WIAW: Season Confusion

Maybe it’s the unseasonably warm weather. Maybe it’s the fact that I am a sucker for sales at the grocery store. Maybe it’s just the fact that I love fall. Whatever the reason, my food today definitely had a distinctly fall flavor. Hopefully Jenn won’t mind and kick me out of her party.

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Breakfast

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Most of you probably used up the last of your pumpkin the day after Thanksgiving and never gave Libby a second thought. Last week I found myself craving pumpkin… and it was fate when it was on sale at the grocery store this week! This morning marked the return of the pumpkin custard oats. To up the “fall factor” I added some cranberries I had beenhoarding storing in the freezer. On top… cocoa nibs and a blob of Wild Squirrel Coconut Peanut Butter.

Morning Snack

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My first of the three new Chobani flavors. I love eating passion fruits when I am in tropical countries. Too bad they are so expensive here! The flavor of the yogurt was spot on. My only complaint was the seeds. While I am normally a big texture person, I prefer my yogurt super smooth and creamy. I have the same complaint about the pomegranate flavor. I think this would be delicious in a smoothie.

Lunch

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Leftover pasta from dinner last night. In the bowl: whole wheat penne, chicken sausage, peppers, onion, mushrooms, and garlic tomato sauce that Ryan and I picked up at Nundini’s when we went out to dinner on Saturday. It was delicious. The sauce was so much more flavorful than most jarred sauces. I need to make these types of diners more often. Pasta is so easy to change up by just adding different sauces and toppings.

Afternoon Snack

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Yes, I know that we are months past Halloween… but how could I resist buying a few when they were on sale for 50 cents? I think this is my favorite Clif Z-bar flavor. Although I have to keep my eyes peeled for the new oatmeal cookie one I have been reading about.

Dinner

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A “clean out the kitchen sink” salad. Spinach topped with leftover brisket, cherry tomatoes, Trader Joe’s Harvest Grain mix, and hummus mixed with fig balsamic.  This salad successfully emptied 3 tupperwares from my fridge! The fig balsamic was my favorite part. It’s amazing how better quality condiments can really elevate a whole meal.

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Great Harvest Raisin Craisin on the side. I love having frozen already in the freezer. It’s so convenient and you don’t have to feel rushed to eat the whole loaf right away.

Drink

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After dinner I was craving chocolate. Along with a few squares of dark chocolate I made some almond milk hot chocolate with cocoa powder, honey, and cinnamon. Sweet tooth satisfied!

Question: Do you often find yourself eating foods that are “out of season?”

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