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Christy – Grains kind of a day

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Today was a grains kind of a day. I was just feeling inspired to make all kinds of grains. We were out of quinoa which i wanted for breakfast, so I put a pot on first thing this morning as I checked my email.

To my breakfast quinoa I added some Perky’s Crunchy Rice Cereal which has a wonderful mild flavor but adds a lot of good texture to the otherwise soft breakfast


I also put in some raisins and some Foods Alive Flax Oil


Mixed it all around and Viola!


While I was eating that, I decided to go ahead and make the spelt that I plan to use in a salad tomorrow (stay tuned – I’m making the recipe up so it could be good or it could be very bad!)

Spelt takes a while to cook and lots of water. I rinsed a cup and a half of spelt berries


Put them in a pot and added 4 and a half cups of water (the ratio is 1 cup of spelt to 3 cups of water).


I think I may have overdone it on the water a little though because I cooked it for 55 minutes and there was still water in the bottom. The spelt cooked through though and tasted great. Spelt has a nutty, chewy quality that is really satisfying.

Then for dinner tonight, Jeff wanted to make a stir fry. You know, most of my clients and some of my friends think that I am always cooking. And some even think it must be challenging or relieving (depending on the person and their point of view) to be married to a nutritional counselor. But the truth is, Jeff does a lot of the cooking at our house. I do a lot of the shopping, prepping and suggesting, but he is usually the one cooking it all and making a meal for us. And he does a great job.

Tonight, I put on a pot of brown rice and Jeff sauteed some chicken using some of the Beyond the Shaker Hot Habanero Blend (careful when you use this – it has a pepper that can make you cough when you inhale during cooking!)


And some of the Little Sky Lavender Sea Salt


Together in the pan it looked like this


Then he added it to a vegetable stir fry of peppers, zucchini, onions, garlic, corn and peas. And a little more of the Hot Habanero Blend.


I put a little rice in the bottom of my bowl and then scooped the stir fry on top. The Hot Habanero Blend was not too hot – in fact it gave it a really nice taste, I loved it. I love these types of spice blends. They are so useful for flavoring food but not adding sodium. Most of us could use a little less salt in our diets. And I will be using that again (i’ll just open my windows while cooking :)


The stir fry was so good that I went back for seconds!

Lynn – Lunch for Breakfast for Lunch


Meet my new bodyguards:


Julius and Sundae (who we’re dogsitting) have been by my side the last few days. Everywhere. Every second of every hour. Literally. When I go to the bathroom they follow me and wait outside the door. When I switch couches to get in/out of the sun, they do the same. When I’m cooking they follow me back and forth, around the kitchen.

I’ve been tripping over both of them non-stop because for some reason they have to be right by my feet!

Navigating two super-neurotic, er….needy dogs on a walk is near impossible so I’ve been taking them separately. This morning I got Sundae out of the house for an early hour-long one since it’s supposed to rain and asked Abe to take Julius with him to work. I don’t want a cooped up, un-exercised Jack Russell in the house all day, since I’ve got a TV pilot audition later on.

I’ll be gone smack dab during mid-meal-time, and it’s going to take me an hour to get there and back, so I decided to eat my lunch for breakfast:


This is just a bunch of leftovers, mixed together – from the Seder, leftover kale salad and charoset, and underneath that…


…chicken and rice that I had made the other night for Sundae, because she was having stomach problems. It was actually one of my first times making chicken (I just poached one of the breasts I found in the freezer) and I was surprised at how easy it was. I’m always kinda scared I’m going to poison myself because I never cook any meat at home.

A cup of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride too:


I’m used to eating bars/fruit as an on-the-go breakfast. My Aunt has the pantry stocked with a whole variety, with all different levels of protein and fiber (that’s what I tend to look at when I’m trying to figure out how long I’ll stay full). Since I don’t know how long breakfast will keep me satiated (I’m guessing a while, with all those nuts and chicken), or how hungry I’ll actually get, I am packing all of these with me for the car as “lunch”:


An Oatmeal Raisin Clif Bar, a Chocolate Clif’s Builder’s Bar, an Almond & Apricot Kind Bar, and a Chocolate Paleo Bar, plus two apples of different sizes.

Guess My Lunch

Any ideas about what I’ll end up eating? What combo of bars/apples? Maybe just a bar? Maybe just an apple and something else when I get back to the house at 3:30 or 4? What if breakfast keeps me full for 5-6 hours and I won’t need any of these things, choosing to have something more whole/unprocessed back at the beach house? We have dinner plans at 7 so I want to have an appetite for that, too.

I thought it might be fun to see if anyone can guess the correct combo. If you do, I’ll send you some coupons for some free stuff!

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