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Rekindled

This morning was definitely one of those mornings that were made for curling up under your down blanket in your big comfy bed…however, that wasn’t exactly a choice if I want to remain happily employed! Flipping on the local news I was informed that with the wind chill, it was only -15* out! After cringing at just the thought, I knew it was time to re-introduce warm, comfort breakfasts into my life:
Breakfast TVP/Bulgur: 2 Tbs Bob’s Red Mill TVP, 2 Tbs Bulgur Wheat with Soy, 1 Tbs. Wheat Bran, 1/4 c. Soy Milk, 1/4 c. water, 1/4 c. brewed coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, and Truvia. I also “whipped” in 1/4 sliced banana. Topped with 1/2 serving Kashi H2H, 1/4 sliced banana, wheat germ, and 1.5 tsp Full Circle Organic Almond Butter.

This is way more appetizing than it looks! Sorry about that 😛 Definitely hit the spot. It’s definitely different than oatmeal, but a similar concept. I find I really like the texture the bulgur & TVP combination provides. And it packs a ton of protein! It really kept me satiated for hours – I do way better with a lot of protein in the morning, I think.
I was curious as to whether I could still “whip’ sliced banana into it similar as I would oatbran or oatmeal, and it sort of worked! My banana wasn’t very ripe, which made it difficult, but I think it can definitely be done! also: huge fan of almond butter with this! I’d never had it with oats before – just never interested me. So glad I hopped on the bandwagon, though! I think my love for warm breakfast cereals has been rekindled – especially if this frigid weather continues!

After making sure I picked out some super-warm clothing for the day, I put together a wonderful but not-so-new lunch:
In La Tortilla = chick pea salad & romaine, accompanied by veggie crisps, remaining nanner, and a Blueberry Clif Z-Bar.
I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again: love these Z Bars! I think Blueberry and Apple Cinnamon are my favorites 🙂 And besides being a little bit higher in sugar than is really necessary (but hey, at least it’s real sugar?) they’ve got some good stats!
Today was pretty much an all-around great day…beautiful weather (from the inside I mean…sunny and beautiful, but deceiving – as soon as you stepped outside the wind chill made you gasp for your breath!), a great vibe at work, and it flew by! Maybe I should credit the mean breakfast?
Before I knew it, it was time to come home and utilize leftovers! As usual…have you all noticed how I always seem to drastically overestimate how much I am capable of eating? haha.
Fish Tacos a-la Bulgur & Veggie Stir-Fry:
Leftover Tilapia and Veggies from These Tacos combined with a bulgur stir-fry with 2 egg whites and other miscellaneous veggies.

’twas wonderful, really…
…and salsa.

Caught up on some blogs and whipped up some greek fro-yo and a simple quick-cookie:
Fro-Yo: Greek Yogurt, Graham Cracker pieces, vanilla pudding mix, cinnamon, and truvia. Left in the freezer for 30m.
Cookie: 1.5 tsp. rolled oats, 1 tsp. wheat bran, 1/8 t. baking powder, truvia, cinnamon, vanilla, 1 t. egg beaters. Nuked for 45 secs.
Topped with Apricot-Mango preserves.

Is everyone enjoying this beautiful moon?! Last night was so light out that I thought I overslept when I woke up at 2am!
Does anyone have any exciting weekend plans?
I’m trying to get a photography page put together on Facebook, and also have some papers to do, as well as some shooting! Nothing exciting! Well, besides the shooting. Hoping to squeeze in some baking too, or at least make a real dinner! We’ll see how it all falls into place.
But for now, I’m off to blog-read and munch my way through the night 🙂 I should probably point out that I really only document a portion of what I eat a day. I don’t bother so much with the random munchies. Not to mention I love random snacks like applesauce with bread. Who needs to see applesauce and bread? haha.
What’s your favorite “random” snack?

Over and out!

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It’s All Textural…

Guess who’s alarm didn’t go off this morning…
Yep. That’d be me. Only by about 40 minutes or so; I was actually up for maybe 15 of those thinking “Wow, I wonder why it’s so light out…” hah. Luckily I leave myself  lot of time to be able to take my time in the mornings so I ended up right on schedule, but I was rushing around the kitchen to get breakfast before realizing it wsn’t necessary!
However, it did cause me to resort to the usual breakfast!
I didn’t have much Greek yogurt left though, so I relied on some fried egg whites to make up for the protein! Does anyone else like to burn their eggs? I love my eggs to be all crispy, crunchy, and golden! I think that’s why I hate yolks so much – by the time the whites are perfect, the yolks are so dry and blah.
Also got to try the new Spelt bread I picked up! It’s good! However, I don’t feel like I really got to enjoy this breakfast since I felt like I had to scarf it down. I hate having to eat in a hurry. It makes me feel like I never ate at all regardless of how full I really am! I prefer eating slow and enjoying meals, by far.
That being said, this held off any signs of hunger well into the day! Before I knew it, it was noon and was just starting to want a snack. I don’t usually eat my lunch until 2:00, but get hungry for a small snack around 10-11.  When it was lunch time, however, I got to enjoy delicious leftover tilapia that I packed with some leftover  fried bulghur from Wednesday. Just as good the second time around!
I actually was debating between having this for lunch or dinner, but the deciding factor came down to lunch because I didn’t want to show you guys a repeat meal! I am so enjoying blogging, because it encourages me to eat balanced, healthy, and new meals. Love that! I became so lazy last semester, and even started missing way too many meals. This was moreso due to a horrendous living situation though, which I obviously have, luckily, resolved by moving back home for the time-being.
For those of you with your own foodblogs, do you feel it encourages you to keep trying new things?
I’m not saying I’m breaking new ground with this bulghur and bean burrito:
…but lets remember that I could eat the same hummus and veggie sandwich day after day and be thrilled 😛
This delicious dinner involved 1 high-fiber whole-wheat La Tortilla Factory wrap spread with 1/3 Laughing Cow Wedge, remaining bulghur, and 2 fried egg whites, to bulk it up a bit. Thrown on the George Foreman, and paired it with a small side of romaine and a lovely dill pickle. And don’t think that measly amount of Frank’s was enough…I was just getting too frustrated at how long it was taking to get it out of the bottle and really wanted to manja! So I took the picture and dug in 😛
I know I say this all the time, but this was so good! Definitely a fan of these wraps. At first I was disappointed, thinking they were way too small, but apparently I just have eyes way bigger than my stomach. I was stuffed after this! They have a great texture, especially when on a panini press – it’s a great combintion of chewy and crunchy. I love crunchy and chewy together! The texture of food definitely plays a huge role in how much I like it.
Will a food’s texture determine how much you like it, too?
The fried eggs were definitely key.
Check out the day’s dessert!
Okay, so I never said these cookies were the prettiest things, but I certainly love them! I think cookie my be the wrong term, now that I’ve solidified my method to making them, too. I prefer them more crispy-crunchy and bran-flavored than any normal cookie would be!
For the poppyseed citrus oat-bran cookie, I mixed 1 T. rolled oats, 1 T. wheat bran, stevia, cinnamon, 1/8 t. baking powder, lime zest, vanilla, and ~1 T. egg substitute. Formed into a cookie shape and nuked for about 1 minute.
For the almond butter bran cookie, I mixed 1 t. smooth, unsweetened almond butter, ~1 t. wheat bran, stevia, splash of egg substitute, and a “splash” of unsweetened applesauce. Nuked for about 1 minute.
I’m probably wierd, but I much prefer them this way – but they may be too dry for a “normal” person, haha. I’m also the one who likes burnt food and loves the smell of toast, especially when it’s almost burnt. Just a random little Jess Fact, for your entertainment! What’s one of your quirks?!
In almond butter news, I am a little disappointed! While I love it when made like above, I don’t when it’s just plain and I was imagining it was something I could enjoy regardless of its’ preparation 😦
However! I think it may just be because it’s the unsweetend kind, and thanks to the heads up from Karla at Foodologie, I learned that Barney Butter will send you free samples! I hopped on that train as fast as you can say almond butter! Thanks, Karla! And if you haven’t already, be sure to check her blog out – I mean, just look at all of these delicious eats!
And lastly, speaking of challenges and blogging encouraging me to expand my tastes, does anyone want to start a “new food product” challenge with me? There’s so many food items I have yet to experiment with, such as the TVP I picked up yesterday. I would like to begin picking up a new ingredient every week/every other week and figuring out what to do with it. Anyone game?

Whew! I can talk a lot. Hopefully I don’t bore you all too much!
Have a good night 🙂 The weekend’s here! Unfortunately I have to spend half of my day tomorrow waiting in Midas…this Jeep will be the death of me!

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Better Taste!

So much exciting stuff today; fasten your seatbelts!
Okay, maybe not super exciting by any means; I just feel like it was a good day. I love the feeling of being healthy! Sort of ironic I feel that way today, since I am still fending off a cold, but I guess I just love the feeling of knowing you’ve eaten fairly well all day; not only healthily, but deliciously.
Started my day with the usual:
Blueberries, instant oats, greek yogurt, all-natural apricot-mango preserves, 1/2 banana, 1/2 slice WW toast, and Kashi H2H Warm Cinnamon. And GMCR Gingerbread coffee, of course!
Have you noticed I haven’t been using so much maple syrup?! I am officially cutting back on artificial sweeteners like splenda/aspartame. Not cutting myself off completely, but I think it’s fair to say when I douse everything in s.f. maple syrup that is obviously loaded with the stuff, it’s a little ridiculous 😉
These blueberries, however, were largely disappointing. My mom bought me some frozen organic blueberries (Thanks mom!) but they just don’t compare to the ones we picked ourselves over the summer. Sad realization this was. And they are tiny. I will admit the ones we picked were sort of monstrous, though.
In other news, this marks a whole month free of oat bran. I just haven’t been craving something hot like oatmeal in the morning! This is another sad realization. My love will return, I am sure. Especially after peeping THIS amazing recipe from Family Fresh Cooking! Coconut. Chocolate. Oats. Parfait. What could go wrong with that?! Definitely give Marla’s blog a peep for more great ideas, too.
Moving on, would you like to meet SaBaay?
While SaBaay warmed herself over the heater while birdwatching, I packed lunch and snacks for the day.
Egg salad, cleverly made last night to include all the veggies I would normally take the time to intricately place on a sandwich, to save both time and the frustration that can sometimes occur when carefully trying to balance oddly-shaped veggies on a sandwich 🙂 Also, cleverly made by sandwiching between lettuce before sandwiching between bread to prevent sogginess of any sort. Hehe…
Also included: the sad last carrot, remaining banana, Total cereal (yes – still have this box. told you I wasn’t a fan, but it actually does make a good snack. I like snacking on cereal…) Kashi GoLean crunch bar (that went uneaten) and a Kashi TLC Chewy Pumpkin Pie Bar.
Not very interesting snackage. I also need to go grocery shopping for snacks like crackers and such.
What do you like to bring for snacks, and what is your favorite thing to snack on?
I can too easily fall into the rut of just eating fruit and veggies all day!
Egg Salad consisting of: hardboiled eggs, red pepper, tomato, dill pickle, carrot, chili powder, s&p, and dijonaise. Enjoyed on a WW Sandwich thin with French Onion Laughing Cow & romaine.

Morning classes were good! World regions was a bit of a drag but not too bad, I guess. I’ve never been a fan of geography and that sort of thing.
What subject(s) have you always/did you always hate?
love?

After Intro to C.J. which ends at 12:15, I had until 2 to run into town (“town” meaning the same I work in – Rutland.Not to be confused with Granville, “town” neighboring where I live that also has Price Chopper) and get some groceries. I guess the good thing about Vermont winters is that you can go grocery shopping, purchase frozen goods, and not worry too much that they’ll go bad while they sit in your car for three more hours while you’re in class.
Anyways, I mainly wanted to pick up some more frozen salmon and tilapia from WalMart. They have the best deal on frozen, WILD salmon and tilapia – $3.50 for a package of 4-5 filets! Ridic. I’m never in the mood to deal with the ridiculousness that is WalMart shoppers after work, and don’t really go into Rutland otherwise. So, it was the perfect opportunity!
Since I was in the plaza I decided to bop into Price Chopper to pick up some goods, too! Check the new finds:

Cannot wait to try this Spelt bread!
I also picked up some WW La Tortilla wraps and a new kind of Sandwich Thins. They didn’t have the Ezekiel wraps at this P.Chop.

Also cannot wait to try this! I’m afraid to try the Almond Butter for fear I won’t like it but will have to et it anyway – it did cost me $12. Also been eyeing TVP for a while. Anyone wanna give me an idea as to what to do with it?!
Other than that I just grabbed some carrots & red peppers, and applesauce. I’ll go grocery shopping this weekend for “real” grocery shopping, haha.
The sweetest little old lady came up to me while I was in checkout and handed me a massive amount of coupons. I was so appreciative! Love saving money…isn’t that so sweet? I looked through them, too – none of them are expired and the majority of them are actually for stuff I’ll use! Score! She said she just likes to cut them out, haha. It’s a good samaritan act I’ll have to keep in mind…not a bad idea, right?

I scurried my little booty back to school just in time for my first Photo II class. I’m not sure what to expect out of it, to be honest! I guess I’ll find out, though.
We got out early, and I brainstormed all the while home about dinner! I wasn’t hungry exactly – it was early yet – but I was psyched to be able to cook a “real” dinner for the first time this week. I decided on a cornmeal-parm-paprika crusted tilapia!

It definitely didn’t end this pretty, but did taste this pretty.
Turned out great!

For the Tilapia: Combine equal parts cornmeal, parmesan, and crushed bran/fiber cereal (I used Total) and season to taste with salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Spread out on a paper plate. Take filet and brush both sides with dijonaise. Press into breading mixture, again on both sides. Heat a pan with EVOO, minced garlic, and fresh parsley. Place filets in pan and cook until done.
For the Side: Sautee 1/4c. kidney beans and sugar snap peas – season with salt, pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder. Add in 1/2 French Onion Laughing Cow wedge.

Viola! It was delicious! However next time I will either (a)be more careful flipping it or (b) bake or broil it.
You’ll notice I lost most of the coating on that first one on my plate, haha. I pieced it back on while eating and it was outstanding. The peas and beans were good too! I was going back and forth between that and some leftover bulghur from last night but opted for just the peas and beans 🙂 I love kidney beans, so easy to make delicious with anything.
Just enough leftovers for lunch or dinner tomorrow!

Currently nomming on some delicious vanilla-apricot greek fro-yo and a lime-poppyseed quick cookie. Seriously addicted. Aspartame free, I’m allowed! haha. But seriously: if you haven’t tried this quick throw-together for greek fro-yo, it’s time you did! I’m not sure if the dash of pudding mix is what makes it so creamy or delicious, or if it’s just like that naturally…but dang! is it good.

Have a good night, everyone!
Don’t forget to leave me your snack and TVP suggestions!

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