This picture sums up my evening last night perfectly…
Beer. Lots of it. So, why was I surprised when I woke up with a hangover this morning?
Yes, you read that right: a hangover.
It’s really a shame I don’t have any pictures from last night, because it was a GOOD time. Friends + beer = love. I mean, the carrot cake, bread pudding and beer + cheese dip consumed late in the evening didn’t hurt either. If it wasn’t for my dull headache of hungoverness today, I would be quite jolly about it all.
Unfortunately, my stomach didn’t feel jolly enough to eat until about 11am. I am pretty sure that set some kind of record. Me not wanting to eat breakfast? Never. The only thing that sounded palatable when I woke up was a good ol’ bowl of cereal…
Multigrain Cheerios + organic skim milk. And a jumbo coffee. And a long 1-hour walk. And two Advil. And I felt much better.
Grocery shopping ALWAYS helps too…
Although, when you’re on a $30 budget, it isn’t as much fun as usual.
(from l to r)
- dried garbanzo beans
- nutritional yeast
- 1 red, 2 yellow onions
- baby spinach
- organic skim milk
- honey sesame tofu
- peanut butter
- frozen raspberries
Why only $30, you ask? For two reasons: (a) I’ve spent WAY too much money this month and am poor, and (b) yours truly is instituting a lil’ thing called PROJECT CLEANOUT this week.
Every once in awhile, I like to invoke my power as head of my own household and insist the fridges be emptied, pantry be eaten clean and all excess leftover food devoured. Not only do I love the challenge of it all, but I really enjoy being able to do a mondo grocery shop the following week as a reward for my eating cleaning efforts.
I began PROJECT CLEANOUT with 1/4 cup brown lentils + 1/4 cup bulgur wheat. Hmmmm…what to do…what to do…what to do…
I know! How about Spiced Lentils + Bulgur with Roasted Cabbage?
In a saucepan, I added the lentils, bulgur and 1 cup water. Then, as the liquid cooked out, I added low sodium veggie broth until the mixture was al dente. I added a can of diced tomatoes, crushed red pepper flakes, salt + spices until the liquid from the tomatoes cooked out slightly. Lastly, I added 2 T. nutritional yeast, stirred it all up and served it with the roasted cabbage.
For the cabbage, I simply chopped 1 head of cabbage, 2 shallots + 1 yellow onion, drizzled them with EVOO + salt then roasted them at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.
I was shockingly happy with how it turned out.
Mid-afternoon, my tumtum still felt off so I relied on a good ol’ PB+J to power me through my gargantuan to-do list. Yes, I still make to-do lists, even when hungover. Refer to this post for more insight on that.
Dinner was of the liquid variety…
1 cup organic skim milk
1 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries
1/4 cup POM juice
2 T vanilla brown rice protein powder
1 1/2 cups baby spinach
1/4 cup Not Sweet Vanilla Galaxy Granola
I hope you didn’t think liquid meant more beer. I have no plans to drink alcohol for awhile. However, smoothies are a completely different thing. I see MANY more of these are in my future.
With that, I am going to do some light yoga, crawl into bed, finish my movie (Brick Lane on Netflix…amazing) and drink some more magical elixir…
Tangerine Emergen-C + pomegranate white tea. That’s a dynamic duo right there.
Stay tuned this week for more interesting concoctions arising from PROJECT CLEANOUT. Trust me, I have some weird thangs brewing in my crazy head. With that, answer me a few q’s so I can catch up on all my lovely readers’ lives…
What was the highlight and lowlight of your weekend? My highlight was definitely volunteering with Madison Meals for Haiti. My lowlight? Aforementioned hangover. No fun.
What are your vacation + travel plans for this year? I stole this question from Fitnessista :). Mine are: hiking in Banff, Canada in June, San Francisco in July and perhaps a trip over the pond to visit one of my best friends who is moving to London!