I dropped the ball on food talk over the holidays but I’ve got a reinvigerated interest in cooking more healthful meals for our family and it goes hand in hand with my personal resolution to lose some weight and get healthier. I’ve gained nearly 15 lbs since we moved to Dallas just over two years ago….not good. Anyhow, I joined WeightWatchers® online and am loving the flexibility of the plan.
Chris was out of town for work all last week so I really didn’t cook much in the way of meals, per se…..but I’ll share a few things I did get around to making.
First, Maddie and I made Banana, Oat, Chocolate Chip Muffins from the blog Emily Bites. Maddie loves the combo of chocolate and banana and I’ve been finding one of these muffins is great with my morning coffee and keeps me filled up until lunch.
From the same blog as the above, I made muffin tin mock French Dips. I’ve got to admit I was glad as I started to assemble them that Chris was out of town….I am not sure he would have been overly impressed with them as his dinner but they were good re-heated as well….so they made an easy lunch for me later in the week. For what it is worth, our nanny tried one while I was out the next day and made me email her the link to the recipe right away before she left. I found them to be a bit salty but other than that they were a fun little treat. I like the idea of using the won ton wrappers and muffin tins to make individual portions.
Last weekend I made Bircher Muesli for the first time. Before I had Maddie I worked in private equity and traveled to Europe for business a fair bit. This was often a staple on the hotel breakfast bars. I looked at a ton of recipes online to figure out how to make it and ended up putting old fashioned oats in a bowl with chopped dried prunes, apricots and raisins. I then soaked this mixture in a combination of fat free plain yogurt and milk overnight. In the morning, I served with grated red apple. Yummmmmm.
Finally, last night I made baked ziti and an autumn salad. Friday is usually take out night around here but I am trying to change that when I can so I can try to stay on track with my goals. I also think that my husband was happy to come home to a cooked meal rather than being diverted to Indian or Thai on his way home from the airport last night!
The baked ziti recipe was very basic and would definitely be a hit with kiddos. It makes a lot and at first I thought the portion size (it makes 12 servings if you are counting points) would be scant. But I ended up not being able to eat it all with the big salad too. The roasted butternut squash which was tossed in the smallest amount of olive oil, chopped rosemary and a pinch of sea salt was to die for. I could have eaten it plain for dessert it was so good. I’ll definitely be making it as a side even when I am not making the salad! The salad greens are Arugula and definitely were key to the salad’s success. Finally, it was super quick….the kids and I ran the grocery store at 5 and I had everything ready to go by the time they were done with their dinner and ready for bath time and stories.
So, that’s about it from last week.
Did you make anything worth sharing?