Free-Form Ravioli with Tofu Kabocha Ricotta & Spinach Pesto
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Free-Form Ravioli with Tofu Kabocha Ricotta & Spinach Pesto
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Triceps - Double Arm Kickbacks
Calves - Dumbbell Calf Raises
Chest - Decline Dumbbell Press
Back - Double Arm Rows
Legs - Step Ups (on 12" step)
Shoulders - Front Raises
The first queso comes from Alicia from Vegan Epicurean.The second version is another version of the original.
½ cup raw cashews, soaked and drained (30-60 mins)
Combine the cashews, oatmeal, water, onion flakes, turmeric, and garlic in your blender. Puree until the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into a heavy bottom saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring often to keep it from sticking. Add the canned diced tomatoes with their liquid (or salsa if using), paprika hot crushed peppers, chili powder and cayenne and stir to combine. Taste the mixture and add salt and pepper, as you desire. Cook the mixture (continuing to stir) until it is hot and the texture you want. You can add more liquid if it gets too thick.
- I had some chipotle powder and flakes that I used to add in some heat.
- I didn't have onion flakes so I just used finely diced white onion.
- I also had some fire roasted tomato flakes that I added.
- Last tweak, I added cumin powder.
Combine the cashews, oatmeal, water, and garlic in your blender. Puree until the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into a heavy bottom saucepan, add onions, Rotel, and remaining spices and cook over low heat, stirring often to keep it from sticking. Taste the mixture and add salt and pepper, as you desire. Cook the mixture (continuing to stir) until it is hot and the texture you want. You can add more liquid if it gets too thick.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Today was a rest day for me in regards to a workout. I am still a little sore from weights on Wednesday, then doing step yesterday sort of put my legs over the top. I typically set up Friday as my schedule rest day anyway. It's like a little treat to myself: week over and a little free time.
So what did I do with the free time? Why shopping of course. I won't brag too much, but I did find some great bargains! Besides, I think that there was some consensus a while back that shopping is indeed a form of cardio. So, in a way, I did still workout. Right? ;-)
Dinner was the typical homemade pizza. While I blogged, Jason made the Cheeseless Queso with a few tweaks. He wanted to try to make it more like a white cheese dip. Tomorrow I'll post his version. While snacking on the cheeselsess queso, we played pool and let the bread machine do the manual labor for the pizza. We didn't do anything super exciting for the pizza toppings. I'm a sucker for the Greek style toppings and the other half is typically a variety of veggies. But we did eat at the table like grown ups. I really do think that makes meals a bit more special. Even pizza.
What are ways you treat yourself on Fridays?
Oh, and in the spirit of Twitter's Follow Friday, I thought it'd be nice to give a shout out to some of the bloggers who inspire me in some way. I have found fabulous new recipes, gym inspiration, new appreciation for the little things, and doses of simple, fun, humor. I hope you check out their blogs.
Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean
Allie @ Live Laugh Eat
Alyson @ Nourished Fitness
Amie @ The Healthy Apple
Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
Jessica @ EatDrinkBreatheSweat
Jolene @ To be Determined
Suzie @ Suzanne Trying to Maintain
And here are a just a few new ones that I recently found:
Angela @ Oh She Glows
Ameena @ Fancy That...Fancy This
Heather @ sideofsneakers
Kris @ iheartwellness
Kristen @ The Swanky Dietitian
Jenna @ Health and Happiness
Naomi @ One Fit Foodie
Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete
Who are some of the bloggers that inspire you? Found any new blogs lately?
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
So today I almost managed to talk myself out of my workout. Even worse, it was going to be embarrassingly easy too! Once I realized just how easy it was going to be to skip out, I knew I had to get my butt up to the gym ASAP. I'm glad I did because it ended up being a good workout in the end, and I had so much more energy after. The original intention was to do my weights then spin. I ended up running for about 35 minutes then hitting the weights. I'm in my 3rd week of the Total-Body Training workout and the number of sets increased. So today was 4 sets of 8 reps of each of the following exercises. It was a great workout. I went to complete failure for a couple of the exercises on the last sets, so I know I was pushing myself:
Shoulders - Arnold Press
Quads - Hack Squats
Biceps - Incline Dumbbell Curls
Triceps - Overhead Tricep Extension
Chest - Incline Barbell Press
Back - Chinups
What is your favorite weight exercise? I love working out biceps and back.
Easy Dinners Welcome
Even though I was feeling energized after my workout, I had absolutely no desire to make dinner. Creative juices have dried up today. It's night's like this when I'm really happy that I take the time to make and freeze up lentil burgers. So dinner was lentil burgers with baked sweet potato "fries." I topped the burgers as I almost always do with spinach and roasted red bell pepper. I did use some fantastic vidalia onion mustard that I picked up along the way. I'm a sucker for sauces of all kinds.
Is there any sort of food or condiment that you can't ever pass up?
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I served the baked tofu over zucchini "noodles" that I sauteed with lite soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, fresh ginger, and garlic. I had extra marinade so I let that thicken to top the tofu.
I really enjoyed the flavors of all of the dishes. The wheat berry salad was slightly sweet, which nicely offset the heat from the spicy peanut tofu. The zucchini added that extra touch of green and nicely replaced noodles. Do you have a favorite tofu marinade?
I was glad to have had this mostly pre-made. I ended up getting really sick at work after taking my antibiotic this morning. I took it right before I left the house and ate my overnight oats within 15 minutes. Apparently that wasn't soon enough. I was pretty green and spent the majority of the day on the couch. My workouts have been sidelined and that really stresses me out. On a positive note, my sinuses seem to be doing so much better today. Hopefully tomorrow I can get back to my workouts.
Thanks to everyone for the well wishes! I really do appreciate it.