Sunday Shenanigans

by Holly on May 3, 2009

in breakfast,dinner,lunch,recipes

After not even 5 hours of sleep last night, this gal is exhausted!  Of course my reliable ol’ body clock woke me up at 9am this morning, and I know those 5 hours are really going to hit me tomorrow.  Luckily, us ladies were treated to a nice breakfast after the party last night.  I don’t know how I was still hungry from last night, but I had a blueberry waffle with a light drizzle of maple syrup and a cup of coffee with skim milk (not pictured).

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I got home a little after lunch and had a little snacky – carrots & apple slices with almond butter :).

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Then I headed to the grocery store with two missions, (1) research for tomorrow’s Holly Investigates (don’t forget to check it out!), and (2) purchase FIVE new items/products I’ve never bought before.  Since I won’t be eating out the rest of this month, I thought it would be a fabulous time to try out new things.  Here are the five items I picked up from the first round of my personal “5 New Things” challenge!

2 mangoes
TJ’s Black Mission figs
TJ’s Rice & Bean Chips
Stonyfield Farms Organic YoCalcium! Yogurt
Cascadian Farms Organic Honey & Oats granola

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I’ve definitely tried mangoes and figs before (love them both!) but thought it would be fun to experiment recipes using them.  I think I’m most excited for the chips – that might be part of tomorrow night’s dinner!  Back from the grocery store, I was a wee bit hungry so I had a small bowl of the granola (about 1/2 cup) with some vanilla soymilk.  Verdict: The granola was good, but it was pretty standard honey and oats flavor.  I think it will be perfect with yogurt!

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Finally, it was time to enjoy the beautiful day!  I munched on this little bar as I took over an hour long walk in the neighborhood.  Ms. Lara can do no wrong I swear!  The Banana Bread flavor, I swear to you, tasted almost exactly like the real thing.  YUMMY!  I picked up a couple flavors I haven’t tried before, so look for a Larabar rankings list later this week with my faves!

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When I got back, I grabbed a beach towel and parked my butt on the deck in the warm, heavenly sun.  There was some Riesling wine left in the fridge, so I thought what the hell?  Let’s use it up!

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Ain’t she pretty?  For dinner, I concocted a nice Italian mix, which I hereby title Italian Roasted Eggplant Mozzarella Penne!  First, I sliced a large eggplant into 1/2″ slices and sprinkled with salt to let them sweat (it drains the bitterness out of them so when you cook it, all you taste is eggplant deliciousness).  Then I lightly coated them with EVOO and popped them in a 450 degree oven to roast.  Meanwhile, I boiled some water for the penne pasta and got started on the sauce.

In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tbsp. EVOO and 1 tsp. minced garlic until fragrant.  Then I added 1/2 diced yellow onion, and let it sweat for several minutes.  Next, I added one 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, one six-ounce can tomato paste, some leftover chopped spinach (from another recipe you will see this week!) and mixed it all together.  I seasoned it with 1/4 – 1/8 tsp. each (as desired) dried oregano, dried basil, dried thyme and dried sage.  Seasoned with salt and pepper, I let it simmer to all mix together.

To serve this delectable dish, I plated a heaping serving of the Barilla Plus penne, 1 cup of the Italian tomato sauce, four slices of the roasted eggplant and topped it with two ounces of fresh mozzarella.  Buono!

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The best part?  I have TONS of leftovers for this week – meal planning well done!  Since I had enough dessert yesterday to last me awhile, I had one of my fave Yummy Earth suckers for dessert.  This time it was watermelon!  I let my food rest for a bit then headed to yoga, which I hadn’t DONE IN MORE THAN A WEEK!  Oh man, being back felt good!  I go to a yoga/pilates fusion class, and I LOVE the teacher!

Okay, now I’m really tired…off to bed!

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