Wednesday, 22 February 2012

WIAW - Finally Some Vegetables!

Hello! Happy What I Ate Wednesday! This is the first time I've been able to take part this month - I've actually been eating my veggies!! Thanks Jenn for the extra motivation :)


This morning started with some veggies...after all the pancakes yesterday I woke up fancying a smoothie. Luckily the children agreed!

This murky brown smoothie was a banana, lots of spinach, frozen pineapple, frozen blueberries and milk. No need for any extra sweetness - this was delicious as it was. The children had theirs in bowls with desiccated coconut...

and I had mine in a glass...

x3...this made lots!

This morning Toby and I went to toddler group. I had a cup of tea but managed to resist the biscuits. I did treat myself when I got home instead though - a spiced chai latte with a few white chocolate strawberry hearts - both new-to-me purchases.

Love these chocolates! They were reduced post-Valentine's Day and had bits of dried strawberries running through them. The chai latte was really nice too - I've had the vanilla version before but the spiced version made a nice change. A bit too much sugar for every day consumption, but a nice treat.

Lunch was an easy dose of veggies with a shop bought salad.

This included bulgar wheat, quinoa, spinach, peas, pea shoots and green lentils, with a lemon creme fraiche dressing.

I really enjoyed this. Sometimes I find with shop-bought salads that the dressing is too overpowering, but with this one you added the salad dressing yourself, so I only used about two-thirds of the pot and it was perfect. I should try to recreate this myself next time!

After school today Izzy had swimming. She's moved up to the next class so it isn't until 5pm now, meaning that we don't get home until 6pm. I knew time was going to be tight to make dinner after swimming, so I made lasagne beforehand instead. I decided to try something different this time, and use up the veggies I had lurking in the fridge. Root vegetable lasagne instead of roast vegetable. This was roasted butternut squash, roasted parsnips, caramelised onions, white sauce, crumbled goats cheese and green lasagne sheets.

I was very glad to have this just needing to be popped into the oven when I got home! It was ready just as Liam got home, and I was too busy serving everyone to tell him exactly was what was in it when I first gave him a plate. He thought it looked like it had pineapple and leftover pancake mix in, so he was quite relieved when I set him straight!!

This was tasty, but not quite perfect enough to post the recipe. I didn't really fancy tomato sauce today, but because there was less sauce than normal some of the top layer of pasta didn't cook properly. It was still nice so long as we ate around the hard bits though! Toby's reaction to this did make me laugh - he'll happily eat green smoothies, but green pasta? Nope. He ate the parsnip instead as he thought that was the pasta part!

Children in bed, I sat down to write this post with a little snack plate. I had a serious chocolate craving but managed to get a bit of fruit in there too!

The last of my Green & Black's cherry chocolate, some fresh cherries, a few more little white chocolate hearts and my favourite dried pineapple. A great end to the day!

As this month's WIAW theme is loving your veggies, what is your favourite way of getting more veg into your diet? I always find that if I start with a good breakfast, the rest of the day goes so much better. Getting some spinach into a smoothie is a bonus, but even starting with a bowl of fruity porridge gives me a good start on making better eating choices. When I'm not having major chocolate cravings, I like to have snack plates during the day of raw veggies with dips, but today the chocolate was needed more!


  1. That lasagne sounds very tasty- butternut and goats cheese is such a good combo. And that salad looks good too- I know what you mean about the dressings- I usually would not add it all either. I prefer fruit in the mornings, and veggies are easiest in a pot with tomatoes and some kind of bean/ pulse. I do like spinach in a smoothie too but usually for lunch/ snack, not for breakfast. I know what you mean about having a good breakfast too- it sets you up for the day.

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