So, I totally ran out of time for What I ate Wednesday this week. (Besides which, it wasn’t very exciting – peanut butter toast, sardines and salad on yet more toast, bacon and vegetable pasta (actually this was really yummy, but not exactly inspiring or wondrous). And it’s so late on thursday that I’m going to kill two birds with one stone and do a fit Friday/WIAW type thursday.
So today, let’s skip the breakfast (because I’m just not as adventurous as the lovely Meenakshi) which was peanut butter toast with coffee as it always is.
Lunch was a yummy honey mustard chicken salad.
I know it looks a bit pathetic to share the chicken out first rather than mixing it in which is way tastier. But Cesar eats like a horse and would happily finish it all without realising while I was still on mouthful number one (especially today after ANOTHER trip to the dentist!). I find this allows me to eat some too.
Tried and tested it may be, but that doesn’t make it any less yummy. And there’s nothing wrong with tried and tested, as dinner will prove..
Dinner was a disaster which left me disappointed. It reminded me why I rarely try new recipes. It’s that Monica-from-Friends part of me that hates to be wrong. I hate it when things don’t work. It puts me in a bad mood. I know it shouldn’t, but it just does. However, I came across a Nigel Slater recipe (I don’t have a link, since this was a good old fashioned hard copy in a magazine, but I’m sure if you google, you’ll find it) for Beans with tomato, coconut milk and coriander. The picture looked so tasty and I had half a jar of beans going to waste in the fridge. So I rolled up my sleeves (metaphorically of course, it’s way too hot for sleeves) and decided to venture out of my cooking comfort zone and give it a go.
This was a bad idea to begin with because the supermarkets here are hardly worthy of the name. They stock nothing, so expecting to find all the yummy spices I needed was laughable. I could probably get them if I ventured to one of the bigger stores or hunted out a more specialised food store, but that requires effort that a hot, sticky afternoon where all you want is to get rid of half a jar of beans just doesn’t have. So I crossed my fingers and hoped the spices I did have from the recipe would cover me. They came close, but not quite close enough.
The next pitfall was that the recipe asks for water. So I added some, against my best judgement having looked in the pot. I hate to say I told you so, but, well…I was right. It ended up way too thin and then I had to bugger about with it to sort that out. Which didn’t help matters. I chucked in a bit of spinach and ate it anyway. It was fine and nowhere near as awful as I was expecting). But there’s a ton of improvements to be done
if when I make it again (in Autumn when it’s cooler out).
I also had a slice of water melon, a cheeky beer at the bar downstairs and a large glass of wine to help me through the dinner disaster! Which brings me to what yesterday’s post was originally going to be about before my computer gave up…
…Snacks. Originally my What I Ate Wednesday was going to be a When I Eat Wednesday, because this seems to be my downfall at the moment. Breakfast is all good. Mornings, I tend not to snack and if I do, I’m happy with a slice of melon or a special K bar. Lunch is usually pretty healthy, and the afternoons where I’m not tempted down to sit in the sun with a beer or an ice cream are pretty healthy snack-wise too. Dinner itself is usually pretty healthy.
BUT…it’s the pre and post dinner snacks that are killing my best efforts. I graze away before dinner and then after dinner, well it would be rude not to have a chunk of chocolate or a biscuit, or *insert snack of chice here* with the rest of my wine wouldn’t it. not to mention the wine itself!
How do I stop this snacking? Or any good tips for replacement snacks? At this point in the day I absolutely and completely utterly do not want fruit. Fruit in my head is a daytime food. And I eat a tonne of veg with my meals, so I really don’t want to sit and nibble carrot sticks and celery either. But I have to stop killing what would otherwise be a fairly low calorie, healthy day with snacks. Aaaaaah! and I can only imagine the back to school induced snacking soon to come…
On the plus fit Friday side of things…my gym is open again!! YAY!! I was there by 10 a.m. this morning. It feels good that I missed it and got right back there. Now to keep it up!
in celebration, I give you…
Ok this has nothing to do with the gym, but I love it and after the gym today I just kept thinking of the first line “shake your butt!”