switching it up

April 11, 2012

Good morning, friends! Fun fact of the day – did you know that 100 years ago yesterday the Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage? It’s the truth — part of me knows that because of the million of commercials for Titanic in 3D. Another part of me knows only that because we are studying the Titanic in fifth grade right now.

Upwards and onwards to other things though — how about another week of eating more of our veggies?

Peas and Crayons

I can’t say that I really did that yesterday. In fact, I ate less vegetables than normal. It kept my stomach happy all day long, so I was more than okay with it.

Breakfast — 6:00 AM

Whether you choose to believe this is real life or not is one thing, but I have not been loving oatmeal at all lately. For the past week, I’ve been turning my nose up at it. Instead, all I have wanted are pancakes! For the past five or six days, I’ve been making my Greek Yogurt Pancakes — and been loving them every single time.

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I must say though, I want some more options. While I love pancakes, I am needing some more suggestions for what to make for breakfast. I’m a sweet girl in the morning (my food… not me.)

This morning was a rough one. I don’t know what’s with me, but towards the end of the year I get incredibly dysfunctional in the mornings. I left pretty much on time today, but then I realized my gas light was on empty. I headed to the nearest gas station only to realize my wallet was not in my purse. Back to my house I went. Back to the gas station I went. I was only two minutes late. That’s pretty darn good! It was quite the commute!

Lunch — 11:30 AM

Enter in my newest lunch obsession. I took it upon myself to buy a bag of Udi’s plain bagels over the weekend, and now I am wondering what in the world took me so long. I’ve eaten this sandwich three times since Saturday, and I’m a little upset I only have one bagel left.

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The Sandwich:

  • Udi’s plain bagel
  • Fried egg
  • 2 tbsp. horseradish hummus (from Trader Joe’s — SO good!)
  • 1/4 avocado
  • lettuce
  • tomato

On the side, I ate some mini sweet peppers….

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and I also ate some pineapple and mango.

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..aaand I might have eaten this entire chocolate bar. It’s only about half the size of a regular chocolate bar because of its “mini” size, but I just couldn’t help myself. It was delicious.

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Last week Alter Eco sent me a few of their products to try out, with one of these chocolate bars as one of the products. When they emailed me to see if I wanted to try any of their stuff out, I couldn’t resist. Their mission is so incredible, and I really wanted to get the word out. Taken from their website, Alter Eco’s vision is this:

“We are a team of fair trade visionaries and food-loving explorers on a mission to connect you to our farmers and their honest foods. When you taste the sweet justice of our mission you will understand our persistence, and our invitation to join us in finding your Alter Eco.”

Their products are from all over the world, and it’s interesting to hear the stories behind each one of the foods.

Snack — 4:00 PM

I was deep in work for about an hour after school today, and when I left I had a pounding headache. I turned off the radio, grabbed my snack, and drove home for the half hour in silence.

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Dinner — 6:15 PM

Dinner featured another new to me food — Ruby Red Rice which is very prevalent in Thailand. In fact, did you know the phrase “I’m hungry” in Thailand really translates to “I’m hungry for rice”? I learned this on the back of the package when I was reading the directions on how to cook it. This is another product Alter Eco sent to me, and I was excited to try it out.

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The rice turned out beautifully. It has a shorter cook time than most rice (30 minutes as opposed to 45-50 minutes) and has a nutty and hearty flavor. The Husband and I both admitted to being nervous about if we would like it or not, but we both cleaned our plates. April 10, 2012 041

What we served with the rice was a little random, but it worked. I roasted up some green beans in some olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper at 425 for about 30 minutes.

I also threw a bunch of things together in a skillet and hoped it would come out delicious — we were lucky last night, folks! (note: it’s not always the case)April 10, 2012 040

I heated in a skillet the following:

  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup kale
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1-2 tbsp. Liquid Aminos
  • salt, pepper, chili powder, oregano, and cumin to taste (I didn’t take any measurements)

I also ate a cookie after doing the dishes.

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(my green walls aren’t that intense in person, I swear)

Right now while I’m writing this post (Tuesday night) I’m trying to decide if I want a snack or not. We’ll see how it goes!

Have a great Wednesday!

Question: favorite breakfast? Help a girl out!

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