How are you doing today? I don’t know about you, but I’m glad I dug out my fall clothes this weekend because it is getting VERY chilly outside!! My wardrobe is now significantly less colourful which makes me sad, but I’m the type that can’t stand being cold so I’m happy to have a bunch of cozy sweaters hanging in the closet. In between clothes shifting activities on Sunday, I also created a lunch that was so good, I knew it had to be this week’s featured recipe.
1. Recipe of the Week. On average, I’d say about 60% of the lunches and dinners I eat in a typical week have some sort of Asian-inspired twist to them. As I described on Monday, I’m the biggest creature of habit you’ll ever meet. Just give me a load of veggies, some ginger, garlic, chili flakes, tamari and rice vinegar to play with and I’m a happy girl.
The ingredients you see above were used to make my latest Asian creation. I’ve been on a short-grain brown rice kick lately because 1) it tends to cook up faster than long grain rice, and 2) as much as I truly love quinoa, even creatures of habit need a little variety. Those little dark green squares you see are nori sheets, which I chopped up into squares, then into really thin strips. If you don’t have them on hand but still want to get the fabulous nutrition benefits of sea vegetables in your salad, you could also add dulse flakes or kelp granules, which would give it a slightly saltier taste.
This Deconstructed Sushi Salad satisfies even the strongest cravings for sushi, minus the sushi coma. (Another great reason to choose short grain brown rice over traditional sushi rice is that it’s a high-fiber whole grain, but tends to be stickier than the long-grain brown variety.) And just because I’m totally obsessed with this oil-free sweet ginger dressing, I tossed that in the mix as well. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
2. Simply Protein Crunch. You may know Wellness Foods as the company that makes The Simply Bar, Simply Whey Bars, and Simply Protein Chips, all of which I’ve reviewed here on the blog in the past. They’ve really been expanding their product line, and the newest kid on the block is their Simply Protein Crunch. A little while ago, I received 3 bags to try – one in each flavour.
- Banana, Caramel and Cashew Nut
- Raspberry Coconut
- Lemon, Cranberry and Pumpkin Seeds
Each bag contains 3 servings, and here’s a quick look at the stats for each serving:
- 110 calories
- 10g protein
- 10g fiber
- 2g sugar
- 2g fat
- gluten free
Simply Protein Crunch gets its high protein content from puffed whey protein balls. The ingredients list is reasonably short and doesn’t appear to contain any offenders, which is awesome when compared to a lot of other packaged snacks. Because I’m absolutely obsessed with pumpkin seeds, I snacked on some of the Lemon, Cranberry and Pumpkin Seed flavour at work yesterday. This is what they looked like:
The pieces were really stuck together when I opened the bag, and to break them apart I had to crush some of the whey crisps. Extreme stickiness aside though, the taste was quite nice – not too sweet and very lemony. I’m not sure I’d eat them every day, but they’d make a convenient grab-and-go snack for car rides, plane trips, etc. If you like trail mix, you’d probably enjoy these!
So tell me…
- Fall clothes or summer clothes: What do you prefer?
- What types of cuisine do you eat most often? Aside from my Asian dishes (which are usually Japanese or Thai), I love Indian food. Living in Bahrain allowed me to learn how to cook a lot of Middle Eastern food, but I don’t tend to cook it as often on my own.
- Did you try anything new yesterday?