single
Firewalkers - 8 total (4 steps right and 4 steps left = 1)
Static lunges with pulse - 8 single, 4 3-count pulse, 2 7-count pulse
Single leg squats - 2x10
Outer thigh raises with ankle weights - 16 single, 8 3-count pulse, 16 single twice through
Wide jump ups on 12" step - 16
Squat jumps - 8

I finished up with Cathe Friedrich's MMA Boxing and a stretch.

More Pool & Patio Time
Of course I felt that I had earned some pool and patio time (after stuffing my face with lunch first of course). I alternated between reading and lounging on my raft when it got too hot. Then my pool time was foiled around 3pm by a thunderstorm that rolled through. It got pitch black with lots of thunder and lightening. I was beginning to think it was never going to rain, but it finally did. We really need the rain. Plus, if it hadn't rained I would have been a bit peeved. I mean, if my pool time was going to be interrupted, it had better be good.

Tonight I decided to get a bit creative in the kitchen for a change. Garlicky Tomato Basil Spinach Barley with Garlic Tomato Tempeh.

Garlicky Tomato Basil Spinach Barley
1 package grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
3-4 tbsp minced garlic
Fresh basil, rough chop just before adding in
Sea salt and fresh black pepper, red chili pepper flakes, to taste
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
Fresh spinach
1 cup cooked barley
White wine (to desired consistency) 

In large skillet, saute tomatoes, garlic, salt in small drizzle of olive oil until tomatoes begin to soften. With a fork, gently mash tomatoes to release juices. Add in black pepper, chili flakes, and wine and let simmer a few minutes. Add in chickpeas, spinach, and barley. Let spinach wilt then add in fresh basil and re-season if needed.

Garlic Tomato Tempeh 
1 package tempeh
2 tbsp tomato paste
Minced garlic
Dijon mustard
Sherry vinegar
Rice wine vinegar
White wine
To taste: sea salt, pepper, red pepper, dried parsley

Whisk together all ingredients minus tempeh. Add into large skillet then add in  tempeh and simmer approximately 10 minutes then flip and simmer another 10 minutes.

This dish turned out really well. The sauce used for the tempeh would also be really great as a sauce over a grain or pasta as well. I did end up adding a sprinkle of nutritional yeast flakes. For a non-vegan dish, feta or fresh mozzarella would have been really good as well.