Food and Exercise Log | Monday, July 27, 2009
Bircher Muesli with Pecans and Fresh Apricots
It’s been a while since I enjoyed my old friend, Bircher Muesli. It was good to be back, and this time with a twist – apricots and pecans, a new addition. I liked it!
Trip to Cirencester – ~14 miles
The fridge was looking pretty bare, but our car is in the shop and our next organic box doesn’t arrive until Tuesday. The nearest supermarket is almost 7 miles away in Cirencester, so I decided to take the opportunity to explore the country roads near our place. I was happy to find that the journey is overall extremely pleasant, following farms and fields for the most part. There is some traffic, but drivers were overall very polite and gave me plenty of room while passing. I’ll definitely be doing this again, whether the car is fixed or not, and now I’m thinking about other cycling possibilities in the area.
Grilled Veggie Sandwich with Cabbage Salad
The sandwich: grilled onions, red peppers and a portobello mushroom with tomato, avocado, salt, pepper, sprouts and pesto.
The salad: Cabbage Salad with a simple cider vinaigrette, spring onions and toasted almonds
Not shown: A couple sneaky potatoes that I snacked on while cooking (I was famished after the bike ride).
Grilled Veggie Sandwich: Round 2
Brown Lentils and Potatoes with Spinach and Strawberry Salad
I love simple meals like these. And the salad is a special kind of awesome – super easy too. I’ve made a few of these now, adapting this recipe from allrecipes.com. Sometimes I use toasted almonds in place (or in addition to) the toasted sesame seeds. Raspberries also work well in here.
Spinach and Strawberry Salad
1 bunch spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
330 g sliced strawberries
60 ml vegetable oil
30 ml white wine vinegar
50 g white sugar
0.3 g paprika
9 g sesame seeds, toasted
4 g poppy seeds
In a large bowl, toss together the spinach and strawberries.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, sugar, paprika, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds. Pour over the spinach and strawberries, and toss to coat.