Calming Chaos With Good Food

I realize that the frequency of my posting has been inconsistent lately. I’ve had a tough last couple of days. I’d rather not discuss personal issues on the blog, but I’d like you to know that the number of posts I write might be limited for the next week or so.  I hope you understand.

On a happier note, Tuesday looked like this:

Finally! Albany gets some snow! This may not look happy to you but I was very excited. I love being stuck inside on snowy days. It’s very relaxing.

Most of Tuesday’s eats were leftover party food.

Lunch
Cheese Dip with Black Bean Chips and Mini Bruschettas (Split with Jeff)

I am obsessed with this dip:

Go buy this right now. I promise,  you will not be disappointed.

After I snacked my way through the day, I did level 2 of the 30 day shred and 30 minutes of yoga.

Tuesday night’s dinner was a little random

I baked 2 potatoes and dug out the inside. Then, I mixed it with steamed broccoli, 1/2 Tbsp of butter, a pinch of salt, and a shake of pepper and stuffed it all back in. I topped it with a bit of cheddar and then broiled it for about 4 minutes. OMG! So good! I could eat this every night! I also had leftover butternut squash on the side.

For dessert, I had half of one of the leftover vegan cupcakes from Monday night.

Plus, a tiny piece of the vegan brownie.

Wednesday morning began with an egg in the hole breakfast.

This didn’t quite fill me up the way it usually does. So a couple hours later, I had a bowl of Cascadian Farm Organic Raisin Bran.

I had a doctor’s appointment after my classes on Wednesday, so I stopped by Uncommon Grounds and picked up an unpictured cinnamon raisin bagel with PB for lunch. I ended up splitting it with Jeff and we also split Curried Rice & Lentil Soup from the Au Bon Pain in the Campus Center.

When I got home from my appointment, I made my own pita chips from an Ezekiel whole wheat pita

I just cut the pita into triangles, coated them with olive oil, pepper, and a tiny bit of salt, and baked them in the oven at 400°F on a baking sheet for 5 minutes. I dipped them in Sabra Tahini Hummus.

For dinner, Jeff and I made Annie’s Mac & Cheese and mixed it with steamed broccoli and Tofurky Sun-dried Tomato and Basil “Sausage. (If you missed my review of Tofurky, click here)

To be completely honest, the flavors did not mix well at all! Looking back now, I don’t really know why we thought that they would. Oh well. You win some, you lose some!

For dessert, I had the other half of the cupcake from Tuesday night.

This morning, I was up bright and early because I had another doctor’s appointment at 7 am. By the time I was done, it was already 10 am and I was starving. I only had a piece of toast with PB on top before I left.

Jeff and I decided to go a cafe that we’ve been wanting to try for a while called Cafe Madison. With the chaos of this morning’s appointment, I forgot my camera at home. Trust me though, we’ll be going back. I ordered the Tuscan FrittataOpen-face omelette with spinach, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, pesto, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese. It came with delicious home fries and a choice of homemade bread. I chose the Walnut Wheat bread and it was excellent. I wasn’t too impressed with the frittata. It was sort of bland and lacking in flavor. I think  I’ll order the Raspberry Oatmeal Pancakes next time.

I ended up bringing a lot of the frittata home and picked at it a little for lunch. I decided to have an ezekiel pita with black bean hummus instead.

Jeff made dinner tonight.

He made Vegetable Wagon Wheel Pasta from the co-op topped with Muir Glen Organic Garden Vegetable Pasta Sauce and peas. It was a delicious dinner!

And for dessert, I had a couple blocks of my new favorite dark chocolate bar:

This chocolate was so rich and decadent. I only had to eat a couple small pieces to feel satisfied. I can’t wait to try some other flavors!

Well, I’m off! Time to disconnect and read a book.

Just a note– I’ve been treating the past few days like sick days and taking time off from working out. I’m going to do yoga tomorrow morning to relax a bit.

Do you make healthy comfort foods?

I don’t usually use eating as a way to make myself feel better but in extreme cases, I’m glad that my comfort foods are healthy foods.

Have a great Friday!

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8 comments

  1. Hope you feel better soon Rebecca! Haha my post that’s going up soon is kinda about the same thing, how to stay calm during stressful times…

    PS I LOVE the wheel shaped pasta. I swear that fun shaped pasta truly does taste so much better, in addition to the fun factor!

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