WIAW – Eats & Updates

*sigh of relief*  I’m alive!  In two days – 2 exams, 1 project, 1 essay – done.  And I can relax for a night or two before getting back to the grind stone.  My google reader hates me now, there are over 100 blog posts I have not even looked at.  Which barely ever happens!  But I now have a little time for internet use, so I will reappear at some point.

Since I’ve been studying and stressing like a crazy person, I haven’t really taken very many pictures of my food.  So this edition of What I Ate Wednesday is a compilation of eats from the past week.  And some other things thrown in at the end.  But the food part is more important.

Check out Jenn‘s lovely site to see what’s up at the WIAW link party!

The Eats:

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pumpkin spiced muffin goodness

Somehow I still had to make muffins.  Many people were appreciative.

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delicious oat groats!

the topping/sauce was Katie’s amazing protein frosting. If you have sun warrior, try this, you will not regret it.

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1 egg + 1 egg white, stuffed with chard, topped with squash sauce, and a warm hummus wrap on the side.

The perfect, fluffy, stuffed omelet – I’ve reached the point where I can get it right every time!  This has become a staple high-protein, low-budget, delicious meal.  Sometime in the future, expect an omelet cooking-tutorial.

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spinach pancakes with pre-roasted eggplant & hemp seeds. savory goodness!

Inspired and based on Kristina’s recipe.  Except I used egg whites and spelt flour, added some spices (garam masala!) and downsized the recipe.  I think I’ve finally found a satisfying pancake!  And strangely it’s not even sweet.  Apparently I like my greens more than my sweets?

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this squash was delicious, but gave me some trouble. keep reading to find out.

This is my interpretation of the boy scout motto.  Always have snacks, preferably squash.

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crazy veggie plate!

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this one was carob & peanut flour & pumpkin

return of the giant protein cake!

The Updates:

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if you see this in your TJ's, buy 2. or 3.

I finally decided to give the boxed cake mix pumpkin muffin ‘trick’ a try.  My mix (okay, I de-simplified it a little): 1 box pumpkin bread and muffin mix, 1 can pumpkin purée, 2 milled chia ‘eggs’, 1/4 cup almond milk, 2 t pumpkin pie spice.  I brought them to campus and shared them with some friends – and they got rave reviews.

A few days later, this happened.

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silly little kabocha made my knife slip. ouch.

I was cutting into my perfectly shaped, blemish free (no pics, sorry) kabocha using my roommate’s large knife, which is not super high quality, and definitely not that sharp.  The cut is not pretty, and that bandage barely covers it.  But I’ll spare you the gory details.

That little incident prompted this:

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8" chef's knife, victorinox. not super fancy, but decent and sharp.

Given the amount of squash and other vegetables I prepare, I have debated spending the money on a decent knife.  Seriously, I’ve been thinking about it for weeks!  Hopefully this guy likes vegetables over fingers.

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filter cone coffee love. ceramic > plastic.

This is seriously the most efficient way to make a single cup of coffee.  Minimal time, effort, and cleaning required.  Also, get a ceramic one if you can find one.  Chemical free, and holds the heat better!

I really hope I have time for some real posts this week.  I have so many things I want to write about!

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently?

Sweet or savory pancakes?

How do you make your single-serve coffee?

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Always Fashionably Late (WIAW)

Never have I ever been one of the first 150 or so bloggers to link up for What I Ate Wednesday!  Maybe it’s because I always choose to post Wednesday’s eats, as opposed to Tuesday’s.  Tuesday is usually my worst day of the week, I have at least 4 classes with really awkward 1 hour breaks.  So Wednesday it will stay, and I will alway’s be fashionably late to Jenn’s fabulous party.

Let’s get to it!

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OIAJ! I went with overnight oat bran, though I still think I prefer hot oats in a jar. lots of cinna on top!

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second part of breakfast: amazingly tasty organic Bartlett pear

coffee on the go! made a boring class much more bearable

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perfectly ripe pre-workout banana

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the return of the green post-workout smoothie!

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grilled sandwich. best decision ever: hummus, mustard, greens, squash sauce, (invisible) peppers, on sprouted grain bread

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organic gala (not as good as honeycrisp) and goat gouda! apples & cheese = delish.

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it's okay to have chocolate as an appetizer, right?

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homemade coconut curry! with quinoa, chickpeas, eggplant, brussels sprouts, and other stuff. So glad I made a huge pot of it 🙂

Now, sipping on a coconut chai green tea (no photo…) and about to tackle some physics homework and coding.

Have you ever made your own curries?  What’s your favorite way to do it?

Best thing you’ve eaten recently?

STIAW (Some Things I Ate Wednesday)

So, it is official.  School has set in, midterm season is fast approaching, and after the school work is done I find myself with little motivation to do anything else.  Including homework.  I had a fantastic recipe all lined up to post yesterday, but there was really no time and it just didn’t happen.  I will get to it, I promise (tomorrow?)!

Anyway, Jenn makes it nearly effortless to blog on Wednesdays – by hosting the amazing WIAW link party! So, here are the eats I managed to capture for the day.  Pretty much my sit-down meals, as I usually snack in class, or on the go, and it’s a bit difficult to take pictures there.

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cocoa-carob protein muffin, with lightly salted peanut flour sauce!

I managed to get the exact ratio of sweet & salty in the peanut flour sauce!

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mud in the morning brightens any day.

Good coffee is the way to a girl’s heart. And this stuff is the best.

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must get to gym. need to let out energy. a bit of fuel first 🙂

I was in a hurry, so I bought 3 bananas for a dollar from one of the fruit vendors off the street.  Luckily bananas are one of the few fruits that’s totally fine to buy conventional, not organic.

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super-fluffy spinach omelet smothered in salsa. mmm.

For the Fluffiest eggs ever: Whisk in 1 or 2 T of milk (doesn’t matter what kind, I used soy) then cook away!

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mashed avocado with a sprinkle of seasoned rice vinegar, and overnight oats. eaten at 5pm.

I guess these weren’t really overnighters, as they were made a few hours before eating.  4 hour oats?

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spaghetti squash + doctored up marinara + roasted brussel sprouts with hemp seeds & nooch. so good, so filling!

First good home cooked dinner in a few days.

Best thing you ate today?

Do you eat/buy all organic?

WIAW, procrastinating…

This week is insane. I have one test tomorrow, a big homework assignment due friday, another big test on monday, and it’s Rosh Hashana, the Hebrew new year!  To all my Jewish friends out there, L’shana tova 🙂

And I’m procrastinating. By blogging.  But hey, at least it’s more productive than watching TV or something (so I tell myself).

But that’s not the point here…

Don’t forget to check out all the awesome blogger eats on Jenn’s lovely site!

Some of the things on my menu today:

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pressed-for-time overnight oat bran & chia, with peanut flour!

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this + banana + coffee = pre-workout eats

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1 egg and 1 white with lots of salsa. and grilled goat-cheddar mini-quesadilla. and more salsa.

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and the crazy froyo craving returns. I could not stop thinking about it during my last class, so I hit up yogurt station.

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weirdly delish plate of yum: kabocha + AB, roasted brussel sprouts, grilled seitan, sauerkraut

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roasted & salted kabocha seeds! no food goes to waste...

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got this as an iherb sample. mixed with coconut milk and vanilla stevia. comfort in a cup.

I guess I actually have to go study for my Quantum quiz now. And try not to go completely crazy from stress.

Best thing you ate today?

Are you a procrastinator?

WIAW number what?

Thanks so much for the lovely comments yesterday, I’m already feeling a bit better 🙂

Wednesday always needs a pick-me up.  It’s that one day of the week where you’re right between weekends, and energy starts to drag.  But now there is WIAW! The greatest foodie link party ever, hosted by Jenn!

The challenge of the day is to photograph a full day of eats, and share them with the blog world – and it’s harder than you’d think! It has been especially hard for me, as I eat on the go during the day, and get so many dirty looks from others (it’s a busy ‘campus’) when I take pictures of my food in public.  So, these are the highlights of the day!

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pumpkin cheesecake oats with AB and maple drizzle. Basically oats with pumpkin, spices, and a bit of cottage cheese cooked in at the end.

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pre-workout banana, iced Mud (!!!) and water

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post workout amazingness - sun warrior + chocolate coconut water mixed up in the bullet. It seriously tastes like a milkshake!

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late lunch / early dinner thing? brown rice sushi from M2M

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I made (and ate? drank?) miso soup! My cousin suggested miso for a cold, thought I'd give it a try!

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not as good as the ones in whole foods' bulk bins, but still delicious.

There was more snack-age that escaped the camera, as well.  Also I think I got all veggie-d out yesterday! Or rather, I just need to go shopping 🙂

Best thing you ate today?

Do you like recreating authentic ethnic foods?