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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Sore as Heck

Good Morning!

I’m sore as heck from my workout yesterday. I love that feeling. My triceps feel like they are going to explode!

Yesterday was so relaxing. I spent the whole day in the kitchen cooking and baking.

I took a break for lunch around 2:30. The omelet I had  for breakfast kept me full for a really long time. Must of been the guac.

Lunch was a Big ol’ Salad

I topped romaine with tomatoes, roasted red peppers, parmesan cheese, hummus, and a bit of lemon tarragon dressing. Yum!

I also had a slice of whole wheat toast topped with PB, Cherries, Blueberries, and Dark Chocolate Chips.

After lunch, I decided to make pizza dough to put in the freezer for days when Jeff and I want pizza but I don’t have time to make the dough. The recipe I use makes enough dough for two medium sized pizzas. Yesterday, I decided to double it so we’d have enough  for four.

This is what happened:

IT’S ALIVE!!! The dough rose…a lot. Not a bad thing. Next time I double the recipe I’ll use a bigger bowl.

Anyway, after the dough grew into a huge dough boy and ate me,  I got to work making chili, as promised.

I used a recipe on Eating Well’s website for Zesty Wheat Berry-Black Bean Chili. I followed the recipe exactly. The only thing I did differently was add frozen corn to the mix.

I made cornbread to go with it-another Eating Well recipe.

Our friends, Jess and Seth, came over to do a taste test.

We garnished our bowls with shredded cheddar and sliced avocado. I would make this chili again in a heartbeat. It was hearty and delicious. The wheat berries and black beans gave it an awesome texture. It wasn’t too liquidy or tomatoey like some vegetarian chilies I’ve had. It was perfect. Definitely try this recipe. You will not be disappointed. The cornbread was awesome too- moist and crumbly.

After dinner, we walked down the road to the middle school athletic fields and played soccer for about an hour. I did more running around than actually kicking the ball but hey, it was great exercise anyway.

Dessert was a mug ‘o chocolate ice cream with whipped cream on top.

Sorry for the blurry pic. I was in a rush to devour it. I’m a whipped cream fiend!

I’m off to my internship!

Have a great Tuesday!!

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