Cauliflower “rice” almond chickpea salad that is vegan and gluten free. Meatless Monday, packable lunch or side dish idea.
So happy to be back from vacation. We so needed a break from the summer routine, swimming, tennis and day-to-day duties. Exploring another country was a lot of fun and I always love learning another language. I enjoyed so much vegan cuisine along the way and takeaway so much inspiration from pretty much everything we experienced. I was thrilled to still train while on vacation, it’s a sanity thing for me. Not that I don’t love my family but everyone in one hotel room all week together – this girl needed a bit of sanity time.
We arrived home late Friday and that evening was filled with laundry and decompressing. Saturday Bill and I got back to our routine of hitting up the farmer’s market early and just walking around downtown. Stocked up on lots of goodies and enjoyed our fur babies with some lovely walks. Sunday, we decided to drive out to an Amish area and ride our bikes. We got up nice and early (5:30 am), loaded the bikes up and headed out. We rode our furthest distance yet – 31 miles! This is huge for me considering I just started riding about 1.5 months ago. This was my third ride clipping in. Now, Bill told me this was a “rolling hills ride”. Ummmmm yeah, NO! It was totally uphill the entire time. Okay, I may exaggerate a bit but holy hills man my legs were ON FIRE! I did manage to ride through a covered bridge which left me with a bit of pause before I entered – seeing the open slats in between the wood and considering how thin my road bike tires are (insert here: tire stuck, me flying off my bike fear) oh and the Jetta that couldn’t wait for me to ride through alone… Survived that. Lots of horses and buggies carrying the Amish off to church. Lots of horse reminders on the road to dodge. Cows grazing. Sheep. Pigs. Goats. I saw it all, loved it all. Overall, my speed was good- according to Bill and I don’t care because I didn’t fall (yay) and again – further distance yet!
Post ride we came home and took the dogs for a walk. I whipped this dish up to eat this week. I’m having my 3rd surgery on my finger Tuesday. Bone fusion and pins. Lots of paranoia after last year’s debacle when I got a staph infection. So prepping food that I can grab easily while my hand is splinted. I also can run for two weeks – however walking has been given the green light. My doc also thought my bike in a trainer would be good. Praying that’s so! So if I’m a bit MIA – you know why.
— Knead to Cook