Jess Finds Balance

My journey to finding a healthy balance with eating, exercise, and life in general

Cooking Dinner in Pajamas October 17, 2010

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Confession: When I’m hanging out at home, there is a 93.78% chance that I’m in comfy PJs. Cooking dinner tonight was no exception:



On the menu for tonight was an Eating Well recipe for Indian-Spiced Eggplant and Cauliflower stew. You know me; I love my ethnic vegetarian stews!



To make it, I first sauteed a chopped onion and several crushed cloves of garlic in canola oil. Once it was getting soft, I added LOTS of curry powder, garam masala, ground mustard seed and ginger. Then, I added 1/2 cup chicken broth, 1 chopped eggplant, 1 can of diced tomatoes and a large can (30 oz.) of chickpeas. I was supposed to add a head of cauliflower, but the pot was so brimming that I only had room for half of it:



So I roasted the rest with some olive oil and salt. (400 degrees for about 30 minutes, tossing halfway through) I lurve roasted vegetables 🙂



My serving, over brown rice:



Getting ready for school tomorrow. It’s been a relaxing and social, yet productive, weekend and my batteries are as recharged as they can get! Wish me luck for my 11 mile run tomorrow 😀


Pretty in Pink August 27, 2010

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My 9-miler was a success! The first couple miles, my asthma was acting up, but after settling into my pace, I felt better. (Don’t worry, I wouldn’t have kept going if it were really bad!) I ended up running a little over 9 miles in 1:33, averaging about a 10:20 minute per mile pace. One thing that I love about running is the mind-body connection: It requires so much pep-talking to get yourself through more challenging parts. When I first started running last winter, it definitely was not easy, but by becoming my own cheerleader and sticking with it, I’ve found that I really enjoy hitting the pavement on a nice day like today.

For part of the run, I was on a trail that parallels the Charles River. I love it because it seems so secluded and it feels like you aren’t even in a city. Who wouldn’t want to spend time here???

(I took these with my iPhone – sorry if they’re not the best quality)
I came home and was hungry for a snack. I dug into the edamame guacamole I made yesterday and used Kashi Original 7 Grain crackers for scooping. I am definitely making this recipe again!

Dave and I had plans to meet for a picnic at the park near his office, where we’ve gone a few times this summer. I had a couple ingredients in my fridge that I wanted to use up before they went bad. I decided that a vegetarian curried dish sounded perfect.

First, I sauteed some chopped onion, zucchini, summer squash and finely chopped jalapeno in a bit of olive oil.

Then, I added leftover grilled sweet potato wedges, chopped carrots and roasted eggplant to the pan. I let that all cook until it was heated through. Next, I threw in some canned diced tomatoes (juices and all) and lentils and let it cook for a bit.

I also added a couple handfuls of spinach and stirred the mixture until the leaves were wilted.

Curry powder, ginger and chili powder for flavor. I also added some salt and pepper to make sure I could taste all the flavors well.

Finished product:

I served it over brown rice. This meal was so delicious and easy! If I had been home, I would have topped it with plain greek yogurt, but since I was traveling, I thought it’d be best to just eat it as it was.

Sliced peach and blueberries for dessert! The peaches I bought this week could easily be the best peaches I’ve ever had. So juicy and sweet!

Dave & I had a nice picnic lunch. Isn’t this park adorable?!

I’ll miss our summer picnics!

After dropping Dave off at work, I headed over to my pedicure. As always, I went with pink. It’s just my color!

We have plans to go into Boston tonight for dinner with Dana and Greg. See you later for dinner!