Saturday, January 8, 2011

Num Num

Note: I HAVE to work on getting better at taking pictures to spice up this blog. I much prefer reading blogs with pictures.

Yesterday was one of those feel good days where I felt like I got a lot accomplished. I go back to school next week so I'm trying to do as much as I can around the house, cooking and cleaning wise.

For breakfast I made protein pancakes.

1 cup of oats
4 eggs
1 cup of fat free cottage cheese
extras [I put in a dab of honey, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and chopped up a banana]

Combined all ingredients in a food processor, blender, or mixer. Plop 'em onto a heated non-stick pan over medium heat.


With those amounts we ended up with about 7 or 8 good sized pancakes. They freeze very well and are great for a quick grab snack later. I loved the texture that the oats provided and they didn't even require ANY syrup, etc.

I also made my crockpot turkey black bean chili.

I used this recipe:
(I sort of ball park things when I make soups, chilis, stews, etc.)

olive oil
2 pounds ground turkey
1 large onion
3 garlic cloves
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
3 cans of rotells
2 cans black beans (drained, rinsed)
10 oz pck of frozen corn
And a bunch of:
red pepper flakes
chili powder

Brown the turkey in a skillet with the olive oil, onions, and garlic.

Combine all ingredients in a crock (mine is 5.5qt and it was pretty full). Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Thoughts about this recipe: I loved the taste and texture of the corn in there. I loved the consistency that the vegetables maintained being cooked all day. I am NOT a lover of all things spicy and this had a touch more kick than I would have preferred (but again, I'm a sissy). I might add some tomato paste the next time just to thicken it up a bit.

Goose and I both had a big bowl each and he had another bowl for his midnight snack. We had three quarts left over. We put one in the fridge and two in the freezer.

Oh- I forgot to mention, of course this was topped with some Monterrey jack cheese!

In addition to making those dishes I also made us a big chicken salad for lunch topped with carrots, corn, black beans, grape tomatoes, onions, and olive oil. I did two loads of laundry, the dishes, yoga, and took a nap.

What a great day!

Today I worked at the gym from 10-2. It was busy with lots of new sign ups, etc. but I had about an hour of downtown that I filled with a quick full body workout [Deads, OH press, pullups] and watching the Wedding Planner while enjoying my chicken wrap.

After work I wanted to get in a five mile run. It was pretty crappy outside and I was NOT psyched on coming all the way home (45minutes) and then heading out to run so I figured I would just do it on the dreaded tred. I got in two miles and quit. Well, I didn't quit, I bundled up and finished my run outside. I don't live in the town where my gym is so I'm not super familiar with the mileage. I picked a straight away that I thought was between .5-.7 miles and went back and forth. I was pretty spot on because it was .6 miles (thanks mapmyrun). All together I was able to get in 3.6+2.0= 5.6.

It can be frustrating to feel like you're starting back at the beginning again going from running 11 and 12 miles to three and four. I'm just thankful to be out there again and I'll try to keep taking it slow.

I hope everyone's weekend is full of happiness.


  1. Don't be discouraged with the mileage! Great workouts - and we'll have to try the pancakes. You were great today! Great job!

  2. I'd say you're making great progress and before you know it, you'll be back where you left off!

  3. Yes! Pictures please and thank you!

    Meals look nomilishous!

    Love you

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  5. Great Sounding recipes an maybe your running less but at least you are out there running, your heading the right way :)