Good morning bloggies! Happy Thursday! Today ends my first week of grad school – yay survival!
I decided this morning that I was missing the gym a little bit too much. I knew Brantford Laurier had a gym open to students, so I decided I would check it out.
It was a little dinky/short of equipment, but I can definitely work with it (I really need to start bringing my camera with me more often. Or investing in a phone that isn’t about 4 years old. Yes, I am behind the times).
The main issue? It doesn’t open until 8 during the week, and noon on weekends. Considering that I like to workout as soon as I wake up, that could be an issue. Like this morning, I was up at 7:15 so I had to wait around for about 40 minutes before walking over.
But, it’s free for students, so I will make do for now.
I’ve been missing the upper body work lately, so I tackled a chest and bicep workout.
(playing around with graphics. I still need some practice, clearly). It definitely got the job done.
I followed this workout with a quick Tabata run outside. If you’re not familiar with the idea, Tabata is a type of high intensity interval training that is completed in 4 minutes. You push yourself as hard as possible for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, and repeat, with 8 cycles total. An intense workout in 4 minutes – you can’t beat that.
I ran at an easy pace for 10 minutes, completed my 8 Tabata intervals, then finished off with a slow, 6 minute jog. 20 minutes and covered in sweat – my type of workout.
Hello, breakfast. Protein Greek yogurt (half cup vanilla Greek yogurt with 1/2 scoop Whey Gourmet peanut butter chocolate protein powder), a sliced banana, and multigrain cheerios. Hit the spot, indeed.
I have a recipe for you so I’m going to blow through lunch.
I made rice cake open faced sandwiches – I melted some cheddar cheese on two whole grain rice cakes, added a spoonful of hummus and a slice of turkey bacon to each. A simple green salad on the side for some veggie action.
Being a student, I have to watch my spending on everything, including groceries. One of the most effective cost saving tips? Make the expensive stuff (aka: meat products) last. I will usually take 2 or 3 servings of meat and try to create a meal large enough for 6 or so.
What does this mean? A lot of casseroles and pasta (I would be terrible at Paleo). I had two pork chops in the fridge, so I decided to create a meal that would feed Eric and I for a few days.
Black Bean and Pork Stovetop Casserole
(makes approximately 6 servings)
- 6 servings cooked brown rice (read bag for cooking instructions)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 large bell pepper, diced
- 2 pork tenderloins, chopped
- 1 can no sodium added diced tomatoes
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 tsp chili powder*
- 2 tbsp cilantro*
- 1-2 handfuls spinach, chopped
- 2 ounces cheddar or other flavourful cheese, cut into pieces*
1. Sauté onion and bell pepper in olive oil until soft.
2. Add chopped pork, a dash of salt and pepper and chili powder. Cook until pork is browned.
3. Add cilantro, canned tomatoes and beans. Cook on medium-low for approximately 10 minutes, or until liquid reduces by about half.
Whoever invented this little thing is brilliant. I love cilantro but I can never go through an entire bundle from the grocery store (why don’t they sell it in small amounts, anyways? Does anybody actually use that big bundle before it goes bad)?
4. Add cooked rice and mix into liquid. Continue to cook until most of the liquid has soaked up, about 10 minutes.
5. Add chopped spinach for colour and extra veggies. Add cheese and melt into casserole.
6. Stir until cheese melts and spinach wilts. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Simple, delicious and cost effective – you just can’t lose.
Believe me, there were definitely seconds of that bowl.
Dinner was consumed while watching The Wire – has anyone else seen that show? It’s Eric’s favourite of all time and I’d never seen it, so we’re watching it now. So far, I like it! Very appropriate considering what I’m currently in school for.
Have a lovely Thursday!
<— Ever seen The Wire? What did you think? It’s HBO, so I know I’ll end up loving it.
<— What sort of meals do you make when you’re in penny-pinching mode?
*approximations – I never really measure seasonings when I cook.