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1 Jul

Hey!

Today has been a better day.  I chatted with my sister for a couple of hours this afternoon, and she pepped me up a little bit.

Somebody please explain to me why I need to be told to quit analyzing everything and MOVE ON! I am trying to cut myself a little slack because this has been a really serious and hard decision.  But now that the decision has been made, there really is no reason to dwell on it.  It is just a work in progress methinks:)

I’m realizing how much of an emotional person I really am through this process. I no sooner sat down in my principal’s office yesterday than I got all choked up.  I couldn’t even get a word out!  While I was a little bit mortified, I also really wanted to express to her how much of an attachment I have to the school.  Mission accomplished. I mean, if she doesn’t know that I care at this point, then I don’t have two webbed toes.  did I just say that out loud?

Annnyway.  Before I left to meet up with Mohammad earlier (the student I’m tutoring), I somehow forgot to grab a snack.  I didn’t sweat it too much though, figuring I would be distracted enough during our meeting.  However, after receiving a phone call 5 minutes after I arrived at the coffee shop saying he was going to be an hour late, I knew I wasn’t going to make it.  So, I rushed home and grabbed this

Van’s Lite Waffle covered in almond butter

I really love these waffles.  The flavor of them is just too good, and the ingredients are great.  Plus – they only have 70 calories per serving (1 waffle)!  Win, win, win!

I tried to be at least a little productive before heading back to the coffee shop, but there just wasn’t enough time to get much done.

Thank you Mohammad for virtually taking up 2.5 hours of my afternoon.  At least he’s funny, though. Today he asked me if he could come live with Jon and I…at which point I about fell out of my chair.

I had an exchange student, K,  from Germany last year, and at one point during the year she was having trouble with her host family.  The exchange student coordinator emailed me one day and asked if K could come live with Jon and I.  Really?  Shouldn’t you have some experience raising kids before you take on a full-blown teenager?!

I politely declined.

I digress.

By the time I got home tonight, it had gotten rather late, and I was trying to think of something for dinner.  I wasn’t feeling very inspired, so I defaulted to Mexican.  Easy. Cheap. Tasty.

First this…

black beans, pinto beans, corn, rotel, cumin and sea salt – all mixed up!

Dun! dun! dun!  We were out of bit sized pasta, so we went with spaghetti!  Whole wheat of course.

hot and steamy

Toss! toss! toss!

Delicious.  Maybe not the most glamorous or creative meal, but it always hits the spot.

Unfortunatly I realized I am out of my favorite spice ever…so I had to forgo the ground red pepper.  boo:(

Oh, my gosh…I totally forgot!  I got a call for an interview today! I mentioned in my post yesterday that I might have an opportunity to teach ESL classes part-time.  Well, today I got a call and I’ll be meeting with them tomorrow.  I’m excited about this opportunity because it will enable me to have more time for the things I want to do and will give us a little extra moolah in the meantime. Plus, I love working with international students. So, I’m hoping it goes well.

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

What is your default/go-to meal for when you aren’t feeling inspired?

Do you love mexican food as much as I do? If not what’s your favorite ethnic food?

my husband bought us a mobile

25 Jun

Hey everyone!  TGIF, right?!  Per the usual Friday syndrome, I haven’t been super productive today; however, I was able to get caught up on some tasks built up from shopping with my mom all day yesterday, so it’s all good.

Speaking of yesterday (how’s that for a creative transition;), we had the best time.  It is rare that mom and I spend time just the two of us, but I’m always so thankful when we do.  Our day primarily consisted of talking, shopping, eating, eating…..and well, eating.  Wahoo!  My kind of day.  Unfortunately I didn’t get home until late and then spent the rest of the night cuddling with the husband, sooooo I didn’t do my online yoga.  Tomorrow.

Onto lunch

Black bean soup + whole grain baguette (my Panera usual) = not the most photogenic fare on the block

Strawberry Poppyseed salad (mom’s meal) = at least not a total fail in the looks dept. *ahem, iceburg lettuce*

I love that I now base my feelings about my food as much on how well it photographs as I do on how it tastes.  Priorities, right?!

Anyway, after shopping around for another few hours, we stopped for a snack

Oh for the love of all things good and holy.

Not sure why, but this yogurt was the best I’ve tasted in years.  And it was completely sugar/artificial sweetener free (not dairy free, but who needs to know that?)!

Insert more shopping…aka exericise;)

And dinner.  My step-dad drove an hour to the city just to meet us to eat.  He likes to do nice things like that (line stolen from my FIL).  Although, I’m not quite sure whether the company or the food motivated him to be so kind.

Appetizer – corn tortilla with spicy carrots, onions and tons of salsa.  Just a side note, when eating Mexican, I try to eat fewer chips, instead replacing them with a corn tortilla or two.  Saves in the calories dept. as well as your health!

Wanna know one way to keep it vegan and still enjoy Tex Mex?  Order tacos with black beans instead of meat (you will most likely get a strange look for this, at least in Oklahoma) and hold the cheese.  Also, make sure and check with the server because re-fried beans (cooked in lard ewww) and mexican rice (cooked in meat stock) are often not vegetarian.  I find that there usually is a vegetarian bean option, even aside from black beans – all you have to do is ask!

My mother and her charming husband

It was a fun day indeed.  And can we say relaxing?  Thanks mom!

Not sure what Jonathan and I are going to do tonight.  Actually, I do know one thing we’ll be doing.  My ever so creative husband ordered a mobile for us.  No, we do not have a little bundle of joy on the way.  This mobile is more of a mobile for adults.  Hmmm…that still doesn’t sound quite right.  Either way, after we assemble it we’ll be hanging it in our office, and I’ll just have to show you pics tomorrow.  Simmer down, guys.  Don’t get yourselves overexcited now.

How do you healthify Mexican food restaurants?
What plans do you have for the weekend?

Have a great Friday night, friends!

runnin' just as fast as i can

21 Jun

This morning I hit the gym for a quick 5k and some weight machines.  As mentioned before I have lost some of my running endurance, and I am now on the road to getting it back.  I took one walk break smack dab in the middle of my run this morning, so my final time was about 35 minutes.  Not that impressive, I know, but I’m just happy to be running!

Oddly, I wasn’t too hungry when I got home, so I held off awhile before fixing this for breakfast:

grilled banana and peanut butter sandwich on Ezekiel

This was my first time for a grilled pb and b, and I loved it!  Will definitely be making this again and again.  I simply spread a layer of pb on one side of a piece of Ezekiel bread  (toasted for about a minute to thaw it out).  Then I sliced a half a banana in half, laid it on the bread and put another slice of toast on top.  I then lightly buttered each side of the sandwich with Earth Balance so it would cook better.  Then threw it in a skillet and grilled away!

A few hours later I decided to make something fun for Jon since he was coming home for lunch.

For the bowl, crumple a piece of foil into a ball and lay a whole wheat tortilla over it, pressing it down over the ball.  Bake it in the oven at 400 degrees until the edges are slightly browned.  Spread the tortilla with refried beans and sprinkle on brown rice.  In the meantime, sautee green bell pepper and onion strips in seasonings until soft, then add them to the bowl.  Finish it off with rinsed black beans, cheese, salsa and homemade guacamole.  Jon could not stop raving over how delicious this was.  By the time he got home to eat, I was a bit hungry so I made one for myself as well, minus the tortilla and cheese.  Heaven in a bowl:)

Today I’m working on getting our office organized, which is proving to be quite a feat!  There is layer upon layer of stuff to go through, everything from college projects to current bills.  It feels like it’s never going to be done, but I know it will feel so good and be such a pleasant place for J and I to work once it’s all cleaned up.  We’re planning on rearranging and doing some more decorating as well…there will be chalkboard paint involved!

That’s all folks!  Hope you’re having a great Monday.  I’ll leave you with a quote I saw on a friend’s twitter earlier:

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage!

Amen and amen!

Also, stay tuned later for my promised juicer review as well as a recipe on these vegan beauties

a fun reunion

17 Jun

Hi!

Tonight’s post is going to be a quickie.  I have had a lot on my mind lately, resulting in a lack of productivity this evening.  O’well.

This morning Jon and I headed out early for a run – we finished about 3 miles (dead Garmin!) despite the heat, so I was perfectly happy with that.  We ended up on the college campus mid-run and took advantage of the fountain on library lawn by splashing it down our necks and backs.  Even the distance between the fountain’s pool and our bodies proved too far for the water to keep its coolness, but once we were off again, the breeze felt so refreshing on my damp skin.  Best part of the run:)

When we got back I sewed a couple of missing buttons onto Jon’s shirt, and he was out the door to work.  I made myself a quick green monster, then hit the shower.  I won’t bore you with pictures of my gm again.  It was delicious as usual, though, and got my morning off to an energetic start.

A few hours later, I fixed a little snack to tide me over until lunch.

Whole wheat pita stuffed with hummus, broccoli slaw and sprouts.  I have a serious crush on broccoli slaw right now. lol.  It adds a nice crunch to almost anything!

As mentioned this morning, I worked on getting our budget set up on mint.com.  I think I’ve got it pretty much figured out, but let’s just say that anything having to do with numbers budgeting eludes me so it’s going to take some practice.  Gotta start somewhere, though, eh?

Guys, I had the best time at lunch today.  Not only was my meal out of this world, but my company was even better. Let’s start with the food

I ordered the Veggie pita, which was a whole wheat pita, literally stuffed to the gills with grilled red pepper strips, romaine, onions, bell pepper, cucumber and tomato.  I asked for honey mustard on the side, which I later drizzled over the veggies.  With a side of fruit.  It was so much better than I anticipated!  I felt so great afterwards, too – don’t you love the feeling of being full on fresh, clean food?

I met Tracy many years ago when we were probably sophomores in college.  We were both English Education majors, and we both got placed at a school that was an hour’s drive away for our student teaching.  So, naturally we commuted together.  She was my saving grace during that time.  Those long drives to and from school were filled with venting, encouragment, advice and just good girl talk.  After college Jon and I moved away and now that we’re back she has moved.  We hadn’t seen each other in ages, and it was so refreshing to catch up.  I honestly love this girl, and seeing her made my day so bright.  She just got a job teaching English as a second language to sixth and seventh grades, and I know she is going to rock it!

When I got home I was craving a little somethin’ sweet, so I indulged in this piece of dark chocolate I had stashed away in the fridge.

Because Tracy and I couldn’t peel ourselves away from each other for almost three hours, I didn’t do much else before Jon got home from work.  We stuck to our favorite for dinner and whipped up some vegetarian burritos.

I started by sauteeing some green pepper strips and onions in some Mexican seasoning for about 5-7 minutes.  Meanwhile, I heated up some canned refried beans and cooked some brown rice.  Once everything was ready I simply spread a spoonful of refried beans around on the (heated) tortilla, sprinkled on some rice, added a layer of veggies and a sprinkling of soy cheese.  I then topped it all off with salsa, rolled it up and had a little fiesta in my mouth:)  Simply delicious.

Now that it’s after midnight, I’ve got to be off to bed.   I’m planning on going to Piyo tomorrow morning and may try to fit in some running on the treadmill as well.  We’ll see how it all pans out in the am.  Happy Friday!

Btw, I’m currently listening to a new album by Diane Birch, and I’m loving it!  If you haven’t checked her out, you definitely should!  Let me know what you think if you do;)

a family affair

13 Jun

Today started off with a bang when Jon and I headed outside for a sweltering 20 minute run/walk.  It has been so hot and humid here – it’s nearly unbearable.   I think I might be hitting the gym to spend some time with the big T tomorrow morning.

I inhaled a bowl of this new (to me) cereal with chopped banana and soy milk.  The verdict?  Amazing.  Exactly what I’ve been looking for in a cereal;)

We were busy bees today as we went to church and then headed to my hometown for my little cousin, Addie’s, 15th birthday party.  Before heading out, I reheated the second half of my leftover vegetarian burrito from Chipotle.  I refuse to post a pic of it due to the fact that it was probably the most offensive looking meal I’ve photographed since the beginning of time ChiaSeedMe.  I’ll let you use your imagination:)  I also was later accused by my loving husband of violating the “no eating out for a week challenge agreement,” but I set the record straight.

Instead, please enjoy a few pics of my beautiful, if not a bit goofy, little cousin.

And now for a funny tidbit about my cousins.  Addie’s brother, Ashton, just graduated from high school a year ago and has now finished his first year of college.  During high school he was the cool guy emo type, dressing in skinny jeans, rocker shirts and converse.  Over the past year, however, he has made this out-of-the-blue transformation into mister country boy (also the name of the grocery store in my hometown).  In this process he has aquired a coon dog named Red, about 5 chickens, 8 baby chicks and two cows.  Yes, cows.  So, today I was lucky enough to get to meet two thirds of his new brood.

This little guy not to be confused with the baby chick I bought on a whim during my crazy freshman year of college, only for it to die a matter of weeks later and be buried on our campus library lawn after being held hostage in a cardboard box in my bedroom.  Please don’t judge.  I feel bad enough already.

After touring the “farm,” eating some fresh fruit served by my aunt, watching Addie open her gifts, Jon and I made the trek back to Stillwater.  This is where I must brag just a bit.  By the time we left my aunt’s house, we were famished!  Usually we would have no doubt stopped at the Subway on our way out of town or at least grabbed a lil something on our way back into town.  But we held strong and waited until we arrived back home before cooking up our famous vegan enchiladas (recipe here).  Pat us on the back!

So far, we have succeeded in our “no eating out challenge.”  Today, we passed up dinner out and Starbucks, which must already by a savings of about $30.  Crazy.

Well, that’s all for tonight.  Stay tuned for tomorrow as I’ll be back to posting vacation recaps!  G’night!

mother's day

9 May

We just arrived back home from our Mother’s Day vacay about an hour ago.  It was a fun overnight trip, but I am exhausted!  Too much driving methinks.

Anyway, last night my mom made enchiladas for dinner.  She custom made each of our enchiladas just the way we like it.  Sweet mom:)  Mine was stuffed full of sauteed spinach, onions, mashed black beans and diced green chilis all rolled up in a whole wheat tortilla and drowned in green enchilada sauce.  Delish!

This morning we spent time hanging out at the house, then headed out to take my mom out to lunch.  Mexican food was the meal of choice (again!) – no complaints about that!  I went with my favorite way to healthify Mexican food by ordering the taco dinner.  I subbed in steamed pinto beans for the meat and added lots of lettuce, tomato and salsa.  I also ate a bit of rice on the side and of course tortilla chips and guacamole.  Might have went a bit overboard on the chips.  Oops!  Unfortunately I failed to get a pic, so you’ll just have to take my word  – it was tasty!

After lunch we headed over to visit my Grandma and Grandpa.  Luckily, my aunt, uncle and cousins had the same idea, so we all ended up there at the same time.  Fun!

I am so very thankful for the moms in my life.  I am so blessed.

My mom is there for me anytime I need her. I always think of the zillions of times I’ve called her to ask for advice or even just to vent about something.  She never fails to listen for as long as I need her to, and she always gives the best advice.  She knows me better than almost anyone.  I don’t know what I’d do without her in my life.  She’s the best mom I could ask for and a heck of a grandma too:)  Right, Olive?

I’m also so very thankful for my mother-in-law.  She is the sweetest, most wonderful MIL I could ask for.  She loves me like I’m her own daughter and is always so supportive of Jon and I.  She’s selfless, sweet and darn funny:)  Don’t know what we’d do without her.  She’s off galavanting (love that word:) around Greece right now, so we didn’t get to spend time together today.  We were together in spirit, though;)

I hope that I’m able to be even half the mother that these two are.

Well, I’m off to get some grading done.  I’m still buried in essays, but I can see a faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.  Just gotta keep chipping away!

Hope you all have a great end to the weekend and a great start to your week!

spicy vegan chili

21 Apr

Another crazy day of testing at school.  There are only 27 days of school left…not that I’m counting or anything.

Have you ever been at a point in your life when you are at the brink of some big changes and you want to make them happen, but something (out of your control) is holding you back?  Yeah, me neither;)

I’ve been a bit “out of whack” lately, and I’m ready to be “in whack” again.  It’s all a matter of attitude and perspective, and I need to whip both into shape!

As promised, tonight I have a new recipe from Saturday’s fun in the kitchen.

Enter Spicy Vegan Chili. You guys know I’m a huge fan of meals that are delicious, fast, easy, vegan and of course healthy!  Also, husband’s enjoyment is a key.  This recipe most def. falls in those categories.  YOU should try it!

Ingredients

1 can light red kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can organic lentils
1 can low sodium corn
1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilis
1 24 oz can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1/2 onion, chopped
5 or 6 mushrooms, chopped
1-2 whole carrots, chopped
4 tbsp chili powder
ground red pepper to taste
2 tbsp cumin
1 tsp salt

Directions
Chop fresh veggies
Dump all ingredients into a large crock pot, set on low, and forget it!

If you don’t have a crock pot, you could also use a large stock pot.  You just won’t have quite the same effect of “fix it and forget it.”  This meal is great served with whole wheat crackers, blue corn chips or served over whole wheat pasta!  I made this recipe for just the husband and I because I love having leftovers.  This makes enough for an entire week of random lunches and dinners when you need something quick.  Another option would be to freeze a portion of it to have a couple of weeks later when you’re in a pinch.  Let me know if you try it!

I rushed home from work today to make it to a hair appointment.  Nothing too exciting…just a trim.  Obvs.  Because I couldn’t possibly go any shorter;)  Needless to say, I skipped out on my workout today, but I’m back at it tomorrow!

I hope you all have a fantastic Thursday!  We will be having company all weekend starting Friday, so tomorrow night I’ll be super busy getting our house in tip top shape!  I’ll check in at some point though.

G’night!

eatin' cheap

22 Mar

Happy (end of) Monday everyone!  While Monday’s aren’t my favorite, it feels nice to have one day down and only four to go.  I’m not going to lie – work today was a bit on the stressful side.  It’s just hard getting back into the groove of things after sleeping in and doing only things I love for an entire week.  It’ll get easier, though, at least it better!!

I started off this morning with a green monster per the usual.  I am seriously addicted to my morning GM.  Unfortunately, I am almost out of Amazing Grass.  Jon and I are trying to really buckle down with our budget for the rest of the month, so I may have to go without my grass for awhile (gasp!).

These pics are actually from yesterday.  I only wish I left for work late enough to take pictures in the natural light.  Yea for Sundays!  Besides,  I wore the same outfit, so it’s basically like I took it today:)

Lunch today was leftover Veggie-tel and an apple.

Later I munched on some baby carrots for a snack and then followed that up with Whole soy yogurt and a mix of sliced almonds and Back to Nature granola for toppings on my commute home.  This granola will definitely be up for a review soon because it’s really one of my faves.

I planned on making it to the gym today, but work got in the way.  The teacher I plan with called while I was driving, and we proceeded to try and work out some school stuff for the next hour.  I was sad to miss my workout, but Jon and I made up for it by taking a nice nap when we got home!    Hey, the first day back is hard, ya know?

Tonight we took a trip to the grocery store to get a few things that will last us the next week and a half.  I planned out four meals that are pretty economical, and they don’t taste too bad either!  I’ll be sharing them throughout the week. I’m not always the best at economical grocery shopping (i.e. nut butters), but we are really trying to make some changes around here, so I’m going to be focusing a bit more on how to eat cheap and healthy!

First up for tomorrow will be a recipe I call Mexican Fiesta Pasta.  If you like Mexican food, you’ll love this!  It’s cheap, it’s easy, but it’s clean!  Here’s a teaser;)

Have a great night everyone – on to Tuesday!

You may be only one brave decision away from the most important turn in your life.” – Beth Moore

on a scale of 1 to 10…

9 Feb

Hello!

Tonight is going to have to be a quick post because I’ve spent way too much of my time watching The Biggest Loser and grading projects for my sophomores, and I’ve got to head to bed!

I started my day off with overnight oats, primarily because we are out of soy milk, so I couldn’t make my usual green monster.  Last night I mixed up 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup soy yogurt, 1/3 cup water, a heaping spoonful of canned pumpkin and cinnamon.  I set it in the fridge overnight, and then this morning hubby added in sliced almonds and some blueberries.  Yummo!  I always love having overnight oats!  I usually really enjoy them cold, straight out of the fridge, but it was so cold outside this morning that I decided to heat them up.  They kept me warm all the way to work!!

*good oats…bad, bad pic

Dinner tonight was our usual Tuesday night enchiladas, aka “our addiction.”  We LOVE this meal.  Jon and I honestly just cannot get enough of Mexican food, so obvs. we have to healthify it.  I like our version just as good or better as the restaurant version we used to get so often.  I feel a heck of a lot better after eating this one though!

* this pic is so bad I almost didn’t post it.  Don’t judge the ‘lada because of the sad iPhone pic.

1 Stacy’s whole wheat tortilla (more on these later)
2 slices of portabello mushroom
sauteed spinach
chopped onion
diced green chilis
nutritional yeast (protein)
green enchilada sauce

Wrap it all up and pop it in the over for about 10 minutes, and you’ve got yourself a gooey, smokin’ hot enchilada.  Add a big scoop of homemade, healthy guac and a small side of refrien beans – perfection.  If you love Mexican food, you would love this meal, promise.

Question for tonight: do you have levels of healthiness when you think about the food you eat?

Let me explain.  Even though all the food I eat is clean, I still put it in levels in my mind for some reason.  For instance, sauteed veggies over spaghetti squash would be about a 10 on the scale of healthiness, whereas my vegan enchilada meal is about a 5 or 6.  In reality, neither meal is “not clean” or unhealthy in any way, but I still put these “labels” on my food sometimes.  Does anybody else do this?  I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing, but it’s kind of curious.  Just wondered if I’m the only crazy person food labeler out there.

That’s it for now, friends.  I’ve got to get to bed – I’ve got a busy day ahead involving a english department meeting over lunch, meeting with my principal during my planning period and a workout + hair appointment after school.  Gotta decide whether to grow it out or keep it short.  Ahh, decisions decisions!!

Night!

expect the unexpected

17 Jan

Hiya blog friends (haha – I love pretending someone is actually reading:)!  You will not believe what the hubs and I did today…or I guess I should say “did not do” today.  I haven’t known you guys very long – ha!- so this will be a little insight for you as to the kinds of things we McCoys often do.

We slept in until about 8:30 am, then headed to the gym shortly after.  I had piyo (pilates+yoga) this morning, and Jon had his usual cardio workout.  After our lovely time at the gym, we came home, showered, got ready, and jumped in the car to head to the city (about an hour away).  We had two tasks for the day – I had a baby shower of a college friend to attend, and we wanted to return a few things we received for Christmas.  So, there we were in the car, me all dressed up, when we realized that we didn’t grab the bag of “take back stuff” from the house.  Bah!  I was so mad at myself.  It’s just like us to do something like that.  Little did I know, things would only get worse.

Before Jon dropped me off at the shower, we had to run to Target to buy a gift.  We always end up buying gifts for showers on the day of, and that is seriously a habit I want to break!  So, we got the gift, jumped back in the car, running late of course, and headed to the shower.  As we approached my friends house, I started to get an uneasy feeling. Why, you ask?  Oh, maybe because there were NO cars there, and I was 10 minutes late!!  Oh, that’s right….the shower is actually 2 weeks from now!  No one is celebrating, playing baby name games or eating cake…and here we sit in the street…FAIL yet again.  So, basically, we drove 2 hours to accomplish 2 tasks, and we ended up accomplishing none!

So, let me introduce us again.  Hi, we’re the McCoys, and we thrive on doing really dumb things and wasting lots of time. At least we do it together though;)

Really, though.  It took me about 10 minutes to get over being mad at the world, then I decided to just get over myself and try to look at the bright side – at least I finally didn’t buy my shower gift on the day of the shower.  Win!

Okay, onto my eats.  Last night Jon and I were really craving mexican food.  A month ago we would have jumped in the car and sped to our nearest favorite mexican establishment (we have multiple), but that was the old us.  The new us decided to healthify a mexican feast on our own.  Here is our creation.

Hers: whole wheat tortilla, sauteed spinach, chopped green chilis, chopped mushrooms, little bit of veggie shreds, onions, and green enchilada sauce.

His:  whole wheat tortilla, sauteed spinach, shredded chicken, onions, chopped green chilis, low-fat mozzerella cheese and green enchilada sauce.

I also whipped up a batch of my favorite homemade guac – 2 organic avocados, chopped onions, garlic powder, ground red pepper, chopped toms, lemon juice and a pinch of salt.  We had it with these organic blue corn tortilla chips and some refried beans.

This meal was excellent – and it really hit the spot!  This is a perfect example of how you can  A. make healthy food taste awesome B. prepare clean versions of old favorites and C. make a vegetarian and meat eater happy with little hassle!

Fast forward to today – which was really wacky in terms of eating times.  After I got home from the gym, I threw together the most fabulous bowl of oats.  This included 1/3 cup oats, 3/4 cup water, one heaping spoonful of vanilla soy yogurt, splash of almond milk, 1 tbsp chia seeds, about 1 tbsp almond butter and a sprinkle of clean organic granola.  These were some tasty oats, even though I didn’t eat them until about 10 o’clcok.

We decided that since we had a late breakfast, and the shower (uh huh)  was smack dab in the middle of the afternoon, that we would just throw in a larabar (cashew cookie – my fave) for a snack and then have “linner” around 4 when the shower was over.  Well, I had just finished off the last crumb of my larabar when we realized we were lone attendees to the non-existent shower, so we decided to wait about an hour and then go eat.  About 3 hours later at 4:30 (due to shopping) we landed at PF Changs.

This was only my third time to go to PF Changs, but I always love it!  The ambiance is so relaxing and it reminds me of our days in southeast Asia.  I have to praise my husband here for a moment because he went all vegetarian with me so we could share an appetizer and an entree.  Isn’t he sweet?  So, we settled on the tofu lettuce wraps for our appetizer (Ah-may-zing!)  and the “Buddha’s Feast” for our entree.  Both dishes completely outdid themselves!  And score one point for our waitress – she surprised us by bringing out their eggplant appetizer for us to try.  I’ve never had that happen before, have you?  It was so nice!

Buddha’s Feast consisted of stir fried tofu, broccoli, asparagus, carrots and snap peas in a vegetarian sauce with brown rice with 210 calories for half the dish (without the brown rice) and 15 grams of protein – I can live with that for a restaurant meal!  Apologies for the picture…all I had was my little point and shoot camera.

There may or may not have also been a stop through Orange Tree on our way home for some (dairy free) yogurt:)

All in all it was a great day!  I just love days off when I get to spend so much time with my favorite person and NOT work on school stuff.  Can’t beat it, really.  I hope you all had a lovely Saturday as well.  I’m off to bed pretty soon so we can wake up in time for our chuch’s early service.  Until tomorrow…