What a relaxing day off work, do I really have to go back tomorrow? Oh well. I had a very chill day shopping at Ross for some spring wardrobe updates and I actually found a lot of items I liked. I usually avoid stores like Ross because I can rarely find anything I like and it takes too long to find a few pieces, but I decided to stop by our local store since it’s been years and I was pleasantly surprised by all the cute $8 tops I found. It was followed up by weekly load up at Whole Foods which always puts me in a good mood, I grabbed some new vegan meat alternatives to try this week as well as a pretty good produce haul. Other than that, I’ve been catching up on house chores and watching TV.
I’m pretty lucky with my job rarely having to work overtime. My husband, on the other hand, has periods where he works a lot of overtime and almost needs to set up camp in his office. During such stressful times, trying to get healthy foods is not so easy, office meals are usually fast food. And he usually dashes out the door without breakfast unless I stuff a smoothie-loaded Klean Kanteen into his work bag. So I’m thrilled he bought himself a new toy for the office, a Tribest PB-100 personal blender.
The blender came with one blade base, two personal blending cups/containers and a travel lid to fit on the cups for fast drinking.
Using it was pretty straight forward, load a cup with smoothie ingredients, screw the blending lid, turn upside down on the base and push down to blend.
For a little blender, it seemed impressively powerful chewing up ice nicely. Not Vita-Mix powerful, but enough to get the job down quickly and efficiently when at the office or on the road.
The end result was a pretty smooth smoothie and ready to drink from the cup.
He packed it up today with some fruit, frozen spinach and SunWarrior protein powder to take to work for emergency meals and tried it today at lunch. It’s a little noisy, but that wasn’t a problem in the large break room. But the noise might be a little loud for desk use in cube farms.
For me, I can’t really justify the need for one with my work schedule, I’ll occasionally make a lunch smoothie at home and take to work in a Klean Kanteen, but I always have to have my breakfast smoothie before leaving for work. And I could never see myself packing this in a suitcase for traveling, the airline luggage weight limits are bad enough! But this is great for his work schedule and he has a nice office setup to use it.
For dinner, I wasn’t sure what I was craving, but knew I haven’t touched the garbanzo bean flour in my pantry in too long. So I hit up the twins site for a new socca recipe to try and selected spinach socca.
I really liked using the Vita-Mix to mix the dough for this version and think I’ll be using that for future socca recipes, it’s a lot more efficient at blending the clumps than I am. :-)
I just poured the batter from the Vita-Mix into the heated pie dish in the oven and baked for 35 minutes at 400 degrees.
The end result was very successful, it didn’t stick this time and the socca had a crispy exterior and a warm, soft interior – dare I say it came out perfect?
I paired it with a monster kale salad dressed with Gena’s Zucchini Dressing, if you haven’t tried that dressing yet – do it! It has a nice savory flavor that adds zing and complemented that slightly bitter kale nicely.
The socca was great, perfect for wiping the extra dressing up and adding a satisfying chunk to the salad. I’m itching to try socca as a pizza crust next.
Have you tried a socca recipe yet or any recipe with garbanzo bean four? Did you like it?