Thursday, July 12, 2012

Box of Goodies

Yesterday I got a fantastic package from Amazon: new Asics (which my ankles are telling me I desperately needed), aleppo chili powder (pretty much my favorite spice), and the cookbook "Veganomicon" by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

I can't wait to break in the new shoes. I'm going to use them for running and the gym, and use my old Asics for hiking. My ankles are definitely hurting from my run on Monday and cardio yesterday. I had a great strength session on Tuesday, and yesterday in my cardio I was able to do 10 minutes total at sprint speed (before I was doing about 8). I usually strive for 1 minute intervals of sprinting, and yesterday I felt so good after the 7th sprint that I kept going for an extra 30 seconds! I don't know if it's the diet or the consistent exercise, but I'm happy with how my body is responding. I'm either going to the mountain or working out at home today. It's been raining and storming all week so I have been stuck at the gym and I need a change of pace for a day. Tomorrow I'm in Boone all day for a conference so I probably won't work out tomorrow unless I get home earlier than expected. 

Food has been good this week. Last Friday Carly and I spent an hour going through our freezer and pantry and made a list of everything we have in the house. We only spent $50 at the store/farmers market this past week, which I think is awesome to feed two people 3 meals a day for a week. I flipped through my new cookbook last night and I'm SO EXCITED about it. There are tons of new recipes to try, plus incredibly handy guides to the best way to cook different veggies, grains & beans. I feel like we eat a lot of the same things every two weeks, so I'm looking forward to trying new dishes. And now my favorite pics from this week!

Kimchi Fried Rice: I bought local Kimchi at a farmer's market a few weeks ago and it made an amazing fried rice with volcano rice, sesame tofu, onions, green peppers, and broccoli

Taco salad: romaine, cucumber, green tomato, scallions, red wine vinegar & fresh salsa for the salad; sauteed black beans with onion, green pepper, & diced jalapeno on top with homemade corn tortilla chips and a hefty drizzle of hot sauce


  1. Great pics like usual! I'm going to sample that book since you mentioned it breaking down different cooking methods and etc. I have 2 cookbooks I'm going back and forth between right now and while I really like both I still need more instruction!! I'm a major amateur so the more thorough the better. I spent about $50 on vegan groceries this week as well! Its funny how its actually cheaper while being healthier. I bought a ton of bagged beans in all different varieties, but just have to learn how to store them once I soak them in water and soften them! Anyway, glad you're back to posting...for a minute there I was paranoid I'd offended you with my little critique earlier. Your posts were so consistent and then bam, nada. Lol no offense intended I swear! :-S but glad the whole veggie life is going well for you. I'm merging into full blown vegan myself. Plant-based. Etc etc. It makes my body AND my conscience feel a lot better. :)

    1. I think it's so awesome that you're going plant based too. I don't really have many other people in my life that are doing it so I'm glad we can commiserate!