Thai Peanut Baked Tofu + WIAW

Don’t fight the festive.

My former Grinch-self is kicking me in the shins.

As advertised, Vegas and I got a tree.  Vegas did the lights (after a debate over whether wrapping or running lights up and down is better).  We hung ornaments.  There was Christmas music and champagne.

This, after being opposed to Christmas decor of years.  My former self thought it was a waste of time and money, not to mention messy.

Our tree

My new smiley-self loved every minute of it.

(And that’s not just the wine talking.)… 

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Enjoying a Routine + WIAW

I crave a routine.

 

This is shocking news, even to me..

It’s not that I mind change.  I’m actually quite flexible!  #TWSS

What I like is some calm after a storm, however that rockin’ boat may have been.  I’m back in the office this week after more travels, back in my “home” gym, and back on a *gasp* meal plan.  It feels good.

Other things that feel good include a really nice vendor.  My boss has been working with these people for a while, but they sent me a little gift for joining the team.  How sweet is this?!

Starbucks gift

Other awesome things: boss-man told me yesterday “I’m glad you’re here.”  *grin*

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This WIAW is back to normal.  For real this time.  No more travels ’til this girl’s show mid-July!

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Read on for my normal (for me) eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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Current Obsessions + WIAW

I pride myself in not being a TV watcher.

 

Admittedly, I’ve even been guilty of judging.

I bought my condo 3.5 years ago and never bothered to get cable.  I’m never home and most TV shows seem silly anyway.  Who needs TV when you’re out living it up in real-time?

And then I was held captive on a long plane ride from Europe.

House of Cards

House of Cards.  The first 6 episodes were available in-flight.  I was hooked.  I landed and begged someone to share a Netfix account with me so I could finish Season 1… then I happily realized there is a Season 2!  Now I only have 2 episodes to go, and I’m hoarding them like a crack head.  I don’t want to run out!

It’s so out there, yet so very reflective of our society.  I’m at once shocked, appalled, riveted, and understanding.  This show is a total mind f*ck.  How will I survive until Season 3?!

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This WIAW is back to normal.  I’m trying to get back on track with the results from my Alcat test.  I have no regrets from my Swiss vacation gluttony, but my gut took a toll!

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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Strange But Good Bison Cakes + WIAW

Fast food wine shakes?

 

Something about liquor and dairy scares me.

Red Robin ain’t skeered.  They are rolling out a boozy little ice cream number mommy can enjoy.  Wine.  Ice cream.  The shake?  A Mango Moscato Wine Shake made with wine, vodka, mango puree and vanilla soft serve.  Hmmmm…

Moscato Wine Shake

Photo: Red Robin

The target market is 35- to 49-year-old moms “in need of a break.”  A $7.49 break.  It better be a big shake!

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This WIAW I had a seriously fun day of food.  You can’t go wrong with pancakes for dinner!

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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Strange But Good: Peanut Avocado Sauce

The secret is always in the sauce.

 

Literally.

I am sure someone is going to say they’ve done this before, but maybe not on top of this eggy breakfast item.  I’m not sure if it’s an egg crust or what, but it was good.  And it was made ever more strange with a peanut nutty topping.

Peanut Avocado Egg-cake

 

Peanut flour and avocado sauce.  Avocados are a fairly neutral flavor, and they add amazing texture to foods.  I love to use them in scones, chocolate cake, and shamrock shakes to add healthy fat and a creamy smoothness.  So why not in a sauce?

I mixed it together with a little almond milk and stevia before spreading it across a cinnamon-egg “crust” and adding blackberries and jicama to the top.  I purposefully left little pieces of the avocado in there… you know, for added strangeness.

Peanut Avocado Egg

 

If you are a texture junkie like I am, you will adore this.  From the smooth spread to the juicy berries to the crisp jicama, each bite is a party in your mouth (that’s what she said).

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Peanut Avocado Eggs

Peanut Avocado Eggs

  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 T peanut flour
  • Stevia, to taste
  • Almond milk (add to desired consistency)
  • 1/2 C egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional toppings: blackberries, jicama

 

In a small bowl, mash avocado.  Mix in peanut flour, stevia, and almond milk, adjusting to desired consistency.  Set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together egg whites and cinnamon.  Place in a small pan and cook over med-high heat until almost done.  Flip to finish off the top.  It will form a sort of egg white pancake.

Place egg whites on plate, spread with peanut sauce, and top as desired.  Enjoy!

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

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I realize the photo quality is even lower than usual.  It’s been a tough couple of weeks… sorry…

What’s the strangest way you’ve used avocado?

Have you had jicama before?  It’s like if an apple and a potato had a love child.  In a good way.

 

Coca Cola’s Super Bowl + WIAW

Sometimes I am oblivious.

 

Ok, a lot of the time…

I’m not one to get too riled up over political issues.  At least not in the “the world is going to hell in a hand basket!” way.  I DO get fired up over discrimination and stupid political moves.  When Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl ad aired, it didn’t cross my mind that it was controversial.  I actually tweeted that it was too long and boring.  My attention span only wants short, funny ads, dammit!

coca cola super bowl ad 2014

So why were people fired up?  They thought it was offensive that “America the Beautiful” was sung in different languages, featured many cultures, and *gasp* included a gay couple.

Really?!  Last I checked the English language didn’t originate in America.  Next year they should air the song being sung in a Native American language with all dark-skinned people.

I’m proud of my hometown’s company for embracing our melting pot country.  Even if it was a boring commercial.

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This WIAW was decidedly uncontroversial.  Someone at work even told me my fish smelled good.  And she was sincere!

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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Strange But Good: Peanut Butter Cake in a Squash

Cake can be an acceptable breakfast.

 

It’s cooked in a squash, so it’s practically a vegetable dish.

Microwaves are the greatest invention since sliced bread.  Or sliced squash?

The idea of a freshly baked breakfast was particularly appealing in Atlanta’s ice/snow disaster.  I was eyeing Kierston’s bites, but was having a hunger problem.  It takes too long to pre-heat the oven and wait for something to bake!

PB Cake in a squash… 

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Eating All My Food + WIAW

My fridge is (almost) empty.

 

I’m in panic mode.

This was my fridge after dinner last night:

The yogurt and kombucha are gone now too.

 

Why so void of food?  Well, it’s now filled with juices.  I’m doing a cleanse.  The awesome people at Skinny Limits reached out to me to try their 3 day cleanse… normally I’d balk at the idea, but after an indulgent holiday season and a year (or more) of packing in protein, I decided to give my body a rest.

For the next 3 days, 6 times a day, these are my meals:

Skinny Limits

 

There will be a full review coming, but if you’d like to follow along in real-time check out my Instagram.

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This WIAW I made sure to thoroughly enjoy my last day of solids til Saturday.  I relished every last morsel.

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Cake + WIAW

It’s rare that I repeat a meal.

 

Except dessert.

Variety is one of the keys to staying on track.  I know this is different for everyone, but if I don’t stay entertained by what I’m eating it’s not pretty.  Which is why I’m shocked by this story about a woman eating nothing but Starbucks for a YEAR.

Beatiful-Existence-Starbucks-For-One-Year

 

The 40-year-old woman, Beautiful Existence, is a mother of two.  Yes, that’s her legal name.  She still cooked for her kids, but – even on holidays – only ate Starbucks food.

She said she spent $500-$600 a month on meals, and ended up saving money and losing weight.  Her first non-Starbucks meal?  Fish and chips from Seattle restaurant chain.

I would’ve done a lot better than that after  year of bagels! 

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This WIAW I did not eat at Starbucks.  I did repeat a meal, and for that I am ashamed.  Kidding, kidding.

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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Apple Peanut Butter Soufflé

Soufflé is really a fluffy egg dish.

 

Winter makes me want fluffy things.

A soufflé is a “light, fluffy baked dish made with egg yolks and beaten egg whites combined with various other ingredients.”

If you can fluff an egg in the oven, why not in the microwave?  It sounds strange… but it’s good!  And quick.

Apple PB Souffle

Since my competition, I have quick eating chicken first thing, but I have yet to stop running late and shoveling down eating breakfast in the car.  A microwave breakfast is just the thing to make on the fly and go.

What better combo than peanut butter, apple, and egg?  Protein and sweet, carb-y fruit to begin the day right.  I love berries, but I missed heartier fruit during prep!

 

Apple PB Souffe

I scooped this out into a to-go cup after taking pics.

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Apple Peaunt Butter Souffle

Apple Peanut Butter Soufflé

  • 1/2 C egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp no-salt baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp butter extract (or vanilla)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of cloves
  • 2 T peanut flour*
  • 1 small apple, chopped

 

In a small (cereal) bowl, beat eggs, baking powder, and extract.

In another small bowl, combine remaining ingredients, tossing with apple pieces to coat.  Add apple mixture to the egg, stirring to combine.  Microwave for 1-1.5 mins.

Remove and top as desired (I used more apple and freshly grated nutmeg).

*Note: You can also use coconut flour or a combo of the two here – just as delicious but a more cake-like texture.

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

Sprint 2 the Table

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

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Reminder: next week there will not be a #strangebutgood link up.  Being around family should be enough strange, and hopefully it's a good time for all! ;)  

What is your favorite quick breakfast?

Do you have a favorite breakfast fruit?  I like apples at breakfast and cherries for dessert.