Let’s get right to the point. {wiaw}

by Danica on February 12, 2014

Let’s get right down to the good stuff today…food highlights from this past week!

And for those of you wondering – yes, I’m still eating a gluten-free diet, though that strict trial may be ending soon.  Either way, I plan to share my thoughts on it in a post next week.

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*head over to Jenn’s link-up to see more foodie posts*

breakfasts:

breakfast cereal bowl

a bowl mug of cereal – perfect breakfast comfort food to me.

post-workout green smoothie

smoothies make a daily appearance around here lately

gluten-free pancakes and pear - breakfast

pancakes topped with sunbutter, cinnamon, and honey with a pear on the side

eggs, clementine, gluten-free banana bread

organic eggs, banana bread, and a clementine – sweet and savory

PB&J Breakfast Bars recipe - healthy!!

these.  obviously.

snacks:

Blue Diamond almonds

Blue Diamond almonds arrived on my doorstep last week!

Jesse loves the Smokehouse flavor, and I tossed the container of Whole Natural into my Ninja Blender to make coconut almond butter.

homemade coconut almond butter

amazing stuff – I ate it by the spoonful and it was gone in no time.

snack plate - Zida

afternoon snack plate while working…miss Zida-girl wanted a bite :)
*side note: she turns ONE on Saturday…what?!

raisins, banana, sweet potato fries, hemp, almond butter

raisins + banana + leftover sweet potato fries + hemp seeds + almond butter

lunches & dinners:

salsa chicken on brown rice with avocado - lunch

crockpot salsa chicken over brown rice with avocado on top <3

homemade pizza - gluten-free - dinner

homemade pizza.
(used this crust recipe)
p.s. lentils are awesome on pizza

bean burger, sweet potato fries, green beans - dinner

homemade bean burgers plus sweet potato fries and green beans….I dreamt of summer while eating this…

homemade veggie frittata - dinner

veggie frittata…they’re so simple!
served alongside 2 rice cakes with mashed avocado and sea salt sprinkled on top

bean burgers, broccoli celery hummus, apple - lunch

2 of those bean burgers mentioned above with veggies, hummus, and an apple on the side

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Have you ever made your own nut or seed butter?

When you eat cereal, do you top it with fruit/cinnamon/seeds/nut butters like I do or eat it plain?

What’s the simplest/quickest dinner you cook?  It’s okay if you say a bowl of cereal ;)

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1 Jessie February 12, 2014 at 5:07 am

I love your sweet potato and raisin snack bowl. I’ll have to give it a try soon.

To answer your questions: Yes, I’ve made nut butters multiple times. I once used the Blue Diamond Blueberry flavor w/ regular roasted almonds. Unique and delicious.

I can’t ever eat cereal alone or I’ll consume handfuls after handfuls LOL. Always add in some nut butter, fruit & syrup :)
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2 Danica February 12, 2014 at 1:12 pm

That’s exactly why I don’t eat cereal alone either :) Especially brown rice cereal (which is pretty much my absolute favorite) – I’d eat the box if I didn’t add something that would stick!

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3 Caitlin February 12, 2014 at 5:57 am

It’s been awhile, but I have made my own almond butter before and really enjoyed the results. Might need to try that again since nut butter can be so expensive! Simple dinners for me are egg scrambles and toast, and nut butter is good on everything, cereal included ;)
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4 Danica February 12, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I’ve noticed that nut butters are getting *really* expensive – a (non-organic) jar of almond butter at TJ’s is $6!

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5 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 12, 2014 at 6:01 am

So much good food! Your snack of raisins, bananas, sweet potato, and nut butter? I almost died from desire when I saw it on IG. Such a good blend of flavours.

I’ve never made my own but butter before, but I definitely think I’m going to have to give it a go… especially since I wasn’t able to find my favourite jar of Justin’s maple AB the last time I was in the States!
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6 Danica February 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm

You should try it! I was a little intimidated by it since I don’t really have the right appliance (aka a good food processor), but adding coconut oil helped a lot.

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7 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables February 12, 2014 at 6:55 am

I always want to come and eat with you! Delicious!
When I have cereal it is only at night and I have it with fruit and nuts or nut butter. Cereal is like eating air for me!
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8 Danica February 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Same…the cereal I always eat is brown rice cereal, so if I don’t add more substance to it I don’t feel like I’m ever really satisfied from it!

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9 Tatum | EATS from the oil patch blog February 12, 2014 at 8:57 am

Yum! Sweet+savory breakfasts are my favourite, perfect combo!
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10 Danica February 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I agree, Tatum. And I just visited your blog for the first time…I love it!!

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11 Alyssa @ See This Girl Run February 12, 2014 at 9:58 am

This is embarrassing but my quick, simple dinner is a breakfast burrito. Sometimes it’s a simple as eggs (or egg beaters), a little bit of cheese and salsa. If I have more things I might add avocado or tomatoes. Things like that. I figure it gets me some protein and doesn’t overload on calories.
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12 Danica February 12, 2014 at 1:17 pm

avocado + eggs is one of my favorite food combinations! good choice :)

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13 Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom February 12, 2014 at 10:15 am

I mix my cereal with Greek Yogurt and top it with fruit so it has more substance. I also don’t like when the cereal gets soggy from milk, so the yogurt takes care of it :)
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14 Danica February 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm

I’m in that teeny tiny percentage of weirdos, I mean people, who actually like soggy cereal haha

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15 Diane @ Life of Di. February 12, 2014 at 10:42 am

My easiest, quickest go-to meal is a GIANT salad. I usually have my green pepper, onion, carrots prepped so I just throw some on top of my bowl of greens, shake and eat! :)
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16 Danica February 12, 2014 at 1:19 pm

love it! Salads are my favorite meal during the summertime – I love how easy they are to just (literally) toss together :)

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17 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat February 12, 2014 at 10:59 am

Well, it’s a good thing it’s almost lunchtime because now I’m starving after looking at all these delicious eats! Smoothies make a daily appearance in my routine too. I still love them despite the crazy cold!

I really, really need to try making my own almond butter. It seems easy and looks so good!
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18 Danica February 12, 2014 at 1:20 pm

I’m not particularly interested in salads this time of year, because it’s so cold out, and yet I’m all about smoothies, all the way through winter. Strange, but I’m not complaining :)

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19 leigha@minougirl February 12, 2014 at 11:56 am

Some serious good eats going on here!! I always top my cereal with fruit! My go-to dinner is usually toast with cottage cheese + avocado. Delish! I’ve never made my own nut butter before but it’s the first thing I’m gonna do when I get a food processor!
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20 Nikki @ grab your kicks February 12, 2014 at 12:08 pm

I usually eat cereal plain, but I love mixing in things with my oatmeal, like granola, nut butters, and fruit. My “go to” dinner is a quinoa bowl: quinoa, veggies (fresh or frozen), and a wedge of laughing cow.
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21 Danica February 12, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Quinoa is so versatile! It’s awesome with veggies or with fruit. Same with brown rice!

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22 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast February 12, 2014 at 12:12 pm

I need to make more of my own nut butter, that looks delicious! We love fittatas here, too. Such a fantastic quick dinner!
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23 Danica February 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm

I agree. They’re becoming my go-to meal for when we need groceries – so easy to throw in whatever veggies we have left from the past week!

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24 Dallas February 12, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Such good eats! Your wiaw posts never fail to inspire me. That coconut almond butter looks amazinggg!
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25 Danica February 12, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Thanks, Dallas!
And yes – that coconut almond butter didn’t last long :)

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26 Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet February 14, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Your little snack plate looks good! Never thought to have sweet potatoes fries as a snack with bananas… sounds quite delicious!
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27 Danica February 15, 2014 at 6:20 pm

The two are awesome together, and adding almond butter makes it even better!

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