Yesterday morning when I took Jolene to the park, the entire park was covered in snow topped with a layer of ice. I slipped and fell...sort of...I caught myself on my hands partway down. The point of this story is that I'm tired of winter. Saying it just makes me feel better.
You know what else makes me feel better in winter? Vegetarian chili. It's warm and comforting. And quick to make. I made it for dinner one night this week and served it on top of quinoa for added protein.
I got a bunch of pre-made falafel balls at Costco. They actually have decent ingredients. We had falafel sandwiches for dinner one night, with a tahini and garlic sauce my husband made. We served it on naan bread instead of in a pita. I had another falafel sandwich, with spinach this time, for lunch the next day.
For this What I Ate Wednesday, I'm going to tell you all about what I ate on Tuesday. Lately I have been eating instant organic flax oatmeal for breakfast, topped with raisins and soy milk. I generally drink a cup of decaf green tea. On Tuesday I also filled up my Citrus Zinger with water, strawberries, peach slices, blueberries and lemon juice. It forced me to hydrate throughout the day, since I often forget.
On Monday I made Alicia Silverstone's chocolate peanut butter cups. Nothing wrong with that. Except they are completely addictive. I couldn't wait until the afternoon on Tuesday. I ate one of these babies mid-morning.
For lunch I topped a tortilla with leftover refried beans, salsa, rice and lettuce.
Once I heated it up, I also added guacamole. I served it with steamed broccoli (with minced garlic, olive oil and salt as usual) and pickled beets.
My daughter went on a field trip to a museum with her classmates on Tuesday. I volunteered to come but they had more offers than needed and I wasn't picked for the trip. My little girl felt bad for me, so she offered to write about the experience in a little notebook as they went along. She also promised to buy me a present. When her teacher told her they couldn't stop at the gift shop, she bought me this vitamin water out of a vending machine. Awww. Those are the moments we parents wait for, aren't they?
The kids wanted to eat chocolate peanut butter cups after school. Once these little treats were out on the table, guess who ate another one?
For dinner we had minestrone soup that I had put in the slow cooker in the morning.
We also had vegetarian spring rolls (from a package) and broccoli. I bought sweet potatoes that were pre-cut into crinkle fries and baked them with a bit of olive oil and salt. I remember when I was young and I thought that paying for pre-cut veggies was a waste of money. Two kids and a busy house later and I will do whatever it takes to get some quick veggies into us!
What's your favourite quick veggie side dish?
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