Been a fun week in the kitchen. Breakfasts have been both smoothies and oatmeal most days, though I did have soup a few times too.
Thing is – I love smoothies. I love getting fruits and veggies (and often protein via some Vega or Garden of Life) first thing in the morning. But – when it’s cold, it’s less appealing. So by combining my smoothies with oatmeal, I’m finding that not only am I full for HOURS, I’m also more inclined to enjoy my smoothie since I also have a warm dish.
Speaking of soups….made three different ones this week! A broccoli “cheddar” that was amazing, a roasted mushroom that probably needed less onion (per my guy – he HATES onions) that I didn’t blend well enough, but for a non-onion hater, it was yummy, and a huge batch of lentil/veggie soup that we ate for days….and days and days.
Both the broccoli and mushroom soups came from his book:
The lentil was made up. It’s sort of a mix and match recipe…
- 1 bag green lentils
- 9 cups veggie broth
- 3 tbs Tamari (gluten free soy sauce – could use soy sauce or Bragg’s liquid aminos)
- Veggies & spices of choice!
- Slow cook on low 8 hours
I added corn, potatoes, onions, and carrots for veggies. And oregano and thyme for spices.
There was also a big kale salad. I LOVE a good kale salad, and it’s perfect to make in big batches because the heartiness of the kale means it keeps for several days without getting soggy. And since the death lettuce (aka, Romaine) is still out there, all the more reasons to stick to kale as my green of choice.
Kale, quinoa (I tend to make a big batch of some grain on Sunday’s to enjoy thru the week – this week it was quinoa), tomato, blueberries, cucumber, and onion. Topped with one of my fav tahini dressings from Oh She Glows. I often skip the oil and replace with water though.
So I got a Ninja Cooking System with Auto-IQ just over a year ago (right before Thanksgiving last year), and kind of forgot I had it. But, since having to move furniture around to get the floors done, I found it again in the bottom of the hutch. I realized I hardly use it, though it’s a really groovy thing. So I tried to use it for several things this week. I used it for the batch of quinoa (I typically do stovetop or in the rice cooker), but also played with the Auto-IQ for making the broccoli soup (came out perfectly!) and used it with the slow cooker feature for the lentil soup. Definitely going to keep that sucker out more often. It has 4 features – slow cooker, stove top, steamer, and baking. But also the IQ feature is cool. Been using the recipe book it comes with to get a better sense of how to use it for my needs, but it is fun.
R and I went for pizza one day between major errand running, and out for Thai once for dinner with my guy and his youngest.
Runs and yoga. It’s been cold, and running in the cold (really, doing anything in the cold) isn’t something I dig. I’m thinking of adding in swimming a few days a week. I really, really miss swimming.
Been a good week! Started off with grocery shopping – which is something I actually really enjoy.
Lot’s of school work and studying, which is nothing new, but still went well. My term ends next week Friday, and I’m trying to avoid the last minute push to get stuff done. I mean – I’m a master procrastinator, and certainly suffered from that this week, but I’m still ahead and determined to stay that way so I can enjoy the week and the break before my next term starts in January.
It was also the Feast of St. Nick’s! We celebrate by putting up our decorations on the night of the 5th, and everyone gets a small gift and treats on the morning of the 6th.
My oldest A loves to cook – especially bake – and has been looking for something to document her recipes.
R specifically asked for ear muffs.
And I got this for M! An old blogger friend has her own Etsy shop called Rap Mugs, and this was just perfect!
And of course Kuma got treats too!
The rest of the week was coffee, silly selfies between me, kids, and my guy, a fun (and cold) night out at a football game, getting the side table for the reading spot, and Kuma in her various forms of mostly being lazy.
MY YEAR OF LESS
Well, November stats are in and they’re BAD. I got away from daily tracking, and it’s crazy how easy it is to spend a small fortune just going out to eat. Like $800 worth! Clearly blew it last month. This month may be tough due to holiday travels, but I seriously need to get my butt in gear. So I’m calling November a total fail….ugh.
And while I’m done Christmas shopping – I went over budget there too.