Thursday, January 30, 2014

Food Review

I don't know about you, but I very much enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich from time to time.  It's funny really because when I was a kid I wouldn't touch them.  I was a silly kiddo because a nice toasted piece of bread spread with some kind of nut butter and a jelly is delicious.  Period.

Last Monday I went with a friend to rolling PB&J heaven.

When you find Monster PBJ stop and get one or stalk them on their website and they will tell you where they are.  If you don't live in Houston, I don't know, call them and beg them to road trip.  This is good stuff.

You walk up and grab a bag and a pen to place your order.

There are three sizes of sandwich and the classic is perfect, even a tiny bit on the big side.  I know what you are thinking, how many ways can you make a PB&J?  Well, as it turns out, tons.  They have different nut butters, lots of jam flavors, fruit slices...just look.


And yes, that says Panini Grilled.  Mind blown.  I got cashew butter with grape jam and a schmear of nutella on white bread.  This bread is not packaged white bread or anything, it is nice fresh bakery bread.

You need napkins and either a place to wash your hands or some wet naps afterward, but that extra work is worth it.  The bread is crispy the buttas and jams are warm and a little oozy.  It is messy, finger licking, mouth watering yummy.

Stalk them.  You are online.  Do it now.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday

I had a super-delicious Wednesday!!  It was a snow day that turned out to be a no-snow day (shocker since I live in Houston), but I was happy to have the day off.  It was cold outside and it was nice to be inside with my blogs, my dog, and my heater!

I started off the day with breakfast fried rice.

Yummy in my tummy.  I dumped my left over jasmine rice in a pan with a little olive oil and let it heat up and then moved it to the side and put in a couple of egg whites and one whole egg.  Once the egg was mostly cooked I tossed it all together.  A little sea salt and done!

In the late afternoon I put some Stuffed Bell Pepper stew on to simmer.

Happy cold day eating, this new recipe was a winner!  I used this recipe from Taste of Home to get me started.  If you know me, I use recipes as a suggestion and I tend to mix it up a bit.  Here is what I did:

1.5 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped in small bite size pieces
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, diced
6 cups beef stock
3 bell peppers, cut in small bite size pieces
2 cans (14.5 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomato
1 cup jasmine rice, raw
1/8 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons beef bouillon
1 teaspoon pepper
sea salt, to taste
Lawry's Season Salt, to taste

In a saute pan I cooked the ground beef with a sprinkling of the Lawry's salt.  While the beef was cooking I sauteed my onion and garlic in my stew pot in the olive oil.  When the beef was done cooking and the onions were beginning to be translucent I drained the beef and added it and the rest of the ingredients.  I let the stew simmer on the lowest setting until dinner time.

My biggest changes were subbing in stock for the water which I think makes the flavor a lot richer.  Since I had the time, I also let the rice cook in the stew.  I think it really added flavor to the rice.  I also added garlic (because I didn't see a reason not to) and onion.

It was great!  I will be happily eating stew leftovers for the rest of the week.

I hope you have a tasty Wednesday as well!

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Monday, January 27, 2014

So which Houstonians are hoping for another "snow" day tomorrow?  I know I am.  I would love another free day to spend at the house and continue with my new year's clean out and organization.

I am also planning on making Stuffed Pepper Soup...a new recipe my friend sent me.  Since I use recipes as suggestions and march to my own drummer in the kitchen I will post later in the week any changes I make to it.

I have been a little frustrated with myself this week and I keep telling myself to not be.  I shouldn't be.  Even though I indulged a little this weekend I am recognizing that I am indulging and I know why I am.  That is progress and I should be happy about it.  And I am still stopping when I am full.  I haven't over stuffed myself.  And I am working out.  I am moving because it feels great not because I feel like I have to.  That's a great feeling.

This morning I was feeling bah-humbug about the gym, but my yoga class starts for the spring semester today.  I am in. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

I have been doing lots of journaling with actual pen and paper in my bird composition book.

Guess what I exclaimed yesterday, as loudly as you can exclaim in ball point pen.  I was an intuitive eater today.  I was.  I thought about everything, whether I was hungry, whether I was thirsty, whether I was enjoying what I was eating.  I did it.  I stopped eating when I was satisfied.  I didn't over eat.  I left food on my plate.

One thing I have learned so far on this journey is that I have to feel my feelings.  It is important to feel them, good or bad, to find peace with them.  If I find peace with my feelings I don't need to hide them with food.  I've cried a lot lately, but I have also felt happiness.  I am finding peace.

One of my new favorite quotes.

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