Two busy bumblebees.
One leaf falling.
Four birds flying.
Let’s just say that looking up at the sky while in a side plank position is way more exciting when done outdoors versus looking up at the ceiling of my basement. Tack it on to the ever growing list of why I love summer so much.
Followed by my morning workout which included fifteen minutes of arms and fifteen minutes of legs, I set out to make a hot, steamy bowl of oatbran. Leave it to me to crave such a breakfast on one of the hottest days of the year (although, I know for a fact that I’m not alone in this 😉 ).
- 1/4 c. oatbran
- 1/4 c. wheatbran
- 1 c. milk + 3/4 c. water
- 1/2 banana
- 1 c. fresh strawberries
- toppings: 1 tsp chia seeds, 1 T. Galaxy Granola, 1 scoop of peanut butter
It made for one delicious breakfast.
Morning Snack: a juicy orange
By noon today, it was 85 degrees and humid—I had one thing on the brain: salads. I can not get enough of these big bowls of produce. And for one reason or another, this bowl of green was particularly interesting today.
Full of f-r-e-s-h.
Full of c-r-u-n-c-h.
Full of carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, mushrooms, sliced bell peppers and white beans.
I’m really into simple dressings lately. This salad was drizzled with a small amount of olive oil (about 1 tsp) and followed with a bit of sea salt. So simple. So delicious.
+ kashis and a slice of swiss
+ some after-lunch sweetness in the form of my favorite kind of berry
Afternoon Snack: 6-oz. plain yogurt + 2 T. crushed flax + 2 T. Galaxy Granola Hint of Honey
When it comes to dinner, who doesn’t like a bit of convenience now and then? I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes when life gets hectic, dinner needs to be simple. And quick.
I was tempted to pick up a box of veggie burgers for tonight’s dinner, even though it wasn’t on my shopping list (okay, $4 wouldn’t exactly break the bank, but I’m trying to be good here.) I sighed and placed them back into the freezer as I scrambled to think of something that would be just as quick and easy. Then it occurred to me…duh! I could make my own!
I had successfully made homemade black bean burgers in the past (using KERF for inspiration!,) and I also happened to remember that they were super easy to prepare. Cheap and convenient? Sign me up!
Black Bean Burgers
- 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
- 2 T. worcestershire sauce
- lots of garlic powder (lots, lots, lots)
- cayenne to taste (remember that this stuff is hot)
- Just mash everything together really well. It takes some good strong effort. Don’t be afraid to show those beans who’s the boss!
- Refrigerate for 15 minutes or longer.
- Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray, heat to medium and cook 4 patties until browned on one side. Flip over and cook until browned to preference. About 10-12 minutes total.
The first time I made these, I undercooked them. This time I remained patient and let them crisp and brown up nicely.
Served with side salads, sweet potato fries, a whole wheat bun and some Trader Joe’s catsup. They were just as delicious as I remembered them to be. Yum!
Off to make a snack and read some of Eat, Pray, Love. I’d like to finish the book before the movie comes out. 😀
Question: It’s late. You’re hungry. Food needs to be placed on the table as quickly as possible. What do you do/make/buy? First I grab a carrot stick or a handful of almonds to prevent myself from chewing off my arm. And some of the easiest meals that I’ve made in a hurry include sweet potatoes with black beans&salsa, or scrambled veggie omelets. In a pinch, cereal isn’t such a bad option either. 😉