Forget Christmas

August 20th, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Weekly - (Comments Off on Forget Christmas)

Mid summer is the best time of the year!

Bee Bomb

(that bee is totally real, and she totally photo bombed my sunflower picture.)

Ducks

Those ducks are real too.

Gazpacho for one.

Gazpacho for One

A fast summer dinner before an evening meeting.  Sauteed yellow squash and zucchini and ham and cheese omelet.

Fast Summer Dinner

(That I had to share,

Dinner Peeker

with the boy who can now climb up here.)

Baby Climber

An afternoon walk,

Smile

with a spatula.

Spatula

Cooking with ghee is new to me.

Ghee

(For the eggs, not the bacon. Bacon comes with it’s own cooking fat built right in!)

Kale Bacon Eggs

Blueberry picking.

Blueberry Picking

The bucket threaded with ribbon to tie around your waist so you can “pick two handed” –

Blueberry Bucket

unless you’re wearing your toddler.  Then it’s back to one-handed picking.

Blueberry Boys

Fresh picked blueberries on top of homemade coconut milk ice cream.

Coconut Milk Ice Cream Blueberries

Enjoying all the wonderful, local produce that summer has to offer.

In recent weeks, exercise has included lots of walks (nearly every day, some longer than others) with the boy in the stroller.  Still riding my bike to and from yoga for a 75 minute vinyasa class (1 – 2x a week), easy yoga practice at home (aiming to do at least a little yoga every day), a small 5K race last week (26:42), and usually one run a week too, trying to keep the focus on play!  It starts with walking, then moves to easy jogging, then sprinting a short distance, to walking again for recovery, repeat.  Maybe a little skipping (if no one is around to see me) or stopping to do some push-ups or dips along the way if I feel like it.  I take my standard 3 mile route, I’m gone for about 30 – 35 minutes and return home sweaty, happy and not too tired.  Good stuff.

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!

 

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.

 

Plainly Friday

May 31st, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Daily - (Comments Off on Plainly Friday)

Plain yogurt gets a bad rap. I use to wonder who those crazy people were out there buying plain yogurt. I don’t get it, don’t you want to ENJOY your yogurt? How can you eat it plain? Why are you not running to the trash can with that or using it hang your wallpaper?

Well now I get it. I think it was plain Fage that converted me. The creaminess made me stick around and now my tastes have apparently adapted because I’m a plain yogurt lover. Whatever the case, I eat plain yogurt like a boss.

It was regular (non-greek) plain yogurt for breakfast today, topped with a handful of blueberries and half of a white peach (I shared the other half with Kaz) topped with some chia seeds. Half a cup of coffee with half and half too.

Plain Yogurt with Blueberries, White Peach and Chia Seeds

Breakfast was eaten today standing up while preparing breakfast for everybody else. My first and second cups of coffee were consumed peacefully at my desk before they were up.

I spent the morning cooking while it was still relatively cool out – bone in chicken breasts, roasted Brussels sprouts and a simple mayo-free coleslaw.  Veggies include green cabbage, red cabbage, carrots, celery and vidalia onion.  The dressing was made up of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Coleslaw without Mayo

After Kaz’s afternoon nap we split a banana (I sure share a lot of fruit with this boy) – except my half was stuffed with almond butter. His was stuffed with nothing but more banana.

Almond Butter Stuffed Banana

Notice the almond butter on my pinkie?  Classy.

Plus a little plain whole milk kefir to continue with today’s plain yogurt theme. I went for kefir because I was looking for a little protein to go with my banana and almond butter. Plain kefir is yet another plain yogurt-ish food that I use to think was way too tart. I bought this with the intention to add it to smoothies, but slammed it straight up today.

Whole Milk Kefir

Lunch came in the form of two big snacks – some sampling of Brussels sprouts, chicken breast and coleslaw when they were ready (but not enough to feel like it was lunch) and then the Banana and Almond Butter and Plain Kefir Show, plus a handful of un-pictured macadamia nuts.

Snack, Part 2 held me over well for an evening hour and a half yoga class – I rode my bike the 4 miles (round trip) to and from yoga. I was definitely ready for a substantial dinner when I got home and dove head first into my current favorite salad – greens, 2 hard boiled eggs, bacon, 1/2 avocado, tomato and a homemade dressing of olive oil, balsamic, dijon mustard and S&P.

Salad with Bacon, Egg and Tomato

Nothing plain about this salad.  As it should be.