I tell you what, having Wednesday's off is very energizing! I woke up this morning before my alarm, ready to go!
I took the opportunity to make a big batch of oatmeal...which re-heats very well later.
I like to mix up my toppings...people who know me know I do not like routines, I prefer to vary my day to day, including my food.
This morning I went with grass fed butter, salt, raw unfiltered honey, raspberries, and hemp seeds.
So funny story about these hemp seeds.....
My youngest daughter (M2) and I ran into Whole Foods last week for some kelp noodles (I'll show you what I do with those later). There was a sample booth that had banana slices rolled in these hemp seeds. The lady doing the sampling was trying to get the kids in the store to try them. M2 ate one and loved it so much she asked the lady if she could have another, yes. She ended up eating 4 samples and the lady was using her as an example to get the other kids to try it. Anyways long story short, the nice lady gave M2 a t-shirt and a free bag of hemp sees to take home because she liked them so much.
An easy grab and go lunch today...leftover Pork Green Chili from last night and a banana. Sorry, not very exciting.
I typically make large batches of food at dinner (except last night, all hubby). It's great to have in the fridge for grab and go lunches or even a quick breakfast. Get creative with your leftovers, dinner is not just for dinner, or lunch for that matter.
More tea this afternoon...yummy!
So, I should have packed a larger lunch! I was hungry when I got home, and oddly had some time to myself after work. My oldest (M1) went home with a friend, so I was in no rush to pick up any kids...wow, that's just weird. So, I made a little snack...
I found these yummy flax seed crackers at Costco, and they go great with hummus. I believe they are gluten and dairy free as well.
We don't follow any food restrictions at our house, but we do have family members that have issues, so I try and experiment with my recipes and typically have alternative food items around the house.
My hummus recipe was given to me by a great family friend of Lebanese decent. This is HER FAMILY recipe!!! As always, adjust ingredients to your liking.
2 cups of cooked garbanzo beans
1/2 cup Tahini
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1/2 clove Garlic, pressed (I add 1)
1/2 tsp salt
Blend ingredients in a food processor, taste, and adjust seasonings. Drizzle with olive oil before serving.
I knew we were having a later than normal dinner tonight. We have a good friend from out of state flying in tonight, and getting to the house late.
I wanted to make something special, but didn't have hours to spend cooking. I pulled out a go to recipe of mine…Red Wine and Rosemary Steak.
This, of course, is a foundation recipe. I did not have Red Wine, obviously a key ingredient, so substituted with some beef broth and lemon juice. (not at good, but worked).
For those of you who seem to have missed the memo…our family is a hunting family, and we eat what we kill. For us this is an ethical and moral decision. Our goal is to provide our family, and especially our children, with the best source of meat based protein we can. We prefer not to buy commercial meat when we can.
For tonights meal, I picked a piece of Elk Backstrap…the Loin.
For me, green beans should be either tender crisp or cooked to death!! Steamed, tender and crisp it is. If you don't have a steamer, get one! I can make steamed green beans in 10 minutes. Wait till the water boils, and then place the steamer until the green beans change to a darker green. Then turn off the heat and remove. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy eat crunchy bite.
I felt I needed potatoes again tonight, I know all you low carb and paleo's out there are shaking your heads at me. Wonderful, steamy baked potatoes…topped with chives from the garden, grass-fed butter, cultured sour cream and salt. You know you want it!
NOTE: I had seconds of the Green Beans…they were so good.