When laziness turns out delicious

It’s Wednesday!
Quick side note: every time I say that for a WIAW post, I think of the song “Friday, I’m in love” except I replace Friday with Wednesday. I don’t know what I’m in love with, my food maybe? But yeah, that’s where my head’s at and that’s probably one of those weird things I should’ve just kept to myself.
Onwards…
 

 

As usual, thank you to our lovely host Jenn for this partay. I know I’ve enjoyed her consistent posts since the lovely internet company decided to hook her up!

B to the fast:

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Strawberry dough boy smoothie ala KERF. I’ve gotten pretty lazy about my smoothies lately and have just been whipping them up on the spot in the morning instead of letting the oats soak overnight. Definitely leads to a more “runny” smoothie texture-wise, but the taste is still delicious. If I can still get delicious while being lazy I’m pretty sure that’s what I’m going to do.

Epic things happened in the kitchen at lunchtime. E-P-I-C. There may be a teaser below… Winking smile Or, if you follow me on twitter you may already know but, it kind of distracted me from lunch. I’m not saying I wasn’t hungry (because that just doesn’t happen to me!) but I was preoccupied and lunch ended up being an apple and a pumpkin banana smoothie at different points later in the afternoon.

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PS- I added a half of a tablespoon or so of almond butter to the smoothie. Amazing. Definitely gave it some more staying power and of course a nutty flavor that went really well with the pumpkin.

This may be the first time in history I made a smoothie with too little for the cup! Usually, I have a ton and end up drinking whatever doesn’t fit straight out of the blender. I’m not sure what happened this time around.

I also tested out the Tervis tumbler I received from the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program with this smoothie.  You know the maze of a line in places like Marshalls, TJMaxx, and Homegoods right before the register where they make you walk past all the weird goodies like coffee, candles, socks, snacks and mugs hoping you’ll throw something else in your cart? I always see tumblers in that area and have been super close to falling victim to that marketing trap but never actually did so, I was psyched about finally having one. Two words why I already love this thing: condensation rings. Or really, the lack thereof. Working from home, I constantly have food and drinks at my desk. I’m also constantly wiping my desk down from the water ring stains because of this. Me and Tervis are going to be tight. The insulated cup is supposed to keep cold things cold and hot things hot. I can’t say I really tested that out considering the smoothie was downed in about 2 minutes but, I have high hopes.

Dinner was random. Not disgusting like this one, just a random, yet delicious result of me being lazy.

What do you get when you combine the following?

  • sautéed baby spinach, shallots, garlic
  • black beans
  • nutritional yeast
  • bread crumbs
  • ground flax seed
  • lots of salt & pepper

And then pan “fry” it?

A husband approved mock bean burger that tastes pretty darn good and means you didn’t really need to leave the house to go pick up some fish like you had planned. #winning

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Served with a tomato, feta, basil salad and some dijon rosemary roasted potatoes I made yesterday. Details on those soon!

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The best part of course, is licking your fingers after making the “burgers.” Winking smile

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Two episodes of Mad Men (just finished season 1 and got sucked into the first episode of season 2-had to see what Peggy did with the baby!!) and 1 or 2 of these finished off the day.Winking smile

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Recipe tomorrow. I’ve got a bunch of recipes in the queue since I’m traveling for work for the next 7 days but this one just can’t wait, it’s skipping to the front of the line. You’re welcome.

 

Have you ever forgotten to eat a meal?

Ever have a really random combination of ingredients come out delicious?

Can any Mad Men watchers tell me if I’m going to hate Betty this season? I don’t like how her character is starting to get evil while Don’s is becoming nice!

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Comments

  1. 2

    says

    Already dying for tomorrow’s recipe! Picture looks SO good.

    Also, thrilled you finally jumped on the tervis tumbler band wagon. I didn’t realize anyone still hadn’t! I was early in discovering these beauties because I worked in a gourmet kitchen store that sold them. Many years later, and I’ve never turned back. YAY for new discoveries!

  2. 5

    says

    wow lots of delicious food! those patties look really great =)

    i never forget to eat a meal =)

    and i definitely have lot of combinations of random ingredients that taste delicious (and sound disgusting), my fave being cottage cheese, apple sauce, cinnamon, black beans, cereal, and peanut butter!

  3. 9

    says

    You’re going to hate Betty! We just watched all of the episodes from the beginning and I did a complete 180 with Betty.

    All of that food looks DELISH. I love when the randoms turn out perfect. Those burgers and very impressive! And made with things I almost always have at home… so… bookmarked :)

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      Running to the Kitchen says

      Oh no, that’s what I was afraid of! I don’t want to hate Betty, Don was easier to hate in season 1 b/c he’s still so damn attractive & charming! That was the best part of those burgers…everything was on hand already, love meals like that :)

  4. 11

    says

    I am SO impressed by how creative you always are in the kitchen, that looks like an AMAZING dinner!! I’m totally going to make a version of that for lunch when I’m working from home tomorrow or Friday. I’m drooling (again) over this post!!

  5. 14

    says

    LOVE Mad Men! It really sucks you in. I got into it last year and caught up in like 2 weeks! Haha.

    Those burgers look absolutely incredible. I would’ve been all about licking my fingers afterwards :)

  6. 21

    says

    I love those cups! My dad (of all people) got me hooked on them. My drinks stay cold forever! PS: Almond butter in smoothies is one of my favorites. I love the extra protein. I’ve never tried it with pumpkin though…awesome idea!

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    Shannon says

    Hi Gina, I’m a new-ish reader to your blog. I found you from some comments over on Brittany’s “A Healthy Slice of Life.” I’m a novice runner and “foodie” and totally love reading about your training adventures and am very inspired by your success. Just wanted to post to tell you I tried out the Pumpkin Walnut Chocolate Chip Bars tonight and am so impressed with the tasty-factor of these relatively healthy treats. Next comes the husband test! Thanks for your posts, recipes and opinions; having an awesome time following you! PS – having grown up in the Tampa area, I loved seeing the pics from the conference you went to and 5K you did on Bayshore!!

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