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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Check out that ooey gooey cheese. Love it!


Plus a little yogurt and salsa for dipping.


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.


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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