Saturday, May 7, 2011

friday in the city

Finally got back into a cooking/exercising mood this am. For breakfast I made a PB and J Overnight Oats Smoothie. It needs a little work before I post the recipe. Kind of an odd texture. I used Kefir, frozen berries, 1 T flax PB and old fashioned oats but I think it could have used more liquid in the overnight oats and possibly the 1/2 banana I used in the last overnight oats smoothie. Will report back. 

The smoothie was the perfect fuel for my 8:30 spin class. Its been over a week so I was glad to be back on the bike! Had ZERO interest in strength training so I just did an abs video from Exercise TV on demand. These videos are great, especially when you are unmotivated. The abs video I did today was just 15 minutes but a good workout- if I'd had more time I would have done legs and time too. 

Then it was on to lunch, a variation on that Leon's dish I loved...

Asian-Inspired Chicken Sausage
(for 1)

Apricot-Rosemary chicken sausage (or flavor of your choice)
baby bok choy
EVOO cooking spray
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 tsp cayenne (or less- to taste)
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 T flax PB (roasted, salted, chunky, unsweetened
2 T hot water
1/2 T agave nectar
1/2 T soy sauce

1) Heat grill to medium heat. Cook sausage from frozen until hot.
2) Spray baby bok choy with EVOO cooking spray. Place on grill until charred. Turn over and grill until charred on opposite side.
3) Whisk panut butter, soy sauce, lemon juice, agave, cayenne, ginger, and hot water together. Add hot water as needed to thin sauce.

The zucchini and egglant you see here were just left over and didn't go that well with the dish. I will have to do a lot more research before I experiment with a Thai green curry sauce (a la Leon's), so I went with a peanut sauce similar to satay sauce. The agave was the secret ingredient- the sauce was way too salty and one-note until I added the sweetness. Please note- all measurements were estimated as I made the sauce all by taste! Turned out to be the perfect compliment and tied it all together.

After lunch it was straight out the door to make a train. Spent the day shopping, walking, and seeing Something Borrowed with Liz! I had a glass of sangria and we split some tasty sliders for a pre-movie happy hour. After the movie we walked around some more and then met up with Laura for some Greek food. Laura and I split the appetizer sampler (tzatziki, veggies, sausage, pita, meatballs, feta) and I had a Stella to drink. It was nice to introduce two of my closest friends from different parts of my life to each other and soo good to see Laura- it's been awhile!

When I got home tonight I was welcomed by...

... CaliBowls I ordered off OpenSky for $10! They were sponsored by Kath Younger. I love the turquoise color of these 1 cup bowls. They are microwave and dishwaser safe with cool spill-proof sides. These are great for portion control or for serving dips. What a nice surprise, who doesn't love getting packages in the mail?

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