Happy What I Ate Wednesday! With all the rain and humidity here in the North East, it is hard to believe that Autumn is almost here. I know my fall cravings are beginning to kick in. I have wanted nothing more than to make comfort foods. And with all those comfort craving comes comfort calories. That only means a little more exercise to compensate. If you ask me, it is totally worth it.
I always start the day with some 5:00am coffee before my 6:00am cardio session. I can never eat before then. Breakfast this morning was overnight oats. With Mya back in school, sometimes a simple breakfast is in order. I love my overnight oats in coconut milk with chia seeds, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon and a tiny drizzle of agave.
My bowl had 1/2 cup oats and it was so rich and dense I could only eat half my bowl. I saved the other half for post strength training workout. It was killer arms today. I can already feel the soreness setting in.
After my workout, I wanted to try my hand again at veggie burgers. I spend way too much on veggies burgers, I would really like to successfully make my own. These burgers were really close to my perfect burger. The flavor was spot on, but they need to be just a bit firmer. I used a chia “egg” as a binder, I think I need more bread crumbs, or to add some oats. I made these in the food processor with a lentil base, peppers, mushrooms, celery, onions, walnuts, garlic, wheat bread crumbs and tons of no salt seasonings. I will post the recipe as soon as I perfect it! Don’t get me wrong, these were fabulous as far as the taste I was going for, by far better than store bought. I just need them a tad firmer. After I processed them and molded them into different sizes to experiment with, I placed them on a tray with foil and popped them into the freezer for an hour before cooking some.
When lunch came, these were ready to cook in a pan greased with some coconut oil. They totally stayed together in the pan! They were just a tad soft on the bun. Since I served mine up on some Boston lettuce, I did not mind them being just a little soft.
I made 12 burgers for about $3.00 in ingredients!
For dinner, some left over vegan chicken potpie was on the menu. To keep the side dish on the lite and nutritious side, I made a heaping pile of coconut cream kale. It was a perfect accompaniment to the potpie.
So, that was what we ate Wednesday!
On another note, Andy and I also celebrated 17 years of marriage on Saturday! Mya wanted to take our picture, I think she she did pretty well!
I am so blessed! I finally got the chance to wear a dress I had been saving all summer. It was a great week and was filled with lots of fun and plenty of great food. I hope your was too.
Have a great Wednesday.