There was some snow predicted overnight so I was excited to look out the window when I woke up this morning...and then disappointed because it was just raining. I figure if it is going to be cold now, it might as well be snowing. If we can't be out on the lake, we can hopefully be up snowboarding soon :) My kiddos woke up way too early again...you'd think they would notice it is still dark outside and go back to sleep. No such luck :-/ I told my kids they could pick what they wanted for breakfast so Peyton had some kipper snacks & Lucas wanted some eggs with avocado. JD made a new frittata last night so that we would have breakfast leftovers the next few days. He basically followed the recipe for the Southwestern Frittata but added some chipotle paste, bell peppers & cilantro. It turned out super yummy but Lucas said it was too spicy :(
I took the kiddos swimming at the indoor pool after breakfast. They had a blast as usual. The pool is heated more now that it is getting colder outside so it basically feels like a bathtub & now they are never going to want to leave! I can't believe how well they are swimming already, they even attempted some dives off the diving board.
Lunch was an Asian Chicken Salad. A mix of romaine lettuce & shredded cabbage topped with carrots, green onions, shredded rotisserie chicken, sliced almonds, mandarins, cilantro & mint. For the dressing I thinned out some Thai "no peanut" sauce with rice vinegar, sesame oil & coconut aminos.
I tried out a few new recipes for dinner tonight. Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf (I used ground turkey because that is what I had and I used a regular loaf pan so the cooking time was probably double what was listed in the recipe), steamed broccoli & Butternut squash & apple soup. I had a recipe in mind that I got from a friend a few years back for a Curry squash & apple soup. But I didn't think the curry would go well with the buffalo meat loaf. So JD & I just did some adliving and came up with this soup, it turned out pretty well but was a bit sweet. Our friend Andy, who is visiting for the weekend, said he would eat it chilled as a dessert...lol I'll try to write out the recipe below.
Butternut Squash & Apple Soup
- 1 lb cubed butternut squash (1/2 a costco container)
- 3 apples peeled, cored & chopped
- 1/2c sweet white onion
- 2 TBSP Bacon Grease/Olive Oil Combo
- 1 can Coconut Milk
- 2c Chicken Broth
- Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Ginger, Cinnamon (JD added the spices so I have no clue how much he used...lol)
Saute the onions, squash & apples in the oil for 5-10 minutes. Add the broth and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the coconut milk & continue to simmer another 10 minutes. Add the spices to taste. Then use an immersian blender or pour in batches into a blender or food processer until it reaches your desired consistancy.