Day 1 of Positivity = Success! I’m glad I set my intention for the week (kind of like in yoga class) because when the blues start creeping I’ll be able to banish them away!
Yesterday after meeting up with my friend Marci who was in town, I continued on with my walking to run a couple of errands. While on my 11+ mile walk I got a huge craving for sloppy joes. You know, the kind that Mom used to make.
After scouring the internet for the perfect recipe I ended up creating my own based on a few different ones. These were sweet yet savory, had great texture, and had I not gotten full I would’ve seriously contemplated eating the whole batch!
Almost Summer Sloppy Joes
- 1/2 lb lean grass-fed ground beef (I used 93%)
- 1/4c chopped onion
- 1/2c diced bell pepper strips (mine were frozen)
- 1/4t garlic powder
- 3/8c organic ketchup
- 1/2t mustard
- 1t brown sugar
- 1/4t apple cider vinegar
- ~1/2c water
In a skillet over medium heat brown the ground beef, onion, and bell pepper. Drain off liquid. Optional: spoon mixture onto a paper towel-covered plate to soak up excess liquid and fat and wipe the pan clean.
Return mixture to skillet and add remaining ingredients. Stir and bring to high heat. Once simmering, reduce heat to low and allow to simmer until the dish has reached the desired thickness.
This yielded 3 1/3 cup servings clocking in around 150 cal, 5g fat, 8.75g carbs, 5g sugars, and 15.5g protein. Not too bad!
I served my sloppy joe meet alongside some brown rice and roasted okra, green beans, and broccoli. It fulfilled my craving for a home-cooked meal reminiscent of my childhood.
Cheers to a good week continued!
What dishes from your childhood do you crave?
First, a Happy Easter to those of you who celebrated. I loved seeing folks all dressed up in bright spring colors on their way to celebrate the holiday! Although I did not have any Easter festivities to attend I managed to have a perfectly relaxing day (and weekend) with some of my favorite activities!
Sunday morning I slept in although it didn’t feel like it because I stayed up wayyyy too late reading Water for Elephants. I managed to stop with just a chapter or two left so I finished the book as soon as I woke up.
Breakfast was another egg with ~1/3 of a piece of matzah with red pepper spread and some fruit topped with cinnamon and charoset. This seems to be my favorite Passover breakfast this year.
After digesting a bit I went to the gym. I did about 35 minutes of cardio and did arms and shoulder weight training for about 15 minutes. It was much to nice to head directly home after I stretched so I took a very long way home and got in some extra walking.
Lunch was a quick veggie salad and then I made a smoothie to take up to the roof with me. Into the blender went strawberries, a bit of mango and pineapple, and Mango Peach VitaCoco coconut water. I enjoyed my smoothie in the sunshine and relaxed for a good part of the afternoon.
A storm rolled through not too long ago so I took advantage of the clouds to knock out some cooking for the week. I have a few meal dates on my calendar this week and want to make sure I have some meals ready to go to bring to work. I have been waiting patiently for the right time to try this asparagus soup recipe and today was the day! I swapped in onion for the leeks and some cooked kosher for Passover pasta (~2/3c) for the potatoes. As that simmered I roasted a head of cauliflower, portobello mushroom caps, a head of garlic, and baked some chicken. I did 15 minutes or so of prep work and then let my oven and stove do the rest of the work. Mission accomplished!
Despite snacking on a pear and drinking lots of water my stomach was ready for more food. I had an early dinner of my soup, which was basically spring in a bowl. I blended the soup to make it “creamy” and topped it with chives and a bit of Parmesan cheese. I’ll say it again – spring in a bowl perfection!
Other relaxing weekend highlights include:
- sleeping in
- walks in the sunshine
- a Whole Foods run (shocker)
- a quick and cool night walk just before a thunderstorm started
How did you relax this weekend?
How do you like to relax on the weekends?
Would you believe that in the last 24 hours I have done the dishes 4 different times? For someone who doesn’t have a dishwasher, that’s quite the load! It also means that I’ve been cooking up a variety of things and really am feeling like my old self, cooking wise.
What have I been making? Well, yesterday I started off cooking up my first recipe from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan – Hide the Lentil Tomato Sauce. It’s a published recipe that I followed to a T besides adding in chopped onion. While I can’t type up the recipe for you I will say this – I was ready to return the cookbook until I tasted this tomato sauce and then proceeded to have it for a snack and dinner yesterday as well as lunch today over about 1/2c brown rice pasta with some broccoli and bell peppers mixed in.
This morning I had an egg white sandwich on 2 slices of Udi’s whole grain bread with red pepper spread and some cheddar cheese. I also had a few strawberries and a quarter of a grapefruit on the side.
This didn’t hold me over well at all and I broke into my afternoon snack – an apple with peanut butter, earlier than I had planned to. Lunch was a simple greens salad with a sprinkle of Parmesan and the aforementioned pasta.
This afternoon some colleagues popped some popcorn and were kind enough to share. I had maybe a cup and a half before I left for the day. When I did I was quite hungry and had a piece of toast with cheese before a 6:30pm yoga class.
Tonight’s vinyasa flow class was my new class of the month and I really liked it. It was fast paced, stretched my tired legs, and we did handstand work! I was easily able to do a handstand from my gymnastics days and was thrilled. I actually ran to and from the gym so I got an unexpected cardio workout in as well.
I debated what to make for dinner and finally decided on Kath’s Spring Greens Soup which was delicious. I omitted the butter, croutons, and doubled the broth and greens and now have extra for lunches this week. I also had some beans on the side for protein.
I just finished munching a bit of plain popcorn and now it’s off to bed.
Have you cooked up anything good lately?
I don’t know about you but despite losing an hour of sleep, I am so.happy. that Daylight Savings arrived. It’s about time! It seems like DC has been welcoming the time change by ushering in the start of spring which I think is helping my sunny outlook this weekend as well!
I’ve been enjoying leisurely breakfasts – one bowl of cream of buckwheat with strawberries, blueberries, and peanut butter, and an English muffin – half with peanut butter, half with an egg, and some sliced grapefruit.
Yesterday I met up with a friend and we went for a 2 hour walk to enjoy the sunshine and get some fresh air. We also detoured for lunch at Whole Foods where I got a salad. When I got home I headed right back out to the grocery store. On the way home I enjoyed some pear sorbet to celebrate the sunshine
These also arrived yesterday and am excited to enjoy them!
Thus far today I’ve been to the farmers market, cleaned my apartment and collected a large bag of stuff to donate, and got myself back in the kitchen. Here’s a sneak peak – it feels good to be back!