As most of you know, eating bender has undergone some big changes in the last month. I’ve committed to a new daily schedule that has turned out to be a lot of fun for me. Most importantly, I hope you all have enjoyed the new features, too!
That said, I sometimes find myself missing the good ol’ food journal that this blog was founded on. I sort of get the feeling that I’ve unintentionally abandoned my roots 😳 As a result, I’ve decided that one day a week, I want to return to the food journal and post my day’s eats.
In looking over the blogging schedule, the one day that stood out to me was Friday’s Food for Thought. Although it can sometimes be an interesting post to write, I definitely think that featuring one food per week will get old after a while, especially when I start running out of foods to feature 😉 So I’m going to bid adieu to this weekly feature, and instead replace it with Friday’s Food Journal.
I hope that this change will be a welcome one. If you could please let me know what your opinion is in the comment section, I would greatly appreciate it!
And now, onto the food!
Friday, September 5, 2008
I didn’t feel so hot upon waking up this morning. I think I’ve been getting a little too much sun exposure in AZ. I’m not sunburned by any means, but I just feel extra tired and a little “burnt” out from being outside so many hours of the day. Of course, there is one way to fix that problem…
Coffee Cocoa! Aw, come on – you KNOW you’ve missed seeing this mug every.single.day! Ok, maybe you haven’t missed it – but I can pretend!! Anywho, the mug did it’s job of making me feel more awake. It’s not so much the caffeine (unfortunately, caffeine has little effect on me) as it is the process of sipping a warm, delicious drink first thing in the morning that makes me feel more refreshed.
After sipping, checking emails and reading blogs, I made myself a nice bowl of oatmeal for breakfast.
I wasn’t in the mood to do stove top oats so I used a packet of instant oatmeal instead – Quaker Raisins & Spice. I combined the packet with 1/2 cup water and microwaved for 1:30, then stirred in about 2 tbsp. of unsweetened chocolate almond milk, since the oats were looking a bit dry.
I topped the oatmeal with 1 tbsp. shredded sweetened coconut (I am LOVING this lately!) and a mystery ingredient that you will hear about in tomorrow’s Review post!! I’m sure from the picture you have an idea of what it might be, but for now, I’ll just say that this combination was very yummy!
I spent the morning being lazy around the house. Some days I really enjoy not having anything to do, and today was one of those days. I caught up on blog reading, worked on my own blog and started reading the second book in Stephenie Meyer’s hit series: New Moon.
Honestly, these books are amazing so far. My dad had heard about them and since the author is from AZ, I thought I’d give her a chance. Well, I read the first one, Twilight, in 3 days! Why can’t 500 pages of a textbook read that quickly, huh?
There are four books in the Twilight Series. Basically, it’s a fantasy book about vampires Ok, I know what you’re thinking, and I was definitely skeptical about how much I would enjoy these at first, but I should have known better. I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan, so the fantasy aspect of these books was more than appealing! I highly recommend it, especially for those Harry Potter fans mourning the end of the series.
Trying to find a transition from drinking blood to my lunch is proving quite difficult…
So I’ll just get to the point All that reading and intellectual activity (Ha!) made me hungry! So I made myself a great lunch, starting out with an Ezekiel English muffin spread with Laughing Cow cheese and oven-baked deli turkey.
On the side, I had a bowl of fresh blue–raspberries.
The flowers in the background are courtesy of Bobby. He’s coming to visit for a week – yay! – and sent these to my family as a thank you. Sweet.
And to cap off my craving for sweetness, I had the last of our batch of pluots. Still amazingly juicy and sweet – I hope I can find them this good again!!
I spent the rest of the day reading more of my book – I told you, I’m obsessed! – and headed to the gym when my brother got home from school. Before I went, I had 1/2 a Clif Chocolate Brownie ZBaR.
My dad, brother and I got in a nice workout and then came back to have a fantastic dinner. Seriously, the best dinner my dad has EVER made – and that’s saying something because he’s a great cook!
These were lightly breaded scallops with curry sauce and steamed veggies. The scallops were the main event – my dad rolled the individual pieces in a flour and bread crumb mixture and cooked them in a pan on the stove top with a little Smart Balance, cooking spray and 1/4 cup of lime juice. The lime juice brought out an incredible flavor in the scallops as it permeated through the lightly breaded coating.
The curry sauce was made with a combination of melted Smart Balance, 1 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. dill and a finely chopped green onion. My dad also added a little water because it came out slightly thick at first.
On the side was steamed asparagus, broccoli and zucchini. I added the curry sauce to these, too, because it was just so darn good!
After dinner, I had an extra special treat: mellocreme pumpkins!!
I got so excited after seeing these over at Heather Bakes. They are super sugary, but to me they go with Halloween like jelly beans at Easter. And yes, I’m aware it’s still September What can I say? I start early.
Now I’m doing some blog reading and responding to comments. I’ll probably hit the book again before I go to bed…I’m already half way through it and I just started it this morning – aahh must slow down!!
Sweet dreams, everyone. Have a wonderful weekend