Friday, April 18, 2014

Plan: Backfired...

*Here are some Easter-inspired recipes you may want to try this weekend!

Thursday Recap:

9:30am:  Breakfast- Spiced Chia Seed pudding
Would you believe I found myself CRAVING THIS FOR BREAKFAST???  It's sorta refreshing in that 'how is THAT refreshing' kinda wayJ  I can't explain itJ  Anyway, blend all of these ingredients and let them sit overnight in the fridge:
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg, cloves & cardamom
Remember I told you that chia seed pudding didn't EXACTLY taste like tapioca??  Well, this recipe was my attempt to make it taste more like RICE PUDDING (one of my favs), with the blend of all the spices.  I LOVEEEDDD this mix.  Thought the flavors & spices were spot on.
And I'm def gonna start experimenting with the amount of milk/almond milk to use.  I started this with 1/4 of milk, only to add an extra 1/4 cup in the morning once I stirred it up.  After another hour or so, the chia seeds absorbed the extra milk and created an even larger dish of pudding.  And at 45 calories a cup, I'm DEF gonna try using a full cup of almond milk to 1 tablespoon of chia seeds next time to see how it grows.  Cause, let's be honest, who doesn't want the LARGEST dish to eat with only a few extra calories???

12:00pm:  Lunch- "Happy salad" 
My norm salad with a swap  of low-fat Thousand Island dressing in place of my usual drizzle of olive oil.  I try not to use too many pre-bottled/low-fat dressings, but I've been LOVING my grocery store's generic version of thousand island lately.  It just made the happy salad even HAPPIERJ

2:30pm:  Snack #1- Apple with peanut butter

4:00pm:  Snack #2- Handful of fritos (not pictured)
Both a headache and the fact that I knew I was going to cross over into REALLYHUNGRY before dinner were the cause of this 'not the norm' snack #2.  But I did manage to keep it to ONE handful and they hit the spot, so I can't be mad at THAT.

6:00pm:  Dinner- Scott's stir-fry
I always LOVE when stir-fry is on the weekly menu, because it means I get a night off from cooking (despite what you might think, I highly enjoy thisJ)  Scott's the 'stir fry master' of the house and I will GLADLY let him have that honorJ

He uses our 'house favorite' stir-fry sauce...
And mixes it with as many vegetables as we have one hand.  In this batch, along with sauteed pork, went:
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Red pepper
  • Onion
  • Baby corns
  • Bean sprouts
  • Water chestnuts
All served over brown rice...yum!  Stir fry is a great way to eat a 85% veggie-filled dinner without even realizing itJ

Only person who wasn't a fan??
Well, here I thought I was doing a GREAT thing by letting her sample all the veggies I was chopping on the cutting board.  "SURE KID!  You can have bites of raw broccoli & diced peppers!  You're eating them happily???  OK!"

Only problem was by the time we sat down to eat, she was having NONE of it!  NONE. OF. IT.  Screaming & crying fest for NO apparent reason.  I guess spoiling her appetite backfired a bitJ  I think I just OVERestimated how much that little stomach could hold, cause she seemed NONE too interested in eating ANYTHING at that pointJ

But NEVER FEAR, her appetite was BACK this morning when Scott came home with a Good Friday traditional breakfast of HOT CROSS BUNS... 

And while Scott & I ate ours like we were being led to the electric chair, Katie ate like a normal human being (well, one on vacationJ) and has been savoring hers for the last hourJ 

I think she's digging the fact that she got to eat breakfast on one of our 'normal chairs' (NOT her high chair) and isn't really interested on getting down from the 'seat of honor.'  Seriously...this is what she's doing RIGHT NOW as I type this: 
Hey, maybe I shoulda tried feedin her that stir-fry from the 'normal chair.'  Maybe that woulda done the trickJ

Alrighty, well I better clean up some icing-covered hands & get in my yoga gear for class this morning.

Have a wonderful HOLIDAY WEEKEND!!!!J  

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