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I’m Blue (Daba de Daba Di)

It wasn’t a conscious decision on my part…but the theme of the day was blue.

It started with moldy blueberry pancakes…

…packing a blueberry muffin Larabar…

…and then realized my blueberry-filled morning matched my blue hoodie…

…and by the end of the day, I felt like my hands, lips and toes were blue, too!

…Luckily, it just felt that way…which is sort of ironic to say because usually, with any luck, they won’t feel blue, either!

Anyways. You’re probably still confused by the “moldy pancake” mention, so I’ll enlighten you.

They’re buckwheat! Poor buckwheat has been getting neglected on my pantry shelf. And if I’m being completely real with you all, it’s because I wasn’t sure how well the flavor of buckwheat would go with a nut butter, and I don’t like passing on the peanut/almond/cashew butter in the morning.

There, I said it. I base the flavors of my breakfast off of how well I think the nut butter I have in mind will meld with it.

Finally I decided it couldn’t be that bad with some almond butter, and did it up with some blueberry buckwheat pancakes. I am ashamed to admit that I’d sort of forgotten about my love for buckwheat until I was organizing my recipe pages yesterday, and remembered my banana bread buckwheat waffles.

I decided to give blueberries a shot, as I don’t recall ever having them paired with buckwheat, but still topped it with half a grilled banana, almond butter and maple syrup. Real Vermont maple syrup, thank you. As you can see, we take our maple seriously. And you guys always thought I was joking about it.

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes

1 serving

  • 1/4 c. buckwheat flour
  • 2 T. oat bran
  • 1 T. wheat germ (optional)
  • 1/2 – 1 t. baking powder (to be honest I never measure)
  • 1/4 c. + 2 T. almond milk
  • 2 t. chia seeds mixed with 1 1/2 T. water and allowed to “gel”
  • 1/4 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
  • earth balance or butter, for frying
  • toppings, such as: maple syrup, almond butter, banana

Preheat a non-stick pan over medium heat.  Combine the dry ingredients. Mix in the almond milk and chia egg. Fold in the blueberries.

Grease the pan with a light layer of butter before spooning the batter in two portions onto it. Cook until the sides look like they are beginning to set, and then flip and cook about 3 more minutes on that side.

Top with almond butter, maple syrup and a grilled banana or more blueberries.

Ohhh, buckwheat – how could I neglect you all these weeks?

As for the new Larabar flavor that this sweet & charming young lady hooked me up with?

Well, I’m actually pretty surprised I broke into it right away. Usually things like this I hold onto because I can’t find them, so I have this warped sense of “but I need to cherish it!” similar to how all of our grandparents hold on to every. last. thing. due to the Great Depression.

Or something like that.

But no. There was no waiting. I was too excited. Ironically, I wasn’t even hungry for a snack today but since I’d opened it before leaving home I wanted to at least have a bit of it! So I did, and saved the other half for dessert.

Now. You’d be hard-pressed to find me a Larabar I dislike. Sure, I have my preferred flavors and all – but with how simple they are and given the fact that they’re date and nut based, I can’t say I hate any of them. Not even a little bit.

This blueberry muffin flavor was no exception. But! As with most things in life (gosh darn it!) there is room for improvement. Larabar, I would enjoy a. a stronger blueberry flavor, and b. a little lemon zest. I feel these things will bring your blueberry muffin Larabar to an entirely new level altogether.

Unfortunately, things like this tend to be easier said than done, and here’s where everyone at Larabar is throwing up their arms and asking me if I want to start making them. In which case the answer is surely!

Have you ever tried buckwheat before?

What’s your favorite Larabar flavor?

(and as for putting this song in your head after reading the title of this post? you’re welcome. don’t hate me. please?)

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Hungie

Happy Humpday chikies!

I woke up this morning thinking only of my boss’s son’s famous one-liner: “I hungie.” And that, I was.

I picked up some more frozen sweet cherries yesterday and could only think of one of my favorite combos ever: Blueberry-Cherry Oats.

The Base:

Topped with:

  • blueberry chia-acai icing
  • cashews
  • Mae’s coconut butter
  • homemade cashew “spread”
  • and a compote of some frozen sweet cherries and chopped dates, simmered in some almond milk.

And a cup of Green Mountain’s French Vanillaan old stand-by.

I enjoyed this with Google Reader and The Early Show, who was doing a special on the best and worst of fast-food nd chain restaurants. I was informed that the Cheesecake Factory has one dish that comes in at 2,500 calories and I forget how much saturated fat they said. Holy cow. I mean, I’ve never been to the Cheesecake Factory – maybe it’s worth it – but I think I’d be out of commission for a week after downing that! I think it was a pasta dish?

I tried a new Bob’s Red Mill cereal today since yesterday was – tearfully – the last of my Grains & Nuts Hot Cereal. I think that one may be my favorite hot cereal thus far – it was such a cool combo of grains and nuts, and super for baking, too. Must. Order. Again.

Anyways – today was Kamut flakes! I’ve seen them around the blogosphere but have yet to try any kind of Kamut myself. I really enjoyed it! Texture-wise there was no noticeable difference since it was flake-y like the grains & nuts – but I noticed my nuttiness was gone! (teehee, I kill myself) I’ll have to try a more simple Kamut bowl to get the true “feel” of the flavor, though. Bob explains it as buttery?

I grabbed a banana and a date ball for le snacko de la manzana. Snack of the morning? Either way – only the banana ended up seeing the interior of my stomach. Ew, I can’t believe I just said that.

And lunch was a hummus and veg sammie. Eaten cold!! You know it’s hot if I don’t try to make a panini out of everything.

Cedar’s Garlic and Chive hummus, tomato paste, garlic & herb feta, local buttercrisp lettuce, red pepper, grilled balsamic eggplant, salt, and peppah. Fun fact? I hate touching cheese. Totally creeps me out. I am grateful for the fact that the feta I have now comes with a “shake top.”

To get my protein on, I again used a [clean] Crofter’s jar. It just so happens to be the perfect size – my other containers are huge or too small! I poured (yes, poured) on the cinnamon and mixed with some pumpkin butter, too. Note: pumpkin butter + cottage cheese + cinnamon = heaven. And a peach. My mom bought them for me…and try as I might, I just cannot get over their fuzzy skin. I think the rest will be for oats.

…and Annie’s bunny grahams! I saw these on Katie’s blog first, and immediately had to find them. Katie, I’ve been stealing everything from you lately, sheesh!  😉 Not lying: back when I actually lived a normal college-kid life, my friend and I would show up at parties with Teddy Grahams and clementines or grapes. I’d totally forgotten about Teddy Grahams until seeing the bunny grahams and you can only imagine my excitement when these happened to catch my eye at the co-op yesterday. I wasn’t even looking and they were on the bottom shelf, so they must have wanted to see me, too. The honey flavor was on sale, which means it was destiny. Honey was my favorite.

I sort of forgot about them while packing lunch, but knew I had to take a couple. They’d go perfect with the cottage cheese, right? Right. And yes. They did. They are amazing. I am an addict. End of story.

I nommed on a Kardea Nutrition Cranberry-Almond Bar for my afternoon snack. You can read my review of their chai flavor (which I loved) here.

I went into pros and cons there, as well – one of the cons being the use of soy protein, and the same holds true for this bar. Not a huge fan, but I’ll deal. I’ll be honest – this bar didn’t knock my socks off. I feel bad saying that since they were sent to me to sample and review, but I’m honest, too. There wasn’t much cranberry flavor to speak of (and I am a total cranberry fan) and the almond was sort of an afterthought. It smelled quite almond-y – but in an almond extract sort of way. It didn’t taste artificial, don’t get me wrong – but even though there were some almonds in the bar, I think the vague almond taste came from flavoring. All that “bad stuff” out of the way – the bar still didn’t taste bad, and I really like their texture and consistency. It’s got a nice chew to it, with chunks of dried fruit and nuts in there too. It just wasn’t quite bursting with flavor.

A huge bonus about it, though – was that it kept me full for quite a while! Even when I got home I wasn’t super hungry, but after a shower threw together this bomb salad:

Oh, yes – I’ve got the salad bug again. What’s your favorite salad mix? In the bowl here is a mix of local spinach and lettuce, showered with cut-off corn from a cob and a half, dark red kidney beans, curried sweet potato rounds, chopped cashews, and red pepper. I made a dressing the same as last night (maple dijon and balsamic vin) but added to it some poppyseeds, curry powder, and salt.

The perfect dinner for Surface of the Sun, Day 3. (Yes – it was “another scorcher” as they say on that Sears air conditioning commercial that used to always air. Here’s hoping for a break tomorrow.

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Horsey Humpday

heh…nope, Horsey Humpday has not gotten old yet. Just think…today and next week to go…and then you’ll be bombarded with new pony pics.

For today, however, I had to dig deep and figure out who I had left to shoe you guys!

…And Caesar came to mind. You’ve already seen Corona, who was a resale project – well, so was Caesar. My mom purchased him to be her horse for trails. And he was a great horse…but we think something awful happened to him at some point during his life that made him incredibly sensitive to things touching his left side and butt.

After countless times and many falls while my mom tried getting it to work out – she just lost trust in him and didn’t want such a green, unpredictable horse. The man who sold him to her was…well…not compltely honest. So I “took him in,” introduced him to the eventing world, and found him a great home with a woman who has now successfully been eventing him. I would have kept him myself – but I had Burly at that time, and I think I even had Corona, too. It just wasn’t possible.

He was definitely one of those horses who worked best when he had a bond with his “person.” He wasn’t mean – but he needed to trust you. I was able to get him over some of his fears, trust more, and passed him along to someone who knew his “issues,” and was more than willing to work through them. It broke my heart to sell him, even though I swore I wouldn’t bond with him. We just felt so bad for him, because you could tell someone must have done something terrible to him at some point. Horses like that can be some of the best companions though, because they’ll try their heart out for you. When the woman came to pick him up, he was terrified of her ramp-load trailer, and would not get on with her. He walked right on when I asked if I could try.

There was just something so noble about him…even if he was put together all wrong. (Freya, I bet you’re laughing and nodding in agreement with that statement! haha)

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They’re Back

Oh, darn – looks like I’ve been the only one kooky enough to attempt eating the who artichoke leaves! Luckily, I’m alive to tell the tale, and my stomach suffered no adverse affects. I wasn’t sure what all the fiber would do to me. TMI? Sorry.

I had work today even though it’s Tuesday, due to the fact that my co-worker is out for the week. I jump-started my morning with a Blueberry Mania – blueberry-coconut cream pie, anyone? I’ll take ten.

The Base:

Topped With:

  • blueberry chia-flax icing
  • cashews
  • Mae’s toasted coconut butter
  • and a compote of the last of my frozen blueberries, some dried cherries, and shredded unsweetened coconut – simmered in some almond milk.

Can anyone detect the missing element?

Oh, yes, you got it. Maple syrup! I had the lovely substance out, but just didn’t think I needed it – using fruit juice is a great sweetener for oats. What’s the craziest liquid you’ve ever used in oats? Kahlua oats might not be so bad…

I sipped on some of Green Mountain’s Heifer Hope and enjoyed some of your lovely blogs before packin’ my day away. Oh, and enjoyed the sounds of the neighbors dogs barking up a storm. Not.

I grabbed a banana and some Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters of the cashew variety (that didn’t get eaten until the drive home)…

…and a tempeh sammie with the last of my Crofter’s Europe (tear!), some local pepper goat cheese, local spinach, and tempeh with cinnamon.

Not being any ordinary Joe who throws away jam jars, I viewed my now-empty Crofter’s jar as the perfect greek yogurt and cottage cheese transportation vessel. I added in a little of Barlean’s flax oil, too.

And an almost-expired gala rounded out the food fest.

I just worked a half-day (well, 3:00) so I could help out at the barn a bit afterwards. This protein-packed lunch kept me full for the rest of the afternoon, though! It was dreadfully hot today – record breaking, if I heard correctly. It was crazy! That said, we didn’t do much with the horses at the barn. Karma bit me, since that was why I didn’t work a full day – on the drive home I was stuck behind a huge tractor driving 10 miles below the speed limit, and then all of a sudden flooring it. Over and over. It was a dusty dirt road. My air conditioning in the Jeep is broken. If you’re doing the math right, you’re picture me sweating my bum off, breathing in dust coming through the vents for a good 25 minutes. Seriously, dude…why are you so rude? Obviously, I wouldn’t have thrown as much dust in his face, and I would have gone the speed limit so it wouldn’t have even been a problem. Common courtesy would have been pulling off to the side of the road.

Rant over.

Especially since I was immediately lifted when I arrived home and my mom and Henry were in the process of putting in air conditioners. Oh, thank God. I helped Mom with mine before immediately hopping in the shower.

This is becoming needlessly long about my personal problems, so lets look at dinner.

Salads may be back in my life! I’ve always said I’m too “lazy” to make myself a good salad – but this was all I was craving tonight. Such summer food! I crumbled up a chickpea cutlet and mixed with some local spinach and buttercrisp lettuce, a chopped gala apple, scallions, broccoli, dried maple sweetened cranberries, and thai spiced cashews before dressing with a quick mix of maple dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar. And some bread for dippage.

This. was. perffff. Salads are back.

And you know these chickpea cutlets are winners when I love eating them on a daily basis. I’m the one who usually gets bored of leftovers! Though with the heat we’ve had lately – I’ve been way more eager to take the easy way out when it comes to dinner.

I hope everyone’s staying cool! Mouse is currently sprawled on my floor – poor guy looks beat! Hopefully none of you are doing the same 😉


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Winner, Winner, Veggie Dinner

This morning started off on two feet. But Jess…doesn’t every day start off on two feet? Okay, okay…a right one and wrong one. Right? This bowl of blueberry-cherry oats. Wrong? this weather. Yep – I, unfortunately, had to pass on photographing the horseshow. A bit of a bummer – it would have been fun if the weather was. But I’m not risking my equipment. (And health! Outside, cold & wet all day = bad news)

Back to the right foot, however, was this bowl. Of oats, of course!

Topped with:

  • flax-chia icing
  • toasted slivered almonds
  • crystallized ginger
  • Crofter’s Europe spread (thanks Kelli!! This stuff is amazing!!)
  • Naturally Nutty White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter
  • and a lil’ compote of frozen blubs and frozen sweet cherries, simmered in some almond milk with a drizzle of sizzurp, and some coconut flour thrown in to help it thicken.

Also right? This Crofter’s jam! I have so many jams in my cupboard and open in the fridge due to my obsession – but with a description of black currants, pomegranate, and morello cherries, there was no way I could wait to open this until I finish another. It went perfectly with this bowl! And don’t make fun of the coconut flour idea – I accidentally added too much milk to the frying pan and my fruit got really liquidy; I thought maybe I’d use coconut flour like cornstarch. It made it ugly (matte finish, anybody?) but hey, it worked. And tastes kinda coconutty – that’s never a bad thing.

Yeah, paired with some Green Mountain Wild Mountain Blueberry, it’s a safe bet that this may have been bowl of the week. I cannot wait for fresh blueberries, though. I was tempted to buy some yesterday – but at $2 for a tiiiiny tiny container, I just couldn’t do it. I knew they’d be gone in a matter of minutes once I got them home! Between blueberries and strawberries, I learned last summer to just wait until you can pick them yourself, and you’ll have much more money to your name 😉 Luckily – there are great places to go picking around here. Do you enjoy picking your own fruits when you can – or do you always buy in-store?

Also, I have another confession: I was up at 6:15 am this morning with no logical explanation as to why. When I scoped the weather, I wanted to will myself back to bed, but I was just ready to be up and at-’em. I am crazy. That being said – I knew I would be in danger with making more date balls than hairs on my head, and tried to busy myself with other things until the baking bug finally took over.

Enter: cleaning mission. After cleaning mission I set to work on coconut-macadamia date balls and peanut-butter banana date balls.

This is before three date-ball obsessed individuals had their way with them.

How to Drive Your Family Crazy, In Four Easy Steps:

  1. Become obsessed with banana soft serve, using the food processor.
  2. Become obsessed with date balls, using the food processor.
  3. Become even MORE obsessed with making the date balls because it’s too much fun thinking of combinations, leading to the date balls needing to be made approximately every other day. During evening news. Or in the wee hours of the morning.
  4. Smile, knowing they love them far too much to ever complain.

(okay, so I try to do it at reasonable times. But sometimes, I just gotta do what I gotta do, even if it means taking my processor into the bedroom.)

What can I say. I have a problem. I should seriously consider limiting my intake, but where’s the fun in that?! These things are better than chocolate chip cookies. Or cake. I promise you. They’re probably better for my desire to live long and prosperous than cookies would be, too. (Okay, so maybe as a student striving to be photographer, prosperous is wishful thinking.)

You know what else I should consider limiting? Carbs. But once again, where’s the fun in that?

This snack was Mo-inspired -she kindly suggested a use for pesto involving mixing it with cottage cheese and spreading on toast. Lets just stop and think about that for a minute. Have you thought? Okay, good. If you thought hard enough, you understand how this idea could become even more amazing with a whole-grain naan. I went there. And I am oh-so-glad I did, because that lead to lunch, too.

Naan with pesto-cottage cheese, topped with roma tomato slices, red pepper, and artichoke hearts.

Enter: pesto-cottage cheese naan…uh..pizza? And more inspiration! After seeing carrot  fries from my girls Jess and Katie, who would I be if I didn’t jump on that bandwagon? And in case you’re wondering, you’re definitely seeing some asparagus fries in there, too. What can I say? I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not a fan of asparagus anymore, so I’ve still got some. Why not try making fries?! And they’re quite possibly the only way I’ll enjoy asparagus. I pretty much want to make any sort of veggie into a fry now.

And am I the only one that, when starting a crazy cleaning mission – hates to finish it? I mean, I love cleaning and all…but the whole “Oh, crap, I forgot about the laundry. And I really don’t feel like making my bed right now.” is sort of a pain. So other than that nonsense and recipe-browsing, date-ball snacking, sahale snacking, and chillin’ by the fire, I’ve been relatively useless today. I guess I could say I’m a better person because I’ve stumbled upon recipes I’d forgotten about and grown rather fond of Rachel Ray once again – but I’ve no shame about that. I did clean my saddle and a bunch of random useless tack that I’m sure to not use ever since I have much nicer tack, but the sentimental memories were nice, if not a wee bit depressing.

Obviously, I only made the bed so Mouse had a place to nap.

Oh, and of course I played with the horses in between rain storms, and snacked. Because it’s what I do best. So, here’s some proof that not everything I eat is beautifully plated. In fact, “after hours” often looks a lot like this.

Last bit of cottage cheese, spoonful of greek yog, galaxy granola, trail power, dried apricots, almonds. Oh, and chia seeds. And a date ball.

Doesn’t that look delicious?! No?! Uh, okay. Guess you’re right.

What, pray tell, is “after hours”? After hours is anytime between when I sit down for dinner and the time I go to bed. What else have I been enjoying after hours that doesn’t usually see the blog? (because, it goes without saying that I still have date balls. And cottage cheese. And stuff.)

  1. So Delicious Coconut Ice Cream
  2. Kashi Heart to Heart
  3. Random bowls of oatmeal before bed
  4. copious amounts of dried fruits & nuts

And also, I just figured out how to see responses to any tweets I’ve done. So, uh…I haven’t been ignoring anybody. I’m just not the brightest crayon in the box, as the story goes.

But anyways. Back to food and stuff.

Dinner tonight was a total hit. Never would have thought my mom and Henry would love it – I had to bust out a tupperware before it all disappeared so I could save some for my lunch tomorrow! Sort of a mood killer, but hey. Girl’s gotta do, right? It’s not my fault their kielbasa was miserable. I warned them! They planned on grilling up the second Bilinski’s kielbasa – aka the “bad brand” that we had alongside the “good brand” on easter. Needless to say, I ran the other direction, but my mom said she’d still love to have some barley as a side.

I figured I’d make two servings – one for me for dinner (which, I think I took more like a third of it, not half), and the other for her, with the leftovers for my lunch. I ended up just gutting the fridge of veggies left over from last shopping trip – this included kale, a random zucchini, and the last of the asparagus. Didn’t want to overwhelm it too much with too many veggies, so I restrained from busting out most of my new ones 🙂

Regardless, as I said – Pesto Primavera Barley = major hit. Yumlicious. Whatever you want to call it. And luckily I saved some to have for lunch.

I hope everyone enjoys their night!!

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My Inner Pollock

Heyyy there bloggies. As always – hope everyone’s chuggin’ along and 2/5ths of the way through their work week with no forseeable drama. And, hopefully, your day went like mine, which involved food so good I almost want to shed tears of triumphant joy.

I honed my inner Jackson Pollock with this morning’s oats! Okay – so it didn’t work quite like planned – but just trust me when I say that the icing was drizzled in a pretty cool, pollock-esque fashion 🙂 If you don’t know who I’m talking about, it’s this dude. I’m not typically one for abstract art (c’mon – “White on White”?) but Pollock is the man when it comes to abstract paintings.

This morning called for blueberry-cherry oats. Second time in 4 days for this lovely blue bowl – I knew the calling for it would come! Le base:

Le toppings:

  • vanilla chia-acai icing
  • crushed up Yogi Blueberry Granola Crisps (the last of my bag, almost! Luckily, Strawberry is waiting)
  • crystallized ginger
  • Dundee ginger jam
  • Naturally Nutty White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter
  • and a quick compote of frozen sweet cherries, chopped pitted dates and blueberries in almond milk with a little agave.

See the drip on the left? Total Pollock.

I tried this new Bob’s Red Mill cereal today – peep the goods! Love all the protein nuttiness and seediness. I thought it would be a neat addition to oats – and I enjoyed the chewiness it added. Almost similar to steel cut oats! I think tomorrow, I’ll use half the Grains & Nuts cereal, and half oats, though. It was similar in texture to oat bran, but had a pleasant chew to it as well.

Bob, why are you so genius?

After throwing on my face, I left the kitchen in distress and boogied in to Rutland to shop! Introducing:

Jess’s Ways to Spend Way too Much Money at the Grocery Store:

  1. Scope out http://www.coupons.com, http://www.redplum.com, and product websites for coupons. Print any that are even remotely interesting, so you’ll end up spending more money by purchasing something you may not have originally, even if you are getting a good deal.
  2. Purchase close to your body weight in fresh produce. Sure, the prices look low. But, $2 here and $3 there all add up.
  3. Decline purchasing necessities like tissues, moisturizer, toilet paper, and the like so that you can increase your already larger-than-life collection of whole grains, jams, and other fun knick-knacks.
  4. Tell yourself you will not even walk through the bar aisle so you won’t be tempted, but finally cave a decide to just take a quick peak, where you may or may not allow yourself one or two interesting finds.
  5. Set a $3/item spending limit unless it’s something really cool. Then realize that $2 items add up almost as quickly. And “really cool” pertains to nearly everything in the organic section.
  6. Tell yourself you’re glad you worked extra hours this week, but not feel bad because you can’t wait to play with all your new produce and grains. And at least you’ll die happy and healthy. I mean that in the most optimistic of ways. You get my humor by now, right? I hope?

Then, of course, there’s the drive home. Introducing:

Jess’s Entertainment While Driving:

  1. Laugh at liscense plates that say “Tilapia” and then look around and see how many others have funny letters. Including, “ELK,” and “BGPAPA.”
  2. Think about food. Think about the food you just purchased. Think about what to make for lunch. With said purchases.
  3. Realize you’ve been listening to static or a really terrible song for the past 5 minutes, change the station to a better one – only for the cycle to repeat itself over and over throughout the drive.
  4. Get angry at drivers that can’t find the gas pedal even though the weather is perfect and no other cars or police are in sight.
  5. Think about food. Still.
  6. Wonder if other people are as weird as you are.
  7. Think about why things happen the way they do.
  8. Randomly burst into song at the most random-est of songs.
  9. Think about ponies.

a banana peel? Jess, why did you buy a banana peel?

Co-Op goodies. I got a little hungry on the way home. Whoops.

FREE SAMPLES?! Oh, okay.

Question: Do you think I can put these in oats? I don’t make smoothies that often. There aren’t even really instructions stating what they are.

Edit: I found my answer. This Barleans company sounds neat! Can’t wait to try these now. Anyone have an experience with them?

Of course, here are some goodies I found. My realization of the day? Soy is in so.many.foods. It’s like the HFCS of the natural foods world. Ugh. I mean, as mentioned – I’m not going to be super paranoid about it, but if it’s in the first couple of ingredients – it’s a no go. It’s strange – when googling soy lecithin – there are sites praising it, just as many sites as there are condemning it. How does a consumer know what to think?! But I guess it’s not so much the lecithin part – it’s the soy part! Okay, I gotcha now. So, my conclusion: if soy lecithin is at the tail-end of an ingredients list (as I have found it so often to be) it won’t be a deal breaker like soy protein as a primary ingredient is. Now I wish I had gotten those Ginger Creme Newman-O’s. Drat. Guess there’s always next time. End of Spiel. (p.s. sorry for spieling on soy so much these past couple of days.)

Refrig. goods from Hannies.

OoOo

Too much produce to display on my kitchen table. Easier to put away if I could carry it all straight to le fridge. Sorry kids.

I stopped at Hannafords and the co-op. I do love the co-op…but it is just so much more expensive! I’d certainly rather give them business though – so I get stuff I can’t find at Hannafords there, as well as some stuff I can. Just because it’s nice to do business locally. Still – I am a college kid. Anyone else have this dilemma?

Why, what a beautiful multigrain loaf you have!

Oh, yeah – I made BREAD today!! Isn’t that loaf BEAUTIFUL?!?! Bow down to me. My mom was mad impressed.

Yeah, hi apple rum walnut conserve. I finally was unable to resist your $5+ dollar temptation, and I'm so relieved you're worth every penny.

HAH! Just kidding. I didn’t bake that beautiful multi-grain loaf. You didn’t think I was that vein to talk myself up that much, did you? I hope not. Pulled the same trick on le madre, too. Anyways – totally stopped at the Green Mountain Depot on my way in today, to see if they did, in fact – sell their bread. And hells-to-the-yeah they do! Just my luck – totes stole (as in, paid for) the last multigrain loaf. I am enamored. They also had honey wheat and sourdough. I’ll probably try honey wheat next.

Obviously, this delicious loaf had to be used in lunch. Introducing:

How to Pollock-ify your Lunch, and Discover that the term “Open Face Sandwich” Was Invented For a Reason:

  1. Cut slices for sandwich. Steal a couple nibbles of the loaf while sauteeing pear slices over medium heat in some cinnamon.
  2. Spread delicious apple rum walnut conserve liberally on one slice.
  3. Shred some almond mozarella cheese and tempeh for the sandwich. Add some baby spinach to the pear slices, and cover to wilt. Sprinkle almond mozz over the walnut conserve.
  4. Flip pears once they’re golden, and add your tempeh to the pan. Cook until lightly golden.
  5. Once the tempeh is ready, place on top of le cheese, followed by the pear and spinach mixture. Think to self “oh, crap.” but just keep piling it.
  6. Lose half the mixture to the cutting board. Don’t panic – just pick it up and pile ‘er on.
  7. Once everything is sort of stabilized but not really, place the second slice on top of the sky-high tower, and press down as you sort-of-successfully cut the sandwich in half.
  8. Be proud of yourself for being able to plate the  monstrosity in one piece.
  9. Consume contents, and wonder if you’re about to explode upon completion.

You are Stellar.

Uh, yeah. Not my brightest of moments. But dun good if you ask me. They were the “butt ends” of the loaf, so I figured I’d just to a small-yet-gigantic sandwich rather than cutting the loaf right in half and stealing the biggest slice(s). If that makes sense. It probably doesn’t – but it does in my head.

Peep the goods. Not so pretty, but like Pollock's works - it has abstract beauty, no?

Tribe, you have nothing on Cedars.

I couldn’t find Cedars hummus in the store – tear!! Had to go for Tribe. Funny Fact? I used to be a Tribe fan and disliked Cedars. Now, however, I am a total Cedars fan, and really don’t care for this Tribe hummus. I kind of can’t wait for it to be done, even though I just opened it. I want my creamy Cedars deliciousness back. Luckily, I have a little bit left at work.

What a lovely date. With myself.

All Enjoyed con Kombucha and Clean Eating. A little unimpressed that Clean Eating seems to be falling into the media trap of proclaiming “Low Calories!” all throughout the magazine. I don’t remember always thinking this about it – I noticed it in this most recent issue, though.

New Kombucha brand and flavor.

Ingreds not as simple as GTs or Synergy.

Oo effervescence!

Not bad – but I preferred Gingerade from yesterday.

Marry me, Moosewoods.

After getting wicked antsy, I decided to put my recipe following skills to the test. AKA : my first marriage proposal to Moosewoods. Enter- fruit & date truffles. I’ve been entertaining the idea to make my own sort of date bars/balls for a while now. And – what better day than today! I had a recipe right in front of me, and was fully stocked on dates and dried fruits and nuts. Of course, when am I not?

I knew you all would want to see this action shot.

I was pretty successful, besides the fact that I didn’t have an orange or a lemon to zest. Sad face. That and, I accidentally skimped on the ground nuts. I halved it in my head, forgot, and halved the halved number. Shnoopsies.

That being said – these are amaaaaze. My mom enjoyed too. And they will certainly be made again the right way, haha. I think they’re just a bit stickier, and I think the orange zest would really make them fantab. Anyone want to cook through their Cooking for Health cookbook with me??

Triplets.

Obviously, I had a little of the date mixture leftover, and while the truffles chilled, I thought of the perfect way to use it up, along with the remaining toasted coconut.

With greek yog, of course! Didn't stay that pretty for very long...

These won over my mom, too. Gahh, so good.

My culinary flair continued into dinner, where I yet again realized Moosewoods and I were destined to be together. Enter: Tempeh Gyro. Okay, so they called for a Seitan gyro, and I omitted a key ingredient for a gyro, but typical gyros also contain lamb or beef, so I think that’s acceptable.

Le mixture.

I picked up an avocado today to try and give it another chance. Never was an avocado fan. After flipping through the book, was inspired by their Seitan Gyro recipe. I’ve been feeling like a total carnivore these past couple days – I’m kind of over meat, really. I just wanted something veggierific and most of all, fresh!

For the pita filling:

  • diced red onion, avocado, and tomatoes
  • diced flax tempeh
  • crumbled feta cheese
  • salt, ground black pepper

To be dressed with:

  • heaping spoonful of plain greek yogurt
  • small dash of garlic hummus
  • drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  • sesame seeds
  • dried oregano, salt, and pepper

Stuff into toasted pitas with spinach and dine like a Greek!

Enjoyed con nooch broccs.

Um, okay, lets review: to say this was fantab would be an understatement. Yum! So fresh tasting, loved. it. Meat doesn’t make me physically feel gross, I guess…but I just love light, fresh meals like this one, I guess is the best way to put it.

And of course, finish the course with some Purely Decadent Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Ice Cream. And a fruit and date truffle. Together. In the same bite. And cry.

Ohh, I love you.

Never had before. There’s a $1.00 of coupon at one of the sites I mentioned earlier. Uhm, you don’t need to beg me to try coconut milk ice cream!

Seriously in love. This is, honestly, better than any dairy ice cream I’ve had. I was glad the coconut flavor still came through, even though it’s Vanilla Bean flavored. It was like the most heavenly combination of each! And it’s not bad price-wise either. I think if you go to their website you can get coupons, too!

….aaaand, if you made it through this beast of a post, I’m giving you a blog-web-hug right now. If you skimmed, here’s my life, in a nutshell: work. sleep. eat. grocery shop. read cook books. cook. rinse. repeat.

Do you have a local co-op that you frequent, or do you stick to big stores, or do a little bit of both?

Are you a big meat-eater, or an “almost” vegetarian? (or, well, a vegetarian? I’m not discluding anybody!)

P.s. I’ll be posting a giveaway this week – likely Thursday. Until then, though, boogie on over to Katie’s blog for a Larabars Giveaway!

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Blue All Around

Hey lurvesss, hope everyone’s enjoying their holiday weekend with friends and family.

And, food!

Blueberry Oats

Is it sad that I’ve been waiting quite a while to have some sort of oats that wouldn’t clash with a blue bowl? I’m not joking. I knew eventually, however, my love and craving for blueberry oats would come back and everyone would be right at home with blue all around. This big ol’ bowl was a supah stunnah today!

This morning’s base consisted of a few changes, mainly due to a new operation I put into action starting today. I’ll get to that!

  • oat bran, Bob’s 5 grain, wheat bran
  • 1/2 brewed coffee, 1/2 So Delicious Coconut Milk
  • 1 t. milled flax seed
  • vanilla extract, agave
  • frozen blueberries
  • 1 T. Chia Seeds
  • and a big spoonful of cottage cheese, stirred in towards the end, until the curds disappeared.

The toppings:

  • chia-acai icing
  • Dundee ginger jam
  • slivered almonds
  • shredded coconut
  • Yogi Blueberry Flax Granola Crisps
  • Artisana Coconut Butter (uhh, toasted coconut butter, I should say.)
  • and a compote of frozen blueberries, some frozen sweet cherries and shredded coconut in coconut milk and a bit of agave.

All together now: "mmmm!"

Seriously good bowl right thurr. I hate tooting my own horn and think I come off as doing it way too much on this blog, but I don’t think it’s any surprise that I just love a good bowl of oats. And the coconut butter? It actually tastes fine (not going to lie – tastes like toasted coconut. I kinda like it. And I’m not just covering up my whoopsie, either, hah) but it lost all its’ drizzle-ability!

Sad face.

Even bloobs for cawfey!

Green Mountain Wild Mountain Blueberry Vanilla latte! Blueberry is the only K-Cup I have a large amount of. If I was really slick, I would have brewed some for the oats! It’s just way easier to steal some of my mom’s coffee from her coffee pot. Henry doesn’t like good coffee so she still brews some the old fashioned way every morning. Okay – not hating on traditional coffee pots. But I do love my Keurig!

As mentioned, I had to work today, so I went about my morning same as most. It was already so gorgeous out by the time I left. Love! As weird as this may sound, it feels so good to simply be able to drive a car without a whole bunch of bulk. As in – huge hoodies and winter jackets. And looking out my window without looking through glass. Yes, please!

I almost enjoyed having to work today – it gave me a chance to drive by the lake on this beautiful morning. I just love how the sun shines over the tree tops, and with all the gross weather we’ve been having, it’s been a while since I’ve seen it.

Ahhh, if only we had a house on the lake 😉

Other reason I didn’t mind working, even though it was truly gorg out? Everyone’s in a good mood when the weather’s this nice, so it makes for a fun environment.

Snackage.

So, about this operation I put into action?

Well, remember how I mentioned this morning was a “big ol’ bowl“? I meant it! Introducing Operation: Eat More Food!

Snackage, cont'd.

I’ve run into two people I hadn’t seen in quite a while, and both asked if I had lost a little bit of weight. They weren’t saying it negatively necessarily, but I didn’t really like hearing that. (I’m kind of gawky to begin with.) I hadn’t noticed anything myself and nor has my mom, but I’ve been thinking about it, and realized I often times opt for foods that aren’t so calorically dense simply because that’s what I prefer taste-wise – and could stand to up my portions. In addition, i’ve never been a “big” eater. As in, I’ve never really necessarily eaten what I would consider “a lot” of food – I simply eat when I feel hungry (or want an extra piece of biscotti!) and what I want. Since I’ve been a lot more active recently, I think I could stand to up my calorie intake. I think I’ve been pretty good with my micros & macros – so I’m not too worried about the comments health-wise, nor have I noticed any change in weight,mood, or energy personally. But, I’m going to only be getting more active with this weather, and hopefully start riding soon – and so eat more I’ll do!

Sooo – I will be making sure I sit down and eat snacks, rather than grazing through them whenever, resulting in sometimes not getting to them. I think this is a healthier habit to have, anyways. I developed the grazing habit from working so much – I didn’t like being seen as “slacking on the job,” but really – no one cares!

Tempeh, Hempspread, Jam Pita

So, there’s my quick little spiel for today! I’m not trying to gain weight, necessarily – and am looking at it as more of just getting myself into healthier habits. I still won’t be calorie counting and this blog isn’t going to change a bit. But, just wanted to let you guys know!

Spinach Salad, Snyder's Butter Snaps, Hummus

Sooo, after my power packed breakfast, I packed a lovely lunch of tempeh, Rumi’s, and plum jam on a Joseph’s flax & oat bran pita. It wasn’t my best effort – that Sarabeth’s Blueberry Cherry Jam was just so amazing with it – but it was still quite tasty toasted. And enjoyed with a lovely spinach salad with feta, red pepper, red onion, hardboiled egg, and humnut dressing.  And Snyder’s pretzels!

I got “released” early today (and Saturdays in general) so was able to clean the office and hit up the grocery store for a couple quick essentials (helllooo again, Silk PureAlmond!) before getting home. Unfortunately, I missed our Easter dinner since my sister is leaving tomorrow afternoon (typically, we would have had ham tomorrow night) and they wanted to go to their Saturday night auction. No biggie – our thing is more Easter brunch, anyway. While I’m not a huge ham fan, I do enjoy a good ham every so often, and so I was thinking about a grilled ham, apple, and mozzarella panini all the way home! I was also dreaming of sauteed kale with apples in a sweet potato, but my mom nuked some frozen broc and I figured rather than add to the leftovers in the fridge, I’d just finish it up.

No me gusta frozen brocs

Panini? holy yum. Sweet potato? never fails. Frozen brocs? huge fail. I thought broccoli was broccoli. It was…kind of gross, actually.

Even my attempt at burnt broc couldn’t salvage it, by sauteeing with some chopped apple, balsamic, and maine maple dijon mustard. I picked out the apples and sacrificed the rest.

But the panini?

Ohhh, the ‘nini was divine. I feel like sometimes, food you’re not necessarily a fan of is just necessary. I mean, it’s tradition! Ham on Easter. And, I will admit – paired with almond mozzarella, sliced apple, some spinach, and maple dijon mustard, the ham was really splendid. Yum!

nanner softserve, biscotti, coconut butter, 'nola.

mmmm, nanner softserve! Even more amazing with some coconut butter. Er – toasted coconut butter, if you will.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter and each of you get to spend some quality time with those who mean the most to you. Appreciate and cherish every second of it!

And a random question: Does anybody have any tried-and-true bread recipes? I’m looking for a truly stellar whole wheat, multigrain, something yummy & healthy – bread recipe. I looked at the grocery store for some good bread (after getting a taste of that delish bread from my lunch out the other day!) but their wheat bread looked like a serious joke. The multigrain looked okay – but I’d rather make it myself, anyway!

I’m sure I’ll do some recipe googling – but I’d love to hear your guys’ opinions. Because I trust your opinions, and I don’t mess around with good bread. I kind of fail with yeast, and if I do again, I’ll cry.

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