Good morning, all you beautiful Internet people out there. My bedhead and I saw sunshine again this morning and thought we’d get out and get some of it. The drinking-coffee-sitting-outside plan didn’t last long once we realized that there was no place to sit down because everything was wet. So the second half of the cup was consumed back at my desk. I’m glad I spent a few minutes enjoying the blue skies and sunshine, though, because within a few hours, it was all gone, and we were back to gray skies and rain.
I’ve decided to get back to the three-meals-a-day thing again, but I really wasn’t hungry this morning, and it just didn’t seem like a good idea to shove an omelette down my throat. So I decided to try something different. A lighter breakfast that didn’t feel forced. Two points for the yoghurt, zero points for the apple, so 2 points total for the meal and the day so far.
Another lighter dish for lunch, and something I’ve been meaning to try for a while now. This is tofu, veggies (onion, capsicum, green beans, mushrooms, and carrot, with soba noodles. I marinated the tofu in a mixture of soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger, and the pasta and veggies were cooked with garlic and a concoction of white miso paste, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, and sriracha. The result is a nice mix of flavours–salty, sweet, sour, tangy, spicy, funky–all happening at the same time. I don’t mind tofu, but I rarely eat it (my wife, who is vegan, can’t stand the stuff), and I haven’t cooked it in years. Decades, probably. It was tasty, but even though I bought firm tofu and pressed it for a half an hour before marinating, I still found the texture almost too light and delicate. But I’ve got another couple of servings worth, so I’m going to keep trying.
Two points for the miso paste, and 3 points for the honey means the meal was 5 points all up. The soba noodles, made of 100% buckwheat, are zero points. That was the whole point of the meal, really. I’ve been looking for these noodles for months, but the ones at the grocery stores are made with buckwheat and wheat. I checked a couple of health food stores, and they didn’t have the buckwheat noodles, either. Finally, I found them on Amazon, so I bought a packet to give them a try. They’re expensive, so if I’m buying them to reduce the points for my noodle dishes, I’m going to try to cut down the points I’m adding to it. Next time, a little less honey and miso should get it down to 3 points. But still, I’m at 7 points for the day, and doing fine.
Wednesday is pasta night, but somehow for the rest of the family, it ended up being Let’s-Order-Some-Doordash Night. I avoided the temptation and stuck to the plan, and had my pasta with some steamed veggies on the side, and “garlic bread” that consisted of a piece of lightly-buttered toast with garlic powder and Italian herbs sprinkled on top. Because I’m fancy like that.
Zero points for the wholemeal pasta, 3 points for the sauce, zero points for the veggies, 3 points for the bread, 2 points for the butter, and 1 point for the Kraft parmesan cheese (told you I was fancy), for a total of 9 points for the meal and 16 points for the day.
I’d completely forgotten that I had ice cream in the freezer until I listened to a podcast episode about Halo Top. This is actually Tilly’s, an Australian copy cat, and it was a tasty way to finish the day. 2 points for 75 grams. If you’re interested in the podcast, it was an episode of Maintenance Phase, which I just discovered tonight thanks to a link on Twitter. That means I finish the day with 18 points.
There was more I meant to add to the post, but I’ve run out of time and energy today, so take it easy, folks, and be good.