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4th of July & What I Ate Wednesday.

happy 4th of july

When I was a kid, I was playing a quiz games with my friend and she asked me what the date of the “Fourth of July” was, and I just could not answer it. She looked at me like I was crazy! But I guess I had never really considered the fact that the 4th of July was literally on the 4th day of July. I still feel like a doofus for that one.

I’m spending the 4th of July alone this year since my roommate went out of town and Ben is still up in Cleveland. He couldn’t make it down in the middle of the week and I have to work on Friday so that means it’s just me and Professor for the nation’s birthday. I’m a little sad since I think I spent last year on my own too, but I have the whole day to relax and I’ll be seeing Ben this weekend so that’s something.

Plus, our fireworks were on the 3rd, so I just celebrated early!

I figured this would be a great time to finally participate in a What I ate Wednesday, put together by Jenn over at Peas & Crayons.

So here we go!

This is what I ate yesterday!

fruit granola breakfast

I started off the day with apple cinnamon granola with blueberries, strawberries, banana, and the last of my soy milk, which I ate at my desk when I got to work. I usually catch up on my emails while I eat breakfast. It helps me get in the mindset for work and saves me a few minutes in the morning. Oh, and coffee. Definitely coffee. Starbucks french roast in my Doctor Who travel mug & almond milk

corn vegetables lentil lunch

Lunch was leftovers from the previous night, including brussels sprouts, corn on the cop, peas, and lentils. Pretty good for being thrown together last minute this morning before work.

Pico de gallo snack

For a snack when I got home, I had a handful of almonds and some more pico de gallo and tortilla chips. It’s the second day in a row I’ve had it for a snack. I just can’t get enough! It’s refreshing and not too heavy so it doesn’t spoil dinner.

lentil taco

I kept the mexican trend going and made some lentil tacos (with more pico de gallo!) for dinner. I had three of these. SO GOOD! I seriously love lentils. All it was missing was a few slices of avocado.

Lentil Tacos

1// Add  1 cup of lentils in a pot with 2 cups of water.
2// Add salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, chopped onions, chopped jalapeños and minced garlic to taste.
3// Bring to a boil then lower to medium heat and simmer for ~15 minutes or until tender.
4// Scoop a few spoonfuls into a soft tortilla, top with pico de gallo & a slice of avocado.

Recipe modified from Budget Bytes’ Lentil Tacos.


And after dinner, I finished off the day with a fantastic display of fireworks! :)

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Food Lately.

Not every picture I take of my food seems relevant enough to include in my other posts, so I like to gather them all up in one  big food post every so often. Enjoy!

overnight oats for breakfast

I am loving my new breakfast. It’s overnight oats! 1/2 cup oats mixed in with ground flax seed and chia seeds, with vanilla almond milk, almonds, blueberries, and banana! When I made the batch for this week I didn’t have any greek yogurt, which the recipe also calls for (about 1/4 cup).

Morning coffee

Morning coffee! Okay, this isn’t really very telling of how I drink my coffee, but I wanted to show everyone my awesome mug! I have…a lot of mugs. And it’s because I drink A LOT of coffee. Usually Starbucks blend with some Soy Dream enriched vanilla soymilk.

pasta dinner

I have been craving pasta a lot recently, so I tossed it with some broccoli, asparagus, onion, garlic, shrimp, extra virgin olive oil, salt, white pepper, and red pepper flakes. It was delicious! And quite photogenic.


Soup! I love soup. This is asian inspired, pad thai noodles, onion, garlic, green peas, baby corns, and cabbage in chicken broth, with low sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, and  rice wine vinegar. And then a little cilantro for garnish. All measurements were “eyeballed”  based on my taste. I probably also added some garlic chili paste because I love a spicy kick. For protein, you can add some tofu or a little scrambled egg for an eggdrop-style soup.

more pasta

Even more pasta! It must look like I eat a ton of noodles, but honestly, these meals are few and far between. I guess they are just so pretty that I can’t help but take pictures.


I love stir fry over brown rice! I usually throw in whatever veggies I have in the fridge with some low sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, siracha, and rice wine vinegar. My favorite veggies for this are peas, peppers, and baby corns. Its also my favorite tofu dish. I make this probably once a week.

Pico de gallo snack

Once again, I used the Pico de Gallo recipe from Budget Bytes. Quick and easy to prepare, and tasty even on it’s own with tortilla chips!


One of my favorite guilty pleasures is orange creamsicles. A blast from my childhood that is the perfect amount of tart and creamy.


This drink is my new favorite because it combines my two favorite drinks: red wine and a whiskey sour.
It’s called a New York Sour.
1 1/2 oz whiskey
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz red wine
Just mix up the whiskey, simple syrup and lemon juice, and pour over ice. Then, pour the red wine slowly over the back of a spoon into the drink to keep it from mixing in. Then, enjoy!

What have you been craving lately?

What is your favorite meal of the day?


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Savory Sweet Potato Soup.

I know it’s summer, but soup is my absolute favorite food and I’ll find an excuse to eat it all year long. Today, it rained. Actually, it stormed like crazy. So that seemed like a pretty good reason to get some soup action going!


Savory Sweet Potato Soup

Ingredients// *can be altered to taste

1 medium sweet potato
2-2.5 cups broth (vegetable or chicken)
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp coconut oil (optional)
1 tsp salt*
1/2 tsp curry powder*
1/2 tsp chili powder*
1/2 tsp cumin*
1/2 tsp smoked paprika*


1. Chop onion and mince garlic.
2. Put onion, garlic and coconut oil in a medium pot and bring to medium heat. “Sweat” the ingredients until the onion becomes translucent.
3. While the other ingredients “sweat,” peel the sweet potato and cut into tiny cubes.
4. Add the sweet potato to the pot and add enough broth to just cover the sweet potato cubes.
5. Bring to a boil and reduce to medium to medium-low heat. Let simmer for 15-2o minutes or until the sweet potato cubes are soft enough to mash. The smaller the cubes, the less time this will take.
6. Add the soup to a food processor (or if you’re fancy, use an immersion blender) and puree. My food processor is super small, so I added one cup at a time, pureeing and then pouring into a separate bowl. I repeated this process until the entire batch was completely pureed.
7. Garnish with a little black pepper and serve hot!





The soup is creamy, rich, and extremely satisfying. And you can use this same method with winter squash!



What is your favorite kind of soup?


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Poolside & a Bad Run.

I’ve finally had the time to just chill out by the pool and the weather could not be more perfect this week. One huge perk of working odd hours is being home early enough to hang out poolside before everyone else gets home from work. Although, I am always surprised at how busy the pool is, even at 3pm on a weekday. I mean, I know why I’m home that early, but why are these people free in the middle of the day? My guess is that they work night shifts at the local restaurants or are grad students on summer break (we live too far from campus to be undergrads) but either way, it still throws me off.


I’ve recently gotten into starting my day with cereal. After I gave up cow’s milk, I took a few years hiatus from cereal, but I am really loving the new varieties of Kashi, especially with soy or almond milk. I’m still not sure which I like better so I’m doing a little trial to see which I prefer. Toss in some flax seed and fresh fruit = yum!

I love the way the sun hits the pool in the evening when the sun starts to go down. Everyone has gone inside (finally heading to work!?) and it’s my favorite time to sit out and just relax. The sun doesn’t go down till about 9pm so there is a good bit of reading I can get done before going inside.

Vegetable Dinner

I made myself some sautéed vegetables for dinner: zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, onions, and asparagus. The abundance of fresh produce is probably my second favorite part of summer, right after the warm weather. I love the flavors of fall and winter, but something about a meal full of fresh vegetables just makes me feel good about myself.

Running Shoes; Bad Run

I went for my first run in like, two weeks. Ugh. It was awful. I barely made it a mile, struggling the whole way. The still-full stomach probably didn’t help. In retrospect I should have waited a little longer after dinner before heading out. I just didn’t want to lose the sunlight! Either way, I had to stop after a mile for about a minute, then ran another quarter mile, walked a bit, then started running again. I got through another mile before realizing I forgot to turn my Nike+ app back on before starting running again so by the time I slogged my way home (roughly a 3.1 mile run), the gps only recorded 2.3 miles. All in all, it was just a bad run. But bad runs happen. This was by no means my first bad run, nor will it be my last. At least I got this one out of the way and I can focus on my run tomorrow. It can only get better than today.

What’s your favorite part of summer?


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