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Lunch: What an improvement from last night’s salad! The exact same ingredients, exact this time I tossed the spinach leaves in olive oil, salt, and pepper. It made a world of difference. I love all of the different flavors working together here. Delicious.

Strawberry Fields Salad:
-slice strawberries, mushrooms
-candied nuts, chopped or whole (pecans or walnuts)
-crumbled feta cheese
-fresh spinach leaves
-olive oil, salt, pepper

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Zombie to the 10th degree

Breakfast: I made a batch of oats-to-go. Today’s oatmeal had
-1/3 cup steel cut oats
-1 and 1/4 cup water
-1/3 cup milk
-2 tbs rolled oats (non-organic)
-2 tbs Ezekiel Original
-a sprinkling of cinnamon
-1 and 1/2 tbs crunch peanut butter
-1 tbs agave nectar

I love the addition of peanut butter. It makes the oatmeal creamy and flavorful.


Enough said.

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SMS: Roasted Pecan Cake with Caramel Orange Marmalade and Burnt Orange Buttercream

I loved how the cake itself turned out. It’s moist, flavorful, and simply delicious. The buttercream frosting didn’t turn out so well, it tasted way too buttery (even after I left out 1 stick of butter from the original recipe) and it was somewhat broken (maybe I overmixed or undermixed)….I made my own orange juice and marmalade, which turned out a bit bitter, I think due to my oranges…..Overall a fun recipe to make, but my fault it didn’t turn out as good as it should have been! The cake was still quite tasty, and I enjoyed a large slice, of course.

You can find the recipe here, as made by Leslie of Lethally Delicious.

What is Sweet Melissa Sundays? Check out my earlier post that explains it all!

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Sing-songy. I’ve covered tracks from Jesus Christ Superstar, Alegria, Danny Boy and others of mom’s old Irish bedtime songs, oldies, Bob Marley. A musical massacre with the best of intentions. Lucas said he was ready to call a divorce lawyer.

Breakfast: Lucas brought me fresh juice, bedside. Knowing I would have to get out of bed to photograph the juice before I could drink it, I just laid in bed…and stayed…and stayed….a little longer….long enough to where Lucas came back into the room with a pink spoon so he could stir the juice, as the bits of apple pulp tend to settle at the top (what a thoughtful man)…anyways, the photo finally happened……and later oatmeal.

Pulpy Peanut Butter Oatmeal
-1/3 cup steel cut oats
-1 cup water
-1/3 cup milk
-4 tbs Ezekiel Original
-1 tbs of crunchy peanut butter (there may have been a couple of spoonfuls before that didn’t make it into the pot)
-1 tbs ground sesame
-1 cup of carrot juice pulp
-1 tbs agave nectar
-cinnamon (non-organic)

We were going to go to Boggy Creek Farm, but I had to blog. Sorry, Lucas!

-soccer game (I haven’t worked out 4 days in a row. This is going to be rough.)
-clean house
-bake for Sweet Melissa Sundays
-dinner at Jezebel with Liz and Brittaney

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Afternoon snack: A big apple and later a granola bar from the vending machine
Dinner: A glass of wine, parsley & garlic bean burgers, kale chips

This wine was pretty blah. It’s a dry white wine, a Whole Foods brand Pinot Grigio, that we got for the yesterday’s risotto recipe. But it’s Friday. And desperate times call for desperate measures….

First up, a nice bed of salad greens topped with creamy goat cheese crumbles and sunflower seeds, drizzled with olive oil…

Time to make the kale chips.…before…………………………and…….after…………….

The bean burger mix…….

Bean burger ingredients:
-3 cups cooked pinto beans (you can used canned if you want to)
-handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
-1 clove of garlic, minced
-6 tbs of flour (I used spelt flour)
-1 and 1/2 tbs of water

1. Mash the beans. I placed them on a large cutting board, and went to town with a rolling pin. If you don’t have a rolling pin, mash the beans with a fork.
2. Place mashed beans in a bowl. Add the parsley, garlic, and flour. Season with salt and pepper, and mix well.
3. Add the water. Keep mixing until well combined.
4. In your hands, form the bean mix into patties. This makes about 8 small patties.
5. In a greased pan (I heated a frying pan with a generous drizzle of olive oil), cook on one side for 5 minutes over medium to high heat.
6. Flip burgers over; heat on other side for 5 minutes.
7. Ready to serve!

Fry, baby, fry!

Dinner is served.

I was trying to go all healthy with the bean burgers, but I wasn’t really sure what to expect….The bean burgers were surprisingly delicious and satisfying! The parsley and garlic were team players in the flavor department…what a great contribution they made. And the pinto beans were so good! I kept shoveling them into my mouth as I was making the bean mix….Who knew beans could be so desirable?………The kale chips weren’t bad, but didn’t come out with the potato-chip effect like they did last time. I cooked them less time and added less salt, and totally skipped the parmesan cheese. I think next time I will use the original recipe.

Zzzzzzzzz…tired……I really don’t want to think about the disaster area in the kitchen….Can I clean up tomorrow?!?

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My bus driver was acting strangely today. Every now and then he would yell, as if arguing with someone. At first I thought he was on his cell phone, but no. Maybe he’d had a fight with his wife or someone and was just pissed off? Who knows. It was weird.


Breakfast: I woke up starving, so I had a banana first thing this morning. Later I prepared oats-to-go for Lucas and me.
One serving has:
-1/3 cup steel cut oats
-1 and 1/4 cup water
-2 tbs dried currants
-1 tbs flaxseed
-2 tbs rolled oats
-2 tbs Ezekiel Original
-1 and 1/2 tbs agave nectar

I’m expecting my new camera to arrive in the mail today!!! 🙂

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A cold front blew in this afternoon. Chilly & windy! It made for a nice run home, and the electric gray-blue sky served as a beautiful backdrop. There’s nothing like the colors of the sky of a cold front. Powerful.

Afternoon snack: Slice of banana bread and a cup of mate cocido
Dinner: 1/2 of a mega chicken burrito (with black beans, cilantro lime rice, mild tomato salsa, cheese) from Chipotle, which serves “food with integrity;” our kind of food! We used our coupon…what a value! Two meals in one. Of course I could have eaten the entire burrito, but I wanted to have something left for lunch tomorrow.
Dessert: Today has literally been banana bread, morning, noon, and night! I can’t get enough–it’s dangerous to have around!

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe: (trust me, the ingredients do not compromise the taste; I think they make it even tastier)

Dry Ingredients
-1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
-1/4 cup oat bran
-1/4 t salt
-1/2 t baking soda
-1 t baking powder
-1 t cinnamon

Wet Ingredients
-1 egg
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1/2 cup honey
-1 t vanilla
-2 bananas (the riper, the better. If the peel is black, that’s the best!)

1) Mix dry ingredients in medium size bowl.
2) Beat egg in a medium size bowl. Add wet ingredients. Mix well.
3) Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir until combined.
4) Pour into a loaf pan (or any pan is fine–we’ve used springform before)
5) Bake in a preheated oven at 325 for 50-60 minutes.

Makes 1 fabulicious loaf.

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