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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The pic only shows the first layer. 🙂 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).
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.
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!
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 “British 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.
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.
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.
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!