Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday, with chocolate for breakfast

It seems that spring is truly (finally!) here! The kids and hubby have been joyfully planting seeds by a window in the spare bedroom. They are so thrilled to see the plants starting to pop up. It will be fun to plant them, I guess about the end of May. I am not a gardener by any means.

But I do love to eat! And I love fresh produce. I saw a package at the grocery store this week containing all of these lovely orange, yellow and red tomatoes, above. How could I resist? So pretty and I love the look of the different colours in salads and on sandwiches.

I also stocked up on avocados. The kids loved to snack on avocado slices when they were toddlers and small children, but then there was a spell there when they weren't thrilled with them. I'm happy to report that they seem to be liking them again. We usually put them on top of salads or on veggie burgers.

I bought a whole bag of lemons too because I have been trying to start my days by filling a big water bottle with water and squeezing in some fresh lemon juice. When I get bored with that, I throw in some strawberry slices or raspberries too.

I haven't been doing a whole lot of interesting cooking lately, but I did whip up a batch of the Orange You Glad I Made Crispy Tofu? from Chloe's Kitchen. The whole family really likes the recipe. We serve the tofu on rice.

I also made these breakfast bars from The Gluten-Free Vegetarian Family Cookbook: 150 Healthy Recipes for Meals, Snacks, Sides, Desserts, and More. I'll be doing a review and giveaway of that book soon. For now, suffice it to say I ate almost the whole pan of bars myself!

And now for my weekly look at one full day of vegan eats. I started off Monday with this Cherry Almond Smoothie, made from @daria_veganfood's recipe on Instagram. Only I used peanut butter instead of almond butter, so it's really a Cherry Peanut Smoothie. Delicious either way I'm sure.

No leftovers in the fridge, so I made a sandwich in the Panini press for lunch - I put on vegan cheese, yellow tomato slices, vegan ham and lettuce. Grapes on the side.

In last week's post, I issued a salad challenge. Can you make a salad that contains 12 vegetables, plus herbs and seeds? I since revised it to 12 items TOTAL because 12 veggies is not so easy. So it's 12 veggies, greens, fruits, dried fruits, nuts and seeds. It has really changed the way I look at my salads. Because they were often a bit dull before.

My Monday dinner salad included two kinds of lettuce, packaged shredded cabbage, cauliflower, sunflower seeds, celery, orange and yellow tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, red onion, parsley, strawberries and apples. It was quite tasty I have to say! If you want to join in, you can hashtag your salads #wirlsaladchallenge on Instagram or Twitter. Be sure to tag me @ziajojo.

We topped our salad with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt.

In celebration of spring, we had an early barbecue on Monday (I say early because it was still cool and rainy, and when I say "we" I mean my husband did the barbecuing.) We ate veggie burgers, veggie hotdogs, potatoes and mushrooms.


Later on in the evening I had Morning Crisp chocolate curls cereal for a snack. (I took this picture the next morning because it was brighter outside and I had the same food again.) I topped the cereal with strawberries, bananas, dried cherries, cranberries and blueberries. Even though the cereal has lots of lovely 70% cocoa chocolate curls, I threw in some semisweet chocolate chips too.

When I posted this picture on Instagram during my Tuesday morning breakfast, I got an email from my mom asking me if I was advocating chocolate for breakfast. The short answer is yes. Whatever gets you through the day right? The better answer is everything in moderation and lots of fruits and veggies every day. Okay Mom? (She pointed out that we weren't allowed sugary cereals growing up...which is true. I do remember eating quite a few donuts in the evening though. Ha ha.) It's nice to know that Mom is still looking out for me though.

So weigh in - would you eat chocolate for breakfast?

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  1. Oh I love your salad challenge idea! The more toppings I put on a salad the more I like it, so I am definitely going to try that out!

    1. That would be awesome Emma! I'd love to see your creation. :)

  2. Oh lordie, I am so glad to see our produce aisles filling up again! And can we take a minute to honor the vine ripe tomato (my favorite, with avocados a close second)? Delicious!

    1. Oh yes, Taby! And I can't wait for the farmer's market! Love the smell of fresh tomatoes!

  3. Joann perhaps I should rethink your idea of having chocolate for breakfast. After all which one of us is still staying slim.

    1. Ha ha. I don't know how much chocolate for breakfast I can get away with...

  4. Great eats...And yeah I'd eat chocolate for breakfast. Not every day but...yolo ;)

  5. A tasty looking week :) Im actually surprised to hear you aren't really a gardener - with how you and the fam lean towards such fresh and healthy produce! I rent a plot of land myself to garden on - it's been a decent amount of work, but the results... there is nothing that beats produce fresh from the ground!

    1. Thank you! I would love to say I'm a gardener, but I didn't grow up doing it and I guess I'm a bit nervous about doing things right. And my husband grew up with the Italian dad who loves to garden so he has a better understanding. That being said, I am still hoping to learn more. That's so great that you rent the land and grow your own stuff!!


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