Wednesday, August 20, 2014

weekend(s) review: catching up

whoa long time no blog post. where did i go? it's called: i am working a whole lot more than i care to and i'm also living my life and not prioritizing my blog like a crazy person and this gives me ahhhh freedom. but, i've still been cooking and eating and taking some photos that i want to share with you and my future self. so here is two weekends worth of delicious food.

friday's night dinner (weekend before last - not that you care, but my ocd compels me to specify): healthy chicken skewers and tzatiki sauce, whole wheat pita, and roasted broccoli. 

out of the oven: baked honey sesame chicken. omg this is like heaven transformed itself into chicken form and then i ate it. like that good.

sunday night's dinner (weekend before last): baked honey sesame chicken served over brown basmati rice, and  healthy chinese broccoli.

sunday night' dinner (this weekend): ohe she glows lentil and walnut loaf (from her cookbook) and the best shredded kale salad, which i am obsessed with and is basically better than a cupcake, as i  talked about before.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

weekend review: banana shortage

the week before last i bought 10 bananas and we ran out. i panicked. this week i was so petrified of making the same mistake that i must have loaded my cart with at least 20. turns out, we had enough for the week and to make this delicious and healthy banana bread. more bananas is always better. 

saturday afternoon baking: whole wheat oatmeal banana bread.

sunday night's dinner: turkey and feta stuffed peppers and the best garlicky kale salad

Sunday, August 3, 2014

sweat it out

this morning i woke up hungover. i debated pancakes (oh, cracker barrel why must you tempt me so).

instead, i pounded out 9 fantastic miles.

just think what i could do if i laid off the booze.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

breathe (deeply)

so i just went on a walk to get an extra-large hot green tea (my new obsession that strangely arose during the heat-pit that is a Georgia summer) and i noticed something. it might have been the fluffy clouds above me or the shocking crispness that is the air when the humidity finally breaks, but i was prompted to breathe. 

like really, breathe.

i took one deep yoga-style breath and it filled my lungs with such a relief. almost as if they were empty and had been searching and wanting for me to just.breathe. like when you are so very thirsty and your mouth is so very dry - the feeling you get when water finally trickles against your lips. now don't get me wrong, i breathe deeply on a regular basis. just last night i was huffing and puffing during sprints at spin class - but that air is forced and stagnant. this air was light and fulfilling.

it felt so good that i kept breathing, deeply. over and over and over again i swallowed air so satisfying itwaslikethefirsttime. it felt so good. i felt so alive. 

it washed through me and for a few moments i remembered what it was like to be a kid. you know when you had free time and your mind had free time (ifonlyifonlyicouldgoback) and you spent the afternoons outdoors and the crisp fall air had just begun to surface and you were sprawled on the driveway surrounded by swirls of sidewalk chalk and your knee was scraped but you didn't care because you were breathing and breathing and it was living that you were doing.

today i remembered that feeling. that feeling we forget when our days are filled with workouts and office buildings and meetings and spin class and cleaning and the forever bullshit that is being an adult. 

it is there. or at least it was today. it is somewhere fluttering in a cool breeze. that is life (andpleasedon'tforgetpleaseletmeremember) - you just have to (deeply) breathe it in...

Monday, July 28, 2014

weekend review: breaking in the iron skillet

one of the things i've missed most about this blog is my ability to capture (and remember!) the dinners i create via my weekend review posts. time to bring them back.

after an indulgent friday night, saturday called for vegetables.


beautiful vegetables, which i turned into saturday night's dinner: weekend glow kale salad.

i got an iron skillet for a wedding gift (yes, we have a lot to catch up on) and i broke it in sunday night with some delicious white cheddar yogurt cornbread.

sunday night's dinner: dijon almond crusted tilapia, white cheddar yogurt cornbread smeared with earth balance, and roasted green beans.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

green bean delight

let's be honest, the weekend is the time for wineicecreamcheesechocolatedidimentionwine? but by the time monday rolls around i am craving a bowl of veggies so large that it makes people stare. i love this bowl of veggies so much that i didn't even envy the cheesy enchiladas my husband was eating right next to me. fast, light, & healthy - this bowl of beans is the perfect weeknight dinner.

green bean delight

coat a shit-ton of green beans and cherry tomatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. roast at 400 degrees for ~25 minutes, turning halfway through (i like mine roasty).

fill a bowl with an exorbitant amount of roasted green beans and tomatoes (hey, they are veggies) and top with chopped pecans (or walnuts) and a solid drizzle of tahini. 

add a toasted piece of healthy bread (Ezekial sprouted grains) if you just finished spinning for two hours and need to refuel (it happened, i needed carbs and i needed them fast).

curl up on the couch with your veggie bowl and be delighted...

Monday, July 21, 2014

cupcake salad

i had intentions of taking pictures and then blogging about my dinner creations this weekend. i forgot how burdensome that can be. 

i brainstormed blog topics during my long run on Sunday morning. it was refreshing to know that, once again, i could capture all of the thoughts that swirl around my head in a blog post. and that someone might read my words and find a glimmer of light or a moment of 'i'm not the only one!' in all of my mumblejumble

and then i came back and sat in front of this screen only to watch the cursor blink - without post-able dinner pictures or a coherently 'themed' blog post. and i started wonder if this blog is supposed to be or if i am trying too hard to force the return of something i used to love so dearly. change is hard, my friends. 

but, just now, in not knowing what to post i realized that the dinner i prepared may have created a moment of learning. and that is worth sharing.

i made the best shredded kale salad by Oh She Glows for dinner on saturday night. i drenched that kale in its dressing, topped it with cranberries, and sprinkled on the pecan 'parmesean' that is so good i want to pour the entire food processor over my head and sing for joy. and when i opened the refrigerator after it had marinated for an hour and saw what i had created - my heart swooned. like the kind of swoon you get when you see a doublechocholatefrostingpeanutbuttercupcake. but from a salad. and there is something so very beautiful about the moment when something so good for you makes you so insanely happy. i love this salad and it loves me (but don't get me wrong i also love doublechocholatefrostingpeanutbuttercupcakes).

so i ate and i was happy and i was satisfied and i was nourished. and it was because of my heart swoon that i was prompted to pause...

...and reflect...

...and remember... beautiful a salad can be.