Toddler Bites II + What I Ate Wednesday #261

Helloooooooo Wednesday! It’s been a few weeks since I let the chickpea in on the What I Ate Wednesday fun, so let’s jazz up today’s post with the best of both worlds!

Toddler Bites II + What I Ate Wednesday #161

[breakfast] black coffee, a slice of zucchini-walnut-banana bread and a few slices of fresh watermelon [lunch] spicy miso rice noodle bowl with green onion, baby bok choy, tofu, and lots of Sriracha [dinner] P and I munched on a Hawaiian Roll from the grocery store sushi counter while unloading groceries, then whipped up Elk burgers for dinner! Delish!

That soup though…

Spicy Miso Soup Rice Noodle Bowl with Baby Bok Choy and Sriracha

My slurp-worthy soup was an impromptu “toss everything in the crisper” sort of ordeal. I used store bought miso soup packets and a bunch of random ingredients from the fridge and pantry along with a few heads of baby bok choy that I’ve been eyeing at the grocery store forever — it was magical! I’ll be whipping this up again super soon so I’ll jot down the measurements next time around so I can post the recipe here! … 

Read More »

What I Ate Wednesday Party #259

Morning loves! I’m actually hosting our weekly WIAW party today. Shocking, I know! Things have been positively batty lately and I have been leaning extra hard on Arman, Meghan, and Laura, who have been bailing me out by hosting this crazy little party and keeping things running so I can focus on family and house hunting/moving. They’re the best!

Speaking of houses… we found one!!! Cue confetti. BUCKETS OF CONFETTI!!!

Now I just have to figure out a million other details and we’re good to go! Whoo!

What I Ate Wednesday Party #259

Fresh Summer Watermelon

Today’s WIAW is a throwback to just before our FL house hunting adventure. With the big move coming up, I’ve been working my way through the pantry and freezer, while still keeping our fresh pile-o-produce pretty stocked on a weekly basis [can’t let that one slide!] — Expect to see a lot of clean out the pantry recipes coming up soon! I finally knocked another box of pasta off the must-make list as well as the last of my frozen bread. We’re also not officially out of seasoned almonds and I’m fairly certain I may break my ban on purchasing pantry staples in the name of tasty snacking. It double as road trip eats so… totally necessary right? Plus, helloooo protein!

Mini Phyllo Quiche Cups

breakfast :: Watermelon [the chickpea insists we eat it every meal of the day… smart kid!] and nearly a dozen mini phyllo quiche cups with a jumbo mug of black coffee…. 

Read More »

What I Ate Wednesday Party #257 :: Whoops!

What I Ate Wednesday Button

Morning kiddos!

Though I had originally planned to take the day off, my lovely co-hosts seem to all have had the same plan and we literally have zero clue who was supposed to host this week. Whoooops! The chickpea is currently mean mugging me for being on the computer [an object she believes serves no purpose other than a means of looking at cute baby animal photos on Pinterest while squealing “AWWWW!”] so I’m going to toss up the party and run.

ready… set… GO!
… 

Read More »

What I Ate Wednesday #256 – Meal Prep and Berry Bonanza!

Ohhhhhhmygosh this move! I think it’s starting to take a toll on Paul and I. As I type this I’m chomping on a melatonin chewable and trying not to twitch.

I’m totally twitching.

The house we both fell in love with may or may not have fallen under contract too soon for us to act and we’re losing our minds trying to muster the same feels for one of our backup homes. Sleep is entirely out of the question right now, so writing this WIAW is the perfect distraction! I’ll just have to wait a bit longer in hopes the right home for us comes along. Until then we will scour the area for anything and everything and hope for the best. Gahhhh I really hope this works out! It’s taking some serious soul-searching for me to shake off the worry and just let things unfold.

Hi, I’m Jenn and I’m a giant ball-o-stress!

Before I snap and contemplate running away to join the circus, let’s get this show on the road! Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

What I Ate Wednesday #256

[breakfast] swiss-style muesli cereal with my favorite almond-coconut milk blend. [snack] all. the. watermelon. [lunch] another round of my tasty Greek Kale Salad, straight out of the mixing bowl. [snack] all. the. strawberries. [dinner] a jumbo baked potato loaded with cheese, scallions, and greek yogurt.

The heat is totally taking a toll on my eats lately. I’ve finally moved past my usual three big meals into lighter, snack-friendly fare. We took the chickpea blueberry and strawberry picking this weekend and also scored what has to be the world’s largest watermelon in the history of ever, so fruit is on the menu all day every day. We love it!

How gorgeous are these NC berries!?

Fresh Picked Strawberries

Well, maybe all except that one on the top left. Yup, that would be a chickpea bite taken right out of it. My little whirlwind dove into this photo several times to stuff her face with these fresh from the farm berries. I wonder where she learned that from…… 

Read More »

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!… 

Read More »

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…… 

Read More »

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!… 

Read More »

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… 

Read More »