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Polly Wants Some Peanut Butter

For the past two nights, I have been craving two of my favorite things in the world.. Chocolate and Peanut Butter. 

These two bad boys called out to me, Trader Joe’s 100 Calorie Chocolate Graham Toucan and 1 tbs of Natural Peanut Butter.

Simple and delicious.  Eating this reminds me of when I was a little kid.  For a treat, we would have JIF peanut butter and sheets upon sheets of chocolate graham crackers.  Ah, to be young and naive about calories 😉


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Quick Mexican Dinner and A Crunchy Berry Crisp

Since we don’t have running water, I had to make a one pot dinner to cut down on cleaning!  It’s a hard task for me because I love to cook.  For dinner, I made a Mexican Inspired plate of Rice and Beans.

Canned Refried Beans.  I had to make these in the microwave… surprisingly they were not bad!

Fresh Guacamole.

Brown Rice with Bell Peppers and Mrs. Dash.

Dinner was 403 calories, 12 grams of protein, and 13 grams of fiber.

Since I’m low on calories today, I wanted to end the night with something warm.  So, I baked a Berry Crisp!

Using Trader Joe’s frozen berry blend of Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.  The topping is made of Oats, cinnamon, stevia, and soy milk!

This really hit spot!  Including grapes and almonds that I munched on, this snack was 250 calories, 7 grams of protein, and 10 grams of fiber.

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Sushi and Sweets!

This afternoon, I finally got to try Trader Joe’s ‘Just a Handful of Go Raw Trek Mix’.  They are pre-portioned snack bags of trail mix!

210 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein.  They were really tasty but slightly high in calories… it was good for a day where I am not feeling 100%!

After munching on these, I went for a very easy 2.25 mile walk.  It was nice out and I wanted to move on my ‘off’ day so it was perfect


For dinner tonight, I went out and had Sushi!

Salad with Ginger Dressing.  I had a few bites of this, the dressing wasn’t good at all…

Steamed Edamame with Sea Salt.

Asparagus Roll!  Tempura Asparagus turned out to be fantastic!  I was surprised when this roll came out because I wasn’t expecting it to be crispy!

Vegetable Roll with asian baby carrots, marinated daikon, cucumber, and asparagus.


For dessert tonight, We raided Earth Fare!  I had several samples of vegan candy from the bulk section and ended up making two sweet purchases.

Vegan Chocolate Frosted Cake

Double Chocolate Cookie from Alternative Baking. 

Don’t worry, I didn’t eat it all  😛

I am pretty full and extremely happy!

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Pizza with a Sweet Ending

Today was so nice and warm but it looked like it was going to rain this afternoon!  Thank goodness the rain stayed away because I ran 3 miles around the neighborhood in 26:27.  The run was really great and it was nice to see all the flowers that have bloomed!  I have some great news though….

It’s PIZZA night!!

I started pizza night off with spinach, roasted squash, and roasted eggplant leftover from pizza toppings.

For my pizza, I used Trader Joe’s pre-made 100% whole wheat pizza dough.  This dough was amazing and baked up so well and for only 99 cents, it’s the deal of the century.  I think i’ll use the left over dough this weekend!

I topped the pizza with FYH Vegan Gourmet Cheese, Roasted Squash, Roasted Eggplant, Earth Fare Marinara, and Mushrooms.

Dinner was fantastic and I definitely ate it all!  I also had some grapes and baby dill pickles while cooking- weird craving!  All together, this doughy feast came out to 472 calories, 14 grams of protein, and 16 grams of fiber.

After Dinner, I was craving something sweet but I wanted to keep things healthy and light!

Banana with Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter from PB & Co.

It was amazing! I’ve never had this type of PB before and this tiny sweet treat took me about 30 minutes to eat- I savored it!  It was only 126 calories, 4 grams of protein, and 2 grams of fiber!

Good Night! 🙂

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Pasta Night and a Berry Crisp

I’m so glad I have the next week of food preplanned, it was nice to make dinner and not worry about what to put into things!  On the menu tonight was one of my favorite foods… pasta!

Whole wheat pasta with oven baked zucchini and eggplant, Trader Joe’s Chickenless Strips, Cherry Tomatoes, lemon juice, s+p, and garlic!

My family had chips and dip with their dinner so I did have around 1/4 cup fresh avocado on the side!

Dinner was 445 calories, 30 grams of protein, and 14 grams of fiber.

For Dessert tonight, I made a Berry Crisp!  I used 1/8 cup oats, 1 tbs ww flour, 1/2 tbs light smart balance, 1/8 cup silk, and 1/2 cup of frozen berries!  I baked it for about 25 minutes at 375*

It was really good and only 152 calories, 5 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber!


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Creamy Polenta with a Butternut Squash-Chickpea Stew

While in the airplane yesterday, I read the Vegetarian Times Magazine and saw their Butternut Squash Chickpea stew with Couscous and knew I had to make a version of it.  For my version, I made a fresh, soft polenta.  I seasoned my polenta with sea salt, mint, curry powder, pepper, and cinnamon.  The polenta itself was delicious enough to be a main course!  I really just messed around the spices so I am glad that worked out well!

The Butternut Squash-Chickpea stew consisted of soaked chickpeas, 5 oz creamy organic butternut squash, bell peppers, and carrots.  This stew was sweet AND savory.  When paired with the polenta, it was a steaming bowl of pure delight.  I made this in single serving form but I will most definitely make a bigger version in the future!

It was great making polenta and using dried chickpeas, I really don’t think i’ll ever go back to the store made polenta!  Dinner was a satisfying   305 calories, 10 grams of protein, and 11 grams of fiber.

My calories are quite low today so i’ll most likely have something before nine o’clock tonight!

Edit:  I ended up making a mini bowl of flax-pumpkin oatmeal with 1 tbs of almond butter

245 calories, 9 grams of protein, and 11 grams of fiber

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I know it’s a bit late but my flight was delayed so I’m just settling down.  Instead of sleeping at the airport, I pre wrote some blog entries! Blossom 

After a long Friday evening in the city, we headed out to Blossom, another Vegan Restaurant.  I went in with a growling stomach since I knew I could eat anything I wanted and not really worry about it.  Having true vegan options was so easy; it was a great change from restaurants at home.


To start off the night, my mother and I split the stuffed ravioli.  The ravioli was drenched with a cashew cream sauce, the high light of the dish.  The raviolis themselves were a little bland but when paired with the cashew cream sauce, it really was an explosion of taste!  The dish was topped with small grape tomatoes.


My main dish was a Stuffed Portobello Dish.  With three asparagus spears on the side, this Portobello was stuffed with a mixture of protein, caramelized onions, and some sort of sauce.  The Portobello was laying on a bed of Apricot Couscous.  I wish the lighting had been better here because this dish was gorgeous.  I guess you guys will just have to take my word for it!  I know dim lighting is visibly appealing and makes you eat more but us bloggers need some light!  I tried to be discrete but in the end I was actually holding a candle in the air to try and get some light! 😛


For my mother’s main course, she chose to eat the Spinach Risotto with Shitaki Crusted Tofu.  Her risotto was simply amazing, it had mushrooms, onions, and even a balsamic reduction on the side.  If my Portobello dish hadn’t been so good I would have ordered this!  It was bright green in color and with the slices of tofu, it was really visually appealing. 


This meal wouldn’t be complete without another Vegan Dessert.  The one item that jumped out to both of us was the Strawberry Cheesecake.  A sweet, rich cheesecake topped with a sweet strawberry sauce.  My mom claimed the dessert was better than other ‘regular’ cheesecake she has had in the past!


We ended the night with a pot of freshly steeped Peppermint tea.  Such a relaxing end to a great meal!

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