Soybeans Make Meals

Posted on September 30, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Firstly, I’m glad I have tough readers who don’t let a little mold scare them off from their favorite food. As a testament to the kind of company Oikos is, Kristina, the representative who first introduced me, came across that part of the post and offered to send replacement coupons. Thank you, Oikos; Clearly I’m just not eating my tubs of yogurt fast enough, but that’s fixable. My breakfast yesterday must have filled me up with protein because I was not hungry at all by the end of Greek. Looking back, between the oatmeal, egg, greek yogurt, and peanut flour, there was about 40 grams in all–and much tastier than just eating a piece of grilled chicken, too! I muddled around my room a bit, went to the Ratty, and got the PERFECT inspiration for lunch:

Lentil Soup, Broccoli, Maple Mustard Tofu

Lentil Soup, Broccoli, Mustard Maple Tofu

Mustard Maple Tofu

Mustard Maple Tofu

I know I’m not the only blogger who has drooled whenever Kath makes her tofu; I thought hers always sounded really interesting, so I worked with what I could. I tooke 3oz chopped tofu from the salad bar, tossed with 2 teaspoons mustard and maple syrup, and microwaved for 40 seconds. She was definitely right about the flavors here because they’re AMAZING. It’s not quite sweet like maple, and not quite savory like mustard, yet it’s very earthy and subtle. The lentil soup completely failed in comparison to the tofu. Is anyone else always surprised when they find lentil soup? I know how much water it takes to make regular lentils so I can never imagine how much water is needed for lentils AND soup.

I was originally going to go to Whole Foods after Days with my friend, Adam, but he said he didn’t want to go today since he just went grocery shopping yesterday. What, normal people don’t go grocery shopping every single day and don’t find browsing the aisles fun? What’s up with that? I went by my lonesome, but I think that’s a good thing because I took so long he would have gotten really frustrated. I had this in my pocket to snack on:

Spooky Smores Z-Bar

Spooky Smores Z-Bar

So loving these right now. And why not, ’tis the season. They have a bit more saturated fat than my other faves, the chocolate brownie and the peanut butter, but they also have more whole grains. And I swear, if you have any intention of eating a Z-bar during the day, keep it in your pocket beforehand. Some people swear by microwaving these, but I think the pocket is a much better method because it heats from the outside, more like an oven. After a few hours it’s really soft and slightly melted–unbelievable. So what did I end up getting at Whole Foods?

Whole Foods Organic Lowfat Yogurt

Whole Foods Organic Lowfat Yogurt

Just my yogurt. I browsed the kefirs to see if there was any I wanted to try, but I wasn’t sure what brand to go for, what flavor, etc., so I let that one be for now. Besides, after this I have 2.25 left in my food allowance for September and with today being the last day I really want to try to start October out on the positive. And I like the Organic Lowfat variety; in my opinion, lowfat gives the best combination of nutrition and texture out there, and Whole Foods doesn’t make a non-organic version of it. When I got back to my room, I downloaded the new google chrome, which has made uploading pics so much less of a pain, and made a snack:

Oats With Vanilla Peanut Butter And Grain Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips

Oats With Vanilla Peanut Butter And Grain Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips

This is another Naturally Nutty flavor that puzzles me but I really like. I’m convinced if you try it unknowing, you can’t tell that it’s not regular peanut butter, yet you’ll like it a lot more than plain. The vanilla adds a subtle something that does a good job at just enhancing the nuttiness. And dark chocolate chips… speak for themselves. I ate this while catching up on Heroes. Now that the episodes aren’t 2 freakin’ hours long, I can get a lot more into them and appreciate the plot; it looks like this will be one hell of a season. For dinner, I met up with my friend at the V-W since the online menu looked more appealing:

Curry Tempeh, Broccoli, Green Beans, Carrots, Beans And Bacon Soup

Curry Tempeh, Broccoli, Green Beans, Carrots, Beans And Bacon Soup

Enter soybean source number two of the day. I’ve only recently tried tempeh since eating at the dining halls and I’ve really enjoyed it thus far. It’s much meatier than any other meat-alternatives I’ve had and I’d love to try some of the great blog recipes I’ve seen if I ever get back into a kitchen. The curry added a nice mild spice to this. The bacon soup was a bit to soothe my bacon tooth I had last week that went untouched; it didn’t really do much more than give me plenty of gas. Bacon in soup is just sad and flabby, whereas bacon should be salty and crisp(and, some people might argue, in dark chocolate bars I eye every time I’m at Whole Foods). The soy definitely won out in this meal.

NBC officially has me on Tuesday’s. First up was 2 hours of the Biggest Loser. Is it just me, or is this the nastiest, meanest, most depressing season yet? Isn’t it great in a horrible way? I think Bob and Jillian must be tired with the show or have HUGE egos because they have gotten pissy–love it. The last scene before they went into the elimination room was so emotional, it was almost hard to watch. Of course, there was snacks throughout:

Coffee, Gingerlicious Cookies, 10-Grain Bread With Peanut Butter Cookie Spread

Coffee, Gingerlicious Cookies, 10-Grain Bread With Peanut Butter Cookie Spread

Peanut Butter Scone With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Scone With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

Plenty of good eats for the night. See my mug? Oh yeah, I’m a devoted fan(/it was dirt cheap at the NBC store in Rockefeller center since no one else wants them). Where to start, where to start. Holly’s post last night had me drooling at her amazing pumpkin molasses cookies. I’m definitely adding those to the to-bake list, but for the meanwhile it reminded me I had some frozen gingerlicious cookies to devour. I’m sure they aren’t as good as Holly’s but at 50 calories each with fiber and a veggie puree base, they aren’t shabby at all. I finished off a tub of cream cheese in making my peanut butter cookie spread toast; I was thinking of oats in a container at first but somehow I don’t think the plastic and hot oats would be friends. And the scone was made with a recipe from The Peanut Butter Boy. That’s definitely one of the favorite recipes amongst the members of my house. I made mine with flax and almond milk so they’re vegan. Note to self: flaxy scones + flaxy peanut butter might be a bit too much fiber for the stomach right before bed. I wound down the night with Jay Leno’s new show. I really like it and hope it’s here to stay because it’s a reliable source of entertainment. I’d rather be watching Flipping Out at that time but we don’t get Bravo here so no dice.

This morning was another “why do I get up early to run morning”, but run I did nevertheless. I didn’t even look at milage/time on the treadmill because I think it takes so much longer if you obsess about those numbers. Instead I just kept my eyes focused on The Today Show and the drama that is Jon And Kate Plus 8(Sorry, but I can not stand this show or all the press around it). I ended up going 8 miles in 68:30 minutes; I think the older woman who’s there every morning like me thinks I’m a bit crazy for running even after the treadmill shuts itself down; then again, I can’t disagree with her. I think my breakfast speaks for itself today:

Fluffernutter Oatmeal, Banana Goodness Bread, Banana Nut Vitatop

Fluffernutter Oatmeal, Banana Goodness Bread, Banana Nut Vitatop

Normally, I try to vary up the plate with dairy, fruits, carbs, and healthy fats, and normally I’m pretty good at that, no? I mean, what doesn’t say balance better than a bowl with oats, egg, and steak sauce. This morning balance just did not appeal to me, and I wanted bready carbs. I almost got the toaster out to add a slice of 10-grain bread, but showed restriction after the oats. The banana nut vitatop was clearly one of the winners from the sampler I recieved; though I must say it has serious competition with my Banana Goodness Bread with dark chocolate chips. And fluffernutter oats, ah fluffernutter oats, nothing else is so universally satisfying. See, there’s fruit on the plate in the banana jam. That counts, right? I used Butter Toffee Peanut Butter by Naturally Nutty for this batch because I think the flavor just works well with banana(and who doesn’t love B-alliteration?).

I’ve been in such a rush this morning, I haven’t even looked at what the new sales are at Whole Foods. Can you imagine that? Please excuse me while I fix that. But I want to leave you with this hilarious quote I came across yesterday, that is just too true for words:

“My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people.” – Orson Welles

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Going Farther, Getting Nuttier

Posted on August 28, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I can’t wait until the end of this post to brag recap about today’s run, because I’m just too excited. Check this out:

10.05 miles in 1:20:12

10.05 miles in 1:20:12

A NEW PR! The farthest I’ve ever ran is 8.5 miles. This morning I planned 6 miles around the neighborhood, which is about 6.7. But on my 4th or 5th lap I felt so good that I started thinking(and me thinking is usually dangerous) “why wait until Saturday to do my long run? If I feel good now I should run what I’m feeling”. So I just kept going and going like the energizer bunny and 9 times around plopped me at double digits, and at 800: min/mile, a pretty great pace for me.

That excitement aside, let’s look at the food that fueled this morning… in a fun way. See? the name of this blog has a point. I was really sore after the run yesterday. I cut myself some slack and said no core for the day; I may not know how to take a rest day from running but I find the little ways to cut myself slack. I figured a walk around da hood would raise some spirits. I came by some awesome neighbors playing outside who lifted my mood, but the rest of me was still pretty shot after I got home so I sat down with a snack and some heavy reading.

Eat This Not That And A Peach

Eat This Not That And A Peach

Have you ever held that book? The hard cover makes it heavy(and expensive :-(). Also, notice the keen placement of the peach. I will eat this and not that. I flipped through a few chapters–mostly looking at the pictures like I’m a 2 year old and this was Peter Rabbit. I was pretty stoked when I found this in the Best Drinks section:

Drink This: Best Bottled Juice--Odwalla Carrot Juice

Drink This: Best Bottled Juice--Odwalla Carrot Juice

You go, Odwalla carrot juice. Now just don’t be so expensive and maybe I won’t have to give you up when I go off to college. Seriously, if you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. I’ve used it as a post-run drink all summer since it has more potassium than OJ or a banana and has a naturally sweet flavor with almost 1 pound of carrots in each cup.

I grilled for lunch because I was having a Darius Rutker “It won’t be like this for long” moment.

Salmon Burger On The Grill

Salmon Burger On The Grill

Do you think I could befriend the cooks at the Brown dining halls and use all their fancy crap for cooking and bond like we’re in some Disney Channel Original movie? It’s a thought…

Salmon Burger In FlatOut Wrap With Lime FSTG Chips, Salsa, And Avocado

Salmon Burger In FlatOut Wrap With Lime FSTG Chips, Salsa, And Avocado

I also thought I’d give the lime flavored Foods Should Taste Good nachos a try since lime is one of my favorite flavors(love that saltiness). Of course no chip taste test would be complete without salsa, which was habanero and lime because I’m that matchy-matchy, and some avocado. My first impression of the chips was that they had a good lime flavor, but were a little underseasoned. I added some salt and that fixed the problem. The texture was very crispy without tasting stale and reminded me of the fresh baked nachos from a Boston tacqueria, Fajitas And Ritas. I was really pleased with them overall and can’t wait to see how they stand up against the other flavors. Once I go through them all I’ll be ready to give a full review.

By the end of lunch time, the Kennedy’s were on all the local stations, so there wasn’t much reason to stick around watching TV. Yes, we all loved Senator Kennedy, but can’t the family get 24 hours of peace? We went to the Framingham farmers’ market, which had a solid attendance.

Framingham Farmers' Market Peppers

Framingham Farmers' Market Peppers

I knew I wanted to get some peppers to grill for dinner so I grabbed 3 of those, as well as an eggplant. I don’t know what I’ll do with it yet, but with so many recipes floating around the blogs I’m sure I’ll find something. We also got some sharp cheddar made from raw milk. Intriguing, no? On the way home we stopped by Super Stop And Shop were I was a super shopper. Super.

Kashi Cocoa Beach Granola, Smartfood Peanut Butter And Apple Popcorn, Elan Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt

Kashi Cocoa Beach Granola, Smartfood Peanut Butter And Apple Popcorn, Elan Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt

I had a coupon for a free Kashi product so I went with their expensive granola which is never included in the sales. It has chocolate, almond, and coconut, so this will go well with… EVERYTHING. We had a coupon for a dollar off Elan’s which expires in 4 days–nice catch there. I love that this is Decaf Cappuccino flavored, as opposed to their coffee. I don’t think coffee ice cream would have enough to really keep me up at night, but better to be safe than hyper. And Smartfood apparently has a new flavor–peanut butter and apple. I couldn’t turn it down while it was still on the sale period.

When I got home I knew just what I wanted to make: Banana Goodness Bread

The Sugar

The Sugar

No sooner did we go through the last loaf that I was ready to make the next. I considered making slight alterations to the recipe to include my peanut flour. But I got some pleads requests to not change a thing, so I pleased my fans. That’s really all the added sugar that goes into the bread, yet it still comes out with a deliciously sweet flavor. This time I used unrefined sugar from the Whole Foods bulk bin.

The Secret Ingredient

The Secret Ingredient

I also changed up the yogurt from Vanilla Bean to Banana Vanilla. Sneaky, sneaky.

Oven Ready

Oven Ready

The cinnamon sugar topping really adds the finishing touch. All it is is 5 grams of sugar with 1/2 a teaspoon cinnamon mixed in a bowl and sprinkled over.

Once that was in the oven I had a little something to hold myself over.

Elan Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt With Cinnamon And Midnight Moo

Elan Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt With Cinnamon And Midnight Moo

This came out really mocha-y and delicious, but I think next time I might forgo the chocolate sauce and just go with chocolate chips for the bit of texture difference. While I was waiting I got a little impatient and made another one of my favorite recipes while the baking supplies were out.

The Peanut Butter Boy's Scones

The Peanut Butter Boy's Scones

These scones are so delicious. I’ve developed an unexpected love of scones over the Summer. They’re just the ultimate food and can be breakfast, dessert, or a portable snack, so what’s not to love. The Peanut Butter Boy’s recipe for scones is definitely tied for my favorite with my own Loaded Scones. I made these vegan by swapping out the egg for flax and some water. Finally everything was baked.

Banana Goodness Bread And Peanut Butter Scones

Banana Goodness Bread And Peanut Butter Scones

Hiya, carbs. I’ll see you later tonight 😉 I also made myself a little let’s-eat-this-stuff-to-get-rid-of-it snack before dinner.

Peanut Butter And Apple Popcorn, Raspberries, Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Peanut Butter And Apple Popcorn, Raspberries, Cinnamon Raisin Bread

I finished off the pint of raspberries I picked, and ate the butt(lol, butt) of the cinnamon raisin Vermont Bread Co. loaf. The popcorn was ok. It didn’t have a strong peanut flavor but reminded me of cracker jacks. And I loved the dried apple slices which were totally random and tart. My mom really loved it when I made myself a meatball sub for lunch last week and saw this as an easy dinner to cook great meal for the family.

Meatball Sub With Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grilled Peppers

Meatball Sub With Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grilled Peppers

We also grilled the peppers from the farmers market and sampled the cheese. I’m not a cheddar aficionado, so I can’t say much about it other than it was really tasty. My mom who loves cheddar seemed incredibly impressed. Maybe raw milk is the way to go? The highlight of dinner came when we got a knock on the garage door, which was obviously the UPS man but my dad answered thinking it was someone coming to chat us up.

My Package

My Package

Naturally Nutty Nut Butters

Naturally Nutty Nut Butters

If you’ve been reading this for a while, you might remember how I celebrated my first paycheck by buying 3 flavors of Naturally Nutty, which I reviewed here. Well to celebrate my last week of work I bought myself the 2 flavors I was really impressed by–Vanilla Almond Butter and Butter Toffee–as well as 3 new flavors–Honey Roasted Cinnamon, Mocha, and Vanilla Peanut Butter. As a special surprise, Katie from Naturally Nutty sent me a sampler of a new surprise sampler they’ll be releasing soon. Thanks, Katie! I love surprises and I don’t think anything will be more of a surprise than trying to guess what this could be.

Mocha Peanut Butter On A Split Scone

Mocha Peanut Butter On A Split Scone

When the king of peanut butter’s recipe meets the queen of peanut butter’s peanut butter, you know it’s going to be good. I’ll save an in depth review for once I’ve tried all the new flavors. All I can say is the mocha definitely delivers the flavor it promises, and you can’t ask for more than that. To follow that off I did some more bread and spread lovin’.

Banana Goodness Bread With Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

Banana Goodness Bread With Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

Carrot Ginger Muffin Top With Smart Balance, Toast With The Surprise Peanut Butter

Carrot Ginger Muffin Top With Smart Balance, Toast With The Surprise Peanut Butter

Going 18 hours without that bread was a sin. What was I thinking? Of course, I decimated the bananas in this house between that bread and freezing some for soft serve, so I should get on that today. Then I needed to try the surprise flavor, because when someone sends you an unlabeled jar in the mail with your name written on it, you need to taste it, right? 🙂 I had it along side a muffin top(which are 10 times better when they’re from an actual muffin) and some smart balance for a good comparison point. Again, I’m saving any detailed review for a special post, and I’m not sure how much about this flavor I should/am allowed to give away. All I can say is I’m 95% sure I’ve pinned it, it blew my mind, and I’ll DEFINITELY order a 15oz jar when it’s available.

So, ya’ll already know about this morning’s run. I wasn’t feeling any particular flavor for breakfast oddly, so I went with what was handy:

Cinnamon Raisin Bread With Honey Roasted Peanut Butter, Carrot Juice, Chocolaate Banana Yogurt With Cocoa Beach Granola, Banana Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Bread With Honey Roasted Peanut Butter, Carrot Juice, Chocolate Banana Yogurt With Cocoa Beach Granola, Banana Bread

I also added a peach and threw some wheat germ and ground flax on the yogurt. I really liked my new granola, but it was almost a little too clustery for me. I like clusters and single oats, and this seems to be all clusters. I suppose that’s better than all oats. And the peanut butter is sweet and delicious with the cinnamon raisin bread. Today I plan on sitting on my heiny most of the day and admiring my mileage. That being said, bluefish is on sale and sounds like the plan for dinner so we’ll need to pick up that. And apparently yesterday was my 2nd most viewed day ever, which is awesome and so I thank you all for reading. I’ll try to keep it fresh and funky.

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Dinners For Dessert

Posted on August 20, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Before I begin, can I just say what amazing songs can do for a run? I wasn’t sure how today’s 6 would be but I really pumped through it with the help of some Cobra Starship and Black Eyed Peas. All I need is a 3-hour mash-up of I Got A Feeling and Good Girls Go Bad and I could run a marathon. Haha, ok maybe that’d get a little boring after a while, better throw in some Don’t Trust Me 😉

Backtracking a ton, for lunch Thursday I really couldn’t pick anything or even a theme so I threw a bunch of things onto a plate:

Bunless Salmon Burger, 1/2 An Avocado, Refried Beans, Guiltless Gourmet Lime & Chile Nachos

Bunless Salmon Burger, 1/2 An Avocado, Refried Beans, Guiltless Gourmet Lime & Chile Nachos

It all sort of works, except for the salmon burger which is a bit random but soooo good. I’d only had these with parmesan cheese before which I thought brought all the flavor; I was way wrong. I should see what brand they are/how they’re seasoned because these really don’t need a damn thing on them. I put the chips on to eat the refried beans with but then I ate the chips straight and had the beans with a spoon 🙂 They’re so much better that way. For dessert I kept up with cleaning out the freezer.

So Delicious Coconut Milk Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream

So Delicious Coconut Milk Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream

So Delicious is so delicious. And it’s on sale again this week at Whole Foods! Once this pint’s gone I’m going to pick up another(or 2 or however many I can get away with). I checked and the almonds in this are roasted and salted which makes all the difference and the flavor pop. And I like it because it’s pretty low on sugar and high on fiber for an ice cream, and sure it has a lot of saturated fat but it’s plant based.

We hit up CVS for a new passport picture. I’m a little weary that they didn’t let me see the picture and I still haven’t looked at it. Oh well, as long as it’s not God awful I’ll live. Then we went to Hannaford where I bought… nothing! Nada. Zippo. When was the last time that happened? No clue, but I couldn’t find anything. We got home and I made a little snack.

Raspberries, Plain Yogurt, And Sliced Almonds

Raspberries, Plain Yogurt, And Sliced Almonds

I never would have pictured myself as a plain yogurt person just a few months ago but now I dig it. It has only milk and bacteria in it and a great flavor(ps. tart is a flavor). Well then I got to work on using up the figs from Whole Foods, some of which I’d let go moldy(oops). I used the adapted version of VeggieGirl’s Fig And Almond Blondies from Mindless Living which I adapted a little myself. Check it out.

Ingredients

1 cup plain yogurt

2 tablespoons canola oil

6 tablespoons(about 1/3 cup) honey

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 1/4 white whole wheat flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

5 ounces fresh dates, diced

2 ounces slivered almonds, toasted

Preheat your oven to 350. In a large bowl, mix together the first 5 ingredients. Sift in the flout, baking soda, and salt. Add in the dates and almonds and mix until well incorporated. Pour into an 8 x 8 baking pan and bake until golden, about 35-38 minutes.

There was a little accident during this recipe.

Finger Wound

Finger Wound

I cut myself with a butter knife dicing the figs. Wtf? I’ve done much more dangerous stuff; I’ve diced mango and avocado in a rush at 9am with a steak knife and didn’t brush the skin. I must have been off my game, but I washed it and worked on. Here were the beauties out of the oven:

Fig And Almond Blondies

Fig And Almond Blondies

No time to taste quite yet, though. Right after this I started making the 4-C scones I posted yesterday. And as soon as those came out of the oven, dinner went on the table.

Grilled Carrots, Turkey With Steak Sauce, Corn With Sunflower Butter

Grilled Carrots, Turkey With Steak Sauce, Corn With Sunflower Butter

Yes, you read right, sunflower butter on my corn. I’ve been having trouble falling in love with this butter so I thought it’d be better on a savory dish instead of toast. Funny story: As I put it on the corn, my mom said “I’m going to pretend I didn’t see that”. After a short explanation of how sunflower butter is NOT peanut butter, she just rolled her eyes and smothered butter on her corn. Oh the irony. It tasted pretty good on the corn, though I think there’s more potential out there to be found.

Well, let’s see. What could possibly have been for dessert…

Fig And Almond Blondie And 4-C Scone

Fig And Almond Blondie And 4-C Scone

Let’s see, where to start. How about at YUM! The fig and almond blondies were amazing and a hit around here. They’re definitely going to be the first thing I make whenever I get my hands on figs again. Major props to Mindful Living and VeggieGirl. I don’t know that I would ever change the recipe anymore, but if I did it would be to swap the 2 tablespoons canola oil for 2 tablespoons olive oil. It might sound weird but a fruity olive oil would go perfectly here and just lend a very subtle flavor to the overall dish. And the 4-C scones were also delicious. Like I said, the recipe as is doesn’t have a very pronounced cashew flavor; it mainly serves as a healthy fat in the recipe. To get a better flavor, swap out all the cream cheese for cashew butter, or simply cut your scone in have and spread more cashew butter on! After all this sweetness, I needed a bit more savory:

Snobby Joe

Snobby Joe

I told you there’d be dinners for desserts. Again, microwaving lentils is not the proper way to make them, but it gets them soft enough to chew, and that’s all I cared about. Is it said this dish is so fiberous, proteinrific, full of health benefits, and I would have it on my death bed? I ate this watching Big Brother. Ok, I know there are other obsessed people out there: Don’t be shy and admit it. What the hell was with Shima? I would NOT have given up an opportunity of being on Big Brother like that. I hope they throw in some cool twist to replace her.

Well that certainly makes good running fuel because the next morning I was up at 6 and out at 6:30. I kind of forgot that I run at 6 before work on Wednesdays, so I was really confused when my alarm went off, but eventually it hit me and I got the pot o’ joe brewing. I ran 5 miles a little slower than 8:00 min/mile pace but I think that’s because it’s been so darn hot up in New England lately(and, yes, it was hot at 6:30am). I finished up, showered, and threw together a breakkie before hopping into the car:

French Toast Oatmeal, 1/2 Banana, Vanilla Greek Yogurt With Vanilla Almond Butter

French Toast Oatmeal, 1/2 Banana, Vanilla Greek Yogurt With Vanilla Almond Butter

I had some oats soaking for the past 2 days that needed to be used or losed so I made french toast oatmeal. I’m really liking this new concoction(especially when I added a bit more maple-agave blend this time ;-)). And I tried something I’d actually never done before–nut butter on yogurt. I always like having yogurt and nut butter be somewhere around my breakfast, but I wasn’t sure how to fit the nut butter in with the french toast oatmeal without toasting up some bread, until I remembered seeing this on some other blogs. It was pretty good considering the vanilla/vanilla combo; I made sure not to stir it in to keep the flavors pure. It’s not my preferred way of eating either but it’s a great way to fit in both to a balanced breakfast.

Work was… work? This is my last week. I was willing to work another week but they didn’t quite have the money for that. I’m lucky to have gotten a job and so many paychecks as is in this economy so I’m very thankful for that. I brought in 5 4-C scones and they were all gone by 11:30. I also packed one for myself(grab I packed it seperate or I might not have gotten it!). For lucnh I was feeling cheesy and we hit up UFood.

UFood's Veggie Cheeseburger

UFood's Veggie Cheeseburger

It’s easy to eat veg when they make it this tasty. I ate my pickles on the side; I like them but don’t want them playing with my burger flava. And they put wayyy too much ketchup on the bottom which made it sweet like a candy bar. I scraped that off with a knife and swapped it for some mustard/steak sauce. Much yummerer. These were buy 1, get one at CVS so I thought I’d give it a try:

Sobe Lifewater Yumberry Pomegranite

Sobe Lifewater Yumberry Pomegranate

It’s naturally sweetened with Stevia. I really enjoyed this flavor; it was like a great Hawaiian–not overly sweet with a touch of tartness from the pomegranate. It’s also fortified with plenty of Vitamins which I’m sure I already get enough of but why not get some more? I would definitely buy this again. The one question I have is if it is “all-natural”. I know it has natural flavors and is naturally sweetened, but I’m a little confused with some of the ingredients which (I think) are the added vitamins.

I broke away from the bars for an afternoon snack:

Cinnamon Raisin Bread And Justins Maple Almond Butter

Cinnamon Raisin Bread And Justin's Maple Almond Butter

I picked up the maple almond butter pack at a Starbucks a while back and finally got to use it. Those things are so handy and portable; I’d love to stock up on them but the expense isn’t worth it considering I usually eat toast at home where my pantry is right at hand. Still, it was nice to eat fresh food instead of packaged stuff(not that I see much wrong in packaged stuff so long as it’s wholesome). But would it kill my office to get a toaster?

Dinner was pollock; I’m becoming such a fish snob I don’t even want to eat anything other than salmon, but I closed my eyes, covered it in Soyaki, and tried pretending. Then I placed a celebratory last-week-at-work order to Naturally Nutty(!!). I’m getting myself some new flavors but I’ll keep it hush hush until the package comes. We all went for a walk and when we got back I wasn’t quite ready for dessert, so I had another dinner for dessert:

TJ's Instant Mac N' Cheese And Al Fresco Buffalo Chicken Sausage

TJ's Instant Mac N' Cheese And Al Fresco Buffalo Chicken Sausage

Here’s where I don’t even make sense to myself; I try to limit the amount of animal meat I have at meals as a self-challenge, but apparently desserts don’t count? Maybe that’s just me over thinking things. Either way, this was good and hit the spot. What with cheese doesn’t hit the spot?

English Muffin With Mighty Maple And Vegan Fluff, Fig And Almond Blondie

English Muffin With Mighty Maple And Vegan Fluff, Fig And Almond Blondie

Finally I was up for something more desserty. I love this Vegan Fluff I found at Whole Foods. It’s a local company and it’s all natural made with real vanilla bean. It’s as nutritionally void as regular fluff, but it doesn’t have vanillin so it fits in with my first motto in To Live By… And to stop raving about those blondies would be a sin. There’s only 3 left on the counter as of 9am this morning and 6 in the fridge. Yikes, I better eat them up before others do!

Like I said, I ran a pretty decent 6 miles today. Later we’re going to Whole Foods and Trader Joes to pick up some essentials(like bread) and some not-so-essentials(like whatever works its way into my hands). I dreamt up a recipe on my run that I’m itching to try for my last day of work tomorrow(!!). If it goes good be sure to look for it on Saturday. Until then, g’bye!

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A Special Recipe For A Special Day

Posted on August 19, 2009. Filed under: Recipe | Tags: , , , , |

Usually I don’t blog on days I work but I felt as though I had to acknowledge something. I was super-psyched to be runner-up in The Peanut Butter Boy’s celebration recipe contest with my Fluffernutter Cupcakes. They were a lot of fun to come up with and I hope anyone who tried them likes them as much as my cousin did(it was also the first time he discovered fluff!). All the other contestant’s recipes look great to and I’m definitely going to try a few out.

How do I celebrate this achievement? By baking some more, of course! I wanted a little something nutty and fruity and my mind immediately went to one of my favorite creations, my Loaded Scones. But rather than give you the same thing I thought I’d tweek it just a bit and came up with these winners, if I may say so myself

4-C Scones

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons flaxseed, grounded

3/4 cup unsweetened almond breeze

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups whole wheat flour

90g(about 1/2 cup) sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup dried cranberries

5 tablespoons cashew butter

5 tablespoons reduced fat cream cheese

Cashew Butter, Cream Cheese, And Cranberries

Cashew Butter, Cream Cheese, And Cranberries

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a cup, mix the almond milk, flaxmeal, and vanilla extract, and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix in the cranberries. Cut in the cream cheese and cashew butter until coarse and crumbly. Pour in the almond milk mixture and work until batter is firm but wet. Divide into the even sized balls. Place each on a lined pan and flatten. Cut into quarters and pull apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the tops turn golden.

Going Into The Oven

Going Into The Oven

In case you didn’t get it, the 4 C’s are Cashew butter, Cranberries, and Cream Cheese. I really love the combo of cashews and cherries, but we were running low on dried cherries and cranberries also have that great tartness. The cashew flavor in these isn’t very explosive; it’s more of a subtle note that you need to work at to get. What the cashew butter does do in this recipe is replace the bad fats that would be introduced by butter and give the health benefits that comes from nuts, all without changing texture. Speaking of texture, these scones are very soft and puffy, which is how I prefer my scones though others might prefer a denser version. If you do want a louder cashew flavor and denser result, simply replace the cream cheese with equal amounts cashew butter.

4-C Scones

4-C Scones

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