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Supper last night was a Homemade Salmon Burger topped with cheddar, avocado, tomato and red onion with some roasted garlic and chili aioli sauce with some kale chips, and Alexia sweet potato fries. I don’t know what part I liked more! I love Salmon burgers. I love kale chips, and I love sweet potato fries… but I only had seconds of the kale chips I guess they win!
Since breakfast couldn’t get any better than yesterday’s Pumpkin Oats with 2-2″ pumpkin quinoa pancakes crumbled on top with a dollop of Sunbutter. I started my day off with it again today!! Yes I AM a creature of habit! What can I say, why mess with a good thing.
Yesterday I had planned to paint the bottom of the new kitchen bay window we had put in this summer. I had primed it already but not painted it. Unfortunately it had been 2+ years since I had painted my whole house, and the paint had faded terribly! So unplanned I continued to paint the whole back of my house yesterday! The plans for today include repainting the door and trim, and maybe the south side. I guess we will see how ambitious I get once I get out there! …and how hot it is!
I am really nervous about weighing in on Thursday… When I weighed last week for the first time in a month, after a 3 day ride in a vehicle I was up 11 pounds. I told myself it is all okay as I am sure it is just some water weight, and swelling from being stuck in a car for 3 days… Usually I would have jumped on the scale every day as I am normally am an every morning weigher… but I am scared… scared of having to lose that weight again. This spring I had lost 26lbs by counting calories, and trying to eat as clean as possible and exercised every day. As of last week I am up to only being 8lbs from where I started in February… too close for comfort!
I haven’t been following my September goals too closely to try and counteract the weight gain that well yet… I am logging about half of my meals and haven’t done anything but quick bursts of activity like doing step-ups on my steps going into my living room, or like painting the house today. So I guess my mini-goal for the rest of the week is to get my laptop off my lap, blog quickly and efficiently, and move! Whether it is painting or yard work, or treadmill anything is better than sedentary!! It is quite ironic that since I started this blog I have gotten less activity than I did before, and gained 14lbs! So much for a healthy living blog!!
What’s your weigh-in routine?
This Morning I started my day off with leftovers.. no, not steak from last night, but some Pumpkin oats that I had made the other day. I added a little water and microwaved till warm. Topped it off with a couple of these Pumpkin Quinoa Pancakes from Sunday, a couple pecan halves also warmed up in microwave, and a spoonful of Sunbutter! All of these items are good on their own, but together=perfection! (for those of you with wheat allergies this combo is nice and gluten-free!)
Lunch was some leftover Chicken and Gnocchi Soup I had made on Friday which also needed to be eaten up or thrown out soon.. and never being one to waste food, I happily ate it!
Here is the recipe I neglected to share with you the other day…
Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
- 2 baked chicken breasts dicedo
- 1/2 c diced red onion
- 1 T minced garlic
- 2 T butter
- 3 T power flour or regular
- 1.5 c shredded carrots
- 2 celery stalks diced
- 1/2 c julienned red pepper
- 2 T liquid chicken bullion
- 1 c greek yogurt
- whole wheat gnocchi
- Fresh ground pepper to taste
- 2 cups chopped spinach
- 1/4 t dill weed
- 8+ c water
- grated parmesan cheese
Into a stockpot went onion and butter, I sauteed till the onions were transparent, then added the garlic. To that add your flour and a couple tablespoons of water to make a roux.
After it had thickened I added the carrots, celery, peppers chicken, bullion, dill weed and 8 cups of water and lowered the temp to a low medium heat to let simmer. Add some fresh ground pepper to taste, and your gnocchi to the simmering pot. I used greek yogurt as my creamy base, and added it after the vegetables were soft. Not sure if that is the appropriate time, I just don’t like to add dairy to soups too early.
Once gnocchi is cooked it will float to the top, it doesn’t take long. Let simmer on stove top till you are close to eating, then add in the chopped spinach. It tastes good even if you add it earlier or reheat, but I like to add it closer to the end so it still has a tiny bit of texture to it. Top with some grated Parmesan cheese if desired, and enjoy! It is like a “souped up” version of creamy chicken soup with dumplings, and easier too!
By using the 0% greek yogurt instead of half and half or real cream you lower the fat content of the soup without compromising on taste, plus you get some added protein!
What is your favourite leftover?
Chia seeds are amazing! Not only because they can grow fake sprout hair on a piece of pottery… They are a superfood!
“Chia seeds are full of Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, dietary fiber and oil. Chia seeds are also high in anti-oxidants and have been found to be beneficial to diabetics due to their ability to inhibit the speed of carbohydrates being turned into sugars. The seeds are also being used as a diet aid because they help a person feel fuller and, therefore, curb hunger.” Excerpt from:What Are Chia Seeds?
You can add Chia Seeds to almost everything! From on top of a salad, yogurt, toast, to adding a tsp to a smoothies or oats! Use them in baking anywhere you would use flax!
They really have NO flavour, and you can blend them to a fine texture so you cannot feel the texture on your tongue. Or you can let them get a jelly coating on them as they absorb water almost like a mini bubble tea texture. I like them either way!
Don’t buy the processed tablets you will see online or in stores! Just buy the seeds, in containers, bags, bulk, much more cost effective, and is more natural! White vs dark, it doesn’t matter they have the same nutritional content
Give them a try… if all else fails spread the left over seeds after soaking them, on a piece of pottery and make a chia pet
Have you used Chia Seeds? What do you like using them for?