Chopped Greek Kale Salad + WIAW #255

Morning loves! Sorry about the delay today! Apparently the internet hates me and wouldn’t let me hit publish on this bad boy until just now. Whoooooops!

Chopped Greek Kale Salad with tomato, cucumber, avocado, and feta + a yummy homemade dressing!

Hellooooo gorgeous!

As i’m sure you know by now, I’m hopelessly kale-obsessed. Since hopping back on the bandwagon this year, I’ve been keeping a freshly chopped + massaged bag of kale in my crisper at all times. It comes in handy when I want a snack [kale chips!] or breakfast [quiche!!!] and, of course, whenever a craving for a mondo salad strikes!… 

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Breakfast, Brunch, and Dinner! WIAW #224

I’ve been missing in action lately, eh? Forgive me! The chickpea and I have been spending a ridiculous amount time outside and I hope you guys are doing the same! Free vitamin D is a glorious thing and the weather here has been pretty flipping awesome.

The only downside is that I’m falling behind on blogging. I’m almost a tad grateful for each stray stormy day so I can snuggle up with the chickpea and pop in for a visit with my blog buddies. At least when I hang out with you guys I don’t have to cover every inch of my body with sunscreen and bug spray. All I need when I’m with you guys is a snack!

Seriously though, the bugs are so flipping bad here in NC right now that I’m covered in angry red bites. They seem to leave the chickpea alone [phew!] but instead flock to me. There are bites on my fingers, on toes, on my HEELS [what!?] and even on my face. Three to be exact.

I can play one killer game of connect the dots.

I can NOT stop scratching. I’m going to spend the next two seasons itching and scuffling around like Tyrone Biggums at this rate. They need to invent some sort of edible compound that wards off those pesky jerks naturally. Then stick it in a Thin Mint. Why a thin mint? Because it’s the right thing to do.

Wait WHY am I talking about bugs!? We have What I Ate Wednesday shenanigans to partake in!

Yesterday’s eats featured breakfast for breakfast, breakfast for lunch, and dinner for dinner. I totally should have kept the huevo love going and whipped up brinner too, eh?

Breakfast is a tale of two photos. While it looked like this on the first day:

Very Veggie Quiche

The leftovers looked a little more like this…… 

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What I Ate Wednesday #223 + Toddler Bites

I really want sushi right now.

I haven’t been able to find sashimi grade tuna in what feels like an entire freaking lifetime and it’s starting to make me twitchy. [and dramatic] Sure I could go with my usual smoked salmon, shrimp tempura, and veggie rolls but c’mon now! I want it ALL.

Paul swears I suffer from Veruca Salt syndrome and he’s not entirely wrong.

When it comes to food, I want it NOW!

Luckily I have substantially more self control with material items. But food? The cravings are real. I wouldn’t want to be the guy standing between me and a tuna roll right now. Things could get messy!

I suppose since it’s What I Ate Wednesday, I’ll simply embrace the mess! I’m about to over-do it with the photos in just a moment, so let’s kick this collage style!… 

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What I Ate Wednesday #221

Happy Is-it-Friday-yet! I suppose we could also call it Wednesday, but I’m totally living for the weekend this week!

Looking back on my What I Ate Wednesday posts, I realized that I’ve been photographing mainly weekend eats. That’s fine, of course, but it’s definitely not ideal since it’s the polar opposite of how I eat during the week. It tends to be the easiest on me to snap photos on the weekend when there’s an extra set of hands to help wrangle hurricane chickpea, but weekend meals are by far more indulgent than my usual weekday eats. They’re also prettier because, extra hands. I’ll try to make a point to break out the camera and iPhone more during the week to snap some day-o-eats with a bit more variety in them.

Sunday’s breakfast for instance, was super duper lavish. In turn, Monday’s breakfast was leftovers from Sunday’s shenanigans while Tuesday’s was literally half my toddler’s banana and a few crackers. Um, pathetic. When it’s all said and done, some days are crazier than others and they all seem to balance themselves nutrient wise as the day goes on.

Veggie, Bacon, and Cheese Quiche

[B] 1 large slice of Homemade Quiche with Spinach, Onion, Mushroom, Feta, + Bacon… 

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What I Ate Wednesday #219

My sister is in town! Eeeee! The chickpea and I are out of our minds excited! The little party animal even woke early which means I need to keep today’s shenanigans short and sweet! Don’t worry – there’s sushi!

and bagels, duh.

Everything Bagel and Cream Cheese

[breakfast] An everything bagel with cream cheese and some fresh watermelon that I may or may not have swiped off chicken little’s plate. Shhh!

Homemade Sushi: Avocado Roll

[lunch] homemade sushi [click here for my tutorial!] with sriracha, smoked salmon, avocado, cream cheese, red pepper and cucumber. We were feeling fancy so they got topped with extra avocado. I felt like I won the lottery with this particular avocado, it was so perfectly GREEN! #jackpot… 

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Charleston Eats + What I Ate Wednesday #218

Helloooooo stranger! Or should I say strangers? Actually, let’s pretend we’re not total strangers so I can confess that I’ve missed you guys like crazy! I didn’t intend on taking such a hefty blog break but between an impromptu getaway and a whole lot of crazy, I kind of vanished off the face of the internets! Let’s put a stop to that ay-sapp [ASAP even] and get back to our heavy rotation of good food and plate-licking veggies!

I stashed away a dozen or so recipes for you so get ready to EAT!

Since it’s Wednesday let’s kick things off with a day of eats from my recent visit to Charleston, SC where I proceeded to eat my way through the entire city. I think I’ll need to visit at least two more times to even make a dent in my to-nom list, but I enjoyed every bite of my first round of Charleston!… 

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What I Ate Wednesday #216

Bacon Egg Cheese Whole Grain Breakfast Sandwich

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

[breakfast] bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on seedy whole grain

Homemade Sushi

[lunch] homemade sushi :: [recipe] Since we’re still stranded in NC for the time being, the best sushi joint in town is right in our own kitchen! We made shrimp tempura rolls and smoked salmon rolls with cucumber, bell pepper, and avocado…. 

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What I Ate Wednesday #214

Mornin’ folks! Happy coffee o’clock!

I thought it would be fun to share a day of eats that revolved around my ever-changing photography schedule. It was ridiculously sunny this past Sunday and with an extra set of hands to wrangle hurricane chickpea, I was able to get two yummy recipes photographed. Score!

I’ve heard stories of some bloggers not quite eating the dishes they make, simply tasting them and passing them along… and though it may mean my jeans fit a little snugger after testing a mac and cheese recipe several times, I’m not going to not eat it, ya know? My love affair isn’t just with the process, it’s with the food! So in honor of that,  here’s a little behind the scenes action of what went down as I stuffed my face before, during, and after my day of foodie photography:

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

[breakfast] I started the day with a giant mug of bulletproof coffee, a glass of water, and the remainder of my toddler’s uneaten scrambled eggs. Some mornings I’m ravenous but for some reason a few bites of eggs and my buttered coffee were enough fuel to get me though a little early morning baking. By the end of my first test run of a new carrot cake recipe I’m working on, I was starving.

After snapping a few photos of the completed dish [I try to photograph each test batch if I can!] I promptly sliced the end of the cake off and shoved it into my face. Moments later I found P and chicken little in the kitchen licking the bowl of icing. Their sugar rush was hysterical and after a good laugh-workout I hopped back into the kitchen…. 

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