Feeling blah

I still felt very blah when I woke up this morning so reluctantly I gave any up on any thoughts of an early morning walk. Instead I cuddled with my pup, eventually getting up for a cup of tea, some cruskits with spreadable cheese and my laptop.

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We were able to have a slow morning as the girls had a 10.15am doctors appointment and didn’t have to race off to school. I had the breakfast cookie in the fridge ready to eat but I wasn’t feeling it this morning. Luckily Kevin had been given some garden fresh spinach so I was able to make a nutritious green smoothie.

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Eventually we had to leave for the girls appointment for swine flu vaccination. I had to resort to bribing Christy with a chocolate if she had the needle so we had to visit the chemist. It was here I spotted some m&ms – which I had been craving since seeing them on someones blog. I bought some to enjoy later :-).

I dropped the girls off at school and happily headed home. I did a few necessary chores and made some oatmeal raisin cookies. I have a sneaking  suspicion Tina is also responsible for the m&m’s.While they were cooking I had a banana.

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Yes, I know it looks rather brown and past its best but these organic banana are still always great on the inside.

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Eventually I felt like some lunch. I wanted something super nutritious (to help fight this cold) and had been seeing roast brocolli all over the health food blogs so decided to try some today. I popped the brocolli and some brown rice bites in the oven. When they were cooked I microwaved some leftover quinoa and some snow peas. Served with some organic BBQ sauce. Yummy!!!

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Oh, and the cookies turned out great. I sampled one to see what it was like – oh, boy, they are good!

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The rest of the afternoon was spent on the lounge with my laptop and a box of tissues. Kevin also ended up at home early as he’s suffering with the “man flu”. This, of course, meant I had to share my m&ms – which is probably a good thing.

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When the girls got home from school I sat with Amy and had some afternoon tea – mountain bread with hummus, grated cheese, grated carrot and home-grown sprouts.

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While putting away Christy’s hi-fibre (white) bread the end piece proved too tempted and I enjoyed it with a bit of butter.

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Dinner tonight was Mushroom Risotto – comfort food with plenty of nutritious veg. It’s old, old recipe (I think from Weight Watchers) but it’s been some time since I made it. You can find the recipe here.

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I finished the night with a cup of tea and an oatmeal cookie. I feel better tonight so I’m hoping to be back to normal in the morning.

Mushroom Rissoto

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Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
300 grams aborio rice
3 1/2 cups chicken stock
125 grams button mushroom
1 carrot, diced
2 zucchini, diced
1 bunch bok choy, trimmed
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
30 grams cheese, grated

 

Method

Heat the oil in a wok and add the onion and garlic. Cook until onion is soft. Stir in rice and coat with the oil.

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Add the stock and simmer, covered, for 10 mins.

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Remove from heat and stir in vegetables.

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Cook gently for 5 mins. Allow to stand for 10mins, covered.

Serve sprinkled with cheese

 

Serves 4 (above photos are for 2 serves)

Mushroom and Potato Soup

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30 grams butter or margarine
3 potato, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 onion, chopped
1/2 red capsicum, chopped
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon  thyme
250 grams mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup light sour cream

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Chop veggies.

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Melt butter in a large saucepan. Saute potatoes, celery, onion and capsicum until onion is tender.

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Stir in stock, mlik, thyme, salt and papper. Bring to boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 mins.

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Blend with remaining ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce heat. Simmer for a further 5-10 mins. Enjoy.

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Serving Ideas: Serve ganrished with some sauted sliced mushrooms and  a little chopped parsley.

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