What I Ate Wednesday #84!

What I Ate Wednesday! Here are the eats!


A lemon poppyseed and bran muffin from a local bakery. I’ve been craving a lemon poppyseed muffin for awhile and this was perfect!


Had a banana alongside the muffins.


A piece of peanut butter and bread was my mid-morning snack.


Then I had a delicious chilled veggie and quinoa salad and a slice of Great Harvest’s Spicy Spinach Feta bread. Wow. So good!


I also had a bite of these oatmeal muffins my stepmom made, they were perfectly moist and had a hint of coconut. Yum!


That afternoon a Culver’s pumpkin spice shake was calling my name. I hadn’t had one of these for over two years! There weren’t any Culver’s out East, so I never had this delicious fall treat when I was in NYC for grad school.  I had half of this shake and saved the rest for the next day. They were just as good as I remember, but pretty rich!


Dinner was a vegetable lasagna, slice of french bread and some salad. Only I forgot to take a picture of the lasagna and bread so here’s a nice pic of the salad!


And dessert was a slice of apple pie. A great day of eats that’s for sure!

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What I Ate Wednesday #83!

Good morning! Happy Wednesday! Hope you’ve all had a wonderful week so far and have a fabulous Wednesday. For now, I hope you enjoy my featured eats from last weekend.


My morning started off with a delicious bowl of cracked wheat. I cooked it in the microwave with half a ripe banana and some cinnamon, then after it was finished cooking I topped it with the other half of the banana, some chia seeds and natural creamy peanut butter. It was wonderful!


Check out that melty peanut butter!


On the way to the apple orchard Saturday morning I had a pumpkin spice latte with coconut milk. It was delicious! Not only is it much cheaper, but it also has a better looking ingredient list than those from Starbucks!


We picked up some organic Sansa apples from the orchard. I’ve never had Sansa apples before but they are perfectly crisp and sweet.


I went grocery shopping with my Mom at Whole Foods around lunchtime, so we decided to eat at the hot bar while we were there. I had a tasty mix of greens, some cold salads, falafel and mac ‘n cheese. I also sampled a bit of Whole Foods’ Alternative Fuel green juice…and it was pretty bad. I am not a picky eater but the juice was bitter and left a bad taste in my mouth. Not the refreshing sample I was hoping for!


Upon returning home I fixed that bad taste problem right away with the leftover few bites of my Outpost brownie.


While finishing up a report that afternoon I snacked on a tortilla and baba ganoush.


Then dinner was leftover burrito mix: squash, beans, kale, corn, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, etc.


And a nice side salad.


Dessert was a spoonful of my Mom’s homemade pumpkin ice cream.


And a small bowl of chocolate avocado pudding. Recipe to come! It was a sweet and satisfying way to end the night.

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Kale and Quinoa Salad with Curry and Chili



Here’s another recipe to kickoff the week!


A wonderful Kale and Quinoa Salad with Curry and Chili.


Kale and Quinoa Salad with Curry and Chili

Serves 4-5

1/2 cup of red quinoa

2 cups of kale, chopped

1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained

3/4 cup of bell pepper, chopped

1/4 cup of onion, chopped

2 tsp curry powder

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp of a spice blend of your choice

Pinch of garlic salt

Tahini for serving

To make this dish, start by cooking the quinoa. Add quinoa and 1 cup of water to a small pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the quinoa has absorbed all the liquid.

While the quinoa is cooking, chop your veggies and sauté in a drizzle of olive oil for 5-7 minutes over medium-low heat (or until veggies are tender). While veggies are cooking stir in spices.

Rinse and drain the chickpeas.

When the quinoa and veggies are done cooking, combine together in a large mixing bowl along with the chickpeas.

Serve warm and drizzle with tahini. Enjoy!

What I Ate Wednesday #82!

Good Morning! And happy Wednesday! I hope you all had a wonderful labor day weekend and a great start to September. For this week’s What I Ate Wednesday I’m featuring my eats from Sunday. Make sure you stop on by Jenn’s page to see where this party gets started!


On Sunday morning I whipped up some Kodiak Cake Pancakes. I topped them with almond butter, a nectarine and chia seeds, and it was absolutely lovely.


After breakfast my sister and I packed a picnic lunch to bring to the beach. It was a beautiful day and we wanted to squeeze in a beach trip before fall rolls around. People definitely had the same thought as we did!


Here’s a shot of our lunch. We had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (the jelly was a raspberry cranberry jelly from the farmer’s market and was amazing), zestar apples that we picked up from and organic apple orchard that morning (so good!), some carrots and hummus, and a sparkling cucumber water.


I also had a few bites of this Apple Pear Strudel Clif bar, not my favorite flavor but it was okay. After we finished our picnic we went for a short walk on the beach before heading out. Our next stop was Colectivo, and I had a small chai with almond milk. Forgot the picture though. We had such a wonderful time and want to make sure we fit in one more trip if possible!


That afternoon I snacked on a tomato fresh from the garden, we have so many!


I also had some red grapes while I read outside.


While making dinner I had a palmful of honey sesame almonds.


And for dinner I had this beautiful purple salad! It’s a Beet, Blueberry, and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette. Recipe to come! I also had a slice of pizza that my family had ordered, and some more grapes.


More tomatoes!



Dessert was another fabulous treat! My sister found a recipe for chocolate avocado pudding, and it was the simplest and most decadent pudding I’ve had. The picture doesn’t quite do it justice, but it was super thick, rich, and creamy! Hope you all treated yourself as well. Have a good one!





Almond Butter Date Smoothie

My new favorite smoothie! An Almond Butter Date Smoothie.


Nutty and slightly sweet. Delicious all around!


Make this today!


Almond Butter Date Smoothie

Serves 1

1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk

1 banana, chopped and frozen

1/3 cup of old fashioned oats

2 tbsp almond butter

2 dates, chopped

1 tbsp chia seeds

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth! Enjoy!

What I Ate Wednesday #81!

Morning! And welcome to another installment of What I Ate Wednesday! Today’s edition actually recaps my eats from Monday. I’ve featured weekend eats the past few times, so today I thought I’d share what I ate on a fairly typical workday.


To start my day I had a delicious new smoothie combo! It was a coconut almond butter smoothie with dates! I used 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 1 frozen banana, 1/3 cup old fashioned oats, 2 tbsp almond butter, 2 dates (chopped), and 1 tbsp chia seeds. Heaven.


My mid-morning snack at work was plain greek yogurt topped with some honey sesame almonds from Trader Joe’s. The almonds sweetened it up a bit and gave the snack a nice crunch!


I also had some sesame seed crackers from Whole Foods. Lots of sesame going on that day!


Lunch was a wonderful new quinoa salad. Made with lots of veggies and a variety of spices including curry, chili powder and ginger. Recipe to come! I ate the quinoa salad over a layer of garbanzo beans and topped it with tahini. So good!


I also had some red grapes with lunch. Still loving the grapes.


And for an afternoon snack I had two of my Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bites!


When I got home that evening I had a few pretzels before dinner.


And for dinner I had a big plate of veggies. Roasted veggies, a cauliflower/potato mash, sauerkraut and some melon.


Dessert was a homemade frozen Bailey’s ice cream bar that my Mom made. It was quite wonderful!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bites

Finally. After seeing recipe after recipe of amazing little granola bites, or power balls as some people call them, I finally made a batch of my own!


I’ve tried them before when other family members and friends have made them, but I never got around to whipping up a batch until now. And let me tell you, it will not be the last time I make these!


This batch was a Chocolate Peanut Butter version, but the options are endless and I cannot wait to create some more. For a quick, easy, and delicious snack, make these crunchy, chewy, creamy granola bites today!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bites

Makes ~20 small bites

1 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 cup of natural, creamy unsalted peanut butter

1/3 cup of honey

2 tbsp raisins

1 tbsp hemp seeds

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp of chocolate hemp seed powder (or cocoa powder!)

Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized mixing bowl, then refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Form into approximately 20 balls.

Store in the fridge and eat chilled. Enjoy!

What I Ate Wednesday #80!

It’s Wednesday! And time for the 80th installment of What I Ate Wednesday! Last weekend I went up to Green Bay again and had a great time with family. I also had some tasty food!


Sunday morning I had a delicious breakfast of a combination of grape nuts cereal and Ezekiel brand cinnamon raisin cereal. I topped it with a sliced banana, creamy peanut butter and coconut milk.



Mid morning I had two power balls that my Step Mom  made, they were delicious! They were chocolate peanut butter flavored. I liked them so much I tried making a batch last night with a few new twists. I’ll share the recipe soon!


Just a cute picture of our dog sprawled out across my lap.


Lunch was a fresh, chilled quinoa salad on top of a bed of arugula and a piece of bread with hummus. So lovely.


Even though it’s August, it was about 61 degrees on Sunday afternoon. Nothing like hot chocolate in the middle of August.


Dinner once I was home that night was a sampler platter plate of glory. Two farmer’s market carrots, an arugula salad with tomato and balsamic and olive oil. Some unfortunately tasteless mango…and a whole wheat tortilla with spicy hummus! For dessert that night I had a dish of plain greek yogurt, coconut, chex mix and dark chocolate. Forgot to snap a pic. And that was my Sunday!

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Creamy Tahini Tempeh Salad with Zesty BBQ Sauce

If you’re looking for a quick and easy salad for dinner tonight, try this Creamy Tahini Tempeh Salad with Zesty BBQ Sauce!


It is a simple and delicious combination of flavor and textures. The creamy tahini and zesty BBQ sauce are a wonderful compliment to the nutty tempeh. And the fresh pea shoots add a lovely fresh and crisp crunch!


Creamy Tahini Tempeh Salad with Zesty BBQ Sauce

Serves 1

A few heaping handfuls of greens (spinach, arugula, mixed greens, etc.)

1/2 cup of pea shoots, chopped

1/2 an 8 oz. block of tempeh, pre-cooked* and chopped

1 tbsp of tahini

1 tbsp of BBQ sauce

To make this salad simply top the bed of greens with the pea shoots, tempeh, tahini and BBQ! Enjoy!

*Note: I used Trader Joe’s Tempeh which is pre-cooked and ready to eat!


What I Ate Wednesday #79

Morning all, and happy Wednesday! I hope this post finds you well and that you are having a wonderful week! Today I’m sharing my eats from last Saturday, another tasty day of eats. Make sure to stop on over to Jenn’s site, the lovely blogger who hosts this What I Ate Wednesday get together each week!


On Saturday morning I went out for breakfast with my mom, grandma, sister and two of my cousins, and had this amazing pineapple stuffed with greek yogurt, fresh fruit, granola and honey. I was literally served an entire half of a pineapple, which was filled with amazing goodies. I ate about half of it and saved the rest for the next day.


Midmorning as I ran some errands with my sister I finished up a piece of banana flax bread that I bought from Outpost the other day. Quite the tasty banana bread! Reminds me I need to make my own loaf again soon.


Lunch was a mix of all things veggie: carrots, snap peas and a chilled veggie salad of sorts that had onions, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and more. Also had some hummus and grapes on the side. I have been loving all the crunchy red grapes I’ve gotten lately. So good!


That afternoon I had a slice of Great Harvest’s High Five Fiber bread. It’s pretty amazing and I just ate the piece of the bread plain.


I also snacked on an oatmeal bar that I made the other day. I’m still working on the recipe so hopefully I’ll have something to share soon!


Dinner was leftover arugula and artichoke pizza. Eaten cold. I love cold pizza.


And a clementine. This one was perfect, and the next one I peeled was awful. You never know how they will turn out!


Later that night I went to one of my best friend’s birthday party. The theme was the 90’s, and it was awesome. She even made Dunkaroo dip! Do you remember Dunkaroos!?


And check out the 90’s museum. So fun!


I also had a vanilla cupcake that another one of my best friends brought along to share. Yum yum.