My ankle is still REALLY bothering me right now. I’ve got to bite the bullet and go to the doctor, it’s just a matter of finding the time to do it. In the meantime, I am going to move my strength workout to tomorrow morning. I meant to do it this morning, but slept a little late. I’m glad I did now, my ankle has been killing me all day. I had a noticeable limp at work today for goodness sakes! I think I will replace my running workouts with short rowing workouts this week to give my ankle a break. I don’t really want to do this, but if it means participating in my 5K it’s what I’ve got to do. Even if I don’t meet my original goal, that’s OK. My goal is to finish.
I got home from work today and completely zonked out. I felt so lazy and didn’t feel to much like cooking, but then I got a brainwave. Vitamix soup. Genius.
Cheesy Sweet Potato Soup
2 yams or sweet potatoes
2 Roma tomato’s
couple of handfuls of baby carrots
150g sharp white cheddar
2 cloves of garlic
1 liter of chicken broth
Wash, pierce and cook the yams in the microwave for 5 minutes. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix when potatoes are cooked. Turn blender on at variable 5, then turn blender on to the high setting. Blend for 6 minutes or until steam rises from the lid. Makes about 6 servings.
A clean, healthy meal in less than 15 minutes with virtually no prep time. Pretty awesome, huh?
The second recipe is for that almond butter I was telling you about. You know, the one that didn’t work out with the Vitamix? Well, I actually got a reader request for it! So, here it is. FYI, this is the way I would have made it originally, not the way I made it that night.
Chocolate Coconut Almond Butter
2 cups raw almonds
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
Place nuts and coconut in the food processor and start it up. It will take a while to get it to the almond butter stage, lots of stopping and scraping the sides, so it will take anywhere from 15-20 minutes. Your patience will pay off, trust me.
When the nuts are almost at the butter stage (around 15 minutes in), melt the chocolate, oil, and vanilla in a pot over low heat. Leave a few chips formed and then add it to the nut butter in the processor, as well as that pinch of salt. Process for another 2-3 minutes and place in a clean jar.
Bon Appetite all!