Short on energy but big on pictures so no messing around – Let’s jump right in, shall we?
Cold leftover Tuna Casserole eaten for breakfast, straight from the container.
And eaten for a snack with buffalo sauce.
Bowls of greens decked out in honey mustard…
…In everything I could find in the fridge…
…and in big scoops of salsa, hummus, and baba ghanoush.
Sugar Snap Peas. One of the most addicting veggies out there.
La soupe du jour – Campbell’s V8 Garden Vegetable Blend!
I was sent this lovely package a while back but for some reason I have been consuming minimal amounts of soup this winter and hadn’t tried it yet… until now!
Soup Verdict? I’d buy it again! You can’t argue with a soup that can pack in 12 different vegetables. Plus the flavour is great, the soup itself is hearty and filling, and the generous vegetable chunks won me over. I really want to try the other flavours next: Golden Butternut, Sweet Red Pepper, Southwestern Corn? Count me in!
Sweet potato (or something like it?) decked out in steamed spinach, jalapeno hummus, salsa and sour cream mixed with buffalo sauce + mini fried potatoes and mashed cauliflower sprinkled with apple cider vinegar
Belated Holiday Work Dinners in January. Yep, that happened this Saturday night. Every year we go to a schmancy restaurant and get serenaded by live piano music while eating:
– Fresh bread with salmon mousse spread
– Appetizer artichoke, tomato and parmesan pasta dishes (this appetizer was the amount of pasta I’d eat in a whole meal)
– And my favourite dish I’ve had the past 3 years: Baked lemon chicken breast with Greek salad. Usually served as the actual breast with the salad on the side, this year they sliced the chicken right over the salad instead. I didn’t mind! They can plate it any way they want as long as my big chunk of creamy Greek feta is present.
– Plus I may have stole a bite (or a few) of my dad’s dessert – vanilla cake with blueberry sauce. Mmm.
Apologies for the crappy quality pictures but rest assured they are not indicative of the quality of the food. It was much better.
And I must highlight tonight’s dinner, the coolest dinner I’ve had in a while: Cauliflower Pizza! Right before I was about to start cooking myself something quick before class I came across this idea on April’s blog. With the knowledge that leftover mashed cauliflower was sitting in the fridge, I ran right into the kitchen and started up the oven. About 20 minutes later, dinner was born. I would have left it in a little longer to crisp up more if I didn’t have to rush off to class so it wasn’t super crusty, but no matter.
My “Crust” = 1 cup cauliflower, generous splash of egg whites, 1/4 cup cream of mushroom soup (it was leftover in the fridge so I figured why not), basil, oregano, garlic powder.
Toppings = Tomato basil pasta sauce, Frank’s Red Hot, Laughing Cow wedge
You. Must. Make. This.
Delicious. Incredible. A breakthrough in the science of pizza eating.
Yogurt mixed with oats, flax and cocoa powder, left overnight to magically transform into brownie batter deliciousness by morning. Thanks Liz! Seriously, breakfast brownies? I’m in.
April’s Lean and Mean Pumpkin Muffins. Especially cold from the fridge. I love LAMP (muffins). Get it?! …Har har?
And the best of both of these worlds: yogurt mixed with an insane amount of cocoa powder and a LAMP muffin!
Cold Overnight Oats for a cold morning – mixed with unsweetened chocolate almond breeze, vanilla yogurt, banana, flax, pb
Warm non-overnight oats for a non-warm morning – mixed with … I don’t remember. Whoops!
More warm oats but this time I do remember – mixed with flax, unsweetened chocolate almond breeze, sugar free jello creme brulee pudding (oh yes I did!) and topped with banana slices and peanut butter mixed with vanilla yogurt! Decadent way to start the day.
Apples with foamy coffee
Especially special when the first big chomp is almost heart-shaped love.
The best buttery rich banana bread ever. Made with mom magic. She’s been making this recipe since I was wee and I don’t think I’ve ever had a better banana bread. Not one drop of healthy in this dessert. Worth every crumb.
Banana bread is always better the next morning. Especially when paired with a Hot Chocolate Smoothie
And yesterday happened to involve a Costco visit. Always a pleasure Costco, always a pleasure. Especially when you send me off with parting gifts of 2kg/4.4lbs of decadent chocolate protein powder at 8 bucks off. It’s not all natural, it’s made with sucralose and other funny ingredients, and it’s cheap and tasty so whatevs.
Can you please lend me a hand in putting a dent into this beast by telling me your favourite ways to use protein powder? Recipes, snacks, whatever floats your protein powder boat, send em my way! It’d be much appreciated. I’ll need to get creative to make my way through this doozy.
Oh and HAPPY FEBRUARY!
Already, do you believe it? Spring is right around the corner! That corner way off in the distance, but it’s still a corner I have in my line of sight so we’re making strides here! Groundhog day tomorrow. Don’t let me down Wiarton Willie!