Good Morning! I can’t believe it is July 1st. Is it just me or did June fly by? Happy Canada Day to my friends back in Canada today! I am starting to search for my next travel nurse job as I only have another month left at my current one. I am eyeing Southern California right now but am browsing tempting locations nationwide. Seeing as it is Wednesday it is time for another WIAW thanks to Jenn and friends.
I am switching things up on the breakfast front here this week. The other day I was in Sprouts and spotted these purple corn tortillas. I usually don’t buy them as I find they are too large in size but these ones were small and the color was intriguing. I microwaved some egg and topped it with salsa which was good but resulted in a bit juicier wrap/fold than I had wanted. Oh well it still tasted good. I enjoyed some great cherries and coffee along side as well.
Mid morning I had a couple of rice cakes with Nuttzo and raisins. I remember making ‘ants on a log’ as a kid (celery, with peanut butter, and raisins) and upon seeing the bag in the pantry decided to throw some on the cake. It was a great decision.
Lunch was a cold veggies that I had in the fridge. I had some leftover veggies from dinner and put them in a container with some orange vinaigrette and pepper to marinate them. It could have used a tad more vinegar to enhance the flavor but was a good use up. I got the idea after seeing this recent recipe from the Whole Foods weekly email. I also toasted up an english muffin and topped it with Nuttzo.
Mid afternoon repeat snack of my rice cake combo but added a can of La Croix. Love that bubbly drink.
Dinner was a home run today. With an upcoming move happening I need to start to use up some of the items in my freezer I cooked my first piece of cod from the Sizzlefish order that I placed a few weeks ago. I thawed the fish and cooked it in the oven after seasoning it with a chipotle blend. I then added it to a couple more of those tortillas. I was going to add some lettuce to them but the tortilla was so small that I thought it would burst. Instead I enjoyed a salad on the side. I also enjoyed a cold beer because tacos and beer seem like the perfect combo to me.
I some air popped popcorn which I added some siriacha sauce and mixed it through to give a bit of bite to the snack. Snacking on it while on the computer, and on a white couch though was a not a good idea. Moments after taking this photo the cushion covers were in the wash. Oops :)
Hope you all have a safe and happy 4th! I’ll be working but hope you all enjoy some great time with family and friends….and some great food too!
I recently bought a jar of nutritional yeast. Any must try recipes that I should try?
Any favorite summer dishes you have been enjoying lately?
Any plans for the holiday weekend?
When I wrote the header for the post and realized it is week #52 of me joining in with Jenn for the WIAW linkup I guess it is also marking one year since I started this blog. I have learned so much and really have enjoyed connecting with so many and making many new friends. Thanks to everyone who has read or stopped by and read my posts. Yesterday I finally posted the coleslaw recipe I was talking about the past few weeks.
Now a look at some of the meals from last week.
I am switching it up and showing my hotel breakfast on the mornings I work. Since I am working 12 hour shifts at this new job it is 6-8 hours before I get a chance to eat or drink anything. I have been making Kodiak Cake pancake batter mini muffins before I leave to drive to Tucson on Fridays. I then eat the mini pancake muffins and have a small yogurt before grabbing a coffee on the way to the hospital. I haven’t had yogurt in a while but have been trying to find some protein dense foods to add to breakfast.
7 hours later I downed 32oz of cold water and ate lunch. For work lunches I have been having another serving of Kodiak Cake pancakes, yogurt, and a Bearded Brother bar. It seems to be holding me over the rest of the day (approx 6-7 hours) until I get off and can eat and drink. This orange and ginger flavor is my favorite so far.
I spent Monday running errands and grocery shopping. Costco had boxes of Life cereal on sale for $4.40 so I pick up another box and have been snacking on it mid morning and mid afternoon. (Yum!
Dinner tonight was a cut up chicken sausage mixed into some frozen bell pepper and onion veggies from TJ. I added riced cauliflower and sauce and seasonings. So quick, easy, and flavorful oven free meal. Cold beer and carrots on the side to enjoy on this hot day too :)
Ended the day with these juicy strawberries, some more life cereal,
and some dark mint M&Ms while catching up on my DVR
Hope you all have a great week and weekend ahead and enjoy some delicious meals.
I’ve been thinking of trying out Thredup. Anyone have any good or bad experiences with it? Or suggestions for alternative sites?
I am finally posting the salad recipe I have been mentioning for a few weeks
When I travel I often will stop by Whole Foods and pick up dinner at the deli counter. I try to resist the urge to pick up some of their appealing salads and selections everytime I am at the store! I look forward to usually making one of my travel nights a ‘Whole Foods’ dinner night. A few weeks ago I was away and picked up a container of this coleslaw salad. The employee said it was a must try item. I tend to avoid coleslaw as I am not a fan of mayo heavy salads. She said this one had no mayo and an amazing dressing. I decided to give it a whirl. It was fantastic. I immediately started searching for the recipe online. I found this one which seemed to closely resemble the flavor of the dressing.
When I got home I tried a couple versions at recreating the dressing. While it isn’t a 100% replication of the original I think it does make a mayo free dressing. It would be perfect for those summer picnics or BBQs when fridge free items are in demand!
Summer Fresh Coleslaw Recipe
3 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp yellow prepared mustard. Can swap out for 1/8tsp of dry mustard
1/4 tsp cumin
1 tsp Italian Seasoning. I didn’t have regular oregano on hand initially and used this mix. I have made it with oregano only but like the blend. Use whatever you desire!
1/2-1 Tbsp sugar. (Optional) It isn’t overly sweet with the sugar but I like the taste of it without the sugar
1/2 cup chopped green onion
Ground Salt and pepper to taste
3 cups of cabbage/slaw mix
1 cups grated carrot
1. Mix dressing ingredients together and adjust seasonings to taste.
2. Add cabbage or slaw to bowl and coat well.
3. Add green onion
4. Chill in the fridge for at least 30-60 min but I usually aim for a few hours. The flavor seems to improve with time.
Optional add ins:
1/2-1 clove minced garlic. I’m not a fan of raw garlic and leave it out. My friend made it with it and said it was good.
1/2 cup red onion sliced or chopped. I will add if I have it on hand but don’t worry about it if I don’t have it.
I play around with the veggie quantities and mix all the time. I usually use a whole bag of the Trader Joe’s broccoli slaw mix and it makes the perfect salad/dressing ratio. If the cabbage mix I have is light on carrots I will add the grated carrot too. Use whatever mixture you like.
Hope you enjoy this summer slaw! Let me know if you try it.
Good morning from hot Phoenix! It is sure toasty here this week as most days have been 105F ish. I have yet to turn on the AC in my condo though. I face north and am sheltered by other buildings on the grounds. The inside temp has been around 80F and quite livable. I am not sure how much longer that will last but I’m not complaining ;) Time for the weekly look at everyone’s great posts in Jenn’s WIAW series.
I spotted the biggest watermelon I have ever seen at Costco last week for $3.99. It was humungous and filled every single tupperware and plastic container I own in the fridge!
I have been adding an egg white to the Kodiak Cake batter and am impressed with how fluffy it makes the morning pancakes. I added on some strawberry fruit and honey syrup from Nature Nate’s. I discovered them while in Dallas as they are based just outside of the city.
I signed up for an adult swimming stroke refinement class this week. It has been kinda disappointing and not as helpful as I had hoped. I got a bit of a burn today as the pool is outside and the class is from 11-Noon. Before heading out I snacked on some grapes and a few pretzels.
I had to rush over to a chiropractor and massage appointment and stopped for a green veggie (and very gingery) juice. I ate the english muffin with Sunberry butter as well before heading to my appointments.
I quickly ate some frozen grapes later in the afternoon when I finally got home.
Dinner was a chicken burger with an attempt at recreating that Whole Foods coleslaw I talked about on the blog last week. It was really close in flavor and I hope to try another attempt (I forgot to measure the amounts for the dressing) and then I will definitely share it with you. It was so quick and easy.
After dinner I enjoyed some more watermelon, and some frozen grapes and some vanilla yogurt that was on sale at Whole Foods. It got a little melty as I was distracted by looking for banana free muffin recipes on Pinterest. Have any breakfast muffin recipes without banana? I made cinnamon and raisin ones and plain cinnamon last week to eat at work on the weekend.
I am off to try Orange Theory today. I am excited to see how it goes and what the session is like. I finally placed my first Sizzlefish order this week and it is supposed to come today. I miss having good quality seafood and am looking forward to tasting the fish.
Hope you all have a great week. Any plans?
Have you tried Orange Fitness?
Are you a fish fan?
Any favorite breakfast muffin combinations or recipes?