So I totally flopped and forgot to show you the rest of my parents (and some of my) eats from the end of our Christmas holidays so what better place to give da noms then Jen’s wonderful linkup?
Before I begin, I want to give so much love back to you guys for all of your wonderful comments and feedback on my video and question yesterday. I really hope to get something like that started within this year but I do want to say that I do know my limits. Some of you guys were concerned that my blog would take a hit but rest assured that I would not take more than I can handle and I would never stop blogging. So don’t you all worry. 😉 One of the main reasons I was hesitant about the whole thing (aside from the lack of a RD status thing) was that I DID NOT want you to see me as “using” you guys for money or turning this blog into a marketing scam. NO. I hate blogs that do that and are constantly throwing products in your face because, well, what fun is that to read? No. Instead, this would be a completely separate thing (If I get it going) that would be for those who really want me to dive in and help them get some healthy habits into their lives plus provide them with answers (to the best of my abilities) to their specific questions when they need it. I would not stop blogging and I would not hold certain things aside for paying clientele only because, as I mentioned, this would be separated and it would be much more on a personalized level. So yeah, still trying to work it out if it’s possible but I will keep you updated. 🙂
Now onto the fun stuff.
Due to it’s being a wee bit late, I’m not sure what days these are from but I hope you can forgive me for that.
One thing I always say is don’t be afraid to ask for what you want no matter how weird you think you’re being. My parents and I did shopping round deux at Yorkdale Mall on December 30th I believe and I got this beauty from a sandwich place. Yes. Does that look anything like a sammy? Nope. I got all hot and bothered by their lobster offering and that sparked me an idea and hey, if you never ask, you will never receive.
So what did I get?
I asked if I could “make a sandwich” but instead of having it on bread, I would have it on salad (which would be rung up as the side salad.) So for my “sammy” I got lobster x2 and grilled veggies x2 (guys, these portions were tiny!) all over their house mixed vegetable salad with balsamic vinaigrette on the side. Despite getting multiple offerings of both my toppings, the salad was a tad bit small for my liking, but the lobster made me quite happy.
Another night, my Mom and I made her maple stew together.
This one is made with potatoes, carrots, celery, mushrooms, can of crushed tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, 1/4 cup white wine, 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, 1/2 cup chicken stock and 1/4 cup of water. There was chicken in there too. My Mom likes to cut up some chicken breast, toss it in a bag with a bit of flour, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and pepper and then brown it up in a pan before adding it to the stew. The whole thing cooks together in a dutch oven (or large oven safe dish) or crockpot until the potatoes and carrots are fork tender.
Now, there are some swaps you can do here as there are some ingredients that I would not personally want to eat due to my own preferences and dietary restrictions.
- If you are like me and try to watch your sugar intake, you can reduce or nix the maple syrup and use maple extract. I don’t know how successful that would be, but you can try it out.
- You can use sweet taters or squash for the potatoes if they aren’t your thing.
- For the chicken, you can use oat flour or even coconut flour for a paleo or gluten free version. You can omit the floury coating all together but it helps the seasoning stick to the chicken and probably does add a lil bit to the thickness of the stew.
They had their stew with some seedy bread and buttah.
#Saladbeasts also made an appearance again, and this time, my Mom was home to have one. She is picky about what she deems appropriate for a salad though cuz she all kinds of crazy.
The base salad my Mom put together and was just a bag of chopped romaine with radicchio pieces, some mixed dark greens, some kale (I threw that in their ;-)), and some chopped raw veggies (carrots, peppers, cucumber and celery).
For her salad, I added roasted asparagus and portabello mushrooms, some sundried tomatoes, pickles (because they are her fav) and sauteed shrimpies in Mrs. Dash herb and garlic seasoning.
My Dad is a lil bit more
Roasted asparagus, onions, portabello mushrooms and potatoes in garlic and rosemary, sundried tomatoes and some jarred roasted red peppers. He also got a serving of my homemade bison meatballs which were simply ground bison, finely diced onion, garlic, pepper, and a good shake of Worcestershire sauce baked at 375 for about 30 minutes, flipping over once.
Now that is a salad that makes me drool.
On my final night at home (Jan 3rd), I made a super simple recipe that came from Lee over at FitFoodieFinds. My parents loved it and my Mom asked me for the recipe so that she can make it again.
Sorry for the horrible lighting but I wanted to show you the dish before it was baked. Basically it’s a layered dish with uncooked quinoa on the bottom (which you pour stock over top), then a layer of chopped kale, then sundried tomatoes (+ mushrooms that I added because my parents love those shrooms), then a layer of cooked turkey sausage rounds and a sprinkling of part skim mozzarella cheese.
On my last morning, I made my Dad breakfast as I was home when woke up due to it being a restday from the gym. #SundayFunday.
Normally he has frozen bagged hashbrowns and eggs on the weekend so I essentially made him a whole food, updated version of that. Basically I quickly steamed a potato (microwave steamer pot) that I chunked up and tossed that into a pan with some coconut oil, onion, garlic, peppers, mushrooms and kale and sauteed that up until they all started to brown a bit. I then added some of our leftover sundried tomatoes, Mrs. Dash garlic and herb seasoning and pepper and gave that a good toss around and popped a lid on it. After a few minutes (the oil from the sundried tomatoes will brown those taters!), I cracked two eggs right on top, popped the lid on it again and waited for the eggs to be done.
They were supposed to be all runny and such but I left them go a tad bit long so they were more runny-hard, but my Dad was a happy camper.
Before we left with all my stuff, I enjoyed this lil numba..
Stuffed 5 egg (1 whole, 4 white) omelette with sauteed mushrooms, asparagus, zucchini and onions, alfalfa sprouts and kale. I seasoned it with Mrs Dash tomato basil (why don’t they have this one in Canada!? So good!), garlic powder, chili flakes and peppah. On the side was some garlicky green beans and a lil salad.
On our way back I had to snap a pic of the sleepy passenger. I’m glad that she always comes to take me back despite being sad that my time with her is over.
But just so I end on food, I give you my postworkout lunch today
Okay maybe some shredded zucchini and 2 whole egg whites helps with the plump-age, but I can say I’m just magical cuz I’m the writer here :-D. These zoats had 40 grams of nanner (because this was the first thing I ate after my workout…need those quick digesting carbies), pink salt, cinnamon, vitamin C powder (Pranin), english toffee extract (yummers I have missed my extracts) and a chocolate peanut butter protein icing thanks to Diesel Perfect Whey.
I’m still trying to adjust to having some mid morning (mid morning to me) classes so because I had a 9:30 class, I had to go to the gym afterwards (because if I wanted to go before, I would have to be there by like 6 to get my whole workout in). As a result, my postworkout and lunch had to morph into one thing and, well, I wasn’t mad at the outcome.
Could anyone else eat oatmeal all day everyday and still love their life? I could.
Well that’s it folkaroonies and now you should go make yourself some oats. 😛
Happy Hump Day!
How do you spice up your oats? Plain oats make me sad, add some life in there!
How are you adjusting to being back at school or work? Did you have to shift anything around?