WIAW- Because I like carbs

I like carbs. Some of my favorite things to eat include bagels, muffins, fruit, vegetables, and frozen yogurt. All of those things are mostly carbs. Some days I embrace it, while other days I try to even myself out with other nutrients. Yesterday, I embraced it.

Breakfast:

Wheat bagel

Wheat bagel

Bagels with an [unpictured] smoothie

I LOVE bagels. Not just any bagels though. I like one specific bagel from one specific store. Any other bagel I could take or leave, but these….YUM! I am not sure what it is with them, but somedays, I just need to have one.

Lunch:

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Chicken-less noodle soup

This was leftovers from Monday night. Soup is always so comforting and warming. ‘Tis the season, it finally feels like fall down here.

Dinner:

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Baked ziti with garlic bread and brussels sprouts

I am not a pasta lover. It never satisfies me or interests me, but sometimes, it gets the job done. Its easy and quick. Dinner was served.

Snack:

I ate a million and one snacks yesterday, but this is the one that stood out.

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Amanda’s snickerdoodle donut holes

My picture does not do them justice, so be sure to check her amazing photography out, but these were good. I ended up needing extra sugar coating though. Oops.

Yay for carbs. Embrace them and let the days balance out.

Happy Wednesday. Check out the other links.

Do you have carb heavy days?

Whats your favorite carb?

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WIAW-11/5/14

Ever since the time change last weekend, I have woken up to a sunrise instead of pitch black darkness. It is spectacular in the morning, but not so ideal at night when I am driving home. This whole getting dark at 5:30 is throwing me all off balance…as well as my meals.

My appetite is all out of whack, and I am going to blame it on this time change thing. What is so bad about leaving the time alone? My body would greatly appreciate it.

Anyways, on to the food:

Breakfast:

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Oatmeal parfait-pumkin oatmeal, greek yogurt, and graham cracker crumbs.

For some reason, I have not joined the whole flavored oat craze. I like my oats plain and simple, no flavorings, no toppings. This parfait was my 1,000,0001 try at getting myself to like flavored oats, and I still am loving the plain version more.

Lunch:

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Roasted brussel sprouts along a [unpictured] smoothie. Lunches at school are especially hard because I have almost no breaks in between classes, so I grab what I can when I have time. Whatever works right?

Snacks:

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Banana applesauce muffin. This was GOOD!

Dinner:

Jackfruit tacos

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I finally got on the latest kitchen craze to drape your tortillas over the oven racks to create healthy shells. It was a success. I will definitely be using this method in the future.

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My family is Mexican food obsessed, so they will try anything out of the ordinary in Mexican flavored form. These tacos turned out great! This is the  second meal I have created using jackfruit and both were better than expected.

What was the best thing you ate this week?

Are you still living off of Halloween candy?

Check out what everyone else is eating today as well!

WIAW- Halloween Tradition

Happy Wednesday. For some reason, I am all off balance this week. I keep thinking Friday is tomorrow, and then get disappointed that its not. 2 more days…

Anyways, Halloween is Friday! Although I am beyond my trick-or-treating years, my family does still have a few traditions that I look forward to.

One of them is to always cook some sort of soup and have grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. In fact, it became such a well known tradition, that the neighbors even expect to come over now. Its like one big party…

This year, we will be making chili. With cornbread. Lots of cornbread. I could just eat the cornbread and leave the chili. Is that bad? because…carbs, carbs, and more carbs 🙂

Eating a nice, hearty dinner is also a plus because it makes you fuller and less likely to eat the entire bag of candy. Maybe half, but not the WHOLE thing. 🙂 Sitting down with an entire bag of candy on an empty stomach is setting yourself up for failure in a sense.

After dinner, we sit out in the driveway and hand out candy to the kids….if we have any candy left by that time! Whoops. I love seeing all of the costumes and hanging out outside.

Here are some of the chili recipes we are considering.

Chocolate Covered Katie’s Vegetarian Chili

Oh She Glows Vegan Chili

Damn Delicious Quinoa Chili

I love chili because it so customizable. If you are not fond of vegetarian options, it is easy to add ground turkey or beef to most chili recipes.

What are some of your favorite chili recipes?

Are you dressing up?

Do you have any Halloween traditions?

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Thinking Out Loud- 10/16/14

I was supposed to have this post up by yesterday morning, but that didn’t go as planned. Oops.

So, we have Thinking Out Loud Thursday Friday instead. On to the thoughts….

1. My school had the Homecoming football game, and my dad begged me to go with him. If there is football, he wants to be there. We went to the game, but the only reason I agreed, was because the halftime show was complete with an awesome fireworks show. I am like a five year old kid when it comes to fireworks. LOVE THEM!

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2. I have a ridiculous addiction to frozen yogurt that stemmed from a buy one get one free card I have had for the past few years. This year, they didn’t put out a new one, so my addiction has been left hanging for the past few months, since my broke college student budget cannot afford the crazy prices. BUT…I finally found a new BOGO card. My week got a whole lot better!

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3. I went to Dave and Busters for my mom’s birthday this past weekend, and my dad ordered the biggest salad I have ever seen. It was easily 2 feet long and 6 inches wide. He ate the entire thing! He was channeling his inner Adam Richman from Man vs. Food I guess. I was amazed.

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4. Starbucks iced green tea was the only thing that got me through 11 hours of school yesterday. Lots and lots of tea.

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5. Today is Friday! TGIF! Have a great weekend.

Check out what everyone else is thinking today.

WIAW- Randomness

It’s Wednesday! We are half way through the week. The weekend is almost here.

This week, my food was all over the place. No theme anywhere in sight over here. I am still getting into the swing of things with my school schedule, so more meals and snacks were eaten out than normal. It also seemed that I ate more snack foods than actual meals because of the weird times I had breaks in my schedule.

On to the food….

Wheat bagel

Wheat bagel

My mom brought home a dozen bagels from the local bagel store, so I toasted one of those up for breakfast to take with my on my way to school. I used to eat a bagel EVERY morning, but have not had one in a few weeks. I have missed them!

Jamba Juice Caribbean Passion smoothie

Jamba Juice Caribbean Passion smoothie

My school has a Jamba Juice on campus, which is very convenient. Whenever I need a quick snack, I get a smoothie. It is better than a bag of chips or a cookie.

Lunches have not really been the best lately. I have had a lot of the bowls I mentioned last week.

Dinners:

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My sister is down this week from Oregon, so we went to a Japanese teppan restaurant for dinner one night. We all had something different, but I ordered vegetable sushi rolls first. For my entree I had grilled tofu, vegetables and fried rice. My dad even enjoyed the tofu with some of his salmon. This meal was not the healthiest, but it was definitely good. Sometimes, it is ok to indulge.

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We also enjoyed pizza one night from a local take out place. After a long day at the beach, the last thing anyone wanted to do was cook. I do not eat pizza very often, but once in a while when we have guests, it is convenient.

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I just got a vegetable spiralizer last week, so we put it to good use with zucchini noodles and homemade marinara sauce. It turned out really well paired with some garlic bread.

Overall, my meals were things I don’t normally eat. Sometimes change is a good thing.

What was the best thing you ate this week?

Do you eat out more when you have company?

Semi-Homemade Cooking- Meatball Soup Recipe

My family used to sit down to dinner with each other EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. My mom did a pretty good at putting wholesome meals on the table that included all of the nutrients growing kids needed. The dinners ranged from chicken breasts, potatoes, and salad, to homemade pizzas or hot dogs. Sure, they may not have always been the healthiest options around, but we were always fed and eating together.

After the years went on and the three of us kids got older, dinners became more sporadic. We had sports practices to attend, piles of homework to finish, and friends we needed to see. Priorities. Dinners were not so planned out as time went on.

Another thing that changed was eating habits. My sister was VERY picky and ate a minimal amount of things. She could live off turkey sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and be perfectly happy. Those, or Del Taco, and we all know Del Taco isn’t the best option. My brother decided to follow along with the rest of the teenage boys and follow the muscle building diet. You know, protein, protein, and more protein…and a side of beer. I on the other hand, was just sliding into an eating disorder and focused on all things health.

Making dinners were much more difficult to try and please everyone. My parents both worked full time, and didn’t have the time to slave over the stove all day. It was all they could muster up the energy for to get something cooked in 30 minutes or less.

My family started taking up the semi homemade approach to dinners. More wholesome than boxed or takeout dinners, yet still easy enough to get onto the plate in a short amount of time.

Have you ever been to Trader Joe’s and sampled some of their creations in their back kitchens? It seems that every time I walk in there, I leave purchasing the ingredients to make what they were sampling. EVERY TIME!! They have some serious marketing strategies going on. Anyways, they inspired a soup recipe that my family absolutely LOVES! It is very versatile to please everyone and takes very little time to throw together.

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The only ingredients you need are a can of broth (beef, chicken, or vegetable), a can of diced tomatoes, a bag of your favorite meatballs (turkey, beef, meatless, or homemade), and a bag of frozen multigrain blend with vegetables from Trader Joes.

Throw it all into a pot, and let simmer until boiling.

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Done. Dinner is served.

There are so many variations to please anyone and everyone. I am a vegetarian, so I use vegetable broth and meatless meatballs. My mom prefers turkey meatballs, while my dad likes beef. Play around with the flavors and determine what you like.

Meatball Soup

inspired by Trader Joes

Ingredients

-15 oz can of diced tomatoes

-quart of favorite broth (vegetable, beef, chicken)

-a bag of frozen of fresh meatballs (any flavor)

-a frozen bag of multigrain blend with vegetables

Directions:

Add everything to a pot and cover. Simmer until boiling. Serve.

What are your favorite family dinners? Do you all sit down and eat together?