Daily Eats 3.17.14

It’s been awhile since I’ve been a consistent blogger posted my daily eats.  I love the accountability that posting your meals for the whole world wide web brings, so I took pictures of my food on Monday which just happened to be St. Patrick’s Day.

Daily Eats – 3.17.2014

Tea (green jasmine) while juicing:
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(if you look close you can spot me in the juicer reflection – like a Where’s Waldo except the cup is striped, not my shirt)

LOTS OF JUICE!!

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Second Tea for the Road

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Snack (not pictured) – Granola Bar + Almonds

Lunch

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Carrots, black berries, crackers, Kerrygold Dubliner cheese (seemed appropriate) and celery + peanut butter. Berry + Hemp Powder + Almond Milk smoothie.

Doughnuts!  

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Naturally Green Baked Vanilla Doughnuts

Dinner

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St. Patrick’s Day dinner: rainbow fruit tray and fettucini alfredo with broccoli. And an unpictured glass of wine (made from green grapes so, festive, right?)

WIAW – What I Ate From Other People’s Food Blogs

It’s time for yet another What I Ate Wednesday post.  What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) is a weekly blog party hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons where hundreds of food bloggers link up with their daily eats.  For the month of March, Jenn is encouraging the participating bloggers to up their green intake.

Today I present What I Ate From Other People’s Blogs Wednesday.

Breakfast:

I started the morning with a cup of green jasmine tea and some green juice.

Juice: romaine, kale, parsley, apple, celery

Once my appetite showed up, I had a Grain Free Muffin (modified from this recipe at Happy Healthy Mama).  I didn’t have any raspberries, so I added banana and pineapple to make a tropical version.  I’m going to tweak the recipe a little more and I’ll post when I get it right.

It was my first time baking with coconut flour and I love how the muffin didn’t slow me down like wheat flour baked goods sometimes do.  Not that I avoid them, but I do tend to limit my wheat flour baked goods in the morning, as they tend to give me a little lull in energy.  This mama can’t spare any energy.  My kids would exploit that weakness in 2.4 seconds.  (Kids exploiting weaknesses?  Can you tell I just finished the Hunger Games series?)

Lunch:

Lunch was Asian Sesame Glazed Brussels Sprouts from Daily Garnish (and I should get a referall fee for as many times as I have linked to this recipe).  It’s the only way I cook Brussels Sprouts.  My husband even likes them.

I ate them over some brown rice noodles.  I also got two servings of both veggies and noodles leftover for the next couple of day’s lunches. Bonus.

Snack 1:

Apple and sunflower seed butter inspired by this recipe at Choosing Raw.  I didn’t add the exact same amount of sugar, salt and vanilla, but her post inspiried be to make my first batch of sunflower seed butter.  My food processor was NOT happy with me and died after running for 10 minutes.  Thankfully it was an auto-shut off and it started again after I let it cool off for a few hours.  I finished the butter in my Vita Mix and will just go straight for the VitaMix next time.

Snack 2:

Miso Sesame Hummus (from Healthy in Candyland), kombucha and Mary’s Gone Cracker’s.  The hummus is fantastic if you are a miso fan.

Dinner:

Vegan Spaghetti-O’s from The Smart Kitchen Blog.  I used orzo and de-veganized the recipe with parmesan cheese instead of nutritional yeast, as my family is not as big of a nutritional yeast fan as I am.  The recipe was a hit and I loved how quickly it came together.

Why yes, I did over broil the garlic toast.  Thanks for noticing.  And, why yes, there isn’t any green in my dinner*.  Thanks for noticing that too.  Shesh.

*The orzo was a mix of spinach, regular and tomato orzo, so there was some green in the orzo.  And there was dried parsley flakes in the sauce and the flakes are most certainly green. That has to count for something.

Thanks for stopping by!

WIAW- Valentines Day 2012

Last night as she was getting ready for bed, my daughter (she’s 6) said “remember how Monday night we were all excited for Tuesday to come and be Valentine’s Day?  And now it’s all over.  It’s kinda sad.”

The day may be over, but we have it recorded in pictures (and there are two bags of candy and paper Valentine’s card for me to sneak into the trash when no one is looking….) and in our memories.

For today’s What I Ate Wednesday post for the WIAW blog party hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons, please enjoy a peek into our Valentine’s Day foods.

For the last 4 years our little family  has been celebrating Valentine’s Day with special foods. It started with pink-sauced pasta and cupcakes four years ago and is now a day full of pink, red and heart shaped foods.  I love it and hope that it is a memorable tradition for the kids and one that makes up for my many less-than-perfect mothering moments.

Kid’s Breakfast:

heart shaped toast + jelly, strawberries + whipped cream, vanilla + strawberry yogurt, juice + sparkling water

My Breakfast:

Juice: beets, kale, lemon, ginger, apple, carrots, celery

I packed the kid’s lunches and my daughter’s turned out to be the most ambitious lunch I’ve packed for her all year.  Good thing Valentine’s Day in only once a year, as this mama doesn’t have the patience or drive to do this daily.

Heart Shaped Everything!!  Peppers + Carrots, Little Cake, Apples, Cheese Quesadilla

Since the little boy is way less into all the hearts and such, I took the easy way out and packed him a mostly normal lunch.  If there was a day that celebrated Super Heroes (and not the Presidential kind, so President’s Day does not count), he’d be all over it.  Or maybe a Transformer’s Day.

Strawberries + pineapples, broccoli + cucumbers, cheese puffs, cheese quesadilla

I quickly packed up some teacher gift’s.  I am the queen of last minute and it’s a crown I’d love to outgrow.

They got Maple Cinnamon Granola with Nuts and Fruit and Chocolate Dipped Stirring Spoons.

I made myself a cup of tea and grabbed a cookie

and took the kid’s to school.  If you’ve already had a glass of beet juice that day, it’s absolutely okay to have a cookie for breakfast.  It’s a scientific fact.

I spent most of my Valentine’s Day morning and early afternoon doing such glorious activities as laundry, dusting and picking up the 9234 little pieces of red and pink paper scraps that my little card-making daughter leaves lying around the floor like a trail, in case I ever need to find her.

I stopped for a non-pink/red/heart shaped lunch, purposely getting in some greens and protein.

Sauteed Kale + Fried Egg

I did some baking and frosting:

Cookies – Beet Colored Vanilla Sugar Cookies from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan.

Heart Tarts – Pillsbury Pie Crust Dough with either strawberry jam or chocolate chips for filling

Both are topped with a frosting made of beet juice concentrate, powdered sugar and almond milk.

I also had a pink (cranberry blueberry) kombucha.

The school day ended and the Valentine’s Day celebrations re-started.  We examined every.single.valentine out on the driveway (she couldn’t even make it inside the house, she was so excited) while eating apples.

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We then played with some neighbors and I happily watched the kids burn off some sugar energy running around the sidewalk and ‘playing ninja’ in the driveway.  It was my daughter, son and 2 other boys playing and I made sure she was the one ninja of the four that was not shirtless.  Just looking out for my girl….

Dinner was our fourth annual Valentine’s Day Pasta Dinner.  

We have Penne with a Rosemary Tomato Cream Sauce, heart shaped foccacia bread (from the Betty Crocker Red Cookbook Recipe),

red fruits and vegetables and cookies.  This year there was also strawberry pseudo-jello (the whole foods vegan kind)

and can I just say that pseudo jello is delicious?  I’m eyeing the leftovers for breakfast today, you know, after I drink a beet juice and all.

Now it’s back to our non-themed, lower sugar life.  We’ll always have the memories…. and I’ll have the leftover jello….and will surely be stepping on pink and red paper scraps for at least the next 3 days.

WIAW- Tea and Books

Hello Wednesday…. How about another installment of What I Ate Wednesday with Jenn at Peas and Crayons?

I photographed my eats on Tuesday and decided to give you a glimpse into what I’m reading these days in addition to what I’m eating.  I also drank a lot of tea today.  And cut my sugar intake way down.  Yay me.

Breakfast:

I made some toast and jelly for the munchkins.

The boy likes all strawberry jelly, the girl likes half strawberry and half apricot.  Thankfully they both like the Sprouted Grain bread from Costco.

I packed a lunch for the boy:

Veggie potato chips (new find at Costco), cheese tortilla, banana, cutie, cucumbers, broccoli.  Water in the Toy Story cup (we are green, we are green, our master is the toy machine)

And I got to eat my breakfast while reading a little from Simplicity Parenting, which I am LOVING.

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids.  (yes please) by K. Payne

Breakfast was green jasmine tea, toast + almond butter+ apricot preserves.  I felt a bit like Paddington Bear with my tea and toast with marmalade….

I dropped off the kids at their respective schools, as Tuesday is a preschool day for the little guy (and every day is a school day for the kindergartener),  and consumed cup of tea #2

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black tea + coconut milk creamer + dash of cinnamon

I hung out with the treadmill for a bit:

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(like my sweaty shirt?)  (and, man,this is the first time my legs have ever looked long, it’s just too bad the angle makes me look pregnant too) (and I’m not remotely pregnant) (nor do I have remotely long legs)

I came home and got out the juicer for Breakfast #2.

Green Juice: kale, cucumber, celery, lemon, green apple, broccoli, carrot

I’ve been eating way too much sugar lately and while I’m not ready to do a big cleanse (yet), I choose today to start the sugar detox.  I know there was some sugar in the jelly at breakfast, but I tried to eat no sugar after that until dinner.  Which is probably why I drank so much today, as I headed for the tea-pot or water jug every time the sugar cravings hit.  And they hit a lot.

I had cup of tea #3 while doing some Bible Study.

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Tea – licorice peppermint (herbal)

Books – Bible and Discerning the Voice of God by P. Shirer

Lunch:

There was a mini-lunch of apples + almond butter.

I picked up my chickies and we headed to the book mothership, the library.

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it melts my heart to see her on her toes…. she’s getting so big, but she is still so little in other ways… sigh

I picked up a book for me to re-read.  I love, love Jennifer Weiner.

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We came home with our 24 new books and I ate a very late lunch while reading more of Simplicity Parenting.

Kale Salad with Sunshine Dressing (from Peas and Thank You) 

Sugar craving = another cup of tea.

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I baked some peanut butter and banana oatmeal cookies – recipe coming soon.  They actually only have 1/4 cup of added sugar (in addition to the natural sweetness from the ripe bananas), so they are quite healthy as far as cookies go.  I let myself have one and, can I just say, it tastes so good when it touches your lips…

(bonus points for the quote identifier)

Dinner:

Table O Food – Avocados, Salsa, Sour Cream, Chips, Oranges, Veggies, Quinoa with Salsa and Black Beans

My kids don’t do salsa in any form, so I used the black beans and mixed them with some refried beans from the fridge and put them on some tostado shells with cheese and baked them for a few minutes.  The girl loves avocado, the boy does not.

Close up of the quinoa:

I’m off to do some reading and probably have another cup of tea.  Wish me luck on the sugar detox!  Better yet, send tea.  And books.

Any good books I should add to my library list?

WIAW- New Years Eats

Hello Wednesday!  With the no school on Monday, I’m a little out of whack with my days this week.  What can I say?  I get confused easily.

Time for the weekly What I Ate Wednesday post for the weekly blog series at Jenn’s Peas and Crayon’s blog.  Today is the 50th WIAW blog party.  I’ve participated in most of them and enjoy both sharing a day in the life of my eats and peeking into other’s day-o-food.  You can click on the image below to see all the bloggers that link up each week.

Today I’m showing our eats on New Years Eve and New Years Day.  You’ll see what a crazy party girl I am….For New Years Eve our little family rang in the new year with a Vegetable Plate night dinnerBread, Roasted Green Beans, Balsamic Browned Butter Asparagus, Roasted Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary and Fruitand we rang in the new year at 8:00 pm with some sparkling apple-grape juice and Mama Pea’s Ranch Oyster Crackers.Why, yes, we did drink out of little dessert dishes.  I didn’t have any plastic champagne flutes and I wasn’t about to give the kids thin, fragile glasses to clank with, so sturdy little glass dishes it was.  We took a self-portrait in our party clothes:After the kids went to bed, the husband and I partied it up with Matt Damon.  As in we watched Bourne Supremely and were in bed by 11:30.  My kind of night with my kind of man.  Both Matt and my husband.  :)We started 2012 with some oatmeal with apple butter and walnutsand the husband took the kids to Starbucks for a bit so I could work on my big year-in-review post.  I know it turned out to be pretty long (or a lot long), but I loved writing it.  We all went to the gym, you know, to work off all that sparkling apple juice.  I had a packet of Vega Sport mixed with my water.  You know, because I’m a hard core athlete and all.

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When we got home the kids and husbands made bean burritos (no picture) and I made a socca breakfast pizza of sorts with the leftover roasted vegetables from the night before.  It was really filling and I ate half on New Years Day and the second half the next day.

Fired up by my lunch and workout (and by having the husband at home), I started operation De-Christmas.  We got everything put away in record time and the house suddenly felt much bigger.  As much as I love having the house decorated, I also love packing it all away.

For dinner I made a new recipe that I had cut out from a magazine many moons ago, a Black Eyed Pea and Mushroom Ragout over Parmesan Polenta.  I liked it, but it was a bit too earthy/mushroomy for the husband and kids.  Next year I’ll stick to our traditional New Year’s Day meal of Black Eyed Peas and Rice with cornbread.

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The kids had grilled cheese with the bread leftover from the previous night’s dinner and a spoonful of plain black eyed peas, as they need good luck too.  Especially with me for a mom.

Thanks for reading about our day of food.

Do you eat Black Eyed Peas on New Years Day?

WIAW- Christmas Day Eats

Tap, tap.  Is this thing on?

I’ve been away from the blog for five days and it feels like longer.  Maybe because, oh, Christmas happened and all.  Today is the first day that is feeling like non-holiday life, that it until I turn around and see the Christmas Aftermath all over my house.  Plus, I turn post-Christmas days into a massive de-cluttering and de-toying mission, determined to not only make room for the new toys and gifts but to also net out with less stuff in the closet/toy box/shelves than there was on December 24th.  Anyone else do that?  So, in addition to the Christmas toys and decorations, there are bags of Goodwill donations to trip over.  Which means I should definitely walk away from the mess and start blogging, right?

With all that said, today is another What I Ate Wednesday post for the weekly WIAW blog party hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons.

For this week’s post, I’m showing our Christmas Day eats. For this Christmas season, we had all off our extended family Christmas celebrations before December 25th.  We started on Saturday the 17th and seemed to have some occasion every day that involved the kids opening a present up until yesterday the 27th.  Needless to say, today is going to be a present detox for them.  Guess who will be pouring herself a glass of wine the minute the husband gets home from work tonight?Back to the topic… can you tell I’ve been away from blogging for a bit?  So many words to say….Christmas Day was actually a very mellow day for us, since we had no big family gatherings to attend.  We intended to start the day with Santa gifts, but my little guy asked if he could eat something first.  He asked for a Christmas cookie and when I said no (Scrooge I am), said ‘okay, how ’bout oatmeal?’  Who can refuse a little guy some oatmeal.  So I started some oatmeal cooking before we headed into the living room to check out Santa’s donation to our toy room.  You know a kid is hungry when he asks for oatmeal BEFORE seeing what presents he got.  :)The kids played with their gifts and after a bit we came into the kitchen to eat breakfast.  Like last year, I made a carrot cake.  I justify eating cake for breakfast my telling myself that it’s not that different from carrot cake cupcakes which really are carrot muffins, and we all know muffins are completely healthy breakfasts.  Plus, there are carrots!  I use this recipe from Cooking Light which has been a favorite of ours for years.  It was actually my daughter’s first birthday cake.The boy got his oatmeal and all what right with the world.My daughter’s new doll joined her for breakfast.  Thankfully she’s a light eater, because I’m not really up for another mouth to feed.  I enjoyed the cake and oatmeal and finished off my first cup of tea.After some more toy playing, I settled into the couch for a few quiet moments to have another cup of tea and flip through this book that I got for Christmas:

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Loving the Little Years – Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic.

Like my Christmas PJ pants?

Only a couple of pages in, I came across this quote:

‘It is no abstract thing – the state of your heart is the state of your home.  You cannot harbor resentment secretly toward your children and expect their hearts to be submissive and tender.  You cannot be greedy with your time and expect them to share their toys.  And perhaps most importantly, you cannot resist your opportunities to be corrected by God and expect them to receive correction from you.’

*Thunk.*  That would be conviction kicking me in the shin.  I think this book is going to be an eye-opening, humbling and inspiring read.

Back to Christmas…

My in-laws came over around lunch time.  We had already had the full Christmas with them and the rest of my husband’s family the week before, but since we were both in town on Christmas Day, we thought it would be nice to share part of the day.  My mother-in-law brought some of the random food from her fridge and I brought out some of the random food from mine (we had been out-of-town the couple of days before Christmas Day) and I herby present the most random Christmas Day lunch ever:

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Veggie Tray, Asian Sesame Glazed Brussels Sprouts, Brown Rice, Triscuits, Olive Garden Breadsticks, Chili, Almonds, Avocados and Cheese.  All that is missing is a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

After some eating and visiting, my in-laws headed back home and the four of us headed to the movies.  It was the first time we’ve gone to the theater since July, so the kids were quite excited.  We saw Arthur Christmas and it was really cute.

I snuck in some kombucha (see the bottle in the lower right).

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And then, because I am a sucker on Christmas Day, I let the kids talk me into buying a $20 dollar bag of popcorn (or $7, which is still price gouging).

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After the movie we came back and ate leftovers for dinner.  Picture the above lunch photo, just reheated.

We had a really fantastic Christmas this year with all of our family and, as always, I am reminded how blessed I am to have such wonderful people in my life.

I hope you all had a fantastic holiday!

What I Ate Wednesday – Dining at Disneyworld

We spent last Wednesday – Monday on a family trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  It was our first time to take the kids (age 6 & 3) and the trip was pretty wonderful.  I’m going to try to get a trip recap up soon.  For today’s What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons, I am featuring my day of food at Epcot.

A Day of Dining at Disney World

Breakfast:

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steel cut oats + almond butter, green powder + water, oranges (not pictured)

We stayed in a condo (as opposed to on Disney property) and I loved being able to make our own breakfasts.  It was cheaper and allowed me to ensure that at least one of our meals a day was healthy and balanced.  And cheaper.  Did I mention cheaper?  Each morning I had a bowl of steel-cut oats topped with almond butter and some oranges.  On this day I also had a packet of green powder mixed with water.  It tastes like drinking concentrated grass, but I like to think it does good things for the body.

We headed to Epcot and spent the morning in the front half of the park.  There was the iconic ball (Spaceship Earth).

There was a shark.

There were rides.

We then headed to the back half of Epcot, the World Showcase.  I had a pretty good lunch at the counter service restaurant in Morocco.  Or, the Disney version of Morocco.

Lunch:

Salad, falafel, bread, lentils, olives, hummus, tabouleh and couscous with chickpeas.

In China we ran into Mulan

and I ran into a stand selling Mango Ginger-itas.  Very authentic, you know.

It was very gingery and I loved it.

Once we got to Japan I had a glass of iced green tea.

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We had a special (read $$$) dinner planned for the evening.  And by planned, I mean that I got online at 6am exactly 180 days in advance of our trip to book it.

We went to Norway for the Princess Storybook Dinner in the Akershus restaurant.  The kids were in heaven.  Please accept my apologies now for both the  lighting in pictures (it was pretty dark in there) and the barrage of Disney Princesses that are about to come.

We were greeted by Belle.

After being seated, we went to the cold buffet for some Norway-ish (Nordic?) appetizers.

I actually had two plates of food.  This was the first one:

The second was more salad, more beets and more asparagus.

Dinner was a mushroom pasta dish that was better than I expected.  It was a little heavy and rich, so I only ate half.

Then the princesses started coming.  As did the little girl squeals throughout the room.

I felt very under dressed and un-made up.  🙂

We finished the dinner with a chocolate cake that I forget to photograph and then headed to watch the fireworks and light show.

It was a pretty fantastic day.

WIAW – Brown Brown Brown

I present this week’s not so colorful What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by Jenn at her Peas and Crayons Blog.

I call it What I Ate That Was Brown Wednesday….

I started the day with a cup of tea.

Chai Tea + Coconut Milk = Brown.

I got to packing a lunch for my kindergartener.  Brown bread (with brown peanut butter), brown pita chips.

Brown bear, brown bear what do you see?

I dropped off my girl at school, glanced at my little guy in the backseat, grinned and took a picture (not brown and if this picture doesn’t make you at least think about smiling, then your heart is two sizes too small.  And brown):

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and came home to eat my breakfast.

Brown oatmeal + brown walnuts + brown apple pear butter.

A bit later my little guy and I headed to the gym.  I did some Power Yoga.  He did some Power Playing.  After leaving the gym, I had some water (from a brown bottle) and a Luna Bar (two shades of brown with the grains and chocolate coating).

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After some errands, I came home for lunch and ate a bowl of quinoa with roasted butternut squash and onions.

Brown quinoa, brown almonds, browned squash and onions.

When it was time to pick up the kindergartener, I grabbed a ginger kombucha for the road.  Yep, brown again.

Snapped the picture in front of the Little People Nativity Scene.  Not only does it teach the story of Christmas in a really accessible way for little hands and minds, it also lets for some highly entertaining dialogue.  Like “Stop throwing Baby Jesus and put him back in the barn.”  Or “Mom, Brother is making Spiderman hit the Wise Man.”   My personal favorite is a tie between “Mom, why does Joseph wear a dress?”  and “Can I take Baby Jesus with me to the bathroom?”

For dinner we had beans and rice.

Brown pinto beans +Brown rice.

The meal actually had a bit of color,

lest you fear I had a horribly drab day.

After dinner I had an unpictured piece of dark chocolate.  Brown, of course.

In the Brown spirit, here are some quotes by famous Browns:

“Google’ is not a synonym for ‘research’.”   ― Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol

“The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself.” – Rita Mae Brown, Venus Envy

“In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.” – Charlie Brown

WIAW- From The Freezer Edition

We were gone from Sunday – Saturday of last week for our Thanksgiving Tour of Texas (not really all of Texas, but we spent so much time in the car it kinda felt like it was).  We came home to a pretty barren fridge, as I tried my best to clean it out before we left.  Thus, Sunday was a day of random freezer meals with a bit of supplementation from the fridge.

I present this week’s What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by Jenn at her Peas and Crayons Blog.

What I Ate From the Freezer…..

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I had a loaf of Sprouted Wheat bread (that I got in a two-pack at Costco) in the freezer.  I toasted a slice and topped it with almond butter.

Lunch:

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I thought I should show the box, as the actual product isn’t quite as photogenic.  Wanna see?  Tell me this doesn’t look like a dirty diaper unappetizing.  It tastes much better than it looks.  This is one of my favorite Kashi frozen meals.

Snack (from the pantry):

The remaining Maple Cinnamon Granola from last week.  Making another batch tomorrow.  Yum!

Dinner:

This may very well be the most random dinner I’ve ever posted on this blog.

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Sweet Potato Fries (from the freezer), Asian Sesame Glazed Brussels Sprouts from Daily Garnish (brussels sprouts from the fridge), pomegrante seeds and a couple of kinds of apples.  I had two helpings of brussels sprouts and apples.

Dessert:

A good freezer dessert? Duh?  Ice Cream!!

Don’t forget to enter the PHIX Energy Drink giveaway!

What I Ate Wednesday – The Where’s the Vegetables (and my motivation)? Edition

My day in food, documented for Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday blog party at her Peas and Crayons Blog.


1. Enter kitchen and pack lunches.

cheese + tortilla, grapes+raspberries+pineapple, red peppers+carrots, triscuits+halloween candy

cheese + tortilla, broccoli + carrots, pineapples + grapes

2. Drop daughter off at school.  Come back home and clean up the kitchen.

3. Time to take the little guy to his 2 day/week preschool.  Make a drink for the road:

teeccino + coconut milk creamer

Is it just me, or do drinks in your favorite mug just taste better?

4. Finally eat breakfast at 9:30am (after being up since a little boy with nightmares about cats (!?!) came into my bed at 5:30):

Toast+butter+spiced apple pear butter, fruit

5.  Decide to postpone the not-so-critical errands I had planned to run and plop on the couch to catch up on 3(!) hours worth of DVR shows : 2 episodes of Good Wife and 1 episode of Revenge.  Bliss!

6. Not too hungry (probably because sitting on the couch for 3 hours doesn’t exactly require much energy), so make a small lunch:

Before:

Frozen Banana + Cultured coconut Milk + 2 Halloween Oreos

After:

7. Drag my lazy bum off the couch (oops, forgot to fold laundry) and grab a quick snack to take while I go pick up my munchkins.

Apple + Phix Energy Drink (in a kombucha bottle)

Phix Review and Giveaway coming soon!

8.  Come home with my kiddos and resume mothering and regular life.  Look at the couch wistfully a few times, remembering the sweet alone time we shared earlier.

9. Umm, it’s been a day of food and nary a vegetable has crossed my lips.  Ooops.

Dinner:

Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers + lettuce + avocado, Alexia Frozen Fries, Fruit

Hello green things.  Welcome to my belly.

10.  Still hungry after one burger.  Round two of dinner:

Black Bean and Quinoa Burger atop a tostado shell.

11. Put the kids to bed.  While talking with my daughter, she made this statement: ‘I’ve been thinking and I think God and Santa must work together.  Like, God watches you and then he tells Santa if you are good or bad.”  How is that for marrying the religious and secular portions of the holiday together?  I’ll have to scan my Bible for God Talking To Santa references.

12.  Catch up on filing that I was, oh, at least 9 months behind on.  Oops.

13. Still haven’t folded that laundry.  Ooops.

14. Make goals for tomorrow: 1. Eat more vegetables, 2. Fold Laundry, 3. Think of more goals.