Breakfast/ Lunch

I <3 Baked Goods

Happy Friday everyone!!!!

I think I must be the luckiest girl ever because today I got another delicious baked good in the mail!!! (note: if anyone ever has any extra baked goods sitting around their house, I will more than happily take them off their hands!! hehe)


Gina’s raw coconut macaroons!!!!!! I first tried these babies when I first met Gina last fall and fell in love with them. Since then, I have tried to recreate them at home but somehow they always taste better when someone else bakes them for you!  🙂 I’m so lucky because not only is Gina a fabulous food blogger, but she also has become a great friend! Thank you Gina!!

This morning started really well because I found a new early morning snackie….


All I can say is YUM about the new Pepperidge Farm Fruit & Grain bagels!!!! They are 100% whole wheat and contain a variety of yummy and healthy ingredients such as ground flax, sunflower seeds and chewy dried cherries (no hfcs either!). And, they are only 160 calories and contain 8 grams of protein!  Usually bagels are more like 250-270 calories so this is perfect for my morning snack.

I used a tbsp of this cream cheese:



This snack with its great combo of carbs/protein/fat definitely kept me going until I took my breakfast break at 8:00. Then, I got to unveil my yummy Gina inspired breakfast cookie, which I had been looking forward to eating all morning!


This was a rather massive form of the traditional Fitnessista cookie…..I needed it to keep me full for about 5 hours!!! So, I used 3/4 cup oats, 1 mashed banana, 1 huge scoop almond butter, 1/2 scoop chocolate protein and a little silk light vanilla. You can read exactly how to make Gina’s cookie here.

The verdict? It did keep me full and it did taste AMAZING, but I was a little snacky regardless! I think its a volume thing…I get more satisfied when a HUGE bowl of hot oatmeal is placed in front of me rather than something flat on a plate, even if the same ingredients are used! Anyone else the same way?! Around 11:00 I had half of a tiny slice of sunflower flax bread to keep my mouth happy. This breakfast was so easy to pack and take on the go though, so I definitely will have it again to keep some variety in my work morning breakfasts!

When I got home from work I made a classic soup & salad combo for lunch. I wanted to get some greens in because tonight Ryan and I have a PIZZA date and we have been looking forward to it all week long!!

So, I had a huge plate of romaine and raw broccoli topped with two big scoops of Sabra’s roasted garlic hummus


As well as a can of this soup—



And, last but certainly not least……



The soup was just meh though. I wouldn’t buy it again. It was sort of watery and not all that “hearty”. I’ll probably be hungry for a snack rather soon! 😉

So, today being the first Friday of Meatless in March, does anyone want to share their favorite vegetarian recipe of the week??? If so, please leave it in a comment form on this post and this afternoon/evening I will go through and make one long document out of all the recipes and post it with my dinner tonight! That way everyone can get inspiration and new meal ideas from each other! It doesn’t have to be your own recipe but if you use someone else’s, please cite that person or cookbook! Also, you could just put in a link to that recipe if you got it off the web.

I’m off to Whole Foods to do my traditional Friday afternoon/ring in the weekend grocery shop. I really don’t need much of anything, I just like to wander aimlessly and today is a rest day from exercise. Tonight Ryan and I are going to Greenwise for pizza, and I am SO EXCITED because this morning I made my crust!!! Yep, I made a little 100% whole wheat pizza crust and I set the dough ball baby in the bakery fridge so that tonight when we go order our pizzas, the pizza guys can just use the crust I prepared to make a perfect mini size pizza just for for me! =)

Last but not least……..HAPPY 27th ANNIVERSARY MOM AND DAD!!!! I love you guys!

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  • Jenna 2
    March 6, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Those macaroons looks great 🙂 Thanks for the bagel review!!!!!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    March 6, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Mmmm, macaroons!

    Happy Anniversary to your mom and dad!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    March 6, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I had some sunflower flax bread today too…love that stuff. Have fun on your pizza date! Ooh and I made a tofu broccoli stir fry last night that was SUPER. DELISH!

    Enjoy your Friday!

  • Moran
    March 6, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Those bagels sound SO good!
    And regarding the cookie – I just read a similar response from Monica at regarding the volume eating! But it tastes delicious all the same!

  • Sarah
    March 6, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I’ve tried the blueberry pomegranate bagels, and I love them. They’re great with nut butter. Hope you have a good weekend!

  • Kati
    March 6, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    The stats on those bagels are impressive! I’ll have to lookout for those. . .my meatless meals this week have included
    1) spaghetti squash pancakes from Tina’s blog
    2) stir-fry with veggies, brown rice, and egg
    3) nachos with cheese and beans 🙂
    4) today- a “Which-Which” sandwich—vegetarian style :>

  • Becca A
    March 6, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I am jealous of your macaroon package!

    I’m the same way with food. My oats this am were not as voluminous as usual and I didn’t feel full after eating!

  • VeggieGirl
    March 6, 2009 at 1:37 pm


  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    March 6, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    ahhhh! those. macaroons. always. look. so. good!!
    i need to try making them … though, like you said, probably won’t taste as good as if someone else made them!

  • Danielle
    March 6, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    I haven’t made many interesting meals without meat this week, I’ll have to kick it up next week.
    Have fun on your pizza date!

  • faith
    March 6, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    For the meatless in March I mad a recipe like this one :

    I didnt use coconut milk because i had none and i used different vegetables like carrots,mushrooms and cabbage in place of the cauliflower, but it still tasted wonderful!
    I bet the coconut milk would have made it even better too, but the cashews were spectacular in it!!!

  • Jaclyn
    March 6, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Hey, love your blog! I totally agree; I love wondering the aisles of Whole Foods too–and, Fridays always have the best free samples! ;P

  • joyful
    March 6, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Okay, this recipe is a total vegetarian indulgence because of all the cheese, but good nonetheless:
    Cheese Enchilada Casserole (8×8 pan):
    You’ll need corn tortillas, cheddar or pepperjack cheese (or both!), a can of green chiles, regular sized cream of mushroom soup (or family size if you want to make a 9×13 casserole), plus the milk/plain soymilk to reconstitute the soup, one chopped onion.
    Chop up the onion and throw it in a pot with the milk, soup, and green chiles, heat and stir until smooth. Break the corn tortillas into quarters and lay a layer on the bottom of a the casserole dish. Add a layer of the mushroom soup mix on top, then a nice layer of shredded cheese. Repeat until you use everything up! Cook until nice and bubbly in a 350 degree oven, about 30 minutes. (Note: I did not think I would like this; I don’t like cream of mushroom soup, it seems freaky, but when everything melds, it’s SO GOOD!)
    I like to serve this with refried beans and mexican/spanish rice, yum!

  • katecooks
    March 6, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    OMG!!! I recently bought that bowl from Target — love it!! Every time I go in there, I usually walk away with one cute bowl or cup or plate. It’s my little indulgence that can seriously brighten my whole day 🙂

  • Michelle Hisae
    March 6, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I tried protein crepes this morning! They didn’t turn out very pretty, but the flavor was decent. I added almond butter and blueberries on top, and that definitely helped. But I was like you, I needed some grains, so out came the toast….(=

  • Megan
    March 6, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Those bagels look so good!! And I’m super excited because tonight I’m making pizza too!! TJ’s pizza dough is SO good–it’s only a dollar for a bag of dough and it makes 8 pizzas for me.

    Tomorrow is actually going to be my FIRST trip to whole foods! Me and my friend are going for lunch because of all the amazing things I’ve heard about their hot bar–any suggestions??

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    March 6, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    My favorite vegetarian recipe is by far my vegan Chili i made a few weeks back. The recipe is here:


  • Whitney
    March 6, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I’m not doing the meatless in March challenge BUT I did make Veganomicon’s Snobby Joes this week and they were DE-LISH! I think I’m making happyherbivore.coms red lentil dahl this evening alongside some kale chips (spray kale leaves with NO stem with some oil spray and bake at 350 degrees for 10 or so minutes until they are crispy. Top with a little ketcup!) Have a good weekend!!

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    March 6, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    I have to find those bagels! Thanks for letting us know they’re out there! Are they the same size as regular bagels? I cannot tell. Holla for the macaroons too! Have a wonderful night out with the man, and happy anniversary to the rents! OH and for a recipe- this is from Real Simple magazine, and I don’t have a link for it, but this is from memory: Black Bean soup (FOUR ingredients): 1 can black beans, 1 can black refried beans, 1 16 oz. can veggie stock, 1 14-16 oz. jar/tub of any salsa. Combine over medium heat until everthing is hot and ready! It’s DELICIOUS and super fast and easy. You can also have fun with it by mixing up the salsa!

  • Erika
    March 6, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Yes Jenna…I am totally the same way! I am a volume eater. Although I loooooovee the breakfast cookie…I just love how long a big bowl of oatmeal lasts me! and even when I really want something different for breakfast..I’m always like dang ! shoulda stuck to oatmeal! haha…good eats…I love seeing what you make everyday 🙂

  • Hallie
    March 6, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Oh I am so looking out for those bagels! I think they’d be great with peanut/almond butter or mashed banana.

    I love that you have a “ring in the weekend” grocery trip. I LOVE grocery shopping and I think some people think I’m a freak for that.

  • Jess.
    March 6, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I don’t have any specific recipes to share because i don’t actually know how to link things :), but i have found some great vegan recipes on they have a great menu planner/grocery list system there as well. I have made a couple of recipes from there this week and they have been really good. My dinner plans for the next 3 days involve recipes from them as well.
    tuesday- easy peasy sloppy joes
    wednesday-sour cream chicken enchiladas
    thursday- leftovers
    tonight- caramelized onion white bean pizza with spinach and mush
    saturday-spicy thai peanut noodles
    sunday- blueberry cornmeal pancakes for brunch and chicago style itallian beef (seitan) sandwiches for diner

    all of the above recipes are vegan and i already have my menu plan/grocery list done for next week. it’s a really great resource!

  • sonia
    March 6, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Indian food has so many veg options. I am a vegetarian and there are so many options there. Even mexican food – replace beef with beans.

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    March 6, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    That’s a delicious double dose of the Fitnessista!

    Here’s my vegetarian Pad Thai recipe. I LOVE IT!

  • Sharon
    March 6, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love that bagel combo!!!

  • Mariposa
    March 6, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    yum! treats from Gina!!! thats a great way to end a day for sure!

    i dont have any inspirational recipes that dont require meat, so i will let the rest of the bunch add stuff in! lol

  • LT
    March 6, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    If I want something quick and easy, I play around with different rice/bean combos. I mix it up by using different beans and grains (or pasta) every time and adding different veggies like peas, broccoli, etc. and then finally by changing up the sauces or dressings.
    Today I had:
    brown rice, chickpeas, & peas seasoned/dressed with a combo of garlic, ginger, peanut butter, soy sauce, and dijon mustard and topped with some toasted pine nuts.

  • Shelby
    March 6, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Oh geez, those macaroons are killin’ me! They look fabulous as do those bagels =)

    I’m the same way with the oatmeal/ I have to have a nice big bowl of it to be satisfied.

  • FoodsThatFit
    March 6, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    This is my recipe for Tofu and Veggie Curry
    1 block extra firm tofu (frozen, thawed, pressed, then cubed)
    1 zucchini, chopped,
    1 bell pepper (any color) chopped
    1 1/2 cups mushrooms (fresh)
    1/2 cup broccoli puree (optional, but adds an extra veggie serving without even knowing!)
    1/2 jar Trader Joe’s Curry Simmer Sauce and equal amount water.
    Salt, to taste
    Chopped tomato

    Sautee zucchini, bell pepper, mushrooms and tofu in a pan over medium heat. When veggies are beginning to brown add broccoli puree, 1/2 bottle simmer sauce and equal amount of water. Stir and let simmer until liquid is reduced and becomes thick. At the end I added salt, to taste, and chopped tomatoes at the very end.

    This made a ton of food! I love Indian food and the TJ’s simmer sauce made it taste great. I really like the texture of frozen, then thawed, then pressed tofu. I didn’t miss the meat at all!


  • Runeatrepeat
    March 6, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Ha, I said the exact same thing about the breakfast cookie 🙂 Tastes good, but I need more volume!

  • RunToFinish
    March 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    homemade crust, I am so impressed!!

  • Organic Girl aka AshleyH
    March 6, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    It was hard for me to chose my favorite vegetarian meal since I make so many but most are just stir frys or throw it together meals. This one is fast, healthy and simple, but the garlic and red onion are an amazing combo that makes this anything but bland. Enjoy!!

    Vegetarian Black Bean and Kale Tacos
    1T olive oil
    1 sm red onion halved and thinly sliced
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1t ground cumin
    1 sm head of kale (about 5.5 oz), tough stems removed and cut in
    large pieces
    1 15 oz can Black beans drained and rinsed
    1c frozen corn kernels
    8 6inch corn tortillas
    2-4 oz queso cotija (I usually use monterey jack cheese)
    1 med. avocado, cubed (opt.)

    heat olive oil in large skillet. add onion and garlic. sprinkle with cumin. stir. saute for 2 min. add kale. use tongs to coat in oil, cover and cook for 2 min until just tender and bright green. add beans and corn and cook about 2 min until warmed through. add cheese and stir to mix (you wont be able to see cheese anymore but you can definitly taste it!). Season with s&p.
    while kale is cooking warm tortillas in microwave. divide up kale and top with whatever you please (more cheese, salsa, avocado…)
    *for two tacos it is 361 calories, 11g fat (3g sat.), 16g protien, 11g fiber

  • emily
    March 6, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    This is more of a side than a dinner recipe, but Oven “Fried” Okra –

    *wash desired amount of okra, chop off both ends, and chop into finger food sized pieces (also, preheat oven to 425)
    *dip okra pieces into 1egg beaten with hot sauce (I like Chipolte Tabasco)
    *then dredge through bread crumbs
    *bake for 25minutes

    I dip these in ketchup like french fries

  • Emily
    March 6, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Have fun with the pizza and the boy! 🙂

  • Heather
    March 6, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    one of my favorite vegetarian recipes can be found here:
    i’ve tried many black bean burgers (including the ones in veganomicon & all varieties of frozen) and these are hands down the best ones i’ve tried. i think the chopped nuts add something special!

  • Run Saraaah
    March 6, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Hi there! Here is my vegan recipe – it’s my and my mom’s. It is very filling, not too calorie heavy, but delicious and easy to make with whatever you have in your kitchen!

    Vegan Faux Meat Casserole
    1 package Yves ground round vegetarian or Morning Star Crumbles
    2 cups cut up vegetables (carrots, onion, mushroom, green, or red pepper, celery, anything)
    2 eggs beaten (or egg replacements – flax seed + 2 tbsp oil)
    1 teaspoon spices (salt, pepper, garlic)
    1 tablespoon Soya or tamari sauce (or any Asian sauce)
    ½ -3/4 cup breadcrumbs (croutons can be used blended fine)
    Ground walnuts or cashew nuts may be added and less breadcrumbs used.

    Mixture must be moist.
    Mix all together and bake in a loaf pan for 30 minutes 350 degrees!

    This loaf can be made with other flavours as the focus, ie for Italian change the Soya sauce to ketchup or any Italian salad dressing.

  • K
    March 6, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    You had a Gina filled day!! I’m a total volume eater so I understand where you’re coming from! My favorite Veggie meal is just baked tofu now that I’ve taken the jump and tried it. I freeze tofu for 24 hours, thaw it, slice it, press it, cover with BBQ sauce, and let it sit for a little while in the fridge. When I want to cook it, I bake it for 30 minutes at 400F – flip halfway through. I serve those with baked sweet potato fries 🙂

  • Melissa
    March 6, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    I’ll be on the lookout for those bagels…. yum.

  • Nicole
    March 6, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I can’t remember where I found this recipe, but it is FABULOUS!

    1 cup quinoa, thoroughly rinsed
    1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    1/2 onion, finely diced
    2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
    1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 1/2 cups water
    1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper
    juice of 1 lime
    Avocado slices for topping

    Sautee onions, sweet potatoes and chili powder in olive oil until onions are cooked through and tender, add brown sugar and stir well. Add qunioa and cook 2-4 minutes. Add water and salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover, simmering until the potatoes are tender, about 12-15 minutes. Add black beans and lime juice. Cook uncovered until all the liquid has been absorbed.

  • bibixs
    March 6, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Hey jenna!
    today i made the worst black bean burgers ever !!!
    i used a can of black beans and a canned of refried beans and they sucked! refried beans just made the whole thing gross! they were tasty but they gave everyone stomach ache :s

  • Laura
    March 6, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I have four favourite veg recipes at the moment!

    Red Lentil & Barley Tomato Vegetable Soup
    In a soup pan, saute 2 diced onions, 2 diced carrots, 3 diced zucchini and 3 stalks diced celery in a little olive oil. Add 1 tin of crushed tomatoes, 1 tin tomato puree, 4 cups vegetable stock, 2 cups water, 1 cup split red lentils, 1/2 cup pearl barley, 1/2 cup yellow split peas, and 1/2 tsp ground cumin. Bring to the boil and then simmer for an hour and a half. Delish! 🙂

    Quinoa, Feta & Basil Stuffed Tomatoes
    Remove the cores of eight large tomatoes and discard. Then carefully scrape all of the tomato “innards” into a bowl. Set the hollowed tomatoes into a baking dish. Saute half an onion and a zucchini, both diced very small, and one teaspoon of ground turmeric in a little olive oil until soft. Add to the bowl of yummy tomato goop. In a saucepan cook 1/2 cup dry quinoa with 1 tsp veg stock, 1 crushed clove of garlic, and a pinch of saffron threads. Simmer until quinoa is cooked, then add to the bowl of mixings. Also add a tablespoon of finely chopped basil, a quarter cup of crumbled feta, 1 beaten egg and a quarter cup of grated cheese. Mix together and spoon into the hollowed tomatoes. Top with a little extra grated cheese and bake for approximately 30 minutes at a moderate temperature.

    Butternut Squash, Red Onion & Roasted Capsicum Salad with Garlic Hummus Dressing
    In a baking dish, toss together diced butternut squash, red onion and diced capsicum (bell peppers) with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and half a teaspoon of allspice. Roast in the oven for approximately thirty minutes or until veggies are cooked. Remove to a large salad bowl, drizzle over a couple of teaspoons of red wine or balsamic vinegar and stir through two tablespoons of garlic hummus until you have a creamy (and yet low fat!) coating on your veggies.

    The World’s Healthiest & Yummiest Cinnamon Plum Cookies
    In a bowl, combine 3/4 cup wholemeal flour, 3/4 cup rolled oats, 3 Tbsp ground flax seed, 3 tsp baking powder, 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon and 1/2 tsp ground mixed spice. Into this, toss through approximately ten quartered prunes and ten chopped dried apricots. Make a well in the center and add 1 beaten egg, 4 Tbsp pure maple syrup and enough applesauce (approx. half a cup) until you can form the mix into loose cookie shapes on a baking tray. Bake at a moderate heat for ten to fifteen minutes, or until firm and golden. Should make about a dozen cookies, coming in at approximately 95 calories a piece.

    Sorry for the huge long post, Jenna!

  • Kristie
    March 6, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I love love love the breakfast cookies but I’m totally with you on the volume thing. I like my breakfasts to be big, look big, and include lots and lots of bites. Nothing beats a giant bowl of oatmeal in the volume department.

  • Ellen
    March 6, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    i think my post got spammed or something?

  • Katie
    March 6, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I know you’ve made it before, but I just love it!

  • Meg
    March 6, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Happy anniversary to your parents!

    I am definitely all about the volume when it comes to food.

  • Caroline
    March 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    SO many great products in this post!
    I really want to try those bagels–can you get them at Publix?
    That soup looks awesome, too, especially in that snazzy/supah-cute Target bowl;)

    Happy Anniversary to your Mom and Dad!

  • TanyaS
    March 6, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    I was pleasantly surprised that I remained meatless the whole week while still feeding an omni husband & kids, and it was way easier than I expected. They had burgers, I had a veggie burger, they had pork chops, I just cooked up some extra veg in the form of Jenna’s mom’s fried cabbage (yum).

    The only totally separate creation I made was a barley/mushroom/lentil stew in the slow cooker. Super easy:
    1/3 cup barley
    4 cups veg broth
    2 cups sliced mushrooms
    1 can lentils
    Let sit in the crock pot all day and I served over rice.

  • Christie
    March 6, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I have been doing meatless in March all of March and this is what I have had this week:

    1. Glazed Tofu from Bella Eats
    2. tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
    3. penne pasta with a sauce made from 1 can of tomatoes, a pack of baby portabellas, 1/2 of an onion, and some mozzerella
    4. a bunch of sides (sweet potatoes, edamame succotash, brussels sprouts)

    It’s been sort of a challenge but lots of fun. I am excited about going grocery shopping this weekend!

  • Fit Mommy
    March 6, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Wow. Loving all these veggies recipes!

  • Leah
    March 7, 2009 at 4:19 am

    Those baked goods look GREAT!!

    Happy Anniversary to your parents!!! 27 years, wow!! xo

  • gina (fitnessista)
    March 7, 2009 at 8:08 am

    so glad the ‘roons got there safely 😀
    and that is a HUGE bfast cookie! i totally agree though, bowls of oats are more filling, but i just love cookies for bfast
    happy anniversary to your parents!