WIAW Leftover Edition

September 21, 2011 at 6:42 am 10 comments

I had a lot of fun participating in Peas and Crayons‘ What I Ate Wednesday last week, from taking pictures of my daily eats to getting inspiration for simple meal ideas from other bloggers. I am excited for my second WIAW, and hope to do this more in the future. Yesterday’s meals were pretty simple, pulled together from leftovers. I hate wasting food and will always use up leftovers (or freeze them) before cooking a new meal, even if I am getting bored. Freezing leftovers has been a huge help in the past, since I will often freeze individual containers and then have my own, homemade TV dinners when life gets hectic. Another way I have found to avoid leftover boredom is to reinvent them. Keep reading for some of my leftover makeovers!

Pre-breakfast snack: 7am

I set my alarm for 6:45am, with no intentions of leaving my warm cozy bed for class. Instead, I brewed a pot of my pumpkin spiced coffee, grabbed a handful of peanuts in the process, and crawled back under the covers with my mug and clinical textbook to learn about the cardiac exam.

Breakfast: 8am

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After making it halfway through my reading, I decided to face the day and my cold apartment. I finally made myself some Pumpkin Oatmeal! I saw it on so many WIAW’s last week, and pumpkin recipes keep appearing everywhere, so I knew I had to have some. I followed this recipe at Oh She Glows for the oatmeal, but skipped the suggested toppings, choosing a few toasted almonds and some fresh ground cinnamon instead. So yummy! A hearty breakfast that sneaks good-for-you veggies without you even realizing… (Yes, pumpkin is a vegetable and it is rich in fiber and Vitamin A!)

Lunch: 11:45am

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Lucky I had leftover Subway sandwiches on hand for what turned out to be a hectic afternoon. The break in the rain I needed to bike to campus never came, and so I was resigned to taking the bus. Unfortunately, the bus takes at least 3 times as long, and so I had to inhale my lunch as I was getting ready and flying out the door. I gave the Veggie Sub a little more staying power with a slice of melted cheese on one side, some hummus on the other, and a few extra pickles in the middle. Perfection. Good thing my new travel mug kept my peppermint tea piping hot until I got to school! Peppermint tea works way better than gum as a breath freshener (no one wants their (future) doctor to have Subway breath!)

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Snack: 4:30pm

A long day of learning about heart sounds and the complete cardiac exam left me quite hungry by 4:30pm. I didn’t want to eat too much, since my yoga class was in an hour and it is not advised to go to hot yoga after eating a meal. I ate the pear I had picked out for lunch and didn’t have time to eat, and drank a whole lotta water in preparation for yoga. Good thing! This was the hardest yoga class I have ever taken! Granted, I have only been to 3… but it was a challenge, and I loved it! My arms feel strong, my legs feel stretched from the previous day’s 10.5 mile run, and I sweated more than I knew possible! (TMI? Sorry!)

Dinner: 8pm

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The only One problem with not being able to bike to class is not being able to bike home! I was probably a treat to sit next to on the bus – sweaty, tired, and hungry (read: cranky). I heated up some leftover winter melon soup (almost through that gigantic pot!) but was sick of having eggs with it. Instead, I sauteed a few mushrooms in chili oil and added them to the soup with some soy sauce for a different spin. It was a nice change since I have eaten a lot of this soup lately, and it was good to have so much liquid after hot yoga.

Dessert(s): 9pm

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Still pretty hungry after my big bowl of soup, I sought a sugar-free dessert. This is a trick from my roommate for “baked” cinnamon apples! Just cut up an apple, sprinkle it with cinnamon, and microwave it for 2 minutes. The apples give off a bit of juice that makes a quasi-sauce, and the natural sweetness and spice of the cinnamon really shines through. Not eating added sugar really opens up your taste buds!

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Still hungry, I munched on some peanuts and raisins after my apple. I was really craving something salty, and needed a bit more protein in my day.

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I settled down to finish studying for the evening, and was still hungry and thirsty from yoga! I made some decaf green tea with a few slices of fresh ginger (my new favorite night time drink!) and had a slice of toast with Smart Balance. I may or may not have sprinkled a tiny bit of salt on my toast… finally hit the spot!

Question: Have you ever done hot yoga? Do you experience weird salt cravings afterwords, or does it take your body a while to recover from the fluid loss?

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Shannon  |  September 21, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Ive never tried hot yoga before! I wish they had classes at my gym, though! :)

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    • 2. homemadeadventure  |  September 22, 2011 at 7:53 am

      I’ve only done it twice – I got a coupon to a yoga studio that made 5 classes $20 instead of $50. couldn’t pass that one up!

      Reply
  • 3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide  |  September 21, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I like that trick for apples. They really don’t need extra sugar.

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    • 4. homemadeadventure  |  September 22, 2011 at 7:54 am

      Especially with all of the New England apples that are starting to come into season!

      Reply
  • 5. mindrunningwild  |  September 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I love hot yoga even though I’ve only been once.
    I need to start flavouring my oats. I usually just have them plain but it was too hot this summer for many oaty endeavours. I’ll be back into them soon enough.

    Reply
    • 6. homemadeadventure  |  September 22, 2011 at 7:55 am

      I love overnight oats for hot summer oatmeal. It was weird for me to eat cold oats at first, but a little peanut butter and banana makes it so good!

      Reply
  • 7. Rachael @ Fresh Squeezed Home  |  September 21, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Your food looks yummy! I need to get me some pumpkin spice coffee! O and love your “Failure is Not An Option” Kenedy Space Center Mug I have one that says “Reach For The Stars”

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    • 8. homemadeadventure  |  September 22, 2011 at 7:53 am

      I love that mug! My mom and I thought it described me pretty well so she got it for me while we visited in FL :)

      Reply
  • 9. Liz @ IHeartVegetables  |  September 22, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I can’t find canned pumpkin anywhere! I think it’s out of stock everywhere in my city :( I’m so sad!

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    • 10. homemadeadventure  |  September 22, 2011 at 11:07 am

      I just started seeing it last week. Fall fell pretty fast here!

      Reply

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