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Back in Action

I’ve been home from my little vacation (a.k.a. Midwest tour) for a little over a week now, and slowly but surely, I’m getting back into the swing of things. I really missed the city!

And by “city” I actually mean my kitchen.

And by my “kitchen” I’m really just talking about my food processor. Ha.

I’m kidding! Kind of. I mean, I missed New York too. And Tom, of course (love you, honey!). But my food processor…it had been weeks since I processed, pulsed, or pureed anything! The horror!

(Except for this deliciousness using my mom’s processor. But still.)

Naturally, I busted it out before I even stocked up on groceries.

Ice cream for breakfast anyone?

This is what happens when you’re craving peanut butter + banana but don’t have fresh fruit in the house. A pretty tasty solution, if I don’t say so myself–especially topped with cacoa nibs. Mmmm.

And of course there was this amazing pizza sauce.

I also whipped up a batch of Creamy Hummus–freshly cooked and shelled chickpeas and all!

There is nothing like homemade hummus. Especially this one, which has quickly risen the ranks to become my go-to hummus recipe.

I made another batch of cinnamon-raisin peanut butter as well. Just ‘cuz.

Love.

And I’ve recreated Brendan’s Recovery Pudding a couple of times–after my 14-miler as well as last Wednesday’s 7-mile run.

The perfect post-run treat.

I have to say, as much as I loved a change of scenery while I was traveling, it’s great to be running all my old routes again. What was once tired now feels familiar–and even welcome. Plus, it’s fun to run them all with my new garmin.

I’m slightly obsessed!

I could go on, but I think I’ve made my point: If my food processor felt abandoned during my time away, I believe I have more than made up for lost time this past week.

Home is where the heart food processor is. As they say. ;)

The Cuisinart aside, I’ve also made sure to get my daily dose of oats–hot and cold.

Mostly, I just wanted to show you a few pretty pictures of oats. And on that delicious note, I will leave you.

Do you miss your kitchen when you travel? A weekend away I am happy to do, but after a couple weeks I really start to miss mine.

What’s the one kitchen appliance you couldn’t live without? I think mine’s obvious. ;)

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Lunch Post: A Flashback

The lunch post is back! And I have an old one to share–the lunches of my last week of work.

But first, breakfast. Which was the same thing I’ve been eating all week: peanut butter toast–this time on whole wheat bread with Smucker’s Natural peanut butter and some raspberry 100% fruit spread.

Delicious. It never gets old. Although I do miss my oats (obsessed much?), so I’ll be changing up the pb toast routine soon enough.

Anyway. On to lunch!

MONDAY

Whole wheat wrap with raw hummus, fresh greens, tomatoes, and toasted sunflower seeds. Apple.

Simple, but great. This hummus shines in anything! I’m sad it’s gone.

TUESDAY

Apple. Salad with greens, cucumber, grape tomatoes, olives, a blob of the last of the raw hummus, and a bit of olive oil and balsamic. Half a whole wheat wrap with Sabra hummus and sliced tomato.

Let’s peak inside that wrap…Mmm hummus.

WEDNESDAY

For an afternoon snack, I packed a frozen Banana Oat Breakfast Muffin (recipe here) along with a tablespoon of peanut butter. Lunch was leftovers from a delicious dinner at V-Spot in Brooklyn and an apple.

The leftovers were an AMAZING ginger quinoa dish with curried kale, chickpeas, and organic tofu.

Yum. Yum. Yum. This was even better than what I ordered last time I went to V-Spot.

THURSDAY

Blackberries. Whole wheat wrap with hummus, greens, tomatoes, and cucumber. Apple. 

The wrap wasn’t terribly exciting, as I was trying to avoid going to the grocery store before my vacay. 

But it was delicious! You can’t go wrong with a simple hummus wrap.

FRIDAY

Speaking of running out of groceries, Friday was a Pret day. I had to hit up my favorite lunch spot on my last day of work! I ordered the Farmer’s Market Salad with spinach, lentil salad, avocado, cherry tomatoes, garbanzo beans, pine nuts, carrot + beet, roasted red pepper, and black pepper.

Delicious as usual.

I drizzled on a bit of lemon shallot vinaigrette.

Then mixed, mixed, mixed. 

And devoured–mopping up everything with a whole wheat roll. Heavenly.

And that’s it for my work week lunches!

What’s the best thing you had for lunch this past week? 

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