First things first (and I might get in trouble for this later)… HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARI! Feel free to send him a little hello 🙂 He’s not a big “birthday person,” but I still wish we were together. When he gets back from tour, though, I’m going to make him a mighty fine cake! The first Upwelling fan’s tattoo has surfaced… what’s the farthest you have gone (or would go) for a band, artist, writer, _____ you love?
Last night, once again, hunger pangs dragged me from bed. I grabbed an apple and snuggled back under the covers.
I think it’s because I’ve been eating dinner earlier than I’m used to… growing up, we ate dinner between 8 and 9, but now when I cook for myself, I eat around 7. Interesting!
This morning I got up early to finish some work for my internship, and by the time I was ready for breakfast I’d worked up quite the appetite. I made my first batch of oatmeal in a couple weeks, and it did not disappoint.
I microwaved 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup oats, pumpkin and frozen berries all together at the same time. Saves time, and I didn’t have to wash an extra dish. I topped the dish with brown sugar and a scoop of flaxy peanut butter.
Things were a little busier at the office today, and before I knew it it was time to meet my mom for lunch. We went to AOC, a cute French bistro in the West Village.
We had some buttered bread while we waited for our orders to arrive.
I ordered the Salade Nordique, which was not only beautifully presented…
…but it was fully loaded with delicious ingredients! Poached salmon, smoked salmon, jumbo lump crab meat, a poached egg with grainy mustard, grapefruit, mixed greens, and tomatoes.
It was delicious. My favorite bites were forkfuls of smoked salmon-wrapped grapefruit… I really have to try this at home. I didn’t come close to finishing the salad, and took a lot of the salmon home. It’ll make a delicious lunch tomorrow!
We each drank a cup of coffee, then went to The Lite Choice for dessert. I got a small cup of frozen yogurt with half Fluffernutter, half Dark Chocolate Truffle.
My mom went back to work, and I went home to get some things done. I went for a 2 miles run as my training schedule directed, then did some ab work and played around on the foam roller. Sweet pain.
I wanted to make something fast, easy, delicious, and comforting for dinner, and came up with a new twist on an old favorite. It’s low in fat, high in flavor and smells like heaven.
Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Leek Soup
- 1 medium-sized sweet potato, peeled & chopped
- 1 leek, finely sliced
- 1/4 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 inch ginger, minced
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cups vegetable broth (I made my own using Better Than Bouillon)
- 3 cloves
- 1 tsp curry
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- parsley (optional)
Heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are near-transparent, about 5 minutes. Add ginger and cook 1 minute more, being careful not to let the ingredients burn.
Add leeks, potato, stock & bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
Transfer to a food processor or blender and pulse until soup reaches desired texture. I prefer mine smooth, but you can easily leave a few chunks of potato.
Add spices and pulse until cloves are ground and incorporated. Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley and additional spices, if desired.
Serve and enjoy!
I enjoyed a bowl of soup with a toasted Ezekiel English muffin. One half had almond butter and raspberry jam, the other had melted cheddar and Bragg’s.
It was a perfect dinner for one, followed by the perfect dessert: dried fruit stuffed with roasted almonds and dark chocolate chips. Natural candy, if you will. I have a little trouble with portion control when I eat these… they’re so good that I can’t help going back into the kitchen to make more!
I’m hoping to get to bed early so I’m nice and fresh for tomorrow. What was the best part of your day?