What to Expect When You’re WIAW-ing

Alright kids, so here’s the deal: I have no plans to stop doing What I Ate Wednesday posts. I love them, they keep me accountable for my food-related goals, and I like reflecting on a day of eats.

It’s also the absolute best way for me to drag myself out of a food rut. Chances are if I’m eating the same thing so often that my WIAW posts begin to take on a Groundhog’s Day-esque monotony, I’ll shake things up. I like that… and honestly? I kind of need it too.

For me, it’s also always been kind of fun to see what people eat, and I mean REALLY eat behind the scenes. We may snap Instagram-worthy shots of a fancy Sunday brunch or blog our most fanciful creations on the regular, but what that very same person shoves into their face while rushing out the door in the morning, or what snacks fuel them through the day, fascinates me. I’ve always found the WIAW ordeal very inspiring, especially in the snack department. Plus I now know that it’s completely acceptable to wash dishes with a spoonful of peanut butter hanging out of your mouth, because quite a few of you do it too! High-five for making me feel like less of a weirdo.

Ok I’m still totally a weirdo.

When it comes down to it though, I just don’t have enough hours in the day to do all the things I’d like to accomplish [or NEED to accomplish, like washing the dishes… UGHHHH] while moderating a link party that clearly needs a little TLC. Luckily I have a few awesome friends that are going to jump in and help me host the party. We’ll be rotating blogs so stay tuned for an update on the schedule! I’ll still be posting mine as well, so I’ll be able to help point you in the right direction if you get lost. Big thanks to all of you that offered suggestions and insight, and especially those who simply dropped me a sweet note to encourage me and my crazy blog antics. Let’s try a link party blog hop, shall we!? It’ll be fun!

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Since some of you are new, or just hopelessly linking up the most random of posts, today I am simply sharing a What I Ate Wednesday post of my own. The partying will resume next week assuming everyone still fits into their party pants and wants to get wild and crazy with their food.

Until then, here’s what to expect when you’re What I Ate Wednesdaying:

Breakfast:

Oatmeal Banana Pancakes with Strawberries and Walnuts

Don’t be fooled by those gorgeous strawberries and the glisten of sweet maple syrup. These pancakes sucked. Yup. I said it! I tried a new recipe from a magazine that was so pretty and held so much promise. It had was made up of ingredients I loved [oats, bananas, nuts, berries, cinnamon, MAPLE SYRUP, and a sprinkling of powdered sugar] but tasted like absolute cardboard. I followed the recipe exactly but I’m embarrassed to say they just didn’t do it for me. I was still starving an hour later so I made a snack plate:

Snack Plate with Cabot Cheese, Crackers, Carrots, Cucumber, and Ginger Dressing… 

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After a few weeks of manually moderating What I Ate Wednesday entries, I’m exhausted. I tried moderating glued to the computer, for fear that if I don’t get the links up and through fast enough there would be complaints. I’ve tried batch moderating during select intervals during the day, which was still overwhelming and pulled way too much time away from the chickpea for my liking. Then I tried just sucking it up and doing the best I could, which still doesn’t seem to be enough at this point.

There are still dozens of links that are random recipes for oatmeal or some sort of dessert without a single What I Ate Wednesday post to accompany it. There are still random posts from several weeks ago being linked up that have nothing to do with a day of eats or foodie inspiration of any sort. There are still links containing random phone dumps of mostly unrelated food photos with no rhyme or reason. I can’t do this, guys. It’s maddening at this point. Of course this is not the majority, but it’s such a large portion each week that I’m at a loss of what to do.

I love What I Ate Wednesday and really do hope to continue it, but today there will be no party. I’m at the point where if I have to spend one more day obsessing over “well this is almost a WIAW, do I let it slide?” and “well there are 10 random pictures of food in this one, if I let the almost-WIAW slide I have to accept this one too…” and “OMG WHAT IS THAT?!” then I’m going to lose my mind.

I need my sanity, folks. I have a tiny human to raise that deserves a momma that’s present, not glued to her computer and/or phone moderating links and agonizing over the consequences of my acceptance or denial of submissions. The thought of policing this party, which has proven necessary given the circumstances, has me so tightly wound that I’ve been bugging the living crap out of my friends trying to figure out what I’m supposed to do.

I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.

So yeah. There’s that. Has anyone seen the chocolate? I need a piece of chocolate.

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So I’ve recently set a few goals for myself. Nothing major, I’m not giving up cheese or anything ludicrous like that, but I figured I could baby-step my way into a few healthy habits and be all the better for it.

First, I need to control my drinking. No, not the beer; that can stay. THE COFFEE! I’ve gotten in the habit of drinking it so freakishly fast first thing in the morning that by the afternoon I’m crashing and craving another fix. I’ve been limiting myself to one 12 oz mug a day and starting my day with warm lemon water before reaching for the java. So far so good! I also want to drink more water during the day and put a daily cup or two of tea back into rotation too. Holy cow that’s a lot of liquids!

Speaking of coffee, I take mine black then buttered. It’s life changing.

My other goal is to remember to take my doc-prescribed Vitamin D supplement daily. It’s a combo with calcium and magnesium and super essential to keep my levels in check. I placed the bottle right next to the beer so I would remember!

Gahhh I’m kidding! It’s by the coffee, duh.

Lastly, I need to step up my veggie game. I know I put those gems in everything but I still feel like I don’t quite get enough. I look back at certain WIAW posts and absolutely see room for improvement! I hate wasting food, so a good way for me to amp up my veggie consumption is to buy a boatload and then I’ll have no choice but to pac-man my way through the produce pile.

Remember how I stressed taking WIAW back to it’s roots… the above reflection is one of the reasons! I basically have a cheat sheet of my eating habits from the good [hooray veggies!] to the not so great [hello frozen pizza!] to the food jag-eriffic, so if my body feels off [or it feels great!] I can look back at my meals and see what could be contributing to this.

I’ve rambled way to much today, let’s get on with the eats!

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[breakfast] scrambled eggs and strawberries [lunch] takeout sushi and veggie rolls [dinner] Pan Roasted Salmon with Spicy Miso Broth and Wakame <— holy cow this was good! You can find the recipe over [here] through Blue Apron. I recently tried a week of meals from their subscription service an am mildly obsessed with them! Expect more details to come; I really enjoyed the experience and [duh!] the food!

I think it’s safe to say I got enough veggies and more than enough omegas that day! This winter I’ve been really lacking seafood in my diet for some reason and am excited to bring it back into the line-up!

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What I Ate Wednesday #211 – Feed Me, Seymour!

Is it at all scientifically possible for the chickpea’s growth spurt to be rubbing off on me? Any at all? No? Well something has me scarfing everything in sigh like a bottomless pit and its not chickpea 2.0! It could be the post-flu appetite return that has me buzzing and I’m so happy for it. I want all the food ever, in my face, yesterday. Let’s make that happen! Starting with my WIAW!

What I ate yesterday, to be exact.

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 [breakfast] whole grain waffles with bacon and eggs

[lunch tease] I managed to throw back few forkfuls of pasta before the entire platter was thieved by the husband and taken with him to work. Technically it was his lunch that I made especially for him… but I totally regret not doubling the recipe to snag a bowl for myself! Looks like I’ll need to buy more broccoli this week! [cajun shrimp and broccoli pasta recipe here]

[lunch fail] Things got pretty crazy with the chickpea so I threw together a snack plate and grazed throughout the afternoon. I snagged some crinkle cut carrots, cabot cheddar, red bell pepper slices, ginger dressing for dipping, and some whole grain crackers that never quite made it onto the plate.

I wound up going back for more crackers and cheese and, without knowing it, scarfed half the block by myself. I blame Cabot… they sent a box of cheese along with their new cookbook [eeeeee!] that I have a small cameo in [eeeee!] and, well, let there be cheese! The book is currently available for pre-order and I may be able to score a copy to give away here on the blog too; stay tuned!

[dinner] Leftover vegetarian chili stuffed into a steamy sweet potato with a pile of spinach and some grated cheddar because apparently half a block of cheese in a day isn’t enough for this girl. Oops.

Let’s get this party started!

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What I Ate Wednesday #210

This is totally embarrassing, but I think somewhere along the way the heart and soul behind What I Ate Wednesday and why I started this little community to begin with got lost. Like middle of the desert with no gas, no GPS and an RV filled with stolen lab equipment…. wait, I’m thinking of Breaking Bad, aren’t I?

In all seriousness, I didn’t want to come here today with a set of rules. You guys have done your homework and read up about WIAW [& if you’re new, hi!!] and how this is a judgement-free party that’s more about meal inspiration and reflection than “Ohmygosh hi so I ate some chips and dip today, ok bye!” It’s not about the giveaways or the random protein bar reviews or anything of the sort; it’s about the food. So let’s stuff our faces, nourish our bodies, and celebrate it!

Slapping a set of rules on every link-up post feels kind of negative and redundant, so instead I’ll be moderating entries. If you linked up a WIAW post, you’re good to go. If you stopped by to link up a post from 3 weeks ago that has a random photo of one thing you ate at some point in your life and literally nothing to do with What I Ate Wednesday whatsoever, it’s a no go.

And with that, I bring you food. This was precisely the last day of meals eaten before a certain chickpea licked the mat at gymnastics and downed us with the flu.

 egg, spinach, an cheese breakfast sandwich

[breakfast] sloppy egg sandwich with egg, cheese, spinach, and ham

cabot cheese and crackers

[snack] cheese and crackers

cajun chickpea and sweet potato veggie burgers

[lunch] the last of the Cajun Chickpea Sweet Potato Burgers [recipe]

california chicken kitchen chop chop copycat

[dinner] P’s request: Chicken Kitchen Copycat Rice Bowls [recipe]

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What I Ate Wednesday #209

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for a full-fledged food blogger pillow scream.

Gahhh technology whyyy!?!!?

So there have been a few more glitches to add to last years list of OMG-MAKE-IT-STOP technical difficulties. I switched to a HTTPS security certificate and was then informed I needed to switch back but told NOT to switch back and well, long story short… I pulled the trigger and switched the blog back [because one of the downsides of the SSL was that it blocked the WIAW link-up – eek!] and broke about a million links. Some of you may have seen them floating around with a little “S” still piggybacking on the HTTP portion of the link and they’re totally safe but toooootally broken and lead to nowheresville. Literally every google search result for my blog defaults to an error page. I could cry. Okay I’ve totally been crying. Yuck.

I’ve been on the phone with tech support for what feels like a week straight and I can’t seem to fully fix the glitch.

Does anyone have a magic blog-fixer-upper wand lying around? I need it… so I can whack tech support over the head with it!

I kid, I kid. Sorta.

Food! Let’s gawk at some!

Multigrain Croissant Egg, Cheese and Bacon Breakfast Sandwich with Strawberries

 Multigrain croissant breakfast sandwich of champions!

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What I Ate Wednesday #208

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 [breakfast] a chocolate chip muffin [this recipe minus ze blueberries] + blood orange.

[lunch] phyllo quiche cups with ham, spinach, + asiago cheese

I literally ate around twenty of these. I’d have polished off the full 25 but a certain chickpea began smashing them into her face at record speed. I have a feeling my speed eating is rubbing off on her. When she’s old enough? Pie eating contest!

But seriously, these phyllo cups rock my world!

Mini Phyllo Quiche Cups: Egg, Ham, Cheese + Spinach

 [dinner] mexican sweet potato cheese fries

Mexican Sweet Potato Cheese Fries

aka Paul and I were too tired and too lazy to function and we wanted junk food for dinner.

My face hasn’t seen the last of this dish!

Your turn!

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What I Ate Wednesday #207

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

So sorry for the late posting today. I could have sworn I scheduled this bad boy last night and when I finally got around to feed my technology addiction [after of course feeding my coffee addiction] I realized the goof. So hi!!! I’m here! Let’s party! <3

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[breakfast] Dunkin Donuts has this new Tomato Mozzarella Bagel and ohmygooooosh it is the on-the-go breakfast dreams are made of! I was rushing back from a morning grocery run and couldn’t deny the lure of coffee and donuts when there’s a DD a mere mile from my front door. Along with the bagel I had coffee and a handful of assorted munchkins that were happily shoved into my face while I drove home.

egg salad lettuce wraps with spiralized carrots

[lunch] Egg salad lettuce wraps with spiralized carrot curls [recipe coming soon!]

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[snack] + [dinner] Turkey + veggie soup with cheesy turkey paninis and a ruby red grapefruit

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What I Ate Wednesday #206

Hellooooo last WIAW of 2014! I had two lovely guest posts lined up for you, but for some reason, my blog ate their posts. I guess it was pretty hungry, can you blame it? Gah! So you’re stuck with me today, and of course I have nothing prepared.

Zero. Zilch. Nada.

I’m currently on day 2 of a road trip home to go prep for another move to… Yeah we have no idea. I suppose they’ll let us know where we’re going in time for us to find a house. I think? I hope! We still don’t have a move date, so that buys me a little bit of time!

Hi, I’m Jenn and my life is a bucket-o-crazy. You guys knew that by now though ;-)

I’m SO SO SO stoked for 2015 and pretty darn proud of myself for surviving 2014 in one piece, even though they had to rearrange a few vital organs to keep me whole! THAT was fun. [please never happen again!] I’m totally not turning this into some sort sobby, sentimental reflection post, promise! And since it’s What I Ate Wednesday, you know the drill! Show me your eats!

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Merry Christmahanukwanzaakah! WIAW #205

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Morning loves! Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Hanukkah! I’m going to keep things short and sweet with a semi-wordless WIAW today. There’s so much to do and so much family to visit! Judging by the growl of my stomach, there’s also lots of food to be eaten! Hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by during all the Christmahanukwanzaakah craziness! Have a great one! xo

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