A Nutty Kind Of WIAW…Plus Brussel Sprouts!

It’s always fun when it’s time for What I Ate Wednesday.  What is WIAW you ask?  Why it’s the fun invention of Jenn at Peas & Crayons, that’s what!  When you’re finished getting all of the fun you can from BCDC, be sure to stop by at Peas & Crayons to check on and comment on all of the other lively blog participants.

Today, my version of WIAW is a little nutty.  I didn’t intend for it to be, but it’s like life, some days it’s not what we intend it to be.

I mentioned the other day that I finally had the opportunity to have overnight oats in a jar the way it was meant to be…in an almost empty peanut butter jar.

What did I think about it?  Do these next photos answer the question??

It was delicious!  Probably because of the protein in the peanut butter, it was much more filling and stayed with me longer than the overnight oats usually do.

Last night’s dinner was something that I thought about all day.  Sometimes that turns into something that doesn’t taste very good, the idea of thinking about it too much.

I had Brussel sprouts in the fridge since last week…oops…forgot about them.  I trimmed them and cut them in quarters.  Started to sautee them in olive oil and garlic.  While this was cooking up, I put a large potato in the microwave to partially cook.

Cut up some zucchini…

sautéed some more, then topped it with chopped scallion, salt and pepper and dried basil.  I cut up the potato and added it.

Sautéed some more and then added my new favorite, Cabot 50% reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese.

It was just delicious.  It smelled wonderful, too.  Ralph even commented on how good it smelled!  I will make this again!  Probably this week so that I can finish off the Brussel sprouts! 😉

This morning I was still dreaming about these…

The Honeycrisp apples I got yesterday.  I realized while moving some things around in a cabinet that I had Sunflower Seed butter!

I had gotten it several months ago on my pilgrimage to Trader Joe’s.  I noticed there was a lot of oil on top.  I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to mix it in or not.  I tried rather unsuccessfully so I just poured it off.  I thought later that I should have saved it and used it for cooking. 😦

Anyway, the sunflower seed butter and the Honeycrisp made a great breakfast combo!

Very filling, protein again, I know!

The SS butter was so good that I thought it sounded like a good option for a quick lunch…

…on rice cakes. 

So good!  Please note that I did measure it out.  The nut butters are a little pricey on Weight Watchers.   It’s 3 Points for a tablespoon, and I can get carried away with them so I measured.  4 points each but very tasty and filling.

A note for all of you who had to hear me whining yesterday about losing my CVS coupon.

I did go into my severely full recycling bin and went through several bags.  Of course only after doing that did I think to look in my wallet.  I remembered I tried to use it yesterday on prescriptions and that’s not allowed.  I had put into my wallet after not being able to use it.  I was so excited, but I sure wish I’d thought of it before diving into the bin!  Sometimes you have to get a little dirty!

So that’s my distinctly nutty version of WIAW.  Please hop over to Peas & Crayons and check out what everyone’s eating today.  It can only be an adventure.  I find the most interesting things when I visit over there! 

And watch out, because I also found Almond Butter in the cabinet!! 

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

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46 responses to “A Nutty Kind Of WIAW…Plus Brussel Sprouts!

  1. as the old chestnut goes….sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t!

  2. I love sunflower seed butter, and brussel sprouts for that matter! I bet they would taste quite nice together 🙂

  3. Aren’t honey crisps the best?! My favorite part of fall right now 🙂
    And you should always stir in the oil! Otherwise you lose out on tons of healthy fats and the nut butter will kind of dry out and get a bit gross 😦

  4. Haha I used to pour off the oil too =) But now I slowly stir it in using a knife. It is all about patience =) If you stir to fast it goes over the side and makes a BIG mess!!
    Love apples and nutbutter… great combination!!

  5. Try leaving the nut butter jar upside down for a day, the oil should hopefully mix back in itself then, and you won’t have to stir it…cue no mess…win!

  6. Roasted Brussels sprouts … SO tasty. And so good for you!

  7. At first I didn’t care too much for sunflower butter, but it kind of grew on me and now I love it. Glad you found your coupon, sounds like something I would do.

  8. So glad you found your CVS q! I makes me batty when I know I have a q somewhere, but can’t find it. I’ve been wanting to try overnight oats for some time. Looks like yours turned out tasty! Also love the cute cut Honeycrisp. 🙂

    • Hi Jill! I was so happy to find that coupon! The overnight oats are delicious, but I really prefer it with the PB. Glad you like my Honeycrisp…I was trying to make an interesting picture! Thanks for stopping by, come back often!

  9. It does take a few minutes to stir in the oil in natural nut butters, but it’s a definite yes! It takes a bit to get the hang of it! Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite veggies – yum!

    • Hi Errign! I’m so glad I know that about the nut butters now. I have a jar of almond butter I haven’t opened yet and it has the oil…Now I know what to do! So funny…Brussel sprouts are all over the web today! Thanks for stopping, come back often!

  10. how come your apple looks so much prettier than mine ever do? 🙂 and yes, the blog world has Brussels love today. i can’t get enough, myself!

  11. That zucchini dinner looks phenomenal! And I too love SS butter on apples, just can’t beat it 😉
    Happy WIAW!

    • Hi Alexandra! It was just something I put together with what I had. I do that so often that it makes it difficult to give a recipe. I’ve pretty much always cooked that way. Love the SSbutter! Thanks for visiting BCDC and please come back!

  12. Mmm! Saute Brussels sprouts sounds great! Happy WIAW to you too! 🙂

  13. valerie andruss

    Peanut butter, apple and cheddar cheese sandwiches (particularly w/granny smith apples). Just saying…

  14. I am a huge Sunflowere Seed butter fan too (I like all nut butters, sut SFS butter is probably my favorite). I love the flower bowl you had your apple in–so pretty!

  15. Nightmare about the coupon – I always do that sort of thing – but at least you found it!
    I have to admit but sprouts are still one of the only vegetables I don’t like – I might have to try sauteing them like this though, it looks great 🙂

    • Hi there! So glad I found the coupon! I grew up eatting Brussel sprouts and lost the taste for them. Recent years I’ve gotten back to them. Sauteeing or roasting with some olive oil, salt and pepper really makes a difference! Try them, you might like them!

  16. That veggie bowl looks incredible!!! I think I might have to try that, brussel sprouts are my absolute favorite!

  17. Anything with nut butters keep me fueled and filled for ages!
    Oh yum!!! I love almond butters! 😀 It’ hard to keep one in my house because they’re always gone so soon!!

  18. I just tasted sunflower butter last week, and now Im hooked 🙂 Its so good and so different!! Love it!
    Brussel sprouts are my fave veggie! This post made me crave some right now 😉 Ill try to buy some for dinner today!

    • Hi Ragnhild! Isn’t that funny, I’m a newbie to sunflower butter too! It’s hard to explain but it tastes like sunflower seeds. So tasty and filling. Some people don’t like Brussel sprouts but I do!. Thanks for visiting and come back soon!

  19. beautyinthebalance

    I always misplace coupons and receipts and spend way too much time tearing my hair out over where I left them! The funny thing is I almost always put them in a ‘safe place’ so I won’t lose them. Hmm. My strategy is obviously flawed!

    • Yes, and then you can’t remember where that “safe” place is! I do the same thing, Marijke! I keep trying for organization in my life. Maybe that should be one of my categories…”Getting Organized.” Thanks for visiting, come back soon!

  20. Fran you’re such a nut =) haha j/k! Some days I cannot keep my hand out of the PB and Sunbutter jars! One taste and its allll i want on everything! Hope you had a fabulous WIAW!

  21. and thanks for the super sweet shoutout! you’re the best! =)

  22. I’ve been meaning to try sunflower seed butter but was a bit skeptical as to whether it would tastes as nice as my usual nut butters. After reading your post, I’m definitely going to pick up a jar next time I go shopping. It could great for my son’s lunchboxes as I always struggle to think of nut-free fillings. More often than not he ends up with houmous. Definitely time to expand the repertoire!

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