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Roasted veggies rule

Most vegetables taste better when roasted, if you ask me. Brussels sprouts especially benefit from time in a 400-degree oven.

And any technique that makes it easier to consume more veggies is A-OK with me.

That’s why I was eager to try Emily Bites Sweet & Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

The result was worth the (fairly minimal) work involved.

My Midwestern — read “wimpy” — taste buds could probably do with a little less spice, so when I make this recipe again, I’ll cut the sriracha to 1 teaspoon instead of 2. (I used 1 1/2 tsp and that was a tad on the “too hot” side for me.

Still, it was delicious — and a good-sized serving is just 3 #mywwblueplan Points.

Do yourself a favor and check it out.

Or, if you’re up for a different kind of adventure, try roasted radishes. They too are surprisingly tasty.

#WIAW: Eating the rainbow

Tuesday’s Elf for Health challenge, “eat the rainbow,” coincided with this week’s What I Ate Wednesday extravaganza.

The thing I realized? I eat a lot of brown food.

Something to work on …

As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting the WIAW party. Now, on to the eats.

Overnight Oats

Breakfast was a bowlful of overnight oats. In the mix: unsweetened almond milk, oats, a handful of dried cranberries, 2 teaspoons sunflower seeds, 1 teaspoon chia seeds and (added in the morning) some Justin’s almond butter.

I cooked up another batch of Jenn’s quick cranberry sauce Monday, and I thought about adding some to my oats, but wasn’t sure how it’d taste with the almond butter.

The rest of the day’s eats were off a bit. While I was eating breakfast, the power went off at the house. I planned to head back home from Starbucks before work, but got caught up in writing (ordering the judges’ copies of DIVA IN THE DUGOUT, actually) and picked up some food from Sprouts to get me through the work night.

Roast Beef Sandwich

Lunch was a roast beef sandwich on sourdough with some salt & vinegar chips. Note the green avocado, red onion, yellow mustard and green sprouts on the sandwich, please.

California Roll

I snacked on a California roll. Lots of color there, right?


Sneaked in some orange with a mango-coconut Kevita.

Meatloaf with veggies

And had meatloaf with colorful veggies for dinner. More brown. Some unpictured ketchup added more red.

I like putting ketchup on my meatloaf. Sue me.

Not the best example of eating the rainbow, but it could have been worse.

I’ll be honest: I was all prepared to praise the idea of letting go of guilt surrounding food (one of the concepts we practiced in the Good Life Challenge last week) … but I struggled today. Kind of zoned out and stress-ate my lunch because when I got to work I couldn’t clock in or start working right away (power outage screwed things up). Then I started a downward shame spiral that led to eating more candy than I should have …

Guess I need to practice more.

WIAW: Trader Joe’s special

Before I get to this week’s What I Ate Wednesday post, I have to know one thing: Am I the only one who HATES the self-checkout lanes at the grocery store?

I didn’t get a chance to go shopping until after work, which means after midnight. Staffing of the real checkout lane is hit or miss at that hour. Some nights, they have a lane open with no one standing there. You squeeze the squeaky frog at the checkstand and they’ll come check you out. Other nights, you’re stuck with self checkout.

Me, I’d rather wait in line than do it myself (unless I have just one or two items). It takes me about ten times as long to check myself out as it does for the nice, helpful, trained cashier to do it for me. That’s what happened to me on Tuesday. I walked into the store at 12:09 and didn’t walk out until 12:40 — and it wasn’t because I spent an inordinate amount of time strolling the aisles. Nope. I had to self-check, keying in produce codes and weighing things.


Okay. Rant over. Now let’s get to the good stuff. And it really was all good stuff — both in taste and nutrition.

As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting the WIAW link-up. Hop on over to Peas and Crayons for a glimpse into the eating habits of a couple hundred of your closest Internet friends.

Like I said, I had a fantastic eating day. With some help from Trader Joe’s, I spent less than 45 minutes in the kitchen whipping up a breakfast smoothie, prepping snacks, lunch and dinner and washing dishes. And the best thing? I got to eat MORE food for FEWER calories. I actually came in 160 calories UNDER Lose It’s limit for the day.


Berry Smoothie

A mixed berry smoothie. In the mix: 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1 cup TJ’s mixed berries, 4 oz. C Monster juice, 8 oz. water, 10 ice cubes. Certainly colorful enough to qualify for the #colourfulsmoothie challenge. It tasted pretty good, too — except for the seeds. I hate raspberry seeds. I always forget how much I detest the tiny, hard bits until I try making a smoothie with mixed berries.

Once I’d finished up in the kitchen, I ran a few errands and headed to Starbucks. To avoid the too-yummy pastries, I took my lunch inside with me. (Last week while on vacation and spending 5-6 hours a day warming a seat at the Bux to write, I helped myself to WAY more pastries than I should have.)

Iced Coffee and Sandwich

A Sandwich Thin with TJ’s Less-Guilt spinach/kale dip. That stuff tastes just as good as I remember it from last time. I could have probably used a hit of protein, though. I’m wondering about adding a sliced hard-boiled egg or maybe even a hamburger patty to the bread/dip combo. I also ordered a black iced coffee, which I mixed with a cup of unsweetened almond milk I brought from home, doctored with some sugar-free chocolate syrup and coconut extract.

I wish they offered almond milk at Starbucks. Unsweetened almond milk would be superb.

When I got to the office at 3 p.m., I ate the rest of my lunch: Broccoli-Cranberry Slaw and the TJ’s brand of snap pea crisps, Visualize World Peas, with hummus for dipping.

Broccoli Slaw Crispy Peas and hummusThe broccoli slaw was based on a recipe they demo’ed at Trader Joe’s when I was there a couple of weeks ago. I used a bag of broccoli slaw, dried Craisins (cherry flavored because I didn’t have plain ones like I thought), chopped walnuts and Cranberry-Walnut-Gorgonzola dressing.

The recipe called for slivered almonds, which I also thought I had at home. Turns out I was wrong. Walnuts were an excellent substitution, though.

I think I’ll end up with five one-cup servings, each with 200 calories, 11 grams fat, 22 grams carbs, 4 grams fiber and 4.8 grams protein.

Those stats aren’t too shabby. I wonder if it’d make a good bed for  chopped grilled chicken.

I also had a Grande iced caramel latte, made with 2% milk and sugar-free caramel syrup. Had to use my Treat Receipt, after all.

My latte was good — but not nearly as tasty as the drink I got with Monday’s Treat Receipt. I saw it on Facebook Monday morning. It involved a Frappuccino blended with banana, dark caramel drizzle and whipped cream. Like Bananas Foster, perhaps? That was lip-smacking, glass-licking good. It probably also had enough sugar, calories and junk to keep a 10-year-old wired for a week.

At about 7 p.m., I was ready for dinner.

Spaghetti Squash and meatballs Muesli

That’s spaghetti squash topped with sauce and three Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatballs. (The bag says 2 are a serving, but that didn’t look like enough, so I ate 1 1/2 servings.)

I loved the meatballs — and they made dinner so easy. All I had to do was throw together a cup of spaghetti squash, 1/2 cup of sauce and the meatballs.

I also had some Muesli Fusion Morning Zen with almond milk and 1 Tablespoon of Cookie Butter stirred in.

As I’ve told the Chicklets, that Cookie Butter is like crack.

Cookie Butter-filled chocolateWhile I was on vacation last week, the Boyfriend stopped at Verizon looking for a new phone. (He had to have the Galaxy Note, which I think is about three times too big to be a phone. It’s more like a mini iPad Mini.) The Verizon store happened to be next to Trader Joe’s, so I hopped over there to grab another one of those dark-chocolate bars filled with cookie butter.

So good! (And so NOT good for me.)

Sugar, why can’t I quit you?

Sometimes I think about going back on Atkins again … and then I see recipes like Jenn’s Dreamy Dark Chocolate Scones.

And then I remember Atkins would mean no more Chobani.

Chobani Key Lime Crumble

Not sure I want to give that up, either. This Key Lime Crumble Flip was the perfect sweet snack at 10 p.m.

I had more than a little help from Trader Joe’s. But that’s okay. If I lived closer to one, I’d use their products even more.

On the plus side, they are opening a Sprouts in Flagstaff later this month. I know Sprouts has killer cheap produce. Maybe it’ll become my new favorite store.