Tuesday, April 13, 2010

In A Rut

my eats have been un-exciting recently. do you find that you go through phases of creativity where you are always trying new things and then phases of the-same-old-same-old? sometimes all i want to do is cook. but other times (like now) after i am finished cooking for my clients during the day, i don't even want to set foot in the kitchen at night. i need to get out of my rut.
this morning, because it was chilly and rainy, i made some oatmeal. it was so good and really hit the spot.
oatmeal ingredients:
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup milk
1/2 really ripe banana, mashed
1 tsp almond paste
barney butter
chocolate granola

have your tried MaraNatha dark chocolate almond spread?? this is good stuff. it reminds me of nutella (quite possibly my all time favorite spread - seriously, if i am ever stranded on a deserted island, i want several jars of this with me) but with almonds instead of hazelnuts. the warmth of the oatmeal melts the almond butter and dark chocolate almond butter. one word - yum!
for lunch, i was craving pizza for some crazy reason. i whipped up a quick one on a whole wheat tortilla. i slathered on some pizza sauce (look for a jar without added sugar), shredded mozzarella cheese, broccoli, and parmesan cheese.
while that baked, i munched on some cheesy kale chips and tossed together a strawberry spinach salad.
i could eat strawberry spinach salad everyday! you can make it a bunch of different ways but today it was topped with feta and drizzled with balsamic viniagrette. what better way to get a fruit serving and a veggie serving in one dish?

ok, i'm off to get myself out of this cooking rut. it's time to organize my recipes and pick out some i have been meaning to make but haven't gotten around to. prepare yourselves . . .

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