Reminders and Recipe

Hi all! How are you? So this is what happens when we screw up our planet enough. Recording breaking heat in Austin this summer (high of 110 today.. wtf.. I thought I left AZ-like heat!), earthquakes on the east coast followed immediately by a hurricane? bleh.. uncool. My thoughts are with everyone out East!

Another crappy thing, on a far far far far (keep going) level, was this blog getting attacked last week! If you happen to swing by you probably noticed the big fat (sad) google warning. Really hard lesson learned.. keep everything.. every plugin, platform, theme updated, always! Thank goodness I work with people who were able to help me get it fixed. Pheww! All set now though.. along with a new theme.

Mixing it up.. yet again  😎 After two great months of CrossFit, I decided this week to put it on hold for a little bit. The reason is really two-fold, with a big emphasis on one of those folds.. $ and yoga. I love love love CrossFit style workouts, but it’s pretty pricey. It’s worth it for sure and wouldn’t be an issue if it was the only exercise-related activities I paid for, but with other gym members (gotta have access to Spin) and Yoga memberships, it’s just a lot. Especially since I recently found another Yoga studio I really like and monthly memberships are really the only option (it’s part of a big gym with full weight & cardio equipment and fitness classes).

But CrossFit also made me remember how much I really love lifting heavy! So I spent some time today planning out a workout schedule to fit it yoga, cardio and weight training. I’m aiming for 5 days of Yoga, 4 Cardio sessions and 3 weight training sessions.

I’m also having fun putting together new weight training routines for myself incorporating what I’ve learned in CrossFit. I’ll keep you updated!

I’ve been playing around in the kitchen lately. Over the last couple months I’ve been ~95% vegetarian. I don’t eat out a lot and tend to not include meat in the meals I make for myself. I joke I’m an ‘At Home Vegetarian’ because usually the only time I eat meat is at restaurants. Not sure how I feel about it. There is a lot I love about maintaining a mostly plant-based, whole-food diet, but I know my body does best with a diet that has a high protein-carb ratio diet and that’s not as easy to do completely vegetarian. I bought chicken today for the first time in… I have no memory of the last time I bought chicken. So we’ll see.. no labels, just aiming for clean and sticking with what my body craves. Speaking of cravings.. a new veggie recipe I’m loving!..

I’ve never liked Cauliflower. When I was a kid the only way my mom could get me to eat it was to camouflage it with a bucket of Cheddar Cheese. Perhaps that memory is what inspired this recipe combination. Well with one big difference, I love this!

Cheesy Cauliflower & Kale Salad (Vegan)

Salad (inspired by a recipe from the Low Carb Barbecue Cookbook)

1/2 Cauliflower, chopped

1/2 Onion, chopped

2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tsp Salt

1 cup Water

bundle of Kale

Cheesy Sauce

I used Angela’s amazing recipe, except I only used 2 tbsp of Earth Balance, and it turned out fantastic!

Microwave cauliflower for 7 minutes.

Chop Onion and sauté in a large skillet for a few minutes. Add Vinegar, Salt and 1/2 c of Water and cook for a few more minutes. Rip Kale, add to skillet, along with the rest of the water. Continue cooking until Kale is at desired tenderness.

Meanwhile make Angela’s Cheesy Sauce.

Once Onion & Kale mixture is finished, mix it in with the Cauliflower, then pour Cheesy mixture over it (I used about 1/2 of the Sauce). Mix together. Enjoy!

What’s new with you? Any new workouts that have inspired you to mix up your routine? Any new recipes that made you rethink a food you maybe didn’t like previously?

Lets hear it.. and of course link to the recipe if you have it  😉



  1. Catherine Foster-Boyd /

    As always glad to see you post. Did you know about a great way to do kale raw? chop mildly, mix in salt(to taste start 1/4-1/2 tsp to a large handful) work in with fingers, wait 20 minutes and add to your favorite salad mixings. tender and salty sweetMMMMMMM

  2. Hey! I love cauliflower so I don’t need to find ways to love it, but this is my current favourite way of eating it: steam and mash/puree/blend with a savoury protein powder (I like pea protein, but goat’s whey or hemp would work) and a little non-dairy milk. Nutritional yeast would be a good add in too. Put this in a dish a bake in the oven til it dries out a little and the top browns. Meanwhile poach an egg, then put the egg on top when you’re ready to eat it… so yum!

    Another good combo for me is smoked salmon with cauliflower, sauteed up in a pan, or as the base for an omelette.

    Now I’m hungry again! 😀

    • Alyson
      Twitter: NourishedFit

      That sounds like something I’d love, definitely going to try that. Thanks!

  3. so glad the spam was fixed. what a pain that is. On another note, which yoga studio did you find? Glad you’re finding that balance, no pun intended. haha.

    • Alyson
      Twitter: NourishedFit

      I guess not so much a ‘find’ as a ‘finally got around to trying’ :p I’m doing a trial membership at Castle Hill and they have some really great Vinyasa and Ashtanga teachers/classes.

  4. glad you got your bloggie back up and running! an ‘at home vegetarian’ sounds pretty swanky to me :) i’m excited to see what else you’ve got in store because i love me some cauliflower & kale!

    • Alyson
      Twitter: NourishedFit

      You’re my vegetable inspiration! All your mixes always look so good, but I think I’ve been lazy to get with the veggie program :p Feel like I don’t know what to do with them, and don’t eat enough. Trying to get more creative :-)

  5. Love that you will be mixing it up with your workouts & weights! :-) I would love to try CrossFit but no $$ here!

    I have been trying some recipes with the NuNaturals baking products & posting on my Friday posts but they are more like protein muffins & things like that & utilize protein powder…. liking that!


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