How is everyone doing on this
beautiful frigid night? I’m staying warm inside my house, when I really should be getting a manicure/pedicure . I hate the cold so my hands and feet will have to suffer another day. Priorities people.
Well, we FINALLY got some snow on the ground :) Guess my inside out jammie trick still works :)
Oatmeal with 1/2 of a melted banana, 2 strawberries, tiny bit of blueberry granola, a drizzle of better n butter peanut butter and this little fudgie brownie I made this morning. The entire brownie that I made wasn’t even 100 calories and I only had a spoonful so it was probably 15 calories for those of you who are shocked I would eat a brownie for breakfast :) I was happy I went back to my roots and made Oatmeal this morning. I missed it and I will never let it stray from my breakfast routine for a week ever again!
How pretty are those strawberries? It’s not even strawberry season and these were the best batch I’ve ever purchased.
Whole Foods, you never let me down. Even if these were $5. Does anyone have a good recipe where I would be able to use the remainder of these fresh strawberries? I don’t want them to go unnoticed in a smoothie, they need to be the star!
When I finally arrived at work the girls and I headed straight to Kids Cooking Club at Whole Foods. They absolutely love this class (as do i) and today
we they made Apple/Banana Frosties. After they finish the cooking portion of the class they get a tour around the entire store. Each section gives them a special “treat” for their goodie bag. Todays treats included: babybel cheese, a clementine, a bone shaped cookie cutter, dinosaur stickers, magic pop, kids superfood chocolate milk mix, 2 chocolate chip cookies, a slice of pizza and a mango smoothie.
Lunch was egg salad (from Whole Foods) on a sandwich thin topped with spinach and a side of grapes.
The girls and I also made this after nap time…
I headed to the gym for Kickboxing! I used to take this twice a week but the teacher always forgets what he’s doing so I get turned off rather quickly. 30 minutes of cardio kickboxing, 15 of technique and 15 of abs. I got a good sweat in! I haven’t ran yet this week and I think my boring playlist is the reason why… If anyone has a running playlist or a recent song they’ve downloaded that pumps you up feel free to let me know :)
I came home and was STARVED so I walked in the door, dropped my bags and immediately started making dinner. Tonight we enjoyed Turkey Burgers with black bean and corn salsa, cauliflower “risotto” and a couple of slices of avocado.
It may be my favorite meal of the week so far. The cauliflower “risotto” really tastes like a creamy risotto when it’s really just vegetables. Sometimes I have to trick myself :) This risotto is also dairy-free and grain-free for my lactose and gluten intolerant friends.
This recipe is Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Soy-Free, and Sugar-Free.
- 3 Tablespoons Pine Nuts (about 1 ounce)
- 1-1/2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
- ½ Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
- 1-1/2 to 2 Tablespoons Grapeseed, Olive, or Coconut Oil
- ½ Cup Minced or Diced Onion
- 3 Cups Grated Cauliflower (about ½ medium to large head – if you have a food processor, you are golden; I grated by hand)
- 1 Garlic Clove, minced
- ¼ Cup Broth (chicken or vegetarian)
- Chiffonade 6 to 10 Fresh Basil Leaves
- Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste (optional)
Combine the nuts, nutritional yeast, and salt in your spice grinder, and give it a few pulses. The nuts should grind up, and begin to clump. It is best if it stays a bit powdery and doesn’t turn into a paste, but if it does, no loss. Set aside while you cook the cauliflower.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add the grated cauliflower and continue to sauté / stir-fry for about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute more. Add the broth, reduce the heat to medium-low, stir, cover and allow it to sit for 2 to 3 minutes. This cooks it to the perfect “al dente” consistency for us, but feel free to cook it to your desired tenderness.
Remove the lid, turn off the heat, and stir in the reserved nut mixture. It may clump a bit, but continuing to stir it in the hot pan will help it to distribute and become creamy. Stir in the basil and fresh ground pepper to taste, if using. Serve.
Yields about 2 side servings
I don’t like cauliflower raw, or steamed for that matter but I apparently love it grated and sautéed. This is going in the “make again very very soon” file.
Can you guess what dessert was? I’m surprised that there are even any left to be honest. If you guessed Vegan chocolate chips with better n butter Peanut Butter you are correct.
OK – now for my giveaway! So this isn’t anything very exciting (as in food related) and it is a teeny tiny bit used…but it’s free. Everyone likes free things, right? Remember when I showed you the dress I bought for New Years? I only wore it for a couple of hours and I know I will never wear it again (because I’m crazy and think event dresses should only be worn once) so I thought maybe one of you could put it to good use!
To win the dress you must do one of the following and then comment letting me know you have done this.
1. Link my blog to your next post
2. Tell me what you would like to see more of on the blog
3. Let me know your favorite current fashion trend, your favorite way to burn calories and your favorite breakfast recipe.
I will pick a winner Saturday at 4pm. Random…I know. Good Luck :)
Ok now who really wants to come clean my kitchen??
Questions: Do you have a good recipe where Strawberry is the star of the dish? Any good running songs or entire playlist that pump you up I could download? Have you ever made a risotto out of anything besides rice?
Have a great night! xo