First of all, thank all of you for the wonderful support. I am thrilled that I can use this blog to help me on this journey!
I've been really into kumquats lately. I like to eat them as is. They deliver such a sweet and sour punch and I've found they are a delicious way to finish a meal. I will probably make a stevia sweetened marmalade if I have any left over.
I made a large batch of roasted red pepper hummus to keep around the house for the week. Just 2 T and some veggies makes a great little snack when you need a quick bite that is full of nutrition. I've been really into hummus again lately. I seem to go through phases. This hummus was made from dried beans cooked in the pressure cooker. Cooking the beans in a pressure cooker with kombu produces such a difference when it comes to the creaminess of the hummus. I am so grateful to my former co-worker for introducing me to the pressure cooker!
I had some leftover low fat veggie "cream cheez spread" that I needed to use immediately. I had some leftover roasted cauliflower, shallot and garlic so I boiled it up with the spread and some water, fresh rosemary and fresh thyme. Umeboshi vingegar and smoked paprika finished this off and 3 cups of the soup only 250 calories!
Help! I'm addicted to collard greens. I don't know why, but I have been craving these big time. These are so simple to prepare... and I did was wash and destem the greens and cook them in this pot with an onion, garlic and a spray of olive oil. I added half a veggie bouillon cube, nutmeg, umeboshi vinegar and lots of black pepper and put the top on. The water clinging to the leaves cooked them perfectly.
This was my breakfast today.. topped with bacon bits.
Today is the Superbowl and I'm going home to watch it with my kids.. there will be tons of junk and snacks and I really don't want the temptation, so I am bringing these babies. They are not super healthy, but they do provide much more nutrition than chips. I will probably eat the whole bag, but I have figured the calories into my daily allotment and I'll be OK. The bag has 4 servings. 480 calories, 12 grams of fiber, 4 grams of fat and 24 grams of protein. Not too shabby for the entire thing! As you can see, I've already opened the bag and taken a handful. I love these.
Would you believe this meal only had 560 calories? I used 2 oz of whole wheat rotini along with 2 c cauliflower and made a marinara with crushed tomatoes, crumbled lite tofu, garlic and spices. I topped it with 1.5 t olive oil and 1 T nutritional yeast. The salad dressing is nayonaise mixed with dijon, garlic, hickory smoke powder and soymilk. It also provided 29 grams protein 17 grams fat and 15 grams of fiber.
It was very satisfying.
As I said, today is the superbowl, so I took out 2 pieces of my homemade vegan pizza from my freezer. I will toast it in the toaster oven and eat it with a huge salad later on while the rest of my family eats their take out, non vegan pizza.
Go Pats!!! Woohoo!
I'm going to start swimming this week.
This morning I walked for 30 minutes then did 30 mins of weights. I'll walk my later in the day for at least another 30 minutes.