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The morning weight work out, as intended, was “Day 3” of the new program posted at the bottom of last nights blog HERE. It took me 30 minutes and was preceeded by a 3 mile run on the treadmill. After the weight workout, Shane I jogged a little but walked most of the way 44 minutes. Not bad – beautiful morning to be outside. It was 59 degrees and clear.
Tomorrow is an aerobic day and I’m not sure what I’ll do yet. We’ll see what the morning brings. As for tomorrow night, it’s the first class of Digital Photography so make sure to tune in Friday or Saturday and I’ll let you know what we learned. I’m SO EXCITED!!!! 😀 Don’t you just love to learn new stuff?!
Now for Good Eats…
A tortilla meaning “round cake” or an omelet? This was easy to prepare. I was able to get everything chopped and ready because Ted had gone to exchange some undies. A woman cannot buy undies for her man …apparently. The sporty, boxer type, brand name Nike or Reebok just don’t cut it (and NO SAM! He wasn’t exchanging silky thongs!). Fruit of the Loom… are you still there?
- 2 TBS EVOO
- 1 Shallots, fine chop
- 3 TBS chopped sun dried tomato (use oil packed or if you dehydrated some of your own from the summer’s bounty, crumble those up for 3 TBS.)
- 6 oz mushrooms, peeled, cleaned and sliced
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 Eggplant, peeled and chopped into about 1 ” cubes
- 1 TBS toasted slivered almonds or toasted pine nuts
- 2 whole eggs
- 1 cup EggBeaters * or just use 6 whole eggs
- 2 TBS chopped parsley
- 2 TBS water
- 4 oz Grated Cheese (I used Asiago – Oh WOW that was good!)
- salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in skillet. Add the shallots and tomato over low heat and cook 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and eggplant, increase heat to medium and cook 5 minutes. Add spinach and cook until it wilts, about 3- 4 minutes.
Reduce the heat, add salt and pepper and nuts. Beat the eggs, beaters, water, parsley, salt and pepper. Add to the skillet and let cook for about 6 – 8 minutes. You want the bottom to cook so lift the edges now and then to let all eggs cooks.
Preheat the boiler to high. Sprinkle the cheese on the omelet and place under the broiler for about 3 minutes until cheese melts.
And of course…Enjoy!
Just lately I’ve found a new tasty snack: FORZE.
I have both the bars and the drink. Both are pretty good and satisfying as a light snack. Check it out.
Sunday’s are our usual days for a group walk. By group, that would be Ted, Shane and myself. It is typically a walk of 4 or more miles which will take us to the more scenic areas of Utica, whether we go right or left or straight from our home. One of our favorite walks is around Valley View Golf Course. Once there, we have the option of extending the distance and going through the Switchbacks (a very wooded area made walker/rider friendly by stone-dirt roads) or going up to the Eagle (the upper most point over looking Greater Utica).
On this particular Sunday, Ted wouldn’t go through the Switchbacks even though it wasn’t muggy so there would be no horse fly attacks (they get pretty bad in there sometimes 😦 ), but he did want to walk up to the Eagle. It was a beautiful morning for it as well. I always think that I should bring my yoga mat because it is so peaceful and beautiful, I couldn’t think of a more relaxing place to practice some Asanas.
As we set out this particular morning, Shane needed something in his mouth..typical Shane…
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That’s all for now… another weight work out tomorrow morning. I’ll be following day 3 of this schedule:
It should take no more than 30 minutes. We shall see.
Yesterday was perfect…the sun, a walk through the golf course (5.5 miles! – Wahoo!). Ted and I enjoyed taking Shane for a walk on such a perfect day.
Today – not a bad morning either. I didn’t have to get up so incredibly early, but pulled myself up at 6:15 am. Shane was still snoozing as was my beloved. I went down stairs for 25 minutes on the ET and a 25 minute weight workout. i tried a new routine from Muscle and Performance. I didn’t know how it would go, but it was a bit too easy and not as long as I thought it would be.
This workout is for weeks 1 and 2. It will change every 2 weeks for 6 weeks. Day 1 I will do Mon. (today) and Friday (or Thurs.). Day 3 will be done Wednesday. So Day 1 is repeated 2 x per week. On the other days, I will do heavy aerobics. It’s good to change your routine now and again because your body adapts and then there is no muscle stimulation.
After the weights, Shane and I ran for 4.4 miles. Some poor guy lost his white poodle “Maxi” in the park and was calling for the little critter as we came and left the park. I hope he finds him/her.
As for eats…here you go…
What are you up to this Labor Day? Picnic plans? If you’re a vegetarian, here is an easy recipe to bring along to make sure you don’t go hungry among all the burgers and dogs.
This recipe was adapted from a booklet found at the New York State Fair. It was from the company called ACH Food Companies, Inc. The original recipe is called “Taco Batter Bake” and uses ground beef. I made this a vegetarian dish using meatless crumbles. It is so flavorful and will work well with beans as a meat substitute as well.
- 12 oz Meatless crumbles or 15 oz can of beans of choice.
- 1/2 onion, minced
- 1 tsp each of the following: cilantro, ezpizote, dill, tarragon, “Spike” Gourmet seasoning, garlic powder, chili powder, ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
For the Batter
- 1/2 cup Corn Flour
- 1/4 cup All purpose flour
- 2 tsp rapid rise yeast
- 1 TBS sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup warm milk
- 1/4 cup room temp white wine
- 2 TBS butter or SmartBalance, melted
- 1 whole egg
- 8 oz Salsa or Picante sauce
- 1 cup cheese of choice (Mexican blend, or Feta mixed with Parmesan…your choice)
- 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips
If you use real ground beef, you will need to brown it and mix in the onions at that time. Drain the grease off and add all the seasonings.
Using meatless protein, mix the protein with the onions and all the spices. Do NOT mix the batter ingredients in with this mixture.
For the batter: Combine all ingredients, stirring well with a spoon. Spray a 9 x 9 square pan with non-stick spray and spread the batter over the bottom. Put in a warm place for about 25 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Top the rested batter with the “meat”-onion-spice mixture. Add the toppings, first the salsa, then the cheese, and finally the tortillas. Bake for 30 minutes and ENJOY!
Did you check out my crab and lime button recipe from the other night? It was very good, but there was an incident while making the buttons. Upon removing them from the oven, I somehow (you WILL wonder “how the….”) burned my neck on the edge of the baking sheet. Why did I have the pan up so high? Who knows. My life is very painful. I’ve said it before. I went to work today with what looked like a hicky in the middle of my neck. Ted did give me a look with raised brow.