Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WIAW: Trying New Recipes

This is probably not surprising, but I am one of those people who loves going grocery shopping. I love the whole process. I peruse my favorite food blogs for recipes I want to try, pick out a few, and make a list, heading to the store prepared. I'm pretty speedy too! I am in and out of the store in 30 minutes or so, and I'm shopping for two.

This past Monday evening, I was home alone, and spent two hours cooking in our tiny kitchen. The window and our screen door were wide open, and I was listening to my Bon Iver Pandora station, and life was good. 

Spending even just an hour or two once a week to prep some healthy snacks, sauces, and/or meals, can make a huge difference in the food choices you make throughout the week. If you're stocked with some healthy snacks and ingredients for easy-to-prep, quick meals, you're going to find it a lot easier to nourish your body. 

This week, my Monday food prep happy hour involved me trying out a recipe for Endurance Crackers by Oh She Glows (her pictures always make me want to eat allthevegetables), as well as making Marla's Raw Tomato Sauce, and finally, some cookie dough by PaleOMG (simply love her recipes). 

So lets get to it. It's What I Ate Wednesday!

Breakfast involved one of my favorite foods - fried eggs. Seriously, I feel like Bubba from Forrest Gump when I talk about fried eggs. You can put them on anything and everything. For so long, I feared the drippy yolk. But fear no more - that rich, drippy yolk is packed full of nutrients, such as Vitamin D and choline, and it is delicious. Each egg has around 6 grams of protein, and I shoot to get in around 15 grams of protein (at least) at breakfast. Protein and healthy fats from eggs + avocados, check. Carbohydrates from gluten-free bread, check. 

Also not pictured, two glasses of water and a cup of coffee. I've been focusing a lot more on hydration the past few weeks and have felt an incredible difference. More on that in a future post...

As I mentioned, one of the new recipes I tried out for this week was Oh She Glow's Endurance Crackers. They are jam packed with various seeds, and ended up tasting way better than I thought they would. I did alter the recipe a bit; I used flax seeds instead of sunflower seeds, added lots of garlic powder, and sprinkled red pepper flakes on top. They are so crispy and good! I'll definitely be making these 'crackers' again soon. 

Lunch also included some peppered turkey breast along with a kale salad in which I massaged with sesame and olive oils, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, and topped with Pecorino Romano and nutritional yeast. And of course, a small glass of KeVita on the side. The mango flavor is my absolute favorite. KeVitas are not exactly cheap, so I'll buy 2 or so per week and slowly savor each sip. From when I arrived at work to when I left for yoga, I drank around 45 or 50 ounces of water. Yup!

My pre-yoga snack was a Larabar. I was craving something a little sweet, as I hadn't really had a sweet taste all day. This bar was perfect an hour before what turned out to be a very hot, challenging, 90 minute Vinyasa flow class. 

And finally, dinner. After yoga, I am never very hungry but rather, extremely thirsty from all the sweating. This isn't going to be the greatest picture, but I promise you, this mixture tastes amazing. I used my spiralizer (I'm pro now; it's the best $29 I ever spent) to make zucchini noodles. I then topped the zoodles with a jalapeƱo chicken sausage, Marla's Raw Tomato Sauce, and some Pecorino. 

...By the way. Have you made Marla's Raw Tomato Sauce yet? I hadn't had it in over a week, so naturally, I made some Monday night. I recommend going to your Farmers Market this weekend, hoarding Heirloom tomatoes, and making multiple batches of said sauce to freeze. I may be doing this asap...

And finally, I had a chewy chocolate cookie. I wanted a little sweetness. And it was worth it. These cookies are just, beyond.

I'm already excited to plot which recipes I plan to try next week (dork). What recipes have you tried lately that have been successful?


  1. YUM - great day of eats! I finally tried Kevita after seeing your posts and I LOVE THEM. They've been $2 for 5 at Whole Foods lately so I stocked up. I love the Coconut Strawberry Acai and the Coconut Limo Mojito ones. I LOVE OhSheGlows - her granola bars are a weekly staple in our house! I'm also a huge fan of the Minamalist Baker - I made the Cilantro Avocado Lime sauce and have literally been putting it on EVERYTHING this week.

    1. I need to try that Cilantro Avocado Lime Sauce - it sounds like a winner!

  2. i love reading these! can't wait to see ya in the tent, girl.

    1. Thanks girl! Love yours too. I hope I get to work with you soon - I am working Sunday in Oak-town Whole Foods!