Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Egg Biscuit Cups

I love breakfast.  It’s a meal that I could definitely eat three times a day and never get sick of.  The possibilities are just endless and breakfast foods are the best.  Simply put.  Lately, I’ve been getting sucked into those fast-paced videos on Facebook that show you how to make a recipe really quickly.  You know the ones.  Particularly from Buzzfeed’s Tasty are what impress me most, so I started following their Facebook page.  Well, one Sunday morning I watched one, and William and I headed to the grocery store.  At 6:00 a.m.  Seriously.

The videos always make recipes look so easy.  This one really was.  And then I had breakfast all week.  I made Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Egg Biscuit Cups and was pretty proud of it.  After Instagramming my masterpiece, I group texted my family who was instantly jealous.

bacon wrapped cheesy egg biscuit cups

So while I call them Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Egg Biscuit Cups, Buzzfeed called them “Bacon Egg Cups.”  (My name is much more descriptive. lol)  Original recipe can be found here.  Buzzfeed definitely photographed them better than I did, but I’ve never claimed to be a food blogger, so that’s alright.  Now I’m noticing they added chives and a dash of pepper.  Definitely prettier.  Noted for next time.  Anyway, here’s what I did:

Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Egg Biscuit Cups

Ingredients:

  • 6 mini refrigerated biscuits
  • 12 pieces of bacon
  • 12 eggs
  • cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Spray muffin tin and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place HALF of one biscuit in each muffin cup.
  3. Line the muffin cup with bacon.
  4. Sprinkle cheese inside.
  5. Crack an egg in each cup.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes (or until bacon and eggs are fully cooked).

These Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Egg Biscuit Cups are so unbelievably filling.  After eating them for a couple days in a row, I decided I needed to be a liiiiittle healthier with what I’m eating most of the time.  Haha, I love splurging, but there’s nothing healthy about these.  Just being honest.  It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make them though!  Give them a try for brunch when you have other people coming over to help you consume them…

linking up with peas & crayons for what i ate wednesday ‘

Last weekend, I went to check out Revel Kitchen with one of my foodie friends.  The St. Louis Cardinal’s nutritionist is the owner.  There are two locations in St. Louis, and we were excited to check it out.  We shared:

revel

  • Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Bisque: This was the BEST and definitely the hit of the meal.  It was so incredibly flavorful.  It makes me want to try to recreate it at home. (Anyone have a recipe for something similar?!)
  • Cali Club: This was your typical chicken, bacon, avocado sandwich.  Honestly, it didn’t do much for us.
  • Gotta Thai Try: We added shredded beef to it.  This bowl had a lot of potential as it was a mix of cabbage, edamame, carrots, bell peppers, scallions, toasted sesame seeds, but the Thai dressing was a little too salty for our liking.

Honestly, we weren’t quite impressed with Revel Kitchen as we’d hoped.  However, the soup was so good, that we’d definitely give it another shot and order different items.

The dinner I’m highlighting is sushi because I can’t ever have enough sushi.  Though I’ve never tried / don’t have an interest in making it, I could eat it all day long everyday.  Along with breakfast, of course. 😉  And in case you missed my Cucumber Crab Bites Recipe, those are perfect for sushi lovers who don’t want to make their own sushi!  Sushi for dinner from a couple of weeks ago:

sushi

All sushi is good, but especially if it contains cream cheese and / or tempura anything.

Soooo, these definitely weren’t the healthiest meals I highlighted today, but just a glimpse of some fun meals I’ve been eating lately.  Now to get back on track with eating a little healthier…

But before I do, I’ve got to finish my Spring Jelly Bean Trail Mix I still have left!

What’s the best not-healthy thing you’ve eaten lately? (Hey! It’s all about moderation, like I always say…)

still not cooking, but eating well

I enjoyed sharing my meals with you last week so much that I thought I’d do it again this week!  My goal lately is to meal prep and cook larger batches, so I have more easy food to grab and go or make meals from.  However, this week I have parent / teacher conferences, so my time is even more limited than normal. This would have been the ideal time to meal prep and batch cook, but that just didn’t happen.  Hey, sometimes life gets in the way of our goals, and that’s ok.  Please realize that the meals I’m posting and aren’t necessarily reflective of my everyday meals, just a snapshot of some of my better meals as of lately!  Though I’d have no problem eating sushi every night! 😉

To introduce you to today’s WIAW post (over at Sprint 2 the Table), I thought I’d show you a picture of William in his kitchen.  Yaya and Pops got William this Melissa & Doug kitchen for Chanukah, and he LOVES LOVES LOVES it!

kitchen

We have a few different Melissa & Doug kitchen sets (grill, pizza, and fruit).  I love Melissa & Doug since the toys are all wood.  William loves bringing “real” kitchen tools into his kitchen.  He loves baking and cooking and having me eat his food.  “Yummy in my tummy!” is what he often says when playing!

Breakfast

lgf hot oats

Love Grown Foods hot oats have saved me this week!  I love oatmeal and never get sick of it.  I think oatmeal is a quick and easy meal to make and there are a million mix-in options, so you never get sick of it.  LGF hot oats make mornings a no brainer since you literally just have to add water or milk and stick in the microwave!

Lunch

daveandtonys salad

Dave and Tony’s salad that my team at school ordered for lunch during conference week.  It was a nice mid-week treat among the business of conferences!  Dave and Tony’s is our favorite place that delivers to order from.  The build your own salad with the veggie burger (the best!) and corn, black beans, cucumbers, carmelized onions, and balsamic is faaaaantastic!

This picture is from a couple of weeks ago, but look how happy William is when Pops was reading to him during his lunch!

pops reading

Dinner

sushi

SUSHI!!! I love sushi so much and could literally probably eat it every night.

As a Nuby Parent Blogger, I was sent the iMonster Feeding Set to review.

nuby monster set

Nuby really has the best products, and they’re all so affordable, too.  This monster set is adorable and makes eating even more fun.

nuby monster plate

William was eating his goldfish before the monster did!  Do you see Zoey scavenging in the background?  While William does use the iMonster set to actually eat, whenever they’re clean, he brings them to his play kitchen; they’re always being used!

Note: I just proofread this post and realized I used the word “love” close to one hundred times (in a 500 word post).  Slight exaggeration, but just goes to show I share things I really do love enjoy. Or maybe I just need a thesaurus.

Have you been cooking or eating out lately?

not cooking

So I’ve been doing a whole lot of not cooking lately.  I know, I know.  Just yesterday I posted the Chipotle Cheddar Burgers, but those were made a few times in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.  Once my long weekend began (last Wednesday), I’ve only done baking in my kitchen.  That means I’ve gone out to eat A LOT, way more than usual.  Sure, I’ll make eggs in the morning, but that hardly counts as cooking; you know what I mean?  I thought it would be fun to put together a WIAW post for today since it’s been awhile since I’ve done that.

First though, let’s start with the little man.  He’s totally been digging his new cup.

nuby cup

As a Nuby Parent Blogger, I receive some of their new products from time to time.  He’s drinking from the Insulated Stainless Steel No-Spill™ Flip-it™ with 360 Weighted Straw.  I love it for several reasons.  First of all, it’s stainless steel and I prefer William not to use plastic whenever possible for drinks or food.  Second of all, the 360 weighted straw allows him to drink from any angle and reaches the water even when there’s not a lot left.  There’s the “Clik-it™” where you actually hear the “click” to know it’s locked.  It keeps water cool up to ten hours and it’s BPA free.  William loves playing with the flip it lid and opening and closing it.  Oh, and it’s survived several throw downs when William is in his high chair and decides he’s finished.

So that’s what William’s been into lately.  Now let’s talk about all the food I’ve been eating and not cooking.

Yesterday morning we had a lovely baby shower before school for a sweet co-worker and breakfast was served.  I helped myself to a piece of egg casserole and a muffin.

breakfast

With a cup of coffee on the side (and cake at lunch).

During Thanksgiving break, I had a nice girls lunch with one of my good friends.  We went to Crushed Red as they have phenomenal chopped salads.  I went with a large “Health Nut” salad and ate every last bite.

crushed red

It was good, but I should have added some more protein to it.  It included broccoli, edamame, carrots, almonds, cranberries, and chickpeas with spinach and romaine. Raspberry vinaigrette on the side.

The dinner I’ll highlight is from Crown Candy.  I mentioned it in Monday’s post, but it’s worth showing you for the dinner portion of today’s WIAW.  Crown Candy was featured on The Food Network for their BLT.

crown candy blt

Like a pound of bacon on it, for real.  BLT’s don’t do much for me, but if you’re into them then it’s worth ordering.  Crown Candy is a fun place to visit for the experience.  It’s old fashioned and has mini jute boxes on the table, a candy counter, and they’re also famous for their homemade shakes with real ice cream.  THAT did not disappoint.

crown candy milkshake

Chocolate marshmallow?  YES!  And they’re huge.  That large cup filled up three glasses.  We ordered a strawberry shake when we finished that, and William had his first milkshake experience.

crown candy

Slurps, smiles, and full bellies all around!

Have you been cooking a lot lately or going out to eat more?  I’ve got to get back in the kitchen!

Cleveland Heath

It’s Yom Kippur today for us Jewish folk, which means it’s the Day of Atonement.  It’s typical to fast on this day, but since I’m still breastfeeding, I get a pass… for the third year in a row.  William and I are going to temple today, so I will repent for my sins that way.  It is Wednesday, so I thought I would do a WIAW post since it’s been awhile, just kind of funny that it happens to be on a day where my tribe isn’t eating.

The theme of today’s What I Ate Wednesday is “weekend eats.”  After scrolling through my photos, I saw a few stand-out meals that I wanted to share, particularly my dinner from this past weekend at Cleveland Heath.  But let’s go in order and start with breakfast first, shall we?

pancake

I love breakfast.  I could literally eat it every meal every day.  The possibilities are just endless.  And the seldom times I buy a bottle of whipped cream means that every breakfast gets a dollop (or more).  This breakfast was a banana oat pancake with a side of peaches cooked in coconut oil on the side.  Fruit cooked in coconut oil is another thing I’ve really been into lately.  Amazing.

One lunch over the weekend happened at Chipotle.  It was after my marvelous run, the weather was amazing, and Chipotle seemed like the most logical choice as I was starving.  It was inhaled eaten on their patio which made it even better.

chipotle

Can’t ever go wrong with Chipotle.  My go-to is a bowl with chicken, black beans, brown rice, corn salsa, cheese, and lettuce.  People who are trying to eat healthy often times shy away from rice because OMG CARBS, but really, brown rice and beans combined equal a complete protein.  Together, the protein content is “on par with that of meat.”  Further explanation and many complete protein vegetarian recipes can be found HERE.

The food highlight of the weekend was Cleveland Heath.  It’s located in Edwardsville, Illinois which is about 45 minutes outside of St. Louis.  Why’d I go that far just for food?  Well, you see, here’s what happened.  So around seven o’clock in the evening, we decided to go to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge to take photos for a campaign I’m working on.  However, by the time we arrived, it was dark.  At this point, we were in Illinois and just 15 minutes away from the restaurant, so we decided to check it out as it has been written up multiple times in various publications.

Long story short, we ordered a good sampling of the menu including three appetizers, three entrees, and a dessert.  Nobody left hungry. 😉  Check it out:

cleveland heath

I’m no food critic, so please excuse my repetitive, “It was so good!” remarks.  I’ll try to give you a little more than that.  From top left to bottom right:

  • Crispy Pork Belly: Rensing’s pork belly, watermelon, jalapeno, mint, Vietnamese vinaigrette – awesome and definitely worth ordering!  The combination of the pork, watermelon, jalapeno, and mint was killer.  It was a must, per the recommendation of our server, to make sure you got a little bit of each flavor in every bite.
  • Japanese Pancake (Okonomiyaki): royal red shrimp, bacon, cabbage, Kewpie mayo, HM bbq – I loved this.  The shrimp were huge and the “pancake” was unique.
  • Deviled Eggs: Frank’s hot sauce, parmesan, paprika – mehhhhhh, not awesome.  Too salty for both of our likings and less flavorful than it sounded.
  • Chirashi Bowl: fresh assortment of seafood, sushi rice, ginger, pickles, spicy mayo – AMAZING!  This was so good and I’d definitely recommend it.
  • Pork Porterhouse: Rensing’s Porterhouse pork chop, cheddar jalapeno bread pudding, green beans, sunny side up egg – this actually got sent back as we found it way too salty.  I was a fan of the cheddar jalapeno bread pudding though!
  • Gringo Tacos: roasted chicken breast, red and green cabbage, spicy aioli, flour tortilla, with a side of regular and sweet potato French fries – I ended up taking half of these for lunch on Monday.  There was a huge portion of fries, which of course I loved.  The tacos were good, but nothing to write home about.
  • Sweet Potato Gooey Butter Cake: topped with homemade butter pecan ice cream – this was out of this world and a “must get!”  I couldn’t even really taste the sweet potato very much in it, but it was like a healthy dessert since it included a vegetable… right?  Haha yeah right.  It tasted heavenly though and so rich!  Only complaint?  It disappeared way too fast!

Their menu changes every couple of months, but some of their most popular items stay year-round.  All in all, I was glad we went, and I’d say it’s worth the drive to check it out once.  I’m not a huge fan of long car rides, so I’m not quite sure I’d venture out there again.  It was definitely good. <– my famous “food review” words 😉

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten recently?

To my Jewish friends and family: May you have a meaningful fast and Gmar Chatimah Tovah! xo

Day in the Life {summer}

Just like it’s fun to take a look into people’s bags and purses, I think it’s equally fun to know what they do… all.day.long.  Today’s Day in the Life {summer} is from Monday.  All my summer days vary quite widely, but they all include William, food, and getting out of the house a time or two.  I didn’t do the greatest job documenting, but I have the food (since today IS wiaw!) and a couple other cute shots of baby boy.

William woke up around 6:30 in the morning on Monday.  We did our usual routine of letting Zoey out, getting her breakfast, and changing his diaper before some play time.  He is SO silly and cracks me up all the time.  He cracks himself up, too!

silly aug15

Soon enough, I was getting hungry, so we headed to the kitchen where I made William his daily bowl of oatmeal while I munched on this bowl:

bowl

Plain Greek yogurt with honey, fresh blueberries, Love Grown Foods apple walnut granola, and a big glob of peanut butter!  A glass of maple water on the side that I recently picked up from Trader Joe’s – not impressed.  I love, love, love coconut water, so I was excited to try maple water (not sure why I thought to compare the two?), but maple water is not good, in my opinion.  It tastes like dirty water lol.  Won’t be buying that again!  This bowl, however, has been eaten for breakfast and snacks more times than not!

Once I got myself together and William dressed, we headed to Target.  I was looking for some glass or aluminum containers to hold his water, milk, and lunch for this year at school.  I didn’t find anything there.  Mommas, have any suggestions for me? I’d really like to avoid plastic… After Target, we went to a friend’s house for a play date.  The boys played and the girls chatted.  From there, we stopped at the DMV so I could renew my license.  William was very patient despite him getting tired and almost ready for a nap.  I fed him lunch (egg cooked in coconut oil and blueberries) before putting him down to sleep.  While he slept, I took the time to prepare a gigantic salad.

fried egg salad

Arugula, romaine, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, lentils, avocado, a fried egg, and Bolthouse Farms blue cheese dressing that’s made with yogurt (it’s a new favorite find of mine!).  My salad was fantastic and I was very impressed with myself! 🙂

When William woke up from his nap, we went to Trader Joe’s and played at the house for a bit before meeting my parents out to dinner.

yaya pops aug15

How adorable is William in that shirt? My parents brought it back for him from their last Hawaii trip.  Too cute!

We started off with an order of mussels cooked in a broth with Cajun spices.

mussels

Bread for soaking up all the extra broth, of course!

I ordered the Lobster & Seafood salad.

seafood salad

It was HUGE!  The corn muffin on the side wasn’t too bad either!  The restaurant had a fish tank in it which kept William occupied for part of the time when he wasn’t sharing my mom’s salmon.  I have a hard time getting William to eat a lot of vegetables, but he LOVES any and all meat, chicken, and fish!

By the time we got home, William was ready for the tub.  And you know how I love my black and white bath pictures…

bath aug15

So gorgeous, so happy, he just melts my heart!

When William went to sleep, I blogged before heading to bed myself!  And that’s a snapshot of a day in the life for us – summer edition!



What do your summer days look like?

Sow’s Ear

Why is food always better on vacation?  It doesn’t matter where you are, it just seems like every meal tastes better while on vacation.  For me, I think it has to do with all the eating out at restaurants since every dinner was eaten out.  Or maybe it’s just the mere fact that I’m on vacation and everything seems better.  It could very well be that meals are enjoyed with fabulous company on vacation.  Either way, food is good, so for today’s edition of What I Ate Wednesday, I’m sharing some delicious highlights from my family’s Durango, Colorado vacation.

Breakfast is one meal we never went out for.  Probably because it was hard to get 15 people moving so early in the morning.  My dad is the one who usually made breakfast, but there were a couple mornings that Stephanie cooked some eggs and toast.  Usually I was busy scarfing down my breakfast while keeping an eye on William, so the only photo I took of breakfast was Monday morning.  My dad fixed me quite the plate and my mom watched William, so I could enjoy the meal.

breakfast

Scrambled eggs with salsa and cheese, turkey sausage, apple slices, banana slices, steamed spinach, and toast with butter and jelly.  Talk about a filling breakfast!

Most lunches were eaten at the condo in between our daily activities.  Since I’m more of a snacker, I rarely made a plate, and instead, noshed on everything that was taken out.  This included turkey and cheese, chips and salsa and guacamole, vegetables and hummus, and chips.  Nobody ever went hungry.  On Monday, when everyone had left besides my parents, William, and me, we headed to the town of Durango.  After walking the streets and shopping the stores, we stopped at The Irish Embassy Pub.

irish pub

My dad got the classic fish and chips which my mom called right when we walked in the restaurant.  My mom and I went with salads – the chopped salad for her and the buffalo chicken salad for me.  The salads were huge and everything was wonderful!

Dinners were definitely a highlight of the trip.  My parents generously treated us to absolutely amazing dinners.  And my family likes to eat!  We’re talking appetizers, entrees, drinks, and desserts!  More than that, it was awesome to be together with everyone.  Sometimes during the day, only a part of the big group ventured out together.  Our summer family vacations are so special since we don’t all live in St. Louis.  We cherish the time we get to spend together.

One of the most memorable dinners from the vacation was at the Sow’s Ear on my parents’ 37th anniversary.  It was the only night we got babysitters for the kids and had an adult only evening.  (It was also the only night where I took pictures of all the food.)  My dad gave a heartfelt toast to my mom to celebrate their anniversary.  They’re such an amazing example of true love and the best parents I could ever imagine.

mom dad toast

And then we feasted.   We began with one of each of their appetizers:

sows ear appetizers

  • Duck Confit Spring Rolls: sesame lo mein, sweet chile coconut sauce
  • Root Chips: house-made beet, russet, & sweet potato chips, caramelized onion goat cheese fondue (my favorite!)
  • Southwestern Crab Cakes: roasted poblano cream, crispy tortilla pepita slaw, ancho lime vinaigrette 
  • Cornmeal Dusted Calamari: roasted tomato coulis, lemon basil aioli

Our entrees:

sows ear dinner

I don’t remember what everything was, but I assure you it was all amazing, and we had very little leftover.  The steaks, ribeye, filet mignon, salmon, and sides were delicious.

As if we weren’t full enough, dessert was ordered and shared by the table:

sows ear dessert

  • My parents, still so madly in love after 37 years
  • Warm chocolate chip cookies and homemade vanilla ice cream
  • Milk chocolate flan (I’m not sure if that’s exactly what it was called, but that’s what it seemed to be) with dried cherries
  • Cheesecake

Literally, every bite was eaten.  We all held our spoons and passed the plates around and around.  Occasionally, somebody would get yelled at for hogging one particular dessert before it made it around the entire table.  I can’t help that I love dessert.

williams family

What a special evening it was to celebrate my wonderful parents!

Have you eaten out lately? Where’d you go and what’d you have?

BUFF Bowls

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear BUFF Bowls?  For me, I was thinking like, “Woah, you’re so buff, dude!”  (Don’t worry; I don’t really talk like that.)  Buff… like big muscles, right?  Noodles & Company had a different idea.  Their tagline for these bowls is, “A Few Favorite Dishes in the Buff.”  The BUFF Bowls have no noodles which makes them “in the buff.”  Clever, Noodles & Co.  Real clever!  I’ll tell you more about those buff bowls in just a moment, but since today is WIAW, let’s back up and start with the first meal of the day –

// breakfast //

green smoothie

A simple green smoothie with a banana, cinnamon, honey, spinach, flax seed, hemp seed, and milk.   Right when I started drinking it, I instantly regretted not adding peanut butter.  Peanut butter makes everything better.  Since this guy wasn’t loaded with protein, I was hungry shortly after, which led me to my first snack of the day:

// snack #1 //

flatout

A Sea Salt & Crushed Black Pepper Flatout ProteinUP wrap with red sauce, kale, and mozzarella cheese.  I microwaved it, rolled it up, and devoured it.  That was the protein that I needed! I’m still impressed that those ProteinUP wraps have 12 grams of protein in them!  That’s so good for a wrap!

When I’m home all day I tend to snack a lot more than usual.  So…

// snack #2 //

carrot chips

Carrot chips!  I picked up a container of these at World Market the other day since they were on sale.  I love that place.  I went because I needed cute little jars to put Bourbon Syrup in that I made for all the guys in my family for Father’s Day.  World Market has the best stuff, particularly for your kitchen!

// snack #3 //

sugar snap peas

I opened a package of sugar snap peas while at my parents’ house yesterday and dipped them into my mom’s homemade guacamole (so good!).  Sugar snap peas are probably my most favorite vegetable to eat raw.

// snack #4-1,000,000 //

Not pictured, as you can see, because I ate a million snacks yesterday, and literally just grazed my way through the day, never really sitting down for lunch.  My dad is always baffled when he sees me take a couple bites of everything they have in their fridge, and asks, “Why don’t you put some on a plate and warm it up?”  Nah… I’d rather just have a little taste of EVERYTHING.  Yesterday my grazing included an orange, some chips, a bite of cookie cake (wish I had more of that), salmon, chocolate covered almonds, and other things that I can’t seem to remember right now.  Now you see why I didn’t sit down for lunch.

// dinner //

buff bowl

BUFF Bowls!  Ok, so I clearly didn’t eat all three of these in one night.  There are four different Buff Bowls and I’ve tried three of them.  The idea behind BUFF Bowls is that they swap spinach for noodles, double the fresh veggies, and add a protein of steak, chicken, pork, or tofu.  All the BUFF Bowls are under 400 calories.  I was sent coupons to try the new BUFF Bowls free of charge.  From left to right:

  • BUFF Tuscan Fresca with Grilled Chicken Breast: Grilled chicken breast with tomato, roasted garlic and red onion, tossed with olive oil and served on a bed of spinach, and topped with feta cheese. This was good, but I feel like I could have easily made it at home. When I got out to eat, I like to eat something that I wouldn’t typically make myself.
  • BUFF Japanese Pan with Marinated Steak: Marinated steak sits atop a bed of spinach with broccoli, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, Asian sprouts, black sesame seeds and cilantro, dressed with a sweet soy sauce. This was my favorite! Lots of flavor and fun vegetables!
  • BUFF Pesto with Naturally Raised Pork: Naturally raised pork tossed with basil pesto, garlic, mushrooms, tomato, all served on a bed of spinach. This was my second favorite. The pork was shredded, so William had a couple bites, too.
  • (not pictured) BUFF Bangkok Curry with Organic Tofu: Organic tofu flavored with sweet coconut curry and served with broccoli, carrots, red bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, spinach and sprinkled with black sesame seeds and Asian seasonings.  I didn’t taste this one, but it sounds good.

// dessert //

frozen custard

Andy’s was handing out little containers of their frozen custard post-race, but since we were going to my parents’ for brunch right after, I threw this in my freezer for later.  Well, later was last night, and I was so glad I did!  I topped it with sprinkles (of course!) and ate every bite.

You snack your way through lunch like I did. What snacks do you eat? 

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Truth: I snack waaaaaaay more during the summer. Like all day. My snacks go unphotographed because it’s usually a bite here, a bite there, a handful of this, a handful of that, etc. etc. Some days I don’t even plate a proper meal. But I did scrounge up a few photos for today’s WIAW post merely featuring breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert (and a hilarious picture at the end that you MUST comment on and caption!).

// breakfast //

What is it? A flatout wrap with two scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil, steamed spinach, cherry tomatoes, plain Greek yogurt, and nutritional yeast. BAM! That’s a healthy, protein packed breakfast right there! That wrap has 12 grams of protein alone! Not to mention the protein from the WHOLE eggs (get off the egg white train, friends!) and the Greek yogurt. Nutritional yeast has a cheese-like taste and contains a ton of the vitamin B12. I get mine from the bulk section of Whole Foods Market.

// lunch //

egg veggie quinoa lentil muffins

What is it? I made a batch of these quinoa egg veggie muffins and added spinach and lentils because that’s what I had in my fridge. These muffins are so versatile and can be eaten as a meal or grab and go snacks. They’re easy to modify, too, with whatever vegetables (or legumes) you have on hand.

// dinner //

gulfshore

What is it? Mahi mahi, charbroiled salmon, shrimp, and a corn muffin. My parents ate at Gulf Shores (a cajun and seafood restaurant) last night and brought me this for dinner! I have never eaten there before, but they raved about it, and this was delicious. This is the “mixed grill” and it comes with two sides. I chose the mixed vegetables and red beans and rice which were crazy spicy!

// dessert //

seasalt caramel

What is it? Yasso frozen Greek yogurt sea salt caramel bars. Yasso sent me some coupons to try their new flavors, and I noticed the Fresh Market by my house had sea salt caramel. These bars are AWESOME and satisfy a sweet craving while not busting your pants either. They are just 100 calories, but I like that they are not super tiny like other 100-calorie treats. Sea salt caramel is fantastic, but I really want to find chocolate chip cookie dough! And they just came out with the first ever frozen Greek yogurt candy bars: sea salt caramel and toffee crunch. Sounds amazing! Must find.

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Let me give the backstory real quick. So last night I met my friend Julie at Menchie’s for frozen yogurt with our two baby boys.  Both our babies have longer, curly hair, and we always joke that we need some way to keep it out of their faces. (A man bun, perhaps?) Well, I found these headbands for baby boys, called Warrior Bands, from Kindred Oak and ordered them for the boys. We wanted to get a picture with both of them in the bands, but it was difficult to do so. This is the best we got, but thought it was hilarious:

Julie posted it on Facebook last night and there were hysterical comments, and I posted it on Instagram asking for people to caption it. Some of the responses:

  • Karate chop! Ice cream eating contest!
  • Dude, after this carb load sesh we’re totally doing a squat-off.
  • Mom, this kid is so messy!
  • Thought you said this wasn’t amateur hour…
  • Ahhh, is this really happening right now?
  • That’s right. Recovery fuel is essential!
  • BULKING! LIKE A BOSS.

I’m literally laughing as the captions keep coming in.

So, please, humor me more. Caption that photo.

Healthy Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Shake

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

Today is my last full day of work before SUMMER BREAK!!!  We have a half day tomorrow, and have to go in for a short amount of time on Friday.  Wahoo!  Sorry, just a little excited here.  I love my kiddos, but I love my baby William more and being able to spend lots of time with him, relax in the sun, pool time, and hang out outside!  So close, I can taste it.  Speaking of tasting… let’s talk food for today’s WIAW.

// breakfast // healthy chocolate banana peanut butter shake

chocolate banana peanut butter shake

I know I posted this last week, but I can’t get enough of it.  And with the warm weather and summer right around the corner, it’s even more perfect.  The ingredients are listed on the photo, but I must give a mention about Skoop A-Game.  Basically, it’s ten servings of veggies and a whole lot more.  You can take the five-day challenge for just $10.  And don’t forget, until May 22nd, you can save 25% on all Skoop products. Enter code ‘MAY25’ at checkout to apply the 25% discount.  Stock up for the summer! Click HERE to shop.

// snack // nugo fiber d’lish bar

fiber d'lish

NuGo graciously sponsored our wellness treats at school, and my coworkers were so appreciative as this is the third year in a row they’ve done this!  Everyone LOVES these bars as the flavors are amazing (coconut macaroon is my favorite!).  Each bar has 12 grams of fiber, which is 48% of your daily needs.  They definitely don’t taste like fiber bars.  Nine of the flavors are vegan, and all of them are non GMO, don’t contain soy or artificial ingredients, and help with heart health, weight management, and regularity.

// lunch // panini

panini

A few weeks ago, my team at school began a new tradition.  We each take turns cooking lunch one day a week.  It adds a little fun something to the week, and you’re only responsible for preparing lunch for the team once every couple months.  We hope to continue this next year!  Yesterday, Katie brought in panini presses, bread, and all the fixings for us to build our own panini. What a fun idea!  I made a panini with turkey, cheese, tomato, spinach, and avocado.  Watermelon and chips on the side.  I’m actually usually more of a cold sandwich kind of gal, but I was really impressed by the panini.  Now I see what all the hype is about paninis and warm sandwiches!

// dinner // chicken, egg, and biscuit casserole

egg biscuit chicken cheese casserole

Ok, so I actually made this for breakfast over the weekend, but had so much left that I’ve been eating it for dinner, too.  No complaints there, it’s awesome.  I want to tweak the recipe before sharing it with you, but basically it’s biscuits, eggs, ground chicken, spinach, and cheese.  And it’s seriously fantastic.

// after dinner snack // dark chocolate roasted almonds

dark chocolate almonds

Oooooh my goodness, Blue Diamond has done it once again.  They have the absolute best flavors. They recently sent me a package of dark chocolate roasted almonds and sea salt roasted almonds.  They’re both great, but these dark chocolate almonds are THE BEST!  They make the perfect after-dinner snack as they’re sweet, but filling.  They are made with real cocoa and loaded with rich chocolate flavor, blended with just the right amount of sugar and naturally no-calorie stevia extract.

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And sometimes it’s fun to play with the almonds when taking pictures.  Each serving contains five grams of protein and three grams of fiber. They are cholesterol free and rich in antioxidant Vitamin E. The chocolate taste is so creamy, it’s hard to believe these are considered “healthy,” but they are!

What do you like to eat after dinner? I need something filling, otherwise I eat all night. Another reason why Blue Diamond almonds make the perfect after-dinner snack!

Who would you #ShareACoke with?

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareAtSchnucks #CollectiveBias

Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week.  I love love love my co-workers, so I decided to pick up a small token of appreciation while at my favorite local grocery store, Schnucks – #ShareAtSchnucks.

soda aisle

I think the #ShareACoke is a brilliant marketing tool as Coke products feature 1,000 proper names, fun terms like “Grad” and “BFF”, and emoticons; there’s something for everyone in this year’s “Share a Coke.”  I grabbed an eight-pack of mini Coke Zeros (the minis are stinkin’ adorable!) with the most fitting names for my team:

share a coke

My team of fourth grade teachers is simply amazing.  We get along extremely well, are incredibly productive, do what’s best for kids, and truly love each other.  We do.  Some may call us the “Dream Team.”  For real.  So the smiley faces, “love,” and “VIP” cans were most fitting.

VIP coke

With the end of the school year just around the corner, we’ve been ordering lunch out more than usual.  Last week we ordered out twice…. which we never do.  Once from Dave and Tony’s.  We all love their build your own salads with the veggie burger.  A VIP Coke Zero on the side to remind them just how very important they are.

coke jimmy johns

And the day after, we ordered from Jimmy John’s.  The Beach Club on wheat with no mayo is my favorite.  I love it and I love my coworkers.

My other teammates had the same idea last week, too.  They brought in treats for us to enjoy which complimented the surprise mini Coke Zeros quite nicely.

treats

We’re always on the same page.  And we know the way to each other’s hearts.  Through our stomachs, clearly.

Does the #ShareACoke campaign have your name on any of the cans or bottles? Click HERE to see.  Who would YOU share a Coke with?