Skip to main content

Apple Pie Cookies & Vegan Grilling

Resting
Last night I set out all my running gear and set the alarm for 5am for my typical Thursday morning run. When the alarm went off, I automatically got up and stumbled into the bathroom to change. My hips were sore (mostly left side and not sure what's going on there), my legs heavy, and my heart just not into this morning.

I went back to bed sort of feeling a bit guilty for not getting out there and getting it done. Also started thinking about how not running was going to throw off my schedule workouts for the rest of the week. I never really even fell back asleep, just dozed. But you know what, that's what I needed.

So no morning run for me. I'll either get a run in tomorrow morning or maybe do something crazy insane like speed work on the dreadmill. At least it's air conditioned at the gym...well, sort of. It gets pretty freaking hot since the treadmills are up in the windows basking in radiant heat.

Baking & Grilling
Looking at the upside, I had some free time at lunch (no 2-a-day) to work on some laundry. This evening I was able to get more food prepped for Saturday's pool party and some general cleaning accomplished.

For Saturday, I wanted to try the chickpea cookie balls in an apple pie flavor. I thought it was kind of a perfect theme for the 4th of July. I am pretty happy with how these turned out. I think just a few minor tweaks is all they might need, but overall, winner. --Edited---

Apple Pie Chickpea Cookie Balls
Ingredients:
1 can chickpeas, rinsed
1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
*1/8 apple, large dice (I used Granny Smith, this was about 3 slices)
20-25 drops NuNaturals Liquid Vanilla Stevia
1/2 tsp vanilla
To taste: ground cinnamon, ground cloves
2 tbsp rice flour
1 - 1 1/2 tsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk (optional and only if dough is too dry)
1/3 cup apple finely diced

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees

After rinsing chickpeas, gentle rub them between your fingers to remove the outer skin. This sounds time-consuming, but it's kind of fun.

In food processor, blend all ingredients up to the finely diced apple. Process until forms a smooth ball of dough. Transfer to a mixing bowl and mix in apples.

Form into small balls and place on a prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.

*I used the apple in the blender because I did not have any applesauce. Next time, I want to try 1-2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce.

For dinner, I decided to grill out. I really wasn't sure what I was going to do as my meal plan got upended yesterday. I ended up making grilled BBQ setian cutlets, grilled veggies (zucchini, squash, onion, tomatoes), and grilled sweet potatoes.

For the veggies, I grilled all but the tomatoes until done then added the tomatoes last minute just to warm through. I served with a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette.

 
This felt like one of those ideal summer dinners. Now if only it weren't so hot out so we could enjoy dining on the patio.

And before I forget, I really want to thank you all for your encouraging words and support for my work project - Mother Hood. You guys are so awesome. Truly. Thank you.

Daily To-Enjoy List
  • Morning run (nixed)
  • Rest day (unplanned but enjoyed)
  • Dinner at the table

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.












Shoulders and Triceps Circuit Workout

While I'm on a roll for time-saving circuit workouts, I thought it'd be appropriate to share another upper body circuit that you can use in conjunction with the Biceps and Back Circuit.

This one is for Shoulders and Triceps with pushups to target chest.

As a caveat, after having my blood clot, I apparently have scar tissue that makes it uncomfortable to do heavy chest exercises like chest presses and flyes. The way this circuit is set up is that you have 3 exercises for each muscle group. So if you want a more complete chest workout, add in chest presses and chest flyes into the rotation. 


Please properly warm up for 5-10 minutes with dynamic moves like butt kicks, shoulder rolls, lunges and/or spin on stationary bike, walk on treadmill or elliptical.

This workout is done as a circuit meaning that you do one exercise then quickly move to the next with little to no rest. After completing all exercises, rest then repeat. I suggest doing this circuit 3-4 times depending on time, p…