Zucchini, Eggplant, and Butternut Squash Stir Fry with Almond Sauce and Blueberry and Banana VOO

I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately. Ever since my nagging leg pain has gotten worse instead of better, and daily walking in addition to running continued hurting, I haven’t quite been able to shake my blah mood.

Instead of preparing my breakfast the night before, I decided that the recent string of cold weather was the perfect excuse to enjoy a hot bowl of oatmeal instead. This morning, I began with a fail-proof base of 1/3 c rolled oats cooked with 2/3 c of plain water.

Toppings:

  • frozen banana slices
  • frozen strawberries
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1 tbsp Banana Nut Muslix
  • 1 tsp dried blueberries
  • almond butter
  • splash of organic soy milk

It was a good start to the morning. :)

A couple of hours before lunch, I snacked on half a brown rice buttery caramel rice cake – these rice cakes are so dense, that one cake packs around 80 calories (compared to the regular ones I used to buy which are around 35 calories per cake).

I was very happy to have re-stocked on green grapes again (thanks to my generous parents who donated some groceries to me over the weekend!).

Lunch was simple but delicious. I ate one In A Jiffy Spelt Veggie Burger patty sandwiched between pesto, salsa, baby spinach, and half a slice of toasted Ezekiel 4:9 bread. On the side, I added wilted spinach (aka. microwaved), a mix of salsa and creamy honey mustard dressing, and another In A Jiffy Spelt Veggie Burger patty. Yum!

I love apples. They are definitely one of my favourite fruits, probably because they have the crunch element that many other fruits don’t offer me. This was my last apple and it made me sad. Must remember to pick up some next time.

The below picture is not an accurate representation of how many Sweet Chili Crispy Minis that I ate. I really need to stop buying these snacks – I love them so much, and I just don’t seem to have any self-control when they’re in front of me!

I also snacked on the other half of the brown rice cake because I had an appointment with a Physiotherapist about my leg and knew that dinner would be much later.

Sooo….. I have an update on the leg situation. As it turns out, my injury has nothing to do with my knee. In fact, it took my physiotherapist a while to pinpoint the problem because I told her that it was my knee that was hurting when in reality, it was actually due to a sprained muscle on my calf. I looked it up and I think it’s the Tibialis Anterior muscle. After a very painful muscle massage, she taught me a strengthening exercise that I need to do between now and race day (May 30) and also told me to substitute my runs with other forms of cardio to keep my fitness level up without aggravating my muscle more. One of those runs happens to be a 20k LSD run scheduled for this Sunday. She said I could run it if I’m feeling better by then, but I’m scared it will be too soon. I’m going to see how I feel throughout the week. Needless to say, I feel very discouraged with this injury – but I know that these things happen and the best thing to do is to just be proactive about taking care of the injury and making sure it doesn’t get worse.

If I have to “run” 20k on the elliptical at the gym this weekend, then I will. It won’t be nearly as fun as running outdoors, but it’ll only be a few hours out of my life. If only I could pop in a movie to watch at the gym. :P

When I got home, I wasn’t really very hungry, but was craving warm vegetables, so I scrounged together a few ingredients and ended up making a pretty tasty Zucchini, Eggplant, and Butternut Squash Stir Fry with Almond Sauce. I ate it with a few of Mary’s Original Crackers that my parents also gave me after they picked up a box from Costco. I *love* these crackers!

Zucchini, Eggplant, and Butternut Squash Stir Fry with Almond Sauce

Ingredients:

  • One Zucchini, chopped
  • One Japanese Eggplant, chopped
  • Half a Butternut Squash, chopped
  • Fresh Spinach (as much as you want)
  • 1.5 c cooked buckwheat
  • Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper spice mix (a few hearty shakes)
  • 1-2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1-2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Sriracha

Directions:

1. Spray the bottom of a non-stick frying pan and saute the zucchini, egglant, and butternut squash on medium heat until lightly browned.

2. Add roasted garlic and red pepper spice mix and turmeric powder and continue to fry vegetables for a few more minutes and then add cooked buckwheat.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together almond butter, rice wine vinegar, and soy sauce until well combined. Pour onto vegetable mix.

4. Turn off heat, add spinach and allow it to wilt.

5. Just before serving, add Sriracha for more heat (to taste). Enjoy!

After dinner, I relaxed with a steaming mug of Chocolately Chai and since I’m currently out of plain yogurt at the moment, I experimented with preparing a bowl of Blueberry and Banana Vegan Overnight Oats, inspired with this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 c organic soy milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 melted banana (by heating my frozen banana pieces in the microwave for a minute)
  • 1 tbsp dried blueberries

I know it looks questionable, but I’ve had enough regular overnight oats to feel confident that this will be tasty. I’ll report back tomorrow. :)

And now, I will leave you with yet another set of injury-related questions: What’s the worst injury that you’ve experienced, and how did it happen?

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12 thoughts on “Zucchini, Eggplant, and Butternut Squash Stir Fry with Almond Sauce and Blueberry and Banana VOO

  1. My “worst injury” was after running the 25k trail race back in october 2008 with little to no training. The pain in the top of my right food was so bad that I thought it was fractured and went to see a doctor who made me get x-rays! Luckily it wasn’t anything serious, but I had to stay off of it for a while. Fortunately, I wasn’t REALLY a runner then since I was a full-time student without much care for training, so I didn’t pick running up again until the spring.

    I have yet to make my oats for tomorrow morning and you’ve inspired me. I’m making these too, but with kefir. We’ll compare in the am ^_^

    1. I was glad to hear from my physio that the damage wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t even run for 10 seconds on the treadmill in front of her.. I had to run on my toes because my left leg was hurting so much. But at least she boiled it down to a strained muscle which in my books doesn’t seem too bad as long as I take care of it right away.

  2. Hey Al!

    When I had my first running injury, it turns out I hurt my peroneal muscle. I was experiencing MAJOR foot pain (so much I thought my bones needed to be realigned or that I fractured something!), but the peroneal muscle runs from your knee down your leg to the bottom of your foot (hence the foot pain). I went and saw Matt’s doctor and he was the one who told what about this crazy muscle of mine. He recommended massage, which I did and after one half hour session, I felt much better. 3 weeks after that, I went back for another massage and I could notice the difference.

    Like you, the massage was the most painful massage EVER! She even did this technique called “cupping” which helps to repair the muscle and rushes blood to the area. Even though it was my foot that hurt, she focused on the knee because that’s where I had the most swelling. Icing my foot and knee before bed really helped keep the swelling down because as you sleep, the blood pools in your legs, which causes unpleasant mornings. My advice to you……ice your leg before bed until it’s numb and slightly white in colour (this is according to my RMT).

    I’m scared to re-injure this muscle again. I haven’t run in a month. But, that’s why I signed up for the Running Room so I can learn how to avoid injuries like this. I start up on Monday and I can’t wait!

    Love the blog! You inspire me!
    Michelle

    1. Wow that sounds horrible about your injury! I really hope you don’t re-injure it. It’s a good thing you’re signing up with a clinic, because it will also be good to get a feel with others running in your group on what constitutes a “hard” day when everyone’s feel aches and pains the next day to reassure you that it’s not just you. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between regular soreness after a challenging run, and a developing injury… I still don’t exactly know myself! But it helps to have other people to talk to to see if they were having trouble walking the next day as well. ;)

      Thanks for the advice on icing the area too! I don’t actually have ice cube trays or keep ice in my apartment but I’ll have to do something about that soon (unless I continue using bags of peas.. ha!). :)

  3. Hi Alison,

    This is your cousin, Andrew, in Ottawa. Your mom emailed me about the site. I love what you’re doing! It reminds me of Julia and Julia, except that you’re not copying anyone.
    My worst injury occurred in December 2006 (a few weeks before going to Hong Kong for Genevieve’s wedding). I wasn’t running a marathon or anything (the most I’ve ever run is 10 k), rather, I was running across the street, trying to beat a yellow light. I was wearing winter boots, and I twisted my right ankle, and put my entire weight of my body on it. I ended up being on crutches for the next 3 weeks (yes, even while I was in Hong Kong). Our cousin, Genevieve, told me that Aunt Mabel could help me with a massage. Aunt Mabel is my favorite aunt, so I would let her do anything. Anyhow, she did offer to massage my ankle and promised me that she had healed many people with her “technique” and that I would be up and running in no time. I could barely walk on it, and the slightest touch made me wince, so I told her that she didn’t need to, or at least, be gentle.
    Aunt Mabel, who had no patience for “gentle recovery”, pretended not to hear me and proceeded to give me the “massage of death”. She used her knuckles and rubbed my injured ankle ***HARD*** over a period of 20 minutes or so.
    I still have haunting memories of it. After she was finished, it did seem to be slightly better, though. I figure that this was either because it felt so good that she finally stopped, or she killed the nerves in that area of my body.

    I hope that you feel better soon, and looking forward to you coming to Ottawa!

    1. Thanks for sharing that experience, Andrew! I can understand how you felt though, as my physio caused me *a lot* of pain while she was massaging my muscle, but it did feel better almost immediately after. I hope I recover quickly too – I’m usually too impatient to stop myself from doing something I like. Usually I just work through the pain, but with the race in less than three weeks, that seems like a recipe for disaster!

  4. The ‘Zucchini, Eggplant, and Butternut Squash Stir Fry with Almond Sauce’ sounds delicous. I have some zucchini that I bought from China town on Spadina at 7 pieces for $1. I am wondering what to do with them. That’s a great recipe. Can’t wait to try it for supper tomorrow.

  5. Get one of those gel ice pads from Shoppers. I always keep it in my freezer for when I need to ice. The gel wraps nicely around any area for a good coverage. Peas works well too!

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