Butter(nut Squash) Fingers

Breakfast is the hardest meal for me to decide what to make for myself. I always want so many different things! I love all six(!) of the boxes of cereal in my pantry, oatmeal always ends up being a good start to my day and I still crave waffles and pancakes, without fail. One morning, I just couldn’t decide.

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So I toasted a Kashi Blueberry Waffle and topped it with TJ’s Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal and some extra blueberries. It turns out oatmeal makes a very good topping–especially the maple/brown sugar kind. It is one of those things that I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it before!

For dinner one night, I tried another Amy’s soup, this time the Minestrone one. I liked this one a lot more than the other one! It was a nice salty compliment to my very sweet sweet potato smothered in vanilla yogurt, pb and granola.

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I ate my final Kid’s Flat-Out Wrap, and I think they went out with a bang…er, I mean with vanilla yogurt, TJ’s Superfruit Spread and granola.

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I naturally graduated to the adult La Tortilla Factory Wraps and was feeling kind of fancy. This bad boy has turkey, hummus, arugula and raisins. The raisins were a great last minute addition.

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I finally spent money on eating out on Saturday. Technically, I had dinner out on Friday but the boyfriend picked up the tab because he knew I was trying to not spend money. Saturday, I walked over to the Whole Foods that is DANGEROUSLY close to me and picked up an L-B worth of food from the salad bar.

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The pic only shows the first layer. πŸ™‚ That white blob in the lower right hand corner is a hard boiled egg. I was very happy to reunite with the food that made me so happy whenever I saw it chilling in the sorority house salad bar.

My special weekend breakfast was chocolate chocolate chip pancakes. Does anyone else really enjoy successfully flipping a pancake? Making and eating these brings me so much pleasure on the weekend…maybe because it reminds me of my dad’s famous pancakes (which are, of course, still the best pancakes I have ever eaten).

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Pancakes weren’t the only thing I spent making in the kitchen this past week. I also finally got to make some banana bread, thanks to my bananas finally being ripe! I chose eating bender’s recipe since I wanted something really easy and light.

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I love, love, love having good bread in the kitchen. I had a piece topped with more banana slices, vanilla yogurt and chocolate chips. It was a late night snack that tasted like a second dessert!

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Also on Saturday, I went on a major search for a Trader Joe’s. I first drove to one location that my GPS (aka what my family calls β€œBritish Lady”) led me, only to get there and not see a TJ’s in sight. Determined to not give up, I drove 35 minutes further to find my favorite grocery store. At this point, I think I was about 50 minutes away from my apartment. Eek! That’s dedication! It was all worth it though! I got some really good stuff that will most likely be featured in future posts…

Luckily, I had packed a snack for all the (un)anticipated driving time.

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This Luna Bar blew me away! If I could choose between a candy bar and the WCM Luna on taste alone, I would pick the Luna every time. When I was in high school, I tried so many different kinds of Lunas and never really liked any of them. After seeing the WCM on many blogger’s favorite foods list, I had to give it a try. I’m so glad to add another bar to my personal favorite bar collection!

Okay, enough about that bar. The boyfriend came home from shooting a wedding this past weekend, and I had promised him a very good dinner when he returned Sunday night. The menu ended up changing sort of last minute, but that was not a problem. Together, we split both a turkey burger with bacon and cheddar cheese and a lean beef burger with Asiago cheese and sun dried tomatoes on really good soft bun rolls.

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I ended up liking the beef burger more! On the side, we ate shriveled up broccoli (an effect of being heated in the microwave) and butternut squash fries that ended up being more trouble than they were worth. More trouble=Amanda cut herself when slicing through it. 😦 It’s too bad because I love butternut squash fries…even more than sweet potato ones!

For dinner tonight, I warmed up TJ’s Chicken Fried Rice (one of my Sat. TJ’s finds) and had one of the soft bun rolls with some Smart Balance spread. I hardly ever just eat bread and butter–unless I’m at a restaurant–but I have a lot of grains to eat before they go moldy.

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Speaking of mold, I bought TJ’s Blueberry Bran Muffins on Saturday too, opened them on Sunday and ate one (and found it impossible that a bran muffin tasted as amazing as it did) and then opened them today from the package I sealed and found mold on some of them! I was very sad to throw them out. Does anyone have ideas on how to keep them from growing moldy at an alarmingly fast rate? I would like to buy them again!

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28 responses to “Butter(nut Squash) Fingers

  1. hopeinpeanutbutterandoats

    oh the miles we would travel for a GROCERY STORE..i’m right there with ya girl haha!
    WCMN luna is my fav fav fav!!!

  2. TJ’s baked good seem to mould really fast- i freeze the muffins, then take out to thaw, wrap it in foil and warm in a toaster oven..tastes freshly baked! Oatmeal on waffles is such a cool idea- looks great πŸ˜€ I need to try sweet potato/yogurt/AB combo…looks delicious πŸ˜€

    enjoy your Tuesday!

  3. rediscoveringlauren

    ooo those choc chip pancakes look delish πŸ™‚ and so does that banana bread! i must try make that!
    wcmn luna bars are my fav bar EVER!!so damn good and way better than any candy bar ive ever had!
    have a nice tuesday:)

  4. Even though there are some unique combinations, all your food looks amazing! I SO have TJ and WF envy, as there isn’t one for over 100 miles from where I am…big sigh.

    Anyway, I agree with the refrigeration and/or freezer method. Either popping it in the micro or oven makes it yummy (as do large amounts of butter, but whatever…)

  5. The oatmeal on top of the waffle is brilliant!! I too have the same dilemma in the mornings when trying to decide what to eat. I always consider about 10 different options before I finally decide!

  6. Oh I love the raisin addition!

    Try putting the muffins in the freezer and then just take them out one at a time when your ready to eat them!

  7. strivingforbalance

    I can never decide what I want for breakfast too! I love breakfast and I want it to be good to start my day! haha

    I love TJ’s chicken fried rice. It is so easy and quick to whip up .. and way healthier than chinese food fried rice for sure

    And don’t worry about summer classes.. they really do fly by! πŸ™‚

    http://strivingforbalance.wordpress.com/

  8. *gasps* those TJ Blueberry Bran muffins are DIVINE. love ’em.
    so i am obsessed with your sweet potato/pb/yogurt combo!!

  9. wow that banana bread looks so good! I love that you made it in a round pan instead of a bread loaf pan!

    crazy waffle/oats combo!

  10. the banana bread looks like somthing right up my ally. I am in love with WCM bars as well, they are def one of my tops if not my fav.
    Also soft bun rolls with a lil butter is such a yummy food all bready and doughy and yummy. can you tell im getting hungry? lol

  11. What a genius sweet potato combination I am definitely trying that!

  12. Your oatmeal looks so delicious. I love fresh blueberries. I bet the waffle/oats combo was great.

    I love chocolate chip pancakes, too, especially with peanut butter. πŸ™‚

  13. Great looking choco chip pancakes! I used to LOVE making those…I need to start again πŸ™‚

  14. Look at all this good food!! Love that you topped some waffles with oatmeal-such a good idea! πŸ™‚ And yumm, love that amy’s minetrone soup….minestrone has always been one of my favorites!

    Sorry that the TJ’s trip was such a mish, but i’m sure it was worth it! I’m luckily a 5 minute drive away (which actually leaves me visiting the place almost every day or 2….which is not good)!

  15. I am sorry the butternut squash fries didn’t come out like you hoped, aka was worth it. I have had about 3 different sets of these babies, thanks to Hungry Girl cookbook and my own creativity. Let me know if you want any and what the trouble is with them. I LOVE butternut fries, and hashbrowns, and casserole, and well you get it! Anyways, as for the TJ muffins, put them in the freezer and just pull one up and microwave it if you want it soft, and toast in the toaster oven if you want it firm! Works for me πŸ˜‰

  16. This post is food porn galore! I am SO hungry now! I never thought of oatmeal as a topping! That is so cool because I LOVE oatmeal…wonder why I never thought of this before!
    And yummm…I LOVE pancakes~ Aii, I think I just love everything in here πŸ™‚

  17. Hey Amanda, thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Your food looks so good! Love all the pictures! Your breakfast looks wonderful!

    Have a good night!

  18. what FABULOUS looking eats! that is soo creative to put yogurt, granola and nut butter on your sweet tater πŸ™‚ yumzz!!!

    have a fabulous day xoxox

  19. Thanks for your comment today! I love your blog, and you have so been added to my reader πŸ˜€

  20. I’m trying to decide what my favorite of all your good foods is! I think I’m going to have to go with the burgers – good idea to split so you get the best of both worlds!

    My mom made this fabulous carrot muffins and I only was able to snatch up three, and when the last one went moldy I was so upset! But baked goods keep really good in the freezer, I should have thought of that..

    Have a good dayyy!

  21. wow, SO many delicious and CREATIVE eats! i love the waffle topped with oatmeal — i often have the same “issue” of not being able to choose something for breakfast easily!

    yay for TJs trips, i ventured out to one about 40 minutes from my house a couple of weeks ago and though my gas tank hated me, it was sooo worth it! =)

  22. That sweet potato with PB sounds great!

    I put all of my breads, muffins etc in the fridge. You can just pop them in the microwave for a few seconds if you want them a little warmer!

    ❀

  23. Haha, don’t feel weird I have driven many, many miles myself to go to a TJ or a WF! You aren’t alone sister! πŸ˜‰

  24. Your blog makes me so happy πŸ™‚ I love reading about your adventures and knowing that I’ve probably done the same exact thing – I’m curious as to which TJ’s you ended up at! I used to make long drives just to get to that damn store…I love it too much!

    I’m so glad you tried (and liked!) the banana bread! It really is one of the favorite recipes I’ve made…which reminds me that I need to make some more soon πŸ™‚ And good call on using oatmeal as a topping for waffles! That’s genius, my friend!

    Can’t wait until we hang out. Even if Ashley doesn’t have concrete plans yet, I’d love to meet you! Another blogger is actually coming to visit me when I get back there in mid-July, so I’m going to send out an email to a bunch of Chicago bloggers soon to see if we can all get together for dinner one night! Sound good??

  25. Try freezing the muffins.

    OMG I am drooling! So many great eats! I agree…breakfast has too many options and I’m only half awake so it’s hard to decide! haha

  26. not sure how to keep muffins unmoldy (if that is a word lol). That is very sad though 😦

    Your banana bread looks like it turned out fabulous. Yummy!!! Great cookin πŸ™‚

  27. You have to buy them with preservatives in them! That’s why the manufacturers put preservatives (or Salt) in so many things, it keeps them from molding quickly. Same thing with White Flour. It lasts longer and won’t go bad as quickly. It’s a tradeoff. If you buy fresh, or items without preservatives, you just need to plan on eating them quickly. Unless you have them in a dehumidified environment, which will dry them out quickly. No other options.
    Your best bet is to buy things freshly made, and eat them quick. Especially during a time of year when the humidity is up.

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