I made Scarlet scrambled eggs for breakfast, and tossed a couple extra into the pan for myself. The perfectly ripe mango (client) on the counter played a refreshing role in the meal, next to a piece of whole wheat toast topped with buttery spread. As always, coffee kicked off the morning.
Last night, Steve treated me to grilled lamb chops and asparagus. Today I rolled up the leftovers into a whole wheat wrap, along with spinach, tomatoes, light mayo, Dijon, and Crosse & Blackwell Mint Sauce (I adore this sauce with lamb and cucumbers. Find it in the pickled condiment section of your grocery store). I had fresh blackberries on the side.
We also had a few pieces of frozen garlic bread (Freezer Challenge – check!).
I’ve been experiencing these dull headaches lately lasting days. I think they’re hormonal. There’s something about a Diet Coke and ibuprofen that seems to offer instant, then sustained relief. I don’t know if science backs up my theory about this, but Coke was originally created by a pharmacist, after all. After my 3-hour nap on Saturday I woke up with a lingering headache and proceeded to drink a Diet Coke in bed. I have issues.
Since I eat a late dinner, I must walk a fine line of eating a late afternoon snack that is just large enough to prevent crazed hunger, but small enough so I’ll still enjoy dinner. Today I chose five organic tortilla chips drizzled with hot sauce and sprinkled with diced avocados.
An hour before dinner I marinated two quite large, bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (Freezer Challenge) with all-purpose salt-free seasoning and apple cider vinegar. I seared them in a pan over high heat with corn oil and finished them in a 350 degree oven for 15 – 20 minutes. The pan drippings reduced with red wine and chicken stock (Freezer Challenge) made a delicious jus. I don’t come across skin-on poultry often, but when I do, I love perfectly browned, crispy skin. I threw together a salad and simmered a pot of packaged whole grain rice pilaf. I let Scarlet help me pour in the water and rice and she loved that!
When I realized I hadn’t had any chocolate yet today, I quickly scooped up a small bowl of vanilla bean ice cream topped with chocolate cookie crumbles and the last few drops of dark chocolate syrup.
Estimated calories: 2030 (Breakfast 285, Lunch 445, Dinner 735, Snacks 565)
And while we’re on the topic of headaches, a dietitian on Twitter told me that the caffeine and tannins in black or green tea can help relieve headaches. Makes sense. Probably a better choice than my Diet Coke. Do you have any remedies you can share?
Finally, here is a little something to get you moving and grooving in your kitchen, like it did to me today.
“Remedy,” Black Crowes
The Black Crowes – Remedy
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