New Foods

Thank you, everyone, so much for your kind comments on my last two posts. Today started off on a…well, not so hot foot, and didn’t get much better as the day progressed. Coming home and reading your lovely words definitely made me a little more optimistic 🙂

I had to schedule the vet to come tomorrow to look at Teddie’s eye. I saw the little spot again, and it was a bit runny, too. I am fairly certain it is not “just a reflection.” It’s just difficult to see outdoors. I’m trying to stay optimistic about it – and honestly, would rather my vet come and laugh at me for freaking out over a reflection in his eye – and yet my logical brain knows the outcome may not be so good. Just like with humans, you don’t mess with their eyes. This includes putting off a visit. I am kicking myself for not just calling Monday even though I thought it’d gone away.

I don’t usually hope I’m crazy, but in this case, I hope I am 😛 I don’t think it helped me think positive thoughts about it, though, when I left and A says “I hope it’s not uveitis, Jessie. My friend just had to put her horse down because his was that bad.”

Hm. Thanks.

Anyways, moving on. I’ll be less of a joy-kill now, I promise. But think happy thoughts for me tomorrow, guys!

This morning started off okay, though, with a bowl of cinnamon raisin overnight oats. Mingling overnight was:

  • 1/3 c. quick oats
  • 1/2 t. chia seeds
  • 1/2 c. almond milk
  • cinnamon, nutmeg
  • raisins

and in the morning I added a nuked & sliced banana, raisins, wheat germ, pecans and a peanut butter sauce.

It’s getting darker and darker these mornings!! Not to mention I feel like my eyes are less “sharp” in the morning, too. I found it incredibly hard to focus my lens.

Either that or I’m losing my almost-perfect eyesight. I’m sort of proud of my eyeballs for being so hawk-like.

a new snack for the morning!

I’m not lying when I say I tend to buy things and put off opening them for a while. In fact, I bought these Kashi crackers so long ago that they’re past their best-by date! Don’t worry – they hadn’t been opened prior, though.

It sort of surprised me because I seriously remember the day I bought them. They caught my eye because I had a $2 off coupon! I guess I remember things when it involves saving money…?

Anyways – they were still fantastic. They’re no homemade cracker – but lets be honest. How much longer was I going to put off eating them, anyways? I don’t even really know why they lasted this long.

Phase One and Three: Carrots w/ Roasted Garlic Hummus and a White Flesh Nectarine

Phase Two: homemade bread with garlic hummus, hardboiled egg, feta, basil, red pepper, celery, and tomato paste.

As sad as this might make me sound – I’m not lying when I say I was actually pretty legitimately excited for lunch today…while I packed it last night. The freshly homemade bread, as well as the reintroduction of one of my favorite sammies of all time – the hardboiled egg & hummus sammie.

Unfortunately, bread toasts 5,000 times faster when you’re not watching it. In the time it took me to put this in the toaster oven, run upstairs to refill my waterbottle, and return back downstairs…I could already smell the burnt toast. No me gusta. See, I actually kinda like my toast a little burnt. But not the bread for my sandwiches.

That’s just bad news bears.

Not to mention it then made the egg too hot, which just turned out gross. The bread and egg that was salvageable, though? Lovely. See, there’s always something good to come out of things, right?! Right.

I’m on a groove with this new foods thing, and this one isn’t even the last of the day 😉 Some KIND bars caught my eye at the co-op the other day, and I’m finally able to have control of bar purchases (i.e. not buying every single one, every single time). While I admit they’re an expensive habit and something I can make myself – they are something I love, so it’s an “allowed splurge,” if you will. Something about just opening a pretty package makes them a leeetle bit cooler than packing a homemade one, even if the taste rivals each other 😉

I remember the very first KIND bar I hated. I think it was mixed nut or something? I remember nearly breaking a tooth. I was encouraged to give them another chance, though, and I did – with their walnut and date bar. It was love at first bite. And when I saw how many flavors of them the co-op has, it was hard to limit my selection but I finally chose on this Macadamia and Apricot bar.

And it was fabulous. It had huge chunks of coconut and macadamias, which paired wonderfully with the sweet apricot. I also love the texture that the puffed rice adds.

And, to wrap up my new food extravaganza of the day, I received a really exciting package the other night:

But what’s Tasty Bite, you ask? Well, I couldn’t have said it better myself – Tasty!

Launched in 1995, Tasty Bite currently offers 39 products across 4 categories: entréessaucesrices and meal inspirations.  The flavors range from classic restaurant favorites such as a Channa Masala to unique fusion items such as the Tofu Corn Masala.  Our products require no cooking, have no preservatives, require no refrigeration and as our brand suggests, taste phenomenal!

You guys know I’m not usually one for ready-made meals, but TastyBite must have hypnotic powers because the second I opened the box I couldn’t wait to try them all! They all have a wonderfully simple ingredients list, are quick to make – and what I was most excited about? Having “real” Indian. Don’t laugh that I’m considering something out of a box “real Indian.” We don’t have any Indian restaurants around here, and the closest I get to cooking Indian cuisine is throwing some curry powder in a dish.

Sort of like “I think I like it, but I don’t really know” nah’mean?

Tonight I was feeling the Punjab Eggplant vibe – Braised eggplant with aromatic Indian spices.

And aromatic they were. When I first opened the bag I was sort of worried I was going to burn my face off – and not just because it was to be served hot temperature wise. I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to spicy foods, you see.

I opted to have it over a slice of toast (no naan, sorry 😦 ) with a fried egg and a dollop of plain greek yogurt on top.

And yes – it was spicy – but not unbearably so. Enjoyably so, actually! And I think for a “normal” person – it’s probably hardly even spicy 😛 I was glad for the bread and greek yog, though!

So, all in all? Half my dinner came out of a box and I loved it. So far, I would definitely recommend TastyBite as a quick lunch or dinner solution.

What’s your favorite “ready-made” meal, when you have them?

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17 responses to “New Foods

  1. Hehe.. I don’t think I’ve had a ‘ready made meal’ in years. Does toast with tahini count? Because that’s usually what I resort to if I’m in a hurry or out of food XD

    … and I am so sorry about the rough day. I’m crossing all my fingers and toes for you regarding tomorrow’s visit from the vet, and sending all of my positive energy your way.

    I also hate it when my sandwiches go wrong. Haha.. sandwiches to me can either be incredible or just ‘meh’. When the latter happens, I get a little miffed.

    ❤ Tat

  2. You know I like my spicy foods! I like the ingredient list on that too! Not bad! Everybody needs a quick meal sometimes! Ok, I am sending so many good thoughts for Teddie! I will be thinking about him and hope that it is not as bad as it seems! Try not to worry too much Jessica…my fingers are crossed!

  3. Michelle

    Those boxes are very cool. I am very guilty of doing the same thing with Trader Joe’s Indian Fare line. Pretty much the same delio with that. I have an Indian Cookbook though that’s pretty easy so I cook from that if I have the time.

  4. teenagehealthfreak

    you and Teddie will both be in my prayers tonight!!! i hope everything is ok.. i had a little time to play with scottie today…my mare is acctually having some knee trouble..i think she has atheritis. 😦 we don’t ride her though. anyway! i hope it will be okay for you! and …my fave thing out of a box is Amy’s Veggie Lasagna…OMG…soooooo good. :)i’ve never tried indian food….i really need to make it some day..or on the weekend!

  5. Sorry to hear you had a rough day and hope that everything gores well tomorrow with Teddie – ill be thinking of him!!!!
    Thanks for posting the bread recipe – can’t wait to try it!!!!
    Hope you have a good night and try not to worry – im sure everything will work out with Teddie tomorrow!!!!

  6. You and Teddie will be in my thoughts… i’m sure everything will be fine girl!
    And i’m ALL about Amy’s frozen meals and canned things and whatnot. Amy’s rocks!

  7. i love when u feature new foods and products! plus u always switch it up a bit and never stick to a contemporary way of making the meals as indicated on the box. and u serve things up so well! case in point? the punjabi eggplant ❤ ❤

  8. Tasty Bite really is some amazing stuff…I have no idea how they have such a minimal ingredient list and make it taste so authentic!

  9. Good luck with Teddie tomorrow lovely, you are both in my thoughts and I have everything crossed for you.
    Gosh those ready meals sound soo yum and I can’t believe I’m saying that as I can’t remember the last time I had a ready meal but Indian is simply my all time favourite and the ingredients are so simple – wowiee! Do they ship to the UK?! I hope soo!!
    Stay positive sweetie xx

  10. i’m sorry about teddie’s eye 😦 but regardless, you’ve still caught whatever it is early, and let’s face it – if you’d phoned on monday would a)3 days make that much difference if he has a serious problem anyway? and b) the vet have come out much sooner!? i know where i live, it itakes about a week and a half for a vet to come out…!! but seriously i do hope he’s ok!

    ready meals…i don’t really have them but i have seen these ones by Innocent over here which are totally 100% natural. not a single bit of added crap! i’d buy one if i needed it 🙂

  11. Oh, good luck with Teddie’s doctor visit – I’m hoping with you that it’s nothing, but it’s good that you got him a visit anyway, like you say, better one time too many than one time too few! Anyways if it IS something, better to get the vet on it now than later, so at least you’ve been a good “mom”! Love your blog and your pics as always 🙂

  12. I hope things are okay with Teddie, and don’t feel silly for calling the vet, he means so much to you, its natural to feel so protective about someone/ something you care so much about.
    The eats look gorgeous, I always find that with toast, when I want it done it takes ages, then i take my eyes of it for a second and bamm its burnt. hehe.

    Love Jess xx

  13. Brandi

    Good luck with everything with teddie!

  14. This is a very interesting point of view. Your blog is refreshing, but I wish one could find more content, though. I am looking forward to reading more from you. Keep up the good work. thanks

  15. I’m crossing my fingers for Teddie. I hope it’s nothing serious!

    I’m not a fan of packaged foods either, but it’s hard to argue with such a simple ingredients list like that! That eggplant dish looks pretty good!

  16. My favorite ready-made meal is the mushroom risotto sold in the frozen section at trader joe’s. All you do is heat it up in a skillit and it tastes better than any risotto I have had from a restaurant 🙂

  17. You know about my horsey phobia, but I think that reading your blog is slowly acclimating me to them!

    I do enjoy Tasty Bite from time to time. I also am obsessed with this Kashi frozen meal with pepitas, polenta, plantains, and sweetpotato. I’ve tried to recreate it myself, but I can never get the sauce right.

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