Here We Go Again…

yesterday, i was so sore i could barely stand up straight.

today, i’m so sore i can barely sit on the toilet without cringing. actually, i can’t sit on the toilet without cringing.

finally FINALLY i’m doing something i should have done a long time ago. i’m getting my ass up, and doing something other than cooking and cleaning. i’m working out.

not just regular work out either… i’m actually following the guidelines of p90x. i’m doing the p90x lean workout. it’s scheduled. it’s pure torture, and i’m only 3 days into the exercise schedule. today i have an hour and twenty minutes of yoga x to do, and i’m beginning to wonder if today is the day i finally keel over dead on my yoga mat or am at least committed to a wheel chair.

ouch. 

but i have to keep doing it. i. have. to. 

i’ve never been this out of shape in my life. i’ve never had so much trouble getting through one workout.

in the ab ripper exercise sequence, my abs never get the chance to get sore because my legs are having such a hard time staying up. my hips and thighs are killing me.

this better be worth it. 

Garbanzo Cauliflower Coconut Curry

 a couple months ago i tried something new. Curry. it was definitely a first for me, but i really needed to jazz up the menu with something different than our usual all american food and stir fry. i came across a few great recipes, made good curry, and finally perfected the curry recipe that i will make from now on. if you come to my home and request curry for dinner- this is exactly what i will serve you. it is fuvking ah-mazing. i feel i should also mention that my family hates cauliflower, but they really like this curry. in fact, despite the spiciness, my son’s favorite part of this curry is the cauliflower. so, without further ado….

Garbanzo Cauliflower Coconut Curry 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (or your preferred sauteeing oil)
  • 1 sweet onion, minced
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups small cauliflower florets (1 cauliflower head will yield more than enough)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked or 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen peas, or chopped green beans
  • 1 (13-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk
Curry Seasoning:
  • 1 1/4 tsp Coriander
  • 1 1/4 Cumin
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne
  • 1/8 tsp Cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp Ginger Powder
  • Pinch of Ground Cloves
  • Pinch of Ground Mustard
  • 1 tsp Salt

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and sautee for about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the carrot, cauliflower, and Curry Seasoning Mix.
  4. Add the tomatoes and broth, cover, and cook (stirring occasionally) until the vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in the chickpeas, peas (or green beans), and coconut milk.
  6. Cook uncovered and simmer until the flavors are well blended and the mixture thickens slightly, about 20 minutes.
  7. Serve over cooked Rice, or for an extra protein punch, Quinoa.

Ingredient Want

i’ve been on a bit of a lull when it comes to trying new recipes. i have, at least, managed to make some more good tofu… i have hope for the future of tofu in my house now! a mixture of corn starch and almond milk dipped in a seasoned cornmeal and bread crumb coating makes for awesome Tofu Fingers. i’m hoping to perfect and experiment a little bit and later come up with something that my 3 year old deems edible. that’ll be a challenge- the only kind of food she likes is the kind that’s guaranteed to be unhealthy for you. *sigh*

since becoming vegan i’ve acquired a lot of ingredients i would have otherwise never even considered adding to my cabinets- Nutritional Yeast, Raw Protein Powder, Vanilla Soy Milk, Unsweetened Almond Milk, beans… the list goes on and on. next up? Truffle oil! the trick is finding something reasonably priced in a bottle large enough to validate the mail order. (i haven’t been able to find any locally yet) i officially have 2 recipes that i want to try with Truffle Oil as one of the must-have ingredients, so i figure it’s time to add it to my stash of ingredients.

as usual, i’m scoping out Amazon for a decent deal (with good reviews) and will get back to you later!