I have collected quite the collection of foooooodzzz and different fooooooooddz as of late so I wanted to hop into Jen’s What I Ate Wednesday Part-ay once again after a lil break (as I didn’t really have anything interesting to show you guys). So behold summer lovin!
Don’t forget to check out the other foodies blogs here and what they’re nommin on during this first full week of July. This is my favourite month…I’m biased though what can I say. 😉 Other July babies out there?
Who thinks that grilled food is just better food?Grilled chicken and veggie kabob with a homemade marinade (mustard, ACV, dried basil and garlic powder, lemon juice and chili flakes) over a lovely rainbow veggie filled salad that I made up. I also threw some avocado in there.
What did I ask for for my pre-birthday family dinner? Grilled food of course! Kabobs are love….
Speaking of birthdays…You like my Mom’s attempt at making a ’23’ candle with only one of the numbers?
I laughed a lil. She makes me smile. Thanks Mom for putting some humour into my birthday cake. You all know I’m not one for cake, so this Apple Factory (only the best local market/grocer ever!) lemon meringue pie was enjoyed by my parents and Nana and Papa. No, the marshmallow ‘3’ candle was not devoured. Guess there are no marshmallow addicts in my family.
My first time having grilled trout…Grilled rainbow trout with the usual sides.
I died a lil and went to heaven. Those charred edges. That smokey flavour. As if I couldn’t love that fish any more…I was slapped in the face with a #Foodgasm. Maybe I need to try grilled kabocha…hmmmmm. Wheels turnin now.
Grilled food is even good as leftovers…Brown jasmine rice. Leftover chicken and veggie kebob and extra sauteed mushrooms and asparagus.
And you know that I’m never the biggest fan of eating leftover veggies. I lik’em fresh but theses were yummy and fueled me for the 2 hour dentist appointment. Why 2 hours? I got a whitening treatment on top of a cleaning all thanks to Dad. 😀
Grilled food is so good that I try to recreate them at home…Stuffed grilled pesto chicken breast with grilled veggies and brown jasmine Thai rice.
George Foreman Grill…you did a prettty good job. Craving satisfied. Oh and that stuffed chicken…
Mmmmmm…Twas good and all grill-y 😀
The stuffed chicken was simply a grilled piece of chicken that I seasoned with my homemade basil pesto and chili flakes butterflied open and stuffed with sauteed spinach, mushrooms, onion and some of my new sundried tomatoes that work brought in. They are unsalted, unsulphured and organic. So amazing because now I can eat sundried tomatoes guilt free once again! 😀 Orasta is the brand if anyone is interested.
Speaking of grilled food, who else thinks of burgers right off the bat when the word ‘grill’ comes up?
Ahhh..I have been burger lovin let me tell you. Unfortunately a true char grilled burger has yet to grace these lips but Foreman steps in once again to try to help me out.Grilled homemade chipotle spiced (Mrs. Dash) turkey burger served in a bibb lettuce ‘bun’ and loaded up with sauteed mushrooms, onion and spinach, avocado, basil pesto, sprouts and tons of mustard. Grilled asparagus and roasted kabocha on the side.
I believe this is the burger I made for Chaunda and I the first time she came over. She’s in competition prep mode (ie diet restrictions) for an up and coming fitness competition so her plate was lil less squashy and more non-starchy vegetabley. I would die without my kabocha…just sayin. She loved the burger though. Messy but delicious for the win!
Round 2 was made for Andre and myself. I got a leftover kangaroo burger that pulled out of the freezer from Father’s day (I simply stuck the rest of the uncooked patties in the freezer for a later craving and just took one out to thaw a wee bit. Cooked up just the same as when they were fresh), while Andre got served a lamb burger, made up Greek style with his own homemade tzatziki sauce by moi, from Agram Meats. I picked up those lamb patties way back when my Dad and I first took a trip into that place and I drooled over all of their local(!!!) exotic meats.
Same toppings as the first burger, but I added my new lovely unsalted, unsulphured Orasta sundried tomatoes to it. Did I overdo it on the sauteed goodies? Perhaps. Did they then end up all over my face. Perhaps. So worth the mess though…
I served our collard wrapped burgers (these leaves hold up better than bib lettuce I found) with a nice big salad and roasted butternut squash fries for me and me only as Andre is on a no-carb kick lately. Geesh, people and their carbs. I simply roasted the fries in some olive oil, garlic and chili powder, paprika and cracked black pepper, turned once and let then them go until I liked their doneness. Still working on getting them crispy…That is a special talent right there as apparently all I ever do is get them nice and caramelized and shrunken. #BittyFries.
Who craves more salads in the summer months?
I love salad all year round BUT I especially love a good #SaladBeast in the summer. I still have my roasted or grilled goodies in them though because that’s just how I roll, but the overall veggie lovin is real!
One other thing…
I have pretty much conquered that ‘no fruit ever unless it’s around your workout’ rule I had in my head lately with throwing various fruits into my salads. Yay me! Even if it’s a 1/4 of an apple here, or 2 ounces of a peach there, it’s still progress!
Verdict on fruit in salads…
YUM! I never thought I would like it, but I really do. So far I have had apples…Saladbeast with all the normal saladbeast mixins (raosted asparagus, acorn squash, mushrooms, and onions, raw peppers and cucumber, sprouts) sauteed chicken breast meat, avocado and RED DELICIOUS APPLE
I have tried both red delicious and granny smith apples. Overall, I can’t pick a favourite as I enjoyed both the tartness (granny) and sweetness (red delicious) that they brought. That crunch though! Oh and that lighting at home is perfection! #OnlyAFoodBloggerWouldUnderstand.
I have also tried peaches!Saladbeast with the same fixins as before BUT no avocado as I used fattier fish (halibut and the last of my leftover grilled rainbow trout..sadface) with peaches.
Sorry for the messy bowl, but I had to snap a picture because I think this was my favourite of the fruits I have tried. It was super ripe and sweet, but still has some crunch left. Perfection! I need to try grilling those peaches I think!
This was also my breakfast…err brunch… on my legit birthday (July 3rd). I made myself sleep in hardcore that morning after closing two nights in a row at work with their new later hours with no naps in between. It twas a good decision. Oh and the extra sleep was a good choice too. 😉
What fruit should I try next? I’m thinking a berry of some kind. Bloobs maybe?
Who still cares about my proatmeal porn?
Either way, I had to share at least one bowl of hot goodness…yes hot, I don’t do cold oats. Even when I need a fan blowing on me to eat them because it’s 30 degrees outside, ma oats NEED TO BE HOT!Preworkout Proats made with chia seeds, egg whites, gluten free oats, unsweetened almond milk and Cellucor cookie dough whey. Topped with melted nanner, raw cacao nibs, 1/4 of a cookie dough Questbar (some baked, some raw pieces) and 1/2 a tbsp of raw Artisana cashew butter.
I wanted to share this bowl because it was using one of my new Cellucor flavours…
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!
I was more excited about this one than the flavour ended up tasting. It’s very subtle. Lil disappointed, but it’s still good! The other flavour though, Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, blew my mind. The flavour is so prominent that I can smell the whey through it’s bag the second I walk in the house. My new favourite!
Well that’s it friends! Hope you’re enjoying some local summer goodies!
Do you like fruit in salads? What’s your favourite?
Favourite summer fruit and veggie? Cherries/peaches and rainbow sweet taters I would say.
Favourite thing to grill? What do you want to try grilled? I really want to try grilling one of my homemade burgers…or squash 😉