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Week ‘o eats

The whole shebang of last week in one post.  Here goes.

Breakfast on Monday was the last of this savory bread and fried eggs.

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Breakfast on Tuesday was out – I had a savory crepe with hash browns at Crepeville.

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Because Crepeville’s portions are awesomely massive I had leftovers for breakfast on Wednesday.  Which I paired with two fried eggs.

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Thursday I made steel cut oats in the rice cooker (the crock pot was already occupied) for our whole family.  I topped mine with a bunch of non-nut things (aka seeds galore) – including chia, hemp, and pumpkin, plus sunflower seed butter.

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I had the same thing Friday too.  With even more sunbutter.

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Saturday was a leisurely morning with Kyle home.  So, Waffles!

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On Sunday eggs were back on the menu!  We finally got groceries – we were down to the last of the fridge bits and pieces – but now I have to wait a while for all 8 avocados to ripen.  Fortunately we still had 1/2 of an avo left, which I split with P for breakfast.  Mine was on GF toast, his was plain.  

On to lunches!

Monday I made an egg & avo mash, which I heaped over spinach and carrots.

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And partnered with glutino pretzels.  Costco had these!  I did a happy dance when I saw them and then tried not to get too excited since they’ll likely be discontinued by the next time I go (as is the case with all the good GF things I fall in love with).

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On Tuesday I made an old school hippie bowl – seitan, quinoa, butternut squash, spinach, carrots, and avocado topped in Bragg’s aminos.  Classic Elise meal. 

I bought lots of this brand of seitan when I was in LA because it’s my fave.  I miss all of the Healthy Times products.  I wonder if they ship?  Hmmm…

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Wednesday’s lunch was on the smaller side because I ruined my appetite on (failed but delicious) biscuits.  I paired them with avo/egg mash and baby carrots.

I had the exact same thing on both Thursday and Saturday so I didn’t bother to take a pic.

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Friday was another seitan salad.  Same ingreds as the previous bowl.  And then again on Sunday.

My lunches are so snooze.  I love em, but they aren’t interesting because I like what I like and so I just eat it again and again. 

And now for the main meals.

Monday night featured spaghetti squash! 

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How did I wait ‘til half way through January before getting my faux noodle face on!?!  I love you I love you I love you.  Kyle had regular noodles because he doesn’t share in the fiber love affair.

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On Tuesday I made use of the crock-pot.  I was aiming for a stew but I guess I didn’t add enough liquid with the rice because it ended up more like a risotto.  No problem in my book, it still tasted awesome.

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Wednesday was all about the quiche magic.

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On Thursday I made baked potatoes with the works.  I’ve posted about it before here.  This time I ditched the faux cheese and used plain goat’s milk kefir.

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And Friday’s dinner was leftover quiche.  The rest of it.  Yep, I ate it all by myself in two servings. 

Saturday night we had leftover stew.  And Sunday we got our weekly sushi fix.  🙂

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Drinks, snacks and desserts go largely undocumented.  I don’t know why since they’re the best part of the day.  😉

I switched to coconut milk (from the can) to see if it helped with patty-cakes’ allergies.  I made the above with one can of coconut milk (this brand has nothing but coconut and water and it’s organic and BPA free…and $$).  I then added another can’s worth of water to dilute it a bit (read: make it last longer).  It’s tasty!  So far so good. 

I drink at least a dozen cups of decaf or tea over the course of the day, so, ya know.  Better for the little man. 

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Here are a list of my fave snacks: kettle corn, chocolate, chocolate, popcorn, corn nuts, banana chips, chocolate…ummm, did I mention chocolate??  It’s hard to think of non-nut snacks.  I need to get more creative.  I do have nuts in my desserts though because I know it will be several hours before I nurse P, which is enough time for the allergens to clear out of my breast milk.

Meal planning win.  Onto the next week!

Me and P

Kinda unintentionally took a little break from the blog. 

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I wasn’t overly busy, still doing the same work/parent thing, but I just didn’t feel like writing an (uninspired) post about nothingness so I left the computer off.  And that’s that.  Nothing exciting happened while I was away though.

For dinners:

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I made this creamy dijon tempeh casserole dish again.

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This time with 3 blocks of tempeh (I 1 1/2-ed the whole recipe) in an 8×8 casserole dish.  Boom.  Party in my mouth.

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That’s taken care of a few dinners/lunches.  Even though the leftovers cause family feuds, it’s still a dish I’ll continue to make again and again.  So.  Good.

And then there were the leftovers of this sweet potato pasta dish.

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Still just as good a few days later.

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Sushi take-out on the zombie days (post-night shift laziness).

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I’m obsessed with inari.  It’s pretty much my favorite sushi order now and I could maybe (definitely) eat a whole barrel of them.  Who knows what that sweet-ish stuff is that the rice inside has on it? 

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For breakfasts:

I’m back on the oatmeal wagon.

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After a looooong hiatus (all of pregnancy and several months post partum) from sweet breakfasts, I seem to have returned to my former self. 

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Our crock-pot was occupied (third batch of home-made applesauce), so I made steel cut oats in the rice cooker.

I followed the same water:grain ratio as I would any other grain, but used the porridge setting.  Started it the night before and woke up to perfectly creamy and dreamy oats.  All I did in the morning was give it quick stir and add a splash of almond milk.

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Plus molasses, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon.

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It made enough to last me a few days. 

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Most days I went the pumpkin route but one day I stirred in a HUGE glob of peanut butter which made breakfast basically taste like a cookie.

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And another day my sister was in town (babysitting while I slept after night shift) so I made us matching bowls of oatmeal.  This was on the stove top and used whole rolled oats instead of steel cut ones.  They each had raisins, almond butter, and 1/2 a banana.

For Lunches:

Thanks to this Costco purchase my lunches have been nearly identical for the last month.

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Not that it takes much effort to hard boil eggs, but at the rate I’ve been eating them, it’s an ongoing process that takes up time I’d happily devote elsewhere.

Plus they’re organic, inexpensive, and just plain easy.  I got my sister on board.  I bet my dad would be all about it too. 

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Usually eaten while this is going on.

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Totally normal.

Can you believe this little monster is over 8 months old?!?

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Every day is better than the day before it.  He’s just so much fun.  I can’t get over what a little boy he’s becoming.  Such a happy kid.

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We went to a pumpkin patch and out of everything we did (which was a LOT) the highlight of his day was definitely the hay. 

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Ladies man.

I just adore spending my days with him.  🙂

Perfect Fall weekend

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Trrrrrrrrouble.

[Don’t be deceived by this photo, he’s not crawling.  At. All.  He rolls to get everywhere.  He’s surprisingly mobile for only using rolling as a means of travel.  I’m sure I’ll be swallowing my words later but it would be nice if he showed some signs of crawling.  Like maybe contact with the ground.  On the other hand, he’s basically ready to walk since he holds himself up using the coffee table or wall as support…hmmm…tummy time to standing?  Kids are confusing.]

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On Thursday my parents came to Davis to visit for a few hours.

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It was fun to have them in town on a day that didn’t involve them babysitting while I slept.  I was alert and able to interact without dozing off mid sentence!  Yay!

They treated us to lunch at Bistro 33, a place I’ve been wanting to try for a while.  It’ sin downtown Davis and has outdoor seating which is perfect on days like Thursday.  It was barely crisp and Fall-like, so sitting in the sun felt awesome.

Kyle even managed to ditch work for a couple of hours (a perk of being self employed) and join us.

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We “started” with baked goat cheese with sundried tomatoes and parmesan crostini.  I got some without parmesan for me.  And FYI, the reason started is in quotations is because the service is pretty mediocre, so our appetizer only beat out the arrival of our entrees by 30 seconds.  Not amazing timing.  At least it was good.

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For my main dish I got the banh-mi style Vietnamese sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries.

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The sandwich had grilled portobello mushrooms, asian slaw, and lime chili vinagirette aioli on a fluffy sweet roll.

The aioli was the best part – I would have liked a bit more oomf in the form of tofu or more mushrooms – but it was still a pretty good vegetarian option.

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The sweet potato fries were awesome, and it’s a good thing I shared them with the whole table or I would have demolished them all.

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Mr. No-Naps (going on day 4) finally fell asleep during the meal so we actually lucked out.

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After lunch we strolled through downtown and then onto campus.  We stopped to feed P some banana, because he wasn’t super happy that he missed out on lunch. 

I feed him solid food twice a day (more or less) but I still nurse him the same amount.  It’s a lot to fit into 10 hours (yes, he sleeps for 14 hours…for now). 

In the afternoon my parents headed home and Kyle went back to work so I played with P and made myself a smoothie.  No photo, but it was large and green, with banana, spinach, almond milk, and peanut butter.

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For dinner I had this again but topped it with a fried egg.  Delish.

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And for dessert I had a few slices of pumpkin gingerbread and maple coated almonds.  The almonds are from the co-op bulk bins and are way too addictive to buy on the reg.  I try to limit myself to one fancy nut per month.  Yes, I could easily make my own, but let’s be real, I’m spread pretty thin these days.  Buying food is what’s happening and I’m making no apologies for it.

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Friday’s breakfast was steel cut oats with almond butter stirred in, topped with cinnamon, desiccated coconut, and roasted sunflower seeds.  An oddly amazing combo.

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Afterwards I fed P, then we got to playing with a new toy.

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Pre-and post-destruction. 

As strong as he is, I’m thinking it’s the poorly made toy that is the issue because it lasted about 2 seconds in the table position before he tore the legs off it and broke the thing down to parts. 

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Lunch!  You all have to know what this is by now since I have shown the same meal on repeat for the past two months.

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Kyle and I went different routes for dinner.  He went Mexican with a new awesome ingredient.

I didn’t feel like much, so I landed on tomato soup.  With crackers and chips aplenty.

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I had both Amy’s chunky tomato and Wolfgang Puck’s tomato basil.  Both were perfectly salty, complemented with tortilla chips (until they ran out) and then Van’s multigrain GF crackers.

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I felt all sloshy and didn’t even have room for dessert. 

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Kyle’s said the Fresh ‘n Nova hot garlic fluff took his burrito to the next level.  Talk about a perfect Mexican food add in!  Kyle loves garlic so this is basically a spread created for him.

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Saturday started way earlier than we wanted thanks to P’s teething issues.  He has been waking in the early morning and no matter what we do or don’t do, he won’t go back to sleep. 

He loves cuddling and it feels so sweet having him on my chest while he sucks his thumb.  I feel his hot breath on my neck and occasional eyelash flutter.  It makes me melt so as tiring as it is, I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world.

Oh and PS I made GF pancakes with peanut butter sauce (above) for breakfast after doing level 3 of Jillian’s shred. 

I ate lunch in the car, so no pics, but it wasn’t anything special.  We were en route to Chico for a baby shower.  Doesn’t P look excited to meet his new friend?

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He was certainly bonding with the other little girlies at the event.

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Until Kev showed up and there was another boy in the running…no worries for my ladies man.

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Chillin’

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We spent the night at our friends’ house in Chico and got take-out from The RawBar for dinner.  It’s pretty nice having kids the same age because they totally get the whole house-bound-after-8-pm-because-my-kid-is-sleeping thing.

I had a bomb seaweed salad and inari.  And some vino as a night cap while we watched the first two episodes of Top Chef. 

Predictions??

P woke up when we went to bed so that sucked.  It was a two hour battle to get him back to sleep as he wailed on and off.  Yikes. Fortunately he didn’t wake up Kevin, who was asleep in his parents’ room. 

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The next morning we went to Tin Roof Bakery and Cafe for breakfast.

I got a decaf with almond milk (free refills for the win) and a massive cinnamon roll.

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I only got through half before I felt the sugar crazies coming on so I stopped.

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This is Kyle’s pretty almond milk mocha.

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We stopped at the park on the way home.  The boys and their boys….awww.

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Don’t mind the fact that P’s still rockin’ his pjs.  It was a lazy Sunday.  Who gives?

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We made it back in time for the beginning of the first round of football games.  And hung out in Chico ‘til we got to a good break in the games. 

Thanks to the crappy am radio in the middle of nowhere we only had the Raiders game to listen to on the way home.  Whatever.

I worked hard to get pacman to nap on the way home and after he finally dozed off I did the same.  We were a sleepy pair in the back seat leaving poor Kyle to entertain himself.  Luckily the 49ers game came on. 

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We got home around 2 pm and I’m not sure who was the most hungry of the three of us.  Patty-cakes of course got priority.  But as soon as he was done nursing I made myself a quick egg/avo scramble (above) which I bulked up even more with a cheesy sauce of nooch and plain almond milk.  Neon colored pee! 

The rest of Sunday was mellow as we got things squared away for the work week ahead.  I had zero interest in cooking so we got a few different deli salads from Nugget Market on the way home from an evening walk through the neighb.

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And that’s the weekend!

Ruts and reining it in

And just like that, my accountability went down the drain.  Wah wah.

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Even though I spoiled my dinner with the above yog from cultive, it was so necessary.  I had just finished loading my groceries into the car when I noticed my (new) iPhone was nowhere to be found.  I usually keep it in the cup holder on the stroller, so I figured it either fell out when I pushed P over a bump or crack in the sidewalk…or…someone stole it. 

Since I live in Davis, I figured it was my fault.  So I retraced my steps all over downtown Davis…all the way back to the Co-op.  Unfortunately, nobody had seen my phone, but someone let me borrow their phone to call mine.  And someone answered it!!  A nice guy found it on the ground and was only a few blocks away so I raced over to meet him and reunite with my mobile.  Phew! 

All that running around town worked up my appetite.  Hence the fro yo.  It has live cultures though, so that means it’s healthy.  😉

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Most people don’t follow up a frozen yogurt feast with a nacho platter, but as you probably know by now, I’m not most people. 

I have a nacho problem.

In the past 2 weeks I’ve had nachos for almost 50% of my dinners. 

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Seriously Elise. 

Anyway, I’m going to cut myself some slack (advice from my husband) since I just got off a killer stretch of night shifts. 

Here’s a few of the other meals I did manage to capture.  Not sure what meal was what considering I was doing the zombie thing – 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners per day is my norm (and snacks aplenty obvs).

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Toppings = peanut sauce (PB/almond milk/stevia/cinnamon) + strawberries

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Wildroots GF pancake mix is seriously the sh!t.

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I make no apologies for the repetition of pancakes.

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That’s almond butter straight up.

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And that’s chocolate cherry bread.

I guess I did mix it up a little.

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I also made pumpkin gingerbread.  It was loosely based on Emily’s recipe but I made it gluten free and added molasses (and made a loaf not muffins).  It’s tasted fantastic but the consistency was a fail so I’m not going to bother posting the recipe. 

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The texture was super dense and not very bread-like, so I almost think the dough would have worked better as a cookie.  It has an awesome ginger and molasses kick though.  And it made the house smell like Christmas.  Mmmm…

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Suzie’s corn thins, Mary’s Gone crackers + strawberries + carrots + an avo/egg/sour cream mash.

I feel like ever since Greek yogurt came on the scene, sour cream has gotten seriously neglected.  I never actually ate it before greek yogurt was all the rage, but I definitely use greek yogurt in all recipes that call for sour cream.  No longer!  Sour cream is awesome.  Green Valley organic lactose free sour cream is SO thick and amazing I’m especially smitten at the mo.  It’s nothing like greek yogurt and anyone who thinks differently is in denial. 

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More avo/egg/sour cream.  This time with carrots, corn thins and figs.

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The same avo and egg mash but with goat chevre instead of sour cream.  On the side were Mary’s Gone crackers, cornbread, carrots, and a little wedge of Redwood Hill Farm goat cheese camellia.

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And so on and so forth.  You get the idea.

Obviously I’m in a food rut.  My breakfasts are all the same.  My lunches are all the same.  And my dinners are all the same nachos.

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The only outlier last week was this quickie dinner I threw together.  Kyle was working late at the shop but I had to go into the hospital, so my dad came over to hang at the house while P slept.  Saved by grandpa!  Since my dad was so great to cover us, I couldn’t exactly leave him high and dry for dinner so I scrambled to find something around the house. 

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The vegetable drawer was pathetic (all I had was scallions!).  I ended up making cod with a scallion sesame brown rice dish.  It was decent, but nothing I’d rave about.

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For the cod, I simply rubbed them with miso paste, then sprinkled coconut sugar on top and baked it for ~15 minutes.  I had mine with some leftover squash.

Desserts?  Yeah, they’ve been a bi (tri?) daily occurrence.  Eek.  Gotta rein it in!  I was much more thoughtful and intuitive with my eating when I was taking pics of everything. 

So that’s that in the food department.

I owe you a patty-cakes pic don’t I?

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Going on 8 months…boy does time fly…

I (finally) have a stretch of days off, so I’m hopefully going to actually cook something this week.  Stay tuned!

Now that’s a lot of food

Turns out I eat a lot.  🙂

Ha.  As if that’s a surprise.

Here’s my 99% complete documented eats (second helpings noted). 

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Breakfast: fried egg + 2 slices of chocolate cherry quickbread (half of one was eaten during the cooking process)

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Lunch: 3 slices of GF bread toasted and topped with avocado/egg salad + carrots + grapes + strawberries

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I get questions if I eat fruit (because I rarely show those little snacks) and the answer is YES!  Of course!  I tend to eat seasonally – so lately it’s been grapes, figs, strawberries, raspberries, and bananas (always bananas).  The main change (fruit-wise) since I started watching my fodmap intake is that I don’t really eat apples or stone fruit much anymore.  Or at least not nearly to the degree that I used to.  Cooked apples don’t seem to be too difficult on my gut and so I made a huge batch of applesauce in the crock-pot yesterday.  But it will mostly be used in baked goods or for P. 

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Lunch dessert: 3 TJ’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups + candied ginger

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Dinner: nachos

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Dessert: chocolate chip banana cookies (double the amount shown)

The next day I was out and about, so I had a quick slice of chocolate cherry bread at home, followed by a slice of GF toast + peanut butter + 1/2 banana (the rest was P’s).

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Lunch was packed (for me and Kyle) and included:

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  • sandwiches (Redwood Hill’s goat smoked cheddar with avocado and mustard)
  • grapes
  • crackers + Laughing Cow cheese
  • nuts
  • cookies

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We took a family trip to Sebastopol to tour the Redwood Hill creamery and dairy (and meet the goats!!!).  It was so fun I’ll tell you all about it later.

Afterwards, we picnicked in the orchard with the eats I packed.  I wish I’d brought more food for me, I’m not sure what I was thinking with just a sando and grapes. 

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Snack: lasagna (I dug in as soon as we got home…hangry status).

Miraculously I didn’t spoil my appetite for dinner (it was ~4 pm when I ate it).

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Dinner: Viccolo roasted tomato goat cheese & basil pizza (I had seconds and thirds) + carrots

Italian cravings like whoa!  If I didn’t know better, I’d say I was preggo again (remember how I wanted to molest tomatoes for 9 months?).

We get this pizza every time we go to Costco and I love love love it.  Even though Kyle and I each end up eating a whole pizza each (they come in two packs), they’re too good to pass up.  PS One pizza is like 1500 calories.  Don’t quote me, but I’m pretty sure that’s more than “normal” people eat in one meal.  Breast feeding FTW!!

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Breakfast: GF pancakes + peanut butter sauce (PB + almond milk + cinnamon + stevia)

I went back for two more pancakes.

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Lunch: Suzie’s corn thin cakes + avocado/egg salad + carrots + grapes

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These corn cakes are a first time buy and I kinda like them more than rice cakes.  They’re thinner (obvs) and therefore easier to pile high with stuff.  Plus they’re cheaper than other GF carb options (like bread) with fewer ingreds.  Win.

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Snack: Mary’s Gone crackers + Redwood Hill Farm’s goat cheese camellia (tastes super similar to brie but doesn’t harm my GI tract at all!)

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Dinner: baked sweet potato + falafel patty + carrots + celery + Fresh ‘n Nova hummus (original and roasted red pepper)

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Fresh ‘n Nova provided me with a lot of samples (even more than shown) and I am SOOOO obsessed. 

They knew I was already a fan because of several posts I wrote way back when,  So when they reached out to me to tell me about their expanded product line…ummm…yeah…I think I’ll give them a shot.  ;) 

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I cannot WAIT to share them all with you.  Someone may get a shot at winning some too…[hint hint]

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Dessert: frozen grapes (probably 3 times the amount shown)

Moving on…

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Breakfast: GF pancakes + fried egg + pumpkin almond milk coffee

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Lunch: GF toast with peppercorn chevre + fried eggs (and more peppercorn goat cheese) + carrots + figs

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Hellooooo favorite goat cheese!  I love how it can go either way – sweet or savory – and this has just enough kick to take an average egg and cheese combo to the next level.  Mmmm.

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Lunch (cont): banana chips

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Lunch dessert: chocolate chip banana cookies (all gone!)

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Dinner: pizza leftovers

Night shift eats: coconut, banana, banana chips, roasted nuts, Nature Valley bar (what. a. shift.)

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Breakfast: chocolate cherry bread + fried egg

After this I took a nap from 8:30 til 10.  Good but not great. 

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For lunch we were at the Farmer’s Market with Kyle’s brother’s family.  Kyle got a vegetarian corn dog from the Hotdogger + vegetable samosos from Kathmandu Kitchen.  I got the goat classic from Fat Face.

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Lots of sriracha, please.

Snack: melon from the market

Dinner: Mermaid sushi

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All that for the two of us, but mostly me.  🙂

Dessert: frozen grapes (no pic)

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Breakfast: smorgasbord (GF pancake + chocolate cherry bread + leftover waffles from a brunch we hosted a few weeks back) + fried egg

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Lunch: Suzie’s corn thin cakes + Mary’s Gone crackers + carrots + strawberries + avocado/goat cheese/egg mash

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Dinner: spinach and veggies topped with salmon pasta salad

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Dessert: strawberries + melon

Not too bad eh?