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What I Ate Wednesday #150

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I can’t believe today is my 150th What I Ate Wednesday post. What’s especially crazy about that is I don’t think I missed many—if any weeks. Out of 150.  And neither has the lovely host, Jenn of Peas & Crayons. I love that one blogger was of getting a look at what she was eating turned into a fun weekly link party. If you want to see more WIAW from other bloggers, take a little visit on over there. 

It’s kind of amazing how much has changed since Week One, back on April 14th, 2011 (yes, I had to go look back in the archives—I’m terrible at remembering dates). Here’s what my day of meals and snacks looked like: Read the rest of this entry »

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What I Ate Wednesday #67: Travel Edition

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Wednesday came really fast this week—and so did What I Ate Wednesday. As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting the link party. To see more WIAW from other bloggers, visit Peas & Crayons.

Since I usually show you guys what I ate on a Monday, I thought I’d change things up a bit and share what I ate on Sunday, which began in Boston and ended in New York, with me trying to make sense of the random ingredients in the fridge.

One good thing about getting older and becoming someone who’s been “drinking responsibly” for more years than they spent in college doing the opposite is that you have the energy to go a Sunday-morning yoga class.

After yoga, my hostesses and I went out for a lovely brunch at a place called Precinct. After that, I hopped on the T and went to South Station to catch my train back to NYC. The trip was mellow and I finished a whole bunch of work, so that was nice. I have to admit, though, I was pretty tired by the time I got home.

Still, it was a nice trip. I don’t get away that often, but it’s always a nice treat to go back to Boston.

So about that “what I ate part…”

Breakfast: pre-yoga bowl of bran flakes w/ unsweetened coconut milk, blueberries, and dried cranberries 

Lunch: black bean veggie burger w/ avocado; salad; blueberry wheat beer 

Snack: (unpictured) apple and dry-roasted edamame while in transit

Dinner: Salad w/ random veggies and turkey; toast w/ cottage cheese & nutritional yeast 

Snack: Sliced banana w/ chocolate PB2   sauce

Do you make random creations when you get back from a trip or just order in? 

Best Guacamole

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I’m really spoiled when it comes to guacamole—my mom and Chris both make it so well, I’m usually disappointed by restaurant versions! The only exception I’ve found so far is El Parador on East 34th. Even when I’m alone in the kitchen with an avocado, I don’t even bother—I just slice the plain avocado. This is partially due to a love of plain avocado, partially due to laziness (though it’s super-easy) and partially preferring having someone to share with. Here is Chris’ go-to recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe Haas avocado (very slightly soft when pressed)
  • 1 minced jalapeno (tastes best when dried until it turns red, but not totally dry)
  • 2 tbsp chopped onion
  • 3 minced cloves garlic
  • 1/2 roma or plum tomato cubed
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • juice from 1/4 lime wedge

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl combine all ingredients except for the avocado.
  2. Peel and pit avocado, removing any damaged flesh. Mash with a fork, being sure to leave some chunks intact.
  3. Add the other mixed ingredients to the avocado, mixing gently.

Variations:

  • substitute another tart citrus such as grapefruit, tangerine, or clementine for lime.
  • some people don’t like cilantro, so omit it if that’s you or someone you are preparing this for.
  • substitute habanero for jalapeno for an extra kick.