Evening! How are you doing on this fine Thursday? Today has been a strange day and I’ve felt a little out of sorts for most of it! Not in a bad way, just… different.
This morning I woke up bright and early, eyes-a-burnin’, ready to work. I made a pot of coffee (and drank it black, which is unusual for home-brew… I usually only drink it straight when I’m out) and got breakfast ready. It was nutty,fruity, and choco-coconutty.
In the bowl:
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup water
- frozen berries
- leftover un-balled chocolate snowball dust
- flaxy PB
I worked all morning, got ‘er done, and before I knew it, it was almost time to go to physical therapy. But what about lunch?! I made a very quick salad, and ate it even faster.
In the mix:
- baby spinach
- grape tomatoes
- 1/2 Gala apple
- Morningstar Farms Pizza Lovers Burger
- sesame vinaigrette
When I left the house it had started raining, and kept on for the rest of the day. I got to the subway and they were doing track work on my line again, so I had to call my PT and push the appointment back. Again. They must hate me! But I was able to get an appointment at 3:30 instead of 2, even though I probably would have made it on time. I was scheduled to run five miles today; it would have been too dark by the time my appointment was over and I got back home, but I didn’t have enough time to go to the gym first. Quite a conundrum! So I decided to push the run back until tomorrow, but it’s supposed to rain again so I might just have to tough it out and get wet. I’m going to have to figure this out soon, though, because it’s getting darker earlier and earlier now (4:30) and I don’t think it’s a good idea to run in the park at night by myself.
While I was weighing each option, I took shelter from the rain in the subway and snacked on a cup of Strawberry Oikos.
My appointment went well; I did a lot of leg work on the pilates machine which I have a feeling I’ll feel tomorrow! Even though I had recently eaten, my stomach was grumbling the whole time and as soon as I walked out of the office I dug into my purse and found an Apple Pie Larabar. Never underestimate the importance of the “emergency snack.”
The bar held me over for a while, but when I got home at 5:30, I was already thinking about dinner again. I think it must be the darkness outside that’s throwing off my internal clock. I looked in the pantry, the fridge, and the hanging produce basket to see what I could see.
Brandi‘s pasta-stuffed squash inspired me, so I decided to combine two of my favorites: roasted veggies and loaded macaroni and cheese. I cut an acorn squash in half and rubbed each with olive oil, salt, pepper and cayenne; then I roasted them at 450˚ for about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, I sipped on a glass of Rosemount Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite white wines, and from my experience, unless the wine is really cheap (and you remember buying it at the liquor store near your college’s campus), it’s a pretty safe bet.
Rosemount is an Australian-based vineyard. In traditional French Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon grapes are often blended together; Sémillon come from Bordeaux and Southwest France, whereas Sauvignon Blanc can come from Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, southwestern France and Languedoc.(FWFD 19). “Sauvignon Blanc is the dominant grape variety (60 to 100 percent) in most of Bordeaux’s dry white wines, whereas Sémillon dominates the sweeter white wines…. The Sauvignon Blanc part of the wine offers immediate charm; it’s crisp, lively, herbaceous, light0bodied, and develops early” (FWFD 70). Rosemount’s version is also a Sémillon blend.
When the squash was just about done, I made a bowl of macaroni and cheese mixed with tuna, nutritional yeast and chili flakes.
I packed the mixture into the squash halves and baked them for 2 minutes longer.
These were so good! I loved the sweetness of the squash, the saltiness of the tuna and the cheesiness of the pasta noodles. I know I’ve been getting a little crazy with my mac ‘n cheese lately, but it’s so much better that way 🙂
I was craving ice cream for dessert, so I started with a Pure Dark Chipotle/ semi-sweet/bittersweet chocolate sauce. A few drops of water, 30 seconds in the microwave, and a quick stir gives you melty freshness that’s far better than Hershey’s.
I added a little Brown Sugar ice cream, and had a nice lil sundae for myself.
I needed to take the night off from thinking about (un)employment, so I climbed in bed with my dessert and popped Wristcutters: A Love Story into the DVD player. It was pretty cute, in a twisted sort of way. I’m going to try to get a quick yoga sesh in and hit the sack. Bed before 10? You betcha!