Dessert/ Dinner

Snow In Tampa?!

Well kiddos, its about that time. Time for my 7:30 bedtime, that is! I am SO 97 years old 🙁

But first of all—my appointment with Anisha, the Ayurvedic Physician, was SO interesting. We talked for an hour on my particular imbalances and how diet and nutrition play an active role in correcting them. I HIGHLY recommend, if you are interested, searching out a physician in your area. Its really such a different way of looking at things….but Ayurveda has been tried and true for the past 5,000 years so it must be doing something right! Anisha is going to India for the entire month of February to obtain another yoga certification so the office will be closed but I’m hoping that in March (my budget willing) I can do some acupuncture treatments. As for right now, I have TONS of reading material that she gave me so I’ll be busy with that for awhile!

It took quite a long time to get home due to rush hour traffic and busy expressways. I snacked on a mango in the car—


And then once I got home I decided to just take it easy and shower and make dinner instead of yoga. When I practice yoga I don’t like to feel rushed or stressed and I was feeling sort of a tired time crunch going on when I got home because I was starving for dinner and ready to fall asleep at the same time. Tomorrow afternoon looks a lot better time wise so I can do a nice long practice then. As for today, I think my job was my exercise. Lifting heavy sheet trays full of bread, kneading dough, working the ovens, cleaning the floors….I highly recommend this type of exercise! 😉

My mommy bought a nice organic roasted chicken today at the health food store so that’s what dinner was based around! I wasn’t going to actually copy this spur of the moment recipe down but it was SO good that I decided yall need to know about it! I just eyeballed all measurements and I suggest you do the same according to your preference. It’s terribly simple. Here’s what I did:

handful chopped or shredded organic roasted chicken breast

1/4 cup brown basmati rice cooked

1 garlic clove, minced

1 inch cube of fresh ginger, minced

2 tsp minced shallot

1 tsp-ish ghee

little cheddar cheese to top

sea salt to season

Basically I just sauteed the garlic, ginger and shallot in the ghee and then added the cooked chicken breast and rice. Topped it with the cheese and voila! SO simple yet very tasty.


And then after dinner I made a super quickie batch of Super Charge Me cookies of Eat, Drink and Be Vegan. The homemade vanilla extract and new special cinnamon really did the trick! I made these because I thought they would be a good pre-breakfast snack at work. I just had to taste one after dinner to “see if they were okay”:


And I also had a cup of skim milk, heated, with some fresh grated nutmeg. This is supposed to calm you and make you sleepy. I’m ready!


(don’t you love my mug?? I do!)

I’m off to fold my uniforms and then hop into bed to read. The weather guy said tonight it will be cold enough to SNOW here!!!!!!!!!!! However, there won’t be enough moisture in the air to make it happen. 🙁 Do you have any idea how cold it will be at 3:30 in the morning when I go to work??!!!!! Blah!!!!! I’m all for the cold but I’d rather be snuggled in my bed.

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  • Katie
    January 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I have that mug!!!

  • seelivelee (for the love of peanut butter)
    January 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    hey jenna, up in philly it is currently 27 degrees..but BOY it feels like 16! thatd be crazy if it snowed…have u ever had it down there b4?

    • jenna
      January 20, 2009 at 5:48 pm


      Well this is my first winter in Tampa but I don’t think they have ever had it before. We did have it for a brief moment in Vero Beach, my hometown. I remember being called out of class to see the “snow” and have it melt as soon as it hit the ground. haha

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    January 20, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I have that mug too! Do you have the bowl that has the story around the rim?

    I hope this doesn’t seem critical, but I am happy to see that your mango is as much of a hack job as mine are…if a professional chefs looks like that, I shouldn’t be so hard on myself!

    Sweet dreams!

  • VeggieGirl
    January 20, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Cutest. mug. EVER.

  • megan
    January 20, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    First, I have gotta say I love your mug 🙂 SO cute and fun to sip out of, right?
    That dinner looks scrumptious as well, definitely jotting that one down in my recipe book.
    I agree with you about not wanting to have that “rushed” feeling while practicing yoga. It’s such a better practice when you know you can really take it all in and enjoy your final savasana.
    Hope you sleep well tonight!

  • Alexia
    January 20, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Glad you learned a lot at your appointment and enjoying all the info.

    Dinner looks amazing and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that mug! Too cute!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    January 20, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    snuggling in bed is definitely where everyone should be when its cold outside. I think bears had the right idea with all that hibernation jazz…

  • melissa (fitnessnyc)
    January 20, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    that looks so yummy, almost makes me wish I wasn’t veggie 🙂

  • Holly
    January 20, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Hi Jenna- I am fascinated by the diet and nutrition aspects of Ayurveda. Of course the specifics will be different from person to person, but would you mind sharing some of what you learned during your session today?

    I am happy you are settling in to the new job more and more :o)

  • Danielle
    January 20, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    If I had to be up at 3 in the morning you better believe I’d be in bed by like 4. I’m not good at waking up early!
    I love your chicken concotion dinner! Except for the fast that I could have made something similiar if I had looked at your blog before I ate dinner.
    Have a great night!

  • Shelby
    January 20, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Love the mug, it is so cute. I used to love that story!

    Have a good night’s sleep!

  • Victoria
    January 20, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Wow, cold enough to snow in Florida. What a crazy winter we’re having. That mug is too adorable! I’d be interested to hear what learned today/from your reading material too.

  • K
    January 20, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    That is the most precious mug I have ever seen! Don’t freeze tomorrow 🙂

  • elise
    January 20, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    hope you layer up…3 am will be very brrr (and dark)

  • Nicole
    January 20, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Wow, snow!!!

    Your job sounds super fun, I love hearing about it! 😀

  • Meg
    January 20, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Those cookies look delicious. I will have to get a hold of that recipe. Stay warm!

  • Sheryl
    January 20, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Did you know the founder of Aveda follows Ayurvedic practices? He even wrote a book about it that’s usually for sale in Aveda salons. The oil massage and morning routine is described just like you said. I found it interesting and it listed the right foods for the types. You might enjoy it; sounds like you have a lot of reading already though!

  • fitforfree
    January 20, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    aw, love the beatrix potter mug!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    January 20, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Jenna, glad your appointment went well. I’m anxious to read how the changes you make to your diet help.

    Your dinner does sound easy…and really good. I LOVE brown Basmati rice. My house smells so good when I steam it in the ricer cooker…almost like buttered popcorn or something sweet.

    I just picked a copy of Eat, Drink, & Be Vegan. Can’t wait to sample some of the recipes!

  • Meredith
    January 20, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Stay warm! I thought it was warmer than it actually was when I left my house for school this morning in a skirt, and ended up buying a pair of sweats at school because I was that cold!
    And yes, your mug is super cute!

  • Sharon
    January 20, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Hang in there with the weather!
    And oh wow, tasty tasty tasty eats!

  • Melinda
    January 20, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    awww, i love Beatrix Potter! have fun at work 🙂

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    January 21, 2009 at 6:32 am

    ahh pre-dawn cold is the worst, but you can do it!!

  • Kristin
    January 21, 2009 at 6:34 am

    Did you take notes during your meeting? Any chance you could elaborate on what you learned?

    Good luck today, I hope you stay warm!
    I understand the cold, here in RI it’s below 20!!

  • Sarah W.
    January 21, 2009 at 7:08 am

    dinner looked fab! what exactly is ghee? i presume its not vegan is it?

  • Beadie @ what i ate yesterday
    January 21, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Cute mug.

    I look forward to hearing about your ayurveda!

  • caitlin
    January 21, 2009 at 8:42 am

    isnt it amazing how eastern doctors actually take the time to listen to you?

  • brandi
    January 21, 2009 at 8:56 am

    I need to make those cookies – they look so good!

  • Marissa
    January 21, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Lovin’ the mug!

  • HeatherBakes
    January 21, 2009 at 11:00 am

    That mug is so sweet! And it looks familiar- I think I may have had the bowl.

    Stay warm today!

  • Kristina
    January 21, 2009 at 11:39 am

    They have updated the peanut butter recall today. It now includes some of the popular energy bars. Please check out the list.