Run Through the Jungle

FOOD

I knew it felt like home when I was cooking and D came up behind me telling me how much he missed the happy kitchen smells!  Not that he just missed me for the food (I hope)…

After coffee and water Friday morning, I just wasn’t really hungry, so I noshed on a banana.

Lunch was a simple wild and brown rice and lentil dish from the slow cooker (with a bit of hot sauce for flavor).

plain, but always a good simple dish

plain, but always a good simple dish

Dinner was just some steamed veggies.  I was tired and not really hungry, but didn’t want to end up starving Saturday morning!

Saturday was an awesome green smoothie for breakfast and a to-go BAS for lunch (R had swimming, so I brought it with me to eat at the pool).

spinach, frozen peaches/strawberry/mango combo/shredded coconut.  YUM.

spinach, frozen peaches/strawberry/mango combo/shredded coconut. YUM.

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romaine, arugula, hearts of palm, chickpeas, strawberries, tomatoes, and quinoa.  With a Dijon/balsamic dressing (oil free and homemade of course).

romaine, arugula, hearts of palm, chickpeas, strawberries, tomatoes, and quinoa. With a Dijon/balsamic dressing (oil free and homemade of course).

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I also marinated tempeh in a wine/hot sauce mix and some tofu in an OJ/lime juice/chili sauce mix to have yummy salad mix-ins during the week.

marinating all day!

marinating all day!

came out super spicy!  Even D liked it (which is saying a lot).

came out super spicy! Even D liked it (which is saying a lot).

Dinner began a weekend of Latin Food Festivities.  I made a homemade hot sauce (which is really hot – and ironic since I brought 4 bottles of hot sauce home with me from The Pepper Palace in NOLA) and a Costa Rican pinto bean and rice dish (busted out the pressure cooker and rice cooker for that one) for dinner Saturday night.

roasting a boat load of chilis to prep for sauce

roasting a boat load of chilies to prep for sauce

hot sauce!!

hot sauce!!

Costa Rican rice and beans (and veggies and cilantro)

Costa Rican rice and beans (and veggies and cilantro)

destined for corn tortillas with cabbage

destined for corn tortillas with cabbage

Sunday I had brunch out with AC at Pasha’s (always a favorite), and I had the red lentil soup as usual, but mixed it up a bit and subbed a quinoa tabbouleh in place of my standard kale and beet salad.

see why it's a favorite restaurant?  So good.

see why its a favorite restaurant? So good.

Tonight continued the Latin fun with two Venezuelan dishes and one from El Salvador.  The first was a black bean and brown rice dish and the second was homemade arepas!   Those are corn cakes – sort of like pancakes – but are first cooked stove top and then in the oven.  You can eat them topped like a pancake (which is what I did), or split them open and stuff them, which is typical street food in South America (so I hear).  They’re firm and hearty – and gluten-free of course!  The El Salvadoran dish was a cabbage salad that gives a nice crunch and tartness to the spicy foods.

arepas formed and ready to cook

arepas formed and ready to cook

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this was my favorite all weekend!  A hot arepa topped with vegan cheddar, cabbage salad, beans and rice, avocado, and hot sauce.  I mean really...who wouldn't want to eat that?!?

this was my favorite all weekend! A hot arepa topped with vegan cheddar, cabbage salad, beans and rice, avocado, and hot sauce. I mean really…who wouldn’t want to eat that?!?

Speaking of gluten-free (nice segue right?) – my need to be gluten-free has gone from a desire to play with my diet to an actual necessity.  While I do not have celiac or anything like that, I do have an arthritic condition (it’s hereditary) that is aided by a gluten-free diet.  As it happens, the best thing for me is an anti-inflammatory diet (and really, the best thing for anyone), and the foods that cause inflammation in the body are red meat, dairy, and gluten.  I already don’t eat meat or dairy – so the last thing for me to cut out is gluten.  It can take months to feel positive effects, but I’m up for the challenge.

FITNESS

I went out for a 5 miler yesterday afternoon, fairly late.  D and taken R to a yoga class early in the morning, and then I took her to swim team practice, so I ran a little later than planned (about 230).  That’s okay though, because it was sunny and 60 and amazing.

I went to the Great Dismal Swamp, and actually listened to music instead of a book.  What cracked me up is a little over halfway through, Run Through The Jungle from CCR came on my iPod and it just made me giggle when I looked at my surroundings.  Certainly not jungle-like yet…but tall trees and surrounded by water, it gets very jungle-ish in the summer.

Today, D started running!  I’m so proud of him – and I think he is too.  He’s starting slowly with the Couch to 5K program, and seemed to really enjoy himself.  Though…he lost track, didn’t turn around at the halfway point, and I ended up picking him up a couple of miles from home.  It was cute.

saw this and thought how perfect of a statement it is.  Yes...we all have genetic things that can play havoc with our bodies...but it's up to us as individuals to keep that nasty crap at bay by eating clean and working out.  Not a tough recipe when you really think about it.

saw this and thought how perfect of a statement it is. Yes…we all have genetic things that can play havoc with our bodies…but it’s up to us as individuals to keep that nasty crap at bay by eating clean and working out. Not a tough recipe when you really think about it.

LIFE

It’s been a really great couple of days, and I’m very happy to be home.  Friday I did laundry, had a Dr appointment, and turned in early.

while looking for dirty dishes in my kids' rooms, came across Bumble sleeping on my daughter's sewing table.  Probably the weirdest place yet I've seen her nap...

while looking for dirty dishes in my kids’ rooms, came across Bumble sleeping on my daughter’s sewing table. Probably the weirdest place yet I’ve seen her nap…

Friday night fun with D and R counting and sorting the money in the change jar.  They even looked up the different years the coins were minted online.  Turns out any quarter made in 1964 or before is actually worth $5 because it was made with real silver.

Friday night fun with D and R counting and sorting the money in the change jar. They even looked up the different years the coins were minted online. Turns out any quarter made in 1964 or before is actually worth $5 because it was made with real silver.

Saturday was swim team practice, grocery shopping, running, and cooking.  OH…and I watched (most of) a basketball game on TV!  That’s pretty monumental for me.  The NOLA game wasn’t broadcasted (unless you have sports specific TV channels through cable, and we don’t).  So, I opted for the Utah Jazz/NY Knicks game.  Decided to root for the Jazz since D has tons of family out there.  They were pitifully beaten by NY.  Alas….it was still a little fun.

D fell asleep reading with R when I was watching bball downstairs.

D fell asleep reading with R when I was watching bball downstairs.

 

Today was brunch with AC and then a nap and then cooking.  I know….lazy day.  Loved it though.

Bumble napping next to me today.  She covered her eyes and squeaked her snores in her sleep.  Too cute to pass up a pic...

Bumble napping next to me today. She covered her eyes and squeaked her snores in her sleep. Too cute to pass up a pic…

Now, it’s time to get ready for the week ahead!  I actually don’t have any late-night meetings for once, so it should be a good week easing back into the office 🙂

2 responses to “Run Through the Jungle

  1. Love being back in the kitchen after having been away for a while.

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