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Pasta and Photos

Help! I got home from yoga teacher training tonight to find Brandon surrounded by old pictures. We had a few things in storage that we had to pick up today. One being a large box of photos.

He’s been entertaining himself all night with my large collection of photos from middle, high school and college. Yikes. There are some embarrassing pictures in there! 😳

He did earn major bonus points by having dinner waiting when I got home. He stopped by Pasta Provisions today to pick up fresh tortellini and foccacia.

Gorgonzola foccacia with olive oil and an herb dipping mixture.

And cheese tortellini with pomodoro sauce and a salad on the side.

So yoga teacher training was interesting tonight. First, we practiced ashtanga. My practice was only so-so.Β  It just didn’t feel right – everything required a ton of effort. I don’t know if it was due to being sore/tired from teaching BodyPump last night or due to the fact that I just prefer to practice ashtanga in the morning. Anyway, hopefully tomorrow’s practice will be better.

Second, we watched the movie “What the Bleep Do We Know?” According to Wikipedia, itΒ  “is a 2004 film that combines documentary-style interviews, computer-animated graphics, and a narrative that describes the spiritual connection between quantum physics and consciousness.” It was interesting to say the least. Has anyone seen it? I think I’d have to watch it five more times to even begin to absorb what they’re trying to address.

Lunch today was unexpectedly delicious.

I realize that I have an open faced sandwich problem. It’s not that I don’t like putting a second piece of bread on my sandwiches but ever since I started buying Great Harvest breads, I find that I prefer just one slice on my sandwiches (they’re just more filling and calorie dense). At least the open faced sandwich makes for a pretty picture! πŸ˜‰ This new combination featured Great Harvest Whole Grain Goodness, hot peach jam, tofu, spinach and brie. Yummm….

I had a little extra time to cook breakfast this morning so I decided to give steel cut oats another try.

And I’m still not a fan. I missed the softness and creaminess of my rolled oats. I just don’t love the texture of these. Everyone keeps telling me to try cooking them overnight in a slow cooker to get soft, fluffy oats but that’s a lot of effort so we’ll see.

And a very quick overview of yesterday’s eats.

I made green coconut curry after teaching BodyPump (which was so fun last night – two of my co-workers came to my class for the first time!).

Tofu, red peppers, green peas, purple potatoes and spinach in a green coconut curry sauce over rice. Vegan and tasty!

(Sidenote: I have been trying to increase my weights when I teach BodyPump to be a better role model for my participants and I am really feeling it! It’s so good to push it and mix it up sometimes. A reminder to challenge yourself with your weights and try to increase sometimes and not stay with what you always do!)

Lunch yesterday will be a big surprise…

Or not! A Trader Joes veggie burger Great Harvest Whole Grain Goodness with spinach and cheese. Are you missing the avocado this week? I am! I bought one at Trader Joe’s Tuesday but it has taken all week to ripen. Boo.

HAPPY WEEKEND! What are you guys doing? Is anyone running? Please tell me about it. I miss long runs already!

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  • 1
    Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) January 22, 2011, 7:15 am

    ahaah open faced sandwiches rock!! sometimes putting that extra slice of bread totally overpowers the taste of the actual insides! i have never tried steel cut, but if they ain’t creamy like regular oats.. then i dont think id be a fan either!

    • 2
      Jen January 24, 2011, 12:11 pm

      I totally agree! Sometimes all you can taste is bread when you add the second slice. Especially when it’s a thick/denser bread.

  • 3
    lindsay cotter January 22, 2011, 7:38 am

    oh yes, that is why I bought a toaster oven. Open faced sandwiches with warm avocado and cheese, perfect! I actually like steel cut oats better, not sure why. Maybe the thickness? Have a great weekend friend!
    LC
    http://www.cottercrunch.blogspot.com

  • 4
    Kira January 22, 2011, 8:28 am

    I’m all ready to head out for my 7 miles. I psyched myself up and bundled up because it’s 18 degrees out there aaaaand my Garmin’s batteries are low. So I’m catching up on blogs while I’m waiting for it to charge. I haven’t ever tried steel cut oats, but I’ve heard good things as well. I know that Trader Joe’s also makes a “quick” steel cut oats.

    • 5
      Jen January 24, 2011, 12:10 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying and sticking to half-marathon training – even with the insanely cold/snowy winter we’ve had in the south!

  • 6
    Alaina January 22, 2011, 8:51 am

    No running today. I’m in my brother in law’s wedding today! I’m the officiant. πŸ™‚ Hopefully I can get out for a run tomorrow morning.

    In my recipe page, I have a recipe for overnight steel cut oats in the crock pot. They’re really good!

    • 7
      Jen January 24, 2011, 12:09 pm

      I LOVE that you were the officiant. So cool!!! I really do need to check out your crockpot oats. I need to make that a goal for the week to try that recipe!

  • 8
    Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) January 22, 2011, 8:55 am

    I haven’t tried steel cut oats yet, but from the sound of it I think I’d prefer my rolled too! And that curry looks delicious!!

    Just a interval run for me today! But a run’s a run and I’m still looking forward to it! πŸ˜€

  • 9
    branny January 22, 2011, 9:05 am

    I like overnight oats just fine. But I don’t find them to be “OMG they are so much better” than rolled oats.

  • 10
    Sara January 22, 2011, 9:39 am

    I do steel cut oats in the crock pot. 1 cup of oats plus 4 cups of water and 1 cup of almond milk. It’s delicious, and very soft and light. I will usually microwave a banana for a few minutes then stir half into each bowl of oats and then add whatever else. Delicious. And saves tons of time during the week.

  • 11
    Claudie January 22, 2011, 9:43 am

    Haven’t watched that movie, but have heard of it. Is it worth watching?

    This weekend is really a “meet with friends” weekend… already saw a couple yesterday evening, and today we’ll continue. No running (injured knee, haven’t been running in 2 months πŸ™ ), but I might go to a group class or something.

  • 12
    Kristy@RunTheLongRoad January 22, 2011, 12:05 pm

    I just got done a 17-miler. It was awesome, even though the “feels like” temp hovered around 3 degrees πŸ™

  • 13
    Mary Beth January 22, 2011, 1:55 pm

    I promise if you do the crock pot oats you will love them. They are very creamy, and actually you just dump and stir, cover the pot and turn it on- super easy! You never know till you try. I made your Cheesy Beer Quick Bread with chili last night and it was awesome! http://www.food52.com/recipes/3062_overnight_steelcut_oats_with_almond_butter_honey

  • 14
    LBM January 22, 2011, 5:41 pm

    I love open-faced sandwiches, too. Have you ever tried mung-bean sprouts on the avacado/cheese combos? SO good! Love the crunch, too.

    This morning I ran a community 10-K with a friend. Lots of fun!

  • 15
    Bess @ Bess Be Fit January 22, 2011, 6:10 pm

    I’m getting back into training after taking a break since my half-marathon in early December…getting back into it now…ran a 6 miler on the treadmill this afternoon!

  • 16
    Becky January 22, 2011, 8:23 pm

    I love open-faced sandwiches. You are always giving me ideas for fun, new combos!

    I am running tomorrow…in sub-zero temps. I think I should be in a hot yoga studio instead πŸ™‚

  • 17
    Sara January 23, 2011, 5:30 pm

    you’ve got me hooked on these open-faced sandwiches!! i’ve been having them every weekend now in january. if only i worked closer to home and i’d have them on the weekdays too.

  • 18
    Elizabeth January 25, 2011, 10:53 am

    I’ve seen that movie a couple times about 5 years ago. Along the same lines at “The Secret” and “Ask and it is Given…” I think a wonderful movie to help you realize that you create your own life!

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