Savory Seventeen

Posted on December 16, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning! Is it even still going to be morning by the time I post this, address my full google reader, and emails? Oh, who knows, but I’ve got Kelly Ripa and Anderson Cooper to keep me company.

Did you know yesterday was National Cupcake Day? Well, I was not in the position to go out and buy something for the fake festivities, but instead I brought the party to my oatmeal.

Oatmeal With NuttZo And Cream Cheese Frosting

The NuttZo was so fun and unique! I loved the copious amounts of seed and nut chunks. I’ve added it of my list of things to write reviews for, even though it wasn’t from the company or anything. I’ll definitely have that up after the weekend, if you’re curious. Meanwhile, this recipe had me not caring that I didn’t have a cupcake. This frosting is too good. I could(and sort of did) just eat it by the spoonful–yum.

Apparently on days when you don’t run 12 miles your hunger doesn’t go raging either. Who knew? That snack about did it for me in the afternoon as I worked on my final paper. It’s a very different assignment and basically I’m writing a screenplay about 5 ancient figures. Writing a play is tough work! I couldn’t imagine having to do it more often like some other bloggers. For dinner all I wanted was peanut butter, but I worried having oatmeal with peanut buter might make me lack veggies for my diet. Instead I decided to try to make Peanut BBQ Tofu.

Maple Syrup, Ketchup, Crazy Richard's Chunky Peanut Butter

How do you make BBQ baked tofu with a microwave and no BBQ sauce? Well, you get a little creative. What is BBQ sauce but sugar and tomato at its core? I mixed up 1 tablespoon chunky peanut butter, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, and 2 teaspoons ketchup. Then I brushed that on two pieces of Soft tofu and “baked” it in my microwave by cooking it at a low power for 15 minutes(note: this actually worked well for “baking” so long as you check every so often to drain excess liquid).

Peanut BBQ Baked Tofu, Broccoli With Peanut Flour, Green Beans

I think I went a little peanut crazy here. The tofu was awesome. I mean, it might have been able to be a little better if it were made properly, but truly this was something to be repeated. The broccoli with peanut flour was… interesting. It wasn’t bad, it just was what it was. Plus it was some good protein so no complaints. I think I’m starting a new tradition…

Q.Bel Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Wafer Rolls

…by having a chocolatey dessert every night after dinner. That’s a good tradition, right? I picked these up at Whole Foods yesterday and they didn’t make it 12 hours around me! Ha. They have great milk chocolate and peanut butter flavor. A Charlie Brown Christmas was on so chocolate and coffee totally went with the mood.

After Charlie Brown I realized I was exhausted; what a good reminder that you don’t need to run to tucker yourself out. I had a moment where I thought to myself “You can’t go to bed early. Can you? You can! Do it”. After that I shut my computer off at 9:20 and started winding things down. First I tasted this:

One Lucky Duck Cranberry Honey Bunches Bar

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from a “gourmet granola bar”. I believe this was gluten free and definitely an interesting blend of ingredients, but it didn’t have much flavor, and I figured sugar right before bed was not what I needed, so I ate about half and saved the rest for a rainy day. I also had what’s becoming an obligatory bowl of oatmeal.

Oatmeal With Smart Balance And Advent Chocolate

No complaints here. I think the combination of peanut butter and chocolate makes this like a Reeses. After all that, I probably didn’t get to bed too much earlier than normal, but I still felt good when I woke up at 6:30. I can’t say I wanted any bar in particular but I just grabbed this to get out the door quick.

Nature's Path Orange Chocolate Optimum Energy Bar

Really, anything with chocolate would do, as always ;-)When I first got there, I was the only person. Before I knew it, the gym was packed. It’s a tiny satellite gym, so I was worried someone might want my treadmill, but I kept going. In fact, I kept going and going and felt great! The rest day really must have helped, because people kept leaving and the gym emptied back out and before I knew it I ran 17 miles again. I set that distance PR 2 days ago and today it felt almost effortless. I even did it over 2 minutes faster finishing in 2:24:38. Woohoo! After a quick shower I threw together something for recovery

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Walnut Butter, NuttZo, And Maple Syrup, Coconut Milk Kefir With Wild Berry Amazing Grass

Again, my hunger wasn’t raging and nothing really was too appealing–maybe I’m coming down with something? No excuse not to get some NUTrition, so I threw together oatmeal with walnut butter and NuttZo–soo good! And then instead of yogurt for probiotics, I mixed a cup of So Delicious Coconut Milk Plain Kefir with Kidz Wild Berry SuperFood Amazing Grass. This was like a nicely blended smoothie; I couldn’t believe it didn’t require a blender and was so healthy. Kefir is definitely a new favorite way to get probiotics.

I did it! I’m finishing this all before noon! As for my inbox… let’s not talk about it 😉 Time for more studying! Have a wonderful day!

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14 Responses to “Savory Seventeen”

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aren’t q-bels awesome? I won some in a contest a while back and were SO sad when they were gone. We don’t have a WF here, so I couldn’t restock! They’re awesome, though.

awesome looking pb themed dinner!

Woah! Way to go with the run!! That’s awesome!

17 miles?? Intense.. good for you.. everything looks yum and filling! Im loving the broccoli with PB… nice combo!

Why didn’t anyone tell me yesterday was national cupcake day!? EEK! I am all about cupcakes!!

Sorry about the One Lucky Duck bar!! I DO recommend their Chewy almond crunch bar.

Ooh…I love those wafer bars from Whole Foods. The dark chocolate ones are my favorite!!

I haven’t found a One Lucky Duck bar that I’ve liked yet. I gave up.

Congrats on another great run!!

wow that tofu looks amazing.

Rad post! Love the kefir talk to the Amaz Kidz (I have that stuff too!) and this: Peanut BBQ Tofu.
Yum!
Love the improvised BBQ sauce…I just posted about using condiments creatively in my recent post (you commented already,,,thank you:))) so you prob already saw that. But yeah I love to get creative. Ketchup, brown sugar/honey, cumin, cinnamon, you name it, the possibilities for sauces and glazes are endless.
Throw in a little PB and you’re GOLDEN!

I also make a Peanut Sauce which IVe posted on before that’s freakin one of my best concoctions ever. Basically PB, Sesame Oil, Ginger, Agave…blend…Delish.

Alright Evan, feel better. 17 miles. You’re a machine!

I might have to try out that BBQ recipe tonight! It looks so good!

for some reason I am always so hesitant to use PB in savory recipes (I blame my crazy sweet tooth) but the tofu looks to die for. I may have to take the plunge.

Oooh, I love So Delicious coconut milk kefir! I’ll have to get my hands on some of that Kidz Wild Berry SuperFood Amazing Grass. It sounds like an amazing combo!

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