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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mon. Nov 26th

Whole Wheat Chicken Wrap with Acorn Squash for Lunch!

Daily Tidbit:  Acorn Squash is so good the way it is that that I just eat it plain (pictured above).  No Salt, No Butter, No EVOO needed.  I just clean it, dry it, poke it all over with a sharp knife and microwave until soft (typically 5 minutes and another 3-4 minutes after turning).  Just remove the skin and seeds and scrape out the flesh and it is ready to enjoy!  Just 1 cup has 9g Fiber & 2g Protein!  In addition, it provides a high level of Vitamin A, as well as C, Potassium, Folate & Omega 3 Fatty Acids, among other things. 

To read more about this "Incredible" food:

And if you are looking for a more intricate preparation, here are some ideas to inspire: 


Homemade Granola mixed with Cheerios

1/2 cup Homemade Granola

1/2 cup Cheerios 
1 cup Fat Free Milk
5oz Orange Juice
Regular Coffee, with a splash of Fat Free Milk & 1/2 tsp Pure Ground Cinnamon 

A friend's Mom gave us some of her super yummy homemade granola to enjoy, made with Coconut, Almonds, Pecans, Dried Cranberries, Dried Apricots, Raisins, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds and likely a couple other things.  Unfortunately this picture doesn't really do it justice as most of it sank to the bottom when I added the Milk, but you can take my word for it - it was a delicious!  Mixing it with Cheerios is a little trick I have to mitigate the levels of Fat and Calories typically found in Granola, this allows me to enjoy it twice as often and eliminate any guilt!


Whole Wheat Wrap topped with Hummus, Carrots & Chicken
Above Wrap with Spinach added to it
Whole Wheat Chicken Wrap with Acorn Squash

Lunch: Chicken Wrap with Acorn Squash
1 Medium sized Whole Wheat Wrap
1/4 cup Toasted Sesame Hummus (recipe below)
3 tbsp grated Carrots
Roasted Chicken Breast 
Organic Baby Spinach
Plain Acorn Squash (just microwaved until soft, nothing else needed!)
Decaf Coffee, splash of Fat Free Milk & Pure Ground Cinnamon  

Plain Popcorn

Snack: 4 cup Plain Popcorn (microwaved in folded brown paper bag)


Kidney Beans, Corn & Salsa
Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Nachos

Dinner: Nachos
Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, toasted with:
1/4 cup mix Cheddar & Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese
For dipping:  1/2 cup Kidney Beans + 1/4 cup Corn + 3 tbsp jarred Medium Salsa + 2 tbsp Water
White Wine 


Dessert: 1 Organic Gala Apple

When the local Gala supply dry up I head to Sam's club where I can buy a big bag of Organic Galas to get me through the winter!



Toasted Sesame Hummus Recipe:
Into food processor put:
1 clove Garlic
1 can Chick Peas, drained/ rinsed
2 tbsp Tahini
Juice from 1/2 Lemon    
Salt, to taste

While processing, stream in 1 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil & 2 tbsp cold Water.  Serve with another tsp of Toasted Sesame Oil & a couple shakes Cumin.  Serve with Baby Carrots, other raw Veggies or crackers.
Note: I ran out of EVOO so I had to improvise and used Toasted Sesame Oil instead, which turned out to be a fun variation. Sometimes running out of ingredients is a good way to branch out and try new things!


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