I would still love to hear more about your experiences and if you don’t want to post it in the comments section, please feel free to email me at trying[dot]to[dot]heal[at]gmail[dot]com. I appreciated all your feedback and it has made me much more comfortable with what I should expect, how I should feel and simply seeking out someone to talk to.
I woke up this morning at the crack of dawn, even though I had the chance to sleep in as I have the day off…but when you wake up so often before 5.30am…it’s hard to brake the habit; no matter how tired I am!
I was still tired when I woke up, but you can bet I was famished! I know I eat oats during the week as it’s easy to make and portable…but it was freak’n cold this morning, so I couldn’t pass it up. At least this time, I got to take my time eating it and enjoy all the flavors!
1/3C quick oats
TJ’s PB and Flaxseed
I contemplated eating this on my balcony…but like I said, it was chilly. And very windy.
I spent the morning on my tush catching up on Google Reader, emails and watching TV. Finally, a day to relax. Believe me, my legs need it!
After watching Casanova with Heath Ledger (oh how I miss him…) I finally headed into the kitchen to make a brand spank’n new lunch!
I started off with a nice bowl of about 2/3 of a mango (parts were mushy) and some super sweet blackberries.
I was feeling the cooking vibe while in the kitchen, this being the first time I could make a real and elegant looking meal to eat at a table in my new home.
What did my open faced sandwich include?
Splash of Olive Oil
Diced Garlic Clove
1/4 Chopped Onion
Dash of Dried Rosemary
Handful of Fresh Spinach
Splash of Balsamic Vinegar
Mixed Seasoning (I used a new one I’ll review later!)
Sliced Zucchini, lengthwise
Artichoke Hummus (or any kind of hummus/spread)
Cheddar Cheese (thin slice, optional)
2 Slices of Bakery Bread (or any kind you want!)
1. Dice up or mash garlic and slice up onion pieces. Clean spinach pieces (if you buy them from the farmer’s market make sure to wash it thoroughly! It will have dirt on it!) and slice up the zucchini.
2. In a small bowl, combine a small amount of balsamic vinegar and mixed seasoning. Cover zucchini slices with vinegar and set aside.
3. Covered lightly in olive oil, heat up stove top grill pan and lay out zucchini slices to grill. Cook for 5 minutes on low then flip over for another 5.
4. While the zucchini is grilling, combine olive oil, garlic and onions in another pan on medium heat. Sauté until everything browns and softens to your likeness. Add in the fresh spinach and the dried rosemary (to your taste). Cook until the spinach is wilted.
5. Toast up two pieces of bread and spread on hummus and layer cheese. Immediately lay hot zucchini slices and top off with the spinach and onions.
H.E.A.V.E.N. in my mouth. It’s moments like this when I wish I had gone to culinary school. I dabbled with the idea when I was in high school and was talking about college, but I figured being made to do something like that that I loved…would be lost. And I’d come to hate it. Have you ever had that experience? Been forced to do something you love then come to hating it? Boo! Such a disappointment (which is also why I decided not to go to culinary school for baking or desserts. I love them far too much! But I’m sure I’d learn a whole lot!)
And the afternoon has commenced with a bit of sweetness…
This is my homemade trail mix. Can you see why I want to eat it all the time? Uh huh, you got that right. I also had some dark chocolate edamame and raisins mixed in about half way through…my sweet tooth was on fire!
Now I’m going to take a nap…and I’m still in my PJ’s.