I wasn’t joking yesterday when I said that we may be eating apples(auce) with every meal for the rest of fall. I’m okay with it, especially when it involves peanut butter, any type of sweet crisp, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream! And as they always say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away… So if I eat 3 servings a day, maybe that will keep the doctors away for three times as long?
Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!
Breakfast: Last week I did our grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. I picked up the basics, plus a few of my favorite fall items (pumpkin everything!) and a package of the Organic Moral Fiber Blueberry Muffins. I love the taste and texture of these bran muffins – I tried the Cranberry Orange variety for the first time this past spring and got creative by making french toast out of them! They’re dense, hearty, and have a grainy texture. I enjoy them cold straight out of the fridge, sliced in half toasted, or warmed in the microwave. If I could eat just the tops I would, but that would be a waste.
A couple of mornings I’ve enjoyed a muffin and eggs but yesterday we were out of eggs so I switched it up. I topped a muffin with the last schmear of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cream Cheese and served it with a side of Organic Plain Nonfat European Yogurt + Crock-Pot Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce and apple slices.
Mid-Morning: Apparently, I’m not the only one who enjoys working in coffee shops – if y’all lived closer, I’d invite you to join me. Don’t get me wrong, I love sitting under a blanket on the couch with a Yankee Candle or two burning, but there are too many distractions (cough, cough, Charlie) and coffee shops don’t have them.
While working at Caribou Coffee, I enjoyed a medium skim cappuccino topped with a sprinkling of sugar + cinnamon + cocoa powder. It was delightful and light enough to drink before my workout.
Lunch: We were out of veggies so I swung by Wegmans. There is no way that I can walk into that store without leaving with 10X more than I went in for. In addition to veggies (the head of cauliflower I bought was twice the size of my head and weighed 5.56 pounds!), I picked up a few more “necessities” like P28 Bagels, deli meat, cheese slices, cottage cheese, Alexia’s Smart Classics Crinkle Cut French Fries (a new product, we’re big fans), vanilla bean ice cream, coffee pods, pumpkin, and a huge tub of oats.
After I unloaded the groceries and walked Charlie, I made lunch. In addition to a grapefruit and a veggie-filled salad, I used leftovers from Monday’s dinner – spaghetti squash + spicy turkey sausage – and added a side of guacamole toast. Despite how unappealing the spaghetti squash + sausage looks it was very tasty, I promise ha!
Snack: Applesauce made a second appearance in my mid-afternoon snack. I mixed a cup or so with with cinnamon cottage cheese + diced apples and a little later I had a mix of Joe’s O’s + pistachios. Power bars are my go-to afternoon snack when I’m out and about because of their portability, but when I’m at home I prefer smaller meal type snacks.
Ryan was able to leave work a little early so we took advantage of the time and saw the movie Captain Phillips. I heard great things about it on the news but WOW! Tom Hanks is such a versatile actor and blew me away with his performance. All of the other actors did a wonderful job too. I couldn’t help but think about what I’d do if I was ever held hostage… Something that no one ever wants to think about. This movie is definitely worth seeing!
Dinner: The movie didn’t get out until 7 p.m. so dinner was “catch can” – that’s what my momma used to call nights that she didn’t cook dinner, she’d tell us “catch what you can” aka eat leftovers or make our own meal. Ryan chose to have the leftover chicken sausages, but since I had one for lunch I opted for something different. I made guacamole quesadillas with cheese + spinach and served them with a side of carrots + green beans and pretzels. Super simple, yet satisfying.
Dessert: Third time’s the charm, right? Applesauce with breakfast, applesauce as a snack, and applesauce with dessert… This dessert was amazingly easy and incredibly delicious. I’m calling it Uncooked Apple Crisp for One. I warmed a cup or so of applesauce, added a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and finished it off with a sprinkling of cereal (we had Kashi so that’s what I used, but any would work).
If I wasn’t watching Biggest Loser while enjoying dessert I would have gone back for a second helping… But I kept hearing Jillian Michael’s voice in my head – that woman is fierce!
Question: Do you make homemade applesauce? In the crock-pot? Should I share my recipe? It’s super simple!
Question: Are you watching Biggest Loser this season? I didn’t catch last week’s episode but from what I saw last night it looks like there’s a great group of contestants this season.