I was famished at lunch. I had finished an intense workout and my body was craving too many things! If I gave it permission to indulge, I would end up negating all the benefits of a good workout. So I gave myself a challenge to have lunch ready in 10 minutes.
As usual, I peeked into the refrigerator to see what I might have available that could be turned into a yummy meal in 10 minutes flat. Here’s what caught my attention.
The ingredients suggested the flavors of Thai cuisine and I decided to create open face, finger sandwiches that would play to all my cravings!
I lovingly spread a nice layer of crunchy peanut butter on the bread. Next I zig zagged my way over the bread with Sriracha sauce. On went the finely chopped basil and spring onions. The ready sandwiches went into the toaster to be toasted for five minutes. Once they were out, I cut each slice into four slender pieces. My lunch was ready to eat in 10 minutes flat. The sandwiches looked beautiful and tasted delicious with one improvement for the next time. I should remove the crust so it looks perfect:)
If you know me even a little bit, you’ll know that food permeates my thoughts ever so frequently during any given 24 hour period. What shall I eat? What shall I cook next? What can I create with what I have on hand? These questions form the fabric of my existence.
This morning, I was craving for something different for breakfast. If I knew what I wanted, it would have been an easy choice. It’s too cold for cereal. Not oatmeal again. I already did eggs this week. As these thoughts went through my head, I aimlessly wandered to the refrigerator to see what I might have that could be turned into an interesting breakfast. The taste buds were demanding something savory.
I pulled out a few things and stared at what I had for a minute.
Whole grain bread, a few baby carrots, a few spoons of homemade hummus and chives (a herb that I have only recently discovered when trying out a recipe for Israeli food). I was not convinced, but stayed on task.
I took off the crust and toasted the bread. I spread the hummus I had on the toasted bread. On went the thinly sliced baby carrots and finely chopped chives. It looked pretty but something was missing. Color to tie it all together. Off I went to get my jar of paprika and a few twirls later, my breakfast was ready to be devoured on a beautiful matching plate. And it hit the perfect chord to start my day 🙂
I occasionally ponder – If I had no access to chocolate, what would life be like? Barren, incomplete, lackluster, there is a whole litany of words that I can go through to describe what could become a pretty grave state in my life.
But for today, there is an abundance of chocolate in my life for which I could not be more grateful. And Chocolate Molten Lava Cake takes a special place as decadent, oozing with chocolate and delight in every bite dessert. Unfortunately, the dessert is also notorious for packing in the calories. Not anymore.
The brilliant cooks at Cooking Light magazine have come up with a way to lighten this recipe without compromising on taste. A few swaps in ingredients including the incorporation of whole wheat pastry flour produces an amazing product just like the original with an excuse for indulging – don’t I need my fiber count for the day?
It takes a bit of time to prepare, but it is a fool-proof recipe and the results are featured in this post!
If you’d like to indulge, here’s the link to the recipe from Cooking Light.