So this was a tough weekend. I attended three cookouts, which meant I had to be on my best behavior around the delicious smells of hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. I also avoided macaroni salad, chips, cheese, birthday cake, cake truffles (that I made!), and my favorite Italian cookies. Not only that, but I also went to the movies and for the first time EVER did not get popcorn, and I went to my favorite restaurant, Brio, as they have opened a location here in CT.
I was SO good all weekend long – my only cheat was a pretty small one, I had coleslaw with very light dressing at my grandma’s house today because I was so hungry, and it seemed the least of all evils. For the most part, I have not been hungry. Though I gaze longingly at certain foods, it hasn’t been torturous.
Breakfast – cubed cantaloupe
Lunch – Brio Restaurant – field greens salad with pine nuts and walnuts (from my purse) with a side of fresh fruit
Afternoon Snack 1 – apple
Afternoon Snack 2 – strawberry honey banana smoothie
Dinner – Kristi’s house – quinoa with spinach, 1 raw macaroon
Breakfast – blackberries
Lunch – 1-1/2 c. watermelon, coleslaw
Dinner – quinoa with spinach (recipe below)
Evening Snack – tea with honey, apple
8 oz. spinach, steamed
1 c. quinoa
2 cloves garlic, minced or put through a press
small piece of onion, grated
1/4 c. raw red pepper, chopped into very small pieces
Cook quinoa according to directions on box. To water, add garlic and onion. When quinoa is completely cooked, stir in spinach, red pepper, and sea salt.
This recipe is simple to make and extremely satisfying. I would definitely make this as an entree or side dish. It’s colorful and healthy – it would be a great dish to entertain with.
**I’ve got to apologize for the photos on the blog lately – I’ve been taking pictures with my phone and posting them, due to lack of camera lately. I’ll try to get better pics ASAP!**