Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Just Do It

by Meghann on March 17, 2009

I was dreading day 8 of my 30 Day Shred. For some reason I just could not fathom working out. I was tired, lazy and wanting to start dinner. However, instead of stalling like I knew I wanted to, I put the DVD in as soon as I walked in the door and could make up other excuses.

It felt great to get my time with Jillian Micheals in even before I had a chance to sit down. Though I had no desire at all for the 20 minute DVD I was glad I did it and even gladder that I completed it right when I walked in the door.

In anticipation of my super duper post work shredding plans I had a bag of Almonds around 4:00.

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Ok, so they really weren’t in anticipation of work out, they were just because I was plain hungry at 4:00. But they did hold me over during my work out and the 45 minutes or so it took me to cook dinner afterwards. :)

I owe my tasty dinner to two wonderful blogs and their inspiring recipes.

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For the main meal I decided to test out Kath’s Nutty Vanilla Sweet Potato + Kale Soup after seeing so many raving about it in the blog world.

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It was really easy to make. I did add onions to the mix, had Dates instead of Raisens, and Pecans in place of the Peanuts on top.

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The soup had a very interesting flavor to it, it was smooth, sweet and spicy. I really enjoyed the addition of the salted pecans on top, the saltiness of the pecans complimented the sweetness of the soup perfectly. I do think this soup is not meant for those afraid to try new things, but I have to say I quite enjoyed it.

WIth the soup I whipped up half a batch of Maggie’s Stovetop Baking Soda Biscuits.

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OMG MAGGIE YOU ARE A GENIOUS!!!!

My batch made two and they were so quick and easy to make. I cut one in half and was pleasantly surprised how perfect the texture was after being ‘baked’ on the stove top. The hearty soda biscuit was wonderful with the soup. I already have plans to make an egg sandwich with the other tomorrow.

Here is my variation of Maggie’s Stovetop Baking Soda Biscuits

  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • Dash of Sale
  • 1/8 cup Fat Free Milk
  • 3 spoonfuls Applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  1. Mix together the dry ingredients – flour, oatmeal, sugar, baking soda, salt
  2. In a separate bowl combine the milk and applesauce
  3. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry, then add the vinegar and add a splash of milk as needed if dough is too dry
  4. Shape into two biscuits
  5. Cook biscuits stovetop in a greased pan over low-medium heat covered for 13 minutes
  6. Flip them and cook uncovered for another 13 minutes

Trust me give this recipe a try. It’s very easy and very worth the experiment. They come out almost like english muffins, just like real soda bread in Ireland always reminded me of. :)

Dessert tonight was 1/2 cup of Edy’s Slow Churned Samoas Ice Cream with a sprinkling of TJ’s Mini PB Cups.

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I received Horton Hears a Who in my Netflix the other day, so I am going to heat up a cup of tea, sit back and relax in front of the TV watching the modernized version of a Dr. Seuss classic. Have a great night!

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