Strange But Good

Do people ever look at you oddly when you pull out your lunch?


I consider it a personal failure if this doesn’t occur daily.

You know the “look.”  They cock their head, raise their eye brows, and slightly wrinkle their nose.  You know what’s coming next… “What is that?”

Welcome to the world of Strange But Good. 



A lot of things healthy living bloggers/readers eat wouldn’t be considered strange inside this community; however, your co-workers, friends, and families probably give you the “look” when you top your oatmeal as if it were a bowl of fro-yo, for instance. Those things count as Strange But Good!  If it’s a combo that this community would think is strange, even better!  Not a requirement though.

Here are my creations this week that certainly earned me a couple of stares:

Exhibit 1

It’s a cross between a sweet potato pie, a pancake, and an omelette!  This was a creamy, cake-y, breakfast from heaven.  I loved the pie flavors and silky texture in this omelette-like pancake.

You know that sweet potatoes are best topped with peanut butter, so I created a maple-peanut butter sauce to use as my syrup.

SP Eggs

Sweet Potato Pan-lette

  • 1/2 C mashed sweet potato
  • 1/2 C egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 heaping tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 4-5 drops vanilla liquid stevia (optional)


For the sauce:

  • 1 T peanut flour
  • 1 tsp ground flax
  • 1/4 tsp maple extract
  • 2-3 drops vanilla liquid stevia


Combine all pancake ingredients into a medium bowl and stir until smooth.  Pour into a prepared (I used PAM) skillet and cook as you would a pancakes (~2-3 mins on each side).

Note: I made this as one huge pancake, but I’d advise you to turn it into 2.  It required some serious acrobatics and two spatulas to flip.

Meanwhile, stir together sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

Plate your pie-cakes, top with peanut butter syrup, and enjoy!

Exhibit 2

The idea of a spicy tuna salad may not be so strange.  We all like a spicy tuna roll.  But what about spicy tuna with peanut flour?  It’s a Pad Thai take on a lunch-lady staple!

You could mix in any veggies here, but I really liked the sweetness of the red pepper with the sriracha heat, and the nutty flavor from the zucchini was particularly good with the peanut sauce.

Pad Thi-na Salad

Pad Thai-na Salad

  • 2 T peanut flour
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • Juice of 1/3 fresh lime
  • 2 T almond milk (or other liquid)
  • 1 can tuna, drained
  • Cilantro
  • Zucchini
  • Red pepper
  • Pepper, to taste


In a small bowl, combine the peanut flour, sriracha, cumin, lime, and milk.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl, add your canned tuna and break up with a fork.  Pour peanut sauce over the tuna and stir until combined.  Add remaining ingredients.


Want to Join?

All you need to do to join this link up is create a concoction that is Strange But Good, post it with the Strange But Good logo, and link up to your recipe.  (See below for code.)  On the Strange But Good post each week, you’ll see a link to add your own recipe and picture at the bottom of the page.  I’d prefer you use a new strange but good dish, but if you realllly have a good previous one you can add it.

Not a blogger?  You can play too!  Send me an email with a picture of your food and a brief description by noon on Thursday and I’ll include it in Friday’s post (too late this week, obv… but next week it’s on!).


Sprint 2 the Table


Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instragrams of your creations. :)


  1. says

    amazing sweetie! It’s funny, though – I have done your sweet potato thing before! Maybe not exact ratios, but I know how amazing it is! YUM

  2. says

    p.s. I LOVE the fact that “this” community may not consider these recipes weird! I have even more to share in upcoming weeks then!!!! 😀

  3. says

    Of all the link-ups I’ve seen in the blog world, I think this might be my favorite- can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with..the stranger the better 😀

  4. says

    Tony and I did a buttercup squash cake the other day and it was sooooo good. Kind of like a potato pancake but sweeter. I LOVE peanut butter sauce on just about anything. I am seriously loving some coconut peanut butter on my sweet potatoes lately, but almond butter is my all time favorite topping on them. So creamy dreamy and delicious!

  5. says

    I seriously LOVE both of these ideas . . . and LOVE that you use peanut flour. Nut butters are fantastic, but sometimes there’s a time and place to scale back the fat and calories, and I’m always trying to find ways to use peanut flour instead.

    I cannot wait to try the sweet potato pie!! Happy Friday!

    • Laura says

      I agree with you on the peanut flour/butter. I love both! I think especially for sauces you can use the flour without feeling like you’re missing anything.

  6. says

    I love your comment about taking it as a challenge that you like “wierd” food. I still don’t think it’s that weird, I think other people are just less creative!! Can I add the logo and link up to an older post? Otherwise, I’ll be weirder next week and join. :)

  7. says

    yep, these all look normal to me 😉

    but yes… I have made many things for lunches that coworkers give a side eye to… when working with a bunch of naturopathic docs you have a few that understand and don’t even think anything of it (and arrive to work with their own green smoothies!) but some… yeah.

    in fact, with some of the more adventurous coworkers, we look forward to “what did you bring today!?!?!?” 😀

    • Laura says

      My boss started drinking green smoothies – she now calls me in the morning to tell me what she added. She’s so proud of herself. LOL! :)

  8. says

    Girl you craaazy and I like it!!!! These both sound amazing. I also like how you topped the first one with an entire jar of cinnamon. You know I’m not nearly as creative as you in the kitch, but if I ever come up with something strange but good I’ll definitely be participating!!

  9. says

    People just look at my ODDLY in general! Perhaps it’s because of my LOUD mouth or my off facial expressions, or maybe they think I am SUPER SEXY! Yeah, I am going to go with the ladder. LOL!!!!

    And you know what, I make your EXACT recipe but instead of sweet potato, I use BUTTERNUT SQUASH! Amazingly DELICIOUS!!! Have a phenomenal weekend! Keep bring your lunch where ever you go, I do it all the time! When I was in high school, I used to bring Ostrich patties to lunch with me (no bun, just the patties) and people would look at me like WTF!?!?!?!?!?! It was hysterical, lol! I remember one day I even brought LOBSTER TAIL!

    • Laura says

      They totally think you’re super sexy!!!!

      I bet butternut is amazing in that recipe! I love adding it to shakes… next time it’s going in my ‘cakes! :)

  10. says

    Meghan at Clean Eats Fast Feets suggested I bring my Salmon in Good Orange Company to your strange but good party, so here I am? Anyone hungry?

    These recipes look delicious, and I cannot wait to try them all.

    Where should I look for peanut flour?


    • Laura says

      Thank you so much for linking up – that salmon dish is the perfect addition. :)

      Peanut flour can be ordered online at Use discount code USO924 for $5-10 of your first order. It’s a great place to get protein powders, vitamin, and other natural foods.

  11. says

    So I was under the misguided assumption my food wasn’t strange. You gals eat some weird concoctions, but not me. Then I posted a picture of this morning’s very normal (to me) breakfast on Facebook, and one of my friends responded with a “sounds gross.” WTF! So you can bet your sweet (or savory) biscuits I’ll be linking up come Monday, or Tuesday, depending on when I can get my act together.

  12. says

    I feel like my old snacks of plain cold tofu mashed with vegemite, nutritional yeast, and tabasco could have fit right in here. Darn vegemite now being a hemisphere away! 😛

  13. says

    Dude, the pan-lette is going DOWN in Casa de Broccoli THIS week! I just have to cook my sweet potato! I love the look of that pad-thai creation as well…you know how much I’m a sucker for your peanut flour sauces! And I gotta say, since my breakfast sushi last week, I think I’m “warming” up to sriracha a bit…haha, get it…warming? Lol!

    I’m going to admit it, as I was posting the recipe for my ELF frittata, I was already starting to think of my next #strangebutgood concoction…funny, now that I feel I have to THINK about it, I can’t come up with anything on the spot…oh the pressure! Hahaha!

    • Laura says

      I’m so proud of you with the sriracha!!

      I thought of you this weekend- I went to my mom’s and she had fig goat cheese spread!!! i put it on my eggs. With spinach. And truffles.


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