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Friday Food Finds #2

It’s F-R-I-D-A-Y!

*Cue Lonestar Music*

Monday was a bummer, Tuesday was another day they could’ve left out of the week. Wednesday nearly got me, Thursday all but stopped me. I was broken down and beat. But then I started feelin’ strong… when Friday finally came along…

T-G-I-F!

And that means it’s time for another…

If you missed my last F.F.F. check out Friday Food Finds #1 and my Labor Day WIAW where I share all of the F.F.F. recipes I made!

In case you are new to F.F.F. (which you probably are since I just made it up 2 weeks ago…) then let me fill you in. Since I am a lowly college student without access to a proper kitchen, I like to gather up all of the recipes that have caught my eye recently all onto one page. Then this weekend while I’m home I will do my best to contain myself make most of these wonderful recipes.

All allergy-free of course.

So let’s get started:

Stuft GNC Protein Goo

Blueberry Banana Ice Cream with rice milk and spinach

Vegan Pancakes (with alterations of course! Quinoa flakes and rice milk)

Still haven’t made these awesome-looking yet: Homemade Quinoa Pitas

Left over from last time: Protein Ice Cream

Homemade Rice Milk Attempt #2. It went alright last time, but I want to try again (reaching4perfection!).

Healthy Fried Rice (With Zucchini, carrots, kale, squash, salt and maybe broiling in the oven?)

Protein Pancakes (with brown rice protein, guar gum, chia egg and pumpkin!)

Or maybe THESE pancakes

Spiral-ized Vegetable Pasta

***Edited to add:

Pumpkin Protein Cookie… I just saw this and it looks great! (Quinoa for oatmeal)

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Any recipes that have caught your eye lately? Let me know!

It’s really hard for me to find recipes that don’t need adapting, so any tips are appreciated. Here are my criteria just in case you have a recipe in mind: MUST BE egg-free, milk-free, gluten-free (no oats), peanut-free, corn-free, celery-free, tomato-free. For the time being, I am also avoiding all nuts/oil/seeds, beans, and a few fruits/veggies that cause me stomach problems.

If you find a recipe that meets some or most of that criteria, post a comment on here! Also, if you see something SUPER AWESOME that is a great “concept” post a comment. I love experimenting in the kitchen!

WIAW- Holy Cow (Is this a Photo Dump?) Edition

So… just so you are aware, I decided that this post would NOT be a photo dump edition. I mean, I have all of these wonderful pictures to share, but why not use them up in two posts instead of one? As my microeconomics teacher would say, that would be more efficient…

Along the production-possibility frontier… Wait? Did I just lose you?

Let’s get on back on track with a picture of my nice, long nails:

See? Nice long. Maybe too long, I don’t care.

But then this happened, and I do care:

Basically I had to rip off cut all of my long nails to make up for that stupid, short thumbnail who decided it would be a great time to break. But I digress!

After viewing photos of my nails, you may be kind of wondering if this post will feature any real food. Yes. Yes it will.

And to “organize” my thoughts, here is a WIAW to guide you along. Thanks once again Jenn! Check out the other amazing bloggers here.

Breakfast:

I have been loving a hot bowl of cream of rice every morning (and night) since I bought the small box at Kroger’s on Saturday. Sadly I ran out of quinoa flakes and walked 2 miles to the store, looking for more, and they didn’t have any! So, I settled for gluten-free cream of rice, which I’d never had before.

It tastes just like cream of wheat, which was my favorite breakfast when I was younger (see note below). Cream of rice has no fiber, less protein, and more calories than quinoa flakes though, so as soon as I get home, I’m stocking up!

In this bowl I added 1/4 cup pumpkin to a serving of cream of rice made with water. Not the best decision ever, but not the worst decision either. It was just “okay.”

Honestly, I much would have preferred this bowl of oatmeal that I made my mom before I left:

KERF’s whipped banana oats mixed with pumpkin, stevia and cottage cheese. Topped with pecans, maple granola, and a tablespoon of almond butter.

Keep DREAMING!

Favorite breakfast as a child?

So I know I said before that this post wasn’t going to be a food dump, but I have just decided that it is going to be a word dump. I saw this awesome food questionnaire on Half-Baked Bec and thought it was a great idea! You all know how much I like SURVEYS (ABC and Nostalgia… check them out!).

As I mentioned above, my favorite breakfast as a child was Cream of Wheat. Whenever it got cold outside, my brother and I would beg our dad to make us his special “homemade” cream of wheat. Basically he just made a huge pan of cream of wheat cooked in water, then added a ton of milk and sugar. My brother and I gobbled it up. My dad was the only who could make it perfectly creamy without a single lump (my mom’s on the other hand was quite lumpy and inedible). 

This one of my favorite memories as a child: Sitting on the kitchen counter near the stove, my dad making Cream of Wheat, and him singing what he dubbed “the cream of wheat song.”

Cream of wheat, cream of wheat. Nah. Nah. Nah. Nah. Nah. Cream of wheat…. AHHH! (<<< Our favorite part was the end!)

Coffee or Juice?

Coffee. As a kid I love orange juice, but I would much prefer a cup of plain, black, decaf coffee. (As one of my friends put it, “As black as your soul.” Really? Too kind).

The one food you eat most often at breakfast?

Bananas. Banana ice cream. Banana “cookie dough.” Banana protein batter. Banana protein balls.

Snack:

Speaking of bananas and cream of rice cereal, the recipe I have for you today contains both!

Breakfast Cereal Microwave “Bake”

Sugar free, gluten-free, vegan, microwave

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Cream of Rice

1/2 large banana

2 Tbsp water

1/8 tsp baking powder (corn-free)

Toppings

This is after it is cooked without any toppings.

Directions:

1. Mash the banana into junks and mix with 2 Tbsp of water.

2. Then add the cream of rice, baking powder and stir.

3. Place in the microwave and cook for 2-4 minutes (I have a weak microwave, so it may take less time for you).

4. Remove when it is somewhat cooked, but still a little soft.

5. Add toppings and enjoy!

I topped mine with fresh blueberries and the remaining banana mashed with 1/2 tbsp of chia seeds.

Look at those gorgeous blueberries! I had to dig them out of a fruit salad on the cafeteria’s fresh produce bar… Hehe. There were barely any left when I was done with them!

Lunch:

Here is another recipe, but that’s for another day!

Microwave pumpkin “bread” slices with chicken.

Pumpkin recipe to come soon.

Sandwiches are generally considered a “lunch food.” If you had to choose between a grilled cheese and a peanut butter and jelly, which would you pick?

Peanut butter and jelly. Grilled cheeses always contained too much cheese. Except now this would have to be almond butter and fruit-only jam on gluten/yeast-free bread. YUM.

You can only put four ingredients in your salad (not including greens); what do you throw in the mix? Additionally, which greens and dressing do you pick?

These toppings are all slightly boring, but they are what I put on my salad basically every day: Cucumber slices, shredded carrots, and sometimes grapes/steamed rice.

One food you can’t live without at lunch?

Grilled chicken. It’s what sustains me throughout the day. I need my protein!

Snack:

A 2 lb pound bag of carrots that I bought on Saturday.

It lasted me until Monday I do believe…

Ohh… and look what I found:

A carrot ball and bat, which I now appreciate thanks to Kat and Katelyn.

Dinner:

Salad and grilled chicken like always. This time my salad also included radishes. Oh, I do not like these! Way too bitter, but if it is the only vegetable other than lettuce that I can eat again, I probably will get these little suckers.

Do you see this HUGE plate of veggies and chicken, or am I just imagining things? The chef today gave me five.. FIVE pieces of chicken. WHY???? I only ate the broccoli because cauliflower hurts my stomach… and now I know so does broccoli!

It’s the end of the day. You’re tired, hungry, and your fridge is empty. If a fast food (from a chain) is your only option, where do you go and what do you order?

A bottle of water. Or apple slices. I’m boring.

TV/computer on or off while you’re eating?

Most of the time my computer is on as I’m looking at blogs or doing homework. In the dining halls though I don’t watch the TV.

The one food you eat most often at dinner?

Can this be the same as lunch? It can? Okay, thanks… CHICKEN!!

“Dessert”:

Another bowl of cream of rice (3/4 serving) with stevia and sliced bananas.

Choose between these two American desserts: cheesecake or apple pie?

Apple pie. I have never liked cheesecake; I personally think it is one of the most disgusting desserts ever created (and I’ve even tried the cookie dough kind from The Cheesecake Factory- I had to spit it out- SO GROSS!). Apple pie is awesome. Now I just need to make an allergy-free version of my Low-Cal Apple Pie recipe on my old blog.

Choose between these two foreign desserts: tiramisu (Italy) or flan (Spain)?

Tiramisu (One of my mom’s favorite desserts). Flan contains eggs and has a weird texture. We made it in Spanish class and I wasn’t impressed.

Ice cream: cone or cup?

Cone. I think ice cream is meant to be in a cone. No debates.


Now for progress on my Fall Habits… (Going to look up what goals I made NOW).

1. Limit my intake of fruit. I just eat way too much! I think yesterday I consumed 4 or 5 bananas? Totally unnecessary. Instead, I am going to try and snack on more vegetables. I am doing better with this, but the main reason is because the dining hall is always out of bananas.

2. I am going to go on walks just “to go on walks.” Not for any classes, and not because I am going to a dining hall. I am going to walk just for fun. For me and my health. EPIC. FAIL.

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So check back in tomorrow for that Pumpkin Sandwich recipe! HAPPY WIAW.

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