WIAW #204

What I Ate Wednesday 204

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

[breakfast] at least 8 mini phyllo quiche cups with extra Cabot habanero cheddar. Eggs and cheese are a match made in heaven, as are eggs and hot sauce. Add hotter than Hades cheese to eggs and you basically have spicy perfection. Deeeeelicious! [lunch] an epic toasty sandwich with hummus, cranberry sauce, cucumber, shredded carrot and turkey [dinner] pizzaaahhhhh! Paul and I ate nearly the entire pie, save for two slices that we scarfed for breakfast the following morning. [dessert] my nightly yogurt peppermint pretzel faceplant — I’m on my last bag so I better slow down! They’ll be yanking them from shelves soon and the hoarder in me wants to stock up, but the teenage girl in me is screaming “OMG JENN YOUR PANTS!” Much like a teenager, I tend to ignore her =)

Turkey and Veggie Sandwich with Hummus, Cranberry Sauce, Cucumber, and Carrots

That’s all folks! Cutting this one short to paint with chicken little. She’s just now realizing finger painting > licking paint off fingers and I’m in LOVE with all the crafts we’ve done lately! At [almost] a year and a half she communicates mostly with sign language and a few favorite words and phrases. Every time she sees her paint or paintbrush she signs “please” while squeaking “peas! peas!” annnnnnd I’m mush. If she says please I give her whatever she wants. Unfortunately she’s now starting to realize this. I’m screwed. HIDE THE COOKIES AND THE COFFEE!

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What I Ate Wednesday Party #203

I still can’t believe we’re partying into the two hundreds. How crazy is that!? It makes me feel like my blog needs it’s own walker with tennis balls at the bottom. Hot pink ones. With glitter.

As it is I had to buy this little old blog of mine a new hip server because it nearly broke the old one. I’ve been on tech support these last 24 hours more than I’ve been off it. Luckily I’ve had some great help! Sorry for the delay in posting today and hopefully everything is up and running!

You guys surely know the drill by now: eat your veggies, love your food, take photos and pass some meal inspiration around the interwebs for all us crazies who really, really like food.

Here’s yesterday’s day of yum:



Breakfast was a bit lazy but did the trick. I had black coffee, a chocolate adora calcium/vit d/magnesium supplement, a banana, and kiwi.

The awesome peeps at Adora were nice enough to re-stock my supply of their yummy milk chocolate calcium supplements. They put the yum in calci-yum, seriously! I love having an excuse to eat a creamy piece of chocolate in the morning with my coffee. In addition to the calcium/vit D combo I also take a nightly magnesium and melatonin. I don’t typically take a multi because I strive to pack those vitamins in through whole foods, but if I feel like my eats aren’t measuring up I’ll sometimes take one.


I dove into Monday’s leftovers from taco night and made myself a taco stuffed sweet potato. This one had grassfed beef, enchilada sauce, gouda and pepper jack cheeses, arugula, and avocado.


I had to use a recycled photo for dinner since I ate mine in bed after the chickpea went to sleep. I was beyond exhausted by the end of the day. Woof! I reheated a bowl of my Crock-pot Chicken Tortilla Soup from the freezer and now officially have exhausted my supply! Time to make more!


Yogurt peppermint pretzels. I LOVE these and stock up the second they hit shelves each holiday season. The crushed candy cane are colored with beets instead of dyes and there aren’t any weird artificial flavors luring around either. As far as a shelf-stable treat goes, they’re pretty darn good! I try to limit myself to a handful but I’ve been known to zone out and find myself at the bottom of the bag from time to time. Luckily P is usually around to share with.

Whole Grain Carrot Butternut Muffins: parent + kid friendly muffins that are freezer friendly too!

I also made [these] muffins again with the mini and after watching her promptly inhale two of them the second they cooled, I decided I probably shouldn’t eat her stash. I froze 3/4 of them [she loves them reheated in the mornings] and left a few out for the next few day’s snackage. I’ll make my own muffins tomorrow… with chocolate!

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What I Ate Wednesday #202

Morning folks! I hope those of you that celebrated had an amazing Thanksgiving! We celebrated ours as a trio, and I had forgotten how wonderful it was to cook alongside my partner in crime after not seeing him for months. Onions taste better when he chops them and pie crust transforms into flaky perfection when he manhandles it – fact! Our sous chef really stepped up his A game this year and was promptly paid in kisses and fed stuffing like a king.


File this one under “how to get a pony for Christmas

That stuffing by the way? Life changing! I slacked on blogging the recipe but if you guys are interested I’ll try to post it before the next round of holiday shenanigans takes over. Pinterest is already absolutely inundated with gingerbread and peppermint but I’m still over here thinking about my mom’s veggie stuffing. Sah-woon. 

Oh, duh! WIAW! I almost forgot!

Last week’s eats featured cookie cake for breakfast. This week? Apple pie a la mode! My explanation is simple: when you bake a hugh jass deep dish pie for 2.5 people you’re going to have leftovers. And of course when you have leftover dessert, you eat it for breakfast. It’s a thing.

I’d really like it to be a weekly thing, but I also really want to be able to button my jeans, which by some Thanksgiving miracle still seem to fit! #thankyouspandex



apple pie [*ahem* fruit] with vanilla ice cream [it’s practically milk!]


3 cutie clementines


taco cups with enough toppings to qualify it as a salad… almost


turkey noodle soup [one of my favorite ways to use up Thanksgiving leftovers!] with a slice of jalapeno cheddar cornbread [recipe coming soon!]

Lunch: Taco Boats with Ortega Fiesta Flats Taco Shells

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Enjoy the party, and get your grocery list ready! I have a few delicious new recipes coming your way!

Chocolate Coconut No-Bake Baklava Bites: a sweet and salty bite-sized snack!

Add chocolate to the top of that list, these bite-sized treats are coming at ya tomorrow!

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What I Ate Wednesday #201

Ever have one of those days where you just need a giant mug of coffee and cake for breakfast? Please tell me I’m not alone because that’s exactly what I did last week! It was quite possibly the best fix for waking up wayyyy too early after sleeping wayyyy too little on the wrong side of the bed. I get the same happy happy joy joy mentality when I start my day with leftover pizza as well, maybe I should make this a once-a-week tradition of sorts…

I should probably get back into CrossFit first. My doc promised that I’m clear to lift, lunge and burpee myself into shape now that everything seems to be in working order and I am OMGSOEXCITED! Bring on the burpees!!!

Wait, what?!



A slice of previously-frozen white chocolate peanut butter macadamia nut cookie cake [Can you believe it’s freezer friendly?! Best experiment ever!] and an extra large mug of black coffee

apple and baklava bites


a few baklava bites alongside a red delicious apple that was meant to distract me from eating all the phyllo cups mid-shoot

grilled cheese


a double-decker turkey, ham, and cheese panini

veggie rolls


grocery store veggie rolls with a side of sriracha

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Clearly I’m excited. I’ll keep the party open through Sunday so stop back on over and link up your holiday eats!

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Need a few last-minute holiday sides for Thanksgiving?

I’ve got you covered! Click here for the recipes!

Flashback Friday: My Favorite Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Have a happy Thanksgiving loves! <3

What I Ate Wednesday Party #200

Words. I have none.

Ok fine, I have words, they’re just mostly of the expletive variety or unintelligible shrieks and squeals over Paul’s return and I promised myself I’d at least try to behave. I’m wearing my party hat and everything! Though my party pants have yet to be found… Meh! Who needs ‘em! Let’s do this!

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Since I’ve been a recipe testing machine lately, my eats have been a smattering of leftovers that I have no problem eating day in and day out because they’re so flipping good! Also, bagels.

[breakfast] an everything bagel with cream cheese and fresh ruby red grapefruit [snacks] leftover cranberry walnut pecan goat cheese with crackers and way too many samples of my latest biscuit endeavor! [lunch] a defrosted and baked butternut back bean veggie burger on those flat sandwich thin thingies [whatever they’re called!] with sriracha mayo [dinner] the same exact thing as lunch only with lettuce thrown into the mix. Fancy. #IHAVEAVEGGIEBURGERPROBLEM

I did not just hashtag my blog post! Gah! Ignore my antics and let’s get on to the eats! Party like it’s the 200th WIAW! [or something like that]

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What I Ate Wednesday #199

I cannot believe we’re about to celebrate our 200th wiaw party. That’s 200 kinds of ridiculous! I’m going to be a weirdo and savor party #199 because things are about to get crazy up in here! Thanks for the many years of support with my nutty foodie endeavors. Your support means the world to me!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!


[breakfast aka a bunch of random snacks throughout the morning] 1/2 a grapefruit shared with my mini, an apple also shared with the ankle biter, a few squares of cabot sharp cheddahhh, and some impulse-buy kit-kats, not shared with the chickpea. I may have eaten while hiding in the dining room. Survival mode, yo.

asparagus alfredo

[lunch] Asparagus Alfredo: I had a little bit of leftover [asparagus pesto] on hand so I swirled it into my go to [alfredo sauce] and  added some sauteed asparagus spears along with it. And extra parm; always extra parm! It was delicious!

 [dinner] So I’ve never been one to sugarcoat things, especially in regards to what I eat. You guys have seen some of my craziest habits, food jags, and even my gold star eats. This time around I had one of those really long, exhausting evenings that kicked my butt, hard. Dinner was seriously cheese and crackers and a beer, eaten standing up against the breakfast bar while the chickpea played with ABC magnets [aka slid them under my stove for funsies]. It happens. I felt less alone texting Meghan and finding out she was pretty much in the same dinner boat minus the magnet slinging toddler. Though tonight I plan on having a proper dinner, my body is practically screaming for it! I have literally two freezers full of yummy soups and casseroles stashed away for days like this. I just need to get my act together and defrost those bad boys instead of eating the saddest excuse for a dinner ever. In my defense, it was REALLY good cheese =)

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What I Ate Wednesday #198

Hi I’m Jenn and I like food.

That’s a sufficient intro, no? Foine, I’ll elaborate: Hi I’m Jenn and I like food a lot.


wiaw 198[breakfast] an everything bagel [partially thieved by the chickepa] with cream cheese and a banana [also shared with my mini] [snack] the candied walnuts that I was supposed to save for my salad [lunch] cranberry quinoa salad with the remaining walnuts that escaped entry into my face earlier. [snack] the last of the chocolate chocolate chip bakery muffins I picked up on impulse buy at the grocery store. Lezzzbehonest here, they are totally glorified cupcakes. Aka delicious! [dinner] zucchini tacos: blanched zucchini boats stuffed with a mountain of taco toppings. Aka also delicious!

Can I dine and dash? I think I’m gonna! Show me your eats!!!

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WIAW Link Party #197

Happy What I Ate Wednesday, kids!

Breakfast Brussels Sprout and Egg Scramble

Breakfast Brussels Sprout and Egg Scramble.

I had some leftover steamed sprouts on hand and scrambled them up with fluffy eggs seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Simple and delicious!

Leftover Thanksgiving Sandwich with Turkey, Stuffing, and Cranberry Sauce

Leftover Thanksgiving Sandwich with Turkey, Stuffing, and Crock-Pot Cranberry Sauce

Ok so it’s not Thanksgiving, granted, but I made myself a huge Thanksgiving spread last week and the chickpea and I LIVED off these sandwiches for lunch every day. I also had lots of goodies to make turkey soup, broth, and all kids of freezer meals. I defrosted a little bit of my go-t0 crock-pot cranberry sauce for the occasion even. It was heavenly. I basically live for these leftover sandwiches each year. Luckily I always do one off season spread plus another two during holiday season. There are many of these in my future. SCORE!

Schlotzky's Pizza

Schlotzky’s Deli Pizza

A crazy errand-filled evening resulted in some pizza face-plantage. They have a drive-thru…enough said! I didn’t make it through the whole pie but I made a considerable dent!

Snackage consisted of a few squares off my new favorite dark chocolate quiona bar and a few bites of the chickpea’s cheese stick. She’s going through a phase where she REALLY likes sharing her food with me and pretty much insists I take bites of her yogurt, cheese, and crackers. As for her black beans, chicken, fruit, and veggies? She won’t readily share those. In fact she eats those so freakishly fast that they’re pretty much gone the second they hit the plate.

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What I Ate Wednesday #196

Mornin’ loves! <– that feels like cheating, I’m totally writing this the night before! I’m going to keep things short and sweet today because I have a huge stack of books next to my bed that are calling my name. They’re also TRIPPING me every time I get out of bed. Jerks.

I also may or may not have a few more on the way. I have a book problem, we’ve established this. My kindle and my bookshelf runneth over and it’s getting a bit out of hand. Let’s not even talk about what’s currently happening with my DVR… I think I’m going to start carving out designated binge-reading and binge-watching nights so I can catch up. Sleep? What’s that?

I don’t need no stinkin’ sleep!

Lies, I need all the sleep! Pass the melatonin, por favor! Er… or at least pass me something to eat! Let’s get our WIAW on:

egg and cheese breakfast sandwich

 breakfast: I gave the cereal and bagels a break and whipped up a 2-egg and cheese sandwich on toasted garlic bread!

Hawaiian roll sushi

lunch: grocery store sushi, my favorite treat for braving those uber-long checkout lines and crazy traffic!

Chicken Parmesan Soup

dinner: the same thing I’ve been having every night this week: yummy leftover Chicken Parmesan Soup! I have a metric ton in the freezer too as well as a few cups stashed away for my xfit partner in crime. Now if only I could stop myself from singing “SOUP! There it is!” while eating. My nineties are showing. How embarrassing.

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WIAW #195

Morning kids! I’ve been recipe testing my face off and now that I have a few awesome contenders, all I need is a little bit of sunshine and some time to whip up one more batch of each for photos! Fingers crossed for sunshiny days! Wait… there’s no way it’s spelled like that. […googles…] Uhhh okay sunshiny it is! Weird. I think I’ve said/typed it so many times in a row right now that “sunshiny” basically sounds like total gibberish. Gah! Must stop saying sunshiny! Ok this time I mean it! No more sunsh… I swear I’m done. Can we still be friends?

Pretty please?


[breakfast] boring cereal because I ate all my bagels and ran out. Wahhh! [lunch] leftover enchiladas verde with a hot mess of yummy toppings [snack] Publix coffee cake!!! The best! [dinner] two sushi rolls and a bowl of hot and sour soup that I drank out of the take-out carton while taking photos of the sushi. Like a boss.

I’ve also been making a metric ton of brussels sprouts lately. The chickpea tried her first b.sprout this week and nearly took my fingers off in the process. She LOVED them! If you need me I’ll be prancing and preening in the corner like a proud peacock mama.


 While I hate to dine and dash, I simply must! I’ll fill you in on all the glorious details later! Until then, show me your plates!

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