A Streak of Sunshine

Happy Saturday, guys!

Let me start this post by telling you how AWESOME this week has been (for the most part – I was freakin’ out at one point!). I started the week with a math test, which, okay, wasn’t awesome – but I scored 100%. Looks like all of the studying paid off! I was thrilled… until I found out that a couple others also got perfect. Aww! I also earned a 6/6 on a tricky novel analysis essay, AND my teacher asked if she could keep it as a future example, err, a precedent. 😉

I also started a new set at work, which basically means we start a new group of lessons. So I have three classes (one was cancelled) of four kids aged 3-5. I’ve only taught them twice, but of course I LOVE them already. My favourite thing about my job is watching them scream in delight when I pull them around with hula hoops “belly rides”. :mrgreen:

Anyways, what’s a good week without some good food? Here are some of the fantastic meals I’ve had! In no particular order, please welcome the Top Meals of May!

Starting with… baked banana oatmeal topped with honey Greek yogurt and fresh berries. Oatgurt is great in the warmer spring mornings.

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Spaghetti bolognese, bulked up with vegetables. This was Simply Organic tomato sauce and lean ground beef. We also added chopped tomato, roasted peppers, fresh green bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Sprinkled with a little parmesan!

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This classic Mom Meal was not my favourite. I can hardly tell what it is, especially under all of this sesame! I see vermicelli, carrots, turnips, and a beef + broccoli stir-fry. We sure eat that often!

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Dinner after a fantastic PARTY! Our party was a lunch party because Grandma doesn’t eat dinner – she prefers a large meal in the middle of the day. I will post about the party on my next post. Roasted butternut squash, Chinese chicken and sesame dressing salad, quinoa salad with feta and mixed greens. A little “slice” of leftover cheesecake for dessert. Such a satisfying dinner. I love eating a variety of food – it makes me feel mentally full because of all the different tastes, textures, and temperatures.

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I guess you could call this a twist on a Mom Dinner. We had macaroni and cheese with vegetables another day. This meal was pretty good! We bulked up some Catelli Smart elbows with chopped broccoli, frozen corn, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, all the works. They were quickly sauteed in a pan and then mixed with the cooked pasta.

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The sauce was simple: butter + flour to make a roux, and then milk and chicken broth to make it liquidy. Then, we threw in some shredded sharp white cheddar and seasoned it with lots of pepper and some salt. After stirring it all together, we stuffed it into a casserole dish, topped it with cheese and toasty breadcrumbs, then baked it to perfection.

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I had three servings of this (it’s a salad plate, BTW!). It could have been more flavourful, probably because the veggies diluted it. I think we’ll use more cheese and another pinch of salt.

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Breakfast! Berries with granola on oatmeal.

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Salad for lunch!

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Topped with nuts, berries, shredded chicken drumstick from a Costco rotisserie chicken. Plus a sprinkle of feta cheese and a big drizzle of homemade maple-blueberry vinaigrette. I didn’t really like the vinaigrette. I put a bit too much balsamic in there! Very sour. 😦

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So… um… yeah. I guess that’s it for now. Stay tuned for the next post, which will be coming out tomorrow evening (hopefully). I’ll be sharing a SUPER awesome lunch with the family. My mom and I hosted a fantastic lunch and made lots of goodies that I can’t wait to post about. See you soon!

 

BTW… FARMER’S MARKET TOMORROW! Woot! 🙂

I ♥ Whole Foods

Dare I say… best lunch ever?

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It’s no secret that I adore Whole Foods. Aren’t I lucky to have an awesome Mama who takes me to Whole Foods almost every Pro-D Day! Yeah! 🙂

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The Whole Foods hot bar is loaded with tons of goodies. There is really something there for everyone! There are lots of tofu selections (YUM!) and I’ve even had tempeh. All the ingredients are uber fresh, local, and *mostly* healthy. There are tons of different flavours and textures, and you can get as little or as much of anything as you want. Oh yeah, and the sandwiches! The sandwiches are seriously incredible. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see a turkey-apple-brie sandwich from Whole Foods. Gooey, melty cheese and a variety of other fillings – all enveloped by crispy bread. Oh-so-yummy. There are only two drawbacks about going for lunch at Whole Foods.
1) It’s insanely expensive. One bowl that {generously} serves one person = $22? Holy cow.
2) Sometimes the food is cold! I don’t know why, but roasted vegetables just aren’t the same when they’re chilled. 😦

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Okay, third reason:
3) It may be Whole Foods, but that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Sure, the kale salad and quinoa pilaf are totally nutritious, but what about the macaroni and cheese? Obs and gobs of butter, cheese, and pasta might taste delicious, but just because it’s from WF doesn’t mean it’s low-calorie. That doesn’t mean I don’t eat it, though! It is amazing. Just watch your portions!

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Here we have tons of delicious thingies… let’s start with my Mediterranean corner! I have a spinach pakora, which I’m pretty sure is fried. But it’s a little spicy and has great texture. Topped with hummus and baba ghanoush, an eggplant dip. I also have a falafel patty. Two cubes of marinated feta cheese (OMG) and spicy olive-y Mediterranean relish add flavour. I also added a little scoop of white beans.

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Sweet potato, kale salad, beets, and Greek salad. I also see some tomato chickpeas and herby tomato brown rice! There is also swiss chard with creamy cashew dressing (that’s the green veggie with red stems). I also had a delicious piece of tofu, some parsley noodles, and more tofu on the right hand side. It’s curried tofu, with raisins and almonds. Under that is a big piece of stewed zucchini. So tender!

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In the middle, you see some macaroni and cheese. One of the best parts! WF also makes an incredible smoked mozzarella salad. It’s got penne, spinach, roasted red peppers, and of course, creamy and sharp smoked mozza. Another pasta salad {poppyseed penne pasta salad} has penne and creamy poppyseed dressing, with red onions and more spinach. I love it!

I can also see mashed potatoes and some Thai quinoa salad with carrots. Once, I even had mashed cauliflower at Whole Foods… ummmm, #totallynotpotatoes. Not even close.

What I’ve listed above isn’t everything we ate – there was TONS more underneath that we can’t see. 😦

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Mom and I also shared a super yummy big chicken and arugula sandwich. That’s crunchy ciabatta bread stuffed with roasted chicken, proscuitto, goat cheese, and mixed greens. The sundried tomato aioli truly makes the sandwich. Just like last time!

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Dessert was some sweet petites!

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A raspberry white chocolate cheesecake tart – my favourite! I have one of these every time. They are sweet, and so rich. They’re pretty small, but you won’t need any more. Love the crust, too. They are really satisfying. 9.8/10! 😉 Yum!

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A chocolate mousse fruit cup – so good! I’m not really into mousse, and those Kinder eggs aren’t my thing. But the berries in creamy chocolate was amazing. I liked this and I’d say… 6/10? I’m picky about my desserts!

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A Nanaimo bar – these are amazing. The middle layer is literally sweetened coconut + powdered sugar. I had only a quarter of this – didn’t need more! 7/10. I would NOT be able to eat the whole thing – it’s much bigger than it looks.

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Love Whole Foods – can’t wait to go again soon! ❤

Have you been to Whole Foods? Do you like it there?