Feed Me

I think my body is definitely adapting to harder workouts, because all day I’ve been ravenous. I ate well in the morning, packed snacks, ate a hefty lunch, drank oodles of water…but nope. I wanted to eat my arm! Guess I’m gonna have to up the protein! Literally, I felt like my body was saying “Feed me!” all day long.

I was even hungrier when I was finished at the gym. I did strictly weight training today, which made me feel a little weird since I didn’t really break much of a sweat. But, my arms and legs were killing by the time it was all over, and I felt similar to a certain Iowa girl. Straight up Jello feeling everywhere. I did 3-4 sets of 15 reps of:

  • Seated rows
  • Tricep dips
  • Bicep curls
  • Hamstring curls
  • Leg extensions
  • Quad extensions
  • Calf raises

I wanted a stick-to-my-ribs meal after that one!

I’m a chili girl for life. It’s one of my favorite soups and when you make it yourself it’s can be healthy and you can sneak some veggies in there. When they’re spicy and covered in chili flavor, you’ll eat more…right?! ;)

This was one of those chop and drop recipes, where I just dug around to see what I had. It turned out flippin’ fantastic, full of protein and fiber!

Lentil, Barley and Bean Chili

  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Earth Balance
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 15 oz. water
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp. hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 c. lentils
  • 1 c. pearled barley
  • 1 can dark kidney beans
  1. Melt Earth Balance in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and seasonings. Saute until golden.
  2. Add tomato sauce and water. Add lentils and barley. Stir to combine.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add hot sauce.
  4. Simmer for another 10 minutes. Add beans and stir to combine.
  5. Simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve with sour cream and cheese, if desired.

Seems like a lot of ingredients and a lot of steps, but I promise it’s worth it. I dug into this bowl of chili and definitely had a moment. I topped it with fat free sour cream and a little of that ah-mazing chili lime cheddar I picked up on my trip to Cabot! Oh yeah, and I also made some whole wheat beer bread to go along with it. :)

I used Peanut Butter Boy’s recipe, but only used 1 tbsp. of sugar instead of two. It was doughy, had a faint taste of beer and I could probably polish off half of the loaf in one sitting.

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About Alexa

Hi! I'm Alexa, and I'm a 27-year-old living and working in Elmsford, NY. I dream about food, cooking and could bake all day long if you let me. If you have any suggestions, comments, or just want to say hi, send me an email: alexa@simpleeatsfood.com.
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6 Responses to Feed Me

  1. Nick says:

    Nice! Did the top get super crusty? I usually get injuries from this bread from the top cutting the roof of my mouth. But that doesn’t stop me from gobbling it down of course.

  2. Al says:

    I’ve been starving too, you must of caught it from me

  3. Jenny says:

    Such a crazy feeling when you keep on eating but your stomach keep growling – what is going on!? I love those days though when you know you kicked your butt at the gym and can eat til you are sufficiently satisfied :)

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