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Excelente. I got such a good night’s sleep, and that makes a world of difference in how my day goes…I went to bed last night at 9:15, and got up at 6:15 this morning.

Breakfast: Fresh juice and later whole grain toast topped with peanut butter, and a cup o’ tea.
Mid-morning snack: Hot mocha
Lunch: Leftover Happy Rice, lentil salad, garbanzo salad.

Dying to know what I’ve been dining on the past day or so? Were you lying awake at night, wondering?

I know, I know.

So here’s a (partial) recap!

(Note: That goo in the jar isn’t a science experiment. It’s breakfast. I ran out of to-go cups since I’ve been running home from work and leaving everything behind. The jar sufficed, although it didn’t keep the oats as warm as my travel cups do).

Not pictured: SMS Cake!

Tuesday- Ran 4.5 miles home from work
Wednesday- 55 minutes at gym
Thursday- I plan to work out after work…we’ll see!

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Afternoon snack: A big apple and later a granola bar from the vending machine
Dinner: A glass of wine, parsley & garlic bean burgers, kale chips

This wine was pretty blah. It’s a dry white wine, a Whole Foods brand Pinot Grigio, that we got for the yesterday’s risotto recipe. But it’s Friday. And desperate times call for desperate measures….

First up, a nice bed of salad greens topped with creamy goat cheese crumbles and sunflower seeds, drizzled with olive oil…

Time to make the kale chips.…before…………………………and…….after…………….

The bean burger mix…….

Bean burger ingredients:
-3 cups cooked pinto beans (you can used canned if you want to)
-handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
-1 clove of garlic, minced
-6 tbs of flour (I used spelt flour)
-1 and 1/2 tbs of water

1. Mash the beans. I placed them on a large cutting board, and went to town with a rolling pin. If you don’t have a rolling pin, mash the beans with a fork.
2. Place mashed beans in a bowl. Add the parsley, garlic, and flour. Season with salt and pepper, and mix well.
3. Add the water. Keep mixing until well combined.
4. In your hands, form the bean mix into patties. This makes about 8 small patties.
5. In a greased pan (I heated a frying pan with a generous drizzle of olive oil), cook on one side for 5 minutes over medium to high heat.
6. Flip burgers over; heat on other side for 5 minutes.
7. Ready to serve!

Fry, baby, fry!

Dinner is served.

I was trying to go all healthy with the bean burgers, but I wasn’t really sure what to expect….The bean burgers were surprisingly delicious and satisfying! The parsley and garlic were team players in the flavor department…what a great contribution they made. And the pinto beans were so good! I kept shoveling them into my mouth as I was making the bean mix….Who knew beans could be so desirable?………The kale chips weren’t bad, but didn’t come out with the potato-chip effect like they did last time. I cooked them less time and added less salt, and totally skipped the parmesan cheese. I think next time I will use the original recipe.

Zzzzzzzzz…tired……I really don’t want to think about the disaster area in the kitchen….Can I clean up tomorrow?!?

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I met up with my friend Peggy and we enjoyed Happy Hour at Blue Star Cafeteria. We had some good one-on-one time!…The grilled cheese at BSC is to die for, and the Kiona Riesling is my new favorite.

Dinner: Grilled cheese sandwich and 2 glasses of Riesling
Dessert: I had half a pint of my favorite ice cream: Amy’s Mexican Vanilla while catching up one some 30 Rock episodes. My kind of Friday night! 🙂

Looking forward to a relaxed weekend. I hope you are too!

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Recap from yesterday: I came home and had a little happy hour for myself: white wine, cheese from Spain, homemade bread, and olive oil.

Last night was a stare-at-the-tv kind of night. I even when out and bought Ben & Jerry’s to go along with it. I might have eaten the whole pint! Not something I really want to admit, but well, it’s part of the blog. I’ve strayed from the path to healthy living and eating the last couple of days, but well, I’m back on the path again so here we go…

Breakfast: Lucas brought me a juice in bed. How good is this man? The fresh juice had carrots, apple, lemon, ginger, and I think some grapefruit. Later at work, I had Ezekiel toast with crunchy peanut butter and agave nectar.

TGIF, and I mean it. This week has been e-t-e-r-n-a-l.

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Get yer carbs on

Today was over in the blink of an eye. I knocked out one creative writing assignment, but that was the only thing I managed to do in the three hours after lunch! Still a good day though….I got in a nice run at Town Lake, and we had a fun dinner with my parents and Liz and Jill.

A slow-as-molasses 10k at Town Lake…..The crowds were out today! Must be a lot of those folks in town for the marathon.

Snacks: Dried currants and an apple
Dinner: Salad greens with honey dijon dressing and a large portion of spaghetti with meat sauce and parmesan, homemade bread, and white wine. We had to carb up Mom and Jill for the big race tomorrow!

As per usual, credit goes to Lucas for this amazing feast.

Early morning tomorrow! Heading out at 6:00 am to support my Marathoners!

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Three cheers for Girls’ Night Out!

Happy Hour:
Apparently Sampaio closed down, so we headed next door to Blue Star Cafeteria. Uh, can I say thank you Sampaio for closing down, or else I would have never discovered the wonder that is The Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Blue Star?!?!

Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Imported swiss, provolone, cheddar & gorgonzola cheeses on sourdough served with apple & dried fruit chutney and dijon mustard.


Afternoon snack: 7 Cali figs and later a banana
Happy Hour/Dinner: Grilled cheese sandwich and 2 glasses of Reisling

My friend Peggy ordered this beautiful pink drink: cranberry juice with sparkling French wine. I had two glasses of the house Riesling. I should have asked the name of it—it was lovely!

After our gabfest at BSC, we headed over to see “It’s Complicated.” A cute film—lots of laughs, and I LOVE Meryl, Steve, and Alec. (Yeah, we’re on a first name basis).

Gym: Treadmill – 25 minutes jogging (6.8 mph) and 20 minutes walking (4.0 mph)

It was a fun night! I’m going to finish my cup of peppermint tea and hit the hay—so sleepy.

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Lucas and I spent over an hour driving around several neighborhoods in Austin, looking for “For Rent” signs in yards. We’re both fond of a place we saw a few days ago, but we just wanted to get a taste of what’s out there. Not much apparently. At least, not from what we saw. Still, I seem to be of the mindset of “If it isn’t on Craigslist, then it isn’t out there.” Because everyone posts on Craigslist, right? Wrong. But that’s what I like to think.

Anyway, we were in the midst of our search when hunger hit. We were thisclose to grabbing dinner at Chipotle. By thisclose, I mean we had pulled into the parking lot and had our hands on handles of the door, ready to make a mad dash for Mexican. Then I opened my big fat mouth and said, “But even if we eat here, we’d still have to cook tonight for lunch tomorrow.”

And with that, we headed home.


But not really, because we had Restaurant Night.  Look at this delish fish dish we made, inspired by the Fish Tacos & Shallot Ginger Dipping Sauce from Z’Tejas.

Afternoon snack: 4 delicious medjool dates
Pre-dinner: A whole wheat tortilla and a glass of red wine.
Dinner: 2 fish tacos. Grilled fish on a whole wheat tortilla, topped with shredded cabbage and carrots. A tangy dipping sauce jazzed it up.

Dessert: A serving of Swiss chocolate with nuts.

I’m getting sleepy. Very, very sleepy……

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