Food is Love

Hey hey hey!

Can you believe the week is half over?Β Or more importantly, can you believe there’s only 12 more days until Christmas?!

And guess who STILL hasn’t started shopping!


I may not be on the bandwagon with all the other elves, but one thing I AM excited about?

Oh yeah! Time for another What I Ate Wednesday put on by the ever so lovely Jenn of Peas and Crayons.

Be sure to head over to P&C and show your WIAW appreciation!

My morning started with an apple in the light of a neon moon…or the refrigerator…who knows, it was 5:30am and I was half asleep, BUTTTTT I am happy to say that after lying in bed and debating for about 30 minutes on whether or not I was going to get up to workout, I made it to the gym!

I may have been yawning throughout most of my upper body circuit, but by the end of it and then a little date with the arc trainer, I was one sweaty mess!

Once I got home and cleaned up, I dove head first into my latest obsession:

Plain Greek yogurt topped with peanut flour and strawberry jam!

Yeah, pretty sure I’ve had this at least once every couple of days for the last week and I’m STILL not tired of it!

There was also some TJ’s Sumatra Blend organic coffee (best bold roast ever) while I hummed the words to the song printed on my cute little Christmas mug.

Lunch was a beast…

A SALAD beast that is!

Baby spinach topped with shredded carrots, orange bell pepper, sliced mushrooms, and a crumbled Millet-Black BeanΒ BurgerΒ (don’t forget to enter my giveaway!) topped with some balsamic vinegar straight up.

And then two little “cuties” just happened to jump into my hand! πŸ˜‰

Snack-time came a few hours later and while my co-workers were popping chocolate covered cherries like it was their jobs, I indulged in my own little “dessert” without the sugar crash!

And finally, after a seemingly never-ending 10 hour shift at the hospital, I came home to some fantastic leftovers…

Homemade pot roast with root veggies, biscuits and gravy!

I surprised BB with a good home-cooked meal Monday night since I had the day off and decided to make my mom’s recipe for roast with all the fixin’s…well, that is if you call throwing a slab of meat in a cooker with handfuls of veggies and broth a recipe…

What can I say, when I care about someone, I cook for them…I guess it’s part of my love language! πŸ˜‰

Now, if you’ll excuse me…I have a pineapple upside down cake to make for the guys at work tomorrow!

Water count: 64 ounces <- I know I can do better!

Do you enjoy cooking for others?

Do you know your love language?
If not, take this quiz to find out! I read the book a couple of years ago and I think it’s helpful for anyone…even you singletons out there…because it’s helps us to understand what we need to look for in relationships and why.

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47 Responses to Food is Love

  1. Emily says:

    I had the same contemplation going on in my head about the gym this morning too. Unfortunately, sleep won for me. (I wound up going to the gym a little later in the day. Oh well!) Props to you for getting up and making it there!
    Your salad beast is mouthwatering. πŸ™‚

  2. I know that feeling of lying in bed and debating… I normally lug my lazy ass off anyway. XD I loooove salad beasts! Yours looks delicious. πŸ™‚

  3. Your pictures are all so pretty! πŸ™‚ I really like cooking for others–especially when I’m not crunched for time.

  4. I still haven’t shopped either!!! Ahhh!!!
    I’ve never thought of peanut flour in yogurt. Definitely something I’m going to try!
    I have talked about the love language book before and mine is quality time.

  5. I’m not done Christmas shopping either! It’s so hard to find the time while I’m studying for exams. πŸ˜›

    Girl that pot roast looks awesome! I bet BB loved it. I love cooking for others, but I get really nervous about pleasing them! Especially with my parents because they’re both such awesome cooks, so they’re a tough crowd to please.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Ugh, I remember those times…and like my family, I’m sure yours will forgive you if you don’t get a chance to go out. When it gets down to crunch time at the end of a semester, the LAST thing you’re thinking about is going shopping!

      My dad is really hard to please…but only because he’s closed minded. He totally grew up on fried bologna sandwiches and he hates ANYTHING green! πŸ™

  6. PB&Jenny says:

    Congrats, I’m pretty sure you’ve officially hooked your man for life with that meal :)!

  7. Wow, yum. πŸ™‚ Christmas is sneaking up on me this year! I want it to speed up and be the 20th, then slow down and rewind. πŸ˜›

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      That sounds like the perfect plan to me…hmm, too bad I’m still waiting for those parts to come in for my time machine! πŸ˜‰

  8. i love to crumble burgers on my salad!

  9. i eat greek yogurt with PF daily! best combo. but i mix the PF with water and stevia, then layer with the yogurt (spiked with vanilla stevia and pumpkin puree). so goooood!

  10. I confess, I have not heard of peanut flour – that sounds awesome. I have to try that! And I love to crumble veggie burgers over salads – a great way to amp up the protein in any salad beast!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      WELLLLLL, allow me to introduce you! It’s a powder that is formed after part of the oil is removed from the peanuts…it ends up being a higher protein count because of the reduction in the oil. Some people mix it with water or milk and use as a substitution for peanut butter, but honestly if I want a peanut butter sandwich or something, I’d rather just use the real stuff. But as far as other things, I LOVE sprinkling it over yogurt or bowls of cereal and it’s fun to throw into baked goods for a good peanutty flavor! I get mine online at…it’s a good deal as far as price and shipping and the brand I linked is by far the best one I’ve tried!

  11. I have been eating cuties too! They are so yummy! πŸ™‚ And loads of Vitamin C, which is awesome since everyone around me seems to be sick, lol

  12. I’ve been eating clementines like CRAZY! I think Alex’s top two love languages are physical touch and words of affirmation, while mine are receiving gifts and acts of service, and both of us value quality time a lot too. I’ve read about them in the past, and it really is a neat concept which can offer a lot of insight! πŸ™‚

  13. Yum all your eats look so good! I’ve gotta try that yogurt/jam/peanut flour concoction. I love cooking for other people more than I love cooking for myself. It makes me work harder to make it taste better and I love to see how much they enjoy it! πŸ™‚

  14. Karina says:

    thanks for the love language link!! i just took the quiz and found out i’m a quality time lover awww πŸ™‚

  15. 10 hour shift?! I am seriously impressed.

  16. Um! Your lunch and dinner look fantastic!!

    I love cooking for others! It makes me feel all warm inside. haha. but really, I think I like taking care of others.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh yeah, me too! I’ve always had a strong “motherly instinct”. Sometimes it’s a good thing and sometimes it’s a bad thing…like when I basically started “raising” my roommate my freshman year of college! I swear I felt more like her mother than her friend! Haha!

  17. I used to be seriously addicted to peanut flour in yogurt. Have you ever tried coconut flour? It’s amazing in yogurt! I just discovered it.

  18. Lauren says:

    My mom has always said “food is love.” I guess I take after her — I adore cooking for others!

  19. Courtney says:

    oh wow you lunch was a beast, but an awesome one that is for sure!!

    I love your dinner also, so comforting and looks yummy!

    I love cooking for others , other than my family cause they grip!

  20. I love PowerCrunch bars! Also, where do you buy peanut flour?! I can’t find it at my TJ’s thoughts on Whole Foods having it?

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Unfortunately TJ’s discontinued their peanut flour and since I’ve yet to find it anywhere in the store, I had to resort to buying online. I get the Protein Plus brand from and I think it tastes JUST like the one they used to sell at TJ’s…not a bad price either!

  21. Lou says:

    Cooking for others is one of my favourite things – brings me so much joy πŸ™‚ Food IS love!

  22. *cough* I’m sorry, ten? That’s so not many! Insert instant panic.
    I hate those mornings where you lay there and debate getting up. They’re fine when they end in you getting up, but when they don’t…..hours later you wish you had. Or perhaps sometimes you’re glad for a lie-in.
    When will the world acknowledge the wonder that is plain greek yogurt. What kind do you get? Please tell me you’ve discovered fage 2%’s creamy goodness.
    salads are always best topped with balsamic. I would have nothing else (lies, I like salsa and many other things)
    ooh did you say quiz? I’m out -<3

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I feel the same way! I hate it when I know I HAD the time to get up and get something done, but ended up being a lazy bum!

      I’ve been buying Fage 0% from my local warehouse store for a GREAT price, but I wish they sold the 2% (it is definitely THE best!)

      LOVE salsa on salads…and hummus…and marinara sauce…and…. πŸ˜‰

  23. That salad looks awesome! At first I thought it was granola on top…DUH! I’m all about “beast” salads. It’s either a “beast” or the “kitchen sink” salad. Just depends what I have in the fridge that week. Happy Hump Day!

  24. I love cooking for others! (In fact, I’m about to go cook some stuff right now! Party tonight!) and my love language is words of affirmation πŸ™‚ Maybe that’s why I love bloggers and their encouragement so much! πŸ™‚

    Happy WIAW!

  25. lindsay says:

    ahh you sure do know the way to a man’s heart. <3
    Pot roast, looks so yummy right now.

  26. Jessica says:

    I’ve been seeing so much peanut flour everywhere, but I still haven’t tried it! Your combo looks delicious…I need to go get some!

  27. I don’t know what my love language is…but I bet it has something to do with cooking. I LOVE to cook for other people…but I’m my harshest critic, so it often causes me anxiety, too. πŸ™‚

    PS. Are you still using up TJs peanut flour or do you have another source?

  28. Now that I’ve found my hook up for peanut flour, the obsession is going full force. I am in love! Your eats look amazing as always. You know I love cooking for people. Is there anything better?

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Where do you get yours? I found the Protein Plus brand online for what I think is decent price, but I’m curious to know if you’ve found a better deal! πŸ˜‰ I couldn’t help but think of you when I was typing up this post…I can always tell how much love goes into the meals you make for all your boys! πŸ™‚

  29. Jodie says:

    I love that book. It has helped me understand so many people and their good ways πŸ™‚

    Love the choice of “sugar.” πŸ™‚

  30. Vien says:

    I saw the pictures of your upside down pineapple cake and it was GORGEOUS! I’m sure everyone enjoyed it!! πŸ˜€

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