Curry Pumpkin Soup, Almond Crusted Tilapia, & Blackberry Cobbler

I had an amazing anniversary yesterday with Daniel.  We spent a good portion of the day still unpacking but dinner was delicious. We picked up a few more things from my parent’s house and my dad happened to be making Curry Pumpkin soup, a recipe he got from his friend Monica in Germany. She actually made it for all of us while I was there. It’s spicy and sweet! My dad did a fairly good job but added a bit too much of the spice. He gave us extra so we’re going to buy some more canned pumpkin to add to tone it down.

Curry Pumpkin soup

I don’t know the exact ingredients but it contains canned pumpkin, carrots, sweet potato, red curry paste, and a spice mixture that Monica had given him (perhaps cumin, ground red pepper, and coriander?).  I might add a little coconut milk or sweetened condensed milk to it as well.

For our anniversary dinner we made the infamous Almond Crusted Swai, but with tilapia this time! Instead of adding a lot of parmesan we mixed the almonds with Panko bread crumbs and a little wheat germ and only sprinkled a little parmesan on top. Healthy and tasty!

Almond Crusted Tilapia

For dessert I decided to make a recipe I found off of abeautifulmess.com. Blackberry Cobbler! I bought some ramekins because I thought they’d be perfect for portion control when eating desserts. They work great for this recipe which makes 3-4 ramekins. Mine are smaller so it makes 4.

Blackberries

Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Cobbler

They turned out great! I added some vanilla bean ice cream on top. Definitely keeping this recipe around. It’s only 235 calories per serving. Not bad for a little dessert!

All you need is:

16 oz blackberries
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
2 Tbsp skim milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
5 Tbsp melted, then cooled butter

Here’s the directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a bowl mix together the blackberries and brown sugar. Distribute evenly among your baking dishes.
In a bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in the egg, milk and vanilla extract. Last, stir in the melted butter.
Spoon the batter over the berries. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the edges begin to brown. Serve warm.

Super easy and delicious!

Here is the rest of yesterday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 100
Almond milk 30
Lunch Spinach & Fruit Salad 207
Dinner Curry Pumpkin Soup 121
Rice and Veggie stir fry 150
Almond Crusted Tilapia 404
Dessert Blackberry Cobbler 235
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream 60
Drinks Sangria 150
Total 1457

I went over but it was a celebration!

Day One of the New Apartment

We are finally getting semi-settled. It always feels weird moving to a new place at first. I wonder how long it will take until this place feels like home.  Our apartment is still a mess so once everything’s put away I’ll provide those before and after photos.

So on move-in day we needed something fast and easy for lunch so we grabbed some Burger King. Fast food is packed with calories and my diet took a toll. What I would consider a fairly small meal was over 800 calories. I had 3 chicken strips, a small order of fries, one packet of honey mustard, and a small tropical mango smoothie. Wow. Good thing I was going up and down a lot of stairs that day (we live on the 3rd floor). Then for dinner we decided Chipotle would be delicious and easy. I didn’t eat much yesterday but it added up fast!

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 80
Almond milk 20
Lunch BK chicken strips, mango smoothie, fries, honey mustard 860
Dinner Chipotle Burrito Bowl 470
Total 1430

Alright, now for the juicy stuff. So today is my one year anniversary with Daniel. It’s crazy that I met him a little over a year ago and we’re already moving in together. It just feels right. I love that crazy kid. So I thought we were going to exchange gifts today but he decided to surprise me yesterday. After family had left from helping us move I was unpacking boxes and there was this envelope on top that said “I love you Rachel” on it but I just assumed that was the letter Daniel had wrote me back in June when I was in Germany. So I just moved it to the side while I unpacked other stuff.  I saw it again when I was unpacking a different box but didn’t notice and moved it to the side again. Finally Daniel said, “what’s that?” pointing to the envelope in the box and I scooped it up and said, “that’s mine!” all jokingly possessive. Until I realized that this was a different envelope than what the letter had been in. It was stiffer with a card inside. I opened it up and there hanging in the card was a beautiful pearl necklace! That sneaky boy! I fail at being surprised apparently. Isn’t it normal to just have a bunch of envelopes that say “I love you Rachel” hanging around?

pearl

It’s not the best quality photo but you get the idea. My man did good!

As being Queen of Procrastination, I didn’t allow myself time to think of a creative delivery for Daniel’s gift so I decided while he was busy unloading the car with stuff to hide his gifts in the apartment and play the “hot and cold” game with him. I told him they were hidden somewhere and he had to find them. If he was far from them I said he was “cold” and as he got closer I said he was getting “warmer” and then “hot.” He found them pretty fast. In the bathroom I hid some cologne (Dolce & Gabbana Sport [Mmmm smells so good!]) . And in the living room I hid a mini wooden chess board that I found in Germany. We have yet to play but he plays chess way more often than I do so he’ll probably beat me. I gotta get some practice in!

Anyway I have some good recipes for you all tomorrow! We decided to do some cooking for our anniversary instead of spending a lot on a fancy dinner.  Definitely a good choice. My man made dinner and I baked dessert!

Frickadella!

Excuse my French. Just kidding, it’s German! And it’s not a curse word!

My dad decided to try out some recipes he had brought back from Germany on us.  Frickadella is similar to meatloaf consisting of minced meat with onions, eggs, milk, and bread crumbs. It is a popular dish in Germany but from Danish heritage. They are pretty tasty!

frickadella

My dad did a good job, though I have nothing to compare it to since I’ve never had it before. I’m not a huge fan of meatloaf but this was good and I ate all of it! So that says something.

frickadella

He also made Spargelsuppe, or white asparagus soup. It is a delicacy in Germany during the springtime. White asparagus is only in harvest during that time. I have been to Germany twice to visit my dad when it’s in harvest and have actually tried this dish before. It’s one of my favorite soups! My dad brought back a mix of it from Germany but apparently at Commissaries you can buy canned white asparagus so he removed the dried pieces of asparagus and added the canned ones to make the soup fuller. It was good!

white asparagus spargelsuppe

If you ever get a chance to try this soup, you should! Here‘s a recipe that sounds pretty good that I found online. If you have access to a Commissary you can pick up some of the canned white asparagus (I think it’s Reese brand?), or ask you grocer if they can order it in if they don’t have it.

Yesterday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Eggs 200
Lunch Spargel soup 200
Snack Crackers 40
Dinner Frickadella and brown rice 335
Dessert Pecan Pie 420
Total 1195

Woohoo, even with pie I was under!  I was pretty hungry for most of the day until I had the soup and Frickadella. I had them pretty close together so I don’t know if you could call the soup lunch at 4 in the afternoon.

Workout Report:

This just in! I didn’t work out! Let’s be honest — no surprise there. I was moving more stuff so I “didn’t find time” to workout. Lame excuse I know. It’s been raining though and running just doesn’t sound appealing. I should be doing indoor exercises though. Maybe I’ll get on that tonight. Wish me luck motivation!