What I Ate Wednesday

Did Tuesday feel like Thursday to anyone else?? I’m having one of those weeks… Let’s close our eyes, dream of yummy noms, and talk about What I Ate Wednesday!

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One of these PERFECTLY ripe bananas was the best way to start the day. I just love those spotty little guys. Then off to the gym.

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Slurped down this simple smoothie of frozen bananas, some Mocha-flavored Vega protein, and lotsa spinach for breakfast. Deelish.

 

This week at work, my office is running an Operation Feed campaign. All week, we are holding activities and accepting donations to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. All the money we raise will go toward feeding fellow Central Ohioans who can’t put enough food on their table. This morning, we went through an activity where we were given only a few dollars, and had to “buy” our breakfast. It was a real challenge to get enough to constitute a full breakfast. My table pooled our money and used the “food pantry” to supplement and came up with something reasonable. But it wasn’t a no-brainer like the way a lot of us experience breakfast and meals in general.

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What astounded me most about this experience was how expensive fresh fruit was. They were the highest priced by a long shot. Bagels, granola bars, yogurt were all cheaper. It’s eye opening and speaks volumes to the health issues among our community’s poorest populations. I feel so incredibly grateful to be able to eat a kale-matcha-latee-spirulina-moondust-superfood-smoothie every day. I encourage you to head over to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s website to learn more about hunger in Central Ohio and how you can make a difference.

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After the demonstrations, in embarrassingly privileged white girl form, I scooped up some extra berries to take back to my desk for a snack…

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It was too stunning of a day to not get outside, so my coworker and I took a stroll to Stauf’s for some iced coffee. After that, I ate my lunch of a leftover cauliflower and spinach salad. It was meh.

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My mouth was on fiyaaa from the spicy cauliflower so I munched on carrots and celery until it felt better they were gone.

Why do I always forget to take a picture of my apple? I had an apple. You get it.

Dinner was SOO yummy- but I also forgot to take a picture of it. Lucky for you, it’s coming up on the blog soon so you get a sneak preview of the pics! It’s soba noodles with lots of yummy green mix ins and a creamy green sauce. I’d love name suggestions because I’m totally blocked… Leave a comment!!

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After dinner and a massage [ahh so good], I munched on a few bites of this vegan scone my mom grabbed me at Whole Foods this weekend. Pretty yummy but super not healthy. Oh well. Balance right?!

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Chew your food with an extra dash of appreciation today, and have a fantastic week!

What I Ate Wednesday

I’m holding down the fort this week while my boo thang is traveling for business. And what I mean by that is I didn’t cook once today. Oops. I’m just less motivated when it’s just me! What I Ate Wednesday is a whole lot of eating out this week.

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Our bananas were waaaay too green for my liking, so I had a bite of this Builders bar I found in the pantry. It was too sweet for that early in the morning but it got me out the door and moving.

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Since we were out of town this weekend, I don’t have any smoothie bags prepped so I threw some frozen blueberries, spinach, and Vega protein in my bullet blender. Easy peezy breakfast on the go.

I snacked on an apple, which I completely forgot to snap a pic of. You remember what an apple looks like, right? Ok good.

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Lunch was a delicious Curry Bowl from Angry Baker, one of my fav veg-friendly restaurants in Columbus. I am addicted to their BBQ bowl but I decided to switch it up and get something different. I was not disappointed!

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Snacked on some carrot sticks before yoga.

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Since I can’t go a week without tacos, I hit up The Kitchen for their weekly Taco Tuesday with a friend. I had a lentil and roasted radish taco (YUM) and braised turnips and greens (also YUM). I also had a delightful little raspberry drink that totally sang summer.

After another drink and some good conversation, I came home and promptly dozed off on the couch. Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Five Spice Whole Roasted Cauliflower

A cauliflower steak is not a steak. Cauliflower wings are not wings. Cauliflower is rice is DEFINITELY not rice. Cauliflower is a fun ingredient to use as a substitute for meaty-like items, but this dish doesn’t try to disguise the white florets. In fact, Five Spice Whole Roasted Cauliflower is all about celebrating this vegetable in all its glory.

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Roasted cauliflower is on weekly rotation at our house. We just throw the chopped veggies on a pan with some spices and dip it in hummus and mustard for the easiest weeknight dinner. I’m all about that one pan dinner life.

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When I saw recipes for elegant whole roasted cauliflower popping up all over the web, I thought for sure I’d never abandoned my tried-and-true weeknight dinner. After all, who has time to make an elaborate dinner after a long day of work, right? Oh, how wrong I was.

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Although this plate is pretty enough for a dinner party, it’s easy enough to make any night of the week. Just slather, bake, slice, and devour!

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Chine five spice is a blend of ground cinnamon, clove, fennel, star anise, and peppercorns and has an amazingly powerful flavor. The smell filled our house for a few days and no one was mad about it.

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We sliced this up and just ate it with a little dollop of the tangy chimichurri sauce. It’s a bit sharp on it’s own, but this take on a classic condiment it’s the perfect compliment to the mellow cauliflower flavor.

Whole roasted cauliflower- oh you fancy, huh?

Five Spice Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6 servings

Impress friends and family with this elegant yet simple recipe. Deliciously spiced and flavorful Five Spice Whole Roasted Cauliflower is an instant hit!

Ingredients

  • 1 small head cauliflower
  • 1/3 cup Tahini
  • 2 Tbs. Chinese 5 spice
  • 2 tsp. Miso
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 5-6 Tbs. water
  • Cilantro chimichurri
  • ½ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 glove garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1-2 Tbs. rice vinegar

Instructions

  1. Prepare the cauliflower by removing the outer leaves and trimming the bottom of the stem. The head should be flat so it can sit easily in a shallow roasting pan.
  2. Mix the tahini, spices and water and in a small bowl and pour over the cauliflower. Use a spoon to spread the mixture evenly over the entire surface.
  3. Cover loosely with foil and roast in a 425-degree oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and roast another 15 minutes, until golden brown.
  4. To prepare the chimichurri, mix the ingredients and serve on the side of the dish.
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