Other People’s Recipes & Story Time {What I Ate Wednesday}

Good morning!

Thank you so much for the positive feedback on yesterday’s post. I’m very hopeful, and promise to keep ya’ll updated on my progress Open-mouthed smile

The other day I mentioned how I’m not being too creative in the kitchen lately as far as coming up with new recipes of my own. There hasn’t, however, been a shortage of new recipes being produced come dinner time. Some have been not so great, and some have been exceptionally delicious, but Shane doesn’t like them *cough*lamb curry*cough* and some have been absolutely spectacular, pleasing us both.

With that said, yesterday’s eats weren’t super typical, and I have a few stories to go along with the reason behind that. Never a dull moment here, my friends!

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast


Like 5 thick strips of bacon, veggies and avocado, and teapotion.

Story #1: Remember my dilemma I mentioned the other day? Well, my four jars won’t get here until this afternoon (the horror!) so I couldn’t make my beloved pumpkin pancakes. So I decided to forgo the eggs completely, and just cooked up the rest of the bacon in the fridge I picked up from WF the other day.

Now, I cook my bacon in the oven – a gas oven – because I hate how frying it in a pan leaves my kitchen smelling like bacon for days. Perhaps I got a little impatient and didn’t want to wait 30 whole minutes. Perhaps I turned the temperature from 350 degrees to 425 degrees. Perhaps that was a little too hot. Perhaps my smoke alarm went off. Twice. At 7:30 in the morning. Erm, sorry neighbors. Luckily, my crispy bacon was worth it. (ok maybe not, that situation stressed me out a little.)

10:45 a.m. – Snack!


A snack! Half of a jewel yam topped with sea salt, full fat plain yogurt, cinnamon, and pumpkin seeds. I haven’t been too snacky lately, but 10:45 is way too early for lunch. Now, I’d normally not be hungry and eat lunch around 1:00, but not yesterday, because it’s time for….

Story #2: Wouldn’t you know it that yesterday when it came time for my usual Tuesday morning hot yoga class, I had absolutely no desire to go. This, my friends, is the first time this has happened since I’ve joined my new yoga studio. Perhaps 3 days/week for 3 weeks straight might burn me out? Better back it down to two. Despite my lack to go twist and bend in a 90 degree room, I found an even better way to clear my head:


A run! My very first outdoor run since moving to Colorado. I also decided to bring Niko along, and it was her first time running with me…ever. I checked in on her a lot, but we probably ran 3 miles and walked .5 miles for a total of 40 minutes. Do I even need to tell you how much more awesome it was running with a mountain view as opposed to a corn field view?

I’m not going to make running a super regular part of my routine, still, but if I get the impulse to go out and run because it sounds fun, I’m going to do it. Especially now that I know Niko’s a trooper and can tag along Smile

2:00 p.m. – Lunch


Leftovers from Monday night: Make ahead Thai curry, which is most certainly not my recipe. This recipe comes from Erica’s blog, and is not only the easiest Thai dish I’ve ever made, but also quite possibly the most delicious Thai dish I’ve ever made. The only switcharoo I made was using chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. Shane and I both declared this one a winner winner chicken dinner. And lucky me got to have the leftovers for lunch.


Over spaghetti squash. Can’t wait to make this again!

7:00 p.m. – DinnerIMG_9948

Meatza, which comes from the book Well Fed, and butternut squash puree. Basically, anything that comes from my own head lately, like this butternut squash puree, is a concoction, not a recipe. For the Meatza, I followed Well Fed’s recipe, and then added mushrooms, onions, and kale as the toppings to my side, and the same plus cheese to Shane’s side.

For the b-nut squash puree, I just pureed some bnut squash I’d roasted in the morning (since my oven was already nice and piping hot from breakfast) with some coconut milk, cinnamon, and sea salt.



For dessert I had a piece of dark chocolate dipped into fresh churned almond butter….a few times Winking smile

Have a good Wednesday, folks! I’m off to the gym to try – no, to SIGN – some clients. See ya later!

Your Turn! (aka, make me feel better Smile with tongue out:)  When’s the last time you had a kitchen fiasco?

What’s a workout you haven’t done in forever that you used to do all the time?

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  1. I haven’t done yoga in forever – and I used to do it once or twice a week! I need to get back in that.
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  2. I need to get back into yoga more, in the summer and fall I was going twice a week and now its once every 2 weeks. I also just started back doing Jillian Michael’s DVD’s….I probably had not done them in 6 or more months!

  3. You got your running legs back! I love hearing you so positive! I’m a pro at setting off the smoke alarm when I make pizza! It’s really not a good pizza night if that doesn’t happen. 😉

    Loved your post on the PCOS! I’m so glad you feel like you’re in good hands with this. I also love that you’re taking the natural approach. Food is fun, so you’re on a little adventure!

    As for the supplements, some can be really funky. I used to take oil of primrose for my PMS. It really did help, but then I started using chia and that was over kill for what I needed. Now I just do chia and it seriously helps with my inflammation. I’m praying that you find something that works for you! Keep that chin up my friend. You’re in great hands!
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  4. My husband always cooks bacon in a pan on top of the stove. It drives me crazy- grease gets everywhere and you can smell it everywhere (I feel like my hair even smells like it). Not that the smell of bacon is bad- but I don’t want my house to smell like it! I’ll have to convince him to start cooking it in the oven (he likes to use a pan so he can cook two eggs in the grease after. Gross.)
    Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning recently posted..WIAW 24: Leftovers Taste BetterMy Profile

    • Ugh! Yes, I swear I smell it in my hair.
      And he can still cook his eggs in the bacon grease when cooking in the oven (I do….*runs and hides*) I just place the bacon on a cooling rack, and then that over a large baking sheet. The grease from the bacon drips clean onto the baking sheet, and then all you have to do is pour the grease into the pan. Easy peasy.

  5. I’m pretty sure I’ve completely given up running at this point. It was just too hard on my body. I’ve also been neglecting yoga a bit lately. I need to make an effort to go this week.

  6. This may be a dumb question, but is meatza crust made of all meat? What is in it?
    Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) recently posted..{What I Ate} WednesdayMy Profile

    • Yep – it’s just ground beef and italian seasoning, and then tomato-based sauce on top, and then veggies on top of that!

  7. Bacon is worth the fiasco :) I was running a ton last year, but I’m not really into it right now. Of course the high is in the 20s here today… maybe I’ll feel more inspired to get out there when it’s warm again!
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  8. Everything looks great! Especially that sweet potato “snack” and the meatza. I love the Well Fed recipes.
    Danielle (@CleanFoodCreativeFitness) recently posted..What I Ate WednesdayMy Profile

  9. yes! i am a bacon baker, too! it is the only way :)
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  10. congrats on the first run since moving!!!!!! WOOOHOOOOO!

    Your snack looks amazing! I have been thinking of it all afternoon lol
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  11. Your lunch looks delicious! I love spaghetti squash but typically eat it with tomato sauce, ground turkey and peppers. I will have to try this!
    Nicole @ Fruit ‘N’ Fitness recently posted..What I Ate Wednesday # 2My Profile

  12. Set out a small bowl of vinegar when you are cooking bacon on the stove. I laughed when my mom told me, but am a believer now. Seriously, you won’t even know you are cooking!

  13. Looks like a delicious day of eats! I love topping sqaush or sweet potatoes off with soup or chili. My last kitchen fiasco was this past weekend….I tried making a date pecan butter, but I must have used too many dates because it never would get smooth and there was so much moisture (I guess from the dates.) I was sooooo mad because I hate wasting food, especially dates and pecans! 😉
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  14. An afternoon run with mountain views…it really doesn’t get much better than that :) I’m gonna check out that Thai recipe, I’ve never made Thai at home (seems intimidating) but I’d like to try it!
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  15. stephanie gramlich says:

    1. I must say Ive been reading heath and fitness blogs for about 6mths still been debating on starting my own blog but it made me so happy when I saw you were from Central Illinois! Im from Champaign born and raised! but on this post…I use to go to HIIT classes 3 days a week and I havent been to one since I moved to Milwaukee in August. Boy do I miss it.

    • You should definitely start your own blog :-) It’s a lot of fun! I’ve had a few readers tell me they were from Champaign now.

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