wiaw #28 – veggie loving
Happy Wednesday my loves!!
I hope everyone is having a great week so far.
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We have been in the process of packing for our move and I am also flying back to Indiana this weekend, so it has been kind of a crazy few days.
But don’t you worry I remember what time it is, and that is What I Ate Wednesday time.
So first and foremost, let’s head over to the lovely Jenn’s at PeasandCrayons to give her a little love for being such a great host every week. Also check out some others eats. I know that’s where I get a lot of my ideas.
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So I’ll admit it. Sometimes I don’t follow rules. Call me a rebel, call me what you will, but I tend to march to the beat of my own drum.
Well this time I got called out on it. Whoops.
Jenn was a little bummed that my last post didn’t really include any veggies, for veggie loving February. Truth is, I eat a lot of veggies. But they tend to look like this most of the time.
Now, these things are delicious. And dipped in Trader Joe’s ketchup? Yes please. (yes I dip my broccoli in ketchup, trust me though I do weirder things than that)
Although delicious. Kind of boring. I know. And I’m pretty sure people would get sick of seeing a bunch of broccoli or other miscellaneous veggies I throw in the oven.
See. I bet you’re already sick of looking at this stuff.
So that’s why veggie’s typically don’t make it to my posts. Since I’m in school, I eat a lot of random, boring sandwiches so dinner is really only the fully prepared meal. Which even then, by time I’m done with appointments, errands, studying, those get whipped together pretty quickly too. But I tried to make an effort this time to get more veggies in! And in more fun ways.
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Breakfast this morning was a green smoothie. And a good one I might add. I had seen on someone’s blog that they added some oats to the mix. I thought hey why not. I also got the idea that I would put everything in the blender the night before, let the oats soak up the liquid and it would be more of a blended oatmeal. Sounded good to me.
And it was good.
Into my mix went
1 frozen banana
1 heaping handful of spinach
1 cup almond milk
3 tbsp roll oats
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
dash or two of cinnamon
Blended this bad boy in the morning and I had a pretty tasty treat!
Adding the oats gave it a totally different texture. But I liked it. It was like it made it thick without needing to add ice or anything. A win in my book. This may be repeated tomorrow.
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Lunch unfortunately was a quick pb&j, but hey I’m really not complaining because it was made with two new to me products.
Side story. So I had seen/heard so many good things about this stuff. I saw it in the store a few times, but just never picked it up. I don’t know why. Then one day I decided to make cookies for Matt’s work. I think it was Christmas actually. I found a recipe for cookie butter cookies. Perfect excuse for me getting it! (Matt’s typical response when I grabbed the jar to examine it was always “babe you have 5 jars of nut butter at home already” Didn’t he know this was something completely different? Boys. So it never made it home with me.) I head off to Trader Joe’s to get my supplies for the cookies and what do you know. I can’t find the cookie butter anywhere. So I asked a worker if they had any. They were sold out. So I call around to a few other Trader Joe’s in my area. They were all sold out. And they didn’t know when they would be re-stocking. I guess they weren’t expecting it to be such a huge hit. I waited. And waited for it’s return. So when I went to Trader Joe’s (by myself mind you) the last time and saw this. It quickly went into my cart! And I can guarantee you I will be stocking up on this stuff. It was seriously the best thing that I have tasted in a long time.
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The other amazing part of this sandwich? Check out my post from my February foodie pen pal, because my pen pal got me the most amazing cranberry/blueberry jam. Delicious jam + delicious butter = the most amazing pb&j ever.
Who needs veggies.
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Dinner however, was another new creation that I whipped up. And it was amazing.
And full of veggies.
I have been seeing recipes for stir fry’s everywhere lately.
I just so happened to have some left over rice sitting in my fridge. And trust me, there is never a shortage of veggies in my fridge. Unless it’s at the end of the two weeks and we need to go shopping. Then sometimes it’s pretty sparse.
One thing I need to do in my recovery is challenge myself. Eat new things. Have a variety. That is one thing I struggle with. I tend to stay with safe familiar foods. But you know what. Different is good. And it was good to actually cook and prepare a meal.
If you know me at all you know measuring doesn’t typically happen in my kitchen, but I will try to give you an idea of what went into this, because it’s worth trying to re-create on your own!
Spicy Tofu Stir Fry
2 medium sized carrots
1/2 cup onion
1/2 cup broccoli
1/2 red bell pepper
1/3 yellow squash
tofu (amount would depend on you. I always just cut a decent chunk off my block)
(ok here’s where it gets tricky)
I seriously just pour, dab, shake random amounts into the pan while the veggies are cooking.
Main base though was hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and sriracha.
I wish I could give you more than that, but I really did it all to taste.
I can tell you however, that whatever combination I came up with. Was amazing and delicious. Actually almost wish I added more sriracha. I love the spice!
I also hadn’t had tofu in awhile and glad I decided to pick that up as well. I’ve really enjoyed it lately.
So there you have it.
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Do you ever have days where you don’t eat any veggies? I can honestly say there is never I day I do not have veggies. If it’s not a side dish to my dinner, I am snacking of carrots or something. I seriously have an un-healthy addiction to carrots. And apples. And banana’s. And now possibly cookie butter.
When you cook do you always measure? Or do you just randomly throw in ingredients? Unless I am following a specific recipe and want it to turn out exactly like it says, I will follow a recipe. Kind of. I still honestly think I season to taste always. I mean. I’m the one eating it, so I have to like it right?