As you would know if you’ve seen my last few posts, I’ve been eating WAY TOO MUCH over the last few days. It’s time to get back to normal before I put on all my recently-lost weight again!
So today I’m going to try going back to eating smaller (normal) portions, make sure I eat a good amount of fruit and/or vegies every time I eat, and not drink wine or beer every night! That’s basically how I lost the weight in the first place.
I’ve started the day off well, with a trip to the gym. I didn’t bother with my usual post-gym treat – 2 big medjool dates – because it was time for breakfast anyway.
Small bowl of porridge with frozen raspberries, ground seed mix and maple syrup. And a big glass of water.
Frozen berries are particularly good because they cool down the porridge, making it ‘just right’, so I can eat it straight away, and don’t have to go for a walk in the woods while it cools down.
As usual on my day off, I was running around frantically doing chores and never got my morning snack – not even a glass of water or a cup of tea. By the time I got home I was getting pretty light headed, as I do when I haven’t eaten.
Hummous and salad wrap with fresh fruit.
I remembered I’d bought a tub of chilli hummous at the Vic Market on Saturday, so I spread it on a wholegrain wrap, topped it with salad greens and a sunflower/sesame seed mix and ate it (outside in the sunshine again) with a banana and (probably) the last of the mandarins for the year.
I did manage to resist H’s Father’s Day cake. Seriously, any excuse for a cake and we’ll take it!
Soy hot chocolate
When H came home from school, she made me a soy hot chocolate. She’s a wizz with the coffee machine. I can’t handle too much caffeine anymore, so I avoid coffee unless I need to stay awake for a 72 hours straight! But I do enjoy a hot chocolate (or Ho Cho as it’s called by the ‘cool people’ around here).
Trouble is, I just finished drinking it, and forgot to take a picture. All that’s left is the chocolate powder all over the bench from when H sprinkled it on top. (There is ALWAYS chocolate powder sprinkled all over the bench in this kitchen!)
Baked potato with broccoli and cheesy sauce, pumpkin and salad.
I know I’m trying not to overeat today, but I haven’t been able to get my mind off this baked potato with broccoli and cheese sauce that I saw linked from someone’s MOFO blog the other day (sorry, I can’t find it again!). Anyway, the actual recipe is on the Serious Eats blog. (Watch out, it’s not a vegan blog, but it has a vegetarian/vegan section with some interesting recipes.)
Baked potatoes and broccoli are 2 of my favourite things in the world – and this cheesy sauce would make them even better.
I tracked down the sauce recipe on another page of the site. I don’t have a high-powdered blender or a chinois…or the right chillies…but I thought I’d give it a go anyway. After all, with potato, cashews, spices, onion, garlic, water and almond milk, how could it go too far wrong?
Mine didn’t turn out quite right. Serious Eats take such a scientific approach to cooking that substituting ingredients willy nilly is going to affect the finished product.
I was a bit worried when I saw how dark my cashew, potato, spice, milk mix was, but once it was blitzed in the blender it turned a nice pale colour. Anyway, it might not have looked quite like the recipe photo, and the taste needed a bit of tweaking, but the decadent, gloppy texture was still there. I only needed to add a bit more chilli sauce and some lemon juice, which I’m sure wouldn’t have been needed if I’d followed the recipe.
I did follow the advice about baking the potatoes in foil and then finishing them without the foil to crisp up on the outside, and that worked well too. I don’t know why I’ve never done that before. I’ve always done foil or no foil, not both.
This was a dangerous dish to make when I’m trying to eat sensibly, because there was nobody else around to lick the spoons when I was cleaning up. I’ve also got plenty left for later in the week, so I’ll have to have willpower when I open the fridge.
Nobody else was home by the time dinner was ready, so they’ll have to eat later. When the kitchen was cleaned up, I settled myself on the couch to write this post and eat 2 squares of dark chocolate. That’s much more sensible than the amount of chocolate I’d normally eat! Anyway, I’m sure I once heard Ginny Messina say she eats 2 squares of dark chocolate every (well, maybe she didn’t say EVERY) night – and if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me!