I made it to spinning tonight and while it didn’t made my head better, it didn’t make it worse either. I think I just need my bed! The class was really great and the instructor led us through a BUNCH of sprints, which I already can feel myself getting better at. When I started a couple weeks ago I dreaded the sprints but now I actually look forward to them!
When I got home I dove into my dinner, which was well worth the time it took earlier to make it! I started out using the recipe in Veganomicon for Red Lentil-Cauliflower Curry but ended up altering it enough that I think I can share “my” version with yall. Here it is!
2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
2 shallots, chopped
1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
2 parsnips, peeled and chopped
1.5 tbsp garam masala
1.5 cups red lentils
4 cups water
juice of 1 lime
1 medium cauliflower head, sliced into florets
2 tsp sea salt
1. In a large pot or dutch oven, heat up the coconut oil on medium heat. When hot, add the onion and the shallot and cook for about 5 minutes or until soft and translucent.
2. Add the ginger, parsnips and jalapeno and cook for another minute before adding the garam masala and salt. Stir to coat everything evenly. Cook for another minute or so.
3. Add the water and stir in the lentils. Bring to a full on boil before reducing to a simmer. Cover and let cook for 10 minutes or until the lentils have soaked up the liquid.
4. Add the cauliflower and cook for another 20 minutes or until it is just tender. Don’t overcook or it will be mushy!
5. Stir in the lime juice and serve!
I let it sit in the pot while I went to spinning and when I got home I served it over this new product:
Okay. So there’s no way to hide that this isn’t the prettiest dinner. It is sort of gray and mushy but VERY tasty!!!!! My favorite part were the parsnips, which I have determined are my favorite vegetable. I’m weird I know. Who loves parsnips?! But they did give this dish a fantastic flair and it was very filling as well. The rice was very interesting—all you had to do was zap it in the micro for 2 minutes and it was done! This little package serves two at 135 calories each serving. It was so quick and easy that I will definitely buy this again. Beats waiting around 40 minutes for your rice to cook on the stove! I loved the delicious chewy texture. It was much chewier than “normal” brown rice.
After my yummy dinner I showered, packed lunch for tomorrow and cleaned up a bit before hitting the kitchen again for dessert. I just LOVE these little cookies:
And I love them even more when dipped in chocolate peanut butter
When I was growing up, my mom would ALWAYS have a box of these cookies in the pantry. They were like our staple dessert. They are small, crunchy, pretty low-calorie (115 cal for 5 cookies) and absolutely amazing when dipped in hot chocolate. Too bad I forgot my chocolate peppermint soymilk in Ryan’s fridge 🙁 . Anyways, I have not been able to find them for years but then randomly found them a few weeks ago at Publix. So nostalgic!
On another happy note, I just found out that I will be going to the North Carolina mountains for Christmas!!! As you may recall, I went up there for the 4th of July last summer because Ryan’s grandma has a wonderful home waaaay up in the mountains (45 minutes from Asheville). We didn’t think we would be able to make it up again this year, but just found out today we can go after all! So, I am flying out with Ryan’s family on Christmas Day and will be there for the weekend. I need to get a ski jacket or something!!!!!!! =)
I’m off to BED. See you for Humpday!
Ooh ooh ooooh! I almost forgot to inform yall of a new contest I just found out about! This one is hosted by Boboli and you can win a Tv-room makeover worth 5,000 dollars! Here are the details:
Every city has a flavor of its own– and Boboli is looking for pizza recipe submissions that reflect your favorite football city. To give you an idea, last year we had submissions like New England “Clam Bake” pizza, Miami “Halftime in Havana” pizza and Tennessee “Coin Toss” fried chicken pizza.
At the conclusion of the entry period, judges will determine up to 4 Semi-Finalist entries which will be posted online for visitors to vote and determine the winners. Online voters will also be entered into a random draw sweepstakes for the chance to win prizes.
Here are some additional guidelines:
· The recipe must be original
· Entry must include the name of your pizza recipe,
· Entry must include the ingredients, exact U.S. measurements and preparation instructions
For all of the official rules, please visit http://boboli.gwbakeries.com/football/rules.cfm. The contest will end at 11:59 p.m. ET on January 1st– so please get all of your recipes in before then.
The grand prize winner will receive a TV-Room Makeover worth $5,000 and three runner ups will receive a prize package worth $500.
Alrighty—off to bed for real now!