Fabulous Meals

Oh man, today was a day of absolutely phenomenal eats.  I can’t even put words to how good my meals were…gah.  But basically it was no holds bar on my creative side…I’ve been reading a book the past 24 hours that are helping me realize that what I eat…isn’t necessarily what I want to eat but what I think I should eat.  We’ll be getting into that soon! Don’t you worry!

Anyhow, remember that TJ’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread I had in my yogurt mess the other day?  You can totally bet I used it for FRENCH TOAST!!!  What better way to start a Saturday morning (especially since I was up at 5.30am as it’s my normal waking time!)

  • 2 slices of TJ’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread
  • 1 egg
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • spread of TJ’s Flaxseed PB
  • sliced banana


The egg got into the holes near the swirls so the center of the bread was nice and fluffy and chewy…omg I never wanted it to end!

I spent the morning baking up my Mixed Berry Vegan Chocolate Chip Bread for the winner who got it off of Bobbi’s Blogger Bake Sale the other week!  I also made a batch for myself that included only a 1/4C of the chocolate chips and added in 1/4C of chopped almonds.

What? Almonds? But you hate almonds Melissa?!  When I have them in things they’re not so bad…it’s alone that I can’t stand them!

I also had some bananas that were gettin a littttttttttttle ripe…so I made some Banana Bars from one of my vegan cookbooks…which I’m too lazy to get up and look at the title or right now. ;)  I had a piece of it with some TJ’s Flaxseed PB and a Berry Greek Yogurt Smoothie for lunch!

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(I had to try and make it look pretty…too bad my camera wanted to focus on the background!!!)

I couldn’t resist not trying one of my muffins with the almonds…I loved the crunch from them!  I need to get some walnuts for next time; they’re my favorite nut mix in when it comes to quick breads!


I spent the morning trying very hard to catch up on blogs at my Google Reader sky rocketed over 1,000 last night…oh man.  Guess that’s what happens when you don’t check it all week because of work!  Dang work!  I’m sure you’ll see me commenting on posts from over a week ago!

For an afternoon snack I had a mix of Kashi Heart To Heart and some Dark Chocolate Covered Raisins and Edamame…before heading out for my first run…in over TWO WEEKS

Can you believe it?!  I’m sorry but all the walking I do for work leaves me absolutely exhausted after work and with no will to run!  I wish I did though, seeing as how I want to run at least two more 1/2 Marathons before the end of the year!  Yeah, we’ll see how that goes…anyhow, I ran 4.2 miles in 39 minutes, which isn’t bad for not running for so long (for me!).  The elevation change, the hills and wind are now a new enemy to my running physique and stamina…hopefully I’ll be able to get back to my old pace soon!  I miss running too!  There is something so different, relaxing and peaceful about running versus walking (for work of course)!

I was so ready for dinner after doing about 35 minutes of strength training while watching the Real Housewives of New Jersey…I would be catching up on Parenthood via Hulu but seeing as how my internet is so slow that won’t be happening anytime soon.  So sad…

Anyhow, I was craving GARLIC like mad, so what better than to pair it up with lots of roasted vegetables!  I covered a sweet potato in enough garlic to keep any vampire in the US away from me for years and roasted them with some broccoli and cauliflower with Italian Herbs at 400F for 35 minutes…I spread some hummus on the broccoli and cauliflower and of course had organic ketchup for dipping…nom nom nom.


And of course that wasn’t all.  I wanted cheese too. 

Really bad. 

I thought about putting it on my broccoli and cauliflower but I don’t ever remember having done it ever in my life…and wanted to make sure I was going to like what I was having. 

Therefore, a quesadilla came into play. 

I used a slice of Sharp Cheddar Cheese (that sucks and can never replace my Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese by Cabot but hey, it’s cheese…) and added in some TJ’s Artichoke Hearts and slices of tomato…


By god what a meal. 

It ended with a nice big juicy Fuji Apple for dessert. :)

I have never been more happy with my food choices than I have today.  I actually ate what I wanted…and as funny as that sounds, it’s real.  Like I said, I usually end up eating things I think I should be eating…or need to be eating…and half the time never want them.  Sad really, but I’m working towards a better mentality!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!  Enjoy the 3rd day if you get one!  I’m jealous…but hopefully will get another 3 day weekend soon!

I’ve got plans to hit up a U-pick farm tomorrow morning before heading into Bakersfield to pick up some groceries at Fresh & Easy and TJ’s…I know, I’m crazy to travel 40 miles for my groceries but the Albertson’s here just doesn’t cut it!

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15 Responses to Fabulous Meals

  1. Kristina says:

    Hi, I'm not sure if I've commented before but I've been reading and enjoying your blog for years. : ). I saw that you were heading to Bakersfield tomorrow…that's where I live! I'm so excited, as I've never seen any blogger or reader mention living or traveling to Bakersfield. If you ever want to do a meet-up, I'll go! : ). My e-mail is kviking@sbcglobal.net

  2. runsarah says:

    All your eats today look wonderful!! SO good! Congrats on the awesome run then strength training, what an awesome workout girl!

  3. Erica says:

    Glad to hear you ate what you wanted- that is WONDERFUL! And lets talk about the delicious choices you made! I so need to try your bread recipes. I also agree that walnuts are the best nut to use in quick breads. The roasted veggies look drool worthy. I plan to roast a bundle up tonight too. Enjoy the rest of the weekend <3

  4. From Here to There. In Purple. says:

    beautiful eats. that breakfast is THE breakfast of champions. end of story <3

  5. Mica says:

    Man, I'd definitely want to eat these meals too! They look great!

  6. Krista says:

    All that baking sounds fabulous! Walnuts are my favoruite nut add in, too. They seem so light and buttery. And I'd travel 40 miles for food, too. ;)

  7. Heather says:

    Sounds like a delicious day of food – I made french toast with cinnamon raisin bread last weekend and loved it!

    Your roasted veggies look amazing – I love anything with garlic.

    Have fun at the u-pick farm and driving to the grocery store! Stock up!

  8. Jenny says:

    you are amazing, your food is phenomenal, and I just want to be with you :) LOVE YOU, MEL!!

  9. Nicole says:

    Ahhh awesome eats :) but im curious, what book are you reading?! :)

  10. Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind says:

    AWESOME eats! OMG everything looks delicious, Mel. You are in such a good (mental) place right now it sounds like – so happy for you!

    Girl, you are NOT crazy for driving 40 minutes for groceries (or if you are, then I'd venture to say most of us in food blog world are right there with ya). I mean dang, good food is worth it!

  11. Lauren says:

    You're a girl after my own heart. Bananas, PB, cinnamon raisin bread, hummus, roasted sweet potatoes, AND garlic in one day?!
    You're awesome. End of story.

  12. kristi (sweet cheeks) says:

    wow, I've got to agree with you…that is a pretty darn good day of eats!! I want to make your muffins asap. Already copy and pasted the recipe..thanks girl!

  13. Jessica @ The Process of Healing says:

    I think it is FABULOUS that you ate what you truly wanted. If you eat what you crave, your body will usually balance itself out in the end. It knows what it's doing, we just have to go and make it complicated ;)
    Love you girl

  14. Laur says:

    What you ate looks AWESOME and nutritious! We could be roomies! ha ha.

  15. mymarblerye says:

    THOSE ARE lovely eats… I'm glad you eat things you WANT now…I hate being on vacation cause after a few days of eating "bad"…I want MORE bad things..I just need to switch gears!

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