What I Ate Wednesday #54: Recipe Adaptations

Monday’s meals were all about recipe adaptations. Whether I adapt because of what I have on hand at the time or because I’m in the mood for a different flavor, I love swapping a few ingredients to change it up sometimes.

Breakfast

Zucchini Bread Protein TVP Oats Micheles Granola Maple Blueberry Coconut Butter Pistachio Butter

Zucchini Bread Protein TVP Oats

Zucchini bread protein TVP oats. Can’t stop! Won’t stop! This bowl is topped with Buffalo Dirt Coffee Chia Peanut Butter, Nut-Tricious Foods Pistachio Butter, Artisana Coconut Butter, and Michele’s Maple Blueberry granola. It’s all about the toppings!

Lunch

Chick Pea Tuna Chobani Salad Barr & Table

Tuna Bean Garlic Hummus Salad

I loved my chick pea tuna salad but wanted something a little different so this week I decided to swap the chick peas for kidney beans and the greek yogurt for garlic hummus. It’s been great on my salads this week! I’ve also been topping my salad with a sheet of roasted nori. Yum!

Dinner

Miso Tofu Pistachio Kale Stuffed Carnival Squash

Miso Tofu Pistachio Kale Stuffed Carnival Squash

At the farmers’ market on Sunday, I picked up a carnival squash that I had to try.. stuffed squash sounds like a good idea, right? I took Brittany’s Tofu Walnut Stuffing recipe, added some mushroom and kale, and swapped the walnuts for pistachios and the dressing for my new favorite miso tahini dressing and I had a winner winner tofu dinner! Plus leftovers 🙂

Dessert

Ingredients of a Fit Chick Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Fudge

Sliced fuji apple with chocolate banana peanut butter fudge dip

I almost always have an apple at night, sometimes plain and sometimes with a little dip on the side. I still have a couple pieces of chocolate banana peanut butter fudge in the freezer so I microwaved a piece with a little bit of almond milk and made the perfect dip!

Food for Thought

Do you often swap ingredients in recipes to create new flavors?

Five Things Friday

Hi friends! I wasn’t sure I’d get a post up today, but I decided that since I have some time, I wanted to drop in and share a few things.

1. Just My Imagination is having a huge semi-annual sale. Today through August 25th, you can get 40% off your entire order using code 40OFF at checkout. You don’t want to miss this!

Just My Imagination Handmade Wire Wrapped Jewelry

2. Nathan and I are in concert mode this week. On Tuesday we cashed in his birthday gift and went to see Buddy Guy and George Thorogood. [Buddy was the jam!] Tomorrow we’re spending our day at Hot August Blues. What beats an all day blues concert outside when the weather is gorgeous?!

3. Speaking of the weather, I can’t believe it’s August. What is this 60 degrees when I wake up and 80 as the high?! It’s beautiful sweater weather but I’m not quite sure I’m ready for fall yet.

4. I absolutely loved making so many recipes from my pinterest boards this past week and I’m currently scouring to figure out what I want to make this weekend! Maybe some more roasted veggies and quinoa?

The Talking Kitchen Roasted Veggie Quinoa Salad

Roasted Veggie Quinoa Salad – The Talking Kitchen

Also considering a chicken salad. Which one do you think? [Nathan? ;)]

Honey Chicken Salad with Grapes & Feta
Lemon Roasted Chicken Salad
Avocado Cashew Chicken Salad

5. As far as this past week’s recipes go, I’m needing to finish up this post so I can melt down a piece of chocolate banana peanut butter fudge to spread on a piece of toasted paleo bread for today’s snack! So on that note, I’m out! 😉

Have a great weekend!

Food for Thought

What are your weekend plans?

Which chicken salad would you make?

What I Ate Wednesday #51: Pinterest is My BFF

I really do have entirely too many recipes pinned and sometimes I get into a kick where I want to make everything! Unfortunately, most of the time I have high hopes and it just doesn’t pan out. This past week, however, I’ve been making, baking, and devouring! It’s been fun.. especially the devouring part 😉

For LunchesKale, Edamame, and Quinoa Salad from Ambitious Kitchen.

Ambitious Kitchen Kale Edamame Quinoa Salad

Kale, Edamame, & Quinoa Salad – Ambitious Kitchen

Ambitious Kitchen Kale Edamame Quinoa Salad Mango

Kale, Edamame, & Quinoa Salad – Ambitious Kitchen

I pinned this recipe forever ago. Seriously, my board says it was pinned 43 weeks ago. That’s almost 11 months ago and I still had yet to make it! It looked like a perfect, summery salad so I added the ingredients to my shopping list and had this salad for lunch for two days. I added beets and feta on day one and left out the mango because it wasn’t ripe yet. Day two had the mango and beets, no feta. Either way, it was dynamite! A definite repeat.

For DinnerRoasted Vegetable and Quinoa Salad from Bev Cooks.

Bev Cooks Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad – Bev Cooks

As good as it looks. Actually, it’s better than it looks. The recipe says that it serves 4 and after consulting with Bev, herself, it was noted that is for a side serving. I added some sweet potato to the mix and doubled up my side for dinner! Best of all, I had 2 side servings leftover which I’m turning into lunches by topping a bunch of swiss chard with it and adding a few extra things like tomato and mango. Another success!

For SnacksPaleo Bread from Elana’s Pantry. Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Fudge from Ingredients of a Fit Chick.

Elanas Pantry Paleo Bread Fitnessista

Paleo Bread – Elana’s Pantry

I saw this bread in Gina’s post last week and was very intrigued by it. I’ve never made paleo bread before but the idea of bread out of almond flour sounded wonderful! I thought I had all of the ingredients but ended up having to sub half of the almond flour for brown rice flour when I ran out but it still came out great! I think I could have taken it out of the oven a couple minutes earlier since it is a little bit dry, but I guess that just means I have to smother it with peanut butter, right? 😉 [The other half of that broken piece in the middle didn’t last much longer than this picture!]

FitChick Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Fudge

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Fudge – Ingredients of a Fit Chick

My sweet tooth has been out of control lately and when I saw this sweet treat a couple weeks ago, I knew it would come in handy! I love having snacks like this at my fingertips for when the cravings hit. Let’s see how long they last!

I have also found one of my most favorite salads at a restaurant ever. Most of the time when I order a salad, I’m disappointed by the size. I understand not everyone eats salads out of mixing bowls, but apparently at Looney’s, they are all for it! The picture doesn’t do the size of this salad any justice. Nathan’s friend told me if I couldn’t finish it, he would be happy to help. He must not know me very well..

Greek Salad Looneys Pub Canton Baltimore Maryland MD

Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken – Looney’s Pub

If you ever find yourself at Looney’s Pub, the Greek salad topped with grilled chicken is highly recommended!

Food for Thought

How often do you go back through the recipes you’ve pinned to make something new?

Are you a “normal-sized” salad eater or do you go for the mixing bowl?