Monthly Archives: October 2011

WIAW #11: I’ve Got Spirit; How ‘Bout You?

Hey there! How’s your week going?

This week’s a biggie for me. First of all, it’s spirit week at my school (and homecoming is this Saturday), so the festivities are endless! Yesterday we had almost a two hour period in the middle of the day dedicated just to playing fun outdoor games. It was a little chilly (okay, A LOT chilly), but fun none the less. I’m starting to get pretty nostalgic because this is my last year of high school. I’ve been at my school since 3 years old, so graduating in June is almost unfathomable.

Another exciting thing this week is the notification of my scholarship information (wish me luck!) that I should be receiving soon. Of course I hope that I make it to the next round, but regardless of what happens, I’m definitely glad I tried. Writing college essays has given me time to reflect on who I am am and who I’m growing up to be. They require a lot of thought, effort, and time, but will be wonderful to tuck away to read many years from now.

Anyway, let’s get to the food! It is What I Ate Wednesday after all. 🙂 [—>check it out here!]

Breakfast: pumpkin spice (protein) muffin with cinnamon-spiced apples, almond milk, and a dollup of pumpkin on top.

Lunch: hummus + veggie sandwich on homemade vegan + gluten-free bread. (Check back for the recipe on Thursday.) I adore this bread. It’s made with buckwheat, sprouted quinoa, and flax seed. Yummmm!

Dinner: vegan + gluten-free pumpkin mac and cheese (sprinkled with smoked paprika) and kale chips. The sauce was surprisingly savory; you can barely taste the pumpkin, but it definitely lends a wonderful creaminess to the sauce. Nooch + pumpkin is a lot better combination than I imagined!

Dessert: chocolate banana soft serve. Naturally.

How did you enjoy your senior year of high school? What’s are you eating today? 

Have a lovely day!

Mandiee

WIAW #10: “If it isn’t broke, maybe fix it” Edition

Hey bloggies! How are you? If you’ve been following my posts lately (or rather lack thereof), then you know I’ve been quite the busy bee. Senior year is no joke, my friends. Neither is the fact that my hands are turning orange again. (Hello, fall!) But that’s neither here nor there.

Honestly, before this week, my eats were pretty monotonous. My criteria was fast, filling, healthy, and delicious. Luckily, my favorites fit perfectly. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. However, I’ve been wanting something more. I’m still working with the same requirements, but I want to challenge myself to expand my horizons. I also want to blog as much as I used to because I miss you all. The only change is that the format might be different. What do you think about more “What I Ate” posts and recipes? I’d love to hear what you’d like to see!

Anyway, if I’m going to get this off the ground, I’ve got to start somewhere….and what better way to kick off WIA posts than with a What I Ate Wednesday party hosted by Peas and Crayons? I definitely look forward to it every week!

 

Breakfast: chocolate hemp protein muffin (made in the microwave!) with fresh berries and drowned in unsweetened almond milk.

[Click here for the recipe. I’m currently working on some tweaks, but this one is still my favorite!] 

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Lunch: crispy tofu bites with roasted kabocha squash (FAVORITE!) and roasted broccoli. Unpictured: tomato sauce for dipping and a juicy plum.

Sometimes love hurts turns you orange. Oh, what we do for love!

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Dinner: Amy’s Non-Dairy Gluten-Free Burrito with steamed veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, carrots, sugar snap peas, and zucchini).

Verdict? The texture of the tortilla was really good (especially for being GF), and the filling was filling (no pun intended) but didn’t make me feel weighed down. Cooking it in the oven made all the difference. It was delicious, so I will definitely stock up when they go on sale (which is often) to keep in my freezer for busy nights.

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Dessert: homemade cashew chocolate chip cookies (gluten-free and vegan!).

I’m still working on the recipe to make the cookies spread correctly when baked (I ended up with a melted cookie mess haha), but these are CRAZY DELICIOUS. It’s hard to believe that they’re made with all good-for-you ingredients such as raw cashews, gluten-free oats, and dark chocolate. Love Love Love.

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Do you eat the same things in rotation (or even every day) or do you constantly change it up? What’s the best thing you ate today? And just for fun: what’s the craziest thing you’ve done for love?

Have a lovely day!

Mandiee

WIAW #9: Less Words Wednesday

Hi, beautiful people! Long time no talk. How are you?

Today’s What I Ate Wednesday (hosted by Jen @ Peas and Crayons) is going ot be a little different. In fact, I’m going to do something I usually have problems doing, keeping it short. Whether its papers, college essays, or even blog posts, the words just flow and sometimes I can’t stop writing.

So instead, today I would like the food and YOU to do the talking. Tell me, what inspires you? What fun things have you been up to lately? What delicious food has been fueling your body?

Breakfast: (sugar-free, vegan) chocolate mousse with frozen raspberries and pomegranate seeds.

You better believe I loaded up on the toppings after this photo!

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Lunch: Italian salad beast the size of bigger than my head.

It was the perfect amount of crunch, sauciness (mmm…the last of the summer tomatoes), spice, and chew.

Love love love.

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Dinner: two (GIANT) homemade vegetable masala burgers (just like Trader Joe’s but BETTER… & gluten-free, of course) and roasted green bean fries with tomato sauce for dipping.

I’m always amazed by how much green beans shrink when you roast them. (If I can fit more in my belly, then I’m all for it. Haha.)

+ Lots and lots of snacks…and, of course, chocolate banana soft serve!

Have a lovely day!

Mandiee