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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 # 147

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So, this isn’t just any What I Ate Wednesday, but it’s also my last day at my old job. The past few weeks of training at the new one on weekends and days off has been nothing short of exhausting, but in the grand scheme of things, totally worth it to me. For this week’s post, I thought I’d share a day of weekend work meals. As always, many thanks to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party—take a little trip over there to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

I realized as I was posting that these are quite similar to last week’s WIAW eats. Whenever I’m starting something new (work wise), I tend to go on autopilot, working with what I know travels well and things I know will keep me satisfied for the right amount of time. What can I say—I thrive off routine, especially when I’m getting acquainted with a new setting.

  • Breakfast: Greek yogurt with flax & cinnamon, a banana
  • Lunch:A giant salad; hummus on the side for dipping
  • Snacks: an unpictured hard-boiled egg before an early morning gym visit; carrot chips; a green apple; avocado toast when I got home from work; unpictured cottage cheese with cereal before bed (was so tired I forgot to take a picture)
  • Dinner: Red lentil chili (this incarnation had pumpkin instead of squash, and a little bourbon cooked in for a kick); an unpictured bottle of ginger kombucha and square of dark chocolate

Do you ever put your meals on autopilot? 

Sardines for Beginners

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Second sardine post in as many weeks. Why not? boneless sardines

My office-mate probably thinks I’m nuts for eating this stuff, but at least I always throw out the tin in the hallway garbage can! Sardines are actually fantastic mixed into a salad. This morning before I left for work, I suddenly decided to pack lunch and tossed some greens, chopped fresh and dried tomato, and roasted eggplant, cauliflower, and pepper into a big Pyrex container with some balsamic and a sprinkle of goat cheese. It was nice to have something a little fancy for lunch.

Do you ever pack lunch? What are your favorite things to bring from home? 

A few Labor Day things

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I went with the bright pink
I went with the bright pink

Even though I had to work on Labor Day, I still enjoyed some time with my family over the weekend. Saturday a bunch of “the cousins” came over to my parents’ house for a BBQ, which was a lot of fun. Sunday was a low-key day that involved lunch with my mom, and mani-pedis. I literally hadn’t gotten my nails done since it was still cold out. Much-needed. My parents were nice enough to drive me back into the city, where we all shared some drinks and appetizers before they went to see a movie.

The past few weeks, I’ve been packing my lunch a little more often than normal—having something colorful to look forward to, especially working a humid, gray holiday, is really nice. Yesterday I enjoyed what I’m just going to call an antipasti salad: a few slices of leftover prosciutto (from the wine bar I went to with the ‘rents) over greens along with roasted eggplant and sliced mini heirloom tomatoes—plenty of balsamic and some grated pecorino. antipasti salad

It wasn’t quite a Labor  Day BBQ, but it was certainly enjoyable.

What was the best thing you ate over Labor Day weekend? 

Spoil Yourself

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There are many things I love about living alone. However, something I’ve learned is that I need to make a little extra effort to spoil myself once in a while since it’s not like there’s anyone else around to do it.

For example: dinner. Yes, eggs & veggies are great, but sometimes I want the kind of presentable meal I would make for another person. So, it was in the spirit of “Treat Yourself Like a New Pet”/”Be Your Own Housewife” that I recently found myself slicing shallots into paper-thin strips to be caramelized (I loosely followed this how-to because it’s been 4 years since I first learned to caramelize onions & things, and I haven’t done it nearly enough since) and cooking up a batch of pulled chicken while I went about my to-do list. Instead of toast or a sweet potato, I decided to make sliced polenta as my grain because how often does that show up on my plate? sliced polenta

The end result was lovely. I made a salad with grape tomatoes and feta to go with the chicken, and the caramelized shallots were fantastic atop the polenta. Sometimes it’s nice to spoil yourself a little and mix things up.

There are plenty of non-food ways to spoil yourself, of course (DIY pedicure, anyone?), but few things hit the spot like a satisfying, healthy dinner that’s a step above what you’d normally dish out.

How do you spoil yourself? 

What I Ate Wednesday #119

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Good morning and happy Wednesday! How’s your week going? Ready for another What I Ate Wednesday? I’m kind of loving that 119 is a prime number. So satisfying for some reason. Yes, I know I’m a little weird…Thank you as always to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link part. Take a visit to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

Monday was just another busy work day. After working on a project for another job after I got home, I was ready for some therapeutic cleaning and music-blasting. Some fridge-cleaning was also involved in the way of using up leftovers in overnight oats, convenient snacks, and a general theme of “stuff I need to use up” in a bowl. Whatever works!

  • Breakfast: (unpictured) half a banana before the gym; Overnight oats (I skip the milk because I like it better this way) made with Greek yogurt when I got to work
  • Snack: Celery with salsa
  • Lunch: The same old work salad, same old photo
  • Snack: Cottage cheese w/ blueberries & cereal
  • Dinner: Leftovers…pulled chicken with kale, veggies, corn, and avocado
  • Snack: Bourbon banana soft serve with PB2 and a few chocolate chips

What are some of your favorite ways to use leftovers? What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently? 

What I Ate Wednesday # 114

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Wow, Wednesday, way to sneak up on me! Happy What I Ate Wednesday again! Thank you as always to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link part. Take a visit to see more WIAW from other bloggers!


This week feels a little lopsided since I had a three-day weekend but having the extra weekday off was really nice and restful. Here’s what I ate on day two of my random long weekend—aka Sunday.

  • Breakfast: Zucchini bread oatmeal (I eat this at least 3 or 4 times a week—so freaking good, especially with egg whites cooked in)
  • Lunch: Big salad with chickpeas and toast with hummus & roasted eggplant on the side
  • Snack: Greek yogurt with puffed millet, chopped white peach, and a little sunflower seed butter
  • Later…rose wine (unpictured) at a wine bar in the West Village
  • Dinner: Quinoa with steamed kale, roasted broccoli, egg whites (needed to use them up), hummus, and goat cheese
  • Snack: Chocolate chia pudding

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently? Do you have a breakfast food you eat more often than others?