May 27, 2010

Packing Up for the Weekend!

I'M TOO EXCITED TO SLEEP!

Ok, I'm actually getting really tired, but I gotta get one last post in before SUMMER CAMP tomorrow!

So this morning I woke up and was just in the mood for pancakes...again.

So I made these!
^^I give them A- consistency, B- Flavor^^

^^As you can see, they were very fluffy^^

BUT I think they needed...less baking soda? I can't explain what was wrong with these...not horrible by any means but I have to change something next time.

Anyway, here's my recipe:

Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pancakes:
Ingredients:
1/4 cup Whole Wheat flour
1/4 cup Oat Bran
1 TBS wheat germ
1 egg
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water
1 tbs Baking Soda
1 tbs cinnamon
1/2 tbs vanilla
salt

Directions:
Heat skillet over medium heat. Spray.
Mix all ingredients, do not OVER mix.
Use 1/4 cup measurer (hey, it's already dirty!) to spoon that much batter on the skillet.
^^This allows more even cooking.^^
When you see bubbles on top, FLIP!

Ok you probably knew how to make pancakes, but whatever...

I then did some pilates (I really like THIS video on Demand.)

So then I went to work, and we ordered Pita Inn today as an office.

What a treat!
^^I got the vegetarian combination plate^^

It was good.

After work it was all about getting ready for Summer Camp tomorrow.

I headed straight to the grocery store(s) to buy some snacks and stuff.

Then I had to test my tent then drop it off at my friend's house.

Got back home and started prepping the food for the weekend.  So I wanted to pack things that were first of all easy to travel with, were healthy and refreshing (gonna be out in a field in hot sun for hours on end!), and that everyone (or most) would like.

Here's what I decided on:
^^Chopped some veggies (pepper, cucumber, carrot) for dips^^

Dips include but not limited to: hummus (plain and greek olive), salsa (black bean and regular/mild), and...
^^This Edamame-Guacamole hybrid from this recipe^^

But I added Serrano pepper due to my dad's request.

Spicy is always better in my book!

So then I wanted to try out a quinoa recipe. I think things like quinoa salad, cous cous salad, etc. make great traveling dishes. They can be hot, warm, or cold...and are so healthy and transport-able.

At Trader Joe's I saw 2 kinds of Quinoa

Left to right: Regular and Red Quinoas.

Naturally I bought both.
^^See the differences? I'll have to let you know if I notice a difference in taste...^^

I made a quinoa salad from this recipe...with my variations ;) 
^^Red Quinoa, pesto, asparagus, baby artichoke, cherry tomato, chickpeas^^

YUM!

As I was cooking I munched on everything, testing it of course!

And these veggies my dad had made for dinner...
^^Eggplant and asparagus (well actually I roasted the asparagus^^

I also was busy making a Blueberry banana bread with my variations per usual.

Instead of sour cream I just did 1 cup full fat yogurt. And I did 1 cup WW flour and just 1/2 cup white flour.

^^Cross section...cause my mom just had to have a slice...ugh ;)^^

**Coating the blueberries in flour like the recipe says allows the blueberries to stay put and not sink to the bottom**


^^Came out pretty nicely!^^

Lastly I made some homemade cinnamon maple almond butter since I was all out!
^^I imagine this will go quickly this weekend :)^^

So I packed it all up to go...
^^Some apples, dates, grapes, and sliced mango added to the bunch.^^

(I also got a lot more stuff, stuff that required no prepping...)

After like ~3 hours...I was spent!

Needed a quick snack...
^^Ruby Red Grapefruit^^

And now off to bed!  Leaving bright and early tomorrow.. and I'm sneaking in a 5 mile run tomorrow just so I don't get too behind on my training. Whew!

Have an awesome weekend :) 

I challenge you to do a new or different form of exercise this weekend.

or/and

A new fruit, vegetable, or grain.

:)

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