My bike rack:
Me attempting to hit a racquetball ball:
Suzanne, Cville native, UVA alum, exercise buddy, and stalker, took me to my first racquetball game! Luckily she had the gear (and the skills) to give me a good first lesson at my gym. I really liked playing a LOT. SO.MUCH better than tennis (where an amateur like me spends more time chasing balls than hitting them). I think I had a pretty good first game, although Suzanne totally killed me in points. She knows all the sneaky tricks to catch an opponent off guard!
Here she is smashing one to me. I am obviously not prepared because I’m hovering on one side of the court. I’m sure the ball went towards the other wall!
And here I am wondering why the ball does not want to hit my racquet! Still, a blast.
Thanks to Elizabeth, who was next in line for our court and has a blog!, for taking the photos and sharing some info about the Cville blogging community with me!
After our game we went upstairs to lift some weights together, which was really fun and so much less boring then when I lift alone.
Pablo, the super awesome owner of GH Warrenton, also sent her home with a Big Kahuna Bar when she dropped a KERF bomb : )
AND some swirl bread!! THANKS PABLO!!
We have some pile of carbs ready for Thanksgiving! Two loaves of bread from Great Harvest Fayetteville (which Karen brought us) plus Warrenton’s gifts and Matt cracks and his delicious looking cheesy rolls!
When I returned from the gym, we assembled the “peanut noodles” on the menu.
A HUGE success!
I asked Matt what he wanted to put on the meal plan this week and he said, “Some kind of fun noodles.” We usually get whole wheat just because they are less expensive, but this week we spent more on soba noodles, which we both love and agreed are worth a few more every now and then.
More info on soba noodles here, which are a Japanese noodle made from buckwheat. In my opinion, they are very similar to whole wheat spaghetti.
Dish veggies: broc, pepper, collard greens. They were sauteed in a big pot with a little olive oil until tender and drizzled with soy sauce.
The SAUCE!!!! It was so good!!!!!
I shook together in a jar approximately:
- 2 tbsp sunflower butter (or peanut butter if you want – use something drippy)
- 1.5 tbsp soy sauce
- 1.5 tbsp warm water
- 1 tsp Garlic Gold crunchies
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp molasses
There was 1/3 a block of tempeh involved, too, plus roasted peanuts for garnish.
Nutty Soba Noodles
- 1/2 box soba noodles
- Bunch collard greens or bok choy or kale, trimmed and washed
- 1 crown broccoli
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1/3 block tempeh or tofu
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ~1 tbsp soy sauce for veggies
- 2 tbsp peanuts for garnish
- Red pepper flakes to taste
- Sunflower Butter Sauce (see above)
- Cook sobas according to package.
- Heat a large pot and add olive oil to heat.
- Add veggies and tempeh and sauté until tender. Drizzle with soy sauce.
- Add noodles and saute to a bowl and drizzle with sauce. Garnish with peanuts and red pepper flakes.
This dish was so flavorful and voluminous. LOVED the sunflower butter as a sauce!! Peanut butter would have been good, but the slightly sweet sunflowers really made the dish.
How ’bout a little Big Kahuna Bar for dessert!? This this is MASSIVE and also the most delicious butterscotch coconut cookie bar I have EVER had. Matt proceeded to tell me that it’s also 1600 calories. Not sure I believe that. Ignorance is bliss!
However I did manage keep my portion to a sliver with the looming holiday. Savored every crumb.