WIAW #19

Good Morning! I can’t believe this is the week in October. I have had a really busy week. I found out on Friday that the apartment that I applied to lease in Phoenix was approved. Finding a place to live was at the top of my to-do list and it was such a relief to have taken care of that. It was nerve racking to apply for the place without seeing it in person but I think it will work out. It is about 10 miles from work so my commute will be manageable. I am off to Phoenix this weekend to look at some cars and take care of a few other things before I move in a few weeks. It is going to be a crazy few weeks! Here’s a peek at my meals this week.

I enjoyed Kodiak Cakes, a sweet and juicy gala apple, and a cup of coffee. I was going to spend the morning packing and needed the fuel!
IMG_1486I took a break from dis assembling a bookshelf and end tables and snacked on some figs (recycled photo).
IMG_1357I hauled all the pieces down to the garbage room in my building and was starving by lunch.  I whipped up a quick lunch of a peanut butter sandwich and another apple. I munched on a carrot while making the sandwich. I went to the grocery store yesterday and picked up more PB to last me till I move. Totally into PB lately!
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I had some friends over for supper. All of our schedules are hectic so this was the only day we could all get together before I leave. I wanted supper to be really easy so we could relax and visit. I broiled some porobello mushrooms and topped them with lentil dip. I had some organic frozen asparagus spears from Costco that I cooked up and topped with smoky salsa. I cooked up the last three Mahi Mahi fillets and toasted some bread (I topped mine with mustard and tons of sun dried tomatoes!). We snacked on this bowl of raw veggies. It was a very simple, easy, and not fancy at all but we all had a great time visiting!
IMG_1492IMG_1436Isn’t it great to get together with friends and catch up!
Hope you all have a great week and a happy Halloween!

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Kate

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WIAW #18

Happy Wednesday Friends! Hope you have all had a great week so far. It is hard to believe that October is almost over. This month has flown by. I have been really busy this week sorting out my upcoming move. I gave my notice of resignation at my current job last Friday and will leave for Phoenix in just a few weeks. So much to organize and figure out before I go! I am hoping to sign a lease for a place to live this week. My to do list seems endless but I am so excited, nervous, and happy about this change.

My meals this week have been a continued attempt at eating foods in the pantry and freezer. Other than buying fresh fruit and veggies I am hoping to use up what I have already prior to moving.

I usually have one cup of regular coffee per day and have been working my way though my stock in the pantry. This morning I had Archer Farms Kettle Corn variety. I didn’t immediately love it. I had read people raving about it and picked it up to try it. Now that it has been cool and rainy here starting the day with a warm drink is quite enjoyable. Kodiak Cakes (gotta use up the stock!) have still been on the breakfast menu but this morning I paired it with this organic gala apple that I picked up from Costco. So crunchy and juicy! I usually don’t buy apples from Costco because they are huge but yesterday I found a pack that were more reasonably sized.

IMG_1470I was working all weekend so I had the day off today. Lunch was a peanut butter sandwich with couple of chopped carrots and another cored and sliced apple. I have half a jar of PB left and am hoping it will last until I move! (Not likely though!)

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I took a break from car research online (totally exhausting! Too many choices and opinions) to enjoy a few dried figs and a can of La Croix. This is the Cranberry Raspberry flavour. Definitely not my favourite flavour but still refreshing.
IMG_1473Supper was another freezer use up meal. I had 2 remaining frozen pieces of salmon fillet left so I broiled it in the oven. I put it on top of some broiled baby portobello mushrooms which I topped with some habenaro lentil dip and a few sundried tomatoes. I had some sugar snap peas and carrots on the side. I am on a sugar snap pea kick lately. Love those crunchy pods! This came together quite quickly and was a good use up meal.

IMG_1469Later in the evening I snacked on popcorn while catching up on the latest episode of The Good Wife. Love that show!
IMG_1459Have you ever gone through periods of using up foods in your freezer or pantry?

Thanks again to Jenn for hosting this weekly linkup. Don’t forget to head over to her site and check out everyone else’s great food ideas.
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Cheers!

Kate

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WIAW #17

Good Morning and happy Wednesday everyone! It seems like almost overnight the days are suddenly a lot shorter and the weather has gotten cooler. It is supposed to be cool, gray, and rainy all week. It makes me forward to the warmth and sunshine of the desert soon!

On Saturday I had run errands all day but  stopped by the farmer’s market first thing to pick up some apples. I was able to come home with a huge bag to snack on throughout the week. I love seeing new and unique vegetables that are locally grown. I was almost going to buy one of these but I was unsure what to make with it. It looked so vibrant I had to take a photo! Anyone tried this variety before?

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For breakfast I decided to use up a bag of Buttermilk Flapjacked mix that I had left in the cupboard. I sliced up an apple and enjoyed a cup of this coffee along with the cakes. Perfect relaxing way to start a Saturday.

IMG_1457I happened to be at Whole Foods at lunch and decided to pick up a Power Cookie from the bakery. I headed over to Starbucks and grabbed a blonde roast coffee and enjoyed one of the apples from the market. Quick but tasty lunch while sitting in the parking lot!
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IMG_1441I continued my goal of eating food left in my freezer. I baked a fillet of salmon and added some really delicious cauliflower tabbouleh that I picked up from the deli at Whole Foods. It was so fresh and flavourful (and on sale!). I had the other half of the salad the next night. I didn’t end up eating all the pretzels as I started snacking on some raw veggies instead.
IMG_1449After dinner I had some frozen fruit and air popped popcorn while watching Project Runway.
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Hope you all have a great week!

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Kate

 

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WIAW #16

Hello All! Hope you all are having a great week and enjoying the first part of October. I am back from my trip to Phoenix. It was a really long couple of days with tours of various hospitals and interviews. I was lucky to be offered a full time job at one of the hospitals we toured. Hopefully the details will be finalized this week and I can figure out when I will be moving. I am really excited about the change and the new opportunities that Phoenix offers. While it will be hard to move away from family and friends and to be alone in a city with no connections I feel optimistic and this change ‘feels right’. Still wrapping my mind around that I will be living in Arizona as soon as next month! Now onto a look at some of my meals this week.

I have always packed food with me when I travel but during this short trip decided to not bring any along. There was a Starbucks near the hotel and I walked there each morning and had coffee along with a bowl of oatmeal and a banana.

I met some really fun and friendly people at this event. We went out for Mexican food the first night. I had a house salad that was topped with fresh corn and a mandarin dressing. It was really good. There was a $2 taco special that night so I picked out three of the small tacos. I selected a chicken one, a shrimp one, and a mushroom one. The best part of the night was the discovery of a frozen yogurt shop near the hotel which I had a had to stop at for a cool treat. I enjoy Mexican food and can’t wait to find more great restaurants in the Phoenix area.
IMG_1419My flight was supposed to leave at 10am so I wasn’t planning on eating lunch on the plane. Due to a mechanical and hydraulic  issue they were unsure if the plane would be able to lift off the ground (kinda a necessary function of flying!!). We were taken off the plane and had to go to another gate to wait for a new plane. We ended up leaving at 12:30 and I new
I needed to grab some food to eat on the plane. I had picked up a cup of fresh fruit from Starbucks but needed something more. There was a sandwich shop next to the gate. I was pleasantly surprised with this $10 made to order selection. I chose turkey, with whole grain mustard, tomato, and lettuce on whole wheat. It was really good. The mustard was the best part. While healthy airport food is hard to find it isn’t impossible (just not cheap unfortunately!).
IMG_1425I left Phoenix and the warm sunshine to arrive home to rain and 55F weather. I was cold! Warmed up while unpacking and doing laundry with a mug of tea. I like this flavour. I stocked up last fall and just noticed it was back in Target again.
IMG_1431For dinner I baked a fillet of salmon and topped it with some whole grain mustard. I had some shredded kale salad from Trader Joe’s on the side. I added some sun dried tomatoes on top and used some remaining lentil dip as a ‘dressing’. I like travelling but love getting home and eating my veggie filled meals!
IMG_1428I don’t usually eat any candy because it really doesn’t appeal to me. One of the hospitals gave us a little goodie bag that had some candy corn in it. I hadn’t eaten candy corn in ages. I tried one and was surprised with the taste. Not too bad! I felt like adding some to my nightly popcorn tonight. It was a great idea. The warmth of the popcorn just slightly warmed the candy. Perfect crunchy and slightly sweet ending to the day.
IMG_1430Do you miss some of your usual meals while traveling?

Any readers or visitors of the Phoenix area with tips for me?

A huge thanks to Jenn for hosting this weekly roundup. Head over to her great site and check out what everyone else is creating.
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Kate

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WIAW #15

Happy Wednesday All! Hope you are all having a great week. I am currently in Phoenix on the job interview trip (and enjoying the warm weather!). I will fill you in on the trip next week. My schedule has been really busy lately but I managed to meet up with some friends for drinks after work on Friday. It was so nice to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen in a while.
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Since I am away this week here is a look at my meals from Monday.

I had Kodiak Cakes along with an apple and few blackberries. I also had a cup of Pumpkin Coffee. I tried adding some canned pumpkin puree to the pancake mix on the weekend but it was a recipe failure. The pancakes were mushy and wet. I was hoping that it would have worked. I need to look for another recipe and try again.
IMG_1412Mid morning snack which consisted of this juicy apple
IMG_1413I forgot to take a picture of my lunch. It was a Nuttzo sandwich with a couple of carrots and few sugar snap peas. I am almost out of Nuttzo and need to restock with some new nut butter when I get back home.

I had a few of these figs in the afternoon. They are so chewy and soft. Delicious!
IMG_1414Dinner was thrown together really quickly while I was packing for my trip. I had heated some frozen organic asparagus spears that I got from Costco and topped them with some lentil dip. I mixed some tuna with some salsa and sun dried tomatoes and had some raw veggies on the side. It came together quickly and was tasty. Sipped on my favourite La Croix flavour (lime) on the side :)

IMG_1411I ended the day with a bowl of frozen fruit and popcorn while catching up on the latest episode of Top Chef. Love frozen mango and berries!
IMG_1410Hope you all have a great week!

Have you made pumpkin pancakes before that were successful?

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Cheers!

Kate

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WIAW #14

Happy Wednesday Friends! It has been a really busy week at work this week. I am looking forward to my trip to Phoenix next week. It seemed so far away back in August and I can’t believe it is now only a few days away. I am hoping that the interviews and hospital tours go well. Having a few days in sunny Arizona will be wonderful!

There were no raspberries at the Farmer’s Market this weekend but I did find some local organic blueberries and blackberries. I enjoyed a bowl of the sweet berries with Kodiak Cakes and a cup of coffee.
IMG_1379I had a gala apple as a morning snack at work.

Lunch was a Nuttzo sandwich with a couple of carrots and some cherry tomatoes on the side.
IMG_1159For an afternoon snack I had a couple of dried figs and double the amount of berries in the picture. I totally forgot to snap a photo before I ate them! It satisfied my hunger before I headed to the gym.
IMG_0037Dinner was a lazy quick meal of veggies and lentil dip along side some egg white and salsa open faced sandwich. Really liking the sugar snap peas lately!
IMG_1375I snacked on more berries and a bowl of plain air popped popcorn while relaxing on the couch and watching The Voice. Popcorn has been a nightly snack lately :)
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I have a bunch on canned pumpkin puree that I need to start using up. I am thinking of topping some pancakes with it. Any favourite ways that you like to enjoy pumpkin?

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Cheers!

Kate

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WIAW #13

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone! Hope you are all having a great week and enjoying the last official days of summer! Time for another look at some of the food I have been eating this week.

After missing berries at the farmer’s market last week I was thrilled to see them back at the market this weekend. I grabbed some raspberries and blackberries and have been eating them like candy! I paired them with some Kodiak Cakes and large cup of coffee to fuel my day at work. I picked up new coffee at Target this weekend and have been loving both varieties. I got Archer Farm’s Pumpkin Spice and it is delicious but this morning I had a cup of Duncan Donuts Maple Brown Sugar Variety. It smells wonderful and tastes great! If you are a fan of flavoured coffee you should check them both out.
IMG_1365 IMG_1366I snacked on a crispy gala apple at work quickly between cases. I core the apple at home in the morning and it makes it mess free and super quick to eat on the go.

Lunch was a Nuttzo sandwich with a side of carrots and cherry tomatoes. This has been my go to lunch as of late. Great quick combo! I was in a hurry at work and forgot to snap a photo…oops!

I picked up these figs at Costco on the weekend as an impulse buy. They are so good! They are really chewy and have great flavour. I snacked on a handful before heading to the gym to run some intervals. It feels great to be running again for the first time since the surgery. I have definitely missed it.
IMG_1357At the farmer’s market I found a stall selling the largest zucchini I have ever seen for only $1 each. I picked up two and cut and roasted part of one of the zucchini for dinner tonight. I cubed and roasted the zucchini and combined it with some boiled brussel sprouts which I coated in Hope Foods Habenaro Lentil Dip. I paired it with a broiled fillet of salmon and some fresh veggies.
IMG_1359IMG_1360I ended the day by enjoying a favourite evening snack of late. I have been really liking frozen fruit. It is a cool way to end the day. I also had a huge bowl of plain air popped popcorn while catching up on the latest episode of Project Runway.
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Have you ever returned to running or the gym after a long hiatus?

Thanks to Jenn for hosting and don’t forget to visit her site and check out what WIAW is all about.

Cheers!

Kate

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