Sunday, January 19, 2014

Arbonne Detox Day 12, 13 & 14, Ratatouille and Recap

Sorry I haven't posted in a few days, but I had a great weekend FULL of great meals.  I started Friday off with a chocolate raspberry smoothie.  Yum!  Lunch was a spinach, carrot and avocado smoothie.

After lunch, I headed home to pick up the house and get some dinner started.  I put on Eat and Run, by Scott Jurek, and puttered around the house.  I intended to cook some ratatouille in our crock pot, but I sliced way too many veggies and it got really full, so I cooked it on the stove top while I was cleaning.

Super Simple Ratatouille


2 small eggplant, peeled and sliced thin
1 large red bell pepper, de-seeded and chopped 
1 large green pepper, de-seeded and chopped
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 zucchini, sliced thin
4 red tomatoes, chopped
6 basil leaves, sliced thin
1 jalapeno (optional) chopped thin
4 cups vegetable stock
5 garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp olive oil

  • Heat large stock pot on medium high.  Add olive oil.
  • Add all above ingredients, cover, heat til boil.
  • Simmer on medium/low for 45 minutes, or until veggies are cooked through.
  • Optional:  Add 1 tsp salt and as much cracked pepper as you want!
  • Serve alone or over brown rice, polenta or quinoa.

I cooked this down and then let it rest while I went to hot yoga class.  The practice was amazing, and when I got home, I warmed up the ratatouille and had it over brown rice.

Saturday morning, we got up and I made a big batch of smoothies for Josh and I.  This one was a chocolate strawberry one.  Yum!  It had coconut milk and chia seeds as well.  I knew I needed fuel, because I was headed out for a long run after.

Once I let this settle, I had a fizzy stick and headed out for my run.  The weather was beautiful, but my legs just didn't have the energy they usually do.  I ended up doing a mix of running and speed walking to complete my 4.6 miles (I was shooting for 5).  By the end, I was exhausted and a bit cranky.  I hate when my runs don't go great, but I won't let it get me down.  I did my long run a day early (right after a hot yoga class the night before) because I was attending a bridal expo Sunday and didn't want to be tired.  So, to refuel after stretching, I made a big chocolate blueberry almond butter smoothie.

I hung out in the sun for a bit while Josh worked on the workbench we designed.  Eventually I made my way back inside.

I did some studying, watched Hackers and cuddled Bodhi.  We decided to go to dinner with a good friend that just moved here.

We decided on The Pantry.  This was my first meal out since I started the detox, and I knew I could find something yummy and healthy.  This is the quinoa spinach salad, and it was really yummy!  Last time, I had their seasonal salad, and I think I liked that better.  The Pantry is great, though!  We ended up going to see American Hustle, which was really good.  I went out and didn't drink and felt great!

Sunday, I got up and weighed in.  Another 2.5 pounds down!  That's 8.8 total, and more than I accomplished all last year.  I'm so excited.  I can absolutely keep this up.  I made Josh and I chocolate blueberry smoothies for breakfast.  They were awesome!  I'm so happy he's been enjoying the smoothies with me.  The Arbonne protein powder is delicious.  I think the chocolate is even better than the vanilla, but the vanilla mixes with veggies better.

Before I headed to a bridal expo in Little Rock (man, I did not know what I was getting myself into), I made a quick lunch.  I was looking for something other than a smoothie, so I warmed up some lentils from the other night, sauteed a portobello mushroom, and made a quick cashew cream (soaked cashews and lemon juice).  It was yummy and light.

The bridal expo was a bit insane.  Luckily, Erin went with me, so that was fun.  We went in search of a photographer, baker and florist for me and tons of cake for her.  We heard "no" a lot, when asking if people could do vegan wedding cakes.  I did have a lovely chat with the ladies at The Blue Cake Company, and as they just finished a vegan wedding cake the day before, they were more than up to the challenge!  That made the whole expo worth it.  I have one other bakery I would like to ask as well, but I'm narrowing it down!

When I got home, I was exhausted and hungry, so I made a big salad and Josh and I had leftover ratatouille.  It was even better warmed up.

I had a huge bowl of ratatouille and 2 bowls of salad.  Yum.  I am topping my salads lately with lemon juice, a little olive oil and dried dill.  It's perfect.  It was a nice dinner to end the weekend.  I'm looking forward to my 3rd week of the detox.  I hope your weekend was wonderful.

If you want to catch up, here are the last week's detox posts:

Last Week's Recap
Day 8, Cucumber Salad
Day 9, Late Work Day
Day 10, Lentil Stuffed Portobello
Day 11, Running Tools


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