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avocados, cucumbers, oats & bbq’s

Two of my most favorite things are avocado and cucumber, especially in the summer.  Cucumbers are so refreshing.  They contain a lot of water which will help to keep you hydrated and they taste good so many different ways.

This week, I was searching some blogs for recipes and came across and Avocado Cucumber Smish Smash from Kristen, so obviously I had to try it out!  Check out her website for the full recipe, but I will tell you that it only contains 4 ingredients!

It is so simple, refreshing and delicious!  You definitely want to give it a try.

I used a whole cucumber and 1 avocado for mine and made a meal out of it on top of a sprouted wheat bagel.

It was really good.

Back up to breakfast…

Thursday night I prepped some overnight oats to enjoy Friday morning and placed them into the fridge to ‘sleep’.

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup yogurt (i used banana mango!)
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 sliced banana

I mixed everything up and let it sit in the fridge overnight.  When I was ready for breakfast, I pulled out a delicious bowl of cold oats.

Topped with a super ripe champagne mango and homemade chai granola.

Chia seeds are a miracle worker…they make the overnight oats!  It was great and really filling.

Dinnertime rolled around and I was ready for some BBQ-ing!  It is perfect BBQ weather today, so we were psyched.

Apps – Hummus, Salsa and Chips

Has anyone tried these chips from TJ’s?  They are great!

And, the main course!

Wild Rice Waldorf Salad, Green Salad with CSA lettuce and honey balsamic dressing and a veggie burger for me!

Lots of good stuff.  I love Friday night’s at home!

simply roasted fennel

Yesterday morning I tried something new – my Magic Bullet!!!

I found one at Target after hearing rave reviews at the Bridal Shower I attended on Saturday afternoon.  I have so many problems with my blender that I knew this would be perfect for my morning smoothies, and for travelling since it is very compact!

This morning, I made an old favorite to see how the Bullet compared to my Cuisinart blender.

It was awesome!  I whipped up a Chocolate Cherry Bomb Smoothie is no time.  Well, it took a good minute to mix it up (the bullet advertises that it will make smoothies in 10 seconds), but my smoothie contained frozen banana and frozen cherries and it cut those down in no time!

Perfectly smooth and delicious.

Along with my smoothie, I tried something else new…

Yes, you read right – Chocolate Almond Butter & Chocolate Hazelnut Butter!

I had to try them out, so I spread them each on 1/2 of a whole wheat pita.

This was a great breakfast.

And, for lunch – another Black Bean Burger (these are really, really good!) over lettuce with Roasted Fennel!

How to Roast Fennel

1.  Cut the long stalks off of the fennel so that you are left with the bulb, then slice the bulb into sections.

2.  Place the chopped fennel bulbs onto a baking sheet and brush with olive oil, just until coated.  Then, drizzle with balsamic.

3.  Bake in the oven at 400°F for 20-25 minutes or until slightly caramelized.

It comes out great!  Slightly sweet and caramelized with a hint of licorice.

For a late afternoon snack, I had Honey Greek Yogurt with Sliced Strawberries.

I met Emily after work for some tea at my favorite TeaLuxe!  The iced flavor of the day was Chai, so of course we both go that!

I was home late for dinner, so I didn’t feel like much.  I just mixed up another smoothie – Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana and defrosted a Non-Dairy Amy’s Bean Burrito.

Hit the spot.

vegan bean burgers

Aren’t Friday nights at home the best?!  I just love them.  Time to relax after a looooong week.

For my Friday night meal, I whipped up some Black Bean Burgers.

The recipe is taken straight from Emily’s blog – your can find it here.  She and her husband came up with such a great recipe that there is no need to change up anything!  It is seriously the perfect veggie burger recipe.

Mix up your ingredients in a food processor.  Fold in some extra beans for more texture.  Then, bake for about 40 minutes, turning once.

While I was waiting for the veggie burgers to cook, I snacked on my favorite snack – two second guacamole!

Cut an avocado in half, mash up one-side with a spoon, enjoy with chips!

After 40 minutes in the oven, I put 5 of the burgers in the fridge for later and popped my burger on the grill pan to get some crispiness.

I ate my burger on an sprouted wheat bun with ketchup.

With a salad.  I made up a dressing of 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 1 tsp lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Topped with goat cheese.

It was a great simple Friday night meal!

Do you know what else is great on a hot summer night?!

Ice Cream!!

Well, something like ice cream…Blueberry Coconut Banana Softserve!

You can make so many variations of this softserve.  Just use frozen bananas as your base and add any frozen fruit that you want.  In some versions, like cherry, you cannot even taste the bananas!!

This version included:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste

Topped with blueberries, coconut and cacao nibs.

Blueberries and coconut are really great combination and I love the shreds of coconut througout the softserve.  Delicious!

lots of local foods!

I wanted greens for breakfast, but I figured that oatmeal would be better. 🙂

I whipped up some steel cut oats to which I added 2/3 of a banana and 1/2 tbsp chia seeds while cooking.

Topped with vanilla almond butter, maple cream(!!), leftover banana and dried raspberries.

The maple cream was awesome!  I got it in Vermont back in September, but haven’t used it much.  It melted all over the oats.

For lunch, I used some local lettuce salad again and made a similar salad to my dinner last night.

Topped with black beans, dried chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, local strawberries and dressed with fig infused balsamic vinegar.

Along with my salad I also had some yogurt, homemade chai granola and extra strawberries.

I picked up this yogurt at the Saratoga Farmers Market last weekend from a local dairy farmer.

He told me all about his families dairy farm and how they treat the cows, etc.  It made me feel so good about buying his yogurt!

This is hands down the best yogurt I have ever had!  It has just a hint of vanilla and maple, but it is not overpowering at all.   It doesn’t taste super sweet like other flavored yogurts do.  I never eat whole milk yogurt, but I think I might start, especially as a dessert or when eaten along with a meal.  It is super creamy and decadent.  All you need is a little amount to feel satisfied.  Unbelievable!

Served in my reusable Stonyfield yogurt cup.

I am in search of local yogurt (or of how to make it this good in my yogurt maker!).  Driving up to Saratoga each week to get this could be tough…

This was a great lunch.

Afternoon snack was a Boomi Bar sent to me to sample with a bunch of Prana Bars (full review after I have sampled them all!).

I loved this bar!  Their were big pieces of fruits and nuts and the crisped rice made the perfect amount of crunch.

Check out the awesome ingredients:

Ingredients: honey, dates, cashews, raisins, hazelnuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, apricots, amaranth, sweetened cranberries, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, crisped rice, salt.

For dinner we had more greens to eat!

Kale was on the menu for tonight!  I needed to keep it simple because I didn’t have much time, so I made a massaged kale salad.

Wash, dry and chop up your kale, then place it into a big bowl.


I chopped up all of the kale for both Brant and I and added a healthy drizzle of olive oil, the juice and zest of 1 lemon, pepper and salt.

Then, I got my hands in their and massaged the leaves.  Yes, with my hands.  Massaging the kale breaks it down a bit which gets rid of its somewhat bitter taste.

I served the massaged kale salad with some kaia sunflower seeds and local goat cheese.


Beside a veggie burger topped with green lettuce, ketchup and this amazing hummus from Trader Joes!

Yup, you read that right – Guacamole Hummus!!  Two of my favorite things combined into one!  Absolutely delicious and a great ingredient list too.

And, the cutest pickles ever!


Mmmm…I loved this dinner!

That was a crazy long post, so I’m off!

Have a good night!

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!