Yesterday was, in my eyes, the first true day of winter here in NYC. It was coooold!
I woke up and headed straight to the gym. I did the elliptical for 30/ 35 minutes and some ab/ strengthening work on the mat. Felt strong!
I made a breakfast bowl when I got back which starred the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread that I baked on Sunday night. It was so easy (just add eggs, oil, water) and sooooo good! I mixed the pumpkin bread with some cottage cheese, half a banana, and some blueberries. Deeeelish!
I also packed lunch and snacks for the day: spinach salad with shredded carrots, salami, and olives; a string cheese; the last of some brown rice chips; 2 clementines; and the other half on my banana from breakfast.
I also had a skim unsweetened Hot Chocolate (made from real cocoa) on the walk home from work.
I was very proud of myself for the spontaneously creative dinner I came up with last night. I saw butternut squash in the fridge (pre-sliced from the produce shop I go to), and knew I wanted to make something centered around it.
I marinated/ covered the squash in a mix of clementine juice (didn’t have oranges- same thing!), maple syrup, olive oil, black pepper, and lots of cinnamon. After 45 minutes at 400 degrees, the squash was ready. When it came out of the oven, I sliced it up into even smaller pieces.
Then, I put some Angel Hair pasta into a bowl of boiling water for 3 minutes. While the pasta cooked, I sautéed garbanzo beans with the squash in a little more maple syrup and olive oil. At the very end, I added some Cranberry Goat Cheese from TJ’s (—-> SOOOO GOOD!) and, finally, the pasta. Mixed it all up and… Voila!
I was very impressed with myself. 🙂 I liked that it had a light sweet flavor, but not too sweet like “sweet pastas” can sometimes be in restaurants. I think that is because I didn’t use too much maple syrup, and flavored it with plenty of salt and pepper. The cranberry goat cheese also gave it a nice, tangy flavor.
I also made a quick tomato, onion, and cucumber salad to go with.
My portion of pasta (I definitely went back for more!).
I made a TON so there will definitely be leftovers making an appearance in the days to come!