Skip to main content

Crockpot Cooking Perfect When Feeling Crummy

Still Crummy
While I was exhausted at the end of the day, I will say that I am so glad I took the time to do so much in the kitchen yesterday. It made dinner tonight (Moroccan Chickpea and Tofu Stew) a snap and that came in handy as I am still feeling rather cruddy. I think part of it is feeling cruddy and part of it the meds. This is the longest I've felt this crummy in a LONG time. It sucks that Jason is sick too. I am afraid it is more of a cold that I may have passed along to him rather than just allergies as we both originally thought.

I actually ended up leaving work a little after noon to come home. My job isn't one that normally allows me to work from home as I need access to the network drives. However, I often have writing projects to do. Luckily, I had a few things I could do from home. This meant I could go home and lounge in comfy clothes and hack, cough, blow my nose in peace ;-)

Honesty time - I will admit to doing biceps from STS Meso 3 though. No surprise, it wasn't my strongest workout. I know I shouldn't have even tried it. But knowing and doing can be two different things when you get something stuck in your head. So, I did the following 3 exercises as 4 sets of 8 reps at 80% of my 1RM. I also did abs from Cathe's Step, Jump and Pump.

Dumbbell curls
Incline curls
Concentration curls

I did manage to do the exercises at the weights I had hoped, but it was definitely more of a struggle than I think it should have been. Plus it's hard to really concentrate when your nose is either running down the front or down the back.


More Crockpot Cooking
As I mentioned yesterday, I was marinating and baking tofu for a crockpot recipe to use today. I had cooked off some chickpeas and black beans and knew I wanted to play around with the crockpot again. I've been wanting a Moroccan style soup or stew. I ended up coming up with a Moroccan Chickpea and Tofu Stew.

Moroccan Chickpea and Tofu Stew
Ingredients:
Baked Moroccan spiced tofu (see recipe below)
Half kabocha squash, cubed
1/2 white onion, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1 can no-salt diced tomatoes
1/4 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups chickpeas
32 oz no-sodium vegetable broth
To taste: salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, ginger, paprika, garlic, parsley, red pepper flakes, cinnamon

Directions:
Place all ingredients into your crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours.

Baked Moroccan Spiced Tofu
Ingredients:
Orange juice (approximately 1/2 cup)
Balsamic vinegar (approximately 3 tbsp)
Honey or agave nectar (to taste, approximately 3 tbsp)
To taste: cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, paprika

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in large bowl then toss in tofu. Allow to marinate at least one hour.

Bake at 450 degrees until firm, approximately 45 minutes flipping once halfway through baking.

 
 

This did turn out to be more of a soup than a stew so the next time I'll either add in some tomato paste to help thicken it or add just a little less broth. Of course, Jason seems to prefer a soupier broth and I like a thicker style. Either way, this was another winner and super easy as I had already cut up everything and set out all spices last night.

Another Recipe From Yesterday
Yes, this sort of throws off my typical posts of workouts and evening meal. But I wanted to go ahead and post this recipe...As I mentioned yesterday, I was a busy bee in the kitchen. Since I had cooked off black beans and also had leftover black-eyed peas from my Lucky New Year's Stew, I decided to go ahead and make some veggie burgers while I already had the oven on for the tofu. I was out of frozen veggie burgers anyway, so this worked out well in regards to timing. I came up with a Black on Black Bean Burger (please note that the bean amounts are approximate).

Black on Black Bean Burgers
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups black-eyed peas
1/2 cup black beans
2 small carrots, grated
1/4 red onion, minced
1/2 cup or more oat flour (ground oats in my coffee grinder)
1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp hot water)
1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes 
To taste: salt, pepper, red pepper, chili powder, parsley, garlic powder, liquid smoke

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Blend beans, carrots, and onion in food processor until slightly smooth (I like a little texture).

Transfer to large bowl and mix in remaining ingredients.

Form into patties and bake approximately 30 minutes, flip and bake another 20-30 minutes until firm.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Plantar Fasciitis Woes & Way to Go Wednesday Shout Outs

I wanted to thank everyone again for your many congratulations on completing and getting a PR at my recent half marathon. The support and words mean so much to me.

My legs feel absolutely fine after the race. I could have run yesterday if it weren't for my left foot. So right now I'm trying to heal my left foot. I mentioned that I've been having problems with plantar fasciitis in that foot and that it was the cause of much pain during the race. Since the race, I've been unable to walk on it very well. Lots of hobbling going on.

I've been icing it and trying to keep it elevated. But, I noticed that it's started to get some bruising, not horrible, but worrisome. Not sure if it's better or worse for it to be discolored vs red and swollen. However, this could be indicitive of a tear.
But, my bigger concern with the bruising is that indication that there's been bleeding. Being on Xarelto for the blood clot means my blood doesn't clot very well these days…

PJs n Pizza Recap

What Happened Last Night?
This morning I woke up first at 6:20 when Maddie decided she wanted out of her kennel and to be downstairs. The second time was 8:09 when Heath decided he wanted out of his kennel and downstairs to eat. I won't like, I would like to (needed to) have slept another two hours. It was a little slow going after last night.

Sign of a good party would be my first tweet of the day:  I'm thinking there is a bird in the house...what the hell happened last night???

Yep, found bird poop where bird poop most definitely should not be. Still have not found said bird however.

It should go without saying that last night was a total blast. It was so fun having everyone just be relaxed and comfy in jammies. I am not known for letting loose often, but I definitely went with it last night. There was a bit (lot) of wine consumed, pizza devoured and even some dancing.












Words of Wisdom

After talking about being stressed yesterday, I thought I would take today to re-read and share some quotes that I find inspiring and energizing. I don't often post a lot of quotes, but sometimes, they really can help change your perspective or give you a new outlook on things.

Are you a quote person? I'd love to hear your favorite quote.





And I can't forget Way to Go Wednesday. Here are my shout outs for the week. Who do you want to give a shout out to?

Kat from Sneakers and Fingerpaints just passed her NASM exam.

Lisa's (RunWiki) husband completed a 27 mile endurance swim.

Carla (aka MizFit) gave away her Strength (A must-read post)

Mrs. StuftMama herself is back to running - slowly but surely after a run-stopping injury.