Cooking Light and Eating Well –those are two of my favorite magazines. And together they just happen to describe my preferred way of eating and cooking. Today started out with a bowl of Classic Custard Oats (think I’ll make this into a recipe on my sidebar since it is my favorite way to have oatmeal in the morning.) I tried cooking the oats in half almond milk and half water, because I liked the oatmeal at Jamba Juice so much, which they claimed to have simmered in soy milk. I didn’t think the almond milk made much of a difference in my oatmeal.
I had read Miz’s guest post this morning before my oatmeal was cooked, so I tried to eat it mindfully. I thought Gina’s post was really inspirational, and her blog has a lot of interesting and well-written posts about mindful eating. Mr. Monk was not impressed with my need to eat mindfully.
Then I spied the newest issue of Eating Clean, and a recipe that I had found interesting was bookmarked. I did a few chores, and finally got out for a nice walk with Noah. Then it was lunchtime, and I made a frittata!
It was a ‘spaghetti frittata.’ Here’s the original recipe. Of course I mucked with it just a little bit. Added the tomatoes to the mix (instead of on top,) and added a bunch of chopped spinach and a little garlic. Oh, and I used asiago cheese instead of parmesan, because that’s what I had. It was very tasty. I have to say that the spaghetti did not add much to it. I think I would like a lot more veggies, and a little more cheese. I might muck with the concept, and see if I can’t come up with something I like better. Still, it was fun to learn a new cooking technique (flipping a frittata.) I actually halved the recipe, and it provided a very large piece for about 230 calories.
I cut up a pineapple that was perfectly ripe, and had a wedge of that with my lunch. Did a few more chores, and then it was off to the gym! First time in almost a month. Yikes! It really felt so good to do a weights workout, and then head down to the treadmills to do a walk /run. Of course I had timed my visit perfectly so that I could watch Oprah while I walked on the treadmill. Stupid news people. There was a fire at a local large mall, and they deemed it necessary to delete Oprah and show non-stop coverage of a smoldering fire. Honestly. Most of the time I am so glad I decided to give up having a television in my house. But wait! On one of the other televisions by the treadmills, the food network was on, and I got to watch Alton Brown for the first time! I’ve heard his name forever, but I didn’t realize that he talked a lot about healthy cooking and eating! He did a whole segment on smoothies (guess what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow) and then did a very interesting segment on brislings, which evidently are a superior type of sardines. I think I might try them again.
I picked up some of my favorite lo-bars at the gym, and had a couple of them for an after-workout snack. Yum Yum Yumm. (Every time I say that I think of that stupid statue in ‘Night at the Museum’ saying Yum Yum Dum Dum.)
Back home again, and I prepped some brussel sprouts for another recipe I spied in the Eating Well magazine. Then I took all three doggies for a walk. This is becoming a habit I enjoy very much. And of course, the dogs are thrilled with my new habit.
Here’s the original brussel sprouts recipe. This time I substituted walnuts and rosemary for the dill and almonds. Again, tasty. But actually, I think the most flavorful way to prepare brussel sprouts is to just roast them. I paired the brussel sprouts with a bowl of the cottage cheese/crushed pineapple/walnuts. Weird combo, but its what I felt like eating.
All in all, it was a very satisfying day of cooking, exercising, and eating MINDFULLY.
Oh, I have to share one more thing before I sign off. My good blog buddy, Shelley, went to a ‘Wienerfest‘ in her home town, and was so sweet to get me a souvenir. Only, she said, in her post-9 mile run haze, she didn’t even think about the ‘double entendre’ of the caption on the shirt. I laughed so hard when I opened the package, because, honestly, I would not have thought of that when I saw it either. It is such a classy looking shirt, and I am so very fond of Texas and Texans (lived there for 8 years) and of course, I am a big fan of the wiener doggies. Thanks again Shelley!