Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday back to the gym & Favas with ‘Shrooms

Back to the gym….my goodness 5am comes early in the morning. I did a little time on the elliptical, spin bike and finished with the track. Not the best calorie burn day but my knee feels okay. Dan did say I was limping a little on the track so maybe I still need to take it easy for a few weeks. Darn it! On the bright side there was no serious pain though my knee felt a bit unstable, so I shouldn’t complain. ;-) I bought an adjustable sport knee wrap Sunday night but it felt weird so I didn’t wear it. Do any of you have a knee wrap you like? If you do I would love to know the brand.

Since Sunday Dan’s voice has been a little froggy sounding. He said his throat doesn’t hurt and he doesn’t have a fever or any aches but I still wanted to get some raw garlic into him since it is anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Of course I crushed the garlic and let it sit 10 minutes before we consumed it so the allicin had time to develop. I made us some quick tomato juice in the Vitamix by combining: 32 ounces canned tomatoes (no salt), ½ raw red pepper, ½ cucumber, 2 cloves garlic, ¼ teaspoon dill, ½ teaspoon celery seed and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. Blend until smooth and serve. You can add ice to this or drink it room temperature. I think it has been flavor when it is room temperature.

Dan’s breakfast this morning was oats with wild blueberries (frozen), cinnamon, ginger, ground flaxseeds, walnuts and a little stevia.

We also had a mug of Youthberry white tea from Teavana which has become our latest obsession. If you haven’t tried it this stuff is really good. Pricey, but good!

My breakfast was the end of the miso veg soup with okara. Having soup for breakfast lately suits me well. I will need to make more soup soon so I have that option in the morning. I have come to the conclusion that I am much more a savory than sweet person though Dan likes his sugar. I need to work on cutting that back for him though he still has good fasting blood glucose so I might be getting too hyper about this. OCD, me? I bet you can’t imagine that can you? ;-)

My lunch was Indian leftover from last night without the rice.

My afternoon snack was cucumber slices which I dipped into cashew and sundried tomato dressing that I made last week.

I also had an orange and two Brazil nuts.

Since we ate the end of the cooked beans in the Indian food I knew that was on my agenda today. We hadn’t had fava beans in a while so I grabbed some of those from my pantry.

Egyptian flavored Fava Beans and Shitakes
Serves 4


1 cup dried fava beans (cook 10 minutes and peel)
6 cups water
16 ounces diced tomatoes (no salt) or 15 ounce can of low or no salt tomatoes
freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 red onion, finely diced
8 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 cup dried shitake mushrooms
2 cups water for rehydrating mushrooms
2 meyer lemons, zested and juiced (or substitute 1 lemon and ½ orange)
freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Combine the beans and water and boil for 10 minutes then let them cool enough so you can pick them up. Remove the dark outer skin and throw that away. Return the peeled beans to the pot and cook until tender.

While the beans are cooking combine the dried mushrooms and water and heat for a few minutes then allow the mushrooms to sit in the liquid for at least 30 minutes until they are tender enough to cut into thin slices (6 or 8 slices per cap).

When the beans are tender add the remaining ingredients except the lemon and cook until the veggies are tender.

When you are ready to serve, top the beans with lemon zest and juice. I served this over baked sweet potatoes for dinner with two servings leftover for lunch tomorrow.

Nutritional information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 205.41
Calories From Fat (4%) - 9.2

Total Fat - 1.1g
Saturated Fat - 0.17g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 29.19mg
Potassium - 886.36mg
Total Carbohydrates - 40.79g
Fiber - 12.91g
Sugar - 6.23g
Protein - 12.62g


This dish requires more work than most bean dishes due to peeling the beans. That step is a little tedious and time consuming but results in a very tender creamy bean so it is worth it occasionally, IMO. The flavor of this dish is mild until you add the lemon. I used meyer lemons because it was what I had in the house but regular lemons would also work but then use less since the flavor is more intense.

I had this on Tuesday for lunch and had it over white potato instead of sweet potato and used red wine vinegar in place of citrus and added parsley. Those changes were enough to make it taste like a second dish which is something I like to do with leftovers.

Dan needed the calories so I made him strawberry and banana soft serve with kale because there wasn’t any kale in breakfast. Yes we do try to eat dark leafy greens everyday for nutrition. As always I had a few spoons and gave most of the dessert to Dan.

Happy thoughts:

Monday was another good day for me. I was productive and had a good day making a dent in my to-do list. I have much to be thankful for and here are my happy thoughts today:

• I am always thankful when I can get items crossed off my to-do list. There is nothing like being productive to put a big smile on my face.

• It was great to get back to the gym and to no overdo it and harm my knee further. I feel good about learning to moderate my activity.

• We had a good food day in terms of health. Whenever we have a healthy food day I realize how fortunate we are that I have the both the time to research nutrition and make our food from scratch. I love knowing that what we eat nourishes us.

• My little fur kids were so precious today. I love them so much and I am very thankful to have them in our lives. They help to make our house a home. Who wouldn’t be smitten by a cat that gives wants to give you a bath? Our babies can be adorable.

• I am very fortunate to have many caring people in my life. How did I get so lucky? I am not sure but I am grateful to have them in my life. Thank you guys!

Signing out:

Time for me to spend time with my hubby and fur babies. I will talk to you again tomorrow with the results of pulling my pressure cooker out of storage. I tried one experiment and made a nice sweet and sour cabbage dish in the style of caponata today.

Enjoy the remainder of your evening.


  1. Ugh, 5 am always comes too early ;-) I'm so impressed that you guys are hitting the gym so early! Be careful with that knee - it might feel ok, but you might be offsetting something somehow that will end up hurting. Trust me, I know how that goes - story of my injuries. So if Dan said you're limping.... well, you know.

    Hope Dan isn't getting sick. Man do I know how that is right about now. I think almost everyone I know is sick. Take care!!!!

  2. I seriously had to do a triple take, I thought there was cheese on top of your dinner, then I realzed it was lemon zest...lol
    I am so tired...Chris and I are trying to get back into fitness it has been years since we both worked out together, I find I have better workouts with my hubby so it is nice to see another couple work out together.
    Tomorrow I am going to check out a dancing with the stars tape I am excited to see what it is all about. I am so sorry that your knee is still bithering you. That must be frustrating!
    I love fava beans so much and they aqtually have organic frozen ones at our local grocery, I might get daring and try something new!
    All your food looks delicious as always!
    Hugs, B~

  3. I'm waiting for your next post, would love to see how your pressure cooking experiments turn out!


    hip pressure cooking
    making pressure cookers hip again, one recipe at a time!

  4. I am a savory person myself, which is one reason stuff like soup or beans for brekfast works for me.

    I can't wait to read about the pressure cooker! I love my crockpot, but I'm always up for new kitchen gadgets. :-)

    Have a great day!

  5. I need knee supports and a back brace just to use the treadmill. It took some trial and error to determine which wraps/braces worked for me. I guess the wrap/brace you use determines what works for you and your activity level. Keep up the good work. I enjoy your blog!

  6. Heather,

    Honestly I am shocked that we are getting up that early to hit the gym too, LOL. We decided to skip the gym this morning because of my knee. I seem to be a bit too gung ho at the gym. ;-)

    Dan's froggy voice is coming and going but sounded good this morning. Other than the odd voice he seems fine. *fingers crossed*

    I hope both of you are starting to feel better,

  7. Brandi,

    Cheese? LOL, that is cute. No cheese just lemon zest. ;-)

    Dan and I push each other possibly a little too much. To give my knee a rest I worked out at home today. I do enjoy working out with Dan and it is nice to always have a gym buddy. ;-) Good luck getting back into working out with Chris.

    I love frozen fava beans too but don't usually buy them. Good suggestion!

    I hope Wednesday is starting out well for you,

  8. elle pee,

    Interesting site thanks for the link.


  9. Neca,

    Glad to hear I am not the only savory person. Dan thinks it is nuts to skip anything sweet. ;-)

    I like to cook seitan sausages and whole grains in the pressure cooker. I did something different yesterday and loved the veggie dish.

    I hope you are having a good Wednesday so far,

  10. Carin,

    Ouch, knee supports and a back brace don't sound good. I hope things are improving for you.

    I messed up my knee 30 years ago when I took a hard spill running cross country. It hasn't been the same since. However most of the time it is okay.

    Thanks for letting me know you like the blog. :-)


  11. I'd like to add a thankful thought for the day-it may sound funny but I'm thankful for having a passion for nutrition. It's this interest that keeps me researching, and from that, making changes in my diet. =]

  12. Jill,

    That is a great one, why didn't I think of it? LOL

    thanks, :-)


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