A taste of the tropics

Ever have a week where you’re itching to get through it because you keep thinking there’s something exciting waiting for you come the weekend but then you realize there’s not and you actually have no plans besides maybe starting your Christmas shopping. No? Just me? I’ve woken up three mornings in a row now “excited” only to realize there’s really nothing to be excited about. Weird and depressing.

 
 

Something that was exciting though was yesterday’s food. Smile

breakfast 1 v2

Guess who has a new breakfast bake this week? This girl. Guess who tried it already? Me. It’s been well documented on many WIAW posts that I’m some what obsessed with Ashley’s breakfast bakes. So, when I saw her newest blueberry chai oat bake on Monday, it was immediately bookmarked. I didn’t actually make the chai spice because I don’t have any cardamom or ground allspice (I had whole allspice but was too lazy to grind it) so I just used generous amounts of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves in the batter. It still came out great. Cakey, full of blueberries and very “chai-like.” Only improved by the TJ’s cookie butter topping I’ve now had on each of my breakfasts since buying it last Friday. That stuff is no joke.

lunch 1 v2

Lunch was leftovers of the broccoli rabe pasta bake. In typical fashion, I spent my entire lunch break making stuff other than lunch so I grabbed this from the fridge, reheated it and went back to my desk. I <3 leftovers.

smoothie 1 v2smoothie 2 v2

I know this looks like baby food but hear me out. It was delicious! I seriously felt like I was drinking something that could only be served on a tropical island. I had a craving for citrus a couple hours after lunch and came up with this.:

  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • dash of almond extract
  • handful of ice

You can blame the avocado for the nasty color, but the flavor was spot on. It was a great afternoon treat!

dinner

I’m sure the cold smoothie didn’t help things, but I could not get warm yesterday. I cranked the heat up to 70 and I was still freezing for the entire afternoon. I had plans for something completely different for dinner but then I saw Amanda’s lentil soup post and changed my mind instantly. This pretty much epitomizes simple soup. Hearty, brothy, delicious and most importantly, warm. I’m not sure which is better, the squeeze of lemon at the end that brings out all the flavors or the fact that it was ready in 25 minutes. We ate it on the couch while someone sucked me into watching Season of the Witches with Nicholas Cage. 1. I can’t stand Nicholas Cage 2. I hate witch movies. Hour and a half of my life…wasted. At least the soup was good.

What was the best thing you ate yesterday?

Do you have any exciting weekend plans?

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  1. 1

    Your excited about Christmas!?! I think it’s ingrained from childhood, no matter how grown up and cynical we become there is still that innate excitement for Santa! Haha!

  2. 4

    I am still swooning over how good that pasta looks!

  3. 5

    Nothing to be excited about? That breakfast bake is definitely something to be excited about! Yum – I’m going to check it out now in hopes of making it this weekend.

  4. 6

    I need to try a breakfast bake! I love anything with chai in it

  5. 7

    I just posted another smoothie too…they have been hitting the spot for me, big time!

    And that bake, yum! Love blueberries…such tasty things.

  6. 8

    Oh, I’m so happy you liked the soup!

    Your smoothie sounds awesome! I love adding a little avocado to them – it creates such a great texture.

    Also, I cannot stand Nicholas Cage. His voice alone seriously irks me.

    • 9
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      Yes! His voice is super annoying. I’m not sure if it’s him or the writers of the movie but everything he’s in, his lines are so unbelievably cheesy. That’s what really gets me!

  7. 10

    Avocado in smoothies is so delicious!

  8. 11

    Smoothies are hard to make healthy AND pretty. As soon as you add anything green in the color gets weird:) I have a few breakfast bakes bookmarked. I need to get my butt in gear and make one!

  9. 12

    I had leftover chili for lunch yesterday and it was pretty awesome. Oh and I made pesto pizza, so I guess that one wins :)

  10. 13

    That smoothie looks delicious…and the chai bread – yum! Best thing I ate yesterday was probably a chicken kiev from a German restaurant. But the apple schnapps we had after dinner was even better!

  11. 14

    That breakfast bake looks great! I have to try one of those!

  12. 15

    That blueberry oat bake looks incredible!! I’m so looking forward to Christmas shopping at an actual mall – even though I know it’s gonna be nuts! So far I’ve done 95% of my Christmas shopping online. Which is fun too, but you know!! :)

  13. 16

    I love the idea of using avocado in a smoothie! It looks delicious. The best thing I ate yesterday was French Onion soup from Panera – I love that stuff.

    • 17
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      I LIVE for their soup! Creamy tomato is my weakness. I’ve always wanted a bread bowl there and have never had it.

  14. 18

    love the smoothie ! delish ingredients :)

  15. 19

    Gosh that seriously looks like one delicious day. Do you just want to feed me for the day?! I think you’d do a way better job :)

  16. 20

    I just bought Coconut milk. My kids, “really mom”. I think your ‘baby food’ recipe might be a great way to break it in. Or some coconut hot chocolate. Hmmm… ;)

    • 21
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      I’ll be shocked if they don’t like coconut milk, it’s sweet and yummy :) Coconut hot chocolate sounds amazing!

  17. 22

    Your food looks delicous, especially that pasta! And I love new juice recipes, I’ll have to give these a try. I loved searching through your blog, you have some great ideas. :)

  18. 24

    I couldn;t dream of drinking a smoothie right now! All I’ve been eating has been soups and stews. Seriously, my Mom made 2 huge batches so its been lunch and dinner for the past few days but I’m not complaining because it keeps me warm and full :) You’re breakfast bake looks tasty!

  19. 25

    If I ever did one of these posts it would be so boring because most of my food and snacks are prepackaged and BOOOORING.

  20. 26

    The breakfast bake looks amazing! I think I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow :)

  21. 27

    mmm your eats look awesome! :] that smoothie sounds great!

  22. 28

    Yum– that tropical smoothie looks like a great cure for winter blues :-)

  23. 29

    wow, the breakfast bake looks amazing! and huuuge- its crazy how much more you have if you just bake your oatmeal bowls :) i need to try one too. i just made a buckwheat banana bread and am working on finishing that up- so delicious!

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