Tuesday, November 13, 2018

New (To Me) Trader Joe's Stuff and Some Yummy Meals!

Hey everyone! I hope that you are well! I'll be honest, last week was a total shit show and this week has not been starting off great either so things have been kind of a mess for me. I did still make sure to capture some of the things I was eating as well as a partial Trader Joe's haul. I tend to get the same things week to week so this week I only photographed the things that were new to me. I know a lot of these products are not new in Trader Joe's but I had never tried them before so I figured I would share them.

So before I get into the photos I have 2 side notes:

1. Part of the reason this week has sucked was because my car finally died (it was a 1998 Nissan Altima) and not only did I have to part ways with it but car hunting has been a nightmare and I have to depend on others to get around. It has been incredibly stressful and I just can't wait until this is done.

2. After eliminating gluten for however long it has been I decided that it just isn't doing anything so I'm adding it back in (in moderation) so some of these meals do have gluten in them.

Ok, let's get into all the things!


So up first are the things that I got from Trader Joe's that I've never tried before. I have heard great things about the Miso Ginger Broth and thought it would be perfect for a quick dinner during the cold months. I also got the Maple Leaf Cookies (which I'm sure will be awesome with tea), THE VEGAN BANANA BREAD (!!!! It took so long for us to get it at my store!) and some of the Thai vegetable gyoza.


My first meal was an Asian Chopped Salad that came straight from the bag 😂 It was really delicious and it was a nice departure from my usual Caesar style salad.


I tried the gluten free Daiya Pepperoni Pizza and it was pretty good! I would probably just get the plain cheese next time because I'm just not a pepperoni fan but I was pretty happy with how it tasted. I wouldn't never pay the regular price of $10.49 for it but I would definitely get one the next time it is on sale to keep in the freezer.


This, my friends, is the piece de resistance this week. I made this amazing soup in less than 15 minutes with 4 ingredients. I used 1 cup of the Ginger Miso broth pictured above, some baby bok choy, the Thai veggie gyoza (also pictured above) and some green onion. It was so incredible and will DEFINITELY be a winter staple meal.


I made some zucchini noodle pasta with sauce and beef less crumbles to bring to work for lunch.


And here is a piece of toast with crunchy peanut butter and banana which I have been craving FOR SO LONG. 

So that's what I have for you today! I hope you all have a wonderful week and hopefully I'll have a happy car update for you on Friday! 💜

Friday, November 9, 2018

Fun Friday: Stuff I'm Into!

Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well and ready for the weekend. I have something a little different today and I'm going to be doing a "Stuff I'm Into" post with some things I've been enjoying lately and some things that I'm really excited to try as well. I hope you all like it and let me know what kinds of things you are enjoying!

Books


So up first I have a few books that I'm really excited to get into. The first book is called The Great Big Book of Amazing Creative Lettering and I got it because I'm obsessed with watching YouTube videos of people working on their bullet journals and I get so jealous of their amazing lettering skills. I really want to practice lettering and while I definitely want to learn calligraphy and brush lettering I also thought it would be fun to learn some different and unique types of letting. I picked up this book from 5 Below and I'm really excited to try it out.


The second book I'm really excited to get into is this new cookbook I got! It's The Simply Vegan Cookbook by Dustin Harder. I have been getting really bored with my meals and wanted a new cookbook to shake things up. I wanted something fuss free and healthy and this book kept coming up in recommendations. I checked out what kinds of recipes were included and I was really pleased to see that the book was arranged by main ingredient and I really love that. I just received it so I haven't really had a chance to try anything but I plan on doing a few review once I get to go through it more and try some of the recipes.

Netflix


So I'll give the head's up now that I have decided to take a break from True Crime content for a little while basically for my mental health BUT I will be sharing some recommendations in this post based on what I've watched and listened to in the past few months. First, I binge watched the second season of Making A Murderer within a 24 hour period of time. I couldn't stop watching but I was forced to because of work and adulting. If you watched the first season and found it interesting I would definitely recommend watching the second season. It was absolutely riveting.


I have been re-watching the first two seasons of Queer Eye because I love them and I love this show. I remember the original one and loved it as well. They are so adorable and fun and this show always freaking makes me cry. It's so good.

Podcast


Yes, I know that this is another true crime recommendation but I found this podcast and binge listened until I caught up. I really like the hosts and their friendship and I like how they present the information as well as their commentary. The inject a little humor but it isn't forced like other podcasts and it isn't really graphic at all. I really like it and while I'm going to be staying away from True Crime content for a little while I do highly recommend this podcast.

Food


As you may have guessed from my last few posts I've been really enjoying soup as the weather cools down. My favorite has been my No Chick'n Noodle Soup which is gluten free and obviously vegan. It's so delicious and perfect comfort food for a cool autumn day.


You'll also notice that I've been loving my tots and salads. I've been trying to eat a salad a day and the tots are fun to have on the side. Super yummy meal.


Finally, I've been loving my fruit with peanut butter! I really want to find some good gluten free bread so I can have some toast with peanut butter and banana. I've been craving that so much!

So those are some things that I've been enjoying lately and some things I'm looking forward to getting into as well. Hopefully I'll be able to update you on my fun lettering and I would like to give a proper review of the cookbook once I get to try some recipes from it.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! ❤




Tuesday, November 6, 2018

New Products and Stuff I Ate!

Hi everyone! I hope that all is well and that you had a great weekend! I feel like the weekend was really long for some reason (well probably because we gained an hour) and I am definitely not mad at that. I'm excited for this post because I have a few new (at least to me) products to share and a few meals that I enjoyed this week.


I saw a post on Instagram from the Sweet To Lick Market that showed some new vegan seafood items that they had just gotten in. I was never a huge fan of seafood before my veg days but for some reason shrimp was the exception. I saw the breaded vegan shrimp and had to get my butt over to the market and pick it up. You know I can't just walk out from the market with one item but I did show some self control and only grabbed a few items. I got a package of the vegan breaded shrimp, these yummy looking organic cocoa rice sticks filled with coconut cream and some pudding.


I have been craving pizza lately so I decided to splurge on a Daiya pizza (it was on sale and still a splurge at the sale price, I would never buy it full price). I don't know what possessed me to get the pepperoni style version because I was never a pepperoni fan but I think I was just super curious. I can't wait to try this, I think Friday night may be a pizza night!


I obviously couldn't wait to try the breaded vegan shrimp so I cooked some up along with some tots and gave them a try. I'm going to be honest… they were so disappointing. They had exactly zero flavor at all. They were so bland and I don't like tartar sauce or cocktail sauce or anything so it was just plain bland boringness. If you have a sauce or something to add some flavor then maybe but for the price I just don't think they were worth it.


I have been eating tons of salads lately. I've been trying to eat one a day. I am going to be eating different salads too so I'll make sure to photograph those.


My vegan chick'n noodle soup has been a staple meal now that it had gotten chilly out. I love it with a piece of fruit and on this day I brought the leftover soup to work with a pear. So delicious.

So that's what I have for you today! I'll review the rice cocoa stick things when I try them as well as the pizza! I hope that you all have a wonderful week and I'll see you back here on Friday!


Friday, November 2, 2018

What I Ate in a Day #Whatever

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you are all doing well and had a great Halloween! I met up with my family to go trick or treating with my niece for a little bit and it was fun to see her in her cute Zombie Cheerleader costume. Otherwise it was fairly uneventful. Did you guys do anything fun?

For today I have a what I ate in a day post! I didn't feel like going back and seeing how many I've done so far to properly number it, hence #Whatever 😂 For this day I just ate three regular meals. I keep going back and forth between three normal meals and 5 small meals. I'm still working on my digestion (which I actually found out is likely fibromyalgia related) and no matter what I do I seem to feel sick by the end of the day. Maybe I should try doing a larger breakfast and lunch and have a light dinner? That might help anyway so my body doesn't have to work so hard to digest at night. I'll figure it out… I'm just thinking "out loud" for now 😂

Anyway, this is what I ate in a day!


For breakfast I had 2 bananas with some crunchy peanut butter. Super delicious and also really filling.


For lunch I grabbed some broccoli and rice from the deli next door. Also delicious.


For dinner I ended up making a vegan chick'n caesar salad and tots again. I ran out of the Morningstar Chick'n so I decided to soak some soy curls in some Not Chicken broth to see if that would work out. It was ok but the Morningstar is definitely better for salads. The soy curls are great for soup and I'm sure they are awesome for stir fries when topped with a delicious sauce. Anyway, the meal was still super delicious.


I saw this meme and had to share it with you. I laughed so hard, I love it so much 😂 

So that's what I have for you today! I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you back here on Tuesday!!


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Trader Joe's Haul and Stuff I Ate

Hey everyone! I hope that all is well and that you had a great weekend! I enjoyed my weekend but it went by so quickly! I could definitely go for a three day weekend but that isn't in the cards for a bit I don't think.  Anyway, I'm here today with a small Trader Joe's haul and a few things that I ate this weekend. I'm trying to go through some stuff in my pantry so my hauls will likely be smaller over the next few weeks. Anyway, here's what I got!


So this is my little Trader Joe's haul. I got another bag of Crispy Curls, some Carrot Ginger Miso dressing, cucumbers, more tots, green onions, pears, broccoli florets and 2 bags of butter lettuce.

And some meals!


Some gluten free Trader Joe's frozen waffles.


More AMAZING vegan chick'n noodle soup. Omg so good you guys,


Another chick'n caesar salad and tots. Note to self: don't use this salad plate for the meal because it's ridiculously small. The other plate I used was much better. I need to get a white dinner plate for meals with salads.


Some chips and salsa for snack. OMG so good. Thank goodness for nightshades 😂

That's all I have for you today! I'll be back on Friday with some fun stuff (hopefully it's fun, ha!). Since I won't be back before I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Stuff I Ate

Hey everyone!! I hope that you are all doing well. Today's post will be short but I managed to take a few pictures of things I've been eating through the week.


Up first is this incredibly weird ass meal. I wanted some tots and was going to have some baby carrots with them. They were still within the use by date but they were so slimy. Like disgustingly slimy and just touching one grossed me out. I was tired and annoyed so I just cut up an apple to have with them. It was good but just a weird combination.


I had one of these quick McDougall's soup cups for lunch at work one day. I like these for a quick grab and go meal. It's made with rice noodles and is gluten free.


This was such a good breakfast! One day I decided I just wanted some fruit with peanut butter for breakfast and it was delicious. As you can see I opted for crunchy peanut butter and it was definitely a good decision.


Finally I have some brown rice sushi rolls. They are still really good but now that the price is $7.49 it will definitely be a once in a while treat rather than a weekly or biweekly meal.

That's all I have for you today! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you on Tuesday!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Mini Haul and Stuff I Ate

Hey everyone! I hope all is well! I hope you liked Friday's post about the RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns event. I had such a great time at the event and was very excited to share it with you. I'm hoping to be able to venture out more and experience more on Long Island to share with you in the future. For today, I have all of the food to share!!

First up I have a mini haul from Trader Joe's. I decided to take a picture of my cart before I headed over to checkout.


So here's the haul: A bag of the Crunchy Curls (so addictive you guys), some Tater Tots (when you add nightshades back in obviously you go for the tater tots!), hummus, avocados, baby carrots, an onion, mirepoix, grape tomatoes, zucchini and butter lettuce.

So I know the mirepoix is kind of lazy but my plan for that is to dump it into a bowl, mix it up and dump it back into the container to hold in the freezer. I thought it would be perfect for when I just want to make a single serving bowl of chick'n noodle soup - I can just grab a few tablespoons and not have to worry about waste and chopping veggies forever when I just want a quick bowl of soup.


This is the apple pecan baked oatmeal all served up. I added a little almond milk to it and it was so delicious.


I made a bento lunch of a wrap (gluten free wrap with lettuce, hummus and the fajita veggies I made last week (I had this meal earlier in the week) and an apple on the side. The wrap combination was great but the actual wrap was a little brittle for my liking. I was hoping that it would soften up as it sat in the fridge all morning but it didn't really.


Some sushi rolls which I ate with my gorgeous new chopsticks! I really wanted to get a set of reusable chopsticks (I also got a set of steel straws because I am a straw girl) and these rainbow steel ones are beautiful. I have to get used to using them but I am so happy with them. They were $.99 (I got them here) and I plan on getting a few more pairs to have on hand. I'm not affiliated with them… I just think they are pretty.


This was a burrito bowl that I made. It had brown rice, fat free refried beans (from Trader Joe's), fajita veggies and mashed avocado. I was kind of wishing I made this into a quesadilla because I just ended up leaving most of the rice but it was still good.


This was by far my favorite meal of the week, ha! I made a vegan chick'n caesar salad with the butter lettuce and some morningstar grilled chick'n strips that I had and paired it with some tots! I don't think the chick'n is gluten free but I had it in my freezer and I didn't really want to waste it because it's kind of expensive. This meal was so freaking delicious.


Finally, I made the quesadilla I was talking about above. This just has refried beans and fajita veggies because my avocados were not ripe yet. The gluten free wraps are much better when toasted up like this. It was really delicious.

So that's what I have for you today! I'll be back on Friday and I hope you have a great week!