Cookie Monster

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You’re looking at her.

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There’s supposed to be 9.

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And now there’s 3!

Even a self-professed health nut needs to have a little fun now and then, right?? :)

They were just. so . darn. good. Like really. addicting. sort of good.

Note to self: Baking before dinner likely not a good idea.

See the funny thing is, I ate an apple right before I baked because I thought this would prevent me from snacking on the cookies before dinner.

Nope.

Nothing was stopping me from eating these today! I was in love.

food thumb34   Cookie MonsterLast night we didn’t end up BBQ’ing because we were out of propane (doh!), so I cooked the burgers on the stovetop. I made the boys beef + bacon + cheese burgers and boy were they happy.

We didn’t eat until about 9pm because they were busy with snakes and ladders:

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The inner clean freak in me has surfaced and I get squirmy every time I look at the two rooms they are doing renos on! The dust is EVERYWHERE! img 0142 thumb   Cookie Monster

Since the past two nights were a bit messed up with my meal plan schedule, I decided to get right back on track tonight with my planned recipe.

On tonight’s menu:

Pumpkin Curry with Lentils and Apple

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Adapted from here

My modifications are shown after the strike-out.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 cup brown green lentils
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil EVOO
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, cored and chopped 1 cup canned tomatoes, no salt added
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (didn’t have any)
  • 2 cups peeled, cubed (1-inch), seeded pumpkin (didn’t have any)
  • 2 potatoes, unpeeled and chopped (didn’t have any)
  • 2 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups packed fresh spinach, chopped (Will be adding this when Eric brings home spinach)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, unpeeled, cored and diced

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Place the red and brown lentils in a pan with the water and turmeric. Cook over medium-low heat until tender, about 45 minutes. Drain, reserving 2 1/2 cups of the cooking liquid.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the canola oil in a large, deep pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and cook until tender and transparent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and garlic; cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Mix in the curry powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and cloves. Add the cooked lentils, reserved cooking liquid, pumpkin, potatoes, and carrots. Cover, and cook over medium-low heat until the vegetables are tender, 35 to 45 minutes. Stir in the spinach and apple. Cook until the pumpkin can be easily pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes more. Adjust seasonings to taste.

My dinner:

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I enjoyed this dish even with all of the modifications I made. It would probably be even better with pumpkin or squash in there! It was SUPER filling. The lentils have tons of protein and fibre in them. The apple was a nice surprise too! I don’t think I have ever had an apple in a stew. It was a perfect meal for the wet weather we are getting tonight.

I dined solo tonight- Eric is caught in really bad traffic. Poor guy!

 Coming up tomorrow morning- I explain Project Glow!

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Paula April 30, 2009

This post made my day, Angela! Thanks so much for being a real person who eats some cookies every now and then!

Keep it up and have a great night!

-Paula

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Shelby April 30, 2009

Horray for Cookies!!!

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amy (veganissexy) April 30, 2009

Haha. Now you know why I only bake things to give away…..or they have to be in individual sized portions. I do that EVERY time I bake and always feel like crud. Thanks for admitting you do it too! Misery loves company I guess :) I can’t ever stop at one treat. Nope….hand in the cookie jar every time!

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Help Meghan Run April 30, 2009

That soup looks great! I am always looking for more tasty soup recipes. And the cookies obviously look amazing…kudos to you for eating six of them ;)
www. HelpMeghanRun .com

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Jenny April 30, 2009

I think you’re an awesome example Angela! And hey, cookies that good, deserve to be eaten :)

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 30, 2009

C IS FOR COOKIE!!! YUM!

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Run Sarah April 30, 2009

Those cookies look awesome! I love your peach zip up – Lululemon?

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Krista April 30, 2009

Those cookies look AMAZING!! YUM!

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Krista April 30, 2009

PS! The stew looks great, too!!! ;)

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Bec April 30, 2009

that soup looks delic

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Heather April 30, 2009

I totally admire how self-confident you are! You aren’t afraid to admit you ate those cookies and are able to accept it and not regret it! Congrats on the great attitude :D

The curry looks awesome too! It’s always nice to play around with recipes (even when you don’t have a choice!).

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brandi April 30, 2009

you can send a batch of those cookies my way for extra taste testing :) they look awesome!

I paid attention to whether my heel was getting close to my butt today while running and I think it helped!

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Karen April 30, 2009

Today was the second time I experimented with being cognizant about not landing on my heel. It’s better today! The first time I had to take my earphones off so I could hear my footsteps. I totally felt like a spazz bunny! I focus on picking my feet up after they land, and on not tensing my upper body. Since I am new to running, my calves (esp the left) were more sore than usual, and I take this as a good sign. I feel the work being done more by my calves, hamstrings, and glutes- with zero impact on my knees and hips! Yay!

I actually tried the drills the Dr had shown- wow! I could only do it for about 15 seconds at a time, my hamstrings are so weak.

My treadmill is next to a mirror, and when I watched my form, visually it looked “better” somehow- more like real running- if that makes any sense.

I take more walking breaks, as running this way to me feels like more of a workout. I figure about two weeks of every other day running, and it will feel like second nature!

At the end today, I took off my shoes and ran, and totally noticed how it felt more natural. I didn’t even have to think about not landing on my heels since they weren’t protected- trippy! I think I am going to look into the Vibram 5 Finger “shoes” for hiking and walking/ running in the sand at the beach, and some not so built up running shoes.

I am expanding concept this to walking, noticing how hard I come down on my heels. I have chronic foot pain since my clinical internship, and I think this exercise will fix it.

Keep at it!
Karen

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Kudret April 30, 2009

those cookies look absolutely delicious!! And better to run slow miles with better form than fast miles with terrible form that cause all sorts of joint and shin problems!

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Christina April 30, 2009

Those are the most delicious-looking chocolate chip cookies that I’ve ever seen!

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Emily April 30, 2009

you have to test the cookies! and you can’t judge by just one or two. that’s a scientific fact, i believe.

i’ve always ran on my toes, although as i started running longer and longer distances i really worked on my form (running on tiptoes is not good form either!). it’s funny though: i can’t understand how people can run on their heels!

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Katrina (gluten free gidget) April 30, 2009

I have to make that recipe! Seriously… drooling! I CAN NOT WAIT TO GET OFF OF THIS TOUR BUS AND HAVE MY OWN KITCHEN AGAIN!!! (okay… rant over…) I have found that watching weight loss shows, like the Biggest Loser, are the best motivation EVER when exercising! It just motivates me to push on through, or just to get up off my butt and do some leg lifts and crunches. That is my Bikini Body Challenge!

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Pamela April 30, 2009

Hi Angela!

Do you cook your tomato paste before putting it on sandwiches and such?

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Brooke May 1, 2009

I’ve been trying to work on changing my stride and it is so hard! I feel so funny too and I am sure I look pretty strange.
Thank you for being so real and honest. Your blog is great.

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nicole May 1, 2009

yummy delish looking food again!

However I’m more interested in that top! Where did you get it? I love the color!

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Crunchy Granola Girl May 1, 2009

Those cookies look so good- I probably would have eaten 6 too! Every girl should eat a cookie (or 6) every now and again :)

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carolinebee May 1, 2009

Question?? Does the running style look kind of “gazelle-like”? That’s how I imagine it :D
OMG i am dying right now..one word= Meredith..

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Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now May 1, 2009

Those cookies look divine!!!

I love the curry recipe. As you know, Steve & I are big into our curry!! It’s so nice.. my Sister bought me a recipe book about a year ago with simple, healthy curry dishes. I love it!

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Sophia May 1, 2009

YES! I love a healthy woman who knows how to treat herself here and then! what a gorgeous little cookie monster you are!
mmm…that curry sounds amazing, most of all because it has my fav secret ingredient, pumpkin in it! I can just imagine the rich spices in it, and the lovely sweetness of the pumpkin and apple…yum! thanks for the awesome recipe!

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Kari @ tonic4thesoul May 1, 2009

I love this post, and the one below :) The cookies and stew both look great – I had never thought of adding apple to the mix either. Something to try!

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Red Head, Yellow Dog May 1, 2009

haha I love the cookie thing. something similar happened to me last night! James had baked a cake (he’s trouble!) and saved a piece for me but it was HUGE and I was like oh no I can’t eat all of that so he was like “okay just eat what you want” and of course before I knew it I DEVOURED the whole darn thing! Oh well :)

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