Monday night I made my easy veggie/potato bake using carrots, potatoes (new, red, and purple) from the market, and the turnips with fresh ground pepper, a bit of thyme and olive oil. I didn't post a picture since I've posted similar ones several times before and didn't want to bore you! It turned out perfectly! I loved the inclusion of this root vegetable that's a good source of Vitamin C and fiber, while low in calories added a nice mild flavor, and the baked texture was a perfect compliment to the other ingredients.
On to last night, we used the leeks in a veggie side dish that was delicious! I was really pleased with how this turned out. Woody chopped up a couple carrots and through them in a skillet and let them soften a bit before we added two chopped leeks and olive oil. I read thyme is a good compliment for leeks so we added a bit of that in as they cooked with a top over the skillet to keep in the moisture. Leeks are low in sodium and are a good source of fiber, Vitamins B6, A, C, and K, folate and iron. This is a power packed veggie that can be used in place of onions in many recipes. We kept the heat on med-low for a few minutes and then added in a few cherry tomatoes I picked up at Chelsea Market in the afternoon.
Doesn't that look great? It tasted amazing and I can't wait to try the rest of the leeks in another recipe! We'll definitely be getting these again. Apparently they aren't very common in the US because they are usually pretty expensive, however we got a bunch for only a few dollars at the farmers market!
I also tried a new recipe for granola last night - using 1/2c of applesauce instead of 1/3c honey in order to cut down on the sugar and calories. The mixture included:
- 3c whole rolled oats
- 1c mixed nuts (walnuts, slivered almonds, sunflower seeds)
- 1tbs ground flax seeds
- 1tbs wheat bran
- 1/2c (approx) applesauce
- 1.5tbs natural, unsalted peanut butter
One last thing for today. Do you watch The Biggest Loser? It is one of the few 'reality' shows I watch and other than the obligatory mid-show informercials, I love it. It's so inspiring and incredible. Sometimes I don't catch it on Tuesday nights, but catch up with replays on the Fine Living Network. I sit on the couch in awe of what they can do. I am convinced they're able to do workouts that I couldn't do. Oh what I would give to have Jillian kick my butt in a workout for one day! I imagine I wouldn't be able to move much the day after, but these people keep going. Day after day. Dropping pounds and changing their lives. It's pretty incredible. And did you see the BL fan who dropped over 400lbs after being inspired by the show? Now, in my mind at least, that makes BL a worthy reality show. I also loved this week how they voted Victoria back on after she was voted off the first week. That proves they understand it's more about health than winning a prize. Well, all except for Melissa. Ugh. Don't worry, I'm not going to go there. On a personal note, I realized yesterday that eating more fresh foods has helped me loose a few lbs! I don't use a scale, but I have noticed clothes are fitting a little looser than they were! Success! Just have to keep this up and not let fantastically delicious Jacques Torres dark chocolate matzos hold me back!
Listening to "Foreplay/Long Time" by Boston as I finish writing this. What a great song! Seriously, bands do not write songs like this anymore. What a powerful intro. Reminds me of college. haha!
Have a great day!
Workout Stats -
60min bike (mileage ?)
hitting up the gym later for a weight session