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Sunday = Leg Day, Lazy, Productive & Yummy Eats

Leg Day
I wanted to thank everyone for congratulating me on my run yesterday. I will say that I am sore today, but not as bad as I thought I might be. My problem areas (hip flexor and hamstrings) are sore of course, but not unbearable. My calves are oddly sore too. But, I've been stretching and Jason gave me a massage. I'm so not worthy!

Since I wasn't too terribly sore, I did go ahead with my regular Leg Day Sunday routine. But, I did a much easier workout with lighter weights and played around with rep patterns.

Squats: 8 single, 4 2:2 count, 8 1:3 count, 4 3 count low-end pulse, 2 7 count low-end pulse, 4 2:2 count, 8 single

Plie squats: 8 single, 4 2:2 count, 8 1:3 count, 4 3 count low-end pulse, 2 7 count low-end pulse, 4 2:2 count, 8 single

Static lunges: 8 single, 4 2:2 count, 8 1:3 count, 4 3 count low-end pulse, 4 2:2 count

Deadlifts - 3x8

Rear leg slide back lunges - 3x8


Firewalkers - 8


Donkey kicks with weight - 2x18


Single-leg deadlifts - 2x8

I finished with 2 combos from Cathes MMA Kickboxing then abs from a super oldie Pure Strength.


Productive Lazy Sunday
Jason was super sweet and went to the grocery store while I did my workout. Of course, he was planning on riding his bike with a friend a little later so it was sort of a trade off in a way. While he went and rode, I cooked off beans (black beans and chickpeas) to freeze.

I also sat out on the patio for about an hour and read. The temps were around 92 and it was sunny with clear blue skies. It was too gorgeous to be stuck inside. I also did a little bit of weeding and trimmed up a few of the rose bushes. And then there was laundry, but that's an on-going chore of course. So, I had a great lazy and productive day. Love those days.

We spent a bit of time debating on dinner. I was ready for a grilled veggie salad. Jason, however, had to be difficult ;-) He wanted the Quinoa Veggie Cakes that I made ages ago. He did give me a massage for my achy muscles, so I decided to give him this indulgence. I think it's funny that he was thinking of these as it's been so long since I made them. Anyway, I did make a few modifications - marked in italics.

Quinoa Veggie Cakes
Ingredients:
1 sweet potato, diced
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 zucchini, shredded
1/2 cup minced red bell pepper
1/4 white onion minced
Flax egg replacer (1 tbsp ground flax, 3 tbsp water, nuke 20 seconds and let sit until egg-like consistency)
1/2 cup (approximate) spelt flour
1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
To taste: salt, pepper, basil, parsley, garlic powder, red pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degree.

Steam or microwave the potatoes until soft.

In large bowl, smash potatoes, then stir in all ingredients minus the flour. Slowly add in the flour until desired firmness.

Form into patties and bake on a prepared baking sheet approximately 1 hour flipping once.

The last time I served them with a Red Pepper Coulis. Jason was wanting some sort of creamy pesto sauce though. We have a ton of fresh basil growing, so this was an easy thing to toss together. 

Creamy Basil Pesto
Ingredients:
1/2 package firm or extra firm silken tofu
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 clove garlic, rough chop
Fresh basil
Small drizzle of olive oil (maybe a tablespoon)
To taste: salt, pepper, lemon juice

Directions:
In food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth.


We served this over a bed of lettuce and spinach with a side of whole-wheat sandwich thins that we toasted up (we were out of any homemade bread). So, you notice from the pictures that they were plated differently. Welcome to the life of a food blogger. My plate is the first picture, Jason's is the second. I wasn't sure which would look most appealing so we tried two ways. I decided to post both. Mind you, before blogging, I never thought about plating and presentation. I will admit that dinner has become just a bit more complicated - well, at least with new recipes.

So how has your life changed since blogging?

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