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Mondito!

Morning Folks!

This one’s been kind of a strange morning for me.  I woke up wide awake out of a vivid nightmare around 10:30. (Keenan and I stayed up until 2am watching Let Me In last night after he got home.  My nightmare was totally unrelated.)  I almost immediately jumped out of bed and pulled on some running clothes.  I was able to convince Keenan to go with me, and we went for a quick two laps around the park.  We were planning on three or four, but Keenan has some nasty blisters at the moment from new work shoes that decided to act up while we were running. 

We got home and Keenan took a quick shower and headed out of the house for an appointment.  Mid-way through getting ready for work it dawned on me that Keenan wasn’t there to prepare my food for me!  Luckily, I remembered that I had a meal voucher from Employee Appreciation at work.  There’s one meal down.  After that it was simple.  Just pour some soup in a container, and make myself a quick smoothie.

This tropical smoothie is delish.  Into the Vita-Mix went:

1 cup coconut water

1 shake of dulse powder

1 scoop chia seeds

1.5 T plain protein powder

2 handfuls spinach

1 banana

4 fresh strawberries, including green tops

1 handful frozen tropical fruit (pineapple, papaya, mango)

Mix it all together and you have this beauty.

I used plain protein powder instead of my vanilla Sun Warrior so as to keep the tropical flavor the most prominent.  I felt that Sun Warrior might make it too vanilla-y.  I definitely think that it was a good choice, although the dulse powder is still a bit strong.  I don’t think I could ever put more than a teaspooon or two into a smoothie without it being way too overpowering.  However, algae is beneficial enough that I’m willing to make the effort to consume at least a small amount on a regular basis.

After walking to the ferry I realized just how hungry I was from my run, so I used the extra time before the boat left to stop by Taco Del Mar and grab a mondito burrito. (It’s mondito because it’s not quite as mondo and the mondo burrito.)

Honestly, I tore it open as soon as I got on the ferry and devoured it in less than 10 minutes.  I’m lucky I could wait long enough to snap a photo!  In the mix were guacamole, rice, black beans, pico de gallo, and medium salsa.  I would have ordered the whole wheat tortilla, but I didn’t notice that it was available until the guy had already started to make mine.  Next time!

Well, I am off to enjoy a nice afternoon of serving food to hospital patients.  I hope you all enjoy your Wednesday as well!

What’s your favorite protein powder for smoothies?

For me it’s gotta be vanilla Sun Warrior all the way.  I’ve still never tried chocolate protein powder though, so who knows where that would rank!

❤ Lindsay

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Mountain Love

I may have stayed up slightly past my bedtime last night, but I guess God decided I needed a little extra sleep last night, because my phone died during the night (okay, my bad, I forgot to plug it in) and my alarm didn’t go off!

Instead of waking up at 8am to have a nice morning to get ready for work, I woke up at 9:28, woke up Keenan, and started running around frantically.  The ferry I should have taken leaves at 9:45, and I usually leave the house at 9:30.  Obviously that wasn’t going to happen, so we decided to make the drive around, which gave me a few extra minutes to change, brush my teeth and touch up yesterdays makeup that I didn’t wash off before bed last night.

I grabbed an apple out of the fruit bowl and took off.

We ran down to the yoga studio to grab a chai and see what vegan treats they had for the day.

After I took the picture of my “chai”, I took a sip and realized that something was wrong… she gave me a latte!  I was pretty sure that she had at least gotten the soy part of the order right, since she had asked me whether I wanted plain or vanilla soy, but this was definitely not the spicy deliciousness I was hoping for.  Since I was in a hurry, and didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, I decided to just drink the latte and let it be.  No drama.

I also got an energy bar, which was really good.  Lots of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.

After the breakfast stop, we got on the freeway.

I had my favorite road trip buddy in his usual spot on my lap.

After a while he woke up from his nap to share my apple with me.

Sleepy face!

This dog loves apples!  It’s crazy!  Most of the time I actually just bite off little bits of apples and give them to him.  Almost makes me feel like a mama bird, but slightly less disgusting. (Only slightly.)

The view driving through Tacoma was pretty spectacular.

In Tacoma, we jumped onto I-5 to head back up to Seattle.

Problem with living on a peninsula is that you have to drive all the way down to the closest bridge, which connects us to Tacoma, which is still a half hour drive from Seattle.  Missing the ferry is no small deal.  It takes about half a tank of gas to get to Seattle and back, not to mention the $4 toll at the bridge. Boo. 😦

Driving past Boeing, we got a great view of the other set of mountains, the Olympics.

I must say, I definitely chose a great day to miss the ferry.  It was gorgeous, so getting to enjoy some different scenery was a major treat.

Soon, we caught sight of the city.

I love sky line shots.  And Seattle.

The two large buildings in the foreground are Safeco Field, where the Mariners play, and Qwest Field, where the Seahawks and the Sounders play.  I also went to see Kenny Chesney and the rest of the group touring with him back in like 2006.  It was awesome.  Any other country music lovers out there?

I made it safely to work right on time.  Thank goodness I didn’t wake up any later than I did!

Work Food

In my rush, obviously, I didn’t have a chance to grab any food for my meals at work, so I had to do some sleuthing in the hospital cafeteria.

On my first break, I decided to mow down on these crunchy tacos.

With black beans, brown rice, lettuce and fresh pico de gallo, they were even reasonably healthy!  Win!

My second break, I grabbed some sauteed chard and veggies from the line.

No offense to my wonderful co-workers, but this was awful.  It had been sitting out for too long, and just wasn’t palatable.  I gave up after a few bites, and moved on to the Thai burrito that I bought to go along with it.

The ingredients were great, and so was the taste.  It was quite peanut-y, and every once in a while I would get a bite that was nice and ginger-y. Yum!  It was also quite filling.  And check out the nutrition info!

Notice the 19g protein and 39% iron!  That certainly won me over! 🙂

My final at-work meal was a big bowl of the vegan chili.

This was so spicy that I was almost sweating by the time I finished it.  It was sooo good, and veggie packed.  I heart chili.

I finished up work, and took the bus down to the ferry, as always.  The sunset was breath-taking, so I figured I’d show it off to you guys a bit.

I must mention, that any pictures that I post of any of the mountains in the area are nothing compared to the real-life view.  Sometimes it feels like you can reach out and touch the peaks.  I will say it again, I love living in the northwest.

And another sky line shot, just for good measure. 🙂

I picked up an extra shift tomorrow afternoon, so I’m going home to get my sleep on.

Have a good night and good eats!

❤ Lindsay

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Fajita Burritos

If you haven’t noticed by now, we have a bit of a thing for Mexican food in our house.  I think it’s a combination of the spice, the versatility, and the ease of veggie-fication that most Mexican recipes allow.

Every time that Keenan gets in the mood for Mexican food, I get more than a little excited.  Thanks to his Mexican grandmothers who either used to, or still do, cook all their traditional meals from the amazing-ness of scratch, Keenan has really picked up some mad Mexican cooking skills.

So what is it that can make me look like this?

That would be Keenan’s Fajita Burritos, of course.  (Please excuse the scrubby bedroom attire.)

My favorite part of the recipe, and probably the easiest, is the spicy bean spread that we use as a base on the tortillas.

First, combine a can each of black beans and kidney beans in a colander and rinse.

Once, well rinsed, transfer them to the blender, and begin preparing other ingredients.

Chop some tomatoes.

Add to the mix.

Add salsa to taste.

Keenan included about a 1/2 cup.

Add cayenne pepper to taste.

And, just because spicy isn’t spicy enough, add some hot sauce, such as Cholula.

Then, proceed to blend.

I was even given permission to taste test.

Once the bean spread was complete, the fajita veggies had to be prepared.

Keenan chopped up a bunch of red bell peppers, onion, jalapeno pepper, and tomato.

Some un-pictured Swiss chard also made it into the batch.

These were all sauteed in olive oil and cayenne pepper until cooked.

At some point during the cooking process we also decided to add some sun-dried tomatoes.  Cause, why not, right?

Then the burrito building began!

Tortilla + Bean Spread

+ Romaine Lettuce

+ Fajita Veggies + Extra Salsa

+ Daiya Cheddar

= An Awesome Fajita Burrito

You must try this now.  Your taste buds will thank you.

Have a good night!

❤ Lindsay

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