WIAW Summer Staples #2

Wednesday already? In the summer, I often wish the weeks went by slower, but in a few weeks, I will be changing my tune. At least I have a party to look forward to. Tonight I am hosting a Pampered Chef and Thirty-One party (I’ll have pictures and recipes, including one for a super easy tres leches cake, of it tomorrow) for a friend who recently had a baby.

I’m getting ahead of myself, and instead of the future, we need to talk about the past…specifically yesterday’s eats. A big thank you goes to Jenn over at Peas and Crayons and her creative theme, summer staples.
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Warning: I could not, for the life of me, remember to take pictures before I started eating. At least I remembered, right?

This morning I made it to the dog park immediately upon waking and walked for an hour and fifteen minutes. I ate half a banana before and egg sandwich (sandwich thin, one egg, crumbled bacon, spinach, and a slice of Monterey cheese) and a banana and a half after. Bananas sounded good to me apparently!

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I posted this recipe on Monday, and it makes a great leftover cold salad. All of those tomatoes are from my garden! The hybrid plant I bought combines the grape and Roma tomatoes and it is producing fruit like crazy. For a little sweetness, I finished the meal with about two cups of watermelon.
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Around 4:00pm, I needed a snack, and apparently some sugar. Oops! It would’ve been rude to have served guests a dessert I hadn’t tested. Don’t worry….it’s good. Real good.

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Brody had a meeting, so I was on my own for dinner. It’s been ages since I’d had tuna. I mixed one can of albacore tuna with a tablespoon of light mayo, chopped tomatoes, garlic powder, onion powder, and a little cracked pepper. My sweet tooth (as if I hadn’t had enough sugar already) was satisfied with a fabulously ripe mango, and because I am honest, another small piece of tres leches cake. Yup, it’s still edible. Just checking.

Around 9:30, my stomach started making noises. I probably could’ve gone to bed and been fine but I chose to have the last cup of Corn Chex with a little milk.

As for my summer staples, mangos are definitively in that category. I love mangos and credit them with helping me break my chocolate addiction/habit last summer. Tomatoes are also a staple, especially if I grew them. A fresh tomato slice on a BLT or sliced thick with a little salt – nothing like it. My only complaint is that the acid starts to get to me. Real world problems here.

That’s all she wrote, and ate. Have I made that joke before? If so, I apologize. It’s bad.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Questions:
Do you have a garden? What is doing well this summer? Not so well?
What was the best thing you ate yesterday?
Do you eat a lot of sugar (natural, processed, or both)?

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WIAW – Summer Staples

Happy hump day!

It’s been a few weeks since my last WIAW post, but I am back and ready for Jenn‘s theme for this month: summer staples. Yesterday was kind of an odd eating day for me; normally I eat three meals and two snacks, so eating four small meals was quite unusual for me.

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Breakfast @ 6:45am

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Once again my mom gave me half a loaf of her homemade wheat bread. A classic peanut butter and jelly has been hitting the spot and has definitely become a staple for me this summer. During the school year, overnight oats are my staple, so it’s good to mix it up.

Lunch #1 @ 11:30am

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After a great three mile run and my favorite kickboxing class, I came home hungry for something cold and refreshing. Brody and I purchased the Ninja blender a few weeks ago (hence the blender for sale on Craigslist) and it makes awesome smoothies. This one included a little ice, half a frozen banana, frozen strawberries, half a scoop of Plant Fusion protein powder, a little milk, and coconut water. It was very thick, almost like soft serve.

Lunch #2 @ 3:00pm

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I had no obligations yesterday and ran a few errands. Shopping makes me hungry. I finished the baked beans from the weekend and cut up a watermelon. There’s really no way to make baked beans look nice in a photo, but I tried. I also had a spoonful of sunflower seed butter.

Dinner @ 6:00pm

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Crockpot lasagna! This is why I was chopping onions yesterday. Although it wasn’t the best day for lasagna (hello 85 degree house), it was easy and delicious. Brody even liked it! I can definitely see myself making this again; however, it only needs four hours on low, so I could never make it on a school day. But on a chilly Sunday, this would be perfect; maybe it’ll become a winter staple.

Dessert @ 8:00pm
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I attended a Mary Kay event with a friend who is a representative and ate some treats after my facial. The dessert plate included a square of red velvet cake, a piece of dark chocolate Dove, a twizzler, and a few apple slices with a dip.

Did I eat any greens today? Nope. Besides the tomatoes in the lasagna, I didn’t do well on the vegetable front. That is kind of the story of my life; I never have problems with fruit but really struggle with vegetables.

As for summer staples, I ate quite a few summer-y foods. Smoothies scream summer to me, as do baked beans and watermelon.

Thanks again to Jenn for hosting!

Questions:
Who you use your Crockpot in the summer? What do you make?
What are your summer staples?

WIAW and Cherry Scone Recipe

Hi, friends!

Happy Wednesday, and of course, WIAW hosted by Jenn over at Peas and Crayons.  A big thanks go to her for throwing this party every week!

Like many other bloggers, I recorded my eats on Tuesday.

Breakfast at 7:00am

Per usual, I prepared overnight oats knowing I’d be running in the morning and be rushed to get out the door on time. My perfect combo: 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup milk (coconut this time), 1/2 cup yogurt (plain nonfat), spoonful of chia seeds, honey, strawberries, shredded unsweetened coconut (new addition), and a spoonful of sunflower seed butter.  Iced coffee with coconut milk accompanied the oats.

Lunch @ 12:45pm

This salad included leftovers from the fridge (roasted curry cauliflower and chicken from the grill) and some fresh veggies (tomatoes, cucumbers, and mushrooms). Topped with TJ’s spicy peanut dressing, this salad was delicious. I also had a dark cherry chocolate granola bar and watermelon. I restrained myself and did not raid my coworker’s chocolate and candy drawer. I would like to cut down on the excessive sugar in my diet and break my habit of eating chocolate after meals will help.

Snack @ 4:30pm

On Monday I made scones (recipe and photos farther down) and I was hungry after school and ate two. The first one I topped with a little sunflower seed butter. I always crave carbs after school – at least these have lots of protein in them.

Dinner @ 7:30pm

*I realize Moose and Frankie are not dinner; while looking for a past picture of naan pizza, which was likely taken on my iPad not on my camera, I came across this photo.  Such funny dogs.

I had prepped chicken and veggies for kabobs, but Brody had a rough first day back and had no energy to man the grill. The kabobs were put on hold (more time to marinate) and we fell back on the pizza we had planned on making another night this week. My personal size pizza included spinach, roasted red peppers, and cheese on naan. I ate half and saved the rest for Wednesday’s lunch. To satisfy my sweet tooth, I had more watermelon.

This was kind of a boring day of food and quite repetitive. Let’s hope for a more interesting display next week!

Scones. Buttery, flaky, not-too-sweet breakfast pastries. I had never made scones, but when I saw Janetha’s recipe for blueberry lemon scones that use Plant Fusion protein powder, I knew I would no longer be a scone-baking virgin.  Instead of stealing her recipes, please just visit her blog for the full deets.

Following Janetha’s instructions, I mixed the wet ingredients together and then the dry together.  I didn’t have blueberries or lemons, so I mixed it up and used dark sweet cherries (frozen, but I thawed them before mixing them in).  Besides the cherries, I made two other substitutes: 1) She used oat bran, and I am lazy…so I made oat bran by grinding up oats.  Is it the same thing?  I think it worked.  I am cheap, what can I say. 2) I do not have agave so I used honey.

After carefully kneading the dough, I used a rolling pin to flatten it and a pizza cutter to make the triangles.

I baked mine for about eleven minutes, but if I were to make these again, which I will be doing, I would leave them in for another minute or two.

I was very happy with how they turned out.  They’re not too sweet and have good flavor – you can definitely taste the protein powder but in a good way.  They were quite cake-like in consistency, and I wonder if baking them longer would’ve firmed them up or if I maybe overworked the dough.  As you can see on Janetha’s post, the stats are great.  I guess they’re not as good when you eat two… 🙂

Have a great Wednesday!