Had some good fun with food yesterday. Tried a new recipe, which I have been wanting to try for a while, and it was great! I made Lynn’s Vegetable Paprikash yesterday, and loved it. Of course, it wasn’t vegetable anymore after I added a little chicken, but that’s the way I wanted it! I don’t know what Lynn does with this, but I tried to add up the calories, and then divided it into 4 big portions, and it came out to about 170 calories/serving. That number included the 4 ounces of chicken that I added to the total recipe. Then I cooked ‘2 servings’ of my favorite high fiber pasta, and divided it into the 4 servings, so only an additional (and very worthy) 90 calories extra. This was really tasty, and I bet it would have been even better if my paprika hadn’t been 5 years old (oops!)
Another thing I did that turned out pretty great: I made myself a smoothie for my mid-morning snack. Halfway through I realized I wasn’t really hungry, and I would really like to try it a little ‘creamier.’ So I put the remaining half of the smoothie into an ice cube tray and froze it. Later in the afternoon, I took the ‘smoothie cubes’ out and added them to the blender with 1/2 cup of yogurt and blended. Yumm, frozen strawberry-banana yogurt!
For dinner, I needed a lighter meal (had the paprikash for lunch,) so decided to go vegetarian.
I cut up a beautiful home grown tomato, and layered with fresh mozzarella, basil, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. And then, a la Lynn, I roasted a whole head of cauliflower. (I only ate half of it!) When I roast veggies now, I put them in a ziplock baggie, and add however much oil I deem necessary, and shake. For the whole head, I added 1/2 Tbsp. For me, the additional oil is very worthy. I can’t thank Lynn enough for experimenting and roasting the cauliflower longer, because my first experiments with cauliflower were the same as hers. I just didn’t like it. But cooked for a longer time, they become soft, yet chewy, and very sweet. DELICIOUS! I had enough calories left to have a small bowl of grapes with this meal, which was very filling.
And I ended the day with 2 lobars, and a cup of ‘chai tea.’ I use the same Good Earth vanilla chai teabags as Lori found, and heat up one cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze to put the teabag in–very rich tasting, and only 40 calories! Here is a picture of the lo-bar for Lori! Ingredients include apple and carrot pulp, a little whole wheat flour, and chocolate chips, walnuts, raisins, and dried cherries. She has a little form that she presses this ‘dough’ into, and I think she bakes them on low heat for a longer period of time. Sometimes they are quite dark in color, but they never taste burned. Have a nice moist, chewy texture. Moister than the bean brownies. I’m including all this information in the hopes that maybe Lori can figure out how to make them! I don’t think I am motivated enough to make my own when I can buy them so easily.
I’m pretty happy that my weight is going in the right direction–VERY SLOWLY, to be sure! I’m off for a workout with Vicky, and afterwards I just might check out the new frozen yogurt place. I’ve known about it for a few weeks, but I am almost afraid to try it for fear it will become a too-frequent habit for me. I know myself well, that’s for sure.
Hope you all are having a good back-to-work day!