let the good times roll

by Holly on March 5, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,eating out

First and foremost, thank you SO MUCH for all your lovely, supportive and touching comments from my last post. When writing about more personal matters, I am always uber-nervous when I hit ‘Publish.’ However, as soon as you all started commenting on how you could relate and how appreciative you were for this, I knew it was the right thing.  Thank you for providing me with an outlet to share, and never forget that we all deserve to be the best ‘me’ we can be.

Alrighty…enough of the sap and onto the eats!

For the record, it only took me three days to demolish this box of cereal…

It was like Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch…only gluten-free, environmentally friendly and even crunchier (A.K.A. a winner!).

Breakfast yesterday was something that NEVER lets me down…AB+J Oatmeal!

1/2 cup oats
1 cup water
1 egg (whisked in)
pinch of salt (a necessity!)
1/2 mashed naner
drizzle of maple syrup
1 scoop almond butter
1 scoop raspberry jelly

If you haven’t tried it yet, I definitely recommend adding an egg to your oats at the beginning!  It makes for such a creamy, custard-like oatmeal – not to mention adds an extra six grams of protein (or so)  Props to Tay on this one – I believe I got this idea from her fabulous blog!

Yesterday, I ventured to a new spot for lunch…Gotham Bagels!  Apparently, it’s a slice of New York right here in the Midwest.  I was hesitant of this bold statement, but once I saw this on the menu, I was sold…

The “V”: honey whole wheat bagel, scallion tofu spread, roasted poblano peppers,
avocado, arugula + tomato

It was so good in fact, I went back today for another one. It was best $4.00 spent in recent memory.

A bit of pre-Easter candy was also consumed…

The peanut butter to chocolate ratio on the Reese’s Easter eggs is INCREDIBLE…I would guess around 5:1.

You like sweet potatoes?

So do I.

For dinner…two ways…both devoured.

Cheetahs + 1 steamed tater (w/ smidge butter, coconut oil + maple syrup doused in cinnamon).  Can you tell my groceries are practically non-existent?  I’m relying on root veggies and nothing else for sustenance.

This morning started with the Great 2010 Blender Blow-Up

I was about to blow my brains out when this happened.

However, instead of let it ruin my day (Iwasaboutthisclosetoseriouslythrowingahissyfit), I merely cleaned it up and then cursed the cause of this berrylicious mess…


It tastes like poo, stains your shelves and causes your blender to throw-up.  The only positive things to come out of this were that (1) it was a free sample, (2) I let myself drive to work instead of walk because I was behind sched, and (3) it forced me to clean my kitchen.

Today redeemed itself quickly. First, Steph and I went to a killer 45-minute Pilates class over lunch. Then, I got the (aforementioned) best bagel sammie for the 2nd day in a row.  Following that, I was slugging a Diet Coke when my co-worker brought me this…


Seasonal things make me happy, probably because you can only get them for a small sliver of time.  I drank about 1/2 the minty delicious shake and threw the rest out – half because it was REALLY sweet and half because I have had WAY too many sweets this week. A bit ironic? Perhaps.

After work, I took a steady 10:00/mile, 3-mile run to enjoy the spring weather that is FINALLY gracing us with its presence.  When I got home, there wasn’t much left to eat.  However, eggs + Ezekiel English muffin alongside carrots + ranch are always good go-to foods when the fridge is bare.

Now, guess what I am doing this weekend?


Yeah, that’s right.


Shocker, right?  For the first time in months, I have not a dang thing planned for this weekend.  I am hoping to just get caught up on all my domestic duties and then letting the good times roll…

What is one meal that never lets you down? AB+J is always a winner, as is any scrambled egg dish.  You just can’t go wrong.

What are you up to this weekend? See above.


Tiffany March 5, 2010 at 7:39 pm

OMG!!!!! We do not have shamrock shakes here and I have been on the hunt for them.

So. Frickin. Jealous.

The sandwich from Gotham looks amazing though!

Please have another Shamrock Shake for me.

Evan Thomas March 5, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Oatmeal with peanut butter is consistantly good. ’nuff said
It’s SO TRUE about holiday Reese’s that they’re better. I’m going to need to get on that for homemaking peanut butter cups.
A gluten-free peanut butter cereal gone in 3 days? I might have to get on that and fast.
My weekend probs = dullsville but I don’t care because we’re hitting 50 degrees and that sounds tropical to me these days

Danielle March 5, 2010 at 7:46 pm

I didn’t comment on your last post because I wanted to say so much and yet didn’t feel like I had substantial time to do so. Turns out, I think I can sum up my reaction in eight words: Booyah self-doubt, I can and I will. Thanks for that :)

That Gotham sandwich looks amazing! I actually frequently get a hummus bagel sandwich piled high in-between with ensalada ingredients. It makes a fantastic lunch to fuel a busy afternoon or an energizing breakfast to make it through a hang-over. I really should figure out a way to re-create it on my own one day, $6 a few times a week will not do!

What am I up to this weekend? Ha! Ask my books. Mid-terms will (although hopefully not) be the death of me. If I’m lucky though, I might make it out tomorrow to celebrate my roommate’s birthday. Whatever it takes keep me motivated ;)

Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES March 5, 2010 at 7:47 pm

me encantan mis savory oats. they just give me a warm feeling en mi corazon. kinda like you.

im peacing on this post to catch up on tu post de ayer–but i need to comment on that bagel. i live in ny, and i’ve never seen that here. when you come live with me, will you bring one, por favor? gracias.

Low March 5, 2010 at 7:48 pm

That bagel sammich looks so dayum good!

I’m having a slumber party this weekend. Wine + girl talk. Can’t beat it!

Have a good night love!

Tay March 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Egg in oatmeal is perfection heaven. I can’t go back now! I love how you had 2 sweet taters for dinner in 2 ways. Double the pleasure! ;-)

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self March 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm

I’m so glad to hear you have a calm, relaxing weekend coming up! ENJOY IT!!! :)

Haven’t tried adding an egg to my oats yet, but I definitely will!

Kristie March 5, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I keep meaning to try something at Gotham Bagels – especially with the tofu spreads! Goodness. I have such a temper sometimes (seriously, Chris helps me keep it in check when it gets ridiculous) and that blender thing would have driven me mad. Especially if I were running late for work… which is usually the case if I am hurriedly putting together a smoothie :)

Lauren @ Eater Not a Runner March 5, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Love the holiday Reese’s, the more PB the better!

And I could eat sweet potatoes for dinner every night ;-)

Molly March 5, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Hello Ms. Holly! Omg, gotta try those oats! PB/AB + Jam, sinful. I have tried the egg trick and lOVE IT! I was a little skeptical at first, but yummy goodness all around. My tongue hurts I’ve had so many sweets lately :( And Japan doesn’t have Reese’s Eggs, saddest day ever. This weekend- at the office Saturday, since the kids get a half day next week, they have to make up for it on the weekend. LAME. Tomorrow, going to watch a dance competition :D Nothing too thrilling, oh and I have to apartment hunt…I’m getting the boot outta my house, waaaah, waaaaah, so sad ;( Have a great, relaxing weekend, you DESERVE IT! love ya girl!

Matt March 5, 2010 at 8:51 pm

How does the egg change the taste and texture of the oatmeal?

Killian March 5, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Uh, *WOW*! Your oats actually look like absolutely amazing. Like joking aside. They actually look fun if that’s possible, like childish and colourful and entertaining :) That bagel looks pretty slick too. Ohmigodshamrockshakeluv!
Ok so I’m Irish so I have a totally different appreciation for the Manna called the Shamrock Shake. I see it like a Frenchman sees a Croissant. This is my country summed up in one delicious, calorific, totally processed and manufactured, absolutely yumtastic slurp! Can’t wait for paddies day. I love being cringily patriotic :D My weekend is consisting of Crate and Barrel, the beach and a BBQ. Not hugely exciting. I’m sick you see. But that won’t stop me, NEVER!!! Muhahaha…..*ahem*. Where was I going with this again? Ah yes…


Killian March 5, 2010 at 8:59 pm

PS. One meal that never lets me down? Don’t judge. Mashed potato (not sweet) but not creamed so it’s still got lumps, Heinz Baked beans and steamed cabbage all mushed up. Typical Irish fodder. Love it though. My go-to oatmeal? What I christen ‘Baklava Oats’. Oats mixed with honey and chopped dates so the dates go all melty and gooey then topped with natural Greek yoghurt and Honey and pistachios. Nom.

Have a good weekend! :D Kick back, take it easy, do something you enjoy but haven’t done in a while

Take care! x

susan (stepping off the coaster) March 5, 2010 at 9:14 pm

i love bagel sammies! taco salad is my go to meal… i almost always have the ingredients and i never really get tired of its deliciousness!

i don’t have much planned this weekend… have a huge career proposal to create and have the weekend to grow a pair, find some freaking confidence, and prepare to sell myself into a position i want… I NEED VALIUM just thinking about it!!!

have a most excellent and relaxing weekend!!!

Danielle (Coffee Run) March 5, 2010 at 9:14 pm

I got that free sample too! A company sent it to me and I was like “uhh…thanks for implying I need to lose weight? rudeeee.”

One meal that never lets me down is roasted brussels and anything with tahini

Showty March 5, 2010 at 9:15 pm

My go to meal is a mushroom, spinach, cheese wrap. Portobello mushroom marinated in balsamic vinegrette then sauted, spinach sauted in a little bit of olive oil and garlic, then I put both on a Flat Out whole wheat wrap, top with goat cheese and devour! Yum!

Gabriela (froyolover) March 5, 2010 at 9:32 pm

WOOOOW – That was definetely a day full of wonderful eats!
I just got terribly hungry… Haha!
Wonderful pics, amazing eats!
Have a great weekend, girl!
Brazilian XOXO´s,

Erica March 5, 2010 at 9:32 pm

That has to be the most amazing bagel I’ve ever seen.

My go to meal? Gotta be a wrap with avocado, salsa, and whatever else I can jam in there!

Cindy March 5, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Hi Holly! Sorry I have seemed MIA lately but I have been here..but my Kindle is a pain in the arse for commenting so if I get a read in I am happy…loved your last post and I thought it was very inspiring! good for you girl!

shamrock shakes used to rock my world but the last time I had one I got sick…like food poisoning sick, and I have never wanted one again. and that bagel sandwich looks AHMAZING!
just wanted to make sure I left a comment and send you some love! always trying to catch up with my favorite everythingatarian!


katie March 5, 2010 at 10:16 pm

hahah that shake looks AWEESOME! whats it taste like?! i LOVE HOT FUDGE SUNDAES from MCDS! whoo!

Andrea@WellnessNotes March 5, 2010 at 10:31 pm

It’s funny, I bought that cereal for the toddler, thinking that he’d love it, but he absolutely DID NOT. And he told me so in a not very nice way… I really liked it though! ;)

I haven’t had a good bagel sandwich in a long time. I’ll have to do something about that!

I hope to take two exercise class this weekend (if I don’t talk myself out of them…). And I have to do some work. Nothing else planned.

Have a fabulous weekend, Holly! :)

Madeline - Greens and Jeans March 5, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Shamrock Shake time????!!!! Holy minty deliciousness Batman!

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 6, 2010 at 6:49 am

I agree…you can’t mess up an egg dish. Usually I go with scrambled eggs, because if they look messy, it’s totally a-ok. :D

I can’t wait to enjoy some Easter festivities soon too. Yum! :D

Whitney @ Lettuce Love March 6, 2010 at 7:09 am

Dang, that blender freak-out would be enough for me to scream like a crazy person right there in the kitchen. My no-fail meal- penne pasta and red sauce. Always good, all the time. I am visiting the family in Charlotte this weekend. And it should be pretty mellow and fun!

Jessica @ How Sweet March 6, 2010 at 7:10 am

Been dying for a shammy shake…can’t wait to get one!! :)

Jenna March 6, 2010 at 7:31 am

Gotta try thosE pb pandas!!
Have a fab weekend ;)

Chelsea @ (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) March 6, 2010 at 7:51 am

There are so many eats on this page that I want to snag right off of the computer screen. The Reese’s Easter eggs, the fluffy AB&J oatmeal (I totally concur with your thoughts on the egg addition), that slammin’ bagel sammie, the list goes on.

Kudos for taking a weekend off, it’s the ultimate decompression. I recommend you check out “The Visitor” on Netflix if you have their instant watch service!

The foods that never grow old on me are sweet potatoes, toast (PB and J, AB and J, CB and J), and greek yogurt.

Enjoy your weekend lady! Love ya!

Chelsea @ (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) March 6, 2010 at 7:52 am

Oh, and thanks for the tips about the replacement meal mix. I received that from my Nu Naturals sample package, and have been wary to try it. Since I know we share similar thoughts on protein powder, I’m going to heed your warning and avoid it.

Haleigh March 6, 2010 at 8:54 am

I seriously look forward to the Reese’s Easter Eggs year round because of the peanut butter to chocolate ratio!!! Much better than the regular ol’ Reese’s. They should take note ;)

Jess March 6, 2010 at 9:39 am

That mcdonald’s shake looks good! So green and pretty. Yum!

That bagel sandwich looks fabulous!
<3 jess

Susan March 6, 2010 at 9:56 am

Shamrock shake!!! I thought those things were just a myth! They’re hard to find in Canada, if you can find them at all. In fact, I do believe I know someone who is driving from NB to Calais, Maine this weekend just to buy one.

Yay for a weekend of nothing!!! I’m at my momma’s house doing almost nothing. Studying and shooting the shit with the fam. Will be glorious :D Enjoy your weekend love!! xoxo

Oh! And the one meal that never lets me down is a tuna pita with carrot sticks. NOM.

Red Head, Yellow Dog March 6, 2010 at 10:45 am

that’s EXACTLY what I always say about the reese’s easter eggs!! best pb to chocolate ratio eva.

Brent Sherwin March 6, 2010 at 2:13 pm


Love the Bagel and The Egg in the oats….. Shamrock shakes are well worth the GREEN ya pay.

Go to Meal: Avocado blended with Jalapeno Peppers used as dip for celery…. Y-ou-zza

Have a great weekend.

Susan March 6, 2010 at 4:01 pm

I’m going to be completely unoriginal and steal your comment on my post by saying…

#1 fave thing about this post: CUSTARD OATS. I’ve recently jumped on the bandwagon, and sista ain’t lookin back.

#2 sweet potato times dos: you put me to shame with this. mad props.

Have a marvy weekend girl!

sophia March 6, 2010 at 6:13 pm

I see you had a sweet treat FRIDAY! Wow, I’ve seen that Shamrocks, but it is the first time I’ve seen it on a food blog….yay to you for breaking away from the usual oatmeal and GMs!
That said, one meal that never fails me is, in truth, oats. Green tea oats with almonds, to be exact. So good!

Julie March 6, 2010 at 7:30 pm

i totally have the same little blender .. i loooove it! .. I love what cereal .. i wish it wasnt so expensive!

Lele March 6, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I am in AWE of your sweet potato dinner. Go. You! I am making that someday, soon!

Special K March 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

I AM A CEREAL ADDICT! I just got a HUGE box of Special K and have completely gone through it mixing t up and baking it wih stuff: smashed nanner and avocado, Almond Butter and Raisins…I just love it. And I am so honored to read your insights and thnk….WOW. Yes!
Your guest post is up now!

glidingcalm March 7, 2010 at 10:42 am

that bagel looks amazing!! i would have gone back for another one too!!

sorry the meal replacement wasnt a winner. booo

glad you are getting some rest this weekend! HUGS!

Erica March 7, 2010 at 12:53 pm

owwwwwwww how I have missed your hilarious posts :) How are you? I hope you are enjoying your weekend of doing NOTHING! So fabulous. Lots of yummy eats. That PB cereal is amazing. I agree…I can’t even buy it unless I understand that its going to disappear rather quickly! Sweet potatoes two ways for dinner? I’m in. Hope to have a post up soon :)

Katie March 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Gah, I die for bagel sandwiches. I also LOSE It when things spill, blow up, get unexpectedly messy in the kitchen. I usually cry. The husband calls me a 5 year old, but really – I think it’s legit. When food gets ruined AND I have to clean up a mess, no bueno. Good for you for sucking it up and not letting it get the best of you. I need to work on that…

Chocolate chip cookies aren’t a meal, per say, but they never let me down.

Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats March 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm

omg, I have seriously consumed a Reese’s PB Egg everyday for it least…oh, 6 days or so…I CAN’T GET ENOUGH!!!!

samantha March 8, 2010 at 10:27 am

can you microwave the oats if you are adding an egg? let’s not pretend that i get up early enough/am patient enough for stovetop oats.

Rachel- No Preservatives Added March 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Egg sandwiches NEVER let me down. And I somehow always have the ingreeds on hand for one! Cold high fiber cereal is another go-to meal for when grocery day is near and I’ve run out of creativity.

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