WIAW: Fish Stick Tacos with Creamy Cocktail Slaw

Have y’all seen the show on E! called Botched?  Oh.ma.lawd.  Yesterday it poured until about 4PM so Charlie and I spent a majority of the afternoon icing my foot – I did something to my left heel while walking around Philly – and catching up on the DVR.  Bravo and E! are two of my guilty pleasures.

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Botched features people who have had plastic surgery and for whatever reason it got botched.  One lady {after a recommendation from her mom!} went to Tijuana for a tummy tuck…  The surgeon didn’t use anesthesia, but rather two nurses placed a large block of ice on each hip to freeze the local area.  Gah, I can’t even imagine!  As another woman said, she’s “a walking mistake.”

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!

I’ve mentioned in my bumpdate posts {24 weeks, 25 weeks, 26 weeks} that I haven’t been fond of sweets.  Savory and salty eats though, I can’t get enough of them.  In an attempt to use up a few pantry odds and ends before we move this weekend, I made my first stack of pancakes in months.  Sadly, they weren’t as delicious as I remember.  But the bacon, oh the bacon.  I could have eaten the whole package.

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cantaloupe, turkey bacon, & homemade pancakes topped with cottage cheese + peanut butter

After tutoring I stopped by Starbucks because I forgot to restock my bag with snacks.  During my first trimester Ryan had to remind me to pack extra snacks because when pregnancy hunger strikes, it comes in roaring and nobody’s got time for a hangry pregnant lady.

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  a banana & decaf coffee light frappuccino

By the time I got home from the gym it was past 1PM and I was more than ready for lunch.  While the fish sticks browned on the stove, I munched on roasted veggies leftover from Monday’s dinner and fresh grapefruit slices.  On Sunday I picked up a box of Trader Joe’s Frozen Fish Sticks which make a tasty taco filling…  Especially when topped with a creamy cocktail slaw.

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fish stick tacos with creamy cocktail slaw & Trader Joe’s White Cheddar Puffed Corn

Creamy Cocktail Slaw

Ingredients {for 2 tacos}:

  • approximately 1/2 c broccoli slaw
  • 1/4 c Greek or European yogurt *adds a nice tang*
  • 2 – 3 tsp cocktail sauce

Directions:

In a small bowl, cut broccoli slaw into fine pieces.  Add the yogurt and cocktail sauce.  Mix until broccoli slaw is evenly coated.

Mid-afternoon I took Charlie for a walk around the block since the rain finally let up and then fixed a little snack plate.  I like cheese and crackers, but we’re out of crackers so I improvised with Cheerios.  Apple slices with cheese is one of my favorite current snacks.

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apple slices, Swiss cheese, & Cheerios

I’ve had brick oven pizza on my mind since we walked by an Italian restaurant in Philly last week, so for dinner I made a thin crust pizza and served it with roasted artichokes, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts.  If you love a good pizza crust, I highly recommend investing in a pizza stone.  We use it for both homemade and store-bought frozen pizzas.

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Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pizza Dough + marinara sauce + goat cheese + sliced baby bella mushrooms

And just before going to bed, I ate a couple of peanut butter and banana graham cracker sandwiches…  I shouldn’t have been surprised, peanut butter and banana sandwiches are a classic, but the touch of cinnamon made these sandwiches even more delicious!

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cinnamon graham crackers + peanut butter + banana slices

Question:  What’s your favorite guilty TV channel/show?

Question:  What are your favorite pizza toppings?

— Allison

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Favorite Finds: National Pancake Day

I was planning to share my race recap of the Reston 10 Miler today, but I just finished eating pancakes and heard that today is National Pancake Day.  It’s like I have ESPN or something {name that movie?}.

My love affair with pancakes is no secret, they’re my favorite breakfast food.  Crisp around the edges, light and fluffy in the middle, silver dollar sized or as big as your head, thick as a board or thin as a sheet of paper, they’re the perfect golden brown canvas for all sorts of toppings.  What’s not to love?  Someday I need to eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I can’t believe I haven’t done it yet.  Maybe it’ll happen today since we have another snow day…

The majority of the time I try to keep my pancake ingredient list short and light – granted, I typically eat a few stacks a week – but every now and then {hello weekend!} it’s fun to indulge.  Another reason why I love pancakes, they’re so versatile and can be allergy friendly.  Healthy, sinful, savory, sweet.

And if at the end you’re craving pancakes but don’t have time to make them yourself, there’s a rumor floating around the Twittersphere that IHOP is serving free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes until 10PM!

Favorite Pinterest Finds

27 Pancakes Worth Waking Up For via BuzzFeed

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24 Pancakes from Around the World via BuzzFeed

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Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, and Banana Whole Wheat Pancakes by Hot Chocolate Hits

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Almond Joy Pancakes {Gluten Free} by The Lemon Bowl

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Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes by Iowa Girl Eats

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes by Minimalist Baker

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Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake by Averie Cooks

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Whole Wheat Gingerbread Pancakes by Hungry Healthy Girl

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Coffee Pancakes via Eat, Live, Run {recipe from Pancakes: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack}

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Banana Nut Pancakes by Skinnytaste

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Not a recipe, but I love this The Perfect Pancake wall print by visualphilosophy.  It would be perfect in our kitchen/dining area!

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Check out an old Favorite Finds pancake post here.  I know, I know some of the links are busted… I need to do some spring cleaning.

Question:  What’s your favorite flavor combo – apple spice, banana nut, carrot cake, or lemon poppy seed?

Question:  If you had to eat the same meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, what would it be?

— Allison

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WIAW: Buttered Oatmeal

Hey y’all, happy Wednesday!  I’m home sick today and have spent the past 30+ minutes scrolling through Eric Stonestreet’s (Cam from Modern Family) Instagram account – I’m laughing out loud, he’s hilarious!

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I started feeling crappy over the weekend, Monday I felt refreshed and rejuvenated, but then yesterday it came back…  With vengeance.  My head aches, I feel nauseous off-and-on, and I have a strange spotty red rash that starts on my right hand, travels up my arm, and spreads over the trunk of my body (front and back, but only on my right side).  Ooof.

I went to the doctor after school yesterday and he thinks I caught a virus, but the rash threw him for a loop.  He wrote me two prescriptions and I scheduled an appointment with my rheumatologist for next week.  Today is a cuddle on the couch, movie marathon, comfort food, kinda day…  Don’t feel sorry, I’m hoping that it goes away just as quickly as it came!

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Yesterday I was a bad blogger and only took pictures of my breakfast.  But you’re not missing much because most of my eats were pretty plain, brown, and unexciting.

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IMG_5603 Breakfast:  homemade vanilla cappuccino, apple slices, & vegan pancakes topped with cottage cheese + sunflower seeds + dark chocolate morsels *the pancakes were good, but not worth sharing (yet)*

Lunch:  a grapefruit, carrots, P28 Bagel with strawberry jam, & pretzels

Snack:  chamomile tea, a banana & Peanut Honey Pretzel Luna Bar

Dinner:  stir-fried veggies & cinnamon oatmeal topped with cottage cheese + Rice Krispies + butter(s)

Dessert:  rice cakes with Greek yogurt

Butter on oats?  Yup.  It was magical!  I don’t usually use butter, but I crave it when I’m sick.  Buttered toast, buttered noodles, and then last night’s first-timer…  Buttered oatmeal.  I cooked the oats as I normally do, topped them with a few spoonfuls of cottage cheese, Rice Krispies, about 1/2 tbsp of peanut butter, and 1/2 tbsp Earth Balance butter.  The butter melted into the Rice Krispies and covered the oats – it tasted deliciously sinful.

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!
 

Question:  Do you add honey and/or milk to your tea?  I prefer my tea plain or with just a little sugar and a drop of milk.  Ryan prefers adding honey, but that’s “not my cup of tea”  ;)

Question:  What’s your favorite buttery dish?  Buttered toast with strawberry jam.

— Allison

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