Key Components

So, after reading all the feeback from yesterday’s post, a comment by Sarena really stood out – in a good way! I didn’t even see the segment on the news (I actually heard this briefly on Monday morning on the radio – and was surprised when everyone started saying “I saw that too!” haha) but it is disappointing that they appear to have made it seem more reasonable to feed your kids fast food rather than “risking” feeding your children fresh fruits and veggies. I feel there are certainly ways around the pesticides in some produce. First and foremost – the Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen list that I’ve posted multiple times. In addition, I’ve found frozen (but organic) fruit to be cheaper than buying fresh, and give you more bang for your buck. Same goes for veggies! I wonder if they said the veggies in a Big Mac are certified organic? πŸ˜‰

I was surprised to wake up to drear again today – this is becoming way too much of a habit, weather!! I looked at the weather earlier in the week and it said sunshine through the weekend…guess he lied. Guess I have a new thing where I only hear what I want to hear, too.

Another new thing? Melted banana oats with sunbutter. Gahhh – I knew that would kick my morning off the the right start, regardless of the weather. I changed it up a bit from yesterday, but the key component stayed the same.

The base:

And topped with:

  • chia-flax icing
  • crystallized ginger
  • cashews
  • TJ’s SunButter
  • and a melted, mashed banana mixed with some chopped dates and then drizzled with some mape syrup. And a dried cranberry on top!

I would fall complete, head-over-heels in love with something just as it’s on its way out my life (as in, the Sunbutter.) Sounds like a guy issue.

I enjoyed this with some Green Mountain Rain Forest Nut. Another reason banana oats needed to happen? I need to go grocery shopping. Well, produce grocery shopping.

After much debate as to what I was feelin’ for eats today, I finally settled on a [to-be] panini with Crofters, spinach, tempeh, and pepper goat cheese.

I really like that this local goat cheese isn’t overwhelmingly cheesy, and has a great peppery kick to it to contrast the sweetness of the Crofters. They also had a maple flavor (because, once again – we have maple everything.) which I mayyyy just need to try, too. I don’t think this sammie wil ever get old – I think it may be my favorite sammie ever. Yeah, I went there. What of it? Key component? pan-frying the tempeh with some cinnamon!

I grabbed a gala apple and a Dr. Kracker 3-seed flatbread to tag along, as well. Oh, and Sunbutter. Soon I’ll have to see if Price Chopper’s brand is up to par – I mean, a sunflower seed is a sunflower seed, right?

While eating lunch, I thought of useless things like the spelling of names – whether I prefer “Teddy” or “Teddie.” Which do you prefer? I think Teddie is a little more unique. And it makes me think even more of a cutesy little cuddly teddy bear.

Anywho. Before any of that, though, I popped a couple homemade apple pie Β laraballs.

A few of you asked whether I’d posted the recipe – I sort of did, but it’s on the bottom of a page with a more truffle-esque recipe above it. But, it’s quite simple:

  • 1/2 cup dried fruit
  • 1/3 cup nuts
  1. Process dried fruits and empty into mixing bowl.
  2. Ground up nuts – not too find, coursely ground works fine, empty into bowl.
  3. Combine and form into shapes. Makes 2 larabars, or however many balls you want.

I’ve done all sorts of combos, but find it to work best if you use at least 1/4 cup of medjool dates (about 5 dates) and the other 1/4 coconut, cranberries, apples, raisins, figs. For coconut balls, I love using macadamia nuts for the nuts. For the apple balls, I used pecans & walnuts and added in ground cinnamon and nutmeg. You could do a PB & J with dried cherries or cranberries and peanuts for the nuts. Just know that peanuts have a more pronounced flavor in these than any other nut – they will taste more peanut butter-y than fruit-y.

And bee tee dubbs, these take approximately 4.392 minutes to make – “time” is not an excuse πŸ˜‰

Speaking of homemade Larabars, though, I also grabbed a realΒ Larabar – which was the perfect afternoon snack. I tried the Ginger Snap flavor – and once again, not lying – was pretty excited to give it a try. I love ginger snaps!

It was good flavor-wise, though I would have preferred it to be more ginger-esque. That and, for some reason, this bar was a bit harder than most Larabars I’ve had. It wasn’t expired, but did have a best by of July 2010, so maybe (hopefully) it was just nearing its’ end?

I think not having a big morning snack today made me ravenous as the day wore on. Since I’ve been having more filling breakfasts recently (bananas really make a difference, lol) I haven’t been super hungry for an a.m. snack, but I think I should have one, anyway. Is anyone else like that?

Anyways – I was shocked to walk in the door only to have my mom say “I’m starving, what took you so long? I want my dinner!”

Henry’s gone for a couple nights to some work thing, reason why I cooked for us both last night and – apparantly – tonight! She demanded (yes, demanded) chickpea quinoa pilaf again, absolutely no variation from last night, and make extra for lunch at work tomorrow. Well, yes ma’am!

I, however – went a different route. A. because there wasn’t enough quinoa, and b. because ever since talking food with Jess last night, I kept thinking quesedilla!

Okay, maybe I went in a slightly different route from your standard quesedilla, but delicious nonetheless. In the tortilla:

  • chickpeas
  • artichoke hearts
  • roasted red pepper
  • tomato paste
  • garlic & chive hummus
  • greek yogs
  • nooch
  • lemon juice
  • garlic salt, dried parsley, black pepper

And I sauteed some fiddleheads in a bit of olive oil and more garlic than any one human should consume throughout the course of the day, let alone one side dish. That’s how I roll. And seriously, I love fiddleheads. I was worried they’d be too asparagus-y after reading their description, but I don’t think they are even close to asparagus! I really do not like asparagus, but these puppies are delish. Will definitely be picking up more tomorrow – I so need produce. And an oil change. Too bad they don’t change oil at grocery stores….


Horsey Humpday

I’m not gonna lie – all of the recent horse-doings have made me so eager for the new pony to get here! I can’t wait to get started working with him rather than Jiggy πŸ˜› Oh well – I should appreciate the “made” horses while I can, right? It’s probably for best that I’ve got some good solid “me” time – meaning, I can focus on getting my muscles back into riding shape, without worrying so much about being on a baby greenie.

But, in lieu of horse training, we’ll take a peek at Corona – a resale project pony given to me. I had Burly at the time, too – and really didn’t have use for two horses. So, I trained her and found her a home with a little girl who would dote on her for many years.

Corona fit the sterotypical red-headed pony mare type, for those horsey people wondering. She was a sweetheart most of the time – but man, tell her to do something rather than ask politely and she’d give you the what’s-what. Oh, mares… These date back…ohh…4-5 years?

the veeerrrry beginning

first show. don't laugh at me.


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21 responses to “Key Components

  1. I agree with you that buying frozen produce is a great alternative for those who are trying to save money – we need to spread the word! I’ve been wanting to try sunbutter but I haven’t gotten there yet. I drool over your bowl πŸ™‚ I’m very impressed with your homemade Larabars!

    Corona is a real beauty!! πŸ™‚ Is that you in the pictures?

  2. Mo

    I asked Nicole at PreventionRD (a nutritionist if you don’t know of her) if it was worth the risk to eat non-organic produce if not eating it or its organic, expensive counterparts meant eating less fruits and veggies, and she said it was definitely worth it. Certainly better for you than fast food, anyway! I love frozen fruit. It’s actually surprisingly cheap at Whole Foods, which is lovely. o.O

    Corona is gorgeous! πŸ™‚

  3. The gingersnap lara bar is intriguing on my must-buy list. ALso I need to try making the homemade lara bars with FIGS. Try the price chopper sunbutter, It should be good because sunflower seeds are sunflower seeds, but if not I can always send you another jar I mean it is only 4$, which is not too shabby for nutbutters. ahahaha about your mom, my mom has said a million times ” I do NOT like quinoa” So I made a black bean southwestern quinoa salad today and she tried it without me telling her what it was and she loved it than I said HA it is made with quinoa πŸ˜›

  4. I love buying frozen fruit, especially from Trader Joe’s. They don’t have too much in the organic department though, but I do buy the organic blueberries. Thanks for posting the recipe for the balls, I have to try to make those this weekend..maybe after I spend lots of $$ at Trader Joe’s this weekend! AND WHAT ARE fiddle heads? I literally read over that 3 times trying to figure out if you were kidding or not.

  5. I must say you need to receive an award for the most delciious looking, creative and beautiful oats ever! πŸ™‚ i love your oatmeal recipes! I had Sunbutter oats as well this morning with bluberries and banana, didnt live up to yours at all of course but sunflower seed butter is def. a new favorite nut butter so good! The ginger snap larabar is one of my favorites i think it is really gingery and i am such a ginger anything fan and i think that one is the most nutty! but homemade larabars are great, and so much less expensive + you can make any flavor you want! πŸ™‚ but i still love larabars, and ahh i am quite pissed that they retired the pistachio flavor lol which was like the best! ;(
    i also find that i am not that hungry usually for an AM snack, i usually must push myself to have something even if its just a piece of fruit or some nuts etc,…but it is good to eat every few hours even if your not the most hungry it helps with your metabolism…but i hear ya! Any way, that is so awesome that you ride horses! i love the photos πŸ™‚ I took lessons back when i was younger than quit becasue i was afraid haha i was such a odd child afraid of lots of random stuff ;P hope you had a great wednesday, and thank you for the comment on my blog. xo


  6. I hope your weather gets better! I think you are like me…a flower and you need sunshine to grow! I have never had fiddleheads, but I have always wanted to try them. I love asparagus though, so I wouldn’t mind if it tasted like that! I love sunflower seed butter, but I have only made my own. I am so cheap! I can’t wait to see your horse! I am so excited for you!

  7. teenagehealthfreak

    SNACKING: yeah i’m totally like that…sometimes mid-morning I’m like wow..i’m really not hungry today..but if I don’t eat anything…I get like supperlly hungry at night before I go to bed and end up eating a few bowls of oatmeal….so i always have a snack in morning..hungry or not..pretty much always apple with cinnamon and nut crackers with peanut butter. πŸ™‚

  8. YAY horse pics! My first horse was a mare and she was actually super sweet, but for the most part I’m a gelding lover. Corona is so pretty!
    And it’s funny what you said about the gingersnap lara- I liked it but thought it was SO gingery! haha πŸ™‚

  9. looked like a quesedilla to me! and a delicious one at that too!
    everytime i see those ginger snap flav lara bars i have such an urge to snap my fingers and say “OooOoooO SNAP!” lol
    omg if mcdonald’s ever came out with organic vegetables id think the world were coming to an end huh! haha

  10. Ahh, I gave you some foodie ideas!! yayy, that quesadilla looks amazing! I need to try that nutritional yeast, hummus, lemon juice & tomato paste combo–that actually sounds uber delish. I’m stoked! hahaha

    And gah, how amazing in tj’s sunflower seed butter?! It really truly is my favorite nut butter. Goes with everythangg! My mom and I just haddd to re-stock yesterday, since we were almost out! Very necessary πŸ™‚

  11. That quesadilla definitely inspired a lunch idea with one of my chickpea cutlets from tonight. I have artichoke hearts and hummus too. You come up with some great creations lady! I can’t believe I haven’t tried the gingersnap larabar but I wasn’t on a ginger kick until recently when I started drinking more gingery kombuchas. I love the throwback horse photos, so great! I agree that morning snacks aren’t always as necessary with a nice filling oaty breakfast. Have a good thursday!

  12. Lovely horse pictures! I always find it weird that mares have a bad rep…I’ve come across TWO mares in my life that were crabby and diffivult, all the others have been lovely! I’ve never even seen Chika put her ears back haha!
    Ugh, and re the ‘feed McDonald’s over veg thing’? That’s RIDICULOUS! Surely the chances of damage are greater if your kid lives off crap?? I think if we have little bits of pesticide, we probably just build up defence to it…gah!
    Beautiful food as always πŸ™‚

  13. Thanks for sharing the gorgeous horse pictures! πŸ˜€

    I need to try your breakfast creation one of these times. It always looks so delish. πŸ˜€

    Oh, and I’m feeling inspired to try fiddleheads now.

  14. Different Laras definitely have different textures, it’s what I love about them! For instance, the Jocalats are almost crumbly, while the pecan pie are super oily. I like it because it means they’re not using any kind of stabilizer or weird ingredients to standardize the texture!!

    I love the name Corona for a horse…reminds me of the southwest (and Cinco de Mayo, of course!)

  15. That issue with people buying fast food because they deem it safer reminds me of the issue raised in Food Inc where people rely on fast food because they think it’s cheaper. It’s sad that this is what society believes. You can whip up a healthy meal with rice, beans and veggies for just pennies! I wish this message could reach these audiences but unfortunately, I think the type of people who live on fast food are not the type of people who have seen Food Inc. Sorry to go off on a tangent like that! πŸ˜€

    Thanks for posting the Laraballs recipe. I’m so excited to dust off my old food processor and give them a try!

    Maple goat cheese sounds HEAVENLY.

  16. Brandi

    I’ve never tried the gingersnap bar, but it sounds good!

    PS: If you have a minute today, please vote for me!

    Thank you, thank you!

  17. Michelle

    Those homemade larabars are so simple! Thanks for the recipe and the great tips.

  18. horsey!!!! despite the dreary weather your pictures look so exquisite! YUM homemade laras are the best. never tried to recreate that flavor though. fiddleheads look so cool!

  19. The whole telling the horse to do something rather than asking politely makes her sound like my children at work. You can lecture them and order them around until you are blue in the face and they still won’t listen. But ask them nicely and get on their level and they are like putty in your hand πŸ™‚ You know what they say, you can catch more flys with honey than vinegar… or something like that.
    Ok so I had no idea those “LaraBar” balls were so EASY!!! I’m not a fan of just a plain date but maybe if it’s mixed in with those ingredients it would be good.. and I love some LaraBars.. worth a try! and MUCH less processed!!!
    I don’t really eat a morning snack but if I’m at home, I always have to eat an afternoon snack.. i just can’t NOT, you know? Even if I’m barely hungry.
    Have a great day love!

  20. Dee

    Corona’s gorgeous!

    Those homemade apple pie larabars look delish!

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