Tuesday, February 27, 2018

This was NOT a great food pic day, guys. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya…

9:46 AM:

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Oatmeal with granola & berries; coffee

Oh hey, breakfast looks almost exactly the same as yesterday! IT WASN’T, though: look, it’s strawberries instead of raspberries! And plain oatmeal instead of apple cinnamon! Variety is indeed the spice of life, friends.

12:06 PM:

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Baked eggplant parm with lentil pasta; clementine

Okay, lunch was exactly the same as yesterday, minus the Cheez-Its. Still delicious, though! Sorry it looks so gross – everything I did to try to make it better made it worse.

1:45 PM:

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Bite of everything croissant from Starbucks

My co-workers made a Starbucks run yesterday, but I didn’t partake…I did, however, accept the offer to try my desk mate’s everything croissant. It was pretty tasty!

1:54 PM:

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Graze lemon drizzle flapjacks

These may look like the same apple cinnamon flapjacks, but your eyes deceive you! They’re LEMON DRIZZLE flapjacks! Anyway, I was feeling deprived after denying myself Starbucks, so I whipped these guys out.

7:16 PM:

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Yogurt covered gluten free mini pretzels

Hanger struck again by the time I got home, so I grabbed a handful of these not very good pretzels (you may remember them as my car snack from last week’s Target run) while I rummaged around for dinner. They did the trick.

7:45 PM:

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Quinoa Cowboy Burger on a bagel thin with a pepperjack “thin slice,” 1/2 an avocado, and cholula; sweet potato with cinnamon brown sugar butter

Oof. While tasty, this dinner was rough to photograph. Look, I’m no professional food photographer, and I have terrible patience. I tried my hardest. (No I didn’t.) I’m sure this is one of those things that’ll get better as time goes on, but…this is pretty cringe-y. Sorry, guys. Anyway, I talked about my love for Quinoa Cowboy Burgers (which I had been incorrectly referring to as “Cowboy Quinoa Burgers”) at length here, if that’s something you’re into (there’s even a non-recipe recipe there). As previously mentioned, Tuesdays are my solo nights, and these burgers are a staple for me.

8:58 PM:

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Stove-popped popcorn with Trader Joe’s onion salt

I thought I was over my craving after last week’s back to back popcorn fix, but I was watching an episode of The Kitchen last night and Katie Lee was wolfing some popcorn down. I don’t know if it was the crunching or the vigor with with she was shoveling the kernels into her face, but I immediately went into the kitchen to whip some up. I decided to give the onion salt another try, and I’m glad I did – it’s actually pretty great! I think the problem before was that I was doubling down on the salt…actually tripling down, if you include the salted butter. This time I skipped the butter and didn’t add any additional salt, and it was perfect. I also made about 1/3 of what I normally make – the instructions on the kernel container say to use half a cup of kernels, but that makes enough popcorn to feed a small family for a week, and I always end up throwing 3/4 of what I make away. Something between 1/8 and 1/4 cup were just about right to satisfy my snack attack.

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