WIAW – I’ll Bring the Spinach & Cashew Pesto Pasta & Sun-Dried Tomato Humous (with recipe!)

Hi Everyone! I hope you’re having a great week so far!

I’ve just got back from another wonderful afternoon with my meditating kids ūüôā¬† Some of these children have only been meditating for 3 weeks, but they’re already so good at it!¬† I’m sure some of them will be meditation masters by the time they’re 10 ūüėȬ†¬†

The object of¬†today’s meditation was to teach them a method to calm themselves down whenever they feel¬†negative emotions, like anger, starting to arise¬†within their minds.¬†¬†We visualised our¬†minds as a¬†blue sky and negative emotions¬†as dark, black clouds.¬† On the out-breaths, we blew the clouds away until we were left with a crystal clear blue sky, symbolising the return to a calm peaceful, happy state of mind.¬†

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The¬†children¬†were¬†certainly chilled out after the meditation¬†… perhaps some were a little too¬†relaxed.¬†¬†One girl¬†asked¬†me¬†whether she¬†could¬†lie down on the floor after the meditation and have a little sleep!!¬† All in all though, it was a great, relaxing, fun afternoon ūüôā

I hope you don’t mind me mentioning these meditations in my posts, but¬†they’re helping me to recall what I do with the children in these Wednesday¬†Workshops.¬†¬†Just like my recipes,¬†most of the meditations are saved in my head, which isn’t a great place for them to stay.¬† When¬†I get a spare moment, I will¬†start¬†to write them out¬†properly. Until then,¬†the blog post record will have to do!¬†¬†¬†

In¬†half an hour, Lil’ L and I will be heading to the¬†swimming pool but, before we go, I thought I’d¬†give a quick rundown of today’s eats for¬†the lovely Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) party.¬†¬†Today’s eats were all leftovers from Sunday, Monday & Tuesday!

Breakfast
Hot lemon water
2 Apple & cinnamon pancakes with a sprinkling of ground flaxseed, chopped pecans and a drizzle of agave syrup. 

Sorry for the old pic, but I had to dash out this morning¬†and didn’t have time to photograph the breakfast! It pretty much looked like this… except I had 2 pancakes rather than 3 (it’s Lil’ L that’s the pancake monster round here!)

 I often make a big batch of pancakes on a Sunday morning and, if any are leftover, we eat them in the week for breakfast or after school snacks. 

Lunch
On my return from Bristol, I had a quick lunch of wholegrain rice cakes, topped with sun-dried tomato humous, black olives and roasted red peppers. 

Along with¬†Nairn’s Oatcakes, Kallo wholegrain rice cakes are one of our favourite shop-bought snacks.¬†¬†While I use them for quick lunches, Lil’ L loves to take them to school for¬†his play time snacks.¬† His current favourite flavour¬†is¬†yeast extract, while I prefer the sesame seed (no salt) version (not pictured as I’ve eaten them all!)

When I read the nutritional blurb on the back of the packet, I was amazed to find that each rice cake only contains 30 calories!

I find them really filling too!¬† Especially when they’re covered in delicious home made humous ūüėȬ† I’ve finally jotted down how I make the sun-dried tomato humous.¬† It’s so easy and quick!¬† It only takes me a couple of minutes to whip up enough humous to last us the week.¬† Sometimes I make a double batch and freeze half for the following week.¬†

Here’s how I make it:

Drinks
1 soy cappuccino in Bristol, 1 peppermint & nettle tea, 1 pure apple juice, water

Snacks
1 sugar free jam tart (left over from yesterday’s¬†study class).¬†¬†I use¬†St Dalfour fruit spreads as the filling for these tarts.¬† This spread is¬†deliciously sweet without any¬†added sugar or sweetener.¬†


I’ve¬†recently started using Chapatti Atta as my wholemeal (wholewheat) flour for pastry making¬†(I¬†found this in the¬†Indian product aisle at Tesco).¬† It’s got a beautiful texture, with the wheat flakes very finely ground into the flour, making it perfect for¬†pastries.¬† As an added bonus, it’s way cheaper than the regular wholemeal flour I’ve been buying.¬† My next mission is to seek out organic chapatti atta but, for now, I’m happy to use this one:

Dinner
For dinner¬†tonight, we’ve got¬†leftover black bean burgers from¬†Sunday, with a side dish of¬†wholewheat pasta leftover from yesterday, into which I’ve mixed some spinach, basil and cashew nut pesto with a selection of lightly stir-fried¬†vegetables (red pepper, mushroom, red onion, mange tout, courgette (zucchini)) and black olives.¬†I’ve also sprinkled in some pumpkin seeds and Marigold Yeast Flakes with B12 for added goodness.

If I’ve only got a few minutes to make a dinner, pesto pasta is often the one I choose to¬†make.¬† The pesto only takes a minute to prepare and I find it tastes so much nicer than the shop bought stuff!¬† Plus, if you make it yourself, you can sneak in lots of extra goodness (like a whole cup of spinach) and reduce the oil content.¬† I’ll make sure I write down this¬†pesto recipe soon and post it!

Dessert
For dessert, we’re having the ‘goji yogi surprise’ – apple compote (using¬†our home-grown, over-wintered apples) layered¬†with¬†Alpro¬†natural soy yoghurt and a sprinkling of¬†chopped¬†gojis and nuts.¬† I haven’t put it together yet, but this is what it looks like:

This month, Jenn’s WIAW parties are going green.¬†¬† To find out more and get inspired¬†for this month’s eats, click on the image below.¬†

Time to head to the pool!  Happy Wednesday everyone!  xx

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14 Responses to WIAW – I’ll Bring the Spinach & Cashew Pesto Pasta & Sun-Dried Tomato Humous (with recipe!)

  1. Blue Garuda

    ‘Chilled out children’ eh? I could probably eat 2 or 3, but a whole class-full would be a challenge! ūüėČ

  2. I LOVE that you talk about your meditation class, I think its such a wonderful thing and reminds me that I should keep on trying! I love rice cakes as well, need to buy some more!

    • It’s really nice to hear that people are happy for me to talk about meditation on my blog! ūüôā I’m finding these children’s classes so special that sometimes I just need to write it down so I don’t forget it!

  3. amazing that you are teaching little kids how to meditate. i would need a personal teacher too. i am bit stressed out at the moment although i just came back from a nice holiday in paris. your meals look so tasty, i wished i could come over for a day and eat with you! ūüôā i am not a big dessert fan but the alpro and apple parfait with gojis and nuts looks delicious. my favourite sweet things all in one little pot!

    • I’ve been lucky enough to have some great meditation teachers (Buddhist monks). I don’t think I could have learnt to meditate through books or cds alone. There’s something very special about doing it in a group setting with a qualified teacher. It creates a wonderful energy.
      When I finish the meditation with the children, the classroom feels so peaceful and the children are so calm and positive. I feel really lucky to be able to spend this special time with them!

  4. Thank you thank you thank you for posting the hummus recipe. I just need to pick up some tomatoes and then I will be able to eat this at my house. All of your food looks quite good, I would be buzzing with energy if I ate like you all of them time.
    I hope you will continue to talk about your meditation classes those posts help me remember that I need try and incorporate meditation into my routine (just not there yet, as I am not very good at it).
    I had not thought of checking out ethnic food aisles for cheaper versions of items, but I like your substitution for your flour. Keep up the good work!
    Oh I got the chocolates yesterday and they are FABULOUS! Thanks so much.

    • I hope you like the sun dried tomato hummus as much as we do! I made another batch this morning, and Lil’ L took it to school in a pitta bread along with a selection of finely chopped roasted veggies (red onion, courgette, mushroom, carrot, parsnip). He said it was really yummy ūüôā
      I accidentally bought a 10kg bag of atta flour this morning. I was shocked when I saw the size of the bag! I never imagined that 10kg of flour would only cost ¬£4.50! Good thing I’m finding lots of uses for that flour. I’ll certainly need to get creative over the next few months!

  5. Sarah @ Every Day's a Picnic

    I love those rice cakes and I get through about a packet a week. I find that they’re the perfect pre-workout snack because they’re light and easy to digest.
    I always want to fall asleep after I do yoga / meditate, so I don’t blame that little girl!

    • The Kallo rice cakes are perfect for snacks aren’t they? This week we’ve been eating two rice cakes sandwiched together with manuka honey in the middle. So yummy!
      Inspired by one of your posts I really want to try them with mashed banana on top. It sounds delicious! Just got to wait for bananas to ripen up!

  6. I love hearing about your meditation class, and only wish you lived close enough that I could send my kids to it! Chilled out kids are a good thing!

    You always make healthy eating look so delicious! I just wish all the naysayers out there would take a look at your blog and see how beautiful healthy food can be, then maybe they’d be more apt to try it. You always inspire me, that’s for sure.

  7. I just had to tell you–I made your apple cinnamon pancakes this morning for breakfast. My 7-year-old nephew spent the night last night and those 3 boys ate the entire batch of pancakes! They LOVED them, and poor Erik, who wanted to sleep in, didn’t get a single one! (As the boys told him, “You snooze, you lose!” ūüôā

    • I am SO pleased that they liked them! ūüôā Thank you so much for letting me know!
      Sorry Erik didn’t get a look in. I guess he’ll have to beat them to the table next time ūüėČ
      I noticed that my pancake quantities are double or triple those of other people, but I have to make huge batches as they go so quick in my house! Lil’ L eats at least 3 pancakes in one sitting!

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