Good afternoon, ladies and gents! How is your Thursday treating you? Mine has been just fine, although my body clock is a little out of whack. I had a bone density test at 8:30 this morning (won’t find out the results until late today or tomorrow), and although I’d brought my gym bag with me, was so exhausted that I ended up just going home to sleep until 12:30! If I had a dollar for every time I’ve done this….
Yesterday I woke up and stumbled to the kitchen to make breakfast, only to discover that I’d completely decimated my supply of rolled oats! Good gracious, what’s a girl to do? Make a big batch of steel-cut oatmeal instead!
I used four cups of water, 1 cup of steel cut oats, 1 sliced banana and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. While the oats cooked, I drank some coffee and mailed my Netflix to distract my grumbling tum. When the oats were ready, I portioned out a serving for myself and put the remaining three servings in the fridge. Three breakfasts I won’t have to worry about later!
In college, usually on a Sunday, I’d make big batches of things like oatmeal and rice to enjoy later in the week. Sure, it takes a little longer than microwaving your breakfast one morning, but saves time in the long run and tastes a lot better.
For my bowl, I diced up a not-quite-ripe pear and microwaved it for 90 seconds. This softened the pear right up, and released some of its natural fruit syrups. Sometimes fruit is enough of a sweetener on its own, but yesterday I needed a bit more. I added a little brown sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts to make my breakfast a little more interesting.
The rest of the morning was spent applying for jobs. Unfortunately the entire city seems desperate for an “assistant” position, but I must press on! I think I need a really tall, straight-back chair. It’s so easy to just hunch over the desk, and sometimes I catch myself and notice my posture and I am literally almost lying on the table. Terrible! Erin helped me with this about six months ago, but I really need to be better about it.
I quartered the recipe to make just enough for my lunch. I didn’t have any maple syrup, so I substituted raw agave nectar instead. I added a little fresh lemon juice as well.
Each recipe of Gena‘s that I’ve tried has been mighty fine, and this was no different. It was really good, and turned what would have been an ordinary salad into something unique and special. The salad itself was almost worthy of Raw Wednesday… while tempeh was traditionally prepared raw, I’m not sure that’s still the case in all commercially prepared varieties.
In the mix:
- collard greens (local)
- red chard (local)
- 1/3 block TJ’s 3 Grain Tempeh
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 kiwi— a reader asked if I eat the skin of kiwis. I do! I didn’t used to, but tried on a whim this summer. The skin is thin, and really doesn’t change the taste of the fruit. However, when possible I buy organic kiwis. I try to go organic whenever I’m going to eat the outside of a fruit or vegetable. Obviously, this isn’t always possible for financial reasons.
- 2 carrots
- Agave Cinnamon Dressing
I decided to make my carrots a little less “rebellious”, and peeled them with the asparagus (or spargel) peeler I received free in Berlin at the Spargelfest. Spargelfest!
This salad was perfect. Good ingredients and quality dressing really do make all the difference.
I had a glass of red with lunch.
Juuuuust kidding… although I wouldn’t be opposed! No, this was POM‘s new Pomegranate Kiwi juice, that the company sent me a few weeks ago to try out.
This was a lot sweeter than the straight pomegranate variety. It tastes a bit like fruit cocktail, but I really liked it! This is also 100% juice, which I like. Don’t you hate when you buy “juice” only to get home and see that there’s actually very little fruit in there at all?
After finishing up my job search for the day, I laced up my sneaks and headed to the gym. These are the new shoes I got… they’re the same model as my old pair (Asics Gel Kayanos), but I asked for pink instead of read this time. I’m not really a “pink” girl, but I don’t even remember the last time I wore pink sneakers! Probably my pair of butterfly light-up L.A. Gears. Remember those?
I biked for 30 minutes at the gym while reading my book. The stationary bike is not the most exciting thing, but I just need to get myself through 30 minutes. I didn’t like the treadmill, either! There’s nothing wrong with making the most of things, from time to time.
After showering, I headed over to Curly’s Vegetarian to meet Lauryn for an early dinner. I can’t believe I’d never been here before! It’s right near where I used to work, and has so many options. Lauryn and I sat and stared at the menu for a good long while before finally deciding on what we wanted… everything looked delicious, from their Mexican fare to their “Public School Lunch” (mac & cheese with panko). We both ordered the Dragon Bowl Q, a special salad with mixed greens, quinoa, fake chicken, black beans, mango, tomatoes, avocado, jalepeño, corn chips, vegan parmesan… with each dive of our forks, we discovered a new ingredient. I asked for the carrot ginger and mango poppy dressings on the side, but it was such a loaded salad that I really didn’t need any extra.
It was massive. I didn’t really eat the corn chips because I got so full! While we ate, we made art. Lauryn’s clearly the more talented one (on the left)… see how coy her chick looks?
All of their drinks and desserts sounded amazing (Mexican hot chocolate, peanut butter bomb), but we decided to save our money and have a treat at home. We did, however, go to Trader Joe’s to get some essentials. I left the store having spent the lowest amount I’ve ever spent there ($19.79!), and won’t be needing any yogurt or pumpkin anytime soon! I need to go shopping with this girl all the time.
When I got home, I caught up on Gossip Girl while munching on a slice of banana-pumpkin-date tea loaf with almond butter and dark chocolate.
Well, back to the grind. I’ve got to send a few more applications out, then clean up a little because Ari is coming home tonight!
See ya later, alligators.