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What I Ate When I was Home for the Holidays

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It is Wednesday… finally!  Is this week dragging by for anyone else?  I’m sure it doesn’t help that I had almost two weeks off of work over the Christmas holiday.  As you can imagine, returning to work on Monday was less than thrilling.  I suppose that makes this hump day even more exciting than the average Wednesday.  I am already ready for a weekend.  Heck, I’m already ready for Spring!

But I suppose I should not wish time away.  Instead, I’ll just do one of the things I do best.  Talk about food!  More specifically, I’ll talk about the food I ate when I was home for the holidays.

What I Ate WednesdayToday I am linking up with Jenn from Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday.

WIAW 6You guys, I am so hooked on toast right now.  I have tried all sorts of combinations lately, but on most occasions they involve nut butter and dark chocolate.  There is nothing wrong with a little chocolate for breakfast, right?  On this particular morning, I ate two pieces of toasted Ezekiel bread topped with TJ’s crunchy peanut butter with flax and chia seeds, dark chocolate chips, and banana slices.  I ate the remainder of the banana on the side.

WIAW 4My lunches were completely random when I was at home.  This particular lunch consisted of leftover vegan Shepherd’s Pie from Thanksgiving that I pulled out of the freezer.  I also ate tons of cooked veggies that I seasoned with a splash of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.

WIAW 1Oh, look!  More leftover Shepherd’s Pie!  This time I ate maple roasted brussel sprouts and leeks on the side.

WIAW 5Sometimes you just need some cheese pizza.  Seriously.

WIAW 9And to balance out the pizza, how about some kale chips?  Obsessed would be an understatement.

WIAW 3This picture might have you slightly baffled for two reasons: 1) Yes, that is salmon (more on that in tomorrow’s post) and 2) Salmon gets extra crispy when the oven overheats and locks itself.  Luckily, everything except the extra crispy edges tasted delicious.  I also ate a baked sweet potato and mixed vegetables on the side.

WIAW 2The salmon dinner would not have been complete without this beer.  I had tried it on a previous occasion, and I was excited to share the bottle with Jeremy.

WIAW 10I am convinced that raspberries are nature’s candy.  I cannot get enough of them.  It didn’t hurt that I had some Driscoll’s coupons to use that made them practically free!

WIAW 8If you are a sour beer lover like I am, you are going to be excited about this one!  It is very rare to find sour beers in a can, so when Jeremy’s brother gave me these for Christmas, I was so eager to try them.  I enjoyed both, but I think the Here Gose Nothin’ was my favorite.  Jeremy said he preferred the Flanders Red.  I’m sure that does nothing to help you determine which one is better 😉

WIAW 1I made an old recipe of mine while I was home, per my mom’s request.  She says that my Slow Cooker Beans and Rice is one of her favorite dishes.  I topped mine with salsa and ate peas on the side.  This was an awesome dinner!

WIAW 4I ate a lot of oatmeal while I was home, including my Lazy Girl’s Apple Spice Oatmeal.  But on one of my last days home, I had a major craving for blueberry oatmeal.  I topped it off with extra frozen blueberries and sunflower seed butter.

WIAW 2One night while at Jeremy’s, he offered to make me fettuccine alfredo with garlic bread sticks.  When you have zero desire to leave the house and zero desire to cook, you say “yes please!”

WIAW 3This seems to be turning into somewhat of a beer post, doesn’t it?  You can tell I was home with Jeremy and that we love trying new beers together.  Jeremy knows how much I enjoy sours, so I think he buys some with me in mind.  Now that is a sign of a good boyfriend!  This sour beer was definitely sour, definitely tasted like cherries, and was super fizzy and carbonated.  I told Jeremy that it sort of felt like I was drinking a combination of champagne and beer.  Maybe we should have enjoyed this one on New Year’s Eve!

WIAW 5One of my favorite dinners while I was home was a new-to-me veggie burger recipe (I’ll share more on this one soon).  I ate my burger with a side of roasted potatoes and vegetables.  This was so darn good.

WIAW 6These last few pictures are from Saturday when I first got back to Omaha.  After a five hour drive and with zero food in my apartment, it was a Subway veggie sub for lunch!  I topped it with lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, onions, green peppers, banana peppers, and spicy brown mustard.  I also topped it with guacamole once I got back to my apartment.  Is anyone else annoyed that Subway only had avocado for a short period of time?

WIAW 7After 11 days away from my blender, I was more than excited to have a green smoothie in the afternoon.  Even when it is 25 degrees outside, I still crave them!

WIAW 8I was feeling lazy Saturday night, but still wanted some veggies and protein.  So I went with my go-to: Spaghetti Squash, Eggs, and “Cheese.”  I always top mine off with sriracha, sea salt, and pepper.

Now if you did not find at least one new breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, or dessert recipe idea from this post, I must be doing something wrong.  Hopefully I hooked the majority of you up with some new ideas!

Have a great Wednesday!  Make sure you come back tomorrow for one of my more personal posts, and to find out why I am eating fish again.

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  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles January 7, 2015, 6:00 am
    I am really happy to see salmon in this post! - let me explain lol - while I do not eat salmon (I really never liked it or most fish) I did mention today how I will eat shrimp/sushi rolls so it kinda makes me a "pescatarian" but my first response is always vegetarian. You and I are a lot alike with this lifestyle thing - mostly plant-based, we don't totally avoid dairy/eggs all of the time and now you had fish. Yay! lol meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...Finding Balance Between Eating Clean And LivingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 7, 2015, 9:08 am
      Yes we sure are! It is so nice to have someone out there who "gets" me and my food choices :)
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies January 7, 2015, 7:08 am
    The beer/champagne combo kind of sounds like the best thing in the world. Two of my favorites! Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Mashed Blueberry Panini with Peanut Butter and NutellaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 7, 2015, 9:10 am
      If you like both then you would definitely enjoy it!! :)
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine January 7, 2015, 8:05 am
    The last time I had toast was like.....8 years ago? I don't even know! But I found some super old frozen cinnamon raisin bread in the depths of the freezer the other day....I may have to toast it up ;)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 7, 2015, 9:11 am
      WHAT?!? That is so crazy! I LOVE toast!
  • Joann @ Woman in Real Life January 7, 2015, 8:21 am
    Chocolate for breakfast - I like your thinking! ;) I have been really enjoying Brussels sprouts lately too. I haven't tried sour beers - I have to add that to my shopping list! (Visiting from WIAW.) Happy New Year!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 7, 2015, 3:21 pm
      I think you can never go wrong with a little dark chocolate in the morning ;) It helps me start the day out right!
  • Missy January 7, 2015, 9:23 am
    TOOOOOAAAASSSSST: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/toast-crostini-recipes/?slide=1
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 7, 2015, 3:28 pm
      Um, that is amazing!!! I have never seen such beautiful toast! ;)
  • KAT January 7, 2015, 9:24 am
    Good lord girl your food looks BOMB!! I have to admit, that pb toast with chocolate chips is calling to me. I typically have a pb rice cake with chocolate chips for a mid day snack, but having it on toast for breakfast is such a great idea!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 7, 2015, 3:31 pm
      It is the BEST breakfast! I am a major advocate for a little chocolate in the morning :)
  • Dana | fresh simple five January 7, 2015, 9:26 am
    Great beer selection! Love Ommegang! I tried a sour from the Destihl series (Raspberry Berliner Weisse) and it was amazing! I hope the other ones are just as good. Let me know! Dana | fresh simple five recently posted...What I Ate WednesdayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 7, 2015, 3:33 pm
      Yay, another sour beer lover! I keep hoping that the more sour beer lovers we have, the more likely they will be to can and bottle them more frequently!
      • Dana | fresh simple five January 8, 2015, 8:23 am
        Agreed! If you make it back to the Denver area, I highly recommend a brewery called Crooked Stave. They exclusively make sours and they're awesome. A lot of seasonal stuff and even some brewed with kombucha. Plus it's run by women (I believe)! Couldn't be cooler if you ask me. :)
        • ClnEatingVegGrl January 9, 2015, 3:47 pm
          That is SO cool! My boyfriend and I are planning on going back sometime this Summer. I will definitely put that on our list!
  • Julianne @ What the Bride Wore January 7, 2015, 10:45 am
    Wow great choices! I am a vegetarian too, so I can truly appreciate. I eat PBB (my nickname for peanut butter and banana) every day. Also love Trader Joe's and Spaghetti Squash. I'm thinking I may roast some brussel sprouts tonight now too! Julianne @ What the Bride Wore recently posted...The Top 5 NEW Wedding Dresses from BHLDNMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 7, 2015, 3:34 pm
      I go through phases where I love peanut butter and bananas together and then times when I don't. Lucky for me, right now is one of those times where I am loving it!
  • Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog January 7, 2015, 12:00 pm
    Once again your posts are making me SO hungry! I want to eat all of this especially the toast and the oatmeal. I'll have to check out that beer. I've never had sour beer before. I'm trying to imagine what is tastes like. I really love lambic beers but those are more sour like sour candy. I'm intrigued.. Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog recently posted...Current Favorites No. 3My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 7, 2015, 3:36 pm
      I'm not a beer expert (that'd be my boyfriend), but as far as I know most lambic beers could also be referred to as "sours." These definitely have that sour aftertaste similar to the sourness of candy.
  • Ashley January 7, 2015, 1:23 pm
    I finally bought some ezekial bread again after months of just forgetting about it ... and am in obsession mode. With a little almond butter... it's been my breakfast all week! And now I also want some brussels sprouts.. haha Ashley recently posted...Whole Grain Morning Glory MuffinsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 7, 2015, 4:34 pm
      Ahh, it is SO good!! I am laughing at my old self who would only eat white bread ;)
  • Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious January 7, 2015, 2:15 pm
    Your blueberry oatmeal looks incredible! Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted...WIAW…Cooking Class & My #1 Weight Loss AdviceMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 7, 2015, 4:35 pm
      It was totally a spur of the moment thing that actually turned out REALLY good!
  • Daniela Reyes January 7, 2015, 2:26 pm
    These all looks so delicious. I will definitely try the spaghetti. Daniela Reyes recently posted...Failed New Year's resolutionsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 7, 2015, 4:50 pm
      It is SO good! It's my favorite way to eat spaghetti squash!
  • Christina @ The Beautiful Balance January 7, 2015, 4:45 pm
    SO many great eats. I'm a huge fan of toast too but I have to constantly remind myself that there is such a thing as too much toast haha! Christina @ The Beautiful Balance recently posted...Tropical Turmeric Smoothie and Why You Need TurmericMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 7, 2015, 4:50 pm
      Are you sure?? ;) Haha, jk!!
  • Faith VanderMolen January 7, 2015, 5:20 pm
    So much good food in this post! I'm loving toast right now too. I love the crunchy peanut butter with flax and chia from TJ's on toast too, and especially avocado toast! And chocolate is good anytime of the day in my opinion:) Faith VanderMolen recently posted...A Peek into My RefrigeratorMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 7, 2015, 8:17 pm
      Isn't that PB from TJ's the best?? I love it! And major yes to avocado on toast. I always top mine with a bit of sea salt, too!
  • Amanda January 7, 2015, 6:21 pm
    Similar to toast, I go through phases where all I want for snacks or breakfast are english muffins with PB. However, now I'm craving toast! I've never had maple roasted brussel sprouts but I'll have to give them a try :) xx Amanda
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 9, 2015, 3:22 pm
      Toast is just SO good, isn't it? I also love English Muffins but have not had them in awhile. I think I'll buy some this weekend!
  • Dana January 7, 2015, 7:30 pm
    To me, the salmon actually looked like some smoked barbecue brisket -Texan at heart even as a vegetarian. I eat fish probably once every 2 months or so. I do shrimp recipes to satisfy my carnivore husband sometimes. Nothing recently though, maybe I'll do some next week! And I don't mind beer posts! I've been all about local, craft beers lately. Can't say I've had sour beer though.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 7, 2015, 8:18 pm
      I'm glad you don't mind the beer posts because I can almost guarantee there will be more! ;)
  • Joanna @Crazy Runner Blog January 7, 2015, 9:25 pm
    That egg/spaghetti squash recipe looks AMAZING. I'm going to have to try it...my husband loves eggs and avoids veggies so maybe this is a way we can BOTH enjoy a meal together :) Joanna @Crazy Runner Blog recently posted...What I ate Wednesday and DQSMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 9, 2015, 3:23 pm
      Yes, give it a try!! It is definitely one of my FAVORITE ways to eat spaghetti squash. Don't leave off the sriracha! :)
  • Alex January 8, 2015, 3:58 am
    I had to chuckle about the random lunches, because it was pretty much the same for me whilst staying at my parents over Christmas. Alex recently posted...D.I.Y. Tutorial - How to Make a Charm Leather Wrap BraceletMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 9, 2015, 3:25 pm
      I think that is just naturally what happens during the holidays, don't you think? Whatever was quick, easy, and still pretty healthy was generally what I tried to go for for lunch!
  • Mattie @ Comfy & Confident January 8, 2015, 8:41 am
    I am a huge fan of toast with melted peanut butter! It is so good and a my go-to when I am craving something warm and yummy. Looks like you have had lots of good eats!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 9, 2015, 3:43 pm
      It is the BEST! Melted peanut butter is amaaaazing. I need to start eating it as a night time snack when I want something comforting.
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien January 8, 2015, 11:10 am
    That crispy salmon looks dreamy! We all need cheese pizza sometimes...food for the soul :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 9, 2015, 3:46 pm
      It sure is! I love the simplicity of a slice of cheese, too. Veggie pizza is great, but sometimes you just need something basic!

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