Hey guys & gals! I hope everyone’s started off on the right foot for their week and Monday went off without a hitch. If you started it with carrot cake barley, like I did – you’re bound to be golden for the week 😉
I don’t know why I let such long lengths of time pass between each bowl of carrot cake oats that I consume. I think it is, hands-down, my favorite combo. I think my mind says shredding carrots for oatmeal in the morning is just too much of a process – but for some reason, it’s actually much quicker than making my usual bowls? Not sure why – but the base this morning was loaded. I think Food Network was having effects on my brain while I slept – the Ultimate Recipe Showdown was on, and they were making cakes and desserts. Carrot cake was one of them.
For one loaded barley base:
- 1 T. oat bran, 3 T. rolled barley flakes (last of the bag! sad face.), 1 T. wheat bran
- 1/2 c. brewed coffee (+ splash more), 1/2 c. almond milk
- trail power
- 1/2 of a thinly sliced banana
- 3/4s of a grated carrot
- cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
- 1 T. chia seeds
And for some super-yummy toppings:
- honey chia-acai icing
- slivered almonds
- crystallized ginger
- Dundee ginger preserves
- chopped dates
- the last of my Artisana coconut butter [crumbles]
- and a mixture of grated carrot, chopped banana, and raisins sauteed in some almond milk and a splash of maple syrup
Enjoyed, again – with Timothy’s Sugar Bush Maple coffee. With a splash of almond milk and maple syrup! Can’t go wrong with carrot cake oats 🙂 I was about to bust out frying pan #3 and toast up some coconut and almonds – but I leave the three-pan parties for the weekends, I guess.
This caramel oikos and one of my apple-date oat bran muffins made the best morning snack. I still cannot get over how heavenly the caramel oikos yogurts are. Not only that, but – even though I [jokingly] complained about them being too small, they make the perfect snack size. Not so much protein that I wouldn’t be hungry for my delicious lunch I had planned!
Remember how yesterday I said I was on a roasting roll? Well – I wasn’t lying! I also roasted some more eggplant and red pepper for today’s lunch! I packed the eggplant & pepper with two slices of fresh Dakota bread, mozzarella, tomato paste, and hummus to panini press at work. Out of this world good.
I found this Dakota bread at the Price Chopper bakery on Saturday. I am in love! Probably not as good as a “real” bakery – but pretty good for around here. Usually I just see them selling italian loaf, peasant bread – etc. It’s always good bread, but I prefer hearty. So I figured at $2/loaf on sale for the Dakota – why not give it a try? It definitely impressed! I’d still rather support the Depot – but they rarely have their Dakota loaves made, for some reason.
I paired this lovely ‘nini with some pretzel crisps & fig – chevre spread, an ahhhmazing plum, and rounded out the meal with a cherry-orange date ball. I also snagged the Elderberry Kombucha from yesterday, and still have some left for Wednesday. I make those four servings into four servings…gettin’ my money’s worth!!
There must have been eggplant in the air today – my boss ordered the same thing for lunch, just about! This was before he even knew what I had. The quip of the day? Him saying “I bet mine was healthier – my eggplant was fried, and in a foot-long white hoagie roll.” We laughed. Though – his eggplant was soaked in balsamic vinegar – why didn’t I think of that?!
I broke a couple teeth while snacking on this Nut Delight Kind Bar. No me gusta. Too hard for my liking – honestly, I’d rather just…well…grab a handful of nuts. For lack of better words. Maybe the coconut macadamia will impress me more? Let’s hope. My hunger has been like clockwork lately. 10-10:30? time for a snack. noon-12:30? time for lunch. sometime between 3 and 4? snack would be nice. And when I roll in the driveway for dinner around 6:15, I’m ready to cook. It’s kind of nice, actually, hah. Do you tend to have the same eating patterns daily, or are they always different?
While at work today, I was presented with the opportunity to work with quite possibly the most frustrating customer on this earth. Let me just say, I’m pretty laid back, and tend to get along with everyone well enough. I don’t let people get to me, either – for the most part. I feel, if they’re aggravating enough to even get close to really upsetting me – they’re not deserving of my time dwelling on how much they irritated me. That being said, there’s two types of people who really get to me: those who think they know everything, and those who think the world revolves around them. Unfortunately, these two traits tend to go hand in hand. Unfortunately, if there was one person to finally make me lose it, she walked in the doorway at work today. Yeah – both personality traits, times five thousand. Basically, I don’t know what I’m talking about, she does, and anything wrong wasn’t her doing – it was definitely me. Ugh. After dealing with her, my boss let me know the reason he exited the entranceway so quickly was because he saw her coming.
That being said, she rubbed it in even more as she was leaving, putting me through hello and back – telling me “You’re the best thing that’s happened to me all day.” Thank you, I wish I could say the same for you. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you all day?! And, are there any traits or things that make you really close to thinking you’re about to lose your mind on someone? -End of rant – back to happy times!
Difficult customer aside, I really had a great day. We were so busy. I was able to sit down to eat, but that was it. I am beat! Sitting down driving home was like a breath of fresh air, hah. I do love the days I’m running around crazy, though…but let me tell you, I was a starvin’ marvin’, and threw together a killer quinoa and apricot salad once home.
Quinoa, red pepper, scallions, asparagus, tempeh, dried apricots, fresh basil, and toasted pine nuts tossed in a yogurt-honey-curry dressing and served on a bed of baby spinach 🙂 Hit. the. spot. I just wanted it as my main meal rather than a side for something – so I chose to just beef it up with some tempeh for le protein. Loving quinoa!
I also have the opportunity to be featured in a magazine, and need to narrow down to one-three images. I am my own worst critic, and am cringing at the thought! So, in your opinion – do you prefer (on average) my breakfast, lunch, or dinner photographs?
I have sooo many blogs to read. I went to bed early last night, so my google reader is screaming! Have a great night 🙂