Over the weekend I tried out a few new recipes. Ok, so it was only two (and both were from Michele) but I also made an older recipe for the first time in a while. Other than that my food on Monday wasn’t anything too exciting. As usual I ate about 3 breakfasts and 4 snacks:)
Pre-run was a quick cup of coffee and a banana. Most days I haven’t been eating before I run in the morning but if I feel like I need something I’ve found I can eat a banana immediately before I run and I have no issues.
Post run (while getting ready for work) was a smoothie. I actually made this on Sunday to save some time on Monday morning: frozen bananas/berries/spinach, protein powder, almond butter, ginger, and OJ.
The first new recipe I made over the weekend was Michele’s Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bread. You guys know I’m not big on pumpkin, but I had to give this recipe a try and I’m so glad I did.
Late in the morning I ate a gala apple when I got hungry and it was too early for lunch.
Lunch was leftovers from Sunday’s dinner: Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing with chicken.
Afternoon snack #1 was a green anjou pear.
Afternoon snack #2 was a peanut butter cookie LARABAR.
Dinner was burgers with sweet potato fries and mixed veggies. Usually we have this meal later in the week but it was a nice change to eat it on a Monday.
The second recipe I tried this weekend was these Ultimate Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. Rob gave these two thumbs up and commented that they made the house smell really good. I think that the fact that he even noticed says a lot.
Do you tend to eat the same meals on the same days of the week? (We usually save easier meals like burgers and fajitas for Thursday when we don’t have the energy to try anything crazy!)
Do you eat multiple breakfasts and/or snacks each day?
Do you ever bake just to make your house smell good?
Thanks to Meghan for hosting this week!
Michele @ paleorunningmomma says
Lol thanks Rob! I agree they make the house smell good 🙂 and really glad you liked the pumpkin bread too! Yay for lots of chocolate chips!
We are almost out of cookies and I think he is expecting me to make more soon:)
Don’t you love when new-to-you recipes turn out delicious? Try adding raisins to your pumpkin bread. It’s a KILLER addition 🙂
That’s a great idea! I’ll have to try that next time.
Sara @ Oats & Rows says
I just saved that cookie recipe to make this weekend…they look so good and I can’t wait! I feel like I save the easier meals for when I work late nights where I have to be back early in the morning. My schedule is all over the place so my meal schedule is always changing. I am totally a snacker too! I am constantly munching on something
I also try to plan easier meals for nights that I am busier. It doesn’t always work out but I do my best!
Alright this is the second batch of sweet potato fries I’ve seen in minutes. Clearly you guys are telling me something, like I need to make some stat.
Happy WIAW and thanks for linking up.
I make sweet potato fries all the time- And there is rarely a day I don’t eat a sweet potato in some form or another:)
Susie @ SuzLyfe says
I eat multiple of everything every day, lol. YOU KNOW THIS. I have like 4 pumpkin recipes that are waiting to get made. That might happen this weekend when I need something to do before the marathon!
After weeks of seeing nothing but pumpkin recipes I guess I finally caved!
Yesterday I had, like, 3 breakfasts too. That is not the norm for me, but you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes. Those cookies look delicious!
Sometimes you just need to have 3 breakfasts!
Alyssa @ Renaissancerunnergirl says
I definitely have multiple breakfasts and snacks. In fact, sometimes that is my entire day before dinner, like 2-4 of each! If you throw in breakfast for dinner days, the amount of eggs, pancakes, oats, and yogurt I consume is probably hideous…
Hey, whatever works, right!? 🙂
I literally could eat “breakfast” food all day long. I think I only throw in the other stuff for “societal norm.” And then on a day when I’m baking.. well then its all baking all breakfast all day. And YES, I mean I love to eat my baking, but I also bake for the smell, the comfort, and the creativity.
Breakfast foods are so good! And there are so many great reasons to bake:)
Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood says
Love simple dinners like that! Makes me want one tonight!
Agreed! Some days its just nice to have a quick, easy meal!
Laura @ This Runner's Recipes says
I snack a few times throughout the day and usually on breakfast-y foods like fruit and yogurt. The house smelling good is one of my favorite parts of baking – and now I want to make Michele’s cookies!
You should definitely make them!
Angie @ Pace with Grace says
That pumpkin bread looks so good as well as that quinoa salad! I eat dinner at work with clients 3 nights per week so I don’t need to cook those nights but for the other nights my husband and I tend to stick to easier meals that we know we like- things like stir frys, tacos, loaded salads. I love the smell of fresh baked goods in the house, the best! I almost always have an afternoon snack and an evening snack!
It’s always good to have a few go-to meals that everyone likes!
Sarah @pickyrunner says
Both of those recipes sound amazing and I’m not even paleo. Ugh. I want pumpkin bread. And now I’m hungry and I just finished breakfast.
I always have that problem when I read WIAW posts in the morning!
Sam @ See Sam Run says
I miss baking so much! I don’t really have the stuff in my apartment to bake (nor do I have anyone to eat it). I’ll be getting back into it when I move home in December!
You know, I used to snack a lot, but now I only eat maybe one snack a day. I try to eat less more often, but I always forget to snack!
I can never eat enough at meals to keep me full until the next one- so snacking has always worked well for me!
I do bake to make the house smell good, however after two months of baking I am kinda over it. I graze all day with no specific meal plan in place. Dinner is usually the same rotation in my house. Picky eaters. Have a great day
Luckily my husband will eat just about anything I put in front of him. But it does help to plan a bit so we know what to buy.
I was toasting pecans yesterday to put in a salad, and I love that smell. It doesn’t take long to toast and about 2 minutes into toasting the smell is filling the kitchen 🙂
That sounds so good!
I love baking when the weather gets a bit cooler and it’s time to get all cozy! And I always think about how nice it must be for the kids to come home from school to the smell of cookies or banana bread in the oven. It’s probably a really comforting feeling.
That must be why I have been baking so much lately! I’m sure your kids love coming home to the smell of something thats been freshly baked…plus they get to eat it:)
Larabars Peanut Butter are one of my favorite snacks. Some days I snack all day long and some days I have breakfast foods for dinner. As long as you get good nutrition I think that’s ok.:)
Agreed! And those larabars are so good:)
Jen B. says
I usually do the same lunches during the week (usually salad with veggie burger), but I try to rotate dinners. I’m a big snacker during the day and typically have a mid-morning snack (usually a smoothie or bar of some sort) and mid-afternoon snack (usually a Lara or Kind bar). Aaaaand then I snack after dinner on some chocolate, oops!
I definitely rotate my dinners the most too. And snacks are a must!
I usually eat the same meals during the week and get more creative on the weekends! And I am totally about grazing all day long. I have 5 or 6 small 200-400 calorie meals throughout the day. 2 breakfasts, lunch, snack, and dinner. And yes – best part about baking is the smell (and of course eating!) .
Thats probably alot what my eating schedule looks like too- and the weekends are definitely a good time to get more creative!
meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles says
I have to try Michele’s recipes too. I just haven’t had time to bake but it’s been on my mind! I eat at least 2 breakfasts, sometimes 3!
I think when you get up early there is so much time until lunch that it is totally acceptable to eat 2-3 breakfasts.
Tara @ Running 'N' Reading says
Lisa, I’m drooling over these recipes; I’m going to have to look these up! I tend to have the same breakfast most of the time (smoothie), just because it’s easy to get it ready ahead of time and run out the door with it. I try to mix up the dinner selections, but I’m just not very creative – ha! Simple is better!! Thanks for sharing these ideas!
Smoothies are perfect for days when you’re rushing out the door! I hope you get to try some of these recipes and that you enjoy them!
Rachael @ Catch Me if You Can says
that breakfast bread looks really good! I love baking it makes the house smell amazing. I hate though when the house smells like savory food especially bacon, i dont know what it is but i hate smelling my food after ive eaten it 🙂
Yea I don’t like the lingering smell of bacon either- just as it’s cooking/before I eat it!
Alaina @ thesimplepeach says
Yum! I am all about second breakfast and multiple afternoon snacks (sometimes morning snacks too). Baking is what fall is about!
Dani @ Dani California Cooks says
Love that flavor of Larabars!!
They’re so good!
Leslie @ flora foodie says
YUM! I am also all for a few breakfasts and all the snacks 😉 I have got to try that pumpkin bread! Thanks for sharing!
It’s really good-I hope you like it!
That pumpkin bread looks delicious! I’m planning on making some this week, maybe today, but I’m sure it won’t be as healthy as yours.
I hope you enjoy! It’s a great time of year for pumpkin bread:)
Megan @ Meg Go Run says
The quinoa salad looks so good. I am bookmarking that recipe. I love ginger and sesame flavoring. Have you ever gone to a picnic and had that ramen noodle asian casserole? If you have had it, I am sure you know what I am talking about! This recipe reminds me of a healthier version of that.
I don’t think I’ve ever had anything like that, but I can sort of imagine it based on your description! This was a random recipe for me but one I’m really glad I tried. It’s great when for when you are looking for something different. Plus there are always leftovers:)
That pumpkin bread doesn’t look very appetizing but I’m sure it was very tasty. Perfect time of yr for foods like that.
Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes says
I love to bake but I haven’t in so long! I’m not really a fan of pumpkin either, but you liked the bread anyway? I may have to try it if so!!