Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Instead of the gym...

I just COULD NOT BEAR the thought of going to the gym and getting on the treadmill today.  I've been fighting some sort of mini-obnoxious-cold-thing all week and, finally, today I just felt completely worn out.  (It doesn't help that Jeremy and I have been staying up until midnight for the last three nights watching two one-hour episodes per night of the last season of Big Love.  Totally obsessed with this show.)  I was already talking myself out of going to the gym before I even left the house this morning, which is highly unusual.  I usually really look forward to my time at the gym.  But I just wasn't feelin' it.  I still packed my gym bag in case I changed my mind.  As my day at work went on, I felt more and more 'blah'.  So, I gave myself permission to skip the gym.  There was definitely a little bit of an internal struggle, since my running opportunities are relatively limited.  But, instead of the gym I:

  • went to Old Navy and bought my daughter some new clothes.  I can barely keep her in jeans these days!!
  • went to Starbucks and got myself a grande iced latte with 2 Equals (this is the only time I will ingest artificial sweeteners, as I think they are practically poison, but the Equal just disolves so well in the cold coffee and gives it the perfect sweetness.)  And--if you were wondering--no, I do not get my latte made with skim milk.  It's 2% all the way, baby.  We drink 1% at home but, good grief, I only go to Starbucks like 3 times a year, so what the hell.
  • went to Walmart to pick up a few groceries.  Yes, we have one of those Walmarts that has a full grocery store.  I used to be real snobby about Walmart and avoid it like the plague.  Then I realized that they sell the big Stoneyfield Farms Organic yogurt for about $2 less than our regular grocery store.  That's all it took.  I'm easy.
And, that was it.  Then it was time to go pick up my son from preschool.  As I was driving there, I was kind of wishing that I was all sweaty and worked-out like I usually am when I go to pick him up.  It felt weird not to have gone running.  It's become quite the habit.  My friend even noticed that I was in the same clothes she'd seen me in this morning instead of my running clothes like usual.  Well, there's always Friday morning...

Tonight I made a really good Beef-Broccoli Stir-Fry.  Everybody loved it, so in my books that's a big success.  It was in the most recent issue of Cooking Light (have I ever mentioned how much I love that magazine?).  So, you could probably go to their website and look the recipe up, but I'll save you the trouble and give it to you right now.

Beef-Broccoli Stir-Fry

3 cups hot cooked white rice (or it would also be great with brown rice--I have a great recipe for that too)
2 tablespoons dry sherry, divided
2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce (I used regular.  For shame.), divided
1 teaspoon sugar
1 pound boneless sirloin steak, cut diagonally across grain into thin slices (great tip: put steak in the freezer for approx. 15 minutes before slicing--makes it a lot easier to slice evenly)
1/2 cup lower-sodium beef broth (again, I used regular.  again, for shame.)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon Sriracha (hot chile sauce)  *LOVE THIS STUFF!*
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 tablespoon bottled ground fresh ginger (I just keep a knob of fresh ginger in the freezer and take it out to grate or chop up when needed.  It stays forever in the freezer.)
2 teaspoons minced garlic (I couldn't live without a garlic press)
4 cups broccoli florets
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup sliced green onions

1. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon sherry, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, sugar.  Add sliced beef and stir to coat.  Set aside.
2. In another bowl, combine 1 tablespoon sherry, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, beef broth, cornstarch, hoisin, and Sriracha.
3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add beef mixture; saute 3 minutes or until browned.  Remove beef and all juices from pan.  Set aside.
4. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan.  Add ginger and garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly.  Add broccoli and 1/4 cup of water; cook 1 minute.  Add onions; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Add broth mixture and beef mixture; cook 2 minutes or until beef is thoroughly heated and sauce is slightly thick.  Serve over rice.

We at it ALL.  NO leftovers.  It was really good.  And, for some reason, I find Chinese food the most difficult to reproduce at home.  But this had just the right mixture of flavors and little bit of spicyness from the Sriracha.  Sorry--no photos.  Our camera battery is dead and just sitting next to the camera on our counter waiting to be charged.  But the broccoli stayed a beautiful bright green and was perfectly cooked, if I do say so myself.

Last night we tried another Cooking Light recipe: Chicken Souvlaki Pitas with Tahini Sauce.  It was equally awesome.  But, seeing that I was too tired to go to the gym today, I should get off of this computer and get my butt to bed.

I'm feeling too lazy to come up with any good questions tonight...


  1. Sometimes you just need a day off. It's ok. Now you will be refreshed and ready to go!

  2. ahhh sometimes a day off is great :) ewww that stir fry looks YUMMY!!!

  3. I used to be the same way with Winco and then I realized I was paying $2 -$3 more on MANY items at my convenient Safeway, so now we save $100s per month by shopping at Winco and bagging our own groceries. The kids LOVE that part, so it all works out :D

  4. looks like you were very worries, you will hit the gym friday. that recipe sounds delicious. i love it when i cook something and it is completely gone

  5. As the friend who noticed your street clothes, note that I am a big believer on treating yourself every once in a while. Instead of your sweetened iced coffee, however, I got a chocolate peanut butter brownie from Fig Tree. I only ate 1/3 of it though. Does that help?

  6. that looks yummy! walmart is just too good of a deal... and i LOVE big love! :)

    skipping the gym some days is needed just as much as going is!

  7. My coworker always talks about Big Love! I think I might have to add that to my netflix queue!

    Gym vs. Starbucks...ha! I'm fortunate! We don't have an Old Navy, Starbucks, OR Walmart to tempt me. If I want to skip the gym my options are limited to shopping at Ace Hardware for lightbulbs and hockey tape or Gas station coffee... This actually makes the gym sound pretty enticing.....although Ace DOES hand out mini bags of free popcorn to munch on while you shop:)

    Hope you have a great weekend:)