Hey all! So I know I still have lots of recaps to do (pictures still not unloaded = lazy), but I really wanted to do just a regular "what I've been eating post" today. I promise I'll still do the recaps, but that'll be another day. And I promise I'm still going to post the peanut butter spelt bagel recipe. Not today, but when I get tired of recaps again, I'm sure it'll be making an appearance. ;)
My first meal of the post is actually one I had at the Boston airport on the way back from Iceland.
That airport is not very vegetarian friendly! The only thing I could find was a wilted salad. Not exactly my cup of tea. So I proceeded to order the "avocado turkey sandwich" without turkey, but they were out of avocado. Then I ordered the "pesto chicken sandwich" without chicken which they did have. The guy taking my order was laughing at me because I kept ordering the meat sandwiches sans the meat, lol. But the sandwich was actually really good! It had lots of pesto so how could it not be good? ;)
My first meal at home was just about the most basic breakfast ever. But it had never tasted so good before! I tried to find oatmeal in Finland, but as you will learn from my Finland recap, that kind of failed.
Oatmeal topped with peanut butter and dark chocolate chips. Like I said, simple but deeeeelicious!
So I know I just said above that me and wilted salads aren't exactly best friends, but that doesn't mean I don't love a good salad. Wilted leaves, a few carrots shreds, and maybe a slice or two of tomato is not what I consider a good salad. This, on the other hand, is what I consider a good salad.
Note: You can use however much or little of the ingredients you like or even substitute ingredients. Think of this as guidelines instead of an actual recipe.
A handful of mixed lettuce leaves
A handful of fresh spinach
A handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
Half an avocado, sliced
1/3 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed if using canned
A handful of dried cranberries
1 oz goat cheese, crumbled
Fresh dill, to taste (I like LOTS!)
5 slices of cucumber, sliced in half
2 baby carrots, grated
1 hard-boiled egg, sliced
A big blob of hummus (or salsa of your other favorite salad topping)
Umm, toss ingredients together? I think that's pretty self explanatory. ;)
You can't necessarily tell from the pictures, but that salad was huuuuuuge! It compared to me:
See my shirt? It says "To Be or Not To Be." We visited Hamlet's castle in Denmark, and so I got the shirt to try and get myself psyched up for Hamlet, one of the books I have to read for my AP Lit and Comp class. And it's kind of working! I went from dreading it a lot to dreading it a little. ;) Lol, I'm actually pretty excited!
Other random meals:
White sweet potato topped with peanut butter and peanut butter chips (second best combo - sweet tata with coconut butter/oil + carob chips still ranks number one :)
With steamed veggies (broccoli, carrots, waterchesnuts, and snap peas) topped with red pepper spread and fresh cherry tomatoes.
Steamed eggplant with black pepper, Italian 'sausage' (from Vegan Brunch), roasted brussel sprouts and tomatoes, and high fiber cereal (needed some carbs in there!).
After seeing Tara
steam eggplant, I knew I had to try it! And I'm very glad I did. I still prefer it roasted, but when I'm limited on time, I'll definitely be steaming it!
Whole Foods seven grain bagel half topped with Dark Chocolate Dreams PB, half topped with regular ole' PB, both sprinkled with wheat germ (is it just me or does wheat germ taste a bit like bread dough? Probably just me...), and lots of berries! WF 7 grain bagel = love.
Random fact: I'm always on the search for a good protein powder. I find many to be grainy, and very much lacking in the taste department. They're also really expensive, and since I don't like many, I often buy the packets to experiment with. Here's my most recent:
I normally try rice or soy protein, but I though I might like whey better. And into a smoothie it went! I kept it simple so I could taste the protein powder. In the mix was a frozen banana, about half a package of spinach, flaxseeds, the protein powder, and almond milk. And since I didn't go crazy, the result was actually green! (I'm well known to make purple/brown smoothies... ugh.)
With lots of high fiber cereal (what's shown times at least two). There's no way I'm having breakfast without my carbs!
This was fabulous guys!! Truly, it was. I'm so glad I found a protein powder that actually tastes good!! :D
Ever tried a grilled banana and avocado sandwich? No??? Time to fix that. ;)
Grilled Banana and Avocado Sandwich
One banana, sliced in half and then each half sliced lengthwise
1/2 an avocado, sliced
2 slices bread of choice (I used oatmeal bread), toasted
Place your sliced banana in a pan and turn on heat to medium-low.
Once they get all nice and brown, turn 'em over.
Stack them onto one of the toasted bread pieces...
...and stack the avocado on top of the banana.
The entire plate:
Sandwich close up:
You should try it. You won't be disappointed. Trust me.
Wait, what is that chocoltey amazingess above?! A batch of Katie's Fudge Daddies
before going into the oven. I had no tofu so used pumpkin in place of both the tofu and the applesauce. I doubled the batch (since it was one of Katie's recipes I knew
I would love it!) and used a total of 3/4 cup pumpkin. For flour, I used 1/2 cup whole grain pastry flour, 1/4 cup brown rice flour, and 1/4 cup spelt flour. For sweetener, I used 1/4 cup maple syrup and 10 drops of stevia - perfect sweetness for me! I put the chocolate chips on top and then when they came out, I spread them around and then once they cooled, they had a crunchy top. Definitely recommend doing that! Oh, if the brownies look a little thin, that may or may not be the result of a certain someone (not to mention any name) who quickly became addicted to the batter. Oops.
Katie suggested letting them sit for a bit, but I simply couldn't wait and ate one straight out of the oven!
By the way, this was before I spread around the chocolate chips. Probably a question I've asked before, but how does she do it?! There must be a secret to creating recipes that are so good not even words can explain. Or maybe it's just that she's a magician? Yes, that must be it. ;)
Brownies were also consumed in this form:
Steal cut oats with Greek yogurt and a brownie.
And then yesterday, I saw her recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes
. It was past breakfast, but I didn't really care. Pancakes are a suitable lunch, right? (Warning: I went a little crazy with the pictures.)
The white drippy amazingness is coconut butter, just in case you were wondering.
Everyone, drop what you're doing and make these pancakes right now. I'm serious here. You're not still reading are you? Didn't I just tell you to go make these pancakes? If you're reading this, you didn't follow my orders. Your loss. I'm telling you, these are the. best. pancakes. ever. I've had a lot of pancakes in my days, but these take the cake (pancake, that is ;) .
Oh dear, this got long. Sorry guys - you're probably bored to tears, if you're still reading that is! I'll let you go now. Just promise me one thing - you'll make Katie's pancakes!!
I'll be back next time with another recap! Love you guys!!