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Gah! I’m so sorry for being MIA……Ryan’s internet is down and last night I was so tired that I passed out 10 minutes after eating pizza. But here is a super long (and fun!) post to redeem myself!

Sooooooo it appears I have a bit of a problem……….

A WHOLE FOODS PROBLEM!!!!! I go in there with ONE thing in mind. One thing! All I needed was ground soy so I could make my meatless sloppy joes at some point next week, and I walk out spending $100!!!! What is the matter with me?! Some girls have issues buying new shoes or new outfits all the time and for me, its food. Granted, I am well aware that my food may cost a little more…..but still. Here’s some photos of the damage. To only be fair, I must make it known that none of that produce was actually from Whole Foods—it was from the local produce stand down the street.


  • Coconut water
  • new UNSWEETENED vanilla hemp milk (it was on sale, too, so I felt pretty awesome)
  • 2 jars of crack
  • Goddess dressing
  • split pea soup, light coconut milk, vegetarian refried beans
  • new Amy’s soup, bartlett pear halves in juice
  • oats from the bulk bin
  • Rudi’s 7 grain and flax wraps


  • Ground soy (oh good, Jenna, the ONE thing you came into the store to buy!!!)
  • small coconut water to take to my race next weekend
  • yogurt galore
  • tempeh bacon
  • kashi protein bar, odwalla bars (never tried ’em but heard great things!), optimum rebound bar
  • string cheesy
  • primal strips (never tried these either but the guy next to me caught me staring at them for like 30 2 minutes and said how awesome they were….they contain 10 grams of protein and only 80 calories…great for a little pick-me-up?? anyone??)
  • tofu


  • acorn squash
  • garnet yams
  • grape tomatoes
  • 2 starfruit!!!!
  • big ol’ eggplant (what should I do with this?!)
  • pineapple
  • organic greens
  • 3 mangoes
  • fresh ginger
  • avocado
  • jalapeno

I also got a Kombucha while shopping because, well, its Friday.


I have tried guava, strawberry and now grape and I have to say…..I like grape the best!!! It is SOOOO good and I only wish I could afford to drink more than one a week! 🙁

When I got home I totally needed a snack after all that food shopping so I had an apple & almond butter


And then Ryan and I went to Greenwise to get our pizzas around 7:45, when he got home from work. As you might imagine, I was hurtin’ for certain at that point…..soooooooo tired!! And, a bit of a scratchy throat so I’m really really praying a cold is not in my future. Anyways, my pizza turned out AMAZING and totally worth the wait. They used my mini 100% whole wheat crust and I got goat cheese and mixed veggies on top


Every bite was bliss. Obviously. I ate it all except for 3 small slices. I could have polished the entire thing off but I knew I was just going to go into the next room and pass out and the thought of eating a whole pizza and then two minutes later going to sleep didn’t settle right with me. I hate feeling incredibly full and bloated when I’m trying to sleep. Regardless, I did feel incredibly full and it was a little uncomfortable but so worth it.

Then, this morning I woke up at 6:00 with a 5K practice run on my mind!!

My trail run is a week from today and I really wanted to do a timed practice run in the dirt/grass along the sidewalk. So, I ate half of this bar and stretched, stretched and stretched some more….


The bar was AWESOME. I can’t believe I had never tried this kind before. Blew clif bar away in my mind….it tasted EXACTLY like fresh baked banana bread and I will definitely be eating more of these in the future. Plus, half it was the perfect pre-run snack! My standard pre-run snack in the past has always been half of a clif bar but this was sooooo much better.

As for the run…..IT ROCKED!!!!!!! I followed the same path as last week’s 5K, but this time running it in the grass and this time clocking in at 24:48!!!!!!! Yep, I totally smoked my previous PR of 26:30 AND ran in the grass. I did about a 10 minute warm up walk and while my shins were a little sore, they were definitely runnable and running in the grass helped immensely. At one point, I even switched over to the sidewalk to see if I could feel a difference and I definitely could…the instant my feet hit that hard concrete, I felt more pain. I had an awesome playlist on my ipod and I think that helped as well. Nothing like running just as the sun is coming up to some great tunes. When I came up on the finish and looked down at my HRM and saw I was going to make it under 25, I pushed it and then jumped up and down for joy!! Once home, I stretched like it was going out of business then elevated and iced with frozen corn & bananas (haha).

I was craving cold cereal for breakfast this morning so when I got home from my run I had a half cup of Zoe’s Honey Almond granola + a half cup of Go Lean Crunch + a sliced banana with unsweetened vanilla hempmilk


LOVE the unsweetened vanilla hempmilk. Seriously, its the best stuff since sliced bread. I always enjoyed the regular vanilla one but it was a little too sweet and high in calories for my taste (the sugar led to the 130 calories per cup). This new unsweetened kind still has that creamy vanilla taste but isn’t as sweet and only has 70 calories per cup.

Plus, one cup gives you:

  • 800 mg Omega-3 with SDA
  • 2600 mg of Omega-6 with GLA
  • All 10 Essential Amino Acids
  • 4 g Digestible Protein
  • Vitamins A, B12, D, E, Riboflavin & Folic Acid
  • Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron & Zinc
  • 40% Daily Value of Calcium
  • And, it was on sale for only $2.50 at Whole Foods! I should have gotten more than one!!

    After breakfast I headed over to Panera to grab coffee and blog since there’s still no internet


    Meatless in March Week One Recipes

    From Joyful

    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!

    From Kailey (SnackFace)

    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!

    From Abbie at FoodsThatFit

    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!

    Mara @ What’s For Dinner

    Vegan Chili with Bulgur


    1 onion, finely chopped

    3 cloves of garlic, minced

    1 Tbsp. olive oil

    2 cups bulgur wheat

    4 cups water

    2 large (32 oz) cans of crushed tomatoes

    2 cans pinto beans, drained

    2 cans dark red kidney beans, drained

    2 cans light red kidney beans, drained

    2 cans great northern beans, drained

    3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped

    2 Tbsp. reserved adobo sauce from pepper can

    2 Tbsp. chili powder

    2 tsp. Sriracha or other hot pepper sauce


    In a LARGE pot, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add the garlic and onion, and cook until transluscent, and the garlic is browned. Add the tomatoes, drained beans, bulgur and water. Stir well. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat to medium-low, and simmer until bulgur is done, about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    From Sarah–lovINmytummy

    (click to go to her blog and see her yummy sounding rendition of pad thai!! Looks delicious, Sarah!)

    From AshleyH

    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

    From Emily

    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

    From Run Saraaah

    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.

    From Nicole

    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.

    From Laura

    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.

    (dang!! Thanks, Laura!!!!)

    from TanyaS

    Barley/Mushroom/Lentil Stew in the Slow Cooker

    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.

    Great job, guys!!!! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!

    I’ll be doing a recipe round-up every Friday afternoon and post them in a manner such as this so we can see them all together in an easy-to-read format. Sound good? Now, what is everyone’s plans for this lovely Saturday?? The boy has gone spearfishing all day and my BIG plan is to lay by the pool and relax I bought a new magazine and new sunscreen and I totally plan to just veg out. I can’t wait.

    In the blogworld:

    Abbie at is still looking for recipes for her amazing blogger cookbook! I gave her a couple and I know she would love to hear from yall as well! Check her out!

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  • Julie
    March 7, 2009 at 7:54 am

    lol I have the same shopping problem…with Target. I go in for one thing, but end up spending at least $100 on things I didn’t even know I needed! Oh well, the economy needs stimulating right? You’re just helping out your country. It’s very patriotic of you. The pizza looks amazing by the way, I tried goat cheese on pizza a little while ago (at bertucci’s so probably not the same as your tasty creation) and it was de-lic-ious.

  • Erik
    March 7, 2009 at 7:58 am

    I missed the recipe night! Better late then never though – this recipe is the boss dog.

    1 cup organic red quinoa
    2 cups water
    6 radishes chopped in a medium dice, about 1 1/2 cups
    Half a small red onion, cut into a small dice
    1 large tomato, or equal amount of cherry tomatoes (1 cup) chopped
    3/4 cup crumbled goat cheese (Vegan Recipe for this Below)
    2 tbs. capers, chopped coarsely
    2 tsp chopped fresh oregano (could use fresh parsley, or skip entirely)

    1 tbs Dijon mustard
    4 tbs red wine vinegar
    1/3 cup olive oil
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Bring the water to a boil and pour the dry quinoa in, cook for until all the water has absorbed and the quinoa is done—about 15-20 minutes (you can also cook quinoa in a rice cooker).

    Let the quinoa cool and then toss with all the salad ingredients except the cheese.

    Whisk the mustard and vinegar together until smooth, begin to drizzle olive oil in, whisking constantly, until the mixture begins to emulsify. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Pour dressing over salad, toss to mix, adjust seasonings. Fold cheese in carefully at the end, so as not to get all mushy.

    -I follow this for a version of Vegan Herbed Goat Cheese-

    3/4 cup strained soy yogurt (requires about 1 1/2 cups soy yogurt before straining. Instructions follow.)

    1 tsp Chinese white (not red!!!!!) preserved tofu. You should find a jar without chilis or other spices, which isn’t hard at most Asian markets. It should ideally contain only tofu, seseme oil, salt, wine, any other neutral flavors that might be in it, and probably MSG because they all have it (I’m not convinced MSG is that bad for you unless you’re a person who reacts accutely. Chinese home cooks put it in everything and they live forever unless they eat McDonald’s.)

    1/2 tsp salt

    2 tbsp Vegenaise

    1 tbsp chopped fresh herbs and dried herbs. I used 5 or 6 basil leaves, 2 tsp or so fresh rosemary, 1/2 tsp each dried thyme, oregano, and parsley. The more fresh the more better. Go crazy with the herbs.

    1 SMALL clove pressed garlic. Only one. You don’t want to go crazy with the garlic. A small amount adds savoriness, but you don’t want to taste the garlic for itself.

    1/2 tsp fresh black pepper

    To strain the yogurt, take 1 1/2 to 2 cups (or an entire tub, and have leftovers) of plain, unsweetened soy yogurt. I used Wildwood for this. Line a sieve with an unbleached paper towel or a piece of cloth, prop it up over a bowl, and pour the yogurt into the lined sieve. Cover with plastic wrap to keep it from getting funky tasting in the fridge. Let the liquid strain out for 24-48 hours, refrigerated. After it strains you’ll have a paste with about the consistency of thinnish cream cheese.

    When the yogurt is strained, combine it with all the other ingredients in a bowl, blend well. Eat. It’s good on crackers. I’ve been thinking about making mac and cheese with it, minus the herbs plus a little earth balance.

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    March 7, 2009 at 8:03 am

    I LOVE the grape! Glad you liked it too. Have a wonderful Saturday!

  • Erik
    March 7, 2009 at 8:03 am

    +1 on the Odwalla bars. Berries GoMega is where it’s at.

  • Victoria
    March 7, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Super long post! About the primal strips. I’ve tried them and thought they were pretty good. My husband LOVES them! The teryaki seitan ones are very similar to jerky apparently.

  • Becca A
    March 7, 2009 at 8:13 am

    I’m the same way with food shopping…I walked into Wegman’s the other day just to browse and left with almost a $100 worth of goodies. To be fair, some I can’t find in the local grocery store here!

  • VeggieGirl
    March 7, 2009 at 8:13 am


    Hell yes for rockin’ the run, eatin’ well, and havin’ fun.

    Loves!! We need to catch up this weekend.

  • Shelby
    March 7, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I do the same thing in WF! It’s insane.
    I want to try that hempmilk! I wish I could find it somewhere. It sounds so creamy and rich. =)

    I bought that Grape Kombucha yesterday…I’m so excited to drink it!

  • Natalie
    March 7, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I’m a whole foods addict too, I never just buy what I came for…everything just looks too good 🙂

    Those recipes sounds really good! I bet they make it easy to go meat free.

  • Nicole
    March 7, 2009 at 8:30 am

    MMmm, all those recipes look so good!

    Girl, I have a Whole Foods problem too!

  • coco
    March 7, 2009 at 8:30 am

    WF always make me spend too much too!! 😀 But you got some goodies there, so enjoy!

  • Erin
    March 7, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I have the same grocery shopping problem! I never buy clothes, but I have a food problem.
    Those primal strips are good!

  • Tanya
    March 7, 2009 at 8:36 am

    I just love seeing all the new and interesting stuff at WF, but I rarely rock out because of the prices! Looks like you are going to do great on your trail run. You and some other runner bloggies are totally inspiring me to do some 5Ks this summer.

  • polly
    March 7, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Hey girl! I’ll meet ya at the pool in oh say… 20 hours. 🙂

    What a wonderful post… full of joy, pizza, great run, and whole foods madness. (madness = yumminess)

    oh!!! I’m posting a new yoga video in a little bit, it’s less than 14 minutes of yoga bliss. 😉 Maybe you can give it a go this weekend at some point! Love ya like blueberries in July in Indiana!! XOXO

  • Moran
    March 7, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Such a great post Jenna!!!
    Enjoy your Saturday

  • Emily
    March 7, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Can you believe I’ve NEVER been to Whole Foods?! Yes, I am a foodie failure.
    Your pizza looks SOOO good!

  • Kimberly
    March 7, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Stimulate that economy! 😉

    Your pizza looks AMAZING!

  • Melissa
    March 7, 2009 at 9:11 am

    The primal strips are great – the BEST faux jerky I’ve found….. and you got the two best flavors!

  • Kimberly
    March 7, 2009 at 9:16 am

    By the by, my favorite two (super easy!) ways to eat eggplant are parmesan-style, or roasted and served in a sandwich with tomato, basil, and goat cheese. Yum!

  • Emily L.
    March 7, 2009 at 9:19 am

    UGH I am hurting that Miami does not have a Greenwise. That pizza looks to die for. I may have to make my own in the next couple days.
    re: eggplant, my bf and I make a yummy stuffed eggplant dish (based on his mother’s recipe from Israel, so you know it has to be good). I haven’t made it in a while, and I don’t have it written down, but I’ll try my best to recreate for you:
    1 large eggplant (you have that already! great start!)
    1 can tomato sauce (or you can use paste, but be sure to add water)
    1/2 small onion
    1 large bell pepper
    1/2 cup rice (cooked)

    Wash eggplant, cut in half and remove insides (leaving about 1/2 inch pulp with skin). Dice the pulp and saute it with onion, pepper and whatever other veggies you might like. Throw the rice and tomato sauce in, heat through.
    Spoon the yummy concoction into the skins, bake at ~400 for 45 minutes…
    Let me know if you try it. It is perfect for a meatless march!

  • Leah
    March 7, 2009 at 9:20 am

    That Whole Foods trip looks mighty successful!! Don’t worry, I am the same way with food shopping!!!

    Awesome run!!! Great job!

    Cannot wait to try some of those recipes! THANKS for posting them Jenna!!!

    Leah @ Simply Fabulous

  • Natalie
    March 7, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Sadly I was actually really proud of myself for only spending $165 in wholes foods last week! Madness!!!

    Too bad I didn’t pick up the that unsweetened hemp milk!

  • Ryane
    March 7, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Ha, that was me at Whole Foods last night as well – it’s the stocking up on CRACK that kills the bill… ohhh and my crazy huge salad/hot bar concoction….mmmm WF salad barrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    Your trail run sounds fabulous! Between you and the Orlando girls I’m so ready to move to Florida and partake in some sunshiney exercise goodness!!

  • tray
    March 7, 2009 at 9:42 am

    that’s great! my latest best time was 26:24! i hope to be as fast as you! (i haven’t tested myself..i hate getting all nervous about that..i mightdo a race soon). personally i’m a bit nervous hhaha but i’ve been doinga lot of distance training so maybe i’ll smoke it like you did smoked it like bbq tofu. just kidding. amazing pizza! what do you mean they used your crust? you gave them your crust/dough to use? and is odawalla banana better than clif banana nut? sorry for so many questions! come read my weird blog posts on food buzz! i’ll friend you as Tra

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    March 7, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I have the SAME whole foods problem!!! One thing always leads to TONS of stuff!!
    Those Odwalla bars are fantastic… you have GOT to try the cinnamon raisin one!

  • Hangry Pants
    March 7, 2009 at 10:08 am

    I think many of us have the same Whole Foods problem. I think we need a support group.

    I love odwalla bars! Those and gnu bars are my favorite!

  • Erik
    March 7, 2009 at 10:14 am

    That dastardly Whole Foods High overcomes the best of us…we all go back for more.

  • Amy
    March 7, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I love the unsweet vanilla hempmilk! (That plain one is not very good though).

    I’m going to have to go see if it’s on sale at my WF. Thanks for giving me an excuse 🙂

  • Fancy
    March 7, 2009 at 10:26 am

    The problem with Whole Foods is that they really do have so many wonderful things that you literally just CAN’T find anywhere else! So when I go there, I feel the need to “stock up” on things since I know that I won’t be able to get them elsewhere. I always spend WAY too much there….We should all discuss and list our favorite “Whole Foods Finds” sometime so we can all try new things 🙂

  • Michelle
    March 7, 2009 at 10:28 am

    You can roast the eggplant with other veggies in the oven and then either make a cold roasted veggie salad with goat or feta cheese, or add it with other veggies in a stir fry. Just make sure to start cooking it before the other vegetable. It takes awhile for the eggplant to soften so you don’t get the rubbery texture of raw eggplant.

    Another option.not sure how it will work with non-dairy milk: Cut in half. Rub olive oil on the halves and place face down on a pan. Bake at 400F for 40 min or until soft. Scoop eggplant from it’s shell and set aside.

    Saute 2 cloves chopped garlic and 1lb seeded and diced tomatoes for 2 minutes. Stir in eggplant and 1/4 cup chopped parsley and cook 2 minutes. season with salt and pepper. Stir in 1 tbsp four and cook 1 minute. add 1/2 cup milk….bring to a boil while stirring. REduce oven to 375F. place eggplant into individual dishes and sprinkle with grated cheese of your choice. bake 20-25 min or until cheese is browned

  • Karen Teague
    March 7, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Jenna, All the vegetarian dishes are great since my daughter is home on SB and hasn’t eaten meat in years. Tell your Mom and Dad I said Happy Anniversary.

  • Haleigh
    March 7, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I am glad that running is going well for you this time around Jenna, keep it up! I will definitely try some of those vegetarian recipes!

  • Marissa
    March 7, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Every time I go tot he store I ALWAYS get more than planned

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    March 7, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Whole Foods is the only place that I spend too much money, but can justify every purchase! Haha, I love your loot! It’s so good to hear that your run went well! Thanks for the recipes, too 🙂 Have a LOVELY day poolside!

  • Meg
    March 7, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Love all the recipes! Grape is my fave too! Is it me…or do they taste like Wine coolers?

  • K
    March 7, 2009 at 10:57 am

    I have a grocery shopping problem as well! When I get bored I go to WFs or TJs – oops! Your pizza looks to die for!!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    March 7, 2009 at 11:15 am

    The pizza looks yummy!

    Great list of recipes!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    March 7, 2009 at 11:28 am

    You absolutely redeemed yourself on that post!

    Thanks for posting my recipe. It’s awesome!

    I read yesterday that protein shakes are out, green tea is five minutes ago and that the new big thing is Kombucha. Still haven’t tried it!

    Great run! Have a good weekend!

  • Run Saraaah
    March 7, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for posting the recipes – I have some great new ideas now. 🙂 I always over-buy at Whole Foods too…everything just looks so good and tempting!

  • Babycakes
    March 7, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Jenna, I literally do that EVERY weekend at WF. I can never get out of there spending less than $100, which is just crazy. I’ve got to find a way to spend less. What kills me is all the organic produce I buy (especially the fruit). I really must cut down, but that store is so addictive!
    I also LOVE that hempmilk so much that I purchase it by the case. I always buy the unsweetened plain though. Perhaps I should try the vanilla too. I was so excited when they finally came out with the unsweetened version!
    Thanks for sharing your grocery pics with us. I always love seeing what others purchase – it gives me great new ideas!
    Have a fabulous Saturday! 🙂

  • Shoshanah
    March 7, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I am the exact same way when I go grocery shopping. I am fine shopping for clothes or shoes or anything else. But with food I go overboard.

  • polly
    March 7, 2009 at 11:41 am

    okay Jenna girl… have you ever had video mishaps? I have!! We had to re-tape todays video… the first one was too long!! Crazy Youtube!!

    Have a fabulous day at the pool, sweetness!! XOXO

  • Tabby
    March 7, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I just went to Whole Foods for the first time this week and I ended up spending a ton of money too! I also got some of that Amy’s Thai Coconut Soup, that crunchy almond butter, and that coconut water! It is definitely a dangerous place for me to go because I spend way too much money!

  • Yasmin
    March 7, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I am so glad I am not the only one with a WHOLE FOODS PROBLEM! Today I went in with a just a couple of items on my list and ended up spending WAY more than expected! There were so many things to try! Great recipes..

  • ttfn300
    March 7, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I HAVE THE SAME WHOLE FOODS PROBLEM 🙂 great run! where (what section) did you find those primal strips?? i’m intrigued…

  • Bernadette
    March 7, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I just sat here laughing away reading the first part of your post–I’m the same way at Whole Foods! Luckily/unluckily, there isn’t one where I’m living right now, so I only do damage when I’m visiting family (there are four within 20 minutes of my parents’ house!).

    Hemp milk…Primal strips…mmm Annie’s Goddess dressing = my crack, haha. Also, how do you buy your coconut water? They only have it in these tiny (expensive) single-serving juice boxes where I am.

    Last thing: you have to try the GT Dave’s Cranberry Kombucha. It’s delicious, and has the added health benefits of cranberries!

  • nicci
    March 7, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Love the veggie pizza, looks amazing!

  • Meghann S.
    March 7, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Hey, Jenna!

    I am not sure if you read my comment response the other day explaining how I stumbled along your blog — I know I was a mere one of 400+ that kept your phone going crazy at work!

    Anyways, wanted to comment again and give you due accolades on your blog! You are too cute, and I am loving reading about/seeing your days. Also, the Cheese Enchilada casserole is calling — screaming! — my name right now, but I think while the boyfriend is out of town (in Charleston, actually!!) I should stick to something single-serving, so as to not put myself in a cheesy-goodness coma.

    Hope you are well!

  • Meghann S.
    March 7, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    PS: Another great use for veggie “crumbles” that I’ve found are STUFFED PEPPERS. I don’t really have a specific recipe I use, mainly because Mexican dishes are so fun to mess around with and personalize, but I use crumbles with cumin and hot sauce, corn, and diced peppers/onions inside a huge bell pepper, top it with some cheese at the last minute it’s in the oven, and mmmmmmmm.

  • Caroline
    March 7, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Yum, yum! So many great purchases! I have a WF problem too…

  • Olga
    March 8, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    My parents are always like “we’re just going to run and get some bread” and then walk out with two shopping carts of food! hahaha

    AWESOME time on the 5k!