Archives for August 2011

What [We] Ate Wednesday

Remember when I asked for some recipe ideas for a meat-eater that doesn’t like vegetables?

Well you were all awesome at giving me suggestions. I’ve made chickpea tacos, I’ve made tamale pie. Both pretty succesful. But do you know what I’m up against? I don’t think you do. Since it’s What I Ate Wednesday, let’s take a look at a day of eats for me vs. a day of eats for the veggie-hater.


Breakfast for me:

Apple + peanut butter (and a couple handfuls of Kellogg’s Fiber Plus Cinnamon Oat cereal)

I was out of yogurt, and since a friend was staying on our couch due to the power outage, I thought it would be rude to use my vitamix 😉 Hence the unusual breakfast.

Breakfast for the Veggie-hater:

Nothing. (I don’t know how anyone can start their day without breakfast.)

Lunch for me:

Trader Joe’s spiced soybeans! Check out the nutritional facts (and be sure to double it, because seriously, who eats half a package?) Yes, that’s 400 calories, 28 grams of protein and 24 grams of fiber.

I also had some soy crisps for a little afternoon snack. Oh and multiple cups of coffee.

Lunch for the veggie hater:

Nothing. Wait, what? I know. Don’t worry, he normally eats a Lunchable.

Later that day…

*Phone rings* I don’t answer, because I’m busy pole dancing.

*I call him back*

He complains that he’s starving because he hasn’t eaten all day. After a 15 minute discussion of what we could both eat, we decide he should just pick up some food for himself and bring it over, and I’ll eat my vegetables.

Dinner for me:

Salad topped with hummus and almonds (I later added some salsa) plus a baby sweet potato topped with almond butter. (If you’re dying for another picture of this, see Monday’s post.)

Dinner for the veggie-hater:

An entire pepperoni pizza + orange soda.


Do you see what I’m up against?

Come On, Irene…

One time, I heard a guy sing karaoke to “Come on Eileen” but he thought it was “Come on, Irene”… Quite a rendition of the 80’s classic.

Anyways, as we prepared for hurricane Irene, I stocked up on water, wine, and tortilla chips, aka, the essentials.

And then, as I was microwaving my sweet potato (because that’s how classy people cook lunch) I realized I was out of almond butter.

Woah. Time out.

The though of losing power AND running out of almond butter was too much for me to handle. So I quickly whipped up some Cinnamon Almond Butter,

The almond butter + sweet potato combo, a la Tessa, is now one of my favorite go-to lunches, so I knew I needed to have plenty of nut butter on hand.

Yummm. Once I had a solid jar of almond butter, I made sure I had a big container of this in the cooler:

Once I knew I had the essentials taken care of, I was ready.

The storm wasn’t that bad here in Richmond!

And it was actually kind of fun, staying in with my roommates, and having friends over. It’s not often that we have an excuse for a hurricane party! We lost power Saturday night, but we had it back late Sunday morning.

What is the one essential food item you’d stock up on before a storm?

Gluten Free Party Time!

That’s right. Gluten is not invited to this party.

First of all, I’m dedicating this post to my gluten-free name twin, Liz. Not only is she one of the only people in my “regular life” that reads my blog, she’s also awesome and it was her birthday yesterday. So there you go. Liz, this one’s for you.

I set off making gluten free cupcakes, because everyone should have cake on their birthday.

I used  This recipe from Comfy Tummy except that I halved it, and I used agave instead of honey.

And now the sad part.

My camera card went corrupt. So I lost all of my pictures from the past week. Including the gluten free cupcake pictures.

And a post with out pictures isn’t fun.

So in honor of this gluten-free deliciousness, here are some pictures of my other favorite gluten free products/recipes. I’m quite tolerant of gluten, but these foods are sweet!

Soy crisps

These things are awesomely protein packed and are a satisfying snack when you’re looking for a crunch. The BBQ flavor is quite good too. I know I’ve mentioned them before, but I’m going to keep bringing it up until you try it. I’m stubborn.

Summer Bean and Corn Salad

Click here for the recipe. It’s also raw. And vegan. And delicious.

Parsnip Fries

Parsnips are like the love child of a potato and a carrot. And they make tasty fries, if you slice it up and bake it with a little olive oil and salt. Dip in ketchup for maximum deliciousness.

Krishna Dressing

I haven’t made this in far too long. I actually didn’t even make it the first time. My friend made me dinner (including tofu! I know, I know I have the coolest friends ever.) Click here for the recipe. It will change your salad-dressing-world forever. It’s that good.

Have you ever made a gluten free cake? Do you ever eat gluten free products?

What I [Actually] Ate Wednesday

First off, it’s What I Ate Wednesday, from the fabulous Jenn, who needs to find us tickets to Foster the People in Richmond so we can go together. (Got that, Jenn?)


Normally, I don’t play the WIAW game very well, because I tend to think that all my eats are boring, and I end up sharing something else. But not today. Today I’m going to do things right. So this is what I ate… on Tuesday.

Except for breakfast. Because I’ve been eating the same thing over and over. You can see it on my last WIAW post, if you really must see it again. So instead, I’ll give you my awkward “I’m so happy I don’t have to go to work, but instead I get to go paint a mural at an elementary school this morning” look.

Yep, that’s the look.

After painting, I went into work and threw together this salad, which has been my standard lunch. It’s not exciting. It’s some greens + balsamic vinegar. This was consumed with some soy crisps and a handful of cashews, courtesy of the snack cart at work.

But then there was an earthquake… and that freaked everyone out, especially me.I don’t have any pictures to show… but… it seemed important, so insert mental freak out<here>.

As soon as I get home from work, I’m usually hungry (maybe because that salad really isn’t too filling…) so I grab a snack. It’s usually either cereal or a smoothie. Today, Yesterday, it was a smoothie.

1/2 banana, 1 cup soymilk, 6 drops vanilla stevia, handful of ice, + heaping spoonful of granola. YUM.

And then “I-hate-everything-about-vegetarian-food” guy came over for dinner. And I made a vegetarian dinner.

Thankfully, I had this meal on my mind since yesterday, when I saw it over at Eat Live Run. I had a hunch that this could please even the pickiest of meat eaters.

And I was correct. I think. It’s honestly hard to tell with these meat eaters. But the plate was eaten, so I suppose that’s a win? (My apologies on the phone-camera pictures… my real camera is not being my friend right now.)

Do you eat the same thing for breakfast everyday or do you switch it up?

High Volume Low Calorie Recipe Round Up

Am I the only one that LOVES eating huge plates of food? What can I say? I love to eat. If you’re like me, you’ll love high volume low calorie foods because you can eat a huge plate and still have calories left for dessert 😉

If you love large portions of food but are trying to cut back on calories than these high volume low calorie recipes are PERFECT! They're all healthy, vegetarian, and gluten free, plus they're low in calories so you can enjoy a big serving!

So here are some of my favorite high volume low calorie recipes and foods:

This spaghetti squash lasagna is SO cheesy and delicious but it’s still so low in calories!


More of a spaghetti person? Try these low calorie zucchini noodles!

zucchini noodles and vegetarian meatballs

Have it with real meatballs or these nut”meat”balls!

Craving fast food? Slice up some butternut squash and make Butternut squash fries!


They taste like sweet potato fries, but you can eat a giant plate of them for a fraction of the calories!

Dreaming of tacos? These roasted cauliflower tacos are vegan, gluten free, and low in calories!

vegan cauliflower tacos

Craving something sweet? Have you tried Halo Top, yet? (I know, it’s not a recipe, but it’s so good, you need to try it.)

Halo Top Low Calorie Ice Cream‘Can’t find Halo Top in your area? Whip up some mango frozen yogurt for a sweet, low calorie treat!

Mango Frozen Yogurt

What are your favorite low-calorie/large portion recipes?

A Public Apology

Dear Yoga,

I’m sorry.

I’m sorry I neglected you for so long.

I’m sorry I secretly thought you were really boring.

I’m sorry I didn’t close my eyes and sit still during meditation.

I’m sorry I didn’t think you could strengthen and tone my muscles.

I’m sorry I let that huge dude in the white pants who kept grunting with each pose, scare me away from class.

I’m sorry I was afraid to admit I didn’t like you, because it seemed like yet another blogger fail.

Thank you for taking me back. As it turns out, I just needed Jillian Michaels to help kick my butt into yoga-shape.

It’s not the 30-day Shred… but I’m pretty sure my body is going to be sore tomorrow.

This dvd is great if you’re looking to get the benefits of yoga (like flexibility, balance, toned muscle) but can’t stand the “slow” parts (for me, that’s the sitting and breathing with my eyes closed.) There are two levels, 30 minutes each, and they do a great job of incorporating cardio with yoga movements. (Think lots of lunging and movement into poses.) I can get my yoga on without feeling like I’m slacking off. I didn’t think level 2 was that much more difficult than level 1, but its nice to have a variety.

Besides, I want to be able to take awkward, blurry pictures like this one, when I’m like 60.

Channeling my inner gymnast.

Yoga, I think this is the start of a beauitful relationship.

How do you feel about yoga? Love it? Hate it? Never tried it?

What I Ate [In Ohio] Wednesday

I’m not in the mood to put this in some special order. It’s basically just some of the highlights of my Ohio eats, which is appropriate, since it’s What I Ate Wednesday. (Thanks for the link party, Jenn!)

So here are the fun meals that have found a home in my tummy:

Yesterday morning was Raw oatmeal (yay free samples) and I turned it into chocolate covered strawberry oatmeal.

1/3 cup oats,2/3 cup water, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 2 packets of stevia, 1/4 cup slices strawberries

My favorite dinner was courtesy of the best restaurant in Columbus, Northstar Cafe. And per usual, I had the epic veggie burger.

This is seriously a rock-your-face-off burger. Even meat eaters will agree this thing is amazing. And in case you want to try it for yourself, but don’t live in Columbus, my friend Krista was sweet enough to send me the recipe. The beets are what give it that lovely purple hue!

I also ate my weight in ice cream. Have you heard of Jeni’s?

Its the best ice cream in Columbus and they have an AMAZING variety of flavors. The girl at the counter must have sensed that I love ice cream, because she literally made let me try at least 12 different flavors before I settled on this trio:

Dark chocolate, buckeye state, and brown butter almond brittle. Heaven.

Other non-food hightlights:

Playing music with my buddy Brent (you can’t see the guitar and drum set that we were playing with!)

New kicks that I’m in love with (Shanna, this is for you!!):

Ice Green Tea Latte + Matcha powder (recommended by my bestie):

This sort of tasted like grass. In a good way. Have you tried this yet?

What are you eating today?

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

O-H-I-O [A nice four letter word]

It doesn’t feel like Monday.

I’m not at work. I’m not waking up early. I’m not [obsessively] checking my blackberry. I’m on vacation!

I’m in Ohio spending some time with friends and family, which has been awesome! Oh and my mama bought me Mama Pea’s cookbook for my birthday! Woohoo! To say I was excited would be an understatement. I had to force myself not to read the whole thing when I was supposed to be hanging out with my parents. Oops.

So what have I been up to?

Saturday, I went to the driving range with my dad. The driving range for me is all about whacking golf balls. My dad has a different method. Yes, he filmed my golf swing with a video camera, so that I could “improve” my swing. (Dad, if I make contact with the ball, I’m happy.)

I also got my mom to try the pumpkin shortcut I wrote about on Friday. We didn’t cook the brownies long enough… so it’s like eating brownie batter fudge instead of a regular brownie, but I don’t hear anyone complaining.

Do you see how fudgy that is?!

I also hung out with my friend Christine (she is so much more than a friend. I think mentor would be a better description) who also happens to be a bit of a foodie like me. She’s the one who turned me on to Mio, and Nooodles so I wanted to share with her something I love. I couldn’t decide what to bring her, and then it hit me, why not pick up another copy of Mama Pea’s book? So that’s just what I did!

I hope she likes it!!

Hopefully you all had a fantastic weekend. I can’t wait for What I Ate Wednesday to show you some of the deliciousness that has been in my diet these days!

What kinds of things do you like to do with your family?

2 Ingredient Brownies

Sometimes I like to spend a lot of time researching recipes, tweaking, testing, tasting…

But then sometimes, I just want to get on with my life, and enjoy some baked goods. Which is why I snatched up this brownie mix from Trader Joe’s: Truffle Brownies? Yes please.

But let’s say you’re feeling even lazier? Like 2 ingredient lazy…

Then how about making some pumpkin-brownies…

All you need is a box of brownie mix + a can of pureed pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling, just plain old pumpkin.) Mix the two together, and bake.



Wham. A pan of chocolate brownies, with no added oils or eggs. And did I mention these can be vegan? This is definitely the simplest recipe ever. (And I’m so not the first person to have done this, so no credit-taking here.)

Mixed together and baked at 350 for about 20 minutes. Done! Of course, you could get a little fancy and make this homemade whipped cream, too…

And if you’re feeling lazy, but not in the mood for chocolate, how about trying my 3 ingredient backup dessert?

Now that I’ve gotten my laziness out of the way, I’m going to go pack! I’m flying back to Ohio tonight and I haven’t been back for awhile, so I’m looking forward to visiting with friends. I’m also taking a new workout DVD with me… so if I like it, perhaps you’ll see a review in a future post!

Goal for the weekend: Maintain some sort of healthy eating/workout routine.

Have you ever tried the pumpkin + brownie mix combo? What do you make when you’re feeling lazy?

[The Coolest Thing] I Ate Wednesday

Before I show you the coolest thing I ate today, let’s review the basics…


Standard yogurt bowl: 1 cup Chobani 0% plain yogurt, 1 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup bear naked granola


Salad with lettuce, granny smith apples, cranberries, almonds, tomatoes, and a raspberry vinaigrette dressing


I was craving something Italian, but I didn’t want to have to go to the store for pasta, because pasta would have ended up being $30 worth of groceries. I can’t buy just one thing. So I had to work with what I had. This turned out to be delicious AND easy.

Easy Italian Bake

  •    1 yellow squash
  •    1 zucchini
  •    1/2 cup pizza sauce or marinara sauce (I used TJ’s pizza sauce)
  •    3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  •    1/4 cup mozzarella (optional)
  • spices: red pepper flakes, garlic, salt, oregano, anything else you desire
Chop up your squash and zucchini, and place it on a large sheet of foil. Top with the marinara sauce, nutritional yeast and spices. Then fold up the foil, and bake it at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes (depending on how small you cut up the veggies, it may need a bit longer). I added my cheese after about 15 minutes, but you could leave it out to make this vegan.
Open up and dump into a bowl! It’s delicious and super healthy!

And now, the coolest thing I ate…

My awesome brother and sister-in-law got me the coolest birthday present ever.

The Zoku makes popsicles in SIX minutes. You keep the base in the freezer, pour in different liquids/juices/yogurts/etc and then you use this special tool to pop them out after they sit for 6 minutes. That’s right, it’s like instant popsicles! MAGIC!
Clearly, we needed to test this out. I decided to do a test run with orange juice. Didn’t want to get too fancy on the first try.
I filled the three slots with juice, with the sticks. Then I used the special handle to lift out the sticks.
And in minutes, I had a popsicle! This takes instant gratification to a whole new level.

Have you joined the What I Ate Wednesday link party yet?? If not, what are you waiting for?!

So now I need your help…

What kind of popsicle flavors should I try next??