Hello March

HI! Happy Wednesday!

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March is one of my favorite months of the year, and it’s not only because my birthday is on the 21st.  March means SPRING IS ALMOST HERE. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter but I’m SO ready for go-outside-without- a-coat weather, aren’t you?

Rosey Rebecca

Speaking of nice weather,  it was absolutely beautiful in Asheville this past weekend and I got to do a few of my favorite things: eat, shop and meet a fellow blogger!

Saturday morning started with a quick trip to the Asheville City Market

ACM rack fro 3-14

This was my first time checking it out and I definitely plan to go back.

Asheville City Market

The market is year-round and moves indoors January through March.  It hosts vendors from a wide variety of local farms and businesses.  There’s also live music!

Asheville City Market

I really adore the Asheville community and its huge focus on supporting local businesses.

My original plan was to get to there around 10 and take my time walking around and talking to the vendors. Unfortunately, I am the biggest procrastinator in the history of procrastinators and didn’t get there until 20 minutes before they closed.  oops.  Since I had plans to be out for the whole day I decided not to take advantage of all the beautiful produce, eggs and dairy.  Instead  I just  grabbed a bag of coffee beans from Biltmore Coffee Traders, a bar of awesome-smelling soap, and a micro-fiber cleaning cloth from Shecology, a local business that specializes in chemical-free, environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.  

Shecology at Asheville City Market

I know, I’m a pro at buying the most random collection of things.

After I sprinted through the market like a crazy person, I headed over to Rosetta’s Kitchen and Buchi Bar to meet this pretty lady for lunch.

Stepfanie, The Flexible Kitchen

Last week Stepfanie from The Flexible Kitchen blog reached out to me on Twitter to say that she remembered me from when I blogged in Albany and that she lived in Asheville too. We immediately made plans to hang out.  She recommended Rosetta’s for lunch and I agreed right away because I’d been dying to go there since we moved to Asheville in September.

The Buchi Bar at Rosetta's Kitchen, Asheville, NC

Rosetta’s is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in downtown Asheville with an attached Kombucha bar called The Buchi Bar.  You have the option to sit in the upstairs dining room, where you can order at the counter, but we opted to sit in the much quieter, full service Buchi Bar downstairs.

I was beside myself with excitement looking at the menu. I’ve been a vegetarian for six years and I still  get excited when I realize I can order  ANYTHING off a restaurant menu.  On top of that, I had never tried kombucha on tap before so I decided to go all out and order a flight of all the different flavors.

Kombucha flight, Rosettas Kitchen Buchi Bar, Asheville, NC

I can’t even tell you what all these flavors were, but I loved all of them. My favorite was this really awesome pineapple turmeric concoction.  I could drink it every day for the rest of my life.  Thankfully, I can actually drink Rosetta’s kombucha every day without actually going to the buchi bar because they sell it bottled at a lot of places around Asheville!

For lunch I ordered the Grilled Portabella Plate.

Portobella Mushroom Plate at Rosetta's Kitchen, Asheville, NCAn entire portabella mushroom cap marinated, grilled, served with sautéed kale and smashed potatoes with vegan gravy. Topped with grilled red onions.

Oh my, this was delicious! And those smashed potatoes and gravy… I’m eating those every day with my pineapple turmeric kombucha. You can’t stop me.

I really loved Rosetta’s Kitchen and hanging out with Stepfanie. We had so much to talk about and we already have plans to hang out again. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: I love blogger meet-ups.

After Stepfanie and I parted ways I headed over to High Five Coffee for this beautiful vanilla latte:

Vanilla Latte from High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

Easily one of the most delicious lattes I’ve had in Asheville so far.  I started to get hungry after spending a few hours at High Five and decided to grab dinner at Green Sage Café. I’d been meaning to try their Colossal Falafel Burger for a while and I’m so happy I finally did.

Veggie Burger from Green Sage Cafe, Asheville, NCCrispy Spinach Chickpea Veggie Burger, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Pickle and vegan chimichurri mayo

So good!  I spent the rest of the night grocery shopping and watching Fuller House on Netflix.  Have you watched it?  What do you think?

Sunday was pretty uneventful.  It was another beautiful day in Asheville and I took advantage of it by hanging out on the balcony with Aslan for most of the day.  Speaking of Aslan, she had her teeth cleaned at the vet on Monday and is  pretty hilariously hopped up on extended-release morphine right now.  Poor kitty.

Aslan

Full disclosure: this is not a pic from after her teeth cleaning- she’s too busy rolling around on the floor and bashing her head into things for that.  Yes, that’s a catnip cigar. She loves it.

On Friday I plan to talk about what my workouts have looked like lately and how they’ve changed post hip surgery.

What was your weekend like? Do you like kombucha? Fuller House? Fill me in!

Have a great Wednesday! <3

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Productivity + Black Bean & Wheat Berry Chili

Let me introduce you to the best omelet I’ve ever made in my life:

Best omelet ever

This omelet was the result of being ravenous after a sweaty, hour-long Shape workout yesterday morning. It was so good that I had to talk about it on my facebook page immediately after eating it:

Best omelet ever: 2 eggs, sliced grape tomatoes, feta, 1/4 an avocado mixed with garlic powder, onion, tomato, and lime juice. Yum! Make it!

And that’s all there really is to say about it. Just make it. I promise you won’t be disappointed. (Unless you hate eggs, avocado, feta, or tomato. In which case, you will be disappointed. So, don’t make it)

Along with my omelet, I tried Kombucha for the first time.

Kombucha

Pretty delicious, if you ask me. I know some people think it tastes disgusting. That’s precisely what inspired me to try one. I’m adventurous. What can I say? 

All together now:

Breakfast Breakfast of champions.

I had a very productive day yesterday. I woke up early, motivated to get things done. I love that feeling. After working out, writing a blog post, and eating breakfast, I spent an hour and a half reading half of one of the resume books I got from the library on Saturday. I’m a pretty slow reader, so that’s quite the accomplishment.

I took a short break at around 1 to make a lunch of champions. I had a theme going on.

Side of Salad

A big ol’ salad was calling my name. It contained:

  • Spring mix
  • 1/2 of an apple, chopped
  • 4 baby carrots, chopped
  • 5 grape tomatoes, sliced
  • Raw shelled sunflower seeds
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Chopped Walnuts
  • Feta
  • Annie’s Raspberry Vinaigrette

It was beautiful.

Salad

After eating lunch, and reading some more, I cleaned up the apartment a bit.

Then, it was time to make this:

Pot of Chili

Black Bean and Wheat Berry Chili

I made this chili once before, and it was a hit. I knew it would be the perfect dinner for a cold night.

Tomato-Bean Line up

Please ignore the drying dishes in the background. 🙂

One thing you need to know about this recipe is that it takes a lot of prep. If I were smart, I would have made the wheat berries yesterday morning. But I wasn’t. Wheat berries take about an hour to cook, so make sure to keep that in mind before making this chili.

Pot of Chili (2)

Another thing I must tell you about this chili is that it makes A LOT. This is a great recipe to make on a weekend, and then eat all week (which is what we plan to do. Jeff took some for lunch today).

I followed the recipe almost exactly, except that I poured in half a bag of frozen corn when I added the wheat berries, and I left out the cilantro (I hate cilantro).

Check out this picture Jeff took of me mixing the chili in my baggy sweats:

Mixing

A few things:

  • There’s absolutely no reason to include this picture in this post. 
  • My hair is crazy.
  • That round, blue glow to the left of my head is definitely an alien. You think I’m kidding.

Anyway:

Bowl of Chili

I garnished our bowls of chili with sliced avocado, like the recipe told me to. It’s that easy. I’d eat avocado on anything.

I used another Eating Well recipe to make cornbread to go with the chili.

Cornbread

Not the best shot. After snapping this photo, I promptly shoved the piece of cornbread into my bowl of chili.

Bowl of Chili 2

Now that’s a better picture. 🙂

I love this chili because it has so much flavor, and the texture is awesome. Wheat berries are nutty and chewy once cooked. It’s a great vegetarian chili because one serving has 14 grams of protein. It’s also very filling, so you don’t need a lot of it to feel satisfied.

Here are the nutrition facts from Eating Well’s Website:

Nutrition

Per serving: 386 calories; 11 g fat (1 g sat, 7 g mono); 61 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein; 15 g fiber; 703 mg sodium; 311 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (130% daily value), Fiber (72% dv), Folate (48% dv), Iron & Vitamin A (25% dv).

Can’t wait to devour some leftovers for lunch today!

What’s your favorite cold-weather recipe?

Have you tried Kombucha?  Thoughts?

Have a great Monday! <3

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