WAIW: Snacks and Dinners Galore

Good morning, y’all — it’s time for the Wednesday sigh of relief, is it not? πŸ™‚

Before I get into this week’s What I Ate Wednesday offerings, I want to thank you for the wonderful comments on yesterday’s Perfectionism, Failure, and the Growth Mindset post — you guys are awesome! πŸ™‚

And now, on to WIAW: the coolest little cyber-potluck on the interwebs, hosted by mamacita-to-be Jenn at Peas & Crayons. (Is it just me, or does Jenn seem like she’ll be one of the coolest moms ever?)

Peas and Crayons

Ok, so I won’t even pretend like there’s any variation in my pre-gym foodstuffs: coffee and toast (made with Rudi’s GF multigrain bread) all the way, y’all.

dsc00679While there usually isn’t any variance in my breakfasts either — all hail kale and the green smoothie! — this weekend I decided to, well, be bad.

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On Sunday morning, I really, really wanted something sweet for breakfast. I tried making GF pancakes, but they were an epic fail. By the time I’d tried two different takes on said pancakes, I felt like the sides of my stomach were flapping together due to my profound hunger. NO BUENO.

In the interest of not descending into a hangry (that’s hungry-angry) rampage, I went with a more reliable option: a Garden Lites Chocolate Zucchini Veggie Muffin topped with peanut butter and banana. I freaking love these things: I mean, they taste like a chocolate chip muffin, but they have vegetables in them. THIS IS CULINARY SORCERY.

DSC00770My lunches have also been fairly consistent: it’s been frigid beyond all reason here, so I’ve been chowing down on a veritable deluge of soup. Moroccan lentil soup, French lentil soup, chicken soup with rice and veggies…it’s a soup-fest, my friends.

WIAW: 6 Days Until Christmas! WIAW: The Birthday Edition dsc00621Snacks — which, let’s face it, are one of my favorite things in the world — have been mainly fruits and veggies, but I’ve been excited by two new pieces of snacky goodness: Think Thin Divine bars and the blueberry muffin tops I made last night.

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These things are, well, divine. The name is totally apropos, at least for the German Chocolate Coconut variety (the only kind I’ve tried so far). As soon as I took a bite, I had one of those campy moments that they always show in food commercials: I actually closed my eyes in delight.

Granted, this is where I diverge from the image said commercials always show, which is of an impeccably groomed, graceful woman who’d never mumble through a mouthful of food. Which is what I did, so my reaction came out sounding like “Ofmgud, thith ith f**king duhlithiuth.” Obviously I’m the poster child for finishing school.

I also recently bought myself a tray in which to make muffin tops – I’ve always loved muffin tops more than the rest of the muffin, and I’ve been ridiculously jealous of all the non-celiac types who get to have Vita Tops. What’s a girl to do when she can’t have something like Vita Tops? She makes them herself, that’s what. And so, I present my latest kitchen obsession: GF blueberry muffin tops.

DSC00776 DSC00777I’ll post the recipe for these puppies tomorrow, so stay tuned!

As for dinners, Brandon and I have been trying some new recipes in addition to our traditional favorites. This week we had beef Bourguignon as our big Sunday meal (we both love the idea of having a special dinner on Sundays, particularly something more time-intensive that we wouldn’t have time to cook during the week), which I totally failed to get a picture of because I was so busy stuffing it into my face. Failing my ability to take a picture of it before eating, here’s a picture of Martha Stewart’s beef Bourguignon:

Let’s pretend that our beef Bourguignon looked exactly like Martha’s, m’kay? (Image source: marthastewart.com)

As for other dinners, we always make a meal plan for the week so we can know what to get at the grocery store. This week’s meals are thus: chicken coconut cashew curry with broccoli (my take on a recipe from Nigella Fresh), spaghetti squash with marinara and chicken meatballs, grilled Greek marinated chicken with salad, and carne guisada (a recipe from our new Tex Mex cookbook).

However, the only thing I’ve remembered to photograph before I inhaled it, Conehead-style, is the carne guisada. It’s traditionally served with tortillas, but I served mine up on a ginormous bed of spinach.

DSC00778I thought this dish was the bomb diggity, and I immediately told Brandon that I’d like to add it to our list of heavy-rotation dinners.

And with that, now I have questions for all y’all: do you like just the muffin tops, or are you a fan of the whole thing? How often do you try new recipes?

Have an awesome Wednesday!

14 thoughts on “WAIW: Snacks and Dinners Galore

  1. Meredith March 27, 2013 / 11:34 am

    Can’t wait for your muffin top recipe! I have always preferred the muffin top, and will leave the bottoms in the muffin container, which always bothered my family! Haha I need one of those tins!

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte March 28, 2013 / 11:46 am

      Right?! I’ve done that same thing on waaaaay too many occasions! πŸ™‚ People are always bewildered when they see the decapitated muffins sitting in the container…

  2. riversidebaking March 27, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    I like the whole muffin! What can I say, I’m a hungry girl. Your dinners sound great, you’ll definitely be inspiring my meal planning next week πŸ™‚

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte March 28, 2013 / 11:47 am

      Yay for being a hungry gal — I’m all on board with that! The theme of my grad school admissions essay was the fact that I’m always hungry, so I can totally relate. πŸ™‚

  3. Jorie March 27, 2013 / 2:19 pm

    Looking forward to the muffin top recipes. They’re definitely my favorite part too but I have no idea how to make them on their own!

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte March 28, 2013 / 11:48 am

      Thanks! I just posted the recipe (I’m, um, embarrassingly late in replying to the comments – d’oh!). The key is a muffin top tin, which they sell on Amazon for $12 — I highly recommend it!

  4. cookingfortheotherhalf March 27, 2013 / 3:02 pm

    All of this food looks oh so good.

    I have to admit that I enjoy the tops of muffins way more but I don’t discriminate when it comes to eating an entire muffin! πŸ™‚

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte March 28, 2013 / 11:49 am

      Thanks! I like your egalitarian approach to muffin consumption, too — good call! πŸ™‚

  5. chasingchels March 27, 2013 / 6:23 pm

    You go girl! Love that you made your own version of muffin tops πŸ™‚ those things are the best…we’ve been trying 1-2 new recipes each week which has worked out well!

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte March 28, 2013 / 11:50 am

      I find that 1-2 new recipes per week really works well; it allows us to have some reliable options while also trying new things. I love that you and Joe cook together, too — that’s awesome!

  6. jessielovestorun March 28, 2013 / 4:05 am

    I wish I could just fast forward to the day you post the muffin top recipe!!!

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