New-To-Me

Yesterday was SUCH a busy day which was exactly what I needed after my Crazy Week Crazy Night!  Busy and so incredibly productive.  I got a lot done that I had not had time for since getting back from San Diego.  I went to 3 different grocery stores {Whole Foods, Schnucks, and Trader Joe’s}, I completed 4 full loads of laundry, I ran errands, I unpacked our other bag, and I cooked a delicious dinner that gave us plenty of leftovers for another meal.

My day began with sleeping in until 7:00 which was considered a success since it was after five.  I had a quick 30-minute cardio session at the gym and then met my sister in her studio for a 6-day-old newborn photo shoot.  There is a lot that goes into photographing a teeny, tiny little baby.  I got to help out which was so fun.  My sister is amazing.  The baby’s parents actually referred to her as the “Baby Whisperer” during their session.  Take a peak from today:

One of the 45098342 reasons why I love the weekend is that I have the time to cook meals that may take me longer than I would like to do during the workweek.  It’s also a great time to make new recipes since they usually take longer the first time around anyway.  Yesterday was one of those days.  I knew we would be having a lot of food during Superbowl, so I wanted to make a nutrient-dense, light dinner.

During my trip to Trader Joe’s, I noticed a bag of Wasabi Roasted Seaweed Snacks in the checkout aisle for 99 cents.  I had heard of seaweed snacks, but had never tasted them; and I do like wasabi, so I figured it was worth a try.  Especially for a buck.

The wasabi was HOT!  My nose and eyes were burning after I ate a few in a row.  My husband loves them.  He also loves wasabi.  I liked them, but could only tolerate them in small portions.  May be good to add to something else for a strong wasabi taste.  I was also surprised to see how thin they were.  Paper thin.

When I went to Whole Foods, I stumbled upon some Flax Milk.  Katie had posted about it last week, and I wanted to try it, so when I found it, I was pumped!

Even better, an employee at Whole Food’s was talking to me about it after I had picked up a carton and I told him how excited I was to try it since I’d never had it before.  He put a “Give it a TRY!” sticker over the barcode and told me it would be part of a program they have that allows customers to try new products, so it was free!  Talk about a good day at Whole Foods!

About a month ago, Chelsey shared a recipe and raved about Roasted Green Cabbage.  It sounded very doable to me, so I bought a whole head of green cabbage for the first time in my life.  I’ve eaten cabbage, but I’ve never cooked with it.  While I was cutting the cabbage I kept munching on the pieces that fell off.  I was surprised how much I liked it, even raw!

I thought the cabbage was good when it was raw, and when it came out of the oven it was even better!  This will definitely be made again.  Julie recently posted a Healthy Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe.  It sounded so delicious and the perfect thing for crappy weather all day (cold, rainy, dreary).  The ingredients were all things I normally buy and the process didn’t look that intimidating.  The only intimidating thing was that it required an immersion blender.  I don’t have one, but crossed my fingers that a regular blender would do the trick.

This recipe wasn’t hard, it was just a lot of work.  And by a lot I mean chopping up a few different vegetables.  Onions, celery, carrots, and broccoli.  It was seriously SO GOOD and totally worth it!  At first, I was wishing we had invited friends or family over to enjoy this unbelievable dish.  Then I was glad that we didn’t because then we had more left over. :)

After Jonny and I licked our bowls clean and I finished another load of laundry, we were in the mood for something sweet.  I must have been feeling adventurous last night because I attempted another new-to-me recipe: Cookie Dough Oatmeal Cakes!

Banana, chocolate, peanut butter warm deliciousness!  I followed Katie’s recipe and had success #3 for cooking of the day!  I doubled the quantities, added flax meal, chia seeds, and bran flakes and used both a banana and apple sauce.  (The recipe suggests choosing one or the other.)  This definitely required more work and more patience than a typical evening treat, but it was well worth the wait.  Even though the 20 minutes it baked in the oven felt like forever.  Jonny said, “Whoever made this should be famous.”  It was that good!

I made and loved three new recipes all in one day: all healthy, all will be made again, and all absolutely delicious!  Roll that in with the productivity I had and it made for a pretty darn good Saturday!  And Mizzou won.  Ooooh baby!  Superbowl fun today!

PS:  Happy Quarter-Century Birthday To Boy!

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22 thoughts on “New-To-Me

  1. Happy Sunday!

    So cool you go that milk for free! i know you will love it! I heard whole foods does do that, I think that is awesome! I hope you like it!

    Your sister is amazing, what a beautiful pic!!! How sweet that little baby is : )

    Have a good day love! xo <3

    • I know! It was perfect how it happened, too, because shopping on a Saturday is pretty annoying since it’s soooo busy. So that was the perfect thing to brighten my mood!!

  2. Um… best blog post ever. So sweet on your message about SCP, free milk at whole foods!, and those meals look amazing!! must try them when I feeling like I can cook something besides my famous chopped salad! Love you!

  3. So, I couldn’t wait to make the dessert so I made it during the Super Bowl and had my family all take a bite. It got great reviews and I will definitely make it again!

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