Bring On the Good News!

March 17, 2009 at 1:43 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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Today is one of the best days ever because I found out I got into my top choice law school!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m still on cloud nine. I keep saying to myself that I am going to that law school because I still can’t believe it. Gosh I’m sooo happy!

I’m hoping the good news keeps on coming this week…mainly in regards to the ortho appointment I have on Thursday. Eep! Happy thoughts… I actually went on the elliptical today and it didn’t hurt! I went on for 40 minutes and kept it at a really low resistance. I think that made the difference.

Unfortunately James didn’t get home until 8:30 tonight so I was a bundle of energy! So I set out to make something new! We had a head of cabbage in our fridge that I wanted to use so I thought making stuffed cabbage leaves would be fun. I used Kath’s recipe, with some modifications. Here’s what I used:

Stuffed Cabbage Leaves

  • TJ’s Brown Rice Medley (“A blend of long-grain brown rice, black barley and daikon radish seeds)
  • Black beans
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Half a very small onion
  • 1/4 c. crushed blistered peanuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Cup Diced cabbage
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt

I sauteed everything together until everything was soft. Then, after I steamed some of the larger cabbage leaves, I put 1/3 c. of the mixture into each leaf…..

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rolled it up and put it seam down in a baking dish.

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Then I put 1 c. of prepared marinara sauce on top + a big hand full of shredded lite Mexican blend cheese from TJ’s. I baked it at 400* for 17 minutes then broiled it for 4 minutes.

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Post Texas Pete smothering:

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This was the first time I used the garam masala so I was pretty excited and this did not disappoint! It was a different flavor then we’re used to eating, but in a good way. This wasn’t heavy at all. I think the addition of crushed peanuts was a winner. I think even adding a little peanut sauce to the rice would help bring out the other spices more. Or maybe instead of topping it with marinara, topping it with a peanut sauce. James is currently having seconds.

Okay. Now it’s time for chocolate, reading in bed and sleep! See you tomorrow!

One Pot Steamer

March 7, 2009 at 2:52 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Well guys. My running is not going well. As in..it’s not going. I tried to run yesterday and didn’t even make it out of the apartment complex before I was in too much pain to go on. It’s been a really stressful and emotional week. I think I’m going to take all next week off of running and PRAY to the running gods that my leg is better so I can do 2 more long runs before the half. PLEASE PLEASE HEAL ME RUNNING GODS! Two weeks without running?!?! Ahh!! I’ve never had knee problems before. I didn’t up my mileage too fast. I’ve run far higher mileage weeks then I am so what did I do? Ugghhh! Sorry I had to vent. Frustration!!

Since I was in a crumby mood, dinner was nice and easy tonight:.

We used some of the ripe avocados we had to make some guacamole:

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I love guacamole. Especially guacamole with garlic and tomatoes. I also put soe TJ’s European Yogurt in it.

We used these chips from Trader Joe’s to dip up that avocado-ey goodness:

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I liked how these weren’t salted and just had a really nice corn flavor. I would eat these again. But I’m always dangerous with a bag of chips…they’re so tempting.

James had picked up some frozen tamales at Trader Joe’s. We had volunteered at a church once and this woman made homemade tamales and they were OUT OF THIS WORLD. They were so good I can’t even explain. So we were hoping we could recreate this experience.

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I put a steamer in a pot and first put the tamales in, then some cabbage, then some chopped carrots:

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So fast and easy!!

With black beans on the side:

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Gotta say, I was let down by the tamales. I mean…I don’t know why I expected these frozen tamales to measure up to some homemade delicious.

James and I both decided we loved the steamed cabbage + black bean combo and we’re definitely going to be making it again! Cabbage is SUCH a bargain. I like it raw and steamed. And a head of cabbage lasts foreva! Lovely. Mexican fiesta = Success!

Hope everyone has a wonderful night! My goals this weekend include getting new running shoes and a foam roller.

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