Planter Boxes, Tasty Basil, & Quick Prep…OH MY!

September 20, 2010

Work It Out with me this week!

Monday 5:30 at IOF. Urban Dance Kick/Circuit Weights

Tuesday 5:15pm at Hipline.  Shimmy Pop! (Dance)

Tuesday 6:30pm at Hipline.  POWER Pop (Strength)

Thursday 5:15pm at Hipline.   POWER Pop (Strength)

Thursday 6:30pm at Hipline.  Shimmy Pop! (Dance)

Friday 5:30pm at IOF.  Urban Dance Kick/Circuit Weights

Sunday 9:45am at Hipline.   Shimmy Pop! (Dance)

Hipline Ladies ~ Many classes have been filling up lately; please reserve your spot ahead of time!

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Dear Amazing People,

I hope you are breathing consciously and are happy!

I had a fun response from last week’s post about having your own planter box (LOVE this idea!) and making quick tasty treats.  My dear friend, Roxy, designs amazing bikes, and also loves to cook!  The way she talks about food alone makes my mouth start to salavate!  Here are some of her thoughts on planter boxes and 2 quick food ideas using basil:

“So I have a few ideas for foods and quick preps.
If you have a window planter box, or even a porch, it’s possible to grow a few heads of lettuce and some herbs, like basil or thai basil.  What I’m getting at is when you feel peckish at night or get home late, you need only a few leaves of lettuce to make a yummy meal.  Plus, the head of lettuce just keeps growing! A growing head of lettuce will produce for about 3 weeks, so you can pluck away for weeks!  Usually, a 6-plant starter costs around $3, so you can really save some cash and time at the store!!  At the farmer’s market, often there are starter plants ready to plant into a bigger pot.
I literally go to my plant, pluck off 6 or 8 leaves off a few heads, grab a few leaves off the basil plant, squeeze some lime juice and a dash of olive oil, open a can of pre-cooked garbanzo beans or boil some edamame and then have a little salad with salt and pepper.
Another fun idea is to use day old bread, cut up equal amounts fresh heirloom tomatoes, grab some more of that tasty basil and mix altogether.  Drizzle some grapeseed oil and add salt and pepper to taste.  You can add a little parsley, red onion or shallot to add some kick.  Let the salad stand for about 15 minutes and then mix again and serve.”

If you want some amazing recipes for when you have more time to cook, check out her blog with lots of yummy meal ideas and recipes!

More fabulous food ideas?  Questions about fitness you want answered?  I’m always love hearing from you!

Happy, healthy eating, friends!

MUAH!  Heather

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