drowning my sorrows…in kabotcha

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This is going to be really short, but I did want to write one more post before I headed back to Indiana for my grandma’s funeral.  I am so happy that I am able to go back to be with my family, but also a bit torn, nervous, anxious about the whole situation.

I don’t talk much about my parents on here, well because I haven’t had the best relationship with them over the past few years.  If you have followed me for awhile you kind of know the story, if not, let’s leave it at they were not supportive at all during my recovery from my ED.  But as I get better and have progressed in my recovery, we are slowly trying to build a relationship again.  It’s a work in progress.

But with it being What I Ate Wednesday and all, I thought I would show you guys a quick peek at some of the goodies I have been eating lately.

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Although if you know me, they will be some pretty repetitive eats.

When I got the news about my grandma, I was a bit torn. Part of me had been expecting this for some time, so I was almost kind of prepared. She had been battling cancer for over a year and when first diagnosed we were told she had about 2 months to live.  Those 2 months turned into over a year, she was defiantly a fighter and I guess just wasn’t ready yet.  This is why I truly believe this was her time and she is in a better place now.  But of course there is a huge part of me that is just so heart broken that she is actually gone.

That night I pretty much drowned my sorrows in kabotcha.

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I know it’s not completely healthy to find comfort in food, but that night all I wanted to do was relax, have a glass of wine, and basically demolish a whole kabotcha.

So yes, this meal is boring, ugly, and repetitive, but it was what I wanted.

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Another maybe repetitive idea, but an amazing twist was my protein plantain bread.

Since I knew I was leaving town and still had half a plantain in the fridge, I figured I would test how the plantain bread would travel.

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I know it’s not as pretty in tupperware, but I’m telling you, this base was one of the most delish I have made to date.

I added Click mocha protein and a bunch (and I mean way more than a normal person would or should add) of cinnamon and a splash of vanilla. Honestly, this would have been amazing plain.

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But we all know me, and I don’t do plain. So a swirl of Plant Fusion chocolate protein frosting and peanut butter was added on top.

Yup, took it up a notch. And if you were wondering, the plantain bread travels well and tastes great eaten in a car out of tupperware.

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And one more quick thing to share.

I just wanted to prove to you all that no jar goes unused in my house.

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We all know I am a jam addict, so when this opportunity presented itself, I knew this empty jar of pear jam had to be filled with overnight prOATs. Mixed in was frozen banana, berries and topped with healthy chocolate sauce.

Overflowing goodness is what this was.

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And just for good repetitive measure. The protein breakfast wraps are still going strong too.

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Yup, just as messy as ever, but still just as delish.

Some things never get old.

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Well loves, I hope you all have a great week. I am going to try to make the best of the next few days and just embrace being with family and friends even though the circumstances are not the best.

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How do you cope with bad news?

Do you crave certain foods over and over? And in my case over and over and over…

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Oh Happy Monday my loves!

Not going to lie, I have a case of the Monday Blues.

You wouldn’t think one could get so lazy in just two days, but I’m telling you, I’m liking this whole weekends off thing and being lazy.

This weekend was particularly dull, it’s a very tight pay check for Matt and I (ever notice how all bills seem to be due at the same time?) so there was really no extracurricular activity going on.

I did however manage to find some marvelous things to share with you, because Monday’s are a must to get Marvelous with the beautiful (and almost ready to pop!) Katie.

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One thing I love about the weekends, I don’t have to eat breakfast in the car!

Always a plus right? I find I try to make a little more effort in making my meals presentable (really with only the blog in mind because I know I need something to share with you guys)  on the weekends.

The past few breakfasts have really been made with the thought: I have all this fruit I need to use before it goes bad, so I better shove as much as I can into breakfast.

Example 1:

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Jamming an empty jar of Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter with fruit worked for me. I mean really, that stuff is so good (and out of season) that I have to savor every last smear.

By the way does anyone else find frozen grapes to be 2983232x more amazing? I do.

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Example 2:

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Fruit is always a must on my overnight oats, but this bowl got an extra dose.

Berry Lemonade Overnight TVP/PrOATs

– 1/4 cup rolled oats

– 1/4 cup TVP

– 1/2 cup almond milk (I use Silk vanilla)

– 7-9 drops NuNaturals Liquid Lemon Stevia

– dash of ginger and cinnamon

– 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder – stirred in at end (I used Plant Fusion – vanilla bean)

Topped with every berry imaginable.

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I’m usually pretty consistent with my oatmeal add ins. Usually chocolate protein powder, usually an over abundance of cinnamon, but I saw someone post the whole “lemon” idea in oats, so I thought I would give it a shot.

Holy goodness. These oats were amazing and I will be doing this flavor profile again!

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So even though we are on a budget, Sunday I got a little stir crazy.

Matt’s birthday is coming up and he is currently obsessed with bow-ties (I blame him being Dr. Who for Halloween). There is a local business called Dapper & Dash that sells bow ties that are recycled from the creators grandfathers old ties. It’s a pretty cool concept and I like to support local businesses, so I decided to take Matt shopping. We unfortunately did not find one that he really loved and left empty handed.  So what do you do after an unsuccessful shopping trip?
If you’re Debbie and Matt you stop by your favorite pub and have a beer.

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Made sense to us. Matt also got to watch a little soccer, so it was a win-win if you ask me.

But then it was back to being lazy at home. We are dog sitting, so really we had some great company.

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I mean look at that face.

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Well loves, I will leave you with that cuteness. Oh and a little teaser for some deliciousness that is to come.

Remember my protein plantain pizza I posted about?

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I made another version that was oh so amazing.

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This is just a sneak peek at my blank canvas, you’ll have to come back to find out how my indecisive self topped it.

Have a wonderful week my luvs!

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Have you tried frozen grapes? If not, you should. They make an amazing snack as well.

What do you think about bow ties on men?

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Disclaimer: Be prepared for boring boring meals. I started my externship and even though I am happy to report I have survived my first few days, I am not happy to report that since two of my three meals are eaten either in the car or at work, they are not exciting nor photo worthy. And I’ll be honest after 11 hour work days I don’t have much motivation to make dinner presentable.

You were warned.

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I did however want to make sure I participated in this week’s What I Ate Wednesday because as mentioned above, I have no idea if my meals will be worth mentioning anytime soon. Maybe since I won’t be eating breakfast or lunch at home, it will force me to be more creative at dinner time. I can’t make any promises though.

But before that happens, let’s first head over to Jenn’s at Peas and Crayons and say thank you and check out everyone’s tasty eats, and then let’s look at what might be my last artfully put together meals.

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I first want to prove my point of non photo worthy breakfasts.
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This breakfast was so ugly, I felt like I just had to share it.
Even though it looks like absolute garbage, it was still pretty tasty.
In the mix:
1 heaping handful of organic baby spinach
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup Trader Joes frozen Berry Blend
– 1 tbsp Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter
1 scoop Plant Fusion chocolate protein powder
5-7 drops of  liquid vanilla Stevia
dash of cinnamon, ginger
and to bulk it up a bit I added a sprinkle of chia seeds and rolled oats.
I actually made this the night before to let it all absorb and hopefully get a bit thicker (I think I added too much liquid when making it)

So let me redeem myself and show you my last photo worthy breakfast I made before I started externship.

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 This was my last relaxing morning breakfast I plan on having for awhile. I enjoyed it very very slowly and savored every last bite.

Everyone always says oatmeal is boring. Not around here. I love oatmeal, you can seriously flavor it so many ways, and put endless toppings on it. You just have to be creative. How is that boring?

This delicious looking bowl was

Chai Overnight TVP/prOATs.

In my mix:

1/4 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup TVP

1 scoop Plant Fusion vanilla protein powder (stirred in at end)

1 cup almond milk (I use Silk vanilla)

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp cloves

7-9 drops vanilla Stevia

Topped with my typical mish mosh of frozen banana, fresh strawberries, and a local granola for the crunch. I gotta have that crunch.

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Maybe not as pretty, but worth mentioning, I have been snacking on some pretty tasty things lately.

I have a new favorite post work out snack. Gotta re-fuel with those proteins and carbs!

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Pumpkin/cinnamon spiked cottage cheese on top of pumpernickel bread.

I seriously love pumpernickel bread. Total carb girl here. No shame.

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I also tried a new to me yogurt.

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Well I guess technically it’s dairy free, but I love Silk almond milk, so when I saw they have a yogurt out I had to try it.

It was pretty tasty, after a quick stir I would even say you can’t even tell it’s dairy free.

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And something that isn’t new to me?

Celebrating and relaxing in the liquid form.

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Matt and I got this bottle of wine from our favorite local winery I honestly want to say about 2 years ago.

I had braces at the time and didn’t drink red wine due to not wanting to stain my teeth.

We decided it would be our celebratory wine when I got my braces off.

Yea, that never happened.

I figured my first day of externship, first 11 hour day of many to come, finally called for a little red wine celebration.

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So with that being said, I am off to be a grandma and go to bed early.

I hope to have something worth showing you next week, but if not don’t hold it against me!

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Do you guys have any good green/power smoothie recipes to share? I need something that will make them tasty, yet will keep me full for hours. The chia seeds, peanut butter and oatmeal seemed to help, but I’m open to suggestions!

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Hello loves!

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I’m going to start off by saying I am totally taking advantage of my few days of time off before I start my externship, and I thought what a better way to use my time is to actually be more active on my blog and participate in more happenings that are going on in the blog land.

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So when I saw Lindsay was hosting a pin it party, I jumped on the opportunity. Usually I see things like this and think “man I wish I had time to do that” and now that I actually do, I’m doing it! And I think it’s an awesome idea and I love getting inspiration from other bloggers. One of the main things I love about blogging, all you are way more creative than me!

But since this post does need to focus on some of the goodies I have created, I dug up a few pretty good ones for you guys.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Overnight PrOATs

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The perfect way to start your day if you ask me. Chocolate. Strawberries. Protein.

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Squash Protein Muffins

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These are a perfect post work out snack. You have your protein and your carbs and I’m not going to lie they are pretty delish.

They’re even better topped with peanut butter.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu Panini

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One of my #strangebutgood creations, but seriously one of my best.

But if you remember my obsession with my soy chocolate panini, it’s not hard to see why I love this sandwich so much.

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This one is kind of a multiple of ideas, but since I seemed to have went through a pumpkin obsession (I still might be in it) and spreads/dips are kind of my thing, here is my recipe for homemade Pumpkin Peanut Butter and the multiple ways I use pumpkin.

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If you want other dip recipes, check out my banana bread hummus, chocolate banana avocado spread, and protein squash spread just to name a few.

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And to end on a sweet note, dessert.

Chai Oatmeal Raisin White Chocolate Cookies

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Another throw everything and anything I have on hand and hope it turns out good.

It did turn out good.

You can even ask Lindsay, she got some for Foodie Pen Pals.

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I hope you all enjoyed my recipes and feel free to check out some of my others ones.

Happy pinning!

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Hello my loves!

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I think this may be a first for me with my What I Ate Wednesday. I can actually show you a day of eats!

Usually I just do re-caps of what I’ve been eating lately because honestly my days of eats can be somewhat repetitive.

So Jenn, I hope you are proud of me for actually following the rules for once! And make sure you guys check out everyone’s eats over at Peas and Crayons.

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Yesterday was quite a day though.

Before my externship starts we had to attend two days of career prep. Class started earlier than my normal classes, but I really thought I had my mornings planned out time wise.

I made some amazing Overnight Oatmeal Cookie Dough TVP prOATs and of course dressed them up.

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I went to sit down to enjoy my breakfast only to realize I totally “forgot” what time I had to leave the house and realized I had to leave ASAP. Actually, I was late. I don’t know where my brain was, but I knew I had to leave the house at 8:30am, and it was 8:40am. I don’t know, my mind was else where I guess. Thinking about my beautiful breakfast instead.

So instead of sitting and enjoying my beautiful breakfast it quickly turned into this.

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It was breakfast in the car for me. And even though it may not be as pretty, it was still super tasty.

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Even though the class was only a few hours earlier and honestly, I get up early anyways with Matt, I was dragging the past few days.

Thank goodness I have great pick me up snacks always on hand.

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I love The Good Bean bars, but this chocolate berry flavor I think is by far my favorite.

Just what I needed.

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I didn’t actually take a picture of lunch, but I made another batch of my Banana Avocado Spread, so I had that on top of some sprouted bread again.

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This stuff is so addicting.

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I have been drooling over some  photos lately of mug cakes in squash that seems to be sweeping the Instagram world.

Since I am  home earlier I figured I better try it now while I have the chance!

This was the very first mug cake I made and after reading about 20+ recipes online, I decided to do what I do best and wing it and make it my own.

Chocolate Protein Mug Cake Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Seriously guys if you haven’t heard or seen mug cake stuffed squash, I highly suggest you  make one. For my very first mug cake, this turned out amazing. I of course had to top it with melty peanut butter drizzle. This will be happening again soon.

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I’m not sure what my schedule is going to be once I start extern, I may be crazy busy, I may have more time. We shall see, but for now I’m enjoying the down time!

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Have you seen/made stuffed squash recipes?

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Happy Wednesday luff bugs!

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I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday and I am excited and nervous. This is my last week of class.  Can you believe it??

Those of you who have been with me for awhile are probably use to me complaining about how much I have to study, how I am so ready to be done, but now that the time has actually come, I am beyond nervous. I’ve done very well in school, but now it’s time to put my money where my mouth is, and hopefully I can perform just as well. Change is always scary isn’t it?

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But one thing that doesn’t change, is Wednesday’s are spent with the lovely lady Jenn over at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday.

Thank goodness for a little stability in my life 😉

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I have fun stuff to share with you today!

I know you’re expecting my typical beautiful oatmeal bowls…

Oh wait. I do have one of those.

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I recently got Capella Flavor Drops and have been adding them to everything.

This bowl of deliciousness was what I like to call a toasted almond s’mores bowl.

It was my normal TVP/oatmeal mix with 2 drops of toasted almond, 2 drops of marshmallow and 2 drops of graham cracker flavor drops. The chocolate came from my Plant Fusion chocolate protein powder. I mean, what’s a s’mores bowl without the chocolate? Not a s’mores bowl that’s what.

Topped with my per usual of 1/2 frozen banana, berries, dried figs, and crack Love Grown granola.

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As good as this bowl was, it’s not the spotlight of today’s post.

The spotlight belongs to these little beauties.

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I am constantly pinning Sarah at Ingredients Of A Fit Chicks recipes. They all always look so amazing.

She recently posted two recipes that I was determined to make. Sweet Potato Protein Muffins and Fudgey Kabotcha Brownies.

I honestly debated over which ones to make first. I finally decided on the Sweet Potato Protein Muffins, because I like having goodies like this ready for my post workout snack. I thought perfect combination of carbs and protein!

Of course, typical me, I can’t follow a recipe. It’s just not in my blood, but I only made a few changes, the biggest one being I didn’t use sweet potato. I ended up using squash, frozen squash at that, but none the less these turned out amazing.

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Squash Protein Muffins

Adapted from this recipe

Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup squash

– 1-1/3 scoops (38g) vanilla protein powder

– 1/4 cup coconut flour

– 1/2 cup baking Stevia (or sweetener of choice)

– 4oz unsweetened applesauce

– 1tbsp coconut oil

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– 1/4 tsp ginger, cloves, nutmeg (each)

– 1-1/2 tsp baking powder

– 1tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

– Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.
– Line 4 muffin tins with liners.
– In a bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients: protein powder, coconut flour, sweetener, spices and baking powder.
– In a second bowl whisk together your wet ingredients: applesauce, coconut oil, vanilla extract and squash.
– Combine your wet and dry ingredients.
– Divide the batter evenly among 4 muffin cups.
– Bake for ~22-24 minutes. (They will seem a bit soft still, but they will continue to set)

And as Sarah suggested, drizzling them with molasses is a wonderful idea.

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With all my changes I was a bit nervous how these were going to turn out. But let me tell you, once I licked the bowl clean tasted the batter I had a pretty good idea that they were going to be tasty, but I still didn’t know how they would bake.

I ended up making them so late in the night, Matt and I didn’t taste test until the next morning.

Considering that kid devoured his, I guess it’s safe to say they turned out pretty well.

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He topped his with Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter, and demolished it before I was done doing my little photo shoot with mine. But I guess that means they taste great with peanut butter too. Like anything doesn’t taste good with peanut butter.

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These muffins turned out super moist, which I think is because I used applesauce instead of egg whites (I only did this because I was out of egg whites), but I actually really enjoyed them this way. If you want more of a dense muffin, you might want to follow Sarah’s recipe and maybe add more flour.

I’m thinking with how good these turned out, I should probably try the kabotcha brownies next.

Although I’m sure I won’t follow that recipe exactly either, but hey so far all my random throw ins have worked out.

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Do you follow recipes exactly or do you make changes?

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Happy Wednesday my loves!

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I think I say this almost every week, but is anyone else’s weeks just fly by? Having surgeries in class really makes my time fly by even quicker, which is good and bad. My days are exciting, class time is no longer sitting taking notes, but assisting in surgeries, but then at the same time, another week is gone in the blink of an eye.

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But I still find time for the important things in life.

Things like What I Ate Wednesday.

That’s super important right? I think Jenn would say yes.

So make sure you head over and check out all the other eats as well. Because us foodies put a lot of time and effort into our meals.

We’re so silly.

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If you saw my last post you know I have had some pretty amazing breakfasts lately.
If you didn’t here is a quick tease, but I highly suggest you check out the recipes.
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I do have one more pretty epic oatmeal bowl to share with you and then I actually have new lunch/dinner AND dessert creations to share.
Oh my gosh. Who am I? I know.
I typically only put effort into my breakfast for some reason, so I am a bit surprised at how much I branched out with other meal ideas. I’m telling you, this not having to read as much is starting to take effect. What’s it going to be like when I’m done with school and working like a normal person?
We’ll deal with that when the time comes.
But first that epic breakfast I was telling you about.
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I am addicted to loving my overnight TVP prOATs.
I make them doughy style by adding 1/2 a frozen banana in the morning and giving it a little whirl in my magic bullet.
Doughy and yummy.
And then of course topped with amazing-ness.
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Other half of frozen banana, berries, Love Grown Crack Granola and this bowl got a sprinkle love from peanut flour and acai powder.
Who says oatmeal is boring? Not this girl.
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But on to the fun stuff. New sandwiches!
So I’m assuming most of you know what tempeh is and it’s a food I always forget how much I love.
I mean, I could eat this stuff straight from the package.
And I did.
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With the simple addition of blueberry jam, this sandwich was  going to be my #strangebutgood contribution, but then I made something more strange and more good, but this sandwich none the less was amazing.
But I didn’t stop there. Because as great as it was raw and cold, I am a firm believer anything is better when made into a panini.
So I did that too.
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Both sandwiches were made with P28 bread and this was actually the first time I toasted or used this bread on the panini maker.
This bread is even better toasted! I actually like the chewy texture of it cold, but it get’s so crispy when toasted. It took this sandwich up a notch.
Am I the only one who likes to mix sweet and savory? I swear I could put jam on anything.
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And last but not least we come to dessert.
I typically always have like to have something sweet before bed.
Yogurt bowls are a common occurrence.
This one was extra delish.
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Sprinkled with hershey’s special dark chocolate, peanut flour, #cereal dust, and a few Figamajigs made it into there too.
Addicted to those things.
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Well loves I’m going to end on that sweet note.
I hope you all have a wonderful rest of you week.
I know mine will be done with the blink of the eye!
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Have you ever had tempeh?
Do you like your sandwich’s warm or cold?

granola and figs and chocolate oh my!

Loves do I have some tasty-ness for you today!

Shall I dare to share marvelous tasty-ness?

I think I shall.And thanks to the beautiful Katie, I have the opportunity to share all this greatness with you.

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As you know I love to share what I am eating, what products I am using and what companies I am loving.

I mean really, where would we be without companies making fabulous products for us to make our delicious dishes with?

So I always love to give credit when credit is due.

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I have been making some absolutely amazing TVP prOAT bowls lately. I was initially just so glad I got back on the oatmeal wagon after taking a long hiatus from it.

I started with warm bowls.

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Topped with frozen banana (obsessed), blueberries and cereal dust.

Then I brought back my dessert for breakfast bowls with a Chocolate Covered Strawberry bowl.

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Ok seriously. I didn’t think it could get any better. But chocolate covered strawberries prOATs is pretty epic.

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Then I had the wonderful opportunity to do OIAJ.

Oh man did I miss these too.

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(Props to Wild Friends for making this OIAJ extra special. Seriously. Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter makes anything 3928742834 times better)

Then I finally remembered how much I loved my overnight oats. How could I have forgotten about them?

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1. I seriously forgot how much chia seeds make a bowl grow. Love.

2. A few things made this bowl extra special.

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Navitas acai powder.

There are so many benefits to acai that when I saw there was acai powder, I knew it would be perfect for me. So easy to throw into dishes.

The second special addition.

Love Grown Granola.

I swear they put crack in their granola.

But the show stopper?

Melzy Creations dark chocolate covered figs.

You heard me.

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And not only do they making dark chocolate covered figs, but they make bars that are out.of.this.world.

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Seriously look at that peanut butter goodness.

I have had a fair share of bars in my life, but seriously, these make it very high on my list.

And if peanut butter and dark chocolate wasn’t good enough.

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More dark chocolate fig goodness.

This bar was beyond words. I know it’s just a bar, but it was that good.

I highly highly recommend you find these in a store near you.

You won’t regret it.

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Well loves, I hope I shared enough goodness with you today. I hope you all have a marvelous week.

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How do you prefer your oats? warm? cold? in a jar?