A Good Start To The Week

I had grandiose plans of posting last night, but you know how sometimes time just gets away from you? By the time I got home from work, helped mom with dinner, consumed dinner, hit up the gym, and did my online assignment for the week…well, it was well past sleepy time. So today, you get a double dose of eats!

Sunday

This was my first ever opening shift at work, which of course also meant I had to wake up at the horrendous hour of 6:45 am…on a Sunday! I know some of you won’t think that’s early, but in my books, it’s just not cool.

I chugged down my swamp water greens+ extra energy to get my day off to a good start.

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It was a special greens+ day – the first day I consumed the whole 1 tbsp serving. Honestly, I think it tastes better when you have the whole serving compared to the 1 and 2 tsp servings I’d had previously. Either that, or the orange/greens flavour is just growing on me.

Obviously, I wasn’t into making anything fancy for breakfast, and frankly, I just didn’t have the time either. So cereal it was!

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A simple bowl of Nature’s Path Pumpkin Raisin Crunch cereal topped with some uber-ripe strawberries.

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I also took the easy route when packing my lunch for the day – leftover Chinese food and an apple.

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My first opening shift was also my first whole day shift, and it went well. It got insanely busy in the afternoon, but at least it makes time fly by!

When I got home, I found mom whipping up a recipe from this little booklet we picked up at the Saskatchewan Pavilion at the Olympics.

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She was making the Chicken & Chickpea Stew (recipe found here) – chicken, chickpeas, veggies, pasta, tomato sauce. It smelled great, and turned out great.

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The only little change was using a can of mixed beans instead of the white kidney beans listed in the recipe. We served it topped with some parmesan cheese.

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To go with the stew, mom had planned to serve kaiser buns. But I suggested we turn them into garlic kasier toasts. Hello!

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What a nice, hearty, home cooked meal to come home to. Everyone, including my somewhat picky father, enjoyed it. This one might make it into regular rotation.

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Turns out mom had come up to my store while I was working, but never bothered to say hi since it was so busy. She did, however, buy one of the tasty looking pumpkin pies I saw many people buying that day. Obviously, I needed to test out a slice for dessert.

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Store bought pie will never compare to homemade, but this was a pretty good one regardless.

I digested, checked out the gym, did my homework assignment and sipped on some milky chamomile tea.

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Per usual, I went to bed much later than planned. Story of my life.

Monday

When you don’t get to bed on time, Monday morning comes way too early! Good thing I had more greens+ extra energy to get my going.

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I poured it into a glass you so could appreciate why I call it swamp water. Mmmmm.

While downing that glass, I threw together a breakfast I had planned out the night before (key for early morning when you aren’t quite awake).

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A toasted English muffin, with two different toppings (because I couldn’t decide). One side had peanut butter & my aunt’s homemade grape jelly, while the other had some Artisana Cacao Bliss.

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Plus a small bowl of Nature’s Path Pumpkin Raisin Crunch cereal.

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Off to school I went, braving the random weather we had all day. There were monsoons, winds, sun, hail, and pretty much everything other type of weather you can think of, other than snow.

Fortunately it was Monday, which means Sprouts treat day!

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Of course, I grabbed my usual vegan brownie, and had to get the cookie – it was oatmeal hazelnut chocolate chip. Yes please!

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I only ate the cookie though, and brought that brownie home with me for a later day.

But before that delicious cookie, I made sure to eat my lunch – leftover Chicken & Chickpea Stew.

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This lovely ambrosia apple came home with me, and turned into an afternoon snack with some peanut butter before heading to my volunteer job at the senior’s manor.

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To go with that apple + peanut butter snack, I had some good mail to go through, including a new debit card, Rolling Stone magazine, and my tax refund! Oh, how I could love to do some impulse shopping with that….but I should be responsible and save it for something like my car insurance. Bah.

Since I’d already had stew for lunch, I wasn’t up for more stew for dinner (which is what the family had while I was at the manor). I figured it was a chance to get creative in the kitchen.

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I remember seeing Nicole from Another One Bites The Crust make a sweet potato hash one day, and serve it up with some avocado covered toast, and it has always stuck in the back of my mind as a great meal combination. Tonight was the night to test out that notion.

I sauteed up some sweet potato, onions, and brown mushrooms with olive oil, garlic, pepper, and salt to make my hash.

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And toasted up another English muffin to serve as the vehicle for some smashed avocado.

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And because I had some kale in the fridge, I made some kale chips to go along with the meal.

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All served up with some ketchup. Because in my world, you can’t have hash without ketchup.

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This was such a good dinner! Obviously, I enjoy all the components on their own, but it made for a fresh, tasty, filling meal. It would work for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – I’m thinking it would be a great vegan brunch option.

All that fibre in dinner left me feeling pretty full for the rest of the evening, so all that was on the menu later on was a little green tea for sipping. I also received a call from someone at work, asking me to cover their shift on Wednesday. Now, I was supposed to have Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday off, but because I’m a sucker, I said I would take the 4 hour shift. I figure this way, if I need to get rid of a shift somewhere down the line, people will owe me favours!

And of course, I’ve stayed up to late again today, so I shall end this here and see you all with some more eats tomorrow. Night!

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5 Comments on “A Good Start To The Week”

  1. March 30, 2010 at 7:31 am #

    The sweets you ate have my mouth watering – pie looks great! I also really like the look of the stew, and perfect to turn the buns into garlic bread. I haven’t had garlic bread in ages! It might be time to change that.

  2. March 30, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    That stew looks and sound like a real treat. I like your sweet potato hash, too.

    Oatmeal hazelnut chocolate chip cookie? I’ll take a dozen or so!

  3. March 30, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    hmmm Sprouts brownie…. So good. Want one now! :p

  4. March 30, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    That DOES look like a good dinner–it’s been far too long since I last had kale chips!

  5. March 30, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    I gotta try kale chips! I see them everywhere on the blogs and they sound so easy to make.

    UVIC has two more weeks left of classes so I’m assuming UBC has approx. the same? Good luck with your exams if you have any!

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