Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Let it Shine, Let it Shine, Let it Shine

I knew it was going to be a good day when I was taking the train into work this morning and the sun was shining! There is something about the sunshine that makes me happy! So I made sure I took advantage of it and took the dog for a walk as soon as I got home from work today. I had to cut the walk short today but was able to get in a good 2 mile walk, felt SO good.

After talking with my Wellness Coach I had a plan of how I was going to tackle the next couple of days. Both my daughter and son will be coming home this weekend and I want to spend as much quality time as I can and no stress which can cause me to be a little on the crabby side and I do not want that for this weekend. So after my phone call I immediately did my weight training which felt great and then I head out the door to pick up birthday presents. (both my husband and son's birthday are this weekend (son on Friday and hubby on Sunday)

I came home and had thought about making a big dinner and I rethought things and figure it is just me while don't I just enjoy the evening and having a no fuss dinner tonight.

I had some In a Jiffy Spelt Veggie burgers in the freezer so I threw those in the toaster oven and toast up some Ezekiel bread. When everything was ready to go I just spread on some tomato paste and spinach. This is one of my favorite dinners.
I didn't want to forget about the veggies so I made a little plate along with one of my favorite hummus recipes. I remember when I made this for the first time I wasn't sure if I really liked it but now it is one of my favorite hummus recipes.
Black Bean & Orange Hummus
From Eat, Drink and be Vegan
2 1/2 cups cooked black beans
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 1/2 tablespoons almond butter
1 large clove garlic, sliced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1 teaspoon orange zest, grated
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1-2 tablespoons parsley, chopped (for garnish)
In a food processor, combine all ingredients (except parsley for garnish) and puree until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl several times. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with parsley.
Oh this is SO good! Love it love it! Let me know if you give it a try and what you think.
Are you ready for the big surprise? I can't hear you? Are you ready?
Isn't it beautiful? This arrive last night after I got home from Yoga and it was too late to play around with it but I am hoping to make something with it tonight that I can enjoy while I am watching Biggest Loser. I will give you a full recap tomorrow.
Have a great evening!
What is your favorite easy recipe that you go to when you want a quick meal?

I love having frozen veggie burgers in the freezer just a quick and easy meal. I also like to make salads or plain and simple left overs.

Have you gotten anything lately that you have been wanting for a long time?
The vitamix is one of the things that I thought I would never be able to purchase. Thank to my wonderful mom she say this on sale on QVC and I just could not beat the price. Thanks mom!

Do you feel happier when the sun is shining?
I feel so different when the sun in shining I am not sure if was because of the long and dreary winter but it was a welcome to see.


Sheri said...

So many cool things for you today!!! I love those recipes! I'll have to try them. And you'll have to tell me all about your wellness coach!

1 - I haven't gotten an quick recipes yet. I guess I would have to say grilled chicken breasts with lemon pepper.
2- I like cold gray days. I hate the heat.

I got my walk in 2.4 miles!!!!!

Brit-Man said...

Quickest hot snacks available in my opinion, Baked Beans on Toast, or Scrambled Eggs on Toast.

Glad things look like they're progressing well for you :-) :-).

Take care and best wishes.