Celebrating the Earth for Comment Contest Tuesday

Yesterday was Earth Day. What did you do to celebrate?

My company is hosting Earth Week this week.

Yesterday we had a Farmer’s Market; today is eWaste disposal for a free lunch; tomorrow–Wellness Walk; Thursday–a sustainability quiz (not quite sure what that means); and a Vendor Fair on Friday, which I will miss since I will be working from home.

I am sure like most of you, I celebrate Earth Day every single day.

We recycle,we compost, we recycle batteries and light bulbs.

I use reusable bags to grocery shop and hit Trader Joe’s and Target. I carry a chico bag in my purse so I always have a bag when I need one. I recently started using washable reusable produce bags. (Read Go Fit Girl!’s Review Wednesday on this product.)

We don’t run our dishwasher (I’m the dishwasher).

We both use some form of public transportation to get to work (subway and shuttle service)–we both have long commutes. We only have one car.

What did you do to celebrate Earth Day? Or what do you do regularly to celebrate our beautiful Earth.

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Cactus, it doesn’t taste like chicken

Growing up in the Southwest I ate a lot of Mexican food, especially my mom’s cooking.

She never used nopales to cook, which are prickly pear cactus. I have had it a few times.

On Monday when Curt and I had lunch at a cafe both of our meals came with nopales.

Curt had a Mexican fusion dish with fish, nopales, cheese and salsa verde. I had chicken tacos with chilis and nopales.

So, of course, this prompted me to do some research on the nutritional value of the cactus.

According to Livestrong, a serving is one cup of raw, has 14 calories; 1.1 gram of protein; 0.1 g fat; 2.9 grams of carbohydrates; 1.9 grams of fiber. The cactus also provides vitamins and minerals.

According to Gourmet Sleuth, nopales is a vegetable that can be grilled or boiled. If boiling be careful to not overcook or the cactus can get slimy. (I have definitely eaten it that way and it is kinda gross.)

The Gourmet Sleuth also says, the best preparation we have tried is to prepare the nopal leaves (remove spines) then grill over hot coals till tender and slightly browned. Then slice into nopalitos … Continue reading

My healthy version of Eggplant Parmigiana

I love Eggplant Parmigiana. It is so delicious but so unhealthy with it being fried and all.

I also love eggplant. Lucky for me I like most vegetables (and fruit).

At Monday’s Earth Day event at work there was a mini Farmer’s Market. I bought some eggplant, which I normally steam in my rice cooker/steamer and mix with brown rice, seasonings and Kung Pao sauce.

Since I bought two I thought with one I would try to make a healthy version of Eggplant Parmigiana.

I sliced the eggplant and baked in the oven for 10 minutes on each side at 350. After that I lightly slathered spaghetti sauce on both sides of each sliced piece of eggplant. Right now all I have is goat cheese. So I sprinkled a little goat cheese on top of each slice.

I had some last night on its own with some healthy and delicious sides. It was pretty good. Of course not as good as the real deal. But good enough.

For a late lunch today I cooked up some penne with a little bit of spaghetti sauce. I put the remaining two eggplants on top of the pasta and had a delicious meal. … Continue reading

Going green by reducing, reusing, recycling

I consider myself environmentally conscious and environmentally friendly. Nothing extreme. I just try to be aware.

When I first moved to Oregon recycling was a big deal. And dividing each item was important as well: cardboard; paper; brown glass; green glass; etc. At the apartment complex I first lived in there were bins for each item. It made it easy to recycle.

When Curt and I first moved to the Phoenix area we lived in a townhouse. There was no recycling onsite. We bought our own bins and recycled glass and cans. About once a month we took all the stuff to a recycling center.

Recycling in Berkeley is pretty strict. Pretty similar to how we had to do it in Oregon.

Curt and I recycle and compost. We also recycle batteries, CFL bulbs, turn in ewaste at designated drop-off locations.

I reuse plastic bags, including the produce bags. When we had Joey all those bags were great for cleaning the litterbox. Now I try to be even more conscious about using reusable bags and reusing the produce bags multiple times.

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Work/life not so balanced …

This week has been a tough one at work. A particular project plus everything else I have to do is keeping me rather busy and slightly frazzled.

At some point in the early afternoon I knew there was no way I was going to make my 5:30 spin class. I just accepted it and moved on and continued working until about 7.

At least I took a lunch break and visited Emeryville’s Farmers’ Market, which is still pretty new. I went a couple of weeks ago and bought some amazing organic blueberries. Curt and I both really enjoyed them. So I went back for more. For lunch I had veggie spring rolls, which were pretty good and surprisingly filling. To drink I had French lemonade, which was sparkling, with lavendar ice cubes. So yummy!

I came home tonight tired and decided to have a beer. Sigh.

30 days in the month, 24 days at the gym

June was a good month at the gym. Out of 30 days in June I worked out 24 of them. I usually take Sundays off as my rest day. I missed two regular work out days. One was because a friend was in town and I left work early to spend a girls’ day together. The other day was because I wasn’t feeling well. I wasn’t sick. I just felt off and thought it was best to not go hardcore with a spin class.

The working out has been pretty good. The eating varies. Sometimes I am totally awesome and other times I am eating all kinds of crap. I know I could do better in the food department. I can be weak when it comes to willpower and man I really like food and booze. I like fruits and veggies and chicken breast and fish and all that good stuff. But I like junk, too.

I did pick up some blueberries today from the Emeryville Farmers Market. It’s new and small–but exciting that we have one. And the blueberries are local, organic and yummy. I did, of course, … Continue reading