Chilly and Chocolatey Days

So that retro night dancing thing I was going to do the other night? I guess the rest of the city had the same idea because by the time I got there (which was relatively early) it was already at capacity and the line to get in was a beast. Boo. We waited almost an hour in the freeeezing cold but the line was moving at a snail’s pace and the toesies were on the verge of breaking off so we peaced out by about midnight. So sad, I was pumped for a good night out. Guess it’ll have to be made up for this week.

Monday

The am started out with a nice big mushy bowl of Weetabix, pumpkin, vanilla yogurt, banana, cinnamon & Peanut Butter Puffins. Does it get much better? Only when followed by a chocolate… or two.

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Filling up the morning with tidying, burying the remaining chocolate deep into the back of my closet (out of sight, out of mind?), sprinting and Shredding Jillian Michaels Level 3 style eventually led to a refuelling requirement.

Slaw mess with balsamic vinaigrette and a can of preflavoured lemon tuna. This was after the bread hunks dunked in large amounts of hummus, my nearly always unpictured yet nearly daily snack.

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A quick trip to Costco brought in some fresh veggies that I included in my dinner part A – Salt &Vinegar Popchips, baby tomatoes, carrots, shrooms, cucumbers, hummus, salsa, cottage cheese.

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Dinner part B was two small bowl of some Lean Cuisine chicken parmesan pasta bag my mom heated up for her dinner. Great lazy night low effort chow down…

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Chocolate, popcorn, and half watching half sleeping through Miss Congeniality 2 concluded my night. Man are my holidays low key. I don’t mind too much though, it’s too darn cold to stray away from the big fluffy pants and warm blankies.

Tuesday

I have suddenly developed a cold. Thanks winter? Time to load up on the fruits! And the cottage cheese… and the coffee… and the chocolate… fixing Colds with Cs? I think so! 

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A run and a snack on the run led up to a few hours of mall perusing, which didn’t result in much spending, which is probably a good thing since Christmas just ended. I did manage to snag some great deals on underwear and body lotions though. Nice.

By the time I got home it was time for some dinner and there were some pretty darn old portabellas crying for help in the fridge. Thus my makeshift stuffed portabellas were born.
– Quick cook brown rice, canned diced tomatoes, spinach, dried oregano, chilli powder, garlic powder, balsamic vinegar and some tahini dressing.
– All mixed together and spread onto the shrooms, which were then topped with either feta or mozzarella and cooked at 350 for 20 minutes.

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I should have patted them dry because they were a bit watery but otherwise they turned out fairly well. This was my first try of a cooked portabella and I have to admit, I didn’t love it, but that’s probably because I’m not a big steak fan at all, never have been, and these were very steaky/meaty. I would have liked them better sliced very thinly. Next time. My mom loved them though so I can’t blame my lack of love for them completely on my cooking skills.

I might be in the market for more popcorn tonight. Right around now. Little Miss Sunshine is on. On second thought, we’re on the restaurant scene and I’m thinking maybe I need something ‘a la mode’. Popcorn a la mode? Hmmm ;)

So… it’s almost New Years! Big plans? Dish em!
Ciao for now!

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14 thoughts on “Chilly and Chocolatey Days

  1. My NYE? Sitting at home in front of my computer and the fireplace. I am apparently 100 years old because I really can’t think of any other place I’d rather be. :)

    Your stuffed portabellas look really good!!

    I hope you feel better soon!

  2. Yum!! Great looking eats. I hope you feel better too!! I think NYEs we are going to hanging out at a friends house. Pretty low key but fun all the same!! Get better and have a fantastic holiday!

  3. i am hoping to have a fun time at an apt. party on NYE!! hopefully work some magic on a boy. ahhhh.

    p.s. popcorn with Sriacha sauce = AMAZING ness. try it.

    xoxoxox as always lovebug

    lolo

  4. I haven’t tried the pre-flavored tuna but I bet it’s delicious.. tuna is pretty good mixed with anything! Usually I just mix it with salsa or hummus!

    And those portabellas look great! I wish I could get over the texture of mushrooms but the slimy-ness kind of freaks me out! haha.

    NYE I plan to sleep! haha. I’ve never been a big celebrator of that holiday so I keep it low key!

  5. Breakfast looks good. I love snacking on a plate of fruit along with cottage cheese too. NYE; going to a friend house and cooking dinner with them. Were calling it ”Old people’s new year”

  6. Yummy looking portabellas! I love mine stuffed with cottage cheese and spinach, sprinkled with a little bit of Parmesan. I hope you feel better soon. Colds are no fun.

  7. I know everyone compares portabellas to steak, but I just don’t see it. They taste like mushrooms, and don’t have the same structure as steak, so I always view them for what they are. They are great in fajitas, since you can slice them big like the peppers and onions – maybe try them that way next time? Or in a stirfry. Everything works in a stirfry!

  8. maybe u can make up the dancing time on NYE? all i know about mine is that it will involve champagne and lady gaga! i woke up this AM with the cold too and am hoping it cuts me a break until at least friday. happy almost NYE!!!

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