What I Ate Wednesday

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

Thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting as usual!

I don’t know what happened this week but I went into a frenzy of eating things I didn’t make. I had to go to local pastry shops, try something from a food truck and treat myself after spending hours upon hours doing homework.

Everything in moderation though is the name of my game lately. I enjoyed and savored all the treats (in reality, two treats, one healthy food truck experience) as I wandered around my city for an hour each day taking a well deserved break from my computer.

Spending the day working was worth it to eat these things though. I love finding the places I’ve heard about but never gone to (i.e. Flour Bakery-I had sticky bun bread pudding. oh my gosh. first bread pudding experience and it was so good)Image

and trying something unique that I’ve never had (i.e. seitan).

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and of course enjoying something I hadddd to have–pumpkin ice cream with an oatmeal cookie. YUM.

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I also got my David’s Tea. Honestly, I could only drink half before the chocolatey taste got a little sickening but it was good to start with.

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Besides the treats this weekend, I actually ate most of my food at home.  Honestly, I love eating out occasionally but I definitely prefer making my own meals. I get to play around (or eat the same thing over and over), control what I’m eating and I get to go grocery shopping in order to put things together. Anyone else love grocery shopping?

Here’s a terrible stir-fry picture.

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nice big salad with a side of kabocha.

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and oats, of course.

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What did you eat this week?

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Spicy Sweet Stir-Fry

As I sit to write this, it’s 4:54 p.m. and I’m eating my dinner. For anyone who says eating early dinner is wrong, well, I don’t want to be right. I’d be willing to say there’s lots of us hungry people that sit from 4:30-5:30 or even 6:00 waiting until it’s appropriate to eat something and call it a meal. Those people can join me on the quest to make anytime dinner time. Maybe not anytime, but anytime after 4:30 or when it’s close enough to 5.

I’ve actually eaten the same dinner for the last week and a half. This almost never happens because I generally get insanely bored eating the same thing over and over. Case and point: different flavors of oats every day make it seem like something fresh and new.

I’m usually not even a stir-fry person but jeez, this one has knocked my socks off. There’s so many flavors and it’s warm and comforting with a little kick of spice. It’s also incredibly versatile. Like any stir-fry, add what you have. Except the sweet potato. Keep that–trust me. Putting the sweet potato at the bottom allows it to absorb all the sauce and warm up and makes every bite a little better.

There’s no photo because I do not for the life of me know how to take a good picture of something messy in a bowl but when I do (maybe when I make this again..tomorrow) I’ll add one.

Spicy Sweet Stir-Fry

1/2 cup frozen (or fresh) broccoli
6 frozen asparagus spears, broken in half
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1 cup chopped kale
1/2 cup baby spinach
1 baked sweet potato, skin on (put this in the fridge before hand or make it the night before so it’s cold)
1 piece cooked chicken/serving of any kind of meat you desire, or have it vegetarian style
1-2 tablespoons sriacha
1-2 tablespoons liquid aminos
1 tablespoon peanut flour (optional but encouraged +1 teaspoon peanut butter)
1/2-3/4 cups water
Chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper, cinnamon

Add the spinach, kale, asparagus, broccoli and carrots to a deep pan and turn onto medium heat. Pour the water over the vegetables. There should be enough water to cover the bottom of the pan.

Cover with a lid and steam for 3 minutes.

Cut up meat if adding and add it to the pan. Put lid on for another minute.

Drizzle sriacha and aminos over vegetables, and sprinkle with peanut flour and spices except cinnamon. If using peanut butter, add to the middle of the pan. Stir everything up.

Allow mixture to cook for another 3 minutes or so.

Cut cold sweet potato in half and put in the bottom of a bowl. Mash and sprinkle with cinnamon. Remove pan from heat and pour over sweet potato.

Let it rest for 1 minute, then dig in.

What I Ate Wednesday: Lots O’ Oats Edition

What I Ate Wednesday (hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons) is definitely one of my days of the week to read blogs. I love unwinding at the end of the day by checking out her linkup and finding new recipes and pages to read. So, thanks Jenn for hosting!

In an effort to keep things deliciously simple, I ate a ton of oats this week. For breakfast every day!

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Here we have apple cinnamon oats, lemon loaf oats in the next two (coming soon to a blog near you!) and banana bread oats in the last one.

It snowed a little yesterday and has been SUPER cold so warm creamy oats (and coffee) are the perfect way to start the morning.

I dont usually photograph my lunches because they’re generally salads.

Snacks are usually rice cakes, a Quest bar, it depends on the day. Post workout is usually this smoothie in a bowl though.

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Putting whey protein in the blender with something frozen makes it incredibly fluffy. 

Both these smoothies are one scoop of protein powder, a small handful of frozen spinach, 5-ish frozen blueberries, a bunch of ice cubes and a tiny bit of water. Blended until thick and volumous. 

Dinners have been veggie heavy lately. I’m usually not a stir fry lover but I’ve had stir fry three times this week.

Also a mix of breakfast and dinner for dinner (with lots of cinnamon of course)

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and my new favorite side dish of mashed cauliflower. This I sprinkled with a little nutritional yeast, salt and pepper.

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Desserts (and sometimes snacks) have been pumpkin bread and no-bake cookie dough!

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What did you eat this week?

What I Ate Wednesday

*TV Game Show Announcer Voice* Welcome to another edition of What I Ate Wednesday. Thanks to our host Jenn for once again providing a fun way to showcase some delicious food. Now onto this weeks feasts, I mean, eats.

In a random order and simple sentences, we have some of the plates I’ve enjoyed this week.

This week was filled with some of the same: Oatbran, obviously. I had pumpkin oatbran, blueberry oatbran, overnight oatbran and chocolate peanut butter among others. All delicious.

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I bought some ground turkey this week so the first thing I cooked up were some turkey burgers (served with sweet potato with crunchy peanut butter, broccoli and asparagus)

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one for now, some for the freezer for later.

Green smoothies made a comeback this week. I discovered that using a frozen banana and protein powder with water, almond milk and lots of ice makes the protein powder fluff up. Volume is my friend.

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I was CRAVING pancakes the other day so I whipped some up and man, were they delicious. Perfectly fluffy and warm. So good–topped with some Walden Farms Syrup and PB2 sauce. yum.

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The week of Halloween wouldn’t be complete without some treats. Don’t ask me why I needed a bowl of candy corn to make my house festive because now all I do is eat them.

I got a free froyo too! Pumpkin with graham cracker crumbs and dark chocolate chips. I almost died when the owner asked if he could take a picture for Facebook but obliged. Nothing beats free fro yo. Nothing.

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Not being Paleo has brought me back to the good stuff–sandwiches. Today I enjoyed a chicken sandwich with some carrots and sweet potato wedges. Simple and perfect.

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Happy almost Halloween everyone! What did you enjoy this week?

Food Shopping on a Budget (#1)

I’m not always a budgeter. 

At all. Never have been. I’m definitely conscious of my money and monetary decisions but I have never laid things out for certain things. 

As I am not a money manager, I am also not a recipe planner. I often get into the habit of buying things at the store, then not eating them all, having to throw it away and in turn, wasting money (and food obviously..). 

Interestingly enough though, I am pretty good at shopping on the cheap no matter if I plan to or not. I’m big on prices, pounds and shopping the store in general. 

Seeing as I don’t currently have a job, I’ve been attempting to actually budget money for groceries and other things each week so that I can make my pennies and my food go farther. A win-win situation. Any extra money either gets to stay in my account for the next week or go to something fun (maybe a meal out, coffee, something fun at the store I don’t need). 

To make saving money even more fun, I’ve decided to share my food shopping adventures here so I can both learn more about budgeting and saving and share my new and old grocery store wisdom with other people.

Budget: $50 
Cooking for: Myself
How many meals/day: 3 meals+snacks a day (minus one or two meals a week)
Items I already have in general: condiments, oil, vinegar, spices
Items I already had before I went shopping this week: Almond milk, skim milk, 1/2 dozen eggs, oat bran, oatmeal, 3 yogurts, half a container of cottage cheese, half a container of ricotta cheese, bag of mozzarella cheese, jar of tomato sauce, can of tuna, 2 frozen turkey burgers, bag of sweet potatoes, bag of kale, 1 head romaine lettuce, an onion, half a cucumber, half a red bell pepper, frozen spinach, frozen berries, frozen brussels sprouts, frozen bananas

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I spent $30.76 on Friday. I have done some meal prepping and also have made several meals so far, as well as actually planned a few more (oh my gosh!)

What I do with this food:

The granola bars weren’t something I would normally buy. Usually I would make my own but I heard these were good and I like to have a few snack-y things around just in case. 

Lettuce, tomatoes, pepper, spinach–Salads for lunch/dinners

Spinach–I throw spinach in smoothies, into a pan with meat and other vegetables and use it as a neutral vegetable all the time

Pumpkin–For use in my morning bowl of oat bran

 

 

What I Ate Wednesday

As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

I was pretty impressed with myself this week when it came to food. I’m pretty sure everything I ate was better than usual. I guess I kicked the cooking up a notch instead of going to the plain chicken and veggie route that I usually prefer when it comes to cooking meals.

Breakfasts:

Creamy Oatbran every day this week. When I really like something, I commit. That and the fact that I bought three small zucchinis last week in preparation and needed to use them up.

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Lunch:

This week my lunches looked a lot like salads. And warmed salads that I didn’t take pictures of. If you’ve never had a warmed salad, get on that. Perfection I tell you.

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Dinners:

I made baked eggplant parm earlier in the week that I ate for, 6 or 7 meals. That’s my only problem with batch cooking is that I have to eat the same thing over and over again. Luckily it was good.

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and my portobello pizzas of course

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Desserts:

Yogurt. Every night. With some peanut butter and maybe some healthy chocolate sauce (cocoa powder and water). Yum.

I went to a food festival this weekend too where I chowed down on ice cream that was made literally a minute before and an egg inside a scallion wrap thing with cheddar. Oh my god. It was flaky and delicious with a runny yolk inside. Heavenly. And the ice cream? Salted caramel with caramel corn. It was so cool to watch them make it right there!

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What did you eat this week?

Portobello Pizza

I’ve been in a cooking mood lately. Probably because it’s rained every day for the last 3 days and that usually gives off the “stay in the warm house and make things” vibe. 

Let me break something to you: I don’t like pizza. In fact, it is one food I could honestly care less about [*****unless it is mashed potato bacon pizza from a place near me at home. exception to the general rule]. I guess this probably makes me un-American or something (..the irony) but I’m just not a fan. I like the sauce, cheese and toppings part and the crust but I would prefer them separately. Give me some sauce and cheese on a plate with a side of crust, yea, I’d probably enjoy that.

The big portobello mushrooms called to me at the grocery store the other night and the first thing I thought to do with them was make them into pizzas. In my head I figured it could be eaten like one: sliced and bitten in to, I was wrong though. This one needs a knife and a fork. 

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(The first night I put some chicken sausage on top of the mushroom and the second served some chicken up on the side for some protein)

Portobello Pizza (Makes 1):
You’ll Need:
1 portobello mushroom
About 3/4 cup of chopped frozen spinach (could use fresh too)
1/4 cup tomato sauce 
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
Protein/Extra toppings of choice–cook ahead of time

To Make:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Wash your portobello and pull out any remaining stem. 

Put in a baking dish (important: juices will run out) and top with spinach, then sauce. 

Bake for 20 minutes. 

Remove from oven and top with cheese and your choice of toppings. 

Bake for another 10-5 minutes or until cheese is melty and mushroom is soft.

If you want, sprinkle with your normal pizza toppings, plate it up and enjoy!