Blanking out

Wow, my mind seems to have totally gone blank. I’m sitting in front of my computer, trying to think of something to write and I’ve got nothing. It’s probably because I still haven’t finished my cup of coffee (yeah, I’m not a morning person at all!!). I will say that yesterday’s food was pretty outstanding, and everything took just minutes to prep! I guess I’ll let the pictures do the talking. I’m sure I’ll be blabbering about something rather on my next post πŸ˜‰

Breakfast: FFL cinnamon raisin english muffin with Barney Butter and plum + coffee (I ran out of time to eat the peach)

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Gorgeous!

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Mid-morning snack: banana bread my co-worker brought in. Go ahead and multiply this piece by oh… 3 times. This bread was so moist and kind of perfect. I need to get the recipe asap!

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Lunch: baba ghanoush rice + simple salad

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For this dish I roasted some eggplant in the morning (s&P + EVOO spray, baked at 400* for 20 minutes, turning once) and then at lunch time mushed 1/2 of it together with some hummus (probably around 3T). The eggplant/hummus mixture went over some leftover brown rice, topped with the rest of the roasted eggplant and a tiny bit of goat cheese leftover from the salad. The eggplant/hummus combo is incredible… nice and creamy. I think it would be amazing spread over some crusty bread (thanks Diana for the inspiration!).

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Since I was lacking sufficient amount of veggies on Monday, I decided to make a simple salad for lunchΒ  – organic spring mix, heirloom grape tomatoes, cucumber and goat cheese, drizzled with some balsamic vinegar.

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What’s a meal without dessert? I finished lunch with some dark chocolate covered edamame and almonds. πŸ˜€

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Mid-afternoon snack: raspberry peach muffin

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Dinner: corn tortilla casserole. I had some buttermilk sitting in the fridge that I really wanted to put to use. Buttermilk seems to be used in muffins, pancakes and ice cream, but I wanted something savory. After coming across this message board, the recipe right at the bottom jumped at me. Yes, this would be perfect for dinner! I loaded this up with corn, mushrooms, and kalamata olives and it turned out beautifully (except it took about 40 minutes, with the last 5 on broiler… I was getting impatient and the egg wouldn’t firm up!). My husband said he’s going to request this dish in the future!

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Dessert was 1 large medjool date + a few pecans later in the night (I got hungry again!).

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I still have a bit of buttermilk left. I’m almost out of muffins again so I guess I could make more. Any other recipe ideas with buttermilk? I don’t want the remainder of the carton go to waste!

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15 comments to Blanking out

  • Oh wow yum!!!! That is such a great combo to top those amazing english muffins with! I never would of thought of that, but I am obsessed with plums and I’m sure they would be delish with AB. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • Love the ingredients in that casserole, especially all those mushrooms on top!

  • I’m sorry you’re blanking out, haha, I also need coffee to get me rolling in the morning. And a nice run helps, too. I just have to say, every time I read your blog, my stomach starts growling and the saliva gets all over my keyboard. What a mess! YUM food :)

  • Your meals make me want to give mushrooms another try (I am not a fan)! As for the buttermilk, my grandma always makes mashed potatoes with buttermilk (amaaaazing) and I have used it to make mashed cauliflower (also delicious).

  • You could use the buttermilk with sweet potatoes and make a really yummy mash with some cinnamon and plain yogurt.
    The organic trail mix from mixmygranola looks best to me, i agree though definitely missing some chocolate!!

    Kate G.

  • Mmmm…I love good banana bread + coffee. I could easily eat 1/2 the loaf on my own!

    Dinner looks great; I love when a new recipe works.

  • Girl, you don’t even have to say anything, those pictures speak a thousand words! YUMMM!
    Buttermilk is great for soups, and pancakes! :-)

  • Hmmm…that eggplant/hummus combo is really intriguing. I’m going to have to try it.

  • Hey thanks for the shoutout! Isn’t the eggplant/hummus mush great?? Totally easy when you want a sauce/topping that has those kind of flavors, but then the hummus does half the work for you. :)

    Casserole looks GREAT.

  • that eggplant/hummus dish is awesome, and whaddya know, i just picked up an eggplant!

    i’m impressed about that chicken too πŸ˜‰

    and the day that you lost something, i did too… an earring my aunt gave me made with diamonds from a great grandmother’s wedding ring i think. i noticed it almost immediately (i was changing after swimming and noticed there was just the back) but i looked all over and couldn’t find it :(

  • omg I want to make that eggplant dish ASAP!

  • Elina

    Coco – I think any fruit goes on top of those fabulous FFL english muffins and Barney Butter! Give this combo a try :)

    Rose – mushrooms are my favorite. I definitely loaded this one up with them πŸ˜€

    Coutney – haha, sounds pretty messy πŸ˜‰

    Madeline – how could I forget about mashed potatoes with buttermilk?!! Thanks for the reminder! πŸ˜€

    Kate G. – that sp mash sounds really great. I’m going to save this suggestion for the future as I don’t have any sweet potatoes right now. Sounds brilliant, though πŸ˜€

    Angie – yup, same here. I can definitely eat 1/2 loaf with not problem, especially when it tastes light and fluffy… definitely not low cal though, as I’m pretty sure it’s all the oil that’s making it moist and yummy :)

    Alison + Dish Gal – definitely give the eggplant/hummus combo a try. If it sounds good to you, I guarantee you’ll LOVE it!

    Diana – thanks for the great recipe idea! I know this is going to become one of those go-to combos for me. So good!

    Shannon – oh no! What a sad story. I hope you somehow find it one day. Almost everyone that commented on that post said they ended up finding theirs. I’m still hoping mine will resurface somewhere…

  • Are FFL muffins similar to Ezekeil?

    The only recipe I can think of with buttermilk is those pancakes, but you’ve already made those. Maybe to make a ranch dressing without the mayo?

  • Elina

    Lara – The FFL english muffins are the same thing as Ezekiel. I think the company is Food for Life, and then the brand is Ezekiel… not sure :) Same thing though. Love ’em! Oh and I made some buttermilk dressing with reduced fat mayo. Great minds think alike πŸ˜‰

  • Oh! Good to know about FFL being the same πŸ˜‰ Sorry, you can tell I haven’t tried them, I guess! And I just read your new post–the dressing sounds so good! :)

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