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First I was Guilty.

Then I was Simple.

And now I’m just a liar. Here’s what Teddie has to say about that:


As many times as I’ve promised this week that “I’ll have something better for you tomorrow…” I keep coming up short.


I had big plans, I did! But when it came time for dinner, I just. wanted. roasted. veg. Well, that and to use the last of the polenta I’d opened and just about forgotten about.

I’m going to use that as my excuse – I needed to use the last of the polenta and just wanted them to be “croutons” for my “hot salad.”


I’m not usually one to call a bunch of vegetables and some grain (meal?) a dinner…but what can I say? Tonight it was all about the fiber and the fat. I also used to not think a green monster should be considered a lunch, but that was before I’d tried it for myself.


Not to mention, I ended up not having much time to make anything fun. We had to put hay away, so that was what my mom and I did while the tater was roasting, and after we came in I just had to bump the oven up and throw together the other veg…which included a boatload of kale, a carrot (random), a shallot, red pepper, red onion, artichoke hearts, and a plum tomato all tossed with salt and a generous drizzle olive oil – and now you know why I said it was all about the fiber and fat Winking smile

But anyways. Now that I’ve just gotten the lie out of the way, look at all of this deliciousness…





Isn’t that some gorgeous produce?! Maybe not as pretty as Farmer’s Market loot – but work with me here. I’ve finally decided I’m just going to find time and desire to do my shopping at Hannaford, a good store. For Vermont. As I mentioned yesterday – I let myself really run out of just about everything produce-wise so I could go all out. Running to the store for one or two things 3x a week was getting old.

Hence why I bought so many bananas. Well, either that or to feed all the monkeys I our back room…I’m not telling you which is the real reason.

I’d be my own worse nightmare if I was a grocery store cashier. Think of all the produce codes I made that poor lady enter.


Question – is this a buttercup or a kabocha?! I’d heard Kabocha’s don’t have the little “crown” at the bottom like buttercups have, but otherwise look the same. I don’t know if that knob counts as the crow a buttercup has or not.



Lately I haven’t been buying crackers or munchies because I want to make them myself. But these Kashi TLC crackers were pretty inexpensive and sounded good, and I’ve been craving some good hummus vessels.

Maybe that’s why I went a little overboard on the carrots and celery?

Anyways. They are perfect hummus vessels! So is the celery and carrots, though.


Anyways. That’s enough of the boring stuff. Even though I’m always down for an abundance of fresh produce.

You know what’s been driving me nuts lately? My “n” key is always sticking, which makes blog-writing take about twice as long as usual.


What’s been driving me nuts in a good way, though, is these pancakes. This morning’s, especially, was bliss. I topped them with a cranberry-fig sauce and coconut milk yogurt. And walnuts. and date molasses. ahmagaw.


This is where I’d usually say “I promise I’ll have something interesting for you tomorrow!” but then I’d be lying again, because I know full well I won’t. This weekend. Er, actually, maybe not. We’re being graced with beautiful weather for the next few days, and then next week is back to snow and/or rain, so I’m soaking up this sun while I can!


I’m also really long overdue for a Teddie update…I’m waiting until I can drag someone out to be my photographer Winking smile

How many times/week do you grocery shop? Do you find your cart is practically full and you’re just about done after getting your produce?


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These MacroBars are perfect timing…perfect timing for Vegan MoFo!




MacroBars are macrobiotic, vegan, energy and protein bars that are made fresh daily on a rural farm in S.W. Wisconsin. Minimally processed and certified organic, the bars utilize simple healthy ingredients to boost your immune system and help provide your body with essential nutrients. The macrobiotic approach to food is dynamic. GoMacro products do not use any additives or preservatives, refined sugars or flours or dairy, thus helping to create a pH-balanced environment in your body, leading to better absorption of minerals and other nutrients. The macrobiotic approach to food is dynamic. What works for one person may not work for another and the needs of each person vary from day to day so each bar is designed to cater to individual needs. Whether you need protein, energy or fiber; a meal replacement, a healthy snack or a delicious dessert you will find it in MacroBars.
The bars are sweetened with grain-based sweeteners. These sweeteners take longer to digest, thus avoiding the blood-sugar spikes associated with refined sugars. The fats in GoMacro bars are healthy fats derived from nuts and seeds containing omega3 fatty acids, minerals and vitamins. Carbs are complex carbs from whole grains. These are slow-burning carbs that boost energy levels throughout the day. Protein comes from brown rice protein – a great high protein alternative to animal products and soy.

I’d been keeping my eyes peeled for MacroBars around here with no such luck. Looking on amazon and the GoMacro website, I only found the ability to purchase individually, or in an entire case of the same flavor. Well, that’s not something I was very interested in. I really just wanted to purchase a sampler! When I inquired about where I might be able to find something, Amelia was so kind as to offer to send me some to try.

Through reading the company history and their motive, you can tell that this is a company to support. Reading the descriptions of my new bars, I was sure I would love them all…the question would be which ones I wanted a case of!




First, I tried the Cashew Caramel flavor.

Cashew Caramel is one of their macronutrient bars meaning…

The MacroNutrient bars are made with organic superfoods and sweetened with raw organic agave nectar. They are high in Omega-3, fiber, folate and many other vitamins and minerals.
MacroNutrient Bars contain seven organic superfoods.

  • • Quinoa – A complete protein with all nine essential amino acids
  • • Flax Sprouts – Extremely high in omega-3
  • • Brown Rice Bran – Helps control blood sugar and cholesterol
  • • Pea Fiber – A concentrated fiber source to assist weight loss
  • • Broccoli Sprouts – Full of cancer protective compounds
  • • Spirulina – Nature’s most concentrated nutrient source
  • • Cinnamon – Improves energy and vitality

So – the bar talks the talk. Can it walk the walk? Yes!

The pros:

  • taste
  • consistency
  • “full” factor
  • seven organic superfoods
  • organic, vegan, and gluten free

The cons:

  • sort of a gritty texture from the brown rice protein powder

Let it be known that the con is not enough to make me disliked it. I love chewy bars like this over crunchy!

Speaking of chewy, next up was the cashew butter macrobar.





Another major win! This one did not have the addition of brown rice protein, nor the seven organic superfoods, but still had a good “full factor.” Just simple, healthy ingredients! I loved the addition of puffed brown rice. Not only do I love puffed rice, but it took it to the next level from just being some cashew butter with cashews mixed in.

I’ve always got my eye out for delicious, simple bars, with preference to soy free and vegan bars. Ingredients can’t get any simpler and the result is perfection. I can’t wait to sample the rest!

Have you tried MacroBars?

What’s better – chewy or crunchy?


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It’s Tasty!

So, a while ago, Tasty Bite sent me some awesome products to try out. Remember?!


I’d been sort of…bad…in terms of actually using them, though. I really don’t very often think to make something that’s already made for lunch. But yesterday, I was craving some Indian cuisine!


The Bombay Potatoes won me over, and 90 seconds later, I was happily enjoying my heat-and-eat Indian. And without wondering what on earth went in to the creation, either! It’s really quite simple:

Water, Potatoes, Chickpeas, Tomatoes, Onions, Sunflower Oil, Salt, Ginger, Garlic, Corn Starch, Coriander, Chilies, Cumin, Spices.


But for being so simple, was it even any good? My answer is yes!! It was spicy and flavorful. My only complaint is that I didn’t have any naan to soak up the sauce! And speaking of sauce – I’d prefer it was a little more gravy-like rather than soup-like – meaning, I’d rather it be thicker. But what do I know about Indian? Soupy is probably the point.


And while I was going through the packages trying to choose one for lunch, I came up with the idea to take one of my meal inspirations and make chickpea cutlets!


I chose the Chunky Chickpeas, and was pretty excited. It’d surely be a no-brainer, right? The chickpeas are already seasoned – I’d just need to add some breadcrumbs, gluten, and bake!


Er, wellll…first I had to get past the looks. Okay, nothing like the picture on the package…but I’m sort of pro at moving past the looks of something and seeing stuff for what it really is.

I’m talking about food, but I think this mindset comes in handy in all paths of life.


Anyways. Mash up the chickiepeas…


…add in some gluten and quick oats…


…form into patties, and bake!

I would have preferred fresh breadcrumbs, but we can’t always get what we want now, can we?!


I loved not having to worry if I was adding too much of this spice, or too little of that spice. It was quick. It was easy. I didn’t have to think very hard, and instead – was presented with some lovely chickpea cutlets with a new flavor – Indian!

I wanted to think up a sauce for them, but school work was beckoning. Instead, I served it over some eggplant & marinara. And kale chips, because they’re my crack lately.

TastyBite Chunky Chickpea Cutlets

Mash the chickpeas so no whole pieces remain. (that means, mash them better than I did. Do as I say, not as I do.) Add in the quick oats, gluten and water and stir/knead until combined. Form into patties and bake in a 375* oven for twenty minutes. Flip and bake another twenty minutes.

And you just made yourself some super quick and easy chickpea cutlets!

Tasty Bite sent me these products at no cost to me – however, these opinions are my own and exactly how I feel about the product. I love you guys too much to lie.

Any plans for Halloween?

What’s your favorite Indian dish?


Filed under dinner, indian, lunch, review, tasty bite


Ding, Ding Ding! We have a winner…

Foodzie it was! Through the Foodbuzz Tastemaker’s Program, I was selected to be part of the foodzie.com program. You can only imagine my excitement. I mean – I have a hard time passing up an interesting new find in the aisles of my supermarket…so being sent samples before buying is an ingenious idea, if you ask me.

How perfect does that plan sound?! Add to it the element of surprise, and now you know why I was dancing when I saw the package. I had absolutely no clue what was hidden inside, but I had a pretty good idea that it’s be something amazing.

And “something” turned out to be the understatement of the year…look at all the goodies! And the adorable presentation, too.

Not only did they fill the box with goodies, but I was even introduced to some maple syrup from my home state. And balsamic honey?! I’ve never heard of such a thing, but I have a hunch once I try it, I’ll buy it by the gallon!

I tore into the pistachios first…

Oh so very good. Just enough garlic and onion to give a pleasant flavor – not so much to leave you with offensive breath, though! Ironically, I remember always having those dyed red pistachios as a kid. They would stain my hands and couch something silly, though, so eventually my mom started saying “no!”…and I still hardly ever buy pistachios. They are quite nutrient dense, however – very good for you – so it was wonderful to be reunited with them.

They’ve got a bunch of flavors, though – I’m eyeballing the sea salt and pepper, especially.

And then for my snack at work this morning, I had this pear. I did find being sent a pear a little bizarre at first – but hey, why not?! I do love me some pears. I microwaved it with cinnamon and raisins for a homey, warming snack. It was so juicy and succulent, it about melted in my mouth like butter, I kid you not. When it was raining cats and dogs outside, this hit the spot.

And by raining cats and dogs, I mean raining cats and dogs. It was miserable! We got ten inches of snow on the mountain, too – though that was at 11 this morning. There’s probably far more by now!

And with that – I leave you with this. By far the best gingerbread overnight oats I’ve had yet…I did double the ginger, after all. My tongue was a little tingly, but that is a-ok in my book! I even made a spiced “icing,” to go with it – kefir, ground ginger, ground clove, maple syrup, and chia seeds.

Thought of the day: I wish I was a cat so that I could wrap my tail around my feet when they got cold. Either that, or I wish I had a tail so I could do the same thing. I mean, really – when it’s 38* outside, the window should not be open! Please and thank you.

And as a side-note…I know, I haven’t been posting “daily eats” lately. I’m sort of enjoying the “just whatever” vibe I’ve got going on now, though. Short and sweet, if you will. I’m sure I’ll go back and forth between “blogging styles,” but for now I hope you don’t abandon me! I’ve got some things planned, and have been doing a lot of nutrition homework, too. Maybe I’ll do a post on protein?!

What’s something you enjoyed often as a kid, but haven’t had since?

How do you feel about your protein intake? Do you try to balance it, or think you fall short? Prefer high-protein? I’m just interested in your thoughts, and I learned some new things this week!


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Peanut Buttah And…

I’m going to be quick, since I just fiddled around with the site and have a quick business assignment to finish! So – just do this for me.

Pretty please? You’ll thank me later.

Go ahead and grab some bread and some peanut buttah. Homemade bread. That is accidentally a lot smaller than you intended. Trust me, it really lets you get a thiiick layer of p.b. 😉

Then snag a fresh local apple, and a dried fig. That fig is funky lookin’, non?

Now plug in your panini maker.

Glomp (yes, glomp) a bunch of peanut butter on the bread, and slice your apple and fig. Layer on some apple slices, then some fig slices, and sandwich to-gedder.

And then panini away.

Just don’t do like I did, and walk back upstairs to finish a project.

You’ll burn it…but the sandwich will be just that good that it doesn’t even really matter.

What’s your favorite Peanut Butter & ______ sandwich?

p.s. Chocolate chip cookie dough larabar

not as good as I was hoping. Bummer. Too much chocolate chip, not enough cookie dough.


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Accident Waiting to Happen

I am practically an accident waiting to happen today.

Ever since 10:30 last night, I’ve been dreaming up what my project is going to consist of for our first photo assignment. Seriously – why do creative vibes always come at the least convenient of times? I was thisclose to popping out of bed right then but knew if I actually went through with what I was thinking, I wouldn’t get to bed until after midnight.

Not late for some people, but when you wake up at 5:30,6 it is.

I couldn't focus my camera this morning to save my soul...but at least I bought a new flash diffuser today!! Regardless - this was a divine bowl of mashed banana overnight oats, with a plum, maple syrup, cashews, and peanut butter sauce. Yum!

So of course all the while I drove to and from work today, guess what I was thinking. I was actually a little concerned for my own safety for once. I really need to work on that.

It didn't help that it was such a dreary day...as I was getting dressed I saw Mouse made himself at home in my bed. He really made me want to crawl back into it!!

Maybe I’ll play around with it tonight. I bought a new flash diffuser and an infrared remote today which will make my life easier 🙂

The best. wrap. ever. Pesto wrap with roma tomato, garlic hummus, feta, and mozz.

Another interesting portion of my nutrition reading that I was doing yesterday involved the body and its food. You’ll probably all read this and think, “d’uh, Jess,” but for some reason – I’ve never thought of food in this way, and it just made so much sense to me! But, basically, it talked about the energy that the body gets comes indirectly from the sun. Plants capture the sun’s energy so well, right? Well – when we eat those plants, we get that energy to use and store! It works the same way when you eat animal tissue – though a little more indirectly since they’re like us in that they get it from the plants (…who get it from the sun.)

Vanilla chobani with dried figs and banana.

So, lately while I’ve been eating my veggebulls, I’ve been thinking about the power the sun gives me 😉 It also made me really question the low-carb, low-fat diets…I mean – they are the most important when it comes to energy! I know everyone differs so I’m not going to make a blanket statement…but it just confirms my love of the carb 😉

homemade CRACKuhs.

Anyways. I’ll stop regurgitating information to you now. Although, I do wanna share some new stuffs I’ve started taking. I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately and looked into getting some multivit and calcium supplements. In the past I’ve sort of been of the belief that all of this can be achieved through a sound diet – but food lately, even whole, has become much less nutritious than it used to be. And really, I don’t have many foods that are calcium-rich, anyways.

I stumbled upon various different supplements, and finally settled on these from Peter Gillham: Organic Life Vitamins and Osteo Calm.

Let me prelude this by saying I am a five-year old at heart and would prefer gummy vitamins, drinkable vitamins, or something fun rather than something to swallow. Otherwise I’ll just forget.  But hey, that’s okay!

The Liquid Revolution

No matter how good the vitamin or mineral supplements are that you start with, they are only as good as they are bioavailable. Supplements must be absorbed and assimilated into the bodyand be available at the proper area in order to be of use. All pills and capsules have to dissolve into liquid form before they can be absorbed and assimilated. Some people with weaker digestive systems (and digestive ability often weakens with age) don’t fully break these down and the result is only partial or no absorption, so the pill or capsule doesn’t do much, if any, good.

I wouldn’t say that that statement is 100% true, only because it makes it sound like pills are a waste. In reality, a good pill will break down in your system just fine!

Because it contains so many nutrients, you won’t have to purchase and take numerous pills and capsules in order to give your body what it needs to stay active and healthy. And, unlike pills, Organic Life Vitamins contains no binders and fillers. The original Organic Life Vitamin formula blends the finest ingredients including organic ACTIValoeTMwhole-leaf aloe vera, organic noni juice, multiple vitamins, ConcenTrace® trace minerals, a full range of amino acids, antioxidants, OptiMSM® MSM and chromium picolinate. The improved formula enhances the original formula with an additional 24 whole food antioxidant veggies, superfruits, berries and fruits including acai, mangosteen, goji berry and organic pomegranate. [click]

And the other, OsteoCalm.

We hear a lot about calcium and how important it is to our bones. But what we don’t hear is that the balance of calcium and magnesium is a critical factor not only to bone health but to overall health in general. Magnesium helps the body absorb and transport calcium into the bones and makes bones stronger and more flexible. Approximately 50 percent of total body magnesium is found in bone.

There you have it, folks. I am not condoning the use nor commending the use of dietary supplements…rather, putting this out there. From what I’ve read and had I can say they seem to be a great option for someone looking into starting on a supplement – but to each his own! (footnote: don’t believe the “lovely taste,” claim – they’re not gross, but they’re not lovely, either!)

And, lastly – I was glad to have leftovers for dinner so that I could get right to finishing my business homework afterwards! I loved this Mexicana spaghetti squash, tropical salsa, cornbread and corn on the cob (which was right from our garden!) I think everything was even better the second time around 😉

Do you take any vitamins? Why or why not?


Filed under breakfast, dinner, foodblog, health, health food, lunch, oatmeal, recipe


Sheesh! You guys are easy to please – I thought for sure last night’s dinner looked hideous, even though it was delicious 😉 If that wasn’t ugly enough for you, though, maybe this bread I made is.

Ironically, my ugliest load yet is also my tastiest! I based this off of Daniel’s recipe with a few alterations:

  • “2 T. oil” was 1 T. olive oil, 1 T. sesame oil
  • “2 T. honey” was 2 T. molasses (only because I was out of honey)
  • skim milk was almond milk
  • 3 c. WW flour was 2 1/4 c. WW flour, 1/2 c. quick oats, 1/4 c. sesame seeds, and 2 T. millet

The first time I made this, I had a similar look, though maybe not quite as sunken in. Sort of like it rose and collapsed, basically – I’m not sure if this is because of my breadmaker, or my tinkering with the recipe, though I have a hunch it’s the breadmaker. I’m setting it for a 2 lb. loaf, but that’s a complete guess. Maybe it’s larger or smaller? Anyone know?

Regardless of its’ appearance – it tastes fantastic! It is especially light, moist, and fluffy this time – true sandwich bread! The crust is not too crunchy, and get this – last night, I had two slices completely untoasted! That’s a big deal for me. One was just on its own (even more of a big deal) and the other with some jam.

And I mean, I guess I shouldn’t complain that it collapses, because then it’s the perfect size for sandwiches!

Garlic hummus, roasted broc, feta, and tomato paste

And, in case you were wondering – I didn’t even panini or toast that, and it. was. still. fantastic. Holy cow, this bread has changed me.

I had to bring back the broc sammiches! I think I’m going to turn in to a head of broccoli soon, with how much I’m consuming. It was on sale this week, and I’m not complaining. I am complaining, however, that I used the last of it yesterday. Sad face.

Of course, protein made an appearance, too.

cottage cheese, cinnamon, raisins.

which was joined with some fruitage. The carrot-fig ‘nola bar pictured was consumed a couple of hours later.

plumcot, bar.

Others eats included a Super Charge Me! Cookie I made yesterday. Seriously – these are hands down the. best. cookies. ever. And I’ve had a lot of cookies.

My subs:

  • spelt flour was WW flour
  • no coconut
  • 1/4 c. raisins
  • 2 T. dark choco chips
  • ~1/3 c. maple syrup + 1 T. “holiday jam” (strawberries, cranberries & maple syrup)
  • 3 T. sunbutter
  • 2 T. olive oil

Is it okay to bake with olive oil, anyways?


Believe it or not, but I hardly had enough oats for this to happen this morning:

overnight: 1/4 c. quick oats, 1 T. Ruth's Chia Goodness, 1/4 c. Kamut, 1/2 c. almond milk, cinnamon

I had to fall back on some Kamut! It lent for a fun taste and texture, actually. But I cannot be without oats for long.

Topped with banana, coconut, pineapple, OV pourable yogurt, goji granola, and cashews.

And so, naturally – I ran to the co-op while on my break today. Which reminds me!

I picked up one of these while I was out!

No, no – not an iced tea…an iced mate! I drank these religiously last year – there is a lovely little cafe that makes some of the best smoothies, wraps, salads, sandwiches, bars, treats, etc around right downtown from work. It’s always crazy busy, which is good to see. I know I’m always complaining that my town doesn’t have any good health-food restaurants – but this is probably the only exception. They have great food, and I would always get a huuuge iced mate every day last summer. I’ve calmed down my obsession – but with today’s heat and the fact that a. I was downtown anyways, and b. my boss wanted a smoothie from there I just had to have one! It was so refreshing and delicious. A habit I should bring back every so often 😛

Have you ever had a mate? If you do some research, it’s actually quite an interesting tea with many health benefits:

Yerba mate was discovered centuries ago by the indigenous people in South America and has been revered as the “drink of the gods” and consumed to enhance, vitality, clarity, and well-being. With 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, 11 polyphenols, caffeine, and is high in antioxidants, yerba mate triumphs as nature’s most balanced stimulant.

Of the six commonly used stimulants in the world–yerba mate, coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa, and guarana–yerba mate is the healthiest, delivering both energy and nutrition.

A lot of times it is compared (nutrient wise) to green tea – but really, it’s even more nutritious!

Each infusion of yerba mate contains:
• Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex
• Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc
• Additional Compounds: Carotene, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonols,
Polyphenols, Inositol, Trace Minerals, Antioxidants, Tannins, Pantothenic Acid and 15 Amino Acids.

It’s definitely one of those really interesting “health foods” – because as much good as you can find about it, sites praising its benefits – you can find just as many warning you of it. I think, actually – it was once banned in the United States, but I can’t find any more on that at the moment.

Anyways. While I was out, I went to the co-op. My whole reason for running out, actually, I needed oats, remember? I also needed a few other things. Like honey. Instead, I wound up with date sugar. I wanted date syrup, but no dice. Has anyone used date sugar before? I’m eager to try it!

And I bought a baby pack of hemp seeds. Sarena was fully responsible for this, with her recent boasting of hemp seeds!

Hey, Nutiva – she deserves a lifetime supply!

And another new brand of Sunflower Seed butter. Full Circle has been my favorite thus far since they use evaporated cane jucie to sweeten, whereas this organic Once Again brand and Sunbutter just use sugar. Doesn’t bother me too much since it’s so infrequent that I have real sugar, but if you’re keeping a tally, there’s one for Full Circle! Any way you stretch it, though – your life isn’t complete without some sunflower seed butter, regardless of brand!

I’m not sure what inspired me to be so wordy and ad-y tonight, but there you have it. Straight from the horse-owner’s mouth. Oh, yeah – Broccoli-Bean Pie is even better the next day!! Looking forward to having it tomorrow, too 😀 To answer a popular question – the sweet potato crust isn’t very crunchy/crust like. I’m sure you could make it that way by cooking it longer – but I didn’t mind it being a bit softer!

What’s your favorite hot-weather refreshment?

What’s one thing you were obsessed with last summer, but have hardly done at all this summer?

What’s wrong with my bread?

Now, I’m off to do some “pre-class assigments,” which I think should be illegal.


Filed under breakfast, cooking, foodblog, health, health food, healthy living, lunch, recipe