Pick A Day…It’s WIAW!!

Good Morning to all of you food fans out there.  Welcome to the Party!  This is the day that food bloggers far and wide wait for each week, anxious to be a part of it…It’s What I Ate Wednesday!  If you don’t know, it’s the party of the century every week over at Peas & Crayons with the lovely Jenn as the Mistress of Ceremonies!

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I’m giving you a real overview, combo, come as you are day today.  A little bit of this, A little bit of that…oops,  that’s a little bit of my NaNoWriMo brain jumping in wanting to join the party!  There’s lots to see and here we go!

You’ll remember me talking about all of the veggie roasting I did on Sunday.  This was the first dish I made on Sunday night.  I started with my previously prepared pinto beans, topped with a portion each of roasted broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash and Brussel sprouts.  Then finally topped with some of my 50% reduced fat Cabot cheddar cheese (yum) and sriracha sauce.  Very tasty and oh so filling.

Looks like a plain old yogurt container, right?  Well, you’ve heard of making overnight oats in a peanut butter jar…I decided it would work with the yogurt left at the bottom of a container. It doesn’t look very good, but…

It tasted great and I didn’t have to wash a jar!  I did my usual yogurt, soymilk, oats and cinnamon mix.  But added some Weight Watchers French Vanilla smoothie mix.  I’m trying to add extra protein and this is a good source.  Very tasty too.  I’m looking for a good protein powder to add to foods.  Anyone have any suggestions?  I need a good recommendation.  I like the vanilla, but was hoping also for a non-flavored one that I could had into savory dishes.

Monday night I still had roasted veggies on the mind.  I cooked up some quinoa.  Everytime I make quinoa, I love it more.  I’ve only ever made it using veggie broth and I don’t know how it would taste cooking it in water, but I just love the flavor.  I swear I could eat it with a spoon just as is after cooking.  I warmed up almost the last of the pinto beans I cooked last week, added the quinoa, the roasted veggies and warmed them up in the microwave.

Topped again with the Cabot cheese and sriracha sauce.  I’m nothing if not predictable.  I’m trying to think of something new to do with the remaining roasted veggies, but they may turn into something very similar to this!  Hey, I like it, I eat it!

I mentioned yesterday buying Kefir for the first time.

This morning I had it for breakfast.

I mentioned that I’m not really a fan of blueberry flavored things.  I love blueberries, but don’t like it as a flavoring.  I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. but it was delicious!  I paired it with Fiber One cereal.  It was so good that I’m not kidding when I say I licked the bowl!  I think I’m going to try making overnight oats with it.  That should be interesting! 

So that’s What I Ate Wednesday from my perspective.  Be sure to drop by to visit Peas & Crayons to make a little noise, leave a few comments, and be the Peeping Tom Foodie that you know you are!  Jenn and all of the rest of the gang will appreciate your company!

One more Fall photo for you…I’m allowed, it’s my blog!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!



51 responses to “Pick A Day…It’s WIAW!!

  1. I love WIAW! I make my yogurt and cereal messes in the bottom of yogurt containers sometimes because it saves some dishes. Overnight oats is a really good idea to do the same thing!! I haven’t had it in forever… hmm maybe I should eat my yogurt faster and try it!

  2. I really like that Kefir stuff! I was surprised I liked the blueberry too, but it had a great flavor and was filling too 🙂

  3. I tried kefir for the first time a few weeks ago, but the homemade kind. My friend gave me grains to make my own. It was good the first day or two, but got too strong to quickly. Maybe I should try flavoring it to make it more palatable – the blueberry kefir looks yummy!

  4. Quinoa is amazing isn’t it. Love your veggie, beans, quinoa combo. It sorta proves my theory that you can’t go wrong with a grain, and a good mix of veggies. Naturally delish.

  5. I bet quinoa and roast veggies taste amazing! I haven’t had roast veggies like that in way too long, this most be rectified!

  6. I like the Jay Robb brand protein powder, it’s quite pricey so I’ve only bought it once or twice but it’s delicious. I love Kefir, I always buy it when it’s on sale and make sure to buy a plain one as well as a flavored one so I can mix the two to cut down on sugar.

  7. WIAW makes the work/school week a lot better 🙂
    As always, your eats look so yummy!

    I’m not a big fan of blueberry flavored things too, I love blueberries though.

  8. Mmm great eats! I’m loving the roasted veggies 🙂
    Happy WIAW!

  9. Looks yummy! Would love to know your measurements for the overnight oats- I’ve tried to make it once (in a PB jar) and it tasted awful!! Not sure if I had the ratios wrong or what! The roasted veggies look amazing- my favorite part of fall!

    • Hi Mer! I uses 1/2 cup oats, 1/3 cup vanilla FF yogurt (because that counts as 1Point on WW) 1 and 1/2 teaspoons chia seeds, 1/2 cup almond or soy milk. Then I add spices-cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. I’ve been adding a 1/2 pack of WW french vanilla smoothie to get extra protein. Then in the morning, I add fresh fruit if I have it. If no fresh fruit, I add raisins to the overnight process. I left the yogurt out at first and hated it! Much better now!

  10. I love kefir and eat it with cereal most days. It is so good!

  11. Cabot cheese is the best. Happy WIAW!

  12. I absolutely LOVE quinoa, I could eat it with/on anything, even cooked plain! I love cooking it in almond milk and blending to make a porridge – so delicious and hearty.

  13. I love roasting a bunch of veggies for the week! Especially helpful for us Nano ladies who may or may not be a bit crunched for free time 😀 I roasted a bunch of butternut squash and have been enjoying that all week. Sriracha just so happened to be involved a couple times, too…I love that stuff!

  14. I haven’t tried Kefir before but I hear it’s really good. And I’m with you on the blueberry-flavored thing. I can eat blueberries but they have to be the real thing!

    • Ameena, I was really surprised. It tastes good and I think I’d by it again. Very ineresting! I have a stock of blueberries that I froze this summer when the were cheap. Haven’t dug into them yet. I’m waiting for winter when I really need a touch of summer!

  15. This all looks so good!! Love kefir too =)

  16. so funny you mentioned that because i am the same way with blueberry, except that kefir. Its not too sweet!

    • Hi Lindsay and thanks for the info on the chili stew. Sadly, I just looked at the link and there’s chicken stock in it. I may contact them to see if they possibly have a vegetarian version Thanks for the info, though and thanks for stopping by, please come back!

  17. Hi Fran,
    I love the oatmeal yogurt recipe…among others. Wonderful blog, so colorful with pictures. Great job.
    ~Victoria Marie Lees

    • Hi Victoria! Great to meet you on Saturday, wish we’d had more time to talk. Thank you for your kind words regarding BCDC. I keep trying to keep it fresh and interesting. I look forward to seeing you at the next Meetup!

  18. I love quinoa too – it’s so nutritious and delicious too. I use pea protein powder which is flavourless – it’s a UK brand, but you can probably find something similar.

  19. That quinoa veggie bowl looks delicious! I usually cook it with water (mostly because I don’t always have veggie stock on hand) and its great because it takes on the flavor of whatever you add (like veggies, protein, sauteed onion/garlic). I’m a big fan of the fluffy health powerhouse that is quinoa in all forms 😀

  20. Yum the roasted veggies look delish!!!

  21. Isn’t roasting vegetables so great? Love that you love your rooster sauce too (I always spell it wrong when I attempt to spell it- schrirachi?) 🙂 he he! Happy WIAW!!!!

  22. yum looks great and I am one big fan of roasted veggies that is for sure!

  23. Yum everything looks delicious. I never had Kefir but I’ve always wanted to try it. What is the texture like. Is it like milk or more thick like yogurt?

  24. I tried plain kefir once and I wasn’t a fan. I’ll have to give the flavoured kind a try!

    Your roasted veggie and bean dinners look amazing – especially with quinoa! It’s one of my favourite grains too. 🙂

  25. I’ve totally used the yogurt container to make overnight oats- so convenient! 🙂

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