On my laurels

This weekend I relaxed more than I have in a loooooong time.  I didn’t exercise.  I hardly cooked.  To be honest, I pretty much spent the weekend watching the Australian Open, football, and hanging out with Kyle (I did a fair amount of eating as well).  If that’s not the picturesque weekend, well, shoot me. 

I have a TON of photos, but they aren’t very glamorous and don’t require much in the way of explanations…so…without further ado…

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JAVA the hut

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Bluffin’ with my muffin

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How to make quinoa ghetto

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Afternoon delight(s)

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YouShake customized “Blended Bliss” flavored protein shake

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:( Needed more cowbell strawberry (sorry, but not worth the $$)

Finally, a little taste of domesticity!

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Mushrooms, broccoli, and zucchini sautéed in Bragg’s liquid aminos…with seitan tossed in after the veggies got their sizzle on.

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Mountains out of molehills

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Love me some sloppy seconds

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Truth in Yogi tea bags

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Kashi GoLean Chocolate Almond Toffee chewy bar – because sometimes 31 g of sugar before you go to bed seems like a good call

(Let the record show I had a very interrupted night’s sleep, which I’m blaming on my monthly lady situation the crap filled bar I had just before zzzzzz…)

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Hormones can’t be ignored

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Notice a chocolate trend? 

The new chocolate flavored Oikos greek yogurt by Stonyfield gets a thumbs up from me…the chocolate part is in the bottom and after you stir it in, it’s a nice sweet contrast to the tangy greek yogurt. 

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Peebers & jazz

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Lemony Snicket zevia

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Hummus + Salsa + Avocado = guac-hum-mole

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Rick Bayless is a Mexican genius…his chips make me feel like I should have a margarita in my hand

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Asking me to choose between two kinds of hummus is like asking Heidi to pick one plastic surgeon…crazy talk.

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Lasagna and Caesar salad (vegan versions of both).

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Atop the romaine I sprinkled a blend of lemon juice and balsamic vinegar with vegan parmesan.  The lasagna was perfection if I do say so myself.

Dessert was a rather decadent open faced banana split…

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1) Split the nanner

2) Apply nutbutter of your choosing (Justin’s Maple Almond Butter)

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3) Add toppings (I went halfsies with raisins and vegan chocolate chips)

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4) Devour

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Could you die?

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Yogi Stomach Ease tea is my ever-faithful sidekick

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Ooo…frothy

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Overnight oats made with PB + 1/2 banana + cinn + agave syrup + coconut milk

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Simple is as simple does eats

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Tree of Life popcorn?  Well, I’ve never heard of this brand, but there are only four ingredients and they are all organic. 

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Salted and nooch-i-fied to my liking

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Apple-aholics rejoice

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Four little sweet potatoes sitting in a tree…k-i-s-s-i-n-g…

There is a direct correlation between the shelf life of BBQ sauce and the number of sweet potatoes in the apartment…I’d say anything over a week is being generous.

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Xanthan Gum is great in smoothies, but a disaster if you spill it…seriously, the table is still a slippery mess after 4 mega wipe downs

This smoothie contained:

  • 3/4 bag of frozen cherries (approx 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 tbsp Xagave nectar
  • 1/3 cup Lactaid
  • 2 tsp (plus unmeasured spilled amount) Xanthan gum

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So creamy smooth!  The xanthan gum makes it so fluffy!!

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51 thoughts on “On my laurels

  1. Jenna

    I just tried justins nut butter today for the first time and I loved it!
    Great idea of hummus, salsa, and avocado!!
    And the overnight oats in the sandwich container=genious!
    Banana dessert looks yummy!!
    Jenna

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    1. elise

      im all about justin’s nuts ;) seriously, why arent there big boys of his goods? then again, bulk nut butters are dangerous in my possession – economically speaking that is

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  2. daintyvegan

    Why can I not find many Kashi items!! I’m pretty sure it’s not due to being in Canada.. but I can’t seem to find anything except a couple non-vegan granola bars. Not even super appealing granola bars, just boring ones. Poo.

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    1. elise

      agreed. now dont you think thats the BEST CCK/CCV recipe anyone has ever made??? yes, i think it deserves a blentec in fact!!!

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  3. kbwood

    hahah i totally caught your “I NEED MORE COWBELL” comment there! hilarious episode.
    chocolate oikos? i just reviewed the caramel on my blog and it was HEAVENLY..now i gota try chocolate!

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  4. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    “Kashi GoLean Chocolate Almond Toffee chewy bar – because sometimes 31 g of sugar before you go to bed seems like a good call”–
    Sounds perfect to me!!!!!!!!
    Toffee and chewy. you have me right there.

    The nana w/ AB, dates, and choc chips. Perfection also!

    xoox

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  5. snackface

    How to make quinoa ghetto absolutely killed me!

    Oh! And bluffin with my muffin– I always make Muffin listen to the whole song just to hear that line ;) Because we’re freaks.

    I’m really shocked we didn’t see more pretzel+hummus action, but it’s OK. I’d eat URRTHANG on here! Espesh that incredible lasagna! AMAZE.

    Have a fab week, my friend!! xoxo

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  6. julie

    i want dessert right now in the form of copious amounts of open banana splits.

    i really hope you ate that whole bag of popcorn. i will be pretty upset with you if you didn’t.

    i’m about to buy xantham gum like 4 seconds ago.

    i just ate breakfast and now i’m hungry again.

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  7. Lizzy

    What a great weekend!! your eats look exactly like options I go for on the weekends too…simple but delicious!! I like the raisin on sweet potato combo…yum! I hope you’re having a great week! xoxo!

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    1. elise

      gah. my phoneis sketch balls, i did NOT get your bbm. i went to verizon last night and they said i had to update my software and then gave me a website…sweet.

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  8. Holly

    love, love, love it all.

    i want a smoothie, that banana split (which i coincidentally have ALL the ingredients too) and the noochified popcorn – because i bought nooch for the FIRST time. its sitting on my shelf as we speak.

    yay for relaxing weekends. those are suriously the best. i need a weekend where i literally have nothing to do. no pressure to workout, accomplish anything or be anywhere. glorious.

    have a fab week dear elise :)

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  9. leangreendeane

    Where to begin…
    -From now on, i intend on making all of my quinoa ghetto.
    -Funny story: I have actually met Justin and he was nothing what i thought he would be like in real life, they are out of Boulder, and it’s pretty awkward when you lead off with: Your Justin? i love your nut butters!
    -I have made calls like that right before bed, it IS necessary sometimes and i don’t think it’s my hormones, haha.
    -Where do you find the carob chips!? Michigan Whole Foods blow compared to the rest of the states’.

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    1. elise

      whole foods! sorry yours is weak sauce…i saw a pic of justin from a foodie fair in SF a few weeks ago…hes not at ALL like i would have expected. still love his nuts though ;)

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  10. Lara (Thinspired)

    Lady, with as hard as you work, you deserve a weekend to just chill and not be all domestic!
    That aside, you still managed to eat some delicious stuff! I LOVE that Justin’s maple. Favorite ever!
    And I felt the same way about the chocolate Oikos. Perfectly sweet/tangy. You should try the caramel–not as tangy…really sweet :)

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  11. ethel

    Good GAWD woman!!! That is a large amount of comida! I am very impressed and again, inspired…haha…My fave is your ghetto quinoa. Oh, I found some that’s tri-colored…I have yet to make it. Also, another question, which I think I may know the answer to, where do you get your vegan parm? All look deelish!

    p.s. LOL’d really loudly at work re: Heidi Montag comment.

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  12. janetha

    ahhh so many good things in this post! you have been eating some delish stuff. and some creamy smoothies! i think you should send me a smoothie stache photo ;) xoxo

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    1. elise

      ill get a ‘stach pic next time fa-sho…i usually use a straw though – i guess i can make an exception for you ;)

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  13. cmb0096

    I am going to refrain from commenting about what the almond butter squeezed out of the pack looks like on your banana before you add the chocolate chips…I have a dirty mind, apparently :-)

    YUM! Can I come to your apt and eat with you next weekend?!?!

    Courtney

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  14. jenngirl

    Glad you spent a weekend relaxing–and eating amazingly delicious, yet easy foods!

    haha I like your overnight oats in that sandwich container…good thinking!

    Reply

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