Protein Power Bowl

There are 77 recipes and 11 smoothie, juice and tea recipes in the Oh She Glows Cookbook. It’s my go to book whenever I need inspiration and have grown tired of the same old salad every day. From breakfast to dinner and all snacks in between, all the recipes are delicious and pretty easy to make. In addition to the cook book, the Oh She Glows website is the first place I look when I have left over veggies that I don’t know what to do with. I know you are probably wondering why I would add making each and every recipe from the cook book to my bucket list when I’ve already been using it. 1 word. PRESENTATION.

It seems that no matter how many times I attempt any of the recipes in the cook book or any cook book for that matter, it always ends up looking like mush. I’m cooking for one so presentation isn’t really that important. As long as the mush tastes yummy, I don’t really consider it a fail. BUT… it would help with blogging and Instagram posts if I could just get it to look like something that would be printed in a cook book. SOOOO… this bucket list item isn’t about cooking but more like learning how to make food look as delicious as it tastes. Let’s be honest, aren’t all labours of love meant to produce great Instagram posts!

For my first attempt, I decided to start with page 175 “Protein Power Goddess Bowl.” The name alone caught my attention since I’m always looking for different ways to eat more protein but what really sealed the deal was that I happen to have all the ingredients on hand.

Once everything started cooking, I realized that it was going to be really hard for this not to result in mush.

onions & peppers                  lentils                  wheat berry

And… I have no tomatoes. So much for taking an inventory of ingredients before starting! Well it was probably not going to be as colourful as the original but I still had the taste to focus on. I wasn’t quite sure what that would be like. I’ve only ever used Tahini for hummus and can’t say it’s my most favourite flavour but when I threw everything together, the lemon-tahini combo was surprisingly enjoyable.

Did I succeed in creating an eye-catching meal? Not really.

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Original Cook Book Picture

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My Protein Power Goddess Bowl

My Protein Power Goddess Bowl

Did I succeed in making a meal with leftovers that I can’t wait to eat again? You betcha! and that’s gotta be worth something.

Instagram worthy leftover picture!

Mason jars make everything look better!

This means I’ve officially started the bucket list, 76 recipes to go and one protein power bowl down.

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My Daily Commute

About 3 weeks ago I had the brilliant idea that I was going to start biking to work. The idea was brilliant because…

1. Biking meant no longer needing to wait for the bus
Real Meaning: no more spending money on a taxi because I hate waiting for the bus

2. Great exercise to get the blood flowing
Real Meaning: no more spending money on a gym membership that I hardly use

3. Stop schlepping so much useless stuff to and from work
Real Meaning: Finally pay some of the bills that I shove in the bottom of my purse and ignore

My pros were plenty, my cons were none so 2 days after the thought struck me, I bought a bike!

Let me introduce you to Cash!

Cash

I figure if people can name cars, I can name my bike and this bad boy is going to save me some dollars this summer!

The last bike I owned had a banana seat so needless to say my first ride into work was a little wobbly. I have to admit that I was a little nervous when buses or huge trucks would pass me and it took me a few days to figure out how to change to the proper gear on big hills. My co-workers have accepted the daily look of helmet hair and I’ve accepted that safety comes first before vanity.

bike selfie

True to the saying “it’s like riding a bike” it didn’t take long to get the hang of it. I have explored some different routes and even managed to figure out how many groceries I can fit into my back pack. My reasons may have been to save money but the biggest benefit has been that I feel more energetic. I thought I would be sluggish when I got into work but turns out that I’ve turned into quite a morning person. I’ve even stopped drinking coffee. But the best part is riding a bike does not feel like exercise, it makes you feel 12 again!  Which I gotta say is actually an enjoyable way to spend my daily commute.