Push yourself!! [and savory oats]Posted: February 7, 2012
I’m so glad it’s not Monday…
Yesterday was just not my day. I was tired, b*tchy and just felt uncomfortable all day. I don’t know what it is about me, but weekends and things that are not in my “routine” trip me up so much. I’m really good about mindful eating and making good choices all week, but the weekend can sometimes be my demise. The important thing to remember is that every day is a fresh start, and a chance to change things for the better. I’m not one to just throw in the towel- no, I pick myself up, dust myself off, and get right back on course. So, yeah, I’m back.
The alarm went off at 4:30 am this morning, as it does every Tuesday, so that I could quickly get myself out of the house and to the gym to teach spin class. My class isn’t until 5:30, but I like to get to the gym by 5:00 (luckily it’s a 5 min drive) so that I can warm-up a bit on my own. I typically hit the rowing machine for an intense little rowing session, which is what I did this morning. I was happy to see that my class was packed this morning! You never know who will show up at 5:30- some weeks it’s packed, and then others, only a few people show up. But this morning was rockin’.
I hate to say anything negative about my spin classes- but have to point out an issue that bothers me when I’m leading a class. I hate when people don’t push themselves to work harder. As an instructor, I feel that it is my duty to challenge and motivate my group. I often say (or yell) things like “push harder!” “challenge yourself!” I also like to constantly remind people that they got out of bed that early for a reason- and it wasn’t to half-ass their workout. When I see someone who is bouncing all over the saddle because they have no tension or barely breaking a sweat, it bums me out. Now, I never ever single people out or call them out in a class- I just make a general statement to the room to work harder or correct something (like reminding the group where they should be at with their tension, correct form, etc).
Push yourself outside of your comfort zone once in a while. You’ll be amazed at what your body is capable of!
Rewind to last night. Since I was tired, b*tchy and hormonal, I really didn’t feel like putting much effort into making dinner. I needed something that was simple, fast and required minimal effort.
Savory oats to the rescue!
After seeing them all of the blogosphere lately, I broke down and bought a rice cooker this weekend. Honestly, it was only $30 at Target, and I had a gift card to cover the whole thing. I don’t cook rice very much, but I love so many different types of grains that I thought it would be worth a shot. Plus, I like the timer feature so that I can set it to start cooking when I want (I’m thinking that this would be really good for Sunday mornings when I teach spin class so that I can have oatmeal waiting for me!).
I made savory oats once two months ago, and remembered that they were insanely delicious and easy to make. I decided to test out my rice cooker, since I’ve been reading on Kath’s blog about how much they bulk up when cooked this way. I based my recipe on one from Angela at Oh She Glows, with a few modifications.
This took all of twenty minutes to put together:
Spinach + mushroom Savory oats (serves 2)
adapted from Angela Liddon
1 c multigrain oats
2 c water
1 c unsweetened almond milk
2 T nutritional yeast
3 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
3 large white mushrooms, chopped
1/3 c frozen spinach
1 T Vegan bacon bits
1 T Earth Balance buttery spread
a few dashes of tumeric and onion powder
1/3 salt-free vegetable bullion cube
dash of cayenne pepper
salt + pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients into a rice cooker and cook for 15 minutes, stirring a few times in between. If you don’t have a rice cooker, combine all ingredients in a medium-size pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring often.
It was suggested to me to top this off with an egg. This kept the recipe from being Vegan of course, but man- look at that beautiful egg…
Other toppings included avocado, salsa and crumbled tortilla chips.
And of course, because I’m predictable and was feeling lazy (and also because it’s SO good), a side of baked kale:
I could (and do) eat kale every day and be happy. And just in case you’re wondering, this is how I make it:
a few big handfuls of kale, chopped
cooking spray (I use Trader Joes canola oil spray)
seasonings of your choice (I usually use Simply Organics garlic+salt+parsley combo)
Heat oven to 400. Spray a large cookie sheet with a little bit of cooking spray and spread the kale evenly onto the tray. Spray kale with a little canola oil spray and sprinkle on seasoning. Bake on the lowest rack in the oven for 8-10 minutes, tossing the kale once mid-way through.
This dinner was so filling- and so good for you! And the fact that it was ready in twenty minutes and required very little preparation made it even better.
Have a great Tuesday!
Are there any dinners that you can throw together quickly that are healthy and delicious? Please share!