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Weekend Eats and a New Treat…

by agirlandhermutt on October 4, 2011

I managed to be pretty productive this past weekend, even after my local beer extravaganza on Saturday. On Sunday morning I woke up bright and early up at 10a to meeting up with my favorite Ultimate New Yorker, Meg, for some much needed brunch. My liver was still in tact and I was a hungry gurl.

Bring on Garden at The Cellar.

Oh hey Meg! I’ve missed you!

Traffic was nuts in Harvard Sq so I arrived a few minutes late, but just in time to pop one of these homemade tater tots. It was crispy, but light. The inside was also a burst of mashed potato. Why hasn’t anyone thought of that before?!

The Cellar has some awesome sounding items on their brunch menu including Fried Pancake Foster, Griddled Flapjacks, and a Brunch Burger. They all sounded great, but I wanted simple and good.

Poached Egg + Toast + Fruit & Honey w/ Whipped Ricotta=Best decision of the day.

There might have been an extra serving of veggies in the form of a bloody mary too. Eh. This didn’t even hold a candle to my Dad’s amazing creation.

Once brunch was done and we had said our good-byes I did the next logical thing…I went grocery shopping. If shopping on an empty stomach is a horrible idea, shopping on a stuffed belly is the best idea evah.

I was wondering aimlessly when I found this new treat, CoCo Lite Multigrain Pop Cake.

There isn’t much to these but they kind of remind me of a flattened rice cake.

They don’t have much flavor on their own but I am loving using these as a snack.

Some ideas I have had for these suckers already…

-Top with 1 tbsp of hummus
-Break apart into pieces to dip into salsa
-Top with nut butter and banana
-Spread 1 wedge laughing cow wedge

Easy peasy!

My only tip…don’t try to prepare your snack the night before. I don’t know what I was thinking (not much I guess), but I spread the hummus on my pop cake last night to have it ready to pack in my lunch bag the next day. Ugh. This is what happened overnight.

Uh. Ewww. The moisture from the hummus shrunk this baby right up like a little old man’s skin. Lesson Learned.

Has anyone tried these or seen them in your store?

I hope you all had a good Monday! Tonight is CSA goodies night and then I have a date with a mop and some Endust at my apartment. Jealous much?!

What is your favorite brunch item?

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A Week of Eats…

by agirlandhermutt on September 30, 2011

Hey party people! Its Friday and I could not be more excited. The Scientist and I have some fun events coming up this weekend and I’m ready to get to them already!

BUT FIRST!

In addition to a mid-week sleepover at The Bates Hotel, I also had some pretty stellar meals throughout the week. I would have shared them with you in my Daily Eats posts, but apparently I get so excited about my meals that I leave my camera wherever it should not be. Eh.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers
These burgers were perfect to make on Sunday night for dinner and leftovers made for a great lunches for a few days during the week. My burgers are a simple mix of extra lean ground turkey, panko bread crumbs, egg, and a sprinkle of blue cheese.  For this meal I paired my burger with “mashed potatoes” which is really just cauliflower with some Laughing Cow cheese. Mmmm…..

Back in June I let you all know about my decision to start eating meat again, which I don’t regret at all. However, I still eat TONS of veggie friendly meals. I would actually say that the majority of my meals are veggie. One of my favorites from this week was on Taco Tuesday.

Tempeh Tacos
This was my first time using tempeh and I was so pleasantly surprised! Tempeh is a fermented soybean product that has a firm texture with a kind of nutty flavor. It easily can be a meat substitute!

I paired my tempeh tacos with my homemade refried beans and a mixture of onions (from the CSA), corn (CSA), grape tomatoes and red wine vinegar.

 Isn’t Taco Night just fun to begin with?! What makes these suckers so much fun for dinnah?

  

Pull it together with some crumbled up tempeh and you have a par-tay!

 Last night was an ode to Weight Watchers with a combo of a few of their favorite recipes that they give newcomers to the program. Tried and true.

Baked Herb Chicken
This free-range organic chicken isn’t cooked in a fancy method, but it does come out juicy and delish thanks to some fresh herbs and a little veggie broth. Paired with spicy brown mustard roasted potatoes and fresh veggie soup and you have a complete delish and HEALTHY meal.

This meal was easy to put together, tasty to eat and had plenty of leftovers for lunch. Yee haw!

Oh, and can we talk about that brown bottle?! Oh yea. That is our home brewed beer. *Brush shoulders off*

  

This ale wasn’t as carbonated as I would like, but it was pretty tasty for our first try. It was unfiltered, but light and tasted similar to a hefeweizen. Kind of citrusy with a touch of bitter. Yay for some beer success!

Don’t worry…in between those kind of standard (but yummy!) meals there was some fun. How can you not have fun when POCKY is involved?!

  

Pocky is a Japanese biscuit stick with a chocolate or other type of coating on it. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I had 3 and called it a day.

I hope you all have a great weekend. I’ll be enjoying a beer fest, brunch with an old friend, and some football. Is it 5p yet?!  🙂

It is almost OCTOBER! What is your #1 goal for the new month?!

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Sushi and Series Reading…

by agirlandhermutt on September 23, 2011

Whoa. Where did this week go?! Posts have kind of been slim this week. Mostly because I haven’t really been up to much. My week consisted of two main things…sushi and reading. What else do you need in life really?!

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My first sushi stop of the week was with my old roommate, Marlene. She moved a little bit outside of our old stomping grounds so I made the trip out to visit her new place and get some dinnah.

When we first arrived at the restaurant there weren’t too many people in the place, which can be a little concerning, but by the time we left most of the tables had people at them. Any time there aren’t many people at a sushi place it starts to make me sweat a little. What do other people know that I don’t?!

Luckily there was no reason to sweat. The sushi was good and all was fresh. Score!

  

Hello Marlene! It was so nice to catch up on what she has going on in life and reminisce about some funny moments from our living together days. Marlene can crack a girl up!

My second sushi experience was a lovely little surprise from The Scientist later in the week. He brought us sushi to eat at home, which just happens to be my favorite way to eat it!

Can you get sushied out?! Is that possible?! I think not my friends. I think not.

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I’ve also been on a reading frenzy. I’ve been downing books left and right on the Kindle. I <3 that thing! Right now it goes from my purse, to my couch, to my nightstand. It’s a fun little routine.

Unfortuantely (or fortunately?!), I’ve been in a bit of a series marathon. Basically, I’ve been reading several books from one series, move on to another series to read a few of those, and then repeat that process.

The first series…

The Hunger Games

I heard people talking about these books for several weeks and when I posted asking for some book recommendations Shannon from Lemongrove Avenue recommended the series. I had to see what all the hype was about. It took me a minute to get into them, but once I had I was hooked. I ended up finishing all three of the books in one week and then felt depressed when I was done. Luckily my craving for all things The Hunger Games related will be satisfied when the movie comes out in March 2012!

My second series…

Stephanie Plum!

I see these books all of the time and I finally gave in to reading them. I love these books! I like the characters. I like the quick pace of these easy reads. I love the clever titles. I’m up to book five so keep em’ coming. The first book will have a movie in January 2012. Woot woot!

My third series…

Sookie Stackhouse!

I’m not a True Blood watcher. I tried to watch it once and I couldn’t get past a few of the actors accents. I see people freaking out about the show though so I’ve thought I was possibly a little quick to dismiss. The Scientist thought that I would love these books so he kind of forced me to read. After just a few pages I was totally hooked and so ready to watch the show. This book totally satisfies all of my nerdy Twilight-loving sensibilities. I’m on book four and I’m going to have to stop myself from whipping through all of these books in just a week or so! 

I’m debating what is next. I like the whole series reading right now because I get to follow a story for a few weeks. Plus these are all pretty easy reads which is nice since the majority of my reading is on my 15 minute shuttle rides from the parking lot to work.  Any series recommendations?

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I hope you all have a great weekend. This weekend is JAM PACKED with fun things for me including a wine cruise and a concert. I’ll be back on Twitter, updating Facebook, and back next week with some regular posts.

Are you a True Blood fan? Are you psyched for The Hunger Games or Stephanie Plum movies?

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