Sunday, April 17, 2011

Give me a title...

Smoothie+Stew+Smoothie can only = one thing...


It all began yesterday morning when I awoke with a sore throat.  Though I never take medicine, I knew I had an important wifely duty to cheer my husband on through his half mary (in the pouring down rain, no less) so I popped a few asprin, sucked down my liter of water and headed out the door at 6am!

By noon when we arrived back home I had a full blown fever, chills, aches and pains.  I sucked it up and did not complain once until we had stepped foot back inside the door (I deserve a medal...I know!).  While Mr. Kummerow was experiencing his aches and pains, I had my own.  I collapsed in a heap on the couch and remained for the majority of the day just like that.  I was worthless.  Thus my diet consisted of smoothies packed with vitamin C and the ultimate comfort food: homemade stew. 

I'm Sick Smoothie

1 ripe banana
~1/2 cup frozen mango puree (purchased from Trader Joe's)
~1/4 cup frozen raspberries
~1/2 cup orange juice

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or blender and serve. 

This smoothie is fluffy and full of fun flavor.  It is also packed with Vitamin C and lots of nutrients to make you well.  It was so good I made it twice, in one day.

Azuki and Sweet Potato Stew

1 cup dried azuki beans
4-6 inch piece kombu (can be omitted)
1 large sweet potato
2 cups chopped rainbow chard
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
dash red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste

Cover beans with water in bowl.  Add kombu and soak overnight or two to three hours if you forgot!  Rinse beans and reserve kombu.  (Kombu will soak up the water and become pliable).  Place beans in large pot with about 4 cups water.  Cut kombu into 1 inch slices and add to the pot.  Bring water to a boil in an uncovered pot.  As it boils skim off any foam that forms.  Turn heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 40 minutes.  Add water as needed until it just covers the top of the beans.

Meanwhile, wash and peel your sweet potato and wash your greens.  (You can substitute a winter squash or anytime of greens in this recipe.)  Chop sweet potato into large chunks (about 1/2") and chop greens.

After the beans have been in the pot 40 minutes, add chopped sweet potatoes and cover with water.  Cook another 20 minutes on medium heat.  Add water as needed.  Add greens last, stir in and cover until just wilted.  Serve.

We placed a slice of whole grain toast on the bottom of a bowl and ladled the stew over the toast for some added texture and carbs.  It was pretty tasty.  Warning, the bread does soften, so if you have texture issues with food, this might not be the best idea for you.
In the haste of my illness...let's just call it fever-brain- I forgot all about a baby shower I was supposed to attend yesterday.  I'm sure they didn't want my germs anyhow. 

I also forgot to post the traditional end-of-week recap so here is an abbreviated form:


Monday- 5 mile run
Tuesday- 20 minutes on stationary bike, grueling weight-lifting sesh
Wednesday- 5am run with the boys: 3 miles
Thursday- Pilates
Friday- rode my bike to and from the Christian Mission (that counts, right?) ~5 miles
Sunday- lots of walking


Best recipe this week is a no-brainer.  The Coconut-battered Tofu takes the cake.  You gotta try these!  (And don't worry Tuesday night bible study group, this is what I plan to bring for dinner!)


Think you know what it feels like to be hungry?  On Sunday we hosted a Poverty Meal at my church to raise awareness about hunger across the world and to also raise funds for Mwandi, Africa.  Part of the event was to fast breakfast and then eat porridge- a typical poverty meal served- to experience hunger first hand.  All morning I kept thinking "I'm Starving" but what I experienced wasn't close to the hunger people everywhere feel on a daily basis.  It helped me realize how blessed I am and know that I am called to make a difference in the world.


I love watching Ashley's kitchen renovation progress on her blog.  Check out these awesome counters she had installed this week that were made locally where she lives. 


Last but not least, the foto of the week.  Who else could make this feature except Mr. Kummerow himself!  And of course his awesome running buddy Pat!  Congrats on an awesome race yesterday guys!

1 comment:

  1. Hope you feel better soon!

    PS- titles aren't necessary when you aren't feeling well :)