What I Ate Wednesday {winter spinach pomegranate salad}

Happy Wednesday foodies!

Even though my posting schedule is pretty off at the moment and I am prioritizing getting ready for my semester abroad and moving out of my flat, I just couldn’t skip my favorite blog day of the week. Can you imagine that I haven’t any Christmas presents bought yet? I mean – Jays was ordered about a week ago, but the company made a mistake and now I have to call them and hope they could fix it, which I’ve been successfully postponing the last few days… Good thing that my friends and I don’t do Christmas presents and I only have to get something for the family. Jay and I have an arrangement: he buys the presents for his family for both of us and I take care of mine. Half the worries – because, let’s be frank, otherwise I would have to think of presents for his and mine and he wouldn’t worry at all. Oh boy, good thing he is awesome in wrapping presents – that is something I seriously suck at. Regarding my family: my mom will be happy with a good read, my brother with a case of beer (just kidding), the only problem as always is my dad. Any good ideas for dad-presents would be much appreciated! 

But enough of the Christmas chaos, let’s talk food:

 
Yesterday was a strangely hungry day. It started the night before: I went to bed at around 11 pm, damn tired since I needed to get up pretty early the same morning at Jay’s to drive to work before the rush hour starts. My tummy started to growl and I couldn’t fell asleep. At about 1 am I threw in the towel, got up and made myself a bowl of Russian wheat porridge (no milk at hand for oat porridge and the fastest thing to cook up). After eating and reading for a while I finally fell asleep at around 2 am. Can you imagine that my tummy was hangry again when I got up at 8 am on Tuesday? I blame it on Cat’s Active Advent workout #9, by the way – thanks Cat (just kidding ).



nana pineapple smoothie



Thus I made sure to fuel myself with fruits in the morning – as I mentioned on my Instagram, I bought 2 kilos of ripe bananas for 99 cent! People don’t get that spots don’t mean the banana is rotten, but that it is just ready to eat – good for me. And after using up some for banana bread baking purposes, there were still more than enough left for some epic smoothies. This one contained 3 huge nanas, about 2 cups of pineapple and some water. Deliciously simple.



raw snow balls and oj



 After my long morning grocery walk in the city I was hungry again. The perfect opportunity to give my new citrus juicer a try: fresh orange juice, advent calendar praline and the last two persimmon snowballs made for a nice snack.

spinach pomegranate salad



My lunch salad was something I came up with to empty my pantry (though quinoa really isn’t the problem… I am working on a pantry sitter post, which will hopefully be up later this week). But it was such a damn delish combination that I spontaneously decided to share the recipe for this seasonal salad with you. By the way, did I mention that cilantro makes everything taste so much better? Just as sriracha does – good thing I used both in this epic bowl!

Winter Spinach Pomegranate Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 1 portion

Winter Spinach Pomegranate Salad

Ingredients

    salad
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 apple
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate
  • 1/4 cup quinoa (dry)
  • handful of fresh cilantro
  • -
  • dressing
  • 2 T orange juice
  • 1 t honey
  • 1 t olive oil
  • 1/4 t sriracha

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions (about 15 minutes).
  2. While cooking, wash spinach and cut in bite sized pieces. Dice the apple. Chop the cilantro.
  3. Let the quinoa cool down while preparing the dressing. Juice half an orange or use store bought orange juice. Mix with honey, olive oil and sriracha.
  4. Combine all of the salad ingredients, add the dressing and enjoy.

Notes

If you don’t plan to eat the salad immediately, keep salad and dressing separated to avoid soggy spinach.

http://www.with-an-open-mind.com/2013/12/11/what-i-ate-wednesday-winter-spinach-pomegranate-salad/


snack wrap pizza

Though I loved my salad, I have to admit that it just wasn’t filling enough for my ravenous tummy this day: I snacked throughout the afternoon on a quickly assembled wrap pizza, four or five unpictured rice cakes with honey or jam and some dark chocolate chips.

avocado maki



My hunger finally wore down around dinner time, nice timing, thanks bro… So instead of making an epic bunch of various vegetarian maki rolls, I kept it simple with this small batch of avocado maki and passed out on my bed afterwards, completely stuffed. Mission accomplished. 

Did you experience ravenous days recently – how do you deal with them?  Do you have bought all Christmas presents already? Any good present ideas for a 49 year old, motorcycle crazy, buys-everything-he-wishes-for dad?



9 Comments on What I Ate Wednesday {winter spinach pomegranate salad}

  1. Haha my Dad is totally the same. Make it a 56 year old, rock music crazy, buys-everything-he-wishes-for dad and you have the picture. After a few attempts of finding good prestents (including a never used camera and a soon to small mp3 player he gave me back only one month after christmas as he bought himself a bigger one) I gave up. He now gets an Amazon voucher for Christmas and his birthday and we’re both happy with it. No further worries ;-)
    I know these crazy hungry days. How I cope? I simply give in and eat. I try to differentiate between hunger and craving. When it’s hunger I eat of course. I think my body needs it then. When it’s just a craving I try to withstand the temptation. But I am not good at it!
    Have a wonderful week and don’t forget to enjoy the chritmas time a little :-)

    • Thanks, lovely! I’ll try.

      Amazon voucher? My dad rarely uses amazon, but he is constantly buying stuff on ebay. Guess they don’t have vouchers there ;) Last resort would be a voucher. But I hope that I can avoid that. Dads are so complicate…

      Yesterday it was definitely hunger and not craving. Though I couldn’t say for sure that I wouldn’t give in to cravings… Sugar (especially in form of Haribo) is one craving I tend to have a lot. But I noticed that eating heaps of fruits prevents those sugar cravings.

  2. I wish I could help you with the dad present predicament, but I’m currently in the same boat :( My dad literally doesn’t know the meaning of the word “wish list,” so getting something for him always requires a little creativity. The only plus side is that he’s a [secretly] sentimental sap, so personalized gifts mean a lot to him.

    And girl… if you check out my WIAW today then you’ll see I’m totally in the same ravenous boat. I blame the weather. Stupid winter…

    • Just checked your WIAW and yeah, good to see that I am not the only one who is crazy ravenous these days. Good things our craving stop after dinner, though. Ain’t it ;) ?

      Oh I wish my dad would be so sentimental. I guess he would be polite and say “thank you”, but other than that he really isn’t such a fan of creative gifts. A bottle of really good whiskey or a book of his favorite author that he hadn’t bought worked best so far, but I did this for his birthday and last Christmas already…

  3. I am in desperate need of a Dad gift too! My bf wraps our presents too haha. I buy, he wraps. Works for me…minus the whole don’t-know-what to get his Dad part! And that salad looks simple and perfect!

    • Dad gifts seem to be a pretty common problem. Lucky guy of yours who only needs to do the wrapping ;) on the other hand you don’t have to remind him every few days that Christmas is just around the corner and he hasn’t bought a single present yet :)

  4. I’m always extra hungry the day after a hard workout, and tend to crave extra protein and fat. Fine by me – I LOVE eating so it’s a win-win. :D

    I haven’t had a pomegranate yet this season. Thanks for reminding me to get on that – STAT.

    I hope your week is going well, friend! :)

    • Totally the same here – always the day after. Some people say they are ravenous the same day they work out. For me everything starts the next day.

      And you should definitely get a pomegranate. Such an awesome salad addition and also great by itself.

      Thanks, lovely, hope your week is just as delightful!

  5. I’m having some ravenous days right now! I’m sure it’s something about December, I know I think more about food during this time of year, but life is too short not to enjoy it I say! Plus I have been putting in some intense workouts and I’m sure that’s racking up my appetite too! Salad looks fab, I used pomegranate in my recipe coming up tomorrow!

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