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Last night’s dinner

28 Sep

I made something random for dinner last night, but it was delicious, so I’m sharing the “recipe” with you.

Vi presento … Brigid’s Sesame Garlic Noodles with Veggies


  • 1/4 box of whole wheat noodles
  • 1 cup of fresh green beans
  • 5 baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
  • All the sri racha you can handle
  • Black pepper to taste

1. Boil water and cook noodles according to package instructions. While still dry, I break mine in half when I serve them with veggies. Drain and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, clean green beans, snap off ends, and break into bite-size pieces. Also, clean the mushrooms and chop. Bring a small amount of water to boil in a sauce pan and steam green beans until they reach the amount of tenderness you prefer. I like mine slightly al dente. About a minute before they’re done, add the mushrooms. Drain the water from the pan and then add the olive oil and the veggies. Saute for about one minute.

3. Place noodles on plate, top with veggies, and then add the rest of the ingredients. If you don’t like the bite of raw garlic, add it to the olive oil with the veggies. Yum!

Afterward, I made a dessert out of a smoothie:

This one is brown because of both the fruits and veggies and a little bit of cocoa powder. It contained a handful of spinach, a banana, about 1/2 cup of frozen peaches, 1/3 cup of frozen strawberries, a scant tablespoon of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, a little cocoa powder, a sprinkle of both cinnamon and ginger, and too much water, hence the runniness. It was incredibly tasty, though.

What’s your favorite smoothie combination?


Half of the time we’re gone, but we don’t know where

24 Sep

The day started off with a disappointment. I was supposed to get a 30-minute hot stone massage at a local training college for cosmetologists and massage therapists. I ended up with a regular 30-minute massage, not at all what I wanted. I paid for that service and asked to be rebooked for what I wanted. I have to give the school major props for the way they handled it. They apologized and offered me 50% off the rebook. So I think I walked away the winner.

Anyway, I was a little cranky after rising at 8 a.m. on my day off to get a service I didn’t receive, so I almost immediately hopped on Marcello upon my return. I intended to do a short ride but ended up putting in a little over four miles in 30 minutes. That’s not incredibly long, but I expected to tire out after two miles.

I decided to go a different way today and ended up hooking onto the Newblock Park Trail for a bit. That’s when I discovered that it only takes me 10-15 minutes to bike to Waterworks Art Studio! I’ve taken three classes there that I loved and was looking forward to another one in the spring. Now I’ll have to take my bike. Yay! In case you’re curious, here’s a map of that area:

Yes, that is the actual color of the Arkansas River — when it has water in it, anyway. The trail wasn’t as pretty as the River Parks, but it was a nice change of pace. Plus, my high school is over that way, so this let me view the area from a different perspective. My favorite park was pedaling past a fence covered in gorgeous morning glories to my right and the juvenile detention center to my left. Ah, Tulsa.

Accompanying me today was this new, awesome thing I bought from Target. I purchased it for my upcoming trip to Italy (I can’t wait to tell you all about that), but it makes a perfect little bicycling friend, too. It has a pocket on the back for my Nano:

(Ha, yes, my sleeping dog worked her way in the photo.) And space inside for my keys and cell phone:

The wrist strap has a clip that I also hooked on the inside of my basket to hold everything in place:

And it’s purty:

There were several different designs, and it cost $10. Thanks to my friend Erica for telling me about them!

Speaking of my Nano, she decided to show off my old-manliness today, for the most part, with the playlist. It appropriately enough began with a song by the awesome dude who serenaded me and me alone at the giant spaceship downtown last night:

  1. Tom Petty, “Yer So Bad”
  2. The Black Crowes, “Seeing Things”
  3. Dar Williams, “This Was Pompeii”
  4. The Rolling Stones, “Soul Survivor”
  5. Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Don’t Look Now”
  6. Simon & Garfunkel, “The Only Living Boy in New York”
  7. The Black Crowes, “She Talks to Angels”
  8. Ben Folds, “Trusted”
  9. Elton John, “Levon”

After my ride, I made myself a delicious smoothie:

No, it’s not brown because it’s teeming with red-and-green fruits and veggies. It’s brown because of the cocoa powder. Slurp. I’ve been making smoothies in this blender for, oh, 2.5 years now, so I don’t tend to measure things. But just for you, I’ve put together what I believe to be a legitimate recipe for a healthy chocolate smoothie.


  • 2 frozen bananas in chunks
  • 5 slices of frozen peach
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon nut butter (I used Justin’s Maple Almond again)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • a few dashes of cinnamon

Add ingredients to the blender in the listed order, starting with 1/4 cup of water, and blend until smooth. If it’s too thick, add more water. Drink and enjoy!

This is also wonderfully tasty with peanut instead of almond butter and with other kinds of frozen fruit. Strawberry is a good choice, but I love the smoothness of the peaches with chocolate and banana. If you want to add nutrition, throw in a handful of fresh spinach before everything else. I would have, but I didn’t have any.

I have a long to-do list today (including buying a watch battery, cleaning, having lunch with my love, laundry, and possibly checking out the new Anthropologie store in Tulsa), so I’m off. Have a fabulous Friday!

Daily eats: September 8, 2010

9 Sep

Here is what I ate today.

Maybe it’s the weather, or maybe it’s the comedown from a long, lovely weekend, but I have not wanted to get out of bed this week. The dark outside my window isn’t helping, either. This morning, I actually thought about changing my schedule so I could sleep longer. Sad. Anyway, when I finally rose and showered, I was too lazy to put forth much effort. A quickie breakfast came to the rescue.

Whole-wheat toast topped with about 1.5 tablespoons of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and orange juice (about 1.5 cups).

Somehow that tided me over until noon. I don’t know how since I’m usually ravenous by 9:30. Even so, I enjoyed my usual morning tea at work:

Choice Organic Irish Breakfast Tea with about a tablespoon of raw, local honey. The sweet stuff has made a huge difference in me managing my seasonal allergies.

When the lunch hour rolled around, I ate something incredibly tasty:

A spinach salad topped with doctured-up dressing and two yamburgers on the side. Yes, yamburgers. They are based heavily on Gena’s Sweet Potato Chickpea Burgers. The biggest difference is that I used yams from the farmers market, attempted to double the recipe but really just made the proportions off, and possibly undercooked them. Even so, I loved them. They are delicious! I promise I’m not a paid spokesperson for Choosing Raw. She just happens to have posted some very interesting recipes lately, and I gotta eat, ya know.

The salad itself was 2.5 ounces of organic baby spinach, and I made the dressing from about a tablespoon of tahini, two tablespoons of Newman’s Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing, and 1.5 teaspoons of the most flavorful, nasal-intruding Dijon mustard ever. Yum! The yamburgers were delicious enjoyed in concert with the salad and dressing.

I never did manage to wake up today, which didn’t make me a very useful employee. Don’t tell. During a quick jaunt to return some library books, I stopped at QuikTrip to get some coffee. I figured it had to taste better than the Java Dave’s executive crap sludge coffee service at the office.

Yeah, not so much. QT, I love your gas prices, your commitment to the community, your efficiency, and your fee-free ATMs, but I prefer my coffee a little less bitter, burnt, and acidic. I had maybe half a dozen sips before throwing it out.

I was feeling a blood sugar crash approaching when I got home, but instead of finding something too naughty, I had an unpictured banana. It was yellow. You can imagine it.

In the evening, my love and I enjoyed dinner:

That’s baked brown rice with mushrooms and white bean dip, both from the Joy of Cooking, as well as some baby carrots (Bunny Luv! Flashbacks to my childhood). I topped the dip with some nutritional yeast and both dishes with plenty of black pepper. The rice especially was incredible. We used shiitake mushrooms from Mushroom Planet, a vendor at the Cherry Street Farmers Market. If you’re local, you have to try some of her fungi. I am especially enamored of the maitakes. So, so good.

Have I mentioned my birthday is Friday? That I’ll soon finish my climb over the hill that is 25? I hope 26 treats me well. Anyway, I decided to bring cookies to work tomorrow in celebration. Other people bake on their own birthdays, right?

Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles. Oh mama. This is one of my favorite quick, easy, and unbelievably delicious cookie recipes. Snickerdoodle is a bit of a misnomer since they do not have the crunch or the cream of tartar bite that the name usually implies. Instead, these are pure, chocolatey heaven. I had two. Ok, three. And the batter equivalent of at least one more.

Also, look at how differently my two cookie sheets bake these things:

They don’t even look like the same kind of cookie.

So that was my Wednesday in food. It was a fairly balanced day, if you ignore all the cookies, but who would want to do that?

Have you met my friend Justin?

27 Aug

I’ve read about Justin’s Nut Butters frequently on some of my favorite blogs, but it wasn’t until recently that I encountered one of his products. The Tulsa Whole Foods doesn’t carry them, but randomly enough, Reasor’s, our local chain, does. I started with a one-serving sampler of the Maple Almond Butter, and oh baby, it was love at first bite.

I am not normally much of an almond-butter fan, but this stuff is enough to make me a believer. So even though the jar is 10-freaking-dollars, I shelled out the big bucks to experience the ecstasy again. Well, to be fair, I paid for half, having unwittingly drawn my beloved into this web of death delight.

And on that happy note, I present tonight’s not-too-crazy-unhealthy dessert:

*Note: My next post will not be about chocolate or dessert at all, promise. I do eat actual food, too.*

Take a healthy dollop of this grainy, delicious stuff:

And spread it on its new best friend, the Nature Valley Oats ‘n Dark Chocolate bar (which is vegan and yummy):


Going back to that “not too crazy unhealthy” bidness, together this dessert has roughly 380 calories, 24 grams of fat (mostly the nut fat, but the bar also has canola and the chocolate, of course), 10 grams of protein, and 6 grams of fiber. Not too shabby, and certainly healthier — and more filling — than a scoop of ice cream or a Snickers bar.

Has anyone else tried the other Justin’s Nut Butter flavors? Our selection is limited, but I can’t wait to sample a few more.