‘eyyyy, love-doves. Hope everyone’s having a bangin Saturday and better food than I’ve had. Or, maybe I should say I hope you’ve had as many epiphanies as I’ve had? Regardless – let’s jump back to the meal that never fails :breakfast. And here’s a hint: if you make it through this post, you may find a surprise hidden within! Because, well – I’m sneaky like that.
This is what I call my “oh please oh please be warm today…maybe I can summon Spring with peaches and raspberries?” bowl of oats. It didn’t work, but I’ll get to that in a bit. What did work was delicious nectarines paired with some red raspberries. Oh, and coconut butter. Duh.
The Base this morning was:
-brewed coffee, almond milk
-almond extract, drizzle of agave
–half of a diced ripe nectarine, and a couple frozen red raspberries
–1/2 Tbs. chia seeds
The toppings this morning:
–chia-acai icing, milled golden flax
–sliced raw almonds
-ginger jam, Artisana coconut butter
and a compote-esque mix of the rest of the nectarine and some frozen red raspberries in agave and almondmilk.
To drank? Green Mountain’s Golden French Toast, nothing but the best! Soon, the seasonal flavor will be island coconut. I totally burnt myself out on this flavor last year – and still had an open bag up until a couple weeks ago, when I pawned it off on my sister. Work does, however – still have one full K-Cup box for me, since no one else drinks it. I had a few on those glorious Spring-like days we had a week ago – and can’t wait until the weather “allows” me to drink it again.
Is anyone else this way? It just feels wrong drinking island coconut when it’s hardly above 0 outside! I’ll still gladly eat coconut, however. I guess I’m weird. But we already knew that.
Loved the coconut butter in this bowl. It was so right. The base needed a little something, though. A banana would have done, but I’m branching out. Instead, I’ve been having an affaird with Agave. I should probably lay off a little bit – but it’s hard when it’s just that amazingly tasty.
So – as mentioned, today I went to a tack sale/horse exposition/tack auction with mi madre. On the way there, my words: “We are crazy. We are eagerly going, setting up a table in hopes to sell thirty years worth of accumulated tack, in zero degree weather. What are we doing?!” No, friends, most huge horse barns around here are not heated. This case was not an exception. As much fun as I had watching and hangin’ out with my mom – we seriously froze. Think “inside a freezing cement building from 8am-1pm where it is colder than it is outside, where outside it is only 20 and windy,” freezing. The sad part is we didn’t even stay for the auction part. Just the tack swap and watched some demos. If we had stayed for the auction, it would have been even worse because we would have had to sit still.
Probably for best, though – if we had stayed we may have come back with more than we left with. Luckily, we were able to unload osme of the stuff we haven’t used in eons. More money to feed the foodie, you know how it goes. I should have one of those cute ceramic jars with a witty saying… “nut-butter-aholic” or “jam-aholic” or “sweet potato fund.”
All that complaining aside – we did still have fun, took in some interesting information [coughandmoneycough] and I was happy to spend some quality time with the mother dearest. And I made her a slammin’ egg and hummus wrap. Whilst I made myself a soggy sweet potato panini. Go figure. Lesson one: sweet potato paninis = not travel friendly. Lesson learned. At least my mom loved her wrap…she’s really comin’ around, that one 🙂 We had no idea if there would be a concession. Usually, if there is, it’s just hamburgers and hotdogs, so I packed food as if we were going to be gone to Timbuktu for the day and a half. This included munchies of trail mix w/ yogi crisps, bananas, apples, and popchips.
I abandoned ship on eating the wrap . We started packing around 12:30 anyways, so I wasn’t even ready for lunch after having some BBQ popchips, a banana, and trail mix. What can I say? haha. It was only 15 minutes away from our house – I could wait and make myself an unsoggy sweet potato panini once home. We diiiid make a Price Chopper pit-stop, though, so I could grab some produce, cottage cheese, and pitas. I think today was National Sample Day or something, though – I got to compare a Special K blueberry granola bar with a Price Chopper brand fiber granola bar. I was actually pretty impressed – the special K bar was pretty darn good! Not overly sweet, and the taste was surprisingly blueberry. I often find with brands like that, they can easily taste a bit artificial and too sweet for me. I can’t say I’d buy a box because the ingredients are far from impressive – I still prefer my Clif and Gnu bars – but I couldn’t pass up a granola bar tasting 🙂 I wanted to stop at the granola station, too, but ushered myself along. I feel like a beggar when the people don’t offer and you have to ask. That and my mom was waiting, haha.
I’ve finally learned my lesson. Gardein, I’ve given you three separate chances to wow me, and you’ve failed 2.5 out of 3 times. In the salad I had you in first, the sweet potato covered your ugly bum. With a delicious side of kale and cranberries, you stood out like a zit on school portrait day. And your biggest failure? Delicious, melty mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and basil couldn’t even hide your ugliness. Am I missing something, here? If anyone’s had these and liked them, tell me what you did. I finally threw the last one out. I hate to do it. But I did. I thought I could disguise them enough that they’d taste fine and I’d still get me protein in, but no. Just no.
mmm, baked apple – with peanut butter and Yogi crisp crumbs. Because Yogi at least knows what’s up. Thank you, Yogi, for proving that all is not lost.
I’m in love with my mini english muffins because they make the best dang mini egg mcmuffins. I’m not kidding. Toast that puppy, slap some egg beaters in the micro with garlic, salt, and peppah – butter and hummus the muffin, and voila. Paired with a glorious warm applesauce mess of applesauce, strawberries, dates, agave, and some killah’ trail mix with dried fruits, pepitas, choco chips from las co-op. Oh, and obviously more Yogi.
I was really happy to be flipping through our free-press and see this new addition! Not only that, but – I got to catch the rest of Jamie Oliver’s show while I was trying to warm up in bed this afternoon. What’s everyone think of it?! I loved it. Such an eye-opener. Even my mom lately has been really taking an interest in healthy alternatives. Point in case? She wanted to try my celery root. Aaaand, before I forget; I just got a text from my sister. It went “Did you say you put lemon pepper on those Kale chips? I want to make some…” It’s love, is what it is.
Yep. I saw celery root in Clean Eating a while back, and have been kind of wanting to give it a go lately. Unfortunately, I think I may have dreamed up the recipe in which I thought they made a celery root mash because I couldn’t re-find it. So I hoofed it.
I mashed it with some lemon juice, dijon mustard, garlic, pepper, salt, basil, olivio, and milk. It was okay – but honestly, I don’t know why I used lemon because I’m not a lemon fan. I think that threw me off most, so I really want to try it and next time just do it with some garlic, sundried tomatoes, and cheese of some sort. What are your favorite celery root recipes? Right now, all I smell when my hand goes near my nose is celery and it’s growing old fast.
I paired it with some lemon-dijon tempeh and broc and while the tempeh actually was quite tasty with the lemon-dijon, I didn’t care for the broc because it wasn’t burnt enough, haha.
And that’s when I realized: I am stuck in my ways, and it’s good that I a. had a mediocre meal, b. am unimpressed by a meal that, when I look at it – wasn’t even that bad, and c. am experimenting with new things. So, you know what, it’s okay. My mom actually enjoyed it, I think moreso than I. She finished what I left on my plate, haha. But, dessert made up for it 🙂
Did you make it through all that? Okay, good. I have a mini-giveaway, if you will. Now, don’t get too excited!! It’s nothing big, but anything is something, right?! You know how popchips sent me coupons? Well – I don’t want to hoard them all for myself! I’ll never use this many! So – I’ll share the love a little bit, eh? Two winners will receive two coupons each: one for a free bag of pop chips, and one for buy one get one free. All you need to do is comment on this post, and I’ll randomly generate a number on…Monday or Tuesday. Or some day next week. When it tickles my fancy. I guess. And if you tell me what you do with your celery root, I’ll love you that much more. I should say I’m not raggin’ on celery root. It was good! Just not prepared right. Preparation semi-fail, if you will.
Have aaa lurbly night. Eat good food. I know I’ve got a lot of making up to do. Helllooo, mini egg mcmuffin. And oatmeal. And cottage cheese. Because I’m Jess and have growing obsessions with things I refused to touch for the first twenty years of my life.
A Breaking News Update: I just bopped on over to the Cook’s Mission and discovered celery root is one of the mystery ingredients. This is purely coincidental, I bought these Thursday, ahaha. Though I am bummed, because now no one will want to divulge their favorite celeriac recipes with me until after!! I’m not too sure how this is gonna go… 😦