Skip to content
November 8, 2011 / makingitmamastyle

B,L,D and a Workout

Before I get to tonight’s dinner and recipe, I’ll recap the day. You may remember I’m on a mission to shed a few LBs and today, being the first day after my motivating experience, went very well!

Breakfast: Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

Mix half a can of pumpkin, a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, extra cinnamon, 2 TBSP brown sugar and a dash of vanilla into your steel-cut oats as they cook according to package directions. (By the way, the directions usually suggest 4 cups water to one cup oats, but I always cut that back to 3 cups of water.) Once cooked, I topped my serving with a splash of milk and they kept me full all morning. I put the leftovers in mason jars where they’re ready for two more breakfasts this week!

Why the steel-cut oats? They’re less processed than rolled/old fashioned oats and certainly less than quick oats. They provide a nutty flavor and are dense and chewy when cooked, which I enjoy. Being less processed, they take longer for your body to digest, meaning I feel fuller longer. All in all, steel-cut oats are a win-win.

 Lunch: Thanksgiving Paninis

Turkey, fontina cheese and cranberry sauce layered on whole grain wheat bread and pressed to perfection on the panini grill.  A few chips with added flax seed and homemade salsa on the side and the lunch prep took 10 minutes from start to stomach.

Alright, now we are at dinner.

Dinner:  17 Bean Soup

Yep, seventeen bean soup.

I purchased the blend of beans from Trader Joes and they worked perfectly to provide a range of textures in the soup.

After rinsing and sorting the beans, I chopped an onion, a few carrots and celery.

Let the veggies sauté for a bit, add in a can of whole tomatoes that you chopped (more flavor this way!), throw in the beans, bay leaves, and chicken broth.

Simmer, simmer, simmer for about an hour, add in a cup of elbow macaroni and cook another 10 minutes. Toss in the chopped parsley, stir, and devour!  (oh, and find the recipe HERE! I followed it pretty loosely and you can, too!)

I ran on the treadmill again today.

  • 35 minutes
  • 2.5 miles
  • 345 calories

Question of the day:

What’s your favorite pumpkin dish?

I am really digging the pumpkin oatmeal at the moment, but have an undying love for pumpkin pie. I usually have one slice per year (at Thanksgiving) and it is sooooo worth the wait!

Advertisements

What Do You Think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: