Woke up this morning in the freezing cold. Seems that during the night winter decided not to give fall it's turn! I had a breakfast cookie waiting in the fridge but it appeared that a hungry husband had been snacking on it! So I found a pack of instant oatmeal to eat with my banana and yogurt. This oatmeal isn't bad. I'm sure it has more sugar than I need but at least it's organic sugar.
Speaking of sweetners. I am trying to break my Sweet N' Low habit. I just hate the thought of drinking calories. I like to eat way too much for that! Also I cannot tolerate the taste of Splenda. I don't know why the rest of the world likes it so much. I makes me literally sick sometimes. So I go old school and tempt bladder cancer with the pink stuff. In my quest for natural calorie free sweetners I've tried 4 varieties of stevia. This is the only one I halfway enjoy. It's a mix of stevia and cane sugar. It has 5 calories per pack. I still taste a licorice taste (not as bad as with Truvia or Sweet Leaf) that I'm not fond of but I'm forcing myself to drink it all week to see if I can adapt to it. Wish me luck.
For dinner I decided to make a soup mix I got at the store this weekend. I looked at all the bean soups and kept seeing those nasty powdered flavoring packets that I call the sodium packet and I knew I didn't want that. Then I found this one the top shelf practically out of reach. It's beans, pasta, herbs, and spices. Nothing else. Not even salt!
To make it into this lovely soup I sauteed garlic, carrots, and mushrooms in olive oil, added canned diced tomatoes, beef stock, water, and the soup and herbs. I simmered it while kickboxing and then added the pasta when I got home. In a few short minutes we were ready to eat. I served it with my homemade bread and some butter. I sprinkled some parmesan on it too. It's a great soup for a cold night!
For dessert I had half of a chocolate ganache cupcake and half of a key lime. I'm glad to say they have all been given away or eaten now so they will no longer be calling my name!