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Project “Ignore” continues!

I didn’t speak to #1 all day again. You know…too busy and all. Just REALLY really busy…

I got my kitchen table today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love it so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The guys at the furniture store who helped me load it were INCREDIBLY impressed that I can back up a car. I swooped right back to the loading dock and jumped out of my car and they said “DAMN! Normally we’re standing here waiting forever while the customer takes their sweet time trying to figure out how to back up a car…” I felt…competent.

I get my table then head to another store to buy some gold paint.

When I get home I unbox the pieces and get to painting!

It’s oil based paint. So it’s taking forever and a half to try. Grrr….it looks beautiful though! I mean, I didn’t do very good, but it’s got that “rustic” look, so it’s just what I wanted.

I go on a walk to wait for the pieces to dry. It was my intent to buy supplies. I got as far as my work to refill my water and as I was talking with my 3rd favorite person there, I see PFH#3 over his shoulder purchasing something in the cafe. I get so many butterflies, I have to go…I also realize I forgot to grab a coupon I needed for what I wanted to buy. Shit…I guess I’ll just walk back home.

On my walk back G passes me and waves and whatnot. This makes my day wonderful.

I go to grab the table legs and the pieces are STILL not completely dry. But I can’t wait any longer. I put the thing together (carefully I might add, you try putting together a table without touching the legs really hehe) and stand it up beautifully on my own. I love it so much. It completes my kitchen and is so gorgeous.

I make dinner, but since the legs are still wet on my table, I don’t get to cook on it or eat on it tonight.

Breakfast:

BEST COBBLER IN THE WORLD!!!!

Adapted slightly from: http://www.kitchenlane.com/2012/06/very-berry-fruit-streusel-cobbler-and.html

Generous 3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 cup red raspberries
1 cup black raspberries or blackberries
1 cup dark sweet or sour pitted cherries
2 1/2 cups pitted and chopped red or black plum, or apricots, or peeled, pitted and chopped peaches (or a combination)
2 to 4 teaspoons lemon juice
Dough
1 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose white flour
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Ice cream or whipped cream for serving

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9-inch by 13-inch flat baking dish with nonstick spray. For filling: Thoroughly stir together granulated sugar and cornstarch in a large bowl. Gently stir in the berries, fruit and lemon juice until well blended. Spread mixture evenly in baking dish.

For dough: Thoroughly stir together the flour, brown and granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter, stirring until incorporated. Add the egg, stirring with a fork until mixture is blended and clumped. Sprinkle the clumps of dough mixture evenly over fruit.

Bake in middle third of oven for 35 to 45 minutes, or until well browned and bubbly. Test the center with a tooth pick; the particles should look dry and crumbly, not wet or gummy. Transfer to wire rack and let cool to barely warm or cooled before serving. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

Makes about 10 servings.

*I used cherries, strawberries and blueberries. And my friend, this was the VERY BEST cobbler I’ve ever made. It was so crazy ridiculous that I ate the entire thing. I didn’t even care. Hehe. DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lunch:

Just a PB&J, it was boring so I didn’t take a picture. I like to show you guys exciting food.

Dinner:

Chicken, Rutabaga and Mushrooms in Banana Coconut Sauce

Dear god I’m in love with rutabaga.

I knew it would go well even with this sweet dish since it is a root vegetable and inherently sweet. I reference this recipe that I’ve used before. It was delicious! I know you think it sounds gross. But really, it was SO good. I am a bit weird with food though, nothing is gross to me.

 

When I got online later this night, PFH#1 tried messaging me again. I sort of figured I didn’t want to burn any bridges QUITE yet, so I answered him. Jesus H did THIS open a fucking floodgate. All of a sudden he wants to talk to me. I couldn’t get the guy to shut the hell up. It’s great how ignoring someone really brings out the crazy in them. It was nice to feel appreciated.

He tries telling me yet again that he wants to see me. I tell him pretty bluntly that he’s full of shit. I say “You say that, but your follow-through is crap.” He claims work keeps him from seeing me. I said “Oh no, that’s ok…I’ve got another man willing to make time for me and take me to do all the things that you promise but never do. I’m CERTAIN he doesn’t mind filling in for you.” I do in fact name names. I want him to know who it is that is taking his place. I’m not interested in games. He needs to know that he is losing me and exactly who he is losing me to. He seems upset by this. He tells me he will make it happen. I say “I’m waiting.”

Not for long I’m not.

Movie date and work all night tomorrow with PFH#3. I’m so excited I could just scream.

I will also let him know that the invitation is there to stay any time he’d like. He will not take me up on it. He would feel like he is taking advantage of me. This is OK. It’s not about sex. It’s simply about the invitation and getting those gears turning. Getting him thinking.

Exercise: 4 mile walk

Happy post

I just wanted to say, G appreciates me so much.

We stayed up till about 1:30 AM talking on the computer.

First he asked me out on Wednesday before we work all night together. It will be the perfect day.

Second, he bought me a grill. He is out of his damn mind. Just a small charcoal one, not like a huge fancy gas grill or anything (I already want to kill him for spending money on me at ALL let alone him even THINKING about buying me something as expensive as that…), and I insisted he shouldn’t have done that. He basically says “Damage is done! If you want it, it’s yours.” ^#$)%&^%(*@!!! OF COURSE I WANT IT! It is something I can cook food on, and cooking is the most important thing in the world to me. Completely not fair to buy me something I couldn’t possibly turn down (as long as he barely paid anything for it…he keeps telling me it was insanely inexpensive and that is why he picked it up for me).

I hope he knows I already like him. He doesn’t have to buy my love. I adore him just as he is. He doesn’t have to buy me things, he doesn’t have to lose weight (although I know he really wants to just to be healthier…same reason he quit smoking years ago), he doesn’t have to take me out to movies or dinner (I am happiest just sitting in the car after work talking to him for hours…) All I’d ever require from him is his love.

I almost fell asleep at the computer so many times, but kept the volume up so when he messaged me, I would hear it. I didn’t want to miss anything. I wanted to stay up so badly.

Then I asked him on a date for the 29th. It’s actually a work group outing for a mutual friend’s birthday. We’re all going to see a screening of Monty Python’s “Meaning of Life”: at a downtown theater and I totally told him “You’re going and you’re going to have fun whether you like it or not. Because you’ll be with me. And I’m awesome.” He could not argue with this reasoning, so he will be attending. There will be dinner and drinks at a TBD restaurant afterwards so maybe I can get him drunk and get him to stay here with me that night. Actually does he work the next day…*checks schedule*…shitballs, he works at 8:30 AM…well all the more reason for him to just stay here.

Then he ALSO wanted to be completely certain I was attending ANOTHER work-related get together (co-worker’s retirement party), and as such we have signed our names as guests one right after the other on the list. So really we plan on going to that together too. So that’s 3 dates.

The idea of someone making lots of time for me is pretty awesome as fuck. I like being cared about.

Breakfast:

Sugar-free Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Sometimes I’m just in the mood for something with a bit less calories.

Taken from: http://www.alaskafromscratch.com/2012/06/13/blueberry-banana-baked-oatmeal/

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 3/4c blueberries
  • 1c rolled oats (not quick)
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • 1/2t baking powder
  • 1/4t salt
  • 1c milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3T butter, melted
  • 1/4c pure maple syrup
  • 1t vanilla
  • 1/4c walnuts, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Grease a 1-1/2 quart casserole dish.
  2. Lay the bananas in a single layer in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle 1/2c of the blueberries over bananas.
  3. In a bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Stir and sprinkle over fruit.
  4. Whisk milk, egg, butter, syrup, and vanilla. Pour over oats, coating evenly. Sprinkle remaining blueberries and walnuts over top. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden and bubbly and set in the center.
  5. Serve with milk.

Notes

Leftovers reheat well the next day. Store covered in refrigerator.

Additional toppings might include: brown sugar, additional maple syrup, more walnuts, milk/cream, etc.

*Interesting preparation, not my favorite way to do it I think. It turned out a bit on the soupy side, but still really good. The pictures at least look really pretty.

Lunch:

The other half of that cheesy garlic bread.

Dinner:

Strawberry Balsamic Yogurt Chicken with Roasted Rutabaga

Out of absolutely insane curiosity, I bought a rutabaga today. I wanted it. I’d never tried one and I wanted it. So I took it, I roasted it for 40 minutes with olive oil, salt and pepper, and finished with a little parsley. AHHHHH SOOOOO GOOD! I will be buying much more of this later.

I also made the balsamic strawberry yogurt chicken I always make, but roasted the strawberries first in the oven with some butter and brown sugar. Fantastic.

 

The only thing that could possibly make me happier right now would be NOT having to work tomorrow…because it means being there without G. And I am miserable there without him.

I worry about him slightly, as he asks my dieting advice a lot and tells me the number of cals he eats a day. The number is generally not over 1,000.

I don’t like this.

First of all, he’s a man. He needs more calories. Secondly, yeah he’s short. He’s only 5’8, I am taller than him in my heels by a good 2 inches. But he still HAS to need more than 1,000 cals a day..I think he needs at VERY LEAST 1,600. I worry that he wants to be what *he hopes that I want* so badly that he hurts himself. My dearest darling…I like you just the way you are. Slightly overweight and all. Because that’s not what matters to me.

I’m learning so very much from him.

PFH#1 did not talk to me all day. I plan on ignoring him for a while till I calm down a bit.

Sad (+ a fuckup)

I knew today was going to suck. So bad.

I miss G.

No one cool is going to be at work tonight (which is a short list that includes 4 people, PFH#2, PFH#3, one other guy and a cute chick I have a crush on), PFH#1 is leaving for NYC for a few days (there isn’t much I wouldn’t give to go with him), I have to rush order a project for someone, which means I have to have it done and sent before I go into my retail job, and I’m already depressed from being lovesick (again). I make myself eat breakfast.

Vienna Bread French Toast with caramel-style Blueberry Syrup

French toast made with eggs, milk, a little cinnamon and a little sugar. Syrup made with water, brown sugar, butter and blueberries. Indulgent! And gorgeous!

Lunch:

I had a PB&J sammich,  some cottage cheese, a banana and some raisins.

Dinner:

This is where I majorly fucked up. There was a bunch of that cake left over from the party yesterday. I knew it would still be there. I went in a little early just to have some. And baby, I SMASHED on it. I did not eat so much that I made myself sick, but I was depressed and stopped caring and it was free and there. I ate probably 5 pieces throughout the night AND had a cup of broccoli cheese soup from the cafe. I came home and had a little ice cream.

I will probably not be eating tomorrow as I am depressed.

I got home from work at 11:15 at night and have to be up at 5AM to be back there at 7.

Stupid stupid stupid.

 

Best day *EVER* resulted in Meatless Monday fail

Alton Brown + Doctor Who + acknowledging my existence + sexy tweet = BEST DAY EVER!!!!

@Pistachio_Nut @altonbrown You are most definitely snarkly enough to be the Doctor…but are you…dangerous enough?

@altonbrown @Pistachio_Nut Lady, you have no idea.

This resulted in a complete cognitive meltdown where I jumped up and down uncontrollably in my empty living room and could say nothing but “OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD!” over and over again. This all happened RIGHT before I had to leave for work. My walk was filled with my head going “OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD!” and when I got to work of course had to tell everyone there. My brain just sort of shut down for the rest of the night in a geek-filled stupor and I completely forgot that potato bacon soup and Italian Wedding soup should NOT have been on the menu for Meatless Monday! Whoops!!!! I feel terrible! But I feel great! But I feel terrible! (But MAN do I feel great!)

So this week I am moving my Meatless Monday to Tuesday!

This was the best day ever. (It clearly does not take a lot to make me happy as hell.)

Breakfast:

Blueberry Pomegranate Baked Oatmeal

I simply added fruit to this basic recipe:

Taken from: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Baked-Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • Additional milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and butter. Stir into oat mixture until blended.
  • Spoon into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until set. Serve warm with milk. Yield: 9 servings.

Pomegranates were on clearance 2 for a dollar, so I picked some up! This is how I eat and try new things! I LOVE pomegranate juice, but have not actually cooked WITH pomegranates before! SO COOL!

Lunch:

Grilled pepperjack and sharp cheddar cheese with tomato. I also splashed a little olive oil and that chicken seasoning on the tomato!

 

See? I was doing just fine with my Meatless Monday up until my brain melted.

Dinner:

Bought 2 soups from work, potato bacon and Italian Wedding. Fuuuuuuck! BRAIN why you go all melty from one stupid geek-related sexy comment??? You suck!

I will make it up to you tomorrow! PROMISE!

 

ALSO got in promised yoga for Nicole today! YES! So it wasn’t a complete fail day! Just partial.

 

Exercise:  1/2 hour of yoga, about a 2.5 mile walk

Universe Cookies

Today the universe likes me!!!

I went on walk, which was the first awesome thing about toady. My feet didn’t bleed or blister. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I walked by a bench and lo and behold notice a completely unopened box of Girl Scout cookies sitting on it! Did someone eagerly awaiting the arrival of a bus, in their excitement upon said arrival, FORGET their box of Tagalongs? How does one simply forget about such an amazingly delicious snack?

Today the universe said “Sorry about yesterday…here’s some cookies!”

Holy crap, apology accepted!

Breakfast:

Strawberry, Blueberry and Mango Cobbler

Used the recipe in this post and used the above fruits. ^_^ I think I should have used a bit more butter, but otherwise it tasted fantastic as usual!

Lunch:

I know, it kinda looks a lot like yesterday’s lunch. Only THIS time its a ham sammich with tomato, jalapeno cilantro mustard and sharp cheddar on an onion bun. I found out I cannot keep breads on top of my fridge because somehow the bottom of the bag gets soggy. All of my bread is ruined. This is the only one that wasn’t wet. I also had an orange and 6 Tagalongs!

Dinner:

Mango Chicken

Taken from this post, it’s something that seems to get better and better every time I make it! I definitely outdid myself yet again as this was just SOOOOO delicious. I just love mango! I did a 1/3 recipe for my own future reference and thought the spices were just perfect for a 1-serving dish! I love meals that kick me in the mouth.

 

I had a splitting headache most of the day for some reason. This sucked. But I was able to take a quick hour-long power nap and felt MUCH much better! I was able to get a project done and then make myself an amazing dinner! Today was an incredibly good day! THANK YOU FOR THE COOKIES UNIVERSE!!!

Exercise: 2 hour walk

 

Bulimia-Free for over 100 days!

I’m looking at things positively today!

While I haven’t been completely disorder-free (I did go on that binge on Wednesday…) I HAVE been bulimia-free for 109 days! The little victories are making me feel much better about myself! And really, that’s not little. That’s a massive victory! I just need to see it that way. And I’m starting to! I really am! There’s been a couple of stumbling blocks in the past couple days, but I’m doing the best I can.

Last night at the burger bar, that SAME stupid guy who made the “you must have fucked up your period because you’re anorexic” comment just HAD to say something about the fact that my sister-in-law and I were having salads (with burgers on the way of course).

“Oh you didn’t order a burger?”

I was about ready to slam my fucking fork down onto my plate and then say extremely calmly “Do NOT pretend to understand me. You have completely no fucking clue about what I eat, why I eat it, or any of the reasoning behind ANY of it as I have never discussed it with you. DO NOT pretend that you know. I HAVE ordered a burger and I am NOT nor have I EVER been anorexic so please keep your incredibly poorly-deduced judgements to yourself from now on.” Then smile at him and continue eating my yummy salad.

Instead we just said “No, we ordered burgers too.” And that was it.

He really really really needs a lesson in keeping his goddamn mouth shut when his opinion is not asked for.

Breakfast:

Whole Grain Oat and Nut Pancakes

Taken from: http://darkredcrema.com/tag/whole-grain/

3/4 cup rolled oats, ground (oat flour is not a good substitute – I’ve tried)
3/4 cup white whole wheat or standard whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
scant 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
2 Tablespoons natural cane sugar
3 Tablespoons finely chopped or ground pecans (1 oz.)
3 Tablespoons finely chopped or ground almonds (1 oz.)
1 1/2 cups buttermilk (plus or minus 1-2 tablesoons. depending on preferred thickness)
1 egg
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
salted butter for cooking

Grind oats and nuts (or you may use pre-ground nuts) to a powdery consistency in a mini chopper, leaving a few small bits for texture. In a medium bowl, mix dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, whisk egg until pale yellow, then add oil and whisk to combine. Add buttermilk to the egg and oil and blend. Pour wet ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Allow batter to sit for 10-15 minutes to give the leavening time to react and thicken the batter. Preheat a large skillet or griddle over medium high heat, grease with salted butter, and turn heat down to medium. Ladle 1/4 – 1/3 cup batter onto pan for each pancake. Pancake batter should sizzle a bit when poured into the pan, but not smoke. Turn heat down to medium low and allow to cook until edges just start to dry and bubbles appear throughout the pancake, then flip and cook until set in the middle. If pancakes are over-browning, and not cooking through, turn the heat down on the pan and increase the cooking time. Cooking time on the second side will be less than on the first. Repeat with more butter and batches, until batter is finished. This makes about 9-10 four inch pancakes. Serve with maple syrup, butter, and fruit, if desired.

*I did top mine with some sugar-free maple syrup and a half-handful of pecans. I did not cook mine in butter, just a non-stick griddle. THEY COOKED all the way through! Any little pancake victory is a good one for me!! I’m gaining more confidence in my pancake making abilities! These were quite good, I even picked a recipe that had very little sugar in it. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to finish the whole stack! So I’m nice and full and VERY happy that I went the healthy route once again for breakfast! I’d like to try eating healthy for every meal up until Wednesday if I can so I can AT LEAST say I’ve gone a week without eating any total crap.

Lunch:

Broccoli and Cheese Sandwich with a spicy Brandy Mustard Mayo

Well, I sauteed some broccoli and onion in a little olive oil, then threw in about a T of low fat cream cheese and probably about a T of Colby cheese with about 1/8 cup of milk and let all that melt together. I put that onto a roll with some chopped tomatoes on top and then finished with a sauce made of mayo, mustard, brandy and habenero hot sauce. Shook a little pepper on top. BAM! It was really good! For something I just threw together really quick I was pretty impressed, especially with the mustard mayo sauce! WOW what a kick!!!

Dinner:

Balsamic Strawberry Chicken on top of Cauliflower and Parsnip puree

A couple recipes here!

Roasted Strawberries With Wine & Balsamic Vinegar Sauce

Taken from: http://www.food.com/recipeprint.do?rid=310375

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 pints fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons dry red wine
1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon butter, chilled
vanilla ice cream (I obviously omitted this)

Directions

preheat oven to 400°F.
Add 2 Tbsp butter to oven safe skillet and melt in oven. Add Vanilla to butter to butter and combine.
Place strawberries, cut side down in skillet andsprinkle with brown sugar. Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes or until berries are soft. Remove pan from oven.
With a slotted spoon, remove berries from pan and set aside to let cool.
Add wine and vinegar to skillet and simmer over medium heat until reduced slightly.
Remove from heat and whisk in chilled butter.

I did this in combination with this recipe:

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Strawberry Red Wine Balsamic Sauce

INGREDIENTS

1 package (16 ounces or 3 cups) Driscoll’s Strawberries, divided
4 teaspoons light olive or vegetable oil, divided
2/3 cups sliced shallots
1 clove garlic, pressed or chopped
1 small bay leaf (I used Tarragon instead)
1/2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/3 cups red wine
3/4 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons cold water
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (I used 2 small boneless skinless thighs)

ADDED:
1 cup sliced Mushrooms

Instructions

Here’s what I did with these 2 recipes. I made the first one rather true to its original recipe. I let the vinegar, red wine and chicken stock reduce. I added the chicken to this reduction and let it cook about 20 minutes, flipping the thighs over a couple times. If the sauce reduced too much, I just added a bit more wine and vinegar. I sauteed the onions, garlic and mushrooms separately, then when the chicken was done, I removed it from the reduction, added the butter to the sauce (from the first recipe) and added the cornstarch, onion mushroom mixture and finally the roasted strawberries (along with the sauce in that pan). I roasted some cauliflower and sliced parsnips in the oven for about 20 mins (about twice as long as the strawberries were in there for) at 400. I blended them in a blender with a little milk and margarine. I put the chicken on top of the puree and then the strawberry sauce on top of everything.

*Besides the fact that all you can see on the dish is sauce, to prove that there was chicken and puree under there I took a picture of it all in my fork hehe. WOW! Per usual, this dish was fucking awesome! I INHALED it! Roasting the strawberries was a GREAT idea on top of roasting the cauliflower and parsnips. It gives everything such an amazing depth! TRY IT! I mean….damn.YAY for cheap sale strawberries!

Oh also I had a small piece of my dad’s birthday cake for dessert. I was really good today and I couldn’t let it go bad, my dad is an amazing baker.

 

Today was a good day. I got a project finished, I did my laundry, I worked out, and my husband is away for the evening. Ahhhhhhh! It’s great to fucking RELAX tonight! Make myself an amazing meal, watch the Oscars (I was really routing for Gary Oldman!) and play with Jack Donaghy the cat. Tomorrow is Meatless Monday! YAY! I gotta think hard about what I want for breakfast, wanna try to do something healthy awesome again!  And I still have all these strawberries! What to do what to do…

Exercise: 1/2 hour of yoga, 1.5 hours at the gym

Yet ANOTHER night out! SHEESH!

So tonight I have an old high school friend in town. We are all quite close and it would be a huge shame for me to miss seeing him simply because I feel I’ve been “going out to eat” too much recently. Its going to be at yet ANOTHER “gourmet burger bar” type place, I’m hoping that once again there is a veggie burger choice!! I know they have turkey burgers, so if nothing else that will be perfect. I’m looking forward to seeing my friend and I really hope that everyone can see that I look a lot healthier and am not having a veggie burger because I’m worried about fator calories and whatnot, I’m just trying to eat healthier due to all the cake and birthdays and junk I’ve been eating lately. I just want to feel good about myself. If nothing else, I know my brother and sister-in-law won’t judge me. They know me.

Is it bad that I’m still worried about what other people think? Does that ever really go away?

Breakfast:

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Pudding

• 1 cup Coach’s Oats®
• 3 cups water
• 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
• ½ cup Neufchatel cheese
• 1 egg
• 3 Tbsp. Splenda brown sugar
• 3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup (I used sugar-free maple syrup)
• 1 tsp. nutmeg
• 1 tsp. cinnamon
• 1 cup blueberries (I used blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries)

Preheat oven to 400° F

In medium pot bring water to boil and add oats; cook as directed on package. Once oatmeal is cooked remove from heat and let cool five minutes.

In large bowl combine oatmeal and cheeses until cheese is evenly spread throughout. Add brown sugar, syrup, nutmeg, cinnamon and egg; mix well. Once ingredients are combined fold in blueberries.
In a well greased 8×11” casserole dish pour in oatmeal mixture and bake for 40 minutes. Let the oatmeal mixture cool and set up for at least 20 minutes before serving.

*This was super healthy and yummy! I should have used 4 T of  Neufchatel cheese (doing a half recipe) but only used about 3.5 T. I didn’t bake ALL of the oat mixture because there was too much to fit into my little pan and then I only ate about 3/4 of it. It was nice and healthy as I used low-fat cottage cheese and sugar-free maple syrup. It was yummy! A great way to get lots of good things into my tummy without adding a whole ton of flour and sugar. ^_^

Pea and Pesto Soup

Taken from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/nigella-lawson/pea-and-pesto-soup-recipe/index.html

Serves:
enough for 2 hearty bowls (so clearly I did a half-recipe)
Ingredients

3 cups water
3 cups frozen peas
2 scallions (I used chopped sweet onion)
1 teaspoon Maldon salt or kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) fresh pesto (recipe below)

Directions

The quickest way to proceed is to fill a kettle first and put it on to boil. When it’s boiled, measure the amount you need into a pan and put on the stove to come back to a boil.

Add the frozen peas, scallions, salt and lime juice and let everything bubble together for 7 minutes.

Discard the scallions (I left the onions in) and blitz the peas and their liquid with the pesto in a blender.*

Pour into a thermos flask that you’ve left filled with hot water and then emptied and make sure you screw the top on securely.

When blending hot liquids: Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.

Basil Mint Pesto:

Adapted from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/basil-pesto-recipe/index.html

Ingredients

1/3 cups loosely packed basil leaves, washed and dried thoroughly
1/4 cups loosely packed mint leaves
1 T pine nuts
1 T freshly grated Parmesan
1 clove Garlic, roughly chopped
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 T olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

In a food processor, combine the basil, mint, pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic, and salt and puree. While the motor is running, drizzle in the oil until incorporated. Season with pepper, to taste. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator with a piece of plastic wrap placed right on the surface of the pesto to prevent discoloration, for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 1 month.

*This was ridiculously delicious! I was SHOCKED at how creamy it was without using milk. (I ACTUALLY used the water like it called for.) I’m trying so hard to eat healthier and little things like that are helping! AND it was totally good as fuck!

Dinner:

I was so mad because my OTHER friends remember to take pictures of THEIR burgers. And I’m the only one of out them with a damn food blog and I STILL forgot! BAH! Anyway, I had this great black bean veggie burger with goat’s cheese, red onion, and spicy bourbon mustard. I also had a side salad with low-fat ranch dressing (that as usual I only drizzled a little on to taste). I have to say, I liked the actual veggie burger patty more at the other burger bar I went to with my dad…but I enjoyed the toppings on this one better. I did not drink any beer all night, neither at the restaurant nor at my brother’s house later.

I’m feeling so much better about myself. I looked in the mirror yesterday and felt pretty. I’m NOT calorie-restricting or counting. I’m simply just trying to eat healthier most of the time. Sure I’ll have a piece of cake every once in a while or a dinner laden with cheese sometimes….just not every single day. The whole “I can eat whatever I want thing” still applies because I’ve found I genuinely WANT to eat better and healthier most of the time!

You kids are all amazing for following this crazy journey with me.

I know I need to catch up on all of your blogs as well. I will I will. I promise. We’re all in this together.

Exercise: 1/2 hour of yoga, 1.5 hours at the gym