Tag Archives: CSA

I’m High

4 Mar

How’s that for an attention grabbing headline? πŸ˜‰

So I haven’t exactly been keeping up on my New Year’s goal of updating my blog more often lately. But at least I’ve been spending my time wisely while I’ve been away. I started Crossfit!!! (This is where the “high” part comes in.) I’ve been doing it for two weeks now and I’m already hooked. There is a certain “high” that comes with doing it because you push yourself beyond the limits that you thought possible. I figured this out real quick last week when I couldn’t do a pull up and I left the gym in a terrible mood because I couldn’t get my “high.” I’m an addict. πŸ˜‰

Another aspect of Crossfit that is different from a traditional workout is all the encouragement you get from everyone else at the gym. I said to the hubby the other day as we were leaving the gym, “People here are sure fans of the high-five.” He laughed and said, “Well since you never played sports, this is a new concept to you, but that’s what people do.” HA HA! I stand corrected and now I am apparently a fan of the high-five as well. πŸ™‚

p.s. In case you’re not familiar with Crossfit, here’s a handy video to show you what an ass kicking it is.

In other news, I made a yummy, quick, and healthy dinner tonight using a bunch of random veggies from my CSA box – Green Curry Fried Rice.

Start by sauteing whatever veggies you want to use. I used onions, mushrooms, broccoli and mache. (To be honest, I’m not 100 percent sure of exactly what mache is, but it’s some kind of green that keeps showing up in my CSA box, so I keep using it. :-))

Meanwhile, in a second pan, scramble four eggs (two per person) and then add some pre-cooked brown rice to make a sort-of fried rice. (I used Trader Joe’s microwave brown rice.)

Then in the veggie pan, add a jar of Trader Joe’s Thai Green Curry Simmer Sauce, plus enough coconut milk to thin the liquid so it covers all the veggies.

Heat the sauce through.

Then spoon the egg and rice mixture into bowls and cover that mixture with the sauce. Stir it all up and yum!

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What Do You Eat?

26 Jan

As a vegetarian, I get asked all the time “What do you eat?”. I got asked this question today, in fact, which is what inspired this post. So here’s what I made for dinner tonight:

It’s part of my “Make It Up As I Go Along” series. πŸ˜‰ It’s tempeh, red onion, garlic, cumin and greens sautΓ©ed in olive oil. My CSA box has encouraged many creations from the “Make It Up As I Go Along” series, since I always have to find creative ways to use up my veggies.

Other things I eat for dinner that are delicious and meat free:

Garbanzo beans in Trader Joe’s curry simmer sauce over brown rice (if I have greens to use up, I will add them in with the beans and sauce. It’s yummy!)
Black Bean Soup (click here for recipe)
Lentil Stew (click here for recipe)
Breakfast for dinner with a veggie scramble (whatever veggies I want to use up combined with eggs)

Speaking of food, I’ve been doing my diet for about two weeks now and I’m down five pounds! The best part though is that after avoiding sugar for two weeks and eating every 2-3 hours to keep my blood sugar even, I feel great! I have so much more energy and I don’t get “that 2:30 feeling” in the afternoons anymore. And when I come home from work, I still have energy to do stuff, rather than just planting my ass on the couch. πŸ˜€ Now I just have to make myself remember this feeling forever whenever I see a dessert that calls my name. Avoiding sugar makes it easier to avoid sugar though. πŸ˜‰ Meaning if you don’t eat sugar, you don’t crave it.

Next up on my health “to do” list is taking my exercise to the next level. Up until this point, I’ve just been doing walking and easy hikes, but I finally feel like my body is adequately recovered from my broken leg and I can start to push myself more.

Hooray for feeling fine and healthy!

Santa Claus and Baby Carrots

17 Jan

Here’s a fun riddle for you: what do Santa Claus and baby carrots have in common? The answer: neither one is real. πŸ™‚ This is something I learned when I read the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle a couple of years ago. (A book I highly recommend, by the way.) So, yes, apparently baby carrots are made from normal sized carrots that are whittled into “baby” size. Then they dip them in some kind of preservative to keep them fresh, since they don’t have the protective outer layer like normal carrots. YUCK! No wonder I never liked baby carrots. Why am I giving you a lesson in baby carrots, you ask? Well, because I got some real carrots in my CSA box this week, so I decided to cut them up and eat them with hummus for a snack, just like some people would do with baby carrots.

These were so good! Like something you would actually want to eat! Because let’s face it, baby carrots are pretty much just a tasteless vehicle to get the dip in your mouth, right?

Speaking of my CSA box, I made a yummy salad for dinner tonight that used three different items from the box. I’m so proud of myself. πŸ˜€ I found the idea on the For the Love of Food blog. The salad consists of arugula, squash, pomegranate seeds and lentils, plus a delicious dressing. The original recipe called for delicata squash, but I used butternut squash because that’s what I had on hand. I also used the pre-cooked steamed lentils from Trader Joe’s instead of dried ones because I’m lazy and impatient.

I was especially happy to find a use for a pomegranate because I’ve been getting a ton of them in my CSA box. Having farm fresh fruits and veggies has definitely been a learning experience, particularly with these pomegranates. Before this, I never knew how to remove the seeds from a pomegranate. The first time I tried to do it, it was a bloody juicy mess! It seriously looked like an episode of Dexter in my kitchen. Then I thought there must be a better way, so I found this video online from everyone’s favorite domestic diva, Martha Stewart.


Essentially, you just beat the shit out of the pomegranate until all the seeds fall out. πŸ˜‰ This method was easier (notice I said easier, not easy), but it was still kind of messy.

The best tip I’ve come up with so far is to use a deep bowl, so that the juice doesn’t fly three feet across your kitchen and onto your freshly painted wall. Not that this happened to me or anything. πŸ˜‰

Then you get to use your pom seeds in a yummy salad, like so:

In other news, it’s a jungle out there, or a forest, or… something. πŸ˜‰ So here’s the deal, our house backs up to an avocado grove and behind that are the foothills of the Saddleback Mountains. That means wildlife! It’s pretty common for coyote sightings in our neighborhood, but last night was ridiculous! We have had a freaking owl hooting at night around here for the last couple of weeks, so last night it starts in around 10 PM and it seriously went on like all night. Then the coyotes started in with their howling too! Hubby and I both had to wear earplugs to get any sleep! Now I’m not a wildlife expert (shocking, I now), but I don’t think owls usually hoot for hours at a time. So this is either an owl on speed or there is no owl at all and one of our neighbors is screwing around.

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So anyone else ever had an “owl problem”? How did you handle it?

More Or Less: 2012 Goals

4 Jan

May I present to you…

My 2012 resolutions Goals: (presented in a handy, easy to remember “more or less” format. πŸ˜‰ ) p.s. I hate the word “resolutions” – so clichΓ©, no?

Exercise More
Hike More
Ride My Bike More

Eat More Vegetables – I’m already on my way to meeting this goal, thanks to my CSA box. Check out my haul from this week:

Spinach, Lavender, Lettuce, Collard Greens, Pears, Apples, Potatoes, Pomegranates, Acorn Squash, and Rutabaga.

Find more recipes for my repertoire – new year, new meals! My same old, same old recipes are feeling kind of tired.
Update this blog more often
Focus on getting more blog readers

Go to bed early more (OK, I just added “more” to that one to make it fit. ;-))
Get up early more (Yep, did it again.)
Get more organized in the morning – I ALWAYS feel like I am running around like a mad woman every morning. Instead of sitting down with a cup of coffee and watching Good Morning America, as I would like to do, I’m standing at the kitchen counter, stuffing my toast in my face as I pack my lunch. Not a good way to start the day!
Read more
Stress less – I want this to be the year of focusing on what is REALLY important to me and not worrying about the rest. Perhaps a lofty goal, but I’m gonna go for it! πŸ˜€

I heard that you greatly increase your chance of completing your goals if you make them very specific, such as “I’ll lose 10 pounds by March,” but, frankly, those kind of goals just stress me out, so that would mean I am NOT accomplishing the stress less goal. Besides, I think if I work on my exercise and eating goals, then weight loss will just come naturally as a result of those goals. That’s my stress less way of looking at things. See, already accomplishing things! 😎

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Anyone have tips for being more organized in the morning? I lay out my clothes the night before and select what I will take for lunch the night before (just pack it in the morning), but I still feel crazy. Perhaps my biggest problem is that I find it very hard to get out of bed in the morning, so consequently, I don’t have much time.