Turns out we didn’t end up going to Meredith’s lake house 🙁 They decided to head back home early. But it was OK with me because I did have some studying to do and got a lot of small assignments complete. I feel on top of my work now. The whole day was very productive: lawn’s mowed, house is clean + vacuumed, the laundry basket is nearly empty, and banana bread is out of the oven!
After some studying and mowing the lawn, I came in for my usual late lunch around 2pm.
I made two pitas topped with smoked salmon, capers , some pan-seared eggplant and peppers , and goat cheese crumbles . This salmon was Trader Joe’s brand and I didn’t like it. It was wild sockeye, I believe, and it was greasy and too smoked. It was also half the price of my normal Harris Teeter kind 🙁
And on on the side I had about 3/4 a cup of greek yogurt with GoLean crunch and a meh mango .
Plus a rose from our garden!
For a mid-afternoon snack (around 5:00) I got to lick the banana bread bowl! I also had a cup of green tea around 4:30.
For dinner we made a pot of chili with our leftover taco sirloin. It was nothing spectacular, but tasted great.
Into a pot:
- About 12 oz lean ground beef
- 3 cups fresh cut okra
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 can kidney beans
- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- ~1 cup diced various peppers
- 1 tsp olive oil (to cook veggies)
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp fresh chopped oregano
- Kosher salt + pepper
You know the deal: Brown meat + veggies in oil and garlic. Add remaining stuff. Add seasonings. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, or 2 hours – however long you want to wait!
It made about 11 ladles’ worth in our standard soup ladle. I did the nutritional math to come out at about 125 kcal per ladle. We’ve got leftovers!!
With greek yogurt and hot sauce stirred in –
Crunchy side –
Forgot to grab a drink! I knew something was missing when I took this.
And finally………the long awaited banana nut bread . We actually had to bike to the store for another ripe banana because we ate most of them and only had 2 small ones left!!
I looked a all of your recipes and came up with a mixture of my own:
- The Dry
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- The Wet
- 3 medium overripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup 1% milk
- 1 tbsp bourbon (!!)
- The Fold-Ins
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 3 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
Again, you know the deal! Mix wet. Mix dry. Mix wet into dry. Fold in chunks. Pour into loaf pan. Bake at 350* for about 45 minutes.
It’s pretty good! Definitely on the healthy side and not that sweet. Almost more like bread than a dessert, which is how I wanted it for snacks and all.
Nutritional math comes out to about 2.5 kcal per gram, which is about 150 kcal for a half inch thick slice. I like to get an approximation in my head before digging in to a new recipe.
But clearly that didn’t stop me from having seconds!
And then I decided it needed almond butter on a second small piece –
It’s been a loooong day, but I feel organized and on top of my to-do list. Just have some reading on nutrition during pregnancy and I’m off to bed.
EDITED TO ADD
I just totally picked at the banana bread while slicing it up to be frozen – i probably had a whole third piece in the process!! You know, all the "crumbs" that fall off when you cut carelessly?
This is why I don’t bake!!!!!!!!!!!