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Tonight I had a wonderful dinner planned. I was going to roast a pork tenderloin with a paprika spice blend. I have made this dish many times. It is one of our favorites and I was all set to post the recipe with pictures. I cooked the sweet potatoes for tonight while I made a bean salad and marinated tofu for tomorrow. I then pulled out the pork, unwrapped it and…well it smelled funny.  Okay, change of plans.  I can do this. The bean salad became tonight’s dinner.

Impromptu Dinner

It turned out great. I put the bean salad over a bead of spinach and added ¼ cup of purple rice from last night’s Thai food. I served that with the sweet potatoes and dinner was served.

Bean Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Adapted from Cooking Books version of Bean Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette from Angela Tunner’s Simply Summer

Serves 8
3 Points/Serving

1 15oz can organic chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 15oz can organic cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 15oz can organic kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 cloves of garlic, pressed through a garlic press
1 tsp kosher salt
1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
2 tsp fresh chives, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 ½ Tbsp balsamic vinegar
juice of 1 lemon
a generous amount of pepper

  1. Combine last ten ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together.
  2. Add the drained beans and stir gently so as not to break the beans.
  3. Each serving is 2/3 cup.

Served with rice and spinach

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RETRACTION!

So sorry!!!! I printed the wrong amount of soymilk for Raw Oats Take 2. I wrote 1 cup but it should have been 1/2 cup. I changed the amounts this morning. Again so sory for the confusion.

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Green Monster 2

Okay, I liked the flavor but it was way too thick. The spinach was not noticeable and the chocolate banana combo was good. After my walk/run it was just what my body was craving. I am still trying to workout the details but we are getting closer.

No recipe today because it was not thin enough. I did want to share the pictures because of the interesting color. I will definitely get the chocolate HempShake again. I’ll keep you posted.

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Raw Oats 2 Mixed

My second try at raw oats occurred on Friday. I must say they looked better with the cranberries and almond butter. They weren’t so monochromatic and stark white as the first batch. The flavor was wonderful and I woke up this morning disappointed that I hadn’t prepared any for this morning. I also changed the proportions around a little. I used less oats and yogurt and more soymilk. As far as the filling factor I think the first batch was more filling but I felt good ‘till about 11:30 on Friday.

I strongly recommend trying these oats. I was talking to a few people about it and I think it will make a great breakfast on those hot summer mornings that are about to be upon us any day now.

Raw Oats 2 Premix

Raw Oats Take 2

Serves 1
4 Points/Serving

¼ cup rolled oats
¼ cup Fage fat-free Greek yogurt
½ cup Soy Slender Vanilla soymilk
½ small banana, sliced
1 Tbsp dried cranberries
1 tsp raw almond butter

  1. Combine the ingredients and stir. Place in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy the next morning.

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Green Monster

After my walk/run this morning, I came home and made my first breakfast shake. I have been reading a lot about these “green monsters” lately and I wanted to give it a try. I also heard that your body metabolizes a shake better than food. It was not as filling as the raw oatmeal from the day before but I was good today until about 11am.

So the thing about the green monster is that it has some sort of greens in it. Most of the recipes I have seen have spinach. I agree it sounds suspect but I’m a risk taker. So I blended and gave it a shot.

Okay, I am going to be honest with you…I made a little mistake. I wanted to have frozen banana in my smoothie but I froze my banana half with the peal on. Well, I am sure you know where this is heading the banana and the peal were fused together and so I left it out.
Hemp Shake

Erica’s Green Monster

1 Serving
3.5 Points/Serving

1 serving of Hemp Shake
½ cup frozen whole strawberries
1 cup Soy Slender Vanilla
½ cup Fage fat-free Greek yogurt
1 cup baby spinach

Not Very Green
The versions I have seen on the internet some how look greener but I think the strange look had something to do with the lighting in my kitchen. When I walked into the living room I noticed it was defiantly green. I could tell the spinach was in there but it was still good. I also think it would have been better with banana.

The verdict: I will try it again but do the banana thing right. I am not totally sold.

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Raw Oats, Hmmm.

Kath of Kath Eats Real Food has inspired me to try Raw Oatmeal for breakfast. I have soaked my oats overnight in the refrigerator and now I am going to dig in.

Here are the oats just out of the fridge.
I’ll be the first to admit not very appetizing.
Raw Oats 1
After a quick stir things were looking better.
Raw Oats 2
The flavor is great! They are rich and creamy with a wonderful cinnamon-banana flavor. The mixture is very thick and rich. I have a feeling that this meal will stay with me for a long time. It is 7:20 now lets see how long I can go before my snack. I‘ll keep you updated.

Update: I was satisfied till lunch!!! I am usually hungry at 9am on the dot and then again at 11:30am. I was fine all morning and at noon I was ready for lunch but not ravenous. I am amazed.

I read a suggestion to nuke the oats for 30 seconds in the morning to take the chill out. I liked it cold though. Don’t be scared just give it a try.

I think next time I will do ¼ cup of each and stick with ½ a banana to lower the points so I can afford some toppings. I’ll try again tonight and see what happens tomorrow.

My Recipe for Raw Oats, Take One

Serves 1
5 Points/Serving

½ cup rolled oats
½ cup Soy Slender Vanilla Soy Milk
½ cup Fage fat-free Greek yogurt
½ small banana, sliced
1 dash ground cinnamon

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, mix to combine, and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Stir and enjoy.

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So, about this running thing…I have decided to become a runner.  There I said it. Now I just need to do it. A while back I decided to become a morning person and I accomplished that. Then, five months ago I decided to lose weight and I did that. So here I am still on my weight loss journey and I want to become a runner.

I have started a couch to 5K program that I found as a free podcast. I just plug in and I’m off. I am now on week two of a nine-week program and I am feeling great. The days I run I find that I have more energy and all that good stuff. I have not had any negative repercussions that I feared. (I suffer from planar fasciitis in both feet.) My plan is to wake up at my normal time but instead of planting my but on the sofa for an hour I will go out and run three days a week. Okay, lets be honest so far it is just walking and jogging but some day soon it will be more.

I did go out and splurge on some running gear on Monday.

I think these pink shorts are just the thing to make me want to run.

Pink Running Shorts

I also picked up some leggings that looked great on me.

New Running Gear

I can’t believe I feel comfortable in leggings. Do people even call them leggings any more?

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