New Year Eating Challenge — Day 2

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Day 2, or (as someone posted on Facebook today): the Monday-iest Monday that ever Monday-ed. Back to work for me after the holiday was hard. Love my job, but getting back into the rhythm after the holiday always kind of sucks.

At least I got to wake up to a yummy breakfast: Carrot Cake Oatmeal.

(By the way, we were either too hungry or distracted to take pictures of any of the main food for today. Please visit the source material for some glamour shots of the food and detailed instructions, found here .) The instructions for the challenge instructed me to prep the oatmeal the night before and let it chill out in the fridge overnight. This morning I took my bowl of oatmeal out (made accidently with cow milk instead of almond milk because apparently I can’t read), mixed in cinnamon, raisins, vanilla, almonds, honey and some plain greek yogurt on top. I have a little cold that is affecting my taste a bit, so the strong cinnamon taste, along with the warmth of the oats, the creaminess of the yogurt, and the texture of the almonds and the raisins was so nice this morning. I loved it so much. I did add a single packet of stevia just to amp up the sweetness, but this may not have been as necessary when I can taste to my full ability. Later in the morning, I called Chubby Hubby to ask something else, but asked how he liked the oatmeal: he said it was terrible.

Me: Really? You didn’t like it?
CH: No, it was so bland! You liked it?
Me: It was bland? Did you not add the other stuff in?
CH: What other stuff?
Me: The cinnamon, honey, vanilla… (etc.)
CH: (pause) No, I didn’t.  (Another pause) That probably would have helped a lot.

Bless him.

Lunch for him was leftover Frittata from yesterday, but he did report it held up well and was still good when warmed.

I worked late so dinner was made by the beloved, yay! Roasted chicken breast, barley, and leftover Brussel sprouts. We did buy the wrong chicken, it was supposed to a bone-in, skin-on breast and we bought boneless and skinless. Oops. Chubby Hubby said that there was nothing to cooking it. “Put the barley on to boil with chicken broth, chicken in the oven with the sprouts, and came in the living room and watched Jeopardy while it cooked.” Bonus: It was really good as well as easy. The barley had a little more bite than rice or cous cous (more like quinoa, kind of chewy), and it was nice and starchy compared with the bitterness of the sprouts. This one is a keeper.

Snacks today were “Fancy Ants on a Log” during the day and Pumpkin, Pistachio, and Pomegranate Yogurt Bark at night. The ants on a log were fancy because it was almond butter instead of peanut butter, and dried cherries instead of raisins. Hubby gave it two thumbs up, “I like all the ingredients, what’s not to like about it?” When asked if he felt fancy eating it, he replied that he did indeed feel as though he were at Downton Abbey being served from a silver tray. I think he’s mocking me.

I knew I would like the bark when I was making it last night. I love pumpkin anything, and have recently discovered the yumminess of pomegranate seeds so I was very excited….but I was a little disappointed. The bark was frozen very hard, had little ice crystals on top, and was not as sweet as I’d hoped. I do think that part of the problem was I had it spread too think to actually be bark, so it was more chunky than anything. I also think I’d have liked it prepared as more of a soft frozen yogurt with the nuts mixed in. I’ll keep tweaking this one, it has lots of promise. Hubby also reported it was “kind of bland.” Gotta love the protein in a dessert though.

So, overall rating of day 2, scale of 1-5.
Now, again, I’m only rating breakfast and dinner since lunch was leftovers.
Me: 4
Chubby Hubby: 4

On to day 3! Very excited!

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