Monday, 2 March 2015

My Week of Eats: Being Over Porridge

This week was a pretty good round of dinner eats - I've reintroduced lots of vegies into my dinners, and added more during lunch too, but I just wasn't feeling my normal porridge.  I had toast and smoothies a few mornings, and apart from that just not being very cost effective, it made me realise that I'm going to have to re-think my standard breakfast - at least for awhile.

As always, I don't share everything I eat, just the meals and highlights.  I don't want to bore you too much (more).

Monday

  • Breakfast: Porridge of oats, quinoa, amaranth flakes, oat bran, linseed, chia seeds, mixed spice, walnuts, goji berries, and milk.  Large skinny cappuccino.
  • Lunch: Salad of tuna, snow peas, tomato, corn, mixed beans, celery and wilted spinach.
  • Dinner: Two kangaroo sausages, pan fried vegies of bok choy, tomatoes, onion, brussel sprouts in garlic and olive oil.
I started the week normally, with porridge and a tuna salad.  I decided that I didn't like lettuce, so I added some different greens into my salad - spinach and celery.  Worked for me!  I cooked up a double dinner, and had one serving tonight.  I love kangaroo sausages - they are so lean!  Tomato sauce added afterwards.


Tuesday

 
  • Breakfast: Multigrain toast with butter and vegemite.  Large skinny cappuccino. Smoothie of beetroot, banana, dates, chia, coconut and pomegranate rose syrup.
  • Lunch: Salad of tuna, snow peas, tomato, corn, mixed beans, celery and wilted spinach.
  • Dinner: Two kangaroo sausages, pan fried vegies of bok choy, tomatoes, onion, brussel sprouts in garlic and olive oil.
I had no interest in porridge, so I hit up Kinfolk for toast, smoothie and coffee.  I know that they use high quality, organic products, so I'm very happy to eat their food.  It was a big breakfast, but kept me full until lunch, which was a repeat of Monday.  So was dinner - leftovers after the gym.  Making it easy.

Wednesday

  • Breakfast: Caribbean greens smoothie - mango, passionfruit, banana, spinach, mango nectar, coconut milk, coconut water and ice.  Large skinny cappuccino.
  • Lunch: Salad of tuna, snow peas, tomato, corn, mixed beans, celery and wilted spinach.  Green juice with apple, spinach, kale, celery, lemon and mint.
  • Dinner:  Two kangaroo sausages with pan fried vegies of zucchini, kale, red and green capsicum, onion in garlic and olive oil.
I had an appointment before work, so I grabbed a smoothie on my commute, which totally hit the spot, especially after a run at the gym.  I got a coffee on  my way back into the office.  I added a green juice to my normal tuna salad for lunch, to bump up the greens.  Dinner consisted of more kanga bangas, but with a different pan fry mix - just some random vegies I found in the fridge.

Thursday

 
  • Breakfast: Large skinny cappuccino, with multigrain toast with butter and vegemite.
  • Lunch: Two rice paper rolls - chicken and barramundi, with chili mayonnaise.  Sweet greens smoothie, which includes peaches, banana, almond milk, dates, nutmeg and spinach.
  • Dinner: Baked salmon, with pan fried asparagus, kale, bok choy and onion in garlic and olive oil.
I sill wasn't interested in porridge, and I was wanting vegemite. Enter another Kinfolk breakfast!  I think it helps that it's a nice way to start my day.  I had a lunch time appointment, so I grabbed some rice paper rolls from Roll'd, and a green smoothie from Crisp, on my way back into the office.  We had some salmon that had to be used, and again just threw together a quick pan fry of green vegies to go with.

Friday

 
  • Breakfast: Multigrain toast with butter and honey.  Large skinny cappuccino. Smoothie of beetroot, banana, dates, chia, coconut and pomegranate rose syrup.
  • Lunch: Salad of tuna, snow peas, tomato, corn, mixed beans, celery and wilted spinach.
  • Dinner: Burrito of chicken, black beans, lettuce, avocado, cheese, tomato, onion, capsicum, salsa and sour cream.
You guessed it - another Kinfolk breakfast.  I really liked the beetroot smoothie!  Back to my normal tuna salad for lunch, then our usual easy Friday night dinner - a Mad Mex chicken burrito, but I left out the rice.  I didn't want the normally heaviness that a burrito can bring.  It was a good call.

Saturday

  • Breakfast:  Protein pancake which had oatmeal, peanut butter, egg, protein powder and milk, with some maple syrup.  Short macchiato.
  • Lunch: Lamb souvlaki with tomato, onion, cheese, tzatiki, mustard and hot chips.
  • Snack: Very berry sorbet and chunky monkey ice cream.
  • Dinner: Vegetarian pizza with hot salami (4 slices), and some garlic pizza.
My protein pancake was a substantial meal, but a little dry.  Not bad for a winged recipe though.  Food trucks for lunch, and I thought the bread in the lamb souvlaki was amazing - not sure sure about the hot chips in the middle though.  Not guilt about the afternoon icecream - it was delicious!  And Saturday night = takeaway in our house, and this pizza was also great.  Lots of wonderful eats!

Sunday

 
  • Breakfast: Smoothie of oat bran, amaranth flakes, linseed, chia seeds, protein powder, nutmeg, frozen blueberries, spinach and milk.  Small macchiato.
  • Lunch: Three sushi rolls - avocado, cooked tuna and teriyaki chicken.
  • Snack: Cheese on crackers.
  • Dinner: Smashed chicken with pan fried bok choy, snow peas and onion, with roasted brussel sprouts and sweet potato.
After a long run I just wanted a smoothie, so I made sure it was a well rounded meal that covered all food groups.  Our tradition of Sunday sushi happily continues, although I wish our local had brown rice sushi more often.  I was a bit snacky in the afternoon, and I remembered we had some cheese in the fridge.  Score!  Dinner was just simple, but it was nice to have time to properly roast some veggies - although I overdid it with the brussel sprouts.  Still delish though!

Thoughts


I was very happy with my lunches and dinners - lots of good vegies, limited carbs (except for treat meals).  Breakfast was not ideal this week, and I think I need to find a porridge substitute until I like the sound of it again.  I'm on the hunt.

I still try to keep my treats for the weekends, and it works for me.  It's not quite a reward, but it is nice to enjoy good food on weekends, knowing I've had a balanced, healthy week of food behind me.  Having that Saturday ice cream as part of a nice day with my husband is totally worth it.  I do prefer to go with the really good quality treats - if I'm going to go there, I want to really enjoy it.  And the Scoop ice cream was top notch.

Next week


My only goal for next week is to keep up these types of dinners and lunches, and to come up with a breakfast that I'm happy to take to work with me each day.  As much as I love Kinfolk, I can't really be buying breakfast there every day.



Do you like to eat the same things for breakfast each days?  Or do you mix it up?  What is your go to breakfast at the moment?




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