What I Ate Wednesday [Taming the Hunger Beast]

It started out, as Katniss Everdeen would put it, as “a hollow day… a day where no matter what you put in your belly, it’s never enough.” (The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins, Scholastic Limited, 2008.)

Green smoothie

Banana oat cookie with strawberry cashew cream & fresh strawberries

I had my green smoothie, as usual, but instead of a plain banana oat cookie (the usual,) I topped it with my new fave- strawberry cashew cream- yes folks, it is sooo good! and fresh strawberries.  Don’t you love how it goes with my cute little plate?  Too adorable for words, right??

Speaking of adorable, aren't Turbo & Askal so cute together???

Speaking of adorable, aren’t Turbo & Askal so cute together??? My friend rescued Askal & he is doing great

This should have been enough to hold me over through my walk and endurance class, but it wasn’t.  I was so ravenous by the time class was over that I inhaled an apple cinnamon almond meal muffin before I remembered I was supposed to take a picture of it. Which is too bad because I wanted you to see it!  But at least those calories calmed me down enough to act like a normal person and prepare my “regular” snack.

Banana oat cookie with almond butter, papaya

I slathered another banana oat cookie with drippy almond butter and ate that along with a plateful of fresh papaya from the garden.  I could have even eaten more, but I was already late for Bible study…

Salad with tofu satay, pineapple, & peanut sauce dressing

Lunch was a huge salad with leftover tofu satay from the other night.  I’m tightening up my recipes for my upcoming cooking classes later this week.  I can tell you, this tofu is just as good leftover as it is the first night… maybe even better because the flavours have melded together.  To push it over the top I chopped up some fresh pineapple and dressed it with the leftover peanut sauce mixed with tomato chili jam.  This combination of flavours may sound like a bit much, but let me assure you, it wasn’t.  When the salad was gone, I looked around to make sure no one was watching, then I wiped the last bits of dressing from the bowl with my fingers.

As yummy & big as this lunch was, I still wasn’t really full.  Enter the afternoon…

Chocolate orange almond muffin

Chocolate orange almond muffin…

Fresh mango

Mango…

Spicy pecans

Almost the rest of the spicy pecans…

Have I been behind on my calories for a few days??  Maybe.  I never count calories, it is way too tedious for me, but I can tell by my energy level… and my hunger.

Zucchini noodles with tofu, feta, tomatoes, & fresh basil

You wouldn’t think with all this food in my belly that I could possibly have room for dinner.  But yes!  I did!  I made pasta for the kids at Tommy’s request, because track tryouts are tomorrow.  I had zucchini noodles (zoodles??) under my sauce.  I also threw on some more tofu, some feta, sundried tomatoes, & fresh basil.  Sourdough toast & steamed broccoli rounded out my meal.  It was fabulous and finally, finally, I could tell I was nearly satisfied.

Celebration cake

I veganized our regular recipe & it turned out great! And yes, you do detect more strawberry cashew cream between the layers!

Only one thing was missing…. and that was a piece of Sara & Theda’s “celebration” cake.  We made this over the weekend to regale their success in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Sara played the fairy Peaseblossom and Theda did a masterful work of art on the set crew.  What a perfect way to finish off what started out as a “hollow day.”

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

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