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yogurt bowls & colored veggies

This morning I was feeling pretty tired, so I took it as a rest day for working out.  It is so important to listen to your body and it’s wants and needs.  Sometimes it feels great to get up and have a good workout even though I feel tired, but other times sleep and a lazy morning is in order!  Today was one of those days.

I wanted something refreshing for breakfast with a lot of fruit.

So, I made up a yogurt bowl.

Banana Mango yogurt, Kaia Raisin Cinnamon granola, a champagne mango and fresh raspberries from the farm.

It was delicious and not too filling.  Just what I wanted.

Once lunchtime rolled around, I pulled our my packed lunch and assembled it in our kitchen at work.

A whole wheat wrap filled with lettuce, leftover veggie sloppy joes and a few slices of cheese.

Layer on the ingredients…

…then wrap it up!

With some fruit on the side.

The makings of a delicious lunch. 🙂

Tonight, I had two of my favorite girls over for dinner for girls night!  We had a lot of veggies to eat from our CSA, so we whipped up a quick dinner of Honey Balsamic Bean Salad to which I added extra almonds and raisins and Roasted Broccoli and Yellow Cauliflower.  I tossed the veggies in a little olive oil, salt and pepper then roasted them at 300°F for 25 minutes.  I like to keep the temperature on the lower side and bake for longer because it keeps more of the nutrients in tact!

And, I was having such a great time, that I forgot to take photos!

Why is the cauliflower yellow?


Apparently, the yellow (orange) tint is caused by the seed that is planted.  The seed is a hybrid which was originally produced in Canada for fun!  There are purple varieties as well!  Yellow cauliflower is loaded with beta carotene and has 25% more vitamin A than the white variety.  The colored cauliflower was good!  It didn’t seem to crumble as much as normal cauliflower does and it seemed to have a bit of a milder, sweeter flavor.  Overall, I liked it!

allandale farm csa – week 4

It was such a great week for our CSA!  We got a lot of different stuff that I am psyched about…my favorite being beets!!!

Each week Allandale hands out a newsletter for the CSA members with the list of our goods, recipes and a little tidbit about what we have received.  This week the newsletter talked about the brassica family (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage) and how the seeds started out.  I find all of this stuff so interesting!

Now, on to the goods. 🙂

Cauliflower – does anyone know why it is yellow??

Cabbage

Broccoli

Carrots so cute!!

Beets – yahoo!!  Apparently you can use beet greens as you would use spinach.

Sugar Snap Peas – that we promptly used in last night’s dinner and they were so fresh!

Turnips – which were also used last night.  They look more like radishes than turnips, don’t they?!  I wonder how you can use these greens…

Lettuce – I have never been so excited about lettuce as I have since we started this CSA.  The greens are SO fresh and they taste so much better than what you would buy at the grocery store.  If you have a farmstand nearby, try some greens from there!

Garlic Scrapes – tons of them!

I also picked up a few things from their farmstand while I was there.

Strawberries and Raspberries

The strawberries were picked at a farm in Vermont and brought down, but the raspberries are fresh picked at Allandale Farm!

Green Peppers – fresh picked from Allandale as well.  They were delicious in our veggie sloppy joes!

What a great week on the farm!!

sloppy joes, veggie-style

How is everyone doing today?

The week seems to be flying by so far…maybe because I am excited for the holiday weekend!

I started my morning with a juice to-go.  I needed to use up some fruits and veggies from our CSA last week, so a juice was definitely in order.

  • Kale + extra kale ribs
  • 2 carrots
  • celery
  • 1 green apple
  • 1/2 lemon
  • lime
  • knob of ginger

This wasn’t as sweet as I would have liked.  Probably because the apple was tart, but it did the trick and energized me for the day.

I also snacked on 2 pieces of Manna Bread with peanut butter!

For lunch, I mixed up the Honey Balsamic Bean Salad from 101cookbooks (my favorite recipe website!!).

It has a hint of sweetness from the honey, but is balanced out nicely from the balsamic.  I really enjoyed it and would absolutely make this again!

I ate a portion with some cherries.

And, a yogurt for a snack.

Dinner was delicious!  (But, a little spicy!)

I made up some Vegetarian Sloppy Joes (Snobby Joes from Veganomicon).

I replaced the onion with turnips from our CSA and doubled the amount of tomato sauce.  Other than that, I kept everything the same!  I did add a little extra chile powder by mistake which made them super spicy!!  But, if you got past that, they were great. 🙂

Served open faced on a whole wheat hamburger bun.

Topped with feta cheese and served with freshly picked sugar snap peas sauteed in a little butter.

They stayed crunchy and were very sweet.  Delicious dinner!

Off to relax…

glouchester boat ride

We spent the day in Glouchester, MA on Sunday with some friends.  We chatted, ate and sailed on a boat!

I started the day with some Overnight Oats as fuel for the day, since I am never sure while out and about what type of food I will want to eat.  I mean, there is always food to eat, but I like healthy, good-for-you-food, and sometimes in a group that is hard to come by!

Overnight oats with 1/3 cup oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut, 1/2 banana, 1/3 cup banana mango yogurt, 1/3 cup almond milk.  Stir and let sit in the fridge overnight.

Topped with a champagne mango and granola.

Once in Glouchester, we stopped at an adorable tea shop for a treat!

I ordered the veggie juice, which was full of veggies – and delicious!!

After strolling around for awhile, it was lunch time.

We sat on the patio since it was such a gorgeous day.

I ordered the Sweet & Spicy Shrimp Salad, which was awesome!  (But, unpictured)

Then, it was time for our boat ride!

We all purchased Groupons for this ride and we are so glad we did!  It was so much fun to be out on the water with friends on a nice day!  The Captain and Crew of the ship were hilarious and did a great job of keeping everyone happy and well accommodated with snacks and beer.

Such a fun way to spend a low-key Sunday!

poppyseed waffles

The weekend was great!  Low-key, but lots of fun. 🙂

Saturday morning we wanted to be lazy, so we made up some waffles and lounged on our porch.  So relaxing!

Poppyseed Waffles

(inspired by 101cookbooks.com)

Makes 6 waffles

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon natural cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder
  • scant 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs, whisked
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.  Then, mix the wet ingredients in a bowl and pour into the dry ingredients.  Mix well, but do not over mix.

Preheat your waffle iron, then scoop the batter onto the iron by the ladelful.

Cook until the light goes off (or at least that is how long on our waffle iron!) and slightly browned.

This recipe made 6 full waffles.

I served myself 2 waffles with a thin spread of almond butter, a champagne mango chopped up and a drizzle of maple syrup.

With iced coffee.

They were delicious!