I bought a big bag of kale for the first time yesterday (it was on sale…but of course ^_^). I normally pick up spinach, and while it was also on sale I’m ALL about trying new foods! I was going to have blackberries this morning, but decided on the more savory route instead. Just wasn’t in the mood for sweet. Gotta say, A+ decision on my part! Also, the blackberries will absolutely still be good tomorrow, they didn’t HAVE to be used right away. Maybe a “blackberry” day will be in order then? Ohhh! BUT today is a kale kind of day! I will be going to have birthday/Thanksgiving dinner at my dad’s tonight so this is also a great way to keep things light and fresh for the day! SOOO excited about what I might make for lunch!
Scrambled Eggs with Kale
2 handfulls of Kale, lightly chopped
1/4 small Onion, chopped
1/3 cup diced Tomato
1 clove Garlic, minced
Fresh chopped Basil
Fresh chopped Marjoram
1 T grated Parmesan
S&P to taste
Spray your saucepan with a little oil and sautee diced onion and garlic. Add basil and marjoram (or herbs/spices of your choice!) and cook until fragrant. Add tomatoes and throw kale on top of all that. Let wilt, but not too much, try to keep the kale a little crunchy. Mix together, add parmesan and crack a couple eggs on top of all that. Add a little almond milk to keep everything moist if you want. Scramble up the eggs with the veggies until they’re cooked to your liking! Plate with a little kosher salt and pepper on top!
My first shoulder bump with kale was a surprising and very pleasant experience! Not that I didn’t think I would like it, but I was shocked at how nice and crisp the kale stayed even after a bit of wilting. Spinach tends to lose most of its crunch after wilting it even for just a little bit. So I was REALLY happy with the heartiness of this meal! PERFECT for a light morning! Kale tastes almost like a combination of the earthiness of spinach and peppery flare of arugula. I can’t even wait to see what I’ll come up with for lunch. KALE ROCKS!!!
Wilted Kale, Arugula and Cottage Cheese salad
Large handful of Kale
Small handful of Arugula
1/2 cup Low-Fat Cottage Cheese
1 Parsnip, shredded
1 cup Mushrooms
1/3 cup diced Tomatoes
Freshly grated Ginger
Low-Fat Sesame Ginger dressing
Sautee the parsnips until soft. Add ginger, mushrooms and tomatoes and heat through. Add kale and arugula and cover for about 2 minutes until wilted but still crispy. Stir everything up and take off of heat. Add to a bowl with 1/2 cup cottage cheese and mix up. Drizzle with a little sesame ginger dressing (or dressing of your choice, this of course went really well with the ginger already in it).
Of course I totally loved this! Lots of flavour, light and good for you! I need to try one of these millions of kale chip recipes eventually, they certainly would go awesome with this salad!
Nooooo I didn’t JUST have this ABSOLUTELY AMAZING carrot cake cheesecake that my dad made me for my entire dinner…but I DID have 2 pieces! I just happened to take a piece home as well and so took a picture of it when I got back. My dad is a super amazing cook and knows that I’m big into cheesecake. I request one from him every year, and I LOVE surprises, so I let him pick what kind he wanted to make me. OH MAN! This was the PERFECT choice as I completely adore carrot cake! My dad just knows me so well.
Also with the carrot cake came appetizers (chocolate popcorn, indian candy corn, and a cheese and cracker selection), ham, sweet potatoes and green beans. I did have a small amount of seconds (1 extra slice of ham and 1 piece of sweet potato) and then of course the 2 helpings of cake (hey, it was my birthday cake from my dad! Why not?) He then proceeded to give me a selection of fudge cubes he brought back from Frankenmuth Michigan, which I attempted to share but nobody would take any because they were “mine” and there were plenty of other sweets to eat that were “everybody’s”…bah. So I sampled a couple cubes of them and had a little more popcorn until my sweet tooth was satisfied and my stomach was full and happy. I once again did not overeat to the point of bursting. I’m getting SO much better at just eating like a normal person. I’m incredibly proud of me. AND I only saw 2 extra pounds on the scale the next morning! So it was a good night!
Morning weigh-in: 125 lbs
Exercise: None today, I worked from home all day before going to my dad’s and then wasn’t much in the mood for exercise after eating a bunch of food, but I will make up for it with an hour of stair stepping later.