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27 02 2010

Hey All!

First post = so exciting!  I figured the weekend would be a good time to start, so I could upload a bunch of pics and get used to showing off my meals and talking to y’all.  I started taking pics last night at dinner and have since taken a photo of today’s breakfast and lunch, as well as some cookies that I baked this afternoon :grin:   I am DEFINITELYjust getting used to taking pics, so you will notice they’re a bit – well – off.  I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but I’ll figure it out eventually.  So bear with me, especially because this post is actually three in one!

With that being said, let’s get onto this weekend’s eats.  Shall we?

Last night, I decided to make Eating Well’s black bean soup.  Considering it’s Lent and I am abstaining from eating meat on Fridays, it seemed like a quick and tasty dinner for a cold and rainy Friday evening.

Ingredients include:

Serves 4:
2 cans black beans, rinsed
1/2 cup salsa
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp canola oil
1 small onion
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups water
sour cream (optional)
cilantro (optional)

 

 Heat oil in large saucepan and add onion until soft and fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes.  Add chili powder and cumin.  Let flavors meld another minute and then add beans, water and salt.  Bring to a boil and then let simmer for an additional 10 minutes.  Pour half of soup into blender and puree to add volume.  Return back to saucepan and stir in lime juice.  If desired, top with sour cream and fresh cilantro (I added a little 2% Mexican cheese to mine, as well).

 End results served with some whole wheat bread and a little I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light (ICBINBL).  And crushed red pepper for good measure :wink:   The spicier the better!

 Truthfully, the soup was only deserved an “eh”.  Mr. KD didn’t even finish his bowl, BUT he kind of had a bad attitude about having a healthy soup to begin with, so keep that in mind (He was craving Chinese…this obviously wasn’t going to cut it!).  I didn’t LOVE it, but I didn’t hate it either.  I wished it was a little thicker, so I would like to try and make it again and use a little cornstarch.  I also wasn’t a fan of the salsa I used, which I think affected the taste too.  I always buy the same salsa too and opted for the store brand this time.  FAIL. 

All in all, I would be willing to give this another shot with a few adjustments.  The great thing was, I only used one pan and a blender, so clean up was a snap! 

This morning, Mr. KD and I woke up and it was snowing :sad:   I did NOT want to get out of bed, but I knew if I didn’t hit the gym, I’d only feel worse.  So up and at ‘em I went and completed this interval workout on the treadmill:

Warmup Walk 4.0 – 4.7 – 5 min
Jog – 6.0 – 5 min
Run – 6.5 – 5 min
Run – 7.0 – 2 min
Jog – 6.0 – 3 min
Run – 7.0 – 2 min
Jog – 6.0 – 3 min
Sprint – 8.0 – 1 min
Walk - 4.5 – 2 min
Sprint – 8.0 – 1 min
Walk - 4.5 – 2 min
Sprint – 8.0 – 1 min
Walk - 4.5 – 2 min
Sprint – 8.0 – 1 min
Walk - 4.5 – 2 min
Run – 7.0 – 1 min
Jog – 6.0 - 4 min
Run 7.0 – 1 min
Jog – 6.0 – 5 min
Run – 6.5 – 4 min
Jog – 6.2 – 1 min
Jog – 6.0 – 2 min
Cooldown – 4.7 – 3.3 – 5 min
Total Time: 60 min
Total Mileage: 5.84 

I was feeling really tired today, so I was proud I was able to bust this out.  I generally like to use Saturday mornings as a chance to run without walking intervals, but I couldn’t make it happen this morning.  My legs felt exhausted, so I slowed it down in places.  All and all, it was a good workout and I was sweating like an animal, which always makes me feel like I got a good workout in!

When I came out, I was SO ready for breakfast!  I whipped up a new stovetop oatmeal for myself. 

Introducing: Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Oats!

In the mix:
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 water
  • pinch salt
  • splash vanilla
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries
  • pumpkin pie spice (to taste)
  • drizzle of agave nectar
Toppings:

This was DELIGHTFUL, PEOPLE!!  If you do not own the Naturally Nutty stuff yet, I 100% recommend you visit Kath’s store and get some.  It’s so worth the price!  If you melt it in the microwave for 30 seconds before you place on your oatmeal, you can easily spread it around and get chocolately, peanut butter goodness in every bite.  I even gave you the link.  You have no excuse!

Served with a cup of Joe in my fav red mug!  The pic does NOT do this bowl justice.  It was Heaven in a bowl.

After breakfast, I showered, cleaned, did laundry, ran to the grocery store (all with Mr. KD’s help, of course) and came home to lunch, which was leftover black bean soup and a ham and cheese (2% American) on a deli thin.  I couldn’t finish the sandwich because the soup was so filling.  I ate about half the sandwich.

And now onto the good stuff….baking time!  We’re having a group of friends over tonight for pizza and games, so I thought I would be a good hostess and whip up some chocolate chip cookies.  There’s no secret to these babies.  They are the real deal with real BUTTAH and SUGAH, as we say here in MA :wink:

Before:

 

 After:

 

As is tradition in the KD household, a small helping of cookie dough left out for the Mr. and Mrs. :grin:

I couldn’t eat all of my dough and Mr. KD happily accepted the leftovers! 

I apologize that this post was so long, but appreiate you bearing with me!   Tomorrow, I’ll post a wrap-up of tonight’s eats from Game Night and start off fresh with breakfast tomorrow :smile:

Before I let you go, though, I wanted to take a minute to refer to a few other blogs that I absoluely adore.  I’ve been reading so many food blogs for the past couple of months and want to give a shout out to my three “blog crushes”: Kath, Kristin and Tina .  These ladies have all been really inspirational to me and have inspired me to begin writing my own blog.  So thanks, ladies, for being FABULOUS, inspirational and true examples of healthy living!

Until we eat again…


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4 responses

27 02 2010
Lindsey

Great job Linds! Looking forward to keeping up with this..Oh, and I love the name too!! =)

28 02 2010
Christina@Health-Foodie

Hi Lindsay and welcome!

I am relatively new too (~ 2 weeks), so don’t try to get tips from me. :)

Love black bean soup! So comforting and tasty. I love how everybody has a different way of making it.

- Christina

28 02 2010
Erin

I think this is absolutely amazing Linsday! Very entertaining and informative, can’t wait for more!

1 03 2010
TheKetchupDiaries

Thanks so much, girl! I appreciate you reading!

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