Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Cast Iron Saves The Day

Hey guys, how’d your Monday go?

I spent the majority of my time at the studio, first at a 75 minute power class then manning the front desk for awhile/gabbing with the girls till about 2:00. Good thing I packed my lunch!


This would be a goat cheese/tempeh sandwich on millet bread and a sliced red pepper. Anna and Michaela are both on a three day fruit cleanse as part of Baron’s 40 day program so I felt a wee bit guilty enjoying my lunch with them around. 😉 They munched on their clementines and….tomatoes.
Snack this afternoon was a toasted Kashi waffle with coconut butter and jam—

And then I made a big pot of veggie chili for dinner with homemade cornbread!

Mmmmm I can’t reveal the chili recipe (boooo) because I think its going to make the book….but trust me, it’s worth waiting for! My fridge and freezer are now both filled. The cornbread recipe is from Veganomicon and is great to pull together in a snap. And I love anything I can bake in my cast iron skillet! Secretly I want to be Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Currently sipping on some yummy tea—

I <3 chamomile tea so much. So comforting. I have a few more things to get done over here then I’m calling it a night. Keeping my fingers crossed tomorrow will be sunny and I can try running attempt #2!

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  • Megan
    January 25, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I haven’t had cornbread in so long. Maybe I should make some this week. Thanks for the idea. 🙂

  • Mom
    January 25, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Yum! Wish I were there! Will you make that when you come home?

  • diana(mymarble rye)
    January 25, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    OMG. your mom comments on your blog. How cute is that?! OMG I got giggly..anways, your sandwich looks so filling!

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    January 25, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Even if the sun doesn’t come out, running in the rain is sooo refreshing!

  • Marissa
    January 25, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I have that cookbook so I need to make that cornbread! Looks great!

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    January 25, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    hehe, love cast iron + Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    January 25, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Adding coconut butter to my list of must-haves it just sounds unbelievably yummy!

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat.
    January 25, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I think I could definitley go live on Little House on The Prairie. I would love cooking over a wood stove and swimming in the creek.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    January 25, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    LOVE veggie chili & that looks good, esp w/cornbread. Am excited as may have found a place in Aix-en-Provence for the summer. And completed and posted an interview I did with a top designer who’s Santa Monica beach cottage just love. Could use some of that chili right now–no time to cook.

  • Mae @ OhhMay
    January 25, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Gah!! I can’t wait to get my tea!!
    I need a cast iron skillet so badly. My Grandma gave away our family heirloom cast iron!! I was so angry (for about 2 seconds.)
    Haha it’s too funny that your friends are on the fruit clense. I’m sure they look at you and wonder how you look so gorgeous without ever restricting what you eat! You’re like the the perfect model for the book “French Women Don’t Get Fat”!!

  • Meghan @ Spreading the Health
    January 25, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Wow I love chili. But now that I think about it, don’t believe I’ve ever made it! Guess I’ll have to wait until your book comes out for the recipe. 😉

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    January 25, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    here’s to hoping for a good run tomorrow! you can do it 🙂

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    January 25, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    That chili looks great. Everyone is combo’ing chili and cornbread this week. Must be in the air (or in the rain)…

  • Leo @ cupcakes in Paris
    January 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Looks like chili is the meal of the week. I made some this weekend too. I hesitated over making cornbread but decided to go with tortilla chips instead! Like Jasmine said: must be in the air!

  • Kat
    January 25, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’ve had a million cups of chamomile today 🙂 I was obsessed with Little House on the Prairie as a kid. I even had the Little House cookbook! yes, there was a cook book!

  • Amanda
    January 25, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    I seriously can’t wait to buy your book!

  • Sheilla
    January 25, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    That soup looks amazing! I guarantee that when your book comes out, that will be the first recipe I follow 😉 Does that tea come in bags or as loose leaves?

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    January 26, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Just the mere sound of homemade cornbread makes me feel all gooey inside. I love that stuff, couple with homemade chili on a cold night…and that’s a combination for instant happiness.

    Cast Iron skillets are a major cooking accessory staple. A good one will last you a lifetime and provide you with many memorable meals.

    I’m keeping my eyes peeled for coconut butter…that waffle snack looks too good to be true! 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 26, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Just made some cornbread last week for the first time. Soooo good.

  • Jessie @ thehappinessinhealth
    January 26, 2010 at 3:51 am

    Oh wow, I’ve always wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder *blush* Skillet cornbread is the best thing ever, especially if you put corn kernels and cheese into it!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    January 26, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Your sandwich looks awesome! 😀 And so much more satisfying then just fruit and tomatoes, I would say. 😉

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    January 26, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Chili and cornbread. I don’t think it’s possible to go wrong with either of those two. Well, actually, I have made bad cornbread before! haha
    Hope it’s sunny where you are this morning! No such luck for us Illinoisans!

  • amanda
    January 26, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Everyone’s blog lately has been showing chili and cornbread…maybe I should just go ahead and make some.

  • Karla
    January 26, 2010 at 4:58 am

    I haven’t had cornbread in about 378490098488 million years! I bought cornmeal to make it but haven’t gotten around to it.
    Can you reveal your cornbread recipe or is that going in the book too?

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    January 26, 2010 at 5:06 am

    I love my cast iron. It is so versatile and the flavor can’t be beat!!


  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    January 26, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Ahhh, cornbread. Nothing like it. Good luck with your running!

  • jenna
    January 26, 2010 at 5:10 am

    i love veggie chili! it’s the ultimate comfort food in my opinion!

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind
    January 26, 2010 at 5:10 am

    I don’t think I could hold out for an entire three day fruit cleanse!

    Chili + cornbread = bomb. 🙂

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    January 26, 2010 at 5:26 am

    I’m obsessed with all of our old cast iron pots and skillet. Little House on the Prairie is my dream life!

  • The Paris Food Blague
    January 26, 2010 at 5:27 am

    youre right about chamomile…it tastes like being 7 years old!
    a bientot!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    January 26, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Veggie chili is my FAVORITE winter meal. It warms you up inside and out. Mmmm… 😀

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    January 26, 2010 at 5:41 am

    I just finished eating my first piece of millet bread toast, and I loved it!!! So thick and slightly sweet!

  • alexe @ soyaetchocolat
    January 26, 2010 at 5:51 am

    I don’t understand cleanses… I hate when the doctors ask you to do a test on an empty stomach, I wouldn’t do it if I had a choice! I can’t imagine only eating fruits for two days, I would be so cranky… lol!
    Your sandwich looks so good I wish I could find tempeh in Quebec!!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    January 26, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Cornbread + cast iron skillet = heaven. I don’t make it because it’s dangerously good. It’d be gone in a single sitting.

  • Sophie @ yumventures
    January 26, 2010 at 6:03 am

    Chili is my go-to “make a batch and eat it forever” meal. Plus you can jazz it up in so many ways! Can’t wait to see the recipe.

  • Jenna
    January 26, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Chili looks great!

  • Jenny
    January 26, 2010 at 6:18 am

    I’ve always heard that cast-iron skillets are the best thing to have in a kitchen, because they are so versatile. Guess that’s true! 🙂

  • Rachel
    January 26, 2010 at 6:19 am

    I can’t wait until your book comes out! Is there a publishing date for it yet?

  • eatmovelove
    January 26, 2010 at 6:21 am

    JEalous of your running…I wanted to try past few days – haven’t for awhile…and just no time :(…blah…i just reviewed a tea brand on my blog…good stuff …although I’ll always be a hot cocoa girl 😉

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)
    January 26, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Cammomile is my favorite tea! So good! Hope today is sunny for you!

  • Heather @ (The Single Dish)
    January 26, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Homemade corn bread sounds awesome! I want some 🙂

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    January 26, 2010 at 7:15 am

    I love my cast iron skillet. I use it for pizza, potatoes, meatloaf, everything! I grew up reading Laura Ingalls Wilder books and every time I use my cast iron I think of those novels 🙂

  • melissa
    January 26, 2010 at 7:28 am

    hey jenna – what tempeh do you use? and how do you prepare it? i dont know why but for some reason it intimidates me! haha i know, sounds ridiculous

    • jenna
      January 26, 2010 at 7:40 am


      This is westsoy I believe? And I just eat it raw straight out of the package although there’s a million ways you could prepare it!

  • Jil
    January 26, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Oh how I loved Laura Ingles Wilder…those books consumed my life around 4th grade. haha 🙂 The munchies look awesome.

  • Kerry @ Running on Faith
    January 26, 2010 at 7:48 am

    I made a BIG batch of chili for lunch this week!! A couple cans of beans and that stuff can carry you a long way price wise! I loveeee chili and can’t wait to see this recipe in your book 🙂

  • Kellie
    January 26, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Sorry about this random question, but I just made them today and I know you make them. The serving size on the Kodiak Cakes say 40g. I just wanted to make sure it is the 40g of dry mix which comes out to about 1/3 cup? Thanks!

    • jenna
      January 26, 2010 at 8:18 am


      I honestly don’t know! I don’t have a food scale…I just use 1/3 cup and don’t worry about it…

  • Katharine
    January 26, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Chamomile is one of my favorites. Good before bed tea! And I’m making some chili tonight – if only I had cornbread ingredients. 🙂

  • Gabriela
    January 26, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Can’t wait to read your book! You’ve probably said this before, but about when is it supposed to be released?

    I love tempeh, too…I’ve yet to try it in a sandwich though!

  • Gabriela
    January 26, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I can’t wait to read your book! You’ve probably said this before, but when is it supposed to come out?

    I love tempeh too, though I’ve yet to try it in a sammie!

    • jenna
      January 26, 2010 at 8:35 am


      Aww thanks! The book will be out Spring of 2011…so basically, a year from right now. 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    January 26, 2010 at 8:52 am

    There is a restaurant in my home town that serves mini cornbreads in cast iron. So cute and really does make it so much better.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    January 26, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Your chili looks delicious! I can’t wait for the recipe, chili is one of my favorite meals.

    And Laura Ingalls Wilder? No way! I had a total obsession with her and her books and the Little House on the Prairie show when I was younger. Her books are for kids but I still have them and I STILL read them. I’m not sure if that makes me weird or just really into it….

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    January 26, 2010 at 10:39 am

    That tea looks AMAZE! Chamomile and p-mint together? Those are my two fave flavors. Love the way that sounds!

  • Ashley
    January 26, 2010 at 11:57 am

    OMG… I know you are also a huge “KASHI” fan and I wanted to alert you on the new cereal I found at Targ-a-che this morning,, I will have a posting about it tonight in its full glory on my blog..

    But the name of it is ……..”Go Lean Crisp” Toasted Berry Crumble! THis cereal has the same crunchy taste with less papery texture and has tiny bits of dehydrated blueberries and cranberries.. I think you would LOVE IT!!! Go Get you SOme GIRL!!


  • Bryan
    January 26, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Your post makes me miss my when my wife used to make me cornbread, so delicious. I’m too excited foe my wife to come home, I will let her make one of those. Thanks!