Monday, February 15, 2010

Vitamin D

I'm usually glad when Mondays are over, but I've got a few tears about today being over!  It's been such a great day.  East Coast Divas, please cover your eyes- it was 72 degrees here today.  I think all the Vitamin D made me happy!

Family Food Bloggers
I started off by meeting with my mom and shopping my little heart out.  I hit up Macy's and Forever 21.  I'm no longer 21, but I refuse to shop in the adult stores.  Not yet...besides, since my birthday is coming up, I'm trying to embrace my youth!  We also hit up Sam's Club and Trader Joe's.  My mom is turning into a blogger in training- we got her some almond butter and I shared my goji berries and chia seeds with her.  If I catch her taking pictures of her food, I'm in trouble.  On my other side of the family, I'm already getting emails about what kinds of fish to eat and have fully converted them into my almond butter cult :)

My dad, however has always been a blogger, minus the photography.  My dad has been drinking Noni juice for the last 5 years or so.  He's also a machine and runs 3 miles almost daily, lifts weights, and swims...all on top of his physically demanding job.  I sampled some of his superfood juice today:
The juice was on the right- I poured it in the shot glass so I could get a good measurement.  Plus, it was the middle of the day, and I have standards people!

I came home to unload my loot:
  • Organic apples, organic spinach, cage free organic eggs, raw almonds, laughing cow cheese, brown cow greek yogurt, and bananas
Sam's Club has come a long way.  I think that as long as the company is making organic, healthy foods available for a good price to the public, it's enough for me to put my occasional cash money there.

I cooked up a good meal for my working hubby and after that I went to the gym to do apparently nothing:
I guess I did about 2 miles in 23 minutes- a quick, easy run to get my legs loose after yesterday!

When I came home it was still sunny and beautiful (I'll stop bragging soon) so we took dinner outside.

We had roasted veggies:
Some organic chicken and broccoli for the Mister:
The star of the show was the Peanut Sauce- heavily adapted from Miss Avery:
1/4 cup PB
Juice of 1/2 lime
3 Tbsp Maple/Agave Blend Syrup (from TJ's)
Glug of soy sauce
Tabasco, black pepper, chili powder
1 Tbsp water to thin it out
~1 clove crushed garlic

Thank you Avery- you are a genius!

My husband, who loves veggies as it is, was finding excuses to dip stuff in the peanut sauce and cleaned out the rest of it- definite success! I made more right after dinner too!

My plate:
  • Roasted veggies, GIANT beans from TJ's, brown rice, and broccoli wth peanut sauce
We didn't forget about dessert.  My compulsive baking forced me to make Espresso Brownies:
Here is my super easy recipe:
Hubby's Espresso Brownies:
  • 1/2 package of brownie mix of choice (I used Ghirardelli because they are from San Francisco and AWESOME)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee or 2-3 shots of espresso
  • Top with almonds or pecans
  • Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes (or while eating peanut sauce with a spoon)
I like to serve my chocolate with more chocolate:
Here is my date digging into his stash:
And this is what I do when people try to take my picture:
No idea either, but it adds to my character and it's good to put embarassing pictures of myself on the internets.

Something to do...
I'm so glad, excited, overwhelmed, and pleased that now more than my hubby and mom read my blog!  I am, however, trying to update my blogroll and want to capture all of your blog updates.  Can you please leave your url for me so that I can add you all and properly stalk you?  Thanks in advance!

How are you doing in introducing people to your food and fitness lifestyle?


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Thanks for letting me know you made my peanut sauce, or at least a rendition of it and that it inspired some good dippage on your husband's part :) that's awesome!

It's really a super versatile dip that's good with just about anything...and it's sorta good proof once you have the PB base, maple/agave, and sesame oil, that's all i need and im well on my way.

Brownies. Nice.
The pound plus from tj's. i have never broken down and bought one of those, but i am thinking i just should :)

Kris | said...

YUMMMMY!! Everything in this post looks fab! You two are so freaking cute!!


ps. I am no longer 21 either (29...sniff...) but I am keeping my youth, doll and shopping there until someone else tells me I can't :)

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said...

I love forever 21...even though I feel like when I shop there, I'm shopping with twelve year-olds!

The hubs brownies look divine!

Gabriela said...

Forever 21 is the best! It's the only place I buy trendy stuff :) Those roasted veggies look amazing, and I love the pound bar of TJ's chocolate...definitely something I'd buy!

Simply Life said...

wow! all your food looks soooo good!

Anne Marie said...

The brownies look devine!

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

I am SO JEALOUS of the weather you guys have! I have absolutely had enough snow for a lifetime after this winter!!

Dawn Dishes It Out said...

Dinner outside!! I am SOOO jealous. Still snowing on the east coast, I long for spring.

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

Those espresso brownies look soooooo good! I love those flavors together.

Where do you live? The weather is about the same here. (I think you're in Southern California like me!)

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Mom on the Run said...

I LOVE Averie! I am such a fan of her blog. I must try the peanut sauce because it sounds sooo goood!

I need to get to TJ's soon. I have not been in a while and keep seeing everyone's great food finds!

Mari said...

HA I spent all day shopping too with my familia =)

My mom and sister have both started to workout AND are watching their eats and my niece is a mini me in training!

Angela said...

Mmmm, I've been looking for a great peanut sauce recipe lately. Thanks for posting. Sounds good!

Mo Diva said...

hot damn those brownies caused serious salivation on my part...
and yes the nice weather made me a little jealous of you. :-(

lovely loot from sams club!

Katie said...

Verrrrry jealous of the weather you are having! I'm looking out of my office window at snow falling. I need spring! I haven't shopped at Forever 21 in, well, forever haha, but I'm going to hit it up to get some cute stuff for the honeymoon. Can't wait!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Actually a lot of people have asked me about almond butter, and other things I eat!! I always think it is so cool :-)

I have Noni juice in my fridge, but I just can't stand the taste!

Abby said...

Okay din din outside??? AHHH, so jealous.. soak it up.. thats fabulous!! It was sunny here but like 40* brrrrr.

Your roasted veggies look sooo yummy.. what a great meal :)

*Naomi* said...

ahh so jelous of you rdinner outside! i am currently looking at SNOW! i cannot wait for summer time or even spring! just no more snow

the food looks awesome and esp averies peanut sauce YUMMM!!!