Whew. Day one was nuts-o, guys. I hardly had any time to do anything but make food and write or vlog about it.
You saw that I spent a little over two hours making the granola parfait. I HIGHLY recommend making the granola beforehand, or only making the parfait if you have pre-made granola. If it wasn’t Game of Thrones night on Sunday, I would have totally tried to get a head-start on the granola making. I did really enjoy making my own granola though. I had NO IDEA that was how it’s done!
When it was finally time to make lunch, it was late in the day. See, I didn’t eat breakfast until 11am, and had to make one more trip to the store to get the bulgar wheat that I couldn’t get the day before. So it was around 3pm when I finally got hungry again.
I have to be honest, I was nervous about this salad — lettuce, grains, lentils, buh? There was even that moment where I wasn’t sure if I needed to peel a Persian cucumber or not…
I was also a little skeptical about the Trader Joe’s pre-cooked lentils. How gross does this look?:
But it was freaking DELICIOUS! Did any of you make that salad? If you didn’t, you totally missed out. You should rectify the situation, and make this thing ASAP. Mmmm. It was one of the things that Jessica promised me was easy to do, and I looked at ALL the ingredients and was like “nope, nope, nope.” But she was right! I was wrong. And you have to try it.
Also, look at the cute little veggies that I got to use…
As for dinner? Dinner went er… wonky. Things that I thought were going to take forever (brussel sprouts) took no time at all, and things that I thought would go quickly (baked yam) took forever. I’m eternally a victim of bad kitchen timing. I’m writing in the half hour I have between the yam being done and eating commencing.
I was excited about making the yam, because normally I purchase these individually wrapped yams, ready to pop into the microwave and bake up in 10 minutes! But they lack the substance of the oven-baked kind.
Though after 45 minutes of waiting, I removed the yam from the oven and it was still pretty hard as a stupid undercooked rock. By now it was 9pm and I was too hungry to wait any longer, so I scraped what squishy yam meat I could into my gob, and dumped the rest. Point: Micro yams! Then I just scarfed on sprouts and bulgar wheat, which I quite enjoyed.
Now I have some extra bulgar wheat left over — what else can I make with that stuff? And who has tips for better/non-microwaved baked yams?