It was very lovely not having to wake up pre-6 am this morning for my 8:30 class. I woke up at a much more civilized hour, and enjoyed some delicious toast with almond butter and honey:
With pomegranate green tea.
Then it was time to fulfill the vow I made yesterday - spinning class! Yes, I made it! And I also did an upper body workout... despite having to lift weights in a very crowded, somewhat intimidating area. Go me!
Leftover sweet potato fries & goat cheese-stuffed chicken thighs from yesterday, and some microwaved veggies. Yummmmmmm.
I didn't really have any snacks today, I'm noticing now. Just three sizable meals.
Since I had some free time, I decided to try making a big batch of brown rice to use all week. Every time I make rice, it turns out horribly (does anyone else find rice really hard to cook??). Today, I used this baked rice recipe to see if my luck changed (I used dairy-free margarine instead of butter, and vegetable stock instead of water).
It was a success! The top was maybe slightly crunchy in areas, but overall, definitely the best rice I've ever made. I decided to abandon my original dinner plan (a quinoa dish) and focus on my delectable brown rice instead.
I opened up this can of Eden Organics Caribbean Black Beans that I'd bought ages and ages ago to mix in with the rice.
I tried it and... I wasn't a huge fan. They weren't bad, but I just wasn't in the mood. I racked my brain trying to think of some kind of protein to have with my rice, and finally I came up with: Chickpea Curry! I based it largely on this Red Lentil Curry recipe (that I've used many times in the past, as written. It's yummy!)
I started off by sauteing some diced onion in a frying pan with olive oil. Meanwhile, I mixed together about 2 tablespoons of curry paste, a couple of cloves of minced garlic, 1/2 - 1 tbsp curry powder, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, and some fresh ginger.
I threw in 2 cups of cooked rice, and it was done!
Oh wait, I lied. Before I served it, I added some chopped up green onion.
According to my calculations, if you divide this into 4 servings, each serving is 9 Points Plus values.
I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a little spicy, but it wasn't overpowering.
I think I will have one snack this evening - my daily banana (which is unfortunately quite bruised). Have a good night, all! :)