Happy Saturday, guys!
Let me start this post by telling you how AWESOME this week has been (for the most part – I was freakin’ out at one point!). I started the week with a math test, which, okay, wasn’t awesome – but I scored 100%. Looks like all of the studying paid off! I was thrilled… until I found out that a couple others also got perfect. Aww! I also earned a 6/6 on a tricky novel analysis essay, AND my teacher asked if she could keep it as a future example, err, a precedent. 😉
I also started a new set at work, which basically means we start a new group of lessons. So I have three classes (one was cancelled) of four kids aged 3-5. I’ve only taught them twice, but of course I LOVE them already. My favourite thing about my job is watching them scream in delight when I pull them around with hula hoops “belly rides”.
Anyways, what’s a good week without some good food? Here are some of the fantastic meals I’ve had! In no particular order, please welcome the Top Meals of May!
Starting with… baked banana oatmeal topped with honey Greek yogurt and fresh berries. Oatgurt is great in the warmer spring mornings.
Spaghetti bolognese, bulked up with vegetables. This was Simply Organic tomato sauce and lean ground beef. We also added chopped tomato, roasted peppers, fresh green bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Sprinkled with a little parmesan!
This classic Mom Meal was not my favourite. I can hardly tell what it is, especially under all of this sesame! I see vermicelli, carrots, turnips, and a beef + broccoli stir-fry. We sure eat that often!
Dinner after a fantastic PARTY! Our party was a lunch party because Grandma doesn’t eat dinner – she prefers a large meal in the middle of the day. I will post about the party on my next post. Roasted butternut squash, Chinese chicken and sesame dressing salad, quinoa salad with feta and mixed greens. A little “slice” of leftover cheesecake for dessert. Such a satisfying dinner. I love eating a variety of food – it makes me feel mentally full because of all the different tastes, textures, and temperatures.
I guess you could call this a twist on a Mom Dinner. We had macaroni and cheese with vegetables another day. This meal was pretty good! We bulked up some Catelli Smart elbows with chopped broccoli, frozen corn, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, all the works. They were quickly sauteed in a pan and then mixed with the cooked pasta.
The sauce was simple: butter + flour to make a roux, and then milk and chicken broth to make it liquidy. Then, we threw in some shredded sharp white cheddar and seasoned it with lots of pepper and some salt. After stirring it all together, we stuffed it into a casserole dish, topped it with cheese and toasty breadcrumbs, then baked it to perfection.
I had three servings of this (it’s a salad plate, BTW!). It could have been more flavourful, probably because the veggies diluted it. I think we’ll use more cheese and another pinch of salt.
Breakfast! Berries with granola on oatmeal.
Salad for lunch!
Topped with nuts, berries, shredded chicken drumstick from a Costco rotisserie chicken. Plus a sprinkle of feta cheese and a big drizzle of homemade maple-blueberry vinaigrette. I didn’t really like the vinaigrette. I put a bit too much balsamic in there! Very sour. 😦
So… um… yeah. I guess that’s it for now. Stay tuned for the next post, which will be coming out tomorrow evening (hopefully). I’ll be sharing a SUPER awesome lunch with the family. My mom and I hosted a fantastic lunch and made lots of goodies that I can’t wait to post about. See you soon!
BTW… FARMER’S MARKET TOMORROW! Woot! 🙂