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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WIAW: Spring Treats

Hey everyone and happy Wednesday!! Half way there folks, we got this!

Peas and Crayons

BREAKFAST:

I am sooo excited that it’s berry season. Next to nectarines and pineapples, berries are my favorite fruit. This week they were Buy One Get One Free and you could mix and match so I grabbed strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.

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My current favorite Chobani is raspberry, topped with fresh raspberries and blueberries.

LUNCH:

Leftover fish from last night, and steamed carrots.
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Luckily I was one of the only people in he teachers room today, but if I wasn’t my fish would have chased many away. 😡 I cannot stand raw carrots but I LOVE them when they are cooked. Is that weird?

SNACK:

Pretzel chips and celery.

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Unfortunately I forgot my hummus but it was still a tasty snack!

DINNER:

We broke out a recipe we hadn’t made in a few years and to be honest, I had completely forgotten about!
Portabella mushroom pizzas!

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All you do is take portability mushrooms, remove the stems, and cover in marinara sauce, cheese, and toppings.

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After about 10 minutes in the oven they come out looking like mini personal pizzas! For this batch we added peppers, onions, and pepperoni.

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Delish! I am so glad I married someone who enjoys trying new things like this. I often think about all the great flavors I would miss out on if I was with a picky eater. Lucky me. 🙂

DESSERT:

Fruit Floes from Trader Joe’s! The lime ones are definitely my favorite.

They are only 110 calories a piece, which is a plus, and they are a very refreshing after dinner treat.

Question of the Day:
Is there a veggy that you can only eat if it’s cooked?
Spicy or Tangy?