Today was a day filled with inspiration. At yoga, the instructor’s mother recently passed away and she spent the class reflecting on the way she reacts to difficult situations. She recognized that during tough times she has certain habits that she falls into, and she is able to recognize them and let them be. She noted a moment when she visited Uganda a few years back. She planned the trip, arrived there but didn’t really experience the trip until the group she was with visited a local orphanage. That moment rocked her world, and as her partners were getting ready to go to the next agenda item she knew she had to stay behind. She did all of the things that made her feel grounded: called home to talked with loved ones, ordered room service and a glass of wine, and ordered more room service for chocolate ice cream. She joked that she tends to turn to chocolate, and realized this as she was on her 8th chocolate chip cookie yesterday. She stressed that we all go to different places when our worlds are altered but the important thing is that we recognize our reactions and let it be. Towards the end of class she played a song that a family friend recorded for her to, “Alleluia” after hearing of her mom’s passing. It was the most beautiful rendition I have ever heard, I started to tear up. It took me to such an emotional place. Her words and attitude were so motivating, it was what I needed to hear.
After yoga I went to the grocery store. I saw some of my co-workers and purchased a few items. When I walked by the golden beets yesterday at work, I knew I had to make a roasted beet salad. I happened to have a loaf of Twisted Root Bread (dark German malted barley) find it’s way into my cart when I dropped by the bakery. We seriously have the best bakers and the most amazing bread where I work. This bread is made from scratch every day and has the most wonderful malt flavor. It is one of my favorite breads that we carry. Because it is made from scratch everyday, it always looks a bit different depending on who makes it. It looked absolutely perfect today and I knew I had to get it to accompany my salad.
I was pretty hungry on my way home and snacked on a big Jonagold Apple. When I got home I was craving a smoothie in a bowl for lunch. This bowl has: 1 large frozen banana, 5 frozen strawberries, 1 heaping scoop of chocolate whey protein, 1 cup vanilla almond milk, 2 handfuls of spinach and topped with Galaxy Vanilla Almond Granola and extra Almonds. I needed some study snacks so I heated Medjool Dates with Peanut Butter and Almond Butter. Why have I never tried this? I almost died and went to heaven! The almond butter was my favorite and I may have gone back for more :). I have a snacking problem when I have lots of work to do. I acknowledge this, but it helps me focus. I had another plate of strawberries, frozen bananas and frozen cherries with almond butter. There were definitely more snacks in there but nothing picture worthy.
When dinner time crept up (seriously where did my day go?), I decided to start on my creation: Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad with Chevre Goat Cheese, Toasted Hazelnuts and Twisted Root Bread with a Lemon-Basil vinaigrette. I used 1 medium beet and 1 medium golden beet. ~ 1 TBS chopped toasted hazelnuts, ~1 oz Chevre Goat Cheese, and dressed the salad and bread with a mixture of extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and ciffonade of basil leaves. Magical things happened when I added the homemade dressing. It was light but made the beets even more buttery and the toasted bread the perfect texture. I had a tiny glass of paper writing inspiration Spanish Quarter Cabernet Sauvignon with my meal. DELICIOUS. Reason number 1 why I am not a typical college student: I dream of/eat things like this and cherish a good glass of wine to match my food. But hey I AM TOTALLY fine with that!!
Dessert: ACTTACK OF CHOCOLATE EATER BUNNY NUMBER 2 (finished Mr. Chocolate Almond Bunny)
I’m cruel, what can I say? I still have to finish my paper but it is shaping up! I just grabbed a few more of those dates to help me get through it :). For once in my life I am excited for Monday to come. New week….bring it on!
What is your favorite “simple but elegant” meal?