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May 6, 2009

Oh i’ve missed you guyssss. Sorry i’ve been so MIA. I got back late Monday night and was swamped with work all day yesterday and have a ton to do today. I promise i’ll catchΒ  up and comment on all your lovely blogs tonight πŸ™‚

Yesterday as soon as I woke up I decided on a green smoothie. This one wasn’t as bright as usual. I had some kale, 1 c almond milk, hulled hemp seeds, frozen mango blueberry raspberry combo, a spoon of TJ’s vanilla hemp protein powder. It wasn’t the prettiest color, but it tasted amazing. This held me over about 2 hours then I had some instant oatmeal at work.

smoothie

Lunch was a replication of Fridays lunch. I loved the tofu/egg combo so I decided to do it again. This time I didn’t have any chickpeas, so I had just tofu, egg, and a little mozz in the wrap. On the side I made some sweet potato home fries with some sauteed onions. This kept me full for so long. The tofu/egg wrap is a huge protein punch!

egg-and-sweet-potato

So yesterday I started thinking about my running situation. I looked up the Zooma Annapolis 10k and decided to register. Registration is $65 😦 I’m trying to save money right now so I started thinking about where I wanted my running to go, and what goals I had for myself. I just can’t afford to run a lot of races this year when the entry fee is that much. My original goal was to run a 10k in 2009. That’s done and I have a lot of the year left…. this got me thinking. Last year I never thought i’d be able to run 6.2 miles ever. I did it, and I did it well! I’ve thought a lot about it, and i’m going to sign up for the Baltimore half marathon. This is beyond my wildest dreams, and if I complete this, I will be so proud of myself. It’s in October so I have a good long time to train. Here’s my final goal of 2009. To run the Baltimore Half Marathon. AH! I’m really excited, and I can’t wait to get to training. Does anyone have any specific plans they’ve used and loved? I’m not too sure what i’m going to do yet. For the 10k I originally had a plan, but ended up ditching it and figuring it out on my own. Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated πŸ™‚

I’ve also decided to do my own 30 day shred challenege. I signed up when Caitlin had her challenge but things got in the way and I didn’t complete it. I want to do it all this time, from beginning to end. I am going to Florida June 10, so this will be perfect to get me feeling great before putting on the swimsuit. I’m thinking about creating a side page for my challenge, to keep myself on track and motivated. I did day 1 last night after the Biggest Loser and so it’s off on the right foot!

Last night for dinner I made the most amazing and simple meal. Dhiraj Arora, the founder and CEO and President of Arora Creations was so kind to send me some samples of their organic spice blends. Arora is the first ever USDA certified organic Indian grocery product line in the US. You can go to their website and see where you can find them around you at local stores. There are so many health benefits from Indian spices that you can read about here. I was given 5 of the spice mixes. I picked to make the organic rajmah (kidney beans). On the back of the spice mix it tells you the additional ingredients you need to make the dish. It was SO quick and easy, and it tasted out of this world. This is such a great company that gives you high quality organic products and makes you feel like you have high restaurant quality dishes at your fingertips that you made yourself. I made the kidney beans, and paired it with a dollop of light sour cream (they suggest plain yogurt but I was all out) and a piece of pita cut into triangles. Amazing. As I make more dishes with the other spice mixes I will post them, I can already tell they’re going to be delish. Thank you Dhiraj!!!

dinner1

Dhiraj was also generous to want to do a giveaway! He is giving away one each of the organic spice mixes. Here are the mixes the winner will be receiving!

cauliflower

chickpeas

kidney-beans

okra

shrimp

tandoori-chicken

tikka-masala

To enter simply post a comment on what your favorite Indian dish is. For an additional entry you can link back to the givaway, let me know if you do so I can give you an additional entry. Good luck!! The givaway will end this Friday at 5 PM and I will post the winner Saturday.

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80 Comments leave one →
  1. Sweet and Fit permalink
    May 6, 2009 1:04 pm

    hey there! welcome back! I was wondering where you were!

    glad you had a nice weekend, and sorry work has you busy =(

    I think you can totally do the baltimore half marathon – I remember you telling me about how much you surprised yourself in the other races you did, and I think once again you’ll be shocked at how well you will do =)

    love the spices blends! I dunno what the name of my fav indian dish is, but all i know is that its a green yogurt sauce with large tiger shrimp.

    hope you are having a great day!

  2. May 6, 2009 1:05 pm

    Your puppy is SO cute!

    We should definitely do the 30-day shred challenge together, then I’ll know that I have someone else doing it with me and I’ll be less likely to quit!

    Good for you for signing up for a half marathon, you’re going to love it! I’ve already signed up for another one at the end of June πŸ™‚

  3. May 6, 2009 1:06 pm

    I followed the Coolrunning.com half-marathon program for beginners- its great if you don’t have all day to run! I followed it pretty much to a T and my half-marathon (this past Sunday) went as well as I could have expected! Good luck choosing a program!

  4. May 6, 2009 1:11 pm

    The marathon sounds like a good idea, I think you should definitely go for it, and your own 30 day shred πŸ™‚ self-challenges are always the best!

    Awww that pup is absolutely adorable!

    Ahh another giveaway πŸ™‚ how exciting! I’d love to enter. I’ll link you back in a few. I haven’t tried many Indian dishes, but I do like Amy’s Indian meals – the Palak Paneer is probably my fave. Hope I spelled that right πŸ˜›

    Love,
    Meg

    p.s. hope you’re able to get in some relaxation time soon!

  5. May 6, 2009 1:17 pm

    All your eats look great! I love anything curry and I’d love to try some of those dishes πŸ™‚

  6. kay permalink
    May 6, 2009 1:38 pm

    my favorite indian dishes are dal makhani (lentils), bhindi masala (okra), and channa masala (chickpeas)

  7. May 6, 2009 1:43 pm

    congrats on signing up for a half marathon- that’s so cool that you’re going over and beyond your original goal for the year. i’ve actually tried that tandoori chicken blend for a tofu rub, it turned out great! i’d love to be able to try more from that company. i don’t think i can pick one favorite indian dish, but i’m craving some chana masala right now!

  8. Vani permalink
    May 6, 2009 1:45 pm

    YUM! My fave dish is chana masala, hands-down πŸ™‚

    Congrats on your decision to run the half!! So exciting! I know you’ll do great.

  9. May 6, 2009 2:28 pm

    Congrats on signing up for the half! My favourite Indian dish is bhaigan barta, yum!

  10. May 6, 2009 2:31 pm

    Good luck on your half marathon & shred goals!

    I think my favourite Indian dish is butter chicken for sure, but really, it’s all good πŸ™‚

  11. May 6, 2009 2:31 pm

    thats such a great goal. i think i want to look for a 10k near me to do before i think about doing a half marathon. after watching biggest loser last night and seeing them all do a marathon i feel like i HAVE to do something big soon! good luck with training!!

  12. May 6, 2009 2:57 pm

    I’ve never had Indian! But I say RUN UNTIL YOURE BROKE! haha I definitely think you should do the half marathon πŸ™‚ Its gotta be one of the best feelings in the world to finish it!

  13. May 6, 2009 2:57 pm

    oh so glad to see you posting! mmmk lots to soak in during your post but i had to say first and foremost EDEN IS A SAAWEEEEETIE! awe! that is sad that it is a long distance type of deal, i mean how much do you miss that sweet face?! and i love the turtle. and my dog is the same way, looks at the camera right up until the flash and then looks away. okay so maybe i am dog obsessed.. so sue me. but i love that pooch!

    second, the tofu scramble looks good, and the side of sweet potatoes seems like it went well. it would probably be good all rolled up into a burrito!

    and i laughed at the mental image of you jumping out of your seat ordering the fries. hah.

    and finally i am a sucker for indian food, my favorite dish is at a little hole in the wall place we have and i always order the veggie samosas and the chicken tikka masala. YUM! i have never tried my hand in cooking indian cuisine, i think it seems like it would be so hard, but the things you said in this post made it seem ultra easy. i am going to that website after i post this! thanks!

  14. May 6, 2009 3:00 pm

    i knew i’d forget something, i meant to also say woohoo for setting the goal for the half marathon! that is AWESOME! you will do well πŸ™‚

    i also linked your giveaway on my blog: http://mealsandmoves.wordpress.com/2009/05/06/a-monster-of-a-success/

  15. May 6, 2009 3:02 pm

    My favorite Indian Food? Cauliflower Dal with Panch Phoran. Mmmm.

    Good luck!

    Oh – I’ve linked back to the give away!

  16. May 6, 2009 3:03 pm

    love sweet potatoe fries too! And Indian dish is the naan bread and the shrimp dish in the clay pot…no idea the name of it. Oh and obvi the naan! love bread!

  17. May 6, 2009 3:04 pm

    Yay for YOUR getaway too!!! πŸ˜€ How convenient that your man’s mom is a fitness instructor! muahhah free lessons for life??

    whoa, $65 is pretty hefty, but i guess that’s pretty standard for marathons nowadays huh?? Is there one that doesn’t have such a big fee that you could sign up for??

    I looove indian spices. Sign me up for tandoori chicken all the way!!!!

  18. Noella permalink
    May 6, 2009 3:05 pm

    I love dal, but Tikka Masala is probably my fave!

  19. Paige permalink
    May 6, 2009 3:16 pm

    So glad you’re back! And congrats on signing up for the half marathon. I’ve been thinking about doing one, too! My favorite Indian dish is palak paneer. yum!

  20. May 6, 2009 3:25 pm

    Can’t wait to hear what you think of the shred each day! I really need to start the challenge again! I’ve been lazy!! My favorite indian dish is…rice and beans? haha sure!

  21. Megan permalink
    May 6, 2009 3:35 pm

    Ahhh yay I’m so happy you decided to run the Baltimore half!!! I’ll definitely be out there (either running? or to support you!) Email me if you have any questions.. I ran the same race last year =) I followed Runner World’s smartcoach plan.. it’s great because you get to input your best times, how hard you want to train, when you want your long run, etc and it spits out suggested workouts for each day (and even gives you the pace you should run!) Yay for giveaways too!! My favorite Indian dish would have to be palak paneer! So YUMMY. And of course I’ll link back on my post tonight =) Have a great week girl, I’m glad you had a fun weekend!!

    love, megan!

  22. Catie permalink
    May 6, 2009 3:36 pm

    awesome giveaway!! my favorite indian dish is baignan bhartha or chana masala!

  23. May 6, 2009 3:50 pm

    OMG amazing!!! I can’t believe that salad is from a sports bar- i usually dread those kinds of places b/c of the food selection πŸ˜€ I would love to try those indian meals, my fave is probably chicken tikka masala, actually no, NAAN!

  24. May 6, 2009 4:10 pm

    Cute pupper! My dog is the same way with pictures. I call it the “no pictures please” head turn because right as I take it, she turns her head.

    GOOD LUCK ON THE HALF!!! You can do it πŸ™‚

    I’ve never tried Indian 😦 Well, I’ve had TJs lentil meal but that’s not true Indian. I want to try channa masala though!

  25. May 6, 2009 4:28 pm

    I don’t have a favorite dish because I’ve yet to really try true Indian food. I’d love to try some though!

  26. May 6, 2009 5:09 pm

    Hi there!! I love any indian dish that involves curry! I also love the creamed spinach with cheese.. i forget the name though! I love your blog and am adding it to my blog roll and referencing your contest in a post!

    Have a great day!

  27. Laura permalink
    May 6, 2009 5:26 pm

    I love Indian cuisine because vegetables are an integral part of most recipes and all the spices (yummy). I have a very easy “go to” recipe for Simple Rajma Curry recipe that I love to make and change up all the time.

    Eden is so adorable. Your heart must melt every time you look at her!

  28. peaceandpeanutbutter permalink
    May 6, 2009 5:51 pm

    That seared tuna salad…..OMG. I was drooling from here!

  29. May 6, 2009 6:08 pm

    Welcome back! that is so awesome that youre going to do the half marathon! You can totally do it! I am planning on doing my first 10k this July..hopefully I can get myself going since I havent even done a 5k! πŸ™‚

    I have only had Indian food once, and my brother made it. It was tikka masala and it was delicious!

  30. snackface permalink
    May 6, 2009 6:35 pm

    Hello beautiful and welcome back! I’m glad you had a great weekend!

    AWW PUPPY! I’m such a dog freak, so thank you for treating me with those pics.

    CONGRATS you stunna! I’m so proud you’ve decided to do a halfie! Amazing.

    Fave Indian dish… I haven’t had official Indian food before, but I’ve tried my hand at roasted channa and use garam masala in everything. I’m predicting I’ll love channa masala. Wild guess πŸ˜‰

    Enjoy your Wednesday!

  31. May 6, 2009 7:24 pm

    I love that little pupper face, makes my heart melt!

  32. May 6, 2009 7:25 pm

    I love all Indian food! Out of the ones you posted I would probably go with the Tandoori Chicken. Yum!

    And I will link you on my next entry!

  33. May 6, 2009 7:30 pm

    I’ve never eaten indian food but I think the tandoori chicken looks really yummy =)

  34. May 6, 2009 7:30 pm

    Sounds like a fun weekend!

    Ahhh, you should totally do the Baltimore half! I want to do another half sometime, and honestly fall is the best time to do it because it won’t be too hot. Good luck with all your training! I have used Hal Higdon in the past, but the last one I didn’t really train formally and just did my own thing.

    My favorite Indian dish is palak paneer. I’m a huge fan of Indian food! πŸ™‚

  35. May 6, 2009 7:45 pm

    Looks like you had a great weekend! I know how you feel with the long distance thing, my boyfriend and I were doing it for the last 5 years (he’s a year older) until last week since I graduated. It’s worth it though! I already feel like we were never apart.

    I haven’t had much experience with Indian food but I’d like to! All I can think of was this class trip I went on to an Indian restaurant and I got the most amazing Mango Lassi ever.

    And congrats on deciding to do a half marathon!!

  36. May 6, 2009 7:45 pm

    wow! what an epic post!!! good luck with your shredding. i am sort of stressing over mine because it is so hard to fit into my schedule sometimes. isn’t that sad??? i love having things to do, but i already missed day 5 and tonight i am going to have to make myself do it at 11Pm or whatever!!! sigh. anyway, im sure you will totally kick ass!

    i would love to be entered in your giveaway. i honestly dont have one favorite indian dish! i’ve liked all the ones i’ve tried, and i usually let whoever i am out with order because then i get new dishes every time πŸ™‚

  37. May 6, 2009 8:29 pm

    I’m so behind with your bloggie! So much to comment on!! Starting with – oooh that salad sounds fantastic – I heart edamame! I’ve NEVER been anywhere with sweet potato fries on the menu – awesome!! LOVE the Eden pics – WOW! His turtle is presh too. Congrats on your half marathon decision – how exciting! Great product review – YUM!!

  38. May 6, 2009 8:53 pm

    I want to actually do the whole 30 shred challenge too… and stick with it! Also that pup is adorable πŸ™‚

  39. homegirlcaneat permalink
    May 6, 2009 9:26 pm

    Girl you can rock that half marathon like it’s nobody’s business! I am currently loving the almond butter yogurt mess and that insanely good looking salad you had!

  40. Kelsey permalink
    May 6, 2009 9:52 pm

    I would love to try these since Indian food is something I am very unfamiliar with!

  41. Jessica permalink
    May 6, 2009 10:12 pm

    I love chana masala! Good luck with the half marathon!

  42. Tra permalink
    May 6, 2009 10:40 pm

    tandoori chicken! i hope i win!

  43. broccolihut permalink
    May 6, 2009 11:30 pm

    Good luck in the half marathon!!

    Those Arora mixes look super yummy…my favorite Indian dish is probably simple dal palak.

  44. May 6, 2009 11:37 pm

    Hal Higdon’s has a good training plan:
    http://www.halhigdon.com/halfmarathon/index.htm

    You can totally do it! Best of luck!

  45. Anne K. permalink
    May 7, 2009 12:04 am

    Good luck on the half marathon! That’s really cool. I haven’t really had much Indian food other than the frozen Amy’s meals, haha! I really like Amy’s Mattar Paneer, and I’d love to try more authentic Indian food!

  46. ikkinlala permalink
    May 7, 2009 1:37 am

    May Canadians enter? I love Indian food, and I wish I knew how to make it better than I do because there aren’t many places to get it around here. I think my favourite dish is chana masala.

  47. May 7, 2009 4:40 am

    I don’t like Indian food, but I wanted to comment and say I am so glad you are back!! That is so exciting about the half. I’m relieved to hear that the 10k didn’t turn you off to running forever! πŸ˜‰

  48. kristin permalink
    May 7, 2009 8:19 am

    YAH! You are back! GOOD LUCK IN THE HALF! You will be fabulous πŸ™‚

    channa masala (chickpeas) is my fav!

  49. May 7, 2009 10:41 am

    glad you are back!!! Congrats on decided to do the half !! I know if you can do 6.2 you can totally do 13.1!

  50. skinnymenny permalink
    May 7, 2009 11:25 am

    Hey there! I love your blog – the food looks delish! And what a cute puppy πŸ™‚

    Being a carbaholic, my favorite Indian food is….NAAN, of course! Actually, I’ve never tried many Indian foods…but they look yummy!

  51. monica permalink
    May 7, 2009 11:42 am

    I like anything that has garam masala on it-i could put that on a flip flop and be happy.:P)

  52. May 7, 2009 12:43 pm

    yay for annapolis zooma! i am stuggling training for that right now because i just finished my 10 mile race on sunday and i am feeling it.

    as for the giveaway, i heart naan!! yum yum! but i also love all things spicy!!

  53. May 7, 2009 3:45 pm

    Oh man these all look amazing, but Chicken Tikka Masala is definitely one of my favorite types of Indian food.

    I posted about your giveaway on my blog: http://footprintsandfingertips.blogspot.com/2009/05/midweek-madness-giveaways.html

    Fingers-crossed for a win!

  54. May 7, 2009 3:47 pm

    Look at that mega cute puppy with the sea turtle!!

    Um, if you could be a doll and just go ahead and slip me the shrimp curry, I’d luv ya. And I won’t tell anyone, promise!

  55. june permalink
    May 7, 2009 9:33 pm

    awesome giveaway!
    i love spicy curry

  56. hyang permalink
    May 7, 2009 9:34 pm

    my favorite would be naan with garlic chickpea mix

  57. May 7, 2009 9:37 pm

    thank you for the giveaway. I would love to try indian food. I think the only “indian” food i’ve tried is curry… with potatoes and veggies mixed in.

  58. jayme permalink
    May 7, 2009 9:38 pm

    i love chickpea salad. would hummus be “indian” food?
    I love indian restaurants with the hummus platter! YUM

  59. junghwa permalink
    May 7, 2009 9:40 pm

    thank you for this wonderful giveaway. all of their products look awesome!

  60. Reva Skie permalink
    May 7, 2009 9:40 pm

    I adore aloo gobi. I can vouch for the punjabi choole, I just made it two weeks ago and served it over some brown rice. It was sooooooo good.

  61. May 7, 2009 9:46 pm

    Hmm, favorite Indian dish … it’s a dead heat between kheer, naan, and this wonderful bright-orange chicken dish that I had at our local Indian place. And when I say that, I mean ONLY Indian place, since I live in a small town in southeast Ohio!

  62. May 8, 2009 12:53 am

    My favourite Indian dish would either be butter chicken or tandoori chicken. Mmmmmm yummy! πŸ˜‰

    PS: I linked back from today’s blog post!

  63. May 8, 2009 4:07 am

    tandori chicken! But I have to admit, I haven’t tried many indian dishes, so I’d love to try more. πŸ™‚
    congrats on signing up for the half marathon, that’s great!!

  64. May 8, 2009 6:31 am

    My favorite Indian dish? Aloo gobi? Baighan Bartha? Anything I can get my hands on? I’d love to win this – thanks for offering it up and I’m really enjoying your sweet blog.

  65. sals permalink
    May 8, 2009 7:11 am

    ooh, I love the Arora packets– I’ve tried the chicken tikka masala and it is really delicious!

  66. musicmaven10 permalink
    May 8, 2009 8:11 am

    I use Hal Higdon’s plan. My half is next weekend!!! BAAAAH!!!

    And I looooooove chickpeas!

  67. musicmaven10 permalink
    May 8, 2009 8:11 am

    Oh, and I linked back on my blog. πŸ™‚

    hollywoodmeetsdenver.wordpress.com
    Holly πŸ™‚

  68. kiky permalink
    May 8, 2009 9:30 am

    I love tandoori chicken and the naan! sooo good!

  69. May 8, 2009 9:52 am

    My favorite is saag paneer. Creamy, cheezy and packed full of popeye power. Mmmm.

  70. May 8, 2009 11:42 am

    I love tandoori chicken and anything baked in the clay pot/oven! This sounds amazing and would allow us to really liven up the weeknight meals! I’ll link back and ensure you’re on my blog roll. Please do the same!

  71. May 8, 2009 11:45 am

    I just linked back!

  72. Melanie permalink
    May 8, 2009 12:29 pm

    channa masala is definitely my favorite.

    I think the puppy must be the cutest I have ever seen:).

  73. May 8, 2009 1:48 pm

    My favorite indian food is lentil pancakes.. YUM!!! = ) I linked back at my blog http://nicolerawawake.wordpress.com

  74. Lea permalink
    May 8, 2009 10:54 pm

    Sweet fries trumps reg ‘ol fries any day.

    Fav Indian food is naan. Just give me a basket of naan and i’m one super happy gal. ^^

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