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Well loves if you read my last post, you know how I feel about today.

Is it Friday yet?

But you also know there is a part of Wednesday that is a bit exciting.

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You guessed it.

I actually have eaten some amazing food, no thanks to my cooking skills, but Matt and I had been invited to one of his co-workers for dinner. Since he is still new at the job and this was the first time I met them, I decided to not take any pictures.

But let me tell you. The meal was amazing.

Cowboy caviar (which is seriously crack in a bowl – heeellllooo avocados), grilled zucchini, grilled portabella mushroom topped with garlic spinach and cheese, artichokes, oven roasted potatoes, and bbq chicken. Seriously all cooked to perfection. I ate so much food, but I seriously could not stop, it was so good. It was a fun night overall and we had a great time.

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But since I can’t show you any of that deliciousness, I have a few things that I can show with you.

Oatmeal has came back into my life. It tends to happen when I have these laying around.

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I actually stole this jar from work.

I made a base of vanilla cinnamon overnight prOATs and topped it off with some frozen banana, local granola, shredded coconut and Enjoy Life chocolate chips. Because we all need a little chocolate in the morning.

This got me on an oatmeal kick, so I had them again the next day.

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Since I was still kind of on a coconut kick I added coconut butter and shreds not only while cooking, but also another huge spoonful of Sweet Spreads cinnamon roll butter and more shredded coconut.

(side note: this was transferred into a jar for travel convenience shortly after)

And to keep trucking with coconut…

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It kept coming with my waffles. Since we’re not actually getting any snow in Arizona, I like the effect shredded coconut gives my food. Kinda like snow right?

Ok, maybe not at all, but we can pretend. It still tasted pretty dang delicious.

Then I started getting lazy with my breakfasts, but sometimes simple is the tastiest.

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Because sometimes a bagel with cream cheese and jam is all you want. And sometimes you don’t even make it pretty.

It’s not all breakfast around here though.

I did manage to whip up a simple tuna veggie nori roll that was pretty tasty.

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This was later doused in tahini. I’ve been obsessed with the stuff lately!

And for dessert?

Well even though my poppy seed cake wasn’t a total success.

It also wasn’t a total failure.

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I mean someone had to eat it. Might as well be me!

Speaking of dessert.

This happened tonight.

And it was pretty wonderful

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Proof I do eat things other than frozen yogurt.

Well loves, I hope you all have a great week.

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What are some eats you’re enjoying lately?

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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.

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Hello my beautiful friends.

I hope you all are having a wonderful week so far.

It’s only Wednesday, but I feel like it is so much later in the week. My days have been long, busy and very tiring.

Thankfully I have a wonderful fiance who has had a glass of wine ready for me when I get home from work, I then quickly change into sweatpants and my nights turn into this.

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I’m not complaining. Trust me.

But since this is What I Ate Wednesday time and all, I don’t think all you want to hear and see are my drinking habits.

Those are pretty obvious anyways.

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Things really haven’t changed on the boring meal front.

That also doesn’t mean boring isn’t tasty.

But to start off I first want to say, when it comes to products I think people sometimes forget the aspect of customer service from companies we buy from and deal with frequently.

As I have proclaimed in the past, being the huge carb/bread girl that I am, of being obsessed with Silver Hills Bakery breads.

But in addition to their products being amazing, their customer service is amazing as well. And very much appreciated.

I had a few loafs of bread I thought had “gone bad”. It may have happened in shipping, it may have very well been my fault. I contacted the company just to let them know and with no questions asked, they offered to replace my loaves.

Guys, sounds like a small thing, but being as I really wasn’t looking for a replacement, I appreciated the offer that much more.

So I want to give a special shout out to Jodie at Silver Hills Bakery, thank you for the replacement, and thank you for just being so great to deal with.

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So let’s get back to the food and my as per usual boring meals.

 It really is amazing how a good quality bread that tastes great on its own, can make a simple breakfast a delicious breakfast.

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And yes, I am still obsessed with protein frosting, so this simple toast topped with Plant Fusion chocolate protein frosting was amazing, filling, and hit the spot.

It got even better with a homemade topping.

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Silver Hills Gluten Free Chia Chia is seriously by far my favorite of the bunch. I am obsessed.

I am also obsessed with homemade chia jam. Especially of the mixed berry lemon ginger variety.

Again, two simple breakfasts that tasted amazing.

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Staying on the bread base trend, I finally found Thomas’s Pumpkin Spice English Muffins.

But even though these were pretty tasty (I still like the bagels better) the toppings stole the show on this one.

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Homemade drippy banana almond butter and homemade peach strawberry jam.

Oh man. This breakfast was the jam.

You know what other breakfast never disappoints?

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I don’t know a time when OIAJ has done me wrong, and this one totally got kicked up a notch, by a maybe #strangebutgood topping.

I also finally got more TVP, which I didn’t realize until running out of it and using just a mix of grains how much I loved the texture the TVP gave my oat mixes. Glad to have it back.

But back to that swirl.  I don’t know where I saw this idea, but I added a swirl of black strap molasses and it was ah-mazing. I can’t even describe the flavor punch it gave the oatmeal. This will be happening again.

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Dinners have been simple still, but again, that does not mean they are not delicious.

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Simple chicken drizzled with my spicy peanut sauce and sriracha dots served with steamed veggies and a bit of salsa verde for an extra kick.

Seriously, sometimes simple is the best.

Well loves, I am off to drink more wine relax a bit, I hope you all are too.

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What is your favorite simple meal?

too busy to have fun

I love being an adult don’t get me wrong.

Sure there are times when I miss my college care free days, but something about actually having responsibilities is gratifying.

And what was life before being 21? I don’t know.

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No secret I love my beer.

And like I mentioned in my last post, I love Halloween, but it’s a holiday that makes me miss being young. Being able to actually enjoy the holiday, dress up, go trick or treating, or even just making fun snacks for parties. Life now is just too busy, too stressful and I am just so dang tired.

So with the holidays coming up I wish I had some fun tasty new recipes to share with you, but honestly I just don’t have the time.

So for What I Ate Wednesday you are stuck again with my mundane day to day eats.

But it’s better than nothing right?

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Only having one day off work really makes my breakfasts boring. I’m not shy about the fact that sometimes I have a simple PB&J multiple times a week for breakfast.

So when the bittersweet moment of an empty nut butter jar presents itself, I get an initial wave of sadness because my beloved nut butter is gone, but it’s soon followed by the joy knowing I can make OIAJ.

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I’ve been keeping my oat mixes simple lately. This batch actually had a mix of a bunch of random grains to try and bulk up the nutrition a bit.

It was a mix of rolled oats, quinoa, buckwheat and chia seeds.

I also kept the flavor profile simple by just adding some vanilla protein powder, vanilla stevia and of course my overload of cinnamon.

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Topped with my mandatory frozen banana, hemp hearts, sliced almonds and a few raisins.

I got very lucky this week though in that I had two empty nut butter jars to use.

Win!

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The simple fact that the oats were in a PB Crave CoCo Banana jar makes it epic enough, and thank goodness for that, because the mix inside was a little boring.

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I tried to dress it up with some local farmers market granola, but the peanut butter stole the show on this one.

So after my delicious breakfast’s of OIAJ, it made me realize how sick of having sandwiches for breakfast I was.

So I decided to switch it up a bit.

I use to have my powercakes for breakfast almost every day and like most of my ruts got sick of them and moved on to a new breakfast rut.

I decided to bring the powercake back!

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But with a green twist!

I added kale to my original powercake base, filled it with some melty peanut butter and Click protein frosting then rolled it up into a nice little powercake roll.

This was so good, I decided to make another one the next morning.

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My first powercake roll was a bit on the thin side, so for this batch I added a little bit of coconut flour to bulk it up a bit.

Worked perfectly and was amazing topped with my homemade banana coconut butter.

Carbs. Veggies. Healthy Fats. Protein.

A very complete and delicious breakfast.

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I’m still trying to make myself switch it up for dinners.  I have made some tasty meals, but they sometimes just don’t come out as pretty as they taste.

I almost don’t want to post this picture with how non appetizing it looks, but I assure you, it tasted amazing.

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I’m trying to use up items I have in my pantry and saw package of the Trader Joe’s spicy seaweed salad. I am addicted to authentic seaweed salad, but this is a nice switch up when I want something a bit spicier. And cheaper.

I then took a package of tuna and used a little bit of the seaweed salad sauce and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and cooked it in a skillet for a few minutes.

Ugly I know, but it was delicious.

This really made me want sushi though. (but when don’t I want sushi) And thanks to Jenn who just posted an amazing how to make cucumber rolls, I just had to try it myself. 

Insert cucumber roll #fail

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I tried really hard to cut the cucumber correctly, but it just didn’t happen. I was so close.

So these turned into cucumber sushi boats.

But they were still delicious and that’s all that matters right?

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I made a spicy tuna mixture of tuna, sriracha, dulse flakes and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, added some carrot strips and then drizzled it with my spicy thai peanut sauce.

May not be in roll form, but like I said, it was delish none the less.

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So even though being a busy adult makes holiday’s less fun and I can’t partake in a lot of the activities I use to, I still have all of you and internet to live vicariously though.

So thank you for that.

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Do you have Halloween plans?

What’s your favorite Halloween candy? If you love candy corn as much as I do, check out these cute recipes using them!

Candy Corn Martini with Bombay Sapphire

Candy Corn Martini

You had me at martini candy corn.

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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?

keeping it simple

Happy Wednesday luffs!

I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far!

Mine started out with a few crazy days at work, but I have today off, so I am taking that time to relax!

I actually have a baking experiment I think I am going to plunge in and try, so look forward to a review on how that goes.

It may end up being a #strangebutgood contribution, but really with me and cooking, what isn’t?

But it’s not time for that yet. Now it is time for What I Ate Wednesday!

So let’s make sure we heard over first and thank the wonderful Jenn for being such a great host and check out all the good eats everyone has been having. I must admit, this week they might be better than mine.

I have to confess meals have been kind of boring around here. I may have already lost my cooking mojo.

It does not however mean that my meals have not been delicious. Because sometimes simple makes the most amazing meals.

So this week is all about keeping it simple.

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A lot of simple breakfasts have been happening.

And when I saw simple, I mean simple.

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We’re talking as simple as it gets with peanut butter and jelly on toast.

But not just any jelly.

Matt’s parents made us some home made jam that was out.of.this.world.

This one was peach/strawberry and coming from a jam addict, it seriously was one of the best home made jams I’ve had.

I honestly don’t think I could ever get sick of the peanut butter and jelly combination.

So classic. So good.

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Another simple breakfast that doesn’t get old?

Overnight prOATs.

And as if I could ever just eat them out of a bowl.

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Can’t let any of those last scrapings go to waste.

Sometimes that is the best part.

But it get’s even better.

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Honestly, what is better than oats in an almost empty peanut butter jar?

Again, not a scrape or swipe of peanut butter goes to waste. Not in my house.

I also have become obsessed with almonds lately and have found they make an amazing topping to my oats. I love adding crunch to my oats, but I find when I add cereal or something like that it gets soggy way too quickly. You don’t have that problem with almonds. I also love the little bit of saltiness it gives the  breakfast.

Again simple, but delicious.

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Dinner additions have been pretty simple too.

As simple as salads are, they actually have been pretty non-existent in my life lately. I still love and eat my veggies, just not really in salad form.

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Welcome back salads! I loved going to the store and buying fresh romaine, fresh whole carrots, zucchini, and tomatoes and putting together a simple fresh mix.

This salad was so good, it was basically repeated identically the next night.

Only with a little twist.

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A definite #strangebutgood home made dressing.

If you follow me on Instagram you know what this was made of, but if you don’t, you will just have to wait until Friday for the recipe.

Let’s just say it was a surprisingly wonderful addition to the salad.

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Another simple dinner that is not as colorful, but was amazing in every other aspect was this one.

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Trader Joe’s organic chicken strips topped with a peanut flour sauce, parsnip chips, and roasted kabotcha topped with whipped protein cottage cheese fluff. Everything about this plate tasted so amazing.

It was my first time roasting the kabotcha in the “ring” form instead of chopping it into cubes. I really didn’t think this would make such a big difference, but boy did it. I will never go back to my old way. Rings are the way to go.

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Simple and brown, but this plate was full of deliciousness.

But I’ll be honest, you really can’t go wrong when there is kabotcha involved.

Kabotcha along with plantains are still my two current obsessions that I may or may not eat way too much of. But I’m not complaining.

So with that being said, for good measure I’ll leave you with plantain bread.

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And if you don’t like that, here’s a cute picture of my cat in a box.

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Because who doesn’t like a cat in a box?

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What are your current food obsessions?

an almost wordless wednesday

Happy Wednesday my loves!

I am going to try something a little bit different for this round of What I Ate Wednesday.

For once I have a lot to share with you.

So even though I love to talk and tell stories and give you guys tons of pointless details behind my meals, I am going to make this an as wordless post as I can.

But I’m going to be honest, I like to talk (type?) so we’ll see how that goes.

But before I bombard you with my eats lately, head over to Jenn’s and thank the beautiful lady for being such a great host.

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Breakfasts may be the same, and sometimes brown and boring, but I love my breakfast wraps.

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Sometimes it’s fun when I am low on stuffing supplies. Random things like KIND bars, nuts, energy bites, kamut puffs, cereals and basically anything I can find I’ll stuff into these things.

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Some pretty delish OIAJ have been happening too.

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Hemp seeds have been a new addiction. I actually think I got them in a sample box and it took me forever to use them. Such a great nutty flavor. I love them.

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This jar was very hard to say goodbye too. This is seriously one of the best peanut butters ever.

Earth Balance’s Almond Butter with Flaxseed is still by far my favorite, but oh so expensive.

#poorgirlproblems

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And  you better believe I scraped every.last.bit. of that jar. So good.

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Proof I’ll use about any jar.

Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter is too good to waste any little bit.

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And when I don’t have an empty jar, I make my own.

Parfait style.

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And as shocking as it is, I have actually made some pretty delish dinners lately as well.
I can’t believe it, but I think I am finally getting out of my cooking slump and am wanting to create new things.

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Simple pasta, but not made with just any ole sauce. When we were in Los Angeles our friends made us some home made tomato sauce to take back with us. Let me tell you, it was amazing. Home made is always so much better.

New Trader Joes finds also made new dinners easy.

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I forgot how much I loved my spicy peanut chicken. So easy to make. So delicious.

(Verdict on the seaweed salad: Meh. Not the best I’ve had, but not horrible either)

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And this plate of amazing will be getting a post all of it’s own.

Spicy Thai Chicken Stir Fry.

This was amazing.

And since I always like to end with something sweet.

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I had told a co-worker I would bake her some cupcakes.

Really any excuse for me to make sweets I’ll take.

It’s not just coincidence there is enough left over batter for a few to stay home.

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Well loves I actually have more delish dishes to share with you, but a few that deserve spot lights of their own, so make sure you check back.

It won’t be a shocker to what it is.

But here’s a sneak peek.

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I know I know, more plantain bread. But as simple as this batch may look, the flavor was out of this world good.

I can’t get enough. And I think you’ll like it too.

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What have you been having for breakfast lately?

Any fun grocery finds you would recommend?

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Hello and happy Monday my loves.

Let me say my weekend was bor-ing.

Sorry, no real shenanigans to share.

Why you ask?

Well Saturday I had to work (lame) and Sunday Matt had a dodgeball tournament, which left me home alone all day.

I probably could have been productive and cleaned or something. Maybe even baked. But I had no motivation to clean or bake, or being productive in any sense.  So I guess I am the one to blame for the lack of activities.

But even though my weekend was not the most exciting, I still love to find the small things that can make a day marvelous.

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For Matt’s birthday I had purchased him tickets to the LA Galaxy vs. Madrid soccer match. He is obsessed with soccer at the moment, so I thought it would be fun for us to go to a match together. Little did I know what a big deal this match actually was. I guess the LA team is the only US team to participate in this league and the fact that they were even playing in Arizona was a huge deal too. I had to work that day, but left early in what I thought would be enough time to get across town to the stadium. We planned ahead and Matt picked up dinner for me to eat in the car.

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Yes I ate sushi in the car, and yes I still used chopsticks.

And yes, I made a huge mess. But it was delicious none the less.

So once we were on our way, we were quickly greeted with ridiculous traffic. Not only was it normal rush hour traffic, but the game was adding additional back up. We were not happy about being stuck in it.

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It probably took us double the amount of time it should have, but we finally made it. And after waiting in line for an additional half hour at will call to pick up my tickets, and then the fact that we entered the gate of course on the complete opposite side of the stadium, we finally made it to our seats. But not before grabbing a beer.

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We had a great time at the game and I am so glad that Matt was able to finally go to a match and it was just an overall great date night for us.

I had to work the next day (Matt was lucky enough to have the day off) and let me tell you I was exhausted. But sometimes it’s the small things that get me through my day.

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Americano’s from Starbucks always help.

And also a delicious breakfast that was prepped the night before so I didn’t have to worry about it in the morning.

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OIAJ never lets me down, and when I know I am going to have a rushed morning is a wonderful go to breakfast. I seriously hoard empty jars just for these occasions.

And if a delicious breakfast isn’t enough, tasty new desserts help too.

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I finally got a hold of the new white chocolate raspberry QuestBar. I am a fan.

Although I think the chocolate chip cookie dough is still my favorite.

So even though my weekend was a bit dull, there are always ways to find the positives and the little things that make life marvelous.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and can find the small positive moments in your life.

Have a great week loves.

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Have you been to a live sporting event?

What’s your favorite go to quick breakfast?