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]

Show me your eats!

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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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What I Ate Wednesday #194

I think a hit a food rut.

Literally all that sounds appetizing to me these past few days are bagels, fresh fruit, popsicles, and soup. The last time I felt this indifferent towards food I at least had an excuse. That “excuse” is currently spinning around in circles in what I can only gather is some sort of attempt to get high on dizzy. I vaguely remember doing the same as a kid. It’s a sippery slope, kid! First you’re spinning around in circles to get a rush, next thing you know you’re doing so many burpees that you’ve lost track of which direction is up. I think it’s this way. No, definitely not that way! Ahh… endorphins.

At least she’s not addicted to popsicles.

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So what do I eat when I just really don’t wanna? Food. The same few foods, over and over and over again. I think I know exactly how to break the rut though, SUSHI! Shana, if you’re reading this, let’s goooooo!

[breafast] an everything bagel with cream cheese [with two bites stolen by my tiny vulture, of course!] and a banana. [lunch] an evolution juice that had entirely too much celery in it for a drink that isn’t a bloody mary, along with some fresh melon and a mixed berry popsicle. It bears mentioning that I wouldn’t normally classify that as a lunch but, since I ate it all around lunchtime, let’s just go with it. A meh day of eating like this is usually followed by an indulgent one so I tend not to stress it; it’ll all even itself out. [dinner] defrosted chicken noodle soup [recycled photo!] with extra veggies. Mmm.. Just looking at that bowl makes me feel like I’m being hugged. I love soup. Once I break through this slump I’ll make us a pot of soup. Something fun.. Do you have a favorite restaurant soup that you want me to crack the recipe for? I LOVE doing that!

More interested in what the chickpea’s been eating lately? I’m behind on taking photos but holy how can this kid eat! Guacamole, black beans, garlic butter chicken, kiwis, asparagus, more kiwis, apple cinnamon waffles, chilled breakfast oats, and pretty much anything that isn’t milk. She’s starting to take after me and prefer edible dairy products the drinkable ones. Her pediatrician gave me some serious side eye but all I can do is offer it, right? Plus she eats like a college freshman after a night of keg stands. Girl can put. it. down. I shouldn’t be concerned about the distaste for milk, right? I don’t want to be concerned, but that nagging mom part of my brain is like ahhhh she will wilt!

Let’s see what you’ve been scarfing!

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What I Ate Wednesday #193

Everything Bagel and Cream Cheese with Grapes

b-fast: 1/2 a everything bagel with cream cheese and grapes and a few bites of the chickpea’s banana

Panera Bread Greek Salad

Lunch: Noshed at Panera Bread while trying to squeeze out the last few minutes of quality time with one of my favorites [friends, not the food; though the food was good!] I ordered the Greek salad sans olives [duh!] and a turkey and cranberry flatbread that I nibbled while taking this photo!

Cabot Alpine Legacy Cheddar with Crackers and Carrots

Snack Plate: Cabot’s new Alpine Legacy Collection Cheddar with flax multigrain crackers and raw carrot “chips”

Panera Chocolate White Chocolate Chunk Cookie with Walnuts

Snack #2: my cookie from the aforementioned Panera date. Yum!

Soooo… snack 1 and 2 in no way constitute a dinner, but for some reason I was too stuffed-slash-exhausted for a proper meal. I nibbled on some tortellini with pesto before a certain toddler tossed them to the dog [her new thing. it was cute for a day; now not so much!] and called it an early night. This may have had something to do with me only getting 4 hours of sleep the night prior because there was football and movies to be watched and cake batter ice cream to eat until OMGHOWISITALREADY3AM-o’clock hits and I pass out. Good times! That made about as much sense as Lindsey Lohan on a juice cleanse. See? Sleep is totally essential for proper brain function. I should nap. Why aren’t naps a thing here in the states? I’d like a good culturally mandated siesta a few times a week, thank-you-very-much!

While I dream of counting sheep, link up your WIAW posts below! Happy What I Ate Wednesday, kids!

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What I Ate Wednesday #192

Let’s talk about how I failed at What I Ate Wednesday.

I didn’t mean to, and shortly after waking this past Saturday, I politely reminded myself “Today is WIAW photo day, mofo! Don’t screw it up!

Then, of course, I screwed it up. I didn’t take photos of breakfast [an everything bagel with yummy yogurt cream cheese and a banana, of course!] or lunch [a big bowl of seafood and corn chowder that rocked my socks] but I did manage to photograph dinner along with some late night noshing with one of my favorite people:

Sushi Maru Sushi Smorgasbord!

Late night chips, queso, pico, and beer!

Dear god that was good.

Oh, and take that Yuengling and multiply it by 3 because, gameday.

Since my post falls a little short, here are a few snapshots from throughout the week of things I happily stuffed into my face:


Spinach Dip

So Delicious Frozen Candy Corn Dairy Free Ice Cream Bar: so good!

These So Delicious Dairy-Free Candy Corn Ice Cream Bars are my latest obsession. The sweet folks at So Delish sent me a box to try ['cause they're awesome like that!] and promptly turned me into an addict. I already need to run out to my nearest Whole Foods to pick up a dozen or so more, seriously. They’re GOOD. The layers taste like orange creamsicle and vanilla with a bonus vanilla layer dipped in chocolate. Hello best candy corn of my life! While I love those pint sized sugar-bomb candies, they’ve got nothing on this sweet-but-not-painfully-sweet novelty bar. Less sugar, more flavor, and hello it’s practically a vegetable in my book! Ok so maybe it’s not a veggie, but at least it’s coconut milk… let me live my dream!

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What I Ate Wednesday #191

I frantically started getting this post together only to realize it was Monday. Uh…. whoops. But it’s finally Wednesday and time for me to reflect on a yummy day of face stuffage!

One tiny catch… pretend my breakfast is present in the line-up! I’ve been waking up at ungodly hours and scarfing it in the dark, barefoot, standing in the kitchen like an animal. It’s been the same every morning lately: muesli cereal with almond milk and a banana, or a bagel with cream cheese and a banana. I think it has something to do with the fact that my dinners have hit early bird proportions. Thanks to my uber early brekkie, lunch is super early, and dinner is [spoiler alert!] also freaking early. I’m talking 5-6 pm early. I basically eat when Mia eats, which is screwing up my internal foodie clock and circadian rhythm and basically, throwing me off my game. The only bonus is that sometimes when I wake up at the butt-crack of dawn, I get a quick skype session with the husband before he goes to bed. It’s glorious! Even better is when he manages to stay up just a wee bit later and say good morning to the chickpea. My heart basically bursts into 1000 pieces and I want all. the. babies. Then I quickly come to my senses as my toddler [what!? baby! she's still my baby!] attempts to scale my hair like I’m Rapunzel. Ouch kid, ouch.

How on earth did we get on the subject of babies? Breakfast! We were talking about breakfast! It’s a chore keeping my crazy brain on task lately. Let’s move on to lunch:

Sweet Potato Irish Nachos

I satisfied my craving for all things cheesy by making a plate of sweet potato nachos! I’ve blogged my yummy recipe for them before, but essentially you’ll want to roast, bake, or boil your sweet potato discs and load them with all your favorite nacho toppings. I used grass-fed pasture raised moo cow seasoned with a little bit of cumin, chili powder, garlic, and cayenne along with sweet mini peppers, green onion, and a dollop of greek yogurt. Oh and cheese. So much cheese.

Dinner was equally as cheesy… oops.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

annnnd dessert:

Mini Magnum Bar

It’s a bit blurry because I was too preoccupied with getting this bad boy into my face! I’ve been beyond famished lately and taking full advantage of the fact that I can finally eat without being in crazy ridiculous abdominal pain. Hence the cheese and ice cream palooza =) Delish!

I’ve also been catching up on my draft folder which is filled with entirely too many secret recipes that I need to get on this blog before I explode from excitement. Stay tuned.

Until then, here’s a peek at what the chickpea ate:

Chickpea WIAW

She’s my hero.

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