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?

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[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.

chopped-brussels-sprouts

 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:

quesadilla

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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In the meantime, let’s get our WIAW on! Link up below:

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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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What I Ate Wednesday #190 [Chickpea Edition!]

As promised last week, here’s a little first birthday WIAW to fill your day with cute.

I desperately wanted to stage a fancy schmantzy oh-so-trendy cake smash session for the chickpea. I’m talking tutus, balloons, party hats… the works! When the big day arrived, I quickly abandoned ship at the opportunity to skype with P. As soon as that coveted call came through, we grabbed the cake and ran outside just in time for M to literally faceplant into it. It was spontaneous and fun and everything I could have asked for. So was it some token pinterest-worthy fiesta? No, but all we really needed was our favorite pilot and a boatload of sugar for pure cake smash perfection.

I may have told her cake was a vegetable.

Cake Smash: First Glance

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1 year cake smash

Chickpea 1 year cake smash

cake smash collage

Since introducing the chickpea to whole moo cow milk this month, she’s quickly gone down to two servings of milk a day [7 oz in the morning and 8-9 oz before bed] and 5-6 mini meals throughout the day. Breakfast was brown rice and oat cereal in almond milk along with some fresh melon. Snack #1 was an organic colby cheese stick and a few crackers. Lunch was some more melon and mushroom ravioli and red sauce. Snack #2 was a face full of cake!!!! She wears it well. And finally, dinner was a PF Changs-pallooza. I was floored over how much this kid was able to put down. She had an obscene amount of chicken, egg, and veggie fried rice, sauteed broccoli, fried green beans, and even some eggplant too! Go chickpea, go!

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What I Ate Wednesday #189

What I Ate Wednesday #189

So I cheated and whipped up a little WIAW post for the chickpea, then decided I’m totally squirreling it away for next week’s post. The cake smash pictures alone are worth the wait! But yeah, instead of my child covered in frosting I’ll be sharing a day in the life of my face. Or stomach. Face sounds less digestive; let’s just go with face.

Breakfast: fresh watermelon and an unphotographed mug of sustenance coffee.

Lunch: cheesy habanero quesadilla with salad, guac, and greek yogurt.

Dinner: 1/2 a Newman’s Own frozen pepperoni pizza, pesto tortellini, and salad with an all-natural ranch.

It wasn’t quite as fun as the chickpea’s WIAW but it was pretty tasty!

Ohmygosh and thank you all SO MUCH for all the love on my last two posts. Even though it’s outpatient GI surgery, I’m still pretty anxious/nervous/excited/terrified. The waking up at 4am part isn’t as bad as the 2 hour pre-op wait I’ll have to endure in the hospital. Is that a thing? I’m going to be chomping my nails to the quick this Friday in anticipation. I’m so, SO ready to have my body somewhat functional again but not remotely ready for the lifting restrictions. I plan on spending the next 6 weeks glued to the floor so I can still play with the chickpea all day err day. Maybe I’ll pencil in a nap or two in the beginning while I heal, twist my arm why don’t ya!

I’m trying to stay positive and silence the chicken little in my head that keeps squawking about the sky falling but when it comes down to it, I just really want to be better already and have this deployment behind me. I miss my bear. It’s been too freaking long since I’ve had a proper hug, the kind that makes everything warm and fuzzy so all of the bad stuff can fade into oblivion where it belongs. I’m the rock when he can’t be, but some days I just feel a little cracked.

Oh hi that just kind of flew off my fingertips. I guess that’s the point of a blog though, eh? Regardless, I’ll apologize for getting so far off topic and simply say thank you for being here for me though life’s hiccups!

Happy WIAW, kids! Thanks for joining the party!

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What I Ate Wednesday #188

So a few posts ago I mentioned I had two moves to tackle. Aside from my token new recipe happy dance, my dance moves haven’t been getting much use around here as of latley, so clearly we’re talking about the other type of moving! My WordPress move was only the beginning!

With help from the besties, I packed up the chickpea and moved back to Florida! FLORIDAAAAA! Cue streamers and sunshine state shaped confetti!

Wait! Don’t do that. Confetti should never be shaped like peninsulas; especially not ones that resemble America’s wang. Unless of course you’re throwing a bachelorette party, in which case, carry on! 

Since I’ve now taken things in a drastically inappropriate direction, let’s break out the food and pretend that didn’t happen. Here’s my last NC WIAW before the move!

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[breakfast] swiss muesli cereal with almond milk [lunch] a cheese veggie and cracker snack plate shortly followed by two avocado veggie rolls that I snagged at the grocery store while buying road trip provisions [dinner] I raided my fridge and used up the last of the greek yogurt, cilantro, and cheese to top a previously-frozen bowl of my Tortilla Soup stash. Making two slow cooker’s worth at once certainly came in handy! [dessert] an entire dark chocolate truffle bar because clearly it was far too big to pack and had to be eaten in it’s entirety. Let’s go with that excuse.

I still need to fix the What I ate Wednesday button so, to make sure your blog shows up on the party list below, just make sure you link back to the shindig in your post! Easy Peasy! Happy WIAW!

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