Wow. This dinner was GREAT!!! Such a surprise and one of those “throw together” dinners that turns out better than expected. I have to give props to the husband, who did most of the work on this while I did chores on my computer.
We started with black-eyed peas in typical Southern New Year’s tradition – thanks to the husband’s mom giving us half of her bag this morning.
We had planned a meal with shitake mushrooms and dried paddy straw mushrooms that we found at EarthFare with turkey cutlets and pasta, but obviously the ingredients switched roles.
The beans soaked in water all day. We rehydrated the mushrooms and then used their broth to cook the beans.
In the meantime, we were planning to walk to the grocery store for some collard greens to round out the New Year’s menu, but we realized we had bok choy that was starting to turn in the fridge and it worked as a perfect substitute!
The husband sauteed the mushrooms in 1 tablespoon of real butter (one of the few things we use the real stuff for – it’s worth it on mushrooms!) and added the bok choy halfway through and the beans at the end.
For our grain, we tried a new kind of rice we got for Christmas: forbidden rice, a.k.a. black rice. It was SOOOOO good but very odd at the same time. I have to say, it was kind of like eating mouse poop! The color was just freaking me out a little. Also reminded me of crushed roach. But I just closed my eyes and enjoyed some of the best rice I’ve ever had texture wise. It was really, really chewy – I like to chew things! What a neat find.
Dinner calories: 316
Had two pieces of chocolate for dessert. *Licks lips*
This afternoon we did 45 minutes of walking around our neighborhood. We had to walk slow because my mother in law was with us and she has some foot problems, but we made up for our speed with a longer walk. 150 kcal burned! It sure was windy though…
After our walk I had a delicious hot chocolate made with skim milk and Nesquik. And half a serving of graham sticks. I’ve been a little short on dairy these past few days. I need to up it tomorrow. ~180 kcal.
Total Tuesday calories: 1618
-526 thru workout and walk
= net of 1092.
OK for a recovery day and with a big trip coming up next week.
Ugggggggg. I only have 3 more days of work until it’s back to school!!! I can’t wait, but I’ve got the alarm clock set for 4:50. Coming back from vacation is never fun. Especially since this is the most time off I’ve had since college – including my wedding and honeymoon!
I am surprisingly excited about going to the early morning gym though. When I get out of routine, I actually look forward to getting back into the early morning gym groove. I just really enjoy my time there to myself, reading magazines and feeling strong.
See you tomorrow!