Another Week, Another Meal(s)

As I mentioned before, I’ve been experimenting more with cooking and sometimes this works out well, while other times it’s a great big mess. That’s all part of the charm of cooking- what others might call disastrous.

I was especially adventurous with my breakfasts this week. My first breakfast was pancakes that contained a secret ingredient, cottage cheese! I followed a recipe that looked good but it didn’t quite come out the way I intended. If I were to try it again, which I will, I think I’ll include both baking soda and baking powder, as I’ve found that creates the best result. These pancakes were very flat and thin and I don’t think it was that my stove wasn’t hot enough. No worries because I improvised and stacked them on top of each other so that instead of six flat pancakes, I had three fluffy ones, stuffed and topped with…peanut butter!

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This baked oatmeal concoction is a beauty. It includes oats, pumpkin, mashed banana, dates, raisins, apple, and walnuts. So full of fall flavors!

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These eggs were the best scrambled eggs I’ve ever had and all it included were two eggs, a quarter cup of cottage cheese, and a dash of salt and pepper. Served with toast and a big bowl of fruit and my stomach was full and content!

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Another bit of a breakfast baking fail, but it was still tasty. I haven’t made homemade waffles in awhile, but I was craving one and pulled out the maker. I included whole wheat flour, oats, applesauce, egg whites, baking powder and soda, and cinnamon. My biggest problem was that I poured too much into the waffle maker at once. My other complaint was that the waffle was a bit mushy. I’ve heard that tossing in some cornstarch will help, so I am going to give that a whirl next time! Oh, look what I topped it with…peanut butter and jelly!

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The next day, I made some delicious pumpkin French toast, mostly because we were out of bananas and couldn’t make much else that was sweet. So delicious!

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Saturday morning, I woke with a hankering for eggs, so I fried two up and served with toast and fruit.

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Finally reunited with some banana, I made some of my peanut butter oats. These are so warm and filling.

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Leftover pizza and a fresh chopped salad was on the menu for lunch on Monday. I think all the healthy, crunchy veggies make up for the toasty, cheesy pizza! Regardless, it’s a delightful combination.

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I had a battle of my mind and taste buds one day when I had some grilled tilapia all ready to go, but I was craving grilled cheese. Once again, I improvised, eating a serving of fish and toasting some cheese on no piece of toast with carrots and celery on the side.

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I went into Boston one day, so I stopped at a Mediterranean place for a quick salad and I was not disappointed! This included lettuce and a cucumber, pepper, and tomato concoction that was very flavorful. Unfortunately, you can only see all the delicious chicken on top, but underneath, there are a ton of veggies. Half of a warm pita came with it.

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I paired a piece of grilled salmon with leftover Parmesan baked veggies, sautéed spinach, and brown rice.

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Using leftover grilled chicken, I grilled up some veggies for a stir fry including some black beans and tossed with barbecue sauce, which has become a bit of an obsession of mine lately. I enjoyed this with a handful of tostitos on the side.

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I had some curry sauce leftover from dinner the night before, so I stewed some chickpeas and a variety of vegetables and served it over coconut basmati rice. So good, but kind of heavy to eat before a run.

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Sunday, I went to a family party and forgot to snap a picture of my lunch. I enjoyed some chicken Caesar salad, a piece of ham, and a slice of cake!

Monday’s dinner was an assortment of things, including tilapia, a baked sweet potato with butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon, baked Parmesan veggies, and the last of the black bean soup.

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Steak with barbecue sauce with spinach brown rice, Brussels sprouts, and turnip came the next night and it was very good.

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This was a whole wheat spaghetti dinner with half of a chicken sausage, peppers, leftover veggies, and a slice of toast. It’s unfortunate that toast pairs so well with pasta because it’s so many carbs and it’s hard to control myself!

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To go with teriyaki chicken, I found a recipe for baked sweet potato fries that were so good! I also had some asparagus and a bite of some Chinese food items my dad picked up on the way home.

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I am loving the chicken curry sauce I found at the grocery store that has only fresh ingredients, no preservatives. It’s so simple, but a tad spicy. I stewed it up with chicken and veggies and enjoyed it over coconut basmati rice.

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Saturday night, I babysat and made myself this very cheesy and toasty grilled cheese that hit the spot! To go with it, I had chopped up some carrots, celery, cucumber, and peppers and for sweetness, I enjoyed an assortment of berries.

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Sunday night, after wedding dress shopping with my sister, we came home with a pizza and I made a quick salad. My favorite pizza topping is roasted red peppers and though this one was green, it was still tasty.

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Here’s to another great week of food!

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