Apparently, the penitential season started today following some sort of ash-smearing ritual instead of last night at midnight. I'm being facetious I know what the ash-Wednesday ceremony signifies. But I wasn't joking about forgetting that my whole giving-up shpeil/shpiel/shpeel (??) started later-ish today. Whatever. I stayed true anyway. So I'm going a FULL 40 days instead of just a measly 39 1/4. I even have proof that I'm being good. Kinda. Take my word for it though. See that snapshot of my so wonderfully labeled iPhone category "Socialite" - aka, all things social, 1/2 of which I never use - well, 2 very distinct apps are missing! Pinterest & Twitter. Now that they're not on my phone, they're not easily accessible by habit. I'm so good aren't I. I hope I was clear on the fact that milk chocolate is irrelevant when it comes to this whole, me giving up chocolate thing. Milk chocolate, simply stated, is not real chocolate. Give me the bitter, 90% dark chocolate ANY day. I don't eat milk chocolate in the first place, so therefore, I don't have to give it up.
You may be wondering. "But ET, without chocolate, what HAVE you been eating?" Well, I don't feel like writing a long post about my random experiences with random sh*t throughout my random days, so I'll just cut straight to the chase and post the goods.
Tomato, Spinach Egg Cups:
Makes 1 serving. Double or even quadruple if you'd like. It's an easy-to-manipulate recipe.
- 2 tomatoes on the vine
- Fresh spinach, about a cup-ish, but it all depends on how big your tomatoes are
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced. If you're a garlic-fiend like me, go big or go home with 2+, 1 clove should be sufficient if you're shy. Or a vampire.
- 2 eggs
- Pepper, to taste
- Fresh basil for garnish
1. Preheat the oven to 375*, cut the tops off the tomatoes and scoop out the pulp.
2. Stuff fresh spinach into the bottom of the tomato, leaving some room for an egg. I'm a big proponent of eye-balling things. Sorry I'm not sorry.
3. Place half the garlic on top of the spinach in one cup and repeat with the other side.
4. Crack that sucker (the egg) into the cup. Repeat with the other. You CAN crack the eggs into a cup, individually if your cracking skills aren't up to par. And don't worry if some of the egg white/yolk dribbles over. Mine got all sorts of crazy and they were still good.
5. Stick on a foil lined pan or baking dish, season with pepper, and bake 30 minutes for set yolks. 20-25 for runny yolks. I went for 35 and the yolks were too hard. You live and you learn.
6. Garnish with a basil leaf and dig in. (Note: don't try to eat pretty. I basically mashed everything up on my plate and scooped up as much recipe diversity as I could onto each forkful)
Usually the basil I buy is grown locally in Virginia. This past time, however, Kroger only had basil from some random part of the globe. What did I get? Franken-basil. Like WTF is that? That leaf is ginormous. Someone used some crazy herb-grow or whatever they spray on plants to make them freakishly large. On that note, I watched The World According to Monsanto last night. I've never liked big-Ag, especially Monsanto. But MAN are they f*cked up. GMO's = sketch. I think they play a large part in the whole downfall of the honey bee's thing (google it) but that's just a hunch. I haven't followed up on it since I completed a semester-long project on it. Maybe my theories have been proven right. Wouldn't be the first time, heh heh. Just kidding. Usually, I am quite, quite wrong.
Oh and I forgot I've been sick! That's the main reason I didn't do CrossFit this morning. I told myself I needed rest, but guess what? After tonight's workout I feel a million bucks better. Sweat that sucker out with Burpee Box Jumps YEAH. Yesterday sucked ass though. I nearly died after the WOD. Pounding headache, sore throat, achy cheeks/nasal cavities, shiver, fever sweats, the whole gamut of flu-like symptoms. I drank like 8 cups of cold-"tea", ate vegetarian chili - with CHICKPEAS RAH, it was my last day of no legumes, don't hurt me!, and watched documentaries. Oh and started re-reading textbooks. I'm going stir-crazy without a consistent job. My research position is great and all, but man, I get bored. I finish the work too quickly. It's data input, lezzbehonest: not the hardest thing in the world.
Cold/Flu Paleo Tea:
Makes 1 cup.
- 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
- ~1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, no seeds!
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- Boiling water
1. Throw the ginger into a mug, then the lemon juice, then the honey, then the boiling water (however much will fit in your mug). Wait til it cools - drink. Enjoy. Relax. Heal.
Seriously, that sh*t is a lifesaver. And it tastes amazing too. You could even add some garlic up in there or maybe even some cayenne powder. Get creative with that biz.
Now, to our right we have embryogenesis. Specifically, the formation of the lobes of the pituitary. Liiiiterally, I have no life. Or friends. I draw creepy embryos all day. And cook. And workout. And eat almond butter. So basically I get fat. Weee!
Speaking of almond butter. Maranatha sucks. I dunno if that's how you even spell it but that brand is poo. Way too sugary. I like the straight up ground stuff. I can feel the sugar kind goin to my love handles. I don't like that feeling.
ONE MORE RECIPE. The sesame cubed chicken I talked about so long ago.
- 1 pound
- 1/4 cup
- 2 tablespoons
- 1 tablespoon
- 1 tablespoon
- 1 teaspoon
- Olive oil spray
- Lemon juice, from about 1 lemon
- Coarse ground pepper - lemon pepper if you have it works as well
1. Preheat oven to 450*.
2. Chop cabbage into wedges. Do this as best and as symmetrical as you can. I'm challenged and mine came out in all shapes and sizes, but it still worked. I go for taste, not photographability. Yes, that is now a word.
3. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil. Spray cabbage wedges. Sprinkle lemon evenly over cabbage. Sprinkle with pepper to taste.
4. Roast for 15 minutes. Flip, re-sprinkle the other side with lemon juice and pepper. Roast for 12-15 more minutes.
While the cabbage is roasting:
5. In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat.
6. Add the chicken strips and saute until golden brown and cooked through (about 4 minutes per side). The sauce should sort of caramelize on the chicken. It's so freaking good this way, just wait.
7. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. The third sesame of the sesame cubed. Tahini is sesame paste for those that don't know. You can buy this at your local global or health foods store. Get ready for a pricey purchase though. It's awesome and you can make a ton of sh*t with it though so don't worry.
And that's about it! Sorry for the recipe dump. I've got some superb bison-meatballs comin your way for tomorrow. DE-lish. I had the little one begging incessantly after she tasted some of the thawing bison-juices that fell on the floor of the kitchen. Weirdo/carnivorous pup.