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Friday, January 29, 2010


This morning was definitely one of those mornings that were made for curling up under your down blanket in your big comfy bed...however, that wasn't exactly a choice if I want to remain happily employed! Flipping on the local news I was informed that with the wind chill, it was only -15* out! After cringing at just the thought, I knew it was time to re-introduce warm, comfort breakfasts into my life:
Breakfast TVP/Bulgur: 2 Tbs Bob's Red Mill TVP, 2 Tbs Bulgur Wheat with Soy, 1 Tbs. Wheat Bran, 1/4 c. Soy Milk, 1/4 c. water, 1/4 c. brewed coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, and Truvia. I also "whipped" in 1/4 sliced banana. Topped with 1/2 serving Kashi H2H, 1/4 sliced banana, wheat germ, and 1.5 tsp Full Circle Organic Almond Butter.

This is way more appetizing than it looks! Sorry about that :P Definitely hit the spot. It's definitely different than oatmeal, but a similar concept. I find I really like the texture the bulgur & TVP combination provides. And it packs a ton of protein! It really kept me satiated for hours - I do way better with a lot of protein in the morning, I think.

I was curious as to whether I could still "whip' sliced banana into it similar as I would oatbran or oatmeal, and it sort of worked! My banana wasn't very ripe, which made it difficult, but I think it can definitely be done! also: huge fan of almond butter with this! I'd never had it with oats before - just never interested me. So glad I hopped on the bandwagon, though! I think my love for warm breakfast cereals has been rekindled - especially if this frigid weather continues!

After making sure I picked out some super-warm clothing for the day, I put together a wonderful but not-so-new lunch:
In La Tortilla = chick pea salad & romaine, accompanied by veggie crisps, remaining nanner, and a Blueberry Clif Z-Bar.
I've said it once, but I'll say it again: love these Z Bars! I think Blueberry and Apple Cinnamon are my favorites :) And besides being a little bit higher in sugar than is really necessary (but hey, at least it's real sugar?) they've got some good stats!

Today was pretty much an all-around great day...beautiful weather (from the inside I mean...sunny and beautiful, but deceiving - as soon as you stepped outside the wind chill made you gasp for your breath!), a great vibe at work, and it flew by! Maybe I should credit the mean breakfast?

Before I knew it, it was time to come home and utilize leftovers! As usual...have you all noticed how I always seem to drastically overestimate how much I am capable of eating? haha.
Fish Tacos a-la Bulgur & Veggie Stir-Fry:
Leftover Tilapia and Veggies from These Tacos combined with a bulgur stir-fry with 2 egg whites and other miscellaneous veggies.

'twas wonderful, really...
...and salsa.

Caught up on some blogs and whipped up some greek fro-yo and a simple quick-cookie:
Fro-Yo: Greek Yogurt, Graham Cracker pieces, vanilla pudding mix, cinnamon, and truvia. Left in the freezer for 30m.
Cookie: 1.5 tsp. rolled oats, 1 tsp. wheat bran, 1/8 t. baking powder, truvia, cinnamon, vanilla, 1 t. egg beaters. Nuked for 45 secs.
Topped with Apricot-Mango preserves.

Is everyone enjoying this beautiful moon?! Last night was so light out that I thought I overslept when I woke up at 2am!
Does anyone have any exciting weekend plans?
I'm trying to get a photography page put together on Facebook, and also have some papers to do, as well as some shooting! Nothing exciting! Well, besides the shooting. Hoping to squeeze in some baking too, or at least make a real dinner! We'll see how it all falls into place.

But for now, I'm off to blog-read and munch my way through the night :) I should probably point out that I really only document a portion of what I eat a day. I don't bother so much with the random munchies. Not to mention I love random snacks like applesauce with bread. Who needs to see applesauce and bread? haha.
What's your favorite "random" snack?

Over and out!


  1. That breakfast looks fantastic! I woke up to some steel cut oats this morning and blogged about it as well! There's something completely satisfying about warm nut butters, oats and bananas :)

  2. P.S. I JUST realized after reading around your blog that you're also from rural Vermont! That's awesome, as I am too :)

  3. no way! haha, that's too funny/ironic; but awesome, lol.

  4. What an interesting dessert! Looks yummy!
    When I was little I used to love toast with sour cream and salt. Weird, right?

  5. Your wrap looks good... I haven't used chick peas in a while.. I need to remedy that soon.

  6. Your pictures make my mouth water, you are SO talented! It is cold here in NY too, but not -15, it's 0 right now. hate it! I haven't tasted bulgar, I expanded to quinoa a couple months ago. What does it taste like? My favorite random snack is hummus...I could eat it ALL day long.

  7. I think it's about 0 here this morning, too. Chilly Chilly!
    Hmmm...I guess bulgur is sort of similar to rice? But with a texture similar to steel-cut oats? I used to (and still do) use it in place of rice, so at first was weirded out at the thought of having it for breakfast. But it SO works! Give it a try - if you like quinoa and healthy grains you'll probably like Bulgur, too :)
    And I'm with you on the hummus - there's no sandwich better than a hummus & veggie!!

  8. It is oooohhh-sooo-chilly here in the Big D of Texas, too!! 23 degrees to be exact-not to mention that horrible wind whipping through the trees! I made a ham, egg, and Gouda cheese panini on oatmeal bread for breakfast-- YUMMY! Perfect fit for my PJs and FoodNetwork Saturday Morning. My favorite random snack-- Tostitos Lime Chips and FF cottage cheese, all the way. B-E-A-utiful blog BTW :)

  9. Yummy breakfast-Hmm snack- cucmber with lime. spinach and strawberries or a handful of almonds!!