Thursday, January 16, 2014

Week Plan Wednesday, and a Midnight Snack.

My single, solitary new year's goal is to have a healthy midnight snack once a week.  The Hubby and I seriously eat or drink a snack between 9:30 and 11:00 PM every single day.  The quality varies.  Sometimes it's just a beer.  Last night it was sliced pear, whole grain crackers, assorted cheeses, and red wine.  Milk and cookies, as well as chips and salsa are in the regular rotation.  One unequivocally healthy snack a week isn't too much to ask.  Today it's Pumpkin Pie in a Mug.  Trust me, that's healthy.

Pumpkin Pie in a Mug
In a saucepan on the stove over medium heat, combine equal parts pumpkin puree and milk.  You could sub almond- or soy- or hemp-milk, but I just used regular 2%.  Either home-made or from-a-can pumpkin puree is fine, just don't get the "pumpkin pie mix."  
For every cup of milk, add a pinch of each ginger, allspice, and nutmeg, plus a 1/8 tsp cinnamon.  Otherwise, used 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice. 
Stir in brown sugar to taste and adjust seasonings.  I used about 1/2 tsp sugar per cup of milk.
Serve in a mug with optional whipped cream and/or graham crackers.

Wednesday- Cream of broccoli soup, buns.

Thursday- Taco salad, without the tortilla shell.  Or Mexican Pile-Up, without the chips.  You get the idea: ground beef, re-fried beans, cilantro-lime rice, lettuce, tomato, cheese, salsa, sour cream, piled on a plate.

Friday- Eggplant burgers.  I found a recipe in the Weelicious lunch cookbook.  It looks good.  I'm trying it.

Saturday- The last Christmas Party of the season!  I'm bringing a shredded beet and carrot salad.

Sunday- Cabbage and mushroom stir-fry, brown rice.

Monday- BBQ ribs, roasted cauliflower, baked potatoes, and microwaved frozen peas.

Tuesday- Pasta with mushroom white wine sauce, carrot sticks.

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