It’s Wednesday! Which of course means some WIAW action. In case you’re new around here, (and I believe there are quite a few of you. Hi!) What I Ate Wednesday is a glimpse into a day of my meals. As much as it may seem like I live off pumpkin cookies, pumpkin brownies and dough balls, I really do eat other things too. And of course we have to thank Jenn for throwing this party to begin with. Send her some internet love today, she’s finally supposed to be getting internet installed in her new house after what seems like forever without it! Damn hurricanes.
So without further ado, I give you breakfast.
Oatmeal with a peach + sunflower seed butter. Yeah, the same stuff I said I can’t stand plain. I didn’t change my mind or anything, I still can’t stand it but I’m desperately trying to get rid of the jar. Mixed in with oats it’s not as bad. Unfortunately, this peach was not juicy at all. I guess there was a reason they were 79 cents/lb this week.
Come lunchtime, I was inspired by Angela’s post yesterday where she used Whole Food’s detox salad as inspiration to create her own and I figured I could do something similar with what I had on hand. Plus, I was really sick of the leftovers I’d been eating for the past 2 lunches.
We eat a ton of broccoli in this house. Like 4-5 crowns of it a week. It’s easy and when you’re usually trying to fit a workout in after work, it’s hardly a vegetable that takes much time to prepare. But, steaming and roasting was getting old. This might be my new favorite way to eat it.
In the same amount of time it takes to steam broccoli, I had this whole salad prepared. Personally, I hate raw broccoli. I always avoid it on those raw veggie trays and pick out all the tomatoes and carrots instead. But, all chopped up like this, it barely tastes raw. With the combo of apples + raisins for sweetness and the lemon dressing for some acidity, this was actually a perfect balance of flavors.
Served on the side for lunch with a cheese quesadilla, vanilla yogurt and a peach that I actually didn’t end up eating. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach. This happens almost everyday where I grab more than I can eat.
Some cookie dough freezer bites may or may not have served as an afternoon snack.
During my workout, (NROLFW 3A) all I could think about was food. Hunger came out of nowhere so stretching + eating at the same time ensued. Ginger was showing me how well she can stretch too when there are pita chips + hummus on the floor.
I gave her a little pita chip, shhhhh.
Oh, and there was a beer involved. Nothing like rehydrating with a cold beer after a workout!
Dinner: ready for some nastiness?
That my friends, would be a frozen chicken enchilada from Trader Joe’s that has been in my freezer for almost a year. Want to know what’s even scarier? There was no expiration date on the package. I <3 most of TJ’s frozen meals but, I just can’t recommend this one. I had actually bought two of these awhile back, ate one and hated it so the other sat in the freezer. Until last night. It had to be done. I wanted it out of my life so I took one for the team and ate it. It’s pretty much just a spicy mess without any real flavor. The ingredient list is less than stellar and the sauce was disgusting. It’s over, I’m moving on.
Everything can be fixed with a brownie though. Especially, a pumpkin brownie + ice cream.
Have you made them yet?
Lemony Broccoli Apple
Inspired by Oh She Glows Detox Salad
Yield: 4-6 side servings
- 2 crowns of broccoli
- 1 large carrot
- 1 apple, chopped
- 1/4 cup raisins, chopped
- 3 tablespoons pepitas
- 3 tablespoons sliced almonds
- juice of 1 lemon
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- salt & pepper
In a food processor, pulse broccoli until finely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl. Do the same with the carrot and transfer to the same bowl. (If your food processor is big enough to do both together feel free, mine is not) Add chopped apple, raisins and pepitas + almonds and toss to combine. Season generously with salt and pepper. Whisk olive oil + lemon juice together in a separate bowl and pour over salad. Toss to combine. Flavors develop the longer this sits so it’s a perfect make ahead of time dish!
What’s the most disgusting thing you’ve eaten recently?
Do you feed your pet human food? We seldom ever feed Ginger directly. If she gets human food it goes in her food dish first. Of course, my parents ruin this completely when she’s at her house. It’s our payback for not providing any grandchildren, they instead spoil our dog.