Here it is!!
Grapes ‘n’ Oats
- 1/4 c. each oatmeal and oatbran
- 1 c. milk + 3/4 c. water
- 1/2 [very] ripe banana
- 1/4 c. wheat bran (stirred in towards end)
- 15 grapes (chopped in half, saving a few for the top…stirred in towards end)
I loved it!
Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I took your words of encouragement and just went with it (although I wish I would have read about the brilliant idea of adding ginger to the mix…there’s always next time!) I stirred the grapes into the oats towards the end of cooking, which was just enough to get them hot and juicy, without letting them overcook. I loved the tartness next to the sweet banana. Mmm…
I finished up so much homework last night, that I was able to take advantage of a very full and complete workout this morning. Starting with 30 minutes of arms and abs, I then transitioned over to the gym for some cardio. I’m discovering early on, that my secret for staying motivated at the gym is by mixing things up! While the occasional 30 minutes of elliptical won’t kill me, I crave variety.
Today I did 1.5 miles on the ellliptical, then went directly to 10 minutes on the stairmaster (I was sweating bullets on this thing!) and finished with 20 minutes of walking on the treadmill at a 7% incline. It was not running, by any means, but it did keep me interested and I got a good, sweaty workout that left me feeling refreshed.
I also just found out that there are two open swimming lanes available almost all of the time. I am not a swimmer (at all!!) but I would love to get some cardio in that form too. Working out in the water is such a low impact way of staying fit.
When I came home, I was starving and broke into a juicy orange and some pistachios.
All I wanted for lunch was a big ol’ salad, so that’s what I went with.
- mesculin greens
- 1 carrot
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/2 c. black beans
- black olives, sliced
- green olives
- 1/2 tomato
- 1/2 c. cottage cheese
- dressing: 1 tsp each olive oil and balsamic vinegar
I finished off the last of the Annies’ whole wheat bunnies too.
This afternoon I made a favorite yogurt snack of plain yogurt, 2 T. crushed flax, 1/2 a whole wheat pumpkin muffin and about a tsp of peanut butter. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This snack does *not* get old.
I order Everday Food by Martha Stewart, and there’s a big pile of them in the magazine rack. Most of them have gone completely untouched! Which is a shame, because there are a ton of creative (and tweakable) recipes in there.
Tonight on the menu?
“Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Cauliflower”–modified just a bit, by cutting back on the oil and skipping the step of adding vinegar to the veggies (sweet potatoes do not need vinegar, in my opinion )
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into medium bites
- 1 T. olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 1 T. red-wine vinegar
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
- 1 c. low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 1/2 T. cold, unsalted butter
1. Preheat oven to 450. On a baking sheet, toss sweet potato and cauliflower with 1 T. oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast until browned, 25-30 minutes, flipping once.
2. Heat 1/2 T. oil over medium low. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook until golden and cooked thorough, 30-35 minutes, flipping halfway through. Transfer chicken to plate and cover with foil.
3. To the skillet, add broth, thyme, and 1 T. vinegar. Cook over medium high, scraping the browned bits, 3-5 minutes. Return chicken to skillet and stir in butter. Flip chicken to cover with pan sauce. Serve chicken with veggies and pan sauce.
Everyone–everyone!–loved this meal. It was so simple to put together too, and tasted absolutely delicious. The extra bit of butter in the pan sauce gives such a rich flavor that will make you swear this is gourmet.
Next time, I think I’ll double the recipe so that there are leftover veggies and chicken for sandwiches and freezing.
+ dessert…chocolate with bits of coconut throughout. Yum! I only have one chocolate left from my Valentines stash! It’s going to have to be savored.
I have a busy morning planned tomorrow. But it’s a fun busy, so I’m excited. It will involve shopping, starbucks coffee, snowman making, and Tae Bo with the sis (a little nervous about that, I have to admit…haha.)
Have a very happy weekend!!!
Question: (I hope you’re not sick of snow questions yet!) What’s your favorite snow activity? I don’t know why building snowmen has to stop after a certain age. I mean…really! (a) It’s a workout for the arms and (b) it’s just plain fun! :mrgreen: Aside from that, I love just taking a walk out in the woods during a snowstorm. It’s absolutely gorgeous out there!