Tuesday, January 21, 2014

3 day weekend and LOT'S of Cooking

Wow, I seriously need to stay on top of this posting stuff! I love writing on here, but after I get home from work the thought of logging on the computer and typing away is about the last thing on my to do list- which I don't know about the rest of you, but always seems to get longer instead of shorter!

I had a quiet weekend and enjoyed an extra day thanks to Martin Luther King Day; this made for lots of time to restock my freezer. I love cooking healthy dishes that I can grab and put in my lunch bag in the morning so I don't have to spend time I don't have assembling meals.  Last week I was pretty much out of everything I usually have on hand and my lunches were definitely lacking!

This weekend aside from several recipes I made from other bloggers sites (which I will still post), I made my own recipe for veggie burgers for the first time! Since following the low fodmap diet there are not a lot of options in the packaged veggie burger section, or in the recipes other's have created.  Many recipes have garlic, onions, and beans which are on the no list for me. With a holiday and stress related sluggish feeling I've had coming on the past few weeks, I was also looking to create a recipe free of grains like rice or flour. So my recipe needs tweaking but I think by the next round it will be post worthy.  Here's a picture just to get your mouth watering : )

On to my other recipes. . .
 I whipped up a batch of my favorite egg muffins which I posted about last time here
and tried a new recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie, I made these incredible Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes  - I cut the recipe in half and swapped pomegranate seeds for the chocolate chips and also added 1/4c of Nutribiotic Brown Rice Vanilla Protein Powder as well as 1/4c water (so they wouldn't be too dry with the addition of the prot. powder) to kick up the protein in the recipe- report? YUM! and they kept me full!

I also made some protein bars from Living Without and swapped the honey for brown rice syrup (making the recipe fodmap friendly)  I didn't have the coconut sugar, have any of you used it? I feel like coconut anything is all the rage these days! Funny how things go through trends. . .pomegranate, acai, quinoa, goji- all these ancient super foods we have had around forever but are just now in the spotlight.  

Aside from the protein bars and oatmeal muffins trying to maintain some low grain and veggie packed options I also made my own soup this weekend- it certainly has been cold enough weather for it these days! I emptied my freezer of the last of my CSA items : ( and added chicken broth and coconut milk- the result was just what I was looking for- and pretty too! I'd post a recipe but I kind of made it up as I went. I heated/defrosted several cups of vegetables- rutabaga, squash, carrots, broccoli, swiss chard, spinach, red bliss potatoes in a large pot and then added 2 cups of chicken stock (Trader Joe's has the ONLY garlic/onion free version I've found, and BELIEVE me I've been searching! )
 and topped it off with a 15oz can of light coconut milk. All the ingredients went into my NEW NINJA (which I am currently obsessed with.  . .thank you Santa!) and you can see the result below 

To round off the weekend with just minutes to spare I threw together Pefect Bottomless Oats 
this morning- it's a recipe I pinned to my pinterest board months ago and have been wanting to make but keep forgetting about. It's definitely made it's way to my list of favorite breakfasts. I forgot to take a picture but it was GOOD! I made her original recipe which was smaller in portion size, and went with the oat bran to keep it wheat free. My add ins were blueberries and pomegranate seeds- can you tell I bought a few pomegranates this weekend? Did anyone else have the day off yesterday? What things did you cook for the week? 

Stay warm!