Holy crap, I feel like I need to do a week in review! I can't believe it's been a full week since my last blog post. I'm telling ya, vacations and holiday weeks make me completely lose track of time!
I have two recipes for ya to make up for it. They're both versatile and can be switched up for any possible flavor combinations your brains can dream up. The first one is a sammich filling. I feel like I'm cheating for calling this a recipe really. It was more of a “what the heck do I have that I can throw together for a main dish because I'm starving” kind of thing.
Crissie's Tofu Curry Sammiches
*leftover tofu – mine were grilled curry triangles I made by marinating them in veggie broth, ginger, and sweet curry powder. However – ANY will work…smoked, Italian, etc. I had about 8 ounces.
*1/2 cup vegan mayo. I used the blue capped Nayonaise.
*2 tbsp dijon mustard
*cut the tofu into smallish pieces – I did small cubes
*mix the mayo and mustard together. Add the tofu and mix well.
*eat however you want to – I put mine in corn tortillas and topped with some hot sauce and avocado.
Crissie's Garlicky Pinto Beans and Rice (Pressure Cooker recipe)
*1 bag of pinto beans, soaked for 8 hours or overnight (I started soaking when I woke up in the morning)
*3 inch strip of kombu seaweed (if you have it – if not, no big thing)
*4 bay leaves
*2-4 cups leftover COOKED rice (I had brown rice from recipes earlier in the week).
*6 cups of broth (I used homemade veggie broth)
*2 tsp oil (I used olive oil)
*1 onion, diced
*2-3 pureed tomatoes (a can of diced or stewed tomatos – not drained – would work also)
10 cloves of garlic (minced or chopped fine)
*1 tsp cumin
*1 tsp dried cilantro (or 2 tbsp fresh)
*1 1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
*rinse the soaked beans, put in the pressure cooker with the seaweed (if using – it allegedly helps reduce gasiness of the beans), bay leaves, and broth.
*bring to high pressure, cook for 10 minutes, and let come down naturally (vs. quick release)
*keep about 1 cup of the cooking liquid, but drain the rest.
*Heat the oil in the pot over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and slowly roast until nicely browned – but not burnt. (if your pressure cooker isn't a non stick surface, add up to 1 tbsp oil)
*Add the onion, turn the heat up to medium, and sautee for 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent, but not brown.
*Add the rice, and stir well – similar to making fried rice. Add cumin, cilantro, and salt, and mix well.
*Add the beans – they will be mushy. Stir completely – the beans will take on a refried bean appearance, and that's perfect.
*Simmer for 10 minutes – adding reserved cooking liquid if necessary.
*EAT! I made quesadillas with them by spreading the beans and rice on a corn tortilla, adding sliced avocado, tomato, a small amount of grated vegan Teeze, topping with another corn tortilla and pan-frying it until golden. Top with a ton of hot sauce and pretend you're on the coast of Mexico.
This is a family pleaser to be sure. The rest of my family isn't vegan and they raved about it.
All the rest is just going to be a week in pictures review since you're probably tired of reading this much….
this one was fun. I was in an all day summit meeting on Monday, and brought my own food, naturally. The biggest topic of conversation for awhile there was “the what's Crissie eating?” game. Fruit salad, a raw cucumber gazpacho (KILLER), and a salad jar. The containers were quite a topic too….
I loaded up my iPod with some guided yoga and did a couple “hot” sessions in the back yard. It's hilarious watching my Sammie pups do down dog when I'm doing down dog. But I'll tell you – shivasana (corpse pose) isn't relaxing when your dog realizes you're lying on the ground and starts licking your face and sitting on you (she's an 80 lb “pup”). It is cute though.
My swim workout yesterday got cut short when my goggles snapped after 15 laps. I finished out on a kickboard and back stroke, but was quite aggrevated none the less.
Today I went to the Y with my husband and daughter. They made plans to run together (D is thinking of starting a running program, and R LOVES to run), so I tagged along. They did about 20-30 min on the treadmill then hit the outdoor pool to goof off.
I can't help myself – I love running and am absolutely convinced I can find a way to keep doing it, despite the whole joint disease crap. I thought the treadmill would be the perfect thing, since the landing is so much softer than pounding pavement. I went in not expecting too much other than a fast walk at a steep incline, but willing to bump it up if I felt OK (I'll be honest – the knees have been KILLING me since last week's P90X plyo adventure).
My knee twinged a bit the first 5 minutes or so, but I did bump it up and do some running intervals for 32 minutes. Run 2, walk on an incline for 1, repeat. It was awesome, I was a sweaty mess, and felt great.
As a silly side note, I was amazed at how the heart rate display on the treadmill was dead on – even though I wasn't holding the handle. I kept thinking “wow, based on my age and weight entry, it's nailing the assumed HR based on my speed!”. Yeah…..not a psychic treadmill. I was wearing my Polar HR monitor, and the treadmill is apparently Fitlixx and Polar compatible. So my monitor was transmitting to the treadmill display. Still…a psychic treadmill would be pretty cool.
I wanted a longer workout, so I hit up one of the bikes for about 10 min, but it bugged my knee, so I finished up with an extra 20 on the Elliptical. All in all, thrilled with the workout and torched almost 480 calories (per my HR watch, and not the psychic equipment).
Since it was a holiday week, it was very light on the work front. Many people take off or full vacations, so I ended up getting a TON done and fully caught up from my vacation.
My oldest was apparently so excited about my DIY spa Sunday last week, that she invited a bunch of girls over, read through my books, and spent all day Tuesday doing a spa day too!
I also got to hang out with AC one evening too. Pedicures, wine, and dinner. Always a perfect evening.
It's weird with M gone. Thankfully his camp posts pictures on Flickr occasionally, and I've seen 7 of him in the last week. He's clearly having fun. I will NOT say being surrounded by girls in bikini's are the reason (he's the boy on the left)….I email him everyday giving the DL on our mundane days, but hopefully it makes him happy.
R started day camp this week to. On Monday, she spent a good half hour explaining to me the difference between a recurve and compound crossbow – and why she prefers one over the other.
On the 4th, we usually go to Busch Gardens for their fireworks display, but just weren't feeling up to it. D took R to the Norfolk waterfront for their display, and A and I stayed home and watched 4 hours of So You Think You Can Dance. I know. Don't say it….
I took R to the water park on Friday afternoon. We packed a cooler with lunch and water bottles, and dealt with the massive crowds until we couldn't take it any more. It was still fun to hang out though!
I also spent half a day reworking our family budget. We have the major expense of a kid heading to college next month (YIKES), and decided it was time to take a new look. D and I have a new one and am quite happy with it. A lot of changes, but they're good changes. More focus on investments and retirement (which, despite my baby face, will creep up on me when I'm not paying attention) than traveling and going out all the time!
To that end, I also started looking at my grocery expenses. Between groceries and eating out, we spend a ridiculous amount! So, I had fun doing research and shopping differently than I normally do. I'm amazed at the results – tons of food, organic fruits and veggies, and spent 1/10th of what I normally do. CRAZY. It's sort of becoming a game now….the “how little can I spend” game! I'm competitive. I'll win :)
Other than cleaning and goofing off, D and I have watched several Netflix movies and I'm about 95% to convincing him we don't need cable. Wish me luck!
Oh, and I promise that life getting back to normal will mean more regular posts and less weekly novellas.