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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

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

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Mixed it all around and Viola!

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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

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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).

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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!)

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And some of the Little Sky Lavender Sea Salt

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Together in the pan it looked like this

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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.

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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 :)

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

Lynn – Lunch for Breakfast for Lunch

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Meet my new bodyguards:

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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:

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

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…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:

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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”:

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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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