Okay, time to get back to my “super” roots and check off some of the list of “super” topics I’ve been mentioning!
First up, Super Eats.
Lately, I’ve been varying my meals a great deal. For a few days, I stuck to a “raw till dinner” diet, which involved many green juices (from last Friday!),
and Larabars. (I did NOT like the peanut butter cookie flavor – so bland! – so I had several of this flavor instead)
I also tried a great chopped salad from The Raw Food Detox Diet and added the “Liquid Gold Elixir Dressing,” which got me through 3 weekday lunches. (In fact, I still have some of the dressing in my fridge!)
The salad was a wonderful, fresh meal with lots of zing and crunch (think raw corn, green beans, carrots) and the dressing had a great bite to it (think lots of lemon and ginger). I’ll get to my full review of The Raw Food Detox Diet this week, but suffice it to say, the recipes definitely encouraged me to think of salads as more than just lettuce with balsamic vinegar! After a few days of emphasizing raw so much, I found I was craving cooked meals, so I ventured back to my comfort zone a bit and had grilled salmon with roasted veggies:
and a brand new AMAZING recipe inspired by Smitten Kitchen: Homemade Pizza with Vegetables and Herbed Goat Cheese
Smitten Kitchen’s pizza dough (sub 1/2 semolina flour and 1/2 whole wheat flour)
1 medium zucchini
1 baby eggplant
5 oz. herbed goat cheese
1 large lemon
fresh basil, chopped
salt, pepper and olive oil to taste
1. Make dough according to Smitten Kitchen directions
2. Thinly slice vegetables and set aside
3. Roll dough out to pizza stone size (leave a little room on the edges)
4. Mix juice of 1/2 lemon with goat cheese, stirring until smooth and soft
5. Spread goat cheese mixture on dough
6. Begin layering vegetable slices as desired (I alternated zucchini and eggplant)
7. Drizzle with olive oil, juice of other 1/2 lemon and sprinkle with salt and pepper
8. Bake at 450 for 12-15 minutes.
9. Remove, slice and enjoy!
10. And then enjoy another slice or two!
In other tasty recipe news, I’ve been modifying my “bar” recipes and came up with a great test run last week:
And, as if these eats haven’t been great enough, I awarded my tough 9 miler (training must go on, even when it’s hot out!) at the gym on Saturday with a fantastic dinner with Diana and Gena at Pure Food and Wine!!
We had King Oyster Mushroom Scallops:
Salad of Mache with Summer Berries:
and Asparagus Sushi Rolls:
For dinner, Diana and I both ordered the Zucchini and Tomato Lasagna, which was hands down one of the top 5 dishes I’ve ever eaten in my entire life:
Then we finished our meal with the Mint Chocolate Sundae!
We also ventured next door to One Lucky Duck, where we got to sample the famous Almond Butter Cup and Oreo ice creams. A-ma-zing!
For my eats today, I had a slice of Ezekiel bread with almond butter and dried cherries:
A fruit and nut “round”:
A Kashi frozen meal (Chicken Florentine) after my contact kickboxing class and an (unpictured) bowl of cherries:
And a smoothie with 1/2 banana, 4 huge handfuls of spinach, 10 strawberries and a splash of almond milk along with about 1/2 cup guacamole, a flax wrap and red pepper and carrot sticks:
I finished off the night with a religious experience. No, I have not joined a commune, or a cult, or gone off to track squirrels (people really do that!!). But I did actually sing and dance a little when I had my first bite of Gena’s Banana Soft Serve!!! I’ve finally seen the light and it was bright and beautiful! I topped mine with a chocolate macaroon from One Lucky Duck, and a sprinkling of shaved coconut, cashew pieces and dried cherries. I’m seriously contemplating having the second serving for breakfast!
Since this post has gone on long enough, I will leave you with a picture of Bodhi relaxing with his playmate (Shea) from our afternoon on Long Island on Sunday:
And I bid you farewell until Thursday, when I will be posting my Raw Food Detox Diet and Amazing Grass reviews, and revealing my super power!