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WIAW: October 15, 2014 (Recent Eats)

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Today marks the halfway point of the month of October and I have to admit that I am a little annoyed about it.  On the one hand, I am getting awfully excited for the holiday season that is approaching.  On the other hand, October is easily one of my favorites months so it is a bit sad to see if moving along so quickly.  Before you know it, the gorgeous colors of Fall will be gone and it will be (gasp) snowing!  The first snowfall is always pretty in my eyes, but once January hits I am over it.  Here is to hoping that the rest of October doesn’t move too quickly and that the Fall-like weather somehow sticks around longer than I anticipate it actually will.

In the spirit of all things Fall-related, let’s join in on Jenn’s “Fall Into Good Habits” What I Ate Wednesday link-up.

wiaw-fall-into-good-habits-buttonWhat I Ate Wednesday: October 15, 2014 (Recent Eats)

recent eats 2I found my new favorite salad topping at Whole Foods this past weekend!  These are just perfectly salty and add a healthy crunch in place of croutons.

recent eats 5I added the soynuts to a salad made up of Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, onions, red peppers, sauerkraut, pineapple, roasted sugar pumpkin (I found this pre-cut at Trader Joe’s), and Hillary’s Eat Well vegan chia ranch dressing.  I know that sounds like a total hodgepodge, but it was delicious!

recent eats 3Another pumpkin find from Trader Joe’s that I could not say no to: Pumpkin O’s Cereal!

recent eats 4Apparently Trader Joe’s and I became best friends (even more) during my recent grocery shopping adventures.  I am a major apple cider lover, so I picked up this honey crisp apple cider to check another thing off of my Fall Bucket List.  I love honey crisp apples and I loved that there were no funky ingredients added in.  Do yourself a favor and go buy this.  I heated it up on the stove and it was perfection.

recent eatsMy spaghetti squash cravings are still going strong.  I made another batch of my Spaghetti Squash and Eggs with “Cheese” for dinner a few nights ago.  It was just as good the second time.

recent eats 7I have shocked myself with my next newest addiction: hot oatmeal.  I cannot tell you how many times I have tried and hated warm oats.  Maybe trying it several times made the difference?  Or… maybe it was the addition of pumpkin!?  I have been making up batches of pumpkin and raisin oats (essentially unsweetened vanilla almond milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, all spice, raisins, quick oats, coconut sugar, and vanilla) on the weekend and bringing them to work for breakfasts during the week.  I love stirring in nut butter or sunflower seed butter.

recent eats 9Does anyone else put mustard on their sweet potatoes, or am I just a weirdo? 😉  If you are a mustard lover then you definitely need to give it a try.  I love it!  Oh, and for the heads up: Come back tomorrow for a tutorial on how to “bake” a sweet potato in the microwave!

recent eats 8I made another batch of my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes on Saturday morning.  I topped them with my favorite pancake topping: peanut butter.

recent eats 6I have heard a lot about the benefits of raw apple cider vinegar (including helping with acid reflux, which I struggle with) over the past several years.  I decided to try giving it a go and have been adding it to my water most mornings.  I’m not going to lie, it does not taste good at all.  But I am doing my best to drink it down.

recent eats 4More broccoli pancakes with sundried tomato ketchup.  These babies are addicting!

recent eatsOne of my favorite recent dinners: sauteed kale with roasted peppers, tomatoes, and a lemon tahini dressing + roasted sweet potatoes + quinoa and rice.

recent eats 3Now that cooler weather is upon us, the Winter cup is back!  Inside was a green smoothie with chocolate Vega, almond milk, frozen banana, frozen zucchini, and fresh spinach.  No matter what season it is, I always drink my green smoothies.

recent eat 6For dinner last week, I made some of the most delicious lentil tacos.  I’ll have more on these in a future Friday Foodie Favorites post.  You are definitely going to want to check these out!

recent eats 2And to show you that I am not perfect and I DO splurge: a picture of my Pizza Hut dinner at my parents’ house.  Plus another couple of pieces after that.  Sometimes I just need some pizza 😉

Let’s end this post on a delicious note (though I like to think everything I eat is!).  Have a great Wednesday, friends!

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  • Jessie October 15, 2014, 2:53 am
    So many great eats! Would you be willing to write down the measurements you used for the hot pumpkin oatmeal? It looks creamy & delicious!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 9:21 am
      I actually based it off of a recipe that I found online... I will try to hunt down the one that I used or next time I will try to remember to write down what I throw in there! ;)
  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles October 15, 2014, 6:18 am
    You know I love my oatmeal...I think I like sweet potatoes with just about anything these days. meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...Life Tips Which Apply To More Than Planning A WeddingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 9:21 am
      Yes!! Sweet potatoes are one of those foods you can pretty much put in anything and top with anything and they taste amazing.
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies October 15, 2014, 6:33 am
    Can we just not mention snow? Maybe if we ignore it, it won't stop by this weekend. I can dream, right? Also, tacccooooossss. Those look delish. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Brownies + an EatPastry Review/GiveawayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 9:23 am
      Yeah... I'm not really ready for the snow thing yet. Ask me next month, though, and my mind might have been changed by then ;) Also, if it does snow, we should all just make tacos and then we will be happy, right? ;)
  • Fran@BCDC October 15, 2014, 7:37 am
    Everything looks delicious! I love the idea of the roasted soybeans on a salad. I need to find some! Fran@BCDC recently posted...WIAW~Who Knows Where or WhenMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 9:24 am
      They are a seriously AWESOME addition!! Check out Whole Foods or if you do not have access to WF, I am sure you can find them at other grocery stores.
  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt October 15, 2014, 8:08 am
    yum! Have you seen the spiced pumpkin seeds at TJs? So yummy! We had a really windy and rainy day yesterday and I got sad that all the leaves were going to fall to soon. Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted...5 Reasons Fall Running is FabulousMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 9:25 am
      I have not!!! But thank you for telling me about them. I'll be on the lookout next time I am at TJs! And I hear you... the pretty leaves are definitely one of my favorite parts about Fall so they need to stick around for awhile!
  • Cailee October 15, 2014, 8:29 am
    YUM! :) Everything looks delicious!! I love how many seasonal foods you've been eating! I'm all about that life :) Cailee recently posted...Sweet Nothings!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 9:27 am
      Yes! My body just seems to really CRAVE all of the seasonal foods. I am sure it is not at all influenced by what other bloggers are eating/raving about ;)
  • Alyssa October 15, 2014, 9:41 am
    I add eggs to basically everything, but I have not added them to spaghetti squash. Thanks for the genius idea! Also the pumpkin-O's cereal looked amazing, loving all the fall foods!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 9:51 pm
      The eggs and squash combo is ridiculously good! I hope you try it :)
  • Kate B October 15, 2014, 9:54 am
    I am so on board with you on how terrible the apple cider vinegar morning concoction is. I lasted a day. I think I will just use it on my salads. Now hot apple cider... That is my jam! Kate B recently posted...Weekend recapMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 9:53 pm
      I tried the ACV/water with less apple cider vinegar and it was SLIGHTLY better.. but definitely not good :/
  • Sandy October 15, 2014, 9:57 am
    Everything you ate looks delicious! I always forget about Spaghetti Squash, I need to bring that back! My whole post was about my obsession with Trader Joe's, specifically pumpkin stuff! Loving the Pumpkin O's right now! Have a great day! Sandy recently posted...WIAW - I need an intervention!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 9:56 pm
      Isn't it crazy how many different ways they are able to use pumpkin in their products?? I LOVE it!
  • Christine@ Apple of My Eye October 15, 2014, 11:15 am
    Mhmm that cider looks delicious! Especially since it's made with honey crisp apples, which are just about one of my favorite things EVER ;). Great eats!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 4:50 pm
      It is seriously SO good!! You definitely need to try it if you can get your hands on some!
  • Run wright October 15, 2014, 11:55 am
    I love Fall but it ends up usually being a short season because everything around us is telling us it only gives way to cold. And all the Christmas stuff appearing in the stores isn't helping. Please don't use the winter cup yet. Run wright recently posted...WIAW – The Meal Prep EditionMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 10:00 pm
      Haha!! If it makes you feel any better, I was using it up until July of this year... it's just the PERFECT size!! ;)
  • Ashley Pitt @ A Lady Goes West October 15, 2014, 12:05 pm
    Hi Hannah! I'm stopping by thanks to FitFluential. You know, I didn't realize that we were halfway through October, and that scares me! Where does the time go? I love your food shown here, and I've never thought to put eggs in my spaghetti squash. I've never done mustard on a sweet potato, but I do like adding almond butter to them. Have a great Wednesday! Ashley Pitt @ A Lady Goes West recently posted...Food pictures + the juice cleanse that wasn’tMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 10:02 pm
      Hi Ashley!! Thanks for much for stopping by! You should definitely try the egg/squash combo. I love it! And I hear you on the AB/sweet potato combo. It is one of the best!
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul October 15, 2014, 12:19 pm
    My coworkers think I'm a weirdo cooking sweet potatoes in the microwave. But it works so well! I have never tried mustard on them though. I'm trying to imagine what that would taste like. Love all these eats! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Why I get a flu shotMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 4:51 pm
      Quit imagining and try it!! Haha, jk.. sort of ;)
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes October 15, 2014, 1:09 pm
    Honey crisp apple cider??!! - I MUST find that ASAP!! :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 4:53 pm
      Yes.. you MUST!! Let me know if you do and what you think. I think it is pretty much the greatest thing ever ;)
  • Monica October 15, 2014, 2:15 pm
    I love mustard on sweet potato fries! I got my husband into that as well. Its good to have another person be a weirdo with you!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 4:53 pm
      YES!! I am glad to hear that :) I think everyone who doesn't like it are the REAL weirdos, right? ;)
  • Andrea D. October 15, 2014, 4:14 pm
    I am a mustard freeeaaaaaak. And yes... I am that girl in the restaurant and at home slathering it on or dipping my sweet potato in mustard AND ketchup. Tastes like fries and is soooo yummy. I even put cinnamon on top before dipping in mustard. You're the only other person I see do this, so this makes me happy :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 10:04 pm
      Yay! It is rare that I find others who dip their sweet potato fries in mustard, so that is fun :) Next time I will definitely add in some cinnamon. It sounds like a good sweet/savory combo!
  • Danica @ It's Progression October 15, 2014, 6:26 pm
    After seeing your IG photo, you convinced me - I just picked up a box o those pumpkin o's this afternoon and I can't wait to try them :) Danica @ It's Progression recently posted...Link Love #1My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 10:04 pm
      Yay!! Whenever you see seasonal pumpkin items you just have to buy them, right??
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 15, 2014, 9:28 pm
    Potatoes in the microwave are the ONLY way in my opinion :P
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 15, 2014, 10:05 pm
      Haha, yes!!! That method is just SO much easier and quicker, right?
  • Julie October 16, 2014, 12:11 am
    Those pumpkin O's are fantastic. I ate a whole box in less than a week! Julie recently posted...WIAW: Artisanal LA Fall ShowMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 17, 2014, 5:54 pm
      No shame in that!! They are TOO good to say no to! :)
  • Ashley October 16, 2014, 6:15 pm
    I agree - october is just flying by! It's scary! You have me wanting to run to trader joe's immediately. I haven't been in about a month ... I need to go get all these fall things! Ashley recently posted...Butternut Squash, Sausage and Spinach EnchiladasMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 17, 2014, 5:56 pm
      Oh my goodness! Yes, you need to hurry and go so that you can #getallthepumpkin :)
  • Miss Polkadot October 17, 2014, 12:50 am
    Best-looking meal in there: your plate of kale with roasted peppers, tomatoes with quinoa and rice. Do you just cook the last two in water together? I'd eat a lot more brown rice if it wasn't for the 40-minute cooking time. I thought adding quinoa with its much shorter cooking time might not work but it apparently does!? Miss Polkadot recently posted...Care to comment? [an issue on my mind]My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 17, 2014, 5:58 pm
      It was definitely delish! I actually use a pre-packaged/seasoned container of rice and quinoa and simply followed the directions on the package. I'm not sure how it would work to attempt it with plain quinoa and rice. May if you used par-boiled rice that takes less time to cook? Let me know if you try it!
  • Faith VanderMolen October 17, 2014, 9:43 pm
    Oh man I love mustard...and sweet potatoes! but I've never tried them together. Gonna change that soon! Faith VanderMolen recently posted...Vegan Snickers Thumbprint CookiesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 19, 2014, 10:42 am
      If you are a mustard lover than you should definitely give that combo a try. Let me know if you do! :)
  • Janice Marie Foote October 20, 2014, 3:43 pm
    Try Bragg's Raw & Unfiltered Apple Cider with Mother...it's my favorite apple cider vinegar...it's also alkalizing :-D
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 20, 2014, 4:26 pm
      Thanks for the heads up! I love the Bragg's brand so I'll definitely have to!

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