Setting the goal of cooking all my meals at home this week has been an awesome decision. I was sort of in a rut with creative cooking, even though experimenting in the kitchen is one of my favorite things to do. It’s forced me look in my cabinets a bit more and try out some new creative recipes instead of just picking up the phone and ordering in. I’m so glad you guys liked the Easy Baked Tofu recipe! It looks like some of you have tried or and several of you want to try it, so please let me know how it turns out!
This morning’s breakfast was an experiment that turned out really well! I’m always curious to try out new grains other than just plain old oats (which I LOVE) so today I decided to give couscous a try for breakfast. It turns out more like a breakfast pilaf than a hot cereal like oatmeal or oatbran, so expect it to be a little dried than regular oats. The milk and honey added at the end make it more moist and the flavor is just awesome. Here’s the recipe!
- 1/2 cup of milk of choice, divided (I used light soy) (.5 pts)
- 1/4 cup dry couscous (3 pts)
- cinnamon to taste
- 1/2 tbsp honey (.5 pts)
- 1 small banana (1 pt)
- Add 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp of milk to a pot with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon and bring to a boil.
- Add dry couscous to boiling liquid, remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Transfer cooked couscous into a bowl and top with sliced banana, the rest of the milk and the honey.
Yum! You can do lots of variations on this like adding raisins or other dried fruit along with the dry couscous. If you want it to be a little “wetter” like regular oats, you can use more milk in the pan, and you can also top it with any kind of fruit or spices you have on hand to mix it up. Couscous is great because it cooks so fast, so I was able to make this while I through together my lunch and timing worked out perfectly.
Thursday is also CSA Day! I loooove having a CSA, and it seriously brightens up my whole week. Monday night I get excited because Tuesday morning I wake up with an email from my CSA saying what will be in the box that week. So Tuesday and Wednesday I’m looking forward to picking it up, and then Thursday is the day to get it. All weekend I have tons of fresh fruit and veggies, and then its Monday and time to get excited for the next week’s box. I totally understand how cheesy that sounds, I just love fruits and veggies, especially when they’re as fresh as these!
In the box this week:
- 4 ears of sweet corn
- 1 bag of green beans
- 1 pattypan squash
- 1 japanese eggplant
- 1 baby zucchini
- 2 baby squash
- 1 bag concord grapes
- 3 apples
- 3 peaches
- 2 little tomatoes
- 6 asian pears
This week was an awesome box! I am so excited that Asian Pears are in there – they are one my favorites. I wasted no time and had 2 little asian pears (0 points!!!) when I got to work.
Lunch was a simple Taco-ish Mexican Salad.
In the mix:
- 3 small corn tortillas, toasted (2 points)
- organic microgreens
- 1/2 cup black beans (1 pt)
- 1 babybel light cheese (1 pt)
- 1/4 medium avocado (2 pts)
On the side, I had a jicama slaw that I threw together last night.
I julienned a whole jicama with my mandolin, and then added 2 tsp olive oil (2 pts), 2 tbsp white vinegar, 2 cloves chopped garlic, salt, and pepper. Half of the salad was 1 point and it was TASTY. I have had this jicama in my kitchen for months and apparently they have a long shelf life.
Lunch was great and literally took 5 minutes to throw together… 7 points total plus 5 for breakfast, so 12 for the day.
Are you ready for fall? What are you looking forward to most? I can’t wait for the cooler weather to run in, plus I loooove apples, asian pears, and other fall fruits and veggies. DC humidity is pretty killer, so I’m ready to part with that, too.