Thank you all again for being such a supportive bunch. I’ve really at peace with my decision to postpone racing for a while, and I’m glad you guys agree it’s a good one I was so pumped about getting back into the old swing of things that I was watching the clock all morning at work before my lunch time bootcamp class yesterday. Wow, the class sure brought me back to reality. I used to take bootcamp classes a few times a week, then it became once a week and in the past few weeks with the race coming up, I was afraid to overtrain or hurt myself so I skipped it all together. I was really feeling the difference! The entire time I was so happy to be there, yet shocked at how out of shape I felt. Apparently running double digits with spinning and lower runs in between is no training for this class. It killed and I loved every minute of it 😉
Food for Life (FFL) cinnamon raising english muffin with Barney Butter and apple
Leftover veggie stir-fry with brown rice:
The ingredients list of this bar is stellar: organic dates, organic almonds, organic dried unsweetened coconut, organic walnuts, organic natural cocoa, organic vanilla extract. That’s it! I love it when the ingredients list sounds like a recipe! With that said, although I picked up this bar at the grocery to try (before my bar purchasing ban) I wasn’t that excited to try it. I’m a chocaholic and it’s hard for me to satisfy my sweet tooth with anything but real chocolate (and real chocolaty baked goods). I was surprised to be really enjoying the first few bites of the bar – a little firmer than a larabar (good chew), definite coconut flavor and lots of chocolate! I decided to close my eyes and forget that this thing came out of a little package and is date based and enjoy it like a real treat. It worked! I need to start rethinking my idea of healthy bars. Some of them may potentially be used instead of fatty treats. I think so much of it is in the presentation. If it came from a healthy bakery on a pretty plate, I’d probably be willing to pay big bucks for it and start craving it. Who knows?! Are there healthy bars that would satisfy your craving for a cookie or a brownie?
Yesterday was Thursday but I chose to skip CEiMB for a week. I knew my husband would enjoy these shrimp cups much more.
I had some wonton skins left from last week’s chop suey and decided to make some pastry cups with them. Upon a quick search in Cooking Light I came across this recipe for chipotle shrimp cups. The recipe is super easy, which makes it perfect for a weeknight meal. I used regular size muffin pans and doubled up on the skins and the filling since we were eating them for dinner (mini ones would be perfect for a party to serve as finger food!). I had 3 of these with some cabbage/cucumber salad (let me know if you’re interested in a recipe for that. For some reason I feel like people aren’t too much into cabbage 😆 )
The wonton skins got really crunchy in the oven, a little too crunchy for my taste. Something more buttery like puff pastry would put them over the top but of course would be less healthy. The filling was great – shrimp, cheese and roasted red pepper go really well together. The cups kept all the filling juice inside them, which made for very juicy bites (keep napkins close by 😉 ). Adam LOVED them!! Everything about them. He ate 6 and had to restrict himself from eating the rest. That’s what I call dinner success!
Mission accomplished – chocolate covered almonds GONE. Phew! 😀
See you later alligators! I can’t wait for the weekend – we’re getting our place painted. It may be time for some before and after condo pics after that 😀