When I woke up today I felt full of energy and I have charged around at a hundred miles an hour all day, completing a ton of chores. I am still full of beans and can’t believe it is 9:30pm! I put this energy surge down to the improved diet I have eaten this week. Raw food does give you a big nutrient boost and I think it helped me sleep because my body could rest properly, as it wasn’t busy digesting food. I will make sure I add a lot more raw food to my diet, but I didn’t have much today.
Breakfast was banana porridge. I had half a banana, 1/3 of a cup of oats and 140ml unsweetened almond milk plus some water as I don’t like it thick and gloopy. I put it all in the pan, bring to the boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.
I served it with a spoonful of almond butter with dried berries. So delicious.
First task of the day was to finish painting the hi-fi cabinet I started painting on Sunday. I have had this cabinet for years and disliked it almost since the day I got it. I am not sure why it has taken so long to get round to painting it but I am glad I have now. This is the before shot.
Many coats of paint later it looked like this.
And in situ I was really pleased with it.
I had 2 clementines as a snack.
They are so sweet and juicy and full of flavour at this time of year. Mmmmm.
While I washed my paint brush I decided the utility room was chaotic so I tidied and cleaned it. I even sorted out the shelves in the scary spider infested cupboard (I didn’t see any).
Having moved the painted cupboard and large speakers out of the dining room, I was inspired to start re-arranging the dining room, which involved emptying the dresser so I could move it. I do find it very therapeutic to have a complete sort out and I ended up spring cleaning the inside and outside of every piece of furniture and even washed the walls. I have one corner left to do so feel rather pleased and I like the new furniture arrangement too.
Lunch turned out to be one of the most delicious meals I have had for ages. To put that in context, I mean compared to the food I have cooked myself quickly, not some of the amazing meals friends have cooked me recently.
I bought a spaghetti squash recently, which I had never had before.
I cut it in half and scraped out the seeds. I put one half in the fridge for another day (or so I thought at the time).
To cook the spaghetti squash, I put it cut side down on a baking tray with a small amount of water and cooked it at 180 ° C for 40 minutes. It was cooked! How easy was that? When you drag a fork through it, the solid looking squash splits in to “spaghetti” ribbons.
I served the spaghetti squash with the last piece of corn pudding and the last of the roasted veg which I had cooked with quinoa. I didn’t serve the quinoa because I didn’t need that many carbs in one meal. I also had 4 rashers of lean back bacon and some curly kale I cooked in the bacon pan with some maple syrup.
This meal was fabulous. I really enjoyed the corn pudding and roasted vegetables. The spaghetti squash is not as dense and heavy as other squashes and has a more delicate flavour. I had it with lots of freshly ground black pepper. The maple syrup sweetened kale and salty bacon complemented the meal perfectly. I absolutely LOVED this meal and could eat it every day. But I won’t. Sigh.
Supper was meant to be a spicy stir fried veg and noodles meal but Harvey begged me for spaghetti bolognese. He is usually happy to eat what I cook but he was quite persistent tonight so we stopped off to buy some mince on the way home. I fried a large onion with garlic, fried off the meat and added chopped mushrooms, canned tomatoes, and the left over half can of baked beans I had in the fridge. While I was cooking the bolognese I decided to finish off the spaghetti squash so I had the other half for supper, instead of pasta spaghetti.
I served it with Gruyere. Not a conventional cheese to serve with spaghetti squash and bolognese meal but it went really well with the flavours.
I feel as if I have eaten a massive amount of food today but I thought I had eaten healthily. When I review my food diary (i.e. my blog photos), I can see it is full of vegetables which is good. The only fat I added to my diet was 1 tsp of groundnut oil I used to fry the bacon and the same amount I used to fry the onion and garlic for the bolognese. But I did have some food that naturally has a high fat content; the lean bacon, corn pudding, lean steak mince and cheese all contain saturated fat. I also some added sugar; 2 tbsp maple syrup for lunch and there was sugar in the corn pudding and in the less than ¼ can of beans in my portion of the bolognese. I should calculate the points but it’s late and I am now feeling tired. I did pack in a lot of nutrients as well and I enjoyed my first ever spaghetti squash.