This morning is pretty much like most mornings, I'm awake and I'm typing away during or after breakfast. Lately I've really needed my morning coffee. Yesterday was no exception. I had a big cup with coconut sugar, powdered creamer and cinnamon. I was on a peppermint kick for a few days, but now it's cinnamon.
I also had a yogurt parfait with Dannon peach yogurt, Gala apple chunks, a cinnamon waffle cut into chunks, and a little Kellogg's Fiber Plus Berry Crunch cereal, just for texture. Yummy!
It looks a little better than the last parfait I fixed. I really need parfait lessons. I had to use a bigger glass this time. The other one was snack size.
I fooled around too long before fixing something to eat. I munched on the last of my sesame sticks while I fixed lunch.
I had a boiled egg salad with iceberg salad from a bag, spinach, cucumber, carrot, onion, and broccoli, topped with grated or chopped boiled egg.
Usually I use a grater for my egg, which works really well. I learned that little trick when I worked in a school cafeteria. It's a great way to make egg salad. This egg was just chopped since I was only doing one.
I used light buttermilk ranch for the dressing. I added a little black pepper and dill weed at the last minute.
For dinner I made Stouffer's Easy Express Cheese Manicotti. 16 minutes in the microwave vs. 67 minutes in the oven, you can guess where this was prepared.
Serving Size 2 pieces (278.7 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 143
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.9g 24%
Saturated Fat 8.1g 40%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 950mg 40%
Total Carbohydrates 32.9g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5.0g 20%
|Vitamin A 15%||•||Vitamin C 10%|
|Calcium 30%||•||Iron 9%|
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet
It cooked up pretty well, no cold spots or underdone noodles. I didn't much care for the cheese filling inside the manicotti noodles. It was not very cheese like. It was more the texture of grainy pudding. I was in the mood for something cheesy and gooey and this didn't satisfy that craving. The sauce wasn't bad. It had a pretty good flavor, slightly spicy like with black pepper maybe, but not hot spicy. For me the filling was the main turn off in this dish.
I had the two manicotti suggested serving amount with a medium salad with light buttermilk ranch and a piece of garlic toast. This was a plenty for me. I actually could have gotten by with a smaller salad. I really have a hard time making small salads.
There are six manicotti in the package or 3 servings. Lucas ate 2 also. I forgot to ask what he thought of them. I may ask and add his opinion later. I just don't think I'm much of a fan of frozen manicotti. I haven't found any yet that I've really liked.
For me it was just edible and gets 2.5 stars, since I did like the sauce. I don't think I'll be buying it again though, unless they say, "It's new and improved" or something like that.
After dinner we watched a movie, Transformers Dark of the Moon. I liked the other Transformers movies, lots of action and not a lot of blood and gore. I also like Shia LaBeouf. He is great for part he plays, kind of tough, very sensitive, and funny when he needs to be. I was a little worried about the new girl friend in this one. She wasn't exactly who I would have picked for the part. She was just there for eye candy, I suppose, but those bee stung lips only had a comedy effect for me. I still gave it 4 stars.
After the movie, I stayed up late reading. I'm still trying to get "The Girl Who Played with Fire" read. I only have until Wednesday to finish it. I'm not sure I can manage that. Wish me luck. I may try to get in a little reading done this morning. Happy Sunday!!!