the week that was - january 20-26

Happy Monday, sweet friends! How was your week? I really can't complain. We got a lot of snow - well, a lot for us - and it has been much colder than we are used to. So that messed with my workout plans a little. It is just SO HARD to get back out when I'm in for the evening. But, all in all, I'm super excited about my week that was.

I got all of my workouts in last week (!!). Weights Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Cardio Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. (and a glorious, much-needed rest on Friday.) I am doing a little Daily Pilates challenge with my bestest running buddies, and I'm 6 for 6. I also added a few kettlebell swings to my weight days just because they make me feel bad-ass.

I am still rocking the vegetarian-at-home deal and our eats couldn't have been more yummy.

Apple and gouda quinoa (my own creation that has been on repeat for about 2 years).

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Sweet Potato and Red Curry from Isa Does It.

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Bulgur Tacos amended from the TVP Tacos recipe in The Healthy Herbivore Cookbook. I love the bulgur, but prefer the taco spice from the Quinoa Chorizo recipe in the same cookbook. So I'm scheming for this week to create (and hopefully share!) a hybrid of my own.

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Guys. The Irish Stew from Happy Herbivore Light and Lean is a-mazing.

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I repeated last week's Cheater Pad Thai from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook, but actually used rice noodles because they had them at Krogers. (They didn't at last week's trip to Trader Joe's.) On the second day, the leftovers were kinda sparse, so I added a few scrambled eggs to bulk it up to feed both of us. I felt very resourceful.

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Saturday morning, we were supposed to have company, so I had planned on making this Marbled Banana Bread. We didn't end up having company, but the bread still happened. And, again, that Isa knows her stuff.

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(I need to shuffle my FiestaWare. Lots of grey this week. That was unintentional.)

For my maiden voyage with tofu, I decided to recreate my favorite Indian peas and cheese with tofu instead of the paneer. It was pretty fantastic.  Screen shot 2014-01-26 at 1.42.42 PM

I made a lunch on Sunday that would have enough leftovers for lunch on Monday. I settled on this Sweet and Sour Brown Rice Salad from Isa Does It. I absolutely love it. I added more beans, used different sprouts (since I had them on hand) and added rice vinegar to the dressing. It is pretty great. Reminds me of bahn mi, without the meat and the sandwich and the drizzled spicy mayo. So, basically, it just has a Vietnamese taste to it.

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So what was your favorite meal of the week?

I'm gonna go with the Irish Stew, I think. I think. I'm not committed to that.