A New Look

Good evening, everyone! What do you think of the new look? (If you’re reading this in Google Reader, click on over to see the changes!). Many thanks to Zesty for all his hard work on the new header and site overhaul–the Broccoli Hut is now even more broccoli-tastic.

I have plenty of pictures to share tonight, so I’ll let the food do the talking:

Friday
Just a standard choco-berry shake to get my weekend kicked off right.

choco-berry shake with unsweetened chocolate Spirutein, soymilk, strawberries, & vegan chocolate chips

choco-berry shake with unsweetened chocolate Spirutein, soymilk, strawberries, & vegan chocolate chips

Saturday
Since school started in August, I have been having to re-create the goodness of Rachel’s flavored cottage cheese on my own–the Durham Whole Foods now longer carries them. Don’t they know how magically delicious cucumber dill cottage cheese is?

whole wheat bagel with cottage cheese, olive, & tomato; pear

whole wheat bagel with cottage cheese, olive, & tomato; pear


seasoned with basil & oregano

seasoned with basil & oregano


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Once I was all showered, I set to work on my paper about fresh vs. frozen fruits and vegetables. I took a short breather half-way through in order to re-fuel myself. That offensively unattractive gray goop is actually white bean-artichoke dip flavored with garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes.

white bean-artichoke dip with Ak Maks & zucchini; greens with dried figs; apple & raw almond butter

white bean-artichoke dip with Ak Maks & zucchini; greens with dried figs; apple & raw almond butter


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Several hours later, my paper was complete and I was more than ready for more food. Funny how thinking feverishly while sitting in a computer chair all day can work up an appetite. I used up the rest of my leftover hummus from Elmo’s on Friday night to make an amazing sandwich.

hummus-guac-salsa sandwich; broccoli; banana

hummus-guac-salsa sandwich; broccoli; banana


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This shake was like a delectable peach cloud. Yummy.

peach shake with unsweetened peach Spirutein, soymilk, peaches, & Pumpkin Flax granola

peach shake with unsweetened peach Spirutein, soymilk, peaches, & Pumpkin Flax granola

Sunday
My breakfast this morning featured not one but two of my recent foodie obsessions: pumpkin and raw almond butter.

oat bran cooked with banana & almond milk, topped with pumpkin butter & raw almond butter

oat bran cooked with banana & almond milk, topped with pumpkin butter & raw almond butter


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Lunch was another batch of Ginger-Peanut Tofu Salad from Everyday Dish.

Ginger Peanut Tofu Salad; rice crackers; pear

Ginger Peanut Tofu Salad; rice crackers; pear


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Before heading out to chapter this evening, I made a quick bean salad along with some tasty sides to round out the meal.

Two Bean Salad with Goddess dressing; whole wheat mini pitas; apple; light cheese stick

Two Bean Salad with Goddess dressing; whole wheat mini pitas; apple; light cheese stick


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Alright, I am off to re-create my recipe, feature post, and product review pages. Ciao!
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Video: Foodie Obsessions, September/October 2009 Edition

For today’s feature post, I present you with another edition of “Foodie Obsessions.” Click below to see which foods I’ve been raving about these past few months.

Raw Almond Butter

spread on a whole wheat bagel

spread on a whole wheat bagel


as a topper for whole grain Cream of Wheat

as a topper for whole grain Cream of Wheat


as a final flourish on a breakfast parfait

as a final flourish on a breakfast parfait


Pumpkin
Pumpkin Tofu Soup with pepitas

Pumpkin Tofu Soup with pepitas


Pumpkin Bulgur Chili

Pumpkin Bulgur Chili


Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Hummus


toast with homemade pumpkin butter & currants

toast with homemade pumpkin butter & currants


Crock Pot Pumpkin Oats

Crock Pot Pumpkin Oats


Trader Joe’s Berry Mango Bran Muffins
Trader Joe's Whole Grain Berry Mango Muffins

Trader Joe's Whole Grain Berry Mango Muffins


whole grain goodness

whole grain goodness


Honeycrisp Apples
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Recipes related to this post:
Breakfast Parfait
Vegan Pumpkin Bread
Crock Pot Pumpkin Oats
Pumpkin Hummus

What are your recent foodie favorites?

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Chattin’ and Chompin’ with My Girls

Today was all about good friends and good food. After my morning of classes, I met up with my roommate of three years (freshman, sophomore, and junior years) for lunch at The Refectory. Now that we don’t live together, we don’t get to chat nearly as often as we’d like. Once our fab catch-up sesh was complete, I headed back to squeeze in some serious research time before heading out to dinner with my current roommate, Alanna. Our conversation was in random mode this evening, as we talked about everything from Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize to instant oatmeal packets (who eats just one?) to Project Runway (which starts in just 20 minutes!). I love chattin’ and chompin’ with my girls.

Here’s the food that went along with all that girl-time.

Thursday

My smoothie appetite returned last night, thank goodness. Love this flavor of Spirutein–it tastes like pistachios!

berry smoothie with blueberries, strawberries, Nutty Berry Burst Spirutein, soymilk, & raw oats

berry smoothie with blueberries, strawberries, Nutty Berry Burst Spirutein, soymilk, & raw oats

Friday

I had a decidedly autumnal breakfast, complete with both pumpkin and apples. For the pumpkin component, I used this pumpkin butter that I found at TJ Maxx over the weekend. Yes, I did lug a jar of pumpkin butter several hundred miles in a suitcase–I love me some pumpkin. I also had another one of those luscious Honeycrisp apples. I am thinking I should never have tried them…I can’t afford another expensive food addiction!

latest TJ Maxx find

latest TJ Maxx find

whole wheat toast with pumpkin butter & raw almond butter; almond milk; Honeycrisp apple

whole wheat toast with pumpkin butter & raw almond butter; almond milk; Honeycrisp apple

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As I mentioned above, I met Kristen for lunch at The Refectory. Although the menu is usually brimming with delicious and healthful offerings, I inevitably order one of two things: the vegan chili or legendary vegan dal. Today I went with the dal. Phenomenal as always.

vegan dal (with rice underneath); salad

vegan dal (with rice underneath); salad

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Alanna and I headed to Elmo’s Diner again for dinner, and I ordered their hummus platter. I think it is safe to say that this hummus is my favorite restaurant-prepared hummus: it’s thick, slightly chunky, and pleasantly spicy. The pita bread is pretty amazing too–it was particularly warm and pillowy this evening. IMG_1448

Spicy Hummus Platter

Spicy Hummus Platter

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The Sleep-or-Blog Dilemma

To sleep or to blog? That is the eternal question. As much as I would prefer to read blogs before completing homework, blog-reading unfortunately gets banished to the last thing on my list for the day. My nightly ritual consists of blending up my smoothie and settling in to read about all the foodie happenings of the day. As you might expect, I look forward to this part of my schedule and like to savor every minute. Last night, however, my nasty illness got the best of me. At around 10:15 PM, my eyelids began to droop, and I did the unthinkable–I skipped my smoothie and blog-reading session! I don’t think I’ve gone to bed that early since high school! Although I missed my nightly foodie-fest, I must admit that getting 9-plus hours of sleep was quite refreshing. Do you ever sacrifice sleep for blog-reading? How about for some other hobby?

I am feeling well-rested now though, so hopefully I will be able to get my food blog fix tonight. Here’s what I chowed on today:

Thursday

I suffered a mild case of nausea last night (yet another reason for skipping my smoothie), so I was wary of trying another batch of savory oats. Instead, prepared a batch of tropical Cream of Wheat.

whole grain Cream of Wheat cooked with strawberries & almond milk, topped with pineapple, raw cashews, & shredded coconut

whole grain Cream of Wheat cooked with strawberries & almond milk, topped with pineapple, raw cashews, & shredded coconut

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Tofu Rancheros with refried black beans, zucchini, tomatoes, tofu, & guacamole; leftover toppings salad; orange

Tofu Rancheros with refried black beans, zucchini, tomatoes, tofu, & guacamole; leftover toppings salad; orange

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Until tonight, I was a Honeycrisp virgin. Now, I am completely hooked. While this variety is quite pricey (I got them for $2.99/lb on sale), they are worth every penny. Honeycrisps=big globes of autumnal joy. Oh yeah, dinner also featured my warm sweet potato salad.

Warm Sweet Potato-Cranberry Salad with White Beans & Walnuts; Honeycrisp apple

Warm Sweet Potato-Cranberry Salad with White Beans & Walnuts; Honeycrisp apple

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Alright, I am off to do sort through research on the following topic: fresh versus frozen vegetables. I’ll be sure to report my findings…Good night!

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On the Mend?

Perhaps it’s my newly prescribed medication or maybe it’s just the fact that I got a Whole Foods fix today–regardless, I have hopes that I am finally on the mend. My second class was canceled today, so I seized the opportunity to visit Student Health for my persistent flu-like symptoms. A mere 45 minutes later, I walked out with prescription in hand and a bounce in my step; not only did I get something that will (hopefully) make me feel better, but I was also left with enough time to visit Whole Foods. Life is good.

As I mentioned in Monday’s post, my appetite has been out of control for the duration of my sickness, and today was no exception. Here’s what went down the gullet today:

Tuesday

Despite my usual enthusiasm for choco-straw-nana shakes, I really was not in the mood to eat this last night. Yep, I must be sick.

choco-straw-nana shake with soymilk, unsweetened chocolate Spirutein, & raw oats

choco-straw-nana shake with soymilk, unsweetened chocolate Spirutein, & raw oats

Wednesday

Superfood breakfast: blueberries, almonds, wheat germ, and whole grains. Delicious.

banana-blueberry smoothie with wheat germ; whole wheat bagel with raw almond butter

banana-blueberry smoothie with wheat germ; whole wheat bagel with raw almond butter

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Upon returning from Whole Foods, I was starving. I quickly plopped a blob of canned refried beans on top of a salad along with some baked Tostitos. I had a dose of vitamin C on the side.

Taco Salad with romaine, tomato, onion, peppers, refried black beans, baked Tostitos, & sunflower seeds; orange

Taco Salad with romaine, tomato, onion, peppers, refried black beans, baked Tostitos, & sunflower seeds; orange

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Alanna and I had to run to Target this evening to get my prescriptions filled, so dinner was also a bit delayed. By the time we arrived back at the apartment, I was ready to eat anything in sight. I grabbed my beloved tofu along with two of my fave condiments and made a quick sandwich out of it. BBQ + guac = love.

BBQ tofu sandwich with guacamole; zucchini; apple; cinnamon-spiked yogurt

BBQ tofu sandwich with guacamole; zucchini; apple; cinnamon-spiked yogurt

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I am so not in the mood to do homework, so I think I’ll go do some channel surfing instead. Good night, all!

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“Excuse me, you’re in my bubble”

While flying boasts many conveniences over driving, there exists one major drawback–sitting uncomfortably close to strangers. I would never consider myself stand-offish, but I do like to have my personal space, or my “bubble,” if you will. This afternoon on my flight from Charlotte to RDU, however, my bubble was decidedly burst. My seating partner happened to be extremely overweight, so that she not only occupied her own seat but also spilled onto about half of mine. I do not mention this characteristic to poke fun at her condition or judge her–I mean only to express my extreme dissatisfaction with having to spend the entire flight with my weight on one butt cheek, so as to prevent ending up in my seatmate’s lap, and holding my breath so as to prevent spreading my sick germs. How do you feel about traveling in planes? Do you have a personal “bubble?”

As you might have guessed, much of my day today was spent in transit. Here’s what I ate to keep me going:

Monday

Graham crackers are so friggin’ delicious–I should use these as smoothie toppings more often.

choco-berry shake with strawberries, blueberries, soymilk, chocolate HempShake, & crumbled graham cracker

choco-berry shake with strawberries, blueberries, soymilk, chocolate HempShake, & crumbled graham cracker

Tuesday

As I prepared once again to leave the comforts of home, I wanted one last meal to soothe my sniffling self. Pumpkin-banana oats seemed like the perfect thing.

pumpkin-banana oat bran cooked in almond milk, topped with almonds & vegan chocolate chunks

pumpkin-banana oat bran cooked in almond milk, topped with raw almonds & vegan chocolate chunks

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I packed my lunch for my afternoon flights, and oddly enough, I think I brought almost the identical meal that I did last year on my return from fall break. At least I’m consistent, right? The only difference is that this year I included one of these cute “hummus snacker” cups. I never saw a miniature/single-serving food item that I didn’t like:)IMG_1344

SB&J sandwich; veggies & hummus; apple

SB&J sandwich; veggies & hummus; apple

Sunbutter & strawberry preserves

Sunbutter & strawberry preserves

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yay for (Pop)Chip Clips!

yay for (Pop)Chip Clips!

POPCHIPS! Thanks to Corinne for sending them along–I can’t wait to get munching. Although I am plenty psyched about the products themselves, I was pretty ecstatic about the handy dandy ChipClip that was included as well–I never have enough of these things around!

After unpacking and doing a little last-minute homework, I settled in to make a quick dinner. I cut up a Moophrey patty and combined it with all the usual burger toppings to make a salad. Add some fries on the side, a little dose of vitamin C, and trail mix for dessert, and you’ve got a tasty meal.

Burger Salad; baked potato wedges; orange; trail mix

Burger Salad; baked potato wedges; orange; trail mix

Burger Salad: romaine, tomato, steamed onion, pickles, Chuckphrey patty, organic ketchup, & mustard

Burger Salad: romaine, tomato, steamed onion, pickles, Moophrey patty, organic ketchup, & mustard

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I never got around to reading my Clean Eating magazine this weekend, so that has been designated as the evening activity. Can’t wait to try some new recipes:) Good night.

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Feed a Cold

Although I am typically not one to believe folklore when it comes to health, after today, I might change my mind. Have you ever heard the saying, “Feed a cold, starve a fever?” My appetite was crazy throughout the day–despite my many dips into the peanut butter jar and granola nibbles, my stomach still demanded more food. Perhaps it was my body’s way of telling me to “feed the cold” from which I am currently suffering. What are some old wives’ tales you’ve heard regarding health?

Here’s how I fed my insistent appetite today:

Sunday

I found my dad’s MixMyGranola stash in the pantry–it made an otherwise meh smoothie quite delectable.

peach-pineapple smoothie with vanilla spice hemp, soymilk, & MixMyGranola

peach-pineapple smoothie with vanilla spice hemp, soymilk, & MixMyGranola

Monday

After much indecision, I finally decided on a tasty breakfast this morning: Banana Fingers. This version featured Fiber One, cinnamon spiked yogurt, almond butter, and a bit of pumpkin that I sweetened up with maple syrup.

Banana Fingers with pumpkin & almond butters for dipping

Banana Fingers with pumpkin & almond butters for dipping

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Broccoli slaw stir-fry always makes me feel better, especially if it involves cashew butter:)

edamame stir-fry with cashew sauce; whole wheat couscous; orange

edamame stir-fry with cashew sauce; whole wheat couscous; orange

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More comfort food was on the menu for dinner. I prepared another batch of Pumpkin Bulghur Chili, using black-eyed peas this time instead of kidney beans. Delish.

Pumpkin Bulghur Chili with raw pumpkin seeds; salad; apple

Pumpkin Bulghur Chili with raw pumpkin seeds; salad; apple

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That pesky thing known as homework beckons, so I will bid you good night. Be back soon!

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