Roasted Chickpeas &Veggies

What a fabulous day!  It was warm, windy and smelled of spring.  Just love it!  I was so happy to have taken the day off and spend some time outside.  My flower garden is now cleaned up and ready for blossoms, I can see a little peek of green already in some areas 😀. Got my 4.3 mile HR zone 3 run in, which was tough.  It was windy and I really had to focus to keep my heart rate near the zone. 

I even checked out Pinterest for a new sewing project…Upcycled an old shirt into an apron.  This is my 2nd sewing project and I couldn’t be happier with it!

So now that I have an apron, I need to cook!  As usual I was thinking something easy peasy and yummy.  I hadn’t had roasted chickpeas in awhile so I thought I would pair it with some veggies and basmati. Boom!  Complete meal right there.  It’s seasoned with a bit of lemon- olive oil & a few spices because that’s what my flavor book said would pair well with all of the veggies I chose.  I have to be honest, I didn’t measure anything but the rice & chickpeas.  I don’t believe in measuring veggies & sometimes spices should just be sprinkled, not measured.

I will be making this for 3 days (1 can of chickpeas feeds me for 3 days).

Roasted Chickpeas & Veggies

1 can rinsed chickpeas (split into 3 servings)

1 Tbl + 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Thyme

Himalayan pink salt

Black pepper

Dried (or fresh) oregano

Dried (or fresh) basil

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Crushed red pepper

Onion powder

Garlic powder

~5 asparagus spears, cut into 1″ pieces

~1/2 cup broccoli florets

~1/2 cup chopped cauliflower

~1/4 cup chunked red onion

Cooked basmati rice

Preheat your oven to 400°F.

Mix your chickpeas with 1tsp oil, 1tsp lemon juice and sprinkle with spices.  Put them on a pan covered in foil and pop in the oven.  Set timer for 7 minutes.

Add your veggies to the same bowl, add the remaining oil and lemon juice with an extra sprinkle of spices, mix well.

Add your veggies to the pan and toss with the chickpeas.  Set timer for 10 minutes, toss and set for another 7.  

When it’s done, spoon your roasted goodness over a serving of basmati rice.  I’m not going to tell ya how much rice to eat 😉. I pre-cooked some rice so that I’m getting about 1/2 cup per serving.

Enjoy!  You could add other veggies if you like, brussel sprouts would be great, as well as mushrooms.  

Cheers!!

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Winter Citrus Salad

It’s that time of year when we crave some sunshine, warmth and summer.  At least I do.  It’s also a vital time to take in lots of vitamin C to boost our immune system and ward off funk.  I had been pondering just how to do this.  Generally during the winter I don’t crave or desire salads, but prefer something warm and comforting (without putting on extra weight in an ideal world).  I decided to do some googling to see what fruits were in season and lone behold citrus fruits are.  Bonus, I love citrus especially grapefruits and tangerines.  Mmmmm!  

I love a fresh fruity salad in the summer, it always makes me feel light and energetic.  How lovely it would be to have the same effect in winter. Though I haven’t been diagnosed, I do feel “blue” in the winter (SAD).  The days when the sun is loath to shine and the temps hardly tickle the freezing point puts me in a slump and I’d like nothing more than to sit under a huge comforter and knit.  That’s obviously not a realistic choice so I usually fight, compromise or trick myself into staying active & eating healthy with a range of strategies (motivational pics, rewards, yes, rewards, review my Why, etc).  

So here comes the salad and my hopes to pack myself full of healthy goodness and boost my spirits.

Serves 1

Vinaigrette (makes extra):

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp raw honey

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1/4 tsp minced fresh basil

1/8 tsp minced fresh ginger

Dash pink Himalayan salt

Pinch Chile powder

1/2 tsp minced shallot

1 Tbl roasted almonds

1/3 cup rinsed chickpeas

Organic baby spinach

1-2 tangerines

1/2 chopped red and yellow bell pepper

Whisk all of the vinaigrette ingredients together.

Place your spinach, chickpeas and pepper in a bowl.  Toss with a heaping tablespoon of vinaigrette.  Top with slices of tangerine and toasted almonds.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.  Was delish with mango-peach sparkling water or a Sauvignon Blanc 😉
Cheers

Sweet Potato Packet

Greetings!  I’ve been so tardy on posts and I have no excuse.  I finally had the Morton’s neuroma surgery in November and to be honest, I’ve been in a knitting and reading frenzy since. (I can’t help myself, but I’ve read about 4 books and knitted several washcloths, 3 scarves, a hat and started fingerless gloves and a crochet blanket.)  Needless to say I’ve been on a bit of a fitness hiatus due to the surgery, some very modified yoga, weights and a few short stationary sessions but that’s about it. Until a couple weeks ago; I’ve finally been able to get back into a fitness routine.  The left foot is still not 100% but it does seem to be improving.  I have a run/walk for triathlon base training this weekend and I’m excited, nervous and a smidge anxious.  This will be a big test regarding how well the surgery went as well as recovery.  Fingers crossed!  I miss that runners high, the scenery, fresh air, I don’t need to keep going.

All that being said I’ve still been on the meal plan and prep train.  I can’t function without it and I have no idea how people do! 😀. I have been in a bit of a food funk though, no big cravings for anything in particular.  I knew I wanted something with minimal prep and cooking (more time to knit, bahaha!).  I also wanted something comforting since the cold has finally befallen us this January.  It’s a whopping 3°F with a windchill of -5, wait, -5 isn’t as bad as I thought.  It’s still freaking cold.

All of those thoughts bring a Sweet Potato Packet to mind with portobello mushrooms, leeks, walnuts and a sprinkle of cheese.  I hope you enjoy.

Serves 1 

1 sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced

1 leek, sliced

4-6 mini bellas, wiped clean and sliced

2 Tbl walnuts

Shredded Gruyere cheese

1/2 tsp minced garlic

2 tsp fresh minced basil and oregano (or 1/2 tsp dried)

Sprinkle of red pepper flakes, sea salt & pepper

1Tbl extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 400°F.  

Note on leeks (I learned this from Real Simple). To prep, slice off inedible green part and root.  Slice leeks and place in a bowl of cold water, swirl.  The sand falls to the bottom & your leeks float.  How cool is that?!  Then just strain, or I fished them out and gently squeezed to remove the water (since I’m only working with 1)

Toast your walnuts for about 3-5 min at 350, be sure not to burn.

Toss the potato, leek, bellas & spices in a bowl with the olive oil.  Be sure all of your goodies are evenly coated.

Take a piece of parchment paper approx size of a baking sheet and fold in half.  Place your veggies on the paper, top with roasted walnuts and about 2Tbl shred Gruyere.  


Fold paper over and fold all the way around.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes, unwrap and enjoy!  It’s that simple!  The mushrooms are a bit roasted and the potatoes have a lovely sweet and spicy flavor (thanks to the red pepper). This paired well with white tea, carbonated water OR a glass of Sauvignon Blanc 😉


Wonderful additions would include Swiss chard or baby kale.  
Cheers!

Already improving!

Holy balls I just finished Day 11!  So very happy!

So I have to admit, I’m the worst mid afternoon person eva.  I think I could get into the whole siesta thing. For real, get up early, get a bunch of shit done then take a post lunch naparoo, then get up and rock out again.

It’s terrible but my brain and energy fall to the depths around 1-2ish.  It’s worse if I get dehydrated or hangry so I do my best to avoid that.  I always carry water and Shakeology with a blender bottle with me.  Speaking of which, that’s what got me through today.  Before I knew it 1:00 rolled around and my patience level was in the danger zone.  I’m generally a happy, positive person so when I get that way I’m usually overly tired or hungry.  No, I’m not a toddler, just in tune to my needs 😜. Thank goodness for my emergency Shakeology!  Blended it up while driving and nobody faced the wrath of Becky, yahoo!

I was Uber unmotivated by the time I got back to my office.  Cue a quick pick me up!  The Mollinator and I did burpees, she was super excited afterwards.

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After work I stumbled down to the home gym and hammered out P90X3 The Challenge!  Super stoked, already improving!  Upped my reps on the push-ups by 2 💪

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Pull ups are still my nemesis, so I’m using an assist band.  I have been really working on nutrition and focusing on getting good protein and carbs in working 30minutes post workout.  I shit you not, I’m seeing a difference.  I have also been better about a preworkout snack, usually fruit.  Also helping!  So my advice, eat good food and time it well!  Keep a journal and pay attention, it works!

Time to make more food, coconut curry almond soup tonight.  First time making it (not my recipe).  Have a good one!

Cheers

Day 10

On Day 10, already.  It’s hard to believe.  I always seem to hit a mini slump after the first successful week, almost like my inner self is attempting to sabotage my momentum.  Like today, started out superb.  Had a heavy breakfast: chocolate vegan Shakeology with 1/2cup dark sweet cherries, handful of baby spinach and blended the mix with water, yummy!  Had a pint of water, a healthy lunch: veggie omelette with 1 slice whole grain toast, and then the mid afternoon gremlins kicked in.  I sort of gave into a leftover slice of key lime pie I made for my hubby’s birthday.  I’m not going to lie, it was delish, but say hello to a sugar crash 🙃.

At least I maintained focus to complete my Wednesday workout: P90X3 yoga followed by hills at max on the stationary.

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I’m not a fan of doing cardio like that indoors in the summer but I’m also not a fan of migraines.  I’ve learned the hard way that if I work out in heat over 80°F I’m gonna get one and I’m worthless and in lots of pain for the unforeseeable future.  To make the stationary interesting I gave into one of my poisons…River Monsters!  45 minutes flew by I tell ya!

Finishing my day with post workout Highlander Grogg Chocolate Shakeology and knitting!  Working on a summer scarf, I’ll probably finish it about he time summer ends😉 tee-hee

Cheers!

 

Oopsy Doodle

What an absolutely gorgeous morning!! The Mollinator and I were up before 6 with coffeea, a book and a list of all the fun stuff I want to do today since it’s going to storm tomorrow.  Finally settled on a brick workout then motorcycle ride, will take it from there 😉

The brick was great until I took a wrong turn and cut my bike loop by 5 miles, whoops!  Note to self, check the damn map again before you head out.  I figured it was fate because I ended up on a road with a positive message.

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The run was fabulous!  A lot of fishermen & women out on the lake, which was calm and sparkling in the sunshine. Who wouldn’t want to be out there? Only completed a 5k run, so that went as planned.

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All in all I finished in 1:00:19 and burned 573 calories. Now I get to enjoy a bit of sunshine, sip on my Chocolate Salted Caramel Shakeology and listen to the golfers who are obviously enjoying the glorious golfing day.  They are having a blast!!😁

Have a wonderful Saturday!  Get outside and do something fun!

Cheers

Day what? 5!

Whew!  Day 5 is donsky! 😁. Started it out with a quick yoga warm up and a 4+ mile run.  Tried out the new toe cushion.  I’m on the fence at this point.  I’ll keep it on while walking around to get used to it.  It did seem to help “crunchy toe” when I was doing that.  It does mess with running form which ended up my primary focus during the run.  Made the time go by quickly!

Then a quick Shakeology and off to work.   The day got a little crazy on me.  Was hoping for a half day but ended up working longer.  It was draining and I honestly debated doing my P90X3 Warrior workout.  Alas, I talked myself into it.  How you ask?  It’s cheat meal day for me and I told myself I only get to enjoy the Sofia’s flat bread mushroom/asparagus pizza and new white viognier from Aussie if I do my workout.  Whahahaha, apparently I’m as food motivated as The Mollinator.  Who would have thought?

So there you have it.  If you thought people who regularly workout and fit in fitness don’t struggle with motivation, you’re wrong.  We all struggle.  It’s finding whatever it takes to stay motivated.  Sometimes that may be a cheat meal, it could be an upcoming event, participating in one of my challenge groups, or simply remembering why you do it, why it’s important.  And any time you struggle, your motivation may come from a different source.

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So, I hope your Friday was fabulous.  I’m decking it with my lass of white, knitting and The Mollinator while my pizza bakes.

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Cheers!