My morning started the way my mornings always start - coming down to make the coffee. I know you thought I was going to say "Make the doughnuts" ... didn't you, go ahead admit it - that thought was right there on the tip of your tongue! When I looked out my door there was my buddy - my little green buddy. I really missed seeing him outside my door when I wasn't getting a delivery. Just seeing him sitting there tells you that something GOOD will be going on at meal time.
Breakfast today was Cinnamon Swirl Multi-Grain French Toast with Fresh Apples and Blackberry Ricotta Cheese. I put the toast triangles in the toaster oven (I really hate how bread gets in the microwave) to warm and then prepared my plate while the coffee started to drip. Of course my toast was done before the coffee. As you can see, I put the mixed ricotta on top of the triangles so I could have some with both the apple slices and the toast. Again I thought, I don't know, only 1 toast sliced in half? How is that going to fill me up? I don't know why I doubted. This was really pretty good (could have been a little sweeter) especially with the Ricotta Cheese. I loved the crisp apples (granny smith although not noted as such), even pre-cut there was not a brown spot to be found - and you KNOW how fast apples turn after being cut.
In between breakfast and lunch, I broke out the Zumba dvd's I just got last week or so. I figured since I had some time - I had better get some kind of "real" exercise in today since yesterday was pretty much a bust in that department. This was so much fun. So if you have the chance to try it out - do it.
Lunch was Hearty Lentil, Turkey Sausage and Brown Rice Soup. Now I know the picture isn't worthy of this meal, but I tried. Maybe I'll use this as the push to take some Photography courses so I can do better. I put it in a nice French Onion Crock and it literally filled the bowl! The flavor of the broth was very light but the rice and lentils still had a nice texture. I'm always afraid that there will be this "mush" in the bowl. But this was good - still having a "al dente" feel. Now I am not really a huge fan of Turkey Sausage (or bacon for that matter) but this was nice. Not sure if it was just because of how the sausage was made, or in conjunction with the rest of the soup ingredients - but this was really very good. But I was a bit concerned, since I knew I had to do some running this afternoon, that it wouldn't hold me over. Wrong again!
The Hors D'Oeuvre that I chose for today was Charred Lamb Loin on Whole Wheat Crostini with Over Roasted Tomato. I ordered this even though I am not a huge fan of Lamb. The Crostini was more like those cute little hors d'oeuvre breads that you can get in the supermarket, only in a dark rye or wheat, and the Tomatoes were not roasted, they were cherry tomatoes! But all things considered this was a surprisingly tasty dish. Just enough to get you over that "hungry but not" feeling that usually hits sometime around 4.
Dinner tonight was Stuffed Chicken Asiago & Tarragon with Whole Wheat Linguine Pasta and Honey Glazed Beets. I wasn't all that impressed with this meal. Not that there was anything wrong with it - but the chicken, although very tender was nothing exciting, I couldn't taste Asiago or Tarragon that was to be the "stuffing". The beets, although they added a HUGE hit of color on my plate, were nothing more than what you would find on a salad bar, except whole instead of sliced and no glaze to be tasted. I like beets, but as I said these were not notable. The Linguine, even whole wheat, was nice - I guess I haven't cleansed my palate of needing salt, because I thought it could have used just a little bit of salt in the water that cooked it. But it really may just be me.
Dessert was Mango Vanilla Pudding. Now this will sound really strange, but this was so darned good and creamy, I was sorry that my pudding was gone when I had eaten it all. See I told you it was strange - to be lusting over pudding .......
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