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And my big one today was to create an entire day of meals, (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), that were healthy AND I could get Scott to eat them . The catch? I was going to try and use ingredients in each dish that he despises eaten on their own.
Scott’s “mystery ingredients” for the day were:
- Cottage Cheese
- Chia Seeds
- Hummus/Sugar Snap Peas
- Farro and a ton of veggies
First up… Breakfast! Everything I’ve made completely on my own.. no recipes used (except the cornbread!)
Whole Wheat Cottage Cheese ‘n Chia Pancakes
Serves 2, makes 6 4” diameter pancakes
- 2/3 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- ~1/4 tsp salt (I used a little less than this)
- 2 tsp Chia Seeds
- 1 egg, scrambled into batter
- 1/3 cup Cottage Cheese, lowfat (adds a good protein kick!)
- 2 tsp Agave Nectar (to sweeten it up a little bit)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
Start heating a pan on medium heat. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl, then add in the egg, cottage cheese, agave, almond milk, and vanilla. Whisk together and let sit for about 3-4 minutes while the chia seeds absorb some of the moisture in the batter. Each pancake was about 2T (heaping) of batter. Cook on one side for ~2-3 minutes, and then flip for another 2-3, until lightly browned.
I topped my pancakes with another 2 tsp Agave Nectar, 1 sliced nectarine, about 2 tsp Love Grown Foods Granola (Raisin Almond Crunch), and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Check this out though – without the additional toppings on my pancakes. A little high on the sodium (I didn’t need the extra salt in the batter, the cottage cheese has enough!), but 12g of protein!
(Nutritional data and images courtesy of www.NutritionData.com.)
Scott LOVED these! They came out light, fluffy, and completely masked the cottage cheese and chia seeds. Erin: 1, Scott: 0 .
Next up was lunch!
- 1 can chunk light tuna, in water
- 2T Hummus (I used Spicy Three Pepper from Athenos)
- 1 baby carrot, chopped
- 2 sugar snap peas, chopped
- 1T Newman’s Own Farmer’s Garden Salsa
- 1/2 tsp butter, unsalted
- 2T reduced fat cheese, shredded
- 1 whole wheat English muffin
- small handful of spinach
I mixed together the tuna, hummus, carrot, sugar snaps, and salsa separately. Then I spread the butter on the back sides of the English muffin. In a pan I layered the spinach, tuna mixture, and cheese on one half of the muffin and covered with a lid for about 4 minutes (melts the cheese and heats everything up). Uncover and top the melt with the other half of the English muffin.
Scott usually does his tuna melts with TONS of Ranch Dressing as the creamy base of the tuna (and of course without any veggies). He couldn’t taste the hummus and actually said it was creamier than the ones he usually has. Plus, I got a few veggies down him Oh let’s see… Erin: 2, Scott: 0 (and still clueless!)
Dinner… less “recipe-driven” but JUST as delicious!
Farro (cooked in my rice cooker) with sautéed red pepper, red potato, zucchini, mushrooms, and Chicken Brats, Spicy Tomato Basil sauce with a Bob’s Red Mill Cornbread muffin on the side. And of course a little bit of wine
I’m sloooooowly converting Scott to caring (somewhat) about what he eats. I’m just hoping by the time we have kids, the kids aren’t asking why HE gets to eat Spaghettios and they can’t….
But I’ve got plenty of time before then .
Up for the rest of the night is TOTAL relaxation! We’ve been out late every night this weekend and I’m definitely ready to just chill out before a full week of work. I’m betting on a movie night *crosses fingers*.
I hope you had a great weekend!!
Scott said earlier this week that he WANTS to like oatmeal.. he just doesn’t . BUT, I’m going to be hammering this stuff down him in different ways over the next few weeks to come up with something he likes. Today was probably a 5/10 on the sole reason he just doesn’t. like. oats.
Oatmeal for TWO!
1 cup rolled oats, 1 cup water, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 diced apple, 2T raisins, 2 eggs (beaten in a separate bowl)
Boil water and then add in oats. Let cook for ~3-5 minutes, then add in almond milk, apple chunks, raisins, vanilla, and cinnamon. Continue to cook on medium to low heat stirring frequently to prevent burning. In the last 2-3 minutes, stir in the beaten eggs. This should be pretty darn thick and creamy by the time it’s done .
Serve and top with whatever you want! I used ~1-2T Love Grown Foods Granola, ~1T Peanut Butter, ~1 tsp Agave Nectar, sprinkle of cinnamon
I’ve got high hopes he’ll like this stuff one day. It beats him eating Honey Nut Cheerios or a bagel and cream cheese every morning.
As for work… STUPID busy today so I’ve got a short post for ya …. in picture form!
Grapes and a cheese stick
Whole wheat tortilla, can of tuna, ~1-2T hummus, rainbow slaw, spinach, nectarine, water
Almond and Coconut KIND Bar
Off to pack up for tomorrow and head to game night .