It was also a good week in the area of eating. In my previous post, I talked about some changes I was making and it's still going really well. Even though this would be the week that I had the most temptation to eat really badly (wink wink nudge nudge), it just wasn't there for the most part. I had one evening where I wanted to eat purely emotionally and for comfort and instead, I went to bed and read my book. I've never ever eaten in bed so that's a good safe space. Then tonight, I was doing the whole "i need salt, I need sweet" dance so I went to an organic market that has all sorts of vegetarian, vegan, and organic stuff I've never heard of. I left with all dressed pretzel chips, like pretzels but hammered flat and Almond Dream Vanilla ice cream. Both were incredibly amazing. I'm totally happy I got them and consumed them and I don't feel bad about it one bit. It's weird to feel that I indulged but I don't feel bad about it.
Healthy Banana Cranberry Oat Bar from ohsheglows. They were so amazing. I will definitely make these again, likely this weekend. I took one to work every day this week in place of my normal fibre one bar. I also gave one to a co-worker and she loved it. And I served it as dessert when my sister and her husband came over for dinner this week, they both loved it. I love recipes like this where if you have the base ingredients, you can throw whatever you want as the add-in. I ended up using cranberries, coconut, some sliced almonds, and leftover crushed cashews from the Sweet Potato Lasagna. The next time I make them I will use a larger pan. Mine ended up being thicker than hers in the picture so they were more of a soft square rather than a firmer granola bar. I measured the base of my pan and it's 7 inches not an 8 x 8 like I"d always thought. Weird.
The other recipe I don't have a picture of for some reason but it was the Mushroom & Onion Stroganoff from Engine 2 Diet. VERY SIMPLE! It was really good but I made some minor adjustments purely for my own tastes. I found that it wasn't saucy enough. So I ended up adding more "milk" (of your choice) and a couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce. The next time I make this, instead of starting the sauce right in with the mushrooms and onions, I will make the sauce in its own small pot and then add it to the mushrooms and onions but this is definitely one I will be making again and next time I think all add some corn or broccoli as well. I'm a huge mushroom fan so it wasn't hard to love it.
Now I'd better get to bed so I don't waste Saturday napping!!
Oh! And I bought some kale to attempt kale chips this weekend . . . anyone had great success?? I've been searching recipes and ideas and everyone seems to have a different way although it sounds like low temp for a long time seems to be the winner just for the crispiness and lack of burning.
Have a good weekend!! Saturday is a free day for me that is going to include some cleaning, groceries, a new recipe and a BIKE RIDE!! Sunday, I'm going to see The Five-Year Engagement and then for sushi. Mmmmm sushi.