Calabacitas

Hey guys! Hope your weekend went well! Why does it have to be over already? :/

Before I get started with the ol’ Sunday re-cap, first we have a WINNER for the Living Raw Foods cookbook giveaway!

I apologize if I didn’t send you an email to confirm additional entries –there were a crrrraazzzy amount- but I promise I got all of your entries into a spreadsheet bringing the total entry count (including additional entries and comments) to 328!

Using Random.org to generate a random number between 1 and 328 the lucky number was……

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COMMENT 191! Mrs LC!

*********Lindsey, please send me your info so I may forward it to Sarma and get your signed GORGEOUS cookbook on the way!!!

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On Sunday, we were super productive! We cleaned around the casa, got new bedding for the guestroom:

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A bamboo tree for our bedroom (it’s almost 7 feet tall! We have super high ceilings)

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And groceries, and misc. stuff for the casa 😀

Also, I met my friend Jeni at the gym for a 35 minute elliptical chat sesh –having a friend to talk with during cardio makes it so much more fun!- and then came home to make a delicious dinner.

I decided to do fish tacos, but as always we had to start the party with some guacamole

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I grilled some tilapia on the trusty George Foreman and seasoned the fillets with lime juice, lime zest, garlic, salt and pepper, and cumin

I had mine atop a salad with grape tomatoes, cilantro, leftover raw tortilla crunchies, lots of salsa and lime juice

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The pilot had his tilapia taco-style with a creamy lime and cumin sauce that I whipped up (plain lowfat yogurt, lime juice, cumin, salt and pepper), broccoli slaw and Texas Pete with calabacitas on the side.

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Of course I had some calabacitas too:

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They were SUPER easy and probably the best roasted veggies I’ve made so far. Here’s the recipe:

Calabacitas

-2 zucchini, sliced into half moons

-2 yellow squash, sliced into half moons

-2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

-1/2 sweet onion, sliced

-2 vine ripened tomatoes, sliced

-1 small can fire roasted green chiles

-1/2 cup goat jack cheese (or cheese of choice), freshly grated

-EVOO, sea salt, pepper, cumin, oregano

1. Preheat oven to 475*. Spray a roasting pan with EVOO and add the zucchini, squash, tomatoes, onion, garlic and seasonings

2. Roast for 15 minutes, then add the green chilies and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

3. Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese on top—let the cheese melt over the veggies.

Dinner for two (add two points for romantic candlelight, subtract one for lack of placemats)

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Que saboroso! After dinner, we watched Next Food Network Star (anyone else obsessed??? I’m cheering for Jeffrey and Melissa) and then it was time for dessert. I decided to see if the pilot wanted to board the banana bus and try Gena’s banana soft serve.

I made it with the usual recipe and added Stevia and cinnamon, then topped it with raw chocolate syrup (equal parts maple syrup and raw cocoa powder.. Meg taught me this trick) and almond butter.

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The convo:

Me: Whaddaya think?

Pilot: *grunts in between bites*

Me: So you like it??

Pilot: It’s ^&*$#^&@* amazing.

Me: You know it’s raw… and vegan, yes??

Pilot: What? Really? Well, I love it.

Me: Did you ever think you’d be enjoying raw vegan treats?

Pilot: Never.

He’s a fan 😀 He also couldn’t believe how healthy it was! I love desserts that make you feel like you’re eating something super UNhealthy, but are actually great for you. Icing on the proverbial cake, right there 😀

Today is quite a busy one.. I have to teach two aerobics classes (morning spin and evening Zumba) and sandwiched between that I have 5 training appointments and a Shape Up meeting to run. Not sure why I set it up like that :/ I’ll see ya tonight with my sanity (hopefully) and something (or someone…..!!!!) exciting in our casa 😀

See you then, bloggy friends.

Peeeeeeace,

Gina

image Summer Shape Up group: For this week, we’re repeating Week 9 because the arm workout kicked my booty. Remember, we have 2 weeks left! It’s crunch time.. literally, haha. Hang in there—I’m working on getting together some amazing prizes for the ones who have stuck with it this whole time! If you have a Summer Shape Up success story, please send it my way!

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43 Comments

  1. Pam on July 13, 2009 at 9:15 am

    You two are just so cute together!

    Pam
    http://www.alovefornewrecipes.blogspot.com

    P.S. Congrats. Lindsey!

  2. Elizabeth Jarrard on July 13, 2009 at 9:34 am

    banana ice cream is sooooo good!! i usually devour it before i have time to make a raw chocolate syrup, but that looks greeeaatt!!!
    congrats lindsey!

  3. tponz on July 13, 2009 at 9:41 am

    this stuff is called Banana Whip around my area– there are two spots that sell it- i loveeeee it soo much! i honestly does fee like you are eating ice cream! ill have to make it myself one day though- but its nice having someone make it for you 🙂

  4. Erin on July 13, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Banana ice cream seems to get everyone on the healthy eating train! It's so genius.

  5. shelby on July 13, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Even though I don't like bananas…I just might have to give that ice cream a try.

    I'm totally having guac for lunch because of you! Yum Yum!

  6. lizzy on July 13, 2009 at 9:58 am

    LOVE the bamboo tree!! and sucha cute convo about raw treats w/ the hubs! hope u enjoy your monday!

  7. The Rest is Still Unwritten on July 13, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Whoa! everything you cook always looks amazing! I'm going to have to start cooking some of your recipies! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Emily on July 13, 2009 at 10:14 am

    I AM making that banana yumminess tonight!

  9. VeggieGirl on July 13, 2009 at 10:14 am

    LOOOOOVE The Pilot's reaction – too fabulous 🙂

  10. Erica on July 13, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Hey hey! Congrats to Mrs. LC on the win! Where did you get that bamboo tree??? Josh would love to have one of those. Love what you did to the guest room.

  11. Krista on July 13, 2009 at 10:20 am

    What a great dinner….and dessert! I really have to get on this banana soft serve wagon, espeically now that you told us how to make very easy chocolate syrup!!!

  12. Lauren (runandrejoice) on July 13, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Heck yes I'm obsessed with the Next Food Network Star! Jeffrey better take it!

    I have GOT to make banana ice cream NOW!

  13. Jenna on July 13, 2009 at 10:38 am

    yum that banana icecream looks amazing!! i'm going to have to make that stat! Your tilapia looks great as well!

  14. lilveggiepatch on July 13, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Oops, seems I was a little too late 🙁

    That "soft serve" looks delicious!

  15. Diana on July 13, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Diana needs to jump on the banana bus, stat. The two bananas in my freezer are askin for it! I have no excuse!

  16. CaSaundraLeigh on July 13, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Congrats to the cookbook winner!

    Can't believe the pilot liked it! I thought for sure it would have been a bad ending-goes to show healthy rocks. And real men eat healthy food ha! =)

  17. brandi on July 13, 2009 at 11:21 am

    congrats to lindsey!

    i love the banana sundae – the chocolate sauce sounds awesome!

  18. Mrs. LC on July 13, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Love your new bedding and the bamboo tree!

    So excited for the cookbook, off to email you now! 🙂

  19. buffmuffy on July 13, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Haha, that is so funny! I would love to make something healthy for my bf like that and see how he likes it… i normally don't because I can't afford to feed us both LOL!

  20. Gena (Choosing Raw) on July 13, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Yay! So glad it was a hit.

  21. Blythe on July 13, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Hi Gina!

    Just got ahold of this mouth-scorching, sweat-inducing-at-8-am, smooth-tasting salsa that's homemade by these great ladies who donate ALL proceeds to the care of animals in need here in San Antonio. I know you're in GA but trust me, this salsa is worth the haul to get some in your hands. Know you have a love of all things spicy so here's the email of their farm: treehugr@flash.net
    Just wanted to pass it along to ya!

  22. Island Girl Eats on July 13, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Nice looking guest bedroom.

  23. K from ksgoodeats on July 13, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Glad the Pilot approves of the 'naner ice cream – that dish looks AMAZING!

    Love the veggie recipe! I may have to try it out one of these days 🙂

  24. Meredith (Pursuing Balance) on July 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Guacamole (or anything with avocado, really) is so good!

  25. Menden @ Skinny Menny on July 13, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    I'm definitely going to have to try the banana "ice cream!" Especially with the almond butter…yummm!

    Oh, and I LOVE the Next Food Network Star…I think I'm rooting for Jeffrey or Jamika!

  26. glidingcalm on July 13, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    everything looks sooo good! tilapia is such a yummy summer fish, and ahh guac…ahhh banana ice cream!! so delicious!!

    i love the bamboo plant too!!

    happy monday g!

  27. heartswholefoods on July 13, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Tilapia tacos looks so yummy! Oooh and love the roasted veggies recipe. Thanks girl!

    Haha, pilot loves it too? Good stuff 😀

  28. Paige@ Running Around Normal on July 13, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    You've totally motivated me to try tilapia again – and to try that version of the banana icecream!

  29. Andrea (Off Her Cork) on July 13, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Oh goodness that bedding looks awesome! Love! I need to jump on the frozen banana train soon, maybe this evening? 😀

  30. Courtney on July 13, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you so much for posting your raw chocolate cocoa powder with maple syrup! I have to try it!

    Thanks!!!!!!!!

    -Courtney
    http://peacelovehealthiness.wordpress.com

  31. Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) on July 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Love the new house stuff and of course the Man v. Raw Food exchange. I made Chris the raw chocolate pudding yesterday and got a similar reaction.

    Have a great Monday!!!

  32. RhodeyGirl/Sabrina on July 13, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    How much time to submit the shape up success story?

    Also, LOVE the new bedspread and can't wait to see who your guest is! It is one of the DKNY ones isn't it??? I almost bought the white set (OR the purple one) for OUR guest room!!!!!

  33. Gina on July 13, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    erica- that bamboo tree is from michael's- 30% off! yeahhhhh

    blythe- sounds like that's right up my alley.. i'll check it out fo sho

    sabrina- anytime before the shape up ends would be awesome- thank you!
    nope it's from target!! can you believe it? i was going to buy something scarily similar from crate and barrel and then we saw that bedding at target, so we bought it up!

  34. Stacy on July 13, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    haha I always love it when I get the BF to eat something healthy and like it!

  35. heyitstay on July 13, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    What delicious looking guacamole!! And isnt' it great when you get someone to love your healthy food? It's like "ha! see…healthy food CAN be good!"

  36. ttfn300 on July 13, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    i might have to bust out the bananas tonight 🙂 it is awesome to love things good for you!

  37. Kristen on July 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    hmmm…something or someone exciting in the casa? Is Little Friend moving in!!?? He is just too cute!

  38. Errign on July 13, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Gina!

    I love Next Food Network Star. I'm thinking Melissa is going to be the winner!

  39. Jenny on July 13, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Great recipe!!!!
    I love the new bedding in the guest room! 🙂 Where did y'all find it?

  40. Peanut Butter Swirl on July 13, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    what a lovely banana recipe!! I also love eating something good for me but taste a little sinful 🙂 I just book marked the banana soft serve you made! yum

  41. MarathonVal on July 13, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Love the idea to put AM on the soft serve – however, that's technically a "miscombination" of raw categories – do you not follow these very strictly? I am having a hard time with this at dinner time, particularly!

  42. Fitnessista on July 13, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    marathonval- bananas combine as a nut/dried fruit or a starch, so you can eat a banana with almond butter and still be combining properly. however, since i ate that AFTER a flesh-based meal (without waiting 3 hours) yes, it is miscombining. during the day, i eat 100% raw and combine (for the most part) but for dinner, all bets are off 😀 i miscombine and eat cooked foods at night.

  43. AzLinda on July 14, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Congratulations Lindsay!

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