Today was a day of cooking exploration. Somehow it's always easier to cook for fun on the weekends. On the weeknights, I'm so tired after work (and so hungry!) that cooking is simply a chore. I'm sure many other people can relate. Anyway, today I tried out three new foods. The first one doesn't really count as cooking. When I first joined Weight Watchers years ago, I used to drink Slim Fasts as a quick breakfast. I'm not really a breakfast person (especially at 6 a.m.), but it's easy and high in calcium, protein, and fiber. The problem is, it doesn't really stick with me. A couple of hours later, I'm hungry all over again. This time, however, since all fruits are free foods, I decided to try and turn it into a smoothie. I blended the Slim Fast with a banana, a bit of orange, and a few pieces of canned peaches and pears. It was....great. It was thicker and it really tasted good--and even better, it held back the hunger for about four hours. Excellent. I can tell this is going to be a regular breakfast.
Here's the recipe if you're interested:
For dinner, I made another new recipe. It was a sort of ground beef and vegetable casserole with a breaded crust on top. I picked this recipe because it's full of vegetables--in fact, I added extra zucchini and carrots to make it a bit more filling. While it's not my all-time favorite pot pie, my husband and I both liked the flavor of this recipe and I liked how there are several servings so we'll have dinner for a couple more nights. Woo hoo! Next time, I think I'll add a little chopped spinach to the dish too.
Tomorrow, I have one more recipe for corn and leek chowder that I want to try. I feel that the more I cook on the weekend for the week ahead, the less tempted I'll be to eat out. We'll see!