💕 Happy Galentine’s Day 💕

What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, Leslie Knope and her lady friends leave their husbands and their boyfriends at home and just kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas!


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Literally ate my lunch at like 2:30 today aka I’m gonna have a really fun time trying to reach 3000 calories by the end of the day😅 That’s what happens when you keep putting off your morning leg workout… I meant to start at 11 but ended up starting at like 12:30 instead. THEN i felt so unfocused so it took 1 hour and 45 minutes to finish a workout that usually only takes me an hour (not including warm up/cooldown). Seriously I took like 2 minute rest breaks between every set and I wasn’t even going heavy, it was all high reps! Still pushed through though and increased my weights and by the end of it I was dead so I’m happy☺️ Except I probably won’t be able to fully use my legs tomorrow😂 My lunch was a scrambled egg w/cheese, tomatoes, spinach, homemade sweet potato fries and a slice of @foodforlifebaking sesame ezekiel toast w/avocado, more cheese and more tomatoes. Also had a big fruit/yogurt/chia seed smoothie!😋

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I got back from work and realized I left my key in my apartment so I called campus security to come unlock it (as they often do)

After awhile, they still hadn’t shown up so I called my mom to complain about how long it was taking and how hungry I was.

So what does my amazing mother do?


I was touched, but realized campus security would be here sooner than the pizza guy, so I figured I would still be able to grab a bite to eat before the pizza came.



So I start eating. I ate like 5 knots and 2 slices before one of the officers came strolling around the corner.

“Hey guy, hope you haven’t been waiting for too lo-”


He asked for a garlic knot.

So this should be day 5 but I wasn’t happy with how I started. I ate like shit all weekend because of the holiday and skipped 2 days at the gym. It was awesome because I got to be with family and friends but I made a lot of poor choices for my body and lost my focus. I spent the morning getting my shit together and figuring out my meals for the week, went shopping, and am headed to the gym now to CRUSH IT! I failed this week for sure! But I’m not afraid of it or upset about it because it’s a learning experience. Decided to take my day one pics today since the lighting was bomb (excuse the messy room it’s being remodeled) and since I’m starting fresh and refocused.

Rice and Beans

I made this rice and beans the other night based on this recipe. It takes a while to cook but it’s a simple one-pot dish with quite little chopping involved.


  • 1.5 cups* rice (I used full grain)
  • 1.5 cups* dry black beans, soaked (ideally overnight), you can also use canned beans, but you might want to use more because they won’t plump up while cooking
  • *this is just a suggestion, you can use however much you like, I used approximately these amounts and it made a huge (for one person, depending on how much you eat) pot - I ate it for like 5 days.
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and diced (I think, it could be omitted, you could try adding some paprika instead, like 2-3 teaspoons)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced, optional
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional, adding black pepper should work as well, but maybe start with ½ teaspoon and add more in the end if it’s not spicy enough)
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste (tomato sauce should work as well)
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (I used it, although I think, it would work without it as well, because tomato paste is acidic too)
  • 1 tablespoon or so olive or canola oil
  • water (recipes often call for vegetable stock but I never have it and I don’t like how stock from cubes tastes, so I use water instead and to increase flavors I add whatever dried herbs I have on hand, for instance, this time I used about 2 teaspoons each of basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary and added a couple laurel leaves. You can use vegetable stock just as well)


  1. Saute garlic, bell pepper, onion, jalapeno (if using) in oil on medium heat until soft, ~5 minutes
  2. Add tomato paste, vinegar (if using), chili powder, stir and cook a few more minutes
  3. Add rice, beans and cover with water and add herbs, stir, bring to boil and cook on low-medium heat until both are cooked (about 40 minutes maybe). This is the tricky part because I never succeed at cooking the rice according to package directions in both the amount of liquid needed and time needed. So what I do is, at first, I put enough liquid to cover everything, plus maybe an inch extra and stir it every 5 - 10 minutes and if I see that the liquid has been absorbed but it’s not cooked yet, I add more liquid and bring it back to bubbling again. It is a little cumbersome, but I haven’t been able to cook rice properly in any other way yet. I usually just sit in the kitchen reading or something and get up to check on it once in a while. The trick is not to get distracted by the book for too long because rice tends to start sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Some additional notes and suggestions:

Full grain rice takes longer to cook than like non-full grain rice, so with overnight soaked black beans it worked out perfectly - they were both cooked at the same time. I’m sure you can use any other kind of beans and rice just as well, but they might take a different time to cook (not an issue if using canned beans), so to avoid rice getting all mushy, you could start cooking beans and add rice after half an hour or so.

Towards the end of cooking you can add some spinach or chopped kale (frozen works). Stir it around and let it cook for a couple minutes (longer for kale). This way you can increase the healthiness factor.

A serving suggestion (and what I actually did): you can make burrito bowls of sorts. Take some spinach and/or chopped lettuce, chopped tomato, chopped bell pepper, chopped onion, fresh parsley in a bowl and plop some rice&beans on top. You can combine whatever veggies and greens you have/like and make a healthy and filling meal.