TODAY’S POINT OF BALANCE: Today is America Recycles Day! How did you recycle today? I took a ridiculous amount of plastic bags to Giant Eagle’s recycle bin. I also went thru about seven issues of Everyday with Rachael Ray, pulled all the recipes I wanted and recycles the leftover magazine bits. Every little bit helps!
Last night, had the usual bowl of popcorn before crashing. No picture because I was exhausted.
I woke up to a grumbly stomach and an empty fridge. To the pantry I went and found a can of pumpkin puree. Thank the Lord! Pumpkin oatmeal was the obvious choice from there, made with:
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/4 cup Whole Food bulk bin granola
- between 1/4 and 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- a good sprinkle of cinnamon
- a pinch of nutmeg
- one splenda
- approx. four splashes of water
Before heading out to Marc’s to restock, I grabbed a yogurt for the road that I found stashed way back in the fridge:
We spent $110 at Marc’s this morning! I knew it was going to be a doozy of a trip considering we had none of my meal staples: fresh fruits, fresh veggies, eggs, milk, lunch meat, english muffins, frozen veggies, and so on. I wanted to buy 3 HUGE broccoli bags, but refrained and only purchased two. and a bag of corn. I’m nuts. Moving on.
Lunch was inspired by our cruise: one of the nights in the formal dining room, I started my meal with a cup of french onion soup. Strangely, I’m becoming my mother and am developing a serious hatred for soggy bread. I always remove the cruton when having this soup. Here’s my version of a quick french onion soup with LCL cheese wedge on an WW english muffin:
- I sautéed one white onion with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, italian seasoning for about twenty minutes.
- I then added one 14.5 oz can of low-sodium beef broth to the skillet and brought that to a boil, then dropped it to a simmer for about five minutes. (Five minutes was all I could wait!)
- Meanwhile, I toasted up the muffin, then spread one cheese wedge accordingly.
I had serious plans for cleaning, organizing and maybe working out this afternoon. However, I was once again thwarted by my vacation: I am SO incredibly dizzy today. I feel like I’m still on the cruise ship! It was a very rocky ride on the Monarch of the Seas! I did manage to get all the laundry done, some blogging and a nap. Hans, too, is having balance issues today so it was a low key day around this house.
In going through my magazines, I found this recipe for Teriyaki Turkey Lettuce Wraps in the Everyday with Rachael Ray issue from few months ago. Since I had defrosted some ground turkey overnight, I knew what to do.
I did make a few changes from the original recipe:
I added a red pepper and cooked the scallions separately (Hans dislikes onions)
I used a veggie peeler to get the thin carrot slices (instead of buying shredded carrots)
I used Pam instead of EVOO
I used some leftover Trader Joe’s General Tso sauce for the “store-bought teriyaki sauce”
I drained the grease from the ground turkey, then added the veggies and sauce to the meat and sautéed that mix for another five minutes
I made some white rice and broccoli to go with the wraps
The final product was served family style:
An assembled lettuce wrap:
Hans is not a fan of “ground meat”: it’s not his favorite way to eat his protein! I, on the other hand, could easily survive on meat sauces every day of my life. When I originally showed him the recipe, I could tell he wasn’t excited. However, he ended up really enjoying the meal. We ate all but about 1/2 cup of the meat/carrot/red pepper mix: leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
Looking forward to this treat before bed! I love ice cream deals at the grocery store!
Enjoy your Sundays!