Ello loves! It’s been a crazy couple weeks, no? Even though I think I’m in a slight post-vacation depression, it is nice to be home and get things back in order. The Type A in me is rejoicing.
Since I got home from Banff on Wednesday, my days have involved volunteering at a CASA event, catching up on my vegetable intake, buying overpriced fresh juice from the co-op, cleaning my dirrty apartment, sleeping, watching Steel Magnolias, getting back in the workout groove, running errands and trying to figure out how to subsist on $70 until I get paid on July 1st.
Let me know if you have any ideas on that last one.
When I got home from Banff, I found a lovely package from Nature’s Pride (in conjunction with Foodbuzz) on my doorstep containing their new Premium Harvest, 100% natural buns + rolls. I received a bag of Country White hot dog + hamburger buns as well as a bag of these…
Three bags of carbs? I dig.
The healthy living blogger in me naturally gravitated to the whole wheat buns first. I was intrigued to see what and how much these babies contained…
A little high in calories, but I can pronounce all the ingredients. I’ll take ’em.
Then, I challenged myself.
How many different + unique ways can I eat these buns? Because why not add one more thing on your to-do list when you already have a million things on it?
First, I tried popping it in the toaster…
That would be 1 Nature’s Pride whole wheat bun, 1.5 T peanut butter, smidge of maple jelly, sliced banana + a sprinkle of maple sugar (!!!). And coffee. Always coffee.
Verdict? Delish…but not so unique.
In an effort to up the produce intake, I purchased some Barbecue Sunshine Burgers. Naturally, a veggie burger is meant to go on a bun…preferably with mustard, spinach + avocado.
Verdict? This meal may not get unique points either, but it was oh-so-satisfying.
On a completely unrelated note, my veggie consumption may have gone up (inversely proportionate to my current meat consumption), but it seems my sweet tooth isn’t going anywhere.
Enter in: Strawberry Coconut Oatmeal Cookies.
Recipe to come.
Like I said, greens have been taking over my life. Since you know I always need a carb with my salad, I thought – why not turn the bun into croutons?
Genius, if I do say so myself.
I simply sprayed the bun with olive oil spray + sprinkled it with sea salt before toasting it in the oven at 400 degrees until golden brown. Then, I cut it up into 1-inch cubes and – voila! – croutons are born.
2 cups roughly chopped spinach
1/2 cup garbanzo beans
1/2 cup sweet peas
1 cup sliced cucumbers
1 cup diced strawberries
Annie’s Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette
Verdict? Tasty, unique and good for me. Winner winner.
This morning, I tried to up my own ante by making one of my favorite foods ever: LE FRENCH TOAST. You see, I take this food very seriously. When I eat French toast, I EAT French toast so I was a little nervous on how this would turn out.
First, I scored the bun (allowing for maximum egg absorption) before dipping it in a mix of 1 egg, splash of milk + cinnamon. Then, over medium heat and coated with coconut oil spray, I lovingly cooked them up and came out with this…
With no maple syrup, my peanut butter/maple jelly/smashed banana combination was my go-to topping combination. Two thumbs up.
Verdict? Le Bun French toast definitely scores some unique points, but the taste of it was a bit off. Like I said, when I eat French toast, I go all out. This healthified version might have been too that…healthy.
No worries however, I still had one more burger idea up my sleeve.
Because if you have a hamburger bun, you need to pair it with a hamburger.
Or a tofu walnut burger…no discrimination here.
Thanks to Mama Everythingtarian, I enjoyed this vegan burger alongside sweet ‘tater fries, grilled asparagus, fresh cherries and a POM Nectarine spritzer.
Overall, I give top kudos in the Bun Me Challenge to the croutons + plain ol’ bun. Sometimes, it’s best not to mess with the classics. Ya know what I mean?
And last, but most certainly not least…
Happy Father’s Day to Daddy Everythingtarian!!!
I may get my humorous, outlandish nature from my mama, but I most definitely get my love of ice cream, stubbornness, athleticism, responsibility and most notably – my curly hair – from my daddio. And he is truly the best dad in the world. I love you Dad!
Now, to catch up on all my lovely reader’s lives, I mandate you answer me these questions:
What the most exciting thing to happen to you in the last week? My trip to Banff, obvs.
What was the highlight of your weekend? Sleeping for a total of 31 hours these past couple nights!