Tennis, Quinoa Burger, and Visiting with Friends


Over the weekend, Brandon and I enjoy doing some sort of physical activity together every Saturday.  Either we go to the gym and I let him train me and give me a series of workouts and reps I need to complete or we go for a run or walk in the nearby park, Freedom Park.  Since Brandon is a member of the USTA  and now plays in a mixed doubles league in Charlotte, I’ve been trying to “brush up” on my tennis skills so we can actually play and practice together.  Here are some pics of us playing.  Notice his semi-pro positions and how it looks more like I’m just posing for the camera.  haha



Needless to say, Brandon is helping me learn the basics of tennis so I can better develop my skills to hopefully play with him and help him practice for his future matches.

Quinoa Burger

I love this food scale I bought for Brandon last Christmas.  It makes it convenient to evenly portion out burger patties.  You can set it to ‘grams’ or ‘ounces’.

So here are my quinoa burgers all equally portioned out and ready to cook later in the day.

Quinoa Burger and Balsamic Green Beans

The recipe for this Quinoa Burger came from my friend, Mariah’s blog, Pictures Pups and Pies.  She also mentioned how to easily make this quick balsamic green beans on another post.  Please check out these recipes!!  We topped this quinoa burger with Mache (lamb’s lettuce), tomato, avocado and whole grain dijon mustard.

We loved this quinoa burger and will definitely make it again!

Back to my other new favorite healthy treat—VEGAN OVERNIGHT OATS(VOO).  If you have not tried them yet, you must!! So many people mention how they were never breakfast eaters before, but after trying these you will become addicted!!

  • 1/3 cup regular oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk, I use vanilla almond milk

Blueberry soft serve pairs wonderfully with overnight oats.  Do you remember how to make your non-dairy soft serve?  Slice 1 banana and place in fridge overnight.  The next morning put the frozen banana in a food processor for 5 minutes.  You may add blueberries, if you would like.  This is what I did for this recipe.  Just make sure you food process the banana and blueberry mixture for 5 entire minutes!  It will not come out correctly if it is not in the food processor for 5 full minutes!  Layer the banana soft
serve and oat mixture in a glass or mix together in a bowl.  Another shoutout to Pictures Pups and Pies for giving me this wonderful recipe and idea for a blueberry breakfast!

Vegan Overnight Oats and Blueberry Soft Serve

Visiting with Friends

So to end our weekend we had plans to go to Pops in the Park, which is a local event where the Charlotte Symphony performs and you are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic basket full of wine and snacks to relax and enjoy their music.  Well…it rained…like it tends to often on Sundays in June from 6-9pm.

So I wanted to show you our papaya we cut up to make fruit kabobs along with mango, strawberries, and pineapple.  I’ve never bought a papaya so I wasn’t exactly sure how it was going to cut up, if it would be soft like an avocado or firm like cantelope.  It was definitely a very ripe papaya because it sliced like butter.  Seriously….Sooo sweet and yummy!!

Mmm...fresh papaya

Fruit Kabobs

Our fruit kabobs we planned to take to Pops in the Park to share with friends….until it rained.

We had our picnic basket full of wine, snacks and a little white dog ready to go!

But because of the rain, we figured we would just hit up Whiskey Warehouse instead….

Whiskey Warehouse bar

Brandon watched the final NBA match-up between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks….which resulted in the Mavericks winning the championship, in case you have lived in a box since Sunday…

While I visited with my good friend and college roommate, Julia, who just got back from working in Hawaii for 3 months.

Me and Julia

All in all, it was a good weekend playing tennis, enjoying good food and friends.

6 responses to “Tennis, Quinoa Burger, and Visiting with Friends

  1. SO disappointed POPS got rained out! Lacey looks ready to go. Those fruit kabobs look yummy! Maybe next week! Maybe. I like your tennis action shots- and the semi-professional vs the beginner 🙂

  2. Love the new layout! Lacey is the star of the show!

  3. I love the fruit kabobs, look so yummy. I’m a huge fan of vegan overnight oats too. I would eat them every day if I could.

    • Thanks! They were yummy, but it ended up being perfect because what we didn’t eat I just froze to use for smoothies. I love your blog and your concept of how you don’t have to be vegan to appreciate and love vegan and vegetarian foods. I, as well, believe I’m a flexitarian but never even thought of it that way, until I read your blog. You’ve inspired me!! 🙂

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