I <3 Summer Produce

Is anybody else ridiculously happy that it’s summer? Aside from the warm weather and countless outdoor activities, my favorite thing about summer is the seasonal fruits and veggies. Today was full of ’em.

We’ve already discussed my blueberry obsession, so it should come as no surprise that the whole wheat blueberry pancake that I made for myself this morning was more blueberry than it was pancake.

I threw together a bulk mix of the dry ingredients for my go-to pancake batter so I can just whip it out and add eggs and milk whenever Jeff and I want pancakes. (Note: I only use the batter part of this recipe. Not that I don’t think the PB and Coconut Swirl idea is awesome. It is, I’ve tried it! I just like plain pancakes better)

When I broke down the recipe to make one pancake, I realized that it called for 1/4 of an egg. How the heck do I do that? I sort of just guessed and scrambled up the leftovers. The finished product was very tasty so I must have done something right!

I inhaled the pancake after getting back from an upper body and abs class at the gym. I used 6 lb free weights for the majority of the class and felt really strong! Afterward, I hopped on the treadmill and walked on an incline for 30 minutes. Gotta tone the booty. 🙂

Lunch today consisted of a leftover veggie burger from yesterday’s BBQ heated on the George Foreman Grill. I topped my burger with tomato and sauteed red onions. I also roasted zucchini, summer squash, and potatoes in the oven at 400° for ten minutes.

Sorry for the blur

All together with watermelon!

I ate my “burger” on an Arnold Sandwich Thin. It was a very nutritious and summery lunch.

For dinner, Jeff and I decided to try out Buitoni Whole Wheat Four Cheese Ravioli.

I received a coupon for a free package a couple weeks ago from the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program. There are a variety of different kinds of Buitoni pastas and sauces but I had little to choose from at the grocery store I went to, so I ended up with the whole wheat four cheese. I would have loved to try the Wild Mushroom Agnolotti. I don’t even like mushrooms but it sounded interesting. Unfortunately, I had to choose from what was available at my local grocery store.

While the ravioli was cooking, I got the sauce ready.

I love Muir Glen! All of their sauces are so good!

My plate:I had more squash and zucchini with dinner. I also steamed some baby carrots and Jeff made corn on the cob.

Verdict: I did not like the four cheese ravioli. I couldn’t taste the cheese most of the time and I think I would have enjoyed the ravioli more if it had more of a filling. I will not be buying the four cheese kind again. I may try a different variety, though.  The rest of my dinner was fabulous. How could summer veggies not be?

Dinner concluded perfectly with a small piece of blueberry cake leftover from Saturday.

Oh man! So good.

Now, I’m off to stuff my face with popcorn and watch The Hangover with Jeff. Love that movie!

If you could eat one fruit or veggie for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Have a great Tuesday! <3

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Babies and BBQs

Four Words: Banana Blueberry Peach Oats

Enough said.

Today, my brother, Adam, threw a  poolside father’s day BBQ at his condo. My whole family attended and it was a really great way to spend father’s day.

I made sure to bring the necessities…

Sunglasses and a toy for my nephew, Nicholas.

Because obviously nalgene water bottles are made for babies. 🙂

Sorry, I got a little carried away. Isn’t he adorable? OK- one more!

That’s it. I promise.

Anyway, I had a great time with my family today. We were rained on for about 20 minutes but then the weather cleared up and we had a beautiful day to relax by the pool.

I started the day off with a Sam Adams Summer Ale

Yum! I snacked on some almonds while my brothers worked on grilling.

Adam bought me veggie burgers for the BBQ.

It was really good. I need to look for this brand the next time I go food shopping. I loved the chili-bean flavor!

I had grilled corn on the cob and homemade potato salad on the side.

I don’t usually like potato salad but my brother’s version was awesome!

After lunch, we swam and lounged by the pool. Dessert was watermelon, blueberries, and baby hand.

I also had a small piece of  blueberry-raspberry struessel cake.

After the BBQ, I packed my stuff, and headed back to Albany. I love staying with my family but I’m glad to be back in my apartment with Jeff. I was still stuffed from the BBQ when I got home, so I had a bowl of cheerios with vanilla almond milk for dinner.

Twas a fun day and now I’m off to bed!

How did you celebrate father’s day?

Have a great Monday! <3

P.S. I know I said no more baby photos but here are a few  just for father’s day!

My parents with Nicholas
Nicholas with his father, and my brother, Adam.

The end!

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