Josh Groban is Amazing and All Day Concert

This morning I woke up and decided to do another 3ish (slightly more) mile run.  I followed up with 20 minutes of yoga.

I actually slept in until almost 10:30 today… yikes!  So by the time I finished the run and yoga, it was time for lunch.  I wanted something big and veggieful, so I went for a salad – I sauteed some veggies (eggplant, celery, carrot, and peppers in a little sesame oil; later added rice vinegar and soy sauce) and threw them on top of romaine.  For my protein I added turkey bacon – and I had a piece plain on the side too!  I love this stuff.  It’s from Whole Foods and was on sale this week (2 for $7).

We went to this humongous concert today for the Bridge School Benefit – Niel Young, Cat Power, Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, Smashing Pumpkins, Josh Groban, Norah Jones, and Jack Johnson (in that order)!  What I did NOT know was that it was going to last almost 7 hours!  Right before we left our friend told us that’s what he’d heard, so I pulled together a giant snack pack filled with wraps, veggies, and fruit for us to have throughout the show (ampitheatre food is awful and expensive, and so not worth it for me).  I used my snack pack a lot.  We actually walked to and from the concert (2+ miles each way), so this event took up most of our day!

  • 3 whole wheat la tortilla factory wraps (unpictured)
  • 2 apples
  • a bunch of baby carrots

When we finally got home I made dinner – fried rice for Bobby and our friend that came with us, and a nice stirfry (onion, organic chicken-gouda sausage, eggplant, pumpkin, peppers, carrots, cabbage, celery, 1 whole apple, all topped with bacon bits) for me.  I also prepped a bunch of raw veggies (red and yellow peppers, carrots) and had them with BBQ sauce (again).  The chicken-gouda sausage is really yummy – but I get sick of it because we bought 21 links from Costco at one point!  I try to use it every once in a while so that we don’t overdo it 🙂

After dinner was dessert and snacks:

  • sliced apple with cinnamon (microwaved) and some vanilla and espresso soy ice cream
  • pumpkin with olallieberry jelly
  • 2 packets of brothers-all-natural apple crisps!

I have to go to sleep because I need to get up early tomorrow, so this was snappy – Happy Monday!  Hope it’s the start of a great week

Cranberry Apple Pumpkin Bake – Blogger Secret Ingredient

This week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient is hosted by The Fitnessista and she chose cranberries!  I love cranberries.  Back in high school my favorite band was the Cranberries, and I loved to snack on Craisins – so much so that my screenname still has the word cranberry in it.  If you ever want to chat, ask me what it is 🙂  This recipe is full of fall flavours and I really enjoyed it.

Cranberry Apple Pumpkin Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1.25 cups of cranberries (I used frozen)
  • about 3 cups of chopped pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Mix all the ingredients except the cheddar together in a bowl.
  3. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and pour in the mix.  Top with the shredded cheddar.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes.  ENJOY!  I think another great addition would be some chopped nuts on the top.  Try it out and let me know.

I had mine with delicious baked tofu:

I Love Containers and the BSI

I went for a run this morning!  I think it was about 3 miles.  When I got back I did yoga.

Bobby was home in time for breakfast:

  • pancakes (I had 1.5 big ones) topped with applesauce and raspberry spread
  • 1 piece of turkey bacon
  • a plum

At some point between breakfast and lunch we took a nap… And when I woke up I was starving.  So I made lunch:

  • eggplant parm – with spaghetti sauce and topped with rice cheeze (it actually melts)
  • cauliflower and red pepper with BBQ sauce
  • an apple

After lunch we went to The Container Store – it was so cool!  I got a bunch of stuff to organize my kitchen.  On the way home we also stopped at Whole Foods to get a few things.

And then for dinner I used the Blogger Secret IngredientCranberries are awesome 🙂  I also finally made Gliding Calm Tofu and it was great.  I only changed it a little.

Dinner:

  • gliding calm baked tofu (baked at 450 for 15 minutes on each side, rubbed in a mix of sesame oil, chili flakes, garlic powder, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey… I think that was it?)
  • BSI recipe (coming soon!) – cranberry-pumpkin-apple bake! I had a lot more of this than you see above.
  • raw veggies and BBQ sauce (shared with Bobby)

Dessert/Snacks:

  • 1.5 apples with OLALLIEBERRY jam
  • freeze dried rambutan from Trader Joe’s
  • a bunch of M&Ms and a few almonds, eaten out of trail mix (unpictured)
  • another 2 small muffins from last night’s baking

I had a really nice Saturday – I hope you all did as well!  Tomorrow Bobby and I are going with a bunch of friends to the Bridge School Benefit Concert, where we’ll see: Neil Young, Jack Johnson, Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, Norah Jones, Cat Power, Josh Groban, and Smashing Pumpkins. I am SO excited for Josh Groban. His music and voice are incredible, not to mention the fact that he’s really cute.  Have a great night y’all 😀

Cocoa Banana Oat Muffins

I think the name says it all – these are banana-licious oaty muffins with some delicious cocoa.  I have a bunch of bananas that are verging on bad, so I knew I had to bake something with them soon.  I picked up cocoa powder at Trader Joe’s last week, so I thought that might be a fun addition.  I also saw Kelly’s recipe for Double Chocolate Banana Muffin Tops, so that was inspiration as well 🙂

Cocoa Banana Oat Muffins

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas
  • 1/2 cup rice milk (I used the unsweetened variety from Whole Foods)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (or less!) sugar – you don’t need much because the bananas are so sweet…
  • 1.5 cups of oats
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Mash the bananas and mix them with the milk, applesauce, vanilla, and sugar.
  3. Mix together the oats, cocoa, baking powder, and salt – now add this to the banana mixture.
  4. Spray your muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray and spoon in the batter.  Bake for about 20-25 minutes.  These are very banana-y so they will still be a little soft.
  5. Makes 12 small-medium sized muffins.

    Finally Friday!

    This morning I did another relaxing 20 minutes of Cardio Yoga.  It felt good.

    Breakfast:

    • 1/2 cup oats, 1 chopped plum, peach yogurt
    • an apple

    I took a 50-minute walk before I ate lunch.  There were parts of it that turned into a run though.  I was literally flying off the ground.  If I hadn’t had to go back to work after this I probably would have run more – but I didn’t want to be sweaty and gross when I got back!  This has been happening more and more recently.  I’ll be taking a walk and suddenly I just want to run.  Usually I can’t, for the reason above (don’t want to be sweaty at work), but it’s weird.

    Lunch: (Korean!  Awesome.  Free lunch on Fridays at work.)

    • seafood mushroom and soft tofu hot pot
    • kimchee
    • salad
    • bean sprouts
    • shrimp skewers (but I hardly ate any of these because the sauce was too gooey and sweet)
    • I went back for seconds on everything but the skewers…

    Snack:

    • more kimchee, a few prawns (from hot pot), some salad, and some random leftover sauteed veggies
    • about 2.5 cups of grapes

    When I got home I did another 20 minutes of yoga (a video called Zen in Your Den).  It wasn’t as vigorous as cardio yoga, but it was the perfect way to unwind after a week of work.  Then I baked some muffins and started dinner.

    Dinner:

    • 1/2 stuffed acorn squash – stuffed with sauteed carrots, celery, chopped plum, veggie ground meat, red pepper, lots of balsamic vinegar and splashes of soy sauce and rice vinegar… YUM.
    • I also had the leftovers from Bobby’s acorn squash (he doesn’t eat the skin and he got full before he finished because he had lots of rice and cheese in his, which filled him up more quickly than mine did).
    • raw veggies and BBQ sauce – who knew this would be so good?

    Dessert/Snacks:

    • 2 banana cocoa muffins (75 calories each)
    • 1.5 apples with about 4 tablespoons of raspberry spread
    • a handful of yogurt covered raisins and some m&ms
    • 3/4 cup espresso flavored soy ice cream

    Bobby went down to Santa Cruz for the night to hang out with some friends at somebody’s beach house – I opted to stay here and be mellow 🙂  I’m watching House now and lying on the couch with Couscous (the cat).  This is a random question, but what is your favorite color?  Mine is purple.  It has been forever.  Happy weekend!