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What I Ate Weekend #1 What I Ate Weekend #1
December 6, 2017
by Olena

What I Ate Weekend #1

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I’m starting new series due to a popular demand from a reader’s survey and due to just plain common sense. So many of us (including me) have no problem eating clean during the week but Friday night rolls in and our guards are down. I mean we are just simply tired. I get it.

My hopes for these series are that if you see what I eat on weekends it will give you an idea how to structure your meals without waking up on Monday morning beating yourself up about binging on the weekend.

MY LATEST RECIPES

My philosophy for the weekend is simple – eat real food. I don’t diet because diets don’t work for me. I tried them all. Almost. I believe in balance and moderation packed with sanity and life enjoyment. So, let’s dive in.

Friday Night

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Alex worked from home so he offered to make dinner. We are working on this happening more often – dinners made by Alex. He made basically a clean out fridge stir fry with chicken served over buckwheat. It was salty but amazingly delicious. We all went for seconds. We LOVE buckwheat. Buy roasted and you will never look back. Dinner happened with a few glasses of wine, of course.

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For dessert I had frozen sliced strawberries from Costco drizzled with Nutiva dark chocolate “nutella” basically. Honestly, the spread is OK. It has too much flax in it IMHO. The taste is a bit too Omega-ish. I like their milk chocolate one better.

Saturday

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Despite me quitting coffee full-time in summer I feel like I’m falling back into this habit. I had my cup of organic java with a splash of organic whole milk. My skin is doing fine with it. I blame it on 5AM hockey. I jut can’t freaking look forward to Thursdays unless I think of my coffee. And I tried it all but I need my coffee with a splash of dairy. Nothing else plant based works so let be it. I won’t lose my sleep over it.

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I wasn’t too hungry in the morning after Friday’s night dinner so all I had was half Dave’s Killer bread slice with organic peanut butter.

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Then I headed to the farmers market where I stocked up as always.

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I bought lbs and lbs of these apples and pears. So good! Next weekend is the last weekend for the market until next spring and I’m so sad about it. I am crying. I already bought like 2 lbs of Italian garlic to last me till spring because I am not eating Chinese garlic. Now I’m thinking I will buy tens of lbs of apples that can last in a garage for a month or so. I just can’t get over this local produce. Tastes so good!!!

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Lunch was leftover buckwheat with my brown rice meatballs and Ukrainian salsa adjika. I had double this portion. I made meatballs in a slow cooker during the week and froze them. Same with adjika – I have frozen jars from months ago. Very convenient. And Alex cooked enough buckwheat on Friday night to feed the entire neighbourhood (considering most people have no idea what buckwheat is there would be enough to feed entire city) which was very convenient too.

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We came back from hockey and made homemade pizza which was to die for!!! I buy frozen pizza dough from local Italian bakery. It is white but now I’m thinking I will make a special order for a whole wheat dough. Like 10 at a time. They can do that. We loaded our pizza with kale, peppers, olives, marinated artichokes, leftover pan fried ground deer meat. Kids had salami and cheese on theirs which was so tasty. I had 4 slices. I went for seconds. Washed down with a few glasses of wine.

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After wine kicked in of course I started craving sugar. Of course. I made myself a herbal tea with a piece of dark Toblerone that I brought for my mom from Mexico‘s duty free (mom’s favourite), that she forgot to take home and that I froze. And a frozen pumpkin brownie. It was frozen that is why so weird looking.

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Then I had a Granny Smith apple from the farmers market (OMG can’t even compare to store bought!!!) while watching old presidential debates. Not sure how we ended up here on a Saturday night but that is what was happening lol. After that I went to bed listening to podcasts. That was a very different Saturday night ending let me tell you haha.

Sunday

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Coffee again while going through old recipes.

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For breakfast, I had Nature’s Path brown rice cereal with dried blueberries from the farmer’s market, pecans, hemp hearts and almond milk. And banana.

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Lunch was same buckwheat with slow cooker porcupine meatballs, sweet potato hash leftovers and cucumber. I was stuffing my 5 year old with same at same time. This kid is so much work!

The thing about me is that I can eat the same food for a long time no problem. I love this food!

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For a snack were dates, pecans, apple and banana. I eat a lot of fruit.

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And dinner was my easy green lentil curry in a slow cooker served with cilantro and avocado. This is Alex’s presentation. I mixed it all up then and yum. With a glass or two of wine.

What I noticed about my weekend eating is that I do not deprive myself of anything. I eat what I want and mostly it is all real food. I also noticed I eat big servings which reduce snacking. I just realized this is how we grew up and it worked. Snacks more often than not are junk. I also noticed we eat a lot of fruit for snacks.

Hope you enjoyed and Happy Monday! As I typed this, my year old washer started beeping. And of course, now it is broken and door is permanently locked with all my pants inside. Great start to a week! Sigh. I hate China stuff ugh. Oh well, could be worse.

Have a great week!