Chris is gone this week on a work trip which means I got to be a little more experimental in the kitchen. While Chris will always try what I make, I don’t want to make him try something gross so I like to test most new creations out before I debut it. Glad I did. Because nearly all of today’s concoctions were failures.
Breakfast was a green smoothie for day 3 of the green smoothie challenge. If I thought I was crazy with the carrots yesterday then today took it to the next level with sweet potatoes. It sounded like a great idea. I love pumpkin in my smoothie so this felt like it would be similar, and while I liked the taste, I didn’t like the texture. It almost reminded me of applesauce. I think if I’d added a little more milk it would have been fine but I didn’t taste it before I poured it. If you like thick smoothies you’d probably like this one. I just like mine super thin, almost watery. But on the plus side, I think it filled me up more because I didn’t get hungry once today.
Sweet potato, almond & banana smoothie
Mix all the ingredients together. Serves 1
- 1 cup roasted sweet potatoes/yams
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 tablespoons flax meal
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- 2 scoops protein powder (I used this)
My “during the day” food was pretty normal (almonds, quinoa bean salad mix). It was once I got home that things went downhill.
I attempted to combine 2 recipes – A black bean goat cheese burger with a quinoa burger. I only used the black bean recipe as inspiration, thinking I’d just add black beans to the quinoa burger recipe. I started by mashing black beans. Easy. Then as I got through the rest of the ingredients I saw that it called for splenda (which I don’t eat) and flour. Perfect, I thought. I’ll use coconut flour to bring in the sweetness. Bad plan. And I didn’t have cottage cheese, so I skipped it. It couldn’t matter that much right? I ended up with a decent consistency and scooped out 4 1/4 cup, cute little burgers and started frying them.
But then they kind of fell apart.
To be honest, they weren’t that bad. A little dry so I mixed up some fry sauce (ketchup and light mayo) and that helped but I threw out the rest of the mix after the first 4. Lesson learned here? If I want a burger get some turkey.
Then I wanted some dessert so I thought, I’d whip up something similar to this chia seed protein powder pudding. I was suppose to let the chia seeds soak in the liquid for 20 min. But I wanted it right away so I didn’t. Just dumped chia seeds, almond milk, protein powder and honey in a glass. Taste was great. Texture was like chunky milk. Fail. But I actually ate it anyway. Don’t judge.
What did I learn tonight? Recipes are written for a reason. And I should follow them. I also learned that I’m tired of trying new things and maybe I’ll just eat cereal for the rest of the week…