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Evening!

I promised you a recipe, and now I shall deliver on that promise.

First, a few notes about it, if you don’t mind.

Light and delicious!

This bread isn’t like a regular bread.

Due to the ingredients, it’s actually slightly spongy and doesn’t have much of a “crumb”.

It’s also low carb, high in protein, and has a nice amount of fat per slice.

I based this recipe loosely on a coconut flour recipe found on Mark’s Daily Apple, but based on the properties of coconut flour, I have found that I can easily substitute peanut flour in its place.

I use a higher fat peanut flour (from Byrd Mill) but a lower fat one would increase the protein levels but decrease the peanutty taste (and, of course, the calories).

Slices beautifully!

Oh, and it’s so flexible!  If you want to use apple sauce in the place of the bananas, go for it.

No added fruit?  Use an oil or fat of choice (I bet avocado would be incredible!  or peanut butter?), or go without.  The choice is yours.

This bread is delicious, m-word (rhymes with “hoist”), and very lightly sweetened.  Feel free to add a sugar of choice, if you wish.

Ready for it?

Here ya go!

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Banana Bread:

3/4 cup peanut flour (3 oz)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tbs cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

6 jumbo eggs

1-2 tbs honey (optional)

3 very ripe bananas, mashed (about a heaping cup worth)

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Mix dry ingredients.  Puree (or mash) bananas.  Add wet ingredients into dry.  Pour into a 8-by-4 inch baking loaf pan.  (A 9-by-5 will create a more short, squat loaf.)  Bake for approximately 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick poked in it comes out clean.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks for reading!

❤ Kaz

Good morning!

How’s your Monday treating you so far?

Mine’s off to a pretty decent start, I think.  I slept until about a quarter ’til ten, which is always a good way to wake, in my book.

Since I’ve gotten sick, Amor has taken to letting me sleep in as late as possible.  Even though I never asked for those extra twenty minutes of sleep, he knows how valuable rest is, and wordlessly shifted into a later wake-up for me. ❤

Peanut-buttery kasha.

I woke up hungry, and since I’m out of almond milk, I decided to try to flavor my porridge with some peanut flour.

I cooked 1/4 cup of kasha on the stovetop with one cup of water, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Ten minutes of simmering later, I stirred in about 1/3 cup of high-fat peanut flour (the higher fat content, the stronger the peanut taste — 1/4 cup has about 120 calories and 9g of protein, but tastes so much better than the bland lower fat content flour).

You can't go wrong with bananas, like, ever.

When I removed it from the heat, I topped it with a packed heaping teaspoon of brown sugar.

I love melty brown sugar…little puddles and pockets of pure syrup, straight to the mouth.  Never fails me.

I sliced a whole banana on top of it, then added just less than two tablespoons of peanut butter to the top.

I love the little melted puddles of brown sugar. Yum!

Unfortunately, despite adding the sprinkling of sugar on the top to draw out the peanut flavor, it got lost in the smokiness of the kasha.

Maybe if I use a blander porridge, like quinoa, the taste might shine through better?  Or perhaps if I used less water, or maybe a pinch of salt?

It’s worth experimenting with, especially since this breakfast was so dang filling.

Delicious flavors!

I’m not sure what I’m going to do today.

I’m feeling sorta restless today.  Being cooped up in the house tends to make a Kaz a bit stir-crazy.

Hmm.  If I’m so stir-crazy, maybe I just should make a risotto?

Weak attempt at humor, do forgive me!  (Admit it, you love it.)

What does your week hold in store for you?  What are your plans?

Thanks for reading!

❤ Kaz

Evening!

Sorry for being away all day, but I started to get dizzy and headachy right around the time I would have put up my lunch post, so a nap occurred instead.

I still feel achy and somewhat nauseous, so my appetite has been off all evening.

Lunch was quick, and exactly what I was craving.

Delicious roasted carrots, broccoli, okra, and cauliflower.

I prepared an entire pan of roasted mixed veggies, including okra, cauliflower, carrots, and broccoli.

I dipped them in tons of ketchup and mustard.

For dessert, I whipped up another MIM.

Chocolate peanut butter MIM with coconut and peanut butter.

I used 1 tbs of peanut flour, 1 tbs of milled flaxseed, and 1 tbs of cocoa powder.

I mashed in a half a banana, as well, and dropped three large dark chocolate meltaways into the batter.

It was incredible!  So yummy.  I smeared one half with coconut butter and the other half with peanut butter.

Extremely ripe and juicy pear.

I rounded my lunch off with a pear.

About this point, the dizziness and headache struck.

I was surrounded by three warm, purring, fuzzy bodies, and it was inevitable.  I fell asleep.

Two rice cakes with peanut flour.

The sleep was broken and restless, unfortunately, and three cats and a full-sized woman on a small loveseat didn’t make for a pleasant nap.

About a half hour into a light doze, I admitted defeat and dragged myself to my bed, where I slept for another half hour.

Despite having eaten not long before my nap, I woke up feeling weak and craving carbohydrates.

Ate about half of this, then pawned the rest off onto Amor.

I ate two rice cakes with 1/4 cup peanut flour.

Then I started opening cabinets and the fridge, looking for anything that didn’t turn my stomach.

I found a half-eaten Larabar in the pantry, ate most of it, then passed the rest on to Amor.

Yummy, but needs less salt and more vinegar.

I ate about a serving of these chips.

My mum picked them out for me the other day at the Natural Food Store, and at 99 cents (on sale), I couldn’t resist.

They’re not bad, but at about 300 mg of sodium per serving, they’re a bit too salty for my tastes.  Plus, I would prefer a stronger vinegar taste.

Yummy hot chocolate.

Since my appetite was off, I decided to enjoy a warm drink of hot chocolate.

I followed this recipe that I found on Lena’s blog.

I used almond milk instead of soy milk, and while her recipe was delicious, I have to admit, I’m not very fond of Sweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze.  It has an unpalatable chemically undertone to it that threatened to ruin my hot chocolate.

I dropped three dark chocolate meltaways into it, and it helped, but I think next time I try her recipe, I may just use coconut milk and omit the Almond Breeze from my diet forevermore.

And frozen cherries for dessert.

I just finished off some frozen cherries.

My head hurts still, and I’m terribly thirsty, so I’m going to go pound some water and maybe take an ibuprofen or something.

Do you believe in taking medicine, or do you prefer to ride pain out? I don’t normally take medicine, but this headache definitely warrants it.

Thanks for reading!

❤ Kaz

Hey, guys!

I need to make this quick; I leave to get my mum in about two hours, and the is still some work that needs done (mopping, dishes, make the bed, et cetera).

Today was very busy, but extremely productive.

As I was throwing some ingredients into my blender, there was a knock at the door.

It was Em and Kay, bearing gifts.

These tasted so sweet and amazing!

From the garden where she volunteers, Em had a bag full of fresh produce for me.

These peas were like candy.  I ate countless amounts, and they were insanely good.

Also in her bag was more of those amazing lemons that she had shared with me before.

I squeezed half of one (which produced something like a quarter cup of juice, no joke) into the blender and whirred it up.

The BEST smoothie ever!

I packed the smoothie to the brim with spinach, half a carton of coconut water, half a banana, half bag of frozen cherries, a hearty splash of almond milk, two scoops of rice protein powder, and the juice of a half a lemon.

Wow.

I kid you not, that lemon juice MADE this smoothie.

Em and Kay each took a sip and agreed that it was pretty dang good.

Cranberry lemon MIM with coconut butter.

Then Kay and Em did me probably the world’s best favor in the entire world.

They volunteered to help me haul two years worth of recycling to the recycling center.

Wow.  Dude, we had 26 pounds of aluminum cans, and 126 pounds of bottles and jars to be recycled.

Is that insane or what?  That’s 152 pounds that aren’t going into landfills, our oceans, or to pollute the earth.

It paid pretty well, too.  We walked away with a cool fifty bucks for our work.

Perfectly ripe and juicy.

I came home feeling peckish, and snacked on a couple of carrots before preparing a MIM to hold me over.

I mixed in a handful of craisins and the juice of half a lemon into the mix, then topped it with coconut butter.

Not bad!

And, about a half hour ago, I was hungry again (polishing the floor is hard work!  I had the windows open and I was sweating in 55 degree weather) and enjoyed an extremely ripe and juicy pear.  Delish!

Creamy, sweet, crunchy, delish!

And, I just ate two rice cakes with a quarter cup of peanut flour and the last of my applesauce and cinnamon.

It satisfied all my cravings, but now I’m still a bit hungry.

I’m probably going to nibble on a Larabar (I woke up starving last night and ate half before going back to bed) and who knows what else.

Two hours until I get to see my mum!

Do you recycle?

Thanks for reading!

❤ Kaz

Evening!

Wow, six hours.

That’s how long my lunch held me over.

The verdict is in, and the vote is cast in the favor of protien.

No, seriously, guys.  You know me.  You know that I can’t stay full for longer than an hour or two at a stretch.

This chocolate is over a year old. I ate it anyway, of course.

But between a double scoop of rice protein powder in my smoothie and the MIM, I didn’t even feel like eating until 9:30 tonight.

That chocolate I found in a suitcase while I was cleaning it.  It was a remnant from my trip to Florida this time last year.

Of course I ate it!  It’s dark chocolate and almonds.

Tasted good, unlike earlier’s Death Chocolate.  (You’d think I’d know better than eating random chocolate that I find in the guest room, but nope.  And this only reinforces my flagrant disregard to eating old choccy.)

Bagglers!

Because I worked all through the afternoon, Amor offered to pick up some dinner for himself while he was out.

I gratefully accepted his offer, and when he arrived, he proffered his bagglers to me.

Yes, bagglers.  The stray fries that fall into the fast-food bag.  I admit it, I love the extra soggy and greasy ones.

Mmm, bagglers.

Another protein-packed meal.

Finally, my hunger kicked in, and I prepared a quarter cup (dry) of peanut flour and placed it on a hearty rice cake.

Then we hit up the grocery store and bought the most produce I have ever seen in my entire life.

My counter and the hanging basket and the fridge is so full that food is stacked on food on top of food.

Dinner at midnight? Why not!

So, funny thing.

My bloating?  FINALLY GONE.

I have a few ideas as to how I fixed it, which I may touch on tomorrow if I have time, but take this, for instance: the jeans I couldn’t even squeeze into last night, I’m wearing right now and they’re slightly loose.

I think the high-protein diet really contributed to it, though, because the moment I ate that rice cake, my body immediately swelled up.  My jeans are definitely tighter than when I put them on, and it’s usually the other way around.

Either way, I’m going to make a habit of increasing my protein and perhaps try to limit certain things that I think are adding to my bloating.  (For instance, today is the first day in *weeks* that I haven’t had any beans.  Could that be related?)

Might eat this, or may forage up a pear or something. Feeling peckish.

Oh, dinner.  Eaten at midnight, while I sit here and blog.  I love protein!

I ate a huge fistful of roasted okra with ketchup and mustard, and I may eat a grapefruit, but my tummy is slightly acid from anxiety so I may grab something more mild, like a banana or something.

Additionally: I’m behind on my commenting.  Sorry!  The thing is, I don’t tl;dr.  If you post, I actually read it, and try to make my comment relate to the content rather than skim over your lamentations about how your potted plant died and randomly blurt out, “Pretty potato!”

Dig?

So expect to see my lovely visage on your blog soon, okay?

Rock on.

What is your favorite way to eat veggies? I love mine roasted, with something to dip them in, like ketchup or hummus.

Thanks for reading!

❤ Kaz

Evening, everyone!

Sorry for wandering off on you like that, but I had a very busy day that essentially boiled down to sitting around and waiting for information.

I know, oxymoron, right?

That’s so me.

Lunch was leftovers, reheated, with an extra serving of frozen peas and some chopped tomato and avocado added.

Even better today!

Was very good.

Eats also included:

I'll be sad when I run out of these. Best pears ever!

And not to be forgotten, I also had:

One of my favorite bars, for sure.

A very good lunch, if I do say so myself.

However, it didn’t end there.

My hunger beast was out in full force tonight.

Chewed to fight off the hunger beast. Was a total fail.

I tried to keep my mouth busy with a bit of gum, but yep.

I swallowed it.

I can’t be the only one who eats her gum, can I?

Ate three of these tonight!

The course of the afternoon was met with three Lemonheads.

I had a very stressful day, alas, and did take it out on the food.

Not the food’s fault, so I have no idea why I keep punishing it.

And grapes, too!

Apparently, I ate grapes, too.

Love cold fruit in the summer, even if the outside temperature doesn’t break 60 F.

Hunger came back, strangely enough.

And I was still hungry, so I enjoyed 1/4 cup of peanut flour mixed with frozen cherries and a spoonful of peanut butter on top.

Then, I had a long chat with my sister, and before I knew it, it was time to make dinner, but I hadn’t started dishes yet.

Stress alert! (This is where the other two lemon heads were consumed, by the way.)

I ate a serving of these chips. Yummy, but totally unnecessary.

I may have to limit my potatoes from here out, due to the fact that they are nightshades and that might be what’s making me sick.

Of course, my brain went, “No more potatoes?” and so I attacked a bag of chips.

Gah!

Ate half of this, too. Boy, I was hungry.

Finally, after half of this hemp bar, I pried myself away from the food and did dishes.

And prepared a lovely feast for Amor.

With potatoes.  And cheese.  And lots and lots of envy.  But mostly lots of love.

Broccoli with hummus.

To keep dinner light, I ate some broccoli with hummus.

I also placed hummus between cucumber slices, to make little cucumber-hummus sandwiches.

T’was good.

Love my cukes!

And still I was hungry!

I have no idea what’s going on.

So, I enjoyed a rice cake with almond butter and applesauce.

Sweet and crunchy. Very tasty!

A bowl of homemade sorbet was also consumed.

I mixed a half a banana with a half cup of frozen blueberries and about 1/4 cup of frozen raspberries.

Mmm, seeds stuck in my teeth?  My idea of a good time, for sure.

Loved this!

And my hunger beast was still roaring, so I placated it with about 1/4 of a Cashew Cookie Larabar and a half of a Peanut Butter Cookie bar.

I think I should have waited, though, for my satiety signals to reach my brain, because now I’m uncomfortably overfull.

Oh well.

What’s the tastiest thing you ate lately? I think my makeshift sorbet was the winner today!

Thanks for reading!

❤ Kaz

When selecting a blog title, I tend to write the first thing that pops into my mind.

Tonight, it’s the sheer fact that I have successfully burnt off my taste buds.

Anyway, I have no tongue!

How are you?  Good?  Still got your tongue?  Even better.

A fistful of macadamia nuts were enjoyed as a snack.

You just might be wondering why I have no tastebuds anymore.

Am I right?

I shall tell you.

But first: lunch!

Osito helped me enjoy this extremely ripe apricot.

Unfortunately, my friend and I were unable to enjoy our date.  Something came up on both our parts, so we have postponed it for hopefully later this week.

Instead, I enjoyed a handful of macadamias and as I placed my apricot on the table to photograph it, Oso swooped in.

After a perfunctory lick, he batted it onto the floor.

A half of a wonderfully ripe and juicy honeydew melon and a half a pound of frozen strawberries, mixed with a half a bag of spinach, made the BEST smoothie ever!

Yes, I ate it anyway.  No, I didn’t wipe it off.  Floor dust helps bolster the immune system, didn’t you know that?

At least I hope so.  I imagine a few more rounds with Oso and my food and I’ll be bench-pressing Volkswagen cars for recreation and leisure.

At least, my immune system will.

Look closely, and don’t blink or you’ll miss it:

No haters! Darn tootin' I'm a Vikes fan.

Did you get that, or was it gone too fast?

That, my friends, was the only green I consumed today.

Green representin’ in purple and gold, holla!

Okay, okay.  The Amor is from Minnesota.  I, through some strange osmosis, have also taken up the Vikings pride.

No regrets.

A half a sweet potato, a 1/4 cup peanut flour, dash of cinnamon, and real maple syrup. Mmm...

Lunch wasn’t complete without a little dessert, so I enjoyed the other half of my roasted sweet potato from last week.  Maple syrup + peanut butter + cinnamon + roasted sweet potato?  My tastebuds died and went to heaven.

Later today, they just died.

Do me a favor?  Please, please, please do not sift through my archives and tell me how old this potato is.  I do not want to know.

I want to enjoy it for what it was and pretend it’s not gonna make me sick.

Besides, my immune system benches Volkswagens and eats food that Oso licked and batted onto the floor.  An old sweet potato?  Psh, walk in the park.

I love these Bora-Bora bars. They're like eating a cookie.

For dessert round two, I enjoyed the other half of this Bora-Bora bar (say that three times fast) from the other day.

Again, please don’t tell me how old and stale and ganky it is.  I prefer to live in the moment, okay?

Rock on.

And now, the answer to the question you’ve all been waiting for: What, exactly, happened to Kaz’s tastebuds?

Vinegar and Salt Popchips. I owe my raw and tender tongue to these bad boys.

As I was wandering around Target earlier today to get my dish-washing detergent fix, I spotted these.

Yes, I have a dish-washing detergent problem.  I go through almost a bottle a week.  I’m in a twelve-step program for it, and I’m slowly weaning myself down to two loads of dishes a day.

Amor is very supportive of me in this.

Tasted just like a cookie! Best 77 cents ever spent.

As for the popchips?

It wasn’t a binge.  It was a very deliberate act.  I bought them full well knowing that I was going to eat them all in one sitting.

Heck, I don’t even like chips, but my emotions are soaring high and I knew if I tried to ignore the craving, I’d eat something else then go back and eat an entire bag of Amor’s chips.

I planned them into my dinner, and I do not regret it one bit.

And a touch of sangria for dessert.

And that Peanut Butter Larabar?  Omigosh.

Tasted identical to a real peanut butter cookie.  I’m in smit.

And now I’m sipping on some sangria, inspired by Megan.  To make enough for myself and Amor, I used about two cups of mixed cherries, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, a splash of orange juice, about two servings of leftover mead, and about 3/4 of a can of seltzer and let it sit for about, oh, five minutes?  Yeah.

You guys are the best, you really are.  I never imagined I’d receive such warmth and support, but you’ve proven to be such a good and wonderful community.  Thank you so much for your kind words, well wishes, and love.  You are all the best!

And, since I really haven’t asked a real question lately, here’s one for you:

When you’re craving “bad” food, what do you do?  Try to wait it out?  Enjoy it in moderation?  Eat it with guilt? As you can see, I fit it into my daily eats.  The rest of my diet is so healthful and balanced that I see no need to kick myself for enjoying some crisps as part of my dinner.

Thanks for reading!

❤ Kaz

Evenin’, folks!

Okay, quick question.

When you see somebody in the morning, you say, “Good morning!” You see them in the afternoon, it’s “Good afternoon!”  But if you see them in the night, it’s “Good evening!” because if you say, “Good night!” they’re all like, “What?  You’re going to bed?”

Why is that?

I should warn you, my eats are ugly tonight.

(Wow, I totally just changed the subject without any sort of segue.  Abrupt much?)

Not like, ugly-bad, but like, ugly-hideous.  I was craving comfort food, and apparently comfort food ain’t pretty.

This was pre-dinner dessert. I love eating dessert first!

The snack-bug bit me early tonight, and I dove head first into some banana-date hard-serve.

Oh yeah.

You know banana soft-serve?  Imagine freezing it until it’s the texture of ice cream.  Oh my.

I pureed three frozen bananas and one fresh (some reason, my frozen bananas won’t emulsify?) with a splash of vanilla, a half teaspoon of guar gum, and a whole pitted date.

It may not be stunning, but it sure tasted good!

I froze that bad boy and chowed down this afternoon.  Mmm.

I served it atop a bed of peanut flour and with a scoop of coconut sorbet and a couple pieces of that wonderful Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Almond my friend left behind.

She’s so good to me!

Dinner rolled around with a very distinct craving: I wanted potatoes and I wanted protein.

Fried, crispy potatoes. How's that for comfort?

I softened a half a russet potato in the microwave, then threw it into an oiled pan.  I seared them on high for several minutes, until crispy.

They quickly bonded with a blob of ketchup and made fast friends with my tummy.

For the protein part of my dish, I made a one-egg omelette and stuffed it with spinach and avocado.

Want to know a secret on how to make the best one-egg omelettes?

The pockets of creamy avocado were even better than melty cheese. Delish!

Water.

Water is the elixir of life, and all that.  It also makes for killer omelettes.

Whisk your organic egg in a small bowl with about a tablespoon of water, and when you pour it into your hot pan, the water will quickly evaporate off and make for fluffy, tender eggs.

You heard it here first, people.

Crispy and fried to perfection. Potatoes make me happy.

I sautéed the spinach in the leftover oil from the potatoes, just to shrink it and make it more compact.

Hey, I only used one egg and something like a cup of spinach.  I had to make it fit somehow.  Sheesh, I’m a cook, not a miracle worker.

In the microwave, I quickly steamed a couple cups of broccoli florets, then thew them into the hot pan where the omelette and potatoes once resided.

Once they were hot and crispy, I dumped the food onto a plate, slathered it in ketchup, and chowed down.

I ate this times two. It was a chocolate sort of day.

Four pieces of chocolate rounded out my dessert.

How awesome is that?  I ate dessert before and after dinner.  Yes, life is good.

You know what else is good?

Nay, great.  Wonderful.  Fantabulous.  Amazing!  My Amor.  When he arrived home, he announced that he had a present for me.

All natural fruit spread and a lightly salted rice cake. Crunch! This was eaten after grocery shopping.

Oooh, a present!  For me?

He thrust an icy cold carton into my hands.  What?  Omigosh!  He actually went out and picked up more Coconut Sorbet for me after hearing me gush so much about it!

I LOVE HIM!

He made a special trip to the natural food store to buy more for me.

(By the way, I was wrong about the price.  It was not 1.79$ but actually 2.79$.  Still, that’s practically a steal!)

I apologize for the late post.  After dinner, we had to run out to pick up groceries, and we didn’t get home until almost eleven.

You don’t mind, do you?

You’re so loyal.  Thanks, guys!

And thanks for reading, even when my posting schedule is erratic!

❤ Kaz

Good evening, folks!

Tonight was been a weird night of eating.  No recipes.  I essentially snacked my way through the afternoon and the night.

I ate about 4/5 of this Larabar. And the pear was somewhat under-ripe. Boo!

I was starving up until dinner time, when my appetite miraculously vanished.

The finger-swipe I took from the almond butter jar may have had something to do with it, though.

Nevertheless, I hadn’t had any vegetables so far today, so a green smoothie was  in order.

1/2 cup blueberries, 1.5 cups strawberries, and as much spinach and romaine that I could cram into the blender.

I was also in dire need of protein, so I mixed some peanut flour with some applesauce and threw it on two stalks of celery and called it a meal.

Celery is just a carrier for the apple-cinnamonyy goodness of peanut butter.

For some reason, my stomach has felt like there’s a huge rock in the bottom of it.  I feel bloated, but I’m not.

The only thing that I’ve been eating in surplus was the brown rice, so I’ve decided to back off a bit on it.

Celery is no rice cake, but it still tastes good.

This makes me sad, of course.  I thought I had my stomach figured out, then it throws another curve ball at me.

Speaking of bloated, I’m not now, but I most likely will be tomorrow.

And one more for good measure.

Why’s that, you ask?

Oh, maybe it has something to do with the two-plus servings of Popchips I had for my second dinner…

One of these things are not like the other...

And the two papaya spears, the dozen-plus pieces of candy…

Weird craving if there ever was one!  After my dinner, I had a sudden and intense desire for a piece of hard candy.  I couldn’t find any in our miscellaneous drawer (you know, that junk drawer that holds dead batteries, old receipts, and random trinkets) and snagged a cough drop to tide me over.

One of these things do not belong. Oops, that's not mine!

Guys, I was bone-tired today.  Getting my shower and putting on fresh clothes was an absurdly difficult ordeal that sapped the last bit of life out of me.

That’s the only way I can justify my eats.  It was a hit of pure sugar, straight to the system.

I don’t even like chips, and I rarely crave candy, but after the Amor and I picked up our movies for date night, I turned to him and suggested we hit up the grocery store for bulk candy.

An assortment of hard candies, gummies, toffees, and delights.

Who am I?!

I’m not one to deny myself what I really want, and I really wanted pure sugar.

I rarely snack on “junk” and I do not feel guilty one bit for this.  It was a treat, and date night only happens once a week.

My mouth is sore, though, from all the salt in those Popchips.  Sure, I had regular potato chips at home, but the pretty bag and the promise of an airy, salty snack lured me in.

And sugared, dried papaya spears. I ate two.

Amor and I watched Alice in Wonderland tonight.  I’ll say that I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it.  Despite all the hype, I watched it without expectations and was pleased by it.

All in all, a nice evening.

What do you do to unwind after a long week?  And, a bonus question: what snacks do you like to nosh on during the movies? Last week I smuggled a baggie of grapes into Ironman 2.

Thanks for reading!

❤ Kaz

Not bad, not bad at all.  Save for those two dates which eluded the camera, I managed to snag a full day of my food.

My snack held me over pretty late; I didn’t eat dinner until 9:30 or so, a full hour and a half later than I’m used to.  You see, I’m trying to learn how to eat intuitively.  For the past two years, every single morsel of food that has passed my lips has been weighed, noted, and documented.  In February, I gave up calorie counting for Lent (not Catholic, but I believe in the idea behind Lent) and was successful.  I’m happier NOT knowing exactly how much I’m eating, and it gives me freedom to eat what I want, when I want, and to eat more if I need it and less if I don’t.  I used to force myself to eat exactly X amount of calories a day; if I ate under, I forced myself to eat more.  And God forbid I eat too many; I’d roll those calories over day after day to get my “numbers” evened out for the month, so each day equaled X amount.

It was madness.

Learning how to IE has been a challenge, and the easiest way to tackle it is to do the childish equivalent of “La la, I can’t hear you,” every time I try to add up my calories.

Today, I challenged myself by NOT finishing my breakfast.  I woke up hungry, but I tend to lose my appetite a few bites in.  I ate all my fruit and all the nut butter, but I left a good two or three bites on my plate.  Turns out I didn’t need them, did I?

Moving on!

My stomach was off after eating my smoothie, and I’m pretty sure the culprit was those blackberries.  Other than the refried beans, they are the only “new” thing I’ve introduced to my stomach as of late, and since the pain started a good three-odd hours after eating the beans and only an hour and a half after the smoothie, I blame the berries.  Live and learn, and throw out old food lest it make you sick!

Dinner was simple and I had originally planned it to be light because I had plans for dessert, but when I headed into the kitchen, I spied a pear ripening on the counter and suddenly realized I had no desire for a fancy dessert.  All I wanted was that pear, and I wanted it now.

I controlled myself.

To tide myself over until I could eat that pear (I have a problem with pears, okay?  That, and bananas), I began prepwork on a simple but delicious vegetable dinner.

As my oven preheated (convection) to 400 F, I sliced some Brussels sprouts (did you know that it’s plural? Brussels sprouts) and cauliflower.  I sprayed my roasting sheet with EVOO, layered the veggies on my pan, and sprayed them with more oil.  I used a teaspoon or so of oil in prepping my veggies.

Check out the baby cauli glomping on the mustard like it's an old friend! Squee!

I apologize for the rubbish pictures.  My kitchen has lousy lighting.  This plate contains:

4 ginormous Brussels sprouts

1 huge wedge of cauliflower

1 tbs ketchup (estimated)

1 tbs mustard

You may think I’m joking, but roasted veggies are the way to go.  The oil helps crisp them up without getting them dry, and you know that lovely burnt char that makes you go back for seconds when you grill?  This.

Ketchup+mustard stirred together screams nostalgia for me.

For dessert, I prepped the whole grain/protein part of my meal.

I hate this plate, but if I can't throw away year old blackberries, how can I bring myself to throw away such a hideous dish?

I know what you’re thinking.  You’re saying to yourself right now, “Gee, that Kaz sure likes to eat stuff that resembles animal puke!” but I’m here to reassure you that I don’t…well…okay.  Lies.  Can I help it that the yummiest parts of my meal look the worst?

In a ramekin, I mixed:

1/4 cup partially defatted peanut flour (more on that in a second)

2-3 huge heaping gobs of applesauce (maybe 1/2 cup?)

1 dash of cinnamon

And stirred until creamy.

I piled it upon two whole grain rice crackers.  I really prefer Lundberg — they’re dense and hearty and don’t taste like diet food.  Plus, they’re a pretty good value.  I paid 2.85$ for 8.5 oz, which beats Quaker’s price of 2.50$ for 4-odd oz.

About the peanut flour — it’s good.  It’s not just good, it’s dang good.  I buy mine from Byrd Mill, and it’s the best value that I’ve found.  (Have you heard of PB2?  It’s the same thing, but much much cheaper.)  I I have purchased from them twice before (they have good customer service and it always arrives quickly), buying the lower fat content both times.  This time, I sprung for the higher fat, and while it has less protein in it (120 kcal and 9g protein vs 100 kcal and 12g protein) the taste is much better, richer.  I eat a ton of peanut butter and have no problem consuming copious amounts when the craving hits (and now having dates in the house makes it difficult to keep my fingers out of the jar) but with all my food intolerances, I snap up protein sources when I can find them.  Highly recommended!

Where was I?

Oh, dinner.

This pear didn’t stand a chance.

It was perfectly ripe and juicy. Omnomnom.

I love pears.  Love them.  This was the type that you bite into it and even though you’re being careful, it dribbles all down your face and shirt.  See those brown spots?  Little bites of heaven.  I gave up pears when I was struggling with my food issues, and wrongfully blamed them for my stomach pain.  Now that the gluten is gone, pears are back.  Fair trade-off, ne?

All together now:

You're not judging me by my yucky kitchen counters, are you?

Perfect dinner.  I tried to hold off from attacking that pear, but I lasted all of .021376 seconds after my last bite of rice cake before that pear was devoured.

However, an hour later I was hungry again.  Nothing sounded good — grapes? No.  Chocolate chips?  No.  Another date?  No.

I realize that my diet has been a bit lacking in fat today, so when I remembered the leftover treat from my movie date Saturday night, I pounced on it.

Ooo, shiny!

I confess, I bought this bar because 1) it was on sale 2) it had a nice ingredient list, and 2) c’mon, look at that wrapper.  It’s so…pretty!

It’s a Pomx Bar.  It claims it’s full of antioxidants, but I didn’t really care.  I told you, I bought it because it looked pretty, and chocolate covered pomegranate?  Yes.  Alas, it didn’t quite meet my expectations, and I’ll probably not buy it again.  They also made a peanut butter one, but for as much as I love dates, the date flavor sort of overwhelmed the taste of the bar, so unless it goes on uber-sale, this may be the last of my Pomx love affair.

Not everything I eat looks like hurl. This one sorta looks like...anyway.

Forgive me for the rubbish light, again.

And there we go.  A full day of my eats.  I still feel sort of peckish, but nothing sounds good right now.  I’m probably going to potter around the kitchen and open the fridge a gazillion times in hopes that something will miraculously appear and sing out to me, but I doubt it.

Maybe I’ll have another date with peanut butter, since I still feel like I should have consumed more fat today.  Fat = satisfaction.  They (whomever “they” are) should change the word to satisfation.  Yes?  Yes.

If I eat anything else, I’ll be sure to note it tomorrow.

I feel good about my protein, though, and I got in a good share of fruits, veggies, and whole grains.  Not bad.

Thanks for reading!  Please come back soon, now, y’all hear?

❤ Kaz