Can you believe it’s already the LAST week of August?
Which means it’s also the last week of our “Summer Staples” theme for
What I Ate Wednesday! 🙁
Be sure to hop on over to Peas & Crayons and show Jenn a little LOVE…not only is she our hostess with the most-ess but she’s ALSO throwing our little shindig in the midst of her hubby JUST getting back from deployment!
Welcome home Paul!
I don’t know about you guys, but with summer’s end getting closer day by day, I’ve felt myself LOADING UP on every bit of summer produce I can possibly get my hands on! Even with the promise of apple and pumpkin season right around the corner, I have to admit I’m going to miss my all of my summer staples.
But enough of the pining over produce….et’s get this party started, shall we?
I rolled out of bed in the wee hour of 2pm NSZT (night-shift zombie time) and headed straight toward the coffee maker…
You know, ’cause that’s where I keep my Fitmixer! 😉
I still can’t believe it’s been a MONTH since I’ve had one cup of coffee. I’ve always said I would never give it up because I love the taste, but I haven’t even had a craving for it in weeks!
After hitting the gym, I had a little appetizer before I got started on lunch:
Vegan Bacon Date Roll straight from the fridge and oh so delicious with it’s perfect sweet and salty combo!
Definitely hit the spot and held me over long enough so I could prep this masterpiece:
It’s been TOO long since I’ve made an Egg White Breakfast Pizza!
Loaded UP with fresh summer veggies!
Jalapenos, tomatoes and peppers oh my! 😀
After lunch, I got started on dinner prep. I knew exactly what I wanted and knew it would take a bit of time to put everything together…
Oh yeah, look who’s the spring roll MASTER!
When I picked up the package of spring rolls at the Asian market a few weeks ago, I honestly thought this would be a REAL challenge for me, but I’m telling you guys, it was a CINCH!
Stuffed with avocado, sprouts, tofu, carrots, and pickled ginger with a super easy spicy peanut sauce (2 T peanut flour + 3 T water + 1/2 tsp Bragg’s liquid aminos + 1 tsp sriracha)
Snackage for the rest of the night included a perfectly juicy peach:
And a not so perfectly tasting Greek yogurt:
Never again, Kroger, will you lure me in with your enticing flavors!
I tasted no cranberry, no fig…just sugar…with a sandy texture! Ick!
And surprisingly, after a CAAAAAA-RAZY 10 hour shift at the hospital, (maybe it was the sugar high from the yogurt) I came home and whipped up this beauty:
Mint Chocolate Chip Parfait anyone?
Recipe coming tomorrow!
Have you ever made your own spring rolls?
What summer staples are you trying to squeeze in before the season’s end?
Heather. You are my foodie soul mate. I keep my Fitmixer by the coffee maker too… you know, the one I don’t use anymore. 😉 Your spring rolling ability is 10000x better than mine though. One day I’m going to master it!
I was 0.5 seconds from buying the Greek tonight. now I don’t need to. Thankyouverymuch.
Ugh, if my disappointed tastebuds save ONE soul from that mockery of Greek yogurt, I will have done my job! And I’m totally itching to make the spring rolls again…just don’t know what I want to cram into ’em this time…thinking I might pick up some shrimp this weekend and make shrimp and avocado rolls! Mmmm!
I kinda feel bad for my coffee pot…poor lonely thing! 🙁
Oh my goodness…I think we might share a brain.
I’ve been on such a spring roll kick lately. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s both have AMAZING tofu spring rolls that I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of money on in the past few days. I thought making my own would be too difficult but you’ve officially inspired me…If you can do it, I can! My wallet and my tummy thank you. (:
You’ve GOT to watch this video! It totally inspired me to try making them myself! Too easy…I’ll never pay for them again! http://naturallyella.com/2012/05/30/roasted-daikon-radish-and-kale-spring-rolls-with-tahini-honey-dipping-sauce-and-video/
Ah! That video is SO helpful! I’m definitely going to make them this weekend- I’ll let you know how they turn out.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! <3
Your more than welcome, doll! Can’t wait to hear how they come out! 😀
You are a spring roll master and a pizza master. It all looks so good! Can’t wait to see the recipe for the chocolate mint parfait. Yum.
Like you, I’m going to miss my summer veggies. Thankfully, I’ve frozen enough stews, chili, and ratatouille to tide me over for awhile.
Well in THAT case, you won’t mind if I invite myself over for dinner this weekend, right? You know, since you obviously have more than enough! I’ll trade you a mint chocolate chip parfait for a bowl of ratatouille! 😉
Love the sweet/salty combo, love the pizza (what’s the delicious cream cheese-looking sauce?), love the spring rolls, and I’ll definitely be back for the parfait! Like many, mint and chocolate is probably my favorite flavor combo….well, ever.
Thanks Lauren! And funny you should ask what the cream cheese-looking sauce is because it IS cream cheese! 😉 Before topping my tortilla with all it’s eggy wonderment, I slather on a couple of tablespoons of low-fat cream cheese. It goes GREAT with flavors of the peppers and onions…one of my favorite savory combos!
Ah, cannot wait for that Mint Chocolate Chip Parfait. Holy goodness, it looks delicious!
WOah,your spring rolls and mint chocolate parfait look AMAZING… Can’t wait for the recipe tomorrow,aaah! 😀
Looooove mint chocolate chip! Yum.
I’m squeezing in eggplant while the gettin’s good. That’s summer, right???? Seems like I read that somewhere…
Yes, totally summer…poor things just stand in the shadow of all the summer squash and tomatoes…eggplant is ENTIRELY underrated! Which reminds me, I need to buy some more!
YUM!! That pizza looks ah-may-zing! What a fabulous idea! I’m going to have to try it!! And your spring rolls are beautiful too.
Thank you Katie! The recipe is SO versatile…I can’t decide if I like the sweet or the savory version better! They’re both SO good!
Here’s one I did with pumpkin butter, coconut, and bananas: http://kissmybroccoliblog.com/2012/03/07/new-breakfast-pizza-and-green-eats/ 😀
The Mint Chocolate Chip Parfait is a beauty – curious about the recipe. But best about your post: you remembered me that there are some leftover rice wrapers somewhere in my cupboard, waiting for me to be wrapped around fresh veggies and taken to work as light and healthy summer-lunch.
Yay! Happy to serve as your memory booster! 😉 They really make the best portable lunch, don’t they? I can’t wait to try more variations!
I can’t wait for the recipe tomorrow, it looks amazing!!!
omg that parfait! i’ve never tried making my own spring rolls but I’ve always wanted to! i also really want to try to make my own sushi!
After I watched this video (http://naturallyella.com/2012/05/30/roasted-daikon-radish-and-kale-spring-rolls-with-tahini-honey-dipping-sauce-and-video/), I KNEW I could do it! Sushi on the other hand, still intimidates me a bit…even though I have EVERYTHING I would need to make them…even the sushi mat! Lol
I do love spring rolls, but have been intimidated to make them.
Yours look fabulous indeed 🙂
I REALLY should have linked this video in on the post, but this is what inspired me to try it myself…it’s SO incredibly easy! You’ve GOT to try it! http://naturallyella.com/2012/05/30/roasted-daikon-radish-and-kale-spring-rolls-with-tahini-honey-dipping-sauce-and-video/
I seriously want everything in your post right now. YUM! I’ve always wanted to make spring rolls!
Oh girl, you’ve got to check out this video: http://naturallyella.com/2012/05/30/roasted-daikon-radish-and-kale-spring-rolls-with-tahini-honey-dipping-sauce-and-video/ I never knew how easy it could be until I saw this! Now I want to cram everything into rice paper! Lol
Um that pizza….oh those spring rolls. I am hungry for some reason 🙂
Looks great! 🙂
Hey Heather! I just discovered your blog, and I am lovin’ it! I definitely appreciate your approach to healthy eating – sans labels.
Can’t wait to see the recipe for that mint chocolate chip parfait:)
Aww, thank you Kelsey!! So happy to “meet” a new reader! Hope you stay awhile…and I hope you like pancakes! 😉
I think I’m seriously trying to squeeze as much fresh fruit into my system before summer ends, because it’s all I’ve been wanting to eat lately. Watermelon, blueberries, and peaches, in particular, I can’t seem to get enough of. I’ll be sad when summer is gone and I’ll have to go back to eating frozen fruit 🙁 Tbh, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten spring rolls, much less made my own, but I DO love the chocolate/mint combo, so spill the beans on that parfait, lady!
OMG You are amazing, I want that mint chocolate chip parfait, it looks so GREEN and fluffy haha and I love spring rolls. So much. I haven’t had any in about a year, but I get them every time I go to a Thai place – so darn good. I’ve never made them myself though.
Umm. you are a spring roll master. I’ve never tried making spring rolls, but I really, really need to sometime!
I’m trying to shove in as many tomatoes as possible! I can’t stand them from the grocery store, and I don’t want a single one in my garden to go to waste. Same goes for all my eggplant–but now I know what to do with those! Bacon time 😉 That bacon sauce sounds deeelicious.
I have never made spring rolls before, but it is definitely on my foodie “to-do” list:) Your spring rolls look fabulous; I love anything dipped in peanut sauce–it is one of the best condiments!! That Mint-Chocolate-Chip Parfait looks soooooo delicious as well; I am looking forward to the recipe…
Spring rolls are my favorite! I need to make more, like, yesterday.
btw your posts are *really* making me want a fancy camera – your photography is so good, I want to reach through the screen and eat everything! Especially that parfait… Do I spy veggies in there? 😉
Keen eye you got there woman! Love it!
And thank you for the sweet compliment on my photography. It’s like I always say, “you eat with your eyes FIRST!” But you don’t have to spend a bundle on a camera…the main thing is just having the right lighting and angles! 😀
I can’t believe that summer produce will soon be leaving us! It is so sad and I think I might have separation anxiety from my beloved peaches 😉 I can’t wait to find out how to make that Mint Chocolate Chip Parfait!
Oh I know! I’m gonna be the SAME way once I realize I’ll have to go a WHOLE year without my precious tomatoes…you just CAN’T get away with eating those out of season! 🙁
that breakfast pizza looks AWESOME. as does the bacon date roll. and I love the ACV Fitmixer combo! 🙂
Have you tried the ACV in the Fitmixer or are you still going hardcore with the shooters? 😉
Can’t wait for the parfait, that looks amazing! I love spring rolls, haven’t had them in forever.
OH LORD. I can’t wait for that mint chocolate chip parfait recipe. It looks amazing. Then again everything you eat looks pretty great. I wish I could just hire you to be my personal chef. Then I would never eat food that looks ugly again.
Haha! I’d definitely be up for the job! …as long as you let me take pictures first! 😉
I know what you mean about summer produce – I’m going to miss fresh tomatoes more than anything! I hate how bland imported tomatoes taste in the winter. 🙁
And oh my gosh I can’t wait for that parfait recipe. Mint + chocolate is the best flavour pairing ever!
Oh yeah, tomatoes are just something you canNOT get away with on the off season…they always end up tasting so watered down! Which reminds me, I need to be sure to whip up a good cheese and tomato sandwich before they’re all gone! I swear I used to live off those as a kid…with tomatoes straight from the backyard garden!
Our fitmixer is by the coffee pot too! 🙂 Great minds think alike. Your food always looks so good! I’m wanting to eat up lots of peaches and berries before summer is gone!
I cannot wait to see the recipe for the mint choc parfait!!! I lovee that combo!
i need to try this fitmixer combo and fitmixer. bugger.
I’ve always wanted to try spring rolls, they look so good!! And the sauce, drool! I’m looking forward to some mint chip parfait tomorrow!!
Oh my gosh, they’re delicious! And you can stuff them any way you like! I watched this video and just KNEW I had to try it! http://naturallyella.com/2012/05/30/roasted-daikon-radish-and-kale-spring-rolls-with-tahini-honey-dipping-sauce-and-video/
Wow that looks so easy! And to put anything inside, the possibilities are endless! Now I’m excited to give it a try!
I have fallen for the Kroger yogurt Flavor trap as well….several times…..I’m hoping it doesnt ever happen again haha
They really do getcha, don’t they? I also got a blueberry lemon-verbena…sounds amazing right? Yeah, it tasted like blueberry…that’s it…and it still had that really weird texture! What is WITH that?!
that parfait looks out of this world.
and love the breakfast pizza idea. i’ve been on a pizza-making kick… english muffins, tortillas, cheater-whole-foods-crust. so good!
Ahh, pizza NEVER gets old! Have you tried the cauliflower pizza crust yet? I’ve made it twice and it’s AMAZING!
Mmm the mint choc chip parfait looks amazing! Looking forward to seeing the recipe!
i want to eat at your house 🙂
C’mon over…my door is always open to fellow foodies! 😀
oh girl! that greek yogurt flavour really does sound amazing! too bad it was a fail. maybe add your FROG prserves to some plain?? 😉
DUDE! Why have I never thought of that?! I’m such a goober…
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