That’s HOW MUCH I abhorred the cold

That’s HOW MUCH I abhorred the cold

I’m glad my stomach at least seems to want SOMETHING today

I didn’t think I could do it, but it turns out that my desire to be warm eventually trumped my desire to stay overly thin.

I enjoy being outside in the cold again! I see the snow as beautiful again and enjoy watching it fall! How I’ve missed genuinely loving the differences in the seasons! I feel so good today!

Ingredients: 2 1/4 cup whole milk (I like MOO milk especially but Organic Valley is also a great choice) 1 cup whole wheat couscous (buy in bulk if possible, but packaged should work ok)

8 cardamon pods (break open and grind the seeds, use 1-3 more if pods are older, dried can work too) 2 pinches of cinnamon 1/4 tsp sea salt (use coarse crystals and grind with cardamon for best result) 1/2 cup brown sugar (use less if you do not have a strong sweet tooth, white sugar will work too, just use less) 2 ripe bananas, sliced Orange rind (scrape as much or little as you like but not more than 2 teaspoons) Optional: 1tsp vanilla/banana extract Fresh fruit for topping Ground chocolate for topping (Taza Chocolate works great if you can get it)

Preperation: Combine milk and sugar and heat on medium-high in a wide saucepan, stirring frequently until just boiling. Turn down heat, adding salt, spices, orange rind, and couscous stir and simmer for 30 seconds or so. Remove from heat and let sit until thick. Add extra milk as needed and fluff with sliced bananas. Add fruit or chocolate and serve hot or chilled.

I did use the vanilla and did not have any orange zest unfortunately

*CHANGES: I used 1 T of honey instead of sugar and only had regular couscous instead of whole wheat. I also added a couple dollops of greek yogurt and mixed them in. I added a small handful of chopped walnuts and drizzled just a little more honey on top.

I really really wanted quinoa this morning, but didn’t have any. I decided couscous would be an ok substitute for now and found this super healthy recipe! I was incredibly happy with it, because I wanted to use some fruit, but once again didn’t want anything packed with sugar (for some weird reason). Continue reading “That’s HOW MUCH I abhorred the cold”