What I ate Wednesday: the hectic edition

Happy Wednesday! It’s really my Friday though since we head down to Florida tomorrow and I couldn’t be happier for the shortened week. Let’s just say things have been hectic up in here. Especially yesterday, not even worth talking about, just hec to the tic!
Let’s do this WIAW thing…

 
 

Breakfast:

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Smoothie in a bowl. A pumpkin smoothie to be exact. In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • half a banana
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • splash of vanilla
  • dash of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • ice

Blended away and topped with:

  • blueberries
  • pepitas
  • coconut
  • almond granola
  • and a blob of Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter (aka: bliss)

It was kind of a seasonally confused smoothie with pumpkin and blueberries but delicious regardless. I actually forgot about the chocolate hazelnut butter because it sank to the bottom and it was a nice surprise at the end. Kind of like leaving all the marshmallows in your Lucky Charms to the end as a kid. Makes for a few awesome last bites.

Lunch:

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I call this the “use every thanksgiving leftover in a wrap” recipe. That’s exactly what I did except I also threw in some jelly (my cranberry sauce substitute since Ulysses forgot to take that!) I’m pretty sure there was turkey, brussels sprouts, green beans, sweet potatoes, stuffing and mushrooms in there. It worked though!

Dinner:

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A few weeks ago Buitoni sent me some coupons to try out their Chicken and Mushroom Risotto and Chicken Florentina with Asiago Cream Sauce frozen dishes. Unfortunately, I had an incredibly hard time finding those two in my local grocery stores. I was able to find the grilled vegetable and goat cheese agnolotti though, so I picked that up for a time when I’d need a quick weeknight meal.

That time was last night (see reference to hectic day above.) In fact, I was on the treadmill trying to fit in my 4 mile tempo run I had planned and was so stressed about everything I still had to do (dinner included) that I hopped off the treadmill after 1 mile, ran upstairs, threw a pot of water on to boil and then ran back downstairs for another mile while it was heating up. Who does that?!

Knowing agnolotti (which is basically ravioli in a different shape) alone would not suffice, I decided to throw in broccoli for added veg and the last of some frozen shrimp I had on hand for added protein.

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The directions are simple, you boil water like you would for any pasta dish but add in the sauce packet while the water comes to a boil. Then you add the pasta and cook it with the sauce packet for a few minutes. I only ended up using about a third of the sauce it came with because it just didn’t need the whole thing. The broccoli was blanched in the pasta water before the pasta went in and then sautéed with the shrimp. I just tossed everything together at the end and dinner was ready!

It was pretty good for a meal that came together in all of 10 minutes. Like most frozen meals, it needs supplementing but it’s always easier to supplement when you’re pressed for time rather than make an entire meal from scratch.

Dessert:

hot chocolate

Instead of my usual tea, I’ve been drinking hot chocolate this week. Tea makes me want cookies or some sort of dessert with it. Hot chocolate is like dessert in and of itself. At least when it has marshmallows in it. Winking smile

 

Do you rely on frozen meals on nights you’re pressed for time?

Do you ever break up your run throughout the day?

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Comments

  1. 1

    A short week after Thanksgiving? Lucky!

  2. 2

    It must be the week- I’ve been running around like a crazy person, too. However, I do not get a short week. Jealous. :)

  3. 3

    Nice way to amp up the pasta – veggie and goat cheese sounds like a good variety, but they don’t look like they have much filling. Safe travels tomorrow!

  4. 4

    You have to bulk up on the protein with those meals. Good compromise.

  5. 5

    Way to bulk up the meal. I relied on frozen TJ’s multigrain veggie lasana a while back. I’ve decided that I need to plan super-easy meals for Thursday nights. Usually by then I’m frazzled and too drained to cook.

  6. 6

    All your eats are so pretty! Haha, I am loving your oat mix, YUM :)

  7. 7

    Your blog makes me want to hire you as my live-in chef. What’s your going rate?

  8. 8

    I LOVE putting all of my thanksgiving leftovers in wraps and sandwiches like that– delicious!!!

  9. 9

    I do use frozen foods when I’m in a hurry because they make things easier. Usually it’s vegetables, but occasionally, I pull out a prepared meal because I just don’t have time for anything else.
    I really do like the frozen pastas (no sauce) because hold up well and taste pretty good. There’s not a ton more sodium in them then the refrigerated versions either.

  10. 10

    So jealous that you are going to florida. I can’t complain though since I’m going out of the country in two weeks. You had me at pumpkin. I’m going to have to make that smoothie bowl tonight.

  11. 11

    Breakfast looks delicious!

  12. 12

    I literally just bought a massive tub of hot chocolate today as I have now decided that it will be much healthier than trying to satisfy my raging sweet tooth with actual sweets! Have fun in Florida! :)

  13. 13

    Awesome wrap!! I wish I could’ve flown some leftovers back to Denver with me. We have been totally swamped since we got back at the last minute before the work week after travel for the holidays. So happy we had a huge pot of turkey chili we had frozen before we left!!!! And saved a little grocery money after a lot of extra spend for holiday cooking/baking!

  14. 14

    Haha I love your wrap stuffed with all those leftovers! I would love getting the flavours of an entire Thanksgiving dinner all in one bite. :D

    I never have frozen meals because they’re never filling enough! Plus I enjoy cooking, so frozen meals takes the fun out of it for me. :P But that’s a good idea to amp it up with some veg and protein!

  15. 15

    Love your breakfast smoothie in a bowl! I’m still on a pumpkin tear this week and not sick of it just yet. I love just adding it my Greek yogurt and then topping with fruit and of course any sort of nut butter. Happy WIAW!

  16. 16

    I put tomato sauce in a pot and YouTube workout upstairs. I just run up and down the stairs to check on it periodically. Interval training!

  17. 17

    How exciting that you’re going to Florida!
    For having a hectic day, your meals still look absolutely delicious. :)

  18. 18

    Your lunch wrap looks delicious…great way to use up those leftovers!

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