Bun Me

by Holly on June 20, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,fun finds,lunch

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.

Moving on…

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.


Even closer…

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!


glidingcalm June 20, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I love me a good burger!! Those patties sound like something I’d love to try!!

Evan Thomas June 20, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Those buns look delicious. I have to say, a nice light loafy piece of bread is something I really missed since being gluten-free.
Best thing this weekend: My raw hazelnut chocolate cake. It gives me hope for this crazy recipe book I’m writing. And it was really fun to make/eat, even if it was at 6am this morning(no joke)

Matt June 20, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I got those buns too! They are actually pretty good :)

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 20, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Beach! I just got back. :)

Erica D June 20, 2010 at 9:10 pm

By far the most exciting things to happen this week were vegetarian successes in the kitchen. So far, I have been applauded for cooking pasta to a heavenly softness, producing emergency trays of vegetables in times of crisis, and…today…tossing together a small, experimental stir fry of broccoli, green peppers, and cauliflower (i went with curry and cumin for spices) in a matter of minutes and finding the vegetarian campers shockingly RAVENOUS and smiling.

Meaning I am OBLIGATED to stir fry (and eat) more veggies on a daily basis…obviously. I love camp.

Kristie June 20, 2010 at 9:13 pm

How are those tofu walnut burgers? I keep seeing them at the co-op and wanting to try them… but they’re kind of an investment haha.

Maya June 20, 2010 at 9:33 pm

WAMT STRAWBERRY OATMEAL COCONUT COOKIES. Now. Are they dense and chewy or more cake-y? I’m a dense oatmeal cookie fan myself, but either way, those cookies look divine!

Angharad June 20, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Bread is where it’s AT. I brought a french baguette home from the farmer’s market today and I am itching to attack it! You took care of those buns girl (twss).

This weekend? Rock the Garden (sad you weren’t there :( though) was immense and I was immensely beered up. Twas a good time. Hungover breakfast this morning was a winner too! Besos xx

Rosey Rebecca June 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm

All of your bun creations look awesome! Especially that french toast. Jealous!

Susan June 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Maple jelly!! I should have bought a jar of that stuff for myself…

I fear I just unleashed the sweet beast within in Banff… I haven’t touched meat since Wednesday, but I’m still eating chocolate after every meal ;)

Those tofu walnut burgers sounds amaaaazing.

Love you and miss you Miss H!! Oh, and best thing this weekend was catching up on GLEE!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans June 20, 2010 at 11:30 pm

I want maple jelly. Right this second. Guess I better hop on a plane and come stay with you…

Katie June 21, 2010 at 12:13 am

Yummy carbs.

I went a spin class this week that rocked my world. I also got to see my family this weekend – and that’s always a highlight.

claire June 21, 2010 at 2:30 am

I agree..buns are best with burgers…patties..you name it.

The most exciting thing that happened this past week is a higher position on my next film which means I get my union days…hallelujahhhh.

The highlight of the weekend was the indian feast with my fam for father’s day…and a second…finding out that my boyf and I got a bigger loft apt in his building with a spiral staircase to roof deck…AH-mazing…and for not too much more!

healthulous June 21, 2010 at 5:20 am

Hmm, I will have to be on the lookout for these buns! Most exciting thing to happen this weekend was that two of my best friends came back to town, so I get to spend lots of time with them :-)

Lauren June 21, 2010 at 6:00 am

You’ve certainly been finding the most enticing ways to use these buns in just about every meal! That’s awesome and so efficient! :) I think my favorite is the french toast! So brilliant!

Glad you are back and settling back into normal life again.

Have a wonderful day love!!

Erica June 21, 2010 at 6:43 am

You are like the best product tester around! Nice worky. And ummm…when are we getting the Strawberry Coconut Oatmeal Cookies, I want to make them with blackberries! Happy Father’s day to your daddy-o. Best thing I did this past week? Have a bbq with the fam. Highlight of the weekend was probably the same- or brunch with Josh!

Kristin (Salty Tooth) June 21, 2010 at 8:11 am

Yum, tofu walnut burgers sound great! The highlight of my weekend was a two-hour Scrabble game played outside, while enjoying frosty beverages!

maxinthegym June 21, 2010 at 9:53 am

Hahahha I love looking at all the ways you’ve used those buns! I want maple jelly! So please send a jar across the Pacific Ocean just for me! Hahhaha

The most exciting thing this weekend was seeing my grandmother again!

Maple jelly….now please hahah :D

Laura June 21, 2010 at 10:01 am

wow!!! so many different ways you can eat those buns.. (haha!!)… i’d never have thought of them… i’d probably have an egg sandwich and that would be the limit to my ideas! that french toast type combo looks utterly delicious! yumyum!!


Kacy June 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

I love the crouton idea! I need to do that more often with almost stale bread.

Highlight(s) of my weekend: cornbread, Jake Gyllenhall, family :)

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) June 21, 2010 at 11:42 am

Two things:One, I had wanderlust bad enough the way it was-now with your pics of Bannf:it is OUT OF CONTROL!! ;)
Two,that burger,fries,and asparagus meal would probably be my last supper request were I on death row :D

Answers to questions:
Exciting thing last week-i went to the DMV w/my 20 year old stepson. He told me I look 22 and ppl think I’m his girlfriend :) Hey, when you’re 30 something that kind of compliment can carry you a LONG time!!
Memorable weekend event: stupid blackbirds dive bombing me on a morning walk. Yeah-what a sight. I was screaming at em :/
QUESTION: have you ever been to an Ethiopon restaurant in Madison? If so, can you recommend one?
Thanks :)

Diana @ frontyardfoodie June 21, 2010 at 11:51 am

whoa! That’s ALOT of really tasty looking food……it’s lunch time right now and NOW I’m hungry.

Special K June 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Me Too! Extremely low key weekend and I kicked butt today at work! Watching Glee and LOVING it! Thanks for the heads up!

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) June 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Have you ever tried the Walnut Burger? They are made in La Crosse and SO good. A little expensive, but so yummy! (As you can see, I’m really good with tips about not spending $$) :)

Lynn @ The Actors Diet June 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm

look at those buns :)

i spent the weekend the best way ever – shooting a movie in san francisco! i’m home and recovering now.

Katharina June 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Hey girl! I got those buns too :D I tried the deli rolls first, and today I tried the whole wheat buns. The deli rolls smelled the best to me and I liked them. They have a sweetness that I approve!! lol

Here are some links that I think you’d like for ideas on what to do with the buns:


Your post actually gave me some ideas as well!!! Those tofu walnut burgers sound like something I need to get my hands on. Or how about I just make my way over to your house? I wish :( I seriously just got a sad face on because I still haven’t gotten the honor of meeting you. BUT ONE DAY!! I have hope :D

Interesting thing this week? BELLY DANCING PARTY HOLLA!!!

Highlight? I think the belly dancing party lol.. and me grilling for the first time woo woo!

XOXO to the mooooooon!

p.s. whenever I read your posts, no matter what, I always feel uplifted. There’s just something about you that goes into your posts that just has that effect :)

April June 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm

You are the bun queen!! Love how creative you are!

Favorite thing this weekend- shopping at Burkes outlet! Everything I bought was less than 10 bucks!

Brynne June 21, 2010 at 9:10 pm

LOVE CASA!!!!! My sorority is one of their major providers as they’re our philanthropy. So glad to hear you volunteer with such a great organization!

k @ ksgoodeats June 22, 2010 at 8:44 am

Those buns are lookin’ mighty fine. I’ll take a plate of that French toast any day! Seriously though, bag of carbs = AMAZE anyway you look at it. Those cookies and that tofu walnut burger? I’m intrigued! They sound delish as well!

31 hours takes some serious skills! Teach me your ways!! I hope you’re having a fabulous Tuesday :)

brittany June 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm

great ideas : ) Also great blog!!!! cannot wait to read more!

BroccoliHut June 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm

I received those buns in the mail the other day too–now I can’t wait to try them!!

wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas June 23, 2010 at 8:21 am

Exciting thing? The first full night in a cloth diaper with no leaks. (My son, not me.)

Highpoints of my weekend? A beautiful picnic for our first Daddy’s Day that included a bangin’ cheddar, apple and sunflower seed sandwich.

I guess it’s the little things…

Garet June 23, 2010 at 11:54 am

I just want you to know, learning that peanut butter in oatmeal is good has changed my life dramatically. Thank you!

Claire June 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I love huge buns with a lot of seeds on it or lots of nuts in it. Here in austria we have a big range of buns, rolls, baguettes…… and I prefer buns to bread

Jenny June 23, 2010 at 4:49 pm

nice buns.

Now that I got that out of my system, I scored the same Nature’s Pride goods (seriously? foodbuzz rocks my life) and am so siked to get my carb on.

Danica June 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm

why does all of that look soooo good?? come cook for me please??
and I love bread. and buns. and carbs. ’nuff said.

Jessica June 27, 2010 at 9:41 pm

K I’m creeped out!! I just had asparagus, a BBQ SUNSHINE BURGER and tater fries for dinner!! How amazing is the bbq flav?!

You my lady, are a genius! I love that u made French toast out of ww buns, and loved all the banana/nut buttery combos!

MISS U GORGEOUS GIRL! I just got back from a weekend in Los Angeles (!!!!), but we seriously need to catch up! xoxoxo

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