The last day of February already? Where on earth has the month gone? Crazy business, I tell you. I’m not ready for it to be March yet. I become an old lady in March :\
This morning started off with a lesson in serving size versus modern-day cereal bowl size:
So, I have two of these bowls. I know they’re big, so I’ve never used them for breakfast oats before because I thought it would seem like there was so little. Well, I was really diggin’ the green this morning and it was one of my finds from yesterday so I bit. And lookit how pathetic my oats barley looks! This is what is coined a “standard cereal bowl.” That is a normal serving size of rolled barley & TVP: 1/4c. PLUS 1 T. of wheat bran, and all the toppings. Even though a serving of normal oats is 1/2c, I find the barley actually gets more voluminous anyways.
Meh, just something I found interesting considering all the media involving serving sizes, portions, obesity in america, etc. I mean – if I were to think I was eyeballing 3/4-1c of cereal, I certainly would not stop there! And if I was to help myself to oats from a bulk batch? The bowl would be at least half full! Goes to show how plate, bowl, and cup sizes can really have an affect on us psychologically. -End of geekery-
What you’re looking at for this morning is pina colada oats.
In the Mix was rolled barley, TVP, wheat bran, brewed coffee & almondmilk, vanilla, slice of pineapple (diced), and goji berries.
On the topwas milled golden flax, acai & chia seed icing, crystallized ginger, White Choco Coconut PB, Strawberry-Pom Jam, and pineapple sauteed with coconut and macadamia nuts.
Got my giveaway stuff straightened out (be sure to enter!) and pretty much bummed around for the day! Lets take a peek:
Made more granola...
cranberry-almond maple granola was made – a mix of spelt flakes and oats, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, cinnamon, and mapple sizzurp. Yumm.
...Put the granola to good use without skipping a beat...
banana, granola fresh from the oven, chia & acai icing. with some chai spice blend!
...kept up with my vit c intake...
pineapple needed to be used…and I wanted it, of course.
...spelt toast lovin'...
and honey-apple butter lovin’. pepita lovin’. dried cranberry lovin’.
...lunch was had...
and a great lunch, at that! a Flax pita, toasted, stuffed with spinach and an egg “omelet” with 1 egg + 1 egg white, diced roma tomato, red onion, crab & shrimp meat, freshly shredded parmesan, and the clincher: mesquite BBQ sauce.
Sound random? I’m not sure. Maybe. But I think a mesquite BBQ sauce obsession may be overtaking my mustard obsession. That, and: totally forgot how amazingly freshly shredded, good quality parmesan chez is. And how heavenly it smells as it is melting and getting all gooey.
Do you want some freshly shredded parmesan now? Oh, I thought so.
in accent: "hit zee spoott!"
and Kale Chips con salt, pepper, and limon peppah. I’ve got my mom hooked on these babies, too.
Blueberries were had...
...but only when paired with vanilla bean latte mix and almondmilk...
...cookies were microwaved...
Remember this puppy?! The quick cookie?! Oh, I had almost forgotten, too. But today was time for a re-appearance! a dark-choco chip oatmeal quick cookie with some pumpkin-chia seed icing, applesauce, butter snaps, and wheat germ. Just because!
...snacks were nommed...
Loving these sesame rice crackers. Who’d a-thunk? Not I. But I’m glad that meatball recipe prompted me to discover them! Salty. Sesame-y. Crunchy. Crispy. Addictive.
...mas tea was consumed...
the highlight being raspberry-pom green tea with some blueberry honey.
...and dinnah was served!
Yep – more shirataki noodles. If I hadn’t had half a package to use, this was definitely a recipe deserving of real spaghetti is it was available, but it was good nonetheless. I made a quasi-bechamel!
For the “bechamel” I just whisked almondmilk, white bean flour, shredded parmesan, salt, pepper, mashed garlic, and basil until it was a good consistency.
I poured it over the noodles, which I had sauteed with red peppers, parsley, basil, roma tomatoes, red onion, garlic, spinach, salt, and pepper. I also used my favorite meatballs , which I ended up having to make with the shredded parmesan this time. I may just like them better as such!
Topped with more parm and slopped up with some garlic-ish bread. I was going to put more effort into it – think cheesy garlic bread – but I forgot about it til dinner was plated! Ah well.
And that about wraps up February! Actually, that’s a lie because there is definitely granola in my future. And mayyyyybe a cinnamon roll that my mom made today I only got a little nibble earlier – not fair! February’s gotta go out with a bang, you know.
What was the highlight of everybody’s February? I was going to do a fun little Feb. Favs wrap – up. But…I have too many favorites lately. hah!
And, back to my little serving-size versus bowl-size observation, do you find yourself influenced by plate size, psychologically? I know when I plate stuff on our biiiiig plates, I hate it! I know I’m giving myself enough – often, more than enough – to eat, but it looks like so little.