I decided to take advantage of the warm fall weather and bike to the local orchard to pick up some apples.
The thing about biking in October is that it can be kind of windy.
I was struggling.
I felt like Ms. Gulch in the Wizard of Oz riding past Dorothy’s bedroom window while it is whirling around in a tornado.
My quads were burning so bad I thought they might disintegrate and I was seriously considering cutting the ride short and heading home.
I glanced behind me to see a fellow biker getting ready to pass.
He bid me good morning as he effortlessly sailed on by.
With a donut.
Maybe I’m doing it wrong.
Gale force winds couldn’t keep me from fresh produce now.
Or the 3 MPH winds I was actually facing.
How ’bout them apples?
I was hungry when I got home.
Which is completely irrelevant because I’m always hungry.
Baked Sweet potatoes stuffed with apples, cranberries, and spinach is a warming way to enjoy both the sweet and tart flavors of fall.
Apple and Cranberry Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
2 medium sweet potatoes
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
1 apple (any variety)
1 tablespoon apple cider or water
1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon maple syrup
2 cups baby spinach
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds (optional)
salt + pepper, to taste
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
Wrap sweet potatoes in foil and bake for 50-60 minutes or until tender.
During the last 10 minutes of cooking, prepare your filling.
Soak cranberries in hot water for 5 minutes to soften.
Add to a large pan with apple cider.
Cook over medium heat for about a minute.
Add cranberries and continue cooking until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
Add mustard, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup.
Add spinach and cook just until it begins to wilt.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add 1/2 of the apple filling to each sweet potato.
Top with pumpkin seeds.
The 12 Challenges of 2012
Has anyone thought about taking the week long vegetarian challenge?
Maybe you’re thinking it would be too difficult.
Maybe you’re thinking meal planning would be too hard.
Maybe you’re thinking too much.
Here’s some quick and easy meal ideas for you.
Cereal + Milk + Fruit
Toast + Peanut Butter + Banana
Oatmeal+Soy milk + Pumpkin + Pumpkin Pie Spice
Pancakes + Cooked Apples + Maple Syrup
Fresh Fruit Smoothies
Peanut Butter + Apple Butter + Whole Wheat Bread
Hummus + Veggies + Pita Chips
Spinach + Pears + Walnuts + Maple Cider Vinaigrette
Vegetarian Chili + Cornbread
Black Bean Burgers + Sweet Potato Fries
Tomato Soup + Grilled Cheese
You can even eat donuts and drink coffee all week if you want.
Bonus points if you can do it on a bicycle.