WIAW: Food-Spiration

Hello there! What’s shakin’?  4 weeks from today is the last day of school! Summer is so close, I can taste it!

Speaking of taste, I was recently looking over some old blog posts from last year for some food-spiration and it really became apparent that I go through serious foods trends based on the season. Now that the weather is nice I am craving cold dishes with fresh ingredients like yogurt, cereal, salads, veggie plates, and frozen treats. I know “fresh” isn’t a trend, but when the weather is cold I really couldn’t care less about the freshness of the ingredients in my meals, as long as it’s hot and gooey.

I am no longer craving soups or crock pot creations and I am packing many more little snacks to munch on throughout the day. I am also currently addicted to ice tea (homemade) and milk.**Fun food fact-there was once a time in my life where I would drink about 2 gallons of milk a week. I craved it all the time and I had a glass with dinner every night  Now I only use it in my cereal and the occasional recipe.

Ok, onto yesterday’s eats!

Peas and Crayons

 

BREAKFAST

Breakfast sampler platter. Scrambled eggs with cheese, black berries, red peppers, and turkey bacon. Sweet, sour, salty, and savory. Soooo many flavors. 🙂
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SNACK

Hummus, veggies, and some bagel chips

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I had never tried this spicy hummus from Trader Joe’s and I was pleasantly surprised by its flavor. It has crushed chilies in the middle and has a real kick to it! It is the perfect topping to the everything bagel chips. What I really love about these chips is that they aren’t too hard or thick so you can get a nice chip/dip ratio. That’s an important characteristic in a chip.

LUNCH:

Leftover steak fajita salad.

As you can assume from my weekend wrap up, we ended up with a LOT of leftover steak which I have been putting to phenomenal use.

**So this is actually pretty funny. I forgot to take a picture of my salad but I knew I had made one before so I looked through my archives and I discovered that not only had I made this before, but it was on the same exact day last year! May 28th 2012 I had the exact same salad for lunch, made from the exact same Memorial Day cookout leftovers. How bizarre is that?!?! I am clearly a culinary creature of habit. 🙂

Steak, corn on the cob, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and avocado.

DINNER:

Dinner was basically the contents of my vegetable drawer on a bed of whole wheat pasta.

IMAG5502If I remember correctly, it was peppers, onions, mushrooms, kale(frozen), and eggplant. I originally bought the eggplant to make eggplant parm but I chickened out. 😦

I do however need to do a bit of food bashing. We bought some Barilla pasta sauce because it was on sale and I have to say, it’s terrible!

I certainly don’t have a snobby pallet, but there is something about the flavors in this jar that I can’t enjoy. It has no depth, developed flavor, or fresh taste. It also leaves a weird after taste. It’s definitely something we will never purchase in the future. Just a little FYI.

DESSERT:

Nolan and I took a trip to Sweet Spot after dinner for a  little treat.  I went a bit crazy. A mix of cake batter and cookies and cream frozen yogurt, with Oreos, cookie dough, toffee pieces, strawberry fruit bubbles, and a cherry. Holy fat. But it was just so good!!!IMAG5552

My goal for the summer is to concoct the perfect frozen yogurt cup. This place, like most self-serve stores, weighs your cup at the register and you pay by the ounce. I am determined to find the best combo of toppings that weigh the least. I have a feeling it’s going to be a real trial and error study, but I am prepared to put in the man hours. 😉

Question of the Day:

I think I have asked this before, but what is your favorite frozen yogurt topping?

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Stuffed Mushrooms

Well good morning sunshine! Man did I sleep well. Not too hot, not too cold, and I just love that soothing sound of the fan.

This week is flying by for me. There are only 25 more days of school left, and I only pray we make it that long.

First off, last night’s dinner was delicious! It wasn’t a culinary masterpiece or anything, but it was pretty damn good! Oh, and wicked easy. -Yes, I am one of those Bostonians who actually says “wicked” in my everyday dialog.

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A few weeks back we picked up a giant bag of cheese raviolis to make on a lazy night. Last night wasn’t really a lazy night, I just couldn’t stop thinking about those little pockets of heaven sitting in the freezer.

To add a little pizzazz to the meal, I stopped at Trader Joe’s to pick up some ingredients.

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I had never tried this sauce before so I figured, why not!  The sauce had lots of chunks in it which added some density to the dish, and was very rich and creamy. To be honest, I didn’t like it more or less than a traditional marinara sauce, but then again, my Irish taste buds aren’t too picky. 😉

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Raviolis have always been my favorite pasta. Really anything stuffed with cheese is delicious, right?

On the side I steamed up some shredded brussels sprouts, my new favorite vegetable, with some lemon pepper. If you haven’t tried these yet, GO GET THEM!

IMAG5659Ugh, sooo good. And I think it took all of 20 minutes to make. WIN WIN.

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Ok, before I leave you this morning, here is the last of our two recipes from this past weekends’ festivities.

Stuffed Mushrooms!

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We really wanted to tackle something new this weekend and while I chose taquitos, he chose stuffed mushrooms.

We started by scooping out the insides of about 30 mushrooms. Using the 1/2 teaspoon scooper made this soooo easy!

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The mixture:

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Stuffing them was pretty simple as well with the teaspoon scooper.

They came out looking pretty well huh?

IMAG5628The problem with these little suckers? They are soo poppable! I ate way too many of them. Every time I walked by the tray I popped one in my mouth.

Another winner in the books! Sure it’s a few more steps than I would like, but so worth it in the end. I think next time we will try a few different types of stuffing.

Alrighty, off to start the day. Catch ya later!

Question of the Day:

You go to a party and there is a bowl of chips and a plate of cookies. What do you grab first? – For me, I would eat the whole bag of chips before touching the cookies. My sweet tooth died in the 90’s. I blame a Halloween where I consumed an obscene amount of candy corn. Oops!