What I Ate Wednesday #7

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First, as always, thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting WIAW!

I was home sick today for the third day in a row with a double ear infection, sinus infection, and a cough that just won’t quit. This is the point where I start to go stir crazy. I’m actually looking forward to going back to work tomorrow – which I will do, cough or not!

I really didn’t eat meals per se – I pretty much just snacked on stuff as I got hungry at different points during the day. I had half of a toasted Udi’s gluten-free bagel this morning with some low fat cream cheese. (I didn’t bother taking a picture of that). A little while later, I had a banana. I didn’t bother with that either.

When it got to be around lunchtime, I reheated what was left of the soup I made last night for dinner. It tasted just as good as it did last night – which was AMAZING! You can find the recipe for this yummy Creamy Mushroom Brie White Bean Soup here.

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Later in the afternoon, I started getting a little hungry, so I broke out my new version of cheese and “crackers”.

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Then a little while before dinner, I wanted something sweet. I remembered that I got this sample pack of Funky Monkey fruit snacks in my December KlutchClub box…

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Definitely interesting – sweet, but a little bit tart from the lime. Definitely crunchy. I liked it – but I’m curious to see what other flavors they have. It only had 110 calories, so not bad for an afternoon snack!

Dinner was a burrito bowl from Chipotle that hubby was kind enough to bring home for me. I didn’t bother taking a picture of that either. Hey – what can I say? I’m sick. Forgive me. 🙂

I promise to do better next time around. Just didn’t have much energy to do much of anything today. I even thought about making soup this afternoon, but just ran out of steam. I have a butternut squash and apple soup recipe just waiting to be made…hopefully that will happen for dinner tomorrow!

What are your favorite things to munch on when you don’t really want a meal?

Do you have any favorite sick-day comfort foods?

What I Ate Wednesday #5

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Happy Wednesday!  Thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting another WIAW!

 

Today is one of those days that I’m glad I don’t have pictures of what I ate, because most of it wasn’t very good… Usually I’m much better about my choices, but then again, usually I plan and take my own lunch! I was at a workshop today where “continental breakfast and lunch” were provided. We all know what continental breakfast means – a ton of sugary pastries and maybe fruit if you’re lucky. Thankfully, I ate an apple and a handful of walnuts in the car on the way there, so the spread of sugar wasn’t quite as tempting. I did succumb to half of a cinnamon bun thingy – but at least it wasn’t a Cinnabon!

Lunch was a disaster – the place definitely didn’t plan well, and I wound up with a half of a veggie wrap that had NO protein whatsoever, a small cup of cut up fruit, a mini bottle of soda (real stuff – sugar and all) and some Fritos. Yes, I know…I didn’t HAVE to eat the Fritos, but by the time I got to the table, there were only a few pieces of wraps left, and just enough fruit for one cup. The people behind me had to wait almost another half hour for their lunch! I’ve been to conferences put on by this organization before, and they have been much more well organized.

In the afternoon, we had a break around 2:30 – right around the time I’m looking for a snack. I was hoping for some fruit, veggies…SOMETHING healthy…because I was really hungry after the awful lunch I had. No such luck. Cookies and brownies. That’s it. Brownie won. I did manage to grab a bottle of water, which is probably the healthiest thing I had there besides the cup of fruit at lunch! Needless to say, I couldn’t WAIT for a healthy dinner when I got home!

I didn’t have anything ready – I had planned on putting some chili in the crockpot this morning, but I got up a little later than I had hoped. Instead, I made the amazing sweet potato, turkey and goat cheese cannelloni that I made last week from Clean Eating Magazine. It came together pretty quickly, and tasted SOOOOOO good after a day of not so good choices!

Lessons (re)learned today:

  1. Don’t depend on food provided at conferences. Bring your own breakfast/lunch!
  2. If you know you’re going to have a long day, make sure you have something prepped for dinner!
  3. Drink LOTS of water to keep from getting too hungry!
  4. Make sure you pack several small, healthy snacks to get you through those “hungry” times mid-morning and mid-afternoon!

At least I ate a couple of decent things on this WIAW! Hope you did better than I did…

Have you ever had a “meals provided” disaster??

What are your go-to packable healthy snacks?

What I Ate Wednesday #4

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Happy Wednesday! As always, thanks to Jenn over at Peas and Crayons for hosting WIAW!

I know I said it on Monday, but I’m going to say it again – time is FLYING by! I still can’t believe it’s mid-October already!

I was really bad about taking pictures today…I’ve been super busy at work, and I’m lucky to even get time to eat my food let along take pictures of it! I did take two pictures today right around dinner time.

Tonight was a breakfast for dinner kind of day. I had a long day at work, and went to work out with my trainer, so I didn’t really get home and settled until almost 8:00. One of my favorite things to do is to have breakfast for dinner. Usually in our house that means some kind of omelet or scramble, but I found this at the store on Sunday…

Yes, the everything pumpkin spice trend continues! I figured it would make really good French toast, and that’s exactly what I did with it!

 

It was delicious! I’ve often been told I make really good French toast. To me, it’s one of the easiest things to make. My “secret” is to add a splash of vanilla extract (preferably Penzey’s Double Strength) to the egg/milk mixture, then soak the bread pretty well – make sure it’s soaked, but not falling apart.

So that was dinner. I did eat breakfast, lunch, and a snack – but like I said, I have no evidence of that so the calories don’t count, right?? 🙂

Hope you had a great Wednesday!

What is your favorite pumpkin spice food item?

Do you ever have breakfast for dinner?

 

What I Ate Wednesday #3

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Happy Wednesday! As always, thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting WIAW!

I also have to thank Jenn for her recipe for Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Zucchini Brownie Bread (or in my case, muffins)! They have been an absolute hit with everyone who has tried them so far! They are moist, delicious, and oh yeah…they’re CHOCOLATE! 🙂

I didn’t take pictures of everything I ate today, but I did eat two things that I’ll talk about… One is this:

This is the empty package after I had already started cooking. It’s Mushroom and Herbs Farro from Wholesome Kitchen. I found it at Whole Foods one day, and thought it would be an interesting alternative to rice. Farro is a grain – kind of a cross between brown rice and wheat berries. The New York Times had an article a while back that called it “The Little Grain That Could.” The directions couldn’t have been simpler – sauté the farro grains in a little olive oil, add stock or water, and simmer for 25 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. I added a little garlic, onion, and some shiitakes to the sautéing part, but the rest I did exactly as directed. It took about twice as long as it was supposed to, and I actually had to bring it to a boil for a while toward the end to get it to absorb the water. It tasted really good – has kind of a kick (there is cayenne pepper in there somewhere). Here’s the finished product with a piece of grilled chicken…

Okay…before you say anything, I know. I should have made a veggie, but by the time this was actually done cooking it was almost 9:30 and I was starving. No veggies tonight. I’ll make up for it tomorrow – promise!!

The other thing I made today was apple crisp. I had a bag of apples that were getting a little soft, so I decided to put them to good use. After all, other than pumpkin, the best fall flavor is apple! I am all about that cinnamony-apply goodness…especially when it’s warm. Plus, there’s no crust to worry about! Although I hate to admit it, I have never been able to get pie crust right. This is my way of getting around it! I still use a recipe from one of my mom’s old cookbooks. Super simple – sliced apples, butter, brown sugar, oats, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. That’s it. Nothing fancy. There was only one problem…I had no butter in the house! What to do…what to do???

I started thinking about how coconut oil might make a good substitute. I’ve been trying it in many different things lately, and I keep reading such good things about it (like here). Of course, I take all of these things with a grain of salt… How many times have we been told on Monday that something is a miracle food, and by Friday it’s the devil!!

Anyway, I used coconut oil to substitute for the butter, and it worked out great! I used a 1:1 substitution, and my hubby couldn’t tell the difference! Here is what it looked like before it went in the oven…

It didn’t look too much different afterward – except now there is quite a bit of it missing… 🙂

Hope everyone had a great Wednesday! Now for today’s questions…

Have you ever had an experience with a product where the package directions were really far off?

Are you an apple person or a pumpkin person?

Have you found the secret to a good pie crust?

What’s your favorite substitute to use for butter?

WIAW #2 and evil food…

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Happy “What I Ate Wednesday” everybody – and thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting!

Incredibly enough, it’s the first week of October already! I am still in denial. That denial will be made that much easier by the fact that it’s supposed to be close to 80 degrees here in CT on Friday! Say WHAT?!?!?!? Oh well…I’ll take it while I can get it! I absolutely HATE being cold, so the longer it stays warm, the longer I don’t have to deal with ice and snow!

Of course, October means fall is in full swing, and pumpkin spice has invaded everything known to man! I saw a pumpkin beer float with vegan pumpkin ice cream on the Facebook page of one of my favorite Cambridge eateries – Veggie Galaxy. One of my favorite bloggers is doing a whole week of pumpkin recipes over at The Gracious Pantry with today’s yumminess being Clean Eating Pumpkin Candied Popcorn. Yes, please!! I don’t get overly creative with pumpkin, but my favorite thing to do (other than bake a pie) is to make Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal which is seriously like fall in a bowl! (That sounds a little odd, doesn’t it??).

That’s a little mini tasting bowl from the last time I made it. Soooo good and super easy! I’m sure it would work in a slow cooker too, but this was so quick that I didn’t mind at all.

Okay – so now for what I ate today – after all, this is “What I Ate Wednesday”, right??

Breakfast was a ginormous cup of coffee (I really need to stop that habit) along with one of these little babies – a banana chocolate chip muffin! I made them the other day out of some bananas that had truly seen better days…

I love my little bee spoon rest in the background there!  Mid-morning I had my typical Greek yogurt (which I didn’t take a picture of) topped with a few slivered almonds. It was good, but I think I’m getting into a rut. I have to find something new that will still give me that dose of protein I need to get through until lunchtime!

Lunch was a repeat of yesterday – Campbell’s Sweet Potato Tomatillo bisque. Click here to see it, and my little review. I haven’t been feeling well since last Thursday, and soup seems to be doing the trick – somewhat.

I had a Kashi Dark Mocha Almond chewy granola bar at a meeting. I typically don’t like chewy granola bars, but this one was good! Then again, how could you go wrong with mocha, dark chocolate, and almonds! I’ll be looking for this box at the grocery store on Sunday!!

Dinner was one of my go-to meals – my Funky Fried Rice. You can see the original recipe here. I make it a little bit differently every time. This time the protein was tofu, and the greens were a mix of baby spinach, baby bok choy, and baby chard – both red and green. I also added a chopped orange pepper and some slice shiitake mushrooms. You can pretty much make this any way you want to. That’s the great thing about it! That, and the fact that it goes together in about 10 minutes! Here’s what tonight’s version looked like:

It was super yummy! I think I overdid the crushed red pepper a little bit…it was pretty spicy!

Now to the theme for #WIAW – Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats! I don’t have any healthy Halloween treats yet, but I do have a spooky snack. This stuff is so good it’s scary! They call it Smartfood, I call it EVIL FOOD!! It’s so good it’s nearly impossible to stop eating it! I have enough trouble with the regular Smartfood…but this is just ridiculous!

I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to buy this stuff again… It’s just too good! I literally had to get up and put the bag in the other room to keep me from eating it all!

Thanks for joining me for my second WIAW! Hope you had a great day! Now for the questions of the day…

What’s your “evil food” right now?

Are you a “pumpkin spice” everything kind of person?

What I Ate Wednesday…

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Okay…so I’m starting to get into these “link-up” things! This is my second one this week. (Want to check out my first “Marvelous In My Monday” post – go here!)

“What I Ate Wednesday” has been around for a while, but I’m just jumping on the bandwagon now! Thanks to Jenn over at Peas and Crayons for hosting! And a major thanks to Eva, my most awesome Zumba instructor, for introducing me to all of these link-ups, and for encouraging me to keep blogging! Check her out at Committed2Nutrition!

If you’ve never been part of #WIAW or seen one of these posts before, it’s basically a way to share some ideas for healthy eats, recipes, and it’s also a pretty darned nifty accountability tool! Taking pictures of what you eat all day long is no easy feat! It’s a bit awkward when you’re with people who aren’t used to eating with healthy living/eating bloggers who take pictures of EVERYTHING! Thus, there is no picture of my lunch today! Oh well…can’t be perfect all the time!

Here’s what I remembered to actually take pictures of today…

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts EVER! I shared the recipe a little while ago here. I know that flavored Greek yogurt isn’t the best, but to me it’s a treat! Generally I eat the plain stuff with some fresh fruit, cocoa powder, or PB2 (which ROCKS by the way!) in it. This key lime flavor from Oikos is A-MA-ZING! I love key lime, and this is just the right balance of sweet, tart, and tangy and totally kills the craving for the pie version. Added a few Trader Joe’s Roasted Coconut Chips to the top and it was heaven! Dinner was one of my go-to quickie dinner recipes – Tempeh-Veggie Fried Rice. I tell the story of how this one came to be, and also share the recipe here. I’m telling you – you could make this with just about anything you have in the house and it will taste good!

Tonight I’ll probably just have my usual decaf tea – been getting into the fruity/herbal flavors at night. The hubby brought home an apple cinnamon one the other night that tastes just like hot apple cider – without all the sugar and calories! A perfect treat… 🙂

I know this is a pretty crummy WIAW post, but I promise I’ll do better next Wednesday…I’m going to ask for newbie forgiveness on this one!

What’s one of your favorite go-to meals for busy nights?

Any other ideas for sweet but low-cal treats with a fall-ish twist?