Yes, I am attempting to make a pop-culture reference to an MTV produced tv show which I have never, in fact, seen.
Something I do know a lot about is oatmeal. I also know that sometimes keeping it simple creates the best results.
Good ‘ol Banana Oats
1/3 cup oats, water, and milk
1 tsp. wheat germ
dash of salt
1/2 banana, smashed
1 Tbsp. ground flax
1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter
I also know a lot about reading. How appropriate that today is World Book Day! This week my reading instruction is focusing on reading graphic novels aka comics. I’ll say it again, I have the best job! It is so easy to get kids to read if you introduce them to books you know they will love.
Another delicious White Chocolate Macadamia Bar morning snack.
School was a joy. Nothing too spectacular except that I’ve found the secret weapon against noisy classrooms- Enya. Yes, Enya as in the Irish vocalist who is famous for her soothing melodies. I am a firm believer in the power of music on concentration so always have something playing in the classroom. I had Enya loaded on my school computer for me to listen to while marking work after school. Purely by mistaken playlist clicking, I let her do her thing while the kids were in the classroom. Boom! Just as Enya’s beautiful voice hit our classroom sound waves, the kids went on mute. With that, I decided it wasn’t so bad for me to share Enya after all. For over an hour, the only sound in my classroom was Enya’s voice. With great concentration, the kids worked away on their timber-framed house research. Amazing. Enya, you are my new best friend!
Lunch was a surprisingly successful concoction of fresh and frozen left-overs.
Whole wheat couscous, frozen spinach, cottage cheese, Italian seasoning all warmed up and mixed together.
Fresh snack this afternoon consisted of carrots, cucumbers, and tons of fresh pineapple! I was secretly glad when I noticed the huge bowl of unwanted pineapple once the kids chose their snack. Heck ya! I’ll eat that!
I taught art after school then hit up the grocery store. Somehow, a bag of cheddar cheese Snyder’s pretzels found their way into my basket.
By the time I made it home, it was nearly 6:00! Where did the day go? After my super expensive dinner last night, I decided to pinch pennies tonight. A box of 3 plain cheese frozen pizzas cost me €1.99. That’s 3 meals for two people right there!
Pinching Pennies= Pimp My (Frozen) Pizza
I pimped my plain cheese pizza with fresh mozzarella (€0.25 and about to expire in the fridge,) goat’s cheese (about €0.47 worth,) last-leg cherry tomatoes, frozen “fresh” chopped Italian herbs, and fresh arugula (probably costing about €0.37.) Final product was delicious! You can pimp my pizza any day!
Delicious Italian dinner for two- €1.75.
While whipping up that beauty, I also tossed together some lingering refrigerator odds and ends into a florescent hummus! I’ll give you the recipe now but promise better photos tomorrow! This will be lunch for me and hopefully enjoyed by my colleagues as well! We’ll see how adventurous they are feeling. Green Monsters are sadly unwelcome- what about Beetroot Hummus?
All measurements are estimates as I simply tossed together whatever I had on hand.
1 ¼ cup jarred chickpeas
4 small cooked beets (not pickled,) quartered
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1 scant tsp. coriander
1 scant tsp. cumin
Juice from 1/2 lemon
2 heaping Tbsp. Tahini (would have used more but that was all I had)
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup low-fat plain yogurt
1 tsp. horseradish- the secret ingredient that makes any hummus!
Put all ingredients into a food processor or blender. Blend until you’ve achieved a bright and creamy mixture!
That will do it for me tonight! I’ll see you all bright and early tomorrow! It’s Friday y’all!
Question: How much does appearance affect your food choice? Knowing that something is a vitamin power-house is usually enough to get me over any strange looking food. I have a hard time eating anything that looks too similar to beef though!