TGIF!! Wow I am so happy the weekend is only hours away. I have literally no plans for this weekend and am not traveling, so I couldn’t be more excited to relax – – I really need it. 🙂
Last night I went to the Farmer’s Market after work. I was really excited to go to the FM and pick out what I wanted, since I hadn’t been in so long since I’d been getting my CSA. But now that that’s over, I got to go and browse. I ended up getting some random things, but am pretty excited about my purchases.
- Bell Peppers – 2 purple and 2 green
- Oysters (!)
- Farm Fresh Eggs
- Bird Egg Beans
I had never seen the Bird Egg Beans before and they are SO pretty.
The beans are slightly less colorful on the inside, and are speckled just like birds eggs… thus the name.
Not sure what I’m going to do with those yet, but aren’t they pretty!?
And the oysters – that was sort of an impulse buy because there is a fish stand at the FM which I really appreciate (many just have meat stands and no seafood) and I’ve never bought anything from there before. I was talking with the people running the stand and the man had just caught the oysters yesterday. It was $8 for a bag of 12, and because I have a chef boyfriend who knows how to shuck oysters, I took the plunge. 🙂 Wil did suggest putting them in the oven until they just pop and then opening them so they are slightly warm and then you don’t have to mess with shucking them.
It’s funny because after I got home and I realized I wasn’t really paying attention to how much I was spending, so I decided to count it up. Guess how much I spent? $26. The exact price of my weekly farm share, with more, better looking goods.
After the farmer’s market I went home and went on an 11 mile bike ride that took around 50 minutes. It felt so good to be out, but I keep forgetting how dark it gets so quickly! Because of the FM, I didn’t get out the door until 6:20ish, and by the time I was coming home a little after 7, it was DARK. There were a few times on the trail that I couldn’t see anything so had to slow down considerably, but at least I wasn’t around cars. Must get a light for my bike. Dinner was a very fall dish – butternut squash soup plus braised cabbage with apples. Recipe to come. 🙂
This morning I took the other serving of Heat-N-Eat Steel Cut Oats from yesterday and added 1/4 cup of low fat cottage cheese (8 grams of protein!!) and 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin. I heated it up for about 2 minutes in the microwave and topped it with some of that mind blowing granola.
The cottage cheese melted right into the oats and made it creamy and smooth. This is the first time I’ve ever added cottage cheese to my oats and it is SO good. This whole bowl (minus the toppings) has only 3 points on WW – 2 for the oats, 1 for the cottage cheese, and 0 for the pumpkin, and is packed with fiber, protein, and whole grains. I will DEFINITELY be using cottage cheese in my oats again. You can barely taste it – it just makes the texture unreal and the meal more stick to your ribs!
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever put in your oats? Did you like it?
What is the most unique thing you’ve ever purchased at a farmer’s market or grocery store?