I am always trying to find a breakfast that really stays with me for a good 6 hours. My body usually runs like a clock- exactly four hours after breakfast I get my first grumble of the stomach. While I have learned to pack a snack, I still would like to find a remedy for this.

Exhibit A:

These are actually Carrots N Cake’s pumpkin spice cookies. I heated them up and put a dab of almond butter on each. Then greek yogurt with a teaspoon of raspberry preserves and flax. It definitely filled me up at the time- the yogurt in particular. I can tell immediately that the greek yogurt has more protein by how I feel after eating it.

The prognosis:

I still broke out my snack at around 10:30 that morning.

Exhibit B:

Whole wheat bread with almond butter, a banana and chia seeds.

This may be the closest I have to a winner. The problem, we can’t keep a loaf of bread in the house long enough to have this for a daily breakfast. That is my fault. I simply love grocery store whole wheat bread.

The prognosis:

I felt satisfied until about 11 am when I felt a slight tinge but was too busy to stop so made it through until lunch.

Exhibit C (just for fun):

We went to Ireland this summer. This is a traditional Irish breakfast. It was back when we ate meat. :)

This is the kind of breakfast that not only fills me up, but sits like a brick in my stomach a large part of the day! I am not one of those people that enjoys hot breakfasts. Give me cold cereal and toast any day of the week. Those round things in the back of the plate are definitely blood pudding, by the way.

Conclusion- I have determined that fat is a necessary component to a lasting breakfast. It also helps to changes things up, gotta keep my stomach on its toes!!

I need more ideas of good breakfasts that last!

Happy October 1st!! This is what Boston is looking like this morning. It is hot, humid and supposed to rain all day. I am looking forward to a weekend of dry cool weather.

Yesterday we went to a little zoo outside of Boston. We found this bear in desperate need of a dietitian. :) He is holding a box of Fruit Loops for anyone that can’t see.

He was a lazy bear.

It was the perfect weather to go to the zoo, 60 degrees and partly cloudy. Some leaf crunching was involved as well.

Dinner tonight was literally just four items made separately and mixed together. I wanted a veggie-heavy dinner with my beloved brussels.

For the brussels I simply halve them, spray them with olive oil and add S&P. I roast them at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until I think they look done.

The polenta, on the other hand, I just flew by the seat of my pants. I added them to the pan after the mushrooms were done sauteeing and broke it up until it was more of a mush. When I realized that it needed some liquid to break down better, I added a tablespoon of veggie brother and some water. To spice it up I added some dried basil. It was quite good. I was surprised though, that whole log of polenta turned into what you see. If we both had big appetites, we could have easily finished it.

I heated the baked beans. And this is what we had.

The mushrooms mixed with the beans and polenta turned out to be my favorite part. If I made this again I would have had the brussel sprouts seperate and dipped them into BBQ sauce per usual.

As a new vegetarian, I am always focused on what “protein” we are going to have at our meals. Not because I really miss the meat component of meals, but because I really do think it provides satiety like other things cannot. Baked beans are a really simple “protein” to keep on hand for meals.

Lastly, someone sent me this story of what a 6,000+ calorie lunch does to your body.

http://blogs.abcnews.com/theworldnewser/2009/07/what-exactly-does-a-6190-calorie-lunch-do-to-your-body.html

It is definitely interesting and I have seen things like this before, but I am curious what the effect of a normal meal, like the one I just ate, would have on the body? I think I can guess what chain restaurant they ate at too, can anyone else?

I believe this tree is undergoing an identity crisis. Half of it wants to be blazing oranges and reds, the other half is stuck in the lushness of summer. I know which side I prefer, but come on….its only September 23rd!

Fall colors will always remind me of my wedding bouquet.

:)

Dinner tonight may have taken the lead as my favorite fall meal. It was simple and so satisfying. Spaghetti and what used to be meatballs (now tofu) is my comfort meal. Carbs carbs carbs.

Oh yeah. Grilled tofu, on the George Foreman, atop a bed of spaghetti squash and TJ’s marinara sauce. Fantastic.

One thing I realized is that it didn’t fill me up like actual spaghetti does, but in a good way. I didn’t feel weighed down. Plus, one cup of the squash has something like 45 calories?!

Rock on fall.

This is how my day started. See the <3 ?

Gotta get some use out of that espresso maker!

I am at home today working on some personal projects and stopped for lunch. I was inspired by this recipe I saw in Cooking Light. I converted it from quesadilla to sandwich form and was pleased with the results.

I started with whole wheat bread smeared with double cream brie that was one sale at Shaw’s. Love that.

Then I found a use for this little guy, fresh from the pickin’ last weekend.

Sliced it real thin…

Dotted the brie with mustard.

On to arugula

About five minutes on the Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling machine and it was perfect.

I would add more apple next time. I am usually afraid of overdoing fruit flavors, but the mustard was what I mostly tasted. Very good though. I forgot how much I love brie.

Happy first day of fall!! I am planning on enjoying every second of it.

Sunday night’s dinner turned out really well. The recipe comes from a small cookbook my Mom gave us, “Cooking for Two”. It is really nice to know that the recipe should only be feeding us, but it still made a lot of pasta!

Here are the ingredients:

It was pretty simple. The thing that took the longest was sauteeing the onions and bacon.

But once that was done it comes together very quickly. The final product:

The egg added a creaminess to the dish. We got to use fresh parsley from our garden too!

I used our huge pasta bowels so I had to practice portion control. For me at least, I served myself first and gave the rest to Wayne. :)

We also worked on our garden plot this weekend. And by “we” I mean “he”. I started digging in the dirt only to realize that I really don’t like getting dirty. ;)

We have plot number 15. We’ll see what vegetables we got out this season. We already have some kale growing!

Breakfast on Saturday morning included all the essentials.

Coffee

Deliciousness.

And tons of Simpsons figurines.

What else could we ask for?

Except for a wobbly table that caused many spills. We didn’t ask for that.  It was worth it though.

This small establishment is always packed on the weekends. It serves good and hot food at a reasonable price. Just don’t use the restroom while you are there. Seriously. Not exactly a healthy meal but a great way to start the weekend.

We made up for it at lunch.

We call them “yogurt bowls”.  This one included Red Velvet Yoplait Light Yogurt, almond slivers, ground flax, blackberries and granola.

It was like eating dessert for lunch. One of these days I am going to stop buying light yogurt made with artificial sweetener, but I can’t seem to break the habit just yet. I really like the texture of light yogurt, I think it is all the stabilizers or something.

The big news in Boston this weekend is the marathon.

I can officially say I have marathon fever. I ran both days this weekend and was daydreaming of crossing that finish line on Boylston Street. This won’t end well. :) I wish I could watch the race tomorrow!

At least I can say we had a fun weekend though.

We walked around the city, went to the Museum and tried to catch some of the Red Sox game at the Bleacher Bar.

You can watch the game from inside the bar, there is a garage door that has a one way window (is that right?) that looks out onto the field. It is a fun experience. We would have actually been able to watch the game but there was a rain delay. Great lunch though.

Time to get in the mindset of another productive week!

It is the weekend again which means that I have time to blog! I don’t know how those bloggers do it who blog three times per day. I have to say, as impossible as it would be for me to do that, I do like reading those blogs. It is fun to see how people spend their time. I think part of the reason I like blogs in general are for the same reasons that I like to read- I just like stories about people. Their day-t0-day activities, their attitudes, their relationships and of course their food! I pretty much just like to snoop in other people’s lives. :)

I had a day off earlier this week from working another weekend (I work every fourth). So I went around Cambridge and took some pictures of things that I pass regularly that might be interesting.

According to Wayne (my husband, I should give him a name), I hold the camera wrong. But it just feels so right.

This guy is spotted not far from our apartment. We live near a little park that marks a battle scene from the revolutionary war. We are big fans of General Washington in this household. Nerdy, we know.

This is on the window of a yoga studio that I pass when I walk to the grocery store. I actually really like it, as kind of creepy as it is.

Spring rocks.

I live near Central Square in Cambridge and it is incredibly diverse. This mural is very interesting, although I am not sure what it is getting at.

This where we I can go…

to buy local!

Ok, enough of my world. Here are some of my eats.

This doesn’t look that appetizing, but I swear it was good. This is actually leftovers so most of the liquid was soaked up overnight. I threw together some carrots, celery and leftover broccoli with some leftover chicken that I shredded. I cooked it all in diced tomatoes, chicken broth and tomato paste with some spices. It turned out really good!

With my faux sour cream topping.

And a piece of cornbread, which to me is like cake. Such a good meal!

Plus a snack to go with some reading.

I made these bad boys for a coworker. Here is the recipe. They are incredibly rich. I used almond butter instead of peanut butter. A coworker said, “You would do that, Brooke”.

Dinner last night on a dirty plate, doh!

I have made it a tradition to go to Trader Joe’s every Friday after work. It makes me happy. We made simple burgers with a tomato and mozzarella salad.

I love throwing together meals.

Now we are heading off to a small diner for some breakfast! Happy weekend!

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