This morning, I wasn’t really feeling any of my normal breakfast options. Cereal? Bleh. Oatmeal? Nah. Balance bar? Meh.
Peanut butter fro-yo. This is what I was craving. And unfortunately, it’s not readily available at 9 AM. So I got creative with the fridge and pantry:
Greek yogurt, crunchy peanut butter, raisins and a little Kashi cereal, all mashed up in a bowl. I settled happily onto the couch with my concoction. Pretty darn tasty, right?
A few minutes later, the hubs came in. A look of confusion and disgust passed over his face.
“Is that…chicken salad?” he asked, peering cautiously into my bowl.
Most certainly not, I replied. I listed the bowl’s contents and explained that it was my attempt – and a successful one – to satisfy a peanut butter fro-yo craving.
“That is weird. You are kinda weird,” he proclaimed. The look of disgust turned to a smug grin. “You should put that on your blog. I wonder what your blog friends would think!”
I paused mid-bite and contemplated my fully-loaded spoon.
“I don’t think,” I said, “that my blog friends would find this weird. Not at all.”
With a dismissive wave, he continued toward the bedroom. “Well then. If that’s the case, you are all weird.”
So, dear readers, I ask you: was my breakfast weird? Are we all, in fact, weird? Comment-vote, please.
Today’s EAT: I haven’t really been planning dinners this week. Which is kind of nice sometimes; it allows you to cook as inspiration strikes you.
And it struck me hard this morning when I saw this Spiced Skirt Steak with White Beans, Tomatoes and Arugula on Cara’s Cravings. It looked so good. And looks were not deceiving – it was!
My execution was a bit different, but the ingredients were the same. I’m not a huge fan of raw-ish tomatoes, so I cooked the tomato-bean mixture for a few minutes longer, resulting in more of a chili-type thing. It was delicious. And also, I love lots of arugula so I just did a big arugula salad on the side instead of adding it to the beans. Simple, flavorful, healthy, not too expensive…this recipe hits all of my requirements for a great weeknight dinner. Cara’s recipes never disappoint!
Dinner was not the only use of beans in the kitchen today. Because I made brownies:
Yup – bean based brownies. Garbanzo beans, to be exact. You would never ever believe it by the taste of them, but these rich brownies have just five ingredients: garbanzo beans, dairy-free chocolate chips, eggs, agave nectar and baking powder. Unbelievable.
Full credit for this ingenious recipe goes to Kate from Clean Eating Machines. I am munching on one now and still cannot believe that there is no butter, oil, dairy or flour in these. And making them was ridiculously easy. You must try them.
Today’s DRINK: Two words. Double. Wide.
Well, I’ve blogged about drinking wine from a box and from a carton, so I might as well address that other master of classiness, the double-wide bottle.
What you don’t see in this photo is that I strategically cropped the price tag out. This Patch Block Chardonnay, 1.5L, was marked down from $17.99 to $8.99. I figured it was worth a shot.
And this wine is pretty decent! Very fruity, almost lemon-y. I’d buy it again if I spotted it, especially at the on-sale price point. 🙂
Honestly, there are sometimes decent wines that come in the double-wide bottle. Don’t take it to a dinner party as a hostess gift, but for drinking the the comfort of your own home? No problemo.
(The Carlo Rossi gallon jugs, however, are in a different category altogether. I’ll address those another time!)
Today’s RUN: I rarely look forward to Thursday tempo runs with the same enthusiasm as Tuesday track workouts, but I was pretty stoked for tonight’s workout: a 5K tempo at 10K pace, two loops around the very flat bridle path/reservoir. That’s short for a Thursday tempo!
Only problem is, I don’t really know what my 10K pace should be. Both of the 10Ks I’ve run this year were total disasters. Good ol’ McMillan seems to think it should be around 44:00 based on a recent 5K time, so I went with that. 22:00 5K. And, go.
Without the benefit of any sort of mile markers or real feedback about my pace, I finished in 22:02. 7:05 pace. Perfect.
Following the tempo, we were assigned an additional res loop incorporating three one-minute pickups at “finishing pace.” These kinda hurt, but were probably good for me.
All told, with warm-up, pickups, and cool down, about 8 miles for the day.
Today’s QUESTION: First, you really must tell me if you think my breakfast was, as the hubs says, weird. You too, lurky-loos. My pride is at stake.
Second, tell me: what weird thing do you love to eat? In addition to the above, I’ll make another peanut-butter related confession. I like Cheetos dipped in peanut butter. My mouth thinks that those two are just peachy together. I’ve never met anyone else who agreed!