This Week’s BSI Ingredient IS…

I recently switched work schedules in order to accommodate my life a little better. I have always enjoyed AM workouts and with my desire to practice yoga daily, I wanted to be able to fit those things in before work. So, yesterday, I began and it felt great! I was up at 5 for a 30 minute treadmill session followed by 30 minutes of yoga. I flowed through sun salutations, a number of standing poses, balances and twists before finally settling into pigeon and then shoulder stand. I ended with a short meditation; I really don’t think there is a better way to begin the day than this! It was fabulous!

My new schedule also allows me to eat breakfast at home which I truly missed. Yesterday, I made microwave banana oats with flax seed and a PB spoon.

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After breakfast, I headed into work for what would prove to be a challenging day. Monday’s are normally pretty productive because the club is closed and the only people at work are The Pro, T and myself. And even so, it still seemed that if it could go wrong, it was. Lunch ended up being much later than I expected so I snacked on a few grapes to get me through.

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Lunch finally came around 1, this week, we chose Red Robin. The menu isn’t very pescatarian friendly is you are looking for healthy, too. I settled on a salmon sandwich on whole grain bun without any of the spicy mayo sauce.

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On the side, I had a small salad with oil and vinegar. Overall, it was a good lunch but it wouldn’t be my first choice of eating establishments.

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Things sort of settled down in the afternoon just in time for a pre-gym snack; I had greek yogurt with mixed berries.

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With my new schedule, it is more convienent for the dear husband and I to meet at the gym after work, so that is just what we did. I had to wait about 10 minutes for him so I walked on the treadmill until he arrived. Once he was there, we headed upstairs to lift weights. We both did the full STRIVE circuit and the resistance machine circuit for a full body workout. By the end, my whole body felt like jelly so I knew I got in a good workout.

Once we were home, I munched on some grapes while I prepared dinner. I didn’t photograph them because they were the leftovers of the grapes I had before lunch. For dinner, I made BBQ tempeh sandwiches with Kath’s BBQ slaw minus the pecans.

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On the side, I made skillet sweet potatoes.

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This dinner was fantastic! I ended up taking the bread off of mine because it was super messy and pretty impossible to eat without a fork. Thank goodness we weren’t on a first date 😉 For dessert, I had a Reese’s heart that we scored on clearance at Target.

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After some reading and TV, I realized I had checked my email in a long while so I went upstairs only to discover that I had won last week’s BSI contest! I was so thrilled! My entry for Orange Miso Tofu Stir Fry won the prize but I did feel a twinge of guilt since I just took my favorite parts of a couple of recipes I found online and made my own. That is how some recipes are born, I suppose. Anyway, to top off my win, she also chose me as this weeks host of the BSI contest!

After some thought, I decided that I wanted this week’s ingredient to be kale!  This is for selfish purposes, of course, since kale is my favorite green! It is also versatile, accessible and of course, veg*n friendly. Here is what The World’s Healthiest Foods has to say:

Kale is a leafy green vegetable that belongs to the Brassicafamily, a group of vegetables including cabbage, collards and Brussels sprouts that have gained recent widespread attention due to their health-promoting, sulfur-containing phytonutrients. There are several varieties of kale known commonly as curly kale, ornamental kale and dinosaur kale, all of which differ in taste, texture and appearance. The scientific name for kale is Brassica oleracea.

Curly kale has ruffled leaves and a fibrous stalk and is usually deep green in color. It has a lively pungent flavor with delicious bitter peppery qualities.

Ornamental kale is a more recently cultivated species that is oftentimes referred to as salad savoy. Its leaves may either be green, white or purple and its stalks coalesce to form a loosely knit head. Ornamental kale has a more mellow flavor and tender texture.

Dinosaur kale is the common name for the kale variety known as Lacinato. It features dark blue-green leaves that have an embossed texture. It has a slightly sweeter and more delicate taste than curly kale.

Pretty good stats, I’d say! You can enter two ways:

  • Email the photo and recipe to whatiateyesterday [at] gmail.com
  • or email me the link to the recipe in your blog.

I will update this page with the links/recipes as I get them. The deadline to enter is midnight, Sunday February 22nd! The prize will be a pair of handmade earrings in your choice of colors using glass beads and/or semi precious stones and sterling silver, you can see a few examples of my work on my Beading Page.

And don’t forget, today is the last day to enter my Country Bob’s Giveaway, comment and link back before midnight tonight for your chance to win some of this fabulous sauce and a secret prize!

The following are entries for BSI: Kale!

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32 Responses

  1. Congratulations on winning!!

    Hooray for kale!! 😀

  2. Great BSI pick!!!

  3. Great choice on Kale – that’s going to force me to really be creative and cook with something exciting and different 🙂

  4. yay kale, and awesome prize!! i need to start thinking!

    and congrats on winning! your recipe looks so good, and it’s something different, too! the best kitchen creations are the ones that combine a little bit from here, a little bit from there, etc.

    mmm, that spoonful of pb in your oats yesterday is making my mouth water!

  5. Congrats on the award! Well deserved.

    Love your pick for the next ingredient!

  6. Kale? This is an EASY one! I will work on it this weekend. Thee has been some Kale at the Farmers Market that I am dying to pick up and try something with. 🙂

  7. Congrats!! The oats look wonderful!

  8. Congrats on winning!

    You have me intrigued with the BSI contest — I’ve never entered one nor have I ever cooked kale. Maybe if I get a chance this weekend . . .

    Sounds like you had a fantastic fitness day yesterday — cardio and yoga in the morning and then strength in the evening! Go Beadie! 😀

  9. Congrats on the win and yay for morning yoga! SO good. And breakfast looks delish too!!!

    Ohh Kale…never had it!

  10. I’ve never used/eaten kale. This could be the week!

  11. Ohhhh, I adore kale! Great idea.

  12. I can’t wait to see all the kale recipes. I’ve tried kale once, but it still hasn’t totally won me over!

  13. Congratulations to you!! The pictures you posted of your winning recipe looked droolworthy!

  14. congrats on the BSI winnings!

    Hmmm….now do I use the dinner I made last night or come up with something else with kale this week? 🙂

    Decisions, decisions…

  15. holy moly! these eats look DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!
    Seriously Beadie, your food looks so organized, neat, yummy and just damn good!!!!
    a reece’s after dinner. what a perfect treat! And I am envious of your AM workout schedule-you go girl! Your motivation and self awareness is inspiring. You rock!!!

  16. Congratulations! Your recipe sounds fantastic! Maybe I should start to play around with kale…

    Those skillet sweet potatoes also look fantastic! Yum!

  17. Great choice! I’m not a huge kale fan, but I want to be, so I’m gonna try and come up with something good!
    Congratulations on your win!

  18. Congratulations on your win!!! It is definitely well-deserved. You are such a great creator of dishes I come to your site for inspiration! 🙂 But…kale isn’t really up my alley. Have NO idea how to “treat” it…? hahah

  19. P.s. Without your permission, I totally just added you to my blogroll. 😛 Your blog is just too awesome!!

    luckytastebuds.wordpress.com

  20. Great pick!!! KALE!!!

  21. I think I’m getting kale this week as part of my CSA bounty. Now the question is…how to prepare it so it stands out from the crowd? Putting on my thinking cap now 😉

  22. YAY KALE! I’ve NEVER cooked with it, so why not start now?!

  23. Woah, your sweet p’s look kick ass!

  24. LOVE your breakfast 🙂

  25. great job winning and yay for kale (since i’ve never had it!!!)!

  26. Yumadocious! What a day you had! It sounds awesome girl! I love that you wove fitness throughout. Kale is an excellent choice. I’ve only had it baked or in soup but either way I LOVE IT SO MUCH! I can’t wait to get some new recipes from the ladies! 🙂 Much love!

  27. LOVE kale! Hopefully I’ll have a chance to enter this week, I’d love a pair of your earrings! 🙂

  28. […] Beadie revealed this week’s BSI contest, I figured that there was no time like the present to attempt to recreate this soup with a […]

  29. just posted! thanks for hosting 🙂 i love kale!
    fitforfree.wordpress.com

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