Asparagus Prosciutto Pizza

I’m on day 3 of a pretty raging headache. It last all day, and I assume all night, as it is still there when I wake up. I’m thinking its allergy related, although I don’t really feel any other allergy signs. I started taking my allergy medicine again just in case. I’m a naturally headachey person, but 3 days non stop is just too much, it makes me bitchy.

I’m shocked it’s only Tuesday, the week already feels exhausting. I’m hoping yoga tonight will help me de-stress and chill out a little bit, because I’m feeling very annoyed. Yesterday we walked a 5k in the sun after work, which was so very nice. It’s suppose to be nice all week, which makes me NOT want to workout inside. I’m actually looking into the option of putting our (already paid for) gym membership on hold until the fall. I love to walk outside when the weather is warm, the gym just feels too cooped up.

Tonight for dinner I made Asparagus Prosciutto Pizza on Trader Joe’s Herb Pizza Dough. I sauteed mushrooms and garlic and olive oil with the Asparagus before cooking it. It was yummy, and 2 slices made me just full enough, but not too full to go to yoga tonight.

 

Swiss Chard Year 2

Last year I planted Swiss Chard in the early spring (like they tell you to). I’m obviously no master gardener, so when September rolled around and my Swiss Chard was still tiny, I assumed I just did it wrong. When we did our fall clean out of the garden, I chose to leave the Swiss Chard, as it still looked like it was growing. When the plant sprouted seeds, I cut them off.  Shockingly it made it all the way through the winter (despite articles I read about frost killing it), and about a month ago it began growing like a weed! How cool. I don’t know if this is common, I couldn’t find any articles that said this was normal, but who knows. Washington is so mild in its seasons, and the soil is so moist and rich that things seem to just love to grow here.

Tonight for dinner Mr. Gaunt grilled turkey burgers and I made french fries and our first batch of Swiss Chard. I sauteed it using this recipe, and it was delish, Mr. Gaunt even liked it. I’m excited to eat a lot more Swish Chard, as there are a ton of recipes out there for using it. Anyone have any favorite recipes? Ive made lasagna with it, but nothing else.

Balsamic Asparagus and Zuzana Light Workouts

Roses from Mr. Gaunt. Tulips from my mom.

Tuesdays are our eat early nights. Although there is something weirdly nice about eating dinner at 5pm. It just sort of gets that task out of the way, and reduces the likelihood of it getting “too late, and too tired” to make anything. Resulting in eating garbage.  I wish I could convince myself everyday to just come home, straighten my house and make dinner. I’m working on it. So Tuesdays I have yoga and Mr. Gaunt has class at 6:30, so we eat early.

Using what we had on hand I went for easy and classic. The chicken is just breaded with Italian bread crumbs, and the Black Beans and Rice is a boxed thing. The Asparagus though was done Mr. Gaunt’s favorite way, with balsamic!

It’s nothing fancy, just trim, throw on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oi, balsamic, and salt and pepper. Bake for 10-15 minutes on 345. Comes out a little crisp on the edges and very tangy.

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The last couple weeks I’ve been working 9 hour shifts at work to help train new season employees. It’s definitely challenging, but more entertaining than my previous task of doing NOTHING! Our busy season has just started, so the hours may get longer and longer. I need to stay on top of my working out and not use long work days as and excuse to be lazy. I’m continuing to go to the gym right after work at least 3-4 days a week, plus yoga on Tuesdays. Recently I read a post from Emily Martin (The Black Apple) about a great online workout video series that I have decided to try! They are short, like 12 minutes and super intense I guess. Has anyone tried these?

Zuzana Light from bodyrock.tv

Roasted Cabbage and Turkey Burgers

I originally saw this idea on Meghann’s Blog, and it looked really good! I love almost anything roasted, I love the crisp edges and how savory it always is….yum! Cabbage however, is not something I ever thought about roasting. I’ve eaten cabbage raw, and sauteed, and boiled, but never roasted, such a great idea. Mr. Guant also loves cabbage, so it was a win win.

I planned this for tonight because I have Yoga on Tuesdays, and I HATE being too full. We usually eat dinner around 6pm (mind you we work at 5 and 6am respectively) but on Tuesdays Mr. Gaunt has his biology class at 6:30 and I have Yoga at 6:45. I’ve made the mistake of eating too much too close to yoga, and I feel GROSS. So I figured a cabbage dinner would be perfect for tonight.

To prep the cabbage I peeled the outer layers (the yucky ones) sliced it thin (maybe an inch) and drizzled it with olive oil, balsamic, salt n pepper and some generic spices.  Then I roasted them at 400 for about 30 minutes, just watch em for brown edges.

I topped the slices with a red pepper spread I had on hand (although marinara, caprese, bruschetta, anything would do) and topped with a turkey burger patty and shredded Parmesan. You could also top it with a veggie patty, to make it vegetarian.

I’m looking forward to yoga tonight. It’s not fancy yoga, just the free yoga at my gym, but I really like it. It aligns me for the week, helps me stretch and calm. I would really like to maybe go to a real yoga studio some time, but at $15 a class, I will continue to stick it out at my gym.

Pumpkin Gnocchi and PicMonkey

I tend to blog mostly on my iMac, which although it has Photoshop, it doesn’t have a mouse, and I hate using Photoshop with the little pad. So to do little photo edits like frames, text, and simple exposure adjustments, I was using a free online tool called Picnik. Picnik was awesome, and require NO log in, which was so nice to not have ANOTHER account. It had all the basic tools, and even fancier tools if you did want to buy a membership (I never thought this was necessary). Needless to say I was pretty bummed when I found out a couple of months ago that Goolge had purchased it, and was closing Picnik. Sad day.

But then I heard good news! Google had opened up a new free tool PicMonkey (stupid name Google) which appears to be just as good…maybe better. I’ve only used it a few times, but it is super user-friendly, especially if you ever used Picnik. You should check it out!

Moving on. Today was a little crazy at work, we are training new people, which always tests my nerves. I got off work and felt totally annoyed. My job currently involves holding the hand of adults (who may or may not have any computer skills) through a web-based program where they submit artwork to be published. In general I wouldn’t say I’m a very patient or understanding person, so this job is really pushing me. So I used the gym today to really push through my frustrations. I actually did running intervals, which I haven’t done in a long time. I got sweaty, and my feet hurt, but by the end I really didn’t feel annoyed. So that’s good.

Tonight for dinner Mr. Gaunt made (store bought) Pumpkin Gnocchi, and home made sauce. The sauce was homemade tomato sauce, light cream cheese, onions, spinach, red pepper flakes and turkey pepperoni. It was really good, and I don’t even like Gnocchi (It feels like balls of playdough in your mouth).

I’ve also been eating a ton of watermelon! It’s so good, so crunchy, and makes me super full. I highly recommend eating a ton of it, it will make you happy. I think I’m going to go take a walk around my neighborhood as the sun goes down while Mr. Gaunt does math homework.

Water Water Everywhere

Its been raining hard core for two days….LUH-AME! This is putting a big damper on my Garage cleaning.

But that’s not really what this post is about. This post is about ME drinking more water. Because ME never drinks any water. I know that sounds crazy, but its true. I am never thirsty….ever. This lack of thirst started when I move back to Washington from Colorado. It was soooo dry there, and its so damp here. It’s like my body absorbs water from the air (I’m not scientist….is this true?) However I know that is ridiculous, and I need to drink water with my mouth…lol.

So to help me do this I downloaded the WATERLOGGED app on my phone. Its free, and got a high rating. It seems pretty basic.

There are a slew of reasons why you should drink more water. The two I’m focusing on are that

1. It keeps you full, and helps to reduce the amount you eat at meals (if you consume a large glass of water before eating)

2. It flushes out toxins and other buildups.

I’m re-reading Skinny Bitch, and while I don’t have any Vegan plans, I do love that overall Clean, Natural diet that so politely push on you…jokes. Including MORE WATER. You should read it too! I also bought the Skinny Bitch in the Kitch about a year ago, and have never used it, this needs to change. I’m also super curious about their Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven book. Although we do not have a bun, I do like the idea of staying fit and healthy during pregnancy.

This morning I’m making Kodiak Cakes for breakfast. I found them at Haggen, and I love their message, ingredients, and now I’ll find out if I love their taste! Anyone ever tried these?