My weekend involved long walks in the snow (to the library in my case, which was unfortunately closed):
I also ended up experimenting with new recipes (with some amazing results):
Chickpea soup from Oh She Glows
This soup is totally worth all the reviews. But you absolutely have to garnish it with lemon, a bit of paprika and a few drops of olive oil. The flavor is not the same without it.
Organic red lentils cooked with 2 tsp of madras curry power, half a chopped onion, 2 cloves of garlic and some vegetable broth. Half way through the cooking process I added chopped carrots and some soya sauce to taste. I cooked some pearl barley and steamed cauliflower on the side. Then I mixed it all together and topped it with some sunflower seeds and voila - a healthy, filling, tasty dish.
And I've also jumped on the oat bran wagon. If you're wondering what's the difference between oat bran and normal oats, I've found that oat bran is much creamier and doesn't have any chew on it's own. It also doesn't seem to retain as much of the "banana" flavor as oats do, and instead it gets thick and creamy, which is fine by me.
Today's mix was: 1/4 cup oat bran with 1/4 cup oats cooked with 1/2 banana mashed in, cinnamon, and vanilla essence. Topped with coconut butter (the picture is borrowed since I didn't take one of my own, but the oat bran looked exactly like that )
And indulging in some treats:
I tried chocolate again for the first time in over a year and I discovered I LOVE dark chocolate. This came as a surprise because I was always a milk-chocolate girl. Not anymore apparently. But I'm so happy I was able to defy ED enough to try both types of chocolate, otherwise I would have never known.
And there's nothing like a good cup of coffee. My dad brought some back from a coffee fair and it is HEAVEN in a cup.
In my free time I did a good deal of this:
And some of this:
I'm totally psyched about the week ahead. Sounds like there'll be a lot going on, and I'm totally looking forward to it.
What are you guys and gals looking forward to about the week ahead?