A Day Of Rest

Or as restful as they get around here.

Monday was a much welcomed day off from work. I’d worked 5 days, had Friday off, then worked another 2, which coupled with my head cold had made for one tired and worn out Marianne. So I was glad for a day where I could take the opportunity to relax, sleep in, and try and shake this cold.

My late breakfast involved my continued effort to eat up the case of mangoes I purchased a little while back. It’s weird – my family all likes mangoes, but no one ever take the initiative to cut one up and enjoy it. I refuse to let them go to waste, so expect more mango lovin’ for the next few days.

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I also realized that I had been neglecting my cereal boxes for far too long, so they also made an appearance.

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I mixed together some Kashi Honey Puffed cereal with their Honey Almond Flax cereal, and topped it with half of a mango, and peanut butter.

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Almond milk brought it all together into one bowl of deliciousness.

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Since the sun had decided to grace us with its presence, I took that as a sign that I should get outside and enjoy it a bit. I went for a leisurely walk around my neighbourhood, showered, then made myself some lunch.

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I don’t know about you, but when I have a cold, one of the foods I crave is a good, brothy, noodley soup. I had been thinking chicken noodle, but we didn’t have any in the cupboard.

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I figured the next best thing would be a veggie filled miso soup, with soba noodles and tempeh.

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It’s very simple – put 1 cup of water in a pot, add veggie bouillon, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and pepper, plus your veggies of choice. I went with mushrooms, carrots, and green onion, as well as some dried wakame pieces (they really give it the authentic miso soup flavour). I also like to add tempeh instead of the usual tofu, which I simmer with the broth.

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Cook up some soba noodles, put them in a bowl. Once the broth has simmered and the veggies are cooked to you liking, add a small spoonful of miso paste, swirl it around, and pour over the noodles. Sprinkle on some green onion and sesame seeds for fun if you like.

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Such a comforting bowl. And fun to slurp up the noodles 🙂

I had a hankering for a little bit of something sweet afterwards, so I improvised with a rice cake, hazelnut butter, strawberry freezer jam, and a few chocolate chips.

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Not bad, but the rice cake was a little too salty. Perhaps if I hadn’t just had a bowl of miso soup, that wouldn’t have been an issue.

In keeping with my day of relaxation, I spent the afternoon on the lounger, playing some Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii. Until I got too frustrated, and had to quit. Plus I had to get to my volunteer shift at the manor.

After said volunteer shift, I was back at home, and making a quick dinner. I spied a couple of leftover whole wheat tortillas in the fridge, and decided quesadillas would be a great idea.

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Between the two tortillas, I spread 1/4 of an avocado, a wee bit of pork tenderloin, red onion, red pepper, and some shredded cheddar.

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Baked in the oven for 10 min or so, and they were ready to go.

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Check out that ooey gooey cheese. Love it!

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Plus a little yogurt and salsa for dipping.

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I wasn’t feeling too bad after dinner, so I made my way to the gym for some strength training. I love going to the gym later in the evening – it’s so quiet, and you can always get the equipment you want.

Once home, I settled in for some tv watching and smoothie drinking. Vega Shake & Go Vanilla Almondilla with almond milk. Delicious.

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And that, my friends, is all she wrote. For now anyways 😉

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4 Comments on “A Day Of Rest”

  1. June 8, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    such a beautiful lunch. i love all the noodles swimming around in that bowl!

    ive taken two rest days in a row now and am totally loving it. ive been able to read more and get more sun which is a plus.

    have a beautiful night girl!

  2. June 8, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    Hope you’re feeling better! I love the yogurt/salsa combo for dipping… it works when there’s no sour cream!

  3. June 8, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    Haha, your family sounds like mine–we all love cantaloupe, but no one will touch it until my mom finally cuts it up for everyone!

  4. June 9, 2010 at 6:53 am #

    GREAT bowl of soup and quesadillas! Wanna come cook for me??? 😉

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