Recent Eats


A traditional What I Ate Wednesday post just isn’t going to work today. I have too many meals that I want to show you so instead, let’s just take a look at some recent eats from the last bunch of days…


Oatmeal = breakfast. It just does.

Early morning oatmeal before getting ready for my run.


A filling bowl of warmed autumn oatmeal after one of my runs with lots of cinnamon roasted apples plus some roasted bananas in there too.



If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen my side dish roasted veggie lunch from The Little Beet.

I normally choose Maoz when I am standing in the dining district at Roosevelt Field mall but on this particular afternoon, I thought I wanted Red Mango but then walked by The Little Beet, saw the roasted sweet potatoes and made my decision.

The Little Beet

All side dishes, no protein < – such a rebel.

Would you believe that I actually had leftovers the other night from my salad at The Cheesecake Factory? This never  happens!

I am known for finishing my plate but maybe because we ordered the Thai Lettuce Wraps as an appetizer first, I was filled enough to leave some salad and skip over to dessert.

I will admit it was exciting to bring home the leftover salad and have it for lunch the next day.


I doctored it up with some leftover roasted sweet potato wedges and a lentil/quinoa mix that I had made plus extra avocado.


I got a lot of use out of the batch of lentils and quinoa I made a few days ago. In addition to adding it to the above salad, I made this yummy power bowl too with roasted Japanese sweet potatoes, broccoli and brussels sprouts topped with  barbecue sauce and nutritional yeast.

power bowl

I also added the lentil and quinoa mix to my favorite fall recipe.

I modified the recipe a bit because I just didn’t have the patience for all of the ingredients.

I roasted butternut squash, acorn squash and brussels sprouts but skipped the sweet potatoes, as much as I love them, because I just couldn’t cut up another thing.

I made the coconut rice via short cut method (I used the steam bag of brown rice medley and mixed in coconut milk), quickly whipped up the called-for guacamole and replaced the nuts, cheese and cranberries with the lentils, quinoa and some chick peas which were leftover in the fridge.

roasted fall veggie bowl

I made my cast iron skillet whole wheat lasagna per the meal plan Sunday night and really should share the recipe one of these days because it’s so easy and customizable.

cast iron skillet whole wheat lasagna


I am still bent out of blogger shape that I didn’t get a picture of my Linda’s Fudge Cake dessert from Saturday night!

While the usual apples with peanut butter are still going on, I have been in the mood for hot chocolate.

sipping chocolate

I picked up this Sipping Chocolate from Trader Joe’s and simply adore it.

It says it’s not quite a hot chocolate and not really a chocolate milk but I don’t even understand those claims because  this Sipping Chocolate mixed with warmed almond milk and some whipped cream tastes like a decadent hot chocolate to my taste buds.

hot chocolate

I like my hot chocolate with a spoon. Anyone else?

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Do you often bring home leftovers from restaurants?

Hot chocolate – with a spoon or without?

What’s on today’s workout agenda?





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    • says

      I used to order pies just to have leftovers to freeze. I should do that more often now. It’s perfect for my son and much better than buying the prepackaged frozen pizza (like Ellio’s but I used to love Ellio’s as a kid!)

  1. says

    Hi, my name is hungry-after-reading-your-post! Seriously, you had some really delicious meals lately. That oatmeal is calling my name as are the power bowls. I really need to make one of those soon.
    I don’t eat out often due to lack of options [a downside of countryside life] but the times I’ve been to Vapiano before I always brought back leftovers. Their servings are huge and it’s nice to have handmade pasta to incorporate into your next meal.
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    • says

      Sounds like me! Totally eat until I am overly full, leaving nothing much for a worthy leftover. And yes to eating the take out on the way home, that’s what happens should I try to leave Whole Foods with something from the food bar.

  2. says

    It’s funny, even though restaurant portions are supposed to be huge, when you eat out in NYC much of the time they really aren’t. Particularly if you go to restaurants that seem to charge more the less you order. Except diners, but when I’m getting eggs at a diner I’m eating my whole omelet 🙂
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  3. says

    Mmmmm hot chocolate! SO SO GOOD. I don’t drink my 7-eleven with a spoon but I do drink any hot chocolate with whipped cream with a spoon. And yes I need your lasagna recipe (I say that like I’m actually ever going to cook anything <– a girl can dream 😉 )
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    • says

      I think you would like this recipe because it’s one of those nonrecipe recipes and makes lasagna really simple. I will share it I promise and I will even email it to you later should you feel like cooking tonight.

  4. AmandaM says

    Definitely hot chocolate with a spoon, first getting to the bottom and eating any chocolate mix that didn’t get mixed in. 🙂
    I did a gym workout of elliptical, bike, and stairmaster followed by a 2 mile run on the treadmill. The treadmill run felt great! I’m trying to ease in slowly for what will surely be a few runs on the treadmill this winter. It was quite pleasant so I’m ready to embrace it 🙂

  5. says

    Oh my, your hot chocolate looks heavenly…I never drink it but you’ve got me right in the mood for some now 😀 I love the idea of all your autumn inspired meals from breakfast through to dinner plates full of seasonal veg. It all looks very nutritious and also pretty delicious. I feel inspired! 🙂
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  6. says

    That lasagna looks delicious! Especially because it’s rainy and windy and freezing out in Chicago and I just want to be warm 🙂

    Hot chocolate is my fav … Although I don’t think I’ve tried the sipping hot chocolate before. Definitely w/ a spoon … Because you gotta scoop up the marshmallows before they fade away!
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