No Food Mondays

Mehhh.  Mondays are always super hard when I’ve been out of town all weekend.  Usually, I finish all of the leftovers before I go and I don’t really keep food around that doesn’t need to be prepared and cooked.  Today was one of those Mondays.  

Every day I get up at 4:30 am to shower and throw a bunch of random food into a bag make my lunch.  I must leave my house by the time my microwave says 5:07.  Yeah, that’s right, I have it down to the minute.  That doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for standing in front of the refrigerator with a blank stare.  Today I almost missed the van to work, because that definitely happened.  Stupid Mondays.

Breakfast.  I knew I had some Kashi Autumn Wheat cereal stashed in my desk at work, so I grabbed the carton of Silk Almond Milk and threw some in a tupper ware container.  Breakfast.  Done.

Once I got to work, I knew there was no way this would hold me over though, so I scavenged the work fridge and found some eggs.  I hard boiled one of those bad boys and used one of my fave hotel continental breakfast tricks (it can be hard to get anything but refined sugar at those things!).

Peanut Butter and Hard Boiled Egg Whites

Haha, OK, it doesn’t look too appetizing, but if you like PB it’s good!  And it’s an awesome way to boost the protein action in your breakfast.  I mean the egg white doesn’t really have any flavor, so it’s like a big spoonful of peanut butter!  Just the right addition to my whole wheat cereal to keep me full until lunch :D.

OK, back to the blank stare in front of the fridge at home.  At 4:50 am.  Lunch….  This could be a little more interesting.  Need protein…  Proscuitto.  I can work with that…  One last whole wheat pita.  I might be making some progess…  Leftover marinara sauce!  Open the marinara sauce tupperware.  Not so much.  There might be 2 tablespoons left.  So I desperately grabbed the box of tomato sauce, poured it in, dumped in some spices and tada!  Totally sketchy marinara sauce for one last pita pizza ;).

Actually it didn’t turn out too bad.  And for good measure I grabbed a handful of spinach and some cherry tomatoes and threw them in a baggie for a salad. 

Very simple, but hey.  It’s a Monday.  I grabbed the leftover Honey Dill Vinaigrette for the dressing. 

Afternoon snackage.

Almonds and canteloupe.  And I swear I had more than 5 almonds!  They were just consumed before the camera made it out.

Finally time for dinner.  I did not go to the grocery store, but at least I now have time to cook something :).  Quickly, though, because I had some friends to meet up with.  I made a couple of turkey meatballs and nuked a sweet potato.  I decided to add something to the sweet potato, I’ve been seeing for a while.  Baked beans.

I put ’em on the side, though, because I had no idea how I was going to feel about this one.  Guess what!  It was great!  I guess it makes sense in hind sight.  I like brown sugar on my sweet potatoes, so baked beans doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch.

Turkey Meatballs:

  • 4 oz ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp minced dried onion
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • S&P

And with that I am off to bed folks.  I made some of my standard granola tonight, but it’s my bed time, so you’ll just have to wait for the recipe!  I’ll share it with you tomorrow…

Granola Teaser Photo 😛


Happy Memorial Day!

Here I am!  Sorry for the absence of Sunday night photo overload, but I didn’t get back home until 1:30 am last night (I’ll reveal the reason in due time :o).  Boo-hiss.  I know.  And, trust me, this morning it showed.  Work was heinous definitely a Monday (operations didn’t exactly go according to plan this weekend) and while I don’t usually make a habit of drinking coffee – it was definitely a coffee day.  And then, when I thought the day had turned around (aka I was on my way home 😉 )…  I realized that I left my camera at work again.  Luckily, my friend, Rick, left his camera here, so I did take pictures of my official Memorial Day grilling session for all of you beautiful people!

Lonely Turkey Brat

Poor little dude.  I’m totally laughing right now.  I know it looks slightly fully pathetic, but I’m counting it :P.

With my grilled hot italian turkey brat, I had some low and slow sweet potaters!  And I added a little somethin’ tasty in the form of…

….creamy, melty brie!  Oh, so good kids!  I sprayed the sweet potatoes with canola oil and baked them at 300 degrees for 1 hour, then put the brie on top for a few minutes.  The potatoes were slightly dried out, though, so next time I’m going to raise the temperature to 325 and try them for 45 minutes.  Any suggestions from you guys would be more than welcome!!

And with that, here’s dinner.

Brat and Sweet Potatoes with Brie 😀

I had spicy brown mustard and ketchup to go with the brat and the potatoes that didn’t get the brie treatment (I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I def wish I’d put it on all of them!).

Now I’m off to run with the Kaya-face.  No hail in the forecast this time ;).  And I have this gem waiting for me when I get home. 

Juju Ginger Ale from Left Hand Brewery

Yeah, definitely not the most effective rehydration method (I promise I’ll chug some water with it), but if you had to work on Memorial day too, you’re probably sipping one right along with me!  Cheers!

And fear not!  I do have loads of great pictures from this weekend, so I’ll lay it all on you tomorrow friends :D.