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.

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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  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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