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Don't Fear the Beets

Sorry that I didn’t get a post up last night but the last thing I wanted to do was open my laptop after a long day of work. Also, my throat is still bothering me so vegging on the couch catching up on Grey’s Anatomy sounded a little more appealing than blogging . 😉 And speaking of Grey’s…I’m caught up to the episode before the season finale. I heard the finale is pretty intense. Should I watch it or just read the recap online? No spoilers, please!

I don’t even know why I still tell you guys what I ate for breakfast. Obviously, it was a bowl of oatmeal – apple cinnamon oats. Repeat of yesterday’s mix. But I will say that I’m finally getting to the point where I’m craving a cold breakfast – maybe a smoothie or yogurt with granola and fruit – so I think you’ll see me mixing things up soon!

Lunch was fabulous. I picked up some ready-to-eat beets at Trader Joe’s after hearing Jenna talk about how great they were.

What better way to enjoy beets than on a salad?

This salad featured: baby greens, sliced beets, crumbled feta, diced roasted sweet potatoes (leftover from this dinner), almonds, a big crank of salt and pepper and homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

Close up because it’s just so beautiful! Loved this salad…and my dining companion…

He wanted no part in the beet salad creation and instead ate a massive sandwich of turkey, avocado, tomato, mayo, ranch and baby greens on whole wheat. While he was eating it he deemed himself the best sandwich maker in Charlotte.

My snack yesterday afternoon was a Cherry Pie Larabar. My favorite flavor.

Would have been great except that I seriously bit my lip while eating it and it’s still sore now. 🙁 Hate that.

Against my better judgment, I decided to go to a power mixed class at Y2 after work. I was definitely not feeling 100% but Advil + my burning desire to practice got me to my yoga mat. Class was good and not too challenging – which was a positive thing last night. We got to work on forearm balance, side crow and handstand so I was a happy girl. Love arm balances and inversions (I think it’s all the years of cheerleading and tumbling coming out in me!).

Came home, showered and crashed on the couch for my Grey’s Anatomy marathon (Brandon was at bowling league). I finally peeled myself off the couch around 8:30 and headed into the kitchen to make dinner. I had eggs on the brain but was also craving a quesadilla. I decided to give in to both cravings and made a scrambled egg quesadilla.

Scrambled eggs, black beans, diced jalepeno, white and orange cheddar, sour cream and salsa. YUM! Totally hit the spot. Cantaloupe on the side.

After dinner ice cream was calling my name…

Blue Bunny Reduced Fat Ice Cream (about 1 1/2 scoops), sprinkle of Earth Fare Tahitian Vanilla Granola, shredded coconut, toffee bits, mini chocolate chips and chocolate syrup.

After dessert I had a cup of chamomile tea and then crashed. I slept so well last night but unfortunately, still woke up with the sore throat. I have to teach BodyPump tonight – hoping I can make it through and feel strong. Will let you guys know how it goes.

So two questions for you today:

1) Do you like beets? (such love/hate food!) And how do you like to eat them? (I have a ton to use up in the next couple days!)
2) Should I watch the season finale of Grey’s or just read the recap online? I’m ridiculously scared of guns and I hear there’s a shooter in the episode.

Have a great day!

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  • Kira May 27, 2010, 12:30 pm

    2) Depends how much you like suspense. I hate suspense, so I would read the spoilers and then watch the episode. There is a lot of shooting and blood and people dying, sooo it’s up to you. It’s also TWO hours (less, obviously without commercials). So it’s kind of long.

    • Jen May 27, 2010, 2:53 pm

      I like the suggestion of reading the recap before I watch the show. That way I can fast forward if it gets to be too much for me and I’ll still know what’s going on.

  • branny May 27, 2010, 2:13 pm

    I love beets. I have a delicious beet-burger recipe in my blog. You have to start with raw beets, though.

    My parents used to serve beets that were marinated in vinegar and garnished with hard boiled eggs. I think it is a Polish dish.

    They are also good sauteed with a little orange juice, salt, and pepper. Stir in some sour cream and you’re good to go. Weird recipe, I know, but it is adapted from a Deborah Madison recipe and she’s a great cook.

    • Jen May 27, 2010, 2:53 pm

      Yum! Thanks for all the ideas. I wish the burgers didn’t have to start with raw beets because I love restaurant veggie burgers that use beets. Have fun on your trip! Very jealous. Soak up some sunshine for me.

  • abby May 27, 2010, 3:04 pm

    I do not care for beets, though maybe I should give them another try (it’s been a long time).

    As for Grey’s…if you don’t like guns, maybe you shouldn’t watch it. However, I actually thought it was a really good episode – intense and kept me on the edge of my seat for sure! I just don’t think it would have the same effect if you read about it instead of watching.

  • Josie May 27, 2010, 10:08 pm

    I’ve actually never tried beets, but we’ll be getting tons of them through our CSA this summer – so I hope I like them!! I’ve heard they are really good roasted, or pureed with strawberries and made into a Popsicle. That’s what I plan to do with some of them because I know Caroline will eat them that way!

  • lbrookscooks May 31, 2010, 2:01 pm

    I had to laugh at this one – my husband wants no part of anything I make with beets either! I do love the prepackaged ones like this from Trader Joe’s, especially in the winter in a salad with blood oranges and feta.

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