What I Ate This Weekend

Sometimes weekdays are boring and monotonous… This week, we’re jazzing things up with a What I Ate This Weekend!

Happy humpday honey buns! How’s this week treating you??! Mine has been a bit cray cray at work but sometimes that’s just how it goes, ya know? For this week’s What I Ate Wednesday, I’m switching things up a little!

As I mentioned last week, I feel like my weekday eats have been getting a little stale and repetitive. This has led me to two conclusions… 1.) I need to switch up my lunch time routine! And 2.) it’s time I shared some less structured weekend eats! A few things about this topic before we get started…

There are a few reasons I eat the way I eat during the work week. The first is for convenience. I don’t usually take a lunch break during the day and I like to get in as early as possible. So prepping meals that I can throw in my bag makes running out the door in the morning a breeze. The second is for peace of mind. It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with disordered eating and anxiety for a good portion of my life (more on that here). While it’s something I actively work to manage, it gives me a sense of calm to know what I can expect during the week food-wise. I recognize that this is still partially disordered eating behavior because of my need to know (read, control) my food intake. But it’s what is working for me now and it feels good and I’m definitely not starving. Progress, people.

The third, and definitely most important, is that I truly enjoy eating home-cooked food. I think I’m a pretty darn good cook (so humble) and the food I bring with me everyday is always delicious. That said, I also enjoy eating out and having an adult beverage or four. Let me get one thing straight right freaking meow:

Only eating out during or “saving” calories for the weekend is not healthy or intuitive eating behavior. 

I used to have an incredibly strict policy on no-alcohol, no-oil, no-“bad” stuff during the week but then ate whatever I wanted on the weekend. This led me into some pretty damaging (mentally) binges that always left me feeling miserable. SO, while I’m about to share with you some fun and relaxed weekend eats, know that I eat this way during the week too! I like meal prepping for the convenience but I also join my friends for lunch at Harvest Pizzeria or beers at Seventh Son. I’m not 100% free from the disordered habits but I know I’m making progress and I’m pretty proud of that!

As evidence of my progress, it is currently Tuesday night and I am writing this post on a belly full of two beers, half a pizza, and a shiz ton of watermelon. Now shall we get onto the weekend eats?!?!?!??

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We started our weekend off with our new favorite Saturday morning activity: a long bike ride. We got ambitious and took on 30 miles on Saturday! I fueled up with plain soy yogurt, a sliced banana, Purely Elizabeth granola, tahini, and maple syrup. So many awesome textures and flavors!

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When we got to our destination, they were having a $5 pancake breakfast. Say whaaat?! John and I split an order of blueberry pancakes. They were not vegan and they were not whole wheat and they were not organic but they were #*&@^ing delicious and exactly what I needed. How’s THAT for intuitive eating??!

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After the final leg of our ride, I chugged a green juice from Zest while we got ready to go to lunch.

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There was a really cool “Vegan Street Food Pop Up Market” at a local health food store that we checked out. My body was in desperate need of lots of carbs and a burrito bowl from local plant-based food truck, Sobremesa, was totally calling my name. Rice, black beans, tofu, roasted veggies, and plantains filled this girl right up.

We stopped at Whole Foods while we were in that neck of the woods and I probably had another entire meal’s worth of samples. Unashamed #freesamplewhore.

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For dinner, we stopped at our favorite Saturday spot, Northstar cafe. I got their Citrus Crunch Salad because it is one of my favorite meals of all time. The pile of crispy tortilla strips on top is seriously my love language. I also ordered a ginger ale cocktail that was deeeeelicious.

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After dinner, we met up with friends and hit a few more bars. I was really feeling some girly, fruity mixed drinks so you know what? I had three. And then a beer. And I probably ended up a bit more tipsy than I prefer but we were with good friends having a great time and I have zero regrets.

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The moral of this story is that if you want to eat pizza on a Tuesday, eat it! If you want to have drinks with your friends on a Friday, drink ’em up!! By showing you my weekend eats, I don’t want you to think I restrict my fun and joyful eats to two measly days of the week. I love pizza and vodka and pancakes equally on all days of the week.

Rosemary Hemp Crusted Tofu Bites

Marinated tofu gets tossed in Manitoba Harvest’s newest addition to the hemp family- Hemp Heart Toppers! Rosemary Hemp Crusted Tofu Bites are the plant-based protein your next dinner is missing!

I’m kind of freaking out about this recipe. When I was testing it, I was pretty skeptical that it would turn out. In fact, I have been testing a few backup recipes in case I couldn’t make this one work. Spoiler alert: I made it work.

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It smells like chicken nuggets in here…” Direct quote from John’s mouth when he wandered into the kitchen while these were baking. I’m going to go ahead and take that as a stamp of approval! (He also gave them the real stamp of approval after tasting!)

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Humble tofu’s neutral flavor is the perfect backdrop for Manitoba Harvest’s newest hemp product. The new Hemp Heart Toppers are their traditional hemp seeds mixed with hemp powder and spices- and nothing else! It’s like those old-school seasoning packets but chock-full of healthy protein and fats and without the added preservatives and junk!

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The Hemp Heart Toppers come in four exciting flavors! Two sweet: Maple & Cinnamon and Coconut & Cocoa. Two savory: Chipotle Onion & Garlic and Onion Garlic & Rosemary. I went with the latter for this recipe and it did not let me down.

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Marinating and breading may seem like a long way to go for tofu, but you’re going to have to trust me that it’s worth it. I even cut out a few steps to make this as easy as possible. Just marinate, toss in the crust, and bake!

Don’t worry if Hemp Heart Toppers haven’t hit the shelves of your local grocery store yet- there’s an easy substitution in the notes of the recipe.

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I also want to be sure to mention that Manitoba Harvest doesn’t pay me to sing the praises of their products. They did send me products to try, but I wouldn’t share them with you if I didn’t truly love them! So yes, I am truly as hemp-obsessed as I seem! Now go get yo nuggets on.

Rosemary Hemp Crusted Tofu Bites

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 24 bites

Marinated tofu gets tossed in Manitoba Harvest’s newest addition to the hemp family- Hemp Heart Toppers! Rosemary Hemp Crusted Tofu Bites are the plant-based protein your next dinner is missing!

Ingredients

  • Tofu:
  • 1 block extra firm tofu, drained & pressed
  • ¼ cup veggie broth
  • 2 Tbs. tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. olive oil (optional)
  • Crust:
  • ½ cup Garlic, Onion, Rosemary Hemp Heart Toppers*
  • ½ cup ground almonds/ almond meal
  • ½ tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Mix marinade ingredients together (broth through oil) and pour into a shallow baking dish. Cut tofu into bite-sized pieces, add to baking dish, and toss to coat every piece in the marinade. Allow to marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour, or preferably overnight.
  2. Once the tofu has marinated, in a separate bowl, mix the crust ingredients together. One-by-one, flip each piece of tofu a few times to fully coat in marinade then drop into the bowl of breading. Toss the tofu in the mixture, pressing it onto each piece.
  3. Place the pieces on a parchment- or silicone-lined baking sheet and bake in a 350F degree oven for 40 minutes, flipping once halfway through.

Notes

If you don’t have these hemp toppers, don’t fret! Substitute with ½ cup hemp seeds (or more almond flour) mixed with ½ tsp. garlic powder, ½ tsp. onion powder, 1 tsp. chopped rosemary, and ½ tsp. salt.

http://www.areyoukitchenme.com/rosemary-hemp-crusted-tofu-bites/

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What I Ate Wednesday

What I Ate Wednesday– a day in the life of a busy working woman! A snack here, some kale there, and lots and lots of coffee!

Hidee hooooo chickadees! Happy Humpday! Your girl has been werk, werk, werk, werk, werkin’! And by that I mean my eats have been pretty gosh darn boring and simple. I’ve been thinking about doing a “What I Ate This Weekend” post just so you poor souls don’t have to see the same ol’ shiz over and over again! Any interest? I promise there are far fewer veggies and a few more beers. More to come!

As the sun rises, so does my sleepy a$$. Per usual, John and I split a banana before hitting the squat rack. No picture because it’s dark af at 5:30am.

There’s just nothing this body craves after a workout like a smoothie. Preferably my Chocolate Cherry Beet Smoothie. Nope, still not sick of it. Oh and this is my face because I realized I don’t show it on here often.

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After an AMAZING coffee meeting with a super inspiring babe, I was so hyped up on caffeine my shaky hands spilled the last 1/4 of my cup of joe into my purse with my laptop. KEWL. Think it miiiiiight be time to scale back on that coffee consumption again…

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If you think I’m crazy for spending bookoo bucks on bags of kale chips every week, let’s get one thing straight. I only buy these when they are on WooHoo (Kroger speak for clearance) and marked down to $1.99. They’re still not the cheapest but man, I love them.

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Sometimes I’m amazed by my ability to cram a literal fart ton of leafy greens into one tupperware container. I should put it on my resume. “Lettuce Cramming Artist”. I dig it. Anywho, this monstrous salad is a whole bunch of leftover Blueberry Corn Summer Salad piled on top of romaine, beet greens, and topped with extra sunflower sprouts. I brought a jar of extra dressing with me for the week and doused the greens in it. Oh! And my lovely coworker who knows me oh so well brought me a fancy new bevvie to try. This sparkling apple cider vinegar drink was so delicious and refreshing! A bit sweet for my taste but I would definitely drink it again.

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My eyes were bleeding from staring at spreadsheets for so many hours and I needed a break… I brewed a cup of decaf coffee to trick my heavy eyelids into staying open. Oh, and polished off the rest of the bag of kale chips. Then right back at it!

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My poor fried little brain needed a break (albeit short-lived) from the computer screen so I took a few minutes to play with my food. Check out this gorgeous plate! I sliced thin eggplant in half lengthwise, drizzled with avocado oil and S&P, and had John get them nice and charred on the grill. Maybe 8 minutes? Meanwhile, I mixed tahini, plain soy yogurt,  grated garlic, lemon juice, and S&P to make a tahini yogurt sauce. Plated up the eggplant, drizzled with the sauce, dolloped on some pesto I made with farmer’s market basil this weekend, and topped with mint leaves from the garden. We fancy huh?? Not pictured is the hugh jass pile of leftover grilled corn I gobbled down on the side.

Dat’s it. Let’s enjoy some more exciting eats next week, shall we?

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