WIAW – Scrummy Porridge, Rice Salad & Roasted Veg Pesto Pasta

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far πŸ™‚

I’ve just got back from a wonderful afternoon with my ‘Wednesday Workshop’ children. During term time, I teach two workshops every Wednesday afternoon on Buddhism at Lil’ L’s primary school. We meditate, read and discuss a Jataka Tale, and then do some arts & crafts or perform a play. Today, the subject of our meditation was ‘our precious human life’.

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It’s the first time that I’ve led an analytical meditation with this particular group of children and it went really well. Not only were the children totally chilled out all afternoon, but so was I! That’s just the sort of afternoon I needed πŸ™‚

Just before we dash off to Lil’ L’s swimming lesson, I thought I’d make an early entry into Jenn’s WIAW party and share today’s eats.

Breakfast
Hot lemon (drank as I tried to wake up… mornings are soooo dark at the moment πŸ™ )
Yummy warm porridge made with Alpro Fortified Soya Milk, a sprinkling of cinnamon and mixed spice, topped with chopped pecans and walnuts, goji berries, ground flaxseed and a drizzle of agave syrup. This was the perfect breakfast for a dark, damp morning.

Lil’ L is loving Ready Brek at the moment. It seems to be one of the better children’s cereals. It’s made with wholegrain, no added sugar or salt, but fortified with B1, B2, Niacin, B6, Folic Acid, B12, Vitamin D, Calcium and Iron. He has it with the same toppings as me, minus the goji berries. I haven’t found a single dried fruit yet that he actually likes!

For a fruit and calcium boost, he also had a glass of Innocent fruit smoothie mixed with Kara fortified coconut milk.

Lunch
For lunch, I had some turmeric rice left over from last night’s dinner (brown rice cooked with turmeric to add flavour and colour), to which I added shredded romaine lettuce, pieces of sun dried tomato and roasted red pepper, black olives, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and a drizzle of oil from the sun dried tomato jar. It was delicious… and took less than a minute to make πŸ™‚

Drinks & Snacks
Nettle tea, water, fruit smoothie, 1 black coffee, handful raw almonds, 1 orange, 1 cinnamon bagel

Dinner
When we get back from swimming, I’ll be cooking vegan pesto pasta with roasted vegetables. Into the roasting tin, I’ll throw some chopped carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, red onion and some pumpkin seeds. The veggies will be lightly roasted while the pasta is cooking. I’ll then mix in the vegan pesto, roasted veggies, a sprinkling of pine nuts and nutritional yeast, and a drizzle of walnut oil.

Since I haven’t made the dinner yet, here’s a pic from when I made it last month.

It’s a great dinner for those nights when you need something quick and don’t fancy toiling in the kitchen (plus there’s very little washing up πŸ™‚ )

Right, gotta dash! I look forward to checking out all the delicious eats over at Jenn’s tonight and gathering inspiration for next month.

Happy Wednesday everyone! πŸ™‚

 

23 thoughts on “WIAW – Scrummy Porridge, Rice Salad & Roasted Veg Pesto Pasta

  1. Apologies to those of you that visited my site in the last hour and only saw a half written post. I’ve had a few technical glitches but it should all be back to normal now. Don’t we just love technical glitches?!?!?!? Think of all that patience that it’s enabled me to practice lol!

    1. Those meditation workshops leave me on such a high! The kids are wonderful πŸ™‚
      You must try goji berries! To me, they seem to have a sweet and salty taste at the same time. Quite unusual! They’re packed with goodness too, including an astonishing amount of protein for such a little berry! They’re great on oatmeal or in oaty/energy bars.

  2. oh goodness all of this looks so darn good! love it. the smoothie mix looks amazing wish we had innocent here in the US looks great.

  3. oh goodness all of this looks so darn good! love it. the smoothie mix looks amazing wish we had innocent here in the US looks great.

    1. Thanks Courtney! The Innocent smoothies are really lush. I’m sure you must have something similar in the US and, if not, Innocent should spread their wings across the pond πŸ˜‰

    1. I hate throwing away food and I was left with lots of turmeric rice this week after Tuesday’s Mexican meal, so I was glad to find a use for it.
      I’d love to know how long it’s safe to store cooked rice in the fridge for. There are so many scare stories on the web about storing cooked rice and some people say one day, others 5! I wonder if there’s a definitive answer somewhere? I always refrigerate it within an hour of cooking and I believe that’s the most important thing.

    1. Thanks Sophie! Meditating with a bunch of lovely kids is a great way to spend the afternoon πŸ™‚ A couple of years ago I was spending every waking moment working for my business (often into the early hours of the morning). I never dreamed my life would change so drastically within such a short space of time!

    1. You’re so lucky to have been taught how to meditate at school. I wish I had! It would have saved so much stress round exam times and essay deadlines!
      On cold, dark, damp mornings, it has to be porridge for breakfast. I tried granola the other day and it just didn’t cut it πŸ˜‰

  4. Oh my what a great day of eats. I have been meaning to mention that I got a chocolate bar the other day with goji berries in it and it is fantastic. I had never had them before (just seen them mentioned here on your blog).

    Anyway I am in love with and need to pick some up at the store.

    I want your lunch and your quick thinking mind to pull all of that goodness together so quickly. I get bogged down sometimes and end up with toast and peanut butter πŸ™‚

  5. Oh my what a great day of eats. I have been meaning to mention that I got a chocolate bar the other day with goji berries in it and it is fantastic. I had never had them before (just seen them mentioned here on your blog).

    Anyway I am in love with and need to pick some up at the store.

    I want your lunch and your quick thinking mind to pull all of that goodness together so quickly. I get bogged down sometimes and end up with toast and peanut butter πŸ™‚

  6. Oh my what a great day of eats. I have been meaning to mention that I got a chocolate bar the other day with goji berries in it and it is fantastic. I had never had them before (just seen them mentioned here on your blog).

    Anyway I am in love with and need to pick some up at the store.

    I want your lunch and your quick thinking mind to pull all of that goodness together so quickly. I get bogged down sometimes and end up with toast and peanut butter πŸ™‚

    1. I’m so glad that you like the goji berries! πŸ™‚ To me, they sweet and salty at the same time. Pretty unusual!
      For lunches, I often throw a load of leftovers together. I always have jars of sun dried tomatoes, roasted peppers and olives in the fridge and they tend to liven up any leftover grains or pulses.

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