Creamy mushroom heaven + special beverage

I’m in a happy food coma right now. It was a long day but it is nearly ending on a wonderful note. I just love home cooked meals, especially the healthy ones! :) I’m so thankful for the blog world – it really broadened my food horizons.  I used to cook pretty healthy meals at home, but they were never exciting.  They got the job done.  Tonight’s dinner was everything I love about food – and I made it! Thank you, Kelly, for the recipe! So let’s get to this “mystery” amazing meal…

BEST MEAL OF THE DAY

I’m trying to have at least 1 (hopefully 2) vegetarian meals a week. Since my husband (as most males I think) wants meat with every meal, I try to make the vegetarian dishes extra special.  He was hesitant when I told him I was making chickpea patties, but after 1 bite of this goodness… we were both in a chickpea/mushroom heaven!

chickpea cake with creamy paprika mushroom sauce

[338 calories]

I followed this recipe for the chickpea cutlets with creamy paprkia mushrooms.  The funny thing is when I got ready to make this, I realized that I’ve already used this recipe for my black bean cakes (replacing black beans for chickpeas). This got me even more excited because I absolutely loooved the black bean burgers.  This recipe is absolutely fantastic on its own, but when the cakes are covered in a crazy indulgent creamy mushroom sauce… this can’t be beat!

Let’s talk substitutions – I used 1/2T of EVOO in the cutlets, and then used 1tsp of EVOO per each side of frying –> total 3.5 teaspoons.  This is significantly lower than what the recipe calls for, but I didn’t miss it one bit. For the mushrooms, I also used a little more shrooms and a little less than 1/2 tablespoon of butter.  With the crazy amount of sour cream, you couldn’t really taste the butter anyway. I’d probably just use cooking spray next time and cut some of the sour cream… although it was amazingly creamy and of course the low fat sour cream was very much responsible for it :) Ok, I’m done talking… you really should make this!

OTHER EATS

1/2 c oikos, 1 medium banana, pb puffins, Erin Baker's pb granola, choc chips, almonds, mixed dried berries

yogurt parfait closeup

[374 calories]

pre-workout snack: Ellie Krieger's energy bar + tea

[140 calories]

leftover pork tenderloin with peach sauce, sweet potato tortilla chips + med apple

[~400 calories]

Btw, these babies are FoodShouldTasteGood sweet potato tortilla chips.  I’ve been dying to try them and was super excited when I finally found them at WF on Sunday. However I have to say, despite being quite delicious, they do not taste like sweet potatoes at all (the thing I was looking forward to the most) – just like yummy tortilla chips but that’s it.

Sweet potato tortilla chips

Nature's Path maple nut instant oats + packet of Barney Butter

[290 calories]

I ate this heftier snack because I kept on thinking about food at work and decided to eat something more substantial than my originally planned snack. Well this bowl filled me up for like 5.5 hours (would probably be even more than that but I really had to make dinner)! It sat like a rock in my stomach :( I think I need to start eating oats for breakfast so that I don’t think about food all day. My 1/3 c serving usually gets me through just like any other breakfast. Anything more than that and I’m kind of forcing it down… however it REALLY fills me up so that could be a good thing.  Hmm, something to mull over for sure!

Total calories for the day: 1571

WORKOUT

I was unable to Shred tonight… we had our coach cleaned – long story short I spilled a bunch of red wine and sat on a whole lot of chocolate, so it was an emergency!! It took way longer than expected so no Shredding :( It’s ok, I kind of considered taking a break anyway.  I’m seriously scared of overtraining now that I’m running every day.  Speaking of running, I stuck to my schedule today and did my 3 mile run (+ 0.5 mile walk) and lots of stretching. It wasn’t easy today. Slightly painful in fact. I’m really hoping I’m not getting shin splits. I took a good amount of time after and stretched. Workout stats:

  • Duration: 0:33 (+stretching)
  • Calories burnt: 302 (35% fat)
  • Ave HR: 151 (78%); Max HR: 171 (88%)

Work was busy so I didn’t strength train after, figuring I’d shred at night, but since that didn’t happen… I’ll call it my light workout day :)

ADAM LOVES POM!

A special recipe from my husband… he decided to enjoy a little after dinner beverage by using one of our POM bottles and a few bar staples…

pomrita ingredients

Adam’s excellent pomegranate margarita (he emailed me the recipe and this was the title :) )

2 oz tequila
1 oz triple sec
2 oz pom pomegranate juice
juice of one lime (about 1 oz)

.5 oz orange liqueur like patron citronge or cointreau (optional)

Adam’s note*: I like to add the patron citronge to give it a bit more bite :)

A very happy husband here…

Adam + drink

And his “excellent margarita” :lol:

Adam's pomrita

All right, time to get ready for tomorrow!  See you then :D

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