Cooking Cookies

To be honest, I wasn’t feeling my best yesterday morning. I can’t hang like I used to, I guess. And we didn’t even stay out past midnight or drink that much really.  That’s what happens when you’re in your 30s.

Fortunately, I was able to take a nap and then sweat out my ickiness at the gym.  During the week, it really seems like it takes too long to do the weightlifting and the cardio portions of the LiveFit Trainer.  The weights take me 30-45 minutes depending on the workout and then the cardio is another 30 minutes.  I do not want to be at the gym for over an hour after work.  But on the weekends, when I have more time, there’s really no reason to not do them both.

I did an arm workout yesterday.  I think it was day 42 but I don’t remember and then I did 30 minutes on the elliptical.  It was so boring.  Running for 30 minutes seems to go by quicker.  You’d think it’d be the opposite since running is generally hard (I think) but blah, this was so boring.  I got it done though and did feel better after.

Just like there’s no reason not to do weights and cardio on the weekends, there’s also no reason to not cook a proper dinner and even though I wanted to open a can of soup, I didn’t.  Instead, I made crispy blackened tofu with garlic ginger mashed sweet potatoes.

This tofu recipe was so flavorful and delicious.

Crispy tofu

The sweet potatoes were good too.  I didn’t have any ginger, so I added a pinch of brown sugar instead.

Sweet potatoes

I served both with some quinoa that I’d made earlier in the week.

Crispy tofu, quiona and mashed sweet potatoes

The cooking didn’t stop at dinner though.  Oh no, afterward I baked.  A lot.  Friends of ours just had a baby like two weeks ago and we are going to visit today.  I thought about bringing some sort of lasagna or casserole but ultimately decided to bake cookies instead.  Problem was, I couldn’t decide between two recipes.  Then Jason mentioned that there was an Easter potluck at his work today so I decided to make both recipes and split them – half for our friends and half for the people that Jason works with.

And the cookies were….drumroll please.  Mama Pea’s Peanut Butter Dough Balls and Daily Garnish’s Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Although neither of my variations were actually vegan because Target didn’t have Earth Balance so I just used regular margarine.

 

Dough balls baking

I used only chocolate chips because I couldn’t find peanut butter ones that weren’t made with HFCS.  I have certain guildelines.  Never mind what the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter has in it.

Dough balls

Banana chocolate chip cookies

All together!

Box of cookies

Obviously, I had to taste them to see which I liked better.

Two kinds of cookies

I’m not going to tell you which one since they are both recipes created by bloggers that I respect, but let’s just say I preferred one of them while Jason preferred the other.  I call that a win.

Okay, I need to get these cookies out of my house before they end up in my tummy.

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9 Responses to Cooking Cookies

  1. Thanks for the tofu review – I was thinking about giving that recipe a shot!

    I made cookies this week too, Evan’s Almond Meal Chocolate Chip ones…so yummy :)

  2. Great job on the workout!! And the cookies look so yum. I’m totally trying the PB balls, but I”m going to use AB!

  3. Drool! Those both look so so good!! And I agree, running for 30 does seem faster than 30 on the elliptical! I just get so bored on that, even though the treadmill is boring, it does seem more effective! By a long shot!

  4. I am the same way with the elliptical – it’s like torture to me.

  5. I am a slave to the elliptical because I can do other things while I’m on it like read or watch TV or play on my phone. A testament to how hard I workout, huh? I neeeeed to get back into running. I ordered some new running shoes, so hopefully that will be a catalyst.

  6. The best part of chocolate chip cookies is that everyone does seem to have their own favorite version, which I think is really fun. :)

  7. Yumm! I’ve made Mama Pea’s dough balls but have yet to make Emily’s vegan cookies. Both sound delicious though. I’m sure everyone who ate your treats enjoyed them!

  8. I found some organic peanut butter chips- I think they’re made by Sunspire. I have to warn you though- if you get them, you’ll end up eating them by the handful. :)

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