Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Holy Popover!


Easter dinner was superb—I helped my mom in the kitchen and snacked on some of these yummy raw cookies and goldfishies πŸ™‚



Look at my mom’s gorgeous popovers!!!


And the chef behind the scenes—


The rest of the family had a steak dish but honestly, since Meatless in March, steak just hasn’t been as appealing to me. I’ve never been a steak girl (I probably eat one steak a year) but lately I just haven’t been feeling it. It really weighs me down and makes me feel very heavy. Not what I am looking for right now! Instead, I had a fabulous veggie plate!


My plate included a yummy baked garnet yam, balsamic asparagus, a popover, leftover sweet & sour cabbage (my FAV!), and a huge salad made with organic greens, toasted almond slices, feta and pretty edible flowers!


And Margaret brought sangria! I had a small glass—


And then for dessert—–



I made the raw coconut lemon bars from Ani’s Raw Kitchen!


These tasted a lot like the lemon zest larabar. I was so proud of myself! They were so easy to make (just threw everything in the Vita Mix!) and turned out great after a couple hours in the fridge. Ingredients included soaked almonds, unsweetened organic coconut, lemon juice, lemon zest and medjool dates. Holy yum!

This afternoon I did Level 2 of The Shred for the first time. Challenging! I thought all the cardio moves were great though…I love how Jillian switches it up. I definitely did NOT use my infamous 8 lb weights though….I think I used 2 or 3 lb weights that I found in the garage. Haha πŸ˜‰

Everyone is still having fun downstairs but now, unfortunately, it is Jenna-time to get ready for bed. πŸ™ Definitely NOT looking forward to that 3 AM wake up call tomorrow! I hope everyone has had a lovely Easter, full of family and friends, and I will see you tomorrow after my physical therapy appointment (eek!).

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  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    April 12, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Mmm those look great! I have the recipe for Ani’s raw doughnut holes that I’m dying to try. Good luck in PT tomorrow!

  • VeggieGirl
    April 12, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Loving the raw cookies, popovers (your mom is a great cook, just like you!!), SWEET POTATO!!!!!!!! (or yam, whatever, haha πŸ˜‰ ), salad, raw lemon bars.

    Good luck with PT tomorrow!! And enjoy the rest of your Easter!!

  • Amelia
    April 12, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    The lemon bars look great! Good job. πŸ™‚
    I like the flowers in the salad too!

  • Samantha
    April 12, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Good luck with PT!

    Your mom is just adorable!

    Thanks to your raves on Ani’s book, I bought it on amazon this weekend and can’t wait for it to get here.

  • Shelby
    April 12, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    What luscious looking lemon bars! I must have missed that recipe…off to go find it =)

    Happy Easter Jenna!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    April 12, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I LOVE popovers!! I did make the mistake of trying to make purely whole wheat popovers…they weren’t so poppy!

    those bars look fantastic too! YUM! Happy Easter! πŸ™‚

  • Oh She Glows
    April 12, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Those raw bars sound great- much like Larabars only more dessert like!

  • KatieF
    April 12, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Jenna, I just wanted to tell you THANK YOU for putting that cookbook together. I made Samantha’s Coconut Butter Rum Pound Cake with Rum Glaze for Easter dessert at my parents’ house today and my entire family LOVED it. I just got my $10 worth right there. πŸ˜‰

    Happy Easter!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    April 12, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    What a nice evening! Hope you get a fabulous night’s rest!

  • lesley
    April 12, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Yum! Those raw lemon coconut bars sound so good!

  • K
    April 12, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Way to go with the dessert – sounds fantastic!! Hope you’re getting some rest!

  • zestycook
    April 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    oh Jenna – those popovers look amazing!

  • Anais
    April 12, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Glad you had a nice Easter week-end! I still can’t believe you can wake up at 3:00am, you must love your job! (and make great bakery goods!!!)

  • Lindsey (Mrs. LC)
    April 12, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Love the edible flowers! And your mom is gorgeous! Happy Easter Jenna! πŸ™‚

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    April 12, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Aw your mom is so cute!
    The coconut lemon bars look good!

  • Meg
    April 12, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Hope the PT appointment goes well!
    Those popovers look fabulous!

  • Brooke
    April 12, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Is it ever challenging to fit in “Ryan time”? With your schedule I would think it would be so hard.

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    April 12, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    What amazing looking popovers!! Your mom is too cute πŸ™‚

  • Alison
    April 12, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Oooh…those lemon bars look fabulous. I’ve never been a big steak person either. I think they’re okay, but I typically wouldn’t get one at a restaurant. The exception is my parents’ teriyaki steak. That is probably my favorite meal at home.

  • Brianna
    April 12, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    your dessert and dinner looked delish! Your mom is pretty to =) Happy Easter and hopefully the 3am wake up call won’t be to bad!

  • Sharon
    April 12, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Edible flowers? Hardcore! LOL!
    Totally love it, what a beautiful Easter!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous
    April 12, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    What a great lookin’ dinner you had tonight!!
    Good luck at your PT appointment tomorrow!

  • Bec
    April 12, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    your moms popovers looks amazing!

  • Caroline
    April 12, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Yum! I love your homemade veggie plate–I always order that at restaurants, and it never fails to satisfy.

    Love the edible flowers too!

  • Run Sarah
    April 12, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Edible flowers? Sounds fun! Love your dessert too.

  • Rachel
    April 12, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Your mom is cute as a button! And oh boy, those bars look absolutely scrumptious.

  • Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday
    April 13, 2009 at 5:11 am

    Those popovers really are gorgeous!!

    Glad you have a nice holiday!!

  • Lauren
    April 13, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Oh my goodness, popovers are THE BEST! We have a traditon in our family of of Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding (or aka popovers) every New Years Day. They are heavenly. πŸ™‚

    So happy you had a wonderful Easter. Take care and have a great week! πŸ™‚

  • Shannon @ TheDailyBalance
    April 13, 2009 at 5:28 am

    lemon bars look amazing! Looks like you had a great easter! good luck at physical therapy! πŸ˜‰

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    April 13, 2009 at 5:37 am

    Glad you had a good Easter!

  • Lauren
    April 13, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Lovely popovers (baking skills must be genetic) and gorgeous edible flowers! Your raw coconut lemon bars sound like the perfect way to end an Easter meal.

  • Danielle
    April 13, 2009 at 7:47 am

    What a yummy Easter Dinner!

  • brandi
    April 13, 2009 at 7:48 am

    glad you had a good Easter πŸ™‚ that edible flower is gorgeous!

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    April 13, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Where do you get those cookies? I would love to try them. I’m always looking for something fun and new to try!

  • Lisa
    April 13, 2009 at 8:49 am

    The edible flowers are so beautiful! Almost too pretty to eat! But not quite. πŸ™‚

    And the lemon dessert looks great too!

  • life coach jen
    April 13, 2009 at 8:57 am

    That meal looks fantastic! And way healthier than what I ate!

  • gina (fitnessista)
    April 13, 2009 at 9:06 am

    the lemon bars look amazing!!!!
    you’ve inspired me to start using that cookbook a little more πŸ˜€
    i made some super charge me cookies yertday and thought of you– they were outta control delicious
    i’ll be in orlando this weekend! whole foods? ice cream?? let me know what your plans are!

  • Michelle Hisae
    April 13, 2009 at 10:51 am

    That dessert looks so delicious! I wish I had the recipe. I’ve browsed through that book on a few occasions, but I’ve never gotten myself to buy it. Some raw recipes call for so many ingredients that it’s just not plausible to whip out a recipe in no time. But maybe I’ll go for it!

  • Kelli
    April 13, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Lemon Zest Luna Bars!?!?!? I love those – adding this to my list of things I will attempt to make.

  • Lauren
    April 13, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    the popovers look yummy!!!

  • Jen
    April 15, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I’m not sure if you see comments on the older posts, but had to tell you that I made the cabbage recipe a few days ago, and am in LOVE. That stuff is so darn yummy! Good hot and cold, and even better stuffed into pita smeared with a white bean hummus and as much spinach as I can cram in there. Fabulous, filling and oh-so-healthy lunch! Thanks for the recipe!