This morning is less busy than the last two, thank goodness! I’m finally getting a little AM relaxation which is essential for my mental health. The rest of the day, however, is going to be cram packed. I usually have time to make a green monster for either a mid morning or afternoon snack. Not today. Once I get going, there will be no breaks.
So I decided to take the green monster concept and apply it to my protein pancakes. Still working on that 21 day Green Monster Challenge and I wasn’t about to let a busy day side-track me. I made chocolate protein pancakes and just added a handful of spinach to the batter before I whirled it around in the Magic Bullet.
Same concept and scary color as the smoothie and same tasteless spinach. Good thing!
Rewind to last night’s dinner. We had meatballs. My hubby loves meatball sandwiches but recently read that they are one of the most unhealthy sandwich choices out there. So, I decided to make the clean version and see how they measure up.
I had them minus the sub (sorry, I forgot to take a pic of Jensen’s actual sammy) and they were great!
Notice the cloth napkins to the left 🙂 Just had to throw that in. We have actually been using the cloth all week as opposed to out normal paper napkins and I think I will try to stick with that even after the Earth Day Challenge is over. Much better for the earth and much cuter too 🙂
1lb lean ground beef (I used ground bison)
1/4c rolled oats
1 large egg white
1T tomato paste
1t dried thyme
1/2t ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves
Store bought spaghetti sauce (the recipe made its own, but I used store-bought for ease)
14oz whole wheat baguette (sliced into 4 sections)
Preheat the oven to 400. In a bowl, combine the beef, egg white, oats, tomato paste, oregano, thyme, black pepper, and garlic. Roll the beef mixture into 1-inch balls and place on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Take out and roll in spaghetti sauce and place back on the baking sheet and back in the oven. Bake another 10 minutes. Slice the baguettes in half and tear out some of the middle so the meatballs will fit inside. Toast the bread and then place the meatballs inside. You can add parmesan cheese and some extra sauce warmed up if desired.
The review: Husband says better flavor than the fast-food unhealthy sandwich. He said all it needed was some jarred jalapenos. Fast-food swap success!
One of those little meatballs made a run for it and ended up on my clean kitchen counter and then onto the floor. It landed splat on my kitchen rug and left a nice meatball juice/marinara sauce stain right in the middle. I threw them in the wash and then hung them outside this morning to dry in the sun.
It doesn’t seem to matter what I’m making or eating, at some point it will end up on me, the counter, the floor, etc. My husband laughs at how messy I am. It’s sad, really.
I remember going to get drinks at a baseball game once and when I came back with coke spilled on my white shirt my husband (then boyfriend) was already laughing. So were his friends. I kinda looked at him quizically and he said that he had bet them I would come back with some sort of spill or stain. He asked me if I’d ever thought to not wear white! As Michelle Tanner would say, “How Rude!” Yes, I did just reference Full House. It was the bomb back in the day. Don’t judge! Anyway, yes I have though about it, and it doesn’t matter what color I’m wearing in the end. I will spill something on it regardless. What is wrong with me?!