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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Counting Sheep and Eating Hummus

So, how many of you went to a sheep farm this weekend? Anybody? Nobody!? I can’t be the only crazy one.

Before I get to that, let me rewind a bit and tell you about the awesome time I had on Saturday night. I skipped taking pictures of eats today since all I had was leftovers.

I ended my last post with breakfast on Saturday morning. I ate pretty lightly for the rest of the day because Jeff and I had plans to go out with our friends, Jess and Seth, for a late dinner on Saturday night. To prevent this post from becoming a book, I am not going to post my eats for during the day on Saturday. They were boring anyway!

Jess and Seth got to our apartment at around 8 and we headed to the Moon & River Cafe for dinner. Unfortunately, the tiny place was packed and there was nowhere to sit so we left to go somewhere else. We’ll go back another day for lunch when it’s not so busy. 🙂 We ended up at a local brewing company called Brown’s instead.

I knew what I wanted the second I opened the menu.

If you can’t read the description:

Vegetarian Black Bean & Barley Burger

Made with brewery barley, black beans, red and green peppers, onions, garlic, and a special blend of herbs and spices.

My mouth definitely exploded when I bit into it. I know I had a black bean burger on Friday night but that was frozen and this definitely was not. All of the different flavors blended excellently together. I need to recreate this at home!  I didn’t eat the fries because the waitress told me that they are cooked in the same oil that the chicken wings are cooked in. I’m not sure how strict of a vegetarian I want to be yet so I passed on them. What do you think?

Of course, I ordered a beer with dinner. C’mon! It’s a brewery!

When we got home, Jess and I cracked open a bottle of wine.

And things got a bit silly. I’m not really sure how we got ourselves up the next morning to go to the sheep farm.

I made a big batch of broccoli eggs for breakfast for everyone.

And then we were off!

Amazing! We’re planing to go back next month to see the lambing!

I seriously don’t think I can ever eat meat again after petting a cow. Looks like it’s going to be veggies only for life!

On the way home, we stopped at Uncommon Grounds in Saratoga Springs for lunch.

Jess and Seth

I ordered veggies and hummus on a toasted rosemary olive bagel. Veggies included: tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, and sprouts.

I love this bagel! They don’t have it at the Albany Uncommon Grounds for some reason. 🙁 I ate half and took the rest home and brought it with me today for lunch.

When we got home, I did some yoga and then made a veggie (+ fruit) and pita chip plate for a snack.

Yes. More veggies and more hummus. I can’t get enough!

Dinner was delicious!

Before

After

I made baked cheesy pasta with breadcrumbs and broccoli.

I’ll save the recipe for another post (unless specifically requested in a comment or email) since this post is gigantic already. I’m sure I’ll be making it again!

Breakfast this morning was the same as yesterday’s breakfast. Lunch was the same as yesterday’s lunch. And dinner was…wait for it…the same as yesterday’s dinner (shocker!). It was a day of repeats. I got up super early to read for class and didn’t get a chance to workout so I took today as a rest day! (I may still do some yoga to relax)

Hope you enjoyed the loooonngggg recap of my weekend!!

Two Questions:

Favorite type of bagel?

Favorite farm animal?

Have an awesome Tuesday! <3

P.S. Head over to Holly’s Blog to enter her giveaway!!! Love her! And the giveaway is awesome!

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