First swim of the season DONE! I really dreaded going to the pool this morning. The worst part is checking for available lanes and then getting in and dunking your head under! But once I got over the first plunge, I really enjoyed 1700 yards that went by very quickly. It was so nice to get a little cross training in and add some variety since I’ve been running so much lately. I didn’t and will never miss the chlorine though.
Back to food, I told you I added a few more recipes to my toolbox, so here are a few I enjoyed:
Thai Veggies & Tempeh
I don’t like exact measurements not because I’m good at guessing, but because I like recipes where I use minimal kitchen tools/spoons and can remember the numbers more easily. For example, while you can find the full maple marinade and technique on the above link, it’s easier for me to remember: 3T maple, 3T soy, <0.5T rice vinegar plus a couple pressed garlic cloves and sprinkles of Cayenne.
For the Thai Peanut Sauce veggies, I found it interesting to use my dehydrator for an entrée – something I wouldn’t have thought to do. Honestly though, I’d just cook them on low in the oven next time, because I like my food warmer than what the dehy can do. This dish made for great leftovers though!
To ease my inner snack monster I made a bunch of snack balls. Pictured below are Amazeballs and Molasses Raisin Almond Balls. The raisin balls were tad sweet for my taste since I used Thompson raisins; I’d reduce the molasses next time.
Amazeballs are pretty easy to remember – equal parts nut butter, protein powder and shredded coconut, and half part maple syrup or honey. Plus any mix-ins like vanilla, cinnamon, sea salt or dark chocolate chips. They aren’t quite a cookie replacement, but they get the job done. I really have a hankering to make these balls next (thanks to Cherry’s flourless cookie extravaganza!) .
And this is no recipe, but does anyone else love Artisana Coconut Butter as much as I do?! I use it all the time; drizzled on oatmeal, it’s the way to go. A little goes a long way and gives you a nice healthy fat to add to breakfast. Mmmm….