Oh, Sundays

June 27, 2010 § 10 Comments

= baking + cooking day!

I love it when weekends are relaxing and actually feel like summer! Yesterday’s BBQ was a blast. Well technically it wasn’t a barbeque because we were served corn tortillas, spanish rice, black beans, refried beans, guacamole, salsa, chips, you know the fare. I didn’t feel comfortable whipping out my camera and obsessing over all the angles of the food there, so I didn’t have any pictures to show you. I had two small corn tortillas topped with rice, beans, cilantro, guacamole, green & red salsa, dollop of sour cream. So good! For dessert we had watermelons and homemade chocolate marbled bundt cake!

After a day’s rest yesterday, my body was ready get back and rock ‘n’ roll!!! Haha literally, ’cause I had the best run in a long time this morning! I finished 5 miles strong in about 47 min (best time yet!), and felt I still got energy for one or two miles.

I came home, took a shower, and recharged with this breakfast.

Wrapped some frozen banana chunks in a La Tortilla 100-calorie wrap, smeared with PB2 and sprinkled with cinnamon.

Microwaved till tortilla was warm. Then I decided to whip up some vanilla-scented yogurt to keep the little guy company (and for added protein of course :-D).

Oozing with goodness.

As always, running makes me hannnnngry. But I need to go to lab today to do some work, so I made a quick Green monster smoothie, but with a new twist!

See that beautiful green? It’s from avocado girlies! I added half an avocado to buff up the creaminess and for some healthy fats! That 24-oz tumbler you see is my new find from Bed Bath & Beyonnnnd yesterday. I’ve been meaning to get the Starbucks one, but those are kind of expensive. This one was $7.99!

Lab work –> TJ’s –> Sprout’s –> Home.

It was already 1pm by the time I got home from all the errands. I love simple but satisfying lunches, and I couldn’t think of a better one than an egg wrap!

This wrap totally rocked my day! I even took out my blender to whisk the 1 egg + 1 egg white so that it will be nice and fluffy when I cook it. Haha even Dmitri agreed that the eggs looked “pretty” when I was cooking them. Halfway through cooking the eggs, I threw in a handful of spinach and folded the eggs in half. I then layered the tortilla (La Tortilla 100-calorie wrap) with Laughing Cow Light Swiss, TJ’s spicy hummus, the eggs + spinach, some ketchup. On the last minute, Dmitri suggested I spread on some of his TJ’s Olive Tapenade. I concurred…hahaha. He’s learning to be creative too! πŸ™‚

Eww okay this picture turned out gross and blurr. I love the green sandwiched between the white and beige though!

Lunch was served with some leftover slaw and green beans.

The afternoon was spent with some quality-napping, cooking,Β  baking, and lounging in the sun!

Sneak peak at what I baked today:

Recipe to come tomorrow! Stay tuned πŸ˜‰

In other news, I decided to follow the blogworld trend and try out the raved and praised Jenna’s Lentil Walnut Loaf! I’ve been looking for the perfect lentil loaf recipe since…uh..since I can remember? It was love at first sight when I saw these circulating the bloggieworld this past week. It’s somewhat time-consuming, but the results are soooooo worth the effort!

After I dumped the loaf grubs into the loaf pan, I stopped working and accompanied Dmitri to the pool. Poor thing had been cooped up at home all afternoon while I was busy minding my own businesses. I thought I could be his play date for awhile :-D.

To the pool!

Who doesn’t love a warm sunny afternoon with a gentle breeze, the pool, a good book, and plain relaxation?

Dmitri found me a pretty flower! πŸ™‚

It was 6:40pm already when we returned. I quickly made the glaze for the loaf and popped it into the oven. Grumble grumble tummy!

At last, the sweet-smelling loaf was ready for some serious devouring!

Hmm…the results were kind of crumbly, not because it was too dry, but it was actually kind of wet. Perhaps letting the mixture sit in the loaf pan while we were at the pool wasn’t a good idea. Those onions can sure leak!

It was yummy nevertheless. I had a mini 2nd serving for myself, and there’s still some for lunch tomorrow! Nom nom nom.

A night isn’t a night without some sweet endings.

I blended some frozen bananas and frozen strawberries with a splash of soymilk to make this Strawberry-Banana softserve. I then topped this creamy deliciousness with some nonfat plain yogurt, PB2 (yes I eat them just straight up sometimes), Nature’s Path Flax Plus Red Berry Crunch, and lastly some of April’s addicting protein brownie batter! This was so good and made me so full!
What I baked today is supposed to sit in the fridge overnight for the optimal flavor, but that didn’t stop Dmitri and I from sampling a small piece. I got four words for you:

Creamy, smooth, spongey, tangy.

Until tomorrow!

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+ What are your favorite Sunday activities?

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§ 10 Responses to Oh, Sundays

  • nattietan says:

    Ooh I read Change of Heart and really liked it!! Just had to say that since I spotted the book in your picture. Lol. I used to be hooked on Jodi Picoult but now I read them only if my friends lend her books to me.

    And… is that a light cheesecake I spy? x) Looks gorgeous

    Sunday activities I love:
    Chillaxing
    YOGA!
    Having little or no commitments to adhere by although I need to start getting my arse back to church. =x

    Much love
    Nat xoxo

  • :O Your cake looks absolutely so gorgeous and smooth, almost like a wedding cake in how it’s tiered haha πŸ˜€

    Baking is actually a Sunday activity for me, too. During the school year I would bake on Sunday and bring it in on Monday πŸ˜€ I love brightening people’s Mondays! πŸ™‚

    Wei-Wei

    • lol i didn’t mean it to be tiered like that, but the top shrank so i guess it’s tiered now? hahah it still tastes amazing though. that’s the point right? better good tasting but looks mediocre than horrible tasting but looks stunning.

      i LOVE baking for my friends too! i just enjoy seeing their faces light up whenever I bake for them πŸ™‚

  • i love baking on a relaxing sunday, too πŸ™‚ okay – i love baking or cooking on any day! haha. glad you had a nice sunday.
    and the lentil loaf looks amazing – i feel like i’ve been saying that non stop, though! haha. i will get to trying it soooon, i hope!

  • Kat says:

    That book is soooo heartbreaking! Jodi Picoult is one of my fav writers, I have read almost all of her books and that one sent me for a loop! Its a tad confusing for me as well, but I did like it!
    I went to BBB the other night and totally saw that cup! I wanted to buy it, but no money 😦 Owell, maybe some other time!
    Your eggs look super delish! For some reason eggs is the one thing that I am TERRIBLE at cooking!! I either burn them or dont cook them all the way…so frustrating!!

  • egg lovin’ kind of say too! oh how we love to relax in the sunshine with a good book.. mmm i know that feeling. im praying the sun comes out behind the clouds today so i can do more of that today. im gonna do some baking tho ❀

    that lentil loaf with the sauce looks really scrumptious! better crumbly because its too wet than too dry i think πŸ˜›

    xoxo ❀

  • I also have Sunday as a designated cooking day, and I love it! I also clean, which is at least satisfying when I’m done πŸ™‚

    I really hope you’re going to be continuing to blog while in Taiwan! I have no clue what my schedule is going to be like, but the idea of a meet-up is a fun one πŸ™‚

  • Megan says:

    I like doing yoga and baking on Sundays! I love that you put avocado in your GM. And isn’t the lentil loaf yummy?! Mine was crumbly too.
    I loove Jodi Picoult.. I’m actually about to start “House Rules”!

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