Friday, September 25, 2009

Day 11

I am home from work and have had a big day. Cassi and I woke up this morning and decided to go to the gym. Cassi doesn't usually go to the gym with me, 1. because I usually go when she is working. and 2. because she is not a member of the UW gym (the IMA) and so it is expensive when she pays for a guest pass. We ate breakfast and took off to get in a good workout.

For Breakfast: Blueberry muesli (1/2 cup dry, I prepare just like oatmeal) it was good, and it is filled with lots of fiber.

We had a mega workout! First the elliptical, then we did a whole set of weights, worked our arms and I worked with my knee for a while which is feeling a lot better lately. Then . . . I tried the pool again. It was GREAT! My knee didn't hurt at all. And it was fun to be in the pool with Cassi, not only does she look quite stunning in a swim cap (hair condom) she is like PHELPS out there. I knew she swam in high school and did water polo, but the girl is a turbo swimmer! I however, am slow and steady, and now: pain-free.

For Lunch: Bowl of Minestrone Soup. The recipe is at the end of the post. It is great. Colorful, flavorful, and really healthy! We also had a sliced tomato and fresh basil on the side.

Then, off to work. A peaceful night, it was slow.

For Dinner: I am really proud of this one. Grilled Eggplant, and Spaghetti Squash, with a fresh basil and garlic marinara with Dungeness crab. This was awesome, and if I get things in order I will post pictures of some of the dishes I have prepared lately.

Hearty Vegan Minestrone Soup
4 carrots, chopped
3 celery, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 zucchini, chopped
2 cups chopped green beans
1 12 oz can cannellini beans
1 12 oz can red kidney beans
1 28 oz diced tomatoes with juice
1 medium onion
1-2 32 oz Hearty Vegetable Broth
1/2 head green cabbage, chopped
1 tablespoon of Olive oil, just enough to sweat the onions.
Spices: Dried oregano, thyme, parsley, basil, bay leaf, Salt and pepper . . . all to taste.

Sweat the onion and garlic, add veggies, wait a bit, add tomatoes and broth, season, and simmer until you taste it and you say, damn thats good.

Spaghetti Squash is an awesome alternative to pasta. I put the squash in the oven at 375 for an hour, after I stab it with a fork so it doesn't explode. After it is done, I take it out, split it and pit it. I scoop the seeds out and then take the spaghetti-like squash strands out of the shell and there you go.

The eggplant I sliced into sheets, as thin as possible. A little bit of olive only so it won't stick to the grill, and a little salt and pepper.

From our trip to the San Juan islands I had shelled crab meat in the freezer. I sauteed some garlic and basil and a few grape tomatoes, then added the crab. I used a TJ's organic Marinara and added it to my crab and let everything simmer down.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I'm SO glad to hear your knee's feeling better!! Yay, yay!!

    Yessss. I get all fired up after reading your posts, Kate.

    I love you!!