Tuesday Wednesday Repeats

June 27th, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Daily - (Comments Off on Tuesday Wednesday Repeats)

Let’s work backwards from Wednesday night through Tuesday morning, shall we?

I’ve got pulled pork on the menu for Kaz’s birthday party this weekend and I wanted to give my recipe a trial run before I make enough pulled pork to feed a small army. It turned out pretty well and it’s what we’ve eaten for dinner the past two nights.

Pulled Pork and Coleslaw

Served along side my Asian coleslaw addiction – this is a winning combo, even if I have eaten coleslaw nearly every day for the past two weeks.

I made a pot of beef chili on Tuesday too while the pork did it’s thing in the crock pot – this has been lunch for the past two days and probably for the next two days as well.

Beef Chili with Avocado

There was some coconut curried sauteed kale (from the garden!) on Tuesday’s lunch as well.  Kale that I shared with Kaz.  Kale the I shared with Kaz that he threw on the floor right after I took this picture.

Baby Kale

Good thing we follow the 5 second rule in our house.

(Well, maybe not with saucy kale…)

Inspired by my new favorite snack, I put together a little fruit and kefir cereal yesterday after a long morning walk on Wednesday morning with Kaz.

Fruit Cereal Kefir

It started with strawberries, chia seeds and shredded coconut, followed by a pour of whole milk plain kefir and some shredded almonds for crunch.

Strawberries Chia Seeds Shredded Coconut

Our walk on this day was unexpectedly long.  The pedestrian bridge I’d planned to use to get back across the river to home was closed – which meant we had to go a mile and a half out of the way to get home.  And the cup of coffee I had before we left meant I really, really had to go pee by the time we finally made it back.

Don’t forget we’re working backwards today – this is why there is a seemingly oddly placed picture of saucy pulled pork porn following breakfast.

Pulled Pork Porn

Tuesday night after a 2.75 lb pork shoulder spent 10 hours on low in the crock pot, with two forks to do the pulling!  And that array of condiments in the background to make my own sauce.

Two Forks to Shred Pork Roast

The sauce was good, but a little mustard-y.  I used this recipe as a guide for the rub.  I let it marinate for about 12 hours before putting in the crock pot Tuesday morning to cook for 10 hours on low.

Pork Shoulder Roast in Crock Pot

Tuesday’s bout of exercise was short and to the point – an at home cross-fit style WOD:

200 m easy jog (from the house to the stop sign down the street, 0.125 miles measured with my Garmin 405)

200 m sprint (back home again)

10 push ups

10 sit ups

10 jumping lunges

(repeat 2 more times)

400 m easy cool down jog, sweaty and done in 19 minutes!

I’ve been aiming to do this work out once a week – it’s nice because I’m never more than .25 miles from home, which means Zak doesn’t have to get up to tend to Kaz if he wakes up during my work out.  And there’s no getting stranded on the other side of the river if I decide to have a cup of coffee before I start.  Bonus!

 

 

Bacon Wrapped Monday

June 25th, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Daily - (Comments Off on Bacon Wrapped Monday)

7:30 AM, Monday morning.

Exercise with Kids

You got me out of bed for this?

Well no, I didn’t wake him up to take him for a walk, I waited for him to wake up.  I’m not that crazy.  We set off for a stroll through our neighborhood streets and a local park before Zak had to leave for work.  He’s quiet as a mouse in the stroller these days (Kaz, not Zak) and is quite content to simply watch the world go by.   We went 3 miles in about 50 minutes – I walked the majority of the time but did some intermittent light jogging too.  (“Light” and “Intermittent” was mandatory as I was only wearing a nursing bra.)

It was coffee after our walk (for me, not the baby) and then a little later I made the exact same green juice I made on Saturday.  I had an early lunch of my new favorite thing – turkey (or ham) coleslaw and avocado wraps with a little Dijon mustard smeared in too.

Turkey Avocado Coleslaw Wraps

I made three or four of these guys probably, eaten standing up at the cutting board.  Half an avocado in total and a bunch mismatched sizes of sliced organic deli turkey.

Today’s snack was another new favorite, a fresh berry and kefir not-smoothie.

Kefir Strawberry Snack

I first tried plain kefir when I was pregnant with Kaz and it was WAY too tart for me – but my taste buds were totally thrown off during that time so I should have known… sorry Plain Kefir, it wasn’t you.  It was me.

I really like plain kefir now and have been buying the whole milk variety and pouring it over fresh fruit.  It really is good plain – but it’s even better with some  little fresh fruit and is a great way to eat the strawberries we’ve been inundated with lately.

This snack easily held me over until dinner – bacon wrapped shrimp, roasted green beans and roasted sweet potato.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Green Beans and Sweet Potato

I got the vegetables roasting and then wrapped cooked shrimp (frozen, thawed all day in the fridge) in bacon and secured the bacon with toothpicks.  Just as the potatoes and beans were finishing up I turned on the broiler and cooked the shrimp for 6 minutes at 550 degrees – turning every two minutes.

I’ve never made bacon wrapped anything before, these were really, really good.  Now I understand why people wrap things in bacon.  What else can we wrap in bacon?  Green beans?  Sweet potatoes?  Kefir?

Saturday Sun Salutations

June 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Daily - (Comments Off on Saturday Sun Salutations)

Today’s workout was a mid-morning heated yoga class, but before there was yoga, there was berry breakfast bowl:

Yogurt Berry Bowl

Full fat Fage with CSA strawberries and store bought blueberries.

After sweating more than I’ve ever sweated in a yoga class before, it was a green juice to re-hydrate.

Kale Celery Lime Ginger Apple Juice

CSA kale, two small limes, one apple, three stalks of celery.  I expect to sweat green next time around.

I spent a little time yesterday prepping and roasting vegetables for easy lunch and dinner sides for the weekend.  Dear Roasted Cauliflower, where have you been all my life?

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower is so good and so easy!  This is an entire head cut into florets, roasted in a little coconut oil at 350 for about 40 minutes – seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Roasted Brussels sprouts  and cauliflower to last us a couple of meals?  Done and done.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower

I am on coleslaw kick right now and made more Asian coleslaw – “Asian” because of the sesame oil and rice vinegar – made with bagged Nappa cabbage, celery, carrots and green onions.  Seasoned with salt, garlic powder, ginger, curry powder and just the tiniest pinch of crushed red pepper for a little kick.

Asian Coleslaw

I had a little of all three of those for lunch today – but I used the coleslaw to make ham, avocado and coleslaw roll ups.

Ham Coleslaw and Avocado Rollups

Each ham slice was coated with a little Dijon mustard before it was stuffed with coleslaw and avocado and then rolled up.   Who needs a tortilla when you have ham?

Ham and Coleslaw Roll Ups

(Plus two more unpictured small ones that I ate while I was plating these for a picture… it’s all about quality control.)  I went back for my other veggie sides after eating these guys at my desk to get caught up on my virtual life while Kaz napped and the girls were otherwise occupied.

We’ve got a dinner party with friends on the agenda for this evening, and a summer solstice picnic planned for tomorrow… Paleo (and non-paleo) strawberry shortcake to come!

 

The Whole Week

June 14th, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Weekly - (1 Comments)

We spent last weekend out of town which means I spent the entire week working on laundry, running errands and cooking – it’s taken all week to feel like I’m finally caught up around here.

With the exception of a little yoga over the weekend, I didn’t work out at all while we were gone, and so I was up and out the door first thing Monday morning for a bike ride.

Morning Bike Ride Rochester

My current favorite workout is riding my bike to my yoga studio (10 minutes, a nice warm up), 75 minute Vinyasa flow and then the 10 minute ride home (a perfect cool down).  Ride/Yoga/Ride was my Tuesday workout, and I got caught in the rain on the way home.  When Ava saw me and my wet butt she said “did you pee your pants?”

No, but thanks for noticing.

A post yoga breakfast Part I of coffee and fresh berries that I’d stocked up on the night before.

Coffee and Berries

Another breakfast I saw multiple times this week was a couple Applegate farm breakfast sausages, over eggs (only one in this picture because it was the last one!) and sides of steamed veggies – usually whatever was left over from dinner the night before.

One Egg Breakfast

Some food prep from the week – Asian coleslaw for dinner a couple nights in a row (with regular cabbage instead of Napa cabbage) and some sliced jicama and red pepper for snacking.

Asian Coleslaw Jicama and Red Pepper Snacks

Red pepper and jicama were a part of a number afternoon snacks – one day it was with some deli ham, baby carrots and some green olives.

Snack Plate

For dinner this week we had chicken legs coated in a little djion mustard and garlic powder, coleslaw on the side and a tossed salad.

Chicken Coleslaw Salad Dinner

Would you like some vegetables with your vegetables?  Yes, please!

My plate looks a little sad with only one chicken leg on it.  Good thing two more legs managed to make it onto my plate before dinner was over.

Another dinner was baked salmon (dusted with garlic powder and S&P), oven roasted green beans tossed in thyme and olive oil (at 350 for about 45 minutes)

Salmon Roasted Green Beans for Dinner

and an awesome side salad made with arugula, spinach, purslane, minced fresh basil (the most important ingredient!) and strawberries in a simple dressing olive oil and balsamic.

Arugula Salad

Dinner number #3 this week was so good I had it again for lunch the next day.  A red pepper chicken sausage (cut up like I’m 3 years old) with a heaping side of sauerkraut and some dijon mustard.

Sausage and Sauerkraut Lunch

We’ve been loving the Bubbies sauerkraut that I can only find at our local hippie grocery store.  Sauerkraut was one of those things I never would have eaten as a kid.

Bubbies Sauerkraut

Kids are so stupid.

Workouts from the week:

Monday – 40 minute bike ride

Tuesday – yoga + bike ride to and from class

Wednesday – spent the entire day walking around an amusement park (rollercoasters must be good for your core, right?)

Thursday – a very rainy rest day

Friday – easy morning run, 45 minutes

That’s a wrap!

Take it to the Track Tuesday

June 5th, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Daily - (Comments Off on Take it to the Track Tuesday)

My fitness plan for the summer includes more walking, more super easy, slow runs, less overall mileage, a lot more yoga and some bike riding too.  I will also be doing short, high intensity work outs – more specifically, speed work on the track once every  7- 10 days.

And on Tuesday morning, it was time for a (short but intense) track workout.

Tuesday Track Time

.8 mile walk/easy jog to the track (11 minutes) + 5 sets of 200 m sprint, 200 m recovery jog (12 minutes total) + .8 mile walk/easy jog home (13 minutes) = 3.25 miles and 37 minutes.

I came home to find both my guys playing outside.  Doesn’t the little one look happy to see me?

The Boy

Nice try, mom.  I’m actually most happy to see your camera.

(Notice him throwing the lids down as he makes a bee line to get his little mitts on the fun, shiny, clicky toy?  And notice the cat high-tailing it out there?)

(Notice the strings of saliva like a real monster?)

Closer

Attack

Let’s just say I put the camera inside the house for a while at that point.

I did some post-run stretching and yoga in the sunshine, and then Zak, Kaz and I weeded the vegetable gardens, filled the bird bath and stepped on the strawberry plants while we waited for Ava and Maxine to wake up and join us.

Outside

Today’s breakfast was very pink!  Strawberries, raspberries and left over salmon from dinner on Monday night.

Pink Breakfast

I shared my raspberries and salmon with KazMan.

Breakfast Sharing

And a post breakfast mug of green tea.

post_breakfast_tea

Today’s Yogi Green Tea words of wisdom?

yogi_words_of_wisdom

True dat.

I made Lunch Part I while I was packing Lunch Part II for a picnic with lots of fellow homeschooling friends.

Sardine Salad.  Half a tin of sardines packed in olive oil, mixed greens, shredded carrot, sliced almonds with olive oil, lime and S&P for dressing.

Sardine Salad Snack

A packed lunch for one mom, two girls and one boy:

Lunch Contents

From left to right: two sunbutter and jelly sandwiches on Ezekiel bread, two peeled, S&P’d hard boiled eggs, a container of macadamia nuts, sliced jicama and red pepper, the last of the raisins, sliced, roasted sweet potatoes, colby jack cheese and a bottle of water. (+ two more little water bottles packed later)

Time to roll, gang.

Packed Lunch

For an afternoon of sunshine at the park.

Max Kaz Bubbles

Bubbles, running, jumping, climbing, flailing, digging through the diaper bag for toys.

Kaz Keys

A quick and easy dinner when we got home – homemade guac (mashed avocado with a little diced onion, lemon and salt) –

Turkey Burger Guacamole Broccoli Dinner

on top of a turkey burger and a big side of steamed broccoli (that I promptly added a big patter of butter to after I took this picture!)

Pink breakfast, green dinner.  My name is Alison and I like to color coordinate my meals.

Shopping Sunday

June 4th, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Daily - (Comments Off on Shopping Sunday)

A quick breakfast Sunday morning before a trip to the farmer’s market – plain yogurt, kiwi and chia seeds and a piece of buttered Ezekiel toast. The end piece that the kids will never eat. Add that to some random “You Know You’re a Mom When…” list. When you eat the heel of the bread because you’re kids won’t?  Apparently.

Plain Yogurt Kiwi Chia Seeds

There are a lot of farmer’s markets in Rochester, and this particular market is one of the biggest and the best – lots of local farmers and vendors with organic produce, eggs and meat products.

Brighton Farmer's Market

Market season is just starting up, the market within walking distance from our house begins next week. This is when I’ll begin threatening my children with eating the heel of the bread if they don’t come with me.

More Brighton Farmer's Market

And nope, sorry gang.  I do not have a stroller that will hold a 9, 6 and almost 1 year old.  Good question though.

Among other things, I bought a square of wheatgrass for some at home juicing experimentation.  (We have yet to do anything with it.  Perhaps it will just decorate my kitchen windowsill?  Time will tell.)

Wheatgrass for Juicing

“Other things” include BEEF LIVER (OMG I really did. It’s supposed to be good for one year in its vacuum sealed package in the the freezer, so I have lots of time to work up the nerve. Thank you Deep Nutrition. I think.)

Less scary groceries today include kale, spinach, field greens, asparagus, honey and eggs.

Kaz is unimpressed. Or he’s worried I’m going to make him try beef liver.

Not Impressed

Are you saying you’d rather eat that brush than try beef liver?  Maybe me too.

For lunch it was my fantastic sardine salad!

Sardine Salad

Doesn’t this salad just scream Omega 3’s!  B12!  Selenium!  No?  Am I the only one who can hear that?

And for dinner (after a 75 minute yoga class that totally kicked my ass) it was 2 eggs over easy, asparagus and two Applegate Farms breakfast sausage links.

Eggs Asparagus Sausage

For dessert – partially thawed frozen blueberries with whipped coconut cream!  No sugar in the coconut cream, just a little vanilla.  The berries sweeten it up perfectly.

Blueberries Coconut Whipped Cream

Here.  Let me move the cream out of the way so you can see what’s going on under there.  (The  whipped cream is really the star of the show though.  Don’t tell it that though, we don’t want it getting a big head.)

Blueberries Coconut Whipped Coconut Cream

I’ve been making this coconut whipped cream A LOT lately – it is so, so good!  I have mixed results with the thickness – some times it’s thicker than others – it is ALWAYS good though, especially on fresh (or thawed, frozen fruit).  I get the best results from the Full Fat Thai Kitchen brand of coconut milk.  Try it!  It’s way better than beef liver, that’s for sure.  The heel of the bread too.

 

Saturday

June 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Daily - (Comments Off on Saturday)

I don’t always need to eat on the days I work out first thing in the morning, but today I woke up feeling hungry. I knew I would have a more energetic, enjoyable workout if I ate something before I left.  I dug out the baby carrots and cashew butter about 15 minutes before heading out the door.

Morning Workout Snack

I noticed my cashew butter jar smiling at me while I was eating.

Smiling Cashew Butter

Such a cheerful nut butter.

Today I had time for a nice, enjoyable hour long walk (interspersed with some very easy, light running toward the end) – and made coffee breakfast shortly after arriving home.

Greek Yogurt Peach Chia Seeds

Please note the creeper baby hands trying to pull my food to the floor.

Coffee with half and half, plain greek yogurt topped with a bruised peach, plus some shredded coconut, hemp seeds and chia seeds for crunch.

Greek Yogurt Breakfast

We spent the first half the day relaxing around the house, playing outside and doing some housework.  Lunch came together quickly and easily thanks to yesterday’s food prep – roasted chicken breast, roasted Brussel sprouts and coleslaw.

lunch

I made a cup of tea after lunch, the Yogi Bedtime tea is one of my favorites because it’s got a small amount licorice root in it and a nice, naturally sweet tea.

Bedtime Yogi Tea   Yogi Tea Bag

I was ready for an afternoon snack sooner rather than later today and made a big green (purple-ish) smoothie with banana, blueberries, spinach, avocado and coconut water – it was so thick I needed a spoon to eat it.

Smoothie

I managed to find time for a 30 minute at home yoga practice today while Kaz napped, the big kids played and Zak was getting some work done.  85 degrees + no A/C = hot yoga practice in my very own living room.

Yoga at home isn’t the same as practicing in the yoga studio of course, but it’s still nice to get in a few downward dogs and forward bends at home when I can – even if only ends up being 5 minutes.  By the time I roll out my mat I often end up practicing for more than 5 minutes anyway.  I always remind myself of the yoga instructor who once said “even one pose a day is a yoga practice”.  How about a downward dog in the middle of my kitchen floor then while I’m waiting for my peppers and onions to soften?  Done!

For dinner, two over easy eggs, two Applegate Farms sausage links and more Brussels sprouts. I considered making a salad, but the Brussels sprouts were faster (and just SO good!)

Dinner

I hope to get to a (real) yoga class tomorrow evening so I don’t have a workout planned for the morning.  My smiling cashew butter gets to sleep in.