I have a Tokyo recap coming soon (woot woot!) but today I’m just going to first catch you up on life lately and then show you what I ate to reset after our week of traveling and eating out in Tokyo and a larger city in Chengdu.
Life has been somewhat of a whirlwind lately. We’ve been hosting our new friend for the past 2 weeks and it’s bringing back tons of memories of our first few weeks in China. She hasn’t started learning Chinese or fully moved into her apartment (which is identical to our situation when we first got to China) so I’ve been busy running errands around town, translating, helping deliver and set up furniture, and cooking for 3 people instead of 2, all of which is on top of my own Chinese classes and review. But I’m loving it! I’ve been feeling so encouraged with my language progress as I help our friend with Chinese around town. It’s making me aware of how far I’ve come since I move to China. I can actually talk and understand people now!
Well, most of the time.
Brett’s family is also 1 week away from being here and we are getting so so so excited for quality family time. It’ll be quite the experience for most of them, as many of them have never really been to Asia and it’s our niece and nephew’s first time out of the country. What better way to start traveling than by going to China, right?!
Amidst all the fun, chaos and excitement there has been some sad news. My grandparents who I love dearly got in a bad car accident last week and are both in the hospital with lots of broken ribs and bones. My grandma especially is in bad shape and in a lot of pain and my grandpa feels horrible for what happened as he was the one driving. My heart is breaking for their situation and I hate not being there with them. We were planning to go to America in early March to celebrate my Grandpa’s 90th birthday so I’m just praying that they can recover enough for us to still have our family reunion with them and his birthday celebration.
Okay, enough of my life update. Let’s jump into the food I ate the day we got back from traveling! We actually took an overnight train and got back home around 8 AM. We were all hungry and in need of a shower when we got back!
Breakfast was oatmeal cooked in water with chia seeds and topped with banana, strawberries, ground flaxseed, grapes (my new favorite oatmeal topping), a brazil nut and cashew butter! It felt so good to start my day with whole grains and lots of fruit and healthy fats
Lunch was quick but amazing. I roasted some veggies, drained and rinsed some chickpeas, cooked couscous in 5 minutes, whipped up a quick cucumber and tomato salad with balsamic vinegar, and topped it all with Homemade Hummus and Lemon Tahini Dressing. Sounds fancy, was delicious, but took no time to prepare!
Dinner was made mostly by my rice cooker. We had brown rice, purple sweet potatos, steamed broccoli and carrot, all of which was topped with Sriracha and nutritional yeast. Simple, healthy and delicious!
That’s everything I ate!