• Cashew Cheese Rice Burrito with Feta, Olives & Sundried Tomatoes

    April 9, 2014

    Yesterday morning, I woke up to gray skies and pouring rain (and a warm, cuddly pug), so I did not want to get out of bed, but I had a lot to do. Carpe diem! Plus, Mal and I are sharing a car while mine is being fixed, so I had to drop him off at school bright and early.

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    Breakfast

    When I returned home from dropping off Mal, breakfast was waiting for me… well, sort of. I had a big batch of Spa Day Bircher Muesli (from The Oh She Glows Cookbook) all made in the fridge, so I just whipped up a quick almond milk latte to go with it. Breakfast done. FYI: My version of the Spa Day Bircher Muesli was rolled oats mixed with yogurt, apples, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries. Delicious!

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    After breakfast, I did some work with a very tired pug on my lap. Apparently, the rainy weather and a busy weekend did him in.

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    Workout

    After a couple of hours of work, I headed to CrossFit for the 9:00 AM class. On the agenda was a longer WOD called the “Kentucky Derby.”

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    Kentucky Derby

    400m Sprint
    15 Toes to Bar
    30 Double Unders
    Rest 1:00
    400m Sprint
    15 Toes to Bar
    40 Double Unders
    Rest 1:00
    400m Sprint
    15 Toes to Bar
    50 Double Unders
    Rest 1:00
    400m Sprint
    15 Toes to Bar
    60 Double Unders

    It was still raining outside, so our coach gave us the option of rowing inside instead of running, so I opted for that. I’m still running at 32 weeks, but, man, I’m slow. Haha! And I’m not running very far when I do. With the cold winter weather and the CrossFit Open, we actually haven’t had a ton of running workouts at 781 lately, but when we do, I’ll run some 200s or 400s… maybe an 800, but anything longer than that, and I’ll typically opt for rowing instead. Running is just so exhausting, and I’m starting to feel some pressure in my hips from all of the extra weight my body is carrying. Anyway, here’s the “preg” workout that I did yesterday:

    “Kentucky Derby (with pregnancy modifications)”

    500 meter row
    15 Kipping Knee Raises
    30 Double Unders
    Rest 1:00
    500 meter row
    15 Kipping Knee Raises
    40 Double Unders
    Rest 1:00
    500 meter row
    15 Kipping Knee Raises
    50 Double Unders
    Rest 1:00
    500 meter row
    15 Kipping Knee Raises
    60 Double Unders

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    Lunch

    After CrossFit, I ran some errands and then came home for lunch, which was a new favorite that I’ve been obsessing over for the past 24 hours. I made an incredible Cashew Cheese Rice Burrito with Feta, Olives & Sundried Tomatoes, which was inspired by a recipe for a Broccoli & Cashew Cheese Quinoa Burrito from The Oh She Glows Cookbook. Oh my gosh, it was so delicious—and so easy to make. I cooked the brown rice and whipped up the Cashew Cheese Sauce ahead of time, so all I had to do was buy tortillas and goodies for the inside, which I snagged from the antipasto bar at Whole Foods (feta, olives, and sundried tomatoes).

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    And when I was ready to make the burrito, I just nuked some broccoli florets in the microwave and then added them to the ingredients from the antipasto bar. Easy, nutritious, and delicious. Booya!

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    Cashew Cheese Sauce

    • 3/4 cup (175 mL) raw cashews
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1/2 cup (125mL) unsweetened, unflavored almond milk
    • 1/4 cup (60 mL) nutritional yeast
    • 1.5 teaspoons (7mL) Dijon mustard
    • 1 teaspoon (5mL) white wine vinegar or lemon juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon (1mL) onion powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon (2mL) fine-grain sea salt

    To make the Cashew Cheese Sauce: Place cashews in a bowl and add enough water to cover. Soak the cashews for at least 3 to 4 hours, preferably longer if you have time. Drain and rinse the cashews.

    In a food processor or blender, combine the soaked cashews, garlic, almond milk, nutritional yeast, mustard, vinegar, onion powder, and salt and process until smooth. The sauce should be very thick.

    Serves 4

    Reprinted by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © GLO BAKERY CORPORATION, 2014.

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    And, of course, you can always play around with the ingredients inside this burrito. As long as you have a filler, like brown rice or quinoa, and the Cashew Cheese Sauce, you’ll be a happy camper!

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    Snack

    Mid-afternoon, I snacked on a leftover Oreo cupcake from my baby shower as well as a toasted waffle with peanut butter and marmalade spread on top, but I totally forgot to snap a picture of it.

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    Late in the afternoon, I took Murphy for his afternoon walk while listening to the most recent episode of Balanced Bites. Mal texted me about 20 minutes later to come pick him up from school, so the pug and I cut our walk a little short.

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    After picking up Mal, my plan for the rest of the evening was to start organizing the nursery and all of the presents we received, but as soon as I started, I realized we really needed the dresser and tall corner shelf to start putting things away, so I quit. Haha! Mal and I are planning to go to IKEA tonight to buy the final few things we need for the nursery. It is coming together… slowly, but surely!

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    Dinner

    Not surprisingly, I ate another Cashew Cheese Rice Burrito with Feta, Olives & Sundried Tomatoes for dinner because I’m in love with them. Oh, so good!

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    Questions of the Day

    Would you rather…

    Run or row?

    Eat a burrito or taco… or quesadilla?

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    Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit April 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I always feel like cashew cheese would take forever, but that recipe actually looks doable – I want to try it! Definitely quesadilla!

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    Brynn April 9, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Run and a burrito! I adore wet burritos. There is a mexican restaurant in my hometown with the best wet burritos with red sauce and cheese on top. It is my favorite indulgence when I go home!

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    Kristen April 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I love that you’re making some recipes from the Oh She Glows cookbook! Although I’m not even vegetarian, and I love ALL her recipes. Her green monsters are what started my path to clean eating 3 years ago. I bought the cookbook and am so excited to try some of her new creations.

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    Maryea {happy healthy mama} April 10, 2014 at 7:28 am

    I can’t pick between a taco, burrito, and quesadilla–I love all 3! That cashew cheese sauce looks fabulous.

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life April 10, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Sleepy pug faces are the best! My pug will do anything to sleep and cuddle and he gets really upset when there’s no lap to sleep on. I haven’t tried either of those recipes from the OSG book but I want to! I made the taco salad and the green tea with citrus (<– that was an amazing beverage to have while I've been sick!)

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    Karen - Fit in France April 11, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Run ! I do not like rowing. I must lack coordination or something, I can never get the hang of it.

    I love anything Mexican, so all three !

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    Erika April 12, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Ahh if given a choice I would probably choose rowing over running

    Burritos all the way….with lots of cheese, beans, and sour cream!

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