Does anybody remember the Ben & Jerry ice cream type characters on the movie ‘City Slickers?’ They prided themselves on pairing the perfect ice cream with any meal.
I really related to that scene. I love to think up food combos that go together really well. And now, if it is nutritious, filling, and low calorie….well, WOOF! I love it. Last night I came up with such a pair. I tried a new recipe. It sounded really good, and it seemed a little adventurous to me because 1) it was soup (I don’t eat or make soup that much) and 2) it seemed to have more ‘fat’ in the recipe than I am use to adding. I found the recipe on Dineen’s newsletter. Dineen is the gal who paired up with Miz to do a teleconference class on Jumpstart Healthy Living 2010. I can’t find the recipe on her website (I got it in an email) so I will post it in my sidebar–Dineen’s Roasted Tomato Soup. I thought about what would go good with this soup. The obvious answers were crackers, or a slice of really great bread. Neither of which I had in my house. Then I remembered the ham and cheese breakfast muffins in the freezer. S. C. O. R. E.!!! These things freeze really well. I warmed it up in the toaster oven, which takes longer, but is definitely worth it. It was nice and crisp on the outside, and moist and wonderfully gooey on the inside. The PERFECT compliment to my homemade tomato soup. Added a side of brocolli, just for volume, and that was a great dinner. And you get that wonderful feeling of eating a really nutritious low-calorie meal to boot. Plenty of calories left over to enjoy a dessert later in the evening of cherries and homemade yogurt with a sprinkling of granola on top, along with one square of dark chocolate (another perfect pairing, in my humble opinion :)) )
The ham and cheese muffins reminded me of another favorite recipe that I haven’t made for a long time, and since I had some fresh cherries, I decided to make some cherry popovers this morning.
Really good. Have quite a bit of protein, and very low cal. The other day on Vicky’s blog, talking about protein, and how I don’t like to eat eggs for breakfast, I joked that ‘I guess I could just eat a hunk of meat.’ And then I thought, why not? I have a ton of leftover ham in the freezer. Ham is a ‘breakfast meat.’ So I’ve done that a couple of times recently. A pretty low cal way to add protein to your breakfast.
Yesterday was a really good day all around. I took Noah for a walk before the storm hit–it was just really windy. He is really getting good at the walking already. And he is growing by leaps and bounds!