New breakfast obsession! Voluminous oats were good, but I didn’t feel full for more than an hour or two after eating them, no matter how much protein and fiber I packed into them. I had a bag of Bob’s Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal in the cupboard, and used Katie’s voluminous trick to make a batch with 1/4 cup 10 grain cereal and 1/4 cup plain old oats. It absorbed up to 1.5 cups of water! I added some chia seeds, stevia, and more water; let them sit overnight, then stirred in some cottage cheese, fresh strawberries, and a teaspoon of sunflower butter.
TA-DA! Almost 2 cups of overnight oat mix! Can’t wait to make this one into a carrot cake version. I’ve been adding in so many extra things to my plain oats to try to keep me satisfied that this bowl actually ended up being fewer calories, but I felt like I got to eat so much more. And I’m all about voluminous eating. Like the following lunch bowl:
I pressed and baked a whole block of tofu with some barbeque sauce last weekend, and needed to use up the leftovers. I also had some black beans in the fridge, but needed a base. Since I’m trying to control my calorie intake due to my inability to do serious cardio, I used a bag of mixed frozen veggies instead of rice or another grain. I had enough leftovers to make this for lunch at work both Monday and Tuesday, and it was a little bland the first time around, so I added some of the best hummus in the whole wide world for some flavor. This meal clocked in under 200 calories, leaving me room for a vanilla greek yogurt and orange on the side (not pictured).
I had another one of my favorite TJ’s items, pizza dough, at home in the fridge. After struggling through a few ExerciseTV workouts with my boot on, I decided to make a pizza with the whole wheat dough and some left over eggplant from my ravioli meal. I wasn’t in the mood for a red sauce, so I whipped up some pesto based on Katie’s fabulous recipe. I cut it down to about 1/4 of everything she calls for (but tried to keep the proportions the same) and added some parsley since I was low on basil.
I only used half the dough and got enough for 4 servings (and ate two!). Enjoyed with some vitamin A on the side, with some more of the TJ’s hummus.
I added one more level of flavor with balsamic glaze. Yum (added sugars, but worth it)!
I was craving a light dessert, so I made a double chocolate banana softserve with frozen banana, skim milk, dark chocolate cocoa powder and 1 piece of solid dark chocolate. Into the bullet for about 20 seconds!
Xanthan gum would have helped to keep it thicker, but I ate it so quickly that there wasn’t too much time for melting!
I’ve been cooking a lot recently but feel like most of my items are semi-homemade. What’s your favorite throw-together-at-the-last-minute meal?