CrAzY weekend

This weekend was full of dancing.  Swing dancing.  I think I clocked in around 15 hours, all night dancing.  woooooooo for no sleep 😉

Since sleeping or dancing was taking priority over eating [not smart, I know]  this weekend was a slew of random eats.

and in other news one of my dog pics was on cuteoverload.com! 😀

So here are some random eats from this busy weekend:

gRAWnola bar.

Brussel sprouts in a lemon vinaigrette with chopped apricot.  yum.

ICE CREAM mini break at work.  I was dragging around 4 o’clock and with two more hours to go something needed to happen.  This cold cup of ice creamy goodness was the epitome of perfect.

It was actually an expresso chocolate chip handmade gelato.  Talk about awesome-ness in your mouth.

Dinner one night was a green monster bowl.  Topped with TJ graham crackers … and puffed brown rice 😉

Another meal was a dorm room success!

Olive Tapenade Tuna Salad

In a bowl was mixed:

1/2 a can of tuna
1 tbsp of tomato paste
large heaping spoonful of Trader Joe’s green olive tapenade
splash of tabasco
dash of cumin
some sprays of garlic grape-seed oil
Topped with ripped up spinach and sesame rice crackers.

Some fruit that was on it’s last leg was also given a whirl.

A beautiful apricot, very juicy, and still good to eat 🙂

Loved the bright color

The plum, unfortunately, was past the point of return 😦

It smelled wonderful but wasn’t edible

Copious amounts of banana soft serve

1 frozen banana
4 ounces of pomegranate kefir
1 tbsp of chia seeds
spoonful of cacao nibs
topped with granola and brown rice puffs.
more like a mini smoothie 🙂

Hopefully everyone had a great weekend!  I can’t wait to dive into the three additional dance nights I’ll have this week, talk about non-stop.

Pom-Spin Smoothie/Sushi/Cutest Pup Ever/Makin’ Dinner!

Return of the pomegranate – spinach smoothie.  It has been too long.

I took pics step by step as I made it 😉

– First 1 tbsp chia seeds –

– Then lots of cinnamon (you can’t ever have too much)

– 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach –

– Frozen B-nana –

– spoonful of peanut butter 🙂 –

– 4-6 ounces of pomegranate kefir (the more you use the more liquid consistency you will get) –

– THEN blenddddd –  [top with more cinnamon]

– And a sprinkle of cacao bits –

My morning was filled with puppy love. [<3]

A co-workers 8 week old boston terrier.

Asleep every other ten minutes! 🙂

Cutest thing in the world.  She took everyone’s attention.

And looked fabulous atop my red purse 😉

🙂

Lunch was a quick trip to trader joe’s

Organic carrot juice.  amazing.

And brown rice california rolls

brown rice and seaweed with avocado, crab, and carrot.

Then rolled in toasted sesame seed good-ness.

Yum

For dinner tonight I was invited to cook at a friends house.  I was so pumped, being cooped up with only a dorm fridge and blender can make you go a little crazy after a while.

I decided to adapt a recipe from Smitten Kitchen.  Sausage filled potatoes, with sides of lightly sautéed zucchini and tossed arugula salad.  It Turned out divine!

The original recipe can be found here.

First we mixed up a sauce for the potato filling and later for the salad dressing.

A bit of mayo, tomato paste, anchovey paste [I had to search for this, sounds gross, but makes the dish.  Like fish sauce is to Thai food]  And trader joe’s dijon mustard which was heavenly.  I have a new love in the condiment category.

MIX

Onion – Chopped

To save on time, the potatoes went into the microwave first then were halved and scooped out.

amounts of cider and trader joe’s olive tapenade were consumed in the process 😉

Onion then went on the stove with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt

Zucchini was washed and then chopped.  In a food processor with a chopping attachment.  I have never used one of these before and felt like a little kid at a candy store, for the very first time.  Out of this world.  If I owned one of these I would be chopping everything and anything all day long for no apparent reason, maybe it’s a good thing I’m not in possession of one yet 😉

Beautiful

Zucchini chopped – and into the pan on light heat with olive oil and sprinkles of salt and pepper.  With a bit of parmesan cheese at the end.

water, more dijon, and lemon juice was added to some of the previous made sauce and tossed with fresh arugula

The potatoes were filled, baked, topped with more dijon mixture, broiled, then set on a plate.

Dessert was a homemade blueberry crumble, made by the host, with fresh blueberries from their back yard.  I don’t think there is anything better.

Topped with vanilla ice cream [the authentic kind….with the black dots] 🙂

What a night.

🙂

This weekend is Southern Belle Swing Dance here in Atlanta, GA.

A weekend of great dancing and amazing performances.

Question – What is your favorite summer dessert??

Yogurt Bliss

This morning was something new for me…. Trader Joe’s Mango Apricot greek yogurt.  A wonderful flavor. 🙂

Layered with chia seeds, cacao nibs, cinnamon, almond butter, brown rice puffs, and Udi’s granola.  And a dollop of raspberry jam on top, of course.

This kept me full for hours!

Lunch was a veggie wrap from publix

Every veggie they offered [minus jalapeno’s plus provolone cheese] on a sundried tomato wrap.  This was alright, I made the mistake of putting oil and vinegar on it which made everything a bit of a mess.

Song for thought:

“Knights at Cydonia” by Muse

Puff. Rice. Crunch.

So I have a new obsession.  wait for it.  Puffed Brown Rice. 🙂  It’s so airy and care free that I find myself wanting to include it with everything!  Not to mention the crunch, and who doesn’t like a good crunch now and again?

Today’s Breakfast was another Pomegranate Spinach Smoothie..with a side cup of puffed rice 😀

Pomegranate Spinach Smoothie
Ingredients:
1 tbsp of ground flax
lots of cinnamon
1 frozen banana
two large handfuls of fresh spinach
4-6 ounces pomegranate kefir
spoonful of peanut butter
and blenddd.
Topped with some cacao nibs and copious amounts of puffed brown rice.  Delish.

Lunch today was another trip to metro fresh, where I had a divine sugar plum salad.  TONS of fresh chopped plums with walnuts, celery, and basil in an orange maple vinaigrette.  omg.  This deserves the honored title of party in your mouth.  A glorious fruit salad!

This was followed by a chicken and farfalle pasta salad in a basil pesto with corn and peas.  This was good but very skimpy on the pasta with way too much chicken.  Ah well.  The basil infused meal was pretty good and I even had some left for dinner 😉

Before Monday night dancing [it’s called Hot Jam on Monday nights(!)]  Their was an array of snack-mania.

Peanut Butter and the new addition to my fridge, the godly raspberry jam, on a cinnamon TJ graham cracker.  This Jelly is like a drug, no joke.

Then I decided to use the last of my pomegranate kefir [tear] on a bowl of surreal awesome-ness.

Base: A broken TJ cinnamon graham cracker, then piles of puffed brown rice, a tbsp of peanut butter, a sprinkle of chia seeds, a dash of cacao nibs (can you dash cacao nibs?) and the biggest spoonful of raspberry jam.  This resulted in the biggest food induced smile ever.  Beautiful.

– Jam of the gods –

Jam before Hot Jam 😀

Then their was some Trader Joe’s Roasted rosemary pecans and cranberries.  I bought this after seeing a sale ad for it online and it is quite good to say the least.

There are actually sprigs of rosemary all throughout this trail mix which makes it quite intoxicating.  It reminds me of the fish my mom would always marinate with rosemary from her garden growing up.  <3.

This would be even more fabulous if made in my own kitchen, can you imagine the smell of roasting nuts and rosemary wafting out of your oven as the cooler days are looming ever closer?

Alas when I am reunited with a kitchen this can be a reality.

Before running of to dance I grabbed one of these sample bags I snagged at whole foods this past weekend.

Great, as always.  I wasn’t expecting them to be as spicy as they were, but a lovely kick 😉

Song of the day – “Help I’m Alive” by Metric.

This band is my new obsession.

Question: Since PP & J is one of my favorite foods, does anyone have a specific way they enjoy this combo?  Anything out of the ordinary?

Pomegranate~Oat B-fast. a.k.a. Dessert.

This mornings Breakfast was so heavenly it shouldn’t be allowed … or should more often maybe 🙂

Pomegranate~Oats

You better bet I had a frozen banana ready and waiting for this mornings breakfast.  I even put my normal ‘lazi-ness’ aside and removed the soft serve from the blending cup and into a stylish mug.  A result of Saturday I dare say.  This was an amazing combo, the graham crackers were from Trader Joe’s and are a bit thicker then normal ones, which is for the better 🙂

Pomegranate~Oats
4-8 ounces pomegranate kefir [up to you on consistency]
1 frozen banana
splash of vanilla extract
lots of cinnamon
1/3-1/2 cup raw rolled oats
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 cinnamon graham crackers [broken into pieces]
Blend banana with cinnamon and splash of vanilla extract, empty into dish.  Top with kefir, oats, graham cracker pieces, and chia seeds.  Then garnish with a bit of shredded coconut, cacao nibs, and more cinnamon, it is up to you 😉
Mix ~ Enjoy

After running some errands I decided to stop by whole foods.  Again.  I blame this on not having access to one till last month so I’m trying to make up for lost time.  ALSO there are samples galore on the weekends, a college girl on a budgets dream.  Everything from wild caught breaded fish with organic ketchup and raw granola to locally made yogurt and a frozen chili chocolate cheesecake that should be illegal.

After perusing for an hour or so the salad bar lured me to its never ending variety and I ended up coming home with dinner B-)

Mixed greens and spinach….

Roasted Sweet Potato things = God these were good.  Has anyone ever had sweet potatoes that they haven’t liked?

Chili tofu and balsamic tofu

Roasted garlic cloves, edemame, shredded squash and zucchini, some spinach and orzo, some asian cabbage with sesame

Who knew tofu was so camera friendly?

Green and kalamata olives galore ❤

I swear this salad bowl was not the size of China, I have a bad time resisting putting one of everything in there though – crazy combinations result.

Tonight I wanted to try some new booty from my recent grocery trip.

Apple.  Sliced thin and wonderful.

Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter.  I bought some individual packets of this brand because if truth be told…I have way to many open nut butters right now but have never tried Justin’s before.  If only there were sample sized packets like these of everything!  A solo eaters dream…..

Next up was a new Jam.  Having just used up the jar of apricot I purchased Raspberry today.  Probably one of my favorite flavors.  A spoonful on top of 4 oz of brown rice crisp [another of today’s purchases I can’t wait to have fun with] and a splash of pomegranate kefir.  I love to use splash as a measurement… anyways this hit the spot.  I swoon for raspberries of all forms. 🙂

Too much flash

Seeds are always a plus in jam…

Song of the day: “An Honest Mistake” – by The Bravery

One of my favorite songs by them.

And Keep Posted!!! – I will be having a giveaway coming up 😉 so don’t miss out.

LazZzY Weekend

Happy August 1st!!!

August always makes me think of Autumn, which makes me think of Fall.  I am not ready for summer to end…it just started.  What’s new.  But this also means only 5 more weeks till France.  Autumn in France :p I could live with that.

This weekend was very laid back, let’s just say I didn’t sleep much this past week and made up for it during the past two days.  SATURDAY – Saturday I stayed in bed till…………….four…………It was awesome.  Enough said.  I just snacked on cereal, popcorn, and dried cranberries and caught up on some reading.  I finally finished the fourth book in the Outlander series and am excited to begin the fifth.  Around 5 I got dressed and drove over to whole foods, where I enjoyed perusing the aisles then dining on Indian food from the hot bar for dinner.  Does anyone else find extreme joy in walking through the grocery store?  I could probably spend all day doing it…..

After this I returned to my bed 😀 and read some more.  This is a rare occurrence I swear.  Around 9:30 a friend talked me into finally leaving my room and get out for a bit.  What did we go do??  We went and saw a movie.  A huge leap in the activity department.

This theater was HUGE though.  Biggest movie theater I have ever been in.  It was the size of 6 normal theaters…took two pictures to get it all in.  I saw Dinner for Schmucks, which had a few rather stupid moments but was on the whole a rather funny and enjoyable movie.  I would recommend see it, you’ll have a good laugh.

SUNDAY – Sunday I was a bit better 😉  I slept in, read.  While at Whole Foods yesterday I picked up two of the new larabar flavors.  Chocolate chip brownie and Chocolate chip cookie dough.  I unwrapped a chocolate chip cookie dough bar and stuck it in the freezer last night.  It made for an amazing pre-workout breakfast this morning [by morning I mean 12:30pm].  After a 45 min workout I made an amazing green monster smoothie.  Recipe below.  I started making these cups of joy after finding out about them on the blog Oh She Glows.  Some amazing recipes on there, you should take a look 😉

This GM had such an amazing array of flavors!

Coconut Spice Green Monster:
1-2 tbsp chia seeds
Lots of cinnamon
2 heaping handfuls of fresh spinach
a chopped frozen banana
1 tbsp peanut butter
4-8 ounces Coconut milk kefir
splash of vanilla extract
This was topped with more cinnamon, some unsweetened shredded coconut, and cacao nibs.

Especially after a workout these are a party in your mouth 😉

After this I decided to get out and enjoy the rest of my day off walking around downtown before hitting up this brewery for dinner with a friend.

A salad with hummus and pita ensued and it was godly.

Hummus, Pita, …… and Goat cheese.  words can’t express this combination properly.

What is your favorite, go to lazy day activity?

Razz Soft Serve is a PARTY in My Mouth [!]

Happy Thursday 😉

So for Days now I have been craving some over night oats with soft serve.  To my great delight while preparing the oats last night I found I had only ‘8’ raspberries and a tiny piece of banana in my freezer.  😦      Why does this happen to me?  Frozen bananas are one of things you ALWAYS have on hand no matter what.  You have to throw them away sometimes because thats how many you have building up in there.  Nope, I was down to the bare minimum.  Surprisingly though the small amount of soft serve [the 8 raspberries and piece of banana blended together with a splash of milk] turned out to be enough to go with my oats.  The world is at peace once more.  😀

For my oats I used:

1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup coconut milk kefir
dash of salt
lots of cinnamon
1 tbsp chia seeds
some dried cranberries.
topped with shredded coconut and cacao nibs

This was my first time trying the coconut milk kefir and it was mind blowing.  I couldn’t get over it.  If you love coconut this stuff is a drug, a gift from the gods.  It will now be a permanent resident of my refrigerator.  Coconut milk kefir – I love you.  This was also a first for using raspberries in my soft serve, this my friends was a party in my mouth.  Angels were singing as I unscrewed the cup from the blender and I was speechless.  Everything from the smell to the color was amazing.

Needless to say good breakfast.  If you like coconut/raspberries you should try this combo hands down.


For Lunch today I had the pleasure of meeting some family at a restaurant called  R. Thomas.  This Place is so awesome their menu accommodates meat lovers and vegetarians alike!  They also had a few raw options, along with a juice and smoothie menu.  What is not to like?  You eat in this huge tent type structure with crazy colors and lights and plants everywhere!  They even have tons of exotic birds on the side of the restaurant.  Crazy.  I ordered the wild caught seared ahi tuna salad … and of course took a picture half way through eating it.  😉
We also got 3 desserts and split them amongst the 7 of us.  Key lime pie, chocolate peanut butter pie, and my FAV banana chocolate chip cake.  By the time I got my camera out this is what was left B-)

One thing family equals is really good food and lots of it!

This place had these huge mirrors on the ceiling in the bathroom.  Sis and I couldn’t resist.  ❤


After lunch it was back to work, before meeting with the fam again a second and last time for Italian.  I made the mistake of thinking I had enough time to stop at the store beforehand which resulted in a very frantic driving episode.  But I bought more bananas 🙂  The trip was not in vain.  Along with some amazing looking raspberries for more soft serve and peaches and spinach to boot.  The food was really good, there was lots of bread, olive oil, dips, wine and what not passed around before a bowl of mushroom, caramelized onion pasta.  Again late with the pictures, I am getting better.

It was a good time.  Then it was racing off to dance.  Every Monday and Wednesday I do swing dancing for about 3 hours.  Wednesday I have the treat of a live blues/swing band that is great and makes the experience a worth while one, dancing or no.

Do you have a passion that gets you through the day?  For me its dance I live breath and eat it at times 😉

Drinking Kale … For the Very First Time

After my lunch, breakfast I decided to make a Green Monster.  Now, so far I have only been using spinach but I’ve read so many stories of venturing past the now seemingly common veggie to more adventurous greens.  KALE.  Now I know this doesn’t seem that out there to some but for me it is a first.  I had no idea how it was going to turn out.  I also used some of my fresh fruits, a.k.a. raspberries, strawberries, and some banana.  And WAIT, another first here, raw cacao nibs.  These were my recent splurge from whole foods and I was itching to try ’em out.

Kale Green Monster:

1 tbsp chia seeds
lots of cinnamon
2 large handfuls of ripped up kale
2 large frozen strawberries
1/2 frozen banana
handful of raspberries
about 8oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
topped with a spoonful of almond butter and cacao nibs.

I blended this all together in my magic bullet and was surprised by the taste.  It was very refreshing.  I will definitely be using kale more often.  Topped with a bit of almond butter and some cacao nibs was a crunchy creamy energy concoction!  Only problem was that the bottom pieces of the kale did not blend very well.  Do you remove more of the stem?  Or maybe my magic bullet is aging…

Along with the kale GM I tried one of the new larabar flavors: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.  Oh.  My.  Goodness.  Best yet, I am in Love.  I ate half and put other half in freezer for an amazing snack tomorrow.  If you haven’t tried the new flavors yet you need to.  NOW.  😀

For dinner I met my Grandma for pizza!

A wonderful greek salad + tomato, tofu, pesto pizza.  Doesn’t that combo make your mouth water?  And good news is there are leftovers for tomorrow.