A Kitchen Full of Throw Togethers

So I’m totally loving all of my fellow peanut butter lovers out there! Glad to hear so many of you were celebrating with me yesterday! I won’t leave you hanging on last night’s dinner any longer. I kind of threw this together on the spot, but lucky for you I kept up with my measurements! 🙂

Peanut Noodle Veggie Bowl: (serves 1)
Inspired by a recipe from All You Magazine

  • 2 ounces dried spaghetti noodles
  • 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 3 mini sweet peppers, cut into strips
  • 1/2 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Bragg’s liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1/8 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cooked edamame
  • 1 scallion, green parts only

1. Cook spaghetti according to package instructions. Once cooked, drain and rinse in cold       water.
2. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Add minced garlic and saute for about 2 minutes.
4. Add vegetables and continue to cook until veggies are tender, but not browned.
5. Mix peanut butter, aminos (or soy sauce), and vinegar.
6. Combine veggies, edamame, and noodles and toss in peanut butter sauce until                     thoroughly coated.
7. Garnish with sliced scallion, green parts only.

The perfect way to round out the celebration of National PB Day!
Creamy, nutty noodles and garlicky veggies with the crisp bite of fresh scallions.

Breakfast this morning was OOIAJ with another peanut butter jar (guess I didn’t get enough yesterday), but this time a little different combo.

Peanut Butter & Pumpkin OOIAJ:

  • Remaining 2 tablespoons or so of your favorite peanut butter jar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whipped cottage cheese (all out of yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Combine all ingredients and allow to set in the refrigerator overnight to thicken. Add more milk in the morning if needed to thin a little. Top with granola (I used 1/2 pack of 18 Rabbits Granola). These were even THICKER than my jar yesterday! I loved it!!

Haha! My cup of coffee looks HUGE next to the oats!

After work, I got in a great workout in support of Team HEAB, but I was starving like Marvin afterwards! I burned off my pre-workout snack fast and needed some refueling!

Pre-workout: Trader Joe’s dried mango slices topped with homemade dark chocolate almond butter!

So, what happens when you are absolutely famished and can’t make up your mind what you want to eat? A kitchen throw together of course!

First let me explain how I got here. The other day, I wanted to make a potato hash, but after I got a bit carried away with adding veggies, it kind of grew into a more of a hashbrown veggie bowl!

  • 1 medium potato, grated
  • 1/4 diced onion
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • Leftover stuffed bell pepper that had been hiding in the back of the fridge (oops!)
  • Cheddar cheese for topping
  • Mrs. Dash Southwestern Chipotle Seasoning

I started with the potatoes, sauteing them in 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter until brown and crispy. Then I added in all the other veggies, black beans, and chopped up stuffed pepper and cooked until heated through. Then I dumped half the mix in a bowl, cheesed and spiced it up and called it dinner!

I couldn’t decide if I wanted the left over hashbrown veggie bowl, an omelet, or a salad, so in true indecisive Heather fashion, I just went with all three! Please let me introduce you to my Breakfast Salad! Breakfast for dinner is fine by me any day!

What’s in a Breakfast Salad?

  • 2 handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 1 serving of hashbrown veggie bowl
  • 1 pour, poke, and spread egg
  • a sprinkle of cheddar cheese and more Mrs. Dash Chipotle

Ohhhhhh, this definitely hit the spot! I forgot how much I love salads with warm toppings. The spinach kept some of the fresh crunch, but also wilted in some parts and mixed with the melting cheddar cheese! It was a party of textures and flavors in my mouth! See what indecision can do for you? Haha!

What’s the best salad you’ve ever eaten? Do you ever top yours with unusual ingredients?

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24 Responses to A Kitchen Full of Throw Togethers

  1. Ooh, breakfast salad! I’ve had salad at like 10:30 am, but never a breakfast salad, exactly… I like the way you think 😉

    And Im pretty much ready to come live with you and eat all your food… I’ll do the dishes? 😛

  2. inmytummy says:

    The best salad that I’ve ever eaten is this tofu salad from, oddly enough, a dive bar near me. It’s so good.

  3. lindsay says:

    ohhhh, I like the breakfast salad idea. Clever. And I always put nutella on dried apricots, I’ll have to try the mango and chocolate almond butter!

  4. Ashley says:

    That noodle bowls looks amazing and I want to try those mango slices!

  5. That oatmeal came at a perfect time. I’m going to make overnight oats for the first time tomorrow and I’m going to use this recipe 🙂 Thanks!

  6. Best salad? spinach feta craisin almond salad with ranch ooooor anything at sweet tomatoes!!! omg delish!

  7. Whats your favorite way to cook/eat kaboca squash? help! I’m gonna cook half one way and half another. Someone said just cube and bake it at 375? is that good? I’m so clueless

  8. Oh la la! I love cranberries on my salads. 🙂

  9. When it comes to salad, I love spinach and romaine and tomatoes and carrots and boiled eggs and broccoli and cucumbers and bacon bits and possibly even some chicken with honey mustard dressing… yummy!

  10. Um, I need your noodle bowl with green onions right now. You can ship that in our next swap. 😉 And I love the way the cut up egg looks on the salad! I really should not read blogs right before bed… they make me hungry! 🙂

  11. namastegurl says:

    I’m always looking for a healthy, asian peanut noodle dish, so this is right up my alley. Definitely be giving this a shot in the near future 🙂
    Have a good evening!

  12. oh gosh the best salad!! probably a chinese salad i had once.. not from a chinese restaurant but it was some oriental type salad that blew my MIND! your peantty noodle dish is RIGHT where its at i LOVE that!

  13. Mary says:

    Heather, I missed the party but I love peanut butter. I also love your blog. I’m new here but after reading some of your earlier entries I can tell you I’ll definitely be back. I really enjoyed my visit. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  14. this breakfast salad looks so good. thanks for sharing this post.

  15. Jen says:

    I don’t even know what to comment on first because it all looks so flipping good!!! I love it all!

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