I’ve been thinking a lot about old friends today for some weird reason… In the last few years since, I have definitely seen some friends of mine go from being close confidants to perfect strangers… even though I tried. It’s weird how that happens- people just grow apart I guess- and sometimes I miss the closeness I had with them. And I think that facebook and all of the ways we have to “keep track” of people can sometimes make separation/ distance from people worse. Oh well, its part of growing up I guess… life goes on.
Anyhow, sorry to be a Debbie Downer- onto food and health!
Don’t think I mentioned it in this morning’s post, but I went to the gym this morning for a 35 minute elliptical workout + 20 minutes of mat and weights. I did a lot of ab work and I am sore now! (in a good way) 🙂 Man, I love starting the day with exercising. There is nothing like it!
Today’s lunch was made up of last night’s leftovers- in a new form!
All wrapped up! The chili was even more flavorful today and made a great burrito filling. I had a chopped tomato with the burrito and some gorgeous Farmer’s Market carrots on the side.
And my boss had some extra Halloween candy that she kindly (and dangerously) brought i to work. Throughout the afternoon, I had three fun size crunch bars. Couldn’t resist chocolate today!
With about 30 calories per little bar, I guess it wasn’t so bad to indulge.
Snacks today included a skim chai tea (with some cinnamon/ cocoa powder sprinkled on top):
And a small serving of BBQ pop chips and humus.
Love this snack- so tasty and held me over so well.
When I got home around 6:30, I started making a simple dinner based on a bad of Thai vegetarian dumplings from Trader Joe’s. They have been sitting in the freezer for a while and I’ve been meaning to try them. So glad I did!
They were so simple to whip up… I just put a tiny bit of EVOO in a pan (and spread it around with a paper towel) on high heat, added the dumplings, sprinkled some water on top, and covered it all to cook up. I flipped the dumplings a few times. They literally only needed 5 minutes- so easy. This method is great, too, because they get cooked all the way through and are nice and crispy without being super oily and deep-fried.
On the side, I made a really easy “healthy coleslaw” with an organic Tj’s mix (yes, I am addicted). I used the good ol’ “taste as you go” method with no recipe in mind. I added:
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Rice wine vinegar (a good pour)
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil Mayo
- 1 tbsp Honey Mustard
- Golden raisins
The slaw turned out really well and went perfectly with the dumplings. I get so happy when dinner is quick, easy, and tasty!
I dipped my dumplings in some soy sauce and Siracha.
I went back for two more!
For “desert” tonight, I snacked on some more fresh papaya. I squeezed some lemon over it this morning so that it would stay fresh and tasty in the fridge.
Yup- still delish!
Alright guys, I’m off to bed soon. Just writing this post to my new “blog friends” has helped to ward off my melancholy/ nostalgic mood. Here’s to the future!