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.


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.



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.


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


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!!!



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


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.



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.


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


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.


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



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



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.


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


Remove from heat and stir in vegetables.


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


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


Chop veggies.


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


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


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


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