I did try something new recently. Chia Goodness. I first tried it mixed with hot water and it was not so fab. Then I mixed it with plain yogurt and frozen raspberries. Viola! Fantastic! I got the cranberry ginger flavor because I love anything cranberry or ginger! Plus I really like chia seeds.
Another thing I'm in love with this month are peanut butter ginger chews. They are 25 calories a piece and really hit the spot after lunch. I've got this dessert mentality where I think I must have sweets after every meal. Strangely as a child I would almost never eat dessert. I just didn't care for sweet stuff. I'm making up for it now! :)
I've been eating a lot of comfort foods in this snow. This is the leftover picture of possibly the best meatloaf ever! It's BBQ cheddar meatloaf. Served with Parmesan mashed potatoes. I took a pound of ground bison and mixed it with 1/4 cup Sweet Baby Ray's bbq sauce, 1 egg, and a cup of Minute brown rice. I patted it in the loaf pan and topped it with more bbq. Then I baked it for 30 minutes at 350, covered with cheddar and baked 15 more minutes. OMG yumtastic. I always improvise with meat loafs and mashed potatoes. I mix different things in everytime.
Another improv meal for me is chili. I never make the same chili twice. Last night I had chicken chili. I cooked a pound of ground chicken, added 2 cans of tomato sauce, 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1 can of white kidney beans, and 1 can of white corn. Then I added one cup of Minute yellow rice. Sprinkled liberally with cayenne and simmered while I did my exercise video. Then I topped with Daisy light sour cream and shredded cheddar. Very tasty. I love when my dinner cooks while I exercise!
I have recently developed a deep love for chai tea mistos at Starbucks. Of course I don't want to pay $4 every time I crave one. Lucky for me my super friend Danielle gave me a milk frother for Christmas! It is so fun! I can make pretty drinks in like two seconds! I've developed a method that I think is better than Starbucks! I heat unsweetened vanilla almond milk to a slight simmer. I pour it over a Stash Chai tea bag and a spoonful of raw honey and steep for a few minutes. Meanwhile I heat a bit more almond milk until it's about to simmer, remove from heat and froth. Then I spoon it on top of my chai and sprinkle with cinnamon. It's so good. The almond milk gives it an amazing flavor! It's so much better than steeping it in water.