Wednesday, September 29, 2010
My day at work was especially long and exhausting, but I did survive and made it home in time for some veggie quesadillas. I filled them with lentils, greens, banana peppers & Daiya cheddar : )
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
517 The time my alarm clock went off this morning
607 The time I actually got out of bed (sorry for the 9x snooze button Patrick)
0 The number of times I showered this morning : \
120 The number of seconds I cooked my pumpkin pie oats in the microwave this morning
Pumpkin Pie Oats:
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla soy milk
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
19 The number of minutes it took me to get to work in the pouring rain
2 The number of times I screamed through the car window at people who blocked my lane near the Holland Tunnel- grrrr
4 The number of times I let out an audible "mmmm" while eating my tofurkey, tempeh wrap for lunch today
1 The number of times I told someone NOT to stick his tongue in the fan today
800,000 The number of words our top 7th grade reader has read this year so far : )
17 The number of minutes it took me to prepare this fried rice and grilled daikon dinner
6 The number of times I nearly chewed my arm off while waiting for it to cook
11 My current stress level on a scale of 1-10 -please excuse the meager post...
Monday, September 27, 2010
I think, so often as adults we go about our busy days and forget that snacktime and mealtime are supposed to be fun! They are supposed to be a welcome break from the stress of the day. So go ahead, draw a maple syrup smiley face on your pancakes or swirl your ice cream around in the bowl until you have made chocolate soup... the kid in you will appreciate it : )
Today was a particularly fun day for food:
I just realized I ate peanut butter twice before 11am. Oops!
Dinner was delicious and definitely fun to eat. I dipped the plantain chips in both of the other dishes for some finger-food action ; )
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Despite this fact, I have somehow always been involved with sports in some way. My dad loved baseball, basketball & football so my weekend afternoons were very often spent on the couch enjoying some Indian “Hot Mix”(the snack of choice) and a Celtics/Red Sox/Patriots game. As I got older, and began dating, I developed a new appreciation for sports (or perhaps more accurately, the athletes that played them- sorry Patrick). Back then, you could often find me at a Friday night football game. I couldn’t tell you what the score was but I did know that those boys looked very good in their football pants...
When I met Pat, I spent even more time at sporting events. Although I began to be able to follow the games a little better, I was still much more concerned with the cute pitcher I was dating then what inning it was or how many outs there were ; )
Now, I still love game days. I never actually watch the game mind you, but I love making fun, yummy, finger food and curling up on the couch to enjoy some down time. So when Patrick told me that the Giants were playing at 1 today, I got cooking. So what if I read a magazine during 3 out of 4 quarters and didn’t even know who they were playing- I cooked up some great chili nachos and pablano poppers ; )
Friday, September 24, 2010
That being said, I have to mention something work related...
Today, we did not have students in school because we had a Professional Development Day scheduled. After a few sessions with all the teachers in the network, we watched excitedly as Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) announced on the Oprah show that he would be awarding Newark, New Jersey's school system with $100,000,000 dollars to support education reform efforts. I am so excited that national attention has been focused on improving education for the children of Newark and so many other children who are currently being CHEATED by a failing system.
Please read more about this and go see Waiting for Superman when it comes out. There is FINALLY an education revolution beginning in our country...
In the spirit of maintaining balance, here are some pictures of the food I ate today (no more work talk).
I met Allison for dinner at California Pizza Kitchen. The pizza and the conversation were the perfect way to start the weekend...
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I was down to the last few bites of my almond butter this morning which was sad but an almost finished nut butter = BREAKFAST IN A JAR! I am sure I have raved about this before but eating cereal or oatmeal from a near empty almond/peanut butter jar is amazing. You get some of the flavor in every bite. Yummm.
Lunch was some Sweet Beet Salad and some leftover vegan pizza. I ate it while walking around the cafeteria on lunch duty : \
Can you truly engage in "mindful eating" when you are busy telling middle schoolers "not to pour milk and skittles into their ziti and dare someone else to eat it?" I think not...
Though these dinner pictures are from last night, I didn't get a chance to share them with you then. Plus, tonight was only leftovers of this same meal anyway.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Do you eat when you're nervous? If so, what?? I usually want baked goods or something else equally sweet and carb filled. If that is not available, I can't stomach much else when I have the butterflies. I think baked good are only an exception because I could propbably manage to choke those down no matter what. Stomach flu? Carrot cake? No problem!
Anyway, once I found out everything was ok, I was in a cooking mood and my tummy began to rumble again. When I got home I decided to try something with the beets from my CSA delivery.
Afternoon Snack= Sweet Beet Salad
2 green apples
1. Cut roots from beets and clean thoroughly. Do not peel. Cut into quarters.
2. Toss beets in olive oil and cook for 35 minutes at 350.
3. Chop apples. Toss apples with dijon mustard.
4. Chop cooked beets and add to apples. Mix together.
Monday, September 20, 2010
My body is definitely ready for the colder weather. I can tell because I have reeeeally been craving my favorite Fall foods lately.
This morning I started with an especially Fall-ish bowl of oatmeal.
Apple Cider Oats:
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup apple cider
1/2 chopped apple
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon almond butter
Cook all ingredients (except almond butter) in microwave or on the stovetop according to oat package directions. Top with almond butter!
During lunch today I had girl's group again and I got so caught up in conversation that I forgot to snap a picture. It was just leftover Corn Soup anyway. Boring but so yummy and hearty!
For dinner I had my eye on another Fall favorite that I recieved in my CSA delivery. ACORN SQUASH! My Aunt Barbara used to cook these for my family all the time and so the flavor brings to mind cozy home cooked dinners. Do you have any foods that bring to mind comforting memories of home??