Thought I’d report in on some good eats from the past couple of days. First of all, in spite of the cold weather, and my usual reluctance to eat salads when it turns cold, I have thoroughly been enjoying my salads this winter. When I travel, I find myself actually looking for a reason to eat lettuce. If you had told me this when I was a kid, I would NEVER have believed you. Lettuce was just something to be picked off of the hamburger bun.
So I told you about the food I was going to fix for ‘sewing day,’ and I have to tell you it was a resounding success! That triple berry granola crisp is a no-fail recipe. People absolutely love it, and they seem to really enjoy hearing that it is a low-cal healthy recipe. If you have access to a Costco, their frozen triple berry blend works great, and is the most economical way to buy berries. I served it for ‘brunch’ (we meet at 10am and always have some sort of treat and coffee to start the day) and I had a bowl of Fage mixed with cinnamon and splenda to top it with. Yummy.
On to lunch. Helen, the soup was the smash hit of the day (I made Helen’s coconut curry kale soup.) Everybody loved it, and every last bit of the soup had disappeared when I went back to the kitchen. I made the recipe just as printed, including the chickpeas. I didn’t have a can of tomatoes, so I chopped up a couple of tomatoes and then I found a bag of frozen cherry tomatoes in the freezer and threw them in too. I think that was about the same tomato content as a can. I put in 36 mid-sized shrimp. One of the ladies, who is an excellent cook, took the recipe home to make for her husband, and she mentioned to me that the flavor was very similar to the soup served at Lemon Grass, which is a very nice Asian Bistro restaurant around here. Now. I have to admit. I still don’t like the flavor of curry very much. And I picked out all my chickpeas! But that’s just me. I really wish I liked curry, because it just seems like the ‘in’ thing. That’s okay, there’s plenty of other food I like just fine LOL. Case in point: I LOVED the low fat corn bread that I made. LOVED!!! I don’t know if its because I’ve been corn bread deprived for a couple of years, but I thought it was quite delicious. And I tried to make a ‘healthy’ honey butter by combining Smart Balance Lite and some honey. Its probably because the smart balance lite has a higher water content or something? It kind of separated, or became weepy. It looked weird, but it tasted DELISH on the bread. I was never so happy to have one piece left over! Guess who had a second piece of corn bread with dinner.
Which brings me to my next topic. The whole idea of a ‘treat day’ or a ‘treat meal.’ I’m a little on the fence about this whole idea as it applies to me. Of course, I LOVE the idea of a day to eat what I want. But there’s so much I want LOL. I have a tendency to go overboard. And then there’s the inevitable ‘unplanned’ treat days that just naturally occur in real life. So if I fully subscribed to the ‘treat day,’ and had it planned for the end of the week, but in that same week, 3 unplanned treats occurred that I partook of, I would still be wanting my ‘treat day.’ Which leads to a whole lotta overeating. Now that is JUST ME. Just what I know about me. And the funny thing was, when I was discussing this with my BFF, she described the exact same thing (eating the unplanned extras and still wanting the planned treat day.) So for the most part, I think its best if I don’t plan (and look forward to) a WEEKLY treat day or meal. I think maybe once a month might do it for me.
That said, I did decide that Tuesday (sewing day) would be a treat day. Quit laughing at me LOL. I had my favorite cottage cheese/pear/walnuts combo for dinner, along with that second piece of corn bread, and some leftover broccoli, just to make it healthy. And then I tried a new recipe. That chocolate covered katie has it going on when it comes to single serving recipes. You heard it here: I will NEVER buy another bakery cupcake. There is no way they can compete with the deliciousness of her single serving cupcakes. I tried this little chocolate cake, and I had some pre-made vanilla icing that I had bought at that Harvest Festival. Oh my goodness. It was quite worthy. I made myself look the calories up (300 for just the cake.) That helps me to eliminate it from any kind of regular rotation. But for a once in a while treat? Quite worthy. I had some kettle corn too. See what I mean about going overboard?
But back on track today. And no problem doing so. And this is the low-cal day of the week–no fruit, and one grain. No problem. I tried one more thing this morning that I want to pass along. That multi-grain oatmeal that I told you I loved? I made it custard oats today–FANTASTIC. The most fantastic part is that you fix it in the microwave, so there is only one dish to wash. After I microwaved the oats for two minutes, I took them out and stirred in 1/4 cup of egg beaters. And microwaved for maybe 30 seconds more. Yumm yumm.
Today I had to go to the lawyer’s about my dad’s trust, and she talked lawyerese at me for over an hour. QUITE anxiety producing. But did I eat? No I did not. I went to the gym as planned! Like Lori says, you never regret a workout. I felt quite victorious after that. Had one of Vicky’s California Chef’s salads for lunch, and then went to Starbuck’s for a little session with my Kindle Fire. I had a Quest protein bar for a treat with my coffee. Those Quest bars are hands down the best protein bars I’ve ever had, but they have a pretty hefty price tag too.
I’ll end with a stealth photo of the Queen. Her majesty has some new crown jewels.