What I Ate Wednesday

Time for another installment of What I Ate Wednesday, courtesy of the lovely Jenn at Peas and Crayons!

Breakfast

A yogurt mess!  I whisked together some coconut milk yogurt, almond milk, and peanut flour, and stirred in one mini pouch of 18 Rabbits granola, 1/4 cup of frozen blueberries, and a small blob of Valencia peanut butter.  This was FANTASTIC and kept me full for hours!

Lunch

Pasta leftovers and a rice cake with almond butter and cranberry apple butter.

Afternoon Snack

My first Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar.

Verdict?  Delicious, but I like the Cookie Dough flavor better.  🙂

Dinner

I snacked on a piece of bread when I got home from yoga while I was making dinner.

A lentil/sweet potato bake and some dessert hummus. I will totally detail both of these in a post tomorrow.  Both were crazygood.

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A cup of coffee with stevia and almond milk this morning with breakfast, my usual supplements, a bunch of water, and an individual squeeze pack of Barney Butter that I ate in the car on the way to yoga.

Last week’s WIAW installment.

What was the best thing you ate today?

❤ C

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Can you substitute brussels sprouts for meatballs?

Hahaha, not really, but they were the only ball-like component in my pasta dish last night!

Please forgive the crappy quality of that picture… my camera died at the very moment I snapped it.  I’m honestly surprised anything was captured at all!

I made an extremely simple but flavorful tomato sauce out of a can of tomato paste, a cup of veggie broth, and 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast, whisked in a small pot until combined.

I cooked some of this pasta.  Verdict?  I like the brown rice vermicelli I got at the Asian market better than this, but it wasn’t bad.

I steamed some brussels (camera photo taken after my other camera died).  I don’t know why I was craving steamed whole sprouts vs roasted or sauteed last night, but I was. Mind you, very gently steamed so they were still brilliant green and slightly crunchy.

I found a random snap pea in the bag of sprouts!  I love when that happens… the healthier version of finding a french fry in your order of tater tots!  🙂

The final component in my meal… some baby clams.

I’ve got to get better about charging my camera more often so I don’t have to use the camera phone.  Looks less than appetizing, but I assure you it was delicious.

I’ll try to be back tonight with another post for What I Ate Wednesday!

Do you have a recipe for homemade tomato sauce?

❤ C

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Tofu Scramble

I had some leftover cubed tofu from the other night that was begging to be used up, so I made my first tofu scramble yesterday for lunch. Forgive the little burnt crunchy onions… I turned my back to do some dishes, oops.  Still delicious.

I sauteed burnt some onions in some olive oil, added the crumbled tofu, and sprinkled everything with the lovely chipotle Mrs. Dash seasoning that Heather sent me (I looooove this stuff!).  I sauteed the tofu for a couple minutes and then topped a microwaved sweet potato with the scramble.

Quick and tasty!

Dinner last night?  Umm… some GF crackers, a blob of hummus, a couple pickle spears, and some tortilla chips topped with jalapenos.  I was tired when I got home from class at 11… you can’t win em all!  😉

Moving on.

Breakfast this morning was of course more of my lovely, dreamy bread.

I can’t get enough of it.

Another crazypants day… gotta run!  What’s the lamest dinner you’ve had recently?

❤ C

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Gluten-Free Bread and a Happier Tummy

I did it.

I successfully used yeast.  I baked a loaf of bread.  Gluten-free bread.  Delicious, glorious bread.  Without a stand mixer.  And making substitutions.

I used Pamela’s Bread Mix and Flour Blend.  I followed the recipe on the back of the bag but subbed applesauce for the oil (all the while thinking, “Should you really be substituting in this when you don’t know what you’re doing?!”).  I also got discouraged when it said to use a stand mixer with the whisk attachment on medium for 3 minutes.  I have a sad little hand mixer.  I used the hand mixer until the dough was too big and sticky for the hand mixer to take it, and then I kneaded the dough for a couple minutes with my hands.  No pictures of any of this process… this dough was seriously sticky and my hands were covered.  I let it sit for an hour per the instructions, only to see that it had indeed risen a bit. It was supposed to raise more in the oven.  I put it in the oven and hoped for the best, and the best is definitely what happened!

It is gloriously brown and crunchy on the outside, densely deliciously doughy on the inside.

That texture.

And more importantly than anything else, it really just tastes fantastic. Store bought bread seems so weak in comparison. I ate a huge honkin’ slice, and then another smaller slice, both plain and still warm from the oven, and just enjoyed my creation.

And then there was breakfast this morning.

I almost cut two smaller slices, but in the spirit of go big or go home, I just cut off another delightfully large slice, topped it with almond butter and cranberry apple butter, and savored each doughy bite.

Loooook at it.

Amazeballs.

So I unofficially eliminated about 99% of gluten from my diet 2 weeks ago to see if it would help me with my gastrointestinal distress. Not only have my stomach issues calmed down considerably, but I have lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks without changing the amount that I eat or the amount of exercise I do.  And practical elimination of my bloated, pregnancy-looking tummy that usually presents itself by nightfall on a daily basis.  I think I may be on to something here for myself and my own health.

Happy Monday!  I wish everyone a productive and lovely week.

❤ C

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PB&J Farina

Hello lovelies!  I’ve been extremely busy the last couple days, and this post is going to be brief, as I still have a ton more to get done before tomorrow, but I had to show you my breakfast from this morning. I present to you, peanut butter and jelly farina.

So I cooked the farina in 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup water with a splash of vanilla like last time, but this time I stirred in 1/4 cup of blueberries at the end.  Topped with some Valencia peanut butter and some plain coconut milk yogurt with peanut flour whisked in.  Double the peanutiness, double the fun!

This bowl was creamy, dreamy, and wonderfully filling.

Last night I got some work done on my sleeve. Yes, I’m wearing my cardigan backwards. It was chilly in there!

He did more shading on the swirls to really bring the color out more.  There is still plenty more work to be done on this sleeve to bring the whole thing together. I promise more progress pics when I get more work done!

Have a great rest of your weekend, everyone!

❤ C

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Chocolate Almond Butter in a Tiny Food Processor

I made some chocolate almond butter the other day.

Mrs. Fitnessista herself made almond butter in a tiny food processor recently, in a food processor that you have to hold the button down on the entire time, a food processor like mine. Then Ashley did it too. And then Heather made almond butter using cocoa roast almonds, cocoa roast almonds like the ones I have.

I knew it was time to stand by my food processor, finger on the button for-ev-er, and make some almond butter of my very own.

I gathered my last four packets of cocoa roast almonds.

Tossed them in my tiny but effective Cuisinart.

And pushed that button.  First I made almond meal.

And with patience and diligence, and stopping and scraping, and more determination than ever before, and I was finally able to produce a lovely chocolate-kissed almond butter.

Albeit a tiny amount.  It was incredibly tasty.  And it helped make for one happy breakfast.

I intend to push that button some more, maybe even this weekend.  I’ve got the homemade nut butter bug.  🙂

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❤ C

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Miso Veggie Soup

Yesterday’s lunch craving attacked with a vengeance… my body wanted veggies, so veggies it got.

A ginormous plate of brussels sprouts, a microwave sweet potato filled with peanut butter, and everything dusted in nutritional yeast.

Towards the later afternoon I started feeling a little bit icky.  Like my normal allergies, but on crack.  Head and chest yucky, with some achy muscles and fatigue. No fever though, thank goodness.  I drank some tea with apple cider vinegar and overdosed on vitamin C pills, and then for dinner last night I made a nourishing miso veggie soup.

I was going to use this bag of veggies until I realized it didn’t have baby corn in it, so I switched to this bag instead.

I put one cup veggie broth and 5 cups water into a pot (I didn’t know how the veggie broth would work with the miso paste, so I kept it low, but next time I make this I will increase the veggie broth portion to at least half of the liquid).

In the meantime, I was pressing out a block of tofu.  There is a plate with tofu under all that heaviness, I promise.  (Like my cardboard “storage device” for my pantry shelves? I’m a broke student, cut me some slack.)

Once the pot on the stove came to a boil, I turned the heat down a bit and added the bag of frozen veggies and a little over half the cubed block of pressed tofu (the rest is in a container in the fridge to be used for something else).

I added a pretty hefty shake of kelp granules and a couple splashes of rice vinegar to the pot.

Also some Bragg’s liquid aminos.  I have no idea how much I put in… I use the “add a little bit, taste, add more if needed” method pretty frequently in my cooking!

At this point I turned the stove off and ladled some hot broth onto 1/4 cup of brown rice miso paste, whisked until combined, and poured it all back into the pot.

I served my soup over some brown rice vermicelli and topped it all with a heavy handed squirt of Sriracha (which totally made this soup, in my opinion… gave it the last flavor boost it needed!).

I have a feeling this one is going to taste even better reheated today.  I’m still feeling a tad under the weather, so green monsters, tea, and this soup are definitely in my future.  I have to feel better by tonight though.  Alex and I have a date… at the laundromat.  😉

What are your plans for the weekend?

❤ C

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