Yay for Wednesday! I hope all your weeks are going well. Last night I was determined to be efficient with my limited time. I was thinking about stopping at the Whole Foods on the way home, since I was missing a few ingredients for dinner, but I knew that would just be danger. I try to make only one or two grocery-related stops per week, otherwise if I just stop to pick up one thing I tend to walk out with the entire store! I like to peruse the aisles, finding any cool thing to try and discover. Any one else like that? Plus it’s a big waste of time, so I decided to fight the urge to stop and improvise with what I had at home. But, somehow I still managed to go to the store, you’ll see (I mean read).
I decided to make lettuce boats sometime this week and last night was perfect because they are really pretty quick. I also killed two birds with one stone and prepped veggies for the peanut butter noodles I plan on making for Thursday. I think this is really what I need to do from now on. I need to prep on the weekends with the little spare time I have (ha!) so that dinner during the week isn’t so laborious and time consuming. Cooking is supposed to be fun, right? I love cooking because it is like an outlet for me and I enjoy the time and every sensory aspect of it, but it is just not as feasible now. Plus, Chris is also working full-time and taking classes at night so while he’s getting ready for class, I’m left prepping and cleaning up. Even though he is a good helper when he has time :)
Another great and quick dinner is Annie’s Mac and Cheese, but I always have to ‘spruce up Annie’ with a little extra ingredients like veggies, tofu, mushrooms, yogurt and cheese. Here’s my first sprucing up post. This time I just threw in random leftovers we had in the fridge, easy and yummy!
Here’s the lettuce boats, don’t you love the ancient plates :) Hey, they work, right?
Yum! They turned out really good and refreshing. You can find the recipe here :) I also like to pair them with some soba noodles.
Before I left from work around 4pm I had a snack of greek yogurt, cereal and cantaloupe, because this helps me from getting too hungry for dinner. If I get too hungry I tend to raid the kitchen like a crazy person. Usually I just much on baby carrots while I make dinner and that works. I also felt pretty full from dinner, but for some reason I was still craving something after dinner! Oh no, the munchies were attacking! Okay plan B. When this happens I try to go for a walk or go upstairs to work on things to take my mind off of it. I did the above and usually that works, but last night I was really craving some fro yo!
The urge would not leave me (Chris was also not helping) and so I decided to fuel our cravings and went to a nearby Fresh & Easy to get something cold and creamy. I normally don’t shop here exclusively, but boy this store is dangerous and has really good prices. I went in for some frozen yogurt and came out with cereal, fig bars and pb pretzels too, geez! All for only $10, though. I can’t be controlled in any grocery situation :) Every grocery store should come with a warning: CAUTION! you WILL buy more than you really need.
I had a bowl of 1/2 fat vanilla bean and a crumbling of 1/2 leftover banana muffin on top mmmm . . . but then I proceeded to grab a handful of popcorn and pb pretzels to try! And that was it, the munchies were defeated, well sort of.
I am sooo looking forward to the weekend and the GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL!!!!!!!!!!!! We absolutely love this every year and the food is well, phenomenal. We may also be going to a pink martini concert on Sunday night (this group is really awesome), but I really have to study, research, get ready for a project and an exam on Monday eek!
What do you do to battle an attack of the munchies?