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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Calming Chaos With Good Food

I realize that the frequency of my posting has been inconsistent lately. I’ve had a tough last couple of days. I’d rather not discuss personal issues on the blog, but I’d like you to know that the number of posts I write might be limited for the next week or so.  I hope you understand.

On a happier note, Tuesday looked like this:

Finally! Albany gets some snow! This may not look happy to you but I was very excited. I love being stuck inside on snowy days. It’s very relaxing.

Most of Tuesday’s eats were leftover party food.

Cheese Dip with Black Bean Chips and Mini Bruschettas (Split with Jeff)

I am obsessed with this dip:

Go buy this right now. I promise,  you will not be disappointed.

After I snacked my way through the day, I did level 2 of the 30 day shred and 30 minutes of yoga.

Tuesday night’s dinner was a little random

I baked 2 potatoes and dug out the inside. Then, I mixed it with steamed broccoli, 1/2 Tbsp of butter, a pinch of salt, and a shake of pepper and stuffed it all back in. I topped it with a bit of cheddar and then broiled it for about 4 minutes. OMG! So good! I could eat this every night! I also had leftover butternut squash on the side.

For dessert, I had half of one of the leftover vegan cupcakes from Monday night.

Plus, a tiny piece of the vegan brownie.

Wednesday morning began with an egg in the hole breakfast.

This didn’t quite fill me up the way it usually does. So a couple hours later, I had a bowl of Cascadian Farm Organic Raisin Bran.

I had a doctor’s appointment after my classes on Wednesday, so I stopped by Uncommon Grounds and picked up an unpictured cinnamon raisin bagel with PB for lunch. I ended up splitting it with Jeff and we also split Curried Rice & Lentil Soup from the Au Bon Pain in the Campus Center.

When I got home from my appointment, I made my own pita chips from an Ezekiel whole wheat pita

I just cut the pita into triangles, coated them with olive oil, pepper, and a tiny bit of salt, and baked them in the oven at 400°F on a baking sheet for 5 minutes. I dipped them in Sabra Tahini Hummus.

For dinner, Jeff and I made Annie’s Mac & Cheese and mixed it with steamed broccoli and Tofurky Sun-dried Tomato and Basil “Sausage. (If you missed my review of Tofurky, click here)

To be completely honest, the flavors did not mix well at all! Looking back now, I don’t really know why we thought that they would. Oh well. You win some, you lose some!

For dessert, I had the other half of the cupcake from Tuesday night.

This morning, I was up bright and early because I had another doctor’s appointment at 7 am. By the time I was done, it was already 10 am and I was starving. I only had a piece of toast with PB on top before I left.

Jeff and I decided to go a cafe that we’ve been wanting to try for a while called Cafe Madison. With the chaos of this morning’s appointment, I forgot my camera at home. Trust me though, we’ll be going back. I ordered the Tuscan FrittataOpen-face omelette with spinach, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, pesto, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese. It came with delicious home fries and a choice of homemade bread. I chose the Walnut Wheat bread and it was excellent. I wasn’t too impressed with the frittata. It was sort of bland and lacking in flavor. I think  I’ll order the Raspberry Oatmeal Pancakes next time.

I ended up bringing a lot of the frittata home and picked at it a little for lunch. I decided to have an ezekiel pita with black bean hummus instead.

Jeff made dinner tonight.

He made Vegetable Wagon Wheel Pasta from the co-op topped with Muir Glen Organic Garden Vegetable Pasta Sauce and peas. It was a delicious dinner!

And for dessert, I had a couple blocks of my new favorite dark chocolate bar:

This chocolate was so rich and decadent. I only had to eat a couple small pieces to feel satisfied. I can’t wait to try some other flavors!

Well, I’m off! Time to disconnect and read a book.

Just a note– I’ve been treating the past few days like sick days and taking time off from working out. I’m going to do yoga tomorrow morning to relax a bit.

Do you make healthy comfort foods?

I don’t usually use eating as a way to make myself feel better but in extreme cases, I’m glad that my comfort foods are healthy foods.

Have a great Friday!

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