I love grocery shopping!

I’ve found my new favorite cereal. You know that ah-mazing Yogi Tea? Well, Yogi does cereal! Yogi Cereal – Brilliant. I stopped in the Linden Hills Coop on Sunday and spent a good half-hour meandering through the aisles. Did I mention that I L-O-V-E grocery shopping? I’m just fascinated by all the different items. Mmmhmm. It’s a pretty small store but appeared to have everything on my list (note, it was a short list that included: kale, quinoa, oats, nutritional yeast, and whatever impulse items that intrigued me ….Kombucha, maple cheddar cheese, Crofters spread, Yogi cereal). I think I got out of there for maybe $30. Friendly staff, too. I think I might sign for my CSA through them. They are a ‘drop off’ site.

What is CSA, you ask?  Community Supported Agriculture


Here is a blurb from their website:

Thinking about signing up for a CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Read on.

Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief…

Advantages for farmers:

  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Advantages for consumers:

  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
  • Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
  • Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

This grocery trip was a pit stop after I picked up a nice new pair of Wonder Unders from Lulu (cha-ching).

I can’t leave this post completely photo-less, so how about a lunch photo opp?

AND …the main event …my sammy!

Sweet + Savory =Loved it!

Question Master: What’s your favorite salty snack? And, have any of y’all done a CSA …can you recommend a good farm?

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It’s the weekend, baby!

I love weekends. There is something so brilliant about not having to get up and out of the house by 7. I get to make my bed, put in a load of laundry, make my coveted OSAL and relax. Sounds like a pretty edgy life, eh? Watch out.

How about some breakfast eats this week?

If anyone ever wants to compete in a grape eat-off, bring it. I’d have no problem kicking your butt kindly beating you. I think I went through 3 bags this week. Eat up.

So, those were just a side I kind of snacked on all morning every day this week. The main course for breakfast this week: almond butter oats, apple oats, and pumpkin oats. Sounds well-balanced already.

This would be the jar that housed my oatmeal. Hello, economical. There was about 1tbsp left, so I dumped my oats, ground flax, water and milk in and viola, almond butter oats. Thick, creamy, and filled me up until almost 2pm!

Next up, apple oats. I had an apple from last week that was looking a little abandoned on my desk at work. The other couple apples I bought on this grocery trip were average tasting at best, so I thought the flavor of this apple would peak while masked in oatmeal. See below. Looked better than it tasted. Almond butter oats win so far.

I returned to an old favorite, pumpkin oats. Sprinkled with some chia seed and shredded coconut. Tried and true. Tasted great, but I think overall, the **Best Breakfast Award** goes to almond butter oats in a jar.

So let’s change gears for a minute to yoga. I’ve mentioned Yogitoes before, and my healthy obsession with these. If I could have an unlimited supply of these, that would be ideal. They’re a necessity at Corepower. They also set you back $50-60 dollars. Did I mention I practice almost everyday and these yogitoes need to be washed after every use? Do you see where I’m going with this? Lots of laundry to keep up with. [Lots of dirty Lulus, too]

Enter, Gaiam ‘travel yoga mat.’ So this guy has rubber on the back and a towel-like front. Similar enough to Yogitoes for me to test it out. And, at less than $20, I was willing to take the risk. Result? Good enough. I still prefer my Yogitoes, but this helps ease the laundry load frequency. Got it at Marshalls. Holler.

Back to food. How’s this look for a well-balanced lunch? I impressed myself even. Grapes [part of the 3 bag weekly consumption, mmhmm], celery with a side of laughing cow cheese, and a sammy of Ezekiel bread, tempeh, spinach and mustard. D-LISH. This was my first time trying tempeh. Not sold. I didn’t do anything to prepare it, so I need to get creative and give it a fair shot.

Ok, and to round out this post, it wouldn’t be right to not include an IMMERSION BLENDER CREATION. It’s a purple monster!

Insert: Kale, spinach, blueberries, almond milk, protein powder. Topped with my homemade granola. I’m loving these things and enjoying the camouflaged greens.

Ready for my first blog-world confession?!? Are you? Before I hit ‘publish’ I’m going to let you in on a little secret. This ‘giving up meat’ thing for lent? Yeah, not going so well. I think I’ve caved about 4 times already! Whoops. Turns out when I’m with friends and family, that’s what’s for dinner. How is it that giving up alcohol (2009) and coffee (2008) was much easier.

Questions Master: Where are you going on your next vacation? I think I’ll be off to Seattle in May …hoping to travel before then, but that’s the only thing on the books between now and then.

Jen Plays Catch-up

How awesome are tortilla pizzas? And, a made-up quinoa side salad to boot? Well, that’s what Liana and I decided to cook for dinner Thursday night. It was, in fact, very awesome. Usually when I make these tortilla pizzas, my go-to ingredients are pesto and pine nuts. Toppings this time included roasted tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, garlic, and spinach.

[Pizza pictures compliments of Liana]

We forgot to take pictures of the quinoa salad – dangit! Mixed into the Inca Red Quinoa: Cajun roasted almonds, red+green diced pepper, goat cheese, white onion, juice of 1/2 orange. D-lish! Would def make this again.

Other top eats this week:

1. simple snack! homemade granola+almond milk

2. colorful lunch! celery, carrots, spinach salad (lentils, black beans, goat cheese, red and green pepper, red wine vinegar)

3. festive dip! **BEST & EASIEST SALSA/GUAC RECIPE EVER** avocado+feta+pomegranate seeds. Trader Joe’s now carries frozen pomegranate seeds – bonus!

4. smoothie! almond milk, blueberries, spinach, tofu, agave

5. smoothie! almond milk, blueberries, spinach, protein powder, agave, homemade granola, chia seeds

Yoga-ing looked like this:

  • Wednesday – Day of rest (aka dinner with college girlfriends)
  • Thursday – HARD CPY C2 class taught by Ella ..she’s got some serious Madonna arms.
  • Friday – SWEATY CPY C2 class taught by Brigitte ..sore from Ella’s class but happy to get a workout in with my momma. Rocked crow pose.

QUESTION MASTER: How many stores do you get your groceries at? My list includes Trader Joes, SuperTarget, Whole Foods, CUB, and occasional trips to The Wedge and Lunds. That’s just ridiculous.

Eating and Exercising on a Tuesday

February 23rd – is that right? I can’t believe it. Whadda think, 5 more weeks of winter? Gimme the sun.

Call me crazy, but I can’t wait to start running OUTSIDE again! I’d like to get my bike out of storage, too! Longest. winter. ever.

Breakfast was a Yoatgurt bowl inspired by Holly!

  • 1/4c my oat mix (old-fashioned oats, steel-cut oats, ground flax)
  • 1/3c hot water
  • sprinkle cinnamon+nutmeg
  • drop of vanilla extract
  • 1 sliced banana
  • [microwaved 1 minute]
  • 2 spoonfuls Greek yogurt+pumpkin
  • topped with some shredded coconut and a side of spa water

I was hungrier than usual this morning and munched on my homemade granola to hold me over before lunch yoga at noon! I took a class from Aleeah again and I’m really liking her style. It is SOoOoOo refreshing to get out of the office for ‘lunch.’ Call it what you want to call it.

I put off lunch until around 1:45.

  • 1/2c Indian quinoa salad (Inca Red Quinoa, Shrimp, Peas, Greek Yogurt, Tiki Masala Paste) I can’t believe the leftovers have lasted me this long *note to self, I don’t like leftovers.
  • 1/2 Sammy wrap (Lentil hummus, tofu, black beans, goat cheese, cumin, red pepper flakes, whole wheat flax wrap) This was a little concoction I made up this morning while making my OSAL
  • Celery sticks
  • Swapped the 2 clementines for an orange …I’ll save the clemmys for tomorrow

I fit in a quick Trader Joe’s run after work – it’s official, I love grocery shopping. More to come on some new grocery items! Home, unpacked, off the phone with friends, and it was SIAB time inspired by Kath.

  • 1c Almond Breeze almond milk
  • Handful organic spinach
  • 1c blueberries
  • 1/4c Silken tofu
  • 2tbsp protein powder (can’t remember the brand, it was left over from when I was training for the Rock ‘n Roll half marathon …I think I ordered it from drugstore.com)
  • More spa water

Picture is a little blurry, but the smoothie was an *AWESOME* rich dark purple. Holy antioxidants.

Question Master: Does anyone have a Vita-Mix? Do you love it/is it worth it? I’m dying to get one, but yowza they are expensive!

Night – take care 🙂

6 days in 1 post, BAM! thatsalottafood

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack. AND, I’ve got some good things goin’ on. My left coast trip is over and, true to my prediction, the trip was fabulous.

First order of biznas …pictures.

Highlight recap:

  • Beautifull dinner. Enjoyed the Green Thai Chicken Curry Bowl with Quinoa– wish they had one of these in Minneapolis. Wasn’t in blog mode and forgot to snap a pic – the link above will do it justice, promise.
  • Was introduced to Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam cheese – holy heaven
  • Created an interest for the showtime hit, Dexter
  • Road-tripped down the PCH to Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay – Waiter at Half Moon Bay Brewery told us Mavericks was happening over the weekend
  • Made a traditional Chile Rellenos (fresh, not fried) dish+tomatillo salsa – secret ingredient is Knorr chicken bouillon (owned by Unilever, who knew)
  • Ran along the bay – not a great idea if you’re sick with a runny nose
  • Also not a good idea to drink while sick, so that picture of me with the large bottle ‘o Veuve Clicquot was only for fun
  • Successfully snowboarded Alpine Meadows …best of all, it was 50 degrees!
  • Consumed salmon/cous-cous/broccoli bowl
  • Bought a fantastic new lulu top
  • Helped my friend pick out an espresso maker!!! Also sipped some fabulous La Boulange lattes
  • Saw Valentine’s Day and finished a 1,000 piece puzzle – they call me the puzzy master

Totally unrelated and absolutely necessary – Your daily funny. I picked up the term ‘fail’ from a coco. It’s quite amusing to use in commonspeak when referring to someone who is, well, failing. This blog does a good job of taking it to the next level – Fail blog.

Question Master: Why arn’t you commenting on my blog? C’mon folks, let’s get some chitty chat rollin.

Night & Day

Currently in my Margarita pants (obsessed), listening to Colbie Caillat “I Never Told You” (obsessed) sippping some bedtime tea (not obsessed).

Last night I did a little food/bev prep. I had a bag ‘o pots’ (sweet pots, to boot) to prep and some iced tea to make. Thanks, Mikey for the green tea+agave idea!

Washed, chopped, and baked, the pots went into the oven (~40min@400-degrees). Simultaneously, I boiled about a quart of water and plopped in 5 TJs green tea bags ….steeped for a couple minutes and poured into a jug over ice. Perfect little something to sip any time of day. That was my evening activity …holler.

Come morning, it was time for my OSAL.

[insert 30min slippery, sloppy drive to the office]

Breakfast was another batch of fantastic oats.

Ooomazing oatmeal

  • 1/4c my oat mix (steel-cut+old-fashioned)
  • 1/2c hot water
  • 1/2tbsp cinnamon
  • [microwaved ~1minute]
  • 1/4c fat-free ricotta cheese+Libby’s pumpkin
  • Splash of soymilk
  • Sliced naner
  • 1/2tbsp chia seeds

Sounds like a lot, cause it was! Filled me up for 4+ hours. Oh, and I sipped on that Acai antioxidant superfood drink by Sambazon that I picked up yesterday at the store. Highly recommend. I can’t remember verbatim but I think the bottle claimed some 100+ acai berries per bottle. Met my quota for the month. The bottle was between $3 and $4, so it won’t be a regular buy, but a good find. Between that and a Kombucha, I’m not sure what I’d opt for …probably loyal to Kom.

So, fast forward to lunchie time …I experimented a little bit, much thanks to Good Earth. If you’ve never been there, go! You won’t regret it. So, those sweet pots that I roasted last night …I used about 3/4c of those (skin and all) and added some shaved ginger+cinnamon and heated them for ~1minute in the microwave. I ‘mashed’ them with a fork and called it a side ‘o veggies. The headliner of my lunch was a lil berry+bean salad.

Berry+Bean Salad

The salad was enough. Considering I wasn’t too hungry after such a fab breakfast, I was ok with it. I snacked on a couple Wheat Things later in the afternoon cause they’re so damn good ….follow by an upset tummy remedied by some peppermint tea.

All in all, a good night, day, and night again.

Question Master: Anyone have a good chili recipe? It’s sounding good, and I need some ideas.






A day of firsts …

Just popped on some Sia to accompany me while I work on this post (Paige, if you’re reading this …I credit everything I know about music [a notch above nothing] to you).

Great eats today, kiddos. See thebomb.com oatmeal below. I had this after my morning OSAL (organic skim agave latte). I think I scared my cocos (coworkers) this morning when I whipped out ricotta cheese while making oats in the kitchen.

  • 1/4c my oat combo (old-fashioned+steel-cut)
  • 1/2c hot water
  • 1tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 sliced naner [microwaved for 1 minute]
  • 1/3c Libby’s pumpkin+ricotta cheese …stirred in at end
  • 1tbsp chia seeds

This is the first time I added ricotta to my oats – HOLY MOLY that was a fabulous idea. I don’t know what I was doing away from my desk, but when I returned to enjoy breakfast, a sampling of some new Kashi Honey Sunshine cereal appeared. Thanks, G …it was pretty good. Did you know Kashi has 25 cold cereals out in the market?

Lunch had a big act to follow. I enjoyed an average-tasting grapefruit with the salad below.

  • 1c sliced brussel sprouts (a do-it-yourself cabbage)
  • 7-8 shrimp
  • 12-13 Trader Joe’s Thai Lime & Chile Cashews from Trader Joe’s (check out the review saveur.com wrote about them)
  • 1 string cheese (chopped up)
  • 2tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • pepper to taste

I snuck in a nice sweat-sesh at Corepower after work. Your first week is free, so check it out if you haven’t already. And, tell them I told ya! Unfortunately, both of my yogitoes were dirty, so I had to use a towel in its place – not ideal.

Ran in and out of the grocery store quickly after class. I was a hot mess sight to be seen ….work heels paired with sweaty yoga clothes in search of a couple goodies. Free entertainment, people.

Grabbed a Divine Grape Kombucha, some naners, spinach, peppermint tea, milk, and an interesting-looking acai drink I’ll have to report on later.

Arrived home to a dirty kitchen – woof. Cleaned, wiped, and ready for smoothie-making-maddness.

  • 1/4c coconut milk
  • 1/4c vanilla soymilk
  • 1c frozen berries
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1/4 oatmeal

Today was the first time I tried adding spinach to my smoothie. Not too shabby. Have I mentioned my unconditional love for my immersion blender? Look at that picture – beauty.

Question Master: What are your plans this weekend? I’ll be being that girl in the movie theater secretly drying my eyes while watching “Dear John