[not so] busy day

Ever have one of those days that you expect to be super busy, and instead finding yourself doing absolutely nothing? 

This doesn’t happen very often, but today was such a day.  I woke up bright and early to fit in some quad stretches, knee strengtheners, and a 4-mile walk/trot (+ icing of course!)  As I was eating breakfast, I suddenly realized that most of my plans had been either cancelled or put off until tomorrow.  And then I suddenly found myself enjoying this fact.  Everything has been a little too crazy lately, and I enjoyed journaling and eating my breakfast in a leisurely way.  😀

  • 1/4 c. each oatmeal and oatbran
  • 1/4 c. wheatbran
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
  • splash of vanilla
  • toppings: scoopful of peanut butter and Galaxy Granola

Journaling.  Oats.  Sunny morning.  Life is beautiful. 😀

I’ve really been enjoying my morning walks these past couple of days.  Mind you, I’m still a runner at heart.  But there’s something special and relaxing about a long walk.  And it’s such a great energizer for the rest of the day.

Morning snack!  Note my [upside down] reflection in the spoon. :mrgreen:

  • 6-oz. yogurt
  • 1 T. crushed flax
  • 1/2 sliced banana
  • scoopful of Galaxy Granola for crunch and fun

Attention, ladies and gents.  This may very well be the new “hummus” in my house. :mrgreen:

The latest Everday Food by Martha Stewart had a recipe for a white bean dip, and knowing how much I love, love, love cannellini beans for their soft, buttery flavor, I set out to make it! 😀  I did change it around a little, basing it on one can of beans for three servings.

Mix the following ingredients in a food processor or blender. 

  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp rosemary
  • 1 T. red wine vinegar

You must try this, I kid you not! 😀  I sprinkled a bit of cajun on top of my serving.

And smeared it all over two Doctor Krackers for some major crunch and flavor. 😀

I also sauteed 1/4 a cabbage with a scoop of seeded dijon mustard.  I love cabbage when it gets all crispy brown in the pan.

I hate seeing things go to waste, so I’ve been managing to find ways to incorporate the Irish soda bread into my daily snacks and meals.  This afternoon’s snack in particular was totally delicious.  I think the bread gets better with age—especially when toasted!

I smeared about a tablespoon of cashew butter on top of a toasted slice and drizzled a bit of honey on top.  Yummy!

I also snagged along two fruits this afternoon because despite having a low key day, I did manage to fit in a trip to the grocery store.  I knew dinner wouldn’t be until late, so a pear and an apple were consumed throughout the afternoon to prevent any purchases that were off the grocery list. 😉

Dinner came around 7’ish, which is super late for me (although I know this is probably early for some people…haha.)  By that time I was pretty hungry, and this uber sized salad hit the spot!  Salads are like a blank canvas, waiting to be filled with color and thought.  This particular salad had one of my favorite toppings: feta cheese!  It totally made this salad. 😀

  • mesculin mix
  • carrot
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • sweet onions
  • 1 zucchini, grilled with a bit of salt and pepper
  • 1/4 c. feta
  • black olives
  • dressing: balsamic vinegar and orange juice

There’s no right or wrong when it comes to the perfect salad.  Your imagination is the limit! 😀

+ a toasted slice of—you guessed it—Irish soda bread with a pat of butter.

Off to make a snack and relax.  Tomorrow really is going to be a busy day. 😉

Question: What time of day do you normally eat dinner?  Usually I’m eating by 5 or 6 o’clock the latest.  During the summer though, I enjoy later meals, when everybody is home.  That way, we can all dine and discuss outside on the deck.  Just one of the many perks of summer! 😀

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Hi and Welcome!!! I'm a 30 something year old who loves Jesus, nutrition, green tea, my family and my tuxedo cat named Humphrey. I enjoy photography, cooking and working at the local hospital as a Registered Dietitian. Thanks for stopping by!

20 thoughts on “[not so] busy day

  1. White beans always make really good dips cuz they’re so creamy! So do black beans 😀

    I eat dinner around 5 because I get hungry sooner! It’s crazy…a few years ago, I had this stupid rule where I had to wait until 6 to eat dinner. Why?? I couldn’t tell ya

  2. Aaaah, I secretly love it when my clients cancel meetings and I find myself with a couple hours in the middle of the day to get something else done or NOT! BTW, those krackers look awesome. I love “Everything Flatbread” and look similar. I eat between 5-6 if I can get things organized and cooked up before the kids start climbing up my legs wanting foooood.

    • Honestly, you won’t even notice it’s there. But it *does* bulk everything up and adds some fiber if you normally find yourself starving midmorning like me. 😉 It’s also yummy added to breakfast cookies, but I find that I can taste it in there (kind of like a bran muffin flavor!)

  3. Thanks for that easy hummus recipe. I always end up tossing out the left over tahini. But I love that your recipe doesn’t even use it.

    As for dinner, we usually eat between 6 to 6:30pm. I like dinner to start and end within 1 hour. On the weekends, I love to get in my kitchen and put a whole days preparation of food on the table. It gets tough now though since the sun has made a reappearance and the temps are high 50’s to 60’s.

  4. Girl, I WISH I had busy days that turned out to be not so busy. Usually it’s the opposite!

    I usually end up eating dinner late, but I’m trying to boost it up. It’s tough with my busy schedule! But I do eat breakfast mad early, so I think it would be better for me to eat din earlier as well. I’m workin’ on it.

    PS – cabbage is TOTES underrated

  5. My family eats at 8 because South Americans tend to eat very late and my dad often worked late and my mom wanted us to eat as a family. I still stick to that time more or less because it feels natural to me. Usually I’ll eat closer to 7:30, though. I love outdoor meals in the summer!

  6. Oh I love cannellini beans too. A summer staple of mine is a tuna/basil/cannellini bean salad.

    We eat dinner ridiculously early some day – around 5pm – mostly because I have two little ones who are hungry then. Only problem I have with this is it usually means I’m starving by 8!

  7. Ha! I’m still in my pajamas. It’s my last day of spring break so I’m being lazy and waiting for my farm to grow on farmville 😉

    I eat dinner usually between 5:30-7

  8. We usually eat anytime between 6 and 7 pm. Every evening we have an activity or outing scheduled, so we rarely get to enjoy a leisurely, relaxed dinner except for one or two evenings during the week. I’d like to make dinner a more relaxed time (as it was in my house before I got married!). Gotta figure out a way… 🙂

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