what i ate recovering from food poisoning

Oh hello loves.

This week has already seemed like a very long one, but because of very unwelcome reasons.

I believe I had gotten food poisoning over the weekend, and with trying to spare you the very gross details, I have never felt that sick, been in that much pain, and thrown up that much in a very long time. You know those pains where you just cry because it hurts so much and there is nothing you can do about it?

Yup. That was me.

I have no idea what could have caused it, however I have a few suspects in mind, but I will say those were the longest 3 days of my life.

Thankfully I feel like I have overcome it and even though my stomach is not 100%, I definitely have my appetite back, but I am playing it safe and sticking to bland foods.

So with that being said, I bet you are wondering how this What I Ate Wednesday is going to work this week.

Well for once I can actually give you a look at a days worth of eats, but still keep it themed.

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What I Ate Recovering From Food Poisoning

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After I was done emptying all the toxins from my body it took awhile for me to even begin to think about eating.

I woke up feeling decent, and made the mistake of having a normal breakfast.

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Since it was one of my only days off, I almost always feel like I need to make plantain bread because I don’t get the opportunity that often.

Well big mistake. my tummy was not up for all that and I’m sure all the protein frosting didn’t help either.

Let’s just say I was in a lot of pain that morning and paid for my mistake.

When lunch time rolled around, my body knew it was hungry, but I had absolutely no appetite or desire to eat.  I also had no intentions of getting off the couch.

Insert best fiance ever.

He cooked me up some soup served with fancy saltine crackers on the side.

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Amy’s Organic Vegetable Barley Soup is one of my favorites, but sadly I could only eat about half of it before my stomach started to fight back.

I did however finish the saltines. Those seemed to help soothe the belly a bit.

I basically avoided food like it was the plague the rest of the day and after eating what I thought would be stomach friendly foods and failing, that night I took a risk.

Back when I was in college when I had horrible hang overs and was nauseous my secret cure was Taco Bell.  I can’t explain it, but it was the only thing I could eat when I was sick. Well, I didn’t really want Taco Bell, but I thought greasy food might actually be worth a shot.

So yes kids, we ordered pizza.

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I kept my toppings light though, I did half with feta cheese and half with green peppers.

I played it smart and even though I was starving I ate one piece just to see how my stomach would react.

Things started off good, but about 10 minutes after I ate it, the tummy started talking again.

It may have only been 8pm, but I just went to bed. I was sick of feeling sick and sleep was really the only way to avoid it.

I ended up calling off work the next day which I hate to do, but if I was going to be in any shape as I had been the last two days, I would have been worthless anyways.

That morning I felt a lot better than I had the previous days, but I still decided to play it safe.

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Breakfast was simple toast topped with Earth Balance spread and a drizzle of local honey.

It was so simple, and so delicious.

I didn’t take a picture because it just wasn’t that photogenic, but instead of risking eating dairy (and me being the habitual dipper I am) instead of my yogurt I whipped up a chocolate banana soft serve. Which was ah-mazing.

Finally around lunch time on day 3 I started to get my appetite back. Oddly though I was craving simple and for some reason veggies have seemed repulsive to me. Which for me is odd, because I always crave veggies.

So for dinner, I went with a craving and had a simple dinner of roasted kabocha squash.

It was all I wanted. So I went with it.

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Brushed with coconut oil, sprinkled with cinnamon and roasted. Then topped with my coconut cookie dough.

Nothing fancy, but it hit the spot and I didn’t get sick. Yay!

And with that I am happy to report I believe I am almost back to normal, and let me tell you how happy I am for that, because not having an appetite is no fun for this food loving girl.

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Have you ever gotten food poisoning?

What do you eat when you have an upset stomach?

food lately

It’s been awhile my loves and I apologize.

But I’m not that sorry, because I have been having a really good few last days.

A few personal things happened that I haven’t really shared on here, so to not go into a long back story, let’s just say things are going really well around here!

So I am typically pretty bad at following the What I Ate Wednesday rules, and this week will be no different.

One of these days I really will document a whole days of eats, but I just really like to link up, touch base, and participate so I hope another round of food’s lately are ok with you guys. And ok with the wonderful Jenn who hosts this get together for us every week.

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I haven’t been too lucky lately in having any legit almost empty jars to use for my overnight oats so I’ve been making due with what I do have and making my own.

I did happen to have an almost empty jar of homemade maple pumpkin puree.

Gotta work with that you have and it was a nice addition to my overnight prOATs.

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Overloaded and topped with 1/2 frozen banana, chopped nuts and hemp seeds.

All out of once filled jars, I just created my own.

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Just a boring empty jar filled with chocolate coconut overnight prOATs topped with mixed berries and chopped walnuts (a few white chocolate chips may or may not have been slipped in there).

Might be a little bit boring, but was still pretty delish.

I soon got sick of being boring and tried to spark things up a bit the next time around.

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Pretty sure chocolate and sprinkles makes everything better.

I added a healthy chocolate sauce swirl on the jar, filled the jar with banana cream prOATs  and then topped it all with more chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, trail mix and sprinkles!

It just makes breakfast a little more fun.

Then it’s off to crazy work.

Things have been a bit hectic around the clinic lately… luckily for me I have a few stress relievers within arms reach.

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It’s a blessing and a curse having a Starbucks right next door to our clinic. But red cups have been getting me through my work days like no other.

(Ps. peppermint mocha’s with soy are the best thing ever.)

And co-workers who bring in bagels are the devil and angel in disguise.

This was totally a second breakfast by the way. No shame.

Dinners have been needing some assistance lately.

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Take out seaweed salad. I wish it was more sushi, but this was a great appetizer while I cooked up some dinner.

Does anyone else go out for a food they were craving only to want it even more? That’s how I am with sushi. Once I have it, it’s all I want.

Another problem I have is I go to a place with one intention, but something else always seems to happen.

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I swear we went for just a beer.

But I just love chips, salsa and guacamole.

We weren’t even hungry and probably ate the whole basket of chips in 5 minutes flat.

And just in case you were wondering. The beer did happen. (like you had any doubts)

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(Matt said he is Jesus in the picture due to the crazy intense sun coming in the background. I just let him think what he wants.)

‘Jesus’ wasn’t able to help the Colts that day though. Horrible horrible game.

But moving on.

I actually made a fun dinner one night too!

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It’s amazing how the simplest ideas are something times the best.

This is just a simple BBQ chicken and veggie quesdailla drizzled with more BBQ sauce and Daiya cheddar cheese shreds.

Deeeeelish.

(Trader Joe’s Bold and Smokey Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce is the best BBQ sauce ever.)

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Well loves I actually have so much more to share with you, but it will have to wait until a later time.

So until then, have a wonderful rest of your week.

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What food/meal do you constantly crave? Seriously, I could eat sushi every day and never get sick of it. No really. We’ve already gone twice this week.

a marvelous wedding

Oh hello loves!

The weekend was a busy one and I am going to try and jam all the fun into one post and hope that you all stick with me until the end.

I will try to make it as short as possible!

Having and sharing with you about my marvelous weekend is perfect timing since the beautiful Katie reminds us to always be Marvelous In Our Monday’s.

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Matt and I attended a wedding in Dallas this weekend for one of his high school friends.  The bride became one of my friends as well when we all lived in Indianapolis. I adore her, and adore her new husband as well. We couldn’t have been happier for the two of them!

Matt was extra excited because the bride is actually a twin, so he was very excited he was going to be able to see her sister as well. We had visited the bride (Darla) when she lived in Austin, but we haven’t seen her twin (Denise) since we lived in Indiana, which has been about 5 years. Since then she has had a daughter, so we were very excited we were finally going to be able to meet her!

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The trip however did not start out so smoothly. I’m not going to go into complete details, Matt is a little embarrassed about the situation, but I will say that there was a lot of anxious coffee consumed as I was worried Matt might not make the flight.

I am happy to report though that he did make the flight, he may or may not be on a government “list”, and I think he learned his lesson to check his pockets before going through security. We’ll leave it at that. So we ended up having a quick breakfast on the plane, and the kid needed a drink ASAP.

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I swiped a few quick items from one of the airport stores and had a nice little coffee, fruit and Chobani breakfast. Could have been worse, I made due with that I had.

Needless to say when we landed we were more than ready for a real lunch. Gotta love iPhone apps! I searched the web for some local spots that had good reviews and came across  Brix Bar and Grill. Not gonna lie, we were ready for a few beers too. (shocker I know)

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We sat at the bar and quickly ordered a few beers. To eat I got fresh grilled vegetables that were to die for. They were sauteed in oil and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Almost tempura style.  I also got a side salad with house balsamic vinaigrette. But Matt’s meal stole the show. He ordered a chorizo meatloaf sandwich that I just had to try. I’m pretty sure I ate about half of a half of his sandwich in addition to my meal. I couldn’t help it.  The sweet potato fries were just as amazing. And I stole a lot of those too.

After lunch we checked into our hotel and got ready for the wedding.

It was a beautiful Texas wedding set outside at the Swingin’ D Ranch and it was just absolutely gorgeous.

So were the bride and groom.

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It was a beautiful ceremony and I was just so happy to see two people who I love dearly join as one.

After the ceremony it was cocktail hour!

Since it was a very small wedding, Matt and I didn’t know many people, but that really is never a problem with us.

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I don’t have many pictures from the reception because, well I was too busy dancing and talking.

Which is what weddings are for.

I will say I drank a lot, I danced a lot, I ate a lot of true Texas food and that cupcake was to die for. They had 4 flavors and I seriously stood at the table for almost 5 minutes trying to decide which one I wanted. I couldn’t say no to red velvet though.

Overall it was an amazing night and I am so glad we got to be a part of their wedding and witness two beautiful people unite as one.

I love weddings.

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The next morning we were just going to do the hotel breakfast, but since we were only in town for such a short amount of time we wanted to experience Dallas as much as we could, so we opted to go out for breakfast.

We found a cute little breakfast spot called The Egg and I.

Matt was feeling less than hot that morning (after parties will do that to you) and didn’t eat much of his breakfast, but I chowed down on mine.

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He got the Texas Skillet which included country potatoes, steak, grilled vegetables and cheese.

I got the Egg Byte Omelet which was a three egg white omelet with baby spinach, tomatoes, onions and instead of mushrooms I added asparagus.

I demolished it.

After breakfast we knew there was one thing we had to do in a new city. Visit a local brewery.

We were recommended to go to Deep Ellum Brewery and I am so glad we went. It had an awesome atmosphere and we sat outside in the gorgeous weather and enjoyed some brews. Love their slogan of Love Runs Deep. For $10 we got three drink tokens. We ended up trying the Deep Ellum IPA, Rye Pils and Dallas Blonde. The IPA was of course my favorite as I am on a huge IPA kick at the moment. We also got to keep the glass which I thought was neat. Love souvenirs! Matt finally started to get his appetite back and since the brewery only had a food truck, Matt and I decided to explore and walk around to see what the area had to offer in terms of food. It was such a cute little area and we found a place that looked pretty neat called Angry Dog.

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It was a hopping place and again had such a cool atmosphere. I ordered a grilled chicken salad, which looks simple, but the chicken was grilled and seasoned to perfection,  and Matt got  “The Burger” which has been named one of the best burgers in Dallas. Ok. So I am not a huge burger/red meat person. This burger was ah-mazing. I mean. It was just great quality meat, cooked perfectly, super juicy and flavorful. It was probably the first burger in a very long time that made me wish I had ordered a burger. And I would have open armed accepted the stomach discomfort I’m sure I would have experienced afterwards. It deserved the best burger name.

After lunch we headed to the airport, got there earlier than we thought not knowing how long it would take to return our rental car, but took advantage of the extra time and had, you guessed it, another beer.

#sorryimnotsorry

1. I was on vacation. 2. I like my beer. 3. I don’t even feel like I need to say #1 or 2 and explain myself.

We had a great trip, it was nice to get away for a few days and it was amazing to see friends we hadn’t seen in a very long time.

I wish we were able to stay longer than just the day and a half we had, but some time is better than no time.

It’s always good to be home and we had a sushi and fro-yo date planned with our neighbors to look forward to.

But I’ll fill you in on that deliciousness next time.

Until then stay marvelous loves.

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Do you cry at weddings? I use to never get emotional at weddings, now I swear I automatically get teary eyed. I just love seeing others happy and in love.

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Source: Caitlin Skinner Photography

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protein jam packed panini

Friday!

I have had a very long week, so I am very excited today is Friday as it is my one day off.

It means I might actually be able to catch up on a little blogging and with all of you, but sometimes I swear there just isn’t enough time in the day. I have sooo many errands to run and finding the time to shove it into all one day feels like just another day at work.

But I did manage to still find some time to join in on the #strangebutgood fun.

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This is another one of those, I wish it took better pictures because it was way better tasting then the pictures do it justice.

But I feel like it is still worth sharing.

This meal kind of came together from a past sandwich I had made, to something new I had seen, probably on Pinterest somewhere that I wanted to try, and I just ended up kind of combing the two.

Story of my life.

But alas a delish new sandwich was made.

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I don’t know what to call it other than delicious!

What is it:

Protein Cream Cheese Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu and Jam Panini

(now that’s a mouth full)

To give it a better name:

Protein Jam Packed Panini

(now that has a nice ring to it)

Ingredients:

– 2 slices bread of choice (I used spelt)

– 1 serving chocolate peanut butter tofu (recipe below)

– 1 serving protein cream cheese (recipe below)

– 1 tbsp of blueberry jam ( I used homemade blueberry chia jam)

Directions:

– Spread chocolate peanut butter tofu, protein cream cheese and jam between the two slices of bread.

– Cook on panini maker until warm and crispy. (you could also use a skillet and cook like a grilled cheese)

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu

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Ingredients:

– 1/2 block silken tofu

– 1/4 cup peanut flour (I use this)

– 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

– 10-13 drops liquid vanilla stevia

Directions:

– Place in small blender or magic bullet and blend.

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Protein Cream Cheese

(for one sandwich)

Ingredients:

-1/4 cup cottage cheese

– 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder (I used Plant Fusion – Vanilla Bean)

– 5-7 drops liquid vanilla stevia

Directions:

– Place all ingredients in a small blender or magic bullet.

– Whip until you get a cream cheese consistency.

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I served this with a side of oven roasted plantain chips.

For the plantains I just cut up a plantain, brushed them with coconut oil, sprinkled with cinnamon and baked for about 20 minutes.

I only buy one plantain at a time because I typically only make my plantain bread with them. I don’t know why because there are so many other amazing ways to use and eat the plantain, Lord knows I’ve pinned about 3942342 different recipes I want to try, but even just roasting them was a nice switch up and obviously better for you than your typical potato chip.

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What’s your favorite healthy swap? I love making “fries” out of so many things. Sweet potato, carrots, parsnips, plantains… I really just love to roast everything.

(I buy a lot of my products and ingredients for these recipes from iHerb.com. Use my code YAL235 for $10 off your first purchase)

red velvet hummus

Ugh. I hate computer problems don’t you?

I had intended this post to be my #strangebutgood post, but along with photo upload problems, and having a random meet up with Matt for National Taco Day, things got a bit delayed.

 

It started off pretty innocent. A local taco stand near their work had a free taco special. A beer seemed necessary as well.

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(side note: pineapple on a taco is the best idea ever)

And since Matt has basically the best job ever, and they frequently have beer in their work fridge, going back to the office with him to have another beer seemed like a good idea.

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Yup, so my day got a bit distracted.

(the new car racing arcade games they just got in the office didn’t help either. did i mention matt has the best job ever?)

Once arriving home it was lunch time. I already had in mind a plan to incorporate one of my newest obsessions.

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CoCoCardio

(Disclaimer: I am in no way endorsed by Madre Labs, I purchased this product on my own through iHerb (use my code YAL235 for $10 off your first order) I am just extremely obsessed with this and love sharing products I love with my readers)

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I’m pretty well known for my obsession with spreads and dips. I really think I come up with a new one weekly.

In wanting to whip up a batch of my banana bread hummus, this time I knew I wanted to add the CoCoCardio to the mix.

Thus a wonderful new hummus was created.

Red Velvet Hummus

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I pretty much followed the recipe for my chocolate peanut butter hummus, but in place of the cocoa I added the CoCoCardio.

It turned out amazing.

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I didn’t measure exactly, but here is the jist of went into this.

Ingredients:

– 1 can rinsed garbanzo beans

– ~ 2 tbsp peanut flour

– 1 scoop CoCoCardio

– 5-8 drops vanilla stevia

– sprinkle of cinnamon

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Directions:

– Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend.

– Add water, almond milk or coconut oil to thin. (I use a mix of almond milk and coconut oil)

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I could seriously eat this stuff by the spoonful. And I might have.

 

You know what else I hate? Making an amazing new recipe, not taking pictures (because you had more important things to do, like eat the food), make it again for the purpose of taking pictures, and the end product being so not photogenic (but still delicious).

So I do have another new recipe coming your way, I just have to make it again and try to get good pictures this time.

Life is hard I know.

Well loves, be on the look out for that and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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What do you do when your food isn’t photogenic but you want to post a recipe? Post the pictures anyways? Or wait until to get good pictures?

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Wednesday.

Usually I am all “oh my gosh I can’t believe it’s Wednesday, time flies”. Today I am more like “oh my gosh, it’s only Wednesday?”

Thanks to crazy long work days, my week is already dragging. We have been insanely busy at the clinic and yes that is good, actually makes the day go by quicker, but by the end I am just so tired and so drained.

Matt has also been working late so in addition to my boring breakfasts and lunches, dinners have been pretty low key as well.

But since it is What I Ate Wednesday, and the lovely Jenn puts so much effort into hosting this wonderful shin dig, I did manage to find some fun things to share.

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I will start by saying that even though my breakfasts are repetitive and eaten in the car and typically turn into melty smushed up messes, they still can start off pretty.
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Banana, blueberries, protein fluff, peanut butter, raw nuts all lined up and finished with a hemp heart sprinkle.
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But then it soon turns into this.
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But I’m not going to lie, I love when my blueberry’s explode.
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New repetitions have been happening in my kitchen though.

I have been nori obsessed lately. I am basically wrapping everything and anything in it.

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Simple veggie rolls, buffalo tuna rolls and cauliflower rice rolls.

This might be the start of a new addiction.

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I know what you’re thinking and don’t worry, the kabocha addiction is still going strong.

I know I had my short love affair with carnival squash.

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Which led to a one two night stand with delicata squash.

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But kabocha was soon back in the picture.

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If it’s not broke don’t fix it.

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But back to my new obsessions.

Fresh raw veggies.

In addition to adding them to my nori rolls, it really just got me loving them in general.

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They make perfect appetizer plates. Paired with another new love; Trader Joe’s spinach and kale dip and spicy hummus. I can’t get enough of hummus lately and the spur of the moment purchase of the kale dip was a good one.

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Another food that recently was brought back into my life is eggplant bacon.

I use to eat this stuff all the time. I don’t know why I stopped, but I did remember why I loved it so much.

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The most photogenic side dish? No. A tasty side dish? Yes.

I use to make eggplant bacon roasted veggie panini’s all the time. I think that needs to happen again soon.

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Well loves, I yet again am falling asleep at my keyboard so this is where I leave you.

Let’s hope that rest of my week goes by quickly. I have a very exciting weekend ahead of me that I am super excited about. I just have to survive the rest of my week first.

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Do you have any current food addictions?

simple meals with a new bread obsession

Happy Wednesday loves!

I am very happy this Wednesday!

Also exhausted, but happy.

Why so happy?

It’s my one day off this week. One of the techs is on vacation so I am working extra days, which even though I am happy for the extra money, I am a wee bit tired. It doesn’t help when you have emergencies walk in a half hour before closing and have to stay late. But that’s the job and I’m all about saving the little critters when I can!

Unfortunately when I work such long hours meals tend to get a bit boring as well.

But since it is What I Ate Wednesday, I still managed to find some tasty fun things to share with you.

I’m lucky I got a little help.

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I recently received probably one of the best (and biggest) packages in the mail.

So big that Matt’s co-workers all questioned him of what could possibly be in this huge box.

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Allow me to share.

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I had been hearing amazing things about Silver Hills Bakery all over the blog land and Instagram. Being the carb obsessed person I am, I of course was intrigued and checked them out to see what they offered.  Not only do I love that they offer sprouted breads, which I love, but I also love that all of their ingredients are non-GMO and that each bread has a different added benefit. You should probably check out all their “flavors”.

I think it goes without saying I was very interested in trying their products. Boy did they ever give me the opportunity.

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Let be honest, we all know I love my bread. It is seriously one thing I could never live with out. (sorry paleo and low carb diets) But even when I saw all this I was blown away and questioned how I would ever consume all of it. Well thankfully I have Matt to help me, and bread freezes well. I am however not too worried, I’ve already made a huge dent in this.

Even though I don’t follow a gluten free diet, for some strange reason gluten free breads have always intrigued me. Silver Hills Bakery offers two gluten free breads, both which sounded amazing to me.

So the first bread I decided to try was the Gluten Free Chia Chia.

 

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Ok. Seriously hands down, regardless of being gluten free or not, one of the best breads I have had. I loved it. I seriously am probably a bit too excited over this considering it’s just a piece of bread, but that’s how much I liked it.

I topped a piece with Justin’s chocolate almond butter SweetLeaf lemon infused Chobani greek yogurt and fresh berries.

Amazing.

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The next bread I tried was the The Big 16.

Not as pretty (eating breakfast in your car and lunch in the 5 minutes of free time we get, make for quick not pretty meals), but I managed to make some pretty tasty sandwiches that totally hit the spot.

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A classic that never gets old: I toasted a piece of The Big 16 and topped it peanut butter and banana. Simple, but delish. For lunch I made a concoction of chocolate almond butter, cinnamon spiked pumpkin and home made vanilla peach jam. May not look pretty, tasted amazing. More proof that ugly food tastes better.

These are the only two breads I have tried so far, Matt tried the Squirrelly Sprouted Bagels (which got rave reviews from him), but if the rest of them are as good as the two I’ve had, well I know I won’t be disappointed. So check back for more reviews on the products.

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I did however manage to eat a few things other than bread lately.

I showed you guys the vegetable chickpea curry I made with the complaint that it wasn’t spicy enough.

Well I vamped up the leftovers, added more red curry paste and topped a potato with it instead of serving it over rice.

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It was like a total new dish.

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I also reunited with OIAJ. Never gets old.

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Was so glad to have fresh berries back in the house and I am still loving the hemp seeds!

 

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I swear sometimes the little things make me the happiest. OIAJ is one of them.

Well since this is getting pretty lengthy I will leave you with that, I know you all have plenty of other delish What I Ate Wednesday eats to check out so head over to Jenn’s and check out all the other amazing eats that are going on.

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But I will leave you with more proof I am obsessed with bread and how small simple things make me a bit too happy.

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Chia Chia topped with  a mixture of peanut butter, chocolate protein powder and almond milk and home made blueberry jam. An amazing drippy mess of deliciousness.

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Are you a bread lover?

What’s your favorite sandwich?

out with the old in with the new

Oh hello there my loves.

Wednesday already? The week is flying by, but having Monday off will do that to you. Although I am not complaining about having an extra day off. It makes the week and time go by a little bit faster, and speaking of that, is anyone else baffled that it is already September?

Time goes by way too quick.

But since it’s Wednesday, it’s time for What I Ate Wednesday. The time when we all share our wonderful eats with each other.

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I debated what to feature for this What I Ate Wednesday.  I either was going to share my Labor Day fun night out with new friends, or share some fun happenings that have been going on in my very own kitchen.

As I confessed last time, my cooking mojo is basically non-existent, but that doesn’t mean a few experiments haven’t been happening in my kitchen. So I decided since I am working on getting my cooking mojo back and adding more variety back into my diet, that it might be better to share my personal kitchen happenings.

So that’s what you get. Hope you don’t mind.

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First let’s look at a huge fail I had.

I found this recipe and thought it looked interesting. I love my breads, but I am always looking for healthier home made options.This spinach bread recipe looked promising.

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It came out looking ok, but honestly, it went into the trash.The taste was. Well it was spinach. Now I don’t not like spinach, but it just wasn’t what I was going for. I really want to find a quick easy healthy home made bread recipe. I have been really wanting to try a few seedy bread recipes I have seen floating around. More like a power bread packed full of nutrients. So if you know of any good ones that you’ve tried please leave me a link!

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After posting my confessions post, I sat down with Matt and really had a good talk with him about what I was wanting to do. It kind of really works out, because he really wants to start eating healthier and I think I am finally at a place where I am ok with him wanting to lose weight and be healthy again. (I think part of my ED wanted him to be the “heavy” one. When you have an ED you almost live vicariously through others eating foods we will not, and we become food pushers) So Matt and I sat down and planned some healthy together meals.

A chickpea vegetable curry was first on the list.

I apologize because this dish was not photogenic in the slightest. But it was very tasty.

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I followed the recipe basically to the T and my only complaint about this dish would be it wasn’t “curry” enough. Maybe next time I will add more curry powder, but I love my spice and it only had a mild coconut curry taste. I like my flavors strong!

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Since I am just starting to work on adding variety to my diet, I still have some oldies but goodies to share with you.

One rut I am in is definitely kabocha. I’m not going to lie it’s a rut I like being in, but I do need to take a break I think. But since I haven’t yet, here are a few ways I have been enjoying it.

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Roasted as usual in coconut oil and sprinkled with cinnamon, but then I drizzled it (confession I totally tried to be fancy and used a frosting piping technique to top this) with a simple chocolate protein frosting.

I was pretty proud of how pretty this was.

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It was also pretty delicious. But when isn’t kabocha?

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I also made a delish key lime whipped cottage cheese dip.

I used my Barleans Key Lime Omega Swirl to give it the flavor and loved it.

I then proceeded to make a blueberry coconut flour dip that also tasted pretty great on kabocha.

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See those parsnip chips in the background?

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The blueberry coconut flour concoction tastes pretty good on those too.

I love to dip what can I say.

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Another obsession that is still going strong is my plantain bread.

Surprise surprise I know.

But it makes such a great snack.

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And I’m still convinced Plant Fusion makes the best quick protein frosting.

I enjoyed this little snack post work out. Perfect combination of carbs and proteins. And tasty to boot!

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So as you can see I am starting to make some progress on getting variety back into my life.

Matt and I have some other pretty tasty meals planned.

My picks include Tempeh BLT’s and a zucchini lasagna.  And Matt suggested home made pizzas and veggie burgers. All sound pretty delish to me. So even though switching things up is kind of scary, at least I will be eating good food in the process!

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Do you have any favorite recipes I can try to switch things up?

Do you have a home made bread recipe you love?