More specifically, the soup I ate all week. It was inspired by Mama Pea’s “Peas and Thank You” Spicy African peanut slow cooker soup.
It was inspired, but when it came down to the ingredients I had, and what I would and wouldn’t purchase the outcome is very different.
INSERT- Sweet Potato and White Bean SOUP!
For about 3-5 servings depending on size.
About four 1.5 cup servings.
3 organic sweet potatoes
1 can white beans
2 Stalks celery
1 large carrot
It probably is more suited to be classified as a chili, it thickens as it sits, but I add more water after to have something my bread can absorb as I inhale.
Chop onion and sauté.
Add sweet potatoes that have been chopped to quarters.
Add white beans- reserve part of the liquid to add.
Add approximately 2.5 cups water.
Add diced carrots and celery.
Add all spices to taste.
You can see how precise I was as I prepared this.
It tastes great on its own, BUT– it also tastes really good with mozzarella and avocado added on top.
It’s WIAW somewhere in the blogosphere!(Thanks Jen!) I have not been taking consistent pictures of my lovely eats because I have not planned on any WIAW posts; but, today I am procrastinating my finance studying and adding a post seemed the perfect “productive” procrastination tool. It has been hot outside finally and because I worked this Wednesday (rare), a smoothie was the fastest breakfast to go that I could eat drink at ease.
Breakfast: My smoothie consisted of blueberries, raspberries, vanilla protein powder, the remnants of my greek yogurt container and ice cubes! Throughout the morning I also snacked on a Peanut buddy bar and a handful of Apple Jacks (the best cereal ever with vanilla coconut milk…try it, you’ll have no regrets.)
Fitness: I headed straight to the gym and got my #eatcleansweatdirty on with a 3.2mi hill run and then headed home to refuel with a snack plate.
Lunch: Cucumbers, tortilla chips, Sabra Garden Hummus (the greatest mix to date), carrots, and TJ’s teriyaki tofu filled my plate tupperware container lid. [And camera shy almonds/dried cherries/chocolate chips]
Dinner: Currently, it’s undecided but yams, tilapia and mango salsa, cauliflower are waiting to be used…or an omelet..similar to this. Anything with avocado is heaven!
Dessert: (It’s necessary) Dreyer’s Mud Pie is lurking in my freezer…Working at the farmer’s market and smelling fresh made waffle cones at the homemade ice cream stand all I’ve thought about is ice cream the past couple of days. I make sno-cones and the competition is tough, I know I would buy the ice cream before sno-cones if I was a visitor.
Next week I’m off to San Francisco and am incredibly excited to see friends and my brother! I have never been to the Bay Area and this will be the perfect trip. Already on the itinerary is Golden Gate Bride Walk, Alcatraz, the Japanese Gardens, and Fisherman’s Wharf.
If you could give any piece of advice to a newborn child, what would it be?
I would advise this child to always take risks. Taking a risk can be small or large. Are you a student? Raise you hand first and answer a question that you aren’t sure is the correct answer. A first time investor? Buy that stock. It might be the next Google Inc. or Apple. Yes, there will be times that you may lose a lot, but the regret of not knowing what could have been is worse than taking a risk and failing. Taking a chance and being bold enough to consistently take a chance is a behavior that should be acted on frequently, especially while young, we have less to lose.
IF you know the phrase YOLO, this almost seems an appropriate phrase to use that slang. If you don’t know what YOLO is…let these fratty guys explain to you Drake’s motto “you only live once”
As for the Eat Clean Sweaty Dirty challenge, I’ve been doing great. Today started off with a superb yogurt/oat mess with plump bloobs and a juicy peach, homemade iced mocha on the side to sip while studying. The afternoon consisted of simple snacks in between various appointments and the day ended with a great homemade meal while catching up with a friend. Grilled chicken. sliced potatoes dressed with olive oil, truffle salt and garlic, with salad and broccoli on the side. We ended our evening baking banana/bloob/coconut muffins. A clean day of eats all around!
We arrived in Seattle at the early hour of 12:30 PM. We wandered slightly lost looking for the Ride-the- Duck and then bought our tickets for the 1:00 duck tour. Punny jokes, corny and fun music, sing-a-longs, and massive amounts of cheering sum up our ride. Besides the excitement of driving into the water and still floating the most exciting site was easily seeing the real Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. I have seen this movie over a hundred times, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks were my absolute favorite growing up; You’ve Got Mail also holds a special spot in my heart. We snapped numerous pictures and bought our souvenir photo afterwards; Padre, sorry about the flash on your face.
This Seattle tour lasts approximately 90 minutes, 30 of which you are navigating the water, it is well worth a try! For nourishment after the tour we nabbed a deck seat overlooking Pike’s Street Market for Shrimp and Avocado Salad and a Corn Pie. While we ate suddenly shouting from the street caught our attention and we noticed hundreds of protestors marching through Pike’s Place Market. “We are the 99%” was bellowed by the peaceful protestors. They marched by for a solid 15 minutes, young adults, children, parents, and older adults filled the street. As a good tourist we took photos and absorbed the feeling of watching history in the works. After the mob passed we bought a pumpkin pie cake and a couple donut holes for my friend and I to share for our rode trip to the cabin the next day. (Note: I ate all of them! Her loss…)
We drove home and rested up before our final dinner out that evening. We decided on The Hub and sat in the bar (now that I’m 21 we can avoid the 40 minute waits for the dining room) and ordered a hummus plate appetizer, drinks, and entrees. The atmosphere in the The Hub is fantastic, great music, decor, and a couple plasmas played the Duck game for the happily buzzed crowd.My parents ordered a couple glasses of wine and I tried a Carmel Appletini. The drink was extremely sweet and it was reminiscent of a caramel apple, but also had a distinct brown sugar taste. I love sugar, but it was too sweet for me.
For dinner I ordered the grilled portabello mushroom sandwich with goat cheese herb aioli and asparagus with a side of broccoli. It was served on their own exquisite house baked french bread, They offer an extensive selection of pizzas and my mom ordered a small rustic with artichoke hearts, olive, roasted garlic, and mozzarella. My dad ordered the smoked salmon plate drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette. I happily stole pieces of his smoked salmon and a bite of my mom’s pizza, but my stomach was still grumbling after dinner and dessert was a must. (Taking full advantage of the parents visit, remember?)
I can only imagine the size of a full one! I took the leftovers with me to share with the girls at the Cabin.
I’m sure your jaw just dropped, this is the half order Brownie Sundae, it must be a third of a brownie pan… I can only imagine the size of the full order. It is probably larger than my head.
I headed home with three to-go (Sorry, missing the pictures of Salmon and the Pizza) boxes that will provide snackage for my friend’s and I at the cabin tomorrow.
Now, I’m not sure if this has been mentioned previously, but I am without a meal plan this year, a rarity on our campus. At this point in time I also have to wait until Saturday to make time for grocery shopping. We have little variety in our fridge, one can only consume so many greek yogurt/ Bees Knees quesadillas.(These things are not pretty and I am saving your eyes from a picture.)
These are pictures from today and a mish-mash throughout the week.
What’s a student to do??!!
Mooch off of the department BBQs, of course!
All of the departments on campus hold a BBQ during a two week time frame, anyone in the department or those interested in the major are welcome to attend. Anyone looking for free food is also welcomed wholeheartedly by the professors. Yesterday, I attended my communication studies BBQ. I had a delicious veggie burger, soda, and cookie! I also attended a lecture in the library and managed to knab a cookie from the refreshment table before other students devoured the goodies. Two points! I only bought/made one meal yesterday. #WIN
Today, the economics department hosted their BBQ and volleyball match. I tagged along with my friend and loaded up my plate once more with a veggie burger and the fixings. We then watched as the students took on the econ professors, it was more than slightly entertaining. Who knew that the old(er) men were so athletically gifted at volleyball?! Despite their talents, the students still won 2 of the 3 games.
As I head home to change and hit the gym for a short run I passed by an event drawing to a close, it focused on food of different religions. #Suchluck! I got the last couple bites of a meatless bulgar meatball (Happy tastebuds! I wish I knew what it was made of…) and then finally proceeded to make it home.
The soup is from V8, it’s the Butternut Squash variety. Oh.My.God. Why did I wait 3 weeks to open this?? This is my new favorite soup, it’s full of the fall spirit! If only it came in quantities larger than two servings per box…#foodielove
Tomorrow I work 8-11:30, it won’t be as exciting as last week, they ordered in lunch in honor of my Birthday! This was the spread!
My Feel Good Friday:
I’m finally back in the groove of school. I more or less have a routine and that is highly important to my functioning. The following picture is from drinks out last weekend with a friend. She is hardcore and ordered a whiskey drink and I asked for something sweet. He presented us with these! The shots followed later and were a present in honor of my recent birthday. Best shots ever, probably because I could taste pineapple. Mmm…
Happy Friday! Enjoy your week and keep holding on to summer! I’m sure we have a few more days left of sunshine. The weather here has been strangely humid…
Now that I have been back in school almost a full week I have started to figure out quick meals and snacks. I tend to graze because all of my classes are at least an hour and a half, the other class is three hours. We have two breaks during the class and everyone runs to our dining hall for food during the second break. 3:30-6:30 pm, this class tests your endurance. That time of day is my normal siesta time, so caffeine is essential to maintain concentration. The first week I tried coffee to sustain me during the class and it was successful and this week I tested a Diet Coke. The coffee was a clear winner between the two stimulants.
I have recently become a fan of deli turkey roll-ups with mustard, pickle, and sometimes Laughing Cow Cheese in the center for quick on the go snacks. I’ve been pairing this with carrots and hummus.
Tortillas with a layer of PB &CO Bees Knees and banana slightly warmed to meld the flavors is also a delicious (and quiet snack) I’ve taken to class, very comforting and satisfying.
Finally, the trusty ol’ banana and PB is an energizing and delicious combination. You can even add some almond milk to the PB and whip it to make a paste and stretch the use of your favorite PB.
I’ve been relying on bagged salads, quick steam able veggies, and tofu for dinner. Occasionally I’ve thawed out some pre-grilled chicken from home, but our freezer is so full it is more of struggle to search for the chicken than chop up the tofu.
Peanut Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Mustard, and Hummus have been frequent players in my condiment line-up. All of those can provide intense flavor with very little addition.
Yams have also been easy to heat up and eat for quick energy and pairing it with a morning star patty makes for a complete meal.
Also, I realize it is Feel-Good Friday! My Feel-Good Moments from the week include:
Finding my lost ID card and being able to eat campus food again!
Early morning walk to Old Town with a friend, it led to an energizing day.
Eating lunches and dinners outside with friends and still catching up on our summer activities.
This isn’t usually part of FFG, but things I’m looking forward to!
Seeing Ke$ha with my friends tomorrow! Should be a crazy concert!
Shopping for fruit and veggies at the Farmer’s Market tomorrow.
The final 4 days until my 21st Birthday and I will finally get to open the present sitting on my floor!
4 more days of suspense!
What are your go-to 10 minute dinners?
How did you celebrate your recent birthday?
Why yes, yes it is. It has been far too long, I’d forgotten what you smelled looked like, but I’m sure in five minutes everything will be familiar again. I awoke, unintentionally, at the bright and early hour of 7:20 AM when our two cats played hockey with my packed bathroom bag. The cats won the round and the bag ended up on the bathroom floor with a loud THUNK.
*Insert groan followed by excitement upon realization I return to school today*
These are my meals/snacks in reverse. For our final dinner my mom, dad, and I ate out at Anthony’s, a lovely restaurant on the waterfront. We were seated just as the sun was setting.
It was still too early to want to leave my cozy bed, but a 25 minute internal debate ended with me throwing on gym clothes to fit in a workout before the big day that would follow. I can honestly say I never regret a workout and today was not an exception! The treadmill has a handy-dandy interval workout taped to side of the screen and I used it fora semi-easy recovery workout. (The weight workout from yesterday made me extremely sore.) 3 miles, 30 minutes later I was a happy sweaty mess ready for a pancake and to greet the rest of the world.
The drive normally takes about three hours, but today, traffic was exceptionally bad and was stop/go all the way through Portland. We finally arrived in Tacoma 45 minutes later than anticipated. The next few hours consisted of welcome backs hugs, unpacking, gossiping (a house full of girls, this is expected), decorating and a brief rest on my new bed.
After dinner with my parents I returned home and continued to unpack for another hour and catch up with friends. Eventually midnight arrived and I was beyond ready for bed. The next day would be a full day of book buying, grocery shopping, a lunch with the girls of my house, taking a break to watch the boy’s soccer game and more reunions. I doubt sleeping in will be possible! I am overly excited for the new school year just to see everyone again, I almost feel like a Kindergartner waiting for their first day.
When is your first day of work or school?
Do you have any special traditions on the first day?
*BREAKING NEWS!* 21 days until my 21st Birthday!! Official countdown has begun. I may make a chain and tear a link off each day…
This time next week I will be in class! Literally. I have class on Tuesdays from 3-6, I only hope that we have a couple of breaks because that is waaaay too long to be sitting. I am extremely excited to head back to school and also nervous for what they year will bring! I’m living in a house with 4 of my sorority sisters, but only two of us will be cooking full-time! The other girls have partial meal plans, but that just means the other girl and I will have a lot of space in the fridge for ourselves!
Breakfast: Today was indecisiveness at its finest. Oatmeal? Eggs? Cereal? Oatmeal and Cereal, I’ll postpone eggs until lunch! I didn’t realize it was so blurry, apologies! *and half of an unpictured Bosc Pear was consumed!
I started my grocery shopping list last week (yes, I am an eager beaver) and I’m collecting as many staple pantry items while I’m at home to decrease the bill on the first grocery shopping trip. BBQ sauce, Dijon Mustard, Teriyaki Sauce, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Oats, Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Fiber One original/honey squares, and Dark Chocolate Chips (dark chocolate is essential!)
The rest of my produce, grains, protein and dairy will be purchased back on campus. Eggs are a daily eat because they are quick and filling and extremely versatile, I can eat them at any meal! My recent favorite dinner with eggs was mashed garlic cauliflower and an over easy egg. Dinner in 15 minutes or three minutes if the cauliflower is already mashed!
Lunch: Return of the frittata! I used leftover veggies from last night, thanks to the Green Giant, and whipped up lunch in two minutes.
I ate this and sipped my 2nd 24oz black tea (I average 20-40 oz of tea daily…is that excessive?) while reading The Help. The barista made my day when she told me the tea was on the house because she was taking too long!!
I will bust out my travel mug when I return to campus and my tea consumption may increase again, good thing green tea is extremely healthy!
Snack:Almond butter and Strawberry Jelly sandwich, Carrot sticks, the other half of my pear, and a handful of dark chocolate chips (See! Essential!)
*Insert a much needed nap* Even after yesterday’s draining drive/activities I slept less well than anticipated. I awoke and felt inspired to bake falafel balls to take back to school with me! It’s all apart of my master plan! Bake and cook as much as possible before Friday and have tons of ready to go snacks/meals when I arrive on campus. Tomorrow I will show you the final product, the mixture is currently chilling for 30 more minutes.
Dinner: Puff Pastry Pizza, Grilled Chicken, Salad, Broccoli with MaMa Pea’s Mmm Sauce, and steamed zucchini and squash. I.Am.So.Full. The pizza was inspired by one of my mom’s friends. We also used the Mmm Sauce as its base and then layered tomatoes, mozzarella, and olives on top.
I’m considering making a large batch of the Mmm sauce and freezing it (part of the masterplan) to take to school. Does anyone know if the sauce thaws well?
Dessert/Snack #2 will be a yogurt parfait! I made this one yesterday and I’m craving it once again!
After a walk with a friend tonight I will continue compiling recipes for my lunches and dinners for the school week. I have so many recipes I want to try before I leave, and after this WIAW I’m sure there will be even more, but I am running out of time! Mrs. Stahl’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake is next on the list, I’m going to attempt to freeze this, fingers crossed!
Do you freeze meals for quick reheats for busy nights?
What is your favorite 15 minute dinner?
Good Afternoon! I intended to finish this post up yesterday, but time got away from me, but this allowed for more photo snapping!
I would not identify myself as a coffee drinker, but today I have already had a 16oz coffee with a splash of milk and three teaspoons of espresso powder in my morning oats. I am exhausted. Before I drive up to Portland tonight I forsee a Dutch Bros. stop in my future.Iced Chai? I had an Iced Decaf Almond Latte. It wan an excellent decision, perfect amount of caffeine to sustain me while we drove. It has become more apparent over the course of the summer that I enjoy an early (11:30-midnight) bedtime and semi-early mornings. But, the reason for my exhaustion is entirely by choice and make the cut for my Feel-Good Friday moments this week; the feel-good moments are*Drum roll*:
1. Late night baking session to catch up with a friend. A flour war ensued, we watched a terrifically bad horror movie. Have you watched Lo? The demon looks like cross between Voldemort and The Grinch, that is in itself comical and there are musical numbers. Please watch this movie for a laugh!
This is the recipe we followed. It took 5 minutes to prep, easiest crisp I’ve ever made. The flavor is tarter than the usual crisp; personally I enjoy the natural flavor from the berries instead of the additional sweetness from excess sugar.
• 2 cups unsweetened blueberries (fresh or frozen, thawed and well-drained)
• 1 tablespoon flour
• 1 tablespoon sugar
Toss together flour and sugar. Mix together with blueberries and place in a 9×9 inch glass baking dish.
• 1/2 cup old fashioned (slow-cooking) oats
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 tablespoon flour
• 1 tablespoon brown sugar
• 2 tablespoon butter, melted 1. Mix all topping ingredients together. Sprinkle on top of blueberry filling. 2. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Makes 6 servings.
The Chocolate Chip Biscotti was also very easy and tasty (for my first attempt) at biscotti! I love the crunch biscotti has and how well it absorbs liquid, ie. afternoon pick-me up coffee. Be on the look out for this recipe!
The next day my friend and I drove to P-town to help our friend pack up her apartment and celebrate the end of summer term!
We ate at a local corner Mexican restaurant, delicious would be an understatement. My chicken enchilada burst with flavor and, if you will, sent me home a happy camper. My friends indulged in a burrito and a tamale.
You would think that after all this food we would be stuffed, no? Well, maaaybe, but we waited until 9:30 to walk down to the local Fro-yo, Lucky Spoon.
Lucky Spoon offers 12 different flavor selections, one is a dairy free sorbet and dozens of toppings.
My selections for the evening included, cheesecake and snickerdoodle. Luck Spoon has sprinkles!!! It filled a void in my heart that the other fro-yo joint was not able. I also added a couple white chocolate chips, strawberries and a cookies piece. I was going for the strawberry cheesecake effect with that combination.
My other “feel-good”/”spirited” time was hanging out with my friends. We only have 6 days left together until two of us head back to school and the other is going to Athens for a study abroad program. We’ve gotta make the most of our time!
Being home has its advantages. Numero Uno: An (almost) fully stocked kitchen. Numero Dos: A supply of leftovers. (perfect for laziness). I love being able to utilize both of these points.
Breakfast: This was second breakfast. Kale, Mozzarella, Bell pepper, and tomato. The first was a small raspberry and bloob smoothie before a fitness class.
Errands needed to completed this afternoon and I accompanied my mom on her trip. We grabbed fro-yo to fuel us through our tasks before I had a real lunch.
Lunch: Strawberry/Vanilla and Chocolate/PB Twirl. (They didn’t have sprinkles or raspberries!!) I was at loss for toppings, but settled for a little kit-kat, chopped cherry and a single circus cookie. *Note my mom’s painted toes and sandal in the upper corner, whoops!
Lunch Part Two: Mixed Veggies with peanut sauce and a Morning Star Sausage Patty. This was my first time trying the sausage variety and I was disappointed, it was dry and lacking flavor. Mixing the patty with the veggies and peanut sauce helped to disguise what the patty lacked. I also snacked on Carrots/Tortilla Chips and Hummus while reading The Help. Go see the movie! I’m sure it will be winning awards!
Dinner: My friend and I made Mashed Cauliflower, this was my second attempt and the first dish was much better than this one, but I will continue to perfect the proportion of ingredients. We also ate Sweet Potato Medallions, (unpictured) Grilled Chicken, and Salad.
Dessert: Was the main event. We debated going out for fro-yo.Nixed due to our poor college student funds.We considered eating leftover blueberry cobbler.I unintentionally nixed this, oddly enough, it is too sweet for me. Ultimatley, we decided on Root Beer Floats.My house is lacking in the root beer department, so we ended up spending money anyway, but it was well worth the 1.85 per bottle.
Instead, we busted out the big boys which held human sized portions of beverage and ice cream.
With our rootbeer floats we snuggled up with blankets and sat down to watch the new Jane Eyre. It’s a beautiful movie, great shots and stupendous acting. I’m sure this will also be up for nominations at the Oscar’s.
Now off to bed before tomorrow mornings pump class and some fun Frisbee (Disc) golf in the afternoon. I hope I remember how to throw a Frisbee…