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For today, I have a What I Ate Wednesday post.. posted ON a Wednesday. I can’t say this type of punctuality will become a thing.
Yesterday was a little bit weird because I felt like I was driving for a majority of the day.
The day started by waking up with the girls, chugging coffee while I made Liv’s breakfast and fed P, and got us all dressed. I quickly took my supplements before leaving (herbs, collagen, and aloe from my homeopathic doc. My hormone levels are still pretty low, so he’s boosting them back up). We dropped Livi off at school, and then P and I took a nice field trip to El Cajon. The Walmart there is the only place where I can find her Elecare formula when the Children’s Hospital is out, and our Amazon shipment was delayed. We got back to the house just as my friend Melanie was driving up to stay with P while I headed to La Jolla for my two post-op appointments. ( I can work out again! My hand still needs a couple of weeks but I can do cardio, core and legs.)
I made this breakfast before racing out of the house: 2 eggs, sriarcha, and a brown rice tortilla
(Ate it cold, out of the car, in between doc appointments. #glamorous. There’s no way I was going to try to drive with an injured hand and eat at the same time. That’s a great way to be a hazard haha.)
When I got home, P was waking up from her nap, so I quickly ate this almond butter banana,
and after feeding Miss P, I made a quick protein smoothie before we headed out to pick up Liv.
We all played in Livi’s room during the afternoon, reading books and singing silly songs before it was time for P’s last nap. Since I knew the Pilot was working late, and that it would be busy with Liv’s swim lesson, I had two choices for dinner: make something now, or get takeout. I’m kind of takeout-ed out from our Tucson trip and from recovering from surgery last week. I often feel like we can make the same things at home for less $$, and we had a fridge full of food, so no excuses.
Also, since it was just Liv and myself: soup for the win.
(The Pilot will eat soup for dinner, but I always feel like it’s not enough of a “meal” for him. Especially since he usually has a giant bowl of cereal like 20 seconds later haha.)
It only needed to cook for a couple of hours since we were just headed to swim lessons and back, and it actually worked out wonderfully.
1 diced sweet onion, 4 peeled and chopped carrots, 3 cloves garlic, cherry tomatoes, 1 bell pepper, sliced mushrooms, thyme, oregano, basil, salt and pepper:
Topped with chicken that I completely cooked on the stovetop with salt, pepper, garlic, oregano and balsamic.
I poured in a carton of veggie broth, and set it to high for 2 hours.
While I was putting everything together, I made more of an official “lunch.”
Greens, guacamole, and a leftover sweet potato black bean burger (this recipe was AWESOME):
When we got back from swim it was so nice to be able to feed P, give Livi her bath, and know that dinner was waiting for us. It ended up being cooked perfectly. I loved that the veggies were still bright and slightly crisp; especially the mushrooms. They tend to shrink and get a bit mushy in the slow cooker.
I served Liv’s on top of brown rice with a side of strawberries and avocado, and for mine, I topped it with feta and a squeeze of lemon juice.
handful of chocolate chips in between putting Liv to bed (unpictured because I had no way to take it without seeing my Frankenthumb medical tape, and you might be eating breakfast or something while reading this)
wine + watching Monday’s episode of The Voice. 🙂
What was good about this day of eats:
-I was pretty happy with the amount of protein and produce in my day despite the fact that it felt like each meal was fast and furious, except for dinner. It was nice to sit at the table with Liv (Miss P had crashed already) and enjoy our meal together.
-I made dinner, even when I could have taken the easy route and ordered some takeout. Liv and I both loved the soup aaaaand I have leftovers for lunch today.
What could have been better:
-I could have done a little bit better on the breakfast planning, or at least taken a yogurt or some fruit with me on the El Cajon field trip. My first meal didn’t end up happening until about 10:45, and I was hangry by the time I got a chance to eat.
What was the best thing you ate yesterday?