Good Mood Monday and Zucchini Pasta Recipe

Hey hey! Happy Good Mood Monday! I really, really wanted an extra weekend day this week, so this is hard for me to be super positive right now, but I’m trying 😀

Today I’m thankful for:

  • Being able to do fun things like go to Cubs games
  • My legs that carried me through my awesome run yesterday
  • Time spent relaxing with my husband
  • Time spent chilling with my girls
  • Already getting in my workout!

My workout, by the way, was 40 minutes on the elliptical along with some bicep and back work. Felt great!:D

Now I’m enjoying a green purple monster with blueberries, mango, banana, GREEN Superfood, and water. Mmm mmm.

Yesterday continued on to be a pretty awesome day. I didn’t get everything done that I wanted to (hello, dirty floors!) but I had a fun time procrastinating.

I made some black bean burgers for Shane and I for lunch around 2:00 after doing some laundry I made them like the last time, but omitted the corn meal and doubled the flour. I also added hot sauce, soy sauce, onion, and green bell pepper to the mixture.

They turned out even better this time around! On top was some guac, ketchup, mustard, tomatoe, and pickle.

mmmmm!

After some more laundry and being shamelessly lazy, I rolled out my yoga mat to do some yoga from On Demand. As soon as I set my mat out, Clarabelle came over and did her best cat stretch! I SO wish I had my camera in hand.

It was great to roll around the floor with the pets do some yoga again. However, Niko and Clarabelle wanted to get in on the action too. At least one of them was on the mat the entire time I was practicing. No joke. It was still fun though 😀

Dinner was a new recipe I conjoled together. I’m not sure what to call it yet, but we’ll start out with shrimp and baby bello squash pasta.

I just sauteed some frozen shrimp, asparagus, portobello mushrooms, tomatoe, and spinach in a pan with some garlic and EVOO. Next, I peeled half of a summer squash and half of a zucchini for my “pasta.” At this point, I was wishing I would have told Shane to order me some pizza when he ordered his. I wasn’t too sure how it’d go, but I continued on.

Finally, I added some salt and pepper and tomatoe sauce, and heated everything up in the pan.

After adding a little parmesan cheese, I had myself a damn good meal!! I couldn’t believe how well the zucchini and squash substituted as pasta. I will definitely be making this one again.

On the side, I had some of this:

With a little of that on top:

It tasted…OK. I’m not sure if the hemp bread is an acquired taste or what, but it’s very different. I’ll eat it again, but it’s not my favorite. I was surprised too, because I like Ezekiel bread so much. The sunflower butter was kinda “meh” too. Maybe I just need to try another brand, or just give it another chance.

My favorite nut butter by far is plain old (MaraNatha) raw almond butter. What’s your favorite nutt butter?

Also – I survived the night without dessert!! It was pretty hard, especially around 9:00, when I remembered I had Annie’s Bunny Grahams in the cabinet, but I prevailed 😀 Only 6 more days of hell to go!

What are YOU thankful for today? What’s one thing you’re looking forward to today?

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Beginner Black Bean Burgers

Good morning! Is this week taking for-ev-er for anyone else? It really seems like today should be Friday… oh well, keep hammering away at it!: )

Well, I got another SUCCESS! out of dinner last night. I was very, very hesitant about trying this one out. I was confident that I’d like it, however, Shane was another story. But low and behold, he thought itwas awesome!! Maybe Shane will turn into a flexitarian too 😉 LOL. I guess he has little choice since I usually cook dinner, hehe…nahh I’d be flexible and accommodate for him. 😀

Anyway, the best part about this meal is that it was cake! Well, it was actually black bean burgers, but they were as easy as cake 😉

I opened a can of organic black, dumped them in the food processor, and processed for about 5-10 seconds – just to slightly mash them up.

Next, I added 6 T. of whole wheat flour (I probably should have measured in cups, but I was a little scurred of adding too much,) and 5 T of corn meal.

I’ll have to say, next time I’ll substitute the corn meal for whole wheat bread crumbs. Hubski and I both agreed this would make them even better.

Then, I added cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and a wee bit of hot salt, and stirred it all together.

The mixture should be firm enough now to make little patties in your palms by now. If it’s not, add in another T of whole wheat flour/corn meal/bread crumbs.

Heat a skillet to medium heat and spray with cooking spray. After forming patties, (my mixture was able to make four medium sized burgers) sprinkle corn meal on each side, and toss in the pan. Grill each side for about 3 minutes. Multi-task by throwing the buns on to get some toasty buns for your burgers.


Top with cheese (if that’s your style) and place them on the toasty buns.


For a side, I made Kath’s PBJ fries, except I used almond butter, and instead of regular toast, I used Ezekial’s cinnamon raisin.


yum-topia! Shane went on and on about these. And they’re so freakin’ simple too!


They complimented my burger, which I topped with pickles, ketchup, and mustard, very nicely, if I do say so myself.

You all should try these things if you haven’t already! I also loved how this meal: A. is pretty darn cheap, B. is completely practical. I had all the ingredients in my pantry as staples, and C. didn’t leave me with that gross, lethargic, full feeling! 😀

Btw, this is my second meatless day in a row (honestly not even trying to avoid meat, here, but it’s not too shabby :))

What are some cool new meatless dishes you’ve been trying lately?

Also, Heather at Health, Happiness, Hope is having a really neat giveaway over on her blog! Make sure to check it out 🙂