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an oatmeal day

What is the perfect breakfast on a rainy and chilly morning?  Oatmeal!

That was all that I was craving when I woke up.  But, unfortunately, I didn’t have time to cook my favorite steel-cut oats, so I quickly made some oatbran instead.  I stirred in 1 medium banana, 1 tbsp flax meal, 1 heaping tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla while cooking.

Topped with apple butter, pistachio butter and chocolate cherry almond butter (which was later discarded because it tasted WAY too sweet for me…ick!).

Hit. The. Spot.

But, it didn’t hold me over very well, so mid-morning I had some mint tea and dried fruit.

Then, lunch time came around a little later than usual.  I had put together a similar lunch to yesterday, but with different salad toppings to change things up.

Today’s salad was on a bed of romaine and topped with cucumbers, marcona almonds (with rosemary – and the most delicious almonds ever!!), goat cheese and tomato basil raw crackers (which were also really good!) drizzled with red wine vinegar and olive oil.

I also had my yogurt and saved the orange for my afternoon snack.

Lots of mint tea went into my body today…it feels so chilly out!

Before dinner, I snacked on a homemade granola bar because Brant and I headed out to the Harpoon Brewery for a special tasting!  Harpoon is such a fun, low-key place to go.

Tonight was an event for Friend of Harpoon, which you can sign up for for free on their website, so we headed up to the tasting room, mingled and tasted a few brews.

Harpoon is apparently the biggest craft beer brewery in Massachusetts!

Once home, we decided on a quick dinner – veggie burger for me, chicken sausage for him, broccoli for both of us.

I bought these new (to me) veggie burgers the other day.

They are made by hand in Portland, Maine – Blue Mango Veggie Burgers.  They consist of only 6 ingredients: onions, black beans, spinach, rice, panko breadcrumbs and spices!  When I read the ingredient list, I knew that I would love them.

They are more expensive than other brands, but you know what?  It’s worth it.  They are made by hand and contain only whole ingredients, no fillers whatsoever.

So, how did they taste?

Delicious!  It was like I had just made them up.  I loved it.  Fresh and pretty moist for a frozen burger.  They are each individually wrapped, which I think definitely helps.

I served my veggie burger on a sprouted hamburger bun (FFL ingredients -Organic Sprouted Wheat, Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Millet, Organic Sprouted Barley, Organic Sprouted Lentils, Organic Sprouted Soybeans, Organic Sprouted Spelt, Filtered Water, Fresh Yeast, Sea Salt) with 1/2 sliced avocado and ketchup.

With roasted broccoli on the side, sprinkled with some salt, pepper and essence to give them a little kick.

This was a great weekday meal that only took us about 20 minutes to throw together!