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Costco Craving Curbed!

Hey All!

Hope you’re having a great day!

My posts have been slightly random lately due to the fact that I am in mid- move. I haven’t been able to cook as much as I’d like to since a lot of my stuff is packed up! I am moving in to my new place on May 1st, so my food and cooking experiments should resume once I’m settled 🙂

My trip to Costco was amazing… I seriously love going to Costco!

Here are some of my purchases:

My all time favorite crackers! Had to get 2 boxes!! I go through these like nobody’s business!

Some Amy’s Lentil Soup – Really like this soup!

Tru Roots Quinoa and a three bean mix that I haven tried yet!

Simply Natural Tomato Sauce:

My FAVORITE purchase! This HUGE tub of hummus!

Falafel Republic’s Falafel: I had to try this after reading Elise’s Review on these!

Almond Breeze of course!

Yummy Guac!

And Finally, some coconut water!

I love the prices at Costco! And their products.

Upon returning home, I made a lovely lunch with some of my Costco purchases!

Falafel, Hummus, Guacamole, Carrots, Crackers

The Falafel was really good flavor wise, a tad dry though, but that’s where the hummus and guac came in! Moistened those Falafels right up! Such a good lunch!

Sorry for the blurry pics! They were all taken with my phone so not the best quality!

What are your favorite Costco purchases?

Ellie

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Let’s Go to the Tropics!!

With this tasty

Tropical Orange Mango Fennel Salad w/ Toasted Almonds

Ingredients:

For the salad:

  • 1 medium fennel bulb
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced onions
  • 1 small pit-less orange
  • 1 mango
  • 1/3 cup sliced roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 cup blanched diced almonds

For the dressing:

  • 4 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs melted virgin coconut oil
  • Tabasco sauce (last minute add in – unpictured)
  • salt and pepper to taste!

Procedure:

1) Finely slice the salad components like so:

2) Place in a medium mixing bowl

3) Put the almonds in a pan on medium heat and stir until they go from this:

To this:

(Once the almonds are golden – remove from heat immediately – they burn quickly!)

4) Add the almonds to the salad and toss in the coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. Salt, pepper and Tabasco to taste!

The tartness from the vinegar in contrast with the sweetness from the fruit and oil with a little kick of spicy from the Tabasco really works! Very tropical!

Just a little note: If you refrigerate the salad, the coconut oil kind of “hardens” and makes the salad not look as pretty – but it’s still darn darn tasty!

I love the licorice-y taste of fennel! I know some people absolutely cannot stand this taste – what are your thoughts on fennel or licorice? Is it a yay or nay in your taste bud department?

It’s a big YAY for me…

Plus it’s super healthy and has great health benefits. Click here to read more about how great fennel is for ya body!

Here are some of my other recent eats:

for breakfast this morning:

Cinnamon Apple Oats: Heated in the micro wave and topped with maple syrup! MMmmm!

recent snack:

Chilled Peanut Butter Green Protein Pudding - 3/4 scoop vanilla protein powder, 2 tbs peanut flour, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 tbs chia seeds, 3/4 cup water, a huge handful of spinach. All blended together in the magic bullet and placed in the freezer for about 35 minutes. Realllly good! Tastes like dessert!

recent lunch:

Veggie burger topped with a boat load of toppings: avocado, hummus, ketchup, mustard... I love ketchup! With this beet salad on the side.

Today is going to be a study day for moi! I want Saturday to be here. SUMMER BREAK IS. SO. CLOSE.

🙂 Have a terrific Tuesday!

Tootaloo!

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A Pizza Kinda Morning!

Hello!

This morning I was craving a PIZZA. More specifically, a breakfast pizza!

And since I’m moving out of my campus residence soon, I’m on “operation use up everything in my fridge/freezer mode.”

So a breakfast pizza was the perfect choice!

I was able to use up some frozen fruit, a brown rice wrap, and some frozen banana that have been hanging out in my freezer for a while!

I am not kidding you, I think I ate this in 30 seconds flat. I DEVOURED it. It was THAT good!!

Mmmm!

Here’s what my Breakfast Pizza consisted of:

Crust: A brown rice tortilla wrap

Sauce: 1 scoop Sunwarrior Vanilla protein powder+ 1 tbs sunflower seed butter + 5 drops liquid stevia + almond milk = the perfect pizza sauce!

Topping: Sliced frozen banana, frozen blueberries, shredded coconut, and cinnamon!

***Procedure: Construct pizza and place in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 5 – 7 minutes (until all warm and perfect!)

Seriously delicious, and seriously filling! But not too serious… we like to have fun around here 😉

Here are some of my other recent eats:

Baked sweet potato topped with coconut butter and cinnamon, then refrigerated until coconut butter is hardened! This combo is SOOO good!

Cooked Kale topped with nutritional yeast, falafel, avocado hummus, and ketchup!

Chocolate Protein Pudding! (1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 2tbs cacao powder, 1 tbs coconut flour, 1 tbs chia seeds, 1 tbs buckwheat groats, 5-8 drops liquid stevia, almond milk) Mixed together and refrigerated for a couple of hours! Really really good!

Quinoa cooked in tomatoes and spices with peas and kalamata olives.

Baby carrots, lots and lots of baby carrots!

Homemade Iced Tea (great to use up all that loose leaf tea I have!)

and LOTS of these:

Hope everyone has a lovely Thursday! It’s almost the weekend!!!!!

My dad comes in town tomorrow 🙂 I’m excited!

xoxo,

Ellie

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What’s Love Got to Do With It? Nothing…It’s All About Options!

Bon matin tout le monde!! (Good Morning Everyone!!)

Yesterday’s studying was pretty productive!! (especially since I was well prepared with my study snacks!)

Today I’m back at it again! The library: here I come!…

With snacks of course.

Snacks… and Options, lots of options!

I prepared my library snacks last night so I wouldn’t have to stress this morning… Along with options though, love does have a lot to do with it (the title of my post lied!)

I love preparing and packing snacks/ meals to go. There is something I find so charming about perfectly packing foods into their own little dedicated container…. I find it fun. And don’t get me started on the containers themselves…. Bring me to a container/jar store and I would have a hoot and a half! I love containers.

Oh, and I love snacks too.

When I pack snacks I like to have LOTS of options…

How do I know what I will feel like eating at that moment when my face is planted in a book and the belly monster begins to slowly creep up and suddenly….HUNGER STRIKES!

Will I want something sweet? Something salty? Something sweet and salty? Neither? Will I want crackers? Will I want rice crackers or Mary’s crackers? What if I just want chocolate?!? Or oatmeal?!?!

For Pete’s sake, I GOTTA have options, ya know?!

So, here’s what I prepared for my study snackin’ for today!…

Apples with cinnamon in a jar... And a new concoction I stirred up! It is green because the dip is made with pumpkin seed protein powder (which is green) and peanut flour mixed together with H2O.

My mom recommended this pumpkin seed protein powder to me, and when I saw it was on sale, I thought it to be a golden opportunity for its purchase! I really love it and am SO glad I bought it… Mama knows best..(Usually) 😉

A kitchen device I would rather not have to live without!! The apple slicer - The symmetry of the slices are not always spot on - but that's okay! I eat the little ones first and save the best (big slices) for last!

I also roasted the rest of the purple potatoes from the market, with broccoli, garlic, rosemary, and nutritional yeast. All coated in a little grape seed oil.

After roasting the broccoli and potatoes, I added some raw sliced red pepper, kalamata olives, salt, pepper, and some apple cider vinegar.

I packed the mixture up in this handy container and topped the veggies with some falafel and avocado hummus.

All in all: I packed…

  1. Cinnamon apples with pumpkin seed/peanut flour dip.
  2. A bag of baby carrots.
  3. Crackers… (2 kinds: Mary’s and brown rice)
  4. Trail Mix
  5. Dark Chocolate
  6. Roasted veggies w/ falafel and hummus.
  7. Apple cinnamon oatmeal (in almond butter jar)
  8. An orange
  9. 2 Larabars
  10. And brewed herbal tea in a jar.

Is this too much? No, it is not…

Not only will I not let myself go hungry, I refuse to let my study partner go hungry as well. Or anyone in the library for that matter…

Sharing is caring 🙂

There is a very high probability that I won’t eat ALL of these snacks… But at least I got me some options!

Plus, I know that I am not packing too much food when…

It all fits into my FAVORITE lunch bag! I can still close it and everything!

Have a happy and love filled day,

Ellie

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Lip Smackin’ Study Snackin’

It breaks my heart a little that I’ll have to limit my time in the kitchen for the next couple of weeks….

Classes are officially over for the term. Now I’ve got to spend time studying for finals!

Here are some of my favorite/easy/ healthy/portable study snacks:

I know I’m not the only one that’s got to get their study snackin’ on! These are some ideas for YOU too 😉

Apples sprinkled with cinnamon dipped in nut/seed butter! (this happens to be a combo of almond butter and sunflower seed butter)

Just squeeze some lemon juice on the apples to prevent browning and you're good to go!

Any fruit dipped with nut butter! (a chickpea accidentally fell into the nut butter) woops!

These are great frozen!

Protein Smoothies!

Veggies and crackers dipped with hummus! I just made this hummus this morning! IT'S DA BOMB! Avocado hummus - this recipe!

That's what I call a portable healthy snack!

Oatmeal in a jar! Just screw the lid on tight and throw in your backpack! Yummy study snack/meal!

Dark chocolate and trail mix..

And last but not least:

Tea, tea, tea, and more tea!

What are your fav study snacks? Or favorite snacks in general?!?

Happy Studying!!! and/or Happy Snacking!

Ellie

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PB & B!!

Hello there!

This morning I went back to one of my favorites- I don’t eat this nearly enough!

One toast with peanut butter, and one with almond butter – The peanut butter/banana combo definitely wins!!

(Brown banana – not so good lookin’ but darn good tastin’!)

Along with my toast I had a smoothie and tea!

Simple and delicious breakfast!

Another peanut butter snack that I really enjoy is:

Crackers with peanut butter and prunes with cinnamon sprinkled on top! Oh so yummy!!!

You know what else crackers are good with?!?

That’s right!!

Today I’m going to attempt to make sweet potato chips! I’ll report back tomorrow!!

Have a wonderful afternoon everyone!

xoxo

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Realization: I’m a Butter Hoarder…

Hello! 🙂

Before talking about my butter hoarding, I’ll start with a little hummus, last night’s dinner, and breakfast!

Remember yesterday’s Pizza Hummus that I made?

Well, this is what’s left of it:

Taken before I used my finger to scoop up every last bit!

I told ya, I take my hummus eating seriously…

Must make some more!!

I’m running out of food in my fridge, so last night’s dinner was a bit of an improvised quick meal. But my was it DE-LISH!

Brown rice tortilla, apple slices, cinnamon, almond butter - all microwaved a teensy bit! SO good!

Love cinnamon and apples! 🙂

Last night, I also prepared some overnight oats!

Mango Raisin Protein Overnight Oats
1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 tbs coconut flour, 1 tbs chia seeds, a little bit of mango and raisins, 3/4 non-dairy milk, and some stevia for sweetness. (More milk added in the morning)

These were just okayyy… I mean, still good. Not my fav!

My favorite part about these oats was the topping: Sunflower seed butter and coconut oil!

When the room temp coconut oil encounters the cold oats it turns into a crunchy shell!

My obsession with nut and seed butters made me want to try sunflower seed butter (which I’ve never had before), so when I saw it the other day… it beckoned my name. My lack of nut butter purchasing rationality justified my buying it.

I have realized I am a nut butter hoarder!

I now am the slightly embarrassed proud owner of 7 different nut and seed butters (I know it’s a little bit ridiculous… but I just can’t help myself) – Plus, they all get put to use! No Butter Left Behind..

Hazelnut Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter, Coconut Butter, Almond Butter, Sesame Seed Butter (Tahini), Peanut Butter, Cashew Butter

I’d say that my all time favorite is the Almond Butter (sorry PB!). I’m officially converted..

I will probably not buy the Cashew Butter again (my least favorite)…

And the Hazelnut Butter (although amazing) is a bit pricey for the little container – so this’ll be a once in a while re-purchase.

The others though, I use quite often!

Is anyone else a butter hoarder? What kind of foods do you “hoard”?

Moving on…

Yesterday my brother called me and asked me what he should buy at the health food store… This gave me an idea for a post…

For most of my breakfasts, I more or less use the same-ish ingredients, so here are the essentials if you’d like to make some breakfast recipes I have posted.

  • Rolled Oats
  • Chia Seeds
  • Coconut Flour
  • Unsweetened Cacao Powder
  • Good Protein Powder (Vanilla) and Chocolate if you like…
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Maple Syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Bananas
  • Your favorite nut/seed butter(s)

Frozen Banana and Frozen Fruit

Alot of my recipes use bananas!!

Frozen bananas and fruit for smoothies.

Microwaved frozen bananas, or just ripe bananas for oatmeal breakfasts.

Some other fun things I use (definitely not necessary):

Stevia, Coconut Oil, Sultana Raisins, Almond Flour, Cacao Nibs, Peanut Flour, Pumpkin Spice

Alot of these ingredients are a bit pricey, but are really worth it to me. I feel really great when I eat all this healthy stuff! Plus, they last pretty long!

(I got the peanut flour, almond flour, and stevia off of iherb.com) JTLYK (Just to let ya know)

Hope that this helped!

I’ll leave you with a bit of a disappointing lunch-making failure – (which happens to me quite often)

I’m diagnosing myself with “Unrefined Egg Flipping Skills Syndrome” (Hope this isn’t chronic!)

That poor little broken yolk 😦

I’m determined to master the egg flip!

Have a great tuesday!

Ellie

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